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From the first day you join our office, you will notice our dedication to providing you with the highest quality in dental care. As part of your first visit with us, we'll ask you for your medical and dental history so we can learn about any allergies, sensitivity to anesthetics, long-term medications, and other important information we need to serve you.
On your first visit we will conduct a comprehensive examination and a periodontal exam that will include an evaluation of all your existing dentistry. Bite-Wing and Panographic Xrays are taken to give us an accurate picture of the tooth structure above and below the gum line, and allow us to evaluate the bone structure surrounding your teeth.
After gathering all of the necessary information, your treatment will be reviewed with you. This allows you and the doctors to develop a personalized plan for your oral care and maximize all your insurance benefits. Most of all, we want to learn everything we need to know to make you happy. Whether you want a great smile or relief from pain, we look forward to helping you find what you're looking for in dentistry.
We sincerely hope that you never have a dental emergency, but if you do, we offer 24-hour emergency service for our established patients. If the emergency occurs during our normal office hours, please call the office at (801) 964-8300 and explain your situation. We will make every effort to accommodate you as soon as possible. For after hours emergencies, please call the doctors house (for only established patients).
In the meantime, here’s what to do until you get to our office:
BROKEN FILLINGS: Save the filling if possible so we can have a look at it. Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water to remove debris – warm salt-water rinses or dissolved baking soda can be soothing. If the tooth is sensitive, protect it with dental wax or, in a pinch, sugarless gum.
LOST CROWN: Displaced crowns can sometimes be reused; hang onto it. Try to affix the crown with denture adhesive or, if it won’t stick, use dental wax to keep the tooth away from air.
KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH: Don’t panic. If we can treat you within about an hour, chances are we can reseat the tooth for good. Don’t touch the tooth root – this could damage delicate nerves. Gently replace the tooth where it belongs if you can, or keep it moist in milk.
DAMAGED BRIDGES, DENTURES, and PARTIALS: Do not risk home repairs. Glue can destroy composition materials and cause tissue erosion. Keep all the pieces, even the smallest, and call us to schedule an appointment. We can usually return an emergency repair to you within 24 hours.
TOOTHACHE: Toothaches are common and nasty. They tell you something is wrong that needs attention. Rinse your mouth with warm water and try to floss away any food particles. Don’t lodge aspirin near the tooth – it will irritate, even ulcerate, gum tissue. Ice packs or a numbing agent may make you more comfortable while you’re scheduling an appointment. Toothaches may go away, but the source of the pain won’t.
LACERATIONS OR JAW DAMAGE: Lacerations or jaw damage require immediate treatment at a hospital facility or an oral surgeon’s office. Take such injuries seriously. Delay may result in further damage.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings. We provide you with a home care kit at each of your hygiene cleaning and check-ups.
Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a toothpaste containing fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. Today their are many toothpaste options available - if you have questions, please ask us at your next visit and we will be happy to consider your personal needs in recommending the toothpaste right for you.
Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing is a critical part of your oral hygiene home care for two reasons; to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach and to keep your gums healthy.
Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
A: Crowns are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composite, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns" although patients have in years past, referred to them as caps.
Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
A: Comfort! Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to existing teeth or, in some cases, implants. But a partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and must be removed by the patient to clean and brush daily. They can also cause other dental problems such as loose teeth, especially where they are attached. Our experience has shown that patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than partial dentures but what really matters is what's best for you.
Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?
A: Today, we do very few silver fillings. Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting "white" or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they "bond" to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. However, "white" fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better strength and overall satisfaction for the patient.
Q: Do I need a root canal just because I need a crown?
A: No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.
You can pay for your office visits and any treatments by cash, check, credit or debit card at the time of treatment. We also accept most major dental insurances. To discuss your payment options or insurance coverage, please call (801) 964-8300
For your convenience, we also offer Wells Fargo Financial to our patients needing additional credit for their dental needs.