Exceptional Dental Care in Logan
Here at NüSmyle Dental, we are excited to serve our patients. Our entire staff is dedicated to make sure you have a happy and healthy smile. We want you to be proud of your smile so that you are happy to show it off.
For this reason, we offer the following services:
Crowns -There are a variety of reasons why you would need one or more crowns, the most common reasons being; deep decay, worn or cracked teeth, large past filling that are worn out, leaking, or cracking, and developmental defects in a tooth or teeth. A crown will cover the entire tooth to restore the normal form and function. Crowns also can also restore a smile to a more harmonious and esthetic appearance. Dental crowns are most commonly made of white porcelain at the shade you desire to match the existing teeth or in full mouth restoration cases, a brighter and whiter shade to make your smile something to be proud of. In some cases I use gold on molar teeth which is very durable and strong. I have seen gold crowns last for over 50 years in some people. Crowns are also placed over dental implants to restore the space where a natural tooth once was.
Bridges – A Bridge can solve the issue of one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be made from a either porcelain or gold. Just as the word says, a bridge will span a gap where a tooth or teeth once existed. A bridge is still the best option in some cases but implants have replaced a lot of cases where I once did a bridge. Sometimes individuals prefer to do a bridge rather than an implant because the bridge is less expensive and can be done quicker. A bridge is still a great functional and esthetic option to consider in replacing missing teeth.
Implants – Dental implants are an artificial root placed in your upper or lower jaw. The implant can have a crown placed on it or it can help retain an artificial appliance such as a denture. Dental implants are done to improve a patient’s function, smile, and even their self esteem. Dental implants also can be done to improve oral health. Many people find it easier to eat with dental implants. Their speech can also be improved. Dental implants can make wearing dentures more comfortable because the denture is attached to the implants. Dental implants are a wonderful innovation in helping people improve their overall health and smile. I have been placing and restoring implants since 1990 and am one of the only dentists in Utah accredited by the Academy of Implant Dentistry, the premier implant association in the United States. The success rate of implants is in the high 90’s. If you have any questions about implants, give me a call and I would be glad to visit with you and answer any of your questions.
Fillings – Dental fillings are used to fill cavities of a small to medium size. Fillings can be done with composite resin, gold, or porcelain. The most common material now used is composite. These filling have a moderate lifespan. Individuals with a heavy bite or that grind their teeth will reduce composites durability considerably and may be better served with a gold filling or a crown. Composite fillings are a great choice to repair cavities up to the medium size range and maintain a beautiful smile and function.
Dentures – Dentures are a restorative service that we provide for our clients. We provide both complete dentures (for when all teeth are missing) and partial dentures (for when some teeth are missing). There are both conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made for people who already have dentures and would like another set. Immediate dentures are made and placed immediately after their teeth have been extracted, thus the term immediate. At a bare minimum we recommend that at least two implants be placed in the lower jaw to help retain lower dentures because of the difficulty of keeping the lowers in place while eating smiling, and performing other necessary tasks during the day. Upper and lower dentures can be firmly held in place with the addition of more implants to where they can function almost like a person’s natural teeth. Give me a call and I would be glad to visit with you about your needs.
Cosmetic Dentistry – A beautiful smile is one of the most sought after features in cosmetic medicine. People from all backgrounds and professions want a white, straight smile, and we can help make it a reality. Whether through minor adjustments or major changes, cosmetic dentistry aims to help people feel good about the way their teeth look. There are many procedures that can improve your teeth and correct issues such as discoloration, chips, gaps, or irregularities. Common options include bonding, veneers, bleaching, reshaping, and crowns. In addition to cosmetic improvements, these procedures can help solve other oral problems as well. I am a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. We are a group of dentists who have dedicated our time and efforts into becoming experts in the field of cosmetic dentistry. I have learned many things by studying with this group and thereby can provide you a the most up to date care, treatment, and expertise in this field. Saying you are a cosmetic dentist is not enough. You have to actively study in this field. The AACD is the only organization of its type in the USA. I will take the time to diagnose, plan, and implement the cosmetic treatment plan that will make your smile something to smile about.
Veneers – There are two types of veneers. The first is composite veneers. These are called chairside composite veneers because they are placed and moulded “chairside” by the dentist with a tooth colored resin material. They are very life like and beautiful. These are not as expensive as lab veneers, but are a very good choice for individuals who do not want to do much alteration of their teeth and would be willing to do add on’s and replacement over the years as they are not as durable as porcelain. I will say though, that I have a patient who has a composite veneer that has been is service for over thirty years. He is sixty-four and it will probably last the rest of his life. My Dad did one in 1973 that the patient still has.
So they can last many years but that is not the norm.
On the other hand there are porcelain veneers made by a lab. They are thin porcelain shells made to cover the sides and front of the teeth to also hide stains, chips, decay, or irregularities. Veneers require removal of enamel. An impression is taken and the dental technician uses a model to make the custom veneer out of porcelain. Porcelain veneers are a great choice for someone desiring a longer lasting and durable restoration where there is still considerable viable tooth structure available to support the veneer. Teeth with heavy wear, multiple past fillings, or deep decay, will be better served with a full coverage crown for a long term result.
Teeth Whitening – One of the most common desires patients have is whiter teeth. When considering your options it is important to consult your dentist to make sure you have all the facts and understand how they may affect your teeth and mouth. Options for teeth whitening usually include whitening toothpastes, at-home bleaching, and in-office bleaching. Of course effectiveness, safety, and results vary greatly between products, so consult with your dentist if you are considering these choices.
Extractions – An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area. Caring for your mouth after an extraction is very important. Your dentist will outline how you should care for the area of the extraction. It is important to allow your mouth time to heal, so avoid activities like smoking, drinking through a straw, or eating foods that may aggravate the area.
Gum Treatment – Gums are the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is when this tissue becomes infected and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Plaque (the bacteria on teeth) is constantly forming, so regular dental care is important to preventing buildup that affects the gums. If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, bad breath or taste, loose or changing teeth, you may have signs of gum disease.
Root Canal – A root canal is a procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Although normal tooth decay can become increasingly worse and eventually lead to a root canal, often times blunt trauma can cause the tooth to die as well. Your dentist will remove the dead nerve from the tooth and then seal it off to prevent another infection or abscess from forming around the tooth. If the nerve is not removed the infection will continue to climb deeper into your gums, often causing swelling, pain, and discomfort.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today at (435) 752-4533 if you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your teeth and mouth.