Cosmetic Dental Care in Salt Lake City

Cosmetic dentistry is not limited to one type of treatment, nor only for aesthetic reasons. The aim of each treatment is to enhance the beauty of your smile and to correct misaligned bites, and other dental issues. These treatments can help you achieve a more beautiful and inviting smile that boosts your self-esteem, and can help you smile with confidence. Cosmetic dentistry might be for you if you feel your smile is flawed with imperfections such as:

  • Cracked, chipped, fractured, or broken teeth
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Discolored, yellowed, or stained teeth
  • Slightly misaligned or uneven teeth
  • One or more missing teeth
  • Teeth that appear too long, too short, or too pointed
  • Very worn teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Cosmetic Dental Treatments We Offer Include:

Teeth Whitening

In office whitening or trays for at home treatment. Teeth whitening is a simple, effective cosmetic dental treatment that we offer to noticeably enhance your smile in as little as one treatment. Our professional teeth whitening treatments utilize a powerful yet safe whitening gel that is applied to the surface of your teeth. This gel works to lighten the appearance of stains, discoloration, and yellowing on the tooth enamel. Teeth whitening is often available in both in-office and take-home systems. Professional teeth whitening can give you a noticeably whiter smile that will boost your self-esteem and help you smile with pride. Learn more about teeth whitening treatments.

Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers are partial crowns that cover only the front and biting edge of teeth. These all-ceramic restorations are usually placed on front teeth to change the color or shape of teeth or add symmetry and balance to a smile. Some composite veneers can be done painlessly, anesthetic-free and without the need for grinding down the tooth’s surface before placement.  Learn more about Veneers and schedule an appointment.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Resin and composite materials for fillings, porcelain and ceramic materials for inlays, onlays or crowns. All these new materials are tooth colored or can be shaded or colored to match your beautiful smile. Learn more about tooth colored fillings.

Your individualized treatment plan will help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We will help you choose one or more of our high-quality cosmetic dental treatments based on your personal needs and desires. We look forward to helping you reach the healthy and attractive smile you deserve!

Porcelain Crowns

A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of dental crowns are to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain crowns are popular because they match the natural color and appearance of your teeth. Learn more about dental crowns.

Replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile to optimal health, function, and appearance. Dental implants are a great option for restoring your smile because the implant is designed to look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime.

Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth. The dental implant post, which is a screw made of titanium, is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This replaces the missing tooth root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable. Next a period of healing is required to allow the bone to begin to bond with the biocompatible post. Following this healing period, the dental implant restoration, or replacement tooth, is placed which fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are being replaced, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture, or partial denture. Each dental implant restoration is made to fit your smile.

If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size. We offer in office, same day, tooth colored crowns.

A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of dental crowns are to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal; porcelain crowns are popular because they match the natural color and appearance of your teeth.

Dental crowns can be used for a number of restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:

  • Times when a dental filling will not provide a successful restoration
  • To support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
  • To strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weakened
  • To anchor and attach a dental bridge
  • To protect a tooth following root canal treatment
  • To cover and complete a dental implant
  • To enhance the beauty of your smile
  • To improve a misshapen tooth

Dental bridges may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Dental bridges are made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — two or more anchoring teeth and a false tooth or teeth in between. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.

The success of any dental bridge depends two things. First is home care or maintaining proper oral hygiene. Second is the foundation it is built on— the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.

Root Canal Treatment in Salt Lake City

Missing teeth can make you self-conscious, affect your ability to bite and chew, cause other healthy teeth to shift, and have a negative impact on your overall health. By choosing to receive endodontic treatment, you are choosing to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come. Endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal therapy (treatment), is a treatment of the tooth aimed at clearing infection as well as protecting the tooth from subsequent infections.

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue (the nerve of the tooth) and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and an abscess may form. This injures your jawbones, and is also detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.

Infected teeth are not always painful, however there are some signs a tooth may need root canal treatment.

Signs and Symptoms You May Need A Root Canal

  • Severe or spontaneous toothache
  • Pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Dark discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums

What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal therapy involves one to three visits. During these visits the affected tissue and infection is removed. Next the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental restoration. If your tooth had extensive decay, the tooth may require a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Most teeth can be saved unless they have one of the following conditions:

  • Roots are severely fractured
  • The tooth does not have adequate bone support
  • The tooth cannot be restored due to lack of remaining tooth structure
  • Root canals are inaccessible

Schedule An Appointment

Do you suffer from any of the symptoms above, and think you may need a root canal, or have more questions? If you’re experiencing tooth pain, give our Salt Lake dentist a call for an appointment today at 801-277-1010.

Tooth Extractions in Salt Lake City

A tooth extraction procedure is the removal of a tooth. We strive to avoid the need tooth extractions whenever possible, however, certain conditions may make tooth extractions the most effective option for returning your smile to good health and function.

Reasons For Tooth Extractions

Several conditions may necessitate tooth extraction. Among these are:

  • Severe infection that has destroyed a significant portion of the tooth and supporting bone structure
  • Serious decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair, making a successful restoration impossible
  • Crowding caused by too many teeth to properly fit in the mouth

We use great care and skill when performing a tooth extraction to ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable and painless as possible. We also provide detailed post-treatment care instructions so you can properly take care of your smile as it heals. Following the tooth extraction, we are happy to provide you with one of our excellent tooth replacement treatments, if needed, to restore your smile to optimal health, beauty, and function.

Schedule An Appointment For Oral Surgery

If you’re experiencing discomfort or pain from a chipped or broken tooth, contact our office today for an appointment. We’re conveniently located in the heat of Holladay, on Murray-Holladay Road!

What are Dentures?

Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial.

Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.

Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.

How Do I Know if Dentures are the Right Choice for Me?

If you’re interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have, and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health.

Caring for your Dentures

Just like natural teeth, they require daily maintenance to stay clean and keep bacteria from growing inside of your mouth. Some tips to keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy are:

  • When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. This way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
  • Your dentures are not immune from plaque and tartar build-up, so it’s important that you brush your dentures every day. To brush your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the surfaces, being careful not to break or bend the plastic. Between brushings, it’s important to rinse your dentures after each meal.
  • Use a gentle cleanser to clean your dentures. Many toothpastes, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too hard on your dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to get your dentures clean. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval to choose products that are safe for your dentures, or ask your dentist about which products may be best for you.
  • When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape, or even crack and break. Certain styles of dentures require certain soaking solutions, so be sure to ask your dentist which solution is best for you.
  • Even if you have a full set of dentures, it’s important to keep your gums and tongue clean. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your gums and tongue every day.

If by chance your dentures do break, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Broken dentures that don’t fit properly can cause irritation to your gums and mouth. Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every six months to make sure that your smile stays healthy for many years to come.

Family Dentistry in Salt Lake City

Healthy Smiles for the Whole Family!​

At Smiles Dental Studio in Holladay, we provide family dentistry for your entire family. Our pediatric and family dentistry is designed to help you and your children feel at home and comfortable at the dentist. We care about establishing a dental home for your child by giving them a head start on healthy dental hygiene habits for life. We can also provide information and answer questions parents might have about their child’s dental health. Our experienced dental team is trained to respond to the special concerns and needs of children.

When Should My Child Have Their First Dentist Visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child should visit the dentist by his or her 1st birthday.

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Exam

Infants:

The infant oral health exam at age 1 provides valuable information about caring for your baby’s teeth. This first visit will include a medical and dental history, thorough oral examination, age-appropriate tooth brushing demonstration, prophylaxis (cleaning), and fluoride varnish treatment as indicated. In addition, the doctor will assess the infant’s risk of developing cavities and determine a prevention plan and interval for re-care. As part of the visit, we will provide anticipatory guidance regarding dental and oral development, fluoride status, oral habits (pacifier, thumb, etc), teething, injury prevention, brushing and flossing instruction, and the role of diet (bottle, sippy cups) in keeping teeth healthy.

Toddlers/Preschoolers:

Older children will also have an enjoyable first visit. We will provide a “Tell Show Do” technique to allow your child to learn about, see, touch, and understand every object that he or she will be exposed during this visit. Our team uses age appropriate language to help your child grasp dental concepts. At this visit your child will have an oral exam, prophylaxis (cleaning), fluoride varnish treatment, and dental radiographs (pictures) as indicated. This early dental visit will focus on your child’s unique needs and individualized counseling and discussion will be an integral component of this visit. Topics to be discussed include: brushing, flossing, diet and nutrition, injury prevention, oral habits, and speech/language development.

Your Role as a Parent

There are a number of things you, as a parent, can do to help create positive dental experiences:

  • Let your child know the dentist is a friend and is there to help your child take care of his/her teeth.
  • Explain that during the visit the dentist will “brush” and “count” your child’s teeth.
  • Please refrain from using words that may cause unnecessary fear or anxiety. The following words are avoided in our office: “shot,” “needle,” “pull,” “drill,” and “hurt.”
  • We know that all children are not alike. We treat each child as an individual and help to assess their personal needs early on. Our team works hard to help each child develop a good oral hygiene schedule and regimen that can be maintained for a lifetime!

Schedule An Appointment

Call our office today to schedule an appointment for you and the entire family! Located on Murray-Holladay Road, our dentist office is located in the heart of Salt Lake City!

Dental cavity fillings are the most common dental procedure. Most people need at least one tooth filling in their lifetime. Fillings are commonly used to treat cavities, but they’re also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down over time.
Most dental filling procedures feature the following:

  • Topical anesthetic to numb the area of treatment
  • Decay removal from the affected teeth
  • Tooth restoration using a composite, which is a tooth colored material
  • Bite check to make sure your teeth align comfortably

Dental Cleanings and Exams in Salt Lake City

Prevent the Problem Before It Starts

Did you know that by routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in your dentist’s office

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful. Recent studies are showing more and more the correlations between a healthy mouth and better overall health in individuals. The health of your teeth and mouth is vital to the well-being of your entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking great, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.

Dental Exam

At Smiles Dental Studio, you’ll receive a comprehensive dental exam by the dentist at your initial dental visit. During regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays: Imaging of the bone and hard tissue in the mouth is essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Evaluation of the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of inflammation and periodontal disease.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the soft tissue of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Check for tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Check on existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc. for decay, cracks, or fractures.

Professional Dental Cleanings

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Measurements of gum tissue: The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
  • Calculus (tartar) removal: Calculus is hardened plaque that is mineralized and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Plaque removal: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums and the start of periodontal disease.
  • Teeth polishing: Removes surface stains and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and cleaning.
  • Fluoride Varnish: a highly concentrated form of fluoride is applied to the tooth’s surface. Fluoride is a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel or outer surface of the tooth. This varnish can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse.

    Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for an exam and cleaning, and maintain a happy and healthy smile.