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:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Several conditions may necessitate tooth extraction. Among these are:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child should visit the dentist by his or her 1st birthday.
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.
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.
There are a number of things you, as a parent, can do to help create positive dental experiences:
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:
Did you know that by routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
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.
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:
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following: