Your oral health is just as important as the rest of your health; however, a lot of people don’t seek the care they need for their smiles until an issue has happened. If this sounds like you, our Provo, UT, dentist, Dr. Gary Wiest, is here to tell you why preventive dentistry is always the best way to go if you want to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for the long run.
What is preventive dentistry?
Have you ever heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” If Ben Franklin had followed his own adage when it came to his oral health, maybe he would have kept his teeth. Of course, it’s a good rule to follow when it comes to your own smile. Preventive dentistry refers to habits and care that you can receive or perform yourself that will prevent decay and gum disease from befalling your smile.
Preventive dentistry includes brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding sugar and eating a healthy diet, protecting your teeth during sports and visiting our Provo general dentist every six months for exams and professional dental cleanings.
Why should I get professional dental cleanings?
If you brush and floss at home you may wonder what these six-month visits can do for your smile. The answer: a whole lot. While you may brush and floss like you should it isn’t always easy to remove plaque from all areas of your teeth and gums, and it doesn’t take long for plaque to harden into tartar. Once tartar sets in the only way to remove it is to come in for routine cleanings. Luckily, we have the proper tools necessary to safely remove plaque and tartar from areas that may be more difficult for you to reach.
Not to mention the fact that a professional dental cleaning isn’t the only thing you will receive if you come into our office. Besides a clean, stain-free smile we will also check for signs of decay, gum disease, infection, oral cancer or other issues.
If dental problems are detected soon enough then you won’t have to undergo more invasive dentistry procedures. Being able to avoid dental procedures is something everyone wants, and by coming in for routine dental exams and preventive dentistry you might never need dental work.
Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT, is here for you whenever you need dental care. And don’t forget to schedule your upcoming dental cleaning with us. After all, preventive dentistry is your smile’s best friend.
Laying the groundwork for an effective and committed oral care routine early is a crucial part of establishing a good daily dental routine for your child to avoid teeth decay and gum disease. In addition to a good at-home routine, you can also further prevent cavities in your child’s teeth with dental sealants. But are sealants right for your child? Find out with Dr. Gary Wiest at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT.
What is a dental sealant?
Sealants are a super-thin layer of plastic coating placed onto the chewing surfaces of a molar. Molars have naturally-occurring deep crevices which collect decay-causing bacteria. The sealant fills in these deep spots, giving the tooth more surface area and making it easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles or bacteria. The procedure is fast and painless, over in just a few minutes and providing priceless protection against teeth decay. Sealants can last a few years and may need to be retouched by the dentist. While sealants are most popular for children, teens and adults can also benefit from having them placed.
Does my child need sealants?
Everyone can benefit from sealants, no matter their situation. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends applying the sealant as soon as the permanent molars erupt through the gums. This protects the teeth right out of the gate, helping to fend off decay before it even occurs. In addition to sealing the molars, your dentist may recommend placing sealants on other teeth with deep pits or grooves.
Dental Sealants in Provo, UT
The procedure for sealants begins with your dentist thoroughly cleaning and drying the tooth. Cotton placed around the tooth helps keep it dry throughout the procedure. An etching solution placed onto the tooth slightly roughens the tooth to help in the bonding process. Then, your dentist rinses and dries the tooth and brushes the liquid sealant onto the tooth. The sealant hardens, sometimes with the help of a special light, and the sealant is permanently in place.
For more information on dental sealants, please contact Dr. Gary Wiest at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT. Call 801-374-8205 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wiest today!
Getting crowns can be easy and fast thanks to CEREC same-day technology.
When people think about getting crowns they often assume that they will need to come in for several visits, which can really affect someone’s busy schedule. So you’ll be happy to hear that our Provo, UT, dentist, Dr. Gary Wiest, makes it possible to get a dental crown in just one visit.
When is a dental crown necessary?
This hollow tooth-shaped cap is custom-made to fit over a tooth for several reasons. In most cases, the crown is meant to become a reliable barrier to protect a weak or damaged tooth. A tooth that has been affected by decay, infection or trauma may continue to weaken over time, so it’s important that our Provo general dentist places a restoration over the entire tooth to protect it. In most cases, a crown is the best option.
Of course, a crown may also be used to improve the shape, size or color of a tooth, as well. If a tooth is badly malformed or discolored, we may recommend getting a crown to improve the tooth’s appearance.
Besides offering restorative and cosmetic benefits for a tooth, a crown can also be used to support and stabilize a dental bridge or can be used to cover a dental implant.
What is a CEREC crown?
When people think about crowns they often think about the fact that they will have to come in multiple times to our office to have the tooth prepared, impressions taken and then to wait a week or more for a dental lab to make the crown before placing it. But what if we told you there is a way to get a dental crown in just one visit?
Now, our Provo restorative dentist has the technology and software to design, fabricate and place your crown right here in the office in about one hour. A handheld camera is used to capture photos of the tooth, which are then turned into 3D images on the computer. The CEREC software then allows us to use these measurements to create a crown that offers a precise and accurate fit.
Once the crown is designed, we will choose the shade of porcelain that will best match your smile before the milling station gets to work chiseling out your new restoration from a porcelain block (all while you wait!). When the crown is complete, it’s time to check its fit before cementing it over your tooth.
If you have questions about CEREC crowns and whether this is the right option for improving a damaged tooth then it’s time you turned to the dental experts at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT. Call our office today!
It’s never too late to get a straighter smile. We can help you achieve just that!
While those with obvious misalignments in their smile will often assume that braces will help them in some way, this isn’t always something that’s as easy to determine for everyone. Adults, in particular, aren’t always sure whether braces are the best option for them. Our Provo, UT, dentist Dr. Gary Wiest is here to tell you that many people, no matter their age, could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Find out if you could be one of them.
Most people assume that braces will only help to straighten teeth and improve the look of your smile, but orthodontic treatment can actually offer so much more. If you have a bad bite or if you have misaligned jaws you could benefit greatly from getting braces. Having crooked or misaligned teeth can make it more difficult to properly clean your teeth, which can lead to decay and gum disease. By straightening your smile with orthodontics we can improve the health of your teeth, gums and jawbone.
Common issues orthodontic treatment can address include:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowding or overlapping
- Protruding, twisted or crooked teeth
- Crossbites, open bites, underbites and overbites
So yes, orthodontics can certainly improve the shape of your smile but it can do so much more. It can even make your smile healthier for the long term. In our office, our Provo, UT, general dentist offers a variety of ways to get a straighter smile.
While metal and tooth-colored traditional braces may be a better option for someone dealing with more complex and complicated tooth movements, invisible aligners and Six-Month Smiles may be a great way to straighten smiles for adults and teens who don’t want others to notice that they are wearing braces. The best orthodontic option for you will really depend on the severity of the issues you need to correct, your budget and your lifestyle.
Whether you have questions about our unique orthodontic options we offer or you need to schedule a consultation with us, let the experts at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT, provide you with the help you need and the straighter smile you want.
Dental crowns are a crucial part of many dental procedures and can restore or even preserve your tooth’s natural structure. However, traditional crowns take several dental appointments with weeks in between, causing you time and effort. Luckily, Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT, provides same day crowns, saving you that extra dental visit and cutting down your wait times significantly. Find out more about same day dental crowns with Dr. Gary Wiest.
What can a dental crown do for me?
A dental crown is a versatile dental restoration which can provide many treatments. Depending on your situation, a dental crown can:
- restore the biting surface of a worn tooth
- protect a tooth against damage after a large filling
- stabilize a damaged or broken tooth
- preserve a tooth’s natural structure and prevent extraction
- hold a dental bridge in place
- cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
How is a same day crown different from a traditional crown?
A dental crown fits over the tooth, requiring your dentist to prepare the tooth beforehand by removing parts of its enamel from the sides and top. If placing a traditional crown, your dentist will require two appointments. The first appointment will include preparing the tooth and taking a physical impression to send to the dental laboratory. Then, over the course of about two weeks, the lab creates the crown based on the impression. When the crown returns to your dentist’s office, you will have a second appointment to fit and place it onto your tooth.
Same day crowns cut out the laboratory step entirely, allowing your dentist to prepare the tooth, design and create the crown, and place and fit the crown all within the same appointment. This saves you time, effort, co-pays and even the additional fees associated with using the dental laboratory.
Same Day Crowns in Provo
If you think you can benefit from same day crowns, you should consult with Dr. Wiest to determine if this is the best treatment option for you. For more information on same day dental crowns, please contact Dr. Wiest at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT. Call 801-374-8205 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wiest today!
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