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By Provo Dental
February 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Chipped Teeth  

How your dentists in Provo, UT can improve your smile!

Chipped teeth are a common problem, especially as you get older. The strong, protective tooth enamel becomes thinner, making it easier for everyday habits to chip your teeth. The good news is, your dentist can fix chipped teeth and make them look new again. Dr. Gary Wiest and Dr. Kevin Wiest at Provo Dental in Provo, UT offer a wide variety of dental services to improve your smile.

  • If you have small chips with no decay present, your dentist may recommend cosmetic dental bonding, a procedure that uses composite, a liquid material that can be matched to the color of your teeth. The dentist sculpts it and then it's hardened with ultraviolet light, giving you a flawless look.
  • If you have large chips with no decay, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers, which are thin laminates of porcelain cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is also stain-resistant, so your new veneers will look and feel beautiful for up to 20 years.
  • If you have small chips along with tooth decay, your dentist may recommend tooth-colored fillings, which also use composite. The decay is removed, and then the composite is placed then hardened with ultraviolet light. Tooth-colored fillings blend discreetly into your existing teeth.
  • If you have large chips or areas of lost tooth structure, your dentist may recommend porcelain crowns, which cover the visible area of your tooth above the gumline. Crowns give your tooth outstanding strength and protection and can restore the beauty of your smile.
  • If you need a little more strength, especially for back teeth, you can choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, also known as a PFM crown. These crowns have the strength of a metal underlay and the beauty of a porcelain coating.

Chipped teeth can be annoying, and they can also age your smile. To find out more about restorative and cosmetic dental treatments for chipped teeth, call Dr. Gary Wiest and Dr. Kevin B. Wiest of Provo Dental in Provo, UT at (801) 374-8205 today!

By Provo Dental
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment not only helps you look your best but may also make chewing and speaking easier. Have you been considering improving your smile with orthodontics? Your Provo, UT, dentists, Drs. Gary and Kevin Wiest, can help you explore your options.

Which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you?

Orthodontic treatment enhances your appearance by straightening crooked teeth, but that's not the only benefit of treatment. Excessive wear and tear can be an issue if your teeth aren't properly aligned. Eventually, your teeth may crack or break or you might develop gum disease due to the stress on your teeth and gums. If you have a severe bite problem, you may even have difficulty chewing or speaking normally. Straightening your teeth and correcting spacing issues and bite problems improves these issues.

The ideal orthodontic option for you will depend on your orthodontic problems, your straightening goals and your budget. Options include:

  • Metal Braces: Metal braces are probably the first thing you imagine when you think about orthodontic treatment. If you opt for this choice, your dentist will attach metal brackets to the fronts of your teeth and thread metal wires through the brackets. Metal braces can handle any type of orthodontic problem from minor to extremely complicated. Although metal braces are very effective, some people don't like their appearance.
  • Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces may offer a better choice if you prefer a less obvious option. Brackets and wires are clear or tooth-colored, which helps them blend in with your teeth. Ceramic braces are ideal for treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues. If you have a severe bite problem or complicated issues, metal braces might be the better solution.
  • Lingual Braces: The brackets and wires used in lingual braces are applied to the backs of your teeth, where they're practically unnoticeable. Because the braces must be made in a dental laboratory, lingual braces can be the most expensive orthodontic option.
  • Clear Aligners: Clear aligners are removable, transparent, plastic trays that fit over your upper and lower teeth. Adjusting the tension on the brace wires realigns your teeth if you wear traditional braces. The process is a little different with clear aligners. During your initial visit to the Provo dental office, your dentist will create a 3D image of your teeth, which will be used to create a series of aligners, each of which will be worn for about two weeks. Aligners offer a subtle way to realign your smile.

Upgrade your smile with orthodontics. Call your dentists in Provo, UT, Drs. Gary and Kevin Wiest, at (801) 374-8205 to schedule your appointment.

By Provo Dental
January 04, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Conebeam 3D X-Rays  

X-rays are valuable diagnostic tools that clearly reveal hidden dental structures in need of surgery. Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), one of the newest x-rays, can change the way dental problems are diagnosed and treated. At Provo Dental in Provo, UT, Drs. Gary Wiest and Kevin Wiest provide patients with this latest technology.

More About Conebeam 3D X-Rays

Conebeam 3D X-Rays your dentist visualize intricate structures inside the mouth, like root canals, nerves, and sinuses in three dimensions. This makes it easy for dentists to assess your teeth and what's needed and reduces the need for invasive procedures. Patients will have a faster recovery time with a better outcome.

X-rays are electromagnetic energy that forms an image. The energetic x-rays penetrate bone and soft tissue to reveal structures by varying degrees of absorption (a grayscale picture of what's underneath the surface).

Conebeam 3D X-Rays use a rotating imaging device that revolves around the patient's head and scans between 150 and 600 different X-rays from different views in less than a minute, then a computer creates a virtual 3D model based on the scanned information. Your Provo dentist can rotate the model from side to side, or up and down, to examine the area in need of surgery in greater detail.

What specialties utilize Conebeam 3D X-Rays?

  1. Orthodontics: Imagine a more precise way of positioning braces on teeth and jaws to straighten your smile and improve dental function.
  2. Dental implants: CBCT images determine the precise location titanium implants should be placed to avoid nerves, sinuses, and low bone density areas.
  3. Oral Surgery: Drs. Gary Wiest and Kevin Wiest use 3D x-rays to treat teeth impacted by tumors using scans.

Do you need to speak to a dentist?
Conebeam 3D X-Rays are an important diagnostic tool used for various procedures. To learn more, call Provo Dental in Provo, UT, at 801-374-8205. Drs. Gary Wiest and Kevin Wiest can help!

By Provo Dental
September 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Same Day Crowns  

Find out the reasons why people are turning to same-day crowns here in Provo, UT.

Dealing with a damaged tooth? Then you’re most likely going to need a dental crown. If you’re not really looking forward to getting a dental crown, rest assured that our Provo, UT, dentists Drs. Gary and Kevin Wiest provide same-day crowns to make getting the restorative dentistry you need even easier. Here are some of the reasons people are smiling again thanks to same-day crowns.

Easy, Mess-free Dental Impressions

When dentists turn to a dental lab to craft traditional crowns, most of the time you’ll need to deal with those standard goopy dental impressions that can be awkward and unpleasant. Luckily, this isn’t the case with same-day crowns. Instead, we use a digital camera to take impressions of your teeth in a matter of minutes with zero mess.

Precise Measurements and Technology

CEREC uses CAD/CAM software and technology to ensure that you get a crown that perfectly fits a tooth. Since digital impressions capture detailed measurements of your tooth this also means getting a restoration that provides a perfect and precise fit each and every time.

Fast Restorative Dentistry in One Trip

Getting the restorative dentistry you need right away is of the utmost importance to anyone dealing with damaged or broken teeth. The good news is that same-day crowns can be designed, made and fitted all in one visit to our office. No need to come back into the office for a separate fitting. We can preserve your smile in a single appointment.

No Temporary Crowns

With traditional crowns, dentists have to turn to an outside dental lab to create your crowns. This can take weeks, so in the interim, a temporary crown is placed to protect the vulnerable and prepared tooth from damage. The good news is that you won’t need temporary crowns when you turn to our Provo, UT, dental team for same-day crowns since we can create your crown right here in our office while you wait.

If you are interested in learning more about getting same-day crowns from our Provo, UT, dental team then it’s the perfect time to call Provo Dental at (801) 374-8205.

By Provo Dental
September 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Filling  

Having a cavity filled is something that most people will experience at one time in their lives. However, for such a common occurrence, not all dental patients understand why dental fillings are needed or how they're applied. From the office of your Provo, UT dentists, Drs. Gary and Kevin Weist, discover the science behind dental fillings and when you might need one yourself.

A brief history of fillings

Ancient fillings have been found in skeletons that are nearly 10,000 years old, and the basic function of fillings hasn't changed much since then. Before modern times, materials like beeswax were used to fill cavities; later, metals such as gold, silver, and tin were softened and applied to the teeth that needed repair. We can assume that back then, anesthetic was minimal or non-existent, so removal of the decay was likely a very uncomfortable procedure. Fortunately, your Provo dentist uses the latest in dental science to make all procedures, including fillings, a painless and hassle-free experience.

Fillings today

These days, cavity fillings are a routine procedure. Diagnosis of a cavity is made during a visual examination or analysis of an X-ray. To repair a cavity, anesthetic is applied to the area and the decay is carefully removed. The prepared tooth is then cleaned and filled with a glass and plastic-based putty. This resin, as it's called, is tooth-colored in order to blend in. All in all, simple cavity fillings usually take no more than an hour to complete, and can last a decade or more before needing replacement or repair.

Signs you may need a filling

As we discussed above, a cavity may be diagnosed during a checkup with your Provo dentist. However, sometimes there are symptoms that you'll notice at home. You may discover a new, chalky white or dark-colored spot on a tooth that can't be removed with brushing. You may also find that your floss begins to snag on a certain tooth. Tooth sensitivity may also occur as the decay progresses. Any of these situations warrant a trip to Provo Dental for an examination.

If you're showing signs of needing a filling, or you have further questions, call 801-374-8205 to speak to one of Provo Dental's friendly staff members about making an appointment with Dr. Kevin Wiest or Dr. Gary Wiest today.

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