Over 120 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth, and 120 million people have no teeth. Tooth loss can have a negative effect on your appearance and can affect your self-confidence. Missing one or more teeth can make you feel uncomfortable when speaking and laughing with other people. Many people who suffer from tooth loss avoid social situations because they are embarrassed by their smiles.
Fortunately, Dr. Gary Wiest and Dr. Kevin Wiest of Provo Dental can treat your tooth loss using dental implants in Provo, UT.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of a metal peg that is screwed directly into your jawbone. When the implant fuses completely to the jawbone, a crown will be fit and then dyed to match your natural teeth.
Dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, and every tooth. Implants are also used to support dentures so they stay in your mouth, eliminating the need for an adhesive that isn't always effective and can irritate your gums.
What To Expect When Getting Dental Implants
Your dentist will need to take x-rays to get a clear picture of your entire mouth. Conebeam 3D X-rays in Provo, UT, provide a clearer, more detailed view of your mouth than they can get from a traditional x-ray. For the implants to be successful, you need enough jawbone to hold the implant. If the x-ray shows you don't have enough, a bone graft will be necessary.
Your dentist will prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash and antibiotics for you to use before the surgery to prevent infection.
Your dentist will place the implants using either a local anesthetic or IV sedation before cutting into your gums. They will drill the implant into the exposed jawbone and screw it in. After, the incisions will be closed with stitches.
You will need to wait a few months for the next phase of the procedure. Before you can be fit for the crown, the incisions need to have healed completely and the implant needs to fuse to the jawbone.
When you are healed and return for the next step, your dentist will take a mold of your mouth. They will use the mold to create the crown. When the crown is fit you are done, and your smile will be significantly improved.
How To Care For Dental Implants
It is essential that you take care of your dental implants. Inadequate care can result in a condition called peri-implantitis, which affects the gums surrounding the implant and can put your implant and your health at risk. If you follow the tips below, your gums around the implants will remain healthy.
- Brush the implant and the surrounding gums with a soft-bristle toothbrush at least twice a day using a low-abrasive toothpaste.
- Make sure you brush under and around the implant crown.
- For hard-to-reach places, an interdental brush with a nylon coating can help.
- Floss every day with an unwaxed tape or floss recommended by your dentist.
- Use an oral irrigator daily.
If you are thinking about getting dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Wiest or Dr. Kevin Wiest. The dentists can perform an exam to determine if you have enough jawbone to hold the implant. When the procedure is complete, you will feel like a new person. To book your appointment with Provo Dental, call (801) 374-8205 in Provo, UT.
We all want to have the healthiest possible smile and that all begins with preventive dental care. Too many of us still only turn to our Provo, UT, dentist only when there is already a problem. When something has already gone wrong our options become more limited. So to keep this from happening to us we need to embrace every aspect of preventive care, from everything we can do at home, to everything that our doctor can help with. Learn more about the importance of preventive care by getting in contact with Dr. Gary Wiest and Dr. Kevin Wiest of Provo Dental.
Preventive Care At Home
The battle against plaque begins in our own home with twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing. Good dental hygiene habits are key because plaque builds again every day on our teeth. The bacteria that live in the plaque expel acids that can harm the enamel on our teeth and damage our gums, potentially leading to gum disease.
The bacteria that live amid the plaque feed especially on the sugary foods and drinks we love to consume. So as important as dental hygiene is, so is a balanced and tooth-healthy diet.
Regular Dental Cleanings and Checkups
You are not expected to do it all alone, in fact, there are things that only your dentist can do. Good cleaning habits at home, however effective, often leave at least some plaque behind. This plaque can harden making it practically impossible to be removed outside the dentist's office. It is why it's recommended that you have your teeth cleaned at the office every six months, to keep plaque and its damaging side effects at bay.
But it isn't only plaque that can threaten our smile. There are many factors that can impact our teeth, including certain dental conditions. Checkups accompany these dental cleaning sessions and during these, your dentist examines your mouth to keep a close eye on potential problems. Problems addressed early are typically less invasive than those allowed to progress on their own.
Preventive Care in Provo, UT
Don't wait until it's too late to visit your Provo, UT, dentist. If you have been away from the office for some time, schedule an appointment today with Drs. Wiest of Provo Dental by dialing 801-374-8205.
When your life is busy, it can be difficult to find time to take care of your smile, particularly if fixing the problem requires more than one visit to the dentist. Same-day crowns offered by your Provo, UT, dentists at Provo Dental, Dr. Gary Wiest and Dr. Kevin Wiest, can make your life a little easier.
How same-day crowns work
In the past, crowns were made by a dental laboratory. Your dentist sent the laboratory an impression of your mouth that became the mold for your restoration. During your first crown appointment, your dentist took the impression and reduced the size of your tooth. About two weeks later, you returned to the office to receive your new crown.
There's no need for a dental laboratory with same-day crowns. The Provo, UT, dental office now has a special machine that can make your new crown on-site. After your dentist designs your crown on a computer, he sends the design to the milling machine. The machine creates and shapes your crown by removing layers from a block of ceramic or resin. Crowns can usually be created by the machine in 30 minutes or less.
The advantages of same-day crowns
Same-day crowns can:
- Save You Time: You won't have to use extra hours from your paid time off or disrupt your busy schedule when you only need one appointment to get a new dental crown.
- Improve Comfort: Dental putty offers an effective way to make impressions for porcelain crowns, although the process can be uncomfortable. The putty-filled tray must be held against your teeth for three minutes or longer, which can trigger gagging in some people. Thanks to the digital impressions used with same-day crowns, discomfort is no longer a problem.
- Eliminate the Need for Temporary Crowns: Temporary crowns were used to cover prepared teeth until the permanent crowns were ready. Because the crowns weren't meant to last a long time, you had to avoid foods that could loosen or damage the temporary restorations. Fortunately, same-day crowns have made temporary crowns unnecessary.
Are you ready to make an appointment for same-day crowns at the Provo, UT, dental office? Call (801) 374-8205 to reach Dr. Gary or Kevin Wiest at Provo Dental.
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!
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.
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