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By Eighth North Dental Center
September 10, 2018
Tags: Veneers   Damaged Teeth  

If you have ever wished your smile was more beautiful but felt it was a lost cause, you may benefit from dental veneers. This powerfulVeneers procedure can transform your smile and take it from discolored, chipped, or even misaligned to a gorgeous Hollywood smile. Find out more about dental veneers and what they can do for you with Dr. Gary Wiest at Wiest Dental in Provo, UT.

How can dental veneers benefit me? 
Dental veneers are the gold standard in overhauling your smile. However, they can also accomplish simple tasks like repairing a small imperfection on a single tooth. Depending on your needs, the versatility of veneers is sure to provide a solution to your aesthetic dental issues. Some of the most cited reasons for considering veneers include:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth

Am I a good candidate for dental veneers? 
A good candidate for dental veneers is in good dental health and has a strong at-home oral care routine. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and flossing between each tooth and behind the last molar at least once a day. In addition to at-home care, a good candidate should have a commitment to seeing their dentist the ADA-recommended twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings. Candidates should also be free from teeth decay and gum disease prior to placing a veneer.

Dental Veneers in Provo, UT 
The versatility of dental veneers can benefit patients in a number of situations and allow you to feel great about the look of your smile. If you are considering veneers but are unsure if they are the best option for you, consult with your dentist to ensure that this treatment will benefit your smile.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact your dentist, Dr. Gary Wiest, at Wiest Dental in Provo, UT. Call (801) 374-8205 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wiest today!

By Eighth North Dental Center
July 18, 2018
Category: Oral Health

At Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT your dentist, Dr. Gary Wiest, makes sure all his patients develop good oral hygiene habits. Heoral hygiene knows from experience that consistent at-home and in-office care lowers the risk of decay, gum disease, tooth loss and even poor systemic health. So, the question is," Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits?"

Home oral hygiene

The American Dental Association (ADA) sets guidelines for both dentists and patients to follow. These guidelines include how patients participate in self-care. So, what's your responsibility regarding dental care?

1. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Use a quality, non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste, and a soft brush which fits comfortably in your mouth. When you brush, be sure to work on all tooth surfaces, including the ones which are hard to reach.

2. Floss your teeth once a day. In addition to brushing, flossing removes plaque

3. Eat well every day. That means limit sugar and carbohydrates and focus on fruits, vegetables, calcium, whole grains and protein. Drink water to assist in saliva production, to wash tooth surfaces and to avoid harmful dry mouth.

4. Be aware of what's happening in your mouth. If you notice a sore which does not heal, feel sensitivity on a particular tooth or notice bleeding gums, see your dentist in Provo right away.

In-office hygiene

Both the ADA and Dr. Wiest want patients to get in-office examinations, X-rays (as needed) and hygienic cleanings every six months. Some individuals, such as those with periodontal needs, may require more frequent visits.

At a routine visit, your hygienist will scale your teeth, using small handheld tools to remove sticky plaque and hard tartar. Also, they'll floss and polish your teeth and recommend ways to keep your smile sparkling and healthy.

Dr. Wiest will carefully examine your teeth and gums for decay and periodontal problems. Also, he'll assess your soft oral tissues for oral cancer, examine your dental bite, check your crowns fillings, other restorations and cosmetic work for a breakdown.

Great smiles need care

As you partner with Dr. Wiest and his team at Eight North Dental Center in Provo, UT, you'll enjoy the benefits a healthy smile can bring. If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth and gums or how to care for them, please call the office at (801) 374-8205.

By Eighth North Dental Center
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Provo wants you to knowdental crowns

If you have damaged teeth, or you have a smile full of large, old metal fillings, you may be thinking about getting dental crowns. Dental crowns are an excellent choice to make your smile stronger and more beautiful. Now, thanks to a revolutionary process known as CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) you can have your new dental crown on the same day! Dr. Gary Wiest at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT, wants to share the benefits of same-day crowns and what they can do for you.

In years past, if you wanted a dental crown, you would have to schedule at least 2 appointments, one for tooth preparation, and the other for a crown cementation. In between, you would have to wait weeks for your new crown to come back from the dental laboratory. During this time, you would have to wear an uncomfortable, unsightly temporary crown until your new crown was finished.

The process has changed dramatically, thanks to CAD/CAM same-day crown technology. Now you can have your tooth prepared and a new crown created all in the same appointment, right in the office, while you wait. These are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy with same day crowns:

  • You will save time, because same day crowns only require one appointment.
  • Your crown will fit perfectly the first time, thanks to CAD/CAM exact measuring technology.
  • Your crown will look completely natural because the crown material is a high-grade dental ceramic that reflects light just like your natural teeth.

CAD/CAM same-day crown technology uses computer-aided measurement along with precise 3D imaging to create a crown that fits your smile perfectly with no adjustments and no remakes. Your new crown will be a unique addition to your unique smile.

You deserve to discover the benefits of same-day crowns for yourself. Now you don’t have to wait to achieve a smile you can be proud of. Enhance your smile in just one appointment with same day crowns. For more information about same day crowns and additional restorative or cosmetic services, call Dr. Wiest at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, UT, today!

By Eighth North Dental Center
April 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

What your dentist in Provo, Utah wants you to know.root canal

Tooth pain can be excruciating. You may be tempted to have the painful tooth taken out, but don’t do it! Once a tooth is removed, your smile won’t be the same. Instead, think about root canal treatment, the modern way to eliminate tooth pain and still keep your tooth. Dr. Gary Wiest at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, Utah wants to share his knowledge of root canals and when you might need one.

There are several common symptoms of tooth pain that might signal the need for a root canal. You should pay attention to:

  • Pain that increases when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Tooth pain that increases after dental treatment
  • Radiating pain that spreads to your face or jaws
  • Aching or throbbing pain that is continuous

There are also some visible changes in your gums or teeth to look for. You should pay attention to:

  • A white or red bump that appears near a tooth root
  • Drainage or bleeding that happens near a tooth root
  • A tooth that is darker or grayer than the teeth around it

Teeth can also die with little or no symptoms. You may not feel any pain, but you will probably see the tooth darken. Only your dentist will know for sure if you need a root canal. That’s why regular visits to your dentist are so important. Your dentist will notice dental issues when they are small, so that you may not need a root canal.

If you do need a root canal, Dr. Wiest will create a small opening in the top of your tooth. He will remove the diseased and inflamed tissue from inside your tooth, drawing it out through the opening. Then he will place a sedative material inside your tooth that helps to eliminate the inflammation, infection and pain. Once your tooth is pain-free, he will fill up the inside with an inert material and seal the tooth up with a dental filling or dental crown.

Root canals are nothing to be afraid of. They are the modern way to eliminate dental pain and save your teeth. For more information about root canal therapy and other restorative and cosmetic dental procedures call Dr. Gary Wiest at Eighth North Dental Center in Provo, Utah today!

By Eighth North Dental Center
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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 preventative dentistryan 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.





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