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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.

By Provo Dental
June 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Cosmetic dentistry can help you transform your dull or damaged smile or even replace a missing tooth. One of these cosmetic dentistry options offered by your Provo, UT dentists, Drs. Gary and Kevin Weist, may offer the perfect solution for your smile issues.

Teeth whitening

Whitening your teeth is one of the simplest and most effective ways to enhance your appearance. Professional-strength whiteners eliminate stains in just about an hour, turning your smile from dull to sparkling. Whitening results generally last several years but may be extended if you avoid or limit coffee, tea, berries and other foods and beverages that contain dark pigments.

Six Month Smiles

Have your teeth shifted as you've gotten older? If your teeth have become a little crooked or you have a few gaps, Six Month Smiles can help. You'll wear clear braces that only realign the teeth that are visible when you smile. Most adults can complete treatment in just about six months.

Crowns

Hollow crowns slip over the tops of teeth, covering them completely. Crowns restore broken teeth and strengthen fragile and cracked teeth. They're also used to change the shape or length of teeth or hide discolorations or other flaws. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, your new crown may only require one visit to the Provo dental office. Same-day crowns are created in the office while you wait.

Dental implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth starting with the roots. Implants serve as replacement roots and are added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The tiny titanium implants bond to your jawbone and becomes just as strong as your natural tooth roots. Dental implants are paired with dental crowns to create brand new teeth that look as good as they feel.

Dental implants usually never need to be replaced and can be used to restore any number of missing teeth. If your oral and general health is good and you don't smoke, you're probably a good candidate for dental implants.

Improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call your dentists in Provo, UT, Drs. Gary and Kevin Weist, at (801) 374-8205 to schedule your appointment.

By Provo Dental
April 24, 2020
Tags: Orthodontics  

Your lower and upper jaws’ teeth should fit together neatly. Otherwise, it could increase your risk of developing bite issues, gum disease, and tooth decay. The area of orthodontics is focused on diagnosing and correcting jaw and teeth alignment issues with the use of orthodontic appliances like braces and aligners.

A thorough evaluation with one of our orthodontists, Dr. Gary Wiest or Dr. Kevin Wiest of Provo Dental in Provo, UT, can accurately determine if you require orthodontics. In the meantime, below are common examples when orthodontic treatment is usually recommended.

When is Orthodontics Recommended?

In general, dentists typically recommend orthodontic treatment for people with overlapping, crowded, and crooked teeth since these can lead to a host of issues such as:

  • Gum Injury: If a tooth does not fit into its opposite jaw snugly, it might cause gum injury because it will repeatedly dig into your gum.
  • Gum Disease and Tooth Decay: Crowded and overlapping teeth could be more difficult to clean and consequently result in gum disease and decay.
  • Premature Wear and Tear: Chewing can gradually wear down teeth that don’t fit properly.

Take note that orthodontic treatment is commonly done when all of the person’s permanent teeth have come in or erupted, which is between 11 and 13 years of age, but some people can start treatment earlier or later on when they’re adults. So it’s best to consult with your orthodontist in Provo, UT, to determine the best time for orthodontics.

Specific Problems That Orthodontics Can Treat

Protruded Teeth

This occurs when the lower jaw is placed further back than the upper jaw. When your teeth fit nicely together, you’d see your upper teeth placed on your lower lip’s inside portion, otherwise, you have protruded teeth. If you have protruded teeth, you have an elevated risk of tooth loss or damage from accidents. You may likewise have eating and/or speech issues. Lots of people also opt to treat protruded teeth, not only for functional purposes but for aesthetic reasons as well.

Underbite

When you have an underbite, your bottom jaw will protrude more forward than usual. When you fit your teeth, you’ll find that your bottom front teeth will rest in front, instead of behind, your upper front teeth.

Excessive Overbite

When your top teeth sit over your bottom teeth more forward than usual, you have an excessive overbite.

Crowded Teeth

This occurs when there isn’t sufficient space for your teeth in your jaw, causing them to overlap. This could be a result of a small jaw, huge teeth, or both.

Interested in Orthodontics? Give Us a Call

Arrange your appointment with Dr. Gary Wiest or Dr. Kevin Wiest here at Provo Dental in Provo, UT, by dialing (801) 374-8205.





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