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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
March 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

It's not easy to smile at the world when you're not confident about your teeth. For instance, stained, broken, or missing teeth can all make you want to hide your face during social situations, consequently interfering with work, school, and even your personal life.

Fortunately, a cosmetic dentistry appointment with Dr. Gary Wiest or Dr. Kevin Weist in Provo, UT, can improve the imperfections in your smile and rejuvenate your look—read on to learn more!

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that is designed to enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile. Whether you want to make your teeth whiter, replace missing teeth, or anything in between, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your goals.

Improves Your Self Confidence

One of the first benefits of receiving cosmetic dental surgery is that it makes you feel better about yourself. When you have a beautiful smile, you feel more confident about going to work, school or social events. It can boost your self-esteem when you know your teeth are healthy and attractive.

Improves Your Appearance

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance. It eliminates yellow or stained teeth. It fixes loose teeth and replaces ones that are missing. If your teeth are crooked, Dr. Gary Wiest and Dr. Kevin Wiest can straighten them, enabling you to speak and chew more easily.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

There are various kinds of cosmetic dental treatments. Some of them include:

  • Teeth Whitening, to improve stained teeth
  • Crowns, to repair damaged teeth
  • Veneers, to hide dental stains and improve uniformity in your smile
  • Bonding, to fix abnormal tooth structure

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you're ready to improve your teeth's appearance and you live in Provo, UT, contact Provo Dental at 801-374-8205. Schedule an appointment with our dentists and achieve the smile you've always wanted!

By Provo Dental
May 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Not everyone is blessed with a perfectly beautiful smile. Gaps and mild overlapping mar smile appearance, and accidental chipping and dental bondingcracking impact your self-confidence. What's the solution to these problems? Your Provo, UT, dentist, Dr. Gary Wiest offers composite resin bonding, a quick, economical and effective way to blend away minor cosmetic issues. Check it out at Provo Dental.

What is composite resin bonding?

Bonding applies a mix of glass particles and inorganic plastic compounds to reshape small dental defects. Dear Doctor explains that larger or more complex chips, gaps, cracks or craze line require a higher percentage of plastic in the resin mix, and that your Provo, UT, dentist also can vary the material's shade so it exactly matches the existing tooth structure.

Besides reshaping defects, composite resin restores decay. A great alternative to metal amalgam, resin makes a filling which is strong and lifelike in appearance. It requires far less enamel reduction and places less stress on remaining tooth structure because composite resin flexes when the patient bites and chews on the tooth.

Treatment details

To prepare a tooth for bonding, Dr. Wiest lightly sands the surfaces to be bonded. Then he applies a mild acid solution which helps the resin adhere to the tooth.

He applies the resin in layers and hardens each layer with a special light. He continues layering until reaching the best size, shape and thickness. A final trimming, sanding and polishing finishes the restoration. Depending on the extent of the repair, the treatment may take about half an hour from start to finish.

Caring for composite resin

Repairs made with composite resin last from five to ten years. Good brushing and flossing are key, as are your regular six-month examinations and cleanings with Dr. Wiest.

While composite resin is very durable, it can stain as natural tooth enamel does. So avoid tobacco, and limit coffee, sports drinks and acidic foods as much as possible.

Find out more

If you wish to improve your smile cosmetically, why not arrange a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Wiest and his team at Provo Dental in Provo, UT? Your dentist will do a complete examination and recommend the services best suited to your needs and goals. We are open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm. Phone (801) 374-8205.

By Provo Dental
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: X-Ray  

This 3D x-ray provides helpful and precise information about your oral health.

Whenever you set foot in our office, the goal of our Provo, UT, dentist Dr. Gary Wiest is to make sure you get the thorough dental care you Dental-X-Rayneed to make sure that everything is healthy and working as it should be.

Even if you aren’t experiencing problems it’s still important for us to keep tabs on everything from your teeth and gums to your jawbone and sinuses. After all, they are all interconnected, and one issue could lead to further problems down the road. One way in which we thoroughly evaluate your oral health is by performing imaging tests with our conebeam 3D x-rays.

What is the conebeam 3D x-ray?

This state-of-the-art imaging technology allows our Provo, UT, general dentists to be able to capture 3D, high-resolution images of your oral and facial cavities to detect and diagnose certain issues early on when they are easier to treat.

What parts of the mouth and face can this CT scan show?

The conebeam is ideal because it not only allows us to check your teeth, gum tissue and jawbone to make sure everything is healthy but it also allows us to examine the sinuses, nasal cavity and facial nerves.

What makes the conebeam CT different from other dental x-ray scans?

Traditional dental scans are only able to create 2D images of your mouth while the advanced technology in our conebeam 3D X-Rays allows us to produce amazing 3D images of your mouth and face for a more precise and accurate visualization. It can also make it easier to diagnose certain problems.

What is the conebeam designed to diagnose?

This CT scan helps us diagnose issues such as TMJ disorder, jaw problems, tumors and growths, and sleep apnea. It’s designed to detect problems that may not cause symptoms or may go unnoticed through a physical examination alone. It can also be used to assist in creating effective orthodontic treatment plans, determining the placement of a dental implant or making sure your root canal treatment is effective.

 

If you suspect that you may be dealing with TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, or other dental problems in Provo, UT, our dentist Provo Dental can help. Our conebeam 3D X-Rays will be able to detect any issues right away.

5 Common Cosmetic Procedures To Rejuvenate Your Smile

Cosmetic DentistryWant a better-looking smile? Cosmetic dentistry can help! Cosmetic dentistry is a term that refers to any dental work used to improve the appearance of someone's smile. Provo Dental, located in Provo, UT, offers a complete range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. The practice is headed by Dr. Gary Wiest, one of the finest dentists in Provo—read on to learn about five of their cosmetic procedures that can rejuvenate your smile. 

1. Dental Veneers

One of the most revolutionary developments in dentistry is the development of dental veneers. Dental veneers are ultra-thin, porcelain shells that fit over the teeth. These shells are used to fix teeth that are gapped, discolored, broken, or crooked. Veneers can give you the Hollywood smile you have always wanted with no shots, no drilling, and no pain!

2. Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can give you the bright-white smile you've always wanted. In-office bleaching uses strong whitening gels and a light to speed up the process. The procedure takes less than one hour and can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades. Professional, take-home whitening kits are also dispensed by dental practitioners. Take-home teeth whitening consists of placing bleaching gel in a tray that has been designed for your mouth. Take-home teeth whitening provide great results in one or two weeks of use.

3. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material to the teeth for the purpose of enhancing your smile. It is used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, and decayed, as well as to close gaps between teeth and improve the appearance of a stained smile. Bonding can usually be done in one visit and usually takes about 30-60 minutes per tooth to complete.

4. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that cover the outside of the teeth and they are used to restore cracked, broken, weakened, and badly decayed teeth. All porcelain crowns are beautiful and provide an appealing, natural color. Nothing gives the same luster, translucency, and depth like an all-porcelain crown. They also have a tough structure that has led to them being known for their strength and durability.

5. Cosmetic Fillings

Cosmetic fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, can also give you a smile you love. Cosmetic fillings are used to restore decayed, worn-down, or broken teeth, reshape oddly shaped teeth, or change the color of stained teeth. Once your dentist completes your tooth-colored filling, it will look natural and won't be noticeable when you speak.

If you've ever wanted a celebrity smile, this is your chance! Start your journey today by calling the Provo Dental at (801) 374-8205 today to schedule a consultation in Provo, UT. We have helped thousands of people transform their smiles—we will do the same for you!