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What Your Jackson, WY Dental Hygienist Does
June 3, 2019
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Twice a day you go into your bathroom, grab your toothbrush and toothpaste, and brush your teeth. It has been drilled into your head from childhood to now adulthood that brushing your teeth is an important part of your daily routine. It has become a habit that you don’t really even give much thought to. On top of that, you make your biannual appointment at your local dentist in Jackson, Wyoming. But what happens when you need extra oral care besides a normal checkup and cleaning? Talk to your dentist about your oral care needs and what they can do for you.

Sedation Dentistry

Many people suffer from dental anxiety. Some have such severe anxiety it causes them to avoid their dental appointments completely. Not properly caring for your oral health can lead to other health issues such as diabetes or heart problems. Comfort Care Dental offers sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry allows the patient to relax through the dental appointment. Many have reported to not remembering the appointment at all!

Invisalign

Invisalign

Another cosmetic dental service is the process of having your teeth straightened. For the longest time, you would have to get braces to straighten your teeth. Braces require many appointments over the span of a few years. They have also been reported to be quite painful and cumbersome to deal with. A new way to straighten your teeth is with the use of Invisalign! Invisalign are clear plastic trays that are customized for you specially. Depending on the degree your teeth need to be straightened will determine how long you will wear Invisalign for. In just a few short months you can have the straight teeth you always wanted without braces.

Bonding

Dental Bonding is a form of filling that is far more popular and less obtrusive than the traditional silver or gold fillings that have been used since the 19th century. Bonding is used for a variety of dental problems due to its painless installation and ease of use. Some of the many applications of bonding include covering stained or discolored sections of teeth, fixing of cracks or gaps, or even the filling of cavities. Bonding is not an amalgam method that contains mercury but is a composite gel that is applied to the tooth in the form of a resin and shaped before being cured using ultraviolet light, and then smoothed using a fine-grit dental polish to provide a seamless finish leaving no traces of having been filled. As such bonding is a wonderful technique to use for minor tooth and gap repair.

Bridge

Bridges are a much newer innovation than that of bonding having been first introduced in the mid 20th century, taking the place of many partial dentures and false teeth. A bridge is a tool used to replace missing teeth by installing a new one that is anchored in place by placing crowns on the two adjacent teeth. Depending on which tooth or teeth are missing, you could have issues speaking and chewing. Bridges today are installed in a two-step process, where they first take a mold of the area surrounding the missing tooth and install a temporary bridge to increase visual appeal immediately and limit the movement of teeth while the permanent bridge is carefully created to fit flawlessly in the gap created by the missing tooth. Permanent dental bridges are made from gold, metal alloys, or porcelain to prevent any negative health effects and to maintain integrity for years to come. Bridging lasts typically for over 10 years. It helps maintain the shape of your face and evenly distributes the pressure when biting or chewing to avoid any undue stress on other teeth, prematurely wearing them out. Most of all, your smile will be back in all its glory.

Crown

Dental Crown Options - Idaho Falls Crowns

Crowns are used as methods of repair for teeth more heavily weakened teeth that may be experiencing decay, cracks, discoloration, and a variety of other problems that plague more brittle teeth. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, metal fused porcelain, or gold. Porcelain crowns are recommended in that they are durable and retain the natural appearance of the tooth. The crown installation process requires 2-3 visits to your Idaho Falls dentist. The first visit typically consists of shaving down the tooth to prepare it for your permanent crown, and then an installation of a temporary crown. The second or third visits entail the removal of the temporary crown and the placement of the permanent crown. Crowns take 2-3 weeks to make, but will last 10-15 years!

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a very specialized process where some bone and gum material is removed from around the base of the tooth. This is done most commonly for repairs of heavily decayed teeth to reveal sufficient strong tooth material to build a secure crown. However, the crown lengthening process is also used to fix “gummy” smiles. Most often a “gummy” smile has just as much tooth as anyone else, they just have a build-up of excess gum material covering more than the desired amount of tooth. Crown lengthening can also reshape the gum line to make a more desirable smile.

Dental Implants

The dental implant process is a much newer technique for filling holes created by missing teeth. When compared with the bridging option the dental implant is often preferred because it doesn’t require the damaging of the surrounding teeth, and it feels just like one of your teeth! Dental implants take 3-6 months to fully complete the process. First, there is an incision placed in the gum and screw put in the jaw to prepare for the implant. The second step is to allow the jaw to heal around the screw, sometimes taking over 3 months to complete. During that time a temporary crown is placed over the implant to allow for normal eating and communication. After the healing process is completed the base of your new tooth, called an abutment, is placed on your implant and used to build up your new tooth. When the process is finished in its entirety the new tooth looks and feels just like it was always there.

Dentures

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The options for dentures are numerous! Traditionally the standard option for dentures is the conventional full dentures, where all of your teeth are removed, and the tissues are given time to re-heal before new dentures are placed in, leaving the patient without teeth sometimes for up to a couple months. Another option available today is called immediate dentures, these dentures are placed in the patient’s mouth immediately after the removal of their teeth leaving you with no time without teeth, but also require a follow-up visit to reshape your dentures as your jaw heals. If not all the teeth need removed partial dentures would be an option. These are very similar to bridges but are not mounted permanently in the mouth allowing for removal as needed.

Extractions

Extractions are fairly self-explanatory, these are performed when a troublesome tooth is in need of being removed, whether it be wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, or any other problem causing teeth. The gum tissue surrounding the problem tooth is cut until the tooth is revealed and then the tooth is wriggled back and forth until it comes out. In some cases the teeth are in so tight they require being broken and removed piece by piece. Understandably, this can be rough on one’s mouth and certainly requires rest and recuperation, often limiting one’s food intake to soft foods for a few days post-surgery.

Root Canals

Root Canals are probably the most feared and least understood the dental procedure. A root canal is necessary when the nerves at the bottom of the tooth become infected. If left the infected tooth can create an abscess seriously damaging the jaw bone and surrounding tissue. To remove the tissue the dentist drills down until the nerve canal is exposed, and then removes the infected tissue, the area is then filled again to prevent future infection and then topped off with a crown. Root canal pain is typically heavily mitigated through the use of anesthetics and prescription drugs post-operation. Root canals are some of the fastest recovering surgeries requiring just a couple of days before all traces of pain are gone.

Teeth Whitening

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Dental services are not always strictly for health reasons. Teeth Whitening is a simple service to help your smile shine like you know it should. Normal care for your teeth is not enough to prevent the daily staining from certain foods, cigarettes, and coffee. During the teeth whitening process two trays are created specifically for your teeth, you than daily for the course of a few days place the whitening paste in the trays and soak your teeth in them for a short time.  Having your teeth whitened is a great way to restore your natural luster and be able to smile brightly again. Having the confidence to smile fully is a wonderful feeling.

Veneers

If you experience tooth problems such as staining, cracks, spaces, misaligned teeth, or chipped teeth, veneers could be a great choice for you. Veneers are a very thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. Receiving veneers can take two to three visits to your Idaho Falls dentist. During the first visit, you can discuss with your dentist what look you are wanting to achieve. Once the plan is put in place, your dentist can begin prepping your teeth to receive the veneers. An impression will be taken of your teeth to ensure an exact fit. The impression will then be sent to the lab for the veneers to be fabricated. It can take between 10-14 days for the veneers to be created. During this time you will be given a temporary solution to wear to protect your teeth until that time. When the veneers are received back from the lab, your Idaho Falls dentist will take great care to bond them into place creating your brand new smile!

Emergency Dental Care

Emergencies more often than not happen at the most inconvenient times. Having a local dental office that offers emergency dental care can be tooth-saving. Determining what is an emergency and what isn’t can help you decide if it can wait until a business day or if you need emergency dental care. Some reasons to seek emergency care if you have a loose or knocked out an adult tooth, severe non-stopping pain or bleeding, or jaw pain caused by an accident.

Botox

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When you think of dental services, you probably don’t think of Botox. However, Botox can be used to relieve TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Symptoms of TMD can include:

  • Pain during the movement of the face and jaw joint
  • Locking jaw
  • Jaw joint grinding/clicking sounds when moving
  • Grinding/Clenching teeth
  • Migraines and stress (due to grinding/clenching)
  • Jaw muscle spasms

But how can Botox help this? Botox inactivates the nerve endings and is used to stop the muscle contractions causing you to grind and clench your teeth. It also relieves pain by preventing nerves from releasing inflammatory molecules. As your facial muscles work with daily activity and sleep, the effects of Botox will slowly be removed. The effects of Botox can last for 3-4 months. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, ask your Idaho Falls dentist if you could possibly be suffering from TMD and if Botox is an option for you.

Comfort Care Dental’s Convenient Locations 

When choosing your dentist, you want to make sure the dental office offers all the services you need. However, you also need to ensure it is at a convenient location for you. Comfort Care Dental has four easy to find locations for your convenience. As the leading dentist in the South East Idaho area, Comfort Care Dental uses state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to provide the best dental services to you.

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