What Are Lumineers?

Research has shown that having a nice smile can greatly impact your self-esteem. Veneers are a way of drastically improving your smile in a short period of time. Lumineers are a brand of veneers that can be made to ultra-thin sizes. Veneers are basically thin shells that are placed over your teeth to cover unsightly chips, stains, or gaps. Both traditional veneers and Lumineers look natural and are comfortable, strong, and durable. Traditional veneers are usually about .5 mm, while Lumineers tend to be closer to .3 mm. Although this doesn’t seem like a significant difference, it does make a substantial change to the procedure.

Traditional Veneers

Traditional veneers require grinding down of the tooth enamel to be placed. Due to this, it is often necessary for patients to wear temporary veneers in between the preparation of the tooth and the arrival of the personalized veneer. Furthermore, this makes the procedure irreversible, because the tooth will already have been ground down. The procedure involves the use of shots, so it may not be a good choice for those who fear invasive dental work.

Lumineers

Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, which actually eliminates the need for tooth reduction. They are durable and last over 20 years. Lumineers fit over the existing tooth’s surface, which might make them feel slightly thicker than traditional veneers. If you ever decide you no longer want the Lumineers, the process is reversible, with little or no damage to your natural teeth. The less invasive procedure eliminates the need for anesthesia.

How Much Do They Cost?

Most insurance companies won’t pay for Lumineers and veneers, because they are considered cosmetic procedures. Check with your insurance provider to determine if any part of the procedure will be covered. Traditional veneers and Lumineers are fairly comparable in cost. Traditional veneers run anywhere from $500-1,900 per tooth. Lumineers typically cost between $800-2,000 per tooth.

Hyde Park Dental thinks that Lumineers might be one of the best ways to instantly improve a patient’s smile. It is easy, effective, and affordable. To find out more about Lumineers and schedule a consultation, contact Hyde Park Dental today.

What You Need to Know About Root Canals

Endodontic therapy is the term for what is commonly known as a root canal. Endodontic means “inside the tooth,” and that’s exactly what a root canal is. A root canal is a treatment for removing infection from the inside of a tooth.

Why Do People Need Root Canals?

The tooth consists of two parts- the crown and the roots. The crown is mostly above your gum, while the roots attach the tooth to the jawbone. Inside the tooth is a hollow section that contains the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells. This is the root canal, which is also referred to as the pulp. If there is a way for bacteria to enter the root canal, it will eventually destroy the pulp. If it can penetrate through the root openings, it can cause an infection in the bone. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it will cause sensitivity and pain. This can be caused by decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack/chip in the tooth.

What Happens During A Root Canal?

There are three general steps to a root canal. First, the dentist cleans the root canal, removing the nerves and tissue. Second, the dentist shapes the space for the filling and fills the root canals. Finally, they protect the tooth by adding a crown or filling.

Will It Hurt?

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal should be relatively painless. The pain comes from the infection, which the procedure is intended to alleviate. Some tenderness and sensitivity afterwards is normal, and can usually be treated with over the counter painkillers.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost varies depending on the situation. Generally speaking, a root canal is cheaper than having a tooth extracted and replacing it with a crown or bridge. They are typically covered at least partially by dental insurance, as well.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

Signs of infection include:

  • Pain when eating or applying pressure to the tooth
  • Pain and sensitivity caused by hot or cold temperatures
  • Inflammation of the gums near the tooth

 

For more information on endodontic therapy, contact Hyde Park Dental today!

What You Need to Know About Dental Insurance

Dental procedures can get pricy, even if you have insurance. It’s important to know what your insurance plan covers and what you’ll be paying out of pocket. Decide if dental insurance is worth it for you, and do your research about the best plan for your situation.

Preventative Care

Most good dental insurance plans will cover all preventative care expenses. This is important because preventative care is the best way to prevent larger, more expensive problems in the future. Routine checkups are important to your overall oral health.

Annual Maximums

Dental insurance plans typically have a low annual maximum. This is the total amount that they will contribute to any dental work throughout the year. If a procedure exceeds this amount, you will be responsible for paying the difference.

Many insurance plans will also require a deductible. This is the amount you will have to pay before the insurance benefits kick in. Make sure you know what the deductible and annual maximum is for your insurance plan.

Discount Plans

Many dentists offer discount plans in place of traditional dental insurance. While these plans will not pay for your procedures, they will provide discounts on most services in exchange for a monthly fee. Many discount plans cover preventative care costs, typically including two cleanings a year. We offer a Smile Plus Discount Plan, which provides a discount on all services with the exception of orthodontics. Unlike typical insurance plans, our discount plan will give you discounts on cosmetic procedures, as well as general dentistry procedures.

Waiting for Benefits

Dental insurance plans usually require a waiting period before you are eligible for benefits. Though preventative care is usually available immediately, other procedures may require several months of coverage before they will be covered by an insurance plan.

The best way to avoid exorbitant dental costs is by obtaining regular preventative care. Regular checkups and dental cleanings will help reduce the risk of more serious oral health conditions later on. To schedule your routine dental cleaning, contact Hyde Park Dental today!

Should I Get a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are an option for replacing gaps in your gums caused by missing teeth. Dental bridges can often be used in situations where dental implants aren’t an option, due to inadequate jawbone density. They are also especially useful for replacing multiple missing teeth.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are designed to use the surrounding teeth as support. This eliminates the need for implants to fill the gaps in your smile. Dental bridges often require the removal of enamel in the healthy, supporting teeth to make room for the bridge to fit securely.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can last 10 years or longer. They create a natural looking appearance for your smile. Dental bridges can help prevent shifting around of the remaining teeth. When teeth shift, they can become more difficult to clean, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Dental bridges can help maintain the facial structure and restore the ability to chew properly. They can also help improve speech problems caused by missing teeth.

Dental bridges can go a long way toward improving the appearance of your smile. They can also prevent oral health problems, such as shifting of teeth and loss of bone mass. For more information about dental bridges, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today!

Benefits of In-Office Whitening

A white, bright smile can greatly increase your confidence. One of the most effective ways to whiten your teeth is through an in-office whitening treatment. Other treatments take much longer and won’t provide the same results.

Benefits of In-Office Whitening

In-office whitening treatments, as well as our take-home kits, can use a stronger bleaching agent than the kind you can buy in store. It will provide a faster whitening effect, while still remaining safe. These kits use customized mouthpiece trays, which will create a comfortable, effective fit. You can be confident that our take-home kits are all dentist approved.

In-office whitening will allow your dentist to protect your gums and lips. Your dentist will be able to limit sensitivity, as well as other whitening side effects. They can also prevent uneven whitening caused by fillings, which won’t whiten with the use of bleach. An in-office whitening treatment can brighten your teeth by several shades in an hour.

Insurance

Unfortunately, though in-office whitening treatments are the most effective, they are also the most expensive. Insurance providers will not cover cosmetic procedures, which is what a whitening treatment is considered. A take-home treatment from our office will be much more affordable than an in-office treatment, and either solution will go a long way toward whitening your smile.

In-office whitening is one of the best ways to brighten your smile. These procedures work quickly and effectively. For more information about our teeth whitening services, contact us at Hyde Park today.

The First 24 Hours after Dental Implant Surgery

A dental implant surgery can be a harrowing ordeal. The first 24 hours are absolutely vital in allowing the healing process to function as efficiently as possible. Make sure that you follow these steps during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

No Rinsing, Spitting, or Touching

Avoid all contact with the surgical site immediately following your surgery. Don’t brush your teeth for the first 24 hours. Refrain from using a straw for the first 24 hours and avoid smoking during the healing process.

Gauze Padding

Leave the gauze padding on for an hour after surgery. If bleeding continues after you remove the pad, apply pressure to the area with the use of a clean gauze pad for 30 minute intervals. If this doesn’t help, you can try biting down on a teabag to promote blood clotting. If this doesn’t help, contact us for further instructions.

Diet

Ensure that you drink plenty of liquids following your surgery. Avoid any hot foods or liquids. Eat only soft foods and avoid chewing in the area surrounding the surgical site. Try to eat as much food as is comfortable, because the additional nutrition will aid your body in the healing process.

Pain Medication

You should take pain medication as soon as the anesthetic begins to wear off. If your dentist has prescribed pain medication, make sure to follow the directions carefully. If your dentist hasn’t prescribed medication, Ibuprofen or Tylenol should be sufficient to control the pain.

The first 24 hours after surgery are vital in setting yourself up for success. Avoid physical exertion, because this can cause throbbing and bleeding. For more information about how to care for your mouth following surgery, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today!

oral appliance for sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea and Dental Treatment Options

Did you know that 22 Million Americans currently have sleep apnea? Many people find snoring to be one of the biggest nuisances when co-sleeping. Depending upon your condition, Hyde Park Dental may be able to provide treatment for your sleep apnea. We use oral appliances to aid in moving the teeth and jaw, allowing for proper airflow to occur.

Sleep Apnea Oral Device

We create custom oral appliances designed to improve your sleep. You will want to use an oral appliance designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Our oral appliances are designed to be long-lasting, comfortable, and affordable. We recommend trying an oral device prior to additional treatments like a CPAP machine or corrective surgery. When we use the oral device, you will see your lower jaw is moved into a forward position, allowing for a comfortable position while sleeping. The movement will help to relax the throat muscles, designed to keep your tongue from blocking the air passages. If you have mild or moderate sleep apnea, dental devices for sleep apnea can be effective at aiding in treating the condition by allowing air to flow properly through the nose and mouth and down the throat.

Mandibular Advancement Devices

A mandibular advancement device is the most commonly used device to treat dental sleep apnea. Mandibular devices are referred to as oral appliances and are designed to move the lower jaw forward while sleeping. What this will do is open the airway and keep the tongue from blocking the airway.

Tongue Retaining Device

Another tool used for dental sleep apnea is the tongue retaining device. A tongue retaining device will hold the tongue in a forward position. It isn’t quite as comfortable and it can take awhile to adjust to it where you are used to wearing it while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea Advanced Treatment with CPAP

If you have a different diagnosis of sleep apnea where you do need to wear a CPAP device, you can also use a dental sleep apnea device to aid in effective treatment. We can create an oral appliance to move the jaw and can be worn with your CPAP, which allows you to reduce the pressure setting of your CPAP.

For more information about dental devices used to treat sleep apnea, contact Hyde Park Dental today!

What Types of Dental Anesthesia Are Available?

Several dental procedures require dental anesthesia to numb the area prior to working on it. The dentist will need to use anesthesia in order to eliminate any pain you might feel when they are working on your mouth. Depending upon the way your body reacts, we may need to use different anesthesia in order to help you relax.

Here are some definitions of the different type of anesthesia we may use:

  • Local anesthesia. This is the most common type if anesthesia used by a dentist. It will numb the tooth and area that needs to be treated. They are used only for the numbing of the mouth in order to perform oral procedures from the filling of cavities to root canals and extractions.
  • Conscious sedation. This is used by placing a tube over your nose in which you will breathe in a mild sedative that will relax you. You will remain awake during the procedure but it is common to not remember the pain or much about the procedure.
  • General anesthesia. Typically dentists do not use this type of anesthesia as it requires the hiring of an anesthesialogolist in order to administer it. This will affect your entire body as you will fall asleep and will not remember the procedure at all. Individuals that have extractions commonly have general anesthesia as it will allow them to fall asleep and they will not remember anything.

At Hyde Park Dental, we are focused on providing our dental patients with the best treatment options. If you have dental anxiety, or you do have concerns about procedures, please let our team know. Our goal is to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during dental treatments. We want to focus on giving you the right treatment methods to ensure you have a smile that you are proud to share with others for years to come!

The Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used to preserve a tooth that has withstood significant damage. This damage can be caused by decay, injury, or other possible reasons. A dental crown will help keep the tooth intact, preventing the need for extractions and dental implants.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are many materials that dental crowns can be made out of. The different materials are used for different purposes. The ideal material depends on the situation.

Stainless Steel:

Stainless steel crowns are usually only used as temporary crowns. They are not as durable as complete metal-alloy based crowns and they are not as aesthetically-pleasing as ceramic crowns.

Ceramic:

Ceramic crowns are typically used for front, visible teeth. The use of ceramic helps the crown blend with natural teeth better than other materials.

Porcelain fused to metal:

These crowns consist of porcelain fused on top of a metal base. This increases the strength of the crown, while still providing a relatively natural appearance. These crowns are more durable than ceramic crowns.

Gold alloys:

These crowns are made of a combination of gold, copper, and other metals. They are strong and resist fracturing and wear. They look less natural than ceramic or porcelain fused to metal crowns.

Metal alloys:

Metal alloy crowns are made of non-noble metals. They are resistant to corrosion and are much stronger than most other types of crowns. They are usually used for back teeth, because they are much more noticeable than other types of crowns.

The material of the dental crown will vary depending on the location of the tooth, the extent of the damage to the tooth, and other factors. Your dentist will be able to determine the best material for your dental crown. For more information about dental crowns, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today.

Understanding Composites and Bonding

healthy teeth North LoganWhen you head to your Cache Valley Dentist for a yearly cleaning, it’s common to find out that you have tooth decay or cavities. Just about everyone will have a cavity in their lifetime due to the amount of plaque and bacteria that is starting to break down the enamel on your teeth. So what happens next? If you have a cavity, your Dentist will use special tools to remove the cavity and replace it with composites and bonding.

Bonding simply means that you are having special dental materials secured to your teeth. This happens by using a curing light that will harden the material to your tooth, proving you with a strong tooth again. What is composite material? This is the “white” filling we will place into the tooth where they have removed the cavity. Composites are often used to replace other issues with the teeth like gaps in the teeth or stains on the front of the teeth.

Composite material comes in a number of different shades, making it ideal for anyone that would like to repair their smile. The filling material can be matched perfectly so that no one will even notice that you have had dental work done.

If you have old fillings that are sliver (amalgam) it is common for a dentist to recommend replacement of these fillings. This will improve your smile, especially if you open your mouth and others can see your silver fillings.

Depending upon how large your cavity is and how much work you need done, it will only take the dentist a few minutes or an hour to work on your teeth. Smaller fillings that do not go deep into the dentin (inner part) of the tooth may not even require anesthesia to treat the tooth and to bond the composite material to the tooth.

Call Hyde Park Dental today to schedule your cleaning and examination!