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!

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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!

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Dental Cleanings

dental cleaningsIs brushing and flossing enough to protect your teeth against serious dental problems? No matter how well you brush or floss your teeth, nothing can take the place of a regular dental cleaning. Professional cleanings are designed to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. If left to their own devices, plaque and tartar will cause gum disease and can easily cause serious damage to your teeth, leaving you with limited options when it comes to caring for your teeth.

Our Cache Valley Dentist is ready to protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. Our trained staff will help you feel comfortable if you do suffer from dental anxiety and are concerned about the cleaning process. We treat our patients like members of our family and want to make sure you are receiving the right procedures for your unique needs. Some patients have health conditions that need to be considered prior to a cleaning, other patients may have a history of oral health problems. We recommend coming into the office every six months for regular cleanings and examinations.

Alot of things can change in six months and many patients will end up seeing serious differences in their oral health. We do take x-rays to help us identify issues below the gums and possibly within the root of the tooth. If you are at a higher risk for gum disease, it is important to contact our office. We recommend frequent cleanings for patients with soft teeth or those with a greater risk of oral health problems.

Contact our office if you are ready to have your teeth and gums cleaned and to prevent serious oral health problems.

 

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Are You a Candidate for Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment?

If you suffer from sleep apnea and are dissatisfied with your current treatment, it may be time to look into oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is used to treat patients who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

As a common disorder, sleep apnea occurs when an individual has one or more pauses in breathing while sleeping. The oral appliance maintains an open and clear airway in the throat, which helps you achieve maximum comfort and opening of your airways during sleep.

How to Use Your Oral Appliance

Our dentist, Dr. Carlson, will discuss the benefits of each appliance and help you determine which sleep apnea appliance option is best for you. When you have chosen the right sleep apnea appliance for your requirements, our dentist will educate you on how to best use your sleep apnea appliance.

Oral Appliance Therapy Results

Most of our patients find the devices very comfortable. According to recent studies, oral appliances are effective in treating snoring 90% of patients.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today

Our goal is to provide our sleep apnea patients with a great night’s sleep and maximum comfort during sleep. If you current method of treating sleep apnea is ineffective due to discomfort, we can help you resolve those issues through modification to your current treatment method or even changing your course of sleep apnea treatment entirely! Please call Hyde Park Dental today if you are experiencing sleep apnea to see if we can help you get a better night’s sleep.

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Dental Care for Missionaries

Getting ready for your mission is an exciting time for a young man or woman. With so many things to prepare for, it’s easy to forget the simple things, including dental care. Fortunately, we offer missionary specials, including wisdom teeth extraction for all four teeth, 50% off missionary exam, and 20% discount on all other dental work.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The dentists at Hyde Park Dental creates maximum comfort during wisdom teeth extraction. We use state of the art technology for this procedure to reduce swelling and recovery time following the procedure. We also work quickly to reduce the amount of time the patient is in the chair so they can get home and start the recovery process. We provide each patient with clear instructions for their recovery and we make sure that each patient has someone to drop them off and drive the home after the procedure.

Teeth Cleaning

Before heading off to your mission, it’s essential to get your teeth professionally cleaned by our dentist. This will ensure that any plaque and tartar will be removed and reduce the risk of gum disease. We may also offer fluoride treatments to protect and strengthen the enamel.

Contact Hyde Park Dental for Your Dental Care Needs

Whether you’re about to go on your mission or just get back, we can help make your mouth as healthy as possible with our skilled dental staff and missionary discounts.

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How Pregnancy Affects Dental Health

If you’re expecting a baby, you’ve most likely noticed a lot of changes in your body, including changes in your oral health. The primary changes are due to an increase in hormones. Therefore, it’s essential to practice good dental health during your entire pregnancy. Here’s everything you need to know about a mother’s dental care.

Common Dental Health Problems During Pregnancy

Being pregnant puts you at a higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, pregnancy tumors, and more. Although these conditions are avoidable with regular brushing and flossing, it may be necessary to make an appointment with your dentist to ensure your mouth stays healthy for the duration of your pregnancy.

When Should I See a Dentist?

We recommend making an appointment with our Utah dentist as soon as you find our about your pregnancy. We’ll assess your oral health and perform a thorough dental cleaning. Throughout your pregnancy, we’ll monitor changes and create a dental plan that will best work for your unique needs.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Pregnant Woman?

According to the American Dental Association, dental x-rays are now considered safe. However, if you have any concerns, feel free to talk to our dentists. We can help evaluate whether or not you need an x-ray of if it can be postponed.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today

We take pride in helping every Hyde Park Dental patient achieve a beautiful smile and good oral health. Call Hyde Park Dental today for your general dentistry needs. We are happy to set up an initial consultation and check-up for you at your earliest convenience!