General Dental Services in
South Jordan and Daybreak
Preventative and Diagnostic
An oral examination is when a doctor looks inside your mouth, head, and neck to find problems. X-rays are used to check for cavities, infections, and other issues. Most of the exam doesn’t need x-rays, but they are important for finding serious problems. We spent a lot of money on digital x-ray machines to get good information with less radiation. Our best machine makes a 3-D model with less radiation than the old machines. This helps us make better diagnoses and plan better treatments. We think the new technology is really important and we wouldn’t want to work without it.
We use a tooth-colored material called “Composite” to fill holes in teeth. This material is made of strong and smooth resin and glass-like materials. First, we remove the decay and then fill the hole with composite material. We harden it with a special light in one visit to make it stronger. We don’t need to make the hole bigger than necessary because we bond the fillings to the teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are better than old metal fillings because they are stronger and require less of the tooth to be removed. We can use them on all teeth, even the ones at the back. Tooth-colored fillings used to turn yellow or brown, but now they are much better.
Whitening is a way to make teeth brighter. There are two types: In-Office Bleaching and At-Home Bleaching. The basic idea is to use a substance called peroxide to get rid of stains on teeth. The stronger the peroxide, the faster the results but also the more sensitive your teeth may become. There are many different types of whitening methods, some use lights, some use trays, some are painted on and some are used for minutes or all night long. Based on experience, one-hour and daytime systems tend not to whiten as deeply and the results do not last as long. Wear-at-night systems produce a more natural and stable whitening, although they take up to 14 days to achieve the best results. Consider what you want to achieve, how long you want to whiten each day, and what you can tolerate in order to choose the best method for you.
This treatment is poorly named. It should simply be called a deeper cleaning. Sometimes, minerals made of bacteria stick to the roots of your teeth and can’t be removed by brushing or flossing. This causes swelling, bleeding, and pain when you brush. To clean this mineral deposit off your roots, we will numb your mouth and clean below the gum line. This condition is caused by infrequent dental cleaning or improper teeth cleaning. We’ll explain what caused the infection and how to prevent it from coming back. Usually, only one deep cleaning is needed for most patients.