• Why an Implant Might Be the Best Choice for You

    There’s a lot of buzz about dental implants these days, especially because tooth loss in the U.S. continues to plague millions of Americans despite various advancements in dental technology. If you are considering dental implants, an implant is not your only treatment option but it may be your best. Not long ago, a bridge or a denture were the only two options for treating tooth loss. While these are both still viable choices, here are 10 reasons why a dental implant might be your best treatment option:

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    1.) Increased Confidence: Dental implants give you your smile back with a natural and beautiful appearance, often resulting in increased self-esteem.

    2.) Improved Durability: Made with titanium, dental implants will never shift or decay–you will be able to count on your implants for a lifetime.

    3.) Low-Maintenance: Implants stay in your mouth, so you don’t have to remove, clean, and use messy adhesives with them like a denture. Unlike natural teeth, they are impervious to decay.

    4.) Zero Discomfort: Implants bond with the bone they are attached to, making them a permanent part of your smile. Unlike dentures that shift in your mouth, implants will never cause you that discomfort.

    5.) Simpler Eating: You won’t even remember you have an implant when you eat with one–implants function like natural teeth.

    6.) Better Speech: Those who opt for dentures over implants have to adjust their speech patterns in order to compensate for the sliding and shifting of dentures. You’ll never slur or mumble with an implant.

    7.) Improved Oral Health: When you choose to use a denture or dental bridge, your natural teeth are slightly compromized to accomodate for these dental appliances. Dental implants actually improve your oral health, however, by leaving more teeth intact and allowing easier access to surrounding teeth.

    8.) Easy Care: You take care of a dental implant the way you take care of your natural teeth–this makes maintenance for an implant the easiest of all your treatment options.

    9.) Avoid Misaligned, Crooked Teeth Caused by a Lost Tooth: When you lose a tooth, your whole smile is affected. Your remaining teeth will shift and try to fill the open gap. Additionally, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate without stimulation from the roots of the lost tooth or from an implant, which also causes your cheeks to sink in.

    10.) High Success Rate: Implants have a near 100% success rate–the titanium used to create dental implants bonds almost instantaneously with the bone, and once it heals, your dentist will be able to place the most natural looking crown to the abutment.

    If you are considering a dental implant, talk over the pros and cons with your doctor. Your insurance may cover all or part of your dental implant. Consider all of your treatment options to decide whether a dental implant is your best choice.

    Platinum Dental Care can provide unbiased advice on whether or not a dental implant is the best treatment option for you and your dental case. Call his office today at (801) 466-1212.

  • What to Do If Your Tooth Hurts

    Many times we see patients who come in saying things like, “My tooth started hurting a few months ago and so I started brushing more,” or ,”When my tooth started hurting I just started taking ibuprofen. That was a year ago.” The sad truth is that for almost every story we hear like that, there’s a decay-ridden tooth ready to be either removed completely or replaced with an implant.

    If your tooth starts to hurt, here are the steps you should take to prevent pain, save money, and salvage your tooth:

    1.) Call and Schedule an Appointment Immediately: If your tooth is hurting, there is a good chance that decay has reached the root and action needs to be taken immediately to prevent further pain and damage.

    2.) Take Note of the Type of Pain You Are Experiencing: If you are sensitive to hot/cold temperatures, then the fix may be as simple as prescribing a strongly fluoridated toothpaste. However, if you experience severe pain when biting down on food, have lingering sensitivity even after cold/hot food is swallowed, feel a dull ache near the top of your teeth, or experience acute and constant pain from an entire area of the mouth, you may need an emergency root canal to preserve the tooth. Take note of what pain you are experiencing and let your doctor know.

    3.) Reduce the Pain with an Ice Pack or Ibuprofen: Until your appointment you may experience ebbing and flowing of your pain–we recommend our patients try to numb the intense moments of tooth pain with an OTC pain reliever or an ice pack.

    Talk to your dentist about different options for dealing with a decayed tooth that is causing you pain–our goal is to help you minimize pain, to optimize comfort and confidence, and to save you time and money. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and understand the pros/cons to every treatment option.

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    Dr. Rhet Schershligt is a dentist in Salt Lake City with a passion for providing pain-free dental care. If you are experiencing any discomfort or even just a lack of confidence when it comes to your smile, call doctor Scherschligt’s office at 801-484-1032.

  • Como Mantener Una Sonrisa Perfecta

    Ofrecemos blanqueadora dental en cada oficina de Platinum Dental Care, pero si usted quiere proteger a su sonrisa blanca de las manchas, aqui hay tres pasos por los que usted puede evitar los dientes manchados.

    1.) Beber por una paja (o popote): Muchas veses las bebidas tienen pigmentos fuertes que pueden manchar a sus dientes. Al beber por una paja o popote, evitaras el contacto con el superficie del diente.

    2.) Usar un enjuage bucal con fluoruro: Fluoruro es poderoso. Con un enjuage bucal que contiene fluoro, puedes fortalecer a sus dientes y mantener una sonrisa limpia, fuerte, y blanca.

    3.) Evitar a las comidas y bebidas de fuerte pigmento: Comidas como las moras, el cafe, el vino rojo y blanco, las naranjas, las granadas, y otras comidas pueden manchar a sus dientes. Se puede blanquear, pero mejor evitar esas comidas completamente. No hay una lista completa que contiene todas las comidas y bebidas de pigmento fuerte, pero una regla buena de usar es pregunatar a si mismo, “Puede esta comida o bebida manchar a mi ropa?” y si la respuesta es “Si,” entonces, sabras que esta comida puede manchar a sus dientes.

    Platinum Dental Care en Mapleton Utah es una oficina buena que ofrece servicios dentales en Español. Si buscas .na clinica dental para su familia, llamar a Dr. Matt Bender con el numero 801-851-1522.

  • How to Prevent Tartar Build Up

    Tartar, also called calculus, forms when plaque is left on the teeth long enough to harden. Similar to barnacles that form on a docked boat, tartar cannot be simply brushed away–it must be scraped off. When tartar forms on your teeth (usually around the gumline) it can lead to receding gumlines or or other periodontal problems.

    What can you do to prevent the formation of tartar on your teeth? Here are 7 tips from the American Dental Association:

    1.) Don’t Smoke: Studies show that smokers experience greater tartar buildup than the average non-smoker. Who knew? One more reason to kick a smoking habit is to protect your gums and teeth from tartar.

    2.) Use an Electric Toothbrush: Because tartar forms from plaque left on the teeth, using a toothbrush that is designed to remove plaque more effectively will also protect your teeth from tartar buildup.

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    3.) Rinse with Antiseptic : A good mouthwash (preferably with fluoride) used daily will help keep your mouth squeaky clean and free of plaque and tartar.

    4.) Avoid a Diet High in Sugar: Certain foods promote the formation of tartar more than other–one dentist reported a patient with more tartar than he had ever seen. The problem? She drank an 8 oz glass of warm milk every night before bed (after brushing her teeth). Diets high in sugar or diets that simply involve a lot of snacking promote the buildup of bacteria in your mouth, which leads to the formation of tartar.

    5.) Floss Every Day: Those who do not floss miss parts of their mouth where bacteria, plaque and tartar will eventually form. Is it any wonder that tartar typically forms around the gumline and between teeth? No, because that is typically where brushing cannot reach!

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    6.) Brush Every Day, Twice a Day, for 2 Minutes: You know the drill. If you want to prevent tartar buildup, keep plaque off your teeth by brushing for the alotted amount of time.

    7.) Use a Fluoridated Tartar-Control Toothpaste: What makes Tartar-Control Toothpaste a good investment is the added amount of fluoride (which strengthens teeth and repairs enamel) and the triclosan, a bacteria-fighting substance that fights plaque and tartar.

    Dr. Chavez, a dentist in Provo , loves serving Utah County and can help scrape the barnacle-like tartar from your teeth any time you need. For more information about the importance of preventing tartar buildup and how you can avoid it, talk to him or his staff. Periodontal disease is a serious (and expensive) problem that can be prevented by controlling the plaque and tartar that forms on your teeth. Call Dr. Chavez’s office today to schedule your next cleaning or consultation at (801) 426-6255.

    Sources: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tartar-dental-calculus-overview#1