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What is a space maintainer?

A space maintainer is a dental device used to maintain the space for the permanent to erupt  when a baby tooth is pulled prematurely on a child.  Space maintainers are used to prevent the other teeth from crowding into the extraction site and causing problems when the permanent tooth finally comes in to replace the […]

What is a bridge?

A bridge is used to replace missing permanent teeth when there are remaining teeth on both sides of the space where the teeth are missing.  It consists of crowns on the teeth on both sides of the the space where the teeth are missing and false teeth attached to the crowns with a connecting metal […]

Orthodontics for Children

Most of the time, it is not recommended to do orthodontic procedures on children.  There are a few exceptions to this general rule.  If it is determined that the jaws or teeth are not developing or lining up properly, then orthodontic treatment may be beneficial, or maybe even necessary to allow the jaw, face,  and […]

Transitional Dentures: What are they?

One of the most difficult transitions patients have to make is going from their natural teeth to dentures.  Most of the problems arise from the fact that the dentures sit on top of the gum tissue and do not have anchorage in the bone, like the natural teeth do, for stabilization.  Another problem is that […]

Retainers: Removeable vs Fixed

After completion of orthodontic treatment, retainers are used to hold the teeth in place and prevent them from moving.  There are two different types of retainers used to do this, removeable or fixed retainers.  Fixed retainers usually consist of an orthodontic wire bonded onto the back of the anterior teeth and do not extend to […]

Orthodontics: treating muscles, bone, and teeth.

Many people think that orthodontics is just about straightening the teeth, but there are other things to consider.  The things we look at in our office are 1) muscle function 2) bone structure and 3) tooth alignment.  Of these three things muscle function is the strongest force of the three, then bone structure, and the […]

My child has an extra permanent tooth: Part 2

As a rule of thumb, extra permanent tooth should be extracted (removed) as soon as possible to prevent developmental problems with the dental arch (bone) or the dentition (teeth(,

Baby bottle decay-how to prevent it.

I recently had two of the sweetest boys come into my office for a check up and cleaning.  The first thing that was noticeable on both boys was their front teeth looked funny.  On further examintion,  both boys have severe decay on their 4 front teeth.  One boy is 2 years old and the other […]

Candy, Nutrition, and Teeth.

This time of year, as we start with Halloween and end with Christmas, I get alot of questions about candy, nutrition, and their effects on teeth.  Growing up as a child in Payson Utah, the main concern with eating candy was that it caused cavities in your teeth.  Today, the effects of sugar on the […]

How long should I Brush My Teeth?

About 2 years ago, I was reading a dental magazine and one of the articles was on how long we should brush our teeth each time we brush them.  I found the results quite interesting and try to share the information with my patients at their regular appointments for cleanings.  We always tell them that […]