Dental care

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 […]

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 […]

Tooth Pain: Cracked tooth syndrome

A cracked tooth is such a common occurring problem that it has its own syndrome named after it.  Cracked tooth syndrome is a term used for a transient (not long lasting) acute pain experienced occasionally while chewing.  It is sometimes difficult to locate and reproduce.  It is most likely to occur among individuals who crack […]

Tooth pain: what you need to tell your dentist.

Probably the most frustrating thing for both patient and dentist is when the patient has been having dental pain and the dentist is unable to tell them why they were having the dental pain.  The most common reason for this because of the amount of time between the dental pain and the patient’s visit to […]