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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Crowns on baby teeth.

I had a patient come in and mention that his little brother had just had 3 crowns done on baby teeth.  His opinion was that this was a total waste of his parents money.  He asked me, “Why would anyone pay that kind of money to  have a crown put on a tooth that is […]

Full, or Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are dental prothesises, or appliances that replaces all of the natural teeth on either the upper, and/or lower jaw.  These are made of acrylic resin and have either plastic, or porcelain teeth embedded in the acrylic resin base.  Dentures are supported by the mucosa (tissue) that covers the bone, or can be attached […]

Tooth eruption-a general timetable of eruption of teeth.

Many parents ask me when they should expect their child’s teeth to erupt, or come in; or when will their child should lose a certain baby tooth.  Every child’s dental development is different, but there is a general time frame for the eruption and/or loss of teeth as the child develops. In infants, the baby […]

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 […]