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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

by praff on May 10, 2017 , Comments Off on Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are curious about implant dentistry and wondering whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, it is a great idea to find out more about them. After all, they are much more than a cosmetic improvement and are actually a remarkable form of restorative dentistry. At The Dental Edge in Provo, UT we encourage all patients to inquire about this treatment if they wish to ensure the long-term health of their teeth and gums.

Getting Dental Implants

As your preferred dentist in Provo, we are happy to work with you in order to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for dental implants. To do so is simple; you simply book a visit with our dental implants specialist and a thorough assessment of your needs as well as any limitations is done. Typically, an implant dentist will look at the conditions in your mouth, ensuring you have adequate bone for the implant process to be a success. They also look at your overall health, and certain lifestyle habits that can prevent you from receiving implants.

After all, it is not just having strong and adequate bone tissue in the jaw, but also you must not be a smoker, must have issues like diabetes or autoimmune disorders under control, and should not have any periodontal disease. If none of these issues are present, then it is likely you will hear that you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Our implant dentist will also review the post implant requirements with you, as being willing to comply is also essential for being a good implant recipient. What this means is also very simple. You will have to be cautious in the hours and days after surgery to ensure proper healing of your implant. You will also have to maintain the same level of dental hygiene, including twice annual checkups and cleanings, and you will need to return periodically to see how the healing is proceeding and then have a permanent crown placed when healing is complete.

Schedule an Appointment to Find Out if You Are a Candidate for Dental Implants

After reading this, does it seem as if you are a good candidate for dental implants? If so, or if you want to learn more, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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Benefits of ClearCorrect

by praff on May 2, 2017 , Comments Off on Benefits of ClearCorrect

Do you hide your healthy smile because it is crooked, gapped or misaligned in some other way? Many teens and adults find themselves doing so, and not even considering orthodontics because they just can’t bear the idea of traditional braces. This is understandable as wires and brackets are unsightly, uncomfortable and incredibly hard to clean, and this alone shines a light on the benefits of ClearCorrect. Often called clear braces or invisible braces, they are nothing like braces and can be a much more appealing solution for many wearers.

Patients at The Dental Edge in Provo, UT can enjoy the many benefits of ClearCorrect, and should speak with our specialists about this kind of orthodontics.

Understand ClearCorrect

To really understand the benefits of ClearCorrect requires that you know more about this solution to misaligned teeth. Essentially, it is a system that uses clear aligners that slide comfortably (and invisibly) over the teeth. They work like braces to slowly, over the course of months, readjust the positions of the teeth. Unlike braces, though, they do it discreetly and without all of the difficulties caused by the wires and brackets.

Just consider these basic benefits of ClearCorrect:

  • They come out for eating and drinking, enabling you to enjoy your regular diet
  • They are removed for cleaning, and for cleaning the teeth, meaning your oral health remains at its best
  • They are not cemented to the teeth, and this avoids problems later when braces are removed
  • They are customized to you as a series of clear aligners you switch every few weeks. This saves time as you won’t return constantly for adjustments
  • They are cost effective and fast; which is something many misunderstand. In other words, they do not cost more or take longer than regular braces

As your dentist in Provo, we recommend you visit our office to discuss the use of clear aligners like ClearCorrect.

Contact Our Provo Dentist Office for Orthodontics Like ClearCorrect

If the benefits of ClearCorrect did not answer all of your questions, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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Benefits of Root Canals

by praff on April 26, 2017 , Comments Off on Benefits of Root Canals

You might have read the title above and groaned at those two words: root canals. Many people have an unwarranted anxiety about this essential treatment, and it is why the team here at The Dental Edge in Provo, UT wants our many patients to recognize the benefits of root canals. Of course, we also want patients to understand that endodontics in general is amazingly beneficial and enables any patient to retain their natural, adult teeth.

Understanding Endodontics and the Benefits of Root Canals

As your dentist in Provo, we offer a wide range of services, including endodontics. This is the treatment of any issues with the pulp of the tooth. Root canals are necessary when a tooth has decayed and the decay has gone inside to the pulp, causing infection and requiring root canal. Our endodontist will numb the area and treat the tooth in a way that enables you to retain it and use it like always, but without any further pain.

Clearly, this has to rate as the key benefits of root canals – that they end pain. However, it is also important to note the immense value of natural teeth. Just the loss of one tooth can make difficult changes in the mouth, so this too is among the benefits of root canals. What other benefits are gained from endodontics, like the root canal?

  • You will be able to bite and chew naturally
  • Root canals allow you to have a cosmetically appealing smile (no gaps from lost teeth)
  • The root canal preserves the surrounding teeth, which are all used naturally and efficiently

Contact our Provo Dentist Office for Endodontics

If learning about the benefits of root canals left you with questions, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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Benefits of Periodontics

by praff on April 18, 2017 , Comments Off on Benefits of Periodontics

Do you know about the risks associated with gum disease? Unfortunately, it is not something that worries many, but it is an issue severe enough that it can lead you to lose your teeth. It impacts overall health and wellness, and at The Dental Edge in Provo, UT we always encourage our patients to understand or discover the many benefits of periodontics.

Periodontics looks at the tissue and structures that surround and support your teeth. In other words, it focuses on your gums and jaw. As a preferred dentist in Provo, we offer gum treatment of many different kinds, and all of them are designed to support the health and well-being of the teeth and gums. Often it takes us explaining the many benefits of periodontics to help a patient recognize the importance of our gum treatment options.

Are you aware of the benefits of periodontics? Let’s take just a few moments to explore three key areas:

Disease prevention

One of the most significant benefits of periodontics is the fact that some of the gum disease treatments can prevent disease from occurring, re-occurring or beginning in the first place. Once you have thorough gum treatment, the tissue is going to be free of the bacteria that could cause issues and the teeth will be in prime shape for supporting gum health.

Cleaning

With our periodontal treatments, your teeth and gums are thoroughly cleaned. Not only does this help fight disease, but it also means that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. No bacteria in the gum tissue means no risks to overall health, and no bacteria also means your teeth and gums remain free of challenges over the long term.

Restorative

Of course, the main benefit of periodontics is that it restores function to the mouth through its ability to strengthen gum and tooth tissue. For example, pain may have allowed someone to chew differently, but periodontics ends pain and restores function.

Contact our Provo Dentist Office for Information About Periodontics

If you have more questions about the benefits of periodontics, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

by praff on April 11, 2017 , Comments Off on Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you have heard complaints about your chronic snoring, even if they are lighthearted and humorous, you should be sure that it is “just” snoring. Interestingly enough, snoring is often a sign of a much greater issue called sleep apnea, and it can lead to serious health issues, injuries and more. This is why the team here at The Dental Edge in Provo, UT wants patients to understand the benefits of sleep apnea treatment as it can tremendously improve quality of life.

Visiting a Sleep Apnea Dentist

As your dentist in Provo, we cannot actually diagnose whether you have some form of sleep apnea. We encourage anyone experiencing severe daytime fatigue and drowsiness, high blood pressure, obesity and heart issues to consider if these are all related to disrupted sleep from sleep apnea and speak to their regular doctor. They can send you to a sleep clinic where the condition can be formally diagnosed.

Is it that important? In a word: yes. After all, OSA (the most common type of sleep apnea) is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This means that your breathing is obstructed throughout the night. It takes gasping for breath to restore respiration, and obviously this means that the benefits of sleep apnea treatment mean far more safety and health.

With your diagnosis, you can book a visit and discuss options for treating your sleep apnea. Typically it will involve oral appliance therapy, or a small and safe appliance you put over your teeth before bed. It holds the airway open and ensures good sleep without all of the health risks caused by sleep apnea.

Reduce daytime fatigue, risk for heart attack and stroke, cut chances of diabetes and accidents—these are but some of the benefits of sleep apnea treatment.

Contact Our Provo Dentist Office for Sleep Apnea Treatment

If learning some benefits of sleep apnea treatment did not answer all of your questions, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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Benefits of Dental Veneers

by praff on April 4, 2017 , Comments Off on Benefits of Dental Veneers

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentistry solution that can solve a long list of issues, you will want to consider porcelain veneers. Also called dental veneers, they are available as one of the cosmetic dentistry solutions we make available to our patients at The Dental Edge in Provo, UT. The benefits of dental veneers should not be ignored, and this is because they go beyond supplying a cosmetic solution.

As a preferred dentist in Provo, we believe it is important for our patients to recognize the many unique benefits of dental veneers, which include:

Resolving many issues

Unlike other kinds of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers can be used to address crooked or uneven teeth, close gaps between teeth, cosmetically improve the appearance of chipped and cracked teeth, improve the appearance of teeth that are too stained to respond to whitening and even be used for more complex issues like gummy smiles or unevenly sized teeth.

Natural looking

Our dental veneers specialist will ensure that your veneers look just like natural teeth. There will never be anything unnaturally perfect about them or any discoloration issues. Instead, our skilled cosmetic dentist carefully matches shapes, shades and sizes to ensure that your new smile is a naturally appealing as possible.

Painless and fast

In just two office visits, and without any pain, veneers can be used to enhance the appearance of the smile.

Long term stain resistance

If you considered veneers because of stained teeth, the good news is that one of the benefits of dental veneers is their stain resistance. With regular care, they will maintain their good looks for years to come.

These are only some of the benefits. We encourage you to learn more.

Contact Our Provo Dentist Office for Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry

If learning about these benefits of dental veneers did not answer all of your questions, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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Benefits of Dental Bridges

by praff on March 28, 2017 , Comments Off on Benefits of Dental Bridges

Do you know about dental bridges? They are a form of restorative dentistry that provides a patient of The Dental Edge in Provo, UT with a fully functional tooth where one, or more, have been lost. While restoring the function of a tooth is one of the best benefits of dental bridges, there are many more to consider. As your preferred dentist in Provo, we want our patients to understand the value of choosing dental bridges as their solution.

How Bridges Work

To really recognize the benefits of dental bridges, it is important to know how they work. They take their name from the way they are placed in the mouth; using two healthy adult teeth as the ends of the bridge (also called abutments), the restorative dentist then has an artificial tooth (or short series of them) made to “bridge” the gap left by tooth loss.

This explains a few of the benefits of dental bridges. After all, it works as a cosmetic improvement, replacing lost teeth and allowing you to smile and speak like before. In replacing missing teeth, the dental bridges also enable you to enjoy a higher quality of life because you can eat whatever you would like.

However, one of the finest benefits of dental bridges is that they maintain the natural bite. By holding your natural teeth in place, and filling in any gaps that would allowed teeth to shift, the dental bridges are the ultimate in restorative dentistry. They restore the bite, the smile and even self esteem.

If you are without two strong and healthy teeth at each end, our dental experts will offer crowns on the existing teeth, or you can consider implants that hold the bridge firmly in place, too.

Contact Our Provo Dentist Office for More Information About Dental Bridges

The benefits of dental bridges are significant, and if this information did not answer all of your questions, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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Benefits of Dental Crowns

by praff on March 22, 2017 , Comments Off on Benefits of Dental Crowns

Patients of The Dental Edge in Provo, UT are encouraged to learn about the many benefits of dental crowns. Not only are they a good option for a surprisingly long list of dental issues, but they are most definitely among the best long-term solutions, providing decades of service when cared for properly.

As your preferred dentist in Provo, we encourage you to keep reading about the benefits of dental crowns before making your choices in dental care. After all, it is a crown that will replace the entire exposed portion of a tooth, and as a form of restorative dentistry, it allows you to continue using it comfortably and completely. In fact, this is one of the key benefits of dental crowns – it ends pain but restores function.

Understanding Crowns

If you do not yet have crowns or have been told that our dental crowns specialist may provide you with a solution to your problem, it is important to know just what crowns offer. They are not bands of metal like the crowns worn on the heads of royals. They are, instead, durable caps that cover an entire tooth. They are used when a tooth:

  • Has been damaged by decay or injury
  • Is broken and impossible to repair with bonding
  • Requires an old amalgam filling to be replaced
  • Has been treated with a root canal
  • Is too stained or discolored to respond to whitening
  • Requires a new crown due to implant dentistry

Clearly, the benefits of a long-term solution to such issues are important, and even more surprising is that dental crowns can be completed in just two visits to our office.

Contact Our Provo Dentist Office for Restorative Dentistry Solutions Like Dental Crowns

If learning about the benefits of dental crowns did not answer all of your questions, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

by praff on March 15, 2017 , Comments Off on Benefits of Dental Implants

Benefits of Dental Implants

The loss of even a single adult tooth can trigger a chain reaction of unwanted events in your teeth and gums. This is why patients of The Dental Edge in Provo, UT will want to understand there are solutions to tooth loss, and key among them are dental implants. In fact, as your preferred dentist in Provo, we think it is crucial to know the many benefits of dental implants in order to make the best oral healthcare decisions.

The Value of Implant Dentistry

For centuries, losing a tooth meant living with the gap it left behind and using false teeth if you lost many teeth, or an entire set. Whether it was one or many, losing that tooth meant losing the roots and the crown. The immediate reaction was for the neighboring teeth to loosen, and even begin to shift. When this occurred, it caused the bite to change and this could lead to everything from pain and uneven wear to breakage of teeth and new jaw issues. So, one of the key benefits of dental implants is that it stops that from beginning.

Of course, losing one tooth or many also forces you to change your diet. You won’t speak or look the same, and the spaces left by tooth loss allow the soft tissue of the mouth and face to begin taking on a sunken appearance; prematurely aging you. There is also the matter of bone and tissue loss. When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone may begin to be reabsorbed by the body (only in the area where the tooth was lost), and gum tissue tightens and retracts. Again, this causes many unwelcome changes.

Clearly, the benefit of dental implants is that they halt these unhealthy alterations in the mouth. They are also one of the most successful procedures, offering a 95% or higher success rate.

This is a main reason to speak with our implant dentist and consider your options for restorative dentistry.

Contact Our Provo Dentist Office and Meet With Our Dental Implants Specialist

If reviewing the benefits of dental implants did not answer all of your questions, feel free to give us a call at our Provo, UT office at 801-373-2693. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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ClearCorrect Overview

by praff on March 10, 2017 , Comments Off on ClearCorrect Overview

If you hide your otherwise healthy smile because of crooked or gapped teeth, it is time to consider some orthodontics. If the idea of wearing braces makes you cringe, you don’t have to go that route. You can opt for something like ClearCorrect and get the same, desirable outcome. At The Dental Edge in Provo, UT, we offer this unique and innovative alternative to classic orthodontics, and encourage any patients interested in a straighter smile to read more about ClearCorrect treatment.

What is ClearCorrect?

You might have already learned about the use of invisible aligner trays that slowly straighten and correct the smile, and all without anyone even knowing about it. The ClearCorrect we offer is one of these approaches to orthodontics. They are not invisible braces because they do not involve the use of brackets or wires, but they do straighten the teeth in the same way. They use constant pressure and force to adjust the positions of the teeth, and will create permanent changes.

How Do They Work?

If you are interested in getting ClearCorrect, we will have you come in for a consultation. At that time, we will assess your issues to be sure the trays can work for your needs. If so, and if your teeth and gums have no need for any restorations (such as fillings or root canals), we can take impressions and images to send to a lab. The lab uses high tech computer software to build a three dimensional model of your mouth. Then, this model is used to design a series of trays that will slowly adjust your teeth to much better positions.

You begin with starter trays that help you get acclimated to wearing them 22 hours per day (you can remove them to eat and clean the teeth). Then you are given a set of trays to wear for roughly two weeks before moving on to the next. You will visit us for periodic reviews and to obtain the next sets of clear aligners.

In as little as six months to a year, you can have a much healthier and more attractive smile. No one will know you are even wearing the ClearCorrect trays, and you won’t have to change your diet, the way you speak or your oral hygiene routine.

Contact Our ClearCorrect Specialist in Provo Today

If you are curious about ClearCorrect and whether it is right for you, it is time to talk with a dentist in Provo about the procedure. Get in touch with us today by calling 801-373-2693 or by visiting our contact page.

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