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10011 S. Centennial Pkwy #525
Sandy, UT 84070
Do I have to get x-rays?
In order to provide you with the right care, we have to obtain the necessary information to make an accurate diagnosis. This may involve different things, including x-ray images. Without them you're only getting a partial diagnosis, and may be missing something that could become a big problem later on. Legally any dental office is required to obtain the necessary information for your care and we feel strongly about providing each patient with the right dental care. This may involve individual x-rays, full mouth images or a 3D cone beam CAT scan. Radiation exposure levels are very, very low for digital dental x-rays.
This tooth was not bothering the patient and there were no signs of a problem until this x-ray was taken during a routine checkup. The tooth had resorbed from the inside out, completely eating through the root. We were able to treat the tooth, before it completely broke off.
Why do you take intraoral camera pictures? Aren't x-rays good enough?
X-ray images have been used in dentistry for over a century. Intraoral photos are a relatively new technology that we use to help you see what's going on in your mouth and to help diagnose small problems, before they become bigger, more painful. Teeth are very small and being able to magnify what we see is critical to the quality of care you deserve. Please see our page on this awesome technology to learn more.
Cracked filling invisible without magnification
Close-up of a cavity
How do I keep a healthy mouth?
Our team at Intermountain Smiles is dedicated to helping you stay healthy. We will work with you individually to identify any areas that may be affecting your oral health, and provide you with one-on-one instruction to make sure your teeth last a lifetime! Proper home care starts with daily brushing and flossing, and may include other steps depending on your situation.
What could happen to my tooth if I don't fix it?
If you've been diagnosed with something and a recommendation has been made, postponing treatment will lead to larger, more invasive and costly measures. Cavities and diseases in the mouth do not heal themselves, and get worse over time.
Will my mouth be sore after treatment?
Depending on the extent of your care and many factors (overall health, procedure, oral habits, etc), your level of discomfort could range from very minor to moderately severe. It's normal to feel some sensitivity after dental work; that's your body's normal reaction to the inflammation that is going on while the area heals. We take careful steps to minimize any discomfort and will help you with any questions you may have.
How do I take care of my implant?
Dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper placement and care. Your home care should be similar to other teeth, and may need additional, minor attention at your dental checkups. We may recommend a Waterpik(R) using a blend of water and prescription mouthrinse to keep your implant as healthy as possible.
Why do I have sensitive teeth?
Common causes for sensitive teeth are:
My tooth isn't hurting; why do I need to fix it?
If you have been diagnosed with a dental problem, it's in your best interest to fix it before it starts hurting. The longer you wait, the bigger the problem becomes. When a tooth starts hurting, that can mean the problem is close to the nerve, which will require more invasive, costly treatment.
How often should I go to the dentist?
For routine dental checkups it's important to keep a consistent, frequent schedule. Dental problems can develop quickly and going a year (or more) between checkups can be dangerous. The plaque buildup that accumulates around teeth can lead to gum disease, which is not painful in its early stages. Once bone around teeth is lost from gum disease, it's almost impossible to gain it back. We recommend six month intervals for individuals with a healthy mouth. Others need more frequent checkups, based on the condition of their mouth.
What is causing my bad breath?
Many factors can contribute to bad breath (halitosis):
Do I have to be numb?
Many dental procedures are not very invasive and can be done with little or no anesthetic. Other treatment involves much more and for your safety and comfort, we highly recommend being numb. Your comfort is our goal! If you do not like being numb, we can provide you with a reversal agent that will greatly reduce the length of time you are numb. We also work with Summit Anesthesia to provide sedation services so you can safely sleep through any dental treatment.
Does my insurance cover this?
Many insurance plans are a contract between the insurance carrier and your employer to provide a benefits package to its employees and family members. The benefits vary greatly, and we we can help you navigate the details. Insurance reimbursement rates have been dropping for more than ten years as a result of pressure from employers and insurance company shareholders. This leaves the subscriber paying more out-of-pocket for procedures. Insurance companies will never give you the best care possible. You should always talk with your dentist to understand what options are available, so that you can choose the right care for you.
What can I do to prevent cavities?
Proper home care, a careful diet and regular, consistent dental checkups can help you keep a healthy, beautiful smile your entire life. Let us show you how!
How do I know if I am grinding my teeth?
Many people grind their teeth. It's important to minimize any damage that comes from it. Some signs that you may need help are:
How long do veneers last?
With proper care at home and regular dental checkups, porcelain veneers can last a very long time, often several decades. Dr. Young provides a lifetime warranty against chipping, cracking or breaking on all ceramic restorations.
This is unmatched by any other dental office in the country.
What type of floss should I use?
Regular flossing is an important part of keeping a healthy mouth. Depending on your situation, the type of floss you use may vary -
Are electric toothbrushes better than a regular toothbrush?
Brushing your teeth is important no matter what method you use. Electric brushes however, can be more thorough as they have built-in timers that help you spend the right amount of time brushing your teeth. There are a few different electric models on the market; we suggest personal preference when selecting them (sonic vibration vs. rotary).
Is a Waterpik(R) the same as flossing?
Mechanical removal of plaque is key to avoiding cavities and gum disease. Waterpik(R) devices can be useful in certain situations and when used with the right mouth rinses. It should not be a replacement for regular flossing though.
What's the best way to whiten my teeth?
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening systems available. While they help to remove superficial stains and some do lighten teeth, it's best to have the process monitored by a dental professional to ensure that you get the best results. It's important to rule out any existing cavities, and discuss expectations before starting. In some cases, other treatment options may be better.
What's the difference between gingivitis and gum (periodontal) disease?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums around teeth. Gum disease is the loss of supporting ligaments and bone around the teeth, below the gum line. Neither condition is painful, until it becomes severe which is why it's important to have regular checkups to keep your mouth healthy before any problems start.
What are signs of oral cancer?
Oral cancer is a very serious disease and we are always screening our patients for any signs of it. Any visible change around your lips, on the floor of your mouth, tongue, or inside of your cheeks that lasts more than two weeks should be checked by your dentist.
If you're looking for the best dentist in the Sandy, Draper, South Jordan area, call us today. We offer full general, implant and cosmetic dental care.