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Dental Implants vs. Veneers

Written by Red Cliffs Dental on . Posted in Blog, Tooth Replacement

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Last month we discussed the pros and cons of both dental implants and dental bridges. Between the two, dental implants are the most reliable, long-term, and aesthetically pleasing. However, dental implants and dental bridges are not the only forms of tooth replacement. Another very common method is veneers.

Both dental implants and veneers have circumstances in which they work best. But ultimately the choice should be made on a case by case basis. Red Cliffs Dental, in Saint George, Utah is here to give you all of the information about any form of tooth replacement   so that you can make the decision that is right for you.

First off, a veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that can be custom fitted and then bonded to your natural teeth. They are very much like a crown. The key difference is that crowns cover an entire tooth, whereas a veneer typically only covers the front or back surface of a tooth. There are several instances where veneers can be an excellent option. Veneers are good for fixing minor cosmetic issues. They are great for covering up problems such as yellowing, cracks, gaps, and worn down teeth. They also work well to cover up crooked teeth. Some people like veneers because they do not require surgery like implants do, but they are not always an option. In order to have veneers, there has to be some tooth present.

There are also many problems and risks involved with veneers. In order to make room in your mouth for the veneers, the enamel on your teeth must first be removed. Because of this, the procedure cannot be reversed. And if a veneer falls off or is damaged, it must be replaced. Veneers also put you at a greater risk of periodontal disease. This is because they do not cover every surface of the tooth, which can cause greater decay and make it harder to floss. If you are going to get veneers, you must commit to maintaining the best possible level of oral hygiene. Another problem with veneers is that they can shift if they were not bonded correctly, exposing the natural tooth with no enamel, which is extremely dangerous. Veneers can last 10-20 years if excellent oral health is maintained, and they are often much less expensive than dental implants. But because the porcelain is so thin, they can easily be stained or damaged from hard biting.

Between the two, dental implants are by far the most permanent method of repair for lost and broken teeth. If the problem could spread to other teeth, dental implants are the best method of eliminating that risk. In fact, there are almost no risks at all involved with dental implants. Sure, there is surgery involved, but it is very safe. As for cost, it may actually end up being more cost effective, because most often the procedure is a one time deal, and they will last a lifetime. However, if there are no roots present, the jawbone will start to collapse upon itself. This means that if you wait too long, there will be nothing to bond the implant to, so make sure you are being proactive about your oral health and your tooth replacement.

If you are wondering what method of tooth replacement  would work best for you, please feel free to give Red Cliffs Dental, in Saint George, Utah, a call at (435)261-3400. We are more than happy to schedule a consultation, and help you get the smile of your dreams.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Written by Red Cliffs Dental on . Posted in Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry

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Teeth whitening is a safe, easy treatment that is gaining traction and popularity at an amazing speed. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, 90% of patients are requesting to have their teeth whitened. At Red Cliffs Dental, in St. George, Utah, we are beyond pleased to hear that teeth whitening treatments are in such high demand, because we have state-of-the-art technology and methodology to make sure you get the best possible results. We want you to feel confident and love your smile, and we believe our teeth whitening treatments are the best ones to do the job.

There are several other types of teeth whitening treatments, such as toothpastes, mouthwash, and whitening strips. They even have at home kits with a mouthguard and whitening gel. But professional teeth whitening treatments can whiten your teeth 3-8 shades, while at home kits typically only lift 1-2 shades. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends dentist supervision even for over-the-counter treatments to ensure the utmost level of safety.

Many teeth whitening treatments are approved by the ADA, but sometimes there can be risks involved with teeth whitening that only your dentist can predict. Many home whitening kits can burn or bleach your gums and other soft parts of the mouth if applied incorrectly.

There are a few circumstances in which a dentist may discourage teeth whitening treatment, whether that be professional or otherwise. If your teeth are already sensitive, teeth whitening may not be the best choice for you. It can also be dangerous if you have gum disease. Whitening can also wear down the teeth’s enamel, so if your teeth already have worn enamel, your dentist may refuse to provide you with teeth whitening treatments.

These risks should not discourage you from seeking out your options. Consulting your dentist is the best way to find out information about teeth whitening treatments that are the best fit for you specifically. If you live in the St. George area, come on in to Red Cliffs Dental. We guarantee that we will explore all the possible options for you and give you our honest advice about how to achieve the best results. We will do whatever we can to make sure you are happy with your smile. If you have questions about the services Red Cliffs Dental can provide, you can visit our website, or you can give us a call at (435)261-3400 to schedule a consultation appointment.

Dental Implants vs. Bridge

Written by Red Cliffs Dental on . Posted in Blog, Tooth Replacement

How a dental implant worksSometimes life happens and tooth replacement is a necessary reality. There are several different methods of tooth replacement, and each has its pros and cons. Two of the most common methods of tooth replacement are dental implants and dental bridges. If you live in Utah, you can go to Red Cliffs Dental- a great dentist in St. George- for all of your tooth replacement needs.

What is the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?

Dental bridges are basically a minimum of three crowns in a row. The outside teeth have to still be in place. Unlike an implant, they have to be cut down quite a bit to fit the crowns. The tooth or teeth in the middle would be completely artificial. Dental implants however, can be used on individual teeth and they do not need to be cut down. It is an artificial root that is implanted into your gums, where it will bond to the jaw. On top of that, a crown is crafted to look like an individual tooth.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are initially more expensive than dental bridges. But they often last a lifetime, so in the long run they can be more cost effective. And the good news is that many insurance providers will help pay a portion. It is an invasive method of tooth replacement because it requires surgery. It is 98% successful, but if you have a weakened immune system or a lowered ability to heal, it may put you at higher risk. But, dental implants are the most reliable option. They mimic the form and function of a natural tooth, so your brushing and flossing routines can remain as normal. They also offer the best possible aesthetics. They are also more hygienic than bridges because your cleaning routine stays the same.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental bridges?

Dental bridges are less expensive than implants, and they are often covered by insurance, but they typically only last 5-7 years. Because all teeth in a bridge are cemented together, you cannot brush and floss as usual. Dental bridges also require your natural teeth to be sanded down to fit the crowns. They still look fairly natural, and they only take a few weeks to complete. A bridge may also be better than implants if you have been missing your natural tooth for a long time.
In the event that you do need a tooth replaced, the choice is ultimately your own. Feel free to call a great dentist in St. George, Utah, Dr. Kelly J. Olsen at Red Cliffs Dental. He can provide you with his expert advice on your individual case. If you want to learn more about dental implants, you can read about it on our website.

Laser Dentistry 101

Written by Red Cliffs Dental on . Posted in Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry

Laser dentistry may seem like an obscure technology of the future, but it was actually invented in 1964 and introduced into dentists’ offices in the 1990’s. Since then, it has become more and more refined and the benefits have become more and more abundant.

However, only 6% of dentists have incorporated laser dentistry into their offices. Lucky for you, Red Cliffs Dental, right here in St. George, Utah, offers a wide range of laser dental procedures!

It’s common to feel skeptical or even a little afraid of new things, so here is everything you need to know about laser dentistry:

How do lasers work?

To start, a laser is a very small, very powerful beam of light energy. The laser causes a reaction that makes it possible to remove and shape tissue. A trained and skilled dentist, like Dr. Olsen at Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, can use that light energy to perform several different kinds of procedures.

What procedures can be performed using lasers?

Well, there are different types of lasers dentists can use depending on the type of procedure. This makes it so there can be a wider range of FDA approved laser dental procedures. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Root canal preparation by reshaping of the gums
  • Filling preparation by removal of tooth decay
  • Gummy smile correction
  • Partially erupted wisdom tooth exposure
  • Cancer screenings
  • Canker sore removal
  • Teeth whitening
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Benign tumor removal
  • Hypersensitivity correction

What are the benefits and advantages of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry is more precise and with none of the pain of traditional procedures. There is often no drill and no anesthesia. The use of lasers eliminates need for an incision or stitches, which results in less bleeding or swelling after a procedure. Laser procedures take less time to perform and the healing time afterwards is significantly shorter. Your chance of infection is much lower with the use of lasers because they sterilize as they work, without using bleach and other chemicals. Lasers can provide an earlier detection of cavities and can create a stronger bond between your tooth and a filling than traditional methods. Overall, lasers can offer you maximum safety and comfort during your dental procedures.

Dr. Olsen and his team at Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, are well trained in laser dentistry. If you want to learn more about the services they can provide, click here or call (435) 414-8452 for a consultation appointment.

 

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