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Family Dentistry

We provide high-quality family dental care for families in and around Layton.

With services ranging from routine cleanings and exams to more complex treatments, we are able to provide for your family’s dental needs conveniently under one roof. We offer tips to maintain oral health and fillings to keep teeth healthy and functional. All treatments, basic or specialized, is fit to your specific needs and performed as gently as possible.

Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning is a professional tooth cleaning you receive from a dental hygienist.

Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque consists of masses of bacteria that grow between and on teeth, at and below the gum line. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing.

Scaling and root planing is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces with a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Dental hygienists perform scaling by hand and/or with electric scalers. Polishing completes the cleaning, making the surface of the teeth smooth and minimizing future plaque build-up.

Orthodontics

Orthodontistry is the art of using special appliances to straighten the teeth, align the bite and treat a range of orthodontic conditions, including crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite and underbite. Having straight teeth not only improves the beauty of your smile but is key to maintain proper oral health. If left untreated, orthodontic problems can cause discomfort when chewing, eating and/or speaking, as well as lead to more serious medical conditions and more costly treatments.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease.

Cosmetic

We are as dedicated to your confidence in your smile as we are to your lasting oral health. You deserve to look and feel your best!

With today's rapid advances in dental techniques and technologies, a variety of cosmetic services are becoming more affordable and readily available to you. It may be easier than you think to achieve that brilliant smile you've always wanted.

We seek to stay up to date on the best cosmetic dentistry available to deliver your best look. Our team has training to provide you a variety of cosmetic options.

Endodontics

Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, is used to save an infected or damaged tooth and avoid having to remove it.

A root canal becomes necessary when a neglected cavity reaches all the way to the pulp at the center of the tooth, causing the pulp to become infected. Regular cleanings and checkups detect and prevent problems early on.

Trauma can also cause deep damage to the nerve of a tooth. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and it begins to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is called an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system, making it very dangerous and painful.

Symptoms of infected pulp may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain with biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms, and you are unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) is filled to prevent any further infection. Crowns are usually recommended to cover and restore a tooth after root canal therapy.

Pediatric Care

Dental care for the whole family. Healthy smiles and healthy lives start here!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "dental home" for your child by the time they are 1 year old. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.

At our practice, we adapt all treatments and services to meet your child’s needs. Whether it’s sedation options, special equipment or our overall gentle touch, we do everything in our power to help your child have a great dental experience. But proper dental care for your child is not only about fun. Dental needs are different for baby teeth and developing mouths. Our comprehensive exams include preventive care and oral hygiene instruction designed specifically for your child’s needs. We are invested in your child’s future health as much as you are!

Enjoy the ease of having one dental home for your whole family.

Periodontal Treatment

It's estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.

Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn't always stop there. You oral health is connected to your whole body's health and wellness.

Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Pre-Term Births

Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the bacteria through deep cleaning. This deep cleaning consists of scaling and root planning which clears the bacterial buildup along the root of the teeth. We also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. In severe cases, we may refer you to the care of a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in gum care.

Oral Cancer Screening

We have a genuine concern for your overall health and well-being. We perform an oral cancer screening with every exam.

In the United States, one person dies every hour from oral cancer. Oral cancer has a cure rate of more than 80 percent—if it is detected and treated early. That is why we feel it is important to perform an oral cancer screening with every exam.

Symptoms include:

  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Numbness, loss of feeling, or pain in sections of the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Development of white, red or speckled patches in the mouth
  • Swelling, thickening, lumps, bumps, rough patches and growths

Oral cancer typically affects:

  • Front 2/3 of the tongue
  • Lining of the cheeks and lips
  • Floor of mouth under the tongue
  • Roof of the mouth
  • Gums
  • Small area behind the wisdom teeth
  • Minor salivary glands

We hope to catch things before they become a real problem, and we need your help! Every 6-month checkup for preventive care counts! Especially in the case of oral cancer, prevention is your best option.

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