Archive for June, 2010

Dental Implants Vs. Removable Dentures

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Implants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 29, 2010 by dukeslc

There are so many ADVANTAGES to Dental Implants!  Routinely updated techniques and advances in Dental Technology make Dental Implants the ideal choice in tooth replacement! Call our Salt Lake City Dental Office today to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION and let us give you the smile you deserve!

Oral Hygiene:

With Individual Dental Implants, brushing and flossing can be done as normal, with no special floss or daily cleaning necessary.  The ease of proper cleaning  Dental Implants offer can greatly reduce the possibility of periodontal disease or bone recession.

Esthetic Appearance and Self-Esteem:

Dental Implants are natural looking and feeling. They can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. One of our favorite quotes is “The World always looks brighter from behind a Smile.” –Author Unknown

Removable Dentures can improve your smile by replacing missing teeth, but typically will not look as Natural as Individual Dental Implants. Dentures also have a tendency to click and shift as you smile or speak.

A Permanent Solution:

Dental Implants are designed to fuse with bone, making them a permanent part of you! Due to the Strength of Dental Implants you will be able to eat your favorite foods with confidence and never have to worry about chewing difficult foods.

Improved Speech and Comfort:

Dentures can move or slip if they are poorly fitted, causing some to slur their words or hinder clear pronunciation when speaking.  Dental Implants never move and allow you to speak normally with Confidence Dental Implants also eliminate the discomfort some will feel when eating with removable dentures and the embarrassment of removing dentures to clean them.

Long-term Oral Health and Convenience:

Dental Implants are very durable and are made to Last a Lifetime.  With the proper care and cleaning, Dental Implants will act, look, and feel like your natural teeth for years to come.  Dental Implants also avoid additional monthly costs by eliminating the need for denture adhesives or special cleaning products. 

          Our Salt Lake City Dental Office is proud to offer Dental Implants to improve the smiles and confidence of our patients!  We love to improve our patient’s quality of life by offering gentle dentistry and the best technology available.  Check out our website for more information or to view before and after photos of a few of our patients.  Feel free to call our Salt Lake City Dental Office at 801-355-2202 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION today and let us help you achieve The smile you desire with the dentistry you deserve.

Salt Lake City Dental Implants

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Implants with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by dukeslc

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root, typically made from titanium. It is placed in the bone and supports a restoration to replace the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s technology, virtually all Dental Implants are similar to an actual tooth root which aids in the placement and is less invasive than previous Dental Implants.

Why choose a Dental Implant?

If you are missing a tooth or many teeth, there are a number of options available to replace it.

  • One option is a Dental Bridge, which is made by crowning the two neighboring  teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A floating crown is attached between the two crowned teeth to replace the tooth. The disadvantage to a Dental Bridge is that it involves removing enamel from two possibly healthy teeth that may not need a restoration.
  • Dental Implants are another option to replacing teeth. The advantage to this is that it does not require an invasive procedure on neighboring teeth. A simple Implant is placed in the bone and is typically crowned to replace the missing tooth.

Dental Implants can also replace several teeth or can supply implant clasps for Denture attachments.

There are many variations and combinations that can be done with Dental Implants, the options are astounding!

 How is a Dental Implant Placed?

  1. The Dental Implant area is given anesthetic to numb the site. A very gentle implant drill is used to make room in the bone for the Implant.  The sterile Implant is placed in the bone and a small cap is placed on the implant to allow the gums to heal quickly.
  2. Once the Implant is placed, time must be given for the bone to regenerate and attach tightly to the Implant. This can vary from 3 to 6 months, depending on the person and any conditions that may exist. For some special cases, immediate restorations may be placed on Dental Implants the same day they are placed.
  3. Once the Implant is secure in the bone and the area is fully healed, an impression can be made for the Crown. The Implant Crown is made to look exactly like it’s neighboring teeth, thus making it nearly impossible for peers to notice the Implant and/or Crown.

Dr. David Duke has practiced dentistry for over 20 years and has received extensive additional training for Dental Implants. We have excellent success with all of our patients and would love to discuss any concerns or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call our Salt Lake City Dental Office at 801-355-2202 and check out our website for additional information.

Tempromandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Posted in Dental, Neuromuscular with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by dukeslc

Have you experienced clicking or soreness of the jaw, headaches, or locking of the jaw?  For some people these problems are infrequent, short-term, and mild. For others, this may be a frequent, constant problem that can be very painful and cause permanent damage on teeth or the joint. Our office is the Salt Lake City TMJ office of choice! We treat all of our patients with the best technology, excellent care, and unique custom therapy to achieve the best results possible. Each of our patients have had quick relief from pain and are treated for long-term success. Our TMJ Salt Lake City dental office is located downtown with easy access to I-15. Call our office today for a FREE CONSULTATION and let us rid you of pain for a better, happier life!

What is TMJD?

Tempromandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD, is a term for inflammation of the Tempromandibular Joint. The Tempromandibular Joint connects the lower jaw to the skull and can be located as an indentation directly in front of the ear.  This disorder can range from mild to acute and can have several symptoms such as headaches, jaw stiffness, pain in opening or closing the mouth, or locking of the jaw. This can be caused by many things including arthritis, trauma, dislocation on the jaw, or malocclusion due to severe dental decay. 

TMJD can also have a neuromuscular affect on your body. To understand this, simply imagine that your body is filled with interconnecting wires that stem from your spinal cord.  Nerves and muscles associated with the Tempromandibular Joint connect with nerves through your entire face and down your neck. These connections are often the reason people with TMJD can have severe headaches and very sore neck and shoulder muscles.  

What are the Symptoms of TMJD?

Headaches can be unbearable and if you suffer from frequent, long-lasting tension headaches or migrane headaches, you may have TMJ disorder. Other common symptoms experienced are jaw, ear or facial pain and even decreased hearing.  Clicking or popping of the jaw and neck, as well as shoulder pain, are the frequent effects of TMJ disorder. Even though TMJ is a common disorder, many people are unaware that they have this condition and continue enduring the pain.

What are the Treatment Options?

Depending on the cause of the disorder, there are several options for pain relief and long-lasting solutions. 

Reconstructive Dentistry:

Malocclusion means that your upper and lower teeth do not close together in the correct way and are misaligned, causing strain on muscles and ligaments. If the disorder is due to a lack of proper occlusion, or incorrect biting due to tooth decay or grinding, there are two options available. The first is the use of orthodontics which can straighten teeth and place them in their proper occlusal bite to relieve strain on the jaw muscles.  The second option is Reconstructive dentistry. This is a permanent option and is rarely used because it involves replacing dental fillings or placing new crowns to align the teeth in the proper bite and relieve pain.

Repositioning of the Jaw:

If the disorder is due to the joint being out of socket, the pain can originate from very strained, if not damaged, muscles, ligaments, or bone.  One option to correct this is called Surgical Repositioning of the Jaw.  A simpler solution is the Relocation of the Jaw through Tensing therapy, Stretching of the jaw muscles, or careful manipulation to help aid the correct joint position.

Medication and Therapy:

Just like in all the body’s joints, cartilage and ligaments cushion the joint as in fits correctly in the socket of the skull. Should this cartilage be aggravated or inflamed it can be painful to move the jaw and can cause significant headaches. Arthritis can affect the Tempromandibular Joint by causing inflammation, soreness, stiffness of the joint, and pain. This is often treated with anti-inflammatory medication and Tensing Therapy to calm the muscles around the joint and allow for healing to occur.

The BEST Permanent Solution: Tensing Therapy and Orthodic Splint:

In TMJD the muscles are unbalanced and cause strain on the jaw, face, and neck. The use of K7 technology in our Salt Lake City dental office lets us know where the strain is originating from and how to adjust the jaw for optimal balance and relaxation. Our Dental Office uses Mandibular repositioning splints which move the jaw, ligaments and muscles into a new position. In all our patients we see marked improvements with this simple solution. This Orthodic Splint is similar in appearance to a retainer or nightguard and are custom-made according to the necessary bite and jaw placement. This Orthodic therapy requires that you wear the unobtrusive Orthodic splint during the day and night.

Our Salt Lake City dental office also uses Tensing therapy, which is an electric muscle therapy to relax the jaw, face, and neck muscles to ease pain. The combination of the splint and Tensing has awarded us with excellent success and very happy patients! Every person responds differently to Orthodic therapy, however the vast majority of patients find their symptoms instantly decreased.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms or would like more information about our office and your treatment options check out our website or call us at 801-355-2202. Our Salt Lake City dental office is open Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm. We look forward to helping you achieve a pain-free, happier life!

Salt Lake City Invisalign Dentist

Posted in Dental, Invisalign, Teeth Whitening with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by dukeslc

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that dentists use as an alternative to the traditional metal braces. In the majority of orthodontic cases, Invisalign is the treatment of choice due to the comfort, user-friendly advantages, and cosmetic appearance. We are proud to offer all of our patients the best technology and care in our Salt Lake City Invisalign dental office.

What are the Advantages?

§         The greatest advantage of the treatment is the cosmetic appearance. The aligners are completely transparent and made of clear, hard plastic. This makes the method particularly popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces. Invisalign for Teens has also been created to help teens straighten their teeth without their peers ever even knowing!

§         In addition to the benefits of invisibility, our patients have found the aligners more comfortable and user-friendly than metal braces. There are no metal brackets to cut your lips or cheeks and the aligners do not irritate gums. Due to the fact that the aligners can be removed and cleaned, unlike metal braces which routinely catch food and gum in the brackets.

§         The hygienic benefits are excellent and the chance of tooth decay is much lower in comparison to traditional braces. The aligners must be worn for 20 hours a day, allowing time to remove them while eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. With traditional braces, demineralization or tooth decay occurs in 50% of patients. The metal wires also prevent dental x-rays from being taken and tooth decay is usually not caught or noticed until after the braces are removed. The Invisalign aligners are removed while eating and patients are told to brush and floss their teeth before returning the aligners to their mouth.

§         Computerized treatment planning is an excellent way of checking the proper alignment of the teeth and customizing the finished product to the patient’s unique desires. The patient is brought into the office to review, critique, and agree to the treatment as it is shown online to the Dentist.

§         Due to the advanced nature of Invisalign technology, the orthodontic treatment is typically quicker than traditional braces. The average length of time a patient is in treatment is 12 months. The final aligner is kept as a final retainer which the patient can keep for the rest of their life and wear at night to help prevent the teeth from shifting after treatment.

§         The aligners can be used as bleach trays to whiten teeth. The custom aligners are very similar to bleach trays and can double as bleach trays to prevent an added cost. We offer all of our Invisalign patients teeth whitening products so that they have perfectly white teeth at the end of their treatment!

Are there any disadvantages?

§         Because the aligners are removable, they do have the potential to get lost. The good news is that Invisalign stores all treatments in their database and we are able to request a single tray be remade to replace the lost aligner. 

§         Another potential disadvantage is that the trays MUST be worn no less than 20 hours per day. If a patient is not consistent with their wear, the trays will not have their intended effect and the patient will struggle to achieve their optimal smile.

§         If a patient suffers from grinding their teeth, the aligners have the potential to become damaged before their 2-week use is up.  If a person has severe grinding habits, other options will need to be discussed before attempting the use of Invisalign treatment.

Our Salt Lake City Invisalign practice is located downtown with beautiful views of Salt Lake City and easily accessed from I-15.  We are proud to be one of a few Utah Invisalign providers and offer FREE CONSULTATIONS to all who would like to explore their options. Call our office today or visit our website and let us help you achieve the smile you desire through the dentistry you deserve.

Salt Lake City Dental Implants

Posted in Dental, Implants with tags , , , , on June 2, 2010 by dukeslc

There are many people who have lost one or more teeth and may feel to self-conscious about it. Missing teeth can hinder people from smiling or talking freely for fear of people noticing. In addition to feeling self-conscious, tooth loss can make eating more difficult which can lead to malnutrition in severe cases.
 There are many different situations that may cause tooth loss including tooth decay, root canal failure, gum disease, trauma to the mouth, excessive wear and tear due to bruxism, or congenital defects.  Dental implants are an ideal solution for people who have a missing tooth or teeth.  Implants will replace both the crown of the tooth and the root of the tooth.  Dental implants are versatile, strong, and very natural looking.   The result of a dental implant is better oral health and confidence in smiling and talking freely! 

Having dental implants placed is much easier than it used to be.  First, one must find a Salt Lake City implant dentist close to you.  The Salt Lake City dentist will take x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.  If you are a good candidate the dentist will place the implant surgically into the jawbone.  After the surgery is completed the implant must heal for 4-6 months to make sure that the bone is strong enough to support a tooth. When the implant has healed completely your Salt Lake City dentist will have the lab prepare a crown to go over your implant.  After the crown is placed you will be able to eat normaly, clean your teeth normally, and smile because no one will know you were missing a tooth! 

Dr. David Duke is an Elite Salt Lake City Dentist.  He has placed many dental implants and has a very high success rate.  Visit our website to learn more about dental implants.  We would love to help you achieve replacing missing teeth for the perfect smile possible!  Call for a FREE Consultation today @ 801-355-2202.