Whose diagnosis do you trust?

Suppose a friend of yours with a number of teeth damaged by disease or accident, goes to a number of dentists in turn. What will the dentists advise him? You can be very sure that the advice can range from a complete set of implant supported permanent dentures to a mere partial denture, or even, an advice to live with whatever healthy teeth your friend has. This is quite natural. Human judgement in the same matter varies. The most critical judgements are judgements in a court of law, where matters of life and death of the accused are decided. Are there not cases where a bench of judges hearing the case differ in their findings and awards? Assessments and recommendations by professionals in their field also vary similarly.

What are the reasons?

Dentists are just another qualified profession.  They also suffer from human limitations- and significantly- to different extents. Dentists differ in inherent intelligence, education, experience, confidence, temperament, attitude and sincerity, diagnostic facilities, treatment facilities available, and momentary influences, etc. The customer differs also, in description, patience, temperament, desires, financial resources, and momentary influences. The dentist has to work to the satisfaction of the patient. Such a variety of factors is bound to produce a much wider variety of opinions and prescriptions. In the paragraphs below, we discuss these factors separately.

  1. Level of Education and Training

The level of training of a dentist matters. A given degree ensures that all trainees acquire a certain ability to diagnose and treat. A better qualified dentist, is likely to be more aware of pertinent factors, and may reach a different diagnosis for the same apparent symptoms.

  1. Inherent Intelligence

Every dentist possesses a different level of intelligence. Intelligence polishes the knowledge and skills obtained during training, and facilitates better decisions in diagnosis and during treatment. While one dentist may be very dexterous in various procedures the other may fumble in places.

  1. Differences in Training Philosophy  

No doubt, dentists undergo rigorous training for many years before they can practice independently. However, the way each dentist diagnoses every patient, is dependent upon the way he or she was educated during their training. Some dentists are quite careful, and follow the principle of “maximum tooth conservative” while diagnosing patients and fabricating a treatment plan. This means that these dentists make sure minimal loss of natural tooth structure occurs during dental treatment. Other dentists are more “rigorous” in their approach, and would rather remove slightly excess of the natural tooth structure in attempts to prevent re-infection.

  1. The Trend of Holistic Dentistry

Some dentists around the world are now following the “holistic” approach to dental treatment, which basically involves the use of dental biomaterials that are not only safe inside the oral cavity, but they also do not cause any harmful effects on the rest of the human body. Differences in diagnoses among “conventional” and “holistic” dentists may often arise due to their different methods of solving dental problems.

  1. Different Diagnostic Facilities

If you visit dental practices around your locality, you will find that each practice has different diagnostic equipment. The quality and capability of these diagnostic machines matters deeply how a dentist can investigate the problem, and this can matter in resolving between two possible causes, and hence, deciding a treatment.

  1. Experience

Just like training, experience also matters. A more experienced dentist is more likely to be aware of various possibilities than a dentist with equal qualifications and less experience. This again can cause a different diagnosis. Generally, the more experienced dentists are, the better are their diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities. But that is not always true!

  1. Attitude and Sincerity

Attitude of a person matters. It is unfortunate, but a fact of life that different persons have different attitude towards the same issue. Some dentists will take extra pains to reach the technically best conclusion. Others may take a rather simplistic view. Again, some will tend to prescribe a treatment without considering the cost. Others may consider the resources of the patient and honestly try to make a trade-off. There may be some, unfortunately, who will love the dollars coming their way. The fact is that everybody is working to earn as much as he or she can, and therefore, professional scruples may sometimes be compromised.

  1. Momentary Influences.

The current state of mind of the dentist as well as the patient may also have a minor influence. A tired dentist is more likely to take a summary decision, while a fresh and patient dentist may dig deeper and do a more thorough treatment job. Similarly, the apparent condition of the patient can also influence the decision of the dentist. A cool patient is likely to allow the dentist to make a better judgement, while a wailing, crying patient may switch the dentist into an emergency mode. The dentist may extract a tooth instead of going for a root canal treatment.

 

Just like we find both good and bad people in this world, we can also come across dentists with different attitudes and treatment philosophies. Therefore, whenever in doubt, it might be a good idea to go for a second, even a third opinion. After all, it’s a matter or dental and physical health, and you have every right to seek the best dental care for yourself and your family!

Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants

Living with a missing tooth is not easy! First, a missing tooth ruins your smile and personality; especially when you’re missing a front tooth. Secondly, you will have difficulty eating and digesting food properly, as each tooth has a role to play in breaking food into smaller particles to be more easily absorbed. A missing tooth (or teeth) will make it difficult for you to speak, and pronounce words clearly.

If you have lost one or more of your teeth, we suggest getting them replaced immediately with an artificial one. Replacing missing teeth is not only necessary for restoring your smile and facial aesthetics, but it is equally important for restoring your optimal chewing and speech capability. Currently, the most common options for missing teeth are dental bridges and implants. Both these options carry their own merits and demerits. Let’s look at which tooth replacement option is best for you!

You can watch a video of Dr. Hemmert explaining both processes by clicking this link. 

Dental Bridges; What are They?
A dental bridge is fixed prosthesis that is used for replacing one or more missing teeth. For placing a bridge, healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth gap are prepared, and crowns are placed over them. These teeth are known as the abutment teeth. For replacing the missing tooth, a crown, also known as the pontic, is placed over the space which is then connected to the abutment teeth on both the sides.

  • Advantages of Dental Bridges:
    • Fixed Prosthesis – unlike the removable dentures, which need to be taken out of the mouth while sleeping or brushing, dental bridges remain fixed inside the mouth. They also possess better strength and durability than removable dentures.
    • Cheaper – when compared with dental implants, bridges are less costly. Therefore, they can be used for missing teeth replacement in cases when a budget is an issue.
  • Disadvantages of Dental Bridges:
    • Loss of Natural Tooth Structure – for attaching crowns on the abutment teeth present on either side of the missing tooth gap, a layer of enamel needs to be removed. Therefore, dental bridges are less tooth conservative in comparison to dental implants.
    • Secondary Caries – if optimal cleaning is not maintained around a bridge, there are high chances of development of teeth cavities (also known as secondary caries) in that region. If these cavities are not immediately restored, bacteria can travel into the underlying dental pulp or the gums and cause severe infection.
    • Limited Lifespan – even the highest quality dental bridges have a limited lifespan, despite your best efforts to maintain optimal oral hygiene. In contrast, once an implant has been used to replace a tooth, it tends to serve for a lifetime.

Dental Implants for Replacing Missing Teeth
Nowadays, dental implants are considered as the best option for replacing missing natural teeth. This due to their ability to provide excellent aesthetics, their durability as well as their natural feeling.

What are Dental Implants?
An implant is simply a fixture that is surgically placed inside the jaw bone where a tooth is missing. One embedded inside the bone, they serve as the root component of an artificial tooth. A suitable prosthesis such as a denture, crown or bridge is then attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Currently, the most commonly used material for fabrication of dental implant is Titanium alloys. However, implants based on zirconia are also being introduced into the dental industry.

Who can Benefit from Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement option for anyone who needs replacement of one or more missing teeth. However, an essential requirement for placement of the implant is the presence of healthy jaw bone in the region where the implant is to be inserted. If the bone in that region is not sufficient, a bone augmentation surgery needs to be performed before implant insertion.

  • Advantages of Dental Implants:
    • Excellent Durability – dental implants are fabricated from high-quality materials, which make them sufficiently strong and durable. If you ensure optimal oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly, you can expect your implants to serve for a lifetime.
    • Aesthetics – dental implants are perhaps, the most aesthetic tooth replacement option available currently. Highly aesthetic crowns can be attached to the implants, which will not only restore your smile, but your confidence and self-esteem as well.
    • Natural Feeling – just like the natural teeth, dental implants are embedded into the jaw bone. Due to this, dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, and they won’t cause any discomfort or irritation.
    • Eat Anything You Like – dental bridge wearers are advised not to eat hard and sticky foods directly from the bridge, as it can lead to dislodgement. This is not the case with implants because they are firmly anchored in the bone. Therefore, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without having a fear of breaking or dislodging your artificial teeth.

What are the Conditions Where Dental Implants are Not Indicated?
There are certain situations where it is not possible to use dental implants for tooth replacement:

  • Poor Density of Jaw Bone – in senior patients, and those who have an underlying bone pathology, the quality or quantity of the jaw bone in the edentulous region is not sufficient to allow for implant placement. However, in these cases, bone augmentation can be performed to restore the density of the alveolar bone.
  • Underlying Medical or Dental Pathology – implant placement should also be delayed in patients who are having chronic medical issues such as renal, liver, immunodeficiency problems or tumors. Also, implants should not be placed in cases of active dental pathologies like gingival, periodontal, and alveolar bone infections. Once complete healing has taken place from these infections, placement of implants can then be considered again.

In cases where dental implants cannot be placed, dentists usually opt for tooth replacement with dental bridges, or with the help of removable dentures.

From the above discussion, we can see that dental implants offer more benefits in comparison to the bridges. If you want to enjoy a perfect smile and a set of teeth which give you a “natural” feeling, then Dental Implants are the choice for you! However, your dentist is the best person to guide you about a tooth replacement option that is best for you.

Missing a tooth? An Implant is the answer!

According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation, around 75% of adults 60 and older have only a portion of their original teeth. Millions of American’s suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay, injury, or gingivitis. Do you suffer from these problems? The answer could be Dental Implants!

Think of a dental implant as a replacement root for your tooth. This “root” is placed into the jawbone to provide a way for your replacement tooth to be attached. The crown—or new tooth—is customized to match your natural teeth.

A cosmetic benefit of dental implants is the improvement of your physical appearance. However, an additional hygienic benefit of dental implants is that they do not decay and are virtually free from developing gum disease.

It’s important to bear in mind that the practice of implant dentistry is a compilation of expertise in planning, surgical placement, as well as fabrication of the crown itself. Consequently, finding a passionate, practiced Implant and Cosmetic Dentist is crucial.

If you think that dental implants may be a solution to your dental needs, call us for a complimentary consult with Dr. Hemmert today at 801-747-8018.

Behind every smile is a unique and important individual

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Considering Orthodontics?

Getting braces is a big investment in your oral health, and like any investment, it takes time and routine check-ins to achieve a perfect result that lasts forever.

Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, making teeth fit better and decreases the risk of future and potentially costly dental problems.

How to get started:

Come in for a Complimentary Consultation where we will address your concerns, orthodontic needs and present you with a cost effective treatment plan with easy and affordable financing options.

If you have Medicaid and are interested in getting braces for your child, it’s simple! Once you come in for your consultation with our one of our talented providers, our pre-authorization specialist will send out an authorization to Medicaid and request your child be pre-approved for paid Orthodontic treatment through your Medicaid insurance plan. Our pre-authorization specialists are dedicated to each individual case and works hard to make sure the approval process is worry-free for you.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we understand how important oral care is. If you are not approved for orthodontic treatment through your Medicaid plan or if you do not have insurance, don’t worry! We will work with each individual to ensure they have the treatment they need.

We have a low, flat rate for your orthodontic treatment, including retainers! This low rate will allow you or your child to get the treatment you need with affordable monthly payments.

We accept all Insurance plans, Medicaid, Chip and patients without insurance.

If you are interested in a Complimentary Consultation contact us today at 801-747-8016.

Root canals done in half the time!

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Millions of teeth each year are saved with a simple root canal. A root canal is a dental treatment done to the inside of a tooth that is decayed or infected.
A root canal is necessary when an injury or large cavity damages the tooth’s root which then becomes inflamed or infected and causes pain to the patient. If gone untreated, this can cause serious deep tooth decay. During your root canal, the dentist will remove any decaying tooth filing and clean and restore it with either a filling or a crown.
Root canals don’t cause pain, they relieve it! Most people report that the root canal procedure is not painful, and feels like a new filling being placed. You will experience more pain from your inflamed tooth before the procedure, than you will during and after it.
With our latest, state-of-the-art root canal system equipment, we can ensure faster, more efficient, and accurate root canals for our patients. This device combines strength and flexibility which leaves the dentist with a more localized treatment. This sophisticated device allows for faster and safer root canals while allowing the doctor for greater control over the procedure. This machine helps to cut the time of a root canal in half, leaving the patient with less pain and a better experience overall.
Tired of having your mouth propped open for an hour or more? With this technology and our trained dentists, your root canal will only last for approximately 20 minutes! That is less than half the time of a traditional root canal.
If you already have a problem eating and chewing, a root canal is the best possible option for you. Extracting the tooth will only lead to more problems in the future. It is best to keep the tooth intact with a root canal. Keeping your natural teeth intact with a root canal will provide a secure attachment point for a bridge or partial dentures. A root canal is a cost-effective way to treat your damaged teeth, and is far less expensive than an extraction and placing a bridge or partial implant
Could you be in need of a root canal? If you have a severe toothache when chewing, sensitivity of hot or cold temperatures for a prolonged period of time, discoloration of a tooth, or swelling and tenderness in your gums, a root canal may be the treatment for you! Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Hemmert at 801-747-8000.

Are you in need of a root canal?

In honor of root canal awareness week this week we will be doing FREE consultations for anyone who is in need of a root canal! Call us today at 801-747-8016 to schedule your appointment today!

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Is your tooth causing you pain?
Millions of teeth each year are saved with a simple root canal. A root canal is a dental treatment done to the inside of a tooth that is decayed or infected.
A root canal is necessary when an injury or large cavity damages the tooth’s root which then becomes inflamed or infected and causes pain to the patient. If gone untreated, this can cause serious deep tooth decay.
During the root canal the dentist drills through the middle of a numbed tooth and the infected pulp is removed and a rubber-like material is filled in the space. After the tooth is cleaned it is restored with either a filling or a crown for protection.
If you already have a problem eating and chewing, a root canal is the best possible option for you. Extracting the tooth will only lead to more problems in the future. It is best to keep the tooth intact with a root canal. Keeping your natural teeth intact with a root canal will provide a secure attachment point for a bridge or partial dentures. A root canal is a cost-effective way to treat your damaged teeth, and is far less expensive than an extraction and placing a bridge or partial implant.
Root canals work to help preserve your jaw and jaw bone. If a tooth is extracted the jawbone that used to hold the tooth in place starts to shrink, and pulls in other surrounding teeth. By receiving a root canal instead of extraction, your tooth and roots stay in place which preserves your jaw.
Most root canals require numbing of the tooth and partial anesthesia. If you are nervous about being partially “put-to-sleep” don’t be! Our doctors are trained professionals here to help you receive the best treatment and the best smile possible.
Root canals don’t cause pain, they relieve it! Most people report that the root canal procedure is not painful, and feels like a new filling being placed. You will experience more pain from your inflamed tooth before the procedure, than you will during and after it.
Could you be in need of a root canal? If you have a severe toothache when chewing, sensitivity of hot or cold temperatures for a prolonged period of time, discoloration of a tooth, or swelling and tenderness in your gums, a root canal may be the treatment for you! Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation today 801-747-8016!

Replacing Old Crowns

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A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are placed when a filling only can no longer repair the tooth. A crown is placed over a tooth to restore its size, shape, strength and appearance. When a permanent crown is placed, it covers the entire visible portion of the tooth.

There are multiple reasons a dental crown is needed. The most common of those being to protect a weak tooth from further decay, to restore a broken tooth, to cover misshaped or discolored teeth, and to hold a dental bridge or implant in place.

There are many different types of permanent crowns you can choose from. Crowns can be made from stainless steel, gold or another type of alloy metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, ceramic, or e-max.

E-max crowns, which are made of a lithium ceramic, are tough and durable. Ceramic crowns made from e-max or zirconia are the most common type of crowns we use. When you attend your consolation, Dr. Hemmert can recommend which type of crown will be the best for you and your situation.

Crowns usually last around 7 years, but each case is unique and some crowns can last over 20 years! The longevity of your crown to last depends on the wear and tear that it is exposed to. Maintaining good oral hygiene will help your crown last longer. A crown will need to be replaced if it becomes loose, falls off, or if it is chipped. In some cases, crowns made of porcelain will chip and if that chip is extensive to the point beyond repair, it will need to be replaced.

With age, the cement that is used to fuse the crown to the tooth is dissolved by saliva. Sometimes the base of the crown leaks and decay can occur under the crown which could impact the root of the tooth.

After years of wear porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns shift and the metal at the gumline becomes visable. This can be easily fixed with a new crown, improving the function and appearance of your smile.

If your crown is chipped, loose, has fallen out, or has shifted and is now showing in your mouth contact us at The Center of Dental Professionals! Call us today at 801-747-8015 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jared Hemmert.

 

The Center of Surgical Arts

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Here at The Center for Surgical Arts we see all ages, but currently cater to and specialize in pediatric dental anesthesia. Children come to The Center of Surgical Arts to have dental restorations and/or extractions performed under general anesthesia. We are a one room ambulatory surgical suite.

We employ a full-time Registered Nurse, Anesthesiologist, and knowledgeable Admissions Staff who work with our dental providers to give patients the best care possible prior to arrival, throughout their procedure and even after discharge.

Is your child in need of pediatric dental anesthesia? Call us today at 801-747-8010.

Now Offering Orthodontics!

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We are excited to announce that the Center of Dental Professionals now offers Orthodontic Services for children, teens and adults! Now you or your child can receive orthodontic care right here in our office and experience a straighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile.

Our providers have provided orthodontics for years and know just what your smile needs. We tailor each treatment plan specifically for our individual patients and their own unique needs!

If you know that you need braces, that your jaw or teeth are misaligned, or if you just want to come in and check us out, call us at 801-747-8000 to schedule a Complimentary Consultation and get one step closer to a perfect smile!