At Dixie Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our general dentistry services are available to patients of all ages to keep their smiles in their best condition. General dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with the prevention and diagnosis of various oral health conditions; this focus is also responsible for the overall smile maintenance of patients.
Our general dentists are equipped to handle a wide range of dental concerns while also focusing on the upkeep and routine care of the smile. General dentistry is an important part of overall healthcare and should be considered by everyone in and around St. George, UT, regardless of age or health factors.
To schedule your family’s general oral wellness visit, contact our office today! Our team will be happy to serve you.
Cleanings & Exams
Dental cleanings and exams are important for maintaining your oral health.
- A dental cleaning is a procedure in which a dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. This process typically includes an electric toothbrush, dental floss, and special tools designed to carefully remove tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. These appointments are recommended to occur at least every six months to ensure the teeth are kept sparkling clean and decay or gum disease does not develop due to lingering plaque or tartar accumulation.
- A dental exam is a visual inspection of the teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. We will also take X-rays of the teeth to gain an unobstructed view of the smile health below the gum line and within the interior of each tooth.
Dental cleanings and exams are important because they can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems from developing. By detecting and treating any problems early on, you can help keep your smile healthy and looking great for years to come!
If it has been a while since your last dental cleaning and exam, or you are due for a visit, be sure to schedule an appointment with our office today. We would be happy to help get you on track with your oral health!
Pediatric dentistry is a specialization of dental care dedicated to the oral health of infants and children, from the early stages of childhood through adolescence. Pediatric dentists have the extra training and experience necessary to provide appropriate care for young patients, whose dental needs vary considerably from those of adults.
One important aspect of pediatric dentistry is preventive care. Pediatric dentists preach the importance of good oral hygiene habits at an early age, and they work to instill healthy dental habits in their young patients – as well as their parents. This preventive approach helps to ensure that children have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.
Pediatric dentists are skilled in providing gentle, effective treatment for young patients. They also know how to properly care for primary teeth and handle various childhood dental emergencies – such as toothaches, tooth fractures, or knocked-out baby teeth.
If you are looking for a dental professional who works well with children and creates a positive experience for them at each appointment, look no further! Our team is dedicated to getting your child the best dental care possible.
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is applied on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars). The sealant material is painted onto the teeth in a liquid form and hardens to create a protective barrier on the tooth. This barrier helps keep food and plaque from getting trapped in the tiny crevices on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, which can cause tooth decay.
Dental sealants are most effective in preventing tooth decay when they are applied to children’s teeth soon after they emerge from the gums and enter the mouth. While we most often recommend sealants for children who are first learning how to brush properly, we also will apply sealants for adults who are prone to tooth decay or have particularly deep fissures in the pits of these teeth.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to fill in areas of decay or damage in a tooth. Rather than using a dental filling or a crown, inlays and onlays are a better option for patients seeking reinforcement applied precisely to the affected area of the tooth. This is most appropriate when the patient needs treatment for an area larger than a standard filling can cover but smaller than what would require a full crown. This offers the right amount of strength while preserving more of the natural tooth structure.
Both inlays and onlays are custom-made to fit the patient’s affected tooth and are then bonded in place. There are a few main differences between inlays and onlays:
- Inlays are generally used for teeth that have damage or decay on the center chewing surface of the tooth, between the cusps.
- Onlays are used when damage or decay extends over one or more cusps along the tooth surface.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are both types of dental prosthetics that are used to restore the function or improve the appearance of a person’s smile.
Crowns are placed over the teeth in order to cover any damage or cosmetic flaws, usually following a root canal. The crown adds strength to the vulnerable tooth and protects it from further harm. When well cared for, dental crowns can last up to fifteen years before requiring replacement.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth and are anchored in place by the surrounding healthy teeth. A bridge is created by attaching two crowns to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth (or teeth) in between. Bridges can last up to seven years with proper care.
Dentures are a type of dental prosthesis. They are made to replace missing teeth and can be designed as either partial or full dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth on the upper or lower arch have been lost.
Dentures are made from a pliable, polymer base paired with artificial teeth made from either porcelain or ceramic. The prosthetics are typically held in place by natural suction or by dental adhesive; partial dentures can be clipped onto surrounding natural teeth for a more supportive hold.
Dentures are custom-made to fit each individual patient, and our priority is to ensure the denture is comfortable, functional, and beautiful in every smile.
Mouthguards are devices that protect teeth and oral tissues from injury. They are typically made of hard plastic or rubber and fit over the teeth to prevent abrupt contact from causing damage. A mouthguard can help prevent dental injuries, such as chipped, broken, or knocked out teeth. Many types of sports require the use of a mouthguard, such as football, boxing, and lacrosse. Mouthguards are also used for non-contact sports, such as gymnastics.
Our office offers both mouthguards and night guards to protect your or your child’s smile. Night guards serve the same purpose of protecting the smile from damage, but this device is worn at night to prevent problems caused by grinding the teeth. Teeth grinding can cause chips, fractures, and even loose teeth.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need a night guard:
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Chronic jaw pain
- Pain in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
If you are interested in learning more about mouthguards and night guards, please contact our office today. We would be happy to answer any of your questions!