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There’s no need to give up on your smile—restorative treatments are available that can make it look and feel better. If you have a dental crownsdamaged tooth, you may be a candidate for dental crowns, which cover and protect individual teeth and look very natural. Give your damaged teeth a second chance with dental crowns by Dr. Steven Christensen at 4Dental Health in Layton, UT.

A Description of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a small piece of porcelain, ceramic or metal material that’s custom shaped to fit over your existing tooth. The crown, also called a cap, is based on the exact shape of your tooth after some of the enamel has been removed. When the crown is added, it’s similar to covering any old, worn surface with a new, stronger material. Without a crown, the natural tooth would likely continue to wear down and could become vulnerable to decay. With a crown, the tooth is protected from stains and damage.

A Second Chance for Your Smile
Having a new dental crown is like getting a new lease on an aging or worn-down tooth. A porcelain crown is durable enough to last for up to 15 years and can be color-matched to look just like your other teeth. There’s no way for the average person to distinguish a porcelain crown from the rest of your smile. Only you and your Layton dentist will know it's there.

Caring for Your Crown
If you want your new dental crown to last for the maximum time possible, you must take very good care of it daily. Just because it is extremely resilient doesn’t mean that you don’t have to brush and floss around it regularly. Flossing, in particular, is crucial because it helps prevent gum disease, which could put the entire tooth in jeopardy.

Schedule a Crown Consultation
If you have a healthy tooth that needs a renewal, talk to a Layton, UT dentist at 4Dental Health about crowns. Call (801) 889-1044 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Christensen.

By 4 Dental Health
August 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.

As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.

You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?

We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.

Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”

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X-rays are such a routine part of dental care that it's easy to overlook how much this technology has revolutionized detecting and treating tooth decay. It's safe to say x-rays have helped save hundreds of millions of teeth over the last hundred years.

Thanks to its unique properties these invisible electro-magnetic waves give us precise images of the interior structure of teeth and gums. It's so precise that we can clearly detect even a small spot of softened, decayed tooth structure on an exposed x-ray film, often before it becomes visible to the naked eye. As a result, we can begin treating the decay earlier, minimizing the damage and increasing the chances for preserving the tooth.

There are a variety of ways we can utilize x-ray technology in diagnosing dental problems. The one, though, that's used the most is called the bitewing. The name comes from wing-like tabs extending out from a thin frame holding a segment of unexposed film. A technician places the frame inside the patient's mouth with the film on the tongue side of the teeth, and has them bite down on the tabs to hold the frame still. They then aim a camera at the patient's outer cheek, which then emits a very short burst of x-ray energy to expose the film.

Bitewings are popular because they give a full view of the back and side teeth, where decay is often hard to detect, with very little radiation exposure to the patient. And as x-ray technology has progressed over the years with digital processing and more efficient equipment, we can acquire sharper images with even less exposure. We've also developed standard protocols for when and how often we perform x-rays, so that we're getting the most diagnostic benefit for the least amount of exposure time.

Those few minutes getting an x-ray may seem routine, but the benefits to your dental health are truly amazing. The bitewing and other forms of x-rays play a huge role in helping us keep your teeth as healthy as they possibly can.

If you would like more information on x-ray diagnostics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bitewing X-Rays.”

By 4 Dental Health
July 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”

What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.

You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.

Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.

Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.

“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…

If you would like more information about mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Athletic Mouthguards.”

By 4 Dental Health
June 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental bonding  

With the help of our dentist in Layton, UT, Dr. Steven Christensen, dental bonding can help restore your smile today. This simple and dental bondingaffordable method to fix minor imperfections for patients of all ages improves the smile with ease. All our dentist to examine your teeth thoroughly before deciding whether or not dental bonding is a viable treatment option for you and your oral health.

About Dental Bonding

With dental bonding, our Layton dentist uses composite resin to make improvements on the surface of the teeth. This material adds strength to weakened teeth. It bonds directly to the tooth’s surface being treated. After bonding is complete, the material is invisible to the eye. The bonding process takes less time than other procedures such as veneers whose goal is similar. It also doesn’t require multiple visits to our dental office. Dr. Christensen can repair your teeth and smile in just one visit.

Dental bonding can be used to repair broken teeth, chips or other damage overall on patients of all ages. Before the bonding procedure begins, the surface of the teeth is cleaned and etched with a gel that opens the pores allowing the bonding material to work better. This gel is rinsed off before the composite resin material is painted on in thin layers. A curing light is used to harden the material. The tooth or teeth being treated are polished after bonding is complete.

When it comes to caring for your teeth, bonded teeth should be brushed and flossed just as often. Dr. Christensen recommends at least twice a day brushing with fluoride toothpaste and daily flossing. These teeth will look natural and stay strong for years to come with the proper oral hygiene routine.

To schedule an appointment with our Layton, UT dentist, Dr. Christensen, today to discuss what dental bonding can do for you, call 801-889-1044.





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