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What Materials Make up Dental Implants?

One of the greatest advances to modern dentistry in recent years is the development of dental implants.

If you have gaps in your smile from missing teeth, have an accident that knocks teeth out, or have had to have teeth pulled, these implants might be right for you. But what materials make up the implants that we put in our mouths? First, let’s take a look at what these implants are, and then the various materials that make them up.

What are Dental Implants?

These implants are screws that are placed into the jaw to act as an anchor and support artificial teeth such as crowns or dentures. Implants are a great long term solution to restoring smiles. They are made to blend in with the other teeth to look as natural as possible and are more comfortable and much lower maintenance than removable dentures. Additionally, these implants are not susceptible to decay like natural teeth are. As long as the gums remain healthy, implants can last for a very long time.

Materials in Dental Implants

  • Titanium – Nearly all implants are made of titanium alloy, a very safe metal that poses no harm to existing living tissue in the mouth. Allergies to titanium are extremely rare, and the same material is used in hip implants, shoulder implants, and knee implants. Titanium has been the leading material for implants since its first use in the 1960s. The most common complaints against titanium implants are about their color and an aversion to having metal in the mouth. In most cases, however, the benefits of using titanium implants far outweigh the drawbacks.
  • Zirconia – Ceramic implants, made of zirconia, are much newer to the dental industry and are increasing in popularity and use. Zirconia is an element derived from minerals. When formed into implants and/or crowns, it’s white in color, which many people prefer to the silver metal appearance of titanium. The idea of a “metal-free” implant is also appealing to many individuals, contributing to the increasing numbers of ceramic implants. For those with titanium allergies, a ceramic implant may be their only option. The largest drawback to zirconia implants in the dental industry is the newness of it. While titanium implants have been tested, studied, and reviewed for nearly 60 years, ceramic implants have had very little time to have medical studies done, proving the long term effectiveness. It seems that ceramic implants will never fully replace titanium implants, but instead provide a solid alternative for those seeking a metal-free implant option.
  • Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Your Dental Implant Expert

    The decision to get dental implants can be stressful. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah are experts in dental implant insertion. If you’re worried about needing implants or choosing an implant material, we can answer all of your questions and do our best to set your mind at ease. We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele, Utah. Schedule your free consultation today.

Should I See My Dentist More If I’m Predisposed To Bad Teeth?

Although everyone starts life with their own set of healthy teeth, many factors can make some people more predisposed to bad teeth than others.

Genetics can play a large role in oral health, but external factors can make certain people more likely to have dental problems.

Factors Contributing to Bad Teeth

A predisposition to bad teeth can result from a number of factors. Some of the most common are:

  • An unhealthy diet, especially a diet high in sugar – a diet high in sugar and other unhealthy foods can lead to early tooth decay, especially when rigorous oral hygiene methods are not used.
  • Family history of cavities and/or other oral health problems – genetics can have a big impact on oral health. If your parents and ancestors had a lot of cavities, suffered from oral cancers, crooked teeth, or a small jaw, it’s likely you will inherit some of the same problems.
  • Poor oral hygiene – the importance of regular flossing, and brushing cannot be understated. A good oral hygiene routine is paramount in keeping dental problems at bay.
  • Tobacco and alcohol use – Tobacco use can wreak havoc on your mouth, gums, and oral hygiene in general. Additionally, excessive alcohol use can lead to tooth decay, oral cancers, and other dental problems.

A person having one or more of these factors is likely to be more predisposed to dental issues than others. Fortunately, most of them are correctable. Though correcting an unhealthy diet, giving up smoking or drinking, and improving oral hygiene can improve your oral health significantly, there will likely be lingering effects from the period of time your teeth spent not being cleaned properly or under exposure to harmful substances. A history of any of the above factors, even when corrected later on, can lead to one being predisposed to bad teeth.

How Often Should I See the Dentist If I’m Predisposed to Bad Teeth?

There is no prescribed “one size fits all” formula for how often to visit a dentist. Every patient is different and has different needs. According to the American Dental Association, it’s common for people to visit the dentist once or twice a year for checkups and cleanings, but if you have a predisposition for bad teeth, your dentist may recommend increasing your visits based on need. It’s important to have regular checkups with a dental provider, regardless of how healthy or unhealthy your mouth is. Regular visits just might have a different meaning for different people, and you should talk with your dentist right away to establish a regular care routine.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

Whether your teeth are healthy as can be, in rough shape, or you are predisposed to bad teeth, Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah can help recommend a good care routine to keep your mouth healthy and happy. We treat a wide variety of oral health issues and specialize in many areas ranging from dental implants to wisdom teeth removal. We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, Tooele, and South Jordan, Utah. Schedule your free consultation today.

Reasons for Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common surgeries, but have you ever wondered what are the reasons for wisdom teeth?

You’ve probably seen many funny videos of loopy people coming out of anesthesia after having their wisdom teeth removed. Why do they exist just to be removed?

About Wisdom Teeth

Opposite the small, sharp teeth at the front of your mouth that help tear into food and take bites, the larger flat molars at the back of the mouth are there to grind food into smaller bits before swallowing. Young children get their first molars around the age of 6. After those fall out, a new set emerges typically around age 12. Sometime between the ages of 17 and 21, most people get their third set of molars. These teeth are the last to develop, and since they come in the latest in life when you are the wisest, they won the name “wisdom teeth.”

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Exist?

In order to understand the reasons for wisdom teeth, we need to take a look at human history and evolution. Long ago, the human diet was very different. Most people ate raw, hard foods like roots, meat, nuts, and leaves. For these foods, a lot of chewing was required before swallowing, and this is where the wisdom teeth shine. In addition to helping early humans chew and swallow their food appropriately, anthropologists believe that human jaws were larger at that time and were therefore better able to fit the extra set of molars comfortably.

As humans changed and began to soften their diet by cooking, cutting, and crushing their food with utensils, the extra set of molars became less important. Thus today, people have evolved to the point of no longer needing wisdom teeth Some adults will have no wisdom teeth at all, and many will have only one, two, or three instead of a full set of four.

Problems With Wisdom Teeth

It’s possible for wisdom teeth to grow in and create no problems. However, it’s more likely that one of the following, or other, issues may occur:

  • Overcrowding in mouth
  • Jaw pain
  • Crooked teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth causing cysts and even potentially tumors
  • Wisdom teeth growing in sideways

Most of the problems that stem from wisdom teeth come from the fact that they don’t fit in the mouth. Due to these and many other concerns over wisdom teeth, it’s important to have your wisdom teeth monitored closely by an oral health professional before, during, and after they erupt.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here to Help

Since the reasons for wisdom teeth no longer apply in our day, you should consult with an oral surgeon if you have any concerns over wisdom teeth. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah have experience ranging from basic wisdom teeth removal to more complicated removal of impacted wisdom teeth and more. We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, Tooele, and South Jordan. Schedule your free consultation today.

Can TMJ Go Away on its Own?

Do you suffer from jaw pain or difficulty opening and closing your mouth? Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, might be to blame.

Many patients with TMJ ask the same question: can my TMJ go away on its own?

Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

The causes of TMJ are varied, and it can be difficult to determine what the specific cause is in any given patient. They include misalignment of the teeth or jaw, jaw or tooth injury, teeth grinding and clenching, arthritis, poor posture, stress, and even excessive gum chewing. TMJ disorder is more common in women than in men

Symptoms of TMJ are jaw pain and tenderness, aching in or around the ear, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, facial pain and/or the jaw being locked, making it difficult to open or close the mouth. TMJ can also cause jaw clicking, but if there’s no pain associated with the clicking then there’s typically no need to see a doctor for jaw clicking alone.

Temporary Jaw Pain vs. More Serious TMJ

When dealing with jaw pain, it can be helpful to identify the severity of the situation. It’s worth noting that most cases of TMJ are only temporary and do not get worse. If your jaw pain comes and goes throughout the day, can be relieved by over-the-counter pain medication or doesn’t bother you for extended periods, you are likely dealing with a less serious form of temporary TMJ. The good news is that this type of jaw pain can typically be easily managed on your own using these and other self-care practices.

  • Relaxation and stress reduction techniques to reduce teeth clenching
  • Applying ice packs to the affected area
  • Eating soft foods
  • Avoiding extreme jaw movements
  • Gentle jaw stretching
  • Over-the-counter pain medication

Unfortunately, for those with more serious TMJ, these self-care techniques are similar to using a bandaid to treat a deep wound. While the pain may be eased temporarily, the underlying causes and the TMJ itself still remain. Because of the poor likelihood that TMJ will go away on its own, it’s important that you speak to an oral health professional if you suspect you might have TMJ.

Treatment Options

In addition to the treatment options mentioned above, a good place to start when treating TMJ is physical therapy. Do your research and find a therapist with experience in treating TMJ. Acupuncture has also been proven to be helpful in many cases. If further treatment is needed, a dentist might recommend a mouth guard, especially if you grind your teeth.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

If jaw pain persists despite at-home treatment, it might be time to seek professional advice. TMJ will not likely go away on it’s own, but the board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah are experienced in various surgical treatments for TMJ disorders. Schedule a free consultation today! We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, Tooele, and South Jordan.

What is the Main Cause of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a fairly common sleeping disorder, but have you ever wondered what the main cause of sleep apnea is?

There are different types of sleep apnea, and various causes, symptoms, and treatments that go with each.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes abnormal breathing during sleep. Long pauses in breathing during sleep can significantly impact the body’s oxygen levels and lead to serious health problems. Because of the potential implications of unchecked sleep apnea, it is important to be aware of the types of sleep apnea, as well as its causes and symptoms.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – the most common form of sleep apnea. This occurs when the airway becomes physically blocked during sleep.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – occurs when the brain does not send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea (MSA) – an extremely rare form of sleep apnea. This occurs when a person has both OSA and CSA.

Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The main cause of sleep apnea is obesity. Excess weight on a person’s body impacts the soft tissue in the mouth and throat, which can cause the airway to be blocked during sleep and lead to OSA. Additionally, sleep apnea is more common in men than in women. Although obesity is the leading cause, there are other risk factors. These include asthma, back sleeping, diabetes, chronic nasal congestion, smoking, a narrowed airway, and a family history of sleep apnea.

The causes of central sleep apnea are quite different and typically have nothing to do with weight. CSA is commonly linked to other medical problems like stroke, infection of the brain, and heart failure. Only about 0.9% of people suffer from CSA.

Although the causes of OSA and CSA overlap very little, the symptoms of the various types of sleep apnea are similar. Loud snoring, morning time fatigue, and interrupted nighttime breathing are all common symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect you might have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor about treatment right away.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

A common treatment for sleep apnea is a breathing machine that causes continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Another effective treatment is lifestyle change including weight loss, sleeping on your side, and reducing the use of sedatives. There are also surgical options for treating the root causes of sleep apnea by opening the airway and removing the excess tissue from the mouth.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here For You

If you suffer from sleep apnea and would like to discuss treatment options with a doctor, the board-certified surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah can help. They offer surgeries that can help treat the main cause of sleep apnea and get you back to sleeping soundly in no time. We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, Tooele, and South Jordan. Schedule your free consultation today.

Tips to Reduce Fear at the Dentist

Although few people look forward to their time in a dentist’s chair, many people suffer extreme fear at the dentist.

If you find yourself dealing with intense anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, here are four common tips to help ease your tension and fear.

1.Take Charge

Most of the time, visiting the dentist won’t be nearly as painful as you initially expect. By taking charge of your oral health and setting up regular visits with your dentist (rather than waiting until you have a serious toothache), you’ll be able to stay on top of your overall health and hopefully avoid many of the high-stress dental situations.

Taking charge might mean shopping around for a new dentist, especially if you’ve had a bad experience in the past. Calling and even visiting a few dental offices in your area can help you find one that is a good fit for you, which can make a world of difference. When you arrive at your dental appointment, be sure to let the hygienist know how you’re feeling. You can even raise your hand during the appointment if you need a break. Realizing that you’re in control of how the appointment goes can be empowering and help ease your fear.

Additionally, bringing a trusted friend or family member to be with you while you sit in the dental chair can be calming to many people, especially for children and adolescents.

2.Come Prepared with Distractions

Although many dentists and hygienists make small talk while working on your teeth, there’s nothing wrong with popping in some headphones and turning on a favorite podcast or some calming music. It’s also common for dentists offices to have TVs available, so feel free to call ahead and ask if this is something your dentist provider offers. Having something to watch or listen to is a great way to set your mind at ease while coping with fear at the dentist.

3.Practice Relaxation Techniques

Before you visit the dentist, practice slow and controlled breathing. One common technique is called box breathing. Breathe in for four counts, hold the breath for four counts; breathe out for four counts, and then hold the breath for the last four counts before starting again with a new breath. Become comfortable with this and other breathing techniques at home so that you can put them into play when your anxiety is peaking.

4.Discuss Sedative Options with Your Dentist

Not all sedatives are created equal, and not all dentists are comfortable using every form of sedation. Common sedatives include local anesthetic, oral sedatives, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and even intravenous sedation. Talk with your dentist about what forms of sedation they offer and find one that best suits your needs.

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here to Help

At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, we understand that many of our patients deal with fear at the dentist. Our board-certified oral surgeons and incredible staff are ready and waiting to help make your experience the best we possibly can. If you’re experiencing fear or anxiety over getting a procedure done, please reach out; a member of our staff will be happy to talk to you about what to expect.

We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, Tooele, and South Jordan. Schedule your free consultation today.

Toothpaste Alternatives to Fluoride: Do They Work?

Although the benefits of fluoride on oral health have been proven time and again, it’s worth looking into toothpaste alternatives to fluoride. 

How effective are these fluoride-free products? The answer might surprise you. 

What is Fluoride? 

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in water, soil, plants, rocks, and even air. For decades, it has been used successfully by dental professionals to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay. The American Dental Association (ADA) requires that for a toothpaste to obtain the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance, it must contain fluoride. 

Concerns About Fluorosis 

Dental fluorosis is a cosmetic condition that causes white spots to appear on a tooth’s surface. It occurs mostly in children under the age of 8, in their early years of growing and forming teeth. Typically, dental fluorosis is barely noticeable and does not impact oral health. Fluorosis is caused by consuming high amounts of fluoride, either in drinking water with above-safe levels of fluoride or by swallowing large amounts of toothpaste. 

Adults cannot develop dental fluorosis. Because young children are most at risk, it is common for toddler and child toothpastes to be fluoride-free. 

Fluoride Alternatives 

Though fluoride has numerous oral health benefits, anything in large doses can be harmful. This may lead you to wonder what other options are out there. Though nothing can or should fully replace your use of fluoride, here are some of the common substitutes: 

● Vitamin D – individuals with higher amounts of Vitamin D typically have fewer cavities 

● Citric Acid – helps reduce the tartar buildup on teeth 

● Baking Soda – a commonly used to whiten teeth, remove stains and fight plaque 

● Coconut Oil – may help fight bacteria in the mouth 

Though there are several kinds of toothpaste containing a combination of these and other alternative products, there’s been little to no research on their effectiveness compared to the scientifically proven fluoride. In fact, studies show that without fluoride, oral hygiene efforts have no impact on cavity rates. 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

Are you concerned about your oral care routine or wondering if toothpaste alternatives to fluoride might work for you? We always recommend sticking with a fluoridated toothpaste, but if you’d like to discuss your options with a professional, we are here to help. 

At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, our board-certified oral surgeons will help you find an oral health plan that meets your needs and keeps your mouth healthy and happy. We truly care about each of our patients and strive to offer the time and care that you deserve. 

We have offices in Cottonwood Heights, Tooele, and South Jordan. Schedule your free consultation today. 

How Can I Avoid Fillings?

No one wants to feel that sharp pain tearing through your mouth when you take a swig of ice water, so what can you do to avoid fillings for cavities? According to the CDC, over 91% of adults have cavities, so it’s a problem most of us would do well to prevent—or at least prepare for in the short term. While some people assign the blame to their genetics or our increasingly sugar-filled diets, they can take steps to prevent cavities and avoid painful and expensive fillings.

7 Ways to Avoid Fillings

Through careful planning and awareness, you can improve your dental hygiene and reduce your risk of cavities. Try implementing the following seven techniques for avoiding fillings.

  1. Assess Your Dental Predisposition.

Unfortunately, your genetics do play a role in your dental health. Some individuals are predisposed to decay because of plaque buildup, soft teeth, and other factors. The best way to determine your predisposition for cavities is to survey family members to get a comprehensive exam from a trusted dentist.

  1. Brush Right.

Most people brush their teeth regularly, but maybe not as carefully as they should. Meticulous brushing helps to eliminate plaque buildup in hard-to-see and hard-to-reach areas that are at risk for decay. Brushing at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes, reaching every side of each tooth can prevent fillings.

  1. Drink Better.

Ditch your sugary sodas, coffees, wine, and other beverages that introduce buildup on your teeth. If you can’t quite kick your habit, try switching to a straw, which can help bypass your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water after drinking a sugary beverage, and try to increase your intake of fluoride-enriched water.

  1. Floss Daily.

Flossing is a habit that is easier than you think. It can seem like a time-consuming hassle, but it has enormous benefits for your teeth by decreasing plaque and decay and lowering your risk for bad breath. Try flossing picks or a new kind of dental floss, and build up the habit to prevent cavities.

  1. Quit Smoking.

You already know that smoking is bad for your lungs and puts you at considerable risk for cancers, but many people overlook the oral risks associated with smoking. Smoking can cause rapid decay, gum disease, deterioration, and tooth loss. Protect your mouth by quitting your nicotine habit right away.

  1. Add Mouthwash.

A fluoride-enriched mouthwash can not only freshen your breath, but it can also strengthen your teeth against plaque and cavities. A quick swish of mouthwash once a day has been proven to decrease tooth decay and help avoid filings in the future.

  1. See Your Dentist.

The best way to combat tooth decay and prevent fillings is actually to see your dentist more regularly. Dentists can catch bad brushing habits or genetic predisposition to cavities and help you take action to avoid fillings. Set regular appointments for cleanings and exams, and take your dentist’s advice for your hygiene.

The Perfect Smile

At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, we believe in creating your perfect smile. If you need help with tooth decay, oral surgery, or any other dental or facial issues, we are ready to make you smile.

What Age Do You Typically Get Wisdom Teeth?

Most of us forget about the pain of losing and growing new teeth as soon as our last permanent teeth emerge in elementary school—at least until we get our wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth may sound fancy or beneficial, but they can actually spell disaster for your dental future. Smart individuals can plan and prevent disaster by learning everything they can about wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth extraction, and everything that comes with it. 

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the “third molars” that come through or erupt, behind the usually two molars that complete the teeth’ semicircle at either end of the jaw, upper and lower. Wisdom teeth are the last to emerge through the three stages of tooth development. 

  • The first set of teeth, known as baby teeth, consists of 20 teeth that will erupt and then be lost between the ages of 7-11.
  • The second set of teeth will replace baby teeth with 32 permanent teeth around age 12. 
  • Wisdom teeth will begin to impact or erupt between the ages of 17-25 for those who have wisdom teeth. 

Wisdom teeth are called such because they erupt when you are older and wiser, but our teeth are much healthier and better cared for today than ages past. Wisdom teeth may have been vital replacements for lost or decayed teeth in the past, but now we have less need. Thus, many people don’t ever show wisdom teeth, or they may have them without eruption as humans have evolved past the need for wisdom teeth. 

Why Do We Remove Wisdom Teeth? 

Some individuals can have wisdom teeth eruption without any problems, but for many, the eruption of wisdom teeth can create serious complications. 

Impacted Wisdom Teeth – wisdom teeth may not have adequate space for growth, causing them to come in at an angle to the back molars. Not only is this painful, but it can move and displace your teeth. 

Cysts – as the wisdom teeth develop in the jawbone, it’s possible for cysts to form. These sacs of fluid can become painful, infected, and swollen, causing dangerous problems for your mouth and overall health. 

Decay – wisdom teeth are more susceptible to decay. Whether it’s because they’re so deep in the mouth, or that they often erupt only partially, the fact remains that wisdom teeth are harder to clean, gather more plaque, produce bad breath, and decay faster. 

As you near the stage of young adulthood, it’s important to look for the signs of erupting wisdom teeth such as pain, swollen gums, jaw problems, and bad breath. Proactively addressing the growing issue of erupting wisdom teeth with effective wisdom teeth extraction can help you prevent any problems or discomfort before they occur. It is recommended that wisdom teeth be extracted early not only to avoid discomfort but also to make the healing process more effective. 

Better Wisdom Teeth Extraction

If you’re ready to remove your wisdom teeth, or you’d just like to know more about the process, our experts can help you. We serve the Cottonwood Heights area, as well as South Jordan, West Jordan, Sandy, Riverton, Murray, Taylorsville, Bluffdale, Heriman, and Tooele. Trust Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah with your wisdom teeth. 

What Age Do You Typically Get Wisdom Teeth?

How a Bad Dental Visit Can Affect Future Visits

Everyone is scared of something, but not all fears are equal. One bad dental visit can be all it takes to develop dentophobia, a fear of the dentist.

Continue reading to learn more about this fear. 

Information on Dentophobia

Phobias fall under the anxiety disorder umbrella because they’re consistent and often irrational. Although it’s normal to feel nervous about dentist appointments, individuals with dentophobia experience dread. Some people with this fear avoid specific procedures, such as root canal treatment. Others tremble the moment they sit on the dentist’s chair. Some patients can’t stand the sight of dental instruments, such as drills and scalers. 

According to WebMD, 9-20 percent of Americans have dental anxiety. So, what causes it? Keep reading to find out. 

Causes of Dental Anxiety

Algophobia: This is the fear of pain, and it’s most common in people over age 65. Pain thresholds vary, and some people can undergo invasive procedures without pain, whereas others may have an adverse reaction to a checkup. 

Trypanophobia: This is the fear of needles, and it’s most common in children. Most adults outgrow this fear as their pain threshold increases. Sadly, some people never outgrow it, and it can impact their oral and general health because they don’t want to receive vital injections; this can result in a higher risk of illness. 

Latrophobia: This is the fear of doctors. People with this fear not only avoid their dentists, but they also refuse to see their general practitioner. They may delay or avoid crucial treatment for life-threatening conditions. 

Emetophobia: This is the fear of vomiting. Many people with dentophobia have this underlying fear because dentists ask them to hold their mouth open for treatment. A person with emetophobia may have a strong gag reflex, so they may worry that their throat muscles will contract during their appointment. 

Trauma: The most common cause of dentophobia (and other phobias) is trauma. Perhaps you went through a bad dental visit when you were a child, and you didn’t know how to cope. 

Effects of Dentophobia

Tooth decay: Plaque is a combination of food particles and bacteria. When you go to the dentist, they will perform a dental cleaning to remove this film. However, people with dentophobia may skip out on these cleanings, and they will need invasive procedures, such as root canal treatment or dental crowns, as a result. 

Gum disease: Untreated tooth decay can result in gum disease. Plaque can spread to the gums, causing swelling and bleeding; this can lead to periodontal disease. 

Teeth stains: Drinking coffee, tea, or wine can stain teeth. Individuals with dentophobia may have tooth discoloration from a lack of professional cleaning. 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

Don’t let one bad dental visit prevent you from receiving oral care. At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, our board-certified surgeons will prioritize your comfort. We specialize in tooth extraction, dental implant insertion, bone grafting, corrective jaw surgery, and more. 

We have offices in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and Tooele. Schedule your free consultation today