Quality Restorations in Spanish Fork

Low angle portrait of cheerful mature woman embracing man from behind against clear skyMissing, chipped, or decaying teeth have adverse effects on your overall well-being.  South Valley Dental Care has a variety of therapeutic procedures to help you get your beautiful smile back with full function and health.

Our dentists, Dr. Richard Atwood, Dr. Brad Strong, and Dr. Mike Atwood, protect smiles of all ages across Spanish Fork and our surrounding communities. If you have a damaged, decayed, or missing teeth, we can provide customized treatment to help you smile again. Make an appointment with our team today!


Benefits of Restorative Dentistry

Other than boosting your self-confidence, South Valley Dental Care's restoration procedures have the following benefits:

  • They eliminate discomfort, including pain from fractured or decaying teeth, and awkwardness while eating or talking.
  • They're long-lasting solutions; some restorative procedures, such as dental implants, can last decades.
  • Restorations are convenient. Some long-lasting procedures are not only cost-effective but also painless and make your teeth look natural.
  • They improve your overall oral health. Other than replacing your teeth, restorations rejuvenate your jaw and face. If left untreated, infections could spread to the neck, chest, and other parts of your body with severe consequences.

All our procedures use amalgam-free materials to reduce mercury exposure for our patients. There have been long term concerns about the adverse effects of mercury on the body, especially to the nervous system. We care about your health and always look for the safest and most effective treatments when planning your care.

Composite Fillings for Seamless Tooth Repairs

If your tooth has decay, our dentists will use a composite filling to maintain its shape and functionality. Composite fillings are the most aesthetically pleasing because they match the shade of your teeth. They're most suitable for front teeth or other visible parts of your dentition.

Composite fillings come with numerous benefits. Not only do they look great, but they fit into smaller spaces, preserving more of your healthy tooth. They also bond well to enamel, and are biocompatible, with no harmful mercury or heavy metals.

Inlays & Onlays

These restorations treat moderately decayed or fractured molars and premolars. They're suitable for teeth that aren't damaged enough to require crowning and have larger cavities than standard fillings can repair.

Inlays and onlays are fabricated outside your mouth. We then fit the single piece in the cavity and bond it to your tooth to give it a natural appearance. Inlays fit within the cusps of your teeth. Onlays, on the other hand, stretch over one or both cusps of your molars or premolars.

CEREC® Same-Day Ceramic Crowns

3d render of replacement crowns cemented onto reshaped teeth in gumsCrowns are prosthetic restorations that repair and strengthen a damaged tooth. They usually enclose the entire part of the affected tooth above the gumline. Our crowns consist of a variety of materials, including composite resin, porcelain, and zirconia.

Before installing the crown, our dentists will remove the damaged or decayed enamel and shape the tooth. After making a digital impression of the affected tooth, we use our CEREC machine to create a custom crown within hours. We can then place your new crown within the same visit.

Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?

If you're missing one or more teeth, dental bridges are a suitable way of filling the gap. It's usually made up of two crowns on either side of the gap, with false teeth, or pontics, in between. The four main types of bridges are:

  1. Traditional Bridge - Our team creates this bridge by crowning your natural teeth on either side of the gap. These crowns act as anchors for the pontic in the middle.
  2. Cantilever Bridge - This bridge depends on only one adjacent crown to support them. It's not a common restorative option due to its unstable nature.
  3. Maryland Bridge - Instead of creating crowns on either side of your missing teeth, the bridge uses wing-like projections to bond to your natural teeth.
  4. Implant-Supported Bridge - Instead of crowns or bonding, the bridge is firmly held in place by implants. They are typically used for three or more teeth, with an implant at each end.

Dental Implants and Their Benefits

Dental implants are prosthetic roots for your replacement tooth, made of titanium. Their most significant benefit is the firm, stable foundation they offer your new teeth. That's because they're placed into and later fuse with the jawbone.

Another advantage is their natural appearance, which not only boosts your self-confidence but also allows you to speak and chew normally. Dental implants are also convenient, comfortable, and durable. They improve your overall oral health by restoring and stabilizing your bite.

The Dental Implant Process

3d render of dental implantMost patients healthy enough to undergo routine dental procedures such as tooth extractions can also receive dental implants. Our team will perform a thorough assessment to determine if you're healthy enough. First, we will perform a comprehensive examination, review your medical history, then develop a treatment plan.

The procedure occurs in multiple steps. These steps include removing any damaged teeth, inserting the implant(s), and giving it time to fuse with the bone. Our specialist will then place the abutment and affix the restoration. If your jawbone has lost significant mass, we may recommend bone grafting to provide a stable foundation for your implant.

Full & Partial Dentures in Spanish Fork

Dentures are removable prosthetics that replace your missing teeth. The three main types are:

Partial Dentures - Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth fixed on gum-colored acrylic material. Along with filling the gap in your dental structure, they keep your remaining natural teeth aligned.

Full Dentures - Full dentures can either be immediate or conventional. Traditional dentures are used after the removal of teeth once your gums have healed. Immediate dentures are made to wear as soon as teeth are extracted.

Because gum tissue and bones shrink during healing, the fit may change over time. An immediate denture is therefore mostly used as a temporary solution while you await a conventional denture.

Implant-Supported Dentures - Our team will first install implants to act as firm support before placing your denture. This restoration requires adequate jawbone, healthy gums, and appropriate oral hygiene. Implant-supported dentures mimic your natural teeth in every aspect. They are durable and provide stability when you chew or speak.

Caring for Your Dentures

Acrylic dentures with toothbrush on white backgroundExcellent oral hygiene is necessary if you want your dentures to last long. Carefully remove them after eating and run water over them to remove food particles.

Brush them at least once daily. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to clean your mouth every time you take off your dentures.

Soak them overnight in water, which maintains their shape by keeping them moist. Schedule a checkup with South Valley Dental Care if your dentures don't fit well or if they cause irritation.

What is a Root Canal Therapy?

woman patient getting dental treatment in dental officeWe recommend root canal treatment if your tooth is severely decayed or infected. It's a preferred option over extraction because you get to keep your natural tooth. Our skilled team has extensive experience performing this procedure with the latest technology and under the most hygienic conditions.

This procedure removes inflamed or infected tooth pulp primarily due to decay. After disinfecting the tooth, you'll receive a filling and likely a crown to restore its functionality.

Do I Need a Root Canal Treatment?

You might need a root canal if you experience a persistent toothache, swollen gums, and sensitivity to cold or hot foods. Other signs are tooth discoloration, pain when you touch a tooth, and a chipped or fractured tooth.

Protecting Teeth with Oral Appliances

An oral appliance is a specialized device used to protect your teeth or treat certain health conditions. Our dentists can create a customized appliance to address whatever issues you may face. Some of our appliances include:

Mouthguards – A customized mouthguard protects your teeth from damage. They are most often used to prevent damage if you grind your teeth at night (bruxism).

Sports Guards – A specialized variant of mouthguards, we provide customized sports guards for athletes of all ages.

Sleep Apnea Appliances – Patients with sleep apnea have difficulty breathing at night because their airway is blocked. An oral appliance can help to keep the airway open and promote restful sleep.

Periodontics for Healthy Gums

Periodontal care focuses on the gums and healthy gums are the foundation to healthy teeth . Excellent oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease, which affects the bone and gums. It does so by preventing the buildup of bacteria and plaque.

If gum disease is left untreated, you may need more advanced care. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning method that removes plaque and tartar below the gumline. After removing the tartar, planing smooths the roots to make it easier for gums to reattach to your teeth.

The Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Portrait of a beautiful woman brushing teeth and looking in the mirror in the bathroom.A laser offers more precision and comfort than other dental tools. Its accuracy makes it suitable for several procedures. They include preparing cavities for fillings, contouring gummy smiles, treating tooth sensitivity, lengthening crowns, and teeth whitening.

It also helps with speech therapy for children with lip and tongue tie issues by reducing thick or tight frenectomies. The procedure also excels at killing bacteria, which is beneficial for your long-term oral health.

Sedation Dentistry for Nervous Patients

Our carefully monitored dental sedation techniques promote relaxation during restoration procedures at South Valley Dental Care. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a convenient option for most procedures. When combined with oxygen and placed over your nose, our specialist can control how much you inhale. It also wears off quickly, allowing you to resume routine after the procedure.

The other option is oral sedation. At most, you'll feel groggy or may fall asleep, although you'll quickly wake up if mildly shaken. For more complex and lengthy oral surgeries, an oral surgeon may administer IV sedation.

Enjoy a Healthier Smile in Spanish Fork

At South Valley Dental Care, our experienced and compassionate team will provide you with customized solutions. We're proud to help patients across Spanish Fork enjoy healthier smiles through quality dentistry. Give us a call today to get started on your journey to a great smile!