We believe that the key to great dental health is outstanding oral care, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at River Crossing Family Dental! Our general dentistry services were designed to help you advance the health of your teeth and gums, while also learning new ways to improve your hygiene routine at home. When you choose our team for your family’s needs, we put the oral health and wellbeing of your family first. Call our office in Riverton, UT today to schedule an appointment!
Cleanings & Exams
Striving for a healthy, sparkling smile? It all starts with a routine professional cleaning and exam, at least every six months! With professional cleanings, both plaque and tartar are removed from every surface of your teeth, even in difficult-to-reach places! Plaque left on your teeth for more than 24 hours can turn into tartar, a hardened substance that becomes increasingly difficult to remove as it bonds to the tooth surface and begins degrading the enamel.
An exam will enable us to identify any issues that need attention in the earliest stages and prevent them from worsening. During the exam, we carefully observe the teeth and gum tissue, and we take x-rays of the entire dental anatomy. Keeping a record of your oral health allows us to monitor any changes in your teeth and identify any small cavities that may have developed since your last visit.
Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease is a relatively common condition, affecting nearly 65 million adults throughout the United States. As the leading cause of tooth loss, the disease poses a serious threat to your oral health when it reaches its most advanced stage. Our team takes the presence of gum disease seriously and offers the information, tools, and resources you need to fight gum disease.
Depending on the stage of gum disease you have, we may offer you different recommendations and treatment options. The stages of gum disease are as follows:
- Gingivitis – The first stage of gum disease, characterized commonly by bleeding, tender, swollen gums. At this stage, the buildup of plaque and tartar at the gum line causes the gums to begin pulling away from the tooth.
- Periodontitis – Once the disease reaches this stage, the gums continue to recede away from the teeth, which allows bacteria to reach the bone below the gum line. At this point, the condition becomes irreversible but can still be managed by treatment in our office. Symptoms include increased swelling of the gum tissue, bone loss, and tooth mobility.
- Advanced Periodontitis – This is the most advanced stage of the disease where many patients will begin losing their teeth. As the disease further wears away at the bone structure, the teeth lose the support of the ligaments holding them in place, as well as the gum tissue and jawbone. This stage may be identified by severe, painful gum inflammation and pus secretion around the teeth. Additionally, patients will notice a significant recession of the gum tissue as the gums have detached from the teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
If you have a severely decayed or damaged tooth, a root canal may be able to help relieve pain and restore the health of your smile. During a root canal, you will have the area surrounding the entire tooth completely numbed; this ensures that you feel comfortable throughout the procedure! Once our team checks that you are ready to begin, they will begin the process.
- First, we ensure all areas of decay are removed and any damage is addressed.
- We will then create a tiny hole in the surface of the tooth, allowing us to access the pulp; this is the interior of the tooth that encompasses the blood, vessels, and tissues.
- Usually, when patients have a painful tooth infection, this is because the pulp has become inflamed. We carefully remove the pulp of the tooth, thoroughly clean its interior, and fill the tooth with a biocompatible material, known as gutta-percha.
- Once this is complete, we seal the opening of the tooth and will cover it with a crown; with our office’s CEREC same-day crown technology, we can have your smile treated and restored all in one day!
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Are you having trouble sleeping or feeling restless at night? You may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that interferes with your regular breathing during sleep; this is most commonly due to an obstruction of oral tissues. Once your body becomes relaxed, soft tissues in your mouth and throat begin to relax as well; as a result, they may become positioned in a manner that reduces airflow.
This can cause you to wake up throughout the night and readjust to get oxygen. Many people don’t even realize the cause of their restless nights but may experience a sore throat or dry mouth in the morning.
Our office creates custom-built devices that help to treat sleep apnea. This is simply an oral device that is worn while you’re resting, similar to a retainer. It will work by repositioning the lower jaw and bringing it forward to open up the airway. That way, you will be able to relax and enjoy a full night of rest while breathing properly!
Our practice makes dentistry fun and educational for your little ones! We are equipped with the knowledge, tools, and resources to ensure your child’s oral health is on the right track.
A pediatric dentist receives an additional two to three years of schooling to specialize in the dental field working with children; this enables them to recognize the presence of common childhood orthodontic issues, as well as communicate needs to parents while educating the child.
We want to see your child’s health thriving now and in the future and dedicate ourselves to ensuring they receive the proper care. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for their appointment!
Emergencies can happen at any time, and we want to ensure you are prepared. Our office is capable of handling emergency situations and treating our patients with extreme care and attentiveness to facilitate the best possible outcome. Additionally, we will also make every effort to soothe patients who may be scared or stressed in the situation, and help them relax as we care for them.
If you or a family member are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office today for further guidance!
An Office Designed For You and Your Family
We welcome all patients into our office; young patients, older patients, full families, and individuals, we believe everyone deserves to experience high-quality dental care. Maintaining a healthy smile is important at any age, and we want our whole community to enjoy the benefits of healthy, clean teeth and gums.
When you choose our practice to fulfill your dental needs, you choose dental excellence for the entire family. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!