Frequently Asked Questions

Learn the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Can I whiten my teeth if I have crowns?

The coloring for a crown is permanent. We match the color of your teeth when we make your crown. However, once the crown is made it cannot be whitened.


What is a root canal?

A root canal is performed when dead or dying tissue exists inside your tooth. Once that is removed, we put a crown on the remaining tooth, to help with its structural integrity.


What is a crown?

A crown is a replicated cap of your tooth that is placed over the remaining natural tooth. A crown is made to strengthen a tooth that has had excessive decay. Click here to learn more about crowns.


What types of crowns do you offer?

  • Porcelain fused to Metal (PFM)
  • Gold Crowns
  • Zirconia fused to porcelain crowns
  • E.Max (by ivoclar)
  • Full Zirconia Crowns

Why use invisalign instead of braces? Does it cost the same?

Invisalign corrects the alignment of teeth just like braces. The difference between braces and Invisalign is the appearance of your smile during the process. Invisalign is clear, you have a series of invisible retainers that you wear throughout the day, except to eat. The cost is comparable to braces, especially with our discount on regular visits during the process.


Is fluoride safe? Should I give it to my children.

Based on industry research, we have found that fluoride is safe and effective in strengthening children’s teeth. Fluoride use has been known to prevent cavities. In the Salt Lake Valley, many areas have fluoride put it the water. In addition, many pediatricians offer fluoride supplements with their vitamins. If you have questions about your kids and their fluoride use, please talk to our hygienist at your appointment, or to Dr. Smith.


When should I have my kids start seeing the dentist?

While many kids have their first dentist visit when they are 2-3, we recommend bringing your kids to the dentist when they first have teeth, typically between 6-8 months. We highly recommend coming in with them so they can begin to feel comfortable having their teeth looked at.  With a fun first visit, with teeth counting and adventures learning about the dental tools, such as the spinning brush and water squirter, we have a great time helping your little one feeling comfortable at the office. Learn more about what to expect at your child’s first visit.


What happens if I have an emergency with a crown? Or a broken tooth?

Experiencing a dental emergency is no fun, especially if it happens during the weekend, or late at night. With a little how-to knowledge a tooth problem that seems big can be tidied up simply until you can make it to our office.

If a temporary crown comes off, you can buy Dentek, a filling cement that can easily provide short-term adhesive to your tooth. You can find this at any Walgreens or Rite Aide stores, some Walmarts even carry it. If your tooth is still in pain, please call the office, our after hours answering service can connect you with Dr. Smith.

If you have broken your tooth, or a tooth has come out, make sure you keep the remaining tooth in milk, or water. Call our office immediately. The more quickly a dislodged or damaged tooth can be replaced the more successful we are at restoring your natural tooth.

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