Here at Lexington Heights Dental, we enjoy educating our patients so that they can actively participate in preserving and improving their dental health. Below are some frequently asked questions and corresponding information to help you learn more about the dental services you may need to maintain optimal oral health. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office and schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer. We are conveniently located in Cedar Hills, Utah, and we happily serve patients from throughout the nearby areas, including Highland, Lehi, American Fork, Alpine, Orem, and Pleasant Grove, Utah.
How long does the process of receiving a dental implant take?
The process for completing a dental implant lasts over several months. We will review all of the details of the procedure during your consultation at our office. In most cases, the dental implant is placed in your mouth during a single appointment with our skilled dentists. In some cases, the implant can be placed during the same appointment as a tooth extraction. Following the insertion of the implant, a healing period that typically lasts from three to six months is required. During this time, your jawbone begins to fuse with the implant. We then place an attachment called an abutment on top the implant screw. Finally, your permanent implant restoration, such as a dental crown, is attached to complete your implant. To find out whether implants are right for you, please call us today.
What is the recovery time for a dental implant?
The period of time necessary to recover from dental implant treatment varies among patients. After the implant is placed in the jawbone, most patients undergo a process known as osseointegration, during which the bone heals around the implant. This process can take as long as six to eight months.
Will a root canal hurt?
Root canal therapy, commonly referred to as a root canal, has a reputation for being an unpleasant procedure. However, Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer utilize modern techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure your experience is virtually painless. In most cases, patients report that having a root canal causes no more discomfort than the placement of a dental filling.
What is the difference between a dental crown and dental bridge?
A dental crown mimics a single tooth in both appearance and function, while a dental bridge can replace one or more (usually a maximum of three) missing teeth in one area of your mouth. Crowns are used to repair damaged teeth, whereas bridges are used to replace missing teeth. At Lexington Heights Dental, we offer both dental crowns and dental bridges to restore your mouth to its full health, appearance, and functionality.
When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
If your wisdom teeth are not causing any pain or threatening to overcrowd your mouth, you may never need to have them removed. However, if your wisdom teeth erupt improperly or are impacted, or if there is not enough room in your mouth for these teeth to properly grow in, it is best to remove them while you are young. Many patients have their wisdom teeth removed during their teenage years and early twenties. At your next dental checkup, our dentists would be happy to take a look at your wisdom teeth and determine if and when they need to be extracted.
How common is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects at least half of all adults over the age of 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients who suffer from tooth decay, tooth trauma, or poor oral hygiene have an increased risk of developing gum disease. Our dentists are pleased to offer periodontal treatment to those who suffer from gum disease.
What are dental inlays and onlays?
When old dental fillings wear out and need to be replaced, our dentists may recommend dental inlays and onlays. A dental inlay acts much like a dental filling, fitting inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay, on the other hand, extends over the cusps of the tooth to cover the entire biting surface. Onlays are often called “partial crowns.” Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer will help you determine which type of restoration is best suited to your personal dental needs and desires.
Do adults need dental sealants?
Dental sealants act as an extra, long-term barrier against tooth decay. They are generally recommended for children with new permanent molars; however, dental sealants can also benefit adults whose teeth are free of tooth decay and reconstructive dentistry. If you’re interested in dental sealants, please contact our office.
When should I receive an oral cancer screening?
The risk of oral cancer has been rising among younger people in the last few years, which increases the importance of regular dental checkups. During your routine dental cleaning and exam, Dr. Lohner or Dr. Jimmer will take time to examine your mouth and throat for signs of oral cancer. If more than six months have passed since your last dental checkup, we urge to you to contact Lexington Heights Dental as soon as possible to receive an oral cancer screening.
Who is most at risk for oral cancer?
Typically, oral cancer is more common among older generations, particularly men. However, shifting lifestyles have caused instances of oral cancer to increase among young people due to factors such as tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, and even insufficient diet. The best way to prevent oral cancer is to schedule regular appointments with our dentists in Cedar Hills, Utah, so that we can detect signs of cancer before it severely affects your health.
How do I treat a broken tooth?
Fractured or chipped teeth are among the most common dental emergencies. If you are unable to see a dentist immediately, gently clean the affected area with saltwater and use an over-the-counter painkiller to remain comfortable. Lexington Heights Dental urges you to take advantage of our 24/7 emergency dental care to restore your smile in a timely manner.
What is a TMJ disorder?
A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a condition in which acute chronic pain develops because of a preexisting problem in the jaw joint. Most TMJ disorders include symptoms such as a clicking or popping jaw, facial pain, and bite complications. If you experience any of these symptoms, please come to Lexington Heights Dental for a specialized treatment plan.
Thank you for taking the time to read through the information provided. We hope you found the answers you were seeking. As always, our dentists and dental team are happy to address any concerns you may have regarding a dental issue or procedure. Please call us today to learn more!