Monday, March 19, 2018

Welcome to Cottonwood Family Dental! Where we love to see you Smile!

What are All-on-4 dental implants?
For those patients that have lost all their teeth or have teeth that cannot be restored, the all-on-4 dental implant restoration is the best way to restore your dental health to as closely as possible in looks and function to your original teeth. The restoration is attached to 4 dental implants placed in the bone to support the restoration.
All-on-4 dental implants:
  • Are permanent teeth that can be brushed and cleaned like natural teeth
  • Do not have to be taken out 
  • Do not need adhesives
  • Are comfortable because they do not press down on your gums
  • Allow you to experience the hot and cold of your food, as well as the taste
  • Allow you to bite with increased force (up to 70% more), so you can eat all of your favorite foods again
  • Prevent bone deterioration 
  • Restore your facial features
How are All-on-4 Dental Implants different from dentures?
All-on-4 dental implants differ from dentures because they are a permanent solution for missing or severely damaged teeth. They are secured directly into your own jaw, so they look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
How do All-on-4 dental implants compare to traditional implants?
The All-on-4 dental implant technique uses only four implants per arch, whereas traditional implants utilize anywhere from six to eight implants or more in each arch. The implants of the All-on-4 procedure are also placed at an angle, which allows for increased contact by using the natural support of your bone. In addition, the All-on-4 procedure requires no bone grafting for most patients, which is common in traditional implant procedures. Therefore, All-on-4 dental implants save both time and money.
How long is the All-on-4 dental implant surgery?
The surgery takes approximately 2.5 hours per arch.
What is the success rate with All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Published studies show a 98% success rate using All-on-4 dental implants.
Who is the ideal candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for the All-on-4 dental implant procedure at Dental Associates is someone who is missing most or all of their teeth, or is currently wearing dentures. Age is not a limiting factor for All-on-4 dental implants as long the candidate is in good health.
Where will my replacement teeth be made?
We work closely with a lab that has done thousands of implant restorations. The lab technician will be a part of the pre-surgical preparation and be at the office the day of the surgery to make sure we get the best possible restoration. The restoring dentist will also be present along with the oral surgeon to place the restoration following the implant surgical placement.
Will my results look natural?
Absolutely. The All-on-4 dental implant technique gives you permanent teeth that look, feel and function just like real teeth. No one will know you have implants unless you tell them.
Why don't I get my permanent set of teeth the day my implants are placed?
As with any surgery, you need time to heal. However, you will not leave our office without teeth! A temporary set of teeth will be placed on your implants. Once the healing process is complete, your permanent teeth will be placed at a follow up visit approximately six months after surgery.
What if I just need implants on my bottom arch? What if I someday need All-on-4 dental implants on both arches?
All-on-4 implants can be placed on just the upper or lower arch. Our implant specialists will evaluate your circumstance and if we feel you might eventually need replacement teeth on both the upper and lower arches, we might suggest performing the procedure on both arches at the same time. This provides better results while also saving time and money. Your doctor will work with you to determine what best meets your health needs and financial situation.
What type of cleaning is required after an implant is placed? 
Since dental implants should be treated like your natural teeth, daily brushing and flossing is recommended. Our team of specialists and dental hygienists will review oral hygiene instructions with you and recommend the most appropriate daily oral hygiene plan to fit your needs.

Meet the Cottonwood Family Team!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dr Downing Pinhole Seminar in California

Pinhole Surgical Technique

(Left side before and after)

    Do you have some spots of sensitivity along your gums? Do you look in the mirror and notice that you can see the root of your tooth? We refer to this as Gum Recession. 
Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that protects the teeth wears away, or pulls back,exposing more of the tooth root. When gum recession occurs, "pockets", or gaps form between the teeth and gum line, therefore, making it easy for disease causing bacteria to build up and destroy teeth. 

Top 10 Benefits of the Pinhole procedure:

1. Can correct gum recession in as little as 1 treatment session
2. Minimal discomfort and swelling in most cases because the method is scalpel-free, suture-free and graft-free.
3. Long term results per the international journal or Periodontology and Restorative Dentistry.
4. The pinholes heal in 24 hours in most cases.
5. Only 2 over the counter pain pills required after treatment on average per the study in the Int. journal of Periodontolody and Restorative Dentistry.
6. Can prevent tooth loss and the need for other costly procedures such as implants or dentures. 
7. Treatment sessions can be completed in as little as 1-2 hours in many cases.
8.Can enhance a more youthful and attractive appearance.
9. Patients often described feeling happier due to being able to smile without the shame or guilt associated with ugly receded gums
10. Most patients are back to normal light activities within 24-48 hours post procedures. 
(Dr Downing at the pinhole seminar in California) 


Early detection and treatment is essential to maintaining overall healthy and saving teeth. If you think that your gums are receding, make an appointment immediately with us! 

Dr Chao and Dr Downing 
Why Do Gums Recede?
  • Periodontal diseases
  • Aggressive tooth brushing 
  • Insufficient dental care. 
  • Hormonal changes.
  • Tobacco products.
  • Grinding and clenching teeth. 
  • Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite.
  • Body piercing of the lip or tongue. 
(Can you find Dr Downing?) 
Schedule your appointment today 
6095 Fashion Blvd. suite 200
Murray, Utah, 84047

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Want to know more about our staff?

🌟Office Spotlight🌟

Meet Jessie!

Jessie is one of our great dental assistants. She enjoys meeting patients and making them feel comfortable. If you are nervous, she is the one to help you feel confident and assured before you leave. She likes to see you smile and laugh. She love spending time with her 4 boys. She enjoys sushi🍣, going to lunch, watching movies, hiking⛰, playing sports and cooking🍱. Cooking is her passion. She also speaks 3 languages! Thanks for all you do Jessie. We love you! ❤️

🌟Office Spotlight🌟

Meet Angela!

She is one of our Dental Hygienist. She loves dentistry and has been in the field for over 11 years. 👩🏻‍⚕️ Angela enjoys building relationships with each individual patient, along with helping you feel amazing about your teeth. A healthy clean mouth is where it all starts. She has 2 adorable children, is a real salt lake soccer fan, an aspiring runner, and Ice Cream Fanatic! Thanks for all your hard work Angela!💞
🌟Office Spotlight🌟
Meet Lisa!
She is our Marketing coordinator! Lisa's roll in the office is to come up with new and innovative ways of helping our staff deliver the best dental care we have to offer.👨🏻‍⚕️ She truly enjoys hearing about our patients having outstanding experiences and it gives her great job satisfaction.🏆 When she is not at work She enjoys being being a mom with 4 wild kids! Going running or taking pictures. She love to travel, and you might even find her in Hawaii a few times a year. 🌸🌺

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter

 We Hope you had a great Easter weekend! We are so grateful to have such "Eggcellent" patients like you!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dental Mouth Guards

Dental Mouth Guard


Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.

There are three types of mouth guards:

  1. Stock mouth protectors are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection. Dentists do not recommend their use.
  2. Boil and bite mouth protectors also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The "boil and bite" mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.
  3. Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance -- called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint -- may be created to prevent tooth damage.

Who Needs a Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards should be used by anyone -- both children and adults -- who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in non-contact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.
Adults and children who grind their teeth at night should have a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint made to prevent tooth damage.
Why Use a Mouth Guard When Playing Sports?

Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.
All services are provided by our Dentist and/or staff in Murray, Utah.
Randy Downing