Friday, November 25, 2016

Having a mouth full of dark-colored metal is so commonplace that many people don't know there's an alternative.


Metal-free restorations

For years, silver amalgam was the filling material used in dental practices. While amalgams are a perfectly reasonable restoration choice, they can have certain shortcomings. Metal fillings do not bond to the tooth and can actually mask decay in x-rays.

Teeth with large metal fillings in them can also develop cracks over time due to expansion and contraction of the mercury. Left untreated, thee cracks get larger and can eventually require root canal treatment. Replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings that form a stronger bond to the tooth can dramatically decrease tooth cracking, the chances for decay and the need for possible root canal treatment due to a fractured tooth.

Fillings aren't the only metal-free restorations available today. Dr. Downing also uses crowns made from the latest in modern ceramics as opposed to traditional crowns which are made from porcelain fused to metal. Over time gum tissue can recede which causes the metal inside the crown to become visible at the gum line. These ugly gray lines can make a once beautiful smile lose its luster.

Ceramic crowns are incredibly strong and long lasting restorations. and because they are completely bio-compatible there are no allergic reactions or tooth sensitivity problems. They look so natural that even dentists have a hard time spotting them!

If you want the option of modern, state-of-the-art restorations that are natural looking, contain no metals and can actually strengthen your teeth, give us a call today.

You deserve a smile that looks better and more natural without all the metal!
Call (801 262-4662 today!


 We Love to see you Smile!

Randy N. Downing, D.D.S.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Why Your Gums Bleed After You Brush Your Teeth

Spitting pink into the sink every time you brush? It could signal a serious dental problem

 If you spit pink every time you brush your teeth, you probably have gum disease. 

Mild gum disease—or gingivitis—is the chronic buildup of bacteria-laden plaque and tarter on your teeth that only a dentist can remove. 

How Gum Disease Gets Worse 

The longer plaque stays there, the more inflammation and swelling it’ll cause around your gums. The simple act of brushing your teeth irritates the swollen gums, and makes them bleed. 
The problem: Most guys don’t even know they have gingivitis because it normally doesn’t cause pain until it worsens.

And you definitely don’t want it to get that point. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can turn into periodontitis, says Murray, Utah dentist Randy N. Downing D.D.S. Your teeth may loosen, or in extreme cases, fall out or need to be removed.
It can also affect more than your mouth: Gum disease is linked to an increased risk of heart disease diabetes, and stroke, too, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy 

The only way to get rid of or avoid gingivitis is to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush twice a day and floss every night to discourage plaque buildup.
Sounds like simple advice, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to screw up.

Make an appointment with your dentist, too. Guys with bleeding gums or signs of cavities—toothache, pain when you eat hot or cold food, or pain when you bite down—should get a cleaning every three months, says Dr. Downing.
A buildup of plaque—the cause of gum disease—also causes cavities.
If you don’t have any symptoms now, but have had cavities in the past, you should make an appointment every six months to a year, Dr. Downing says.