Getting your teeth worked on can be a frightening thing. There’s no shame in admitting it. As anyone who’s experienced a severe cavity or a deep tooth infection can attest, “excruciating” doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Rest assured, we’ve prepared for people’s anxieties at our Rigby dental clinic. Here you’ll find a relaxing atmosphere and a friendly staff who will listen to your concerns and help you through the process.
Best of all, we offer FREE spa amenities with your visit, including:
- Chair Massage
- Warm Hand Wax
- Warming Blankets
- Conscious Sedation
Rigby Dental Services
Exams, X-Rays, & Cleanings
We’ve all heard it a million times: You have to schedule regular appointments with your dentist!
But how many of us actually follow this advice? More to the point, what exactly constitutes “regular visits”?
Generally speaking, you should see your dentist once every 6 months, unless otherwise specified by your dentist. If you’re suffering from chronic gum disease, you will likely need to come in more often.
At our Rigby dental clinic, we perform thorough cleanings to ensure that all of the plaque is removed from places not easily reached, even if you brush and floss daily.
Our x-rays involve low levels of radiation and give us great diagnostic images so we can see problems and stop them before they get worse.
CEREC Same-day Crowns
Dental crowns are put on teeth that are decayed to the point that a filling just won’t fix the issue. They’re essentially molds of a tooth that go on top of your regular tooth (after all the damaged and infected tooth tissue is removed, of course).
Conventional crown services usually involve days or even weeks of creating a tooth replica. In the meantime, you’re sent home with a temporary crown that has a high probability of falling off.
That’s no fun.
At our Rigby dental clinic, our CEREC crowns can be created and placed on your tooth in a single visit.
Dental implants are the ideal solution to a missing tooth. We construct implants that look and feel just like your regular teeth. They provide a number of benefits, including:
- Improved appearance and a better smile
- Better chewing (and thus better digestive health)
- They prevent gum and jaw bone loss (something that happens when missing teeth go untreated)
Root Canal Therapy
Contrary to popular belief, root canals no longer have to be the nightmare experience they once were. We’re sure you’ve heard the horror stories. Rest assured, at our Rigby dental clinic, you’ll be well taken care of. We offer sedation and ways of numbing the pain. We will remove the infected tooth tissue, apply medication, and install a dental crown.
These are great aesthetic dental products that can improve your appearance if you have stained or misaligned teeth. They’re life-like cosmetic fixtures that resemble your ideal teeth, which can be applied over your natural teeth.
These are the ideal solution to a missing tooth that sits next to a tooth that requires a crown. At our Rigby dental clinic, we install bridges that consist of a dental implant connected to a dental crown, offering a greater amount of support and stability for your teeth while simultaneously restoring your smile to its consistent, natural appearance.
We offer white fillings to restore dental cavities. That means no metal mouth! Our white dental fillings look and feel just like natural tooth tissue.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Also referred to commonly as “gum disease”, periodontal disease is the inflammation of the gums due to excessive plaque build-up.
We offer a number of periodontal disease treatments, including:
- Root planing
- Host modulation
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are a second pair of molars that can cause serious problems if not removed.
Ideally, you want your wisdom teeth removed during your teenage years, as the process can become more difficult and complicated as you get older.
Problems that result from wisdom teeth include:
- Teeth shifting
- Tooth impaction
Rigby Dental Services for All Stages of Dental Decay
The root of almost every dental problem is plaque. We all know plaque as the sticky, fuzzy substance that accumulates on your teeth if you go too long without brushing. It causes bad breath and a rather unsightly smile.
Plaque is the result of carbohydrates from food mixing with bacteria that naturally lives in your mouth. This combination creates an acidic substance that, over time, accumulates more food particles, forming a hard, sticky paste.
If left to fester, plaque will begin to eat away at the various layers of the teeth.
At our Rigby dental clinic, we offer dental services for all stages of tooth decay.
The tooth enamel is the protective outer layer of the tooth. It is comprised mainly of minerals.
Plaque begins wearing away at the tooth enamel. This usually appears as a dark spot on the tooth that many mistake for a cavity. However, this isn’t the case.
Enamel can be strengthened and cavities prevented with improved dental hygiene and diet. However, if left to its own devices, plaque will eventually move into the next layer of the tooth.
This is the hard, bony layer of the tooth. When plaque wears a hole in the dentin, you officially have a cavity.
This is where things start to get painful.
Because dentin cannot be restored naturally, your Rigby dentist will need to perform a dental filling at this stage.
This is essentially what it sounds like – the soft inner core of the tooth comprised of blood vessels and the tooth nerve.
When plaque begins eating away at the pulp, it creates an infection. The pulp becomes inflamed and swells. However, the pressure is suppressed by the surrounding dentin and is thus forced down onto the tooth nerve.
At this stage, things become incredibly painful. Your Rigby dentist can perform a root canal to solve the problem.
The Final Stage
The final stage of dental decay involves the formation of an abscess – an inflamed pocket of pus – near the tooth nerve. It usually forms at the gum line and resembles a pimple.
At this stage, your dentist can drain the abscess and perform a root canal.
If all of this sounds painful, well, it’s because it is. Dental decay is a serious problem that causes a lot of pain. Many people put off going to the dentist for this very reason; when they’re in the midst of incredible dental pain, the last thing they want is someone poking around at their teeth.
Just remember, we offer sedation, a calming environment, and ways of numbing the pain in order to perform the basic services you need.
In the end, you’ll be glad you went into your Rigby dental clinic and had the problem taken care of. It will kill your pain in the long term.