James Webster

What is an Implant?

by James Webster on December 13, 2020 , Comments Off on What is an Implant?

Do you have damaging or missing teeth? Are you looking for a way to replace your teeth? If one or more of your teeth are missing, you may qualify for a dental implant as a way to permanently replace the missing teeth. Dental implants are a great way to replace a tooth or support dentures. Dental Implants are a safe and easy way for you to keep your mouth healthy. The success rate of an implant is nearly 98%. Dental implants are like an artificial screw in your mouth. This screw is meant to bond with your jaw bone and provide a place to put an artificial tooth. 

 

It typically takes a couple visits to your dentist to complete this procedure. When you go in for your appointment the doctor will first give you an oral evaluation. You need a strong and healthy jaw bone to receive an implant so the dentist will take a look at your jaw and make sure you qualify for an implant.

 

As soon as your dentist determines you qualify for an implant the procedure can begin. First, implants are placed into your jaw bone. It will take about three to six years for your implant and jaw bone to create a strong bond. As soon as that bond is strong you can schedule another appointment for the next stage. 

 

Next the dentist will attach a small healing collar. When then other attachments can be added like an artificial tooth. 

 

This entire operation takes typically about eight months and patients tend to not feel any daily disturbance during that time. Dental implants have a very high successful rate. The rate is nearly 98%. Here at Dentist in Spanish Fork Utah we offer implants and are happy to serve you. Give us a call and schedule an appointment today!

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What is Sedation Dentistry?

by James Webster on November 15, 2020 , Comments Off on What is Sedation Dentistry?

Do you have a fear of going to the dentist? Does the thought of getting your teeth clean just make you cringe with fear? Do you hate going in and fixing a tooth? Would you rather just endure the pain and not go? Do not worry you’re not alone. Many people deal with this fear. If this is you don’t fear there are many solutions to your problem. Here at Rogers Dentist Spanish Fork we have a solution that will fit your needs. We provide the options of getting a sedation dentistry.

 

What exactly is a sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax while at the dentist. Sedation dentistry provides a way for you to have a comfortable and relaxing trip. There is no stress involved. You will feel completely relaxed. Fortunately this medication has an amnesic effect which means that you will hardly remember your visit. This is a great way to enjoy your dentistry experience. You will be completely relaxed and it will go by so fast. Your teeth will be healthy and clean and it won’t even take very long.

 

There are different levels of sedation minimal, moderate, deep, and general anesthesia. For minimal sedation you are awake but completely relaxed. Moderate you are relaxed and may slur your words but you won’t remember much of the procedure. Deep sedation is when you are on the edge of consciousness but will still be awake. General anesthesia is when you are completely unconscious. All of these offer a relaxing procedure. Patients are normally awake but will feel one-hundred percent relaxed.

 

Here at Rogers Dentistry we are one of the only dental practices in Utah Valley that doesn’t require an outside anesthesiologist. If you have any questions about our Sedation Dentistry give us a call we will always be happy to help you and answer any of your questions.

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Keep Your Teeth Clean

by James Webster on October 14, 2020 , Comments Off on Keep Your Teeth Clean

It is that time of the year where we all like to eat a lot more sweets. With Halloween coming up it is important to be aware of your teeth’s health. Halloween is all about candy and there is nothing worse for your teeth than candy. Candy is actually the number one thing that is bad for your pearly whites. Yes, it is okay to eat candy though just as long as you make sure you are brushing and flossing. I like most people love candy. Who doesn’t like a little sugar every once in a while?

 

With Halloween just around the corner make sure you are aware of your dental health. If you need to come in to Spanish Fork UT Dentistry and we’ll give you a cleaning. Cleanings are great. This can help you start making a regular habit of brushing your teeth because if you don’t all that candy and sugar you eat will get you. Sugar will give you cavities and cavities are not fun. Why not just avoid the whole mess and just brush and floss your teeth.

 

This is such a fun time of the year when you get to gather with family and friends. This is most people’s favorite time of the year. Halloween through New Years is all about partying and spending time with loved ones. What is the center of all family get-togethers and traditions? Food, usually food that isn’t the best for your teeth but sure tastes good and that is 100% fine as long as you make sure you keep your teeth clean.

 

This is a wonderful time of year with all sorts of food and treats. I personally love all the food surrounded with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It brings back good memories and makes new ones. If you ever have any dental related problems just give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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How Often Do I Really Need to Go to The Dentist?

by James Webster on September 9, 2020 , Comments Off on How Often Do I Really Need to Go to The Dentist?

Yes, dentist appointments are important, but how often do you really need to go to the dentist? This is a big question that everyone seems to have an answer to. Most people recommend you go about two times a year. While others have not been to the dentist in years. Honestly this question depends on your situation. If you have any oral health problems you might want to even go more frequently but this is all up to your dentist. Even if you have clean teeth going two times a month can become very beneficial with the cleaning you will receive.

 

There are many reasons that you should go to the dentist more than two times a year. This is all depending on your oral health and your dentist’s recommendation. If you do have problems that is nothing to worry about. We will take care of you and make sure that your health goes up. We are here for you. Going to the dentist several times a year can be beneficial too. You always get a nice cleaning and you’ll always know the state of your teeth’s health.

 

If you have clean and healthy teeth that doesn’t mean you should skip your dentist appointment. Even if you know you have no cavities you can still get benefit from consistent trips to the dentist. You will get your teeth thoroughly cleaned. This will help your teeth stay healthy and strong. This cleaning is very important without it you could end up having dental problems in the future. 

 

Going to the dentist regularly is very important. You get a nice check up so you know the state of your teeth’s health and you also get a great cleaning. If you have any dental problems call us and your favorite Dentist Spanish Fork will help you with any of your needs.

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Everything You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth

by James Webster on August 17, 2020 , Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth aren’t going to make you smarter even though they have wisdom in its name. Your very back molars were given the name because they usually come when you’re older. Your wisdom teeth come at around ages 17-25. You get two on top and two on bottom to make a complete 32 set of teeth for an adult. Some people believe that our mouth adapted overtime due to our diet. Now we can’t fit out wisdom teeth into our mouths and because of that most of us have to get them out.

 

Wisdom teeth are known as your third molar that our ancestors used to grind plant tissue. Nowadays we don’t need that third molar. If we keep our wisdom teeth in our mouths it will cause tons of discomfort and pain. That is why it is important to get them removed.

 

When you go to the Dentist in Spanish Fork Utah for your annual checkup they will take your x rays. This is where the dentist will see your wisdom teeth and know when it is time to take them out. There are many reasons that you can have to get your wisdom teeth taken out. One reason is your wisdom teeth can come in the wrong angle. They press against your other teeth which can be very painful. The second reason is your mouth isn’t big enough. Small mouths just can’t fit wisdom teeth. The third reason is wisdom teeth are impacted. Because your wisdom teeth don’t normally grow right they can’t get trapped behind your jawbone which is very painful.

 

When you get your wisdom teeth removed it will take about forty five minutes and there are a couple of ways you can receive anesthesia. Local, IV sedation, and general. Any way will be successful and help make your experience better. They will help you to deal with the pain.

 

When you’re ready to get your wisdom teeth removed go to Dentist in Spanish Fork Utah and they will help you.

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Kids at the Dentist

by James Webster on July 30, 2020 , Comments Off on Kids at the Dentist

For some kids the dentist can be a fun place to go to but for others it is a scary place full of the unknown. Most kids are scared to go to the dentist. The dentist office reminds them of a horrible environment. Going to the dentist makes kids associate the idea of injections or tooth extractions in their imagination. To kids this can be very scary. The Dentist Spanish Fork Utah helps kids and their fear of the deities

 

As a parent taking your children to the dentist can be very stressful but there are ways to help children at the dentist. Speak to your child in a kind voice and use simple words that kids can understand. When kids know what’s going on they tend to be less scared. When you start using big words that a child does not understand it can become scary. For a kid understanding what’s going on is crucial. 

 

Kids love prizes. When you tell a child that if they are good they will get a prize they will obey. When kids go to the dentist they look forward to when they get their toothbrush and a toy. The prizes may be small but to a kid it is everything. A small simple toy to a kid is the world. They will go home and play with their new toy for hours.

 

When a kid goes and sits down in the chair for their inspection, talk to them. When children are engaged in a conversation they don’t even realize what’s going on. They are too busy talking to you. When you engage in a conversation a child will be less scared of the dentist.

 

The most important thing is for you to just stay calm. When a kid sees that their parent is calm the child will likely follow. Kids look up to their parents and they like to copie you, so if you are calm everyone is calm. When everyone is calm you can have a smooth trip to the dentist.

 

With these simple strategies you can make a kids experience at the dentist a whole lot better.

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How To Prevent Dental Emergencies

by James Webster on May 15, 2020 , Comments Off on How To Prevent Dental Emergencies

Most dental emergencies involve infection, pain or uncontrolled bleeding. Sometimes they are unpredictable and occur because of trauma or something that happened years ago. No matter how the trauma happened, it can be scary to experience for many people- especially in the face of the coronavirus.

 

How do you know if you’re experiencing a dental emergency? If you are experiencing pain, rinse your mouth out with salt water three times a day to kill bacteria. If the pain is uncontrollable, it’s time to call your dentist.

 

Now to the important part. How do you prevent a dental emergency in the first place? Most dentists agree that popcorn is the main culprit. Popcorn shells can become wedged deep in your gum, causing painful swelling. Un-popped kernels can also cause cracked teeth, same with olive pits. Cracked or chipped teeth might not warrant an emergency visit to your dentist. It all depends on where the crack is, how large it is and how much pain it is causing.

 

You can also avoid dental emergencies by avoiding using your teeth as tools and chewing on non-food items. Opening things with your teeth, like wrappers or packages, or chewing on items such as pen caps can wear down your teeth and even cause them to chip or break.

 

Keep up with your regular oral hygiene routine, which is brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you missed a regular teeth cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic there shouldn’t be too much to worry about unless you are prone to cavities. You can help keep your teeth healthy by using an electric toothbrush and flossing regularly.

 

If you would like to get in for a cleaning or have a dental emergency give us a call at Roger’s Center for Dentistry, your favorite Spanish Fork dental practice. We look forward to helping you with your dental care needs.

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

by James Webster on April 8, 2020 , Comments Off on Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This wasn’t exactly how we imagined we would be spending the month of April. With our doors closed to our patients per the recommendation of the Utah Department of Health. We miss you and we miss serving you, but we know this is the best way we can do that right now.

 

April is an important month for us in the world of oral health as it is Oral Cancer Awareness month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancer awareness in the American public is low. Around 53,000 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer every day, and one person every hour will die from it.

 

Smoking and tobacco use are major risk factors, but the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says more than 80% of Americans will at some point in their lifetime have an HPV infection of some time. Most won’t know they have an HPV infection, which typically doesn’t show signs or symptoms.

 

Right now, ways we can increase early detection of oral cancer is to first, educate ourselves on the signs and symptoms. Second, continue screening for the disease and keeping an eye out for risk factors. And finally, continue to stay up to date on current best practices in screening and assessing risk when it comes to this cancer. As a patient, the best thing you can do is to perform the oral cancer self-exam monthly. To do so, take a bright light and a mirror, look and feel your lips and the front of your gums. Look inside and around the roof of your mouth, your cheeks and gums. Pull out your tongue and look at the surfaces, look at the floor of your mouth and the back of your throat. It’s also important to feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes in your neck and under your lower jaw. Of course, give us a call or come in if you notice any changes or symptoms of oral cancer.

 

We look forward to the day where we can see you all again. Until then, stay healthy and safe.

 

Roger’s Center for Dentistry, your favorite Spanish Fork dental practice

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An Open Letter from Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork

by James Webster on March 25, 2020 , Comments Off on An Open Letter from Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork

To all of our Spanish Fork friends, 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a pandemic that has affected our lives significantly. We’re kidding, right? Yes, we certainly are! Roger’s Center for Dentistry, your hometown, Spanish Fork dentist is closed for all non-emergency procedures at the direction of the Utah Department of Health until April 25, 2020.Of course, we are able to help with emergencies (abscessed, broken, or painful tooth and dental emergencies) during the next month. 

You’re not alone 

As Governor Herbert has asked Utahns to stay home, it’s easy to become stir crazy and feel depressed, anxious, fearful and lonely. For those with children, the added need to monitor their education looms large and many parents are overwhelmed. First of all, let’s tip our hats to the exemplary educators who have worked long and hard to get their lessons online for our children! They have risen to the occasion and deserve our gratitude and praise! Thank a teacher today! 

Kids can be stressed too 

Not only has your life changed, but so has your child’s routine. For many, they are too young to fully comprehend the cause and they become fearful, anxious, and lonely. They hear words that they don’t know and assume the worst. Whenever possible, find ways for your children to interact with their friends, grandparents, etc. This social connection isn’t as good as in-person, but it can help for everyone to feel less isolated. 

What about school? 

Well, take a moment to think about this one. Is your child the only one who has been gone from school? Will all the other kids be ahead of them? This is a state-wide situation and every single school in Utah is filled with kids being educated remotely. As such, the reteaching or review time will be there. And guess what? Your children’s teachers can and will handle it! Talk to your child’s teacher if you feel overwhelmed. They can and will offer suggestions to help. Just do your best. That is all you can do. 

It’s hard for all of us in our tight-knit community to be socially isolated, but by doing so now, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and come out on the other side with as few casualties as possible. We really miss serving you and look forward to getting back to help you.  

Stay healthy, 

Roger’s Center for Dentistry, your favorite Spanish Fork dental practice 

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Tooth Fairy 101

by James Webster on January 8, 2020 , Comments Off on Tooth Fairy 101

It’s easy to understand why so many of our young patients inquire about one with whom we are well-acquainted – the Tooth Fairy. She sends her helpers to regularly watch as we do our work so that she can make sure to collect all the teeth lost.  

The Tooth Fairy is shrouded in mystery without much information about her origin or what she does with all those teeth! Unfortunately, Dr. Rogers, while a good friend of hers, is sworn to protect her secrets, those few that he knows, of course. 

When did the Tooth Fairy start visiting children in the United States? 

Each culture has a tradition or superstition surrounding the loss of baby teeth. In Europe, the tradition is that mice collect children’s teeth, and in France, the practice continues with “le Petit Souris.” Somewhere during the late 19th and early 20th century, the Tooth Fairy as we know and love her began to visit children in the United States. The first written mention of her was found in 1927 in a short collection of stories for children. 

How does she do it? 

Like Santa and the Easter Bunny, there is a certain level of magic and mystery around the Tooth Fairy’s ability to accomplish such a monumental feat. Remember that Santa and the Easter Bunny have significantly more visits to make and must do so in one night, and the Tooth Fairy only visits those children’s homes who have lost teeth. While she still has a lot to do each night, she doesn’t visit nearly as many homes as do the others. Some have suggested that she has regional helpers, which makes a lot of sense. 

How much does the Tooth Fairy bring on average? 

This is a tricky question, because it really varies. She takes into consideration the quality of the tooth, whether it is the first lost tooth or a later one, and even if it was lost because of an accident or needed Dr. Rogers to help pull it. In 2019, the average gift from the Tooth Fairy was $3.70 per tooth. 

Even though Dr. Rogers, your hometown, Spanish Fork dentist is sworn to secrecy about all that he knows of the Tooth Fairy, he loves to help children take care of their teeth so that they can have the chance to earn top dollar! Make an appointment with Rogers Dentistry today, Spanish Fork’s leading dental practice. 

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