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Dental Services

At Salem Smiles, most of your dental needs can be met in one place. Many dentists focus on specific areas of treatment, but at Salem Smiles, we strive to serve as broad a base of services as possible. This allows for decreased patient travel and cost for specialists. Including:

Composite Build-Ups

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Are you insecure about your smile because you have a tooth that is cracked, misshapen, or shorter than the others? If so, we offer a solution here at Salem Smiles Family Dentistry that will bring back your confidence and beautify your smile!

Dr. Hulse performs a composite build-up procedure, also known as composite bonding, that will repair decayed, cracked, chipped, discolored, and misshapen teeth. It can also close the spaces between teeth, make teeth look longer, and protect a portion of the tooth’s root that is exposed from receding gums. We offer dental bonding in Salem, Utah, to easily fix your problems in just one visit. This is a convenient solution that requires minimal removal of tooth enamel without the need for anesthesia. Your dentist will apply a tooth-colored substance that is molded and smoothed into a tooth-like shape. The material will then be hardened by a simple blue light, and your dentist will later trim and shape it so it fits perfectly in your mouth. This is an option that is quick and easy and will result in boosting your self-esteem and happiness!

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please feel free to call our office today. We are excited to hear from you!

Orthodontics

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At Salem Smiles Family Dentistry, we strive to provide a broad range of dental services to meet all of your dental goals and needs. As part of this commitment, we provide several types of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Hulse works to ensure you receive the high-quality, individualized treatment you deserve. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry focused on correcting irregularities of the teeth and jaw, especially in how they align and work together. Our orthodontic options include:


  • Invisalign® – A revolutionary, modern way to straighten teeth, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners that fit over your teeth. Because Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, transparent plastic, they are comfortable and nearly invisible. Invisalign aligners are also removable.


Through orthodontics, we can correct teeth that are misaligned, crowded, or gapped. We can also correct problems with the alignment of the bite, including overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite. To learn more about orthodontics and Invisalign in Salem, Utah, we invite you to contact us today. We are dedicated to helping you achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile!

Teeth Whitening

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Are your teeth flawed by yellowing or staining that you would like to lighten? Do you wish you could achieve a brighter, whiter smile? If so, our professional teeth whitening services may be just what you need to reach the smile of your dreams. Professional teeth whitening is a great option for brightening your smile and revitalizing your overall appearance. At Salem Smiles Family Dentistry, we offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options. In-office teeth whitening is perfect for our patients who would like immediate, noticeable results. We offer an in-office laser whitening treatment that requires as little as half an hour at our office. If you are interested in achieving a whiter smile more gradually, or if you prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, our dentists may recommend take-home teeth whitening. Take-home teeth whitening allows you to control the ultimate shade and appearance of your smile. Both in-office and take-home whitening services are safe and effective.

Dr. Hulse may recommend professional teeth whitening in Salem, Utah if your teeth have been discolored, darkened, or stained by factors such as tobacco use, illness, certain medications, the aging process, or certain foods and drinks. We welcome you to call or visit us today to learn more and to schedule your personalized visit to our office.

Veneers

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If you notice your teeth beginning to discolor, wear down, chip, or break, dental veneers are here to help! Dr. Hulse offers veneers that will solve all of those problems and more.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. They are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that cover the surface of your teeth and change their length, size, shape, or color. The two different types of veneers can have different advantages and characteristics. Porcelain veneers mimic the image of natural teeth and are more stain resistant than resin veneers. Resin veneers are used when less of the tooth is needed to be removed and they are also thinner, which can help them feel more natural. When you visit Salem Smiles Family Dentistry, our dentist can discuss which type will be better for you.

Dental veneers in Salem, Utah, can help you with teeth that are misaligned, uneven, discolored, worn down, or broken. They can also correct any unwanted spaces. Veneers give you a natural look that can also make darker teeth shift into a whiter color. This is also an option when you have to reshape a tooth that is misshapen. Veneers offer conservative techniques that are a stronger, more aesthetic substitute than the process of a crown placement.

Make the change you need today by calling our office and setting up an appointment.

Bridges

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A bridge is one of the dental restorations we provide at Salem Smiles Family Dentistry. A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth and restore the functionality, appearance, and health of your smile. Dental bridges are typically used to replace a single missing tooth or a few teeth that are missing in a row (usually a maximum of three teeth). A traditional bridge, which is the most common type of dental bridge in Salem, Utah, is made of a prosthetic (artificial) tooth and two dental crowns. Our dentist places the crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap to provide stability to the artificial tooth and hold it in place. Dental bridges are custom made to match the appearance of your natural smile, ensuring that your restoration looks beautiful and securely restores your smile.

Dr. Hulse may suggest a dental bridge if you are looking for a stable, fixed restoration to:


  • Improve your ability to properly speak and eat.
  • Enhance the appearance of your smile.
  • Relieve excess stress on the bite.
  • Prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of their proper positions.


If you are missing one or more teeth, we invite you to contact us today. We will help you determine whether a dental bridge is the right option for restoring your smile to its full potential. Call us today to learn more!

Crowns

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If a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, our dentist may recommend a restoration called a crown. A dental crown is used to completely cover the damaged tooth and restore its original shape, size, and structure. Sometimes called a cap, the crown is designed to encase the tooth starting at the gums. This returns the tooth to good health and functionality. Each dental crown is custom designed to match the look of your natural teeth, ensuring that your smile looks beautiful and natural. In addition to being used to restore significantly damaged teeth, dental crowns can also be used to:


  • Complete a dental implant treatment
  • Strengthen a tooth that is cracked or otherwise weakened
  • Protect a tooth after root canal treatment
  • Anchor and attach a dental bridge
  • Improve the functionality and appearance of a misshapen tooth
  • Support a large dental filling


Dr. Hulse will help you decide whether a crown is the right option for restoring your smile. Crowns can be made from a number of materials; we often suggest porcelain dental crowns for a natural-looking effect. In just two visits to Salem Smiles Family Dentistry, you can receive a custom-made dental crown that is designed to match your smile and effectively restore your oral health. To learn more and to discover whether a dental crown in Salem, Utah, is right for your smile, please call or visit us today.

Dental Fillings

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When a tooth suffers from damage or decay, our dentists may recommend a dental filling. A filling is generally used to restore a tooth that has experienced minor to moderate tooth decay or other damage. In order to place a dental filling in Salem, Utah, Dr. Hulse will first remove the decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean the tooth. We then fill the tooth with a material called composite resin and shape the filling to match the contours of the tooth and fit your bite comfortably. After the resin is sculpted to fit the tooth, we harden it with a special light. This process typically requires just one comfortable visit to Salem Smiles Family Dentistry.

We are pleased to provide composite (white) fillings at our dental office. Composite fillings, created from composite resin, are matched to the original color of your tooth for a natural-looking restoration. Unlike amalgam (silver) fillings, composite fillings blend in beautifully with the natural appearance of your smile. Composite fillings also bond with the natural tooth structure, strengthening the tooth and forming a durable restoration. We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more about composite dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment at our practice. We are eager to improve your smile!

Dental Cleanings and Exams

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Visiting the dentist twice a year is crucial to keeping your smile in good health. During these routine visits to our office, Dr. Hulse and his team will provide you with a comprehensive dental cleaning and exam. Although these treatments seem simple, they are very important in ensuring that your smile stays healthy, functional, and beautiful. Your dental exam and teeth cleaning in Salem, Utah, will include the following steps:


  • We will thoroughly clean your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that linger on your teeth. When allowed to accumulate on your teeth, this can lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
  • We will polish each tooth for a bright, healthy smile.
  • We will carefully examine your smile, using digital X-rays as needed, to check for signs of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other problems or damage.
  • We will evaluate any existing dental restorations, like fillings, crowns, and bridges, to make certain they are in good condition.


As needed, our dentists will recommend restorative and preventive treatments that can help to restore and maintain your smile’s health. Dr. Dawson, our trained pediatric dentist, is also available to make certain that your children receive the care they need. To learn more about the importance and benefits of routine dental exams and cleanings, we invite you to contact us today at Salem Smiles Family Dentistry. We look forward to caring for your smile!

Dental Implant Restorations

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A crown dental implant is a term some of us use to describe the restoration of a dental implant. Restoration is the process of creating an artificial tooth and connecting it to the dental implant.The process of restoring a single implant, or multiple implants, starts after the implant is placed as described in 'dental implant surgery'. After the surgery, a period of at least 3 months is required to let the tissue recover and prevent further trauma.

When the area for treatment is ready the dentist will access the screwhead to place the abutment in the gum tissue right above the dental implants. An abutment will be screwed on top of the implants. The abutment is a metal cylinder that the artificial tooth is built onto.

There are many types of abutments and they vary in length, width, angle, and color. All of this provides a large selection to match the patient's natural teeth and to accomplish the final result of blending in and looking natural.

After fitting the right abutment the dentist will take measurements of your teeth by making an impression (in this process, the dentist takes a form with blue stuff that looks like play doh on it, sticks it in your mouth and tells you to bite on it and not move!).

Once this is completed the dentist will send the measurement out to the laboratory for them to build your final tooth. A temporary implant tooth will be placed on the abutment until the final tooth is ready to be placed. (In the figures you can see the lab work shaping the final crown dental implant: shaping abutment, metal cast tooth on the model, porcelain coated final tooth on the model.)

When the final restored implant tooth is ready, your dentist will place it on the implant and final adjustments will be made if needed. From that day on your new tooth should look and function just like any other tooth in your mouth, requiring the same care and attention as all the other teeth.


A patient with a multiple implant restoration goes through the same process and the final crowns can vary between multiple single crowns or several crowns connected by a bridge or even a partial fixed denture it all depends on the way the case was planned.

The final outcomes of this whole big process is a new, beautiful, confident smile!

Dentures and Partials

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Dentures and partials are one of the options we offer at Salem Smiles Family Dentistry to replace multiple missing teeth. If you have lost several or even all of your teeth, dentures may be right for restoring your smile’s beauty, functionality, and health. Dentures are made of prosthetic teeth, which are set into a pink, gum-colored base that is designed to sit on your gums. We offer two main types of dentures in Salem, Utah, to meet all of your personal dental needs:


  • Complete dentures – Complete dentures, or full dentures, are used to replace all of the teeth in a dental arch. When all of the teeth in the upper, lower, or both arches have been lost or extracted, our dentist may recommend complete dentures to fully restore your smile.
  • Partial dentures – Also simply referred to as a partial, a partial denture is used to replace some missing teeth when some natural teeth are still left. The partial denture typically uses clasps or a thin framework to attach to the remaining teeth for stability.


Whether you are missing just a few teeth, all of your teeth, or anything in between, Dr. Hulse has the solution you need to restore your smile. For more information about dentures, we welcome you to contact or visit our friendly dental team today.

Digital Radiography

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Our dentists at Salem Smiles Family Dentistry are committed to constantly updating our office with the latest, highest quality dental equipment and technology. One of the high-tech tools we use at our dental office is digital radiography (digital X-rays). Unlike traditional film radiography, digital radiography utilizes digital sensors to instantly capture high-quality images of your teeth, bone, and other oral structures. When the routine use of film-based imaging and digital radiography are compared and contrasted, the answer is clear: digital trumps film. This technology allows the delivery of better care for the following reasons:


  • Radiation exposure is dramatically less with digital radiography.
  • Images can be manipulated (enlarged, lightened/darkened) with digital radiography and not with traditional film.
  • Digital radiography has no developing time, which means less time in the dental chair for patients.
  • This decreased development time also equates to easier image-guided treatments, possible but difficult to implement with film.


Dr. Hulse and Dr. Dawson utilize digital radiography in Salem, Utah, to detect and diagnose dental problems that are more difficult or even impossible to identify with the unaided eye. This may include bone loss, developmental abnormalities, tooth decay between teeth, cysts and abscesses, tumors, improper tooth root positions, and more. We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more about the advantages of digital radiography and to set up your next visit to our practice.

Pediatric Dentistry

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At our dental practice, we are dedicated to meeting all of your needs for high-quality, comprehensive dental care for your whole family. We are pleased to offer the services of a family dentist and a pediatric dentist. Dr. Hulse is experienced in a broad range of general and family dental services, while Dr. Dawson has been specially trained in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. When you bring your family to Salem Smiles Family Dentistry, you can feel comfortable and confident that you will receive the best available dental care. We enjoy caring for patients of all ages, including children, and we work hard to make certain that your child has a positive, enjoyable dental experience. We understand that it is important to build good dental habits while children are young, and we strive to form a strong, personal relationship between our dentists and your family so their smiles will stay healthy for life.

Dr. Dawson and Dr. Hulse focus on providing your child with preventive dental care aimed at keeping their smiles free from cavities and other dental problems. We also help your child learn how to brush and floss, and we are committed to providing you as a parent with the information you need to keep your child’s smile healthy. To learn more about pediatric dentistry in Salem, Utah, and to schedule your child’s next appointment at our friendly office, we invite you to contact us today. We are eager to get to know your family!

Periodontal (Gum) Care

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Are your gums swollen, redder than usual, or tender? Do your gums bleed easily, such as when you floss or brush your teeth? If so, you may suffer from a condition known as periodontal disease. Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is a condition that affects the gums and other soft tissues. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar, which can accumulate on the teeth. These bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can lead to a serious infection. Without proper periodontal care, this infection can lead to receding gums, bone loss, and tooth loss.

In order to treat periodontal disease and prevent these serious consequences, our dentists provide high-quality periodontal care. Treatment for gum disease in Salem, Utah, varies based on your individual needs and the severity of the condition. Dr. Hulse may recommend additional professional cleanings, antibiotic treatment, improved dental hygiene at home, or deep cleanings called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing are aimed at removing bacteria and infected tissues, smoothing out rough areas on the tooth root where bacteria may gather and linger, and encouraging the growth of healthy gum tissue. If you believe you may suffer from gum disease, we urge you to contact us today at Salem Smiles Family Dentistry. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule your next appointment at our office.

Root Canal Treatment

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Our dentists and dental team at Salem Smiles Family Dentistry are committed to providing you with the care you need for a healthy, happy smile that is free from pain. If you suffer from severe tooth pain or extreme tooth sensitivity, you may have a tooth infection. A tooth may become infected if decay or injury reach deep into the tooth, past the protective enamel. If the dental pulp, tooth nerves, and other inner tissues become infected, you may experience serious tooth pain, especially when biting down and chewing. In order to restore the health of the tooth and relieve the tooth pain, our dentist may recommend root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment involves removing the infected tissues from the tooth. After removing all signs of infection, we thoroughly clean the tooth and reshape the root canal system. We then fill the tooth with a medicated material and use a crown or other type of restoration to seal the tooth. After root canal treatment, your tooth will be returned to good health and functionality. In most cases, Dr. Hulse can complete a root canal in Salem, Utah, in only one or two visits at our office. If you suffer from the symptoms of tooth infection or any other type of dental pain, we encourage you to contact us today. We are dedicated to returning your smile to optimal health.

Sedation Dentistry

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No matter how gentle we promise to be, we still see patients who are terrified of any kind of dental work. Even a simple checkup can make people tremble with fear. Oral hygiene and dental care are essential to your body’s health. We want to ensure that you get the treatment you need – without the anxiety, you would normally feel during a visit.

Sleep sedation is a safe, comfortable way to have your teeth cared for. With sedation dentistry, as it’s commonly called, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort – in fact, you might not even remember the treatment you’ve received! However, sleep sedation is not like general anesthesia, which is extreme and unnecessary for lesser dental procedures. Also referred to as “oral conscious sedation,” you’re given a pill to take an hour before your appointment, and then an additional pill or pills once you arrive, depending on your level of anxiety.

Your heart rate and oxygen levels are carefully monitored throughout the entire procedure. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to go home – with a healthy mouth and a bright smile! If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry in Salem, Utah, we welcome you to contact our caring dentist and dental team at Salem Smiles Family Dentistry. Dr. Hulse and our team are dedicated to providing you with a positive, relaxing dental experience.

Tooth Extraction

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Natural teeth are ideal for biting, chewing and maintaining mouth and jawbone structure, which is why a dentist’s first priority is to help restore, save and repair your natural teeth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable.

Your dentist at Salem Smiles will make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after your extraction procedure. This includes walking you through every step of the tooth extraction, as well as the use of local anesthetics.

Sometimes, teeth need to be removed due to decay, disease or trauma. Having a tooth removed or “pulled” is called a tooth extraction.
When you have an extraction, it’s natural that changes will occur in your mouth afterward. Your dentist may give you instructions to follow after the extraction, and it's important to talk to your dentist if you have any questions or problems. Here are some general guidelines to help promote healing, prevent complications, and make you more comfortable.

Before the extraction, you will be given an anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. Your mouth will remain numb for a few hours after the extraction. While your mouth is numb, you'll want to be careful not to bite your cheek, lip or tongue. After the extraction, do not eat any foods that require chewing while your mouth is numb. The numbness should go away within a few hours. If it doesn't, contact your dentist.
Dental Services at Salem Smiles in Salem, Utah
Dental Services at Salem Smiles in Salem, Utah
Dental Services at Salem Smiles in Salem, Utah