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March 19th, 2020- Covid-19 Update,

At Ranches Family Dental the health and safety of our patients and staff is always a top priority. At this time our office will remain open for urgent visits as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. We have monitored current guidelines from the American Dental Association. In order to be proactive, we have implemented the following guidelines to protect both our patients and our staff:

**The lobby is sanitized after every person leaves and has been closed for social distancing until further notice. Because of this, please come alone to your appointment. Make arrangements prior for children- which we know may be inconvenient with all the students out of school. Also, only 1 adult needs to accompany a minor.

**We have cancelled all hygiene and routine visits to stop the potential spread of the virus.

**Please brush your teeth prior to your arrival as the brushing area is closed until further notice.

Please reschedule appointments if you or anyone in your household has traveled outside the US for at least 2 weeks after your return.

If you have any symptoms of fever, cough, chills or flu-like symptoms we ask that you contact our office to reschedule your appointment.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to provide exceptional dental care in a manner that is safe for both our patients and our team members. Stay healthy.

Thank you, kindly,
Ranches Family Dental

Dental Fillings


Rendering of teeth with 3 filling materialsSome of us are simply unlucky. Despite vigilant brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups, we still get to experience our dentist utter the unpleasant sentence to us that makes our stomachs drop: “I see you have a cavity.” If you have been told that you have tooth decay, it’s understandable to be a little bit upset about it. Nobody likes to have a cavity filled, but fortunately, a filling can be completed in typically one sitting with minimal downtime. While we here at Ranches Family Dental understand that you’re probably feeling upset and resentful about needing a dental filling, we want to reassure you that it’s a routine, painless procedure that can preserve the appearance and longevity of your tooth.

Amalgam and Composite Resin: The Two Main Types of Filling Materials


We understand: you hate our drill. Even the name “drill” conjures up the unpleasant sound it makes, which is why we also like to call it our “handpiece.” The fact of the matter is, however, that our dental drill is a vital tool in treating your oral health.

While our handpiece is admittedly noisy and shrill, we take great measures to ensure that you do not experience a single iota of pain while we’re drilling your tooth. If, at any point, during the procedure, you do experience even the slightest amount of pain, please let us know. We can administer more anesthetic to you to prevent your discomfort. As far as the noise goes, you’re more than welcome to bring your headphones or even some earplugs to help minimize the noise!

Many of our patients become alarmed when they’re informed that their tooth decay is on a front tooth. They may be concerned about the impact a filling would have on the appearance of their smile. The good news is that, depending on the location and the severity of your cavity, we have different materials that we can use to help repair your tooth.

Amalgam Fillings


When people think of fillings, this is the type that most likely pops into mind. Shiny and silver, these fillings are great for your back teeth. They don’t chip or wear down easily and - despite their bad reputation - they’re very safe. The downside of getting amalgam, though, is that it can expand and contract with exposure to heat. This can lead to damage and weakening of your tooth.

Composite Resin Fillings


For patients who have tooth decay on their front teeth, composite resin is exactly what they need to treat the tooth decay while still lending a natural appearance to your smile. The quartz and glass material in composite resin can be dyed to match your surrounding teeth, making this an easy choice for patients who have decay on visible teeth. Composite resin only lasts about ten years, though, and is fragile and can be easily chipped.

Other patients occasionally choose gold or porcelain for their fillings. Gold is the strongest material we can use, but it’s quite noticeable and best for back teeth. Porcelain is less likely to stain when compared to composite resin, but of all the materials we could use, it’s the most brittle.

If you have tooth decay, try to relax and stay calm! We want you to feel at ease in our office and will go out of our way to ensure your comfort. If you’re ready to schedule your dental exam, or you just have questions about dental fillings, please give us a call here at Ranches Family Dental at (385) 374-0500 to set up your appointment with a cleaning and, if required, a consultation for dental fillings.
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3435 E. Pony Express Parkway Suite 110
Eagle Mountain, UT 84005
Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday by appointment
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