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Cosmetic Dentistry

Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, we are able to improve our teeth and smiles with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.


Bonding allows you to reshape or repair your smile using a composite resin.

Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks or fractures.

Porcelain Crowns

A porcelain crown matches the color of your teeth and restores the tooth to its original shape and size, strengthening the tooth structure.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. We offer custom bleach trays for take home bleaching and in office light activated speed bleaching.

Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

Porcelain Inlays

A porcelain inlay restoration is a custom-made filling that matches the color of your natural tooth.

Porcelain Onlays

A porcelain onlay restoration is a custom-made filling used to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are bonded onto the front of a tooth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Periodontal disease is most often preceded by gingivitis, which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. If left untreated, it can cause shifting teeth, loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.


Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination as a part of your regular dental check-up.


Periodontal treatment varies on the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.


It only takes 24-hours for unremoved plaque to start becoming destructive to gum and bone tissues. Daily cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation.


Poor dental hygiene, tobacco use and genetic predisposition are some of the most common causes of periodontal disease.

Types of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis is the most common condition affecting gum tissues and is reversible but If left untreated will advance to an irreversible condition called periodontal disease. There are four levels or types of periodontal disease, classified as Type I through Type IV. Type I being the least and Type IV being the most severe.Other types include aggressive and necrotizing periodontal disease, as well as forms of the disease related to systematic systemic conditions.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs of periodontal disease include unexplained bleeding, redness or swelling, longer-looking teeth, pus and loose teeth or a change in your bite pattern. 

Mouth - Body Connection

Research studies have shown that there is a strong association between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications and respiratory disease.

Periodontal Disease & Diabetes

Experts suggest the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease can worsen both conditions if either condition is not properly controlled.

Periodontal Disease, Heart Disease & Stroke

There is little doubt that the presence of periodontal disease can exacerbate existing heart conditions. The periodontist and cardiologist generally work as a team in order to treat individuals experiencing both conditions.

Periodontal Disease & Pregnancy

Researchers have shown that periodontal disease in expectant mothers actually exposes their unborn child to many different risks, particularly if they also happen to be diabetes sufferers.

Periodontal Disease & Osteoporosis

A study conducted at the University of New York at Buffalo in 1995 concluded that post-menopausal women who suffered from osteoporosis were 86 percent more likely to also develop periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease & Respiratory Disease

There are a number of different respiratory diseases linked to periodontal disease; pneumonia, COPD, and bronchitis are among the most common. 


Through modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.

Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

Crowns (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Dentures & Partial Dentures

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

Inlay Restorations

An inlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material, gold or tooth-colored porcelain. It is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.

Onlay Restorations

An onlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material, gold or tooth-colored porcelain. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specialists with advanced training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of various head and neck conditions and injuries. Dr. Hurst has extensive experience in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, having performed thousands of surgeries including hundreds of implants

Simple Tooth Extractions

If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may be required to have a tooth extracted. With a simple extraction, the dentist can safely remove the affected tooth without the need for major surgery.


The purpose of an apicoectomy is to eliminate the infection in the tissue and, ultimately, preserve the function of the tooth and save it from extraction. An apicoectomy will usually only be considered by the dentist only after a prior root canal treatment has failed. 

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a highly successful procedure in most cases. It is also a preferable alternative to having missing teeth, diseased teeth or bone deformities. Bone grafting can increase the height or width of the jawbone, and fill in voids and defects in the bone.

Impacted Canines

An impacted tooth essentially means that it is blocked, stuck or unable to fully erupt and function properly. Causes for impacted canines include extra teeth, overcrowding or unusual growth patterns.

Mini Dental Implants

Unlike regular implants, Mini Implants require less surgical intervention and can serve the patient well in the right conditions.

Oral Pathology

An oral, head and neck cancer exam is performed at each regular hygiene visit. This regular screening is an essential part to your overall health.   

Sleep Apnea Appliances

Sleep apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal, medical disorder that affects around 10 percent of American men over the age of 40 and 6 percent of American women of the same age. There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition.

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The dentist is able to test, diagnose and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

In most cases, inadequate space in the mouth does not allow the wisdom teeth to erupt properly and become fully functional. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth and possibly cysts or tumors.


The term periodontics refers to the dental area of study that pertains to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease that affects the gums and jawbone.

Laser Periodontal Treatment

Laser periodontal treatment is the most modern and advanced procedure available for the treatment of gum disease. Most patients have very little discomfort with this procedure, and it has been very successful in eliminating or slowing down the disease process.

Bone Grafting

A bone graft may be required to create a stable base for dental implant placement, to halt the progression of gum disease or to make the smile appear more aesthetically pleasing.


Bruxism refers to an oral parafunctional activity that occurs in most humans at some point in their lives. Grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw are the two main characteristics of this condition, which can occur during the day or at night.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or contouring bone and gum tissue. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth or the entire gum line, exposing an aesthetically pleasing smile. 

Gum & Jawbone Corrective Treatments

There are many reasons why the gums and jawbone may require corrective treatment, including periodontal disease, trauma and birth defects.

Gum Grafting

A gum graft (also known as a gingival graft or periodontal plastic surgery), is a collective name for surgical periodontal procedures that aim to cover an exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue or other substitute materials such as collagen.  

Gum Recession

Sensitive teeth, longer-looking teeth, inflammation and bleeding may all be signs of gum recession.

Oral Cancer Exam

Early detection means a greater chance for a cure. During an oral exam, your dentist and hygienist looks for red or white patches or mouth sores.
"Dr. Hurst is an extraordinarily talented and skilled dentist. He did an amazing job of reconstructing several of my teeth, inserting and implant, and fitting a partial... all to provide me with the benefit of good health. The process took approximately 11 months, and I was so impressed not only with Dr. Hurst's ability, but with the assistance of the office manager and the skills of the technicians. This was a pleasant and rewarding experience for me.  " 

- Glenda Cole

Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing

The objective of scaling and root planing is to remove etiologic agents which cause inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and surrounding bone. Common etiologic agents removed by this conventional periodontal therapy include dental plaque and tartar (calculus).

Pocket Reduction Surgery

Pocket reduction surgery (also known as gingivectomy, osseous surgery and flap surgery) is a collective term for a series of several different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the roots of the teeth in order to remove bacteria and tartar (calculus).

Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.

Regenerative Procedures

Periodontal disease is an extremely serious progressive condition which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease occurs when a bacterial infection in the gum pockets causes the bone and gum tissue to recede away from the teeth.

Ridge Modification

Ridge modification is an effective procedure for treating deformities in the upper and lower jaws. These deformities can occur as a result of periodontal disease, trauma, injury, wearing dentures or developmental problems.

Root Amputation

The general purpose of root amputation is to save an injured or diseased tooth from extraction. Most dentists agree that there is no better alternative than retaining a healthy natural tooth, and the root amputation procedure makes this possible. 

Sinus Augmentation

If there is not adequate space available to place an implant in the upper jaw, a sinus lift can be performed to elevate the sinus. This allows room for the implant to be placed along with a bone graft into the spot where it would have not been possible before.  

Soft Tissue Grafting

When the roots of the teeth become exposed, eating hot and cold foods can be uncomfortable, decay is more prevalent and the aesthetic appearance of the smile is altered. The main goal of soft tissue grafting is to either cover the exposed root or to thicken the existing gum tissue in order to halt further tissue loss.


Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the complex structures found inside the teeth. Historically, a tooth with a diseased nerve would be removed immediately, but dentists are now able to save the natural tooth in most cases.

Cracked Tooth

When tooth enamel is cracked it can be very painful. If left untreated, the crack will progress deeper, much like a crack in a windshield. If caught early, it is easier to repair. Sometimes the nerve is damaged and root canal treatment will be necessary to save the tooth. 

Root Canal Retreatment

In rare cases, root canal therapy does not work as expected and the filling will need to be replaced. This involves removing the crown and cleaning out the old material and placing new. A new crown will then be made to restore the tooth back to its normal form and function.  

Dental Emergencies

If you have a dental emergency, you should contact us as soon as possible. The pain caused by a dental emergency usually will not go away without treatment. We will be glad to make arrangements to see you during our regular hours or if needed, after hours.

Sedation Dentistry

A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free dental experience to those who suffer from dental fears or anxiety.

Laser Dentistry

In recent years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dentistry practices, making treatments more precise and less painful. Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.


Prosthodontics is the specialized field of dentistry concerned with diagnosing, planning and executing restorative and cosmetic treatments.

Crowns (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom-made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry primarily focuses on children from birth through adolescence.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

The term “baby bottle tooth decay” refers to early childhood caries (cavities), which occurs in infants and toddlers. For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends a “well-baby check-up” with a pediatric dentist around the age of 12 months.

Care for Your Child's Teeth

The goal of preventative oral care is to evaluate and preserve the health of the child’s teeth. In general, most children should continue to visit the dentist every six months, unless instructed otherwise.

Dental Emergencies

Although dental injuries and dental emergencies are often distressing for both children and parents, they are also extremely common. If you have questions about dental emergencies, please contact your pediatric dentist.

Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)

Dental radiographs allow the dentist to see and treat problems like childhood cavities, tooth decay, orthodontic misalignment, bone injuries and bone diseases before they worsen.

Does Your Child Grind His or Her Teeth at night?

Bruxism (teeth grinding) can lead to a wide range of dental problems, depending on the frequency of the behavior, the intensity of the grinding and the underlying causes of the grinding. 

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic irregularities may be present at birth or develop during toddlerhood or early childhood. Crooked teeth hamper self-esteem and make good oral home care difficult, whereas straight teeth help minimize the risk of tooth decay and childhood periodontal disease.

Eruption of Your Child's Teeth

Although primary teeth are deciduous, they facilitate speech production, proper jaw development, good chewing habits and the proper spacing and alignment of adult teeth. Caring properly for primary teeth helps defend against painful tooth decay, premature tooth loss, malnutrition and childhood periodontal disease.

First Visit

According to AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) guidelines, infants should initially visit the pediatric dentist around the time of their first birthday. It is imperative for parents to continually communicate positive messages about dental visits (especially the first one), and to help the child feel as happy as possible about visiting the dentist.


Fluorine, a natural element in the fluoride compound, has proven to be effective in minimizing childhood cavities and tooth decay. The pediatric dentist is able to monitor fluoride levels and check that children are receiving the appropriate amount.

Good Diet

A good diet provides the child with the many different nutrients he or she needs to grow. These nutrients are necessary for gum tissue development, strong bones and protection against certain illnesses

How Often Should Children Have Checkups?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) advises parents to make bi-annual dental appointments for children, beginning approximately six months after the first tooth emerges.

How to Prevent Cavities

Cavities can be incredibly painful and often lead to tooth decay and childhood periodontitis if left untreated. Ensuring that children eat a balanced diet, embarking on a sound home oral care routine, and visiting the pediatric dentist biannually are all crucial factors for both cavity prevention and excellent oral health.
"Dr. Hurst is amazing. My new smile from NüSmyle has made me ten years younger. A few years ago, I needed substantial cosmetic work done, so I called several orthodontists and other medical professionals in Cache Valley to get their recommendations. Dr. Hurst's name was mentioned over and over, so I called his office and scheduled an appointment. Although I'm embarrassed to say that I needed a full set of new crowns, both on my upper and lower teeth, I'm very glad that I picked the right dentist to do the work. Dr. Hurst was thorough in his diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, gentle in his manner, and meticulous in his work. Over the weeks and months of my treatment, I learned that he has a passion for his work and stays current in the latest technologies and dental procedures. My wife and I trust him so much that even though we moved 100 miles away, we cannot bring ourselves to trust anyone else with our dental needs. Dr. Hurst has my highest recommendation. " 

- David Janke

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards, also known as sports guards or athletic mouth protectors, are crucial pieces of equipment for any child participating in potentially injurious recreational or sporting activities. 

Pacifiers & Thumb Sucking

Children who continue to suck thumbs or pacifiers after the age of five (and particularly those who continue after permanent teeth begin to emerge) are at high-risk for developing dental complications.

Pediatric Dental Appliances

It can be extremely difficult to encourage young children to wear removable dental appliances regularly, but there is some good news. Pediatric dental appliances can prevent injury to the teeth and may also reduce (or even eliminate) the need for extensive treatment later.

Perinatal & Infant Oral Health

Maternal cariogenic bacteria is linked with a wide range of adverse outcomes for infants and young children. For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises expectant mothers to get dental checkups and counseling regularly, for the purposes of prevention, intervention and treatment.

What is Pulp Therapy?

The pulp is found at the center of each tooth and is comprised of nerves, tissue and many blood vessels. Most commonly in children, tooth decay or traumatic injury leads to painful pulp exposure and inflammation. The primary goal of pulp therapy is to treat, restore and save the affected tooth.

What's the Best Toothpaste for My Child?

The most important considerations to make before implementing an oral care plan and choosing a toothpaste brand is the age of the child. If you have questions or concerns about choosing an appropriate brand of toothpaste for your child, your pediatric dentist will be happy to make recommendations.

When Should Children Have their First Dental Visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that parents should make an initial “well-baby” appointment with a pediatric dentist approximately six months after the emergence of the first tooth, or no later than the child’s first birthday.

When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?

Though there are some individual differences in the timing of tooth eruption, primary teeth usually begin to emerge when the infant is between six and eight months old. Altogether, a set of 20 primary teeth will emerge by the age of three.

Tobacco Use

Smoking can result in oral cancer, reduce smelling and tasting abilities, compromise recovery after oral surgery, stain the teeth and increase the risk of contracting periodontal disease. The American Dental Association (ADA) and all pediatric dentists encourage children, adolescents and adults to abstain from all forms of tobacco use.

Tongue Piercing

Getting a tongue piercing can cause the following problems: bacterial infections, blood clots, blood poisoning, brain abscess, chronic pain, damaged nerves, fractured/cracked teeth, heart infections, hypersensitivity reactions (to the metal bar), periodontal disease/gum recession and scarring.

Why are Primary Teeth Important?

The major functions of primary teeth are speech development, eating and nutrition, self-confidence, straighter smiles and excellent oral health. 

Xylitol - Reducing Cavities

Xylitol is a natural substance that can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Study results indicate that 4-20 grams of Xylitol each day, divided into three or more helpings, can reduce tooth decay and cavities by as much as 70 percent.

Surgical Instructions

While most dental surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, it remains an involved procedure that requires specific preparation and aftercare.

After Dental Implant Surgery

For the first month, the dental implant is still integrating with the bone and tissues so the patient’s care routine will be slightly more involved during this initial period. 

After Tooth Extractions

While a tooth extraction can be a serious dental procedure, aftercare is just as critical as the procedure itself. As the dental patient, it is important to understand that pain and the risk of infection can be lessened with proper care.

Cleanings & Prevention

A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.

Dental Exams & Cleanings

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. Professional dental cleanings are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.


Diagnodent® is a safe fluorescent laser that detects hidden tooth decay accurately, quickly and in its earliest stages.

Simple Tooth Extractions

If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may be required to have a tooth extracted. With a simple extraction, the dentist can safely remove the affected tooth without the need for major surgery.

Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.

Digital X-Rays

Digital radiography is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, helping the dentist and dental hygienist to detect problems more easily. 

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well-known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Home Care

Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

How to Properly Brush & Floss

Proper brushing and flossing can enhance the health of the mouth, make the smile sparkle, and prevent serious diseases.

i-CAT® 3D Imaging

Dentists have begun to rely on 3D imaging techniques and i-CAT® scans to provide them with a detailed view of the mouth and skull. The advantage that 3D imaging holds over regular dental x-rays is that bone structure, bone density, tissues and nerves can be viewed clearly.

Oral Cancer Exam

According to research conducted by the American Cancer Society, more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. The good news is that oral cancer can easily be diagnosed with an annual oral cancer exam and effectively treated when caught in its earliest stages.

Oral Hygiene Iads

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining excellent oral hygiene and diagnosing potential problems, but they are not a “fix-all” solution. Thorough oral home care routines should be practiced on a daily basis to avoid future dental problems.

Panoramic X-Rays

A panoramic X-ray is not conducted to give a detailed view of each tooth, but rather to provide a better view of the sinus areas, nasal areas and mandibular nerve. Panoramic X-rays are preferable to bitewing X-rays when a patient is in extreme pain, and when a sinus problem is suspected to have caused dental problems.


A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75 percent of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.

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