American Fork, Utah’s Favorite Dentists
Total Care Dental is about Hope, Health and You. Our team is committed to providing excellent service and care as well as state-of-the-art treatments. We use the latest in radiation free laser cavity detection. We also have on-site CT scanning determine if your existing treatments (fillings, bridges, crowns) are affecting your overall health.
Professional Routine Dental Cleaning
Brushing and flossing after each meal is the first step to ensuring optimal dental health. However, it isn’t the only necessity to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Despite regular brushing and flossing, food and bacteria in the mouth will leave hardened deposits called tartar. These hardened deposits, if not routinely removed, can cause cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. There are many toothpastes and mouth rinses on the market that reduce the amount of plaque or tartar build up, but none can completely prevent it. Routine or preventive cleaning appointment should be a part of everyone’s dental hygiene regimen at least once every six months.
You work hard for a beautiful smile. Your routine dental cleanings will help you keep it forever.
Brushing, flossing, and a good routine of dental cleanings are necessary to prevent cavities. Additionally, one should be mindful of consuming sugary beverages and snacks and the effect that they have on your teeth and gums. Excess sugar can feed bad bacteria that remains in your mouth after brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Also, highly acidic foods, such as orange juice, can break down the protective enamel in your teeth, allowing bad bacteria a place to feed on excess sugar.
Sugar, acid, your diet, the way you clean your teeth – all these things can contribute to cavities. Once the cavity is through the outside enamel layer of the tooth, it must be treated. Cavities can be treated at Total Care Dental. The cavity must be cleaned, all tooth decay removed, and the tooth filled with a resin or porcelain material that is as close to your natural tooth as possible. If you are suffering from general tooth pain or haven’t had a cleaning in the last 6 months, be sure to schedule your initial exam and consultation so that we can access the condition of your mouth.
Do you have a broken tooth or a tooth with a very large cavity or filling? Sometimes a tooth has damage or develops decay larger than a regular filling can repair. In these cases, Dr. Jorgensen, and Dr. Larsen often recommend an onlay or dental crown. Both onlays and dental crowns cover and protect the tooth.
Are you concerned about having metal in your mouth? We have many options for metal-free smiles. We have all-porcelain for beauty, Zirconia for strength, and resin for compatibility with your other teeth. An onlays is something not every dentist will offer. It conserves all the good enamel your tooth has remaining, and it protects the parts of the tooth that aren’t strong anymore. It offers the best of both worlds.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Total Care Dental will work with you to establish a treatment plan to decide whether dental implants are the proper procedure for you.
There are many causes for gum disease. Excessive sugar in the diet, poor brushing or flossing habits, smoking, or piercings can lead to deterioration of the gums, allowing bad bacteria and food particles access to the root of the tooth causing more damage. Gum disease can be managed and the hygienists and dentists at Total Care Dental can establish a plan for eradicating it.
Some mouths are prone to gum disease or deterioration due to certain ligaments being tighter, shorter, or looser than they should be in an ideal mouth. Regardless of good dental habits or optimal diet, certain mouths simply need routine gum treatment.
Solutions For Gum disease with Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
There are several different causes of bad breath, or halitosis, including:
- Certain foods and beverages, such as garlic or alcohol
- Dry mouth
- Poor dental hygiene
- Health problems
At Total Care Dental, we care about your whole body health. Although bad breath can simply be caused by too much garlic in your diet, it can also be a warning sign of a more complicated problem. We can help you determine the possible cause of your problem and work with you toward a lasting solution.
The temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side.
Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the load while enabling the jaw to open widely and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.
Part of your dental examination includes checking the joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving. Total Care Dental will identify the cause of your TMJ and work with you to determine the solution that is best for you.
Do you want teeth you can actually use again? You don’t have to live like this anymore. There are amazing options for locked in dentures that will allow you to smile, eat and talk comfortably again!
Dentures can be locked in with dental implants. The possibilities are great – you can snap a denture into 2-3 implants and it will make an amazing difference. An exam and specialized X-rays are taken to see how many implants would work for you. There are many options – don’t settle for hearing just one idea about restoring your teeth or replacing your denture.
With dental implants, you can replace some or all of your missing teeth and throw away your denture forever. American Fork Dentists, Dr. Jorgensen, and Dr. Larsen can tell you whether you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure. Don’t wait any longer!
Keeping Dentures From Getting Loose With Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
Total Care Dental Team Of American Fork, Utah (UT)
What do you think makes a perfect dental team member? Compassionate, caring, good listener, detail oriented… even goofy. Well, this dental team has all that and more! American Fork Dentists, Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. Coles have looked far and wide to find team members that are genuinely interested in our patients, concerned with making you feel comfortable, and with giving you the best possible dental care in American Fork, Utah.
This team makes a winning combination. Total Care Dental is about Hope, Health and You! Our practice was honored as “Best of State” in Utah among all service oriented businesses. Please feel free to let us know anything we can do to make your visit to our dental office in American Fork, Utah (UT) more ENJOYABLE.
Steve Jorgensen ~ Co-Owner Steve got pulled into the dental world in 2001 when Total Care Dental was opened. Before that he was a civil engineer, having attended Brigham Young University for a bachelor’s degree and the University of Nebraska for a Master’s Degree. He does all things in the dental office (management, marketing, accounting, finances, IT, maintenance…) except look in people’s mouths. He is married to Dr. Michelle Jorgensen and loves working with her on the dental practice, the house, and 4 amazing kids. He enjoys golfing, the outdoors, riding a Harley, and spending time with family.
Jilene Mecham ~ Dental Hygienist
I love life, laughter and enjoy my many roles as a woman. I have a composed, enjoyable, fun-loving husband and four energetic, talented, amazing children. I love working as a dental hygienist. I graduated from the University of Southern California Dental Hygiene School in 1991. I worked for a few dentists until I found a brilliant, compassionate, artistic dentist in Dr. Michelle Jorgensen in 1999. I love working with her and Dr. Coles. When not working as a hygienist or playing with my wonderful children, I’m either running marathons or biking with my fantastic husband.
Julie Nielsen ~ Front Office Concierge
I have been in dentistry since 1980 and still get excited about it and love to help people achieve better health and a beautiful smile. I feel blessed being here at Total Care Dental working with friendly, skilled and knowledgeable team members. I love serving our patients and being in an atmosphere of caring, fun, love and laughter. I am married to a wonderful man and love being with him whether it’s going for a walk, hiking, traveling, or just enjoying being outdoors together. I have 1 son, 5 stepchildren, and 11 grandchildren. They all keep me very busy, but I love it and feel very blessed.
Stacie Henry ~ Dental Assistant
I have enjoyed being part of the dental world since 1993. I joined the Total Care Dental family in 2000. I love the patients, atmosphere, friendships, and all the continuing education that we do here. I took a short eight year break to be a “stay at home mom” and have recently returned. It’s great to be back. I have been married since 1995 and we have three wonderful children (all parents say that). You can often find me volunteering at their elementary school or running kids to various activities. As a family we enjoy camping, traveling and anything outdoors in our free time.
Laura Moody ~ Practice Manager
Most people in this field say they have a “love of dentistry”. Laura, however, has a love of marketing! After spending several years as an International Barbie Marketer in Southern California, she moved to Utah and was hired to do the marketing for Total Care Dental. Since being here, there hasn’t been a beautiful smile that she hasn’t appreciated on a whole new level. “I have such a respect for the team here, especially the doctor’s and their impressive knowledge. I see our patients come in feeling pain and frustration and leave with hope and self-esteem. This has added a bright spot to my world.” She enjoys people with a good sense of humor, the ocean, pretty cupcakes and of course…Barbie.
Kara Downing ~ Surgical Assistant
Kara started dentistry work when a friend recommended it to her 14 years ago. She loves helping people so being a Surgical Assistant is perfect for her. She enjoys seeing how it helps people. When she isn’t helping with smiles, she loves camping, boating, softball and CARS! She has had a passion for cars since she can remember which she got from her dad. She even studied collision repair in college! She is happily married with two kids, a girl and a boy.
Margot Green ~ Care Coordinator
Who couldn’t love the team at Total Care Dental? After working with Michelle for 10 years, I ventured out to work with a dental consultant for a few years. Due to my passion for dentistry, I wanted to help other teams as well. Now I’m back to my roots! I love what this practice stands for and the quality of dentistry and care that is given here. Plus…the team here gives a “Top Gun” experience. When not at the practice you’ll find me traveling, playing with my family, mountain biking or on the courts playing a fun game of tennis.
Wendy Cullem ~ Dental Hygienist
I followed my sister’s footsteps, and in 1992 became a Dental Hygienist. I graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. I am a native of Southern California, except for the two years I lived in Idaho while going to ISU. My husband and four kids moved to Utah in May of 2015. I love to hike, ski, play soccer, read and spend time with family and friends. I have worked for many different dentists throughout my career, but none have compared to Total Care Dental. I am constantly learning and improving with my wonderful dental team.
Kelsie Yarn ~ Front Office Concierge
Kelsie has been a dental assistant for two years. She went to school in Idaho Falls and has been working and loving dentistry ever since! She moved to Utah in February of 2018 and found a family here at Total Care Dental. She was recently married to her amazing husband, Joey and they are loving married life. She has a passion for the outdoors and animals. She loves camping and snowboarding and is working on getting a dog!
Angie Catmull ~ Finance Coordinator
Angie has been working in the dental field for 33 (maybe more) years. She started as a dental assistant, then an office manager and now she is our financial specialist. She loved dentistry so much, that she wanted to share what she was learning and formed the study group “Utah Dental Office Leaders Learn” back in 2012. She has been married for 30 years and has two beautiful children, Jake and Taylor. She loves to sew and cook, however after having surgery on her hands a few years ago, she has been a little bit limited. But that doesn’t slow her down!
Jackie Andersen ~ Community Outreach
Jackie has been in the dental field for nearly 30 years, obtaining her CDA and working in various positions. She loves being with the Total Care Dental Team, helping to spread the good word of what makes us truly unique in giving “total care” to our patients. She has known Dr. Jorgensen for years and one of the many qualities she admires in her is her continual quest to gain knowledge, insight and experience to best serve her patients. Some of her favorite things are cleaning and organizing (yes, she embraces her OCD), meeting new people, going on walks, spending time with her husband and making memories w with family–especially her 11 grandchildren!
Kangie Dawber ~ Care Coordinator
Kangie came into Total Care Dental one day to tell us about her practice as a Doula and turns out…we loved her and offered her a job! She tells us that she feels honored to be part of the Total Care Dental Team. “There is an air of compassion and care for the team members and for the patients here. You can literally feel it as you walk in the door! Every day is a learning experience and the knowledge the doctors have is truly enviable.” Total Care Dental suits her personality well, as her passion is whole body health. She loves to travel, and while in Australia she met her husband. From there they moved to England where they lived for eight years and had their little son Jack.
Aly Ray ~ Dental Assistant
Aly came to us from California where she was a birthday party Disney Princess! She came on board to work at the front desk, but soon realized that she loved dental and works with Dr. Jorgensen assisting on surgeries and is a certified phlebotomist. She loves being in musicals and is a pre-med student at UVU.
Amber Smith ~ Operations Manager
Amber has been in the dental field for 20 years and has done everything from assisting to managing the practice. She loves the one on one interaction, the care we provide, the relationships that are built here and getting to know both patients and staff on a personal level. She loves running, camping, hunting—a real outdoor girl. She also enjoys her large family and reading.
Leslie Stockle ~ Dental Assistant Leslie loves to workout, spend time with her two children and will eat any type of chocolate that comes her way. She has been an excellent dental assistant since 2013. You can find her outside, hiking, biking—anything to get outdoors. She is IV Certified and although she’s tiny, she is a huge asset to Total Care Dental!
Suzanne Bush Black ~ Coach
Suzanne has been coaching and training in the dental field for 40 years! Her expertise ranges from teaching hundreds of “Dental Boot Kamp” courses to perfecting systems and customer service for private dental practices in the United States and Canada. She comes out to our practice several times a year and always leaves us better. We are lucky to have her.
Ashley Taylor ~ Care Coordinator
I have been part of the dental industry for 5 years. I do love teeth! It’s one of the first things I looked for when looking for my husband haha! But I do love seeing patients feel happier about the work that they are getting done. I love getting to know new people! I am originally from Teton, Idaho I love traveling, playing basketball, baking, snowboarding, and hanging out with family and friends. Working at Total Care Dental is so much fun and I learn new things every day!
Angie Keyes ~ Treatment Coordinator
Angie or "Anj" has been married for 30 years and has two awesome children and two of the most amazing and beautiful grandchildren a gal could ask for! She has been in the field of dentistry for 14 years and loves to run, fish and go kayaking. Ang loves jewelry, shopping and especially traveling to to WARM places. She feels like she's working at the best dental office in the world and we are thrilled to have her with us!
Toafia Jestice ~ Dental Assistant
Toa just started working in the dental field last December, and is doing very well here at Total Care Dental. She loves to hang out with her big family of six siblings. She enjoys working out, hiking and going on scenic drives. Her favorite thing about being in the dental world is helping people feel comfortable and is great with fearful patients. She just married six months ago and is living happily ever after with her husband that she met at BYU Idaho.
Ashley Kate Houghton-Financial Coordinator
Because we have multiple Ashley’s at our practice, we call this Ashley…Kate! She has been in the dental field for two years and the health field for five. She is one of finance coordinators and we are thrilled to have her and her skills on our team. Kate loves hiking and traveling and spends all the time she can on DIY projects. She beautifully refinishes old furniture and says, “Crafts are where it’s at”! She has a huge family including four sisters and a brother and she is child number four!
Ashlee Crosby ~ Dental Assistant
She has been in dental for 10 years now and joined Total Care Dental last February. Ashlee enjoys being able to help patients on their health journey and seeing the positive outcomes. She loves woodwork and building things, such as end tables, shelves and benches! When she isn’t working, she is happy hanging out with her four children. Fun fact…Ashlee can do a double back flip and identify the different flavors of Skittles while blindfolded.
Kailey Jean Tokunaga ~ Scheduling Specialist
Kailey comes to us from Hawaii and has worked in the dental field for six years. She keeps our schedule in tip-top shape which can be like a complicated Tetrus game at times. Kailey loves running, the beach and hiking. She was born in Maui, hula dances and fun fact…she loves Spam! Making new friends and helping others is her favorite part of dentistry.
Toni Linsenmeyer ~ Marketing
Jens Jorgensen ~ Marketing
Josh Jorgensen ~ Marketing
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