Dr. Jake Richards

Dentistry
Pocatello, ID
14 years experience male

Locations

Oak Mountain Dental, Dr Jake R Richards

Pocatello, ID

Address

135, Warren Ave, Pocatello, ID, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

AFLAC

Aetna

Blue Cross of Idaho

About

Bio

Worked in a Federally Qualified Health Center for 4 years where we treated patients with and with out insurance. I have now moved on to private practice and I am excited to apply the concepts and skills acquired over the years to my new patients. I enjoy many aspects of dentistry and so I am happy to provide a wide variety of procedures including; cleanings, fillings, bonding, pediatric dentistry, limited orthodontics, root canals, extractions, implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, veneers and more. I feel that patients need to have ownership in their oral health and I enjoy discussing with my patients their needs and desires and trying to take care of both.

Specialties
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Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

392 Answers
166 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Many cases yes: It depends on the situation and of course your pain tolerance. Many times I have patients fall asleep during root canals and they feel fine later as ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
See a dentist: Bleeding of the gums if almost always a direct result of residual plaque build up between the gums and the teeth. This causes inflammation which lead... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
See a dentist: Root canals have been performed for years with minimal systemic affect and the only real affect is failure and abscess of the tooth. Just having the ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Not really: Baking soda is a little abrasive but so is toothpaste. They both can aid in cleaning but the physical mechanical motion is the most important and the... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
No, shouldn't be: Especially if causing pain or prob. You should always discuss your concerns with your provider though before the surgery so that you know what to exp... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Highly Doubtful: It is difficult to develop a prion disease such as that in any case and it usually is if direct contact is made with nerual tissues and that would als... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Infection?: Possible that the wisdom tooth is infected and may need treatment or extraction. The nerve sensation for that tooth enter the skull just in front and... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Not exactly: Gum disease or gingivitis is the precursor to periodontal disease. Untreated/uncontrolled gingivitis can progress into more inflammation and then bon... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Depends: It will be determined by primarily bone stability/support. If you have bone and sufficient to place an implant you can definitely get implants to rep... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Prob?: Not sure that you really have one. Saliva is your best friend when it comes to preventing decay and keeping a healthy mouth. You may just not be swa... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Depends: Perm teeth take about 3-4 years to develop but if you mean how long should it take for teeth to come in then, after they start to erupt, a few months ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Mulitple things: Decay, trauma, infection, are the most common. Sometimes recession and exposure of the root surface of the tooth will cause some pain as well. It de... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Yup: See your dentist! most aches are from decay or infection. Neither will completely go away with out treatment. They may stop hurting for a time but ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Ask a Dentitst: You should go see your dentist to see what it may be, if you have had a silver/amalgam filling in the tooth in front of that area it could be a simple... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Sickness/virus: You may have a bug whether that be bacterial or viral. Some of the bumps on the back of your tongue may be inflammed taste buds, there is a row of la... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Normal food: Implants are great and very strong, you just need avoid very hard things like popcorn kurnels and things that hard, just as you should with natural te... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
See below: It is normal for the face to feel numb and to the pt enlarged to the extent that it feels worthless and the time frame is not unusual. Paralysis sens... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
A few days: Gingival tissues heal very quickly and you should be feeling pretty good after just a few days. Doesn't mean you can eat hard foods in that area righ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Soon: Though it may be sore you shoud be able to soon depending on the material used for the filling after the root canal was done. Ask your dentist. Mine... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Possible but...: You can do that is some cases, but hygienist can not diagnos decay (though they could) so you could get a cleaning but you wouldn't be completing your... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Nope: It should not cause damage at all to the enamel. It may make your teeth a bit more sensitive, but not damaging.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Uncertain: If you are 42 like your profile says, then never if you haven't had them grow yet. If they are impacted they likely will never erupt either. They us... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Yes, most all : Orthodontits and dentist are not out to cause you harm and the treatments they recommend have been proven. Though many chemicals and materials used c... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
None: Whitening in general will make your teeth more sensitive no matter what kind. Whether it is otc or rx from dentist.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
See Dentist: Get to your dentist and get them taken care of. You may be brushing, flossing, and rinsing but maybe you are not doing it quite like you should. Die... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Pros/cons: Pros: best chance to get the most white, custom fit for you, safe, works well cons: cost, increased sensitivity (usually temporary), no guaruntee... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Mucus: It is likely mucus from glands in your mouth that produce it all day long. If your listerine has alcohol in it then your mouth dries out and your bod... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
No: Pain that comes and goes usually means that there is a prob and you need to determine where and which tooth it may be. See a dentist to get treatment... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
See your dentist: It may be beneficial to go back to see your dentist or surgeon, who ever performed the work and tell them what is going on. Also try flushing out the... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
See a dentist: The treatment options will depend on how old she is. If she is very young child, there is very littel to do other than try to treat symptoms. If she... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Different: They used to have ivory. Porcelain was used a lot and it was great but expensive. Most are now very hard acrylic polymers and ceramics.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Should not: Though it may change speach patterns and they may need to learn how to use the muscles of the tongue more, it should not be a concern. Usually it wil... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
See a dentist: If it is a single tooth then you may have more treatment needs than you think. It may need a root canal and crown. If it is multiple teeth then simp... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Should not: They actually come off usually very easily with the proper instruments. Then the teeth are cleaned of excess cement and polished. It really should n... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Very: If the tooth still has bony attachment then it will literally be like breaking a bone slowly and tearing your gums away from the tooth. If the tooth ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Go: Most importantly take good care of yourself and your baby and see your provider regularly. But go to school as much as you can, if you are uncomforta... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Not really: Not all mouth washes sting, but you do notice the alcohol that causes that burn and that does help to kill some of the bacteria. It should be working... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Nope: After the primary/baby teeth fall out you have what you have and there are not more that can be made. There has been talk of trying to do that scient... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Couple options: You may have a cracked tooth, you may just have a hypersensitive tooth, but more likely you may have decay or a leaking filling that is creating the i... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Depends: If it is just a simple inflammation or irritation from biting something hard and the tooth and patient are otherwise healthy i would say yes most of t... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
No: You should have an appointment to go back in to see them tomorrow to have it removed and cleaned. Removing it may make it difficult to replace. It h... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Improve Hygiene: Brush and floss daily everywhere, but at this point you may need a full mouth cleaning to start. If you already have calculus (tartar) build up, then... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Only infection: Yes it is great for dental related infections as long as you are not allergic, but it does not take care of all the pains and probs associated with de... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Normally Bottom: It is not a set in stone rule but normally the bottom two centrals, then the top 4..Ish then the other bottom two to the sides of the first, then 1st ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Could be microdont: If it is fully erupted and does not appear to have decay or fracture, but is small and pointed it is possible that it is a microdont (small tooth). I... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Absolutely: Lack of hygiene will allow bacteria to produce acids in combination with your dietary acids and they will damage the enamel and cause demineralization... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Decay/Trauma: Tooth has abcessed from what you have said. That can be after decay has progressed to the pulp or after (usually long after) trauma has caused the pu... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Look and Feel: Firm bulging gums, excessive salivating, irritability, a desire to chew more are all signs of teething. Age of child helps. First teeth come in abou... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Depth: Usually it is very shallow and less likely to collect debris and cause probs. Children also heal much faster than adults so the hole closes faster th... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Both: If used well they can help dislodge food, but too many people force them into locations they don't belong and cause trauma to the gingival tissues cau... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 30, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Richards is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Richards is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you so much for the information you have relayed. It is so satisfying to know there are doctors who still care.
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I was younger Id always play with my jaw movin it side to side one day I jumped flat on my stomach onto the Bed & I've had pain ever since
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Yepp. Infected nerve. Root canal needed.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry
Graduated 2009MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Wichita, KS - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Kansas - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Wichita, KS - Winter
2013

Affiliations

ADA, KDA
NNOHA
Idaho Dental Association
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