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Dr. Jake Richards

Dentistry
Pocatello, ID
13 years experience male

Locations

Oak Mountain Dental, Dr Jake R Richards

Pocatello, ID

Address

135, Warren Ave, Pocatello, ID, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

392 Answers
166 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Don't worry: It is not average but i don't think it is that abnormal. Usually it is the bottom, but baby teeth are seldom right on schedule and in the "normal" pa... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Which Teeth: She may have teeth erupting in the back (6 year molars) she may be gettin loose teeth up front usually starting with the centrals on the lower. She m... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Help!!: They can give antibiotics and tylenol (acetaminophen) based pain med and perform necessary extractions or pulpectomies as needed. It is not healthy f... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Its: It's not just how much sugar you intake, but the duration of sugar exposure on your teeth that cause problems.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Not likely: You can have stains removed with proper brushing/flossing or by your hygienist. Whitening can help as well.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Almost any: Really the most important thing is the mechanical motion of the tooth brush done properly and often. The tooth paste is abrasive and helps remove som... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Not quite: Gingivitis only goes away with you improving your oral hygiene and home care. It will however make it much easier for you to improve with the braces ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Not sure: If you look at the package of each i believe they both will say Benzocaine which is the primary form of topical anesthetic. Likely they are very clos... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
See below: If you have an oral infection you will likely need either a root canal and crown or an extraction. The antibiotics will take a couple days to start k... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
See below: It is good to try to cover up those areas, but know that the best bond is to enamel and likely you are talking about dentin. It still can work well, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Possibly yes: If you continue to bite your lip you are not likely to get cancer but it could happen. The repeated trauma can cause inflammation and proliferation o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Maybe: Most common thing where I am is antibiotic and pain med even if you don't need the antibiotic. They often really have no idea what to do for you beca... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
It should: Local anesthesia needs to numb the teeth and the bones because both have nerve endings and sensation which means both can experience pain. Extraction... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Options: Whitening, composite build ups/bonding, veneers, or replace the crown to look like your teeth instead. Talk to your dentist to see what would be mos... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Sometimes: Heavy drinking dries out the mouth, causes decreased salivary flow which increases your decay rate and impedes the healing properties of the gingival ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Radiating Pain: Pain should subside after 2-3 days but if it continues or worsens it is likely one of two things. Infection or dry socket. Infection will likely hav... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
No: They may make the tooth behind them more white but porcelain does not bleach.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Should not: If you are concerned you should speak to your cardiologist and dentist to see if they would like you to have prophylactic antibiotics, but it is not c... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes but not good: Yes it is normal if you have been bruxing and not protecting you teeth to have remodeling and potential jaw pain. However you should see your dentist... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
False Teeth: False teeth are great for those that don't have teeth, but they pale in comparrison to healthy natural teeth. Maintaining you mouth with or with out ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Infection Gone!: Until all the cause of the headache is gone they will be there, so until the infection is gone and the tooth problem managed.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Possible: Brushing your teeth will always help lower the bacterial count in your mouth but they reproduce very rapidly and that is why we must brush mulitple ti... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
See a dentist: The best way is to take care of the problem causing the abcess with either an extraction or root canal. Some times the abcess can be incised and allo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes mostly: The purpose of the splint is not to stop you from grinding because you do it at night, it is to stop you from damaging your teeth and supporting struc... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Don't worry: They are on track. All the age ranges are averages and the patterns can vary a little. Two more should come in (1 1/2) soon and then some molars in ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Don't whiten: If you have braces, whitening is a bad idea, you will leave spots where the braces are, but "whitening" mouthwash is not likely going to whiten much a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes, 2 ways: Coke first off is acidic and acid disolves tooth enamel and dentin, second it is loaded with sugar which bacteria in your mouth will consume and produ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Variable cost: Depends on your provider. I have seen veneers range from about $500-$900 each and if you just want the gap closed you hopefully only need two. Call ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Orthodontics: Some can be done with interceptive treatments such as palatal expanders and active appliances but in more difficult cases braces are the best bet. Ta... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Hard to say: Numbness usually indicates some form of nerve damage or trauma and usually will go away. Yours sounds to be progressing and i would rec you see your ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
See a dentist: I know you say you can't see a dentist but you must. $ can be issue but it will cost more in long run to not get it done now. You must clean better t... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
See a dentist: I commonly see people that tell me they have had sinus infection, their physician gave them meds, it went away and then came back and they can't figur... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Ice pops: Don't open a frozen ice/otter pop and let it thaw just a bit then you can bite on it inside the plastic for awhile. It gives way a bit so it doesn't ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Supplements/gum: You can get some saliva supplements that can help replace/induce saliva. Most drug stores should have some of these things. Biotene is a common brand... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Depends: I would monitor and see how high it goes, drink a lot of fluids and try to avoid too much activity. If it gets high...Above 101 continuously i would ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes: It is not uncommon for the pain from a tooth to radiate or be referred to the head and be considered a head ache. Of course not all head aches are to... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes: That would be abou the same as 7% hydrodgen peroxide which is a normal whitening concentration. There are higher concentrations than that which are u... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Not likely: I am sorry, i had to laugh when i read your question. I wouldn't worry so much and of course make sure to disclose all pertinent info to who ever tre... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Take em out: He should not wear them at night. Tell him that his gums need a break daily for a few hours. Keep them moist and clean for healther gums and a longe... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Absolutely: Not problem at all. You should always get your cleanings done.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Couple days: It is common for it to take a couple days for the antibiotic to kick in. If you have a large swelling that is palpable it may need to be drained to s... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Breathe: Good deep smooth long breaths will actually very effectively lower your pulse. Try to be calm and collected. Ask questions so you have less anticipa... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Depends on need: A full mouth series will vary from provider to provider and even city to city. Commonly i belive you could count on a true full mouth series to cost ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
None for whitening: Hydrogen peroxide is the primary chemical used for whitening and although some toothpastes may have it, the concentration is not high enough and unles... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Not the filling, but: The actually filling should not, but sometimes the bonding matrial that is excess does, or a piece that doesn't belong called flash comes off. Check ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Yes: Your balance is directly related to the functions in your inner ear. Tmj disorders can be debilitating and compounding it with ear probs could easily... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Obviously tooth: I would think that anyone would prefer to give up a tooth to walk. Besides you can always get an implant to replace the tooth.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Genetics: It almost all comes from your genetics, bone shape, size and then oral habits. Some have too much space, more have too little space.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
See your dentist: If you are 22 as is says than you are in a prime time to have symptoms from your wisdom teeth that may be partially or completely impacted. Removal w... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Highly unlikely: Still to my knowledge there has been no reported incident of saliva contamination that caused hiv...It is extremely unlikely, however if the tooth bru... Read More

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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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