It is crucial for you and your loved ones to visit your general dentist on a regular basis. When you visit your dentist for routine examinations and cleanings, our dental team can catch early signs of decay or even prevent decay from ever occurring. When small oral health issues like tooth decay go too long without being treated, they can become more serious problems like gum disease. You can protect your health and the health of your family by visiting your family dentist regularly.
Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular exam, we will:
- Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
- Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Perform a thorough teeth cleaning
How Do Teeth Cleanings And Dental Exams Help My Oral Health?
Everyday eating and drinking leaves residue behind in the mouth. Normal bacteria can build up on the teeth and gums creating a film called plaque. Too much buildup can lead to tooth decay (cavities) and other unwanted problems. Getting regular teeth cleanings and dental exams, in addition to regularly brushing and flossing, are the most important things you can do to fight cavities.
Brighten Your Smile
Daily activities such as drinking coffee, tea, wine, and smoking can stain your teeth. Regular cleanings remove built-up stains, giving you a whiter, brighter smile!
Getting My Teeth Cleaned Will Save Me Money?
Many people don’t see the need to come to the dentist very often, especially when they are not experiencing problems or don’t have any pain.
However, in the long run, most people will save thousands of dollars if they go to the dentist for regular dental cleanings and exams.
Most insurance plans have low or no copayments for regular teeth cleanings and exams.
We also offer our Dental Advantage Plan if you don’t have insurance, which will give you discounts teeth cleanings and dental exams, as well as any other treatment you need.
I Don’t Want To Take Off Work To Get My Teeth Cleaned
- We know that most people do not want to take off work or school for a cleaning.
- So, we have cleaning appointments available in the early morning and evening.
- We can get you on the schedule for regular cleanings usually within just a day or two from when you call.
- Contact us now to set up your next cleaning and exam.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you are definitely not alone. The American Dental Association reports that the average adult between 20 and 64 years old has three decayed or missing teeth.
Fortunately, you have many options for replacing these missing teeth, including dental bridges.
A dental bridge uses your natural teeth as anchors for crowns that are glued together to replace missing teeth.
A bridge can replace one tooth or several. It is a permanent restoration that is fixed in your mouth and is a great alternative to implants or removable partial dentures.
How To Know When You Need A Dental Bridge
The main reason you would need to get a dental bridge is if you have one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge can restore the look of your smile by replacing the missing tooth with one that can look as natural as the original.
It is never a good idea to postpone dealing with a missing tooth.
If the gap where your tooth was is not filled in, eventually, the surrounding teeth will start to move into that space, often causing further bite problems.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Bridges?
- Restore your smile
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Restore the ability to chew food and talk normally
- Help distribute the forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
What Is Involved In Getting A Dental Bridge?
Fitting you with a dental bridge usually requires two visits to our office, sometimes more. At the first visit, we will prepare your teeth and then set them up with temporary crowns. On your second visit, we’ll place the bridge.
Usually bridges last five to seven years. Keeping up with your home oral care is really important when you have a bridge.
One reason they fail is that cavities develop on the teeth that support the bridge. There is special threader floss that allows you to get in under the bridge. If you are consistent in flossing under your bridge, it will definitely last longer.
At all of our Dentistry of Colorado offices we offer a number options for missing teeth, including dental bridges. If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, don’t put off getting them fixed.
We have a number of payment options, including our dental discount plan called the Dental Advantage Plan. Financing is also available through CareCredit.
We have five offices in Colorado to serve our patients including Arvada, Lafayette, Lakewood, and Westminster.
Contact us today and get your smile back again!
A dental crown is another option that you have to restore your teeth. They are tooth colored caps that replace the top part of the tooth, all the way to the gum line.
Dental crowns are custom made for each person. They look and feel just like a natural tooth.
What Are The Most Common Reasons For Needing A Dental Crown?
There are a number of situations where a crown is the best restoration option for a tooth.
CRACKS IN YOUR TEETH COME IN VARYING DEGREES OF SEVERITY
- The least serious is called a craze line. These are very common in adults and only affect the outer surface of the tooth. They don’t require treatment.
- Cracks that have not yet extended down to the root are usually treated with a crown. But if the crack has gone down into the root, you may have to get a root canal first.
- If a crack starts at the bottom of the root, the tooth often can’t be saved. An extraction and implant will be your best option.
Sometimes when you have a very old filling on a tooth, part of the tooth may break off and often a crown is the best way to fix it.
If you have a large old filling and there are cracks around the filling, a dental crown is going to be a much better fix than replacing the filling because there is not enough tooth around the old filling and it would likely fracture.
If you are someone who grinds your teeth, over time you are likely to cause cracks in your teeth.
Grinding also causes problems in your bite. You may need a crown to restore it to normal functioning.
That is why it is so important to treat teeth grinding. If you catch the grinding damage early, you can prevent all that wear and tear on your teeth.
Ideally, you want to avoid the need for multiple crowns, other restorations or orthodontic treatments.
Included as Part of a Dental Implant
You may think that a dental implant is the visible replacement tooth. However, it is the post below the gum line that is the actual implant. A crown covers the implant post.
Crown or Veneer?
In many cases, a veneer would be the restoration of choice for the more visible teeth in a patient who is looking for a smile improvement or re-design.
Since a veneer only offers only partial coverage of the tooth, it is not as strong as a crown. If a patient grinds their teeth or there is decay or other bite issues, a crown may be a much more durable solution.
How Will I Know If I Really Need A Dental Crown?
At Dentistry of Colorado we know that the decision to get a crown can a difficult one, primarily because the cost difference between a filling and a crown can be significant.
Our approach is totally about patient education so that we can help you make the best decision for your mouth.
We have found that a great way to help our patients really see what is going on is through digital photos.
We take digital photos of your mouth and will describe to you in detail what we see.
A picture is truly worth a thousand words when it comes to you understanding what is happening with your mouth.
We will also discuss with you other options, including what the implications are of waiting.
We are very preventative in our approach and believe that catching issues in your mouth when they are less serious is important.
But when you do find yourself with a cracked tooth, heavy wear and tear on your teeth or a huge old cavity that needs help, we offer a complete range of restorations (fillings, crowns, bridges and implants)
While we are comprehensive in our diagnosis and treatment, we are also committed to never recommend unnecessary treatment to our patients.
We have five offices in Colorado to serve our patients including Arvada, Belmar, Lafayette, and Westminster. We are here for you and can take care of all your dental needs.
Contact Us Today for the dental health you deserve!
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed.
Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.