Your smile is an indicator of your overall health. Pain, discomfort, and chewing problems can interfere with your diet and everyday life. Whatever the cause, your Arvada, CO dentist can bring back function with restorative dentistry like invisible fillings, crowns, bridges, implant dentures and dental implants.
We use mercury-free and metal-free composite fillings to treat small to medium-sized cavities and replace old, silver amalgam fillings. White fillings are invisible and blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Inlays or onlays are special fillings that are used for larger cavities.
When damage is so severe that most of the structure is missing or the tooth is too weak to support an inlay or onlay, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps that encase the entire tooth above the gum line. We use high quality porcelain and composite resin crowns to rebuild a damaged tooth.
When a patient has a tooth that may not be savable for infection reasons or it’s badly broken down; it used to be a go to to do something that was removable called partial denture, or a bridge, which tied the teeth on either side of the space together.
Now we have dental implants that are very predictable, and because of that, we’re able to use those to help replace teeth for people, whether it’s one or whether it’s many or all. And that’s something we’re doing more and more. We’ll talk to our patients about what their best options are.
Sometimes from a financial standpoint, they can’t get to the best right away so we might do an interim approach, maybe with something removable until that’s available for them or maybe it’s the teeth on either side of the space are broken down and maybe a bridge is still the best option for them at that point. So we discuss it with them, try to figure out all angles and then they can decide what they feel is their best option and then we will go with that.
Dental bridges or fixed partial dentures consist of a series of crowns. Two crowns are capped over teeth on either side of the space to hold the replacement tooth in the middle. Dental implants can also be used to secure bridges.
Implant dentures are dentures supported by dental implants. If you are getting several or all of your teeth replaced, your dentist will use several implants to anchor the complete denture. An example is the All on 6 procedure where only six implants are used to support the restoration.
So gum disease is incredibly prevalent in our society today. Probably over 80% of people have some form of gum disease. We’re learning a whole lot about the inflammatory process and it’s effect on our patients through chronic illness and different disease processes. As far as the medical motto goes, they’re recognizing that more and more also.
A lot of patients don’t even know they have it, because they haven’t been told and there is no way for them to necessarily know, because you can’t feel it, at least in most cases. So, what we can help provide patients with is a diagnosis of that. Every time a patient comes in and sees our hygienist, they’re actually being checked. We actually do what’s called periodontal probing; we check to see if there’s a pocket depth around the tooth that’s anything greater than 3mm, and that’s just strictly where the gum meets the tooth, there’s a little crevice there, or a pocket, and the shallower it is, the easier it is for the patient to clean. The deeper it is, the harder it is, and more plaque builds up, more bacteria, and therefore the disease process eventually goes forward and can start to damage the gum and the bone.
And when that starts going on, we start to see bacteria and toxins can enter the body, causes stomach problems, so the aggravation of diabetes, heart disease, some link to alzheimer’s, cancers, many other things; we’ll probably find out much more in the future but it’s really critical that these things be cleaned up and that’s where our hygienists can really help our patients there. So what they do is a series of appointments where they’ll actually use a laser to disinfect that area, to clean it, laser it again, aid in healing, and then do some follow up visits as needed to help aid in the healing of that, with the goal of getting rid of the disease completely so the patient then can have a healthy mouth, better chance of not losing teeth, and then any disease process that they may be battling is better kind of fought with their physicians and their treatments instead of letting that disease process faster.
Laser Gum Disease Treatment
We provides gum disease screening and noninvasive treatments for gum disease. We use a laser to vaporize diseased gum tissue quickly without harming healthy structures. This method can be combined with medication and simple root scaling and planing (deep cleaning). Surgery may be performed if conservative treatments fail to heal the gums.