Friday, December 30, 2011

Tooth Colored Fillings in Colorado Springs: Goodbye Cracks and Cavities!

This article describes what fillings are and the procedure required for their placement. It also explains the difference in aesthetics and benefits between traditional amalgam (metallic) fillings and composite fillings.

Tooth Colored Fillings in Colorado Springs: Introduction

Cavities, cracks, fissures and chips all have one thing in common: they render the heart of the tooth – where all the delicate nerves and blood vessels are housed – vulnerable to decay and infection. Any structural weakness in the tooth crown not only makes further damage possible, even with mild pressure or force, but it also provides an excellent refuge for food debris and bacteria, which no amount of brushing can remove. For this reason it is vitally important that patients go for regular check-ups with Colorado dentists, who – should they identify any such weaknesses in the tooth structure – can take restorative action. One such procedure involves the placement of tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs.

What are Tooth Colored Fillings in Colorado Springs?

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Tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs, as the name suggests, are created from plastics mixed with glass-like silver dioxide particles, yielding a biocompatible material that is the same color and luster as dental enamel. This material is then used by qualified and experienced Colorado dentists, such as Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull, to repair and restore teeth that have become decayed or damaged.

Colorado dentists recommend composite fillings over and above traditional amalgam fillings for many reasons:

  • Tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs are completely natural, unlike amalgam, which is a dark metallic color and very noticeable in one’s smile.
  • Tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs are exceptionally strong and durable, giving them a longer lifespan.
  • Tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs are bio-compatible and do not contain any mercury, like many traditional restorative materials do.
  • Tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs are bonded very strongly to the tooth structure, which essentially helps to reinforce it, preventing further breakage. This also insulates the tooth – similar to your dental enamel – and prevents the crown sustaining damage as a result of extreme temperature changes.

Tooth Colored Fillings in Colorado Springs: The Procedure

If you have a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, or simply wish to replace your old amalgam or mercury fillings, then tooth Colorado dentistscolored fillings in Colorado Springs are definitely worth considering! The procedure involved is simple and straight-forward. If you are replacing old fillings, then Colorado dentists Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull will begin by removing your old restoration and making sure the remaining tooth structure is completely free of bacteria and decay. They will then prepare the resin composite materials used for restoration; making sure the color closely matches that of your natural dental enamel. This material is placed on the tooth in layers by the Colorado dentists and is then hardened by a special light. The final stage in the placement of tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs simply involves the shaping of the composite material to flawlessly fit the tooth and to accommodate a comfortable bite. The filling will also be polished to make it more durable and resistant to staining.

A Final Note on Tooth Colored Fillings in Colorado Springs

Tooth colored fillings in Colorado Springs are great for preserving the health of teeth that have sustained decay or damage. But make sure you book yourself an appointment with Colorado dentists Dr. Rogers or Dr. Bull once every six months to avoid problems that, if left untreated, can cause severe and permanent damage!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New, Non-Removable Teeth in a Day in Colorado Springs: Fact, not Fiction!


This article explains how it is possible for patients to get a brand new set of non-removable teeth in as little as a single day, with a single surgery.

The ability to get new teeth in a day in Colorado Springs may sound like the stuff of science fiction. That, or either there are a lot of catches involved! But this is the reality of modern dentistry. New and non-removable teeth in a day in Colorado Springs are indeed possible; and the patient that is not actually eligible for this surgery is the exception rather than the rule. All on Four implant teeth are the reason qualified and experienced dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull, can provide edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulous patients with a comprehensive and long term solution to all of their oral problems. And unlike traditional implant teeth protocol, the All on Four only requires a single day and a single surgery to give patients their confident smiles back!

New Teeth in a Day in Colorado Springs: Traditional Challenges

Through the careful positioning and precise angulation of only four implant teeth in the upper and lower dental arch, the All on Four protocol makes it possible for patients to get new and non-removable teeth in a day in Colorado Springs. You see, traditionally, in order for a patient to get an entire set of teeth placed, multiple surgeries would be required. Since you can’t very well Teeth in a Day Colorado Springshave one surgery after another, these sessions would be spread out over the course of a year to a year-and-a-half with a few months’ recovery in between.

To make matters worse, many of the patients that suffer from rampant tooth loss or edentulism present with a substantial loss of bone tissue volume in the jaw as a result of atrophy. Since implant teeth rely upon the jaw bone for support, this frequently necessitates bone grafting surgery before implants can be placed. The problem here is that bone grafting is an invasive and painful procedure. It is also expensive and requires months of healing before the jaw bone is ready to accept implant teeth. With multiple placement surgeries and the need for bone grafting comes even more consultations, until eventually the bill for oral rehabilitation is as steep as the journey is to get your smile back!

New Teeth in a Day in Colorado Springs: How Does it Work?

In 1993, European implantologist, Dr. Paulo Malo, Implant teethinnovated the All on Four dental implant protocol, which brought the unprecedented advantage of new teeth in a day in Colorado Springs. Through the placement and angulation of only four dental implants in regions of the jaw that naturally contain a greater volume of atrophy-resistant bone tissue, full support could be provided for a customized and non-removable prosthetic dental bridge (see above picture). Furthermore, bone grafting is almost never required! With only four implant teeth required to be placed and a prosthetic bridge that could be affixed to these implants in as little as 30 minutes, the All on Four protocol essentially enabled qualified dentists to give patients a brand new set of non-removable teeth in a day in Colorado Springs.

New Teeth in a Day in Colorado Springs: A Final Note

Oral rehabilitation and new teeth in a day in Colorado Springs is a possibility for patients presenting with all kinds of oral problems. The only obstacle in your way is your own inertia. For more information on this breakthrough procedure or to arrange your initial consultation, don’t hesitate to contact qualified and experienced dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull today.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dental Implants: Superior Tooth Loss Solution, PART 2

This article, part 2 of 2, explores the benefits and advantages of dental implants over removable dentures as a traditional tooth replacement solution.

In the previous article post by experienced Colorado Springs dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull, we explored the many challenges and repeated expenses associated with that archaic teeth replacement technology; removable dentures. In this article, the second installment of a two-part series, we shall go on to discuss a far superior alternative to ‘false teeth’, namely dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are tiny fixtures or screws made from the exceptionally hard, yet lightweight metal titanium. In addition to these attributes, titanium is the only element on the periodic table that is capable of forming a strong biological bond with bone tissue, making this metal responsible for the conception of the entire field of dental implantology! This fixture is carefully inserted by Colorado Springs dentists into the jaw bone at the site or sites of the missing tooth or teeth. They then attach an abutment or ‘collar’, which is used to permanently hold in place an artificial tooth crown constructed from a high quality and very durable ceramic material. The results are a tooth replacement that is virtually indistinguishable - in function, feel and aesthetics - from the rest of your natural healthy teeth!

The Benefits of Dental Implants Over Removable Dentures

Dental implants offer a much better tooth replacement solution to patients, whether they are missing only one tooth or all of their original adult teeth, say Colorado Springs dentists. And this is for many reasons:
  • Dental implants actually form a bond with the underlying bone tissue, so they mimic the function of the tooth root as well as the crown. This not only enables dental implants to feel just like natural teeth, but it also preserves the health of the jaw; preventing atrophy from causing the bone tissue to waste away.
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are non-removable, so there isn’t a risk of them slipping or falling out. Moreover, they are cleaned just like your natural teeth; with regular brushing and flossing!

  • If placed by qualified and experienced Colorado Springs dentists, such as Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull, dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. By promoting the health of the jaw bone, they also preserve a patient’s natural and youthful facial contours in the long term.
  • Dental implants replace the entire missing tooth, from the root to the crown, enabling them to function just like your original teeth. By allowing a strong bite force, say Colorado Springs dentists, they allow patients to eat all the foods they love without exception!
  • Dental implants transmit all the forces associated with eating directly to the jaw bone, unlike dentures which rely upon the gums for support. Consequently, dental implants do not cause any pain, irritation, discomfort or self-consciousness.
  • Dental implants have a lifespan of decades and very seldom require further restoration once successfully placed, say Colorado Springs dentists. This means that patients are only required to make a one-time investment, as opposed to removable dentures, which necessitate constant expenditure on bridgework and costly products such as adhesives, anesthetic gels, cleaning agents, etc.

A Final Note on Dental Implants

If you have already lost one or more of your teeth and are facing a future of edentulism (not having any natural teeth left), time is of the essence. The longer you ignore your oral problems, the more complex and costly oral rehabilitation becomes. Skilled and experienced Colorado Springs dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull, have worked with dental implants for decades and offer comprehensive and long term solutions. To get your beautiful and healthy smile back, don’t hesitate to Contact Us today!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dentures in Colorado Springs: Challenges and Superior Tooth-Loss Solutions, PART 1


This article, part 1 of 2, explores the many challenges associated with removable dentures. The second installment then goes on to recommend dental implants as a superior teeth replacement solution.

Once upon a time, your grandfather’s removable dentures in Colorado Springs were an object of fascination and hilarity. You would sneak them out of the cupboard underneath your grand parent’s bathroom sink, hold them in front of your mouth and pretend to speak with them, eliciting squeals of laughter from your siblings. You may have even shoved them in your mouth, much to the desperate disapproval of your mother: “Get those out of your mouth right now!” But, decades later, you now face the need for a tooth replacement technology and in a beautiful demonstration of karma or some epic shifting of the tables; you discover just how much of a laughing matter dentures in Colorado Springs aren’t!

Dentures in Colorado Springs: Challenges and Repeated Expenses

Dentures Colorado SpringsRemovable dentures in Colorado Springs have long offered a seemingly economical solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left). They essentially consist of a rigid structure of plastic that is fabricated to sit snugly against the jaw bone ridge of the upper and lower dental arches in the mouth, say Colorado dentists. Once placed, they resemble a complete set of healthy teeth, and enable patients to eat most foods. However, beneath the facade of a healthy-looking smile lie endless challenges and repeated expenses that ultimately render dentures in Colorado Springs a poor investment in one’s long term oral health and smile aesthetics.

  • Removable dentures in Colorado Springs transmit the forces associated with eating and chewing directly to the underlying soft gum tissue. This causes much pain and discomfort for the patient, say Colorado dentists, as well as the development of sores that aren’t permitted to heal. This necessitates the need for anesthetic gels; an expense that patients will need to cover as long as they wear dentures in Colorado Springs.
  • Dentures in Colorado Springs are not permanently anchored in the mouth, so they can shift around and even fall out; usually at the most inopportune moments too, say Colorado dentists. Because they are loose in the mouth, dentures can make eating and speaking quite a challenge. While adhesives can be used for added stability, they too are just another expense patients need to cover.
  • The afore-mentioned problem is compounded by the face that dentures in Colorado Springs do nothing to promote the health of the underlying jaw bone, which, as a result of the absence of the tooth roots, begins to atrophy and waste away. Because the jaw bone loses volume over time, say Colorado dentists, dentures that once fit snugly begin to slip more and more, making eating and speaking increasingly difficult and uncomfortable. This necessitates a refitting of dentures in Colorado Springs every few years or so, which is not only costly, but is essentially a death sentence to one’s natural youthful facial contours. Dentures Colorado Springs
  • Removable dentures in Colorado Springs need to be taken out after every meal and at night time for cleaning; a laborious process that can also become a social embarrassment.
  •  According to Colorado dentists, dentures serve as a natural trap for food debris and bacteria, rendering them unhygienic (if not strictly kept clean) and can cause bad breath.
  • Dentures in Colorado Springs also impede one’s ability to taste properly and can even trigger a patient’s gag reflex!
Removable Dentures in Colorado Springs: Concluding Remark
 
All of these challenges and repeated expenses simply render removable dentures in Colorado Springs an inferior tooth replacement solution. Thankfully, dental implants offer a much more sophisticated and long term solution to multiple missing teeth and edentulism. For more information on these ingenious dental devices and how they compare with dentures, stay tuned for the second installment of this two-part article series, courtesy of qualified and experienced Colorado dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Colorado Dentists on Dental Implants: Superior Tooth Replacement Solution, PART 4



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This article, part 4 of 4, takes a comprehensive look at the benefits of dental implants as a tooth replacement solution over traditional removable dentures.

This article series has been dedicated to providing edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulous patients with a much better understanding of their tooth replacement options. Removable dentures were once the most common way of replacing a mouth of missing teeth, but with dental implant protocol and technology becoming more and more sophisticated, Colorado dentists are urging patients to reconsider following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents. Removable dentures simply don’t rival dental implants in the quality of life they offer patients requiring a new set of teeth, say Colorado dentists. Dental implants offer a comprehensive and long-term solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism; one that is superior when measured in bite functionality, oral comfort, smile aesthetics and even costs.

In this article, the final of a four-part series, we shall provide a brief summary of all the points already covered by these Colorado dentists as well as a few others that have not yet been discussed.

Colorado Dentists Say: Removable Dentures versus Dental Implants

According to Colorado dentists, when Colorado dentists patients look for a tooth replacement solution, they ideally want something that is as close to their natural teeth as possible; something that functions, feels and looks like the original adult teeth they have lost over the years. To put it simply, no other tooth replacement technology offers a solution as comparable to natural teeth as dental implants, say Colorado dentists. Dental implants consist of tiny titanium fixtures or screws that are inserted into the jaw bone at the site/s of the missing tooth or teeth. A ceramic tooth crown or customized prosthetic dental bridge is then attached by Colorado dentists and permanently supported by this fixture, providing patients with a non-removable set of teeth. Because dental implants replace the entire tooth, from the root to the crown, they afford patients a great number and diversity of advantages over removable dentures. And to recap (with further additions), here they are:

  • Dental implants are non-removable, so they don’t need to be taken out for cleaning after meals or at nighttime. In fact, say Colorado dentists, they are cared for just like your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants reap all the support they need directly from the jaw. So, not only do they feel completely natural, but they also don’t cause any damage to the adjacent teeth; or pain, discomfort or inflammation of the underlying soft tissue.
  • The customized prosthetic dental bridge used for complete oral rehabilitation is supported entirely by dental implants and as such, is carefully fabricated to fit the gums snugly, without the need for additional bulk. As a result, and unlike dentures, it doesn’t in any way negatively affect a patient’s smile quality, nor does it impede taste ability. According to Colorado dentists, dentures can even trigger the gag reflex; a problem that implant supported bridges don’t cause.
  • Dental implants promote the health of the underlying jaw bone, thus preserving a patient’s natural facial contours, say Colorado dentists.
  • Dental implants require a one-time investment, whereas removable dentures come hand-in-hand with repeated expenses (anesthetic gels, cleaning agents, adhesives, etc.) as well as the need for refitting every few years or so.
  • Dental implants enable patients to bite down with a greater force, say Colorado dentists. This allows them to eat all the foods they love without struggling with any pain or discomfort.
  • Dental implants, if placed by qualified and experienced Colorado dentists and cared for properly by patients can last decades without the need for any restoration, making them the longest-term teeth replacement solution on the market!

But perhaps best of all, Dental implants dental implants allow patients to smile with complete confidence; confidence in the knowledge that even though they have lost all of their original adult teeth, they can still eat all the foods they love, speak without self-consciousness and lead a life of much improved quality. All thanks to dental implants and the skilled Colorado dentists that place them!


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Dental Implants: Superior Tooth Replacement Solution to Dentures in Pueblo, PART 3



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This article, part 3 of 4, takes a comprehensive look at the benefits of dental implants as a tooth replacement solution over traditional removable dentures.


In our previous two article posts on dental implants and removable dentures in Pueblo, we discussed how the former offers a more functional and comfortable tooth replacement solution to patients suffering from rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left). In this, the third installment of a four-part series, we shall examine how dental implants allow for far more natural and long-lasting smile aesthetics than removable dentures in Pueblo. Since our smile plays a fundamental role in all of our social interactions and communications, enabling patients to smile comfortably and with confidence is one of the most important benefits offered by dental implants.

Dental Implants versus Dentures in Pueblo: Smile Aesthetics

As it was discussed Dentures Puebloin the first article in this series, removable dentures in Pueblo rely upon the underlying gums and jaw bone ridge for support. They are also fabricated with ‘flanges’, regions of additional peripheral mass, which are meant to provide further stability or support to the dentures in the mouth. Unfortunately though, bulky removable dentures in Pueblo push on the lips from the inside, giving them a thin and stretched appearance. This alone can add year’s onto a patient’s appearance. But this is far from the worst of it….

Dentures in Pueblo do nothing to prevent jaw bone atrophy and the subsequent deterioration of bone volume in the jaw. You see, bone tissue, just like any muscle in the body, requires stimulation and ‘exercise’ in order to remain healthy and alive. The roots of the teeth are responsible for providing this essential source of stimulation, so when they are lost and left without a replacement, the underlying jaw bone tissue begins to atrophy and waste away. Dental implants replace the entire missing tooth, from the root to the crown, which restores this stimulation, promoting excellent jaw bone health. But dentures in Pueblo do not and as such, the jaw bone slowly but steadily wastes away resulting in that aged and sunken appearance we typically associate with the elderly.

It is for this Dental implantsreason that dentures in Pueblo require refitting every few years or so. Not because they themselves are getting worn down, but because the jaw bone itself is changing in shape! The loss of bone volume in the jaw has a devastating effect upon a patient’s natural youthful facial contours. Ironically enough, jaw bone atrophy can become so advanced that removable dentures in Pueblo are simply no longer able to be fitted, necessitating the placement of dental implants anyway! It’s that, or patients will just have to live without any teeth replacement technology.

Remember, dental implants promote a healthy jaw bone and because they function just like natural teeth (being supported directly by the jaw), they can be used to support a dental bridge that doesn’t need additional bulk or mass.

Dental Implants and Dentures in Pueblo: Stay Tuned

In our final article installment of this four-part series, we shall be providing an overview of all the benefits and advantages of dental implants over removable dentures in Pueblo.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Pueblo Dentist on Dental Implants: Superior Teeth Replacement Solution, PART 2


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This article, part 2 of 4, takes a comprehensive look at the benefits of dental implants as a tooth replacement solution over traditional removable dentures.

In our previous article post, this Pueblo dentist began discussing how dental implants offer a superior tooth replacement solution to traditional removable dentures; an archaic dental technology. The first point covered was bite functionality, with dental implants making it possible for patients to bite down with a far stronger force, thus enabling them to eat all the foods they love and need to remain strong and healthy. It was also mentioned that dental implants allow for a much more comfortable and natural-feeling bite. In this article, the second instalment of a four-part series, the Pueblo dentist will move on to discuss the benefits afforded by dental implants as far as oral comfort and costs are concerned.
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Dental Implants Versus Removable Dentures: Oral Comfort

One of the biggest problems with removable dentures, says the Pueblo dentist, is that they rely upon the gums and the underlying jaw bone ridge for support and stability. This means that every time you bite down, the associated forces that would traditionally be transmitted to the jaw bone are instead transmitted to the gums. Now, as you may imagine, this soft tissue was not ever meant to withstand the forces associated with chewing and as a result – especially if the removable dentures are loose-fitting – eating can become acutely uncomfortable, says the Pueblo dentist. The gums can become chronically inflamed and sore making eating an exercise in pain tolerance rather than pleasure! Dental implants, on the other hand, rely directly upon the jaw bone for support, just like your natural teeth once used to. So, eating feels completely natural and the gums are left healthy and without constant irritation.


Another factor to consider when discussing oral comfort, says the Pueblo dentist, is self-confidence. Eating and speaking with removable dentures can cause acute social embarrassment, especially if they are loose-fitting and move around a lot. Having to take them out to clean them is yet another reason patients feel uncomfortable about having a removable tooth replacement solution. Because dental implants function, feel and look just like natural teeth, patients feel far more comfortable and self-confident, in both a professional and social environment, says the Pueblo dentist. This makes dental implants a far more sophisticated teeth replacement solution as far as oral comfort is concerned!
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Dental Implants Versus Removable Dentures: Costs


The fact that dental implants can work out to be less expensive than removable dentures can be surprising to many, says the Pueblo dentist. After all, the primary reason people opt for false teeth in the first place is because they think it offers a cheaper tooth replacement solution. But if you consider the repeated expenses involved in wearing removable dentures, as well as the toll they take on one’s quality of life, dental implants indeed work out to be a smarter and far more beneficial investment. Dentures, says the Pueblo dentist, incur the costs of the following repeated expenses:

  • Aesthetic gels for the pain and discomfort associated with eating and ill-fitting dentures,
  • Adhesives to prevent dentures from slipping and shifting around,
  • Cleaning agents, accessories and storage containers,
  • The need for expensive refitting every few years or so as the bone tissue in the jaw atrophies and wastes away, says the Pueblo dentist.
Dental implants offer a comprehensive and long term tooth replacement solution; one that can last as many as 20, 30 and more years; very seldom with the need for restorative work. In other words, says the Pueblo dentist, they offer patients a one-time solution requiring a one-time investment.

The Pueblo Dentist on Dental Implants: Stay Tuned


In our next article instalment of this four-part series, the Pueblo dentist shall be taking a look at how dental implants offer patients a tooth replacement solution that is far more aesthetically pleasing

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Pueblo Dental Implants: Superior Tooth Replacement Solution, PART 1



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This article, part 1 of 4, takes a comprehensive look at the benefits of dental implants as a tooth replacement solution over traditional removable dentures.

Pueblo Dental Implants: An Introduction to Tooth Loss

It is quite morbidly said that there are two things that are inevitable in life: death and taxes. Whoever came up with this adage forgot to mention another of life’s inevitabilities: tooth loss. As we get older, our mouths become more and more vulnerable to the array of conditions and diseases that cause tooth loss. Since no one could possibly keep their mouth completely free of bacteria, oral infection and decay (both isolated and pervasive) are things that we all struggle with at some stage during our life. The traditional solution to tooth loss is removable dentures; a rigid plastic structure of artificial teeth that are fabricated to fit over the gums and palate. However, what only those who have had to struggle with removable dentures could know is that this archaic technology comes hand-in-hand with a great number of challenges and associated repeat expenses.

Pueblo Dental Implants: A Modern Day Tooth Replacement Solution

Pueblo dental implants are the 21st Century solution Pueblo dental implants to tooth loss and edentulism; not having any of your original adult teeth left. Although they require a greater initial investment by the patient, in the long run, they take out far less of a toll on one’s quality of life and bank account. In order to really understand how Pueblo dental implants offer a superior tooth replacement solution to removable dentures, we will, in this four-part article series, be exploring the benefits and advantages offered by this modern miracle of technology! Armed with this higher understanding, you can then go on to make an informed decision that is most beneficial to your oral health and unique needs.

Pueblo Dental Implants versus Removable Dentures: Bite Functionality

Let’s begin with a look at the most important function of our teeth; chewing, biting and grinding food. Did you know that tooth loss is intimately linked with a lack of nutrition simply because people are not able to eat all the foods they need to remain healthy and strong? This is especially a problem amongst the elderly. While removable dentures should enable a patient to eat properly, over time and with bone loss in the jaw (something that will be explored later on in this article series), they Dental implants cease to fit properly. As such, they begin to slip and shift around in the mouth, making it increasingly difficult for patients to eat properly and to manage certain foods. Acute oral discomfort – caused by the transmission of bite forces to the underlying soft tissue - also makes it hard for patients to eat all the foods they love, simply because it hurts too much!

Pueblo dental implants, on the other hand, feel and function just like natural teeth because they are inserted directly into the jaw where they actually form a strong biological bond with the bone tissue. This may sound painful, but in reality, once healing has occurred, Pueblo dental implants feel as natural and comfortable as any of your other adult teeth. This enables patients to bite down with a stronger force and as such, to eat all kinds of different foods, from a succulent steak to healthy crunchy vegetables.

Pueblo Dental Implants: Stay Tuned

In our next article installment of this four-part series, we shall be taking a look at how Pueblo dental implants offer patients a tooth replacement solution that is more comfortable and, in the long term, cheaper than traditional removable dentures.



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Monday, October 24, 2011

Colorado Dentists and the Four Benefits of a Healthy Mouth

This article describes the many benefits of having a healthy mouth, from great oral aesthetics and a confident smile to a reduced risk of certain chronic illnesses.


Here’s something to think about the next time you contemplate skipping your evening brush and floss. A healthy mouth not only provides one with great self-confidence, but according to Colorado dentists it also has fantastic benefits for your long term general health and well-being! So, without further ado, here are the four benefits of maintaining a healthy mouth:

1. Colorado Springs Dentists: A Beautiful Smile and a Healthy Self-Confidence

The most immediate benefits we think of when talking about having a healthy mouth are clean white teeth and healthy pink gums. And these are precisely what make a smile beautiful, says Colorado dentists! So, when you brush and floss your teeth think about how every minute spent dedicated to maintaining a rigorous home oral hygiene routine is going to ensure that you achieve and keep a beautiful smile. Poor oral hygiene not only causes tooth discoloration and decay, but it also results in an array of diseases and conditions that cause tooth loss. And there is no greater death sentence for a beautiful smile than missing teeth, say Colorado dentists. Maintaining a healthy mouth is essential if oral aesthetics and fresh breath are important to you. Self-confidence naturally comes from feeling healthy and vital and this has all sorts of positive ramifications in both one’s social and professional life, say Colorado Springs dentists.

2. Colorado Springs Dentists: Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

A relationship between the health of the mouth and that of the heart may sound rather abstract, but the link between gum disease and heart disease is well supported by scientific and medical literature, say Colorado dentists. By maintaining a clean and hygienic mouth, we can prevent tooth decay and gum disease - the latter of which is a chronic inflammatory condition - from wrecking our oral health. This in turn reduces our risk of cardiovascular problems, which include strokes, heart disease and arterial blood clots. Protecting your oral health really is important to your general health and well-being; say Colorado dentists and medical physicians alike.


3. Colorado Springs Dentists: Preservation of Memory

An even more abstract relationship is the one between oral health and memory! A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry has shown that adults who maintained healthy mouths did far better on cognitive and memory tests than those who presented with chronic oral bacterial infections (gum disease and gingivitis). If your memory is important to you, then you’d better remember the ramifications of poor oral hygiene the next time you skip a brush, say Colorado dentists.

4. Colorado Dentists: Reduces the Risk of Other Inflammatory Conditions in the Body

Chronic and acute inflammation of the gums – as condition referred to as ‘periodontitis’ – shares important links with other inflammatory diseases in the body, say Colorado dentists. Poor oral health and hygiene has been shown to increase a patient’s risk of developing conditions and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes and pre-term babies also share links with lifelong poor oral hygiene.

Colorado Dentists: A Concluding Remark

By simply brushing and flossing twice a day and paying Colorado dentists a visit twice a year, you can avoid a whole host of debilitating and potentially fatal conditions and diseases. There is no excuse for poor oral hygiene. Speak to these Colorado Springs dentists today about how you can change your oral hygiene routine for the better today, and in doing so reap the benefits of a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Your Questions Answered by the Dentist in Pueblo: Everything You Wanted and Needed to Know About Wisdom Teeth, PART 3

This article, part 3 of 3, provides answers to some of the questions frequently asked about wisdom teeth, their emergence, extraction and post-operative care.


In this, the final installment of a three-part article series on wisdom teeth, we shall answer the last of the questions frequently asked of this experienced dentist in Pueblo.

Question: Is the surgery required for the extraction of wisdom teeth complicated? Does it hurt?

Pueblo Dentist’s Answer: Extracting wisdom teeth can be a very simple and straight-forward procedure, says the dentist in Pueblo. It all depends on the alignment of the teeth and whether they are impacted (partially or fully trapped beneath the neighboring molar) or not. The presence of infection and abscesses can also make surgical extraction somewhat trickier, which is why it is so important for patients to seek consistent and regular attention from the dentist in Pueblo. Potentially problematic wisdom teeth can readily be identified using X-ray imaging, which allows the dentist in Pueblo to schedule their extraction before the patient suffers unnecessary pain, discomfort and complication. During the procedure, patients will either be sedated and receive a local anesthetic, or they will undergo general anesthesia. This depends upon whether the surgery required for extraction is invasive or not. Either way, the use of anesthesia ensures that the procedure is completely painless while the dentist in Pueblo will help the patient feel as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible. 

Question: What does the procedure for wisdom teeth removal involve?

Pueblo Dentist’s Answer: If the wisdom tooth is still encased in the jaw bone, then the dentist in Pueblo will make a small incision in the gum and remove the obstructing bone tissue. Frequently, the tooth is removed in small portions to make the operation as minimally traumatic on the surrounding tissue as possible. This lessens post-operative pain and discomfort for the patient, says the dentist in Pueblo. If the tooth has already emerged, then the extraction is straight-forward and can be completed in as little as five minutes per tooth. Remember, anesthesia and sedation are used to keep the patient completely comfortable and free from pain at all times, says the Pueblo dentist.

Question: What kind of post-procedural pain and discomfort can I expect after having my wisdom teeth removed? How do I care for it afterwards?

Pueblo Dentist’s Answer:

Post Operative Bleeding ~

There is usually a bit of bleeding from the sutured tooth sockets in the first 24 hours after having wisdom teeth removed, which is completely normal, says the dentist in Pueblo. This can be controlled by pressing some cotton gauze over the wound and biting down gently for around 45 minutes. The Pueblo dentist also urges patients to avoid rinsing, spitting and strong sucking actions (such as drinking through a straw). These actions may worsen the bleeding or even dislodge the clot, causing the wound to reopen.

Facial Swelling and Bruising ~

 
Facial swelling and bruising are also common for patients who have just undergone wisdom tooth extraction, says the dentist in Pueblo. Ice packs are given to patients to hold over their face and jaw during the ensuing days, and this reduces the pain as well as the swelling. Analgesics, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), will be prescribed by the dentist in Pueblo to manage any post-operative pain and discomfort. For more complicated cases involving more invasive surgery, stronger pain medications and antibiotics (in the case of infection) may be prescribed.

Diet and Oral Hygiene Care ~

On the day of the surgery, it is recommended by the dentist in Pueblo that patients stick to a liquid diet (soups and blended vegetables or fruit) until the effects of the anesthesia have dissipated. Only soft foods should be eaten in the days following surgery. This, says the dentist in Pueblo, will ensure that the healing tooth sockets are not re-opened or damaged. Avoid alcohol consumption too; it clashes with the pain medication and prolongs healing. Lastly, continue to brush your teeth! Just do so slowly and carefully, making sure to avoid the molars directly in front of the ex-wisdom teeth. Gargle with warm, salty water in the first few days following surgery. According to the dentist in Pueblo, many commercial mouthwashes contain alcohol and other chemicals that may irritate the surgical wounds.

Most importantly, if you have any questions or are worried about your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact your Pueblo dentist! 


Monday, October 10, 2011

Your Questions Answered by the Dentist in Colorado Springs: Everything You Wanted and Needed to Know About Wisdom Teeth, PART 2

This article, part 2 of 3, provides answers to some of the questions frequently asked about wisdom teeth, their emergence, extraction and post-operative care.

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In our previous article post, this dentist in Colorado Springs began answering some of the questions that patients frequently ask about wisdom teeth. We took a look at how the third molars are actually an evolutionary remnant of a time when our diets were substantially different and ended off with an explanation on how you can tell when your wisdom teeth are emerging. In this article, the second installment of a three-part series, the dentist in Colorado Springs will continue to answer more of your pressing questions regarding this special time in you or your child’s physical development, starting with:

Dentist in Colorado SpringsQuestion: What kind of problems do wisdom teeth cause when they emerge?

Colorado Dentists’ Answer: Due to a lack of space in the jaw, our wisdom teeth can frequently be misaligned, say Colorado dentists. So, instead of emerging perpendicularly (straight down or up) from the jaw bone – like our other teeth – they can come out at an angle, either towards or away from the second molars or even outwards or inwards. The dentist in Colorado Springs has even seen cases where wisdom teeth emerge horizontally from the jaw! While this may not have much of an aesthetic impact upon a patient’s smile – because the wisdom teeth are not that visible – it can cause huge problems to the adjacent teeth, the underlying jaw, nerves and in fact, the entire dental arch. Over-crowding is a classic problem associated with the emergence of wisdom teeth, says the dentist in Colorado Springs.

Another problem to consider is this: when the third molars emerge, they force their way through the overlying soft tissue (the gums). This tissue then splits as the tooth crown works its way out of the jaw bone and this understandably causes quite a bit of pain and discomfort to the patient, says the dentist in Colorado Springs. But more than this, the flap of broken gum on top of the wisdom’s crown offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which thrive upon the food that gets easily trapped here. Since the entire area is very sore and tender, it makes it especially hard for patients to keep it clean, says the dentist in Colorado Springs. So, not only do wisdom teeth cause over-crowding, but they also greatly increase a patient’s risk of oral bacterial infection and tooth decay. Abscesses can form in the region too, which are extremely painful and full of toxins dangerous to the general health of the patient.

Question: I’m getting headaches that are radiating from my jaw. What should I do if I suspect that my wisdom teeth are emerging?

Colorado dentistsColorado Dentists’ Answer: Considering all the problems that wisdom teeth can potentially cause, it is very important that you seek the professional attention of the dentist in Colorado Springs if you suspect that yours are emerging. A simple X-ray will reveal whether the underlying cause to your problem is wisdom teeth or not. If this is the case, the dentist in Colorado Springs will recommend a course of action based upon whether there is enough space in your jaw to accommodate the extra teeth. If not, a date for their extraction will be set.

For more Colorado dentists’ answers to your frequently asked questions on wisdom teeth, stay tuned for the third and final article in this three-part series.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Your Questions Answered by Colorado Dentists: Everything You Wanted and Needed to Know About Wisdom Teeth, PART 1

This article, part 1 of 3, provides answers to some of the questions frequently asked about wisdom teeth, their emergence, extraction and post-operative care.

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At some stage during our late teens and early adulthood, usually between the ages of 17 and 26, an extra set of teeth can emerge right at the back of our mouths, behind the second molars. Due to their late appearance, says Colorado dentists these extra molars are referred to as ‘wisdom teeth’. Yet in spite of their rather flattering name, the third molars can and frequently do cause a whole host of problems in the mouth, including abscesses, over-crowding and infection. So much so that Colorado dentists frequently opt to extract these problematic pearly whites before they have a chance to cause the patient pain, discomfort and compromised oral health and hygiene. In order to understand what wisdom teeth are, why they require extraction and what this procedure involves, as well as necessary post-operative care, this three-part article series provides the Colorado Springs dentists’ answers to your FAQs.

Question: Why do we need wisdom teeth?

Colorado Springs dentistsColorado Dentists’ Answer: This may come as a surprise to you, but we actually don’t need our wisdom teeth, say Colorado dentists. The third molars are an evolutionary remnant of a time when our diets were dramatically different. A few thousand years ago, we were eating seeds, grasses and uncooked meat and this required us to have much larger and stronger jaws. Back then, there was ample space in our more robust jaws to accommodate wisdom teeth, but now, thanks to our diet of soft, cooked and processed foods, our jaws have become smaller and more gracile, say Colorado Springs dentists.

Much like the appendix is a redundant anatomical feature remnant of our diets thousands of years ago, so too are wisdom teeth. It’s evolution in action, say Colorado dentists! Unfortunately, these features can be far from dormant and can cause many health problems. In the case of wisdom teeth, Colorado dentists frequently recommend extraction to avoid the risk of infection and over-crowding in the dental arch. Interestingly enough though, there are many people that just never get their wisdom teeth. Are these people further along in the evolutionary chain than those that do? Well, that’s something to mull over in your next anthropology class!

Question: How will I know when my wisdom teeth are emerging or whether I have any at all?

Colorado dentistsColorado Dentists’ Answer: Emerging wisdom teeth can cause all kinds of recognizable symptoms, say Colorado dentists. Dull headaches that radiate from the jaw and a tenderness and swelling of the gums at the back of the mouth are red flags for emerging third molars, especially if you are in your late teens or early adulthood. Regardless of your age, however, you should be going for appointments with Colorado Springs dentists every six months and it will be during these check-ups that they take X-rays to determine what’s going on underneath the gums at the back of your mouth. If you have been experiencing any pain or discomfort, be sure to mention this to your dentist! Some people don’t get wisdom teeth at all, while some that do don’t experience any problems. However, it’s always best for Colorado dentists to keep a strict eye upon these potentially problematic teeth at the time they are expected to emerge. Prevention is better than cure!

Stay tuned for the second article in this three-part series for more Colorado Springs dentists’ answers to your frequently asked questions on wisdom teeth.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Advice From the Pueblo Dentist: You Don’t Have to Brush ALL Your Teeth…

This article describes the importance of thorough lifelong oral hygiene in the preservation of a beautiful and healthy smile.

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Just the ones you want to keep! We have all been instructed by our parents, guardians or Pueblo dentist to brush and floss our teeth twice a day. “Look after your teeth” is a phrase that all of us should be familiar with and the consequences of poor oral hygiene, even more so. Yet, in spite of our awareness of the importance of good oral health, there is this air of invulnerability that keeps so many people from taking the advice of the Pueblo dentist seriously. So now there is a new phrase to memorize and teach your children:

You don’t have to brush all your teeth; just the ones you want to keep!

Ask the Pueblo Dentist: The Hazards of a Dirty Mouth

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Keeping your teeth and gums clean requires regular (and thorough) brushing, flossing and check-ups with the Pueblo dentist. If it’s been more than a year since your last appointment or teeth cleaning, then it’s time to make that phone call! Why? No matter how neurotic we are about keeping our teeth clean (and very few patients are), plaque accumulates in places that are hard to reach and hard to keep clean. That soft white sticky substance on your teeth may seem harmless enough, but did you know that it consists of over 300 different varieties of bacteria? Ew, gross! Exactly; and there are people who seldom brush their teeth more than once a day! The reality of the situation is that we need to understand what happens when we don’t practice proper oral hygiene and healthy living habits. According to the Pueblo dentist, oral bacteria, if not kept to a minimum via brushing and flossing can cause the soft tissues in the mouth to become inflamed and infected. Gingivitis not only results in gums that are swollen and unsightly, but also bad breath, which is a guaranteed social deterrent!

Pueblo Dentist: Fancy Dental Implants? Here’s How to Need Them…

Colorado Springs Dental ImplantsWhen an oral bacterial infection is left without treatment – and exacerbated by further neglect of oral hygiene – the decay can migrate down into the gingival sulci or tooth sockets. It is at this juncture that only professional intervention by the Pueblo dentist will be able to restore good oral health; or otherwise you face the inevitable need for dental implants as a result of tooth loss. Yes, tooth loss. One of the biggest causes behind tooth loss and the suite of nasty oral ailments that cause it is poor oral hygiene; in other words, neglecting to brush, floss and see the Pueblo dentist regularly. Other factors include a diet that is high in fats and sugar, tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption and drug abuse.

A Final Note from the Pueblo Dentist

If you want to end up losing one or more of your pearly whites to decay and if you want to end up requiring dental implants, then poor oral hygiene, says the Pueblo dentist, is the fast track there. For those of us who care about the quality and health of our smiles, regular brushing, flossing and visits to the Pueblo dentist are a must.

So, remember to brush the teeth you want to keep for a lifetime: all of them!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Colorado Springs Dental Implants and Bridges: Comparing Tooth Replacement Technologies, PART 2

This article, part 2 of 2, takes a look at the differences in benefits between dental implants and dental bridges and provides advice for patients seeking out a tooth replacement solution.


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In our previous article post, we took a look at implant teeth; what they are and the various benefits they offer as a tooth replacement solution. In this installment, we shall be exploring Colorado Springs dental bridges, beginning with a definition of this technology and followed with a description of some of its shortcomings when compared with the sophistication of dental implants in replacing single and multiple missing teeth.


What are Colorado Springs Dental Bridges?


Colorado Springs DentalColorado Springs dental bridges consist of a row of three ceramic tooth crowns that have been bonded together using exceptionally strong dental cement. The two peripheral crowns are fitted over the existing teeth adjacent to the bare socket – which are shaved and filed down in preparation - while the middle crown acts as the tooth replacement. The result is an aesthetic tooth replacement that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural healthy tooth. The fabrication of Colorado Springs dental bridges from highly durable and quality ceramics ensures that patients are able to use their new teeth to eat all the foods they love; however, this technology is not without its shortcomings.


Disadvantages of Colorado Springs Dental Bridges: A Comparison with Implant Teeth


The down-side of Colorado Springs dental bridges is that they require the two healthy teeth adjacent to the bare tooth socket to be sacrificed. These are shaved down by the qualified and experienced dentist in order to support the entire bridge through the placement of the peripheral ceramic crowns. Another disadvantage is that Colorado Springs dental bridges only replace the visible part of the missing tooth – the tooth crown. Now, like any muscle in the body, bone tissue requires ‘exercise’ or stimulation in order to stay alive and healthy. This stimulation is provided by the tooth root, so when it is lost and left without replacement (by implant teeth), the bone tissue in the jaw can atrophy and waste away. Bone loss not only causes problems to the stability and fit of the entire dental arch, but it significantly alters one’s overall appearance. In fact, advanced bone loss in the jaw results in those sunken and aged facial contours we generally associate with edentulous (not having any original adult teeth left) and denture-wearers!


So, while Colorado Springs dental bridges provide a great aesthetic and functional tooth replacement solution – and are initially cheaper to have placed than implant teeth – they do not last as long (10 to 15 years), they do nothing to promote the health of the underlying jaw bone and they require two healthy teeth to be sacrificed. Also, since Colorado Springs dental bridges do not replace the entire missing tooth, just the crown, they do not feel entirely natural and as a result, many patients have trouble adjusting to the feeling of having something foreign in their mouth.


Colorado Springs Dental Bridges vs. Implant Teeth: The Verdict

Implant teethDental implants match all the benefits afforded by Colorado Springs dental bridges and come with none of the down-sides. It is generally recommended by qualified and experienced dentists that patients always seek a long term solution to single and multiple missing teeth; one that will promote oral health, bite functionality and smile aesthetics for decades to come. However, if the cost of Colorado Springs dental implants has you especially concerned, then a bridge is certainly not a bad trade-off!