Frequently Asked Care Questions

Have questions about your care? We understand – dentistry is a vast field! We hear some questions on a pretty regular basis, which is why we’ve created this list of frequently asked questions for you. We hope you can find the answers you need here!

If you still have a question after looking these over, don’t hesitate to call us – we’re here to help! You can reach us at 720-644-8186 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you learn all about your dental care!

Q: What is a dental implant?
A:

A dental implant is a small metal screw that is placed directly in your jaw where a now-missing tooth was. It fills the role of your original tooth root and helps to support your bone and prevent loss of your jaw’s structure. Made of titanium, implants form a strong bond with the bone of your jaw to create a solid, lasting replacement for one or more missing teeth.

Implants are restored using crowns and bridges and can even be used to replace a whole mouth’s worth of missing teeth!

Q: Which is better for me: bridge or implant?
A:

Bridges and implants both serve the purpose of restoring a missing tooth, but there are multiple reasons that implants are the superior choice for most patients.

The primary reason that implants are a better option is their role in preventing bone loss. A missing tooth leads to shrinking bone, which can cause your teeth to shift, loosen, and potentially fall out. While a bridge will help stabilize your teeth and can prevent the worst of these scenarios, it still won’t stop bone loss. An implant acts as a replacement for your tooth and protects the bone from any degradation!

Implants are also great for not compromising other teeth in order to place them! A bridge requires both of the teeth adjacent to the missing one to be reshaped in order for crowns to be placed on top. That means that you’re ruining two more teeth to replace just one! An implant acts on that tooth alone and leaves your healthy teeth untouched.

Q: When should my child first see the dentist?
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Your child should begin seeing the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. This ensures that your child gets used to dental care as well as allows us to monitor their oral health as their teeth begin to come in. Baby teeth are just as important as adult ones!

Q: How often should my child see the dentist?
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Just like an adult, your child should come and see the dentist every six months. This is a perfect window for identifying, diagnosing, and correcting problems before they get worse! Depending on your child’s oral health, this schedule could be more frequent, which is just one more reason to get the proper care for your child early!

Q: How does Invisalign work?
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Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that move your teeth bit by bit over the course of your treatment. Every two weeks you’ll get a new aligner that moves your teeth just a bit further, and before you know it you’ll have your dream smile!

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