Boulder Dental Designs

Dental Tips For Kids 

Now that school is officially back in session, it’s time to make sure that your kiddos have the healthiest smile possible. Start your school year off on the right foot and bring your children into Boulder Dental Designs. The tips and tricks below will guarantee that they have a smile that they’re proud to show off! First things first, let’s talk about prevention!

Sealants 

Dental sealants are always a great preventative dental care route to take. They “protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach”. The best part about this procedure is that it’s quick and easy! All that happens is a “tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth”. This coating then acts as a barrier and protects your child’s teeth from plaque and acids. Dental sealants are especially great for kids because they fill into the deep grooves that children can sometimes struggle to reach when brushing. This can prevent cavities and potential other dental problems down the road. 

Fluoride Treatment 

Your teeth don’t have muscles but we can help make them strong! Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. This treatment does a great job of supporting healthy tooth enamel and fighting bacteria that harm teeth and gums, which is important for any child! Fluoride treatments only take a few minutes, and they have a significant, long-lasting impact on your child’s oral health. Research has shown “the earlier your child is exposed to fluoride the less likely they are to develop cavities”

Regular Check-Ups 

Just like you go to the doctor for a physical check-up, your teeth need to go to! Regular dental exams and check-ups are an excellent opportunity to evaluate what your child is currently doing for their oral hygiene, as well as provide suggestions for future care. Looking at the long term, these regular visits inevitably lead to fewer cavities, which is ultimately what every child and parent wants. Dental exams should generally take place every six months and starting your children with this routine when they are young is a great way to help them form the habit for a lifetime of healthy checkups to come!

Click here to book an appointment for your child with Boulder Dental Designs, or you can call us at (303)443-1895.

Tune in next month to read about the options we provide for your kids if you visit us and find that there are conditions present in their mouths that need the attention of our team. We’ll share some of the most common dental ailments and how we can help.

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What, Where, Why, Waterlase?

If you need to have dental work, who wouldn’t want it to be the most comfortable, most convenient, and most precise dental procedures possible? If you want a comfortable and efficient alternative to traditional ways of completing common dental procedures, Waterlase Dentistry may be the route for you!  

What is Waterlase Dentistry? 

“The Waterlase™ laser is a cutting-edge dental tool that works by using water, air, and laser energy to target treatment areas. Traditional dental drills typically produce heat and vibration, and you can feel pressure as they do their job. In some cases that can lead to being less comfortable. With that being said, the Waterlase™ laser is an alternative treatment option that can result in an overall more precise treatment and to you, the patient, being more comfortable.  Overall, it utilizes a water-energized laser beam to perform many dental procedures such as decay removal, bacteria reduction, care below the gum tissue, surgical and non-surgical changes, and more. 

What are the benefits of Waterlase Dentistry? 

Quick, easy, and detailed results! What could be better? Using a Waterlase™ laser will typically get you in and out of the dental chair quicker. Also, more times than not, dental procedures using the Waterlase™ laser use less anesthetic, and often no anesthetic at all. A Waterlase Dentist can remove decay very precisely which means that your treatment can be completed more efficiently, and with less recovery time for you! Overall, the benefits are speed, straightforwardness, and accuracy when it comes to Waterlase Dentistry! 

Where can I get Waterlase Dentistry?

At Boulder Dental Designs, we offer Waterlase Dentistry services! Our Waterlase™ laser will lead you to a more comfortable experience, and an overall less stressful treatment. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience at Boulder Dental Designs, and Waterlase Dentistry is one great way to have a painless and time-efficient visit. 

Call our office at (303)443-1895, or click here to schedule an appointment for your Waterlase treatment today!

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What do you mean my insurance is not going to cover my orthodontic treatment????????????

Be-in-the-know! This is a “Hot Topic” with Smile Direct, Candid and other mail-in orthodontics…

(which we absolutely do not recommend- see more about that by reading on to the end of this post.)

Insurance company representatives are expressing real frustration with these mail in aligner services. What’s happening is that patients are under the impression that their insurance policy will cover this procedure under their orthodontic coverage clause. Most of the carriers have a policy stating that coverage is for services provided in-office. This has left Smile Direct, Candid and other companies customers scrambling for coverage and using random or shared provider IDs to have their claims processed. Patients may not realize they’re committing insurance fraud by using a fill-in-the-blank provider identifier.

An insurance coordinator shared that they have been receiving calls from Cigna to verify a patient’s status in the office. Of course, when they do call, they are finding that they are not a patient of record due to using a shared provider ID and the patient is trying to get coverage for orthodontic treatments done at home. This is not the first time I’ve heard of this and unfortunately, it won’t be the last.

What should the patient do?

Seek treatment in-office with a qualified provider. This way your care is monitored by someone trained in orthodontics. They can provide the same limited type of treatment as these mail-in orthodontic companies or can inform you that you may need further treatment if limited orthodontic treatment does not meet your esthetic goals or work within your bite for long term success. They have the ability to spread out payments like these mail-in orthodontic companies, they have the ability to actually provide you insurance benefits that you are paying for already and they have the ability to use different companies and products that are suited for your case. Most aligner cases need some axillary products to make the treatment go as planned that these mail-in companies cannot provide, but a qualified provider, like Dr. John Montoya, can.

If you’ve considered using a mail in ortho company before, and especially if you’ve been hoping to maximize your dental insurance benefits, contact our office today for a FREE consultation where you can get a straight story – AND straight teeth!

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Tongue Tie or Lip Tie?

My name is John Montoya. In addition to being a general and cosmetic dentist for the last 17 years, I am a father of three and supporter of breastfeeding.

When my children were born it was difficult to see my wife and children experiencing struggle during the beginning stages of breastfeeding. Each child presented a unique set of challenges to overcome. I can appreciate how anxiety inducing it can be if there is a struggle to get nutrients to your growing baby. Breastfeeding in general is a process that requires patience and commitment on everyone’s part, and when a tongue or lip tie is present, an additional element of stress is introduced to the equation. When babies have difficulty latching onto the breast or a bottle they may fail to thrive and this is not only dangerous for baby, but extremely stressful for parents.

Thankfully, there are so many resources for getting support with any issue that may arise with feeding. New parents can compile a support team that may include a lactation consultant, doula, chiropractor, massage therapist, craniosacral therapist, and other health/wellness supporters in order to help them find a comfortable feeding position, head and body posture, and to help relax the baby’s muscles enough so that they can latch properly and get the nutrients they require. Sometimes, the issue is more than head or body position though, and a lip or tongue tie is actually restricting the movement of baby’s natural feeding reflexes. The help of these supporters is invaluable but sometimes their work cannot overcome an anatomical restriction that is creating the difficulty latching properly. These anatomical restrictions are often referred to as “lip ties” or “tongue ties.” It can be difficult for parents to evaluate whether a lip or tongue tie needs to be addressed in order to help with breastfeeding. Parents may be unaware that their dentist can help, however, the dentist is one of the best trained professionals to consult regarding a lip or tongue tie.

What is a frenum?

A “frenum” refers to the tissue either under the tongue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth or from the vestibule of the lips that attaches to the gum tissues of the dental arch. Thick and fibrous frenum tissue can restrict the movements of the tongue, lips, or both, which does not allow a baby to adapt to a functioning latch. A “tongue tie” is used to describe a frenum that is restricting the movement of the tongue. A “lip tie” similarly restricts the movement of the lips.

In instances where baby is having difficulty latching, your dentist can determine if your baby has a lip or tongue tie. This is not always easily determined by a visual exam only. Your dentist will examine baby visually, but also provide an intra-oral exam and speak with the mother about the difficulties she is having. If you do find out that your baby has a lip or tongue tie, then it is time to decide what to do about it. Your dentist will help you determine if your baby requires a minor surgical procedure called a frenectomy in order to release one or more restrictions so that baby can feed effectively.

What is a frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a procedure where the fibrous, tethered tissue is released in order to allow baby’s lips and tongue unrestricted movement. This will in turn help baby achieve a better latch to a bottle or breast. A frenectomy can be done as easily as possible by using a laser. Use of a laser allows for little to no bleeding, faster healing and a more comfortable post-operative surgical site. Once the procedure is complete, there will be some exercises for parents to do with their baby to aid in proper healing. Your dentist and a lactation consultant can help with these gentle healing stretches. It is important to have a lactation consultant that you feel comfortable working with before and after the procedure.

I have a tongue and lip tie clinic in Boulder, CO that utilizes the latest laser technology to accomplish the frenectomy procedure to release tongue and lip restrictions. When visiting the office, your baby will have a thorough assessment and diagnosis from myself. I will discuss my findings with you and make recommendations. If necessary, we can complete a laser frenectomy for your baby. After the procedure it is recommended to have a follow-up appointment with your lactation consultant and possibly your other support team members, depending on the situation.

The laser I use in my office is a Biolase Waterlase that removes soft tissue gently with water and laser energy. This laser does not emit heat, but rather, cools the tissue with water while it works. The laser is able to cauterize the tissue which minimizes bleeding, helps with increased speed of healing, decreased pain, and leads also to minimal scar tissue.

The laser is a wonderful tool to have in the office. Tongue and lip tie releases are not the only thing we use the laser for. We use the laser for a wide range of procedures including cavity removal, biopsies, periodontal therapy, cosmetic gingival re-contouring, peri-implantitis, bone re-contouring and more.

To learn more about our lip and tongue tie clinic and the other procedures we provide please see our website– www.boulderdentaldesigns.com or call the office at 303-443-1895.

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The Truth About Invisalign® That No One’s Talking About

Do you have crooked teeth? Have you been wanting to straighten your smile but hate the idea of braces? You’re not alone. Thousands of Americans across the nation are struggling with their smiles. Not only can misaligned teeth affect your physical health, but it can also affect your mental health. They fear the idea of having metal in their mouth. Friends and family members that have had braces tell stories of discomfort, awkwardness, and, in some cases, pain. If you ask us, that doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. So what’s the truth about Invisalign® that on one is talking about? The primary side effect of Invisalign is a straight smile.

At Boulder Dental Designs, we believe it’s only a matter of willingness and time before every patient we have the privilege of helping can have a straight, beautiful smile. One way to achieve this mission of ours is to offer Invisalign. We’re a certified Invisalign provider (one of the only ones in Boulder). Nonetheless, in this post, we will share the benefits of Invisalign and why you should choose Boulder Dental Designs to align your teeth for optimal oral health.

Straighten Your Smile

As mentioned above, the primary outcome of Invisalign is a straight smile. If you struggle with confidence in your smile, it’s time you addressed the issue. Do you have consistent oral health issues? A straight smile can be more than an aesthetic for you and others to enjoy viewing. It can make it easier for your Boulder dentist to treat your oral conditions. Overall, a straight smile can help improve your oral health.

The Benefits

What kind of benefits exist beyond a straight smile? At Boulder Dental Designs, we enjoy sharing all of the wonderful advantages of a straight smile, and we can achieve one with Invisalign. Here are the biggest benefits we’ve seen in patients:

  • Fewer Aligners – Unlike braces, your Invisalign trays allow you to control when and how you wear them. Depending on the extent of alignment you need, there are anywhere between six and 24 sets of trays you will wear throughout the process.
  • Invisible Aligners – Invisalign offers virtually invisible aligners so that you can live your life without the embarrassing feeling that people are staring at the metal in your mouth when you speak or smile. Need to eat or drink something? Simply slide your aligners out and enjoy. Once you’re finished enjoying a meal or beverage, rinse your teeth and replace your aligners.
  • Consistent Diet – When you choose to use Invisalign, you don’t have to change your diet like you do with braces.
    Affordable Cost – In most cases, Invisalign cost the same as traditional metal braces.
  • Play Sports – Invisalign allows you or your child to play sports without the anxiety of metal braces causing cuts or lacerations inside your mouth.
  • Teeth Whitening – Want to brighten your smile while you straighten it? Invisalign allows you whiten your teeth, since you can slide the aligners out before your teeth whitening treatment and replace them afterward.
  • Reduce Emergencies – Traditional braces break sometimes, which means you need to call in your Boulder dentist for an emergency. Invisalign doesn’t require emergency visits, since you can remove the aligners easily.

The Health Benefits Of A Straight Smile

It’s common to forget that a straight smile offers a variety of health benefits beyond a confidence boost when someone smiles back at you. Here are the biggest health benefits of a straight smile:

  • Healthier Gums – Teeth that are too widely spread apart or too crowded cause issues for gums. This spacing or crowding can be a catalyst for gum disease and periodontitis, which could lead to tooth loss. Your gums are healthier when they support a straight smile.
  • Easier-To-Clean Teeth – A straight smile makes it easier for you and your Boulder dentist to clean your teeth.
  • Less Tooth Wear – When you straighten your smile, it removes the chance of abnormal tooth wear. If teeth wear abnormally, it can cause issues like TMJ.
  • Reduced Tooth Injury – If teeth wear long enough, they will crack or break. This requires restorative dental treatments that can cost more than simply straightening your teeth.

When you choose to straighten your smile with Invisalign, you’re doing more than paying for a dental procedure. You’re adding confidence and opportunity to your life. Ready to correct your smile? Schedule an appointment with Boulder Dental Designs today!

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You Risk Your Health When You Don’t Treat Gum Disease

Do you floss your teeth, ever? Do you brush your teeth every day? Most patients will nod their head yes, but in reality people brush their teeth on average every other day and floss their teeth once a week.

For most, this seems like a grand accomplishment, but there’s something you need to know about the bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria are always growing, spreading, and colonizing. We understand that may seem a little gross, but it’s the truth.

For this reason, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth every single day. If you don’t, you could develop gum disease, an oral condition that causes inflammation of the gums, plaque build up on the teeth, and, in some cases, bleeding of the gums.

In this post, we’re going to share some information on gum disease and how not taking care of your oral health is a huge risk.

The Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

Plaque builds up on your teeth due to eating, drinking, and enjoying life. It’s a byproduct of using your mouth. Bacteria in your mouth swarm the sugars and starches that are left behind from your foods and drinks between your teeth. As those bacteria feed, they develop a soft protective layer over themselves called plaque. The bacteria in your mouth are anaerobic, which means they cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. This is why plaque forms.

If plaque is left untreated, tartar will form, a hardened layer in-between and at the base of your teeth. At this point, patients tend to experience inflammation of the gums or bleeding of the gums. In some cases, sensitive gums inflame or bleed with even the smallest buildup of plaque. Other symptoms can include bad breath, painful chewing, and sensitive teeth.

The dangers of leaving gum disease untreated could lead to the following:

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Tooth Loss
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease

What Are The Health Risks of Gum Disease?

The health of your mouth could affect the health of your entire body. This is called systemic health. Whatever is going on in your mouth could be influencing what’s going on with the rest of your body. As much as we love our own mouths, they are filled with bacteria — and for good reason. The bacteria in our mouth help us survive, but they can also cause health issues if left unchecked.

What Happens When Gum Disease Goes Untreated?

The biggest concern for those who leave gum disease untreated is tooth loss. Inflamed, bleeding gums begin to break down to due to the tartar buildup and the slowly growing infection in your mouth. Infection tends to occur below the surface, as deep as the root of your tooth. This means that, eventually, gum disease can cause tooth loss.

How To Prevent Gum Disease

It’s relatively simple to prevent gum disease, but it’s not easy. Depending on your stage of gum disease, your dentist may prescribe more frequent brushing, a flossing regimen, and some special toothpaste. However, you may need more substantial dental treatment to reverse the infection in your mouth. It’s best to schedule an appointment with your Boulder dentist to discover what you need to keep your mouth and your body healthy.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent gum disease from developing in your own mouth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled brush
  • Floss at least once a day, focusing on getting food and plaque out from between your teeth
  • Visit your dentist in Boulder at least twice a year
  • Quit smoking

Gum Disease Stages

The stages of gum disease are fairly straightforward:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced Periodontitis

How To Treat Periodontitis

Generally, your dentist in Boulder will complete a thorough oral exam to better understand your oral health. Once this exam is complete, your dentist will determine if you have periodontitis. If your gums and teeth show signs of any stage of periodontitis, you may be prescribed for one of the following:

Non-surgical:

  • Scaling
  • Root planing
  • Antibiotics

Surgical:

  • Flap surgery
  • Soft tissue grafts
  • Bone grafting
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Tissue stimulating proteins

Do you have plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth? Have you noticed your gums bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth? It’s time to see your local Boulder dentist. Schedule an appointment today!

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Warning Signs You’re At The Wrong Dental Office

You’re not a dentist, but you have to trust one to take care of your dental needs. So how do you know you’re at the best dental office in Boulder? The answer is simple to your dentist in Boulder because they understand the intricacies and complexity of proper dental care. However, as a patient, you need to know some general guidelines to determine if the dentist you’re seeing is taking care of you the right way.

Nine Dental Red Flags

Red Flag #1 – Your Old Dental Records Are Not Requested

It’s common for dental offices to request your old dental records to better serve your oral health needs. If your current dental office has not requested your records from your previous dental offices, then you need to question whether or not your current dental office is doing their best to serve you comprehensively.

Red Flag #2 – The Office Is Using Old Technology

We don’t expect you to know what kind of dental technology you need to have used during your dental procedures and treatments, but you can ask your dentist. If the dental technology or equipment is more than 10 years old, it’s time you found a new dentist. Dental technology is always advancing, making it easier for patients to get better dental treatment.

Red Flag #3 – Sterile Protocol Is Broken

Before you have a dental treatment or procedure completed, watch where the dentist or assistant gets the dental instruments. Instruments in any case should be washed between patients. Also, your dentist and dental assistant should always wear gloves while working on you. Finally, any instruments specific to your procedure may need to be removed from packaging. If you have any concerns, ask your dentist immediately.

Red Flag #4 – You Have To Ask For Oral Cancer Screenings

Your dentist should offer the screening to you when you have your bi-annual checkups. Although oral cancer is rare, it’s better to be proactive than reactive. Make sure and discuss this with your dentist, whether they offer it or not. You may need to switch to a different dentist in Boulder for screenings.

Red Flag #5 – Overzealous About Extensive Work

In most cases, your dental treatment does not need extensive work. If you’ve been neglecting your oral health for years without brushing and flossing routinely, and participate in unhealthy oral habits, you may need some extensive dental work. However, if your dentist is constantly recommending serious dental work or the dental work recommended changes each time you’re in their dental office, you need to find a new dentist in Boulder.

Red Flag #6 – Their Reputation Is Negative

Whether you like your dentist or not, make sure their reputation is on par with the industry. A dentist that has a bad reputation does so for a reason. Check into why their reputation is not ideal, and see if the reason is cause for concern.

Red Flag #7 – They Don’t Show Their Work

If you’re in the dental office for any treatment or procedure, primarily cosmetic, you should be able to ask for reference to their past work. If they don’t have any, you may want to consider changing dentists. Although your dentist may not prioritize creating a portfolio of their work, it’s better to see what kind of work you will be getting before you get it.

Red Flag #8 – They Hard-Sell Caps or Crowns

Yes, you may need a dental crown to remedy a deteriorated or cracked tooth, but there are other, less invasive options to consider before jumping straight to a dental crown or cap. Ask why the dentist believes you need a crown. Get a second opinion from another dentist in Boulder. Do your due diligence.

Reg Flag #9 – They Treat You Like An Account Number

For most, a gentle, kind dentist is the ideal professional to encounter. The dental office can be scary for some, expensive for others, and downright time-consuming for almost anyone. You probably don’t’ want to be treated like another number on a screen. Instead, seek out a patient dentist willing to answer you questions and care for your oral health.

Contact Your Dentist in Boulder

At Boulder Dental Designs, we understand you have a lot to consider when visiting your local dental office. We understand that you may be afraid, have a tight budget, or unsure of how long you actually need to be in the dental chair. That’s why we offer a comfortable, relaxing environment to our patients. Our dentist and staff are here for you and your oral health first. Need to see your dentist? Contact us today!

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5 Ways To Enhance Your Smile

It’s early in the morning and you flick the bathroom light on. The brightness forces your eyes to adjust, and you step in front of your mirror. You yawn. Then you notice your teeth. They’re crooked, misshapen, and one is chipped. A sinking feeling fills your stomach. You feel as though you’ll never get anywhere in life with a less than desirable smile.

You start to think of all the times you’ve smiled at people in the last week, and the number of times no one smiled back.

What would have happened the last time you were slotted for a promotion?

Did you miss out on finding the love of your life because of your teeth?

You tear your eyes away from the mirror and start your morning routine.

If this is how most mornings go for you, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans across the nation feel as though if they had a better smile their life would be different. What most of them don’t know is that cosmetic dentistry is affordable; they simply have to find a dentist in Boulder to help them. At Boulder Dental Designs, we’re here to help enhance your smile so you can find confidence and live your best life. Don’t go another day wondering if your smile is the reason why not. Contact us today and make your smile the reason why you’re succeeding in life. Here are seven ways you can rejuvenate your smile:

Enhance Your Smile

Teeth Whitening

If you simply want a whiter, brighter smile, you can trust your dentist in Boulder to professionally whiten your teeth. It’s a relatively easy treatment, and can take between one and three visits to get the results you want. Some patients even see their smile get shades brighter in as little as one visit. Make sure you speak with your dentist about how you want your teeth whitened. Boulder Dental Designs offers in-office and at-home treatment options.

Dental Crown

Do you have discolored or badly shaped teeth? Are you tired of people looking at your smile and grimacing? Dental Crowns are a great way to cap otherwise undesirable looking teeth with porcelain. The material is durable and is a great cosmetic treatment to enhance your smile.

Dental Veneers

If your teeth are misshapen, discolored, or chipped, dental veneers are a great cosmetic treatment to enhance your smile. Veneers are porcelain shells that are placed over your existing teeth, and they give you a bright white smile you can be proud of with little to no effort. Your dentist in Boulder will make the veneers look like your natural smile.

Braces or Invasalign

Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth? Braces may be the answer to your smile doubts. Start with aligning your teeth and then use teeth whitening to brighten things up a bit. Straightening your teeth can do more than just make your smile look better. You will notice improved function like chewing or talking with straighter teeth.

Dental Implants

Do you have a missing tooth? How about a tooth that’s infected or needs to be pulled? Your smile is not complete with less than all of your teeth. If you want to fill in the gaps and give your friends, family, and colleagues a full, beautiful smile, consider getting a dental implant. Not only will you gain the aesthetic benefits, but you will improve your oral health by filling in the gap.

Professional Cleaning

That’s right! Getting your teeth professionally cleaned can help enhance your smile. You will foster better oral health and get rid of any plaque or tartar collecting between your teeth or along your gum lines.

Dental Bonding

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, you can schedule a dental bonding appointment with your dentist in Boulder. Bonding allows your dentist to fix your teeth without any level of an invasive surgery. A straight, full smile simply looks better.

Your Cosmetic Dentist in Boulder

It can be disheartening to dislike your smile. At Boulder Dental Designs in Boulder, we understand your heartache. Most patients believe cosmetic dentistry is expensive and unaffordable. In fact, cosmetic treatments are affordable and easy to schedule with your boulder dentist. Don’t go another day disliking your smile. Contact us today and enhance your grin!

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5 Most Common Dental Treatments

Going to the dentist can feel terrifying and overwhelming. It can make you nervous and anxious. What’s going to happen? Why do I need dental work? Which dental procedure do I need? You most likely have more questions than you do answers.

At Boulder Dental Designs, we understand that visiting a dental office is unnerving, but it doesn’t have to be. In this post, we’ll share some of the most common dental procedures in the industry and how serious they are on a scale of one to 10 (10 being the most serious). We hope that this information will convince you that the best decision you can make for your oral health is to stop by our practice and schedule your next appointment.

Common Dental Procedures

Procedure #1 – Fillings and maintenance

This is one of the most common dental procedures dentists take care of for patients. The seriousness of this procedure is between a one and two, seeing that it’s non-invasive and rarely requires anesthesia to complete. Most individuals spend no more than 45-60 minutes at the office total.

Procedure #2 – Root canal therapy/treatment

A root canal is the removal of a tooth pulp. This means that the nerve of the tooth has decayed, and it no longer serves a purpose. If an infected pulp is not treated or removed, it could lead to more serious infection throughout the mouth. In most cases, root canal therapy is between a five or seven, depending on the patient.

Procedure #3 – A dental crown

A dental crown is a relatively simple procedure, although it can take multiple visits to complete. The crown sits over a cracked, damaged, or chipped tooth to reinforce and protect it from further decay. On average, patients rate dental crown placements between a four and a six.

Procedure #4 – Dental implants and/or bridges

Dental implants do involve invasive surgery. The patient will need to be sedated, in nearly every case. The dentist will then implant the post into the jawbone, which the abutment and the crown will be attached once the implant heals properly. This procedure is at least a seven when it comes to seriousness. Although a serious procedure, it offers numerous benefits compared to not having a tooth in that same gap.

Procedure #5 – Tooth extractions

A tooth extraction could be the result of various causes. Whether you’ve sustained an oral injury, damaged a tooth, or need more room for braces, you may need a tooth extracted. An extraction, typically, is the last option, since it is invasive and requires surgery to complete. For most, this dental procedure is an eight or above.

What to Expect at Boulder Dental Designs

Now that you’re aware of the most common dental procedures, you will understand that going to the dentist is a benefit to your oral health. Allowing infections, decay, or injury to go untreated will only result in worse conditions later. If you’re ready to schedule your next dental checkup, give Boulder Dental Designs a call today!

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The Benefits Of Mini Implants For Dentures

Have you been told you need dental implants to restore your smile? Did your dentist tell you that having one or more missing teeth can cause oral health problems? It’s no surprise that when your smile is compromised, missing one or more teeth, that you will have a higher probability of getting infections in and around the gum tissue that’s missing teeth. Your tooth, root, and more is what helps keep your mouth healthy. When you have teeth missing, your entire smile could be compromised, allowing bacteria to find their way beneath your gum line and causing infections. This can lead to a higher dental bill over time and more dental procedures. Don’t wait to see your local Boulder dentist.

In this post, we’ll be sharing the benefits of mini dental implants for dentures. If you’re ready to see your Boulder dentist about this dental procedure, give Boulder Dental Designs a call today to schedule an appointment. Otherwise, continue reading to learn more.

What are mini dental implants?

The only major difference between mini dental implants and regular dental implants is the size. Those who are candidates for implants, but their gums, bone, or other factor don’t allow a full-size implant to be placed are typically offered mini implants to complete the much needed procedure, replacing a tooth.

Mini dental implants are made from medical-grade titanium, which has been shown to fuse the best with bone. The implants, once placed, are stable, strong, and reliable, even though they’re slightly smaller than your average dental implant.

Why choose mini dental implants?

In most cases, patients don’t get to choose between regular and mini implants. Your Boulder dentist makes that decision for you, depending on the allowed space to secure an implant in the first place. Most patients who are offered mini dental implants don’t have enough room for a regular dental implant to effectively complete the procedure. Nonetheless, mini implants were developed and created for those who have less space but still want to restore their smile!

Whether you’ve decided on dentures or a bridge, mini dental implants are easier to place and secure than regular implants. The size also means that they can cost less, which saves you, the patient, more money. Now that you know that mini implants cost less than regular implants, your Boulder dentist will still assess which option is best for you based on factors like oral health, missing teeth, and budget. In a high majority of cases, if you have enough room for a regular implant, you’ll be fitted for one.

Although mini implants are placed using the same technique as regular implants, they can actually be placed and fitted for dentures or a bridge in a shorter time-frame—in some cases in as little as one visit. This reduces cost and time to a restored smile for you.

Schedule a visit at Boulder Dental Designs today!

When it’s time to discuss dental implants of any size, whether regular or mini, give your Boulder dentist a call today! Our dentists and medical staff are committed to creating and offering a comfortable, stress-free, relaxed experience for you or your family at our dental office. Whether you or a loved one needs an implant dental procedure, we can help. Schedule an appointment today and let’s restore that beautiful smile of yours!

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