Frequently Asked Questions
Education is a key component in achieving and maintaining your dental health. By understanding what procedures are available to you, as well as some of the potential challenges to your dental health, our goal is to help you feel more confident in the selections you make regarding your dental treatment. Please browse through the following articles to learn more about dental health care issues. As always, we are available to discuss the following information or answer any other questions you may have.
How does the doctor keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and material?
Our doctors subscribe to the latest industry journals to stay current with research and development in the dental industry. Attending continuing education courses are also of utmost importance to our doctors and dental team. We make it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available to ensure that our clients will continue to receive the most advanced and exceptional dentistry available today.
Do you accept referrals?
We are happy to accept referrals from other dental offices as well as from recommendations by our clients to their family and friends. Your referrals are our greatest compliments!
What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
We are only a phone call away. If you have a dental situation where you need to speak with us outside of normal business hours, call the office at (719) 599-0700 and you will be given an after hours number where our doctors can be reached.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Yes. Bleeding gums are often a sign of periodontal disease, which can cause bone and tooth loss. Periodontal (gum) disease has also been linked to systemic problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there something you can do to help me relax?
We understand that many people have qualms about visiting the dentist. Our dental spa was designed to create a soothing and relaxing spa-like atmosphere to reduce anxiety and stress. We provide many spa amenities for your comfort and relaxation, including DVD movies and music to help you focus on more pleasant things. We can help you relax with Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) or for especially anxious clients, we offer IV “conscious sedation.”
I want my teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
There are a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of braces. For slightly crooked or uneven or worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. In more pronounced cases, it may be necessary to fit you with “invisible braces." Invisalign is the “invisible” way to straighten your teeth without wearing conventional metal braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable custom-made aligners to move your teeth. It is a comfortable and effective system that we’ve used successfully with our clients.
We would be happy to talk with you regarding treatment options that best suits your individual situation.
My spouse snores and keeps me up at night. I have heard a dentist might be able to prescribe an appliance that prevents snoring. Can you help?
Snoring is tough on any relationship and can be caused by a number of factors. In some cases, a person may actually stop breathing for short periods during the night, a condition called sleep apnea. In other cases, snoring can be caused by enlarged anatomical structures within the mouth and throat. During sleep, the throat area allows these structures to collapse against one another and obstruct clear airflow. In the latter situation, we can prescribe and fit a special appliance, which gently holds the mouth and throat in an open position during relaxed sleep and thus prevents snoring.
What is a smile analysis and smile design?
Smile analysis and design are actually artistic and technical processes that we go through to create a smile that is uniquely and beautifully yours. Typically, analysis involves both emotional questions (to determine how your smile affects your self-image, your interactions with others, and your relationships) and objective questions (to determine what structural/physical aspects of your smile concern you.)
In a smile analysis, we look at all the factors that compose a smile: the shape of a smile, the size, the smile line, and the position of your teeth, lips, and gums when you smile. We analyze the proportions of your face to make sure that your new teeth are the perfect size, shape, and dimensions to compliment your face.
Smile Design involves several important steps. After an initial smile analysis, we conduct a consultation by taking digital photographs of your face and smile, and then we take X-rays of your mouth. We will take impressions of your teeth and make models so that you can actually see what your new smile will look like. After we all agree on the final objectives, we create a treatment plan to accommodate those goals - some involving several lengthy appointments, some requiring much less time. We strive to create a smile that accurately conveys your unique personality in keeping with your gender, age, and facial features.
Please call, (719) 599-0700 to schedule your complimentary consultation. You’ll be amazed and very excited when you see the smile of your dreams come to life!
Crowns, Veneers, on-lays, inlays and partials. Where can I learn more about these procedures?
With today's technology, materials, and advanced techniques, we offer several options for restoring weak, broken, chipped, discolored and/or missing teeth, restoring your smile back to its original shape and function.
With the revolutionary CEREC technology, we are excited to offer our clients Single Visit Crowns! We can create beautiful porcelain tooth colored crowns, onlays and inlays in just One Visit! No Impressions, No Temporaries! No Second Appointment!
Veneers can be placed in just a few simple appointments! Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made laminates that are permanently fixed directly to the front teeth. They have become increasingly popular and are a great durable option for changing the size, shape, position, and color of teeth.
Onlays are used for large restorations. They restore the area inside the cusp and extend over one or more sides of the tooth. Because of their size, they are usually made of porcelain.
Inlays are used to restore the area of tooth inside the cusps. Inlays are a conservative tooth restoration which means they require far less drilling and preparation of the tooth than a metal filling. Inlays are usually made of porcelain or composite resin, making them “invisible” in your smile.
For more information on any of these procedures, please feel free to talk with us during your visit. To schedule your complimentary consultation, please call (719) 599-0700 ... your first step to a fabulous new smile!