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General Dentistry

 

At Columbine Dental, we strive to meet all our patients’ oral health care needs by offering a broad range of dental services. Whether you’re looking for Ken Caryl root canal treatment or need a cosmetic dentist in Littleton for teeth whitening, you can rest assured that we’ve got the dental treatment your family needs! To welcome you to our practice, we’re very pleased to offer several New Patient Specials designed to help make your treatment more affordable. 

The General Dental Treatments We Provide 

General dentistry focuses on treatments that are necessary for maintaining good dental health. The general treatments we provide to patients of all ages living in the Littleton, Ken Caryl, and Columbine areas of Colorado include:

Teeth Cleanings 

Twice a year, you should visit us for professional teeth cleaning. During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth and especially from those areas your brush can’t reach like under the gumline and in between your teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride. The fluoride treatments we provide you with help strengthen and rebuild tooth structure to protect your teeth from decay.

Fillings 

Dental fillings are used to replace and restore tooth structure that’s been damaged due to decay or fracture. When you visit us for a filling, your Littleton family dentist will remove any old, broken down, amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury. These old fillings will be replaced with tooth-colored fillings to make your restored teeth look natural.

It’s no longer necessary to feel self-conscious because you have unsightly, dark-colored amalgam/metal fillings in your mouth. The modern tooth-colored fillings we use are made of a composite resin or porcelain material to help you smile with complete confidence knowing that your filings don’t show.

Bonding

Bonding is a process in which your Littleton cosmetic dentist applies a tooth-colored composite resin material to the teeth to improve their appearance. Bonding can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are: 

  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Misshapen
  • Gapped
  • Discolored

Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth. This is a quick procedure that typically takes about one hour to complete. It’s also a relatively inexpensive way to improve the appearance of teeth.

Teeth treated with bonding may need to be re-treated in the future as the bonding material is not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns. When your teeth have been bonded, it’s important to brush your teeth thoroughly every day because the bonding material can become stained from things like coffee, tea, tobacco, and certain foods and snacks.

Root Canals 

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a badly decayed or damaged tooth.

When a tooth is affected by decay and is not treated right away, the decay can eventually work its way deep into the tooth to cause infection, severe pain, and extensive damage to the tooth’s structure. When this damage goes beyond what a filling can treat, your dentist may recommend a root canal to relieve you of the pain and to save the tooth.

The root canal procedure involves removing the decayed pulp from the center part (canal) of the tooth. The canal is then reshaped, cleaned, and filled with a strengthening filler material.

What to expect:

  • Your tooth will be numbed with an anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain.
  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
  • An opening is made in the tooth so your dentist can remove the infected/dead pulp.
  • The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and the canal is reshaped.
  • The tooth is filled with a biocompatible filling material.
  • A temporary covering is put over the access opening.

You MUST visit your dentist again to have a restoration placed on the tooth.

Dental Implants 

Dental implants are used to replace missing or lost teeth. These artificial tooth replacements which are durable and long-lasting, look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Implants can be a good replacement solution for one, several or all of the teeth. If you have a visible gap between your teeth and there are no teeth surrounding that gap, your Littleton dentist may recommend a dental implant to fill that gap.

What to expect:

The dental implant procedure is done in a series of steps over a period of several months. The first step involves your dentist surgically implanting a screw-like post made of a biocompatible material (like titanium) into the jawbone. Then following a healing period of several weeks or months, an abutment is put on top of the implant. Once the abutment is placed, your gums will need to heal for a week or two before the artificial tooth top (crown) is placed on top of the abutment to finish the procedure.

Once you’ve been provided with a dental implant, it’s important to do a good job with your oral hygiene routine to ensure that your implant is not affected by bacteria. It’s equally important to visit us twice a year for routine exams and professional cleanings so we can check your implant and remove plaque from your teeth. When taken care of properly, a dental implant can last for several decades.

Contact Your Littleton Family Dentist

At Columbine Dental, we have all the general dentistry treatments your family needs to achieve and maintain healthy and attractive smiles! Our friendly staff is always happy to speak with you so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of the dental treatments we offer. If you’d like to set up a visit with one of our dentists, please request an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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