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By Western Slope Dental Center
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns, also called caps, are full-tooth coverings that give your smile more strength and security. They’re commonly made of porcelain, dental crownsceramic material or porcelain fused to metal and can be installed relatively quickly—in about two dentist visits. If you have a tooth that needs repair or restoration, explore the other benefits of getting dental crowns at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO.

Why Dental Crowns?
Crowns are useful dental devices that are custom-designed to fit your smile. There are a few reasons why your dentist may recommend dental crowns as a part of your treatment plan:

  • You have a tooth that looks dark or discolored and can’t be whitened using bleaching agents
  • You need a root canal, so a crown must be made to cover the tooth after it has been treated
  • You have a tooth that’s chipped, broken or has unattractive ridges in the surface
  • One tooth is out of place (protruding or misaligned)—a crown can correct its position

Benefits of Crowns
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that 15 million Americans have at least one crown—there’s a good chance that someone you know has one. Consider these benefits of adding dental crowns to your smile:

  • Whiter, brighter looking teeth
  • The crown is designed to very closely resemble the outer surface of a natural tooth, including its shape, size and color
  • Strong, durable protection for the root of your tooth
  • 10-15 years or more before you need to get another crown

How Long to Get a Crown?
You should expect to visit your Grand Junction dentist at least twice to get a crown installed—the appointments are a few weeks apart. At the first appointment, your dentist will make adjustments to the affected tooth so that a crown can fit over it, then take impressions. At the next appointment, your custom crown will be applied with dental cement and contoured to fit in with your smile.

Time to Get "Crowned"
There’s no time like the present to talk to a dentist at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO about how crowns can help your smile. Call (970) 241-3483 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berguin or Dr. Funderbunk.

By Western Slope Dental Center
February 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged teeth can greatly affect your mouth’s bite and make chewing or eating more difficult. Additionally, leaving a damaged tooth dental crownsuntreated makes it susceptible to further damage in the future. Luckily, repairing your tooth is easy with dental crowns. Learn more about these important dental restorations with Dr. Brandon Berguin and Dr. Kira Funderburk at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO.

How does a dental crown help my tooth? 
Dental crowns can take a damaged tooth and make it whole again and able to withstand everyday use. Dental crowns are a tooth-colored dental restoration which fits over a tooth to protect and strengthen it. Thanks to its materials and customization, a dental crown fits right into your smile. A dental crown is created in a dental laboratory based on an impression of the mouth and teeth to ensure the most natural look.

What can dental crowns repair? 
Dentists use dental crowns for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common uses of dental crowns include:

  • strengthening a damaged or broken tooth
  • stabilizing a tooth with a large filling, such as after a root canal
  • changing the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • holding a dental bridge in place permanently
  • restoring the biting surface of a worn tooth

Dental Crowns in Grand Junction, CO
Dental crowns require that your dentist prepares your tooth to receive the restoration. This includes removing parts of the tooth’s enamel and shaping it into a certain form which fits snugly inside the dental crown. After preparing the tooth, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to use in the design of the crown. A dental laboratory creates the crown over the course of several weeks, after which your crown returns to your dentist’s office. At a second dental visit, your dentist will permanently affix the completed crown onto your prepared tooth, completing the procedure.

For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Brandon Berguin and Dr. Kira Funderburk at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO. Call 970-241-3483 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Western Slope Dental Center
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are an exciting tooth replacement option that look and function like natural teeth. In Grand Junction, CO, dental implants dental implantsare available at Western Slope Dental Center.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures and other dental prostheses for replacing missing teeth. Once installed, dental implants become permanent fixtures in the mouth. They are composed of three parts: the implant, an abutment and a crown. The implant replaces the tooth root below the gum line and acts as an anchor for the crown, which replaces the natural tooth above the gum line. The abutment is a connecting piece that joins the implant and crown together. Neither the implant or the abutment are visible once installation is complete.

Are dental implants for everyone?

The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that adult dental implant patients be in good health overall, with a healthy mouth free of gum disease. Patients also need to have sufficient bone in the jaw area where the implant will be installed. The American Academy of Periodontology advises against installing dental implants in patients who have diabetes, heart problems or are chronic smokers.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants offer several advantages over other teeth replacement options, such as dentures. Dental implants are durable and permanent. They cannot come loose or slip out of place and no messy adhesives are needed. Additionally, dental implants look and function like natural teeth. And patients who get them report experiencing a boost in self-esteem.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. You can keep your dental implants strong and healthy by maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. Professional cleanings and regular checkups with your Grand Junction dental implants dentist will extend the life of your implants.

What do I need to know about post dental implant care?

Once your dental implants have been installed, there are several important things you can do to properly care for them. Things you can do to care for your dental implants after installation include:

  • Avoid touching the implant area for the rest of the day following installation.
  • Minimize physical activities, including exercise, immediately following surgery.
  • Following surgery, eat soft foods and drink lots of fluids, being careful to avoid hot liquids.
  • Use a gauze pad to absorb any bleeding that occurs following surgery.
  • Apply ice as needed to control swelling and pain.
  • Take any prescription antibiotics or medications to prevent infection.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers can be taken to alleviate pain.
  • Continue with your normal oral hygiene routine, but brush the implant area gently until it heals.
  • If you have been given an oral rinse, such as Peridex, use it as directed.
  • Avoid wearing any type of dental prosthesis, including dentures, for a minimum of ten days following surgery.

Contact Western Slope Dental Center for dental implants in Grand Junction, CO. To schedule an appointment, call their office at (970) 241-3483.

By Western Slope Dental Center
October 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root canal  

Unfortunately, hearing the words “root canal” gives many people anxiety. However, contrary to its bad reputation, this crucial dental procedure is relatively painless and fast. Learn more about why you shouldn’t fear the root canal with your dentists at Western Slope Dental in Grand Junction, CO.

When is a root canal necessary? 
If you have a toothache, a root canal is probably necessary. Tooth decay slowly eats through the tooth, beginning on the outer enamel layer and, eventually, reaching the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and nerve. A root canal cleans infected or decayed tissue from the tooth’s pulp chamber and removes the tooth’s nerve. This deadens the tooth, preventing it from feeling pain. By removing the infected pulp, a root canal clears out the infection, leaving your tooth healthy.

Don’t Fear the Root Canal 
After determining you require a root canal, the very first thing your dentist will do is numb the area of the tooth. This ensures that you will feel no pain during your procedure. Since the procedure removes your tooth’s nerve, it actually eliminates the chance that it will hurt after the procedure as well. You may walk into your dentist’s office with a sore tooth, but you will walk out pain and infection free.

Root Canal Therapy in Grand Junction, CO 
Root canal therapy begins with numbing the mouth. After the anesthetic has set in, your dentist will make a small access hole on the top of your tooth. Your dentist then removes any infected tissue and the tooth’s nerve using specialized equipment. After removing the infected portions of the tooth, your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth all the way down into the roots to ensure that no infection remains. Most root canals require that patients receive a dental crown on the affected tooth to support and protect it.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Brandon Berguin and Dr. Kira Funderburk at Western Slope Dental in Grand Junction, CO. Call (970) 241-3483 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Western Slope Dental Center
August 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Hate the way your teeth look when you smile? Teeth whitening offers a simple way to turn your smile from dull to dazzling. Dr. Brandon teeth whiteningBerguin and Dr. Kira Funderburk, your Grand Junction, CO dentists at Western Slope Dental Center, answer a few questions about teeth whitening.

What are the advantages of professional teeth whitening?

You'll find plenty of teeth whitening products in the dental care aisle at the drugstore or grocery store, but these products don't offer the same results and benefits of professional whitening. When you take advantage of professional whitening, you'll experience:

  • Better Results: Depending on the product, some over-the-counter teeth whitening kits don't seem to make much of a difference in your smile, even if you follow the instructions exactly. Your Grand Junction, CO dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel, which isn't available in commercial kits. After professional whitening, you can expect your teeth to be an average of three to eight shades whiter.
  • Whiter Teeth While You Wait: Don't want to devote weeks to teeth whitening? In just one one-hour session at your dentist's office, your teeth will be noticeably whiter. Professional teeth whitening is ideal if you don't have time to keep up with a lengthy teeth whitening schedule or know you'll forget when it's time to use your kit again.

What if I prefer whitening at home?

You can take advantage of professional results at your dentist's office or at home. If you prefer, your dentist will create custom whitening trays that you can use at home. You'll simply add a little gel to the trays and follow the recommended whitening schedule.

How does the dentist protect my gums?

Whitening gels and products can irritate your gums and roots, causing pain and sensitivity. Your comfort during and after the teeth whitening process is your dentist's priority. Before the whitening process begins, he or she will apply protective gel to your gums and use retractors to keep your lips or cheeks from coming in contact with the whitener.

Are ready to transform your smile? Call Dr. Berguin and Dr. Funderburk, your Grand Junction, CO dentists at Western Slope Dental Center, PC, at (970) 241-3483 to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening. Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening treatment!

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