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By Western Slope Dental Center
March 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Multiple Dental ImplantsThe healthiest tooth restoration method available, dental implants feel, look, and act just like real teeth. At Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO, Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk and Dr. William Berguin complete gapped smiles with innovative implants to replace one, two, or all of a patient's teeth. Get the details here!

 

Your best smile

No decay, no gum disease, no gaps. However, problems can crop up from time to time—even tooth loss, no matter how hard we work to avoid it. Along with tooth loss comes gum and bone degradation which changes how your face looks and how healthy your remaining teeth are as time goes by.

Dental implants from your dentist in Grand Junction imitate what those lost teeth used to do for you, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak without worry or the need for messy denture adhesives.

How can a titanium screw, metal post, and porcelain crown do all that? The key is titanium metal. Human bone loves it and readily bonds to it through osseointegration. As an implant site heals, the surgically-placed device and the jaw bone meld securely and permanently, acting just as a natural tooth root does.

While osseointegration does take time, the results are fantastic and reliable. Dental implants can last for 40 to 50 years, and few things threaten their reliability. Just keep up with your good at-home hygiene, and come to Western Slope Dental Center for check-ups and cleanings twice a year. Additionally, avoid grinding your teeth and smoking, and your implants will stay safe, secure, and totally functional!

 

Is the treatment difficult?

Not at all! It simply takes a consultation, an operation, and a followup.

Your dentist will tell you if you are a good candidate for this inventive tooth replacement. Expect a complete oral examination, digital X-ray imaging, and a thorough assessment of your jaw bone, for you must have enough bone to accept the implant. If your bone is thin, you may need to undergo a simple augmentation procedure to strengthen the jaw bone before your implant treatment.

For a single-tooth implant, your dentist will numb the site and insert the titanium device directly into the jaw bone. You will then wait several weeks before returning to the office for placement of the post and crown. At that time, your implant will be fully integrated and usable.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

For additional information and to arrange your appointment with us, call our Grand Junction office at (970) 241-3483. You can have a great smile again with dental implants!

By Western Slope Dental Center
August 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Extractions   Wisdom Teeth  

Wisdom Tooth ExtractionWhat your dentists in Grand Junction, Colorado want you to know

 

If your tooth hurts, should it be extracted? This is an important question to think about before removing a tooth. There are some definite signs and symptoms which indicate you may need a tooth extracted. The dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, Colorado want to share the facts about when a tooth extraction might be necessary.

One of the most obvious symptoms indicating you might need a tooth extracted is from dental pain. You may need your tooth extracted if it is:

  • Becoming infected due to periodontal disease
  • Too badly damaged to be restored by a filling or crown
  • Too painful even after a filling, crown or root canal treatment

There may be other non-painful reasons you can benefit from a tooth extraction. You may need a tooth extracted because:

  • There is not enough room for the tooth
  • It is crowding and putting pressure on other teeth
  • Removing the tooth will make orthodontic treatment easier

If you aren’t practicing excellent oral hygiene habits including brushing and flossing, you can suffer gum and periodontal disease. Bacteria can begin to destroy the bone supporting your teeth. Eventually, your teeth can become loose and ineffective for chewing your food. The infection can spread to other teeth.

You may need a tooth extracted because it is:

  • Mobile and not strongly supported by bone
  • Abscessed and causing infection to soft tissue, bone and your other teeth

One of the most common reasons to have teeth extracted is if they are wisdom teeth. Many people don’t have enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt normally. In many cases, the teeth are poorly-positioned, crowded, and difficult to clean. In some cases, the wisdom teeth don’t erupt at all, staying embedded in bone. These are known as impacted wisdom teeth.

You may need wisdom teeth extracted if they are:

  • Damaged, decayed, or infected
  • Not erupting normally or are crowded
  • Unable to be brushed or flossed thoroughly
  • Not a fully functioning part of your bite

To find out more call the dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Call today!