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By Western Slope Dental Center
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How cosmetic dentistry from Grand Junction can improve your smiledental procedures

People often visit the dentist because of tooth pain, but wouldn’t it be nice to visit the dentist to actually improve the appearance of your smile? Too many people forget about cosmetic dental services and how the right cosmetic dental procedure can give you a beautiful smile. Your dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO want to introduce you to some dental services you may want to consider.

If your teeth aren’t as bright white as they once were, you may want to consider a professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening is different than generic whitening kits you can buy at the store. Professional teeth whitening offers results that you can’t get with over-the-counter products. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter and the results can last up to 5 years! Western Slope Dental Center offers a rapid in-office whitening treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit.

If you need a filling, before you jump to metal fillings, you may want to consider a cosmetic filling. Composite, a liquid resin, is used for cosmetic fillings. After the material is color-matched and sculpted perfectly to match your teeth, the composite is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light. The result is a filling that is virtually invisible when you smile.

If you have jagged, unsightly teeth, you might want to consider dental bonding. Like cosmetic fillings, dental bonding uses composite which is matched to the color of your teeth. The composite is laid over the top of the treatment area and then hardened with the ultraviolet light. Dental bonding is often combined with recontouring and reshaping to create a more uniform, harmonious smile.

If you want a dazzling smile that pops, you might want to consider porcelain veneers, which are thin sheaths of porcelain cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. The porcelain is translucent and reflects light, so the veneers look completely natural and beautiful. Porcelain also resists stains, giving you a lifetime of bright white smiles.

When you visit the dentist, think about improving your smile with a cosmetic dental treatment. For more information about cosmetic and restorative dentistry call your dentists at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO today!

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
February 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

What is the Right Denture for Me?

Are you about to lose teeth and worry about what to replace them with? Or perhaps you have had the same dentures for years, and now denturesthey don’t fit. You know you need a new denture, but what kind is best for you? Dentures are an important decision, and one you shouldn’t make alone. Seek out the help of the experts at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO. They are your denture experts in the neighborhood.

You want a denture that fits and looks great, that won’t move around, so you are confident when you speak with others. You also want to be able to eat the foods you love without problems. When you visit your Grand Junction dentist, you will experience state-of-the-art dental care and get the result you want.

You can choose from a few denture options, depending on your needs and budget. Western Slope Dental Center offers these denture options:

An immediate denture--a complete arch of teeth, either top or bottom or both that is placed immediately after your teeth are extracted. Immediate dentures allow you to go out and about with a full set of teeth without waiting. After your tissue heals completely, a conventional, more permanent denture will be made for you.

A conventional denture--a complete arch of teeth, that it is made after your tissue has healed completely from tooth extraction. The advantage to conventional dentures is you don’t have to get used to two different dentures. The process takes about 6-8 weeks.

An overdenture--can be placed if you have been able to retain some tooth roots. The overdenture fits over the top of your tooth roots, or it can also be fit over implants. The advantage to an overdenture is it will help you retain the bone in your jaw, and give you a more youthful look.

A removable partial denture--an option if you want to replace just a few teeth, not your entire arch.

If you are trying to choose the right denture, get some help from an expert and call the skilled professionals at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO. They can help you with your new smile, so call today!