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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!

By Western Slope Dental Center
July 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Oral hygieneMost patients know how important it is to keep their mouths clean, but don’t take the actions necessary to maintain good oral health. After a busy day, it can be tempting to eat and then lay down without brushing or flossing. The evidence of whether you’re keeping good oral hygiene habits is shown when you go to the dentist for an examination. Restore your smile health with the help of a dentist at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO.

A Good Oral Hygiene Habit
You’ve probably been told the importance of brushing your teeth ever since you were a young child. Brushing keeps your teeth free from the leftover food particles, film, and sugar that can cause dental decay. The American Dental Association says that brushing twice per day is a critical behavior if you want to avoid oral infections. But there are more steps that you must take if you want to maintain the health of your teeth and gums in the long run.

Better Oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing your teeth at the beginning of the day and at night is good, but simply not enough to care for your oral health. For instance, some people brush religiously but never floss, which is another critical hygienic behavior. Follow these tips for better oral care:

- Floss after meals or at the very least before you go to bed each night. Make sure you floss all quadrants of your mouth, including the front top and bottom.
- Brush your tongue to remove the dental film, which also contains bacteria.
- Rinse with hydrogen peroxide or a mouthwash recommended by your Grand Junction dentist. 
- Eat foods that promote good dental health, including vegetables, fruits for snacks, yogurt, and cheese for calcium.

A Healthy Smile
A clean and well-maintained smile is a healthy smile. Remember that after eating and drinking, unhealthy bacteria in your mouth become more active and need to be removed before they have a chance to create plaque and tartar. Keeping good oral care habits helps keep a healthy balance of good versus bad bacteria in your mouth.

Your Next Checkup
When you commit yourself to better oral hygiene habits, you may find yourself looking forward to your next check-up. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. William Berguin, or Dr. Kira Funderburk at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction, CO, today by calling (970) 241-3483.

By Western Slope Dental Center
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Let dental implants restore your smile by filling in the gaps from missing teeth. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement implants They look just like natural teeth and perform normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing. Once placed, dental implants are permanently affixed in place and will not loosen or fall out when speaking or eating. At Western Slope Dental Center, Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk, and Dr. William Berguin are your dentists for dental implants in Grand Junction, CO.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants consist of three components: a metal implant, an abutment, and a dental crown. The metal implant is placed below the gum line and functions like a root anchoring the artificial tooth in place. The dental crown is placed above the gum line and is a replacement tooth. Crowns look like natural teeth and can perform natural biting and chewing functions. The abutment is a connecting piece that joins the metal implant and crown together. Once the procedure is complete, the crown is the only portion of the dental implant that is visible.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are several other options for replacing missing teeth, such as dentures or bridgework. However, dental implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options. For instance, there is no need to apply a messy dental adhesive every day to hold the implants in place, as is the case with certain types of dentures. Since dental implants fuse to the jaw bone, they always remain in place like healthy natural teeth. Your dentist for dental implants in Grand Junction can help you decide if they are right for you. Benefits of dental implants include:

  • Restore your smile
  • Fill in gaps from missing teeth
  • Installation is permanent
  • Dental adhesives not needed
  • Look like natural teeth
  • Function like natural teeth
  • No risk of shifting out of place

Dental implants can restore your smile and give you back a full set of teeth. For dental implants in Grand Junction, CO, schedule an appointment with Dr. Berguin, Dr. Funderburk, or Dr. Berguin by calling Western Slope Dental Center at (970) 241-3483.

By Western Slope Dental Center
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover the many ways in which you can get that whiter smile.teeth whitening

A smile that is full of stains and discolorations can certainly be embarrassing, but there are so many options out there to help you achieve that whiter smile that you don’t have to live with yellowing, stained teeth. While teeth whitening will certainly offer you fast and effective results, our Grand Junction, CO, cosmetic dentists Dr. Brandon Berguin, Dr. Kira Funderburk and Dr. William Berguin are here to talk about the many ways in which you can address your dental stains.

Whitening Products

If you feel like your smile only needs a little boost then you may find the results you need through at-home whitening products. Whitening toothpastes and even at-home kits can be enough for those only looking to remove minor surface stains. Just make sure to always follow the directions. Of course, it’s necessary to acknowledge that most at-home methods won’t give you fast or dramatic results.

Professional Teeth Whitening

If you are dealing with serious dental stains caused by years of smoking or coffee drinking, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Grand Junction, CO, dentists are ready to help you tackle those stains and yellow teeth to get you a visibly whiter smile. There are two ways in which to do this: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. If you have severe stains and you want to get rid of them quickly then your best option is in-office whitening. Professional whitening actually changes the shade of your teeth. In as little as one session we could get your smile multiple shades whiter.

At-home whitening is also available. Our whitening kit uses customized whitening trays, which ensures more uniform and even whitening, while the whitening gel is stronger and provides better results in a shorter period of time than commercial whitening kits.

Dental Veneers

Sometimes the stains you have can’t be treated through professional teeth whitening. If stains are too severe, or are internal rather than external, then you will need to turn to other cosmetic options to hide these stains. These porcelain shells are often the best way to cover severe discolorations and other imperfections and to give you a more beautiful smile. Even if teeth whitening isn’t right for you, dental veneers could be.

Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Grand Junction, CO? If so, then the next step is to find out if you are right for this treatment. Call Western Slope Dental Center today to schedule a consultation with our dental team.

By Western Slope Dental Center
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

According to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States. scaling, root planingPeriodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth-loss in adults, which is why you need to make sure you visit your Grand Junction, CO, dentists, Drs. Brandon Berguin, Kira Funderburk and William Berguin, for your bi-annual dental checkup.

Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar.

When tartar, or calculus, accumulates on your gums, you may notice swelling and your gums bleeding easily. If you start noticing these symptoms, this means you're experiencing gingivitis.

Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for:

  • Bad breath or bad taste that persists
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Gums that are red, bleed easily or are swollen

Reasons for Gum Disease:

Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:

  • Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Medications
  • Genetics


You should have an oral and dental examination at your Grand Junction family dentist's office every six months. In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition to brushing, flossing daily, before going to bed, will help remove food debris and reduce the buildup of plaque.

In addition to oral hygiene, avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth, and drinking water, which can wash away food debris.

Scaling and Root Planing

Sometimes gum disease doesn't respond to conventional treatment and self-care like flossing so you may require scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing helps gums reattach to the tooth structure.

The procedure begins with:

  • Administration of a local anesthetic
  • Then a small instrument called a scaler is used to clean plaque and tartar beneath your gum line
  • The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed

If you want to schedule an appointment with Drs. Brandon Berguin, Kira Funderburk and William Berguin, a bi-annual checkup or because you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call (970) 241-3483. His office is conveniently located in Grand Junction, CO, so don't hesitate to visit them as soon as possible.

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