Afraid of the Dentist? 4 Ways to Reduce Dental Anxiety

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If you tense up just thinking about going to the dentist, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered by The Fort Collins Dentist.

Millions of Americans stress out when they have to see the dentist. It is referred to as dental anxiety. There is a more severe form, too, called dental phobia. In both, some people would rather skip the dentist altogether, rather than sit down for a checkup. The problem with that, of course, is it puts their dental health at risk.

Whatever the cause, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.

We offer two types, as well as two suggestions for a calm visit. In total, that’s four ways to reduce dental anxiety! Check our solutions out below:

  1. Nitrous Oxide: You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.
  2. IV Sedation: As the name suggests, this is a sedative that is administered intravenously. You won’t sleep with this, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need an escort for a ride here and back.
  3. Meditation: This is a good way to clear your mind of negative thoughts before an appointment.
  4. A Good Night’s Sleep: Being well-rested can help calm frayed nerves.

Don’t compromise your dental health by skipping the dentist! Sedation dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist may be just for you. Patients from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

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Implant Dentures: Fixed or Removable?

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For anyone who has lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from The Fort Collins Dentist may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.

Implant-supported dentures provide numerous advantages over standard dentures. Our team has put together a list of the benefits of this technologically advanced procedure, so you can stay informed:

  • Security and Stability: Implant-supported dentures provide more structure than regular dentures. They stay in place safely and do not slip.
  • Increased Chewing Ability: For patients that have lost their enjoyment for food, implant-supported dentures can refurnish up to 100% of their natural chewing function
  • Comfort: This advanced procedure provides a comfortable tooth structure that feels natural to the patient.
  • Decreased Gum Irritation: Patients who opt for regular dentures often suffer from abrasions like canker sores. Implant-supported dentures don’t slip and are more secure, so patients who choose them often find that they have to deal with less gum irritation.
  • Unimpaired Speaking Ability: While other options tend to make it difficult for the patient to enunciate, these advanced dentures feel and act like natural teeth. This means you can be easily understood while wearing them.
  • Bone Loss Prevention: Implants prevent a “sunken face” look and a loss of bone structure.

Implants require a sufficient amount of healthy bone structure for placement. The condition of your jaw bone affects whether it can support implants and where the posts can be inserted.

Implant-supported dentures from The Fort Collins Dentist are game-changers. Patients from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for these and other restorative dentistry options. Contact us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Your Smile Can Be Brighter and Lighter

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No one can miss a fabulous smile, and a really good one is a valuable asset professionally and socially. If you’d like yours to be brighter and lighter, cosmetic dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist can deliver!

With our professional-grade teeth whitening services, we can dramatically brighten your smile in a single office visit. Imagine: You walk into our office for your scheduled appointment, with teeth that have grown dull and yellow over the years. When you leave, you’re flashing a brilliant new smile.

We have two whitening options for you: in-office whitening, which can brighten and lighten your smile in a single office visit, and a powerful at-home kit that lets you proceed are your own pace.

At The Fort Collins Dentist teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. We’ve brightened smiles of people all over North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud. Contact us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

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Into The Thick Of It: The Skinny On Toothpaste

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At The Fort Collins Dentist we urge all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. This very good habit is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your dental health.

What kind of toothpaste should you use? There is no one-size-fits-all product on the market. One patient might be interested in whitening toothpaste, and another may need something for sensitive teeth.

There’s a huge selection of toothpastes in any grocery store, from standard paste to so-called natural toothpastes. You want to make the best choice for your teeth, but it isn’t always easy to make up your mind.

Different types of toothpastes have specific active ingredients that make them work. Fluoride is by far the most important thing to look for. But there are many other ingredients; what follows is a rundown of the more common ones.

  • Detergents: Sodium lauryl sulfate is nearly ubiquitous, not only in toothpaste, but in other personal care products like shampoo. Sometimes it’s called Sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate. It’s the stuff that makes products foamy. Some people are sensitive to it, and some consumer advocacy groups say it can be hazardous. There are toothpastes that don’t have it.
  • Whiteners: The most common toothpaste whitener is hydrogen peroxide, but there are others, like polyphosphates. While they do a modest job whitening teeth, many experts agree that the whitening agents aren’t strong enough, or in contact with the teeth long enough, to do a really good job. To get really white teeth, try professional whitening from a dentist.
  • Desensitizers: Some people’s teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold foods than others. And some are more tactile-sensitive. Used on a regular basis, desensitizing toothpastes can be very effective, but it’s a good idea to get a dentist’s recommendation first.
  • Plaque Fighters: A toothpaste ingredient called triclosan is believed to fight plaque and gum inflammation. While it seemed promising at first, more recent studies indicate triclosan may contribute to antibiotic resistance, and disrupt hormones and the immune system.

Always read the label, and make sure the toothpaste you’re considering has the American Dental Association seal. If you see it, it means the ADA considers it safe and effective. Whatever you choose, brush and floss twice each day!

Feel free to ask us for a recommendation, and what might be best for your particular set of teeth. At The Fort Collins Dentist, we offer general and restorative dentistry. People from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud also trust their smiles to our cosmetic dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

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Why is the 4-Step Tooth Implant Timeline Necessary?

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Dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement. The process for getting one can take two to six months. However, you shouldn’t let that discourage you! Why? Each stage of the procedure is important. The lengthy time period isn’t a drawback; it is indicative of the permanent nature of the implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration – which consists of a crown, denture, partial denture, or bridge.

It all starts with a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and analyze your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting.

2. Placement

The next step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or as painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It usually takes one or two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery discomfort. Most people can go back to work right after the surgery.

3. Osseointegration

The key to implant placement is a factor referred to as osseointegration. It’s a fancy word that refers to the rate at which the titanium post fuses with the bone. Since the rate of osseointegration is different for everyone, so will the length of time needed for the process to take effect. In most cases, it takes three to six months for this to happen. Once it does, you’ve got a rock-solid foundation for the implant.,

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root. The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Teeth supported by dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist are life-changing. No wonder they’re one of our most popular restorative dentistry options! We’ve placed them in patients from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud, who agree that the wait was absolutely worth the results. We also offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Just Like Natural Teeth

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Is your smile beginning to look a little dull? Has its luster faded over the years? Maybe you’ve got a chipped tooth – or maybe even a couple. You don’t have to live with these imperfections if you don’t want to. At The Fort Collins Dentist, porcelain veneers can mask these and other dental flaws, leaving you with a magnificent smile.

Porcelain veneers are custom-fitted medical-grade porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the surface of the teeth that need correcting. They look just like natural teeth ñ naturally perfect teeth, in fact.

One thing to remember: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in, they are permanent. But once they are placed, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

To find out more about porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment with The Fort Collins Dentist. People from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for veneers and other cosmetic dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Tooth Implant Placement: Before, During, After

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Dental implants are rapidly becoming the tooth replacement option of choice. Millions of Americans have chosen implants, like those available at The Fort Collins Dentist. Once the decision is made, patients usually want to know what’s involved every step of the way.

Before the Procedure

It begins with a consultation and preliminary exam. We’ll take X-rays of your teeth and jaw to make sure you have enough healthy bone structure. If you don’t, we may recommend bone grafting.

We’ll also inspect your gums for any signs of gum disease. Healthy gums are essential for a successful implant.

During Implant Surgery

After administering anesthesia, a guide hole is drilled into your jaw and a titanium post – which is the actual implant – is screwed in. The process takes about an hour.

Aftercare

Some patients experience minor pain and swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough to control it. An icepack can help, too. Most people can resume their usual activities the same day.

At The Fort Collins Dentist, we have placed dental implants in people from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud, who also come to us for other restorative dentistry options. Request an appointment today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Improve Your Smile for Yourself (And Those That Look at You)

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Losing one or more of your natural teeth impacts your smile, and your ability to bite and chew. But with dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist, you can regain your smile and the ability to eat just about anything.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are anchored into your jaw. They are solid foundations for artificial teeth. Because they are physically attached to your jaw, they also prevent the loss of bone that usually accompanies tooth loss.

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, a conventional dental bridge or dentures are certainly better than nothing. But because they are not solidly anchored to your jaw, they do not provide full biting and chewing function. This is, of course, a major drawback.

This is what makes dental implants so brilliant. They don’t look any different than natural teeth, and better still, they feel and function the same. Once the implants are in place and the jaw has fully healed, most patients report full chewing power. That means they can enjoy just about any food they choose.

At The Fort Collins Dentist we provide single-tooth dental implants and implant-supported dentures. They look great! People from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud trust us with this and other restorative dentistry procedures. Contact us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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Is Your Mouth Sore Something Serious?

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One of our most important roles at The Fort Collins Dentist is to help our patients maintain the best possible dental health. Regular cleanings and checkups are essential.

Some of our patients have problems with mouth sores, which is the topic of this message.

If you have a mouth sore that lasts more than a week or two, it is important to come in for an exam, even if your six-month checkup isn’t due for a while. Mouth sores can be an indicator of disease, and an early assessment aids in preventing more serious issues.

If required, treatment and pain relief can be offered. In extreme cases, we will refer you to a medical professional who specializes in ailments that can cause mouth sores.

There are two types of mouth sores: canker sores and cold sores.

  • Canker sores are small and ulcer-like, with a white or gray base and a red border. They are found on the inside of the mouth, and while they are not contagious, they can be painful. Canker sore usually heal in a week or two. Antimicrobial mouth-rinses, over-the-counter topical anesthetics, and avoiding spicy and acidic foods aids in temporary relief while your sore is healing.
  • Cold sores, also called fever blisters or Herpes Simplex, are groups of fluid-filled blisters that appear around the lips, sometimes appearing under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are contagious and painful, but typically heal in about a week. Some over-the-counter anesthetics furnish relief.

For either condition, we can advise you on the best treatment.

At The Fort Collins Dentist, the dental health of our patients is always our top priority. People from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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Dental crowns from The Fort Collins Dentist are a versatile restoration. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or been damaged. It is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, a crown is the final step.

Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

  • All ceramic (porcelain-based)
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Gold alloys
  • Base metal alloys

Dental crowns can last for many years, but they are not designed to last indefinitely. A crown can last for about fifteen years. But when they are well taken care of, crowns have been known to last much longer: as long as twenty-five or thirty years!

At The Fort Collins Dentist, we place a lot of dental crowns. Patients from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to our practice for this and other restorative dentistry options. Contact us today!

Contact The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry:

970-449-0952

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2001 S Shields St Bldg L
Fort Collins, Colorado
80526

 

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