Patient Education Is A Priority At The Fort Collins Dentist Family & Implant Dentistry

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When patients are fully informed about their dental health, they usually do more to maintain it. That’s been our experience at The Fort Collins Dentist, so we make patient education a priority at every checkup.

Are regular checkups even necessary? That question comes up sometimes. We don’t mean to hedge with our answer, but it really depends on what is meant by regular. For some patients it’s enough to see us once a year. For others, every four months is better. For most, twice a year is ideal.

At every checkup, we examine you for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. Stepping up your dental care routine at home is often enough to get it under control.

Indestructable?

Your teeth may seem like pieces of bone growing in your mouth, but they are actually living structures. That hard surface of enamel covers an interior filled with a rigid material called dentin, which is mineralized connective tissue. As hard as it is, it is not indestructable. When bacteria causes holes in it you have a cavity. We want to fill those as soon as possible.

Fillings, by the way, won’t last forever. They can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problems. You can extend the life of a filling with daily brushing and flossing.

The more you know the better off you are. If you have any questions about a recommended procedure at The Fort Collins Dentist, don’t hesitate to ask. Patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for dental implants, complete general and family dentistry, and much more. And they ask a lot of questions, too! Schedule your next appointment with 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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The Gift Of Oral Health

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Sometimes our patients wonder why, with all the developments in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss after a checkup at The Fort Collins Dentist.

It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world. But don’t let their simplicity fool you! These tools are your best friends in preventing cavities, plaque build-up, and gum disease!

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an important part of everyday oral hygiene.

How To Brush

We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush for at least two minutes. Make sure to get the front and sides of all your teeth, the inside and outside parts, and the chewing surfaces.

When you do the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle. Replace your toothbrush every three months or so.

Use whatever toothpaste flavor you like best, but make sure it has fluoride in it. Use a pea-sized blob – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough!

We strongly recommend flossing, too. Should you floss your teeth before or after you brush? There is no hard-and-fast rule on that, and it may come down to personal preference. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

At The Fort Collins Dentist, we think that good oral health is a gift that keeps on giving. Our services include complete general and family dentistry. People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud also improve their smiles with our cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with 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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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

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Most of us consume far too much sugar. That isn’t exactly a news flash, but at The Fort Collins Dentist we want to remind you what sugar does to teeth, and what you can do about it.

We get cavities when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The acid is produced by bacteria in plaque, that sticky film that forms on the surfaces of teeth. When sugar is introduced it interacts with the bacteria in the plaque, and makes the acids, which attack the teeth and cause cavities.

That’s why it is so important to choose food and drink wisely. But it isn’t easy, is it? Sugar seems to be in just about everything. Health experts say the average person in the United States consumes about 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every single day. That is twice as much as is recommended by the American Heart Association!

Knowing how much sugar is in the food that you buy is vital: not just to your teeth, but to your overall health. Reading ingredient labels on processed foods is essential.

Of course, some things are obvious. Eliminate or minimize the sweet stuff, like soda, candy, cookies, cakes, and donuts. Sweet things may seem to make life worthwhile, but there is a high cost.

If you have an incurable sweet tooth, you might try softening the blow by eating more fruit. You’ll still need to brush, of course, but the natural sugars in fruit aren’t as harmful as those in processed foods. If making that change sounds difficult, remember what a wise person once said: we like what we learn to like.

At The Fort Collins Dentist we care about the dental health of each of our patients. So please cut back on sugar, brush your teeth at least twice a day, don’t forget to floss, and see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months. People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud come to us for dental implants, complete general and family denstiry, and much more. Schedule your next appointment with 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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Fort Collins Wants Silver Screen Smiles

North Laramie Wants Silver Screen Smiles

A smile makeover is all about using cosmetic dentistry procedures to make positive changes to your teeth. At The Fort Collins Dentist we combine two or more of these procedures to upgrade your smile.

The effects of a smile makeover may be subtle, or they may be quite dramatic, like what you’d see on a movie star. We can make changes to the color of your teeth, close gaps, fix chips or cracks, or re-shape gum tissue. Since it addresses aspects you dislike, you can think of it as a customized smile.

The procedures include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening

Porcelain veneers are thin layers of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front of the teeth. They can be used to cover gaps, chips, and stains.

Bonding involves using a composite resin to repair decay, chips, or fractures. It can also be used to make teeth seem longer. The color of the resin matches that of your teeth.

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the history of dentistry. A titanium post is inserted into the jaw, and in time fuses with the bone. An artificial tooth is fitted on top of that, and it looks and functions like a natural tooth. Implants can also anchor a set of dentures.

Teeth whitening. Everyone wants whiter teeth, and teeth whitening is one of the most in-demand cosmetic dentistry procedures there is. Professional whitening surpasses any over-the-counter product you can find.

At The Fort Collins Dentist we’ll customize a treatment plan that gets you the smile you’ve always wanted. We’ve used cosmetic dentistry to improve the smiles of patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud. We also offer complete general and family dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment with 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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Bright And Healthy Smiles

Bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull and yellow ones: you won’t get much disagreement there. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. At The Fort Collins Dentist, we create bright and healthy smiles every day with cosmetic dentistry.

We use cosmetic dentistry to create positive changes to your smile. We can close unsightly gaps and brighten your smile with porcelain veneers, or replace old silver fillings with white fillings that blend seamlessly with your teeth.

A great smile is a huge asset. It’s how we express a range of emotions without saying a word. Our goal is to draw your teeth and facial structure into harmony, so that you are able to present the world with the best possible you.

At The Fort Collins Dentist, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud improve their smiles with us. Please visit our smile gallery, and then call our office to schedule 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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7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

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Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. In this post from The Fort Collins Dentist, we explain seven ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and tooth-colored. It is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty, and then hardened or set with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

We will usually consider bonding when 1) decayed, 2) chipped, or 3) cracked teeth need to be repaired.

4) Large spaces between teeth can be filled with bonding material, and 5) roots can be protected by bonding after gums recede.

6) Discolored teeth can also be improved using the bonding process, and, since the material is easily shaped, teeth can be made to 7) look longer or just have the general shape changed. Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover.

At The Fort Collins Dentist we have used bonding and other cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve countless smiles. Patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Schedule 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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You, Only Better

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If you’re not happy with your smile, you can improve it with cosmetic dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist.

Cosmetic dentistry is all about using sound dental techniques to make positive changes to your smile. Even a tiny change can make a big difference.

General and family dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that is never overlooked. Cosmetic dentistry improves smiles as a complement  to your dental health.

There are procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers that can transform your smile. But before proceeding we consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient.

Available cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Veneers. Thin shells are affixed to the front of your teeth to cover gaps, cracks, and discoloration.
  • Teeth whitening. Professional whitening surpasses any whitening product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Dental implants. One or more titanium posts inserted in your jaw can support one or more replacement teeth.
  • Invisalign clear braces. Straighten crooked teeth without metal!

Cosmetic dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist can transform your smile from dull to dazzling! People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud also come to our practice for complete general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with 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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Worried About Dental Visits?

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Good dental health is important to overall health, but there are some people who would do almost anything but sit down for an appointment. If anxiety or even phobia keeps you away from regular checkups, sedation dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist can help.

There are lots of reasons why people avoid the dentist. It may stem from a bad childhood experience or a fear of pain. It may be from concerns about X-rays or some other common dental procedure. Whatever it is, don’t put your dental health at risk by never going to the dentist.

Modern dentistry is safe and painless. If you’re concerned about something like X-rays, we can accommodate you. The important thing is to have regular checkups, and to have any dental health issues treated.

We have two types of sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide. Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide has a long and successful history as a dental sedative. It works quickly and wears off quickly.
  • IV Sedation. This is a stronger form of sedation that is administered in the arm. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deep state of relaxation: so much so that you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

If you have been putting off seeing the dentist because of anxiety or phobia, sedation dentistry from The Fort Collins Dentist can help. Patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud rely on us for complete general and family dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment with 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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Dental Implants And Smile Makeovers

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The gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth is not only embarrassing, it can have an impact on your dental health. That’s why dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist make so much sense.

When you’re missing one or more of your teeth, the space it causes can make the remaining teeth shift and rotate. This has an immediate impact on your bite. They’re also more difficult to keep clean.

Your jawbone is also affected. Because of the missing tooth roots, the bone begins to lose its mass. This, in turn, leads to a shrunken appearance on your face.

Dental implants are an ideal solution. Implants are metal posts inserted into your jaw. They’re usually made of titanium, and within a few months of insertion will actually fuse with the bone, becoming one with your jaw. They become a solid foundation for an artificial tooth.

Since they are physically attached to your jaw, the artificial teeth function just like the real thing. They also act as a new tooth root, stimulating the jaw bone and preventing recession.

A dental implant from The Fort Collins Dentist help to restore dental health. Patients from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud also come to us for cosmetic dentistry, and are thrilled with their new smiles. Call our office to schedule 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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Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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There are lots of people out there who feel pain when they sip coffee or eat ice cream, or take a bite out of something hard. If sensitive teeth are a problem for you, talk to us about it at The Fort Collins Dentist.

In many cases, sensitive teeth respond to something as simple as changing toothpaste. Most major toothpaste brands have a sensitive teeth version of their products. They can be very effective; many patients say they’ve helped within a week or so of use.

A possible cause of sensitivity is receding gums, which exposes microscopic holes in the teeth. When that happens, food and drinks that are hot or cold reach nerve cells that cause pain. We can evaluate the state of your gums, and whether something like the way you brush your teeth is a contributing factor.

There could also be a worn filling or new cavity. Treatment for that is as simple as replacing a worn one or filling the new cavity.

The important thing is to let us know what’s going on, at The Fort Collins Dentist. People from North Larmie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud call us for complete general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next checkup with 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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