Few things make it more difficult to smile than when your teeth are damaged, missing, or causing you pain. Our mission is not only to help you maintain a healthy smile but to address whatever problems are affecting your oral health. We are located on Alameda Parkway just west of S Union Street for easy access from Denver, Lakewood, and Green Mountain.
Replacing a few teeth in a gap is a straightforward process with dental bridges. Capable of replacing up to three teeth in a gap, a dental bridge includes prosthetic teeth (called “pontics”) suspended over the space. Two crowns placed on the neighboring teeth provide the anchor. With the bridge fixed into place, you don’t have to worry about the bridge slipping or coming loose with chewing pressure.
Today, you also have the option of choosing implant-supported bridges. These rely on an implant at each end to keep them stable, leaving the adjacent teeth unaffected.
Dental implants have grown in popularity in recent years as a replacement option for those who’ve lost teeth. Implants consist of a titanium post placed in the jawbone, where it effectively becomes a new tooth root. As the only restoration capable of restoring the entire tooth from root to crown, they offer complete support and durability.
Most people are good candidates for dental implants. The most crucial aspect to consider is how much jaw bone strength and density you have. If the jaw bone is too weak, it may not be able to keep the implant stable. There also may not be enough bone between the upper jaw and the sinuses to support the implant post. In both cases, a bone graft can strengthen or expand the jaw, allowing it to hold the implant and restore your healthy smile.
A healthy mouth is also necessary to provide the foundation for implant placement. If you have gum disease, it’s essential to address these concerns before undergoing implant placement.
Implants come with a variety of benefits for those with missing teeth. Here are five positive effects that you can expect from dental implants.
Receiving dental implants takes several sessions. The first step is assessing whether you are eligible for dental implant surgery. Then, any necessary treatments such as bone grafting or gum disease treatment are done. Next, we will develop your implant placement plan.
How many implants you receive will depend on your overall health and how many teeth need replacing. Single implants, bridges, and partial dentures can have one implant for every one or two teeth. However, with strategic placement, it’s possible to support an entire dental bridge on six or even four implant posts.
The surgical placement is followed by a healing period of several months, which allows the tissues to settle and the implants to fuse to the bone. Your custom prosthetic is created during this time. Finally, you’ll receive your custom crown, bridge, or denture. Once fixed into place, this permanent restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural tooth.
Fillings are the most common type of restoration in both children and adults. Tooth decay can happen at any age, and while poor hygiene and sugary diets are often the cause, even those with a good brushing routine can potentially develop a cavity.
Fillings are a simple and effective way to preserve your tooth. First, our dentist removes the decay to keep it from spreading through the tooth. We then use a unique composite material to fill the space, strengthening the tooth and preventing further cavities.
Composite fillings offer numerous benefits, including:
Dentures have been a primary restoration treatment in dentistry for centuries. They are still one of the most common tooth replacement options. Whether you need a few teeth replaced or an entire dental arch, you can receive custom dentures to complete your smile with ease.
Types of Dentures
There are three main types of dentures available. Our experienced team will work with you to help you determine which type will serve you best.
Full Dentures: The most familiar type of dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. Comprised of an acrylic base and prosthetic teeth, they are custom-made to fit over the gums using suction or dental adhesive.
Partial Dentures: These replace a group of teeth when you still have healthy teeth remaining. We customize them to any shape or dental arrangement, and they are held in place by metal clasps that anchor to your remaining teeth.
Implant-Supported Dentures: These can replace some or all of your teeth and are permanently held in place by dental implants. The number of implants needed depends on the number and location of the missing teeth.
It is essential to stop tooth decay before it reaches the inner part of the tooth. The bacteria responsible can overwhelm the soft inner tissues with a severe and painful infection. Because the body has no way to counter infections within the tooth, dental care is needed to provide relief and healing.
Root canal therapy is the primary method for treating such infections. An access point is created to remove the painful infected tissue. The inner chamber and root canals are then cleaned of any remaining bacteria. After strengthening the tooth roots and filling in the space, a crown is placed over it to prevent damage and further infection. This treatment allows us to save the tooth, protecting your overall smile and oral health.
When an infection takes hold, there are two methods for dealing with the situation: extracting the tooth or removing the infection through root canal therapy. There are different aspects to either option, and we evaluate each one on a case-by-case basis.
Most dentists agree that it is essential to try to preserve the natural tooth as much as possible. Losing teeth comes with numerous health consequences, and replacing teeth is an expensive process. This is why we always look for options to save your teeth when problems arise.
However, the most important thing is understanding how your overall health would be affected. If the tooth is compromised by severe decay, broken, or is loose due to gum disease, it may not be viable or safe to keep. In these cases, an extraction may be the most reliable and healthiest option.
We are thorough and careful when recommending treatment options and we help you understand your choices. You can depend on our team to work with you to select a treatment plan personalized to your needs.
Our team is committed to helping you achieve your ideal smile by preserving and restoring your teeth. If your smile leaves you uncomfortable or in pain, don’t put off getting the help you need! Callahan & Klein Dental can help you choose the best restorative options to improve your dental health. Contact our dentists in Lakewood today to restore your smile and improve your life!