Northern Colorado Dental Care FAQ’s
Sedation Dentistry Questions
There are many factors that help determine whether or not you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. If you experience anxiety or intense fear when it comes to your dental appointments – whether it’s a cleaning or more complex treatment – sedation dentistry may be the best option. Some common reasons our patients ask about sedation include:
- Traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Difficulty getting numb
- Strong gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Limited time for dentist visits
- Fear of needles, drills and shots
- Anxiety caused by the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
Cosmetic Dentistry Questions
General Dentistry Questions
Health & Hygiene Questions
This is definitely cause for concern as bleeding gums are the number one symptom of gum disease. As an infection develops, the bone tends to recede, leaving gaps between the gums and the teeth, which can result in tooth loss if left untreated. In some cases, the tooth root becomes exposed, causing sensitivity. Pus may also be produced. Since bone recession is not visible to the naked eye, it is important to visit Dr. Brown at Northern Colorado Dental Care for regular dental exams and cleanings. Regular checkups at least twice a year are the only way to identify gum disease and maintain good oral health. Some common signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums during tooth brushing or eating
- Sensitive, red or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Poor Dental Hygiene: If plaque is not removed through daily brushing and flossing and regular professional dental cleanings, bacteria may take hold and cause gingivitis, which can result in gum disease.
- Changes in the Mouth: Metabolism and hormone levels may affect the organic balance in the mouth, making you more susceptible to gum disease.
- Medical Conditions: Chronic conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease may contribute to periodontal disease. Studies also indicate an association between certain acute illnesses like stroke and heart attack and gum disease. Side effects from certain medications can also contribute to gum disease.
- Saliva Flow: Certain medications that produce side effects like dry mouth may contribute to a reduction of protective saliva flow, and potentially to gum disease. Senior citizens may be more susceptible to dry mouth because of the natural reduction of salivary flow associated with age.
- Functional Habits: Teeth grinding or clenching can wear down the protective enamel on your teeth, making teeth more porous and therefore susceptible to bacteria penetrating the tooth surface.
Dentures & Bridges Questions
Dental bridges are also used to replace missing teeth, but typically dental bridges cannot be removed like a denture appliance. A dental bridge literally bridges and fills the gap where a tooth is missing and is anchored to existing teeth for maximum stability.