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

The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with us here at Northern Colorado Dental Care. Once we know what your fears are, we can work with you to determine the best ways to make you feel less anxious and more calm and comfortable. At Northern Colorado Dental Care, we can help reduce fear, anxiety and pain by using medications especially for relieving anxiety. You’ll feel calmer and still be in control of your dental visit.

Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

As we age, enamel wears down and teeth can appear duller and less white. If you smoke or drink excessive amounts of coffee, tea or soda, this can accelerate the discoloration process. Other causes of tooth discoloration include certain medications like antibiotics, genetics, and excessive fluoride consumption. Professional teeth whitening and porcelain veneers offer an excellent solution for people with discolored or dull-looking teeth, and with these cosmetic procedures there is no down time – only a radiant smile!
At Northern Colorado Dental Care, we take protective measures to prevent discomfort during teeth whitening procedures. Typically, a protective gel or thin rubber shield is used to prevent bleaching agents from irritating gum tissue. After the whitening procedure, your teeth may feel sensitive for a short period of time.

General Dentistry Questions

This is a good question, since most dentists are considered general dentists. Overall, the field of dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums, jaw and face. The goal of dentistry is primarily to prevent diseases and disorders of the mouth. The best way to do this is to visit a general dentist at least twice a year for an exam, x-rays and cleaning to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality, and to prevent serious dental problems that could cost a pretty penny down the road if left untreated. With regular checkups you can enjoy exceptional dental health well into your golden years.

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

Gum disease is a problem for many people, but with proper prevention and treatment, you don’t have to be one of them. Some primary causes of gum disease include:
  • 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

Complete dentures replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaws of the mouth. Gums will naturally shrink through the healing process of tooth loss, so a proper denture fit is very important for good function of the jaw. An overdenture is a removable dental appliance that covers and rests on one or more remaining tooth root. A removable partial denture is a dental appliance that replaces some teeth and is built around existing natural teeth. Both of these types of dentures may be connected to the remaining tooth roots or natural teeth with anchors made of titanium or plastic. These connections improve stability for better eating and speaking functions.

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.

Dental Implant Restoration Questions

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A crown is then placed on the new tooth root, creating a full smile with maximum jaw functionality.
Dental implants are made of a titanium alloy material that is highly biocompatible with the human body. Tooth restorations like dental crowns, bridges or implant-supported dentures are secured to the implants. Dr. Brown has had extensive training in dental implant restoration – the procedure where the crown, bridge or implant-supported denture is installed.
Dental implants basically replace missing teeth, so one obvious advantage is a beautiful smile. Dental implants also help prevent any remaining teeth from shifting out of place, which could lead to other potential problems with oral health and chewing function. Because dental implants form a chemical and mechanical bond with your jawbone, they become a part of your natural oral structure, so much that the jawbone actually grows strong tissue into and around the implant, permanently anchoring it for full function and appearance. Dental implants are stronger and more dependable than conventional bridges and traditional dentures. Dental implants provide excellent support and stability, help maintain the jawbone integrity, and reduce gum tissue irritation. Also, you won’t get a cavity in a dental implant.

Inlays & Onlays Questions

Inlays and onlays can sometimes be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay and fill a cavity. On major difference is that dental fillings are put into place within the mouth during a dental visit, whereas inlays and onlays are made in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth. An inlay is bonded at the center of the tooth, while an onlay may involves full coverage of the biting surface of a tooth.