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Digital Dental X Rays

Dental Digital radiography is the latest technology for x-rays.

digital-dental-xrayThe electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier.  Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.  Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.

Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation.  These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Preventative Dental Services

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Find out more about Digital Dental X Rays and how the team at Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help keep your mouth healthy or call Dr. Cheri Neal today at 303-766-1915

Using Night Guards for Tooth Grinders

Night Guards Protect Your Teeth, Neck and Face Muscles

It’s estimated that close to 20% of adults suffer from the negative effects of grinding and clenching their teeth, often called bruxing. The main reason people clench and grind their teeth is due to stress. Clenching and grinding not only causes excessive wear on your teeth, but the activity can also cause your facial and neck muscles to become sore.

Another benefit of using Night guards:

Can also correct your bite by placing your teeth in their correct position.

At our Parker Colorado office – Stonegate Meadows Dentistry, our experienced dentist can fit you with night guards — plastic mouthpieces that fit over your upper and lower teeth — to lessen the damaging effects of clenching or grinding your teeth.

Call Stonegate Meadows Dentistry team to help conveniently
solve your dental problems.

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Multiple Dental Implants

What does getting a dental implant supported bridge involve?

dental-implant-bridgeJust like having a single dental implant placed you will see the Oral Surgeon or Periodontist who will surgically place the implants into the bone. Because the Implant Supported Bridge will be replacing three or more teeth there will be two or more implants placed by the Surgeon. After a similar healing period and integration a special post or abutment is attached to the implants to support the new porcelain bridge.

The replacement teeth are made from top-quality dental porcelain and are custom-designed to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color. The replacement teeth are a type of dental crown. The crowns are attached to each other, forming the dental bridge, which is attached to the abutments. Once the replacement teeth are in position, the abutment and dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural smile.

Replacing All Of Your Teeth

replacing-teeth1Those who opt for implant supported dentures are more confident when they talk, laugh, and eat in public. They do not have to worry about their false teeth slipping or falling out while they are eating or engaged in conversation.

Implant supported dentures are also less likely than conventional dentures to interfere with normal speech. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile. Implant supported dentures can help keep your bone healthy and intact.

Implants will allow you to enjoy foods like raw carrots, corn on the cob and apples that you may have avoided for years. Implant supported dentures can triple your biting force allowing you to eat any hard food that your original teeth were once able to do.

McGill University inToronto conducted a study to determine if people, especially the elderly, can improve their chewing ability and nutrition if they wear dentures anchored by implants. replacing-teeth2After 6 months, the group with dental implants did not only increase their body fat but blood tests recorded significantly higher levels of albumin, hemoglobin (Iron) and vitamin B12 – all indicators of nutrition. The study group also reported significant improvements in their ability to chew meat and hard vegetables and did not avoid foods they did in the past.

What Does Getting Implant Supported Dentures To Replace My Teeth Involve?

The dental implants are placed into the jaw bone by an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist. The implants are normally are placed in at the front of the jawbone where tends to be more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back, even if teeth have been missing for some time. The front jaw does not have as many nerves or other structures that could interfere with the placement of implants. The dental implants are then left to heal for a period of time ranging from 2 months or more. During the healing period, Dr. Neal will modify existing full dentures or a new set of temporary full dentures made for wear so that the patient is with teeth at all times.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures:

1. Bar-retained:

bar-retained-arch

A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar the denture, or to both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments

2. Ball-retained:

ball-retained-archEach implant that is embedded in jawbone holds a metal stud attachment that fits into another attachment on the overdenture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped that fit into socketson the overdenture but may be reversed in certain cases.

In both cases, the overdenture is normally made of an acrylic base that will look like gums, with porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth.

Preventative Dentistry | Cosmetic Dentistry | General Dental Services

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Find out more about Implant Dentistry and how the team at Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help keep your mouth healthy or call Dr. Cheri Neal today at 303-766-1915