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Gum Therapy and Periodontal Cleanings

Swollen, red and bleeding gums are signs of an unhealthy mouth.

In addition to bad breath, these conditions can affect your total body health, contributing to heart disease and other serious illnesses. Thanks to the many advanced treatments our periodontists offer, Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help you reverse — and manage — your gum disease. Soft tissue grafts can cover tooth roots, decrease sensitivity, or replace missing tissue from a receding gum line. Grafts can be taken from the roof of your mouth or other areas. Dr. Cheri Neal’s expertise can create an effective outcome that you will enjoy for years to come.

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal (gum) disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and tartar are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Gum disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!
Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between gum disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with gum disease affects these diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing gum (periodental) disease.

Signs and symptoms of gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  •  Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  •  New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  •  Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  •  Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  •  Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  •  Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  •  Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

Highly skilled and friendly, our periodontal team’s dedication to extraordinary patient care and comfort ensures high-quality results with a gentle touch. Gum therapy can improve your oral health and possibly your overall health.

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Find out more about Gum Therapy/Periodontics and how our periodontal team in Parker, Colorado at
Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help keep your gums healthy
or call Dr. Cheri Neal today at 303-766-1915

Gold Crowns (caps)

Protection for a Weakened Tooth

Gold Crown or cap

As you age, your teeth age too. Decay, fillings, trauma or even just normal chewing habits can make your teeth break down over time. A Gold dental crown or a cap is a cover that is placed over a tooth to protect a weakened tooth from further fracturing or deteriorating. A gold crown could also be used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal. Lastly, a new gold crown is necessary to simply replace an old worn down or defective crown.

As a rule; the more precious metal or gold content in the metal the better the fit and better for the health of the gums around the crown. Keep in mind that fit is an important factor in sealing out the bacteria that tries to get between the crown and the tooth, possibly causing decay and premature failure of the crown.

What does getting a Gold Crown Involve?

It normally takes two visits for Stonegate Meadows dentistry to complete your crown.

  • On your first visit your Dr. Neal will shape and prepare the tooth so the crown can properly fit over it.
  • An impression of the tooth is taken
  • A temporary crown is inserted to protect the prepared tooth.
  • The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory where a custom-fit permanent crown is made.
  • On your second visit the permanent crown is placed.
  • If the fit and shape of the crown are satisfactory, Dr. Neal will proceed with permanently cementing it into place.

After the successful completion of the crown it is not uncommon to feel some discomfort, mild pain when you chew, or sensitivity to temperature changes for a few days.

If your newly cemented gold crown feels too tall or your bite doesn’t feel right, you should contact our office immediately.

Cleaning Your Crown

Please keep in mind that the longevity of your crown depends in large part on the materials in the crown, as well as your oral hygiene, diet and the health of the supporting tooth and gums. It is important to maintain all of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing.

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

Partial Dentures

partial-denturesWhen you are missing several teeth but not all of them, removable partial dentures are one option for replacing them.

The best way to replace multiple teeth is with dental implants. But not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, and they are also more expensive. Removable partial dentures do an adequate job of restoring your appearance and function.

The traditional partial is made on a metal framework, with metal clasps. This makes a relatively strong and secure teeth replacement.

The metal clasps, which are required to retain the denture, can cause some embarrassment if they are visible. They also attract plaque, so keeping your teeth clean requires extra effort.

Newer materials can provide a more esthetic result. Here is an example of a flexible Valplast partial denture. The clasps can be made pink to match the gums, or translucent. Thus, they will blend in with the teeth and be much less conspicuous.

They still have the disadvantage, though, of complicating your efforts to keep your teeth clean.

Dental Implants | Preventative Dentistry

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