Fill the Gap: Treatments for Tooth Gaps

Here at University Dental Arts, we take great care to ensure that each patient undergoes the right treatment for their needs. This is allowed us to become one of the leading dental practices in the greater Denver area.

When it comes to treating tooth gaps, there are advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments and restorative procedures that can improve the look and health of a smile. Let’s consider these matters right now.

The Problems Associated with Tooth Gaps

Tooth gaps are linked to cosmetic problems and issues that affect dental health and general wellness.

In terms of pure aesthetics, a tooth gap can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. This is especially true with gaps between your most prominent teeth. When you have tooth gaps (whether between teeth or the result of missing teeth), it can dominate the overall look of your smile.

In terms of dental health and general wellness, tooth gaps can lead to malocclusion, which is one of the main causes of or contributors to dental pain, teeth grinding (bruxism), and TMJ disorders. Gum recession, tooth damage, and further tooth loss may occur as a result.

Dental Bonding for Minor Tooth Gaps

For very miniscule gaps between teeth, dental bonding may be a good option to consider. Dental bonding uses tooth-colored dental resin that is painted directly onto the teeth to help mask imperfections and flaws. This allows dentists to build out the size of a tooth and fill a minor gap.

Porcelain Veneers for Serious Yet Primarily Cosmetic Gaps

If you have a more serious tooth gap that cannot be treated with dental bonding but is still primarily cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers may be an ideal option. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to mask imperfections on a tooth. With a porcelain veneer in place, problems with size, shape, alignment, and symmetry can be addressed, and that includes gaps between teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment for Major Misalignment Issues

For significant problems with tooth gaps, the best option to consider for treatment is orthodontic care. By undergoing orthodontic treatment, the overall alignment of the teeth can be improved. This helps close gaps and address issues with crowding, allowing your smile to look great and be healthy as well.

Appliances to Replace Gaps Caused by Missing Teeth

When you have lost a tooth and have a small or significant gap remaining, it’s important to have a dental appliance created to restore appearance and overall function. For most patients, this means the crafting of a dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture. In addition, dental implants may be placed, which are artificial tooth roots designed to support crowns and the other listed appliances.

Tailoring Treatment to Your Needs

We take time to tailor treatments to every patient, which is why it’s important that you come in for a consultation if you suffer from tooth gaps or tooth loss. We will provide detailed information on your treatment options, listing all of the risks and benefits so you can make smart choices about your treatment options.

Schedule a Consultation at University Dental Arts

For more information about treating tooth gaps and helping your smile look its very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at University Dental Arts looks forward to your visit and helping you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.

Tooth-colored Fillings offer Patients Long Term Restoration

Preserving the health of the teeth is important. While general dentistry services allow some patients to avoid dental complications all together, it is not at all unusual for patients to develop mild to moderate degrees of decay, or to experience an injury that results in mild trauma. In these cases, restorative dentistry treatments stabilize the affected tooth and restore oral strength and function. There are many restorative treatments to consider, but the most common procedure is placement of a dental filling. Dental fillings are formed directly to the tooth and replace healthy tooth structure that has been lost or damaged. At University Dental Arts, Dr. David Redford prefers to work with tooth-colored fillings. For our Denver patients, tooth-colored fillings offer a long lifespan and superior strength and durability.

How Long Do Tooth-colored Fillings Last?

As with any dental treatment, the lifespan of a tooth-colored filling will vary from patient to patient. Tooth-colored fillings are fabricated using a naturally strong composite and form a bond with the natural tooth, strengthening these restorations even further. Unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings do not react to temperature variations and will not expand and contract, which can potentially cause damage to the natural teeth. For all of these reasons, tooth-colored fillings are considered superior to metal fillings in both strength and durability. On average, patients can expect a tooth-colored filling to last a minimum of 10 years, with many patients enjoying the benefits of these dental restorations for between 15 and 20 years. In general, smaller fillings tend to last longer, while larger fillings may eventually need to be replaced with a larger restoration, such as a dental crown. Still, despite the strength and durability of these restorations, and no matter the size, the lifespan of tooth-colored fillings will depend largely on how they are cared for.

Extending the Lifespan of Tooth-colored Fillings

Consistent and effective oral health care is vital to extending the lifespan of a tooth-colored filling. Tooth-colored fillings should be treated and cared for in the same way as the natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. It is also important to continue to schedule regular dental exams so that, if any complications do arise that threaten the structure of the dental filling, they can be addressed as early as possible. Aside from these oral hygiene practices, the following tips can help patients to maintain strong and functional tooth-colored fillings:

  • Avoid exposing the teeth and fillings to excessive force or pressure (this includes avoiding hard, sticky foods and refraining from teeth grinding, clenching, or nail biting)
  • Protect the teeth when playing sports or participating in athletic activities to avoid injury to the teeth
  • If aware of teeth grinding or clenching, ask about a custom-fit mouth guard to be worn at night to protect the teeth

Schedule an Appointment

Tooth decay, no matter how minor, can threaten a person’s oral health if it is not treated in a timely manner. Tooth-colored fillings offer effective treatment for minor to moderate degrees of injury or decay without compromising the appearance of the smile. To learn more about these durable dental restorations, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Redford at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

These days, it seems like you can’t watch an hour of television without encountering at least one commercial for a teeth whitening product. While many of these over-the-counter products are harmless, and some actually produce beneficial effects, none can match the safety and efficacy of professional in-office and at-home teeth whitening systems offered by skilled dentists. At worst, some of these store-bought products can actually cause permanent damage to your teeth if used improperly.

At University Dental Arts in Denver, professional teeth whitening allows our patients to whiten their teeth by multiple shades in just about an hour. They emerge from treatment with radiant, healthy-looking smiles free from discoloration caused by stains, age, and daily wear and tear. The entire process is supervised by our trained dental professionals to ensure the absolute safety of our patients at all times.

When it comes to whitening your teeth, don’t believe the hype you see on those television ads, especially the ones that claim to offer the same level of whitening that “your dentist” can provide. At University Dental Arts, your dentist – Dr. David Redford – and his skilled team offer a level of care and attention to detail that cannot be matched by a product in a box, no matter how slickly it is marketed.

Why OTC Teeth Whitening Can Be Risky

Even the safest OTC teeth whitening systems depend on consumers to follow instructions to the letter for them to be safe. Unfortunately, some people with good intentions end up damaging their teeth – sometimes aesthetically, sometimes in such a way that expensive restorative dental work becomes necessary.

In the latter case, this is usually because of enamel erosion. Enamel erosion often occurs due to accidental misuse or intentional overuse of an OTC whitening product. Despite warnings, some people believe that if they use more than the recommended amount of a whitening product, they will achieve whiter teeth faster. Instead, they erode the protective enamel of their teeth, ironically allowing the greyish underlying layer of dentin to show through.

Even when used according to instructions, the best OTC teeth whitening systems are limited in their bleaching and stain-removing power for the sake of consumer safety. Therefore, they will never be able to whiten teeth as effectively as their professional counterparts.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Under the supervision of trained and experienced dentists, professional teeth whitening systems produce optimal results with minimal risks and side effects. At University Dental Arts, we carefully screen patients to ensure that they are good candidates for teeth whitening, precluding those who are prone to tooth sensitivity from undergoing the procedure. Again, this meticulous screening process is something that OTC whitening systems do not afford.

Likewise, our professionals take exceptional care to safeguard the gums from exposure to the hydrogen-peroxide-based whitening gel, ensuring that no harm comes to the delicate periodontal tissues. People who “do it themselves” with OTC systems do not have the advantage of such professional care.

Learn More about the Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening

To learn more about the advantages of professional teeth whitening, please contact University Dental Arts today.

Both Dental Bonding and Porcelain Veneers offer Cosmetic Enhancements for Your Smile

Ideally, the smile should be filled with healthy, strong teeth, and, if most patients had their choice, those teeth would also be bright, white, and attractive. While many patients may not be able to achieve that ideal smile naturally, there are many dental treatments available that can help patients correct those imperfections that are keeping them from having a beautiful smile. In fact, there are so many cosmetic treatments available that the question is not “Can I improve the appearance of my smile,” but “How should I improve the appearance of my smile?” Porcelain veneers, which are restorations that fit over the teeth to conceal flaws, are one popular option. Dental bonding, the application of dental composite material to hide imperfections, is another. For our Denver patients, examining dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers can help patients make the choice between these two cosmetic treatment options.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is known as a direct bonding procedure because it involves the application of tooth-colored composite material directly to the tooth. Placed over cosmetic flaws such as tooth stains, chips, cracks, or dental gaps, this material is then shaped to the tooth so that it appears to be a natural part of the tooth’s structure. After being shaped and molded, the bonding material is hardened with a dental light so that it becomes a strong part of the tooth. Dental bonding is beneficial to patients because it is an affordable and non-invasive procedure that can adequately conceal imperfections and create a more attractive smile for patients. However, the applications of dental bonding are limited as to how many teeth can reasonably be treated. If a great number of the teeth are flawed, or if those flaws are severe, dental bonding is not likely the ideal treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of the smile by concealing cosmetic flaws. However, porcelain veneers are a form of indirect bonding because these restorations are fabricated based on dental molds and are then bonded to the tooth or teeth after they are complete. Porcelain veneers can treat up to an entire set of teeth in just a single treatment (which typically consists of two dental appointments) and can address a wide range of flaws including discoloration and stains, chips and cracks, gaps, misshapen teeth, and even minor misalignment problems. Porcelain veneers is a more expensive treatment than dental bonding and also requires permanent alteration to the teeth, so they are better suited for patients who are looking for a more permanent solution for their cosmetic flaws.

Both dental bonding and porcelain veneers can be very effective in improving the overall appearance of the smile by eliminating visible signs of cosmetic imperfections. Based on each patient’s unique needs and the aesthetic goals they have for their smile, Dr. David Redford can recommend which treatment option may be best.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have concerns about the appearance of your teeth, Dr. David Redford and his team at University Dental Arts can help you create a beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services and which may be right for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Invisalign® Offers Teens a Discreet and Convenient Orthodontic Treatment

Alignment problems are the cause of a great many dental concerns. Teeth that are overcrowded or misaligned can create discomfort, make oral functions difficult, and may be difficult to clean, increasing the risks of oral health problems. In addition, a crooked smile is far from the aesthetic ideal most have for their teeth. Still, despite the disadvantages of orthodontic problems, many patients, teens in particular, are reluctant to undergo orthodontic care. Why? Because braces affect the appearance of the smile, are difficult to care for, and can be uncomfortable to wear. Fortunately, for our patients in Denver, Invisalign® Teen invisible braces offer a more comfortable and convenient treatment option.

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is the most discreet, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic treatment available to patients. Known as the “invisible braces,” Invisalign® is pretty much impossible to detect against the teeth. Invisalign® is more discreet than traditional metal braces and even tooth-colored braces. Not only that, but Invisalign® is the only orthodontic treatment that is free of wires, brackets, and rubber bands. Invisalign® instead uses clear, plastic aligners. These aligners fit over the teeth much like a whitening tray would do, only with a much closer and comfortable fit. Throughout treatment, each patient progresses through a series of aligners that place subtle pressure on the teeth so that the optimal alignment can be achieved by the end of treatment.

What Results Can I Expect?

It may be hard to believe considering the significant difference between the treatment techniques, but Invisalign® aligners provide patients with results that are comparable to those of traditional braces. Any of the below concerns can be adequately addressed through Invisalign® treatment:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Twisted, turned, or warped teeth
  • An underbite or overbite

Using digital images and computer technology, each Invisalign® treatment is carefully planned out and monitored by Dr. Redford to ensure that the teeth shift into proper placement by the time Invisalign® treatment is complete.

Benefits

We find that most of our patients prefer the comfort, convenience, and discreetness of Invisalign® treatment. However, the advantages that Invisalign® offers over traditional braces seems to appeal to teens especially. Many prefer Invisalign® Teen because of the following benefits:

  • Comfort: With Invisalign® aligners, teens no longer have to deal with the pain of gums or lips that have been scratched by metal brackets, the prickly feeling of metal wires, or the uncomfortable pull of rubber bands. Invisalign® aligners are a smooth plastic that fit comfortably and create no unwanted friction. Once in place, they are hardly detectable.
  • Convenience: It is very easy to care for Invisalign® aligners, making them an ideal choice for busy teens. The aligners are removed while eating, drinking, and caring for the teeth, making it very easy to keep the teeth and aligners clean. Because they are removable, teens are also free of food restrictions and can continue to enjoy the foods they love throughout treatment.
  • Discreetness: The teen years can be difficult as far as confidence and self-esteem go. Invisalign® treatment allows patients to straighten the teeth without any visible differences to the appearance of the smile. Many teens consider this a great benefit of Invisalign® treatment.

Schedule an Appointment

While Invisalign® is very popular among teens, this treatment is beneficial to patients of all ages. If you have alignment issues and are interested in an effective treatment that is comfortable and convenient, schedule an appointment to learn more about Invisalign®. Dr. David Redford looks forward to working with you!

Achieve a Perfect Smile with These Top Teeth Straightening Treatments

Advances in dentistry have led to a variety of teeth straightening options to fit the unique needs of each patient. Some of these treatments can create straight, uniform teeth in a fraction of the time of traditional braces while being discreet and unnoticeable. To find out which treatments are suitable for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Cherry Creek cosmetic dentist David Redford. In the meantime, you can read here to learn about the top teeth straightening treatments.

Invisalign® Treatment

Invisalign® orthodontics treatment offers tooth alignment over a 12 to 48-month time span. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners, eliminating the embarrassing appearance of metal braces. The aligning trays can be removed while eating or brushing for added comfort and improved oral hygiene. Because Invisalign® doesn’t use metal wires or brackets, patients find this treatment to be less painful than traditional orthodontics. Many patients choose Invisalign® treatment over traditional metal braces for its comfort, convenience, and aesthetics.

Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped shells designed to mask dental flaws. When used as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of mildly crooked teeth, creating perfectly straight teeth. Instant orthodontics treatment not only improves the alignment of the teeth, it can also improve overall aesthetics such as tooth whiteness, shape, and size. Instant orthodontics are a popular choice for those with mild alignment issues, as a perfectly straight smile can be achieved in as little as two dental appointments and without the need for painful, embarrassing braces.

Traditional Orthodontics

Though traditional metal braces are not thought of as the most aesthetically appealing option for teeth straightening, they do offer amazing results. Traditional metal braces are best for those with severe alignment issues as they can transform even the most crooked teeth. Traditional metal braces restructure the alignment of the teeth using brackets and wires. As the brackets and wires are tightened, the teeth gradually shift to proper alignment. This process generally takes 18 to 48 months. After the teeth reach the desired alignment and the braces are removed, a retainer must be worn to ensure the teeth maintain their new position.

The Benefits of Teeth Straightening Treatments

Living with crooked, crowded teeth can not only make you feel embarrassed, it can also make properly caring for your teeth difficult, as plaque and bacteria can collect between overlapping teeth. Being better able to care for your teeth is just one of the many benefits of teeth straightening treatment. Some other important benefits include:

  • Improved aesthetics: Of course, improved aesthetics are a major benefit of teeth straightening treatments. Teeth straightening treatments create beautiful smiles patients love to show-off.
  • Improved alignment: For some people, misaligned teeth, also called malocclusion, can actually impair dental function, making eating and chewing difficult or even painful. Teeth straightening improves alignment, which can help alleviate the discomfort caused by malocclusion.
  • Improved confidence: Improved confidence is an added benefit of having a perfectly straight smile.

Find Out Which Treatment Is Right for You

You don’t have to be embarrassed by crooked, misaligned teeth. Schedule a consultation to find out which teeth straightening treatment is right for you.

Expanding Porcelain Veneers Lifespan and Understanding Replacement

Porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile. By placing thin shells of porcelain on the front of your teeth, your cosmetic dentist can cover embarrassing flaws such as cracks, stains, and misshapen teeth. Before placing porcelain veneers, Dr. David Redford will remove a thin layer of enamel to make room for the porcelain. Although this step is perfectly safe, it does permanently alter the structure of your teeth. When your veneers reach the end of their lifespan, you cannot choose to go without them. Fortunately, our Denver practice offers outstanding porcelain veneers replacement. Whether you received your first set of veneers here or elsewhere, Dr. Redford can help you maintain your beautiful, enhanced smile.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

The lifespan of veneers is different for each patient. Dental researchers have conducted multiple studies with varying results. Most experts agree that dental veneers last an average of 10 years. Some veneers, however, can last 20 years or longer.

Extending the Lifespan of Your Veneers

Of course, the better your dental maintenance, the longer your veneers will last. There are a number of things you can do to extend the life of your porcelain veneers. The first, of course, is simply to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also make biannual visits to your dentist. After all, having beautiful cosmetic work will do you little good if the underlying structure of your teeth is not healthy.

You should also be careful not to put too much force on your veneers. Using your teeth as tools (to open bottles, bite off tags, bite your nails, chew ice, etc.) is bad for you teeth under any circumstances, but these activities can be especially harmful if you have veneers. While the porcelain is very strong and durable, it is not quite as strong as your natural teeth. You can rest assured, however, that you will not face any dietary restrictions when you choose to enhance your smile with veneers.

Replacing Your Porcelain Veneers

If your veneers have begun to show their age, Dr. Redford can replace them using the same procedure he first used to place the veneers. He will remove the old veneers and the dental bonding material. Then he will prep your teeth, removing more enamel and gently etching the surface. After taking impressions of your teeth and using them to create new veneers, he will attach the porcelain to your teeth. Because veneer replacement involves removing more of your tooth structure, there is a limit to how often it can be done. When placing veneers, your dentist only removes enamel; he does not take away any of the underlying dentin. Each patient is different, and your dentist will closely examine your teeth to determine if you have enough enamel for veneers replacement. If he determines you are not a candidate, he may suggest porcelain crowns as a lifelike alternative.

Call for More Info

To learn more about veneers replacement and to update your cosmetic work, schedule an appointment with Dr. Redford today.

Teeth Whitening Risks Can Be Avoided with a Little Care

Teeth whitening options are on every corner and everyone wants a sparkling Hollywood smile. But not everyone is swayed immediately. Some pause, thinking: I wonder what could go wrong?

For most people, teeth whitening is a popular and safe option for dramatically improving their appearance. But everyone still needs to be aware of what to do before and after the procedure.

Dentist David Redford in Denver understands concerns about teeth whitening risks. Though teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, there are side effects that need to be managed. Dr. Redford customizes his whitening treatments to individual needs and sensitivities to ensure the whitest smile with the fewest complications.

Whitening Side Effects

The two most common side effects, both usually temporary, are tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.

  • Tooth Sensitivity. The whitening agent can cause a temporary sensitivity in your teeth, usually in response to hot and cold foods. This usually disappears in 24 hours. If your teeth are particularly sensitive, Dr. Redford can modify the treatment to meet your needs.
  • Gum Irritation. If the whitening agent touches the gums, it can cause irritation, including white spots. The discomfort depends on how long the peroxide sits on the gums, but typically the irritation is gone in 24 hours. Your dentist will take extra steps during in-office treatment to prevent this. If you choose at-home treatment, custom trays for bleaching will be created from a mold of your own teeth, reducing the risk of gum irritation.

There are other, less common, side effects from teeth whitening:

  • Uneven Whiteness. The whitening method can affect results.For example, generic whitening trays sold in over-the-counter kits don’t fit teeth precisely, making contact between teeth and the whitening gel uneven. When that happens, the whitening can also turn out uneven.
  • Over-whitening. Teeth whitening has its limits. Some people get addicted to the bling and undergo treatment too often. Instead of getting whiter, their teeth turn translucent or grey. In addition, teeth may become brittle or the tooth enamel could be permanently destroyed.

Whitening Isn’t for Everyone

Though teeth whitening is safe for most people when directions are followed, it’s not for everyone.

  • Pregnant or Nursing. No studies prove teeth whitening is dangerous for pregnant women, but it is better to be cautious. Whitening is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.
  • Peroxide Allergies. If you are allergic to peroxide, the whitening agent, you should not whiten your teeth.
  • Gum Disease, Exposed Roots, Worn Enamel. If you suffer from these conditions, your teeth could become more sensitive after whitening. Consult your dentist before proceeding.
  • Cavities, Cracks, Loose Dental Work. Any crevice where whitening agent can seep into the interior of a tooth needs to be repaired to prevent damage to the tooth’s root, perhaps leading to root canal treatment.
  • Restorations. The color of crowns, veneers, and other restorations is unaffected by tooth whitening. If your restorations match your teeth now, they won’t after you whiten your teeth.
  • Deep Stains. Whitening will remove many stains, but not all of them. Your dentist can advise you of the types of stains that respond the best.

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If you would like to know if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, please call our offices.

Types of Tooth Discoloration

Everybody wants a white, radiant smile. However, certain lifestyle habits or genetic factors may be preventing you from achieving the tooth shade you desire. Fortunately, tooth discoloration is entirely treatable in most instances. A qualified dentist can suggest various teeth whitening options that are suitable for you. It is important to understand what causes tooth discoloration as well, to avoid developing discolored teeth all together.

What Causes Teeth to Discolor?

Tooth discoloration can be separated into two distinct categories: extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic discoloration occurs when stains are located on the surface of the teeth and is a direct result of the following lifestyle habits and stain-causing substances:

  • The nicotine contained in tobacco products like cigarettes causes teeth to turn yellow.
  • Consuming fruits like blueberries, blackberries, and cherries, which contain highly pigmented molecules that stick to the surface of the teeth, causes stains.
  • Beverages like tea, coffee, and wine can also stain teeth. Soda, fruit juice, and sports drinks, which are all high in acid and cause tooth erosion, also contribute to tooth discoloration.
  • Having poor oral hygiene such as not regularly flossing, brushing, and scheduling frequent dentist visits also leads to stained teeth, since unattended plaque and tartar buildup to leads to yellow teeth.

Intrinsic discoloration appears as deep stains embedded inside the tooth and occurs as a result of the following factors:

  • Some illnesses such as infections or high fever, especially at young age when teeth are still developing, cause discolored teeth.
  • Certain medications and treatments such as tetracycline or high blood pressure pills can discolor tooth enamel and the layer underneath, causing stains.
  • A trauma or injury to the mouth or teeth can cause teeth to yellow.
  • Certain dental materials used in restorative dentistry like the sulfide contained in amalgam fillings, can cause teeth to turn gray.
  • Genetics and aging may also contribute to yellowing teeth. Some people are simply born with thicker enamel. However, enamel tends to thin as we age, exposing the naturally yellow dentin layer underneath.

How to Prevent and Treat Tooth Discoloration

Fortunately, tooth discoloration can be both prevented and treated. Quitting smoking, cutting back on stain-causing foods, drinking tooth-discoloring beverages with a straw, and improving your dental hygiene will all help your teeth remain white.

If your teeth have become discolored, and you would like to restore them to their original shade, a range of cosmetic procedures are readily available as well. Teeth whitening is the most sought after option for treating tooth discoloration. Whether you opt for in-office, in-home, or over-the-counter whitening treatments, a solution exists to meet your specific needs.

Learn More about the Types of Tooth Discoloration

Your teeth may become discolored due to a variety of reasons. Fortunately, your smile can be restored to a beautiful white shade through teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding. To discover the underlying cause behind your discoloration and to explore your options to obtain a dazzling smile, schedule an appointment at University Dental Arts today.

The Importance of Regular Dental Exams

You probably already have a good understanding of the importance of keeping your teeth in good shape with regular flossing and brushing. However, a biannual exam with a certified dentist is not only vital to the oral health of Denver patients but also to their overall health. Taking good care of your mouth can have a positive impact on the rest of your body. Conversely, neglecting your mouth can also have a detrimental impact on the rest of your body.

What’s Good for the Mouth is Good for the Body

Some of the benefits of maintaining good oral health are obvious such as strong teeth and a radiant smile; however, the benefits of a healthy mouth extend to the whole body.

For example, a professional exam can detect oral health issues such as vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, osteoporosis, and oral cancer while these conditions are still in their earliest and most treatable stages.

Furthermore, plaque buildup that is left untreated in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body and cause health complications such as cardiovascular disease.

What’s Good for the Mouth is also Good for the Pocketbook

If health reasons aren’t enough to convince you to keep your teeth and mouth in the best shape possible, having a regular checkup can also pay off financially. Detecting, identifying, and treating dental issues early on can spare you the time, pain, and cost of complicated restorative dentistry procedures such as root canals or dental implants.

What to Expect During  a Dental Exam

A dental exam is not as traumatic as you may think, which is the reason many patients avoid scheduling and keeping regular appointments. During your appointment, your dentist will perform a dental cleaning as well as a clinical exam.

The dental cleaning will involve checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums, gently scraping plaque and tartar from the teeth, polishing the teeth, and finally, suggesting home brushing and flossing techniques.

During the clinical exam, your dentist will check your gums and teeth for any signs of issues, examine your bite and jaw movement, evaluate dental appliances if you use any, and finally, take x-rays if necessary.

The whole process is quick, painless, and good for the health of the mouth and body.

If you tend to experience extreme anxiety about dental visits to the point where you avoid them all together, speak to your dentist about the possibility of sedation dentistry, which can help you relax and allow the exam to be carried out smoothly.

Learn More about the Importance of Regular Dental Exams

While dental exams may not exactly be the definition of fun, they are quick, painless, and can contribute greatly to your health. Routine exams help detect dental problems as well as other unrelated health issues early on while they are still easy to treat. To learn more about what regular dental exams entail and why they are important for your oral and overall health, call the professionals of University Dental Arts today.