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By Gunbarrel Dental Center
February 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.

“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”

With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.

But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.

For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.

For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!

Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.

Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.

If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Gunbarrel Dental Center
February 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Say goodbye to that unsightly cavity and say hello to a healthier smile.

Composite fillings are one of the most commonly placed dental restorations. After all, many people will end up dealing with a cavity at some point during their lifetime. When this happens it’s important that you turn to our Boulder, CO, dentists Dr. Rachel Barone and Dr. Gerald Savory right away for care to prevent the cavity from getting worse. Here’s what you should know about getting tooth-colored fillings,

What is the purpose of a filling?

Our Boulder, CO, general dentist will place a dental filling to restore and rebuild a tooth that has been damaged by decay. Not only will a filling restore the tooth’s appearance but also its strength.

How is a dental filling placed?

In order to treat a cavity, we will need to first numb the area around the tooth. Once the area is numb we will need to remove the decay to prevent it from spreading further into the deeper layers of the tooth. Once the decay has been removed we will choose the appropriate dental filling. The benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they can be matched to the shade of your teeth so that they aren’t visible to those around you. Fillings are designed to blend in with the rest of your smile so you won’t even notice that they are there.

Once the proper resin shade is chosen we will apply the putty-like material over the areas of the tooth that need to be rebuilt. We will shape and mold the resin to the area and then harden it into place with a dental light. We will continue to apply layer and layer of resin until the tooth is fully restored.

Gunbarrel Dental Center in Boulder, CO, is dedicated to providing you with the proper dental care you need. No matter whether you need a dental filling or you just need to schedule a routine cleaning, call our office today at (303) 530-4145. We would be happy to schedule your next appointment.

By Gunbarrel Dental Center
February 15, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Besides their life-likeness, implants are also prized for their high success rate. More than ninety-five percent of implants continue to function effectively after ten years.

Implants’ advanced technology explains some of their reliability and longevity—they’re as close to natural teeth as we’re now able to achieve. But their impressive success rate also owes to the detailed protocols that dentists follow to install them. One critical part of these protocols is ensuring a patient has enough bone in their jaw to support and precisely situate the implant for the best functional and aesthetic outcome.

Unfortunately, there are situations where a patient doesn’t have enough bone to achieve a satisfactory result. This often happens if there’s been months or years between losing the tooth and considering an implant. The reason why relates to the nature of bone as living tissue.

Like other cellular tissues in the body, bone has a life cycle: Older, worn-out cells die and are absorbed by the body, and new cells form to replace them. The growth cycle in the jaw receives stimulation from the forces generated when we chew, which travel up through the teeth to the bone.

However, this stimulation stops after tooth loss for the related area of bone, which can slow new bone growth. Over time, the volume and density of the bone around a missing tooth gradually decreases, enough eventually to make an implant impractical.

Insufficient bone volume, though, doesn’t necessarily mean an implant is out of the question. We may be able to address the problem by attempting to regenerate the bone through grafting. This is a procedure in which we insert graft material into the affected area of the jawbone. The graft then becomes a scaffold upon which bone cells can grow.  After several months, we may have enough regenerated bone to support an implant.

If there’s been too much bone loss, we may still need to consider another form of restoration. But if we can successfully build up the bone around your missing tooth, this premier restoration for replacing lost teeth could become a reality for you.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Gunbarrel Dental Center
February 05, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  

Tooth decay doesn't occur out of thin air, but is the end result of bacteria feeding on sugar, multiplying and producing acid. High acidity erodes tooth enamel and creates an environment for cavity development.

Modern dentistry can effectively treat cavities and often save the tooth from further damage. But you don't have to wait: You can reduce your chances of cavities by managing risk factors that contribute to decay.

Here are 4 top risk factors for tooth decay and what you can do about them.

Poor saliva flow. Saliva neutralizes acid and helps restore minerals to enamel after acid contact. But your enamel may not have full protection against acid if you have diminished saliva flow, often due to certain medications. You can help increase your saliva by consulting with your doctor about drug alternatives, drinking more water or using a saliva boosting product. Smoking can also inhibit saliva, so consider quitting if you smoke.

Eating habits. High sugar content in your diet can increase bacterial growth and acid production. Reducing your overall sugar consumption, therefore, can reduce your risk of decay. Continuous snacking can also increase your decay risk, preventing saliva from bringing your mouth back to its normal neutral pH. Instead, limit your snack periods to just a few times a day, or reserve all your eating for mealtimes.

Dental plaque. Daily eating creates a filmy buildup on the teeth called dental plaque. If not removed, plaque can then harden into a calcified form called calculus, an ideal haven for bacteria. You can help curtail this accumulation by thoroughly brushing and flossing daily, followed by dental cleanings at least every six months. These combined hygiene practices can drastically reduce your cavity risk.

Your genetics. Researchers have identified up to 50 specific genes that can influence the risk for cavities. As a result, individuals with similar dietary and hygiene practices can have vastly different experiences with tooth decay. Besides continuing good lifestyle habits, the best way to manage a genetic disposition for dental disease is not to neglect ongoing professional dental care.

If you would like more information on managing your tooth decay risk factors, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “What Everyone Should Know About Tooth Decay.”

By Gunbarrel Dental Center
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Feel more confident in your smile again with the help of dental implants.

Wondering why so many people are turning to dental implants to rebuild their smiles after tooth loss? Implants have grown in popularity because they are aesthetically appealing and they are amazingly strong and durable. Our Boulder, CO, dentists Dr. Rachel Barone and Dr. Gerald Savory have helped many adults smile again with the help of dental implants.

So, what make dental implants unique from other tooth replacement options? Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy if you get implants to replace one or more missing teeth.

Eat what you want when you want

Since implants function just like real teeth you won’t have to worry that you may not be able to eat all of your favorite foods. Nothing is off limits when it comes to the foods you can enjoy after your get your implant. Of course, you’ll want to make sure to keep your implant clean between meals but besides that, enjoy a fully functional smile again and eat what you love.

Fill gaps in your smile

No one will be able to tell that your implant isn’t a real tooth. Even though the implant is placed into the jawbone, the visible portion of the implant will be the dental crown. The crown is custom-made to look like the rest of your natural teeth. By filling in gaps not only do you get a complete smile again but also you prevent the rest of your teeth from moving into those open gaps. By turning to our Boulder, CO, family dentists for treatment as soon as you lose a tooth we can prevent dental misalignments from happening.

Preserve your jawbone

Another complication of tooth loss is bone loss. You may not realize it but the roots of your teeth stimulate the jawbone to stay healthy and to produce new bone cells. When you lose one or more teeth the bone doesn’t receive the stimulation it needs and, as a result, begins to deteriorate. In fact, up to 25 percent of the jawbone may deteriorate in the first year after losing a tooth. The solution? To place implants where your missing teeth once were, which takes the place of your missing tooth roots and provides the stimulation your jawbone needs to prevent bone loss.

Prevent premature wrinkles

Losing teeth doesn’t just impact your smile it can also change the overall shape and structure of your face. As the jawbone shrinks, the chin and cheeks begin to change shape because they don’t have the support from all of your teeth. This can also lead to sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Luckily, implants can prevent this premature aging as a result of tooth loss.

The dental team at Gunbarrel Dental Center in Boulder, CO, wants you to have a smile you can be proud of. If you want to find out if dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement option for you then call us today at (303) 530-4145 to schedule a consultation.

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