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November 13, 2017

Denver Emergency Dentistry | Cherry Creek Same-Day Dental RestorationsDental emergencies, such as teeth being knocked loose or out, trauma resulting in cracked or broken teeth, abscess beneath a tooth, sudden swelling around the jaw, or significant tooth pain often demand immediate attention. Unfortunately, treatment for dental emergencies is not always fast. In fact, under some circumstances, you may have to wait for weeks and make multiple visits to the dentist to complete treatment for an emergency dental situation.

The dentists at the Cherry Creek office of DeWitt Dental Associates work to minimize both the time you spend in our office and the time you wait for completed services following dental emergencies. We offer a number of same-day restorations, including dental crowns, that can be created and placed during a single office visit, enabling us to quickly protect your teeth from further damage without sacrificing quality or aesthetics. If you are facing a dental emergency, give us a call at 303-321-5656 to schedule an appointment right away.

CEREC Restorations

CEREC technology enables our dentists to create high quality, aesthetically pleasing restorations during a single office visit. With CEREC, we can produce tooth-colored dental crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bridges, and veneers in minutes, allowing us to complete your treatment on the same day you come in for service.

When it comes to dental emergencies, CEREC technology helps us meet both the immediate and long-term needs of the patient. Same-day dental crowns and similar restorations are milled on-site from a single block of zirconium or ceramics, making them durable and capable of performing all normal tooth functions. What’s more, these restorations are shaded, shaped, and contoured to look and feel just like the teeth they will be adjacent to, allowing them to protect and perfect your smile without requiring multiple visits for preparations and placement. If you are experiencing a dental emergency in the Metro Denver area, please call our office right away to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help.

Should You Call 911?

DeWitt Dental Associates is open from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday through Thursday. We are open from 9 am – 2 pm on Friday. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday. We make every effort to schedule emergency appointments on the day they occur, but we are not a 24/7 dental center and do not offer after-hour services.

If your dental emergency involves significant blood loss or is part of a larger medical emergency, the best course of action is to call 911. Emergency services for medical issues or severe dental trauma require swift and often comprehensive treatments. Our office is equipped to handle dental trauma only and should not be relied upon for more extensive or involved issues.

If your dental emergency is severe enough to demand direct attention right away, we recommend you contact the closest hospital for faster service.

The dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates will make every effort to see you as quickly as possible after your dental emergency. If you have suffered dental trauma and would like to schedule an emergency dental appointment, call us at 303-321-5656 and we will make every effort to schedule you in right away.

November 03, 2017

Denver Tooth Whitening and dental bondingThe Holidays are officially upon us. Let the photos commence. Unless, of course, you are shy about your smile due to unsightly and embarrassing stains. In that case, photos may be the last thing you want to smile for. Who wants an eternal reminder of stained teeth? No one. That’s who.

The good news is, there is still plenty of time to come to our Cherry Creek office for teeth whitening before gatherings of family and friends really kick into high-gear at the end of November. Our experienced and caring cosmetic dentists welcome an opportunity to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation where we can evaluate your level of staining, discuss all of your options, and begin a plan that can perfect your smile in the shortest amount of time possible.

We offer a range of teeth whitening options including take-home kits that can lighten teeth within a few short weeks. If you prefer more immediate results, in-office whitening is available as well. With this option, we lighten your teeth several shades in the course of a single visit – typically within one hour – to produce a brilliantly white smile. Dental bonding can also be completed over the course of one visit and may be a better fit for patients with deep or below-the-surface stains.

If your staining is severe or accompanied by other cosmetic imperfections, you may want to consider porcelain veneers for the perfection of your smile. The placement of veneers can usually be completed within three weeks, though longer is possible, making now the best time to call our office for an evaluation if you want the most attractive smile by month’s end.

If you are unhappy with your smile and are interested in learning about your tooth whitening options, call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 to schedule a free consultation today. Located near Cherry Creek, our cosmetic dentists serve all Metro Denver communities.

October 19, 2017
Teeth Whitening Options - Treatments, Dental Bonding, Veneers

If your teeth have stains above the enamel – like those caused by coffee and tea – a simple, in-office teeth whitening service is likely enough to restore a bright and white appearance. Our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists also offer take-home teeth whitening kits that are very effective at removing topical stains. These may be better for patients who prefer tooth whitening on their own schedule and in the comfort of their own homes. However, neither in-office nor take-home whitening will do much for deeper or more pronounced stains. In fact, these topical bleaching solutions can make matters much, much worse.

Intrinsic Tooth Stains

Deep stains, also known as intrinsic stains, are underneath the enamel. Some topical bleaches, including the in-office teeth whitening offered at DeWitt Dental Associates, can address minor intrinsic stains, but lightening the enamel around these stains may also serve to enhance them. When your tooth stains are underneath the enamel, the better option is often one that covers the tooth completely – and dental bonding offers an affordable and reliable way to do just that.

Dental bonding is applied to the surface of teeth in layers. Each layer is hardened with a special light prior to the next being applied. Each layer is also shaded to match adjacent teeth in color – teeth that can be whitened with a topical solution prior to your dental bonding application.

Once the final layer of dental bonding has been applied, the resin is polished and shaped to perfectly mimic your natural tooth, leaving only the bright and stain-free veneer visible. Inexpensive but not “cheap,” tooth bonding will continue to provide a bright and beautiful appearance for several years, so long as you care for them properly.

Maintaining Dental Bonding Results

The best way to care for dental bonding is to treat it like your natural tooth enamel, Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste after every meal and floss at least once a day to keep your teeth and your dental bonding attractive and clean. And make sure you continue to visit our Cherry Creek dentists every six months for cleanings and examinations. During these visits we will evaluate the appearance of your dental bonding and any other restorations you may have, making adjustments and corrections as needed. Catching minor issues and providing swift treatment is one of the best ways to keep your smile bright and beautiful for years to come.

Is Dental Bonding Right for You?

In addition to tooth staining, dental bonding can be used for:

  • Rebuilding teeth that are broken
  • Protecting teeth that are chipped or cracked
  • Strengthening teeth with significant decay or large fillings
  • Closing small gaps in between teeth
  • Normalizing tooth shapes and sizes

Dental bonding is a cost-effective, durable, and reliable way to address tooth staining and other common cosmetic issues. Requiring very little tooth preparation and able to be completed during a single office visit, tooth bonding is also less invasive and much faster than some cosmetic dentistry options that may offer similar results. During your initial consultation, we can discuss all of your tooth whitening options to help you determine which will be best for your needs.

If you live in Denver or surrounding communities and are looking for a solution for your stained teeth, call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 to schedule a consultation today. We serve Littleton, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, and nearby areas of Colorado from our Cherry Creek location.

October 04, 2017

With Halloween rapidly approaching, it’s time, once again, to think about the kind of candy you’ll be handing out, the kind of candy you’ll be stealing from your children, and the kind of candy you’ll want to avoid in both situations. Remember, eating candy, while not ideal for your teeth, is not something you have to avoid entirely for optimal oral health. However, choosing the right kinds of candy (and avoiding the most damaging) is essential for the long-term health and beauty of your smile.

Worst Halloween Candy. Denver. Cherry Creek. Family Dentist

So, what are the worst types of candy you can eat on Halloween?

1.Gummy and chewy candy. Gummy bears, gummy worms, taffy, and similar treats can get stuck in between the cusps of teeth where their lingering presence allows the slow release of sugar. What’s more, these sticky treats may be strong enough to pull loose dental fillings and other restorations, making them an especially bad idea for people whose teeth have been treated for trauma or decay.

2.Caramels and sticky candy. Like chewy candy, sticky sweets can damage, loosen, or remove restorations. Many of these treats are even strong enough to damage dental bridges and to loosen crowns placed over dental implants.

3.Hard candy. Not only can hard candy, when bit, chip, crack or break teeth, when allowed to dissolve, the sugars in these candies stay in contact with teeth for extended periods of time, allowing acid erosion and decay to take hold.

4.Citrus and sour candy. Adding acid to sugar doubles the impact citrus and sour candies have on the teeth. Because many of these candies are also gummies, that impact is extended, making these candies among the worst offenders for tooth decay and enamel erosion.

5.Healthy candy.” That’s right, dried fruits, fruit leather, organic gummies, and similarly marketed candy alternatives are just as bad as their competitors. Sugar and acid are present in these sticky candies just like in the others. Worse yet, things like “naturally sweetened” and “sweetened with fruit juice” are meaningless marketing terms that can confuse and mislead consumers into thinking they’re making smarter candy choices. Here’s the bottom line: sugar is sugar. Your teeth do not differentiate between fruit sugar, honey, cane sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. All of it damages teeth in the same way, at the same rate.

Chocolates and non-sticky candies are the best bet at Halloween, but how and when you eat them will play a role in your oral health.  Choose one time daily to indulge rather than spreading consumption out over the course of the day. And make sure you brush and floss after eating candy to remove any remaining sugars and acids from the teeth – but wait for at least 20 minutes after eating candy to allow your saliva to remove some of the acids and reharden your enamel.

Should you eat candy at Halloween? That’s a personal decision. If you choose to, do it smart, avoid the biggest problem candies, and be mindful of changes in tooth sensitivity or restoration security. If you end up with a dental emergency get in touch with the Cherry Creek dentist at DeWitt Dental Associates right away. And above all else, have a safe, fun and enjoyable Halloween.

If you are overdue for a dental cleaning and examination, please call our Cherry Creek office at 303-321-5656 today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, and all Metro Denver communities and suburbs. 

September 13, 2017

At DeWitt Dental Associates, our dentists and team want you to be able to enjoy a relaxing experience each time you visit our office. If dental care makes you anxious or uncomfortable, you may avoid going to your routine dental appointments. If this sounds like you, you may be a great candidate for sedation dentistry. Schedule a consult with one of our dentists to learn more and to ask any questions you have on your mind, such as:

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Cherry Creek Sedation Dentist | IV Sedation | Nitrous OxideDuring your consultation, our dentists will help you decide if our relaxing dental services are right for you. Many of our sedation dentistry patients seek these services because of the following issues:

  • Anxious about dental treatments
  • Fearful feelings during dental appointments
  • Past traumatic dental experiences
  • Physical discomfort or an overly sensitive gag reflex during dental treatment

Sedation can allow you to overcome these problems, which can be essential to getting the dental care you need.

Which Type is Right for Me?

Our experienced dentists provide two types of sedation:

  • IV sedation. We are licensed by the State of Colorado to provide minimal to moderate sedation using IV medication. This level of sedation allows you to remain awake but deeply relaxed.
  • Nitrous oxide. Also known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask over your nose. You'll feel relaxed and maybe slightly sleepy. As soon as the mask is removed, the effects of the gas will quickly dissipate, so you'll be able to drive yourself home afterward.

The dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates can help you decide the type and level of sedation that will allow you to comfortably receive dental care.

What are the Side Effects or Risks?

Today's sedation dental techniques are safer and more effective than ever before, but you should still discuss all the possible side effects with our dentists. We are extensively experienced in the methods of sedation we offer, and we want to make sure it will be optimally beneficial for you before recommending it.

To schedule a consultation to learn more about sedation dentistry, please call DeWitt Dental Associates in Denver at 303-321-5656.

August 21, 2017

Sedation dentistry offers a safe and effective way to quell many discomforts before and during your treatment at our Cherry Creek office. With sedation dentistry, we can help even the most anxious patient feel at ease, allowing us to protect and perfect your smile without sacrificing your comfort.

Sedation dentistry can be used for general or cosmetic dentistry services and is often a good solution for patients receiving porcelain veneers, tooth whitening services, and dental crowns. It may also be perfect for patients too nervous to undergo routine cleanings and examinations. The best way to learn what benefit this service can offer you is by calling DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 to schedule your consultation.

DeWitt Dental Associates is a full-service general and cosmetic dentistry office located in the Cherry Creek area. We welcome patients from all Metro Denver communities and surrounding areas of Northern Colorado.

August 01, 2017

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common stress response. It is also something that often occurs during sleep – a factor that can allow teeth grinding to go unnoticed until damage has already been done.

Is bruxism ruining your smile? The dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates can help. Call our Denver office to learn how we can restore comfort and prevent further damageDuring your routine cleaning and examinations, our highly trained hygienists and Denver dentists will look for signs of bruxism such as uneven tooth wear or surface trauma. You can assist us in detecting these signs by informing us if you are experiencing symptoms of tooth grinding as well. These can include:

  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Pain or swelling in the jaw joint
  • Jaw stiffness or lockjaw
  • Loose teeth

These symptoms may indicate nocturnal teeth grinding and should not be ignored.

Left unaddressed, bruxism can result in chronic pain, limited ability to bite and chew, significant tooth damage, and even tooth loss – all of which is entirely avoidable when tooth grinding is caught and treated early on.

Am I a Tooth Grinder?

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be a tooth grinder. If you struggle with anxiety or have difficulties dealing with life’s stressors, you may be a tooth grinder. If you notice your jaw is clenched at various points throughout the day, you may be a tooth grinder. If you even suspect this is the case, a call to our Cherry Creek dental office for a complete examination is essential for the preservation of your smile.

Not everyone knows if they grind their teeth. This is just one reason it is important to maintain biannual visits with our dentists for thorough examinations. If we discover indications of tooth grinding, we can provide safe and effective treatments that both protect teeth from future damage and restore teeth that have already been impacted by your habit.

Teeth Grinding Treatment

To help prevent future damage from bruxism, we typically suggest a customized mouth guard. Worn while sleeping, these custom-fitted orthotics rest comfortably in the mouth where they provide a buffer between the teeth. While these mouth guards do not prevent the clenching of the jaw, they do prevent that clenching from chipping, cracking, breaking, and wearing down the teeth.

We may also recommend stress reduction techniques, reduced late-day caffeine intake, and other behavioral changes that can help prevent the clenching of the jaw itself. These simple changes can complement the tooth protection offered by your mouth guard and help and provide a lasting solution for your teeth grinding.

Teeth that have already been damaged through grinding can be restored with same day dental crowns. Designed, shaped, shaded, and crafted for your unique smile during a single office visit, CEREC crowns are durable, attractive, and effective at protecting teeth that have been damaged through bruxism.

The high-quality ceramics from which these “crowns in a day” are milled look and feel like natural tooth enamel, making your restorations unobtrusive and allowing them to seamlessly match surrounding teeth. During your initial consultation with one of our experienced dentists, we will discuss tooth grinding prevention and available treatment options to help you find the solutions ideally suited to your needs.

Please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 to learn about tooth grinding treatments in Denver. Our dentists welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, and surrounding Metro Denver communities at our convenient and comfortable Cherry Creek office. 

July 26, 2017

Strawberries whiten teeth about the same amount as toothpaste. However, the acid in these berries reduces enamel harness by 10%, making it inadvisable to use them for such purposes.Like charcoal teeth whitening, using strawberries to brighten your smile has been touted as a miracle at-home treatment by some holistic bloggers and websites. According to these sources, mixing baking soda with crushed strawberries and brushing with the mixture can remove surface stains and help whiten teeth. And this is not entirely false.

Indeed, research conducted at the University of Iowa found that this mixture was capable of removing surface debris from teeth. Unfortunately, due to the high concentration of both citric and malic acid in strawberries, this mixture reduced surface hardness on subjects’ teeth by 10%. Not only can this lead to tooth sensitivity, it can allow dentin – the yellowish, calcified tissue just below your enamel – to show through, further yellowing teeth.

The takeaway? Strawberries have the same tooth whitening properties as most over the counter toothpaste. Their acid content aids in the removal of surface debris and plaque, but it also impacts enamel strength and offers nothing to counter this negative impact. Therefore, as with charcoal teeth whitening, brightening your smile with strawberries is not recommended. In fact, it is discouraged by most dental professionals.

If you are looking for a safe and effective tooth whitening option in Cherry Creek or surrounding areas of Colorado, DeWitt Dental Associates can help. Our experienced cosmetic dentists can determine the cause of your tooth discoloration and the types of staining present to personalize your tooth whitening treatment for optimal results – without reducing enamel hardness and increasing risks of tooth sensitivity.

We offer in-office whitening and take-home kits, giving you an opportunity to improve the shade of your teeth in the manner and amount of time you find most appealing. What’s more, because teeth whitening at DeWitt Dental Associates is done under the supervision of an experienced and highly trained cosmetic dentist, you can rest assured that your comfort, safety, and satisfaction are held as top priorities.

To schedule a tooth whitening consultation at our Cherry Creek office, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 today. Our cosmetic dentists provide exceptional services and individualized treatments for men and women living in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Englewood, and the entire Metro Denver area.  

July 20, 2017

Topical tooth whiteners will not remove stains from porcelain veneers. However, veneers are designed to resists stains. To learn more, contact our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists today.Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, but cannot be whitened once they have discolored. This makes taking care of your veneers absolutely essential for their continued beauty. Unlike natural tooth enamel that can be lightened with topical bleaches, veneers do not respond to tooth whitening treatments. However, you can reduce prematurely staining your restorations by:

  • Never smoking or chewing tobacco products
  • Reducing your intake of dark beverages and sauces
  • Drinking coffee, soda, and tea through a straw
  • Brushing your veneers after every meal and snack
  • Visiting our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists every six months for cleanings

When you brush, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to protect your veneers from damage. Proper care instructions and advice on how to prolong the life expectancy of your porcelain veneers will be covered by our dentists during your time in our care.

Tooth Whitening

Porcelain veneers cannot be whitened with topical teeth whitening solutions. However, surrounding natural teeth can be – and these often benefit from biannual or yearly whitening to ensure color consistency with adjacent restorations.

We offer a range of tooth whitening options at our Cherry Creek office including in-office whitening during a single office visit. If you are considering tooth whitening in Denver, we would be honored to meet with you and discuss these options and to help you learn which would best produce the look you desire.

To schedule your tooth whitening consultation at DeWitt Dental Associates, please call 303-321-5656 today. We serve the Metro Denver area and surrounding Front Range and I-25 Corridor communities including Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Evergreen, and Broomfield.

July 13, 2017

Chipped teeth are more than a cosmetic issue – they can increase risks for infection and decay. If you have chipped teeth, call our Cherry Creek dentists to learn about quick and lasting solutionsChipped teeth may not seem like a big deal, especially if they aren’t causing any pain. However, even a small chip in the enamel of your teeth can increase risks for tooth decay and infection.

Tooth infection may produce symptoms including increased tooth sensitivity and persistent bad breath. An infected tooth may also allow bacteria to spread into the gums and throughout the body, increasing risks for additional oral and systemic health problems.

While not all chipped teeth will lead to infection, the possibility exists, making it a good idea to call our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentists at 303-321-5656 to schedule a consultation as soon as a chip occurs.

Dental Bonding

One of the most common fixes for a chipped tooth is dental bonding. Applied in layers to the surface of the tooth, bonding can be built up, colored, and shaped to restore the appearance of the tooth. Dental bonding prevents bacteria from entering the tooth, acting as a shield against food particles as well.

This solution is not as long lasting as other chipped tooth treatments and may require somewhat frequent reapplication.

Benefits offered by dental bonding include:

  • Swift results
  • Customized shading
  • Minimal tooth preparation

Porcelain Veneers

If your chipped tooth is a canine or incisor, porcelain veneers may be the most effective option. Incredibly durable and beautifully crafted, porcelain veneers are placed over the front of chipped teeth to improve appearance and help prevent infection.

The process for placing veneers typically takes three to four weeks, but results can last for ten years or more.

Benefits offered by porcelain veneers include:

  • Long lasting results
  • Full restoration of appearance
  • The ability to fix multiple problems at once

Dental Crowns

When a bicuspid or molar is chipped, a dental crown may be the most effective treatment. We offer same day dental crowns at our Cherry Creek office, allowing us to restore complete strength and function in a single office visit. What’s more, these crowns are created to look and feel just like your natural teeth – and shaded to fit seamlessly into your smile.

Benefits offered by same day dental crowns include:

  • Single visit solution
  • Complete functional restoration
  • Lasting protection against subsequent damage

Choosing What’s Best for You

There are several options when it comes to fixing chipped teeth, but not each will be ideally suited for every patient. When you come to our office for a restorative treatment, we will carefully evaluate your smile and discuss all of your options, helping you find the solution that meets your desires, your needs, and your budget.

We take great care to provide individualized solutions for our patients and look forward to learning how we can help protect and perfect your smile.

If you live in the Metro Denver area and are living with chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 to schedule a consultation today. We welcome patients from Littleton, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Arvada, and all surrounding areas.