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September 24, 2015

What is CEREC Technology?With Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction (CEREC) technology, the wait times and multiple appointments required for porcelain dental crowns can often be eliminated. This process was developed at the University of Zurich in 1980. With developments in 3D printing and milling technology, the process is more accessible than ever before to our cosmetic dentistry patients in Denver and Cherry Creek.

CEREC Process

For patients who are good candidates, CEREC technology allows the entire process for crowns to be carried out in our Denver office in a single visit using biocompatible ceramics. With CEREC, impressions are made digitally, so you don’t need to go through the messy and awkward process of traditional impressions.

Here are the steps of the CEREC process:

  1. An intraoral camera is used to create a virtual model of the affected teeth
  2. Our experienced dentists use the model to construct the restoration on the computer screen
  3. The model is sent through our office computer network to the milling machine
  4. The milling machine carves the restoration from a block of color-matched ceramic in about 15 minutes
  5. The restoration is finished by painting, polishing and glazing
  6. The crown in placed in the mouth

If you are interested in CEREC or traditional porcelain tooth crowns to restore your teeth in Cherry Creek or any of the surrounding areas of Denver, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656

September 17, 2015

Tips for Lifelong Oral HealthHealthy Aging magazine has chosen September as Healthy Aging Month®. This is a time to focus on the positive aspects on growing older. As one of the healthiest communities in the country, healthy aging is a part of everyday life for people over 45 in Cherry Creek, and all around the Denver area. While eating right and getting plenty of outdoor activity is central to the lifestyle of the Front Range, it can be easy to overlook the importance of good dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.

Oral Health Tips

Many people don’t realize how closely their oral health and their total wellbeing are connected. Good oral health can have an impact on virtually every other area of your body. As people live longer, general dentistry has improved to help keep your natural teeth well into your later years. Good oral hygiene is still simple:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Visit the dentist for routine cleanings and exams

By following these simple steps, you can prevent common dental problems from occurring, including gum disease, tooth loss, and staining, to ensure a lifetime of great meals and healthy living. If you live in or around the Cherry Creek area or elsewhere in Denver please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 today to schedule a consultation.

September 14, 2015

Yoga, Stress and Your Dental HealthOur Denver and Cherry Creek dentistry associates are continuing to discover new ways that your dental health is closely connected to your total wellbeing. One more surprising way that you can avoid dental health problems is with yoga.

3 Ways Yoga Improves Dental Health

September is National Yoga Month, and while the benefits of yoga for mind and body are well known, the benefits of yoga for your dental health are becoming clearer. Here are three ways yoga can help:

  • Stress Relief: Lifestyle stresses can lead to a host of health issues including depression, high blood pressure, and anxiety, but stress can also cause common dental problems. Stress can keep people from taking care of themselves, and oral hygiene is no exception. In addition, stress is a common cause of teeth grinding and jaw problems.
  • Improved Posture: Bad posture can leave you feeling tired and run down. It can also lead to a bad jaw position that can cause temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Chronic inflammation can lead to serious health problems. Your dental health can be dramatically affected when inflammation leads to overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. It is thought that yoga reduces inflammation by alleviating stress.

If you would like to find out more about how you can improve your dental health while improving your total wellbeing, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 for a consultation. We serve patients in Cherry Creek and the entire Denver Metro area.

September 11, 2015

Best Farmers Markets Foods for Your TeethFarmers markets across the Denver area offer some of the freshest and healthiest foods available. A great diet can lead to improvement in your total wellbeing, including your dental health. Our Denver dentists offer some advice on selecting farmers market foods that can help you avoid common dental problems.

Farmers Market Foods for Dental Health

With so much to choose from, it may be a challenge to know what to look for. Here are some ways foods can improve your dental hygiene:

  • Calcium Rich Foods: Farm fresh dairy including local milk and cheeses can prevent cavities by lowering the pH in your mouth. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips and collard greens can help rebuild your teeth from the inside out.
  • Foods High in Fiber: Fiber-rich foods help to keep your saliva flowing and gently scrub bacteria away from your teeth and gums while you chew. Saliva is your mouth’s way of keeping bacteria from getting established and forming plaque. Examples include strawberries, apples and greens.
  • Whole Grain Foods: Local whole grain pasta and artisanal breads are a great source of B vitamins and iron that help keep bones, teeth and gums healthy. These foods are also high in fiber, so they can do double duty for your teeth.

If you live in Cherry Creek or any of the surrounding areas of Denver, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 for a consultation.

August 06, 2015

Porcelain Crowns vs. Metal CrownsTo restore a broken or vulnerable tooth, porcelain dental crowns are a durable restoration that look just like natural teeth. Unlike metal dental crowns, porcelain crowns do not stand out in your smile.

Metal crowns were always a durable option for rebuilding the structure of a tooth. But modern dental technology has allowed dentists to use much more aesthetically pleasing restorations for tooth reconstruction without sacrificing durability. Our experienced dentists can examine your vulnerable tooth or teeth to determine if porcelain crowns are an option.

In certain cases, a porcelain crown may not be the best way to restore a tooth. Generally speaking, porcelain crowns work very well on the teeth toward the front of your mouth. For your molars, which exert a lot of force when you chew, an even stronger dental crown may be needed. But even if this is the case, our dentists can use a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, which offers the aesthetic effect of an all-porcelain crown with the strength of a metal crown. The only way to know if a porcelain crown will work for your teeth is to visit our experienced dentists.

If you are interested in porcelain tooth crowns to restore your teeth with optimal aesthetics and durability, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656. Our experienced dentists serve Denver, Cherry Creek and all of the surrounding areas.

August 03, 2015

Dental Implant CostAs someone missing one or more teeth, you may have started considering your options for restoring your smile. For most people, the cost of replacement teeth plays a big role in which type of replacement they ultimately choose. The cost of dental implants varies widely and may be influenced by:

  • Number of dental implants
  • Type of tooth restoration (the replacement tooth that is attached to the top of the dental implant)
  • Specific dentist and oral surgeon chosen
  • Lab and supply prices
  • Geographic region in which you live

The only way to know for sure is to consult an experienced implant restoration dentist like the dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates. We will be happy to provide you with complete information about what you can expect from dental implants and how much they will cost. We will also discuss our financing options with you.

When considering replacement teeth, you should certainly consider cost, but not cost alone. There are a number of other factors that should influence your final choice of replacement teeth, including:

  • Longevity
  • Durability
  • Appearance
  • Convenience to your lifestyle

Though dental implants are sometimes one of the higher value options, they also tend to last the longest compared to other types of tooth replacements. Our dentists are fully committed to making sure you know all of your options so that you can make informed decisions.

To learn more about dental implants, and to schedule a consultation in Denver to find out how much an implant dentistry procedure would cost to replace your missing teeth, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656.

July 27, 2015

Denver Implant Dentistry - Care and CleaningWhen you are missing one or more teeth and considering your tooth replacement options, there are various ways you can compare and contrast your options, including what long-term care will be required for a given tooth replacement. Care and cleaning is just one of the many factors you should consider, as well as cost, longevity, durability, appearance and performance.

Dental implants require the same care and cleaning as your natural teeth. Great oral care for your teeth and dental implants should include:

  • Visiting the dentist for routine cleanings and exams
  • Flossing once a day
  • Brushing at least twice a day

The dental crown itself cannot decay like your natural enamel; however, it's very important to keep your gums healthy and free of infection. Plaque and bacteria that sticks to your dental crown and the surrounding gums can lead to infection, and possibly gum disease. One of the most common causes of tooth loss is gum disease.

For more information about dental implants and to find out if you are a good candidate, please call our Denver implant dentistry practice at 303-321-5656. Our experienced and caring dentists are prepared to provide guidance and education so that you can choose the tooth replacement option that is right for your expectations.

July 22, 2015

Fast Facts about Teeth WhiteningProfessional teeth whitening performed by an experienced dentist is an effective way to brighten your smile, often more effective than the results you can get with over-the-counter drugstore whitening kits. Consider these 5 facts:

  1. Teeth whitening bleaches away even the dingiest stains, including those caused by smoking, coffee and red wine.
  2. Zoom! teeth whitening can be completed in about an hour in our office.
  3. Zoom! tooth whitening brightens teeth by up to 8 shades.
  4. You can whiten your teeth at your convenience and in the comfort of your own home using customized take-home whitening trays.
  5. Professional teeth whitening provides instant results once the treatment is completed.

To learn more, give our office a call to speak with our friendly, helpful dental team. Our cosmetic dentists want you to have the smile that will make you feel the most confident. The teeth whitening services at our Denver dentistry practice are designed to produce the most effective and longest-lasting whitening results. The design of the whitening trays and the technique used in Zoom! tooth whitening reduce the sensitivity you may experience after the treatment.

To schedule your teeth whitening appointment at our Cherry Creek cosmetic dentistry practice, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656.

July 14, 2015

Fighting Bad BreathBad breath is one of those dental problems we all deal with from time to time, but which everyone wants to avoid. While you may be able to conceal the odor temporarily with mints or chewing gum, consider these tips to combat bad breath at its source:

  • Improve your oral hygiene. Unclean teeth and gums cause bad breath in two ways: The sticky film of plaque that builds up on your teeth contains bacteria that cause bad odor. Also, the presence of food and beverage debris lingering on your teeth cause odor. Brush and floss to fight these bad-breath causers.
  • Visit the dentist for routine cleanings and exams. Some of the biofilm and tartar cannot be removed with your brush and floss. The dental hygienist uses specialized instruments and techniques to clean and polish your teeth, which will help you combat odor. Our dentists will examine your teeth, gums and oral cavities, and part of this exam includes looking for any problems that may be causing bad breath and other symptoms.
  • Keep your mouth hydrated. When your mouth is dry, acid produced by bacteria and food particles linger in your mouth and emit bad odors. Saliva rinses away the odor causers, and you can moisten your mouth by drinking water or chewing gum (which stimulates saliva production).
  • Quit smoking and other tobacco use. Tobacco and smoking is not only bad for your long-term health, it's also a major cause of bad breath. Nicotine patches and gum have helped many people quit. Speak to your doctor about support programs or prescription medications if you are having a hard time kicking the habit.
  • Know which foods cause breath odor. You probably know that certain foods – such as garlic and raw onion – leave your breath less than fresh. But did you know that brushing your teeth won't combat the odor? That's because elements of what you eat make it into your bloodstream and are carried to your lungs. You then breathe out the odor. But many of these odor-causing foods are healthy and delicious! Instead of avoiding eating them altogether, just be aware you may breathe out their odors for several hours after eating them. Skip them if you are going on a date or getting together with friends or coworkers who you'll feel more confident around with fresh breath.

Persistent bad breath that doesn't go away may be a sign of a deeper issue, such as gum disease. If you are concerned about your breath odor, you should ask one of our experienced dentists about the cause of the odor.

If you are searching for an experienced, caring Denver dentist to rejuvenate your smile and provide individualized treatment plans for the issue you are concerned about, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656.