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February 19, 2015

Many Americans neglect their oral health. It's not uncommon to get behind on your six-month, routine checkups, but it's also never too late to get back on track. If you are overdue for a routine cleaning and checkup, our Denver dentists recommend scheduling one now. You should see the dentist even if you are not experiencing any apparent dental problems. Many dental problems do not cause any symptoms at all. But some people schedule dental appointments as a result of the following:

  • Visible tooth decay and/or discoloration
  • Chipped and/or cracked tooth
  • Gum recession, which sometimes causes teeth to look too long
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Mouth sores that don't go away
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity and/or pain

These are just some of the things for which you should seek dental care, to ensure both optimum oral health and tooth function, as well as a smile you can be proud of.

If you are searching for an experienced, compassionate and skilled Denver dentist, please call DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule an appointment, and to learn more about our dental practice and what we can do for you.

Tags: General Dentistry
February 16, 2015

Porcelain Crowns near DenverIf you have a damaged, weak or vulnerable tooth or teeth, then a porcelain crown may be a great option for you. Consider some of the advantages of this type of dental crown:

  • Attractive, natural appearance
  • Durable and strong
  • Secure bond with tooth enamel
  • Function like a natural tooth

For cosmetic reasons, an all-porcelain crown can be the perfect restoration. Because its color is matched to the natural color of your teeth, the crown will not stick out in your smile or be apparent. Instead, it will allow you to smile with all the confidence that comes with beautiful, natural-looking teeth with no missing teeth gaps. But porcelain crowns are not just cosmetically advantageous. They are strong and durable as well.

Porcelain crowns are often used on teeth that are the most visible when you smile, at the front of your mouth. Although all-porcelain dental crowns are very strong, they aren't always the best option to stand up to the forces exerted by molars. To restore teeth in the back of your mouth, our dentists may recommend a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, although it's not unheard of to use an all-porcelain crown on your back teeth; the only way to know the best means of restoring your teeth is to talk to our experienced dentists.

To schedule a consultation to learn more about our Denver and Cherry Creek porcelain crowns, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036.

Tags: Porcelain Crowns
February 12, 2015

Denver Dental Implant CandidatesReplacing missing teeth is important for your oral health, the alignment of your bite, and for your confidence and self-esteem. The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to visit our experienced dentists in Cherry Creek. After a full exam and assessment, our dentists can explain all of your options for replacing missing teeth, as well as whether dental implants are one of your choices. Generally, the following applies to a good dental implant candidate:

  • Missing one or more teeth
  • Interested in a long-term, or even permanent, way to replace missing teeth
  • In generally good health
  • Want a natural-looking tooth replacement
  • Want a durable, secure tooth replacement
  • Want a tooth replacement that doesn't have to be removed each night

Certain things, such as a smoking habit or the presence of gum disease, may need to be managed before an implant dentistry procedure, but most people can ultimately be good candidates. Our experienced dentists are personally committed to helping you find dental treatments with which you are optimally satisfied, and that will allow you to smile freely and confidently.

To schedule a consultation with our Denver dental implant dentists, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-566-4036.

Tags: Dental Implants
February 10, 2015

Denver Dental Emergency DentistIf you are experiencing any of the following dental emergencies or others, you should call our office at 303-566-4036 to schedule an appointment. We can usually get emergency patients in the same day. Some of the most common types of urgent dental problems are:

  • Knocked out tooth
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Toothache
  • Items stuck between teeth
  • Facial swelling around the jaw
  • Loose teeth
  • Abscessed tooth

It's important to seek prompt dental care if you are experiencing a problem listed above or any other type of dental issue that you feel requires immediate attention. Of course, if you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, you should go to the emergency room.

Experiencing one of these emergencies can be scary and painful, but our dentists are here to help. We know how to treat and repair most types of dental emergencies, and can refer you to a trusted physician for more complex issues such as a fractured facial bones. If you are unsure of how serious your dental problem is, just give us a call and we'll make sure you know how to get the treatment you need to avoid a more serious problem.

To schedule an appointment with a Denver emergency dentist, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates at (303) 566-4036.

Tags: Emergency Dentistry
January 26, 2015

Porcelain crowns are a great option for restoring the full structure, function and appearance of a damaged, weakened or vulnerable tooth. Unlike conventional tooth crowns of the past, porcelain crowns do not stand out and they look natural in your smile. If you are considering this treatment, you are probably wondering about cost. During an individualized consultation with one of our experienced Cherry Creek dentists, you can get an exact quote for the cost of your dental work.

During your visit, our experienced team will make sure you know all of the costs associated with your dental treatment options. Many insurance policies cover conventional crown cost, and then the patient is responsible for paying the difference between a conventional crown and a porcelain crown; however, there is no way for us to know what coverage you have without reviewing your policy information.

In the event a treatment is considered elective by a dental insurance company, you may want to consider applying for financing through CareCredit. We accept a number of their financing plans. We can tell you more about it at your initial consultation.

To schedule a consultation at DeWitt Dental Associates to find out if a porcelain tooth crown is the right way to restore your teeth and your smile, please call our Cherry Creek dental office at 303-566-4036.

Tags: Porcelain Crowns, Financing
January 26, 2015

In the past, all dental fillings were made of a metal amalgam that contains mercury. But today’s patients have a safe, durable, attractive alternative in the form of white dental fillings. We believe that white fillings offer a superior replacement for the metal fillings of old. Please contact DeWitt Dental Associates in Denver today at 303-566-4036 to schedule an appointment to learn more about white dental fillings.

Denver White Dental FillingsA filling is exactly as the name sounds. If you suffer from a cavity, we remove the affected tooth material with a drill and fill the space with a filling material. While metal fillings have a proven record of efficacy, many patients would prefer not to have mercury in their mouths. Furthermore, metal fillings just don’t look natural.

At DeWitt Dental Associates, we are pleased to offer white dental fillings to our patients. These fillings are made from a durable composite resin that chemically bonds with your tooth’s natural material. The resin has a natural appearance and can be matched to your tooth’s color for a seamless look. Additionally, the resin won’t expand and contract the way metal does, and the placement method allows us to preserve more of your tooth’s natural enamel.

White fillings are just another example of how modern dentistry has developed solutions that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. If you’re ready to learn more about white dental fillings, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today at  303-566-4036 to schedule your appointment with one of our Denver dentists.

Tags: White Fillings
January 21, 2015

Wondering if you should finally commit to the cosmetic dentistry treatments you've been considering? Answer yes or no to the questions below to find out if you are a good candidate for dentistry to improve your smile. Answering "yes" to just one of these questions means cosmetic dental treatments may be a good option for you.

When you Smile

  • Do you cover your mouth when you smile or laugh?
  • Do you smile only with your lips closed?
  • Do you hold yourself back from smiling and laughing because of the way you feel about your teeth?

Teeth Positioning

  • Are any of your teeth twisted or rotated?
  • Do you have gaps between any of your teeth?
  • Are there gaps left by missing teeth?
  • Are any of your teeth crooked?
  • Are any of your teeth slanting or tilting?
  • Are the lengths of your teeth uneven, with certain teeth too short or too long?

Appearance of the Enamel

  • Are your teeth stained, yellow or dingy?
  • Would you like whiter teeth?
  • Do any of your teeth have worn edges?
  • Are any of your teeth chipped?

Appearance of the Gums

  • Does too much of your gum tissue show when you smile?
  • Are your gums sore or tender?
  • Are your gums deep red and swollen?
  • Do your gums bleed easily?

If there is anything you want to change about your smile, cosmetically or otherwise, we encourage you to visit our dentists for an individualized assessment of your dental health and a personalized treatment plan.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced Denver dentist, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates or call us at 303-566-4036.

Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry, Smile Makeover
January 19, 2015

Denver Teeth WhiteningIf you are hoping for whiter teeth in 2015, consider our Cherry Creek dentistry team's 6 steps to brighten your smile:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to stained, yellow teeth. You can prevent some of the dinginess by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day.
  2. Replace your toothbrush. If brushing your teeth combats stains, then your brush should be in tip-top shape. When toothbrushes get old and frayed, the bristles do not clean your teeth as well. Replace your toothbrush about every 3 or 4 months.
  3. Drink staining beverages through a straw. Red wine, fruit juice, tea, energy drinks – all of these can lead to staining because of their acidic content and staining ingredients. Using a beverage straw keeps a lot of the liquid off of your tooth enamel.
  4. Quit smoking. Using tobacco is a major cause of unsightly teeth stains. Quit the habit now for better health and a brighter smile. Reach out to friends, family and local support organizations if you need help to quit.
  5. Eat certain stain-fighting fruits and veggies. Celery, apples and strawberries are just a few of the food types that scrub and rinse away food and beverage debris. On the other hand, certain foods, such as blackberries and beets, tend to stain your teeth.
  6. Get your teeth whitened.  Ultimately, it may be difficult to get the level of smile whiteness you want without professional intervention. Our dentist can use proven, effective teeth whitening treatments to provide long-lasting bright smile results.

Are you searching for an experienced Denver dentist to help you brighten your smile while providing effective, caring dentistry that will keep your teeth strong and healthy? If so, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists in Cherry Creek. We can also be reached at (303) 566-4036.

Tags: Teeth Whitening
January 16, 2015

When you are missing one or more teeth, it's important to replace them. There are several reasons why it's important. A replacement tooth prevents other teeth from shifting and tilting, which is bad for your bite and for the appearance of your smile. The gap left by the missing tooth can lead to a misaligned bite, which can be uncomfortable and can create problems when you chew and speak. A missing tooth can cause the bone beneath your gums to shrink, and gaps in your smile may make you feel unhappy with the appearance of your smile.

Cherry Creek Dental BridgeSo once you've decided you need to replace your missing teeth, the next step is choosing the type of replacement. A dental bridge is a time-tested and effective option. Consider the following:

  • Provides stable, secure replacement teeth that do not slip like dentures sometimes do
  • Fixed dental bridge allows you to live without the hassle of nightly removal
  • Good option if you are not a good candidate for dental implants
  • May offer a cost advantage over dental implants
  • Can be attached to dental implants for a combined tooth replacement system

During a consultation with one of our experienced dentists, you can discuss which replacement systems are good options for you, and your dentist will help you choose one that meets your expectations, goals and budget.

To learn more about our Denver dental bridge services and your tooth replacement options, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists in Cherry Creek.

Tags: Dental Bridge
December 30, 2014

Questions to ask the DentistIt's important to choose the right general dentist for you. Being prepared with questions to ask a potential dentist can be helpful in making the process of choosing easy and effective. Here are several examples of questions you may want to ask:

  • What should I expect during my first dental exam at your practice?
  • How do you handle dental emergencies?
  • For the current status of my oral health, how often should I see the dentist?
  • Do I need to be doing anything other than brushing and flossing for my at-home oral care routine?
  • Do you recommend any changes in what I eat to improve my oral health?
  • What types of dental treatments and procedures do you perform? Do you refer me to a specialist when needed?
  • Do you see any signs of health issues that I should tell my doctor about?
  • Do you provide sedation if I am overly anxious about dental care?
  • Do you offer financing for the service I'm interested in?

The dentists at DeWitt Dental Associates are personally committed to making sure you have all the information you need to make choices about dental care providers and treatments.

To schedule a consultation with our experienced Denver dentists, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates or call us at (303) 566-4036.

Tags: General Dentistry