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Popular Dental Questions

We welcome your calls to Aspen View Dental at (303) 935-3737 if you have a question or a concern about your dental treatment, oral health, appointment or any of our office policies.

This list of questions we're frequently asked may also be helpful to you.

What are dental implants?

Made of light titanium metal, dental implants are substitutes for natural tooth roots. Over time dental implants fuse to your jawbone, helping to preserve it and provide a more stable base for individual replacement teeth, dentures and bridgework. Replacement teeth secured by implants often feel and look more natural than those without, and allow people to eat and talk more naturally.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

People who have lost some or all of their teeth and are unhappy with the way the look, talk or eat with traditional dentures or bridges may want to consider dental implants. They must be in overall good health with healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. People who have serious medical problems or illnesses may not be good candidates for implant surgery.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored ceramic permanently bonded to the front of teeth to improve its appearance. Because they can change a tooth's color, size or shape, veneers are used to cover stained, crooked or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are long-lasting and resist permanent staining from food, drink and cigarettes.

Why do I need X-rays?

X-rays provide your dentist with an important tool for looking at the overall condition of your teeth, roots and jaw. They help detect problems your dentist cannot see during an oral exam, such as infections in the bone, small areas of decay between teeth or areas of abnormal growth. They can also help pinpoint the location of cavities in your teeth.

Why do I need both types of X-rays?

Panoramic X-rays show a view of your entire mouth in one film (picture); periapical, or bitewing X-rays give a more detailed view of one small area, including cavities between teeth. Dr. Daugherty uses the two types of digital X-rays together to get a clearer understanding of what's happening overall in your mouth.

What is a root canal?

Below the porcelain of your tooth is an area of soft tissue called the pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. Root canals run in these tissues from the top (crown) of the tooth to its roots.

A tooth's pulp can get injured or diseased when a tooth has a deep cavity or is cracked. When this happens, the diseased pulp must be removed to save the tooth. This is called root canal therapy.

When should my child first see a dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and other dental organizations recommend that your child first visit the dentist around one year of age. Dr. Daugherty can check on the development of your child's teeth and look for signs of problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, gum disease or thumb sucking.

Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss my teeth?

Bleeding gums are can be a sign of periodontal (gum disease). Since gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss, it's important to see Dr. Daugherty immediately for treatment.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

The American Dental Association recommends your teeth should be cleaned two to four times a year, depending on your dental health history. Your teeth will feel better, and you'll be freshening your breath as well-80 percent of bad breath problems come from teeth, gums and tongue.