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By Nolan R Behr DDS
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures are an effective way to restore your smile, as well as tooth functioning. Dentures fill in the gaps where teeth are missing and make it possible to enjoy eating a wider variety of foods again. Several types of dentures are available to meet many different needs. Dr. Nolan Behr, the experienced dentist at our office in Colorado Springs, can recommend the right dentures for you.

Benefits of Dentures

There are numerous benefits to replacing missing teeth with dentures. In addition to restoring your smile, another major benefit of dentures is that they can minimize or reverse many of the unwanted side effects of tooth loss. For instance, facial sagging or drooping can occur when teeth are missing. The teeth provide support for facial muscles and when there are not enough teeth, the muscles begin to droop or sag. By filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, dentures provide the additional support needed to reduce facial sagging.

Another potential benefit of dentures is an improvement in speech. Gaps in your smile can change the way you sound when you speak. The teeth normally serve as a guide for the tongue when talking. However, speech can change when the tongue slips into the gaps where teeth are missing.

Dentures can also help by reducing strain on the natural teeth. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth often compensate for them and take on additional biting and chewing functions. This can put excess strain on those teeth and cause them to be worn down more quickly. By replacing missing teeth, dentures reduce strain by more evenly distributing biting and chewing functions.

Types of Dentures

We offer several types of dentures at our office in Colorado Springs. Dr. Behr can recommend a specific type that is best suited to your individual needs and preferences. The two main categories of dentures are full and partial, but there are several types of each. Full dentures are also called complete dentures and replace a full row or arch of teeth, while partial dentures just fill in the gaps when some natural teeth remain.

Types of full dentures include immediate and conventional, as well as implant-supported overdentures. Immediate dentures are usually only worn temporarily while waiting to be fitted for custom conventional dentures. An advantage of immediate dentures is that they can be worn right away, even following a tooth extraction, so you can enjoy a full smile immediately. Conventional dentures are custom made and conform to your mouth over time so they offer a nearly perfect fit. This type of denture is intended to be worn long-term.

Implant-supported overdentures make it possible to hold a full denture in place with a few strategically placed dental implants. Since the dental implants are placed directly in bone tissue, they can securely hold the denture in place. The dentures will not come loose or slip out of place.

Types of partial dentures include transitional and removable. Transitional dentures are worn temporarily while the mouth heals from extraction. Once healed, the dentures can be replaced with a removable partial denture or with dental implants. Removable dentures are lighter, more comfortable, and provide a better fit than transitional dentures.

Dentures restore your smile, restore tooth functioning, and minimize the side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Behr can help you find the right type of dentures for your needs. To learn more about the different types of dentures, call our office in Colorado Springs at (719) 591-2050.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
January 14, 2021
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!

A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your Colorado Springs, CO dentist for the answers you need.Cavity

What is a cavity?

Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in size and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.

What causes cavities?

A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.

The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.

What are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A black stain on your tooth
  • A hole in your tooth
What complications can arise if left untreated?

If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:

  • Chronic or severe dental pain
  • An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
  • Pain or problems chewing food
  • An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth

If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.

Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today. Our dental office is located in Colorado Springs, CO. Call Nolan R Behr DDS to schedule an appointment!

By Nolan R Behr DDS
December 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Multiple dental issues don't have to prevent you from having an attractive smile. Your Colorado Springs, CO dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, can help you improve the appearance and function of your smile with a full-mouth restoration.

When is a full-mouth restoration recommended?

You may need a full-mouth restoration if you have several oral health problems at once. A restoration can repair broken or damaged teeth, strengthen weak teeth, treat cavities and infections, restore lost bone or gum tissue, treat gum disease, restore lost teeth, and correct tooth alignment and jaw problems.

It's never too late to improve your smile. Whether you've been living with dental issues for a long time, or the changes in your mouth is recent, you can benefit from a full mouth restoration.

What treatments are involved in a full-mouth restoration in Colorado Springs?

Depending on the type of oral health issues you have, your restoration treatment plan may include a few of these treatments and services:

  • Fillings: Your dentist will need to fill any cavities before proceeding with more extensive treatments.
  • Root Canal Therapy: Root canal therapy involves removing infected or inflamed tooth pulp and replacing it with a rubber-based filling. The therapy not only ends your pain but also helps you avoid tooth loss.
  • Gum Disease Treatment: Gum disease must also be treated before restoration can proceed. If the disease is severe, you may need tissue or bone grafts to replace lost bone or gum tissue.
  • Crowns: Hollow crowns fit on top of teeth and are used to restore broken teeth or strengthen weak or fragile teeth. The restorations can also change the shape or length of teeth, and conceal discolorations and other imperfections.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Small titanium posts become the roots for your new teeth and are connected to crowns to restore the tops of the teeth. In a matter of months, the implants bond to surrounding bone and become a permanent part of your jawbone.
  • Veneers: Veneers are thin porcelain or plastic shells that are attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement. The restorations improve the shape or length of teeth, can whiten your entire smile, and conceal a variety of imperfections, including gaps, discolorations, uneven surfaces, cracks, and chips.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: Your treatment plan may include braces or clear aligners that straighten your teeth and correct bite problems.
  • Oral Surgery: In some cases, surgery might be needed to correct jaw and other issues.

Could a full-mouth restoration help your smile? Call your dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, Dr. Nolan Behr, at (719) 591-2050 to schedule your appointment.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Denture  

Dentures replace missing teeth and come in a variety of forms, depending on the specific issues in your individual situation. Dr. Nolan Behr of Colorado Springs, CO, offers several options:

How do dentures work?

Full or partial dentures are made of a gum-colored base made of plastic resin that fits over the bone ridge of missing teeth. The prosthetic restores the appearance and function of natural teeth. Dentures are held in place by a suctioning effect, which is why dentures need to be fitted properly.

Types of Dentures

  • Immediate Dentures: These are temporary dentures placed immediately after tooth extraction to help you transition to dentures because of the muscular readjustment required and natural shrinkage of gums.
  • Conventional Full Dentures: With time, permanent dentures take the shape of your mouth. These dentures are designed to look as much like your natural teeth as possible and restore proper functions for a long time to come.
  • Implant-Supported Overdentures: Your Colorado Springs dentist uses dental implants to secure and increase the stability of a lower or upper denture. Upper jaws need more implants because of lesser bone density.
  • Transitional Partial Dentures: These are temporary removable plastic dentures used as space maintainers while your mouth heals from the tooth extraction.
  • Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs): These metal-based removable partial dentures are made of cast Vitallium, a lighter and less obtrusive material than plastic.

How are dentures made and fitted?

  1. An accurate impression is taken of the top and bottom ridges of your mouth and a lab technician makes the base of the denture at a dental laboratory.
  2. Next, a temporary denture is made for you until your permanent dentures are made.
  3. Lastly, when the permanent dentures are made, Dr. Behr will place them into your mouth and give you a readjustment period until dentures fit properly.

Whom do you need to contact?

For more information about dentures, contact Dr. Nolan Behr in Colorado Springs, CO, by calling (719) 591-2050 today!

By Nolan R Behr DDS
August 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about crowns and bridges from your Colorado Springs, CO dentist.

A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, crowns or bridges may be your bestDental Crowns in Colorado Springs, CO option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.

What Is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges?
A crown is a whole covering, commonly made of porcelain, metal or ceramic material, that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. It is bonded on top of a healthy rooted tooth that needs strengthening and protection. A bridge is a device that uses two crowns to fill in a gap in the smile from a missing tooth. The crowns cover the two adjacent teeth, called abutments. The center of the bridge called a pontic, is a false tooth that is designed to fit in with the rest of your smile.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth have to be healthy to support it. A dentist must examine the inside of the tooth using X-rays to confirm that the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns.

Who Needs Bridges?
Someone who has one or two missing teeth and wants a reasonably secure and semi-permanent solution may benefit from bridges. The bridge is needed to help make it easier to process food, maintain the structure of the jawline and give the patient a smile to be proud of. The abutment teeth have to be healthy enough to support a crown. Generally, a good candidate for a crown will likely also be a good candidate for bridgework.

How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can last for between five to 15 years or even longer if you take care of your teeth. But no worries, because when the time comes your dentist can redo the crown or bridge and give you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.

Contact your Colorado Springs, CO Dentist
Call your Colorado Springs dentist to find out if a crown or bridge can help give you a better smile. These two restorative treatments can help fix a number of common dental problems.

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