Good oral hygiene keeps your child's smile bright and healthy. Unfortunately, convincing your children to take good care of their teeth is often much more difficult than it sounds. Thankfully, your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, can help reinforce the oral hygiene lessons that you teach your children, as well as offer pediatric dental treatment should your child have a cavity or another dental issue.
Tell Them Why
Is "why" your children's favorite question? Explaining the reasons that you want them to brush and floss their teeth may help them see the value in good oral hygiene. If your kids are older, then you can briefly discuss the way that acids are produced when the bacteria in plaque meets sugars in foods.
You can find almost anything on YouTube, including cute videos that explain exactly how to brush teeth. Make sure that your children understand that brushing only the fronts of their teeth won't keep cavities away. Good oral hygiene involves brushing the fronts, backs, and tops of teeth twice-a-day and flossing once a day to remove plaque between teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes. If your kids aren't convinced that longer is better when it comes to brushing, buy some plaque disclosing tablets online or in a Colorado Springs drugstore. The chewable tablets make plaque look red, blue or purple and let your kids see how thoroughly they're actually brushing.
Supervise Brushing and Flossing
Children may not be coordinated enough to handle brushing and flossing on their own until they're about 7. Until then, provide assistance as needed. Some kids also need a little extra help or supervision after age 7, particularly if they tend to brush too quickly or you happen to notice their toothbrushes are suspiciously dry.
Time for an Appointment? Give Us a Call
Protect your child's smile with pediatric dental treatment! Call your dentist in Colorado Springs, Dr. Behr, at (719) 591-2050 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.
Losing one or more teeth can be stressful and embarrassing, but it's not a common problem for millions of American adults. Tooth loss does more than just ruin your smile, it can also affect everything from your speech to your nutrition, and increase the risk of additional oral health and general health problems. If you're missing one, several, or even all of your natural teeth, there are several options available to help you get your smile and oral health back on track. Dr. Nolan Behr, your dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, offers dental implants and other tooth replacement and general dentistry services for children and adults.
Dental Implants and Tooth Replacement from our Colorado Springs Office
Periodontal (gum) disease is the main cause of tooth loss for American adults according to the National Institutes of Health. Whether you've lost one or more teeth to decay, gum disease, a sports injury, or trauma from a fall or accident, the effects of missing teeth have likely taken a significant toll on your social, professional, and overall quality of life.
The good news is that there are many options available for replacing missing teeth, including:
- Crowns and bridgework
- Dental implants
At your first appointment, Dr. Behr will perform a comprehensive dental exam, and make recommendations according to your personal needs and health profile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are designed to function like a natural tooth. A small, screw-shaped titanium implant is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth, where it gradually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and helps to prevent further bone loss, a major side effect of tooth loss. After a short healing period, the cosmetic crown is attached to the implant, and your smile is as good as new!
Implants can either replace a single tooth or anchor an entire set of dentures in place. If you meet a few qualifying criteria, dental implants are a great way to fix a broken smile and lower your risk of gum disease after tooth loss!
Call our Colorado Springs Office Today
For more information about dental implants and the tooth replacement options available to you, contact our office today by dialing (719) 591-2050.
Do you have some questions from your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist about dental implants?
Here are some FAQs
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that replace missing tooth roots. The dentist drills into the jawbone, inserts the post and seals the area so osseointegration takes place for 3 to 6 months. You'll be give a temporary crown until you come back to the dentist's office and may need to make a few visits within these few months to make sure everything is going according to plan.
Then your dentist will re-open the surgical area, insert a screw and an abutment. Then, to top it off, a permanent custom-made crown is placed on top.
How many teeth can be simultaneously replaced with dental implants?
You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants, and it's not restricted to top or bottom teeth either.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Your Colorado Springs dentist administers anesthetic. Your dentist will provide post-operative medication to relieve discomfort, however, like over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Icing, on the other hand, could also be very helpful.
How do you care for dental implants?
They don't differ than your regular dental regimen. You need to brush and floss daily, visit your dentist for regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, get a fluoride treatment and use fluoride-containing products. This will decrease decay, inflammation and gum disease.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Heavy drinkers and chain smokers may not be the best candidates but you should ask your dentist before writing yourself off. It really comes down to bone density and only your dentist can assess that issue by completing a full oral examination, which includes x-rays.
For more information on dental implants in the Colorado Springs, CO, call Dr. Nolan Behr at (719) 591-2050 today!
Are you dealing with a nagging toothache? In some cases, dental pain can be a direct sign that you are dealing with tooth decay. Luckily, root canal treatment can restore your damaged tooth and save it from extraction. Read on to learn how Dr. Nolan Behr, your Colorado Springs dentist, uses root canal treatment to save his patients' smiles!
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a procedure that is used to restore teeth whose center pulp has become infected. Some signs that the pulp inside a tooth has become infected include:
- Sharp pain when biting and chewing food
- Sensitivity to foods and drinks that are hot or cold
- Constant pressure or pain in the mouth
- Severe or persistent toothache
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the problematic tooth's infected pulp. After removing the pulp, the interior of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. Finally, the tooth is filled in and sealed with dental filling. Once root canal treatment is complete, the affected tooth will be strong enough to bite and chew food again without pain or sensitivity. During a consultation at our Colorado Springs office, Dr. Behr can examine your teeth and determine if root canal treatment is needed.
Benefits of a Root Canal
Root canal treatment offers several benefits, the largest being that it saves your smile by preventing any tooth extraction. Additionally, root canal treatment alleviates the tooth pain and sensitivity caused by any infection, damage, or decay. Finally, root canal treatment stops the spread of infection to the gums or other teeth.
Give us a call!
Even if you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, it is possible to save your smile with a root canal. To find out if root canal treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Behr, your dentist in Colorado Springs, by calling the office at (719) 591-2050.
For generations, dentists have replaced missing teeth with dentures. Thankfully, today's dentures are not what your great-grandfather wore. Custom-made for proper fit, bite and appearance, dentures from your Colorado Springs dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, can give you back your smile. Learn more here about the types of dentures currently available.
What to do about tooth loss
For some of Dr. Behr's patients, dentures are the best tooth replacement option. Custom-crafted with the finest quality acrylic and metals (when appropriate), modern dentures help fully or partially edentulous patients look their best, avoiding the skin sagging and compromised biting and chewing tooth loss causes. Plus, implant-supported dentures actually improve jaw bone quality and size.
When you come to Dr. Behr's office in Colorado Springs for a denture consult, your dentist will examine your mouth to ensure your bone, gums and any remaining teeth are healthy. He'll take digital X-rays as needed. Oral impressions (either digital or traditional putty) give the dental lab the ability to construct your dentures accurately in three dimensions.
A few appointments and "try-ons" ensure your prosthetics look, feel and perform correctly, accurately balancing your bite and minimizing any problems with speech or eating. It does take a while to adjust to life with dentures. However, Dr. Behr and his team work hard to achieve the best possible result for your renewed smile.
Types of dentures
While dentures really are customized to fit oral contours precisely and to approximate natural tooth shape, size and color, these prosthetics generally fall into four broad categories. They are:
Full conventional dentures which stay in place with the mouth's suction. They are crafted to be balanced top and bottom and side to side so biting and chewing are efficient and non-irritating. Dr. Behr places these dentures after extraction sites have healed completely
Immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction to give patients fully functional smiles right away. They even speed healing as they compress the gums and bone. However, they have this disadvantage: immediate dentures must be refit or even replaced in just a few months as hard and soft tissues shrink.
Partial dentures composed of acrylic teeth and gums affixed to a metal framework. They hold tightly onto remaining teeth with snugly fitting clasps, replacing one, two or more teeth.
Implant-supported dentures which are anchored by two or more strategically placed titanium implants. They maintain jaw bone integrity and provide superior chewing and biting.
Find out more
The American College of Prosthodontists says that 120 million people in the United States have lost one or more teeth. Dentures can be the right replacement option, and it's a decision which Dr. Nolan Behr and his team can help you make. For more information on dentures, please call the office at (719) 591-2050.
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