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By Nolan R Behr DDS
April 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

For generations, dentists have replaced missing teeth with dentures. Thankfully, today's dentures are not what your great-grandfather dentureswore. 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.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
April 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign from your dentists in Villa Park, Illinois can enhance your smile

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment, but is it right for you? Very likely, the answer is YES! Invisalign can correct many of the Invisalignsame problems as conventional braces. Invisalign is a great choice to straighten an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. Invisalign can also correct overlapping teeth and close up spaces between your teeth. If you have rotated, poorly-positioned teeth, Invisalign can straighten those too!

Dr. Muzammil Saeed and Dr. Javed Bhojani at Villa Park Dental Care in Villa Park, Illinois can help you achieve a straight smile that enhances your appearance and your chewing function. The truth is, a straight smile is a great smile! Read below to learn what their dental office can do for you!

More about Invisalign

Invisalign has changed orthodontics dramatically. Instead of uncomfortable brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic trays, called aligners. During treatment, you simply wear the first set of aligners for two weeks and then move up to a different set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. You progress to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth and jaws move into correct alignment.

Invisalign is right for you if you want a straight smile using state-of-the-art technology that offers state-of-the-art benefits. When you choose Invisalign, you will enjoy:

  • Rapid results, because Invisalign treatment is complete in as little as nine to fifteen months
  • Gentle treatment, because Invisalign aligners don’t have sharp metal parts to poke into your soft tissue
  • Invisible treatment, because the aligners are clear plastic, so no one will know you are straightening your teeth
  • A healthy smile, because you will be able to brush and floss normally without using cumbersome tools

Straightening your teeth is the right thing to do for both your appearance and your life—and Invisalign is a fantastic way to achieve your new smile! Invisalign offers benefits that conventional orthodontics can’t match.

Interested? Contact Us Today!

Find out more about Invisalign by calling Dr. Muzammil Saeed and Dr. Javed Bhojani at Villa Park Dental Care in Villa Park, Illinois. You deserve a straight, beautiful smile and Invisalign can help you do so. Call (630) 359-0105 today!

By Nolan R Behr DDS
October 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you need to fill a gap in your smile? Dental implants may offer the ideal restoration option. Your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr, provides the dental services and treatments you need for a healthy smile.

Are You Unhappy with Your Appearance?

Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. The implants themselves serve as synthetic roots, while dental crowns attached to the top of the implants replace the visible portions of your lost teeth. The crowns look just like your natural teeth and are created from an impression of your mouth made in your Colorado Springs dentist's office.

Do You Have Trouble Chewing?

Losing a tooth, particularly a pre-molar or molar, can make it difficult to tear, bite, or grind food. However, dental implants can restore your normal chewing ability once again! Once dental implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery, they begin to bond to your jawbone. This bond provides a stable foundation for your crowns and prevents the loss of biting power that may occur with other restorations.

Would You Prefer a Long-Lasting Restoration Option?

Bridges and dentures must be replaced periodically—but not dental implants! With proper care, your implant will remain strong and healthy for your entire life. If you compare the lifetime costs of each method, you'll probably discover that dental implants are the most economical choice. (Although your implant won't need to be replaced, you will need to replace your crown every 10 to 15 years.)

How Many Teeth Are You Missing?

Dental implants are an excellent choice if you've lost one tooth, but they can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported bridges and dentures offer increased comfort and improve your ability to chew easily.

Are You Concerned About Facial Sagging?

Facial sagging is often unavoidable if you've lost multiple teeth. This problem occurs when the jawbone shrinks and can no longer adequately support your facial muscles. Dental implants stimulate your jawbone the same way your natural tooth roots do, preventing shrinking and facial sagging in the process.

Are You in Good Health?

Good oral and general health is a key factor in the success of dental implants. For example, if you're replacing teeth lost due to gum disease, the disease must be successfully treated before you can receive implants. Additionally, implants aren't the best choice if you have a disease that compromises your immune system or slows healing. Similarly, they may not be a good choice for smokers, as smoking also slows healing.

Intrigued? Call Us Today!

Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist Dr. Nolan Behr, at (719) 591-2050 to schedule an appointment today!

By Nolan R Behr DDS
May 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Smile gaps ruin your self-confidence and compromise your oral function, too. If you've lost teeth in an accident or through decay or gum disease, you may be able to receive today's best tooth replacement: a dental implant. Actual artificial teeth from root to crown, dental Dental Implantsimplants in Colorado Springs, Co are almost as good as the real thing. Learn the details from one of the experts, Dr. Nolan Behr.

The single-tooth implant

It has three parts:

  1. A titanium screw or cylinder which Dr. Behr surgically inserts into the empty tooth socket
  2. A metal alloy abutment which bonds to the implant and extends above the gums
  3. A porcelain crown, or cap, which covers the abutment and adds realistic tooth structure

Dr. Behr places the implant into the jawbone beneath the gumline. Then, osseointegration takes over. This natural process fuses the bone to the titanium over the course of many weeks. Once osseointegration is complete, the dentist re-opens the site and attaches the abutment post and crown to the implant. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says this new dental implant will last for many decades.

Other uses for dental implants in Colorado Springs

If you have larger smile gaps (two or more teeth) or even if you have lost an entire arch, dental implants can help. Your dentist can design fixed bridgework or a full denture and support them with two to four implants as needed.

Patients with multiple dental implants enjoy stable oral function (biting, chewing and speaking). Plus, because of osseointegration, the jaw bone gains strength and size, preserving youthful facial contours.

Do you qualify for dental implants?

During a personal implant dentistry consultation, Dr. Behr will inspect your smile gaps, surrounding teeth and gum tissue. He'll take digital X-rays and a three-dimensional scan to understand your jaw bone structure. If you lack adequate bone, Dr. Behr may recommend bone augmentation procedures to strengthen the jaw before implant surgery.

In addition, ideal dental implant candidates should:

  • Have good overall health and a strong immune system
  • Be non-smokers (although tobacco use does not totally disqualify a candidate but does increase the risk of implant failure)
  • Have good oral hygiene habits

Oral hygiene and dental implants

While dental implants cannot decay, their longevity is impacted by plaque and tartar. Therefore, just as you brush your natural teeth twice a day and floss every day, you should clean around your implants carefully. Both at-home and in-office oral hygiene keeps implant sites healthy. Your dental hygienist will explain any helpful brushing and flossing techniques.

Say goodbye to gaps

You can with dental implants from Dr. Behr in Colorado Springs, CO. Please call his office staff to arrange your consultation: (719) 591-2050.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
February 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns can help your smile in several ways. For instance, dental crowns can conceal various cosmetic imperfections, such as dental crownsstains or cracks in teeth. Dental crowns can also protect and strengthen weak or damaged teeth, as well as restore normal biting and chewing functions in those teeth. Additionally, when installed with a dental implant, crowns fill in gaps and replace missing teeth. Your dentist can help you decide if dental crowns are right for you. Dr. Nolan Behr is your dentist in Colorado Springs for dental implants.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a protective cap that completely encapsulates a natural tooth. When teeth are damaged or become worn down, they can be too weak or sensitive to properly bite and chew food. When a dental crown is placed over a weak tooth, it protects it from further damage. With the crown in place, the tooth is strengthened and normal biting and chewing functions can resume without any more difficulty.

In addition to the benefits of strengthening weak or damaged teeth and restoring normal tooth functions, another benefit of dental crowns is that they look just like natural teeth. Once placed, a dental crown looks and functions like a natural tooth and no one will know it is actually a crown. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, but porcelain is common since it closely matches the look of natural tooth enamel. Crowns can also be color matched to your existing teeth for the most natural look possible.

How Dental Crowns Help

From cosmetic to functional reasons, there are many ways in which dental crowns can help you. In Colorado Springs, dental crowns can be installed by an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Behr, who can help you decide if crowns are right for you. Dental crowns help with the following problems and concerns:

  • Weak or damaged teeth
  • Inability to bite and chew normally
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Stains and discolorations on teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Missing teeth

Dental crowns can help you and your smile in many ways. Whether you wish to improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic imperfections or need to strengthen a damaged tooth and restore normal functioning, dental crowns can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Behr, your Colorado Springs dentist for dental crowns, call the office at (719) 591-2050.