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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
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
July 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Avoiding a dull smile is as easy as making a few changes in your habits and scheduling a visit to your Colorado Springs CO dentist, Dr. Nolan Behr. Dr. Behr offers services and treatments that will keep your smile looking its best. Learn more by contacting your Dentist Colorado Springs today!

What causes a dull smile?

Aging affects every part of your body, including your teeth. As you grow older, your teeth may naturally become duller. Your smile may also look dull or yellow if you use tobacco products or eat or drink foods or beverages that contain dark or brightly colored pigments.

What can I do to keep my smile whiter?

Following a few of these tips will help you maintain your bright smile and avoid new stains:

  • Stop Smoking, Vaping, or Chewing: Tobacco and nicotine coat everything they touch with a yellow film. Avoiding these substances is just as important for your smile as it is for your health.
  • Consume Fewer Stain-Causing Foods: Dark pigments from foods and beverages seep into tiny pores in your tooth enamel, staining your teeth. Eliminating these foods and beverages, or at least consuming them less often, will help your smile stay whiter. Foods and drinks that can cause stains include soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, pomegranates, tomato sauce, ice pops, candy, coffee, tea, red wine, and cola.
  • Carry a Straw with You: Drinking cola, coffee, tea, and even wine through a straw may decrease stains. When you use a straw, the bulk of the liquid never touches the fronts of your teeth.
  • Try Whitening Toothpaste: Whitening toothpaste can reduce staining, although it can't eliminate stains. Look for toothpaste that features the American Dental Association (ADA) seal when shopping at Colorado Springs stores.
  • Brush After Eating: Brushing can get rid of some of the dark pigments before they can stain your enamel.
  • Talk to Your Dentist Colorado Springs About Whitening Options: Your dentist can help you brighten your teeth with teeth whitening or veneers. Whitening involves applying hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth to bleach away stains. The whitening process only takes about an hour in the dental office and can lighten your teeth three to eight shades. Veneers are thin shells applied to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. When you opt for veneers, you choose the perfect shade of white for your smile.

Would you like to whiten your smile? Call your dentist in Colorado Springs CO, Dr. Nolan Behr, at (719) 591-2050 to schedule an appointment.

By Nolan R Behr DDS
March 25, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   Child  

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.

Show Them

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.