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Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

May 28, 2021 6:36 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Have you lost one or more permanent teeth? There are several restoration solutions available at Vero Dental in Dallas, TX. In this blog post, we compare dental implants and dentures.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are permanent, natural-looking tooth replacements. There are three parts to a dental implant: a titanium rod which fuses to the jaw bone and acts as the replacement tooth root; an abutment that is affixed to the replacement tooth; and a crown, bridge, or dentures that function as the replacement teeth. Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants can be a viable option for you.

Because dental implants rely on your existing gums and jawbone to function, you need to have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone density to be a good candidate for dental implants. Keep in mind that the dental implant process will take several months since you need time to heal after the implant is surgically inserted into your jaw.

Once your dental implants are complete, you care for them just as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, floss every day, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, avoid tobacco products, and routinely visit Vero Dental. These oral health habits will keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy and strong. A healthy mouth is critical for maintaining the integrity of your implants.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are composed of artificial teeth attached to an acrylic base. What your prosthesis looks like depends on how many teeth you need replaced and where. Partial dentures replace multiple teeth in various places in an arch by attaching to your remaining natural teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch and are either attached with a dental adhesive or via dental implants.

Your dentures will be custom-crafted for your unique mouth shape so they feel comfortable and look natural. They may need adjustment every so often to prevent irritation of your gums, so it’s important to visit Vero Dental regularly to be sure they still fit.

Dentures should be removed and cleaned thoroughly after meals with dish soap or denture cleaner and should be soaked in a denture or retainer cleaner overnight. This gives your gums a break to prevent irritation and reduces your risk of dental disease.

Affordable Restorative Dentistry in Dallas, TX

Whether you are considering dental implants or dentures, we’ll work with you to determine the right treatment plan and affordable payment option. Vero Dental accepts cash, debit credit cards, dental insurance, FSAs and HSAs, our own Dental Savers Plan, payment plans through CareCredit®, and loans through LendingClub. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

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Recovery Tips After Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Recovery Tips After Full-Mouth Reconstruction

April 26, 2021 10:54 pm
Published by Vero Dental

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Patients with several missing teeth, severe decay, or seriously broken teeth might think there isn’t anything that will improve the look and function of their smile. However, full-mouth reconstruction is a treatment designed to overhaul even the most damaged teeth. We’re pleased to offer full-mouth reconstruction treatment at Vero Dental! Read on to learn more about this treatment that can transform the look of your smile.

Why Would I Need a Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

A full-mouth reconstruction is ideal for individuals who have extensive damage to the overall look and function of their smile. Good candidates include those who have multiple missing teeth or many teeth that have been damaged or broken by decay or trauma.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Consultation

If you believe you’re a candidate for full-mouth reconstruction, stop by our Denver dental office for a consultation. Our team will assess your situation and work with you to determine your smile goals. We will discuss the potential treatments we recommend to bring you relief and peace of mind. During this consultation, we will perform a thorough examination and take X-rays if needed to help us determine the ideal solution for your smile.

It can be hard to determine a set timeline or give an estimated price for treatment before the consultation. Full-mouth reconstruction involves complex planning and likely will take several visits to complete. Once the plan is in place, we will provide you with a cost estimate before you agree to treatment. We will also work with you to find a payment plan that suits your budget.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction Procedure

Because your treatment plan is tailored to your individual needs, it can be hard to say what the exact full-mouth reconstruction procedure will entail. For some, it might require a few tooth extractions, followed by a series of dental implants. For others, it might mean receiving a full set of dental veneers. We have many restorative procedures available which can be used together to rebuild a smile. Our doctors work with each patient to make sure they get a smile that not only functions properly but also looks natural with their face.

Recovering From Full-Mouth Reconstruction

While aftercare tips will vary greatly from patient to patient, we will provide you with thorough instructions to help you have a pain-free, quick recovery. Here are some of our go-to aftercare tips for dental procedures.

  • Ice your cheeks in 10 minute increments if you are experiencing pain or swelling
  • Take over-the-counter or prescribed medications as directed to ease the pain.
  • Do not use any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, as you recover.
  • Eat soft, nutrient-dense foods like mashed sweet potatoes, low-sugar yogurt, smoothies, pureed soups, and applesauce as you recover.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to prevent infection.
  • Do not drink with a straw.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction in Denver, CO

We provide many other services at Vero Dental in addition to full mouth reconstruction. Do you need a general dental cleaning and examination? Are you interested in a cosmetic procedure? Do you require a restorative treatment? Or are you searching for a family-friendly dentist? Whatever you need, you’ve come to the right place! Call Vero Dental or click the contact link below to get started!

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Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

March 27, 2021 12:18 am
Published by Vero Dental

Pretty brown eyed girl holding a clear aligner in front of her smile.

In the past, you would need metal braces if you wanted a straight smile. Today, there are clear aligner treatments that work for many cases! Invisalign® is one of the most popular. How does it work? Are you a good candidate?

How Invisalign works

Invisalign aligners fit over your teeth a bit like mouthguards. Unlike metal braces, they’re removable, so you don’t have food restrictions. Using X-rays, we get a complete picture of your teeth and develop a plan to transform your smile. A lab creates custom aligners that use slight pressure to move your teeth gradually into place. Every 6-8 weeks, we’ll check on your smile’s progress and give you the next set of aligners. For best results, we recommend you wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day.

Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign can fix mild to moderate underbites, overbites, crowding, and other problems. If your case is more complicated, metal braces are often still the best choice. However, don’t assume your teeth are too crooked for Invisalign before getting a consultation. Clear aligners are extremely versatile! Good candidates for Invisalign also have good oral health. If you have untreated decay or gum disease, we’ll need to address those before considering Invisalign.

How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?

If you’re thinking about Invisalign, it’s important to know they need special care. When you eat or drink something other than water, you should remove and rinse your aligners in lukewarm water. Ideally, you should clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Whenever you brush your teeth in the morning and evening, wash your aligners, too. Use mild dish soap or a denture cleaner. Toothpaste is too abrasive and can scratch the plastic. Rinse well before returning to your mouth.

Invisalign at Vero Dental in Denver

If you’ve always wanted a straighter smile, ask us about clear aligner therapy! At your consultation, Dr. Giuseffi and Dr. Johnson will let you know if you’re a good candidate and discuss costs, which are similar to traditional braces. We offer a wide variety of payment options to make Invisalign affordable for our patients. Please contact our office with any questions or to set up an appointment.

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Common Dental Emergencies

Common Dental Emergencies

February 27, 2021 7:21 pm
Published by Vero Dental

A red first aid kit next to a white tooth to indicate a dental emergency in Denver, CO

Nobody likes to hear the word emergency, but you can be sure that, when it comes to your teeth, we’ve got you covered. To learn about some of the common dental emergencies that we treat at our office, keep on reading.

  1. Knocked-Out Tooth
  2. If a tooth is knocked out of your mouth, get to our office ASAP. In the meantime, handling the tooth only by its crown (chewing surface), gently clean the tooth with water or milk and insert it back into the socket. Hold it in place by biting down on some gauze. If you can’t do that, transport the tooth with you to the office in some milk. Similarly, if you haven’t fully lost a tooth, but you’ve got a loose tooth, call us right away.

  3. Cracked or Broken Tooth
  4. If you break a tooth, call us! While some breaks are simply small chips and may not seem urgent, you’ll want to visit us soon before the damage worsens or begins to cause pain. Bring the broken part of the tooth with you if that’s possible.

  5. Severe Pain or Swelling
  6. If you’re experiencing any severe, persistent, and unusual pain or swelling in the mouth, that’s another reason to make an emergency trip to the dentist. This pain and swelling could be a sign of something like an infection. Other things to look out for are dark red or sore gums and unusual and persistent bleeding.

Emergency Dentist in Denver, CO

We always have slots available to treat dental emergencies as they arise. So if you experience a dental emergency in Denver, CO, please call us immediately!

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What Can I Do About Sensitive Teeth?

What Can I Do About Sensitive Teeth?

January 26, 2021 10:30 pm
Published by Vero Dental

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If you have sensitive teeth, then you can relate all too well to that sharp feeling of discomfort anytime you eat or drink something that’s too hot or too cold. The great thing is that there are some steps you can take to address the issue and get that much-desired relief. Here’s what you should do if you have sensitive teeth:

Reassess Your Dental Routine

Have a look at your at-home dental care routine. Make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush so you don’t damage your enamel and gums with a hard-bristled brush. When you’re actually brushing, check that you’re moving the brush in gentle circles, rather than in an aggressive manner. Additionally, start using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste if you aren’t using one already.

Minimize Acidic Beverages

Acidic beverages can cause enamel erosion and make your teeth more sensitive. Try to swap drinks like soda and citrus juices for water whenever possible. You can also rinse your mouth out with water anytime you drink one of these beverages to minimize exposure to the acid.

Consult with Our Team!

Since the cause of tooth sensitivity can vary from patient to patient, your best bet is to schedule a consultation at Vero Dental to find a personalized solution. For example, if you have gum disease, more of your tooth root could be exposed, thus making your tooth more sensitive. We can set up a periodontal care plan for you to improve your gum health. Or if you have bruxism, meaning you grind and clench your teeth at night, then we can fit you with a custom nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

At Vero Dental, our team is here for all your dental needs with our comprehensive dental services, and that includes help managing sensitive teeth. If you’re struggling to find relief from tooth sensitivity, contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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Reasons to Choose a Family Dentist in Denver, CO

Reasons to Choose a Family Dentist in Denver, CO

December 31, 2020 9:58 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Mom and dad smile while holding their 2 daughters outside before going to their family dentist in Denver, CO

When you search for a Denver dentist, you may notice that different dentists have different specialties. Some focus on certain treatments while others only take care of children. Family dentists offer a variety of treatments and treat patients of all ages.

At Vero Dental, your family dentist in Denver, CO, we offer dental care for the whole family! Visiting a family dentist has multiple benefits.

Convenience & Family Block Appointments

When you have multiple practitioners that you and your family visit, it can get confusing. It can also lead to hectic weeks. With a family dentist, you have only one practitioner who cares for the dental needs of everyone in your family. You don’t have multiple names, numbers, and addresses to keep track of when you have one dentist for every member of your family. You can even schedule routine checkups for every member of your family on the same day with a family block appointment.

Comprehensive Services & Extensive Experience

When you choose a family dentist, they have a great deal of experience in various areas of dentistry. Therefore, you receive care from an expert who can meet all your family’s oral healthcare needs within the spectrum of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency care. Here at Vero Dental, we even offer sedation dentistry to help your family feel relaxed and calm throughout your treatment.

Continuity of Care

A family dentist understands firsthand how the oral health and general health needs of adults and children vary. You’ll be able to see the same practitioner for many years because they are able to provide personalized care to for all age ranges. You don’t have to worry about your children getting older and having to switch dentists, either. At Vero Dental, your child can continue coming to see us even after they turn 18!

Join Our Dental Family!

Vero Dental would be thrilled to be your family dentist in Denver, CO. Contact us today for more information about our comprehensive dental services or to schedule a family block appointment for your whole family.

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Causes of Gum Disease

Causes of Gum Disease

November 18, 2020 8:26 pm
Published by Vero Dental

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Your gums are an essential part of your oral health. They help anchor your teeth into your mouth and provide a barrier so bacteria can’t access the sensitive inner portion of your teeth. If you don’t take care of your teeth and your gums, you risk developing periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

In this blog post, learn what causes gum disease and how to prevent it.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

There are several stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

Gingivitis is characterized by gum inflammation and irritation. The gums are swollen, tender, abnormally red, and prone to bleeding.

Periodontitis is when the gums start to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets. The tissues and bone surrounding the teeth become damaged. You may experience chronic bad breath, bleeding, sensitivity, pain, and even pus. Eventually, the teeth can fall out and your jawbone can deteriorate, which will change your facial shape and impair your ability to chew, talk, and smile with confidence.

Causes of Gum Disease

The primary cause of gum disease is plaque accumulation from poor oral hygiene. Plaque is a film of bacteria that builds up along and under your gumline, as well as on and between your teeth, unless it is properly brushed and flossed away every day. Plaque irritates the gums, leading to inflammation and infection.

Many factors can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. These include:

  • Smoking and Tobacco Use
  • High Consumption of Sugar and Carbohydrates
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Certain Medications
  • Genetics

How to Prevent Gum Disease

To prevent gum disease, maintain superb oral health habits! For example:

  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes each time.
  • Floss every day.
  • Visit Vero Dental at least every six months for a checkup and cleaning. We’ll let you know if you’d benefit from more frequent visits! These appointments allow our team to detect early signs of gum disease, suggest oral care tips, and remove plaque with our special dental tools.
  • Avoid tobacco products and sugary gum.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Consume a balanced diet.

Periodontal Therapy at Vero Dental

If you have noticed changes in your gum health, please contact us today for a checkup. Our expert team can examine your mouth and determine the best course of action to improve your gum health! We also invite you to explore our website to learn about our comprehensive dental services and affordable payment options.

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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Children?

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Children?

October 27, 2020 7:33 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Little girl smiles and high-fives her dentist after using safe dental sedation in Denver, CO

Vero Dental is a family-friendly dental office in Denver, CO, which means we accommodate patients of all ages. Our team is equipped to handle the unique needs of babies, toddlers, teenagers, and adult patients alike.

One commonality we see among patients of all ages is dental anxiety. If you or your child experience dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry to help make treatments more relaxing and anxiety-free.

Below are some of the sedation options we offer at Vero Dental.

Mild Sedation

Nitrous oxide is a common form of mild sedation dentistry. It is a colorless gas that is administered through a nose mask. After a few inhalations, the patient will feel relaxed and calm. Their limbs may even feel a bit heavy. The effects of nitrous oxide are temporary and wear off quickly after treatment. It is an ideal option for patients who need a little distraction during treatment.

Moderate Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide. Unlike nitrous oxide, it is administered through a pill taken a before the patient’s dental treatment. It does not induce sleep, but instead helps the patient feel relaxed and drowsy during their treatment. Its effects do tend to linger after treatment, so it is important for the patient to have someone drive them home and to rest after their treatment.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Kids?

Yes! Sedation dentistry is safe for children and adults alike when administered by our specially-trained team. We work closely with each patient to determine which sedation option is best for their needs and monitor them throughout treatment for their safety.

Your Safety Is Our Priority!

If your child suffers from dental anxiety, don’t be afraid to schedule a dental appointment for them! Our friendly at Vero Dental will work closely with you and your child to develop a treatment and sedation plan to help them feel right at home during their visit.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to ask us any questions about our dental sedation options.

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Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

September 29, 2020 11:24 pm
Published by Vero Dental

Brunette woman with permanent porcelain veneers smiles in Denver, CO

Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment for patients wanting to easily correct gaps, chips, discoloration, or irregularly teeth. They look like natural teeth, are incredibly durable and stain-resistant, and quickly make your smile look more uniform. In this blog post, we provide an overview of porcelain veneers!

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are permanent in the sense that the process is not reversible. Although it’s a minimally invasive procedure and your tooth is kept structurally intact, your enamel must be altered to allow the porcelain veneers to fit snugly. Enamel can’t grow back, so once you get porcelain veneers, you will always need them to protect your teeth.

If you take care of them properly, your veneers can last for up to 20 years before needing a replacement!

Tips to Make Porcelain Veneers Last Longer

You may be wondering how you can make your porcelain veneers last for as long as possible. After all, it would be disappointing to have to replace them earlier than expected because your teeth were not taken care of properly. Here are some simple practices that you can do to care for your porcelain veneers, underlying teeth, and gums:

  • Go to your biannual dental examinations. Routine deep cleaning and checkups can ensure that we identify any problems early and correct them without further damage.
  • Daily brush and floss your teeth. You can still get tooth decay and gum disease with porcelain veneers, so keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time and floss every day.
  • Wear a custom-fitted sports mouthguard and/or nightguard, as needed. If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, you should wear a mouthguard to prevent any damage to your teeth.

Are Veneers Worth It?

Veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic dental problems. If you’re self-conscious about your dental flaws, then veneers may be worth it to gain your confidence back! You don’t have to get an entire mouthful of veneers either; you can get just one or two to help a tooth better blend in with the rest of your teeth. Your treatment plan is entirely tailored to your smile goals, needs, and budget!/p>

To discuss whether porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic solution for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team would be happy to help you make an informed decision.

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5 Ways to Make Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids

5 Ways to Make Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids

August 25, 2020 12:28 am
Published by Vero Dental

Dad brushes his teeth with his son, making oral hygiene fun for kids

Typically, getting kids to brush and floss every day is not an easy task. It’s essential, though, even if your child only has baby teeth. Healthy baby teeth are critical for proper speech development, confidence, and nutrition. Baby teeth also affect the health and growth of the underlying adult teeth.

Making daily oral hygiene a habit in early childhood also means healthier teeth as a teenager and adult. As a parent or caregiver, how can you make brushing and flossing fun for kids? Here are five ideas:

  1. Let Kids Pick Their Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  2. To help your kid develop good oral hygiene habits, let them be active participants. This starts with choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Children are more likely to get excited about brushing if they like their toothbrush and toothpaste. Because they got to choose, they feel more independent.

  3. Brush with Your Child
  4. Most kids like to imitate their parents, so show them how important oral hygiene is by doing it together! If you are enthusiastic about brushing and flossing, your child will notice and want to copy you. When you clean your teeth together, you can also show your child the proper technique.

  5. Play Their Favorite Music
  6. Many kids don’t like cleaning their teeth because they get bored. Playing 2 minutes of their favorite song is a simple way to keep them engaged and entertained. And you can be sure that they’re brushing for the 2-minute duration recommended by dentists.

  7. Use a Brushing Timer App or Electric Toothbrush
  8. There are a handful of timer apps that make oral hygiene more enjoyable for kids. These use videos, music, and rewards like badges. Apps encourage consistent brushing and help kids focus. A good electric toothbrush also has a built-in timer.

  9. Read Books & Stories About Oral Health & Visiting the Dentist
  10. Help your child understand how brushing and flossing will keep their mouth healthy and strong. There are picture books and videos that teach kids the importance of oral hygiene and going to the dentist without scaring them. Some of our favorite dental-related children’s books are:

    ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth From A to Z by Harriet Ziefert
    Curious George Visits the Dentist by H. A. Rey
    Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
    The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan & Jan Berenstain
    The Crocodile and the Dentist by Taro Gomi
    The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
    What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist by Heidi Murkoff

Your Kid-Friendly Dentist in Denver, CO

Our dentists love working with patients of all ages, including kids! At Vero Dental, family block appointments are convenient and make your life much easier. If you want to help your kids improve their oral hygiene, please contact our Denver office today!

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