Procedures & Services

Cleanings & Prevention

Regular cleanings prevent decay, and preserve the health and well-being of your gums as well as your teeth. Good oral hygiene is important to prevent a variety of dental and medical problems. Recent research has shown that the bacteria present in gum disease are also found in the plaques clogging arteries in people with heart disease.

Therefore, a good professional cleaning is essential not only for the health of your teeth, but also for your general well-being. We suggest that you come in for an exam and thorough cleaning every 6 months to best maintain your oral health.

White Composites and Tooth Colored Colored Restorations

We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure.

Tooth Colored Restorations create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to the new bonding technologies.

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite Restorations are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.

Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

The result is a beautiful smile!

Bridges

Missing teeth can be replaced by using adjacent teeth as a support for a bridge. Healthy teeth from either side of the gap or in some cases just from one side of the gap are used to support a false tooth, which fills the gap. The bridge is then cemented.

A bridge is ideal for closing smaller gaps in the dentition, eliminating the need for dentures.

There are a number of ways to construct the bridge, for example the supporting teeth can be crowned or the false tooth can be fitted with “wings” either side. These wings are cemented to the back of the supporting teeth.

Dentures

A denture replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic, and the teeth are made of plastic or porcelain. Dr. Micklin ensures that your dentures are made with great precision and in a short amount of time.

Crowns

A dental crown helps to preserve the functionality of damaged teeth, protect a cracked tooth, or restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay. A dental crown does this by encasing the tooth requiring a crown with a custom-designed material. A tooth that has extensive decay or has undergone a root canal will be a candidate for a dental crown as the damage is too extensive for veneers, direct composite bonding or other conservative treatments. A dental crown can either be used to restore a damaged tooth or as a lifelike tooth replacement.

Sealants

Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.

Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a procedure to save a tooth that is dead, damaged or infected. The pulp, or living part of the tooth, is made up of nerves and blood vessels. It is contained in the pulp chamber, a space inside the center of the tooth, which holds the pulp and extends into the roots.

A tooth can become infected or die for a number of reasons:

  • Decay — bacteria causing tooth decay infects the pulp.
  • Trauma — a traumatic injury can cause an inflammation of the pulp.
  • Deep fillings — fillings that have to be placed close to the pulp chamber because of tooth decay or tooth fracture.
  • Unexplained — sometimes the pulp can become inflamed and can die for no apparent reason.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed from the “canal” inside of the root, which is then cleaned, filled and sealed.

Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain covers that are attached to the fronts of the teeth to repair damage and/or to enhance the shape or color of teeth.

Veneers are not susceptible to decay and resist staining. Porcelain veneers are NOT reversible, and last from ten to fifteen years.

Implants

An implant is a titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone during a small surgical procedure which is carried out using local anesthetic (the same as when you have a filling). Over a few weeks the implant integrates with the jaw bone and becomes secure, like a tooth root. Once integration has taken place a crown can be fitted over the implant screw.

If the tooth has been missing for a long time a small bone graft may be necessary, again this is a simple surgical procedure under local anesthetic, the added bone helps support the dental implant.

Success rates for dental implants are usually more than 95% and require good oral hygiene in order to maintain them in healthy condition. We usually recommend that patients with implants visit for an examination at least every year.

Whitening

Our whitening system uses custom made trays that fit over your teeth (like a gum shield) holding the whitening gel against your teeth. The trays are worn for an hour in the morning and an hour at night (you can even wear them overnight if you want). As soon as you are happy with the color of your teeth, you simply stop; most people find that around 2 weeks gets the best results.

Office Hours

  • Monday 7:30 - 3:30
  • Tuesday 7:30 - 3:30
  • Wednesday 7:30 - 3:30
  • Thursday 7:30 - 3:30
  • Friday - 7:30-2:00

400 South Colorado Boulevard #440
Glendale, CO 80246

303-399-1650

Currently serving the Denver, Glendale and Cherry Creek neighborhoods

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