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Tue, August 01, 2017

With the kids out of school and long days of relaxation on order, it can be easy to fall out of a dental hygiene routine in the summer. But sticking to your brushing and flossing routine is essential to preventing dental cavities.

At Aspenwood Dental Associates in the Denver area, our dentists are ready to help you get your dental health on track. To schedule an appointment at our Aurora office, please call 720-400-8546.

Mon, July 31, 2017

Missing teeth can really be a disadvantage, in multiple ways. If you are living with one or more missing teeth, you probably know what we are talking about. You may be very aware of the gaps in your teeth when you smile. But it often goes beyond looks alone – you may experience difficulty pronouncing certain words or chewing. The missing teeth may even change your bite in a way that becomes uncomfortable.

It's no fluke that dental implants are one of the most popular ways to replace teeth. These durable titanium posts replace the root of the tooth and support a variety of restorations. With dental implants, you are receiving a...

Tue, June 06, 2017

Dentures are one of the tooth replacement options available to people with missing teeth. At Aspenwood Dental Associates, the goal of the dentists is to present each option available to you, and to discuss the pros and cons of those options. We believe each patient should be empowered to make informed choices about their dental health. To arrange a free consultation with us in the Denver area, please call 720-400-8546.

 

Thu, June 01, 2017

Just like the bones in your body, healthy teeth need calcium to thrive. By including enough calcium in your diet, you will be neutralizing cavity-causing acid in your mouth, sustaining strong bone beneath your teeth and strengthening enamel.

But what if you are lactose intolerant? Vegan or otherwise dairy-free? Here are several alternative calcium-rich options recommended by the American Dental Association:

Dark, leafy greens. Kale, collard greens, spinach and chard are all leafy greens that are naturally rich in calcium. Almonds. Almonds have about 250 mg of calcium per cup. ...
Thu, June 01, 2017

Time elapsed is not by itself a reason to eschew dental implants. If you have had teeth extracted 2, 5, 10 or any number of years ago, and have not replaced them since, you may still be a good candidate for dental implants. It primarily comes down to a question of bone density.

When you are missing a tooth – by way of extraction or otherwise – that tooth root is no longer stimulating the bone beneath your gums. In the absence of a tooth root, the bone will eventually begin to shrink. If the loss of bone mass is substantial in the area, it may affect your implant candidacy. Dental implants require healthy bone in order to be...

Thu, June 01, 2017

If you are considering dentures to replace missing teeth, you probably have some questions about them. Here are five common questions – and their corresponding answers – to help you get started:

1. Will they look real? Most people are concerned about dentures looking fake and artificial. Perhaps you have the look of your grandparents' dentures in mind. Fortunately, modern dentures do not look fake, and the dentists at Aspenwood Dental Associates use only those products and materials that enhance the appearance of our patients' smiles.

2. Will they be comfortable? You may have heard people...

Mon, March 13, 2017

Dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw to provide the strongest and longest-lasting of all tooth replacement options. Because they are inserted into the jaw, dental implants are able to integrate into bone, replace tooth roots, and prevent the bone loss associated with missing teeth. But, does this insertion into the jaw hurt? And what do our Denver implant dentists do to guard against patient discomfort?  At Aspenwood Dental our patients often have minimal to no discomfort following implant surgery.  Any discomfort they do experience is aggressively managed by our entire dental team.

First things first, dental implants...

tags: Dental Implant Recovery
Mon, February 20, 2017

If you have teeth that are in need of cosmetic restoration, you may be wondering if you will need porcelain veneers or dental implants. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are placed atop teeth that have minor cosmetic problems like chips, cracks, and stains. On the other hand, dental implants are meant to serve as replacements for missing teeth or teeth that are severely decayed and need removal. They are placed within the jaw bone and prevent any loss of bone density or changes to your facial structure. To find out whether your should choose porcelain veneers or dental implants, please take the following quiz:

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Wed, February 15, 2017

Smoking cigarettes has a profoundly negative impact on the health of your teeth and gums. With over 4,000 chemicals in their smoke, cigarettes are linked to:

Gum disease Oral cancer Tooth loss

Smoking tobacco products, including pipes and cigars, can also lead to chronic bad breath and severe tooth staining. These problems add to the health issues caused by tobacco, prompting many people to finally kick the habit by switching to alternatives to traditional tobacco products. But is “kicking the habit” by switching to e-cigarettes really enough?

Two new studies – one conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester...

tags: Gum Disease, Oral Health, E-Cigarettes
Thu, January 19, 2017

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can result in life-threatening complications – and people who suffer from sleep apnea in Colorado often experience an increase in symptoms during our cold and long winters.

Weather related upper-respiratory problems such as congestion can serve to exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms including snoring and difficulties breathing while lying in bed. These symptoms can be made worse by environmental factors such as heavy smog, wood smoke, and other common wintertime pollutants. If you suffer from sleep apnea, now is the best time to call our Aurora office at (720) 400-8546 to discuss noninvasive...

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