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By Esthetic Family Dentistry
March 01, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Dentist  

When to Visit Your Dentist

Visiting your dentist in Colorado Springs for regular check ups and cleanings can help to prevent many dental problems.  These visits are also essential for helping you maintain a healthy, glowing smile.  Don’t waitDentist in Colorado Springs, CO until your tooth aches to visit your dentist, schedule a routine check up now. 
Some reasons to visit your Colorado Springs dentist include:
  • To prevent gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss.  If diagnosed in its early stages, gum disease can be easily treated and reversed.  However, if you wait for treatment, gum disease will advance to a more serious stage called periodontitis.  
  • To prevent oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation informs us that someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone—that’s a lot. Visiting your dentist in Colorado Springs will help you to prevent this deadly disease because as your teeth are cleaned, your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening. 
  • To prevent tooth loss. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, which means regular visits are vital to keeping your teeth.  Your dentist will help clean your teeth and make sure gum disease is kept at bay.
  • To prevent dental emergencies. Most toothaches and dental emergencies can be easily avoided just by regular visits to your dentist.  Your dentist maintains the ability to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth and gums, which helps to prevent emergencies later on.  However, if you do encounter an emergency due to an injury, etc. then your dentist is available for emergency visits, as well. 
Take the next step toward optimal oral health by visiting your dentist in Colorado Springs at least twice a year.  Your dentist can also inform you of important times to visit their office for further care in the maintenance of your smile.
By Esthetic Family Dentistry
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procdedures

Losing teeth for any reason can be devastating. Both function and appearance can be dramatically altered making it difficult to feel good dental crownsabout your smile. Tooth loss can happen due to an injury or trauma and decay. Regardless of how you lose your teeth, there is hope for getting back that smile you are missing. Thanks to CEREC performed by Dr. Bob Winkler, your Colorado Springs, CO, family dentist at Esthetic Family Dentistry, you can experience a pain-free and fast creation of your new teeth. The technology brings tooth restoration to a completely new level that makes it well within reach for many.

Understanding CEREC

The technology behind CEREC allows your Colorado Springs family dentist to take an image of the mouth, design, construct, produce and then insert the teeth individually as necessary. This process is completed in most cases all in one dental visit. This means no more waiting to have the mold of your teeth made, the crown created, then fitted into your mouth and then permanently placed. Thanks to these advances in dental restoration you can now get the smile of your dreams even after tooth loss. If you find that you must have teeth removed because they are no longer viable, the dentist can often get started creating your new teeth right away.

In some cases, the gums will need to heal after the teeth are removed and before the new teeth are created and inserted. This is one reason that CEREC can be such a big help thanks to the expedited manner in which it works. The first step in the process is visiting with Dr. Winkler, your Colorado Springs, CO, family dentist, to discuss your options. There you can learn more about how CEREC works and see examples of results that they have experienced.

Don’t wait to get started on the road to a beautiful smile with healthy looking teeth. Call Dr. Winkler, your Colorado Springs, CO, dentist at Esthetic Family Dentistry today at (719) 528-5577 and let our experience team of experts work with you to get results.

By Esthetic Family Dentistry
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procdedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canals offer life-saving treatment for inflamed or infected teeth. Without this important treatment, you can lose your tooth. The Colorado Springs, CO, dentists at Esthetic Family Dentistry explain how you benefit from root canals.

You don't have to lose teeth

In some cases, tooth loss is unavoidable, but in many cases, inflamed or infected teeth can be successfully treated with root canals. Some people think tooth extraction is the simpler option, but losing a tooth has consequences. Although you can't feel it, the roots of your tooth exert constant pressure on your jawbone. Without that pressure, the bone begins to weaken and shrink, which may eventually lead to the loss of nearby teeth and sagging muscles in your face. Root canal therapy saves your tooth and prevents these problems from occurring.

Infections can make you very sick

An infection in your tooth is no different from an infection in any other part of your body. In addition to severe pain in your tooth, you may develop a fever and your lymph nodes will swell. You'll probably also feel lethargic and unwell. If you don't treat the infection, it can travel through your bloodstream to your heart and brain, where it can trigger a heart attack or stroke. Antibiotic treatment, plus root canal therapy to remove the infected pulp at the center of your tooth, is essential if you have an infection.

A root canal is a simple procedure

Are you concerned that a root canal will require a major, painful procedure? Many people share your concerns, but the treatment is actually very simple and painless, thanks to the local anesthetic your Colorado Springs dentists can provide you with. Your dentist drills into your tooth to expose your pulp. This part of the treatment is similar to drilling a tooth for a filling. Once the pulp is exposed, they remove it and clean and shape the canals that extend into the roots with a tiny file.

In most cases, you'll receive a temporary filling at the end of your first appointment. When you return to the office in about a week, you'll be given a permanent filling. You may also need a crown at the completion of the treatment to strengthen your tooth.

Root canals help preserve teeth. Call your Colorado Springs, CO, dentists at Esthetic Family Dentistry (719) 528-5577 if you're concerned about your tooth.

By Esthetic Family Dentistry
October 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If renewing your smile is on the top of your priority list, you may benefit from dental veneers. This permanent fixture in your smile will veneersimprove your look, change your teeth’s appearance, and leave you feeling great about yourself. Learn more about veneers with Dr. Robert S. Winkler, Dr. Cara Tokuda Thoman, and Dr. Cameron Perigo at Esthetic Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs, CO.

The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers are versatile and can completely change the look of your smile or replace a single damaged tooth. Their porcelain materials give them the same light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, allowing them to blend inconspicuously into your natural smile. Additionally, veneers are made to last. Most patients get up to 20 years of wear out of their veneers before they require replacement.

What Veneers Can Do For You 
Dentists use veneers for many things, including to repair:

  • cracked teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • slightly overlapped teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth
  • discolored or yellowed teeth

Dental Veneers in Colorado Springs, CO 
Veneers begin with a consultation to determine that this is the best cosmetic dental procedure for you. Before placing your veneers, your dentist will need to prepare your teeth. The preparation process involves removing small parts of enamel from the front of the teeth to receive the veneers. This process is irreversible, making your veneers a permanent cosmetic dentistry procedure.

After preparing the teeth, your dentist may place temporary veneers onto the prepared teeth to protect them. This is necessary because the dental laboratory which will design and create your veneers needs several weeks to do so. When the veneers return to your dentist’s office, you will have another visit to remove the temporary veneers and replace them with the final version.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Robert S. Winkler, Dr. Cara Tokuda Thoman, and Dr. Cameron Perigo at Esthetic Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs, CO. Call 719-528-5577 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Esthetic Family Dentistry
August 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Find out how to properly care for your dental veneers so they stay healthy and strong for many years.

Cosmetic dentistry is a wonderful way for people to finally get the beautiful smiles that weren’t naturally awarded to them. Plus, no one veneerswill know that your smile wasn’t all yours to begin with. Whether you have or are planning to get dental veneers from one of our Colorado Springs dentists Dr. Robert Winkler, Dr. Cara Tokuda Thoman or Dr. Cameron Perigo, it’s never too late to learn the best ways to care for them.

Treat Them Like Real Teeth

You’ll be happy to hear that caring for dental veneers is very similar to caring for natural teeth. Veneers are great because they can often provide additional strength and protection for your teeth. But you still need to care for them so they can continue to protect your smile. This means brushing and flossing them regularly.

Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and an ADA-approved toothpaste that won’t be abrasive on your new restorations. Brush at least twice a day and remember to floss every day to prevent decay and gum disease.

Also remember that you’ll want to come in every six months for a routine cleaning and exam from our Colorado Springs general dentist to make sure your smile stays its healthiest.

Prevent Stains

Yes, dental veneers are made from porcelain; however, this doesn’t mean that you should drink copious amounts of black coffee and drink red wine ‘til your heart’s content.

While porcelain may be stain-resistant, the dental resin used to adhere the veneers to your teeth is not. So if you find yourself enjoying a diet rich in staining foods then you may just find that the dental resin will darken and becomes visible much faster.

Protect your beautiful new veneers just as you would real teeth by coming in every six months for cleanings and routine exams. Trust us; you’ll be glad you did. Call our Colorado Springs dentists today at Esthetic Family Dentistry, or request an appointment online.

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