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    The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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    Today’s post focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

    Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

    Bone Metabolism

    We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This important process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

    People with missing teeth not only have an unappealing gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

    Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

    Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

    What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely handled with success.

    If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide a brilliant smile! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gordon West by calling 720-862-3630.


    Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 720-862-3630

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado


    Want To Perk Up Your Smile?

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    To improve your smile, all you need to do is pick up the phone and make an appointment with Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry.

    A Smile You Want to Show Off

    A whiter smile can change your life dramatically. Many of our patients feel more self-assured in personal and professional settings with their new, whiter smiles. White teeth brighten your smile and give you a reason to show them off. Who doesn’t need another reason to smile?

    We can help you beautify your teeth through a number of solutions that range in cost. The least pricey teeth whitening treatments are those that you can do yourself at home. The quickest and easiest are the in-office professional teeth bleaching treatments.

    If you are interested in a brilliant smile, give us a call at 720-862-3630 to make a teeth whitening appointment. The hardest part will be dialing the phone, and in no time we’ll have you smiling bright.

    More Problems? We Have Solutions

    Perhaps your teeth have additional issues besides dull color. We can help you with all types of problems including chipped teeth, crooked teeth, uneven gumline, and even missing teeth.

    The state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment team of dental professionals at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, prepless veneers and dental crowns.



    Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 720-862-3630

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado


    What Is Necessary For A Dental Crown?

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    Dental crowns have been around for millennia and are still used to restore smiles today. Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting techniques in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

    A dental crown procedure includes:

    Tooth Preparation
    Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Usually, the dentist files off tooth structure to reduce the size and create the proper shape. Sometimes, the tooth is too small to begin with; in that case, the dentist builds up the core of the tooth with filling material to construct a strong base for the crown. All-metal crowns – as opposed to porcelain crowns – have thinner sides, requiring less removal of tooth structure.

    Creating a Good Impression
    The dentist will use a putty-like substance to make an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not adversely affect the bite.

    The Temporary Crown
    A temporary crown is used to guard the tooth and be sure it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being fabricated. Patient need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

    Choosing a Color
    If the new crown will be created with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to elect a shade for the restoration. Most people don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to ascertain the most appropriate shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

    The Lab Team Works Its Magic
    The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to form the crown. Some dentists have the equipment needed to manufacture crowns right in their office. Same day restorations are created with a machine that mills a crown from a small block of ceramic in the correct shade.

    Your Crown Is Put In Place

    When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any needed adjustment to realize a great fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is accurately fitted.

    I’m Dr. Gordon West. My practice, Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry, offers dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and prepless veneers.


    Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 720-862-3630

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado


    3 Smart Smile Solutions

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    In today’s article we will concentrate on three innovative procedures used in smile makeovers.

    1. Tooth Implants
    Tooth implants are altering the face of dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the optimal solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

    When the final crown is attached, the dental implant is indistinguishable from a natural tooth. Dental implants have many essential advantages over dental bridges. If you are missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. West to learn more.

    2. Invisible Braces
    Invisible braces allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. There are a couple of different types of invisible braces including Damon Braces and Invisalign clear aligners.

    3. White Fillings
    If you had dental caries in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly enhancing your smile without crowns.

    Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry has been providing exceptional dental care since 1998. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 720-862-3630.


    Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado


    Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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    Today, we’re talking about the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was invented in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The instrument is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its conception, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)

    A water irrigation tool oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out bits of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you put the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you direct the stream of shooting water around the gumline, hesitating momentarily at each gap between adjacent teeth.

    There have been over 65 studies that have validated the safety and efficacy of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis care.

    Should I Use a Water Flosser?
    If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have gingivitis, possibly. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have dental bridgework.

    First, meet with our team to obtain an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following conditions may affect whether or not Dr. West counsels you to use an interdental irrigation device.

    Braces or other orthodontic appliances
    A physical disability that reduces ability to brush and/or floss
    Gum disease
    Gums that bleed when flossing
    Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
    Aversion to flossing
    Sensitive teeth

    The state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment team at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry would love to help you learn the best suited processes for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment, call 720-862-3630.

    Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
    Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
    “Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017


    Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado


    The Mark Of The Perfect Lafayette Dentist

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    If you are fortunate to have dental insurance but do not have a regular dentist, it’s time to select a dentist in Lafayette, Colorado. And if you haven’t got insurance but have dental needs, perhaps it is time to consider who can meet those needs affordably in Lafayette.

    An Educated Dentist

    Gordon West, DDS performs fantastic work for patients traveling from the Broomfield and Boulder County areas. Clearly Dr. West’s friendly and professional care combined with continuing education and experience will bring well-being and compassion to your dental chair experience. Education is what you should be looking for. Schedule a consultation to learn for yourself at 720-862-3630.

    An Experienced Dentist
    Our team of dental professionals have been providing valuable services since 1998. Some of our services include dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, and prepless veneers. Patients will note the ease and skill Dr. West exhibits after performing these procedures successfully many, many times. Experience takes out the guesswork. Visit our website for more information: http://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/.

    An Affordable Experience
    It is not in our best interest to scare patients away with overpriced procedures and debilitating payment plans. We are here to serve our friends and neighbors. Lafayette is our home too. If you are in the market for affordable dental care near Lafayette, Colorado 80026 then call us for prices related to cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, or dental implants. Compare the bottom line.

    Remember, procedures such as porcelain veneers or dental implants require not only costly technical equipment but a trained staff to support the proper use and maintenance as well as superb dental expertise by Dr. West. Quality dental care is an investment in your health and its value cannot be overestimated.

    At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, it is our desire to charge responsible fees made affordable for our community. Give us a chance to prove our value.


    Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
    Lafayette, CO


    6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Smiles

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    Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in Lafayette cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.

    Dental crowns are used for several problems common among Boulder cosmetic dentistry patients:

    An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
    A broken tooth
    A tooth with extreme decay
    A tooth that has had a root canal
    A tooth that is too small or misshapen
    A tooth that prevents a proper bite

    A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.

    Boulder cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package – don’t bite and pull!) Your Lafayette cosmetic dentist can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. Some of our Louisville patients have crowns that are still looking beautiful after ten years.

    For information on Boulder dental crown prices, invisible braces, conscious sedation, or teeth whitening, call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today at 720-862-3630 or visit http://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/.


    Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
    Lafayette, CO


    3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy, Boulder County!

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    Hi. I’m Dr. Gordon West, an experienced dentist here in Lafayette. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

    A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

    1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Boulder County, Louisville, or Broomfield dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

    2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

    3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

    Thank you so much for visiting the Lafayette dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, I want my patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201 and you can reach us for an appointment at 720-862-3630.

    Call a member of our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff today!

    Dr. Gordon West
    Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
    1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado

    6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist In Lafayette

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    There is nothing that influences your smile as much as your eating habits in Lafayette, Colorado. Develop good eating habits and your Boulder dentist will smile down on you too. Patients in Broomfield, Boulder County, and Louisville would do well to follow the example of a dentist in what and how they eat.

    1. Rinse after eating
    Rinse your mouth with a drink of water or brush your teeth after a meal. Lafayette folks who snack all day long prolong tooth exposure to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

    2. Avoid sugary gum

    Sugar-free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and spoil your hard earned healthy gums. If you are one of the many Boulder gum chewers, do your teeth a favor and go sugarless.

    3. Avoid sticky foods
    Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth with stronger chances for decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even dried fruit can be problematic for Lafayette smiles. Brushing doesn’t always remove the obstinate particles.

    4. Consume nutritious foods
    A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system and able to fight infection.

    5. Consume cheese
    Cheese contains calcium and protects from acid that breaks down tooth enamel. (It’s critical not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

    6. Avoid acidic foods
    Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Minimize direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.


    If you have concerns about enamel damage that’s already taken place on your teeth, need help with crooked, chipped or missing teeth, or just need to get in for a check up, call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette today. 720-862-3630

    We’ll answer your questions about sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, and dental crowns. We know braces, veneers, dental implants, oral sedation, and the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette can bring up questions and concerns. Dr. Gordon West helps curb those worries and brings you to a place of knowledge and power. Make an appointment to discuss your dental goals.

    Gordon West
    Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
    1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado 80026

    Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

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    Most Lafayette adults have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

    We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)

    Stress that is not sensibly managed can affect the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect – you guessed it – your teeth.

    The obvious risks to oral health are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can increase plaque production, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of periodontal disease? Another problem is that when people are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.

    If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with Gordon West at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, dental crowns, and Invisalign clear braces.

    It’s ironic, but for some Lafayette residents, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.

    Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.


    Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
    Lafayette, Colorado



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