Missing Teeth? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

Missing Teeth In Lafayette? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

If you have had years of dental problems or are embarrassed by your teeth, our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment team at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry will find the restorative dentistry procedure that’s right for you. You may be a candidate for complete or partial dentures or dental implants.

A removable replacement for missing teeth, dentures can be made in advance and positioned as soon as the natural teeth are removed. Our dental lab creates dentures that look just like natural teeth: attractive, healthy teeth.

If you still have some healthy, natural teeth, you can benefit from dentures without having your healthy teeth extracted.

Partial dentures fill in the gaps, replacing missing teeth to complete a smile. Partial dentures can prevent natural teeth from moving. Often, dentists can complete these procedures in one day.

Many dental insurance providers cover most or all of the cost of dentures. Contact us and we’ll find out if your Colorado dental insurance covers dentures.

Another alternative for those with missing teeth is to receive dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone, actually replacing both the root and crown of the tooth. Dental implants have many advantages, such as preventing jaw bone recession which can occur when natural teeth are removed. However, not all Lafayette dentistry patients are good candidates for implants. Call Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 720-862-3630 for a dental implant consultation.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is ‘snapped on’ or attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.

The combination denture/implant smile restoration solution is being used successfully by many dentists. It is usually more affordable than dental implant replacements for several natural teeth.

Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, improving your ability to eat and speak. If you are embarrassed to smile or laugh, it’s time to bring back your beautiful smile!

To learn more or to ask about dental financing options, contact our Lafayette office today!

We provide advanced general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, dental crowns, and Invisalign clear braces.

 

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
80026

 


Think You May Have A Cavity?

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Hello, friends of Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry! Teeth take a lot of tender, loving care. And even when we do our best to practice daily dental hygiene, bacteria can still sneak in and cause tooth decay – the common cold of oral health. We have been filling cavities for years and would be happy to take care of any cavities or other dental troubles you are experiencing.

Few men and women go their entire life without getting a cavity. Unfortunately for some children, a cavity is the first health problem they experience in childhood.

Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque.

Plaque then clings to your teeth and the acid in the plaque starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth which can also be accompanied by a pain.

Because of how quick and effective dental fillings are, they are one of the best options to correct a cavity. Dr. West uses top-of-the-line instruments to examine the size and severity of the cavity and then determine exactly what type of filling is required. We offer white fillings that are as durable as traditional metal fillings and match your teeth precisely.

Once a decision is made on what filling you’ll need, Dr. West will complete the necessary preparations for the procedure. When a filling is carried out the right way, it can last for decades! That’s why we make sure the process is done with accuracy.

A filling isn’t a “set it and forget it” treatment. A tooth that has received a filling still needs to be properly cared for because cavities can occur in the surrounding tooth structure if bacteria is allowed to flourish.

Checkups are a key part of caring for your teeth and there’s no better place to receive checkups than at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry. We have a comfortable, state-of-the-art office and a friendly, professional staff! That’s why so many people in Lafayette have trusted us with their teeth since 1998.

 

 

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
80026

 


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
80026

 


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
80026

 


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:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


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 https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/.

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, CO
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:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Affordable One-Visit Tooth Fix

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Some Boulder people are unhappy with the way their teeth look but many mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too expensive to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a steep investment. Consider the cost of dental school and post-graduate training for a master level cosmetic dentist. Consider the expense of individually creating multiple restorations at a high-tech dental lab. Consider the cost of setting up and maintaining a full-service dental practice or laboratory.

Before you give up on improving your smile, however, look at a less celebrated but extremely effective and affordable cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unattractive teeth. Bonding can repair a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also repair teeth that have gaps in between them.

How does the dental bonding procedure work?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to confirm the precise color of composite to match the existing teeth. Your dentist will apply liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer. He or she will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens.The tooth is then covered with a conditioning liquid that helps with adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the specific shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps promptly bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if needed, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile. Call today at to set up an appointment at 720-862-3630.

We invite you to meet the awesome team at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette. We are proud of our distinguished reputation for critical personalized attention and first-rate care. Our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment team can answer any questions you have about our top services: sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, and dental crowns.

We are now accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you.

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Take 5: Straight Talk About Braces

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Having braces in Lafayette uncovers unique concerns.

Hello, I’m Dr. Gordon West at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry. I support healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.

Here are five important concerns to keep in mind with braces:

1. Be Careful What You Eat

Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the appliances in your mouth. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, anything that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.

2. Consider a Mouthguard

Sports are the center of life for many Lafayette families. We’re an active community. I love that. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.

3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires deliberate brushing and flossing. In the past, two minutes of quality brushing was acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. What’s another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of?

4. Check the Mirrors
Humans are exceptional at noticing flaws. Check your smile often in a mirror to keep your braces free of obvious food particles.

5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope it helps.

I’ve been treating patients in Boulder, Louisville, Broomfield and beyond since 1998. You name it – dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers – we do it.

I’ve got the expertise, experience, tools, and team you need to maintain a healthy smile. I deal daily with Invisalign clear braces, prepless veneers, dental crowns, teeth whitening, and sedation dentistry. The cost of a smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry, and celebrity-caliber teeth may be more affordable than you think.

Meet with me today and we can go over the possibilities and easy options to meet your needs. Can’t wait to see you!

 

 

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026

 


Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

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Hello Lafayette! My name is Dr. Gordon West. My dental practice, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, has been serving the Lafayette area since 1998.

If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, children’s dental sealants, tooth implants, oral sedation, safe teeth whitening, or invisible braces, come to Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry for answers.

My state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff has helped me create an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.

We are currently accepting new patients. If you are seeking a friendly children’s dentist or cosmetic dentist in Lafayette, we invite you to come in and meet our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment team.

Many of our new dental patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers and dental implants. We would love to talk to you about these procedures as well as our other dental services.

If you have small children, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is useful to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and dental caries prevention. If you are not happy with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the ideal solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are important for patients of all ages.

Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry:

720-862-3630

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado
80026