Dental Implants in Lafayette CO

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At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette, CO we believe every patient deserves a dazzling smile, whether it takes teeth whitening, dental crowns, or dental implants.

This blog post focuses on dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post placed into the jawbone, with an attached abutment and artificial tooth. A dental implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?

Ideal candidates for an implant include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, sufficient bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. For most of our patients who seek tooth restoration, a dental implant is a good option.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit with Boulder County Smiles is the first step. For this evaluation, be sure to bring pertinent medical information, your current medication list, and any questions you have about the process.

Dental implants take multiple visits and the procedure is different for each patient, so be sure you understand all the specifics. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be necessary.

How do I ensure successful healing?

After the dental post has been placed in your jaw, avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the directions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Do not smoke.

In routine cases, the treatment time varies from about six weeks to about six months, from the time of implant placement to when the crown is placed.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for original teeth. Take care not to chew hard things, such as ice, and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you.  Keep the implant and surrounding gum tissue clean, just as you would with your original teeth.

At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO, we look forward to seeing you. In addition to dental implants, our services include general and family dentistry, and state-of-the-art laser technology.

Contact Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


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1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado


At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, You’re Treated Like Family

Laser Dentistry Boulder

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, our Boulder patients are treated like family. I am Dr. Gordon West and my relationship with my clients is paramount.

You know what puts a smile on my face? When I use advanced cosmetic dentistry to create a dazzling smile makeover for one of my patients.

If you are a 25 – 65 year-old Boulder area resident my staff and I at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry can guarantee you quality preventative, restorative, general, and cosmetic dental care.

In today’s Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry blog, I would like to discuss laser dentistry. It may sound scary, but laser dentistry provides an excellent alternative to drills. Many procedures performed with lasers don’t require Boulder patients to be medicated, allowing for quicker healing times.

Many Boulder patients become very anxious waiting for a shot of painkiller before a dental procedure. Laser dentistry allows for a more relaxed, less stressful dental visit. My patients also appreciate not going home with a numb mouth and drool dripping down their chin.

Boulder residents in need of oral surgery will experience less bleeding thanks to laser dentistry. Some of the procedures that are performed with lasers are treating infected root canals, reshaping gum and bone tissues, uncovering erupted wisdom teeth, and aiding in teeth whitening.

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry our most popular procedure is porcelain veneers. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, TMJ treatment, and dental crowns.

Boulder folks who want to experience a comfortable, relaxing dental visit and receive compassionate and professional dental care, contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today.

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we treat you like family.

What Is Laser Dentistry?

Affordable Boulder Tooth Whitening The word ‘LASER’ is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser device emits a powerful, highly-concentrated beam of light. (Didn’t we all love the amazing laser weapons in ‘Star Wars?) Lasers are used in hundreds of applications in almost every Colorado industry including communications, researching, manufacturing, entertainment and medicine.

Lasers are now used in some technologically-advanced Lafayette dental practices on both hard (tooth) and soft (gum) tissue. Lasers allow a cosmetic dentist a degree of precision that was previously impossible.

How does laser dentistry benefit our dental patients?

  • Fewer stitches (some surgical procedures require no sutures)
  • Shorter healing time
  • Decreased chance of infection
  • Less damage to surrounding tissue/bone
  • Increased patient comfort – anesthesia is often unnecessary

Dentists use lasers in crown lengthening, decay detection, bacteria removal in root canals, gum recontouring, biopsy, lesion removal, and tooth whitening.

If you are interested in any of these procedures, call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 303-665-5335. Dentist Dr. Gordon West has been providing unsurpassed general and cosmetic dentistry since 1998.

The latest dental technology is useless without the skill and experience necessary to deliver the best possible outcomes. Let us show you some photos of the results we routinely achieve at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette.

-Center for Advanced Dental Care

The Mouth Body Connection

The following article was written by Dr. Gary Fishbein, D.M.D, from Lillian, Alabama who is also one of the Crown Council cosmetic dentists, a leading international organization of dentists.  His article is shared below with permission in the interest of providing a helpful perspective about the link between your dental heatlh and your overall health.

We often times take our bodies for granted. And yes, your mouth is part of your body. Why is this important? Just ask me because I had triple bypass surgery ten years ago.

But it wasn’t my mouth that was the culprit, just genetics. But your mouth could be part of some of your health problems like heart disease and diabetes. Here’s how.

Let’s talk about heart disease. We all know one culprit is cholesterol. But what we don’t know is that for cholesterol to affect us we need it to stick to our arterial walls and for that stuff called plaque to form requires INFLAMMATION. Ironically, we also call the build up in our mouth “plaque”. In our arteries it starts out soft, just like in the mouth, then hardens and clogs our arteries. In our mouth it becomes what most people call “tartar”.

So what, I have tartar in my mouth. Well, that stuff is like barnacles on a piling. Bacteria are living in it like fish in a coral reef. Yes, barnacles are full of bacteria. Ask me, I know because I had hand surgery to remove an infection I got cleaning my boat bottom.

Why did my hand swell?  I had infection and INFLAMMATION, just like in the mouth. And inflammation is the real culprit in heart disease.  You see, cholesterol won’t stick to the wall of your arteries unless there is inflammation, just like in gum disease.

We now have cultured bacteria from the mouth from infected heart arteries. So, if you have inflammation in your mouth from gum disease, chances are you have inflammation in your heart arteries.

Now, about your cholesterol test. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Most are tested for the Good, HDL, the bad, LDL, but not the ugly. The ugly is really “uglies” because LDL can be good or bad. The good LDL is a large molecule with low energy and is like a ping pong ball, it bounces off the artery wall, if you will. The bad LDL, is a small,high energy molecule, that penetrates the arterial wall, causing INFLAMMATION, and the formation of plaque that clogs our arteries. The bad LDL is genetic. It’s what I have. But it can be controlled.

The other part of the ugly is INFLAMMATION. Fortunately, we can test for it. It’s called “C-reactive Protein”. There is even a medicine for it called Cerefolin-NAC. That stands for “a folic acid vitamin” plus N-Acetyl Cystein. When my doctor first told me about it she said it has a long name most people never heard of. I said, “Oh, you mean N-Acetyl Cystein”. She said “how’d you know?” I said , “duh, when I was a body builder ten years ago before my heart surgery, we always took NAC to recover from a hard work out because it reduces INFLAMMATION.” I’m glad medicine has caught up with body builders.

Our diabetic patients are amazed when I look in their mouth and tell them their insulin is out of control. How’d you know? Look at your gums, they are swollen, red, and bleeding with that yucky stuff coming out. Yes, gum disease, diabetes, and heart disease are all related.

So why am I writing this article? So you can better understand heart disease, your mouth, and in the hopes you will visit your dentist and find out if you have gum disease and get it treated. You don’t have to have surgery. We treat gum disease with removal of the hard deposits and then with our Laser to help re-grow lost bone. Yes, we get you numb ’cause it hurts if you are not numb. With the Laser we don’t usually have to numb you.

We offer free gum disease screening exams in our office here in Lillian at Palmetto Creek Dental and hope you are caring for your mouth. Thank you for reading this article and we hope you have a healthy, happy mouth and heart.

Free gum disease screening exams are also available at Gordon West DDS. Contact us for a free initial dental consultation in Lafayette, CO. We are committed to helping you enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile. However, we also know a healthy smile can contribute to your overall health.