March 30th, 2020
BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS from the ADA and the CDC, as well as mandates from the State of Colorado, we’re temporarily changing the way our practice operates. We recommend that all of our patients check the CDC’s website for information on the coronavirus and what we can do to slow the spread.
Temporary Changes to Our Schedule
We will be open by appointment only during the Coronavirus outbreak. We will be checking our office voicemail periodically on business days. We will be contacting patients to reschedule their appointments as needed. Email is also a great way to get a hold of us and ask any questions that you may have during this time.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our regular office phone number and it will prompt you on how best to reach us during this time.
We Are Strong When We Work Together
Right now, one of the best ways that we as healthcare professionals can help to slow the spread of coronavirus is to follow the guidance of these health organizations, and we encourage our patients to do the same. We will be sure to update you about additional changes at our practice.
We love all our patients and will see you all soon!
February 14th, 2020
We love seeing patients of all ages! Remember that the American Dental Association recommends a baby see a dentist for their first checkup within six months of the first tooth erupting, or no later than the baby's first birthday. The first checkup includes an examination, reviewing recommendations for care at home for baby's teeth and a fluoride treatment. If you'd like to schedule a "happy visit" to have your child meet Dr. Stevens first, we are more than happy to do that in order to help you and your child feel best about establishing a dental home. We can't wait to meet you and your little ones!
June 2nd, 2019
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March 2nd, 2019
Many questions follow when dental implants are brought up as a possible treatment option to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Many folks have heard that you can get your implants and teeth all in one day and wonder if that is really true. The answer is yes and no.
There are two different times that implants are placed: at the same time that the tooth is removed, or at a time after the tooth has been extracted. It takes the bone about 6 months to fill in the area of the extraction site. If you are not getting an implant right when the tooth is removed, it is advisable to wait at least six months to have the implant placed (or more if your dental surgeon advises).
When implants are placed the same day, ("immediate implant") as the tooth or teeth are removed, you can have a temporary tooth or temporary fixed denture made so that you have something right away attached to the implant or implants. The temporary however, is not super stable, as the bone has not yet had a chance to grow around the threads of the implant. Since the implant is not as stable as it will be after it is fully healed (3-4 months on average), the implant shouldn't be "loaded" with the full amount of force that it will eventually be able to accommodate. This means that it is inadvisable to place a temporary crown with an immeidate implant that is in a position of the mouth that will be taking a lot of force (think of the chewing molars and premolars). If it is a front tooth that is an area that doesn't take a great force in normal function, it may be an option to have a temporary crown that you don't really chew with and benefit more from the esthetics of having it there.
Additionally, a temporary fixed denture can be made to be attached to immediate implants if the surgeon determines at the time of surgery that the implants are stable enough. However, the temporary denture can't be used to chew foods and function as it will when the implants are fully healed. Usually during the healing period, a temporary fixed denture wearer is limited to soft foods that can be cut with a plastic fork. Once the surgeon determines that the implants have healed, a permanent fixed denture is made and that will be the one that can do the heavy chewing.
Whether immediate implants (and their temporaries) can be placed is best decided by the dental surgeon and restoring dentist. Every patient and every situation is unique and what works for one patient may not be the best treatment for another.
At Stevens Family Dental, we place and restore implants at our Lakewood, CO dental office and would love to work with you to determine the best treatment options for your unique situation.