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.
November 1st, 2018
Our Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back starts November 1st and runs through November 9th. Drop off your extra Halloween candy any time during our regular office hours. Each child will receive $1 per pound (up to 5 pounds) and an entry into our drawing for a $25 Target gift card. Adults are also welcome to donate, but will not be eligible for the drawing or the $/pound. All candy will be donated to our troops.
We can't wait to see you all in the office!
Keep your teeth healthy and donate your candy!
May 19th, 2018
Oh no! It's Monday morning, you're on the way out the door, but before you leave you decide to grab a quick snack. You reach for that leftover bagel on the counter top, begin chewing and the next thing you know, something feels different in your mouth. Your tongue scans around everywhere and it's then that you (and your tongue) notice that the tooth you recently had dental work on feels different. You feel something hard in your mouth and spit it out...it's the temporary crown! What should you do next?
Losing or breaking a temporary crown is unfortunately something that can happen during the period of time between the crown preparation appointment and the crown cementation appointment. The temporary crown is formed with a temporary material and is cemented with a temporary cement. The reason being, that when you return to the office for your permanent crown fitting and cementation, we would ideally like to remove the temporary crown with ease, by either gentle pulling it off, or cutting it off. There is a fine line between having a temporary crown that stays on between visits and having a temporary crown that is then easy to remove in order to fit the permanent crown.
If your temporary crown comes off, first assess if you are having any pain. If your tooth has had a root canal prior to the crown, you likely will not feel much at all, since the tooth no longer has a nerve. If your tooth has not had a root canal, you may experience some or no sensitivity, especially to hot, cold or air. Second, try to get to a mirror where you can see your tooth and attempt to place the temporary back on the tooth. The temporary crown is a custom fit on your tooth and is like a puzzle piece, in that it only fits one way. DO NOT bite it into place, but instead try to fit it onto your tooth with your fingers. As your family dentist in Lakewood, CO, we advise you at this time to call the office and we will help guide you on next steps. Office Contact Information Of course, If you feel uncomfortable trying to or can't place the temporary back on, please also call the office and we can help guide you with next steps.
It is important that a temporary crown is on a tooth that has been prepared for a crown as much as possible. The temporary crown protects the underlying tooth structure, as well as maintains the space between the adjacent and opposing teeth. Even a temporary crown that has been off for a few days can make for a situation where the permanent crown has to be remade. The new permanent crown may not fit between the teeth anymore, due to the adjacent teeth moving. Teeth move surprisingly fast, so it's best to call the office if you have a temporary crown come off or break.
January 12th, 2018
Happy New Year! We hope that your year is off to a great start.
We want to congratulate the winner of our food drive contest. Mr. Jack donated multiple items to our food drive and won our raffle prize of a $50 gift card to Texas Roadhouse. Overall, we had over 135 items donated. Thanks to all who contributed.
We are back to our normal business hours and will be open both Martin Luther King Day, as well as President's Day.
We look forward to serving you all this next year and can't wait to see your smiling faces at the office!
-Dr. Stevens and Team
November 13th, 2017
Happy Holiday Season to you all!
During this Season of Thanks, we want to take the opportunity to tell you how grateful we are for our patients! Seeing each of you at the office brightens our days and we enjoy working with each of you.
Our Candy Buy Back was a great success! Thanks to our Colorado National Guard Members who came out for the afternoon and everyone who donated their candy.
From now until December 15, we are hosting a food drive to support Food Bank of the Rockies. Drop off non-perishable cans and boxes of food, diapers, toiletries and dog food anytime during business hours at the office. Thanks in advance for your support.
Tis the season for picture taking and social events. This month, we will have our whitening gel buy one get one free, so that you can look your best for all of your holiday events. Stop by the office anytime during business hours to purchase whitening gel.
We hope that this is the start of a wonderful holiday season for you and those you care about!
September 6th, 2017
Are you ready for some football? Tomorrow is opening night for the NFL season, which reminds us of the importance of protecting our teeth while playing sports. All sports, but especially contact sports put teeth at risk for trauma.
Trauma to a tooth can range in severity. Most minimally, a tooth can fracture which then requires a tooth-colored filling to be placed to repair the fracture. A more severe fracture can make it necessary to have a root canal and crown to repair the tooth when the fracture has gone into the nerve. Or, the trauma to a tooth can be so severe that the tooth dislodges entirely from the socket. Any of these outcomes can be concerning and costly. The best part is however, that many injuries to teeth can be prevented or at least lessened, by wearing a properly fitted mouthguard.
Did you know that Dr. Stevens is an authorized Under Armour mouthguard provider?
This month we are offering 10% all of our Under Armour mouthguards. This includes both the stock and custom mouthguards. Stop by the office to pick up your stock mouthguard, or call to schedule for impressions for your custom mouthguard.
We hope everyone has a *SAFE* and fun fall sports season!
August 8th, 2017
It's Back-To-School this month. Teachers and children are gearing up for the start of a fresh, new school year. Backpacks-check! Pencils-check! Clean and healthy teeth-CHECK!
This month we are focusing on prevention, which is not only applicable to children, but adults as well. As a reminder, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommend that a child have their first dental exam within six months of the first tooth erupting, or no later than their first birthday. We love seeing your children and grandchildren at our office!
Having children visit the dental office early on helps establish positive experiences with the dental team. It also gets them accustomed to the office and our equipment. This is especially important in the case of a dental emergency, where a child traumatizes a tooth and may require an exam and x-rays. If they are familiar with our office, it is oftentimes much easier to get the needed information to assess the situation.
We wish everyone their best school year yet and look forward to seeing you at the office!
July 31st, 2017
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