Comprehensive Dental Services

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Comprehensive Littleton Dentist

Dr. Belongea and the professional team at Southwest Adult Dentistry, provide a wide range of dental services, with an emphasis on total preventive care for our patients. Patients in Littleton, Colorado and the surrounding communities enjoy a friendly office environment, advanced tools and procedures, and the experience and expertise of an incredibly talented group.

Along with our focus on preventive care, we are fully prepared to care for a variety of situations. Read on for a brief introduction to our office capabilities.

Dental Examination

Dr. Belongea will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, specifically looking for any potential problems. Depending on the patient, X-rays may be taken. If there are any signs of decay or other problems, he will recommend treatment options and make notes of any conditions that may need future observation. Oral hygiene instructions will also be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth.

Routine Teeth Cleanings

Twice a year, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can't reach, such as underneath the gum line and between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

Fillings

"Fillings" replace damaged or decayed tooth structure with a restorative material. There are several different types of filling materials, including:

  • Gold fillings: Gold fillings are very durable, able to last approximately 10 to 15 years. The main drawback to gold fillings is the cost of the restoration, since gold is a precious metal.
  • White fillings: After much research, some new tooth-colored materials have been developed that are stronger, longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing to our patients. These new tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth, strengthening it by restoring most of its original shape. The fillings can even be custom-colored to match your teeth to help give you the most natural-looking smile possible.

Crowns

A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown usually involves:

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it
  2. Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown
  3. Making a physical or digital impression of your teeth in order to create the custom crown
  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it to the tooth while the custom crown is being made
  5. Removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth
  6. Ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, and cementing it into place

New technologies have greatly reduced the time needed to make strong, natural-looking crowns. Once the procedure is completed, proper care should be taken to ensure the crown remains in good condition and the teeth and gums are healthy. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime!

Bridges

A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent the shifting of teeth, to fix bite problems or to ensure the strength and integrity of the surrounding teeth.

Fixed bridges are the most popular, and consist of a filler tooth attached to two crowns in order to hold the bridge in place. "Maryland" bridges, commonly used to replace missing front teeth, use tooth-colored metal bands bonded to surrounding teeth. And cantilever bridges use two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth.

Regardless of your needs, we have a bridge solution that will work best!

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed tissue from inside a tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler. There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including dental injuries, severe decay and infection or inflammation in the tooth pulp. When left untreated, these problems can cause extensive damage to the tooth structure.

Root canals can typically be completed in one visit, although more extensive cases may require another appointment. You will also be able to drive yourself home after the appointment.

Tooth Extractions

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if:

  • A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth
  • The tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired
  • The patient has gum disease
  • The tooth is impacted – this is usually the case with the third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” as they erupt years after the other teeth and often have insufficient room in the jaw

Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

Dental Implant Restoration

 After dental implants have been surgically implanted, a dental crown is placed on top allowing your dental implants to look and function like your own natural teeth. This process is called the restoration of dental implants. Dental implant restorations cannot be performed for up to three months after the implant surgery to ensure the patient has completely healed from implant surgery. Implant restorations may involve one or multiple implants. Dr. Belongea will work with you personally to create a customized treatment plan to ensure your dental implant restorations closely match the surrounding natural teeth.

Dentures & Partials

Replacing your missing or damaged teeth will benefit not only your appearance, but your overall health a well. Using state-of-the-art technology and updated materials, dentures can now be custom designed to look more natural and feel more comfortable. Complete dentures are artificial, removable replacements for the natural teeth of the upper or lower jaw or both. Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth by attaching via a metal framework to your natural teeth. Partials are for patients needing to replace a few missing teeth. These dentures can be used either on the upper or lower arch.

Cleanings To Bridges & Beyond, We've Got You Covered!

Southwest Adult Dentistry is committed to your care, from an annual teeth cleaning and exam to extractions and bridges. If you need more information about any procedure, or wish to schedule an appointment with Dr. Belongea, give our Littleton dental office a call and one of our team members will be happy to help you!