Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
December 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

Learn more about oral surgery from your Centennial dentist.

Oral surgeons are dental specialists who diagnosis and treat injuries, diseases and defects of the head, gums, teeth, mouth, jaws and oral surgeryneck. Dr. Camillo DiLizia of Dental Wellness at Dry Creek, located in Centennial, CO, offers oral surgery services. Here are five reasons you may need oral surgery.

#1- Fix Jaw-Related Problems
In some individuals, the upper and lower jaws fail to grow properly. Severe cases require oral surgery to move all or part of the jaw into a new position that is more balanced and functional. Dysfunction of the Temporomandibular joint, is also a common source of pain. Surgery is an option for advanced cases. 

#2- Treat Sleep Apnea
When nonsurgical methods such as dental splint appliances and positive pressure air machines fail to cure sleep apnea, surgery can be tried. Surgical procedures involve removing excess tissues of the oropharynx or the lower jaw. 

#3- Replace a Missing Tooth
Dental implants are your best option for replacing one or more missing teeth. Implants are small anchors made of titanium that are placed into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth roots.

#4- Treat a Facial Infection
Swelling and pain the face, neck, or jaw may indicate an infection. An infection in this area of the body can develop into a life-threatening emergency if not treated promptly. Oral surgeons can assist in treating facial infections. Surgery, if needed, may include cutting into and draining the area and extracting any teeth that may be involved.

#5- Remove Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth are causing problems, or X-rays show they might down the line, they need to be removed. Just because that extra set of molars isn't a source of pain doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Your wisdom teeth could be impacted, or stuck. That set of molars can push your other teeth around, causing bite problems and pain.

Now is the perfect timeto make a wise decision. If you need oral surgery, call Dental Wellness at Dry Creek in Centennial, CO at (303) 773-9400 today to schedule an appointment. Our world-class dental team is committed to providing you and your family with the best treatments possible.

By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
December 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants require a surgical procedure. But don't let your imagination run wild — the procedure is relatively minor and easy for most people to undergo.

Implants are unique among restorations because they replace a tooth's root. A metal titanium post, substituting for the root, must be surgically placed into the jawbone. While the procedure itself is simple and no more involved than a tooth extraction, it does require careful attention to detail before, during and afterward.

Our first step is to examine the target site with x-rays (often CT scanning) to pinpoint the best location for placement. This is critical because where we place the implant will have a huge bearing on how attractive and natural the implant finally appears. From this evaluation we frequently create a surgical guide.

Surgery begins with a local anesthesia to completely numb the site. You will feel no pain during the procedure and only minimal discomfort for a few days afterward. We then make small incisions in the gums to access the bone and create a small channel or hole.

Using the surgical guide, we then initiate a drilling sequence that gradually increases the size of the channel until it's the size and shape of the implant post. One thing we must do at this point is take our time: we use gentle pressure and water-cooling to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.

Once we're finished with drilling we remove the implant from its sterile packaging and imbed it directly into the prepared channel. It's then a matter of verifying the location with x-rays and then closing the gum tissue with self-absorbing sutures if necessary.

Most patients only need mild pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen to manage discomfort afterwards. You won't even notice it in a week or less. After several weeks in which the bone grows and adheres to the implant (a process called osseointegration), you'll be ready for the final step, attaching the life-like porcelain crown to the implant.

Although the process can take several weeks to months, your discomfort should be minimal at any stage. In the end, your patience will be rewarded with a new, more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on the process of obtaining dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”

By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.

Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.

Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.

To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.

We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.

In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.

When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.

If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Orthodontic treatment can benefit many people. Contrary to popular belief, orthodontics do not only work to straighten your smile for bracesaesthetic reasons. Braces can also correct bite issues to restore functionality to your smile and help make eating and chewing less difficult. But how do you know if you need orthodontic treatment? Find out with Dr. DiLizia at Dental Wellness at Dry Creek in Centennial, CO.

Do I need braces? 
There are several ways to determine if you may require orthodontic treatment. First, take a look at your smile. Do you notice that your teeth are too close together or too far apart? Do your teeth overlap? Can you see gaps between them? Now close your mouth normally in a relaxed position. Do your top and bottom teeth line up? Does the top of your jaw jut out over or under the bottom jaw? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you could benefit from orthodontics.

What can braces do for me? 
Braces repair many problems with your teeth and bite, including:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite
  • misaligned teeth
  • overcrowded teeth
  • under crowded teeth

Orthodontic Treatment in Centennial, CO 
Your dentist uses a consultation including a physical examination and imagining techniques like x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. Most candidates are over the age of 12. However, treatment may begin earlier if your orthodontist suggests it. Additionally, a good candidate for braces should be fully committed to their oral health. Brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing them at least once, and seeing your orthodontist for regular check-up visits will be crucial to your orthodontic treatment plan. Failure to do these things may result in dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease which could lengthen your treatment time or hinder your final results.

For more information on orthodontics, please contact Dr. DiLizia at Dental Wellness at Dry Creek in Centennial, CO. Call (303) 773-9400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiLizia today!

By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
October 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”

What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.

You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.

Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.

Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.

“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…

If you would like more information about mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Athletic Mouthguards.”