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General & Preventive Dentistry

Making Your Health a Priority

While we certainly love seeing our patients’ happy smiles, there’s more to the mouth than just aesthetics. Your teeth, gums, and jaw play a pretty important role in your overall health. The foods you eat, the way you’re able to chew and bite – even the way you talk – all stem from the structures and functions of your mouth. When one small part of the system goes awry, there can be serious repercussions throughout your body. By maintaining regular exams and cleanings, as well as taking measures to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay, you’re asserting that your health is a priority (as it should be)!

We offer a wide variety of general and preventive services to keep you looking and feeling your best:

  • Comprehensive Exams
  • It’s always best to catch problems early, which is why we recommend periodic comprehensive exams for all of our patients, starting at age two. This is a time to address the overall state of your oral health. We’ll look at everything from tooth decay to jaw alignment, checking for cavities, gum sensitivity, and other functional problems.

  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Just like any other cancer, oral cancer responds better to treatment if it’s caught in the early stages. We do routine visual and manual screenings to check for lesions and signs of abnormal tissue.

  • Sealants
  • Have you ever eaten a graham cracker and felt it stick to the grooves in your back molars? Did you know that, the longer the food sits back there, the more likely it is to cause tooth decay and cavities? Many children, and some adults, have especially deep grooves in their teeth – making them more susceptible to capturing leftover crumbs and developing oral health problems. Sealants are an effective, low-cost way to smooth out the grooves and protect teeth from further decay.

  • X-rays
  • We use digital x-rays to get a closer look at your teeth and jaw, including a panoramic view. For certain procedures, we may also use a cone beam x-ray machine to take 3D images of your mouth and surrounding bone structure. When discussing treatment options, we’ll refer to your x-rays so you can see exactly what the dentist is talking about.

  • Hygiene
  • Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of your healthcare routine. Preventive maintenance helps keep your teeth strong and healthy. We use gentle, precise Cavitron scalers to remove plaque and tartar – especially in that hard-to-reach gumline. You’ll walk out of our office with fresh breath and a clean smile!

  • Gum Disease Therapy
  • Gum disease is a common condition often accompanied by bleeding during brushing or flossing. A visit to the dentist can relieve symptoms and remove harmful bacteria. We use a procedure called root planing and scaling, or deep cleaning, to prevent and treat periodontal disease and severe gingivitis.

    During the deep cleaning treatment, we’ll numb your gums with anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Afterward, you’ll be given a medicated mouthwash to use at home and we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to check your progress.

  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Topical fluoride treatments protect teeth from cavities and decay by strengthening their enamel. Fluoride also helps to combat tooth sensitivity, and is an excellent option for both children and adult patients.

  • Nightguards
  • Clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth can lead to prematurely worn enamel, face and neck pain, headaches, and TMJ issues. We offer nightguards to prevent sleep-grinding, as well as bite guards to treat severe cases of TMJ/TMD.

  • Anesthesia
  • We want you to feel comfortable in our dental chair – especially when you come to us with painful conditions. We use Nitrous Oxide as necessary to ensure the most gentle, stress-free experience possible.

  • Sleep Apnea Treatment in Fort Collins, CO
  • Do you wake up in the morning feeling groggy and tired? Do you often find yourself battling migraines and fatigue throughout the day? It’s possible that you may suffer from a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. At Caring Smiles, Dr. Ken Allen has received extensive training in TMJ/TMD and sleep apnea disorders to help his patients get the relief they need and deserve. Call to schedule your sleep consultation!

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    What Is Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to repeatedly yet briefly stop breathing throughout sleep. The two most common types of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is triggered when the brain fails to properly communicate with the lungs during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse during sleep and block airflow.

    Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

    Sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose sleep apnea since the disorder happens while you’re sleeping. However, there are some symptoms you can look for while you’re awake. Other symptoms can be monitored by a friend or family member while you’re asleep. Some symptoms include:

    • Daytime Drowsiness
    • Difficulty Focusing on Tasks
    • Dry Mouth
    • Forgetfulness
    • Frequent Headaches
    • Loud or Frequent Snoring
    • Sore Throat

    Ways to Fix Sleep Apnea

    Are you and your loved ones tired of your snoring keeping everyone up at night? Sleep apnea treatment can help you stop snoring and improve your overall health! If you’re diagnosed with OSA, we can treat it with a custom-made sleep appliance. Our appliance will reposition your jaw to keep your airway unobstructed while you sleep. It’s time to say goodbye to restless nights and hello to comfortable, refreshing sleep!

    Get the Sleep You Deserve!

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