Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Teeth Whitening

Patients are always asking the doctors and staff of Southern Cross Dental about how they can get their whitest and brightest smile, and have often tried over the counter products with mixed results.  The best way to see results from whitening is to have custom trays made and follow dentist instructions for application of whitening gel.


When a patient wants to begin the teeth whitening process, we begin with a consultation.  Based on the level of staining, a dentist can project what results can be expected.  Then, impressions are taken of the upper and lower teeth are taken.  These impressions are sent to a lab and used to create trays customized the patient’s teeth and bite.  On a second visit when the custom trays have arrived, a dentist or staff member shows the patient how to fill the trays with whitening gel and then fit them over the teeth.  Whitening treatments can be received in the office and monitored by a dentist, and completed at home following instructions from the dentist.


To learn more about teeth whitening and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dental Implant Restoration

Teeth can be missing for a variety of reasons whether it is dental trauma, decay, or tooth extraction. Dental implants are a safe and excellent ways to restore a person’s smile because they look and function like a natural tooth. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth. If you are considering dental implants, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental to have all of your questions answered.


A dental implant is a titanium post that acts as a tooth root and is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line. If a person is considering implants, they must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. Once the implant procedure is complete, it’s critical to practice proper oral hygiene habits to keep them healthy. Dental implants should be treated as if they are your natural teeth.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental implants or restorative dentistry, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Causes of Bleeding Gums

If your gums are bleeding, Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs is here to help. Our doctors are skilled in reversing the effects of gum disease and our hygienists can give your teeth a cleaning that will help prevent infection from coming back. However, it is important to understand that bleeding gums are a serious issue, even if you only see blood while brushing and flossing.


In the vast majority of cases, bleeding gums are caused by infections in the gum pocket, the space between a tooth’s root and the gum. Bacteria here eat food debris and produce acid, which sticks to teeth as plaque. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar. The acid irritates the gum tissue, causing it to swell, become discolored, and bleed.


Regular brushing and flossing are necessary to slow plaque build-up and keep gum inflammation under control, but it is important to only use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Hard bristles can bruise the gums, making the problem worse. Removing plaque is something patients cannot do themselves. People who are pregnant, suffer from dry mouth, or are on blood thinner medication are especially at risk for gingivitis and should seek dental help.


Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit SouthernCrossFamilyDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Biannual Examinations for Children

Biannual dental check-ups are an important part of maintaining everyone’s overall health, but they are especially crucial for children. If your children haven’t had their teeth professionally cleaned in a while, we at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs urge you to set up an appointment.


Children are at particular risk for caries, the infectious lesions which eventually form cavities. In fact, caries is the most common disease among children. Although the process of removing dental decay and filling in teeth is common and relatively simple, parents should not underestimate the harm a toothache can do. Young children sometimes experience delays in speech development because they are avoiding use of their teeth. Children of all ages get worse sleep and eat less when their teeth hurt, which harms their academic performance and makes them emotionally fatigued.


Of course, caries is not the only source of toothaches: bruxism can be one, as well. But one thing toothaches have in common is that they usually get worse without intervention and can become serious health threats in the worst cases. At your child’s appointment, we can not only diagnose and treat problems but also set up treatment plans for future issues, such as misaligned teeth and impacted wisdom teeth.


Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit SouthernCrossFamilyDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cavities

“Cavity” is no word a patient wants to hear when they visit the dentist. This is why our doctors at Southern Cross Dental encourage patients to practice cavity prevention. Cavities are a form of tooth decay that leaves holes in the teeth. Though they can be filled with materials, we’d like you to keep your permanent teeth for as long as possible.


Common causes of cavities include specific food and drinks, frequent snacking, and/or periodontal disease. Foods that cling to your teeth, such as carbohydrates, become trapped between the teeth. If not washed away by proper brushing and flossing, the acids left behind can create holes that may grow larger over time. If left untreated, cavities can lead to eventual tooth loss. When teeth are missing, it becomes more costly to restore the smile.


If you have questions or concerns regarding cavities or tooth decay, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Just because October is National Dental Hygiene Month doesn’t mean that this is the only one you should be practicing proper oral hygiene for. Our doctors at Southern Cross Dental strive to educate and encourage patients to achieve optimal oral health. We treat patients of all ages and desire to give each one a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.


Dental hygiene refers to the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, tongue, and gums clean and healthy. By practicing a rigorous oral hygiene routine, you can protect yourself from dental issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. To ensure good oral health for adults as well as children, it’s important to brush at least twice a day with ADA approved toothpaste, floss at least twice a day, and visit us twice a year for dental checkups.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral hygiene or dental health, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fillings

At Southern Cross Dental our doctors place fillings for patients to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracks or chips.  The procedure for receiving a filling is standard and non-invasive, and can typically be completed in a short appointment with a local anesthetic.  To fill a cavity, your dentist numbs the area before removing any decay from the tooth.  The remaining tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared to receive the filling material.


Amalgam fillings are a mixture of metals that bond together to create a hard, strong filling for a compromised tooth.  Amalgam fillings are the most durable option, and some patients choose to use metal fillings on their back teeth.  Composite fillings perform the same task as metal fillings and are more aesthetically matched to the look of your natural teeth.  These fillings are typically used on front teeth and surface cavities, and after your dentist shapes and polishes the material it blends right into your smile!


To learn more about dental fillings and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.