October 30, 2017
The American Cancer Society recommends that patients of all ages should have at least one oral cancer screening per year, because early detection is the best way to ensure successful treatment of the disease. Fortunately, your dentist can perform one during your regular checkup since it is the soft tissue in the mouth where the cancer actually occurs.
Oral cancer screenings are especially important for denture wearers because multiple studies have shown that they are actually at a greater risk of developing the disease than the general population. Why is this the case? Does wearing dentures make you more likely to get oral cancer? We discuss their connection today. (more…)
October 1, 2017
We have some exciting news here at West Lake Dental: our own Dr. Andy Maples recently began the Fellowship program with the Academy of General Dentistry. With this, Dr. Maples will attend various continuing education courses in order to expand his knowledge in all aspects of general dentistry in order to better serve our patients. Only about 11% of General Dentists around the country complete this program, and we’re excited to see how it contributes to our practice. Of course, you’re probably wondering what this means for you. How will this affect your next visit to the dentist? Today, we discuss why having a dentist who regularly goes above and beyond for your smile is great not only for your teeth, but your budget as well!
September 9, 2017
Dental technology is continually changing and advancing to better solve the problems patients are facing every day. One of the most common? Multiple missing teeth. In the past, dentures were the first go-to solution, but now, more and more dentists are using dental implants in conjunction with dentures to provide a longer lasting, more comfortable solution. Today, we’re going to discuss the latest step forward in implant-retained denture technology. Using something called locator abutments, your dentist can now give you a denture that fits even better and will provide more stability to allow you to chew more easily.
August 11, 2017
School is just about to start, and there always seems to be more and more things you need to do to get ready. The list of “required items” is longer than ever, and your child is growing like a weed, so new clothes are a necessity. As you’re getting them (and let’s be honest, yourself) ready to go back to school, here are a few easy tips from your children’s dentist to make sure their teeth stay nice and healthy throughout the entire year. (more…)
August 2, 2017
To say our own Dr. Andy Maples is dedicated to continuing education would be a vast understatement. He consistently takes hundreds of hours of courses each year, and he has also studied at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including the Kois Center and the Misch International Implant Institute. In his lifelong mission to provide the best care possible, he’s also just recently completed a course where he was able to study directly with world-renowned endodontist, Dr. Stephen Buchanan. What does this mean for you? Today, we discuss how this latest course could impact your next visit to the dentist. (more…)
July 15, 2017
The word “terminal” hardly ever has a positive connotation. You’re either stuck in an airport or something is seriously wrong with your health. In dentistry, “terminal dentition” means that a patient’s teeth are too damaged to be restored to full function, appearance, or health. Patients with this condition are often very limited in the foods they can eat, and simple things such as eating and smiling are extremely uncomfortable. Thankfully, there is now a way to repair even the most damaged smiles. Tooth replacement treatments are more sophisticated than ever, giving even those with terminal dentition a chance to have a complete smile. Today, we’re going to discuss what brings on this condition, and how it can be fixed for the long term. (more…)
July 8, 2017
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are simply the most successful way to do it. Compared to every other treatment, they are more secure, more durable, and even more natural-looking. Of course, in order to be a viable candidate for dental implants, a patient needs to have an adequate amount of healthy bone to support them. For patients who want to replace their upper molars, a procedure called a sinus elevation may need to be performed before the implant placement in order to ensure their success. Today, we’re going to cover why a patient might need this procedure, as well as what all it entails.
June 24, 2017
X-rays have been an essential part of dentistry for decades. They allow us to see not only the large cavities that are present but also the very small ones that may be just forming. Finding these early is key to not only reducing the amount of treatment recommended, but also to help prevent future areas of break down. Just like with phones and cars, x-ray technology has changed tremendously in the past few years, giving your dentist in Loveland a whole new range of capabilities with minimal levels of radiation.
With the new Planmeca ProMax 3D Mid, Dr. Andy Maples can create a digital 3D model of both of your jaws that can then be used to perform a wide variety of dental procedures with more precision, accuracy, and efficiency, as well as find problem areas that may not be visible on traditional dental x-rays. How does this technology work? How will this impact your next dental visit? Read on to learn more!
June 17, 2017
5280 Magazine has just recently released their list of Top Dentists in Colorado, and we’re proud to say that our own Dr. Andy Maples was on that list! He, along with our entire team, is extremely happy and flattered to receive this honor. Of course, you’re probably wondering what this actually means and how your dentist in Loveland earned this award. Today, we’re going to take a little time to explain why this is such great news.
May 19, 2017
The food you eat can have a drastic impact on your overall health, either negatively or positively. Of course, that includes your oral health as well, and today, we’re specifically going to talk about your gums. The health of your gums is just as important as your teeth, as they protect the enamel and root structure which support your teeth. If your gums are ignored, gingivitis or inflamed gum tissue, can progress to something called periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease can start as just red/tender gums, but it can eventually cause bone loss around your teeth which may in turn cause your teeth to become loose! While brushing, flossing, regular cleanings and dental exams are some of the best ways to keep your gums healthy and prevent periodontal disease, there are also a few things you can add to your diet that will help make your next appointment with your dentist in Loveland a breeze.
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