Covid-19 Update

April 24, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will re-open for dental care starting Wednesday, April 28th! Governor Polis announced that our state is transitioning from the “Stay at Home Order” to a “Safer at Home Order”. Earlier this week Larimer County also approved dental offices to re-open as long as pre-cautionary measure have been implemented. We have implemented their recommendations as well as our own procedures to keep everyone healthy. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety! Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and this is one area where we are constantly making improvements.  Besides our infection control procedures we have made several other office changes to keep you safe. We understand that some of you may want to delay or reschedule your appointments and we are happy to do this for you. Please give us a call and we will find a time that is convenient. With our additional safety procedures in place and your cooperation we feel that we can provide great care in a safe environment.

 Firstly, how we schedule patients has changed. We are staggering the schedule to limit the number of people in the office as well as to promote social distancing. Of the 5 treatment rooms we have, we are currently only using 3 to increase the distance between everyone. In the reception area we have spaced our chairs out, leaving 6 feet between them. You may notice that this area will no longer have magazines, coffee, or bottled water since these items are difficult to clean and disinfect. When checking out we have taped blue squares on the carpet letting everyone know where to stand. This will help keep both other patients and employees a safe distance apart. In between appointments we are using hospital grade disinfectant to clean all surfaces in both our treatment rooms as well as in the front office, bathrooms and reception area, and these areas are being disinfected on the hour.  

Restore Form and Function with Dentures

Full set of denturesIf you are currently dealing with multiple missing teeth, in addition to probably being self-conscious about your smile’s appearance, you might not know that your oral health is in quite a bit of danger as well. When teeth are lost, the jawbone in the area naturally starts to deteriorate because the body knows there are no teeth to support. Over time, this can drastically alter the appearance of a person’s face and even cause the remaining teeth to shift out of place. Patients with multiple missing teeth are also much more susceptible to developing gum disease, which in itself is the leading cause of tooth loss in the entire world!

Fortunately, at Westlake Dental, we can offer an effective, affordable, and convenient solution with full and partial dentures. Dentures have been used for generations to help people quickly rebuild their smiles, and with Dr. Andy Maples, they can do the same for you.

Denture Basics

Traditional dentures are removable dental prosthetics that are used to restore multiple missing teeth. They consist of a natural-looking, gum-colored acrylic base attached to prosthetic ceramic teeth.

If a patient still has a few remaining teeth on their upper or lower jaw, a partial denture can be used to fill in the gaps like the missing piece of a puzzle. They restore only the areas where the teeth are missing, and they are held in place using small metal clasps that attach to neighboring teeth.

However, if a patient is missing an entire row of teeth, a full denture would be needed to restore it. These sit directly on the gums using natural suction and/or a small amount of denture adhesive.

No matter which type of denture you need, both will make it much easier for you to chew and speak comfortably, and they’ll also help you smile with confidence once again.

The Process of Getting Dentures

This starts with an initial consultation with Dr. Maples. He’ll perform a complete examination of your mouth, and then he’ll recommend a variety of treatments that can help you replace your missing teeth. If you choose removable dentures, the process to get them will take place over the course of a few weeks and involve multiple appointments.

During this, he’ll take an impression of your mouth, determine the alignment of your jaw, and use this to create multiple models of your potential dentures. You’ll try these models on until you find the one that has the perfect look and fit for you. Once that has been determined, Dr. Maples will send the model to a local dental lab to fabricate your final dentures. You’ll return to the office one more time to get your dentures, and Dr. Maples will show you how to put them on and maintain them.

Using Your New Dentures

It will take a bit of time for your mouth to get used to your new dentures, so initially, try to wear them as much as you can, only taking them off to sleep. To get used to eating with them, start with softer foods and cut things into smaller pieces for the first week or so. Reading out loud every day will help you learn to speak with them. Eventually, your dentures will work and feel just like your natural teeth. 

Any Questions?

If multiple missing teeth consistently cause you to hide your smile or avoid your favorite foods, they don’t have to any more. Dentures from Westlake Dental can give you your smile back and more, and to get started, all you need to do is come see Dr. Maples. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Our team

West Lake Dental

At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Andy Maples, DDS, and his team provide excellent dental care to patients of all ages. Whether your dental needs are routine or advanced, we can serve you at our comfortable, inviting office. Dr. Maples is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

We invite you to schedule an appointment today by contacting us online or calling (970) 669-1444.

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