At Gateway Park Dental, we’re your family dentist in Aurora for any and all dental treatments you or your family may need to repair broken teeth. Contact us any time for a consultation—we’ll work with you to determine the very best solution to your dental needs.
Minimally Invasive Treatments
Dr. Zenon’s practice utilizes air abrasion technology. Air abrasion is a minimally invasive technique utilizing air and harmless microparticles to remove stain and decay. This is particularly ideal for small fillings, sealants, and any restorations that need a strong bond to adhere to the tooth. Air abrasion in many cases does not require numbing or drilling on the tooth.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown, also known as a cap, is used to entirely cover a weakened or damaged tooth. This is a good option when you need your tooth restored to its original size and shape, need to provide physical support to the tooth, or the tooth needs a complete makeover. While crowns can certainly improve the look of your tooth, they are generally only recommended when treating a prior repair of the tooth, not simply as a cosmetic procedure. This is because reducing the entire tooth for a crown increases the risk of needing a root canal.
A bridge is one way to replace a missing tooth. This is done by reducing the teeth on either side of the area where the missing tooth is much like a crown. A dental laboratory will construct the bridge, which is like a group of crowns all fused together. A bridge is a natural-looking appliance that can restore chewing function. The downside to bridges is that they are more difficult to floss, and when they fail you now have a multi-tooth issue, when you may have originally started with only a single tooth needing to be replaced. Learn more by visiting our office or by calling (303) 307-8282.
Emergency Dental Care
Emergencies can arise through a variety of situations such as a broken or chipped tooth, abscess, swollen gums, a crown that came off, or a denture tooth that fell off. Any damage to your teeth should be taken care of as soon as possible. These situations are exactly why we offer evening and weekend office hours. Learn more by visiting our office or by calling (303) 307-8282.
Dental implants are a beneficial method for tooth restoration for those who are missing teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. A dental implant is a metal post that a periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw. Once it is in place and the surrounding bone heals, a replacement tooth is attached to the metal post. Dental implants are very strong and generally last between 10-20 years. Also, dental implants do not require any support from the surrounding teeth like bridges do.
Healthy gums and adequate bone are crucial in order to receive implants. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants. Learn more by visiting our office or by calling (303) 307-8282.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. A filling helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
For over 150 years, fillings were done with amalgam, which is a mixture of metals including silver and mercury. This material can start to leak and crack over time due to the rigid nature of metal, thereby predisposing the tooth to breaking.
Fillings today are done with composite made of resins that can be matched to your existing tooth color. The two main factors that determine if a filling can be done is the size of the area to be filled and the area in the mouth. A large area that needs to be filled or an area that is heavily relied upon for chewing may require something stronger than a filling such as a biomimetic inlay or onlay.
Learn more by visiting our office or by calling (303) 307-8282.
The loss of a single tooth can have a huge impact on your health and appearance, which is why good oral hygiene is so important to maintain. Tooth loss prevention is a top priority for Dr. Zenon, but there may still be times when a tooth may need to be extracted.
Extraction may be needed due to:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
Before a tooth is removed, Dr. Zenon will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialized oral surgeon.
For a simple extraction, we will first apply a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. The tooth will be loosened with a tool called an elevator and then removed with dental forceps. Once the procedure is complete, the area may be closed with one or two stitches. Dr. Zenon and our staff will inform you about aftercare and instructions to alleviate discomfort and ensure proper healing. Learn more by visiting our office or by calling (303) 307-8282.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment (or root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to the pulp. Deep restorations or tooth trauma may also call for this type of treatment.
An infected pulp is very painful and will begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess). Treatment is needed, as it cannot heal on its own.
Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected include:
- Sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets
- Pain or swelling
- Pain to biting or pressure
- A bad taste in the mouth.
Sometimes no symptoms are apparent, which is why regular checkups will ensure that health issues are diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and biomimetic onlay or crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. Learn more by visiting our office or by calling (303) 307-8282.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available—partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!
This restoration method is used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom-created to resemble natural teeth and are positioned to take the place of natural teeth. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.
A removable partial denture is a device used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base which is held in place in the mouth. New dentures may feel awkward or loose for the first few weeks until the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place and you are comfortable eating and speaking. Although this may require some practice you will adjust and enjoy the benefits a full mouth of teeth can provide.
Dental implants can be used to keep dentures in place especially if you feel like they move when eating and speaking. Dentures anchored in by implants can more closely resemble natural teeth, and you’ll no longer have to worry about spitting out your dentures or having them become loose. Learn more by visiting our office or by calling (303) 307-8282.