How can we help you?
At Front Range Smiles, we want to help you understand your oral health needs and the benefits of maintaining a problem-free smile. Because we take the time to answer all of your questions thoroughly and providing the information you need, you are better equipped to make confident decisions about the direction of your dental care. Experience has shown us that informed patients tend to experience better oral health, which is our goal for you and your family.
Some of the questions we commonly hear are listed below. If you would like other information that’s not included here, please call our Parker dental office, and we will be happy to assist you.
We offer several cosmetic dentistry solutions at our Parker dental office to fix broken, chipped, or cracked teeth. The treatment Dr. Schmidt recommends depends on the extent of the damage and where the tooth is located in your mouth.
If you need to repair small chips or breaks, dental bonding is an affordable and conservative treatment that’s perfect minor smile flaws. Our cosmetic dentist uses tooth filling material to fill in the damage and provide a seamless repair that blends beautifully with your smile.
For more extensive damage, we might recommend a porcelain veneer, which is a shell of porcelain that covers the front surface of a tooth to conceal the damage beneath it.
If a tooth has significant damage to the point that it requires additional support protection, a dental crown will be your best choice. We customize your crown to fit over the tooth to strengthen it and protect it from further damage. Crowns are especially useful on back teeth like molars because they absorb the excess chewing force that they are exposed to.
It’s always best to repair broken, chipped, or cracked teeth as soon as possible to protect them from further damage. Please call our Parker dental office so we can evaluate your needs and see which option is right for you.
When patients come to us for dental extractions in Parker, they’re often worried about whether the procedure will hurt and how much discomfort they will experience. In reality, however, most damaged teeth that need removal are far more painful than their extraction would ever be!
At Front Range Smiles, we specialize in gentle and pain-free tooth extractions. No matter which type of tooth extraction you’re receiving—simple or surgical—you will always receive an anesthetic to numb the area completely.
For simple dental extractions, we use an injection of a local anesthetic to numb your mouth but keep you awake, as there is no need to be “put under” anesthesia for these types of procedures. This is the same type of anesthesia you experience when you have a cavity filled.
For surgical extractions, we will administer anesthesia via an IV so that you will be “asleep” throughout the entire procedure. Because surgical extractions take longer and are more involved than their simple counterparts, we make sure you are “put under” anesthesia for your comfort.
Sedation Dentistry in Parker
Although your tooth extraction should not hurt and will be a fairly straightforward process, we understand if you’re feeling increased dental anxiety about the idea of having a tooth removed.
For this reason, we offer sedation dentistry in the form of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedation to help keep you calm and relaxed during your visit. Sedation dentistry can provide an extra layer of comfort and help you feel less nervous about your tooth extraction.
Managing Pain After Treatment
While we work hard to eliminate your pain during your dental extraction, you can expect a mild to moderate amount of soreness and swelling for the days following your procedure. This pain is completely normal and is a sign of your body healing, and you can manage your discomfort using over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen.
If you have one or more missing teeth in Parker, CO, there’s a good chance you’re eligible for dental implants.
Most dentists consider dental implants the “gold standard” in tooth replacement dentistry, and dental implants have the potential to last an entire lifetime. Making dental implants part of your restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatment plan is an excellent way to keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful for years to come.
Requirements for Dental Implants
To be eligible for dental implants, you first need to be in good overall oral health. Dental implants require oral surgery, so you need to be healthy enough to undergo the necessary anesthesia, tolerate the postoperative sensitivity, and care for your mouth for three to six months while it heals.
Additionally, you need to have healthy, disease-free gums and enough bone remaining in your jaw to support and accept a dental implant. If you do not have sufficient jawbone, bone grafting is often an option.
If you are a smoker or someone who chronically grinds and clenches your teeth, you are probably not a good candidate for dental implants. Smoking is a leading cause of gum disease, and smoking with dental implants can cause your gums to decay and recede and your implants to eventually fall out. Likewise, clenching and grinding your teeth, even if only during your sleep, can lead to severe wear and tear on your smile and permanently damage both your natural and artificial teeth.
Dental Implants in Parker, CO
To learn more about dental implants in Parker, CO and whether you are a good candidate, please contact our dental office today.
If you need to replace missing teeth, dental implants are the healthiest solution because they mimic the form, function, and appearance of real teeth. There are other tooth replacements available like dental crowns and dentures, and they work great for many people.
Dental Implants in Parker, CO
We recommend dental implants for our Parker, CO patients because they go a step beyond these other solutions by replacing the missing tooth root with a titanium implant post. The benefit of an artificial tooth root is that it helps keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Jawbone loss always follows tooth loss and leads to problems like gum recession, loose teeth, and even additional tooth loss.
Dr. Schmidt places the titanium implant post surgically in your jawbone, and as it heals over several months, it fuses with the bone and tissue around it. After healing, the implant acts just as the lost tooth root did, stimulating the regeneration of bone, and keeping your jawbone strong, healthy, and intact.
Tooth loss can happen to anyone, and adult patients of all ages appreciate the benefits that dental implants offer. Dr. Schmidt takes pride in creating beautiful custom restorations like crowns and bridges to top off your dental implant and restore your smile.
Contact Our Office Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Parker, please call Front Range Smiles to schedule an appointment.
We offer general dentistry for patients in Parker, Aurora, and surrounding areas, including emergency dental treatment. If you have an urgent problem that can’t wait, call us, and we will arrange to see you as soon as possible.
When you’re upset and in the middle of a dental emergency like severe tooth pain, it can be hard to think clearly. The first step is to call our emergency dentist and let us know what’s going on.
In many cases, the steps that you take before you get to our office can spare you unnecessary discomfort and ensure the best outcome. Our knowledgeable dental team will ask you about your symptoms and tell you how you can best manage the problem until we see you.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Dr. Amber Schmidt commonly treats the following dental emergencies for her Aurora patients:
- Tooth pain
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Lost dental crowns or tooth fillings
- Swollen, inflamed, or bleeding gums
- Infected teeth or a dental abscess
- Dental trauma, including knocked-out teeth
Treating Dental Emergencies in Parker, CO
We offer convenient early morning and evening hours at our Parker dental office, so there’s always a good chance we can see you the same day. After hours, call our main number and follow instructions for reaching us.
This is one of the most common questions we hear from our patients, and it's an understandable concern. At Front Range Smiles, we use a combination of the latest technology, sedation dentistry, and a caring, friendly team to ensure that our Parker patients have a comfortable experience with us.
Modern Dental Technology
Dr. Amber Schmidt stays current with advances in dentistry and techniques that help her deliver pain-free treatment. She invests in technology like rotary endodontics that provides a comfortable, efficient root canal. Our electric handpieces produce significantly less noise and vibration, two aspects of dental treatment that trigger many patients' anxieties.
You never have to worry that your procedure will hurt because Dr. Schmidt uses potent topical anesthetics to gently numb the tooth she's treating. We won't begin your procedure until we're sure your mouth is numb, and our team will check in continually with you to ensure that you remain comfortable.
Dental Sedation Options in Parker
We also offer sedation dentistry for Parker, CO patients who are anxious or who just want to relax through their appointment. Nitrous oxide provides gentle relaxation and calm feelings of well-being. Oral sedation offers a deeper level of relaxation than nitrous oxide alone.
If you are looking for a general dentist with a gentle touch and a compassionate approach, call Front Range Smiles to schedule an appointment.
Invisalign Clear Braces
Many adults wish they had a straighter smile but don’t like the prospect of wearing metal brackets and wires on their teeth. Invisalign clear braces are designed specifically for older teens and adults and use comfortable plastic aligners to move your teeth gently into the desired position.
Invisalign in Parker, CO
Dr. Amber Schmidt recommends Invisalign for patients in Parker and Aurora who want to correct crooked, crowded, gapped, or overlapped teeth. If you didn’t have braces as a child—or did, but your teeth have relapsed into a crooked position—Invisalign clear aligners will deliver the straight smile you want.
Compared to traditional metal orthodontics, straightening your teeth with Invisalign is convenient and won’t interfere with your lifestyle. Unlike metal braces, crystal-clear plastic aligners are customized to move your teeth gradually into a straight position. Since they conform perfectly to your teeth, most people won’t notice you’re wearing Invisalign.
Your goal should be to wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day, but you can take a break to brush and floss your teeth or to enjoy your favorite meal. Just remember that the longer you wear your aligners every day, the faster treatment will be finished, and the sooner you’ll see the beautiful results.
Contact Front Range Smiles
If you would like to straighten teeth without metal braces and think Invisalign might be a good option, call our Parker dental office. A friendly member of our team will help you schedule a convenient appointment to meet with Dr. Schmidt and discuss your needs.
Dental anxiety is common and causes many patients to postpone or not seek treatment at all. At Front Range Smiles, we know there’s no reason for anyone to be uncomfortable in the dental chair. With our caring dental team, the latest technology, and sedation dentistry, patients in Parker, Aurora, and surrounding communities know they can turn to us for comfortable, stress-free care.
Dr. Amber Schmidt offers two types of dental sedation, and she will help you choose which is right for your needs.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a nasal mask. It delivers calming relaxation and feelings of well-being throughout your appointment.
When we finish your procedure, we switch to pure oxygen that you inhale for several minutes to clear your head, so you can leave our office feeling refreshed and relaxed. Since the effects of nitrous wear off quickly, you can drive yourself home safely from your appointment.
If you require a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide alone delivers, ask Dr. Schmidt about oral conscious sedation. Our Parker sedation dentist will prescribe a calming medication that you should take an hour before your appointment.
You will already feel relaxed when you arrive and will remain comfortable throughout your procedure. Oral sedatives take longer to leave your system than nitrous oxide, so you will need a friend or family member to get you safely to and from your appointment.
Most importantly, our experienced dental team excels at helping our patients relax. Many who have request sedation at their first visit quickly realize that with our caring and friendly approach, they don’t really need it.
If you think sedation dentistry at our Parker, CO dental office can benefit you at your next dental appointment, please let us know!
There are several different types of teeth whitening available to patients in Aurora, CO, and the answer depends on which you are talking about. While brightening your smile with a store-bought kit seems like the fastest and most convenient choice, it also comes with drawbacks.
Professional Teeth Whitening VS Over-the-Counter Whitening
If you are concerned about safety, your best bet is to go with professional teeth whitening. Generic store-bought kits are just that; they don’t take your individual needs—like tooth sensitivity—into account. When you have in-office teeth whitening or use a customized take-home kit, you have the support of professionals who are familiar with your unique dental needs.
Dr. Amber Schmidt will prescribe a stronger prescription-strength whitener than what you can purchase over the counter but is still safe for your teeth.
Your custom whitening kit also includes custom trays that we make using impressions of your teeth. Since the trays fit your teeth snugly, you will see consistent whitening, and the gel won’t seep out and under the tray and cause gum sensitivity or irritation.
Schedule Your Teeth Whitening Treatment in Parker, CO
Professional teeth whitening is the fastest, safest, and most effective way to brighten your teeth. If you live or work in Parker, Aurora, or surrounding areas, we would love to help you. Please call Front Range Smiles to schedule a dental cleaning to get started.
When you get a cavity, it’s necessary to place a tooth filling to stop the decay from spreading and restore the tooth. While modern dental fillings made using composite resin are very durable and can last for several years, they aren’t permanent.
Dr. Schmidt exclusively places composite fillings that are a mixture of tiny glass and resin particles and can be customized to match your tooth enamel. When you stay current with your oral health needs, composite fillings can last about 7-10 years before you need to replace them.
Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Fillings
You can take several steps to get as much use as possible out of your tooth fillings.
- Stay current with six-month checkups: During your routine exams and teeth cleanings, Dr. Schmidt will check the condition of all your dental work to see that it’s in good condition. When she checks your fillings, she’ll look for signs of damage or wear.
- Nightguard to protect against teeth grinding: Many people grind their teeth when they sleep without knowing it. If our dentist finds excessive wear indicating teeth grinding and clenching, she may recommend a custom nightguard to protect your fillings and teeth.
- Avoid sugary foods: Sugar causes plaque to grow on your fillings and causes new cavities to form under your existing filling.
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods: Biting down too hard on nuts, ice, and hard candy increases wear and tear on your fillings.
Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning and Exam
If it’s been a while since your last cleaning and dental exam, we recommend that you schedule an appointment at our Parker dental office. Dr. Schmidt can check on all your existing dental work and look for cavities that might require a tooth filling.
We are pleased to serve patients in Parker, Stonegate, Aurora, and all surrounding communities.