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Front Range Smiles
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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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.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We offer several 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.

Dental Bonding

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.

Porcelain Veneers

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.

Dental Crowns

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.

Dental Implants

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.

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.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Parker, please call Front Range Smiles to schedule an appointment.

Emergency Dentistry

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.

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

If you are experiencing any of these dental emergencies or have another problem you don’t see here, please call us at (720) 851-5020, so we can provide the reassurance and relief you need.

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.

General Dentistry

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sedation Dentistry

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

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.

Oral Sedation

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!

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