Rebuild Your Smile in Aurora, CO
You look in the mirror every day before you leave, and the first thing your eyes always dart to is that one broken or decayed tooth. It really stands out in your smile, and if you’re like many people, it’s probably extremely sensitive as well. If you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, decayed, or missing, Southland Smiles can help. Dr. Chris Harvan and our team have fully restored thousands of smiles thanks to our variety of treatments. If your teeth need a little bit of help, be sure to contact our office today. We’re happy to help patients from Aurora, Centennial, and Parker, CO.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Whether you have a single damaged tooth or a row of missing teeth, crowns and bridges can come to the rescue. These restorative treatments have been used for generations because they can give a tooth its strength and appearance back at the same time. Think your smile could benefit from them? Click on the link below to learn more.
Traditionally, fillings are made of a material called amalgam. While it was great for restoring slightly decayed teeth in the past, it is now no longer needed. The latest advancements in dentistry have given us tooth-colored fillings, a more cosmetically pleasing option that actually does a better job of restoring your tooth as well.
Tooth-colored fillings, as opposed to being made of dark gray amalgam, are actually made of composite resin. This material, as the name implies, can be specially shaded to perfectly match the natural color of your enamel, making them practically invisible in your smile. Also, this resin material is able to bond directly to your teeth, unlike amalgam. This means more of your natural tooth’s structure can be preserved, which will make it much stronger and help it last much longer. Plus, since they are completely metal free, patients will not have to deal with any temperature sensitivity afterward.
Root Canal Therapy
Before you simply scroll past this, we have to tell you, root canal therapy is actually a relatively painless procedure. Thanks to modern dental techniques and local anesthesia, this treatment is now a walk in the park for most patients. It’s actually one of the best tools we have to treat teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
We only use root canal therapy when the inner most layer of a tooth has become damaged either by injury or decay. This is where the nerve of the tooth resides, and any problem with this area can cause severe dental pain and swelling (which is the real reason why people think the procedure itself is painful). To perform root canal therapy, your doctor will create a small access hole in your tooth so they can remove the damaged tissue, sanitize the area, and then fully restore the tooth with a dental crown.
The purpose of every treatment we perform is to preserve your natural teeth, but sometimes, the best thing to do is to simply remove one. This can be the case for a number of reasons:
- A tooth is too damaged to be restored
- To make room for orthodontic treatment
- To make room for a set of dentures
- To replace the tooth with a dental implant
Regardless, we will handle your extraction with the utmost care. The area we’re working on will be sufficiently numbed, and you’ll have access to a variety of sedation options if you need them.
Dentures are one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to replace a large amount of missing teeth. The newer ones are more comfortable and natural looking than those of the past, and our team will always take the time to make sure you get the perfect look and fit for you.
Dentures are still made of a gum-colored base attached to prosthetic teeth. Partial dentures can be used to restore a smile that still has some healthy teeth, and they are typically held in place using small metal clasps. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, full dentures can easily replace them. These are typically held in place with natural suction, denture adhesive, or even dental implants.
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Most of those patients we treat take for granted a night of sound sleep, but if you were losing countless of hours of rest each night and you didn’t even know? Millions of US adults are in this exact position. They suffer from sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing multiple times during the night. We offer therapies to help patients breathe deeply and sleep soundly.