General Dentistry

General Dentistry with Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach

Let Elevate Dental Wellness Restore Your Smile

Are you looking for a way to replace missing teeth, improve the look of your smile, and restore function to your oral health? At Elevate Dental Wellness, our skilled dental team offers a wide range of restorative dentistry treatment options to get your oral health back on track.

Restorative dentistry focuses on improving the function of your smile and fixing structural problems such as badly damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. Learn how Dr. Steinbach and Dr. Van Gorden can utilize restoration services to restore your smile’s natural beauty.

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Elevate Dental Wellness

711 East Valley Road
Suite 201A
Basalt, CO 81621

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(970) 279-5647

Preventive Dentistry

We believe that one of the best approaches to oral health is preventative measures. With regular visits and proper oral hygiene, you’re setting yourself up for optimal dental health. 

To preserve your present and future oral health, we provide professional teeth cleanings during all routine exams. During these visits, we’ll remove any built-up plaque and stubborn stains from your teeth. Our holistic dentists will also identify any professional concerns with your oral health. The sooner we notice something, the sooner we can begin treatment. 

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What to expect during your appointment:
What to expect during your appointment:

Your regular dental exam and teeth cleaning will include:

  • Review of your medical history
  • Digital X-rays (if necessary)
  • Removal of plaque and stains
  • A thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and soft tissue
  • Oral cancer screening
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Pediatric Dentistry

Establishing healthy oral hygiene habits at a young age will prevent children from developing future oral health problems such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach will do everything they can to make your child’s visit as fun, positive, and stress-free as possible.

Mouthguards & Nightguards 

Elevate Dental Wellness features custom-made mouthguards and nightguards made right in our Basalt dental office. Mouthguards provide extra protection for your teeth while playing sports, preventing expensive and painful injuries down the line. That way you’ll never have to sacrifice your active lifestyle for your oral health. 

We also offer nightguards for patients suffering from the effects of teeth grinding, or bruxism.

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Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are primarily used for children, but they’re also a great option for adults. This preventive treatment can protect you and your child’s teeth for years to come. 

Sealants are made from a safe, thin BPA-free plastic used as a protective coating for your teeth. They’re practically unnoticeable and seal out harmful bacterias, which protect against cavities and prevent tooth decay.

Metal/Mercury-Free Fillings

At Elevate Dental Wellness, we offer mercury-free fillings that can stand up to the daily demands of your teeth year after year. Our dentists have done extensive research to find the most durable and biocompatible composite filling material available today. All of the filling materials we use match the shade of your natural teeth and contain no BPA or Bis-GMA.

We’re proud to be a mercury-free, SMART-certified dental office in Basalt, CO. You can rest assured that while treating your cavity, we’ll use products that won’t negatively affect your health.

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Tooth Removal 

For patients in need of a tooth extraction, our team will ensure that your experience is as painless as possible. Our practice also offers post-removal options to restore your smile, including dental implants and more.

An ischemic bone disease (IBD) lesion is a hole in the jaw bone caused by a tooth extraction where the bone wasn’t filled correctly. IBD lesions are regions where bacteria can flourish, which may lead to infection. The subsequent bacterial waste and toxins can cause an immune challenge to the patient. 

The site cannot heal properly if the periodontal ligament isn’t removed during extraction. This can result in a hole or spongy area inside the jaw bone. Our team will take every precaution to avoid the development of IBD lesions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need a teeth cleaning?
What is the main cause of cavities?
Can you repair tooth enamel?
Can drinking milk strengthen your teeth?

How often do I need a teeth cleaning?

We recommend teeth cleanings a minimum of every six months for most of our patients. Even if you clean your teeth every day, it’s easy to miss hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. We’ll make sure those areas get cleaned thoroughly and that they’re less likely to develop cavities.

Patients who are more at risk for oral health issues may be asked to come in for a teeth cleaning and check-up more often. We will let you know if you fall into this category, and help you create an at-home oral hygiene routine that improves your oral health and works for you.

What is the main cause of cavities?

The main cause of cavities is an accumulation of bacteria, or plaque, on and around your teeth. They feed on the sugars from your diet and create acid as a by-product. The acids in the plaque wear away the enamel and create an opening to the dentin.

Once the plaque and bacteria reach the dentin, they’ll eat away at your tooth until they reach the pulp of your tooth. If the bacteria reach your pulp, the only way to save your tooth is to perform root canal therapy to remove the infected pulp.

Can you repair tooth enamel?

You can’t repair or restore lost enamel because your body isn’t able to make new enamel. However, you can strengthen your enamel through a process called remineralization. Eating certain foods and using products that contain minerals such as phosphorus and calcium can strengthen existing enamel.

Taking proper care of your teeth at home and visiting our office for regular cleanings is also an effective way to protect your enamel. We firmly believe that fluoride has numerous negative systemic health effects with countless studies to prove its minimal effect on tooth decay. Here at Elevate Dental Wellness, we are dedicated to being a fluoride-free practice.

Can drinking milk strengthen your teeth?

Yes, drinking milk can strengthen your teeth. Calcium and phosphorus, when taken along with vitamins D3 and K2 allow for the proper development of both bones and teeth. They can also aid in the remineralization of your enamel.

Taking proper care of your teeth is the best way to keep your teeth strong and healthy. If you’re unsure where to start, ask us during your appointment and we’ll help you develop an oral hygiene routine that works for you.

Integrative Dentistry to Fit Your Needs

Visit Elevate Dental Wellness to discover how integrative dentistry can help you have a healthy smile for life. Give us a call at (970) 297-5647 to schedule your appointment at our Basalt office. We can’t wait to meet you.

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