Oral Hygiene & General Dentistry

Oral Hygiene & General Dentistry in Basalt & Aspen, CO

Elevate Dental Wellness offers a full range of general dentistry services to get your smile looking and feeling the best it’s ever been. We believe that a healthy smile is an essential component of having a healthier life.

With our holistic approach, our treatments are uniquely designed to work with your body with the goal of longevity in mind.

Oral hygiene and general dentistry ensure optimal dental health, year-round. See what Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach can do for your total-body wellness.

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 giving yourself the best opportunity for optimal dental health. 

Elevate Dental Wellness offers the following preventive treatments:

Dental Cleanings
Children’s Dentistry
Mouthguards & Nightguards
Periodontics
Sealants
Mercury-Free Fillings
TMJ Therapy
Tooth Extractions & IBD Lesions

Dental Cleanings

To preserve your present and future oral health, we provide professional teeth cleanings during your routine exam. 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. 

Your regular dental exam and teeth cleaning will include:

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

Children’s Dentistry

Establishing healthy oral hygiene habits at a young age will prevent children from developing future problems, like tooth decay and poor oral health. 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 here 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.

Periodontics

During your routine dental exam, we’ll examine your gums and look for signs of inflammation and bleeding. These are signs of periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to pain, receding gum lines, and even tooth loss. With early identification, the progression of the symptoms can be stopped𑁋even reversed.

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 prevents tooth decay.

Mercury-Free Fillings

Cavities occur when bacteria eat their way through the outer layer of your teeth and create a hollow space. Treating cavities early on can save you from experiencing unnecessary pain and expensive treatment. 

At Elevate Dental Wellness, 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 use products that won’t negatively affect your health.

TMJ Therapy

You have two temporomandibular joints (TMJs) located right underneath your ears where the lower jaw connects to the skull. Patients who suffer from TMJ pain can benefit from a custom-fitted occlusal splint and bite adjustment. It works by realigning the jaw joints and supporting your mouth’s chewing system to work correctly.

Tooth Extractions & IBD Lesions

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. 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. We continue to advance our knowledge and technique in the identification and management of existing IBD lesions.

Let Us Take Care of Your Total Body Wellness

Here at Elevate Dental Wellness, we care about your total body fitness. We are the only practice in the entire Roaring Fork Valley that practices integrative dentistry with a holistic approach. 

Dr. Schuyler Van Gorden and Dr. Rebecca Steinbach are committed to providing you and your family with comprehensive care. We take time with each patient to ensure a personalized experience so that all of your unique needs are met.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

Some people who are more at risk for oral health issues may be asked to come in for a teeth cleaning and check-up more often. Your dentist will let you know if you fall into this category, and they’ll work with you to create an at-home oral hygiene routine that improves your oral health and works for you.

Are dental cleanings really necessary?

Yes! Dental cleanings are necessary if you want a beautiful, healthy smile. They can help prevent issues like decay and cavities before they arise𑁋so you won’t have to worry about invasive procedures in the future.

Can teeth cleaning damage your teeth?

No, teeth cleanings don’t damage your teeth. Though having your teeth scratched may be unpleasant, this removes the hardened plaque that can cause cavities and other oral health complications. Professional teeth cleanings protect your teeth so they’ll last longer.

If you experience any pain or discomfort, there may be an underlying oral health issue. Let your hygienist know immediately so they can assess the source of the problem.

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.

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, as a by-product, create acid. 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.

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. We can’t wait to meet you.

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