Elevate Dental Wellness graciously 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 a huge component of having a healthier life.
With our unique holistic approach, our treatments are designed to work with your body with the goal of longevity in mind.
Our oral hygiene and general dentistry services ensure optimal dental health, year-round. See what Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach can do for your total-body wellness.
With regular visits to our Basalt, CO office and a proper dental hygiene routine, you’re giving yourself the best shot to optimal dental health. Here are some preventive treatments that Elevate Dental Wellness offers:
To preserve your present and future oral health, we offer professional teeth cleanings. During these visits, we’ll remove any built-up plaque and stains from your smile. We’ll also identify any professional concerns with your oral health. The sooner we notice something, the sooner we can begin treatment. Your teeth cleaning will include:
- Review of your medical history
- Digital x-rays (when necessary)
- Removal of plaque and stains
- Thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and soft tissue
- Oral cancer screening
Nightguards & Mouthguards
Some patients have concerns about grinding their teeth while they sleep. NIghtguards can help protect you from the effects of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism.
Similar to a nightguard, we also offer mouthguards to protect your smile while playing sports, preventing expensive and painful injuries. Our nightguards and mouthguards will be custom molded to you, right here in our office.
During your routine dental exam, we’ll examine your gums and look for signs of inflammation and bleeding. These are signs of periodontal disease, also 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 are primarily performed on children, but they’re also a great treatment for adults. The application of dental sealants can help prevent tooth decay on the chewing surface of your teeth. They’re safe, BPA-free, and can protect you and your child’s teeth for years to come.
Patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can benefit from a custom-fitted occlusal splint and bite adjustment. It’ll realign the jaw joints and help the chewing system in your mouth to work correctly.
Establishing healthy oral hygiene habits at a young age will keep children from experiencing problems, like tooth decay and bad oral health later in life. We’ll do everything we can to make your child’s visit to the dentist as fun, positive, and stress-free as possible.
Tooth Extractions & IBD Lesions
An ischemic bone disease (IBD) lesion is a hole in the jaw bone, typically located where the tooth has been extracted and the bone hasn’t filled in properly. If the periodontal ligament isn’t removed during extraction, the site will not heal completely. This can result in a hole or spongy area inside the jaw bone.
IBD lesions are regions where bacteria can flourish. The subsequent bacterial waste and toxins can cause an immune challenge to the patient. Dr. Steinbach takes every precaution to avoid the development of IBD lesions. Our exceptional team is currently advancing their education in the identification and management of existing IBD lesions.
Frequently Asked Questions
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. Your smile might look alright now, so you may not think cleanings are necessary. But, eventually, your teeth can become stained and decayed.
Dental cleanings can help to prevent these issues before they arise, ideally, so you won’t have to worry about more 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. This protects your teeth so they’ll last longer.
If your cleaning hurts, there may be an oral health issue already present in your mouth. In this case, 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. But, you can strengthen your enamel through a process called remineralization. Through eating foods and using products that contain minerals like phosphorous and calcium, you can strengthen existing enamel.
You can also protect your current enamel by taking care of your teeth at home and visiting our office for regular cleanings. Using products with fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouthwashes, can protect your enamel from harm.
Can drinking milk strengthen your teeth?
Yes, drinking milk can strengthen your teeth. Calcium and phosphorous, when taken along with vitamins D3 and K2 allow for the proper development of both bones and teeth, and can also aid in the remineralization of your enamel.
You can’t depend too much on milk to strengthen your teeth, though. Taking proper care of your teeth is still the best way to keep your teeth strong and healthy. If you’re unsure where to start, ask your dentist at your appointment and they can help you develop an at-home 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 that feeds on the sugars from your diet — then, as a by-product, creates 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 continue to 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) 279-5647 to schedule your appointment. We can’t wait to meet you.