Arrow Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Arrow Dental, we want to inspire you to a healthier smile by showing you the benefits that excellent oral health brings to your life. Part of this process includes explaining things in detail and answering all your questions, no matter how small; if it matters to you, it matters to us.

There's a lot to know about your dental care and keeping your smile healthy. We have shared a few of the questions we hear most often from our patients, but your smile is unique so you probably have some of your own. If you don't see your question here, please don't hesitate to call our office or fill out our convenient online contact form.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you would like to transform the appearance of your smile, you have many options!

The first step is for us to sit down with you to discuss what it is about your smile that you would like to change. Would you like your teeth to look a little whiter, straighter, or more uniform in appearance? When we understand what change you would like to see, we can work with you to develop a personalized smile makeover plan.

We always start by recommending the most conservative and affordable options first. In some cases, we can improve your smile with a treatment as simple as professional teeth whitening. Dental bonding is another option we can use to alter the shape of a tooth and correct minor problems like chipped or cracked teeth.

If you would like a more dramatic makeover, porcelain veneers are an excellent choice. We can place just one or two veneers to achieve the look you want, or we may recommend a full set of veneers as the best choice to achieve your goals. Esthetic porcelain crowns are another option for transforming the appearance of one or more teeth.

Please call our office if you aren’t thrilled with the appearance of your smile. We will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Marquez so we can get you started on your way to a more attractive, confident smile!

General Dentistry

First, we respect your feelings because we understand that, for many people, dental visits are a chore and a challenge. But if you haven’t been in a dentist’s office in a while, we think you will be relieved to know that things have changed a lot.

Dental professionals work hard every day to help patients like you overcome your fears. Anxiety about dental visits isn’t just uncomfortable; it is harmful to your oral health and even your overall well-being. Missed appointments allow dental problems to build up until you have no choice but to undergo significant treatment.

Our goal is to help you with your anxiety so that you never have to miss a dental appointment again. We do this by providing a soothing office environment to help you feel comfortable in your surroundings. Our compassionate team is sensitive to your needs and will be there to support and encourage you throughout your appointment.

We also offer the benefits of safe, gentle nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small nasal mask. As you breathe normally, you will start to experience the calming effects. When your appointment is over, you will feel refreshed and ready to get on with the rest of your day.

If anxiety is a problem for you, please don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to open up to us about it. Millions of people struggle with dental fear, but there is a better way.

Please call Arrow Dental for more information or to arrange an appointment.

Preventive Dentistry

Whether or not you feel pain, we need to address periodontal disease as quickly as possible. Many people who have gum disease experience no symptoms, but that doesn’t mean the infection isn’t damaging your teeth and gums.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks your gums and supporting structure of the teeth. Brushing and flossing routinely are essential because your mouth is filled with bacteria, which forms a film on your teeth called plaque.

In its mildest form, gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, you may notice that your gums are swollen or inflamed and easily bleed when you brush and floss. Gingivitis is usually reversible and can be treated with a thorough professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene.

When plaque is not removed, it spreads beneath your gum line, attacks supporting bone, and opens up small pockets between the teeth and gums. This stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, which will require a deep cleaning procedure, antibiotics, and a schedule of frequent professional cleanings.

The destructive process of periodontal disease often produces no symptoms, which is why it is essential to stay current with routine dental exams and cleanings. When we see you at regular intervals, we can ensure that your healthy smile stays that way.

If it’s time for your next dental cleaning, please call Arrow Dental so we can arrange a convenient appointment and ensure your good oral health.

At Arrow Dental, we start with preventive dentistry with the hope that you won’t ever need restorative dentistry!

Preventive dentistry includes routine services like exams and professional dental cleanings. Depending on your family’s needs, we may also recommend fluoride applications or dental sealants to protect your oral health.

When we see you every six months, we can find problems when they’re small and before they cause discomfort or long-term damage to your tooth. Scheduling cleanings every six months is essential because only a trained hygienist can remove the plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth and leads to gum disease.

Restorative dentistry is needed when dental decay or gum disease has damaged a tooth. Fillings and crowns are an example of services needed to clear away decay and strengthen a tooth. If you have lost a tooth, we will recommend replacements that may include bridges, dentures, and fillings.

As you can see, if you practice adequate oral hygiene and visit us for regular appointments, you may never need restorative dentistry! Our goal is to make it easy for you to follow through with these important appointments so you can enjoy the benefits of good oral health.

If you have more questions or would like to arrange a cleaning and exam, please call our Westminster dental office.

Teeth Whitening

Just about anyone who has stained or discolored teeth is a good candidate for teeth whitening. The procedure is safe, fast, and affordable, and the results can transform your smile. There are a few exceptions, though.

Your underlying dental health should be good. It’s best to resolve any conditions such as decayed teeth or gum disease before whitening. We also recommend a dental cleaning before any whitening treatment. Removing the plaque and tartar that lingers on your teeth produces the brightest, most consistent results.

You may not be a candidate for whitening if you have crowns, fillings, or bonding on your front teeth. The procedure won’t affect the color of your restorations, which will end up being a different color than your newly whitened teeth. In this case, we may recommend veneers or bonding for a uniform appearance.

Pregnant women should not whiten their teeth because we do not know what, if any, effect the products have on the unborn baby.

At Arrow Dental, we offer two types of teeth whitening for your convenience. Our in-office treatment is fast and easy and produces brilliant results in about an hour. You will leave our office with a smile that is about eight shades brighter than when we started.

We can also provide you with a customized whitening tray and professional-strength gel that you use to whiten at home. Use the kit every day for about two weeks, and you will see results similar to those of an in-office treatment.

If you have other questions or would like to arrange an appointment, please call our Westminster dental office!

Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth usually erupt during the late teens or early twenties. Anthropologists believe that our ancestors needed wisdom teeth for more chewing power when consuming the usual diet of foods like meat, nuts, roots, and leaves.

Of course, the availability of utensils and softer foods have made wisdom teeth unnecessary. One of the problems is that as we have evolved, our jaws have also become smaller and wisdom teeth often don’t have enough space to erupt properly. A smaller jaw leads to crooked, crowded, and even impacted wisdom teeth.

Since wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, they are also difficult to clean properly. A lack of proper hygiene leads to an increased risk for developing decay or gum disease.

If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing any significant complications, they do not necessarily need to be removed. However, since you don’t need these teeth, removing them may be in your best long-term interest.

We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association (ADA) to evaluate wisdom teeth between the ages of 16 and 19 to see if removal is needed. If you have a teen, please call our Westminster, CO to arrange an appointment. Removing wisdom teeth sooner rather than later can eliminate problems and give you peace of mind knowing they won’t cause problems in the future. 

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