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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Choosing a new dentist is a big decision for your family. We want you to feel like you made the right choice by choosing us for your dental care.

We are here for you and will answer all your questions so you can feel confident about joining our dental family.

Here are some of the most common questions we receive from our patients. If you do not see yours here, just give us a call!

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dental clinic in castle rock coFluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in water and in many foods. Fluoride treatments are administered by the dentist to help prevent decay. At Oakwood Dental, we recommend topical fluoride treatments for both children and adults. Fluoride helps strengthen the tooth enamel, which is the hard coating on your teeth. Fluoride works with the saliva to help protect the enamel from plaque and “sugar bugs.”  

How Flouride Helps Your Teeth

The loss of enamel, or demineralization, eventually causes cavities. Remineralization occurs when fluoride, calcium, and phosphate minerals are deposited back into the enamel. This helps keep your enamel strong, safer from decay, and more resistant to acid attacks from sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth. When fluoride is administered to children age 6 and under, it is integrated into the growth of the permanent teeth. This makes it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps disrupt any acid production in teeth that have already erupted in both children and adults.

Woman smiling in dental chair | Dentist Castle Rock coNitrous Oxide is a very gentle pharmacological agent commonly used in dentistry to help a patient relax during treatment.  Nitrous Oxide is considered a safe sedative for many reasons. It is considered safe because it has a rapid onset that is easily reversible, it is non-allergenic, and can be adjusted in various concentrations. Nitrous Oxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is also used in hospitals, and outpatient and inpatient settings. During the procedure, the patient can still hear, see and respond to their surroundings. Nitrous Oxide is also commonly known as laughing gas because patients can sometimes begin to feel giddy or ecstatic while breathing the gas, causing them to laugh or giggle.

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Has your fear of the dentist kept you away from the dentist? Sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide, may be able to help make you more comfortable at your dental visit. Please contact our caring team at our Castle Rock, CO dental clinic if you have questions on nitrous oxide. 

alarm clock | Castle rock co dentistAt Oakwood Dental, we strive to provide excellent dental care to all of our patients. Our goal is to create a schedule that most efficiently provides for the dental needs of all of the patients we serve. We pride ourselves in providing time for the personal attention each patient deserves, and make every effort to keep you from waiting. As a result, your appointment time in this office is reserved exclusively for you.

How to Reschedule An Appointment

We require that you give our office at least a 24-hour notice in the event that you need to reschedule your appointment. Our policy helps us be available for those patients who may have a dental emergency.  If you miss an appointment without contacting our office within the required time, this is considered a “no show” or a missed appointment. “No Shows” inconvenience other patients who need access to dental care in a timely manner. Last minute/late cancellations are considered a “no-show” appointment and a fee of $50 per hour scheduled may be charged to you. This fee cannot be billed to your insurance company and will be your direct responsibility.

Late Arrivals

If a patient is more than 15 minutes late without notice for a scheduled appointment, please be aware that the appointment may need to be rescheduled. Late arrivals cause schedule delays for those patients who arrive promptly at their appointment time. Late arrivals will be worked into the schedule if time allows or re-appointed to another day. Our office will consider a late arrival or a missed appointment on a case by case scenario, and the cancellation fee may be charged.

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If you have any questions regarding this policy, please let our front office staff know and we will be happy to clarify any questions you have.

dental insurance paperwork | Dentist Castle Rock COIt is the patient’s responsibility to know what their insurance plan does and does not cover. As a courtesy, Oakwood Dental will assist in filing the necessary forms to help our patients receive full benefits of their coverage. This insurance relationship constitutes an agreement between the carrier and the patient. As such, Oakwood Dental cannot guarantee coverage or payment.

Limits of Dental Insurance Benefits

Dental insurance benefits are not a guarantee of coverage or payment. Coverage and payment are subject to review by the insurance, and not finalized until a claim has been processed. Any insurance estimate given by Oakwood Dental is not a guarantee of actual insurance payment. Furthermore, any insurance claim not paid in full after 60 days will become the patient’s responsibility. The patient is ultimately responsible for payment of all charges not covered by insurance.

PLEASE NOTE: Patients will be required to pay all ESTIMATED Deductible, co-pay, and co-insurance amounts AT THE TIME OF SERVICE. We accept cash, personal checks, all major credit cards and Care Credit.

root canal diagram | castle rock co dentistA root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is necessary when the pulp, or nerve, inside the tooth, become infected, inflamed or irreversibly damaged. It is a treatment done to repair and attempt to save a tooth. Root canal treatment is initiated to remove the entire pulp and nerve throughout the root canal system. The goal is to clean and shape the canal system, then fill and seal the canals with a synthetic root canal filling called Gutta Percha. The tooth is then completed with a permanent restoration. Without proper treatment on an infected or decayed tooth, the tissue surrounding the tooth can become infected as well, causing an abscess. An abscess is commonly described as an area with painful swelling and sometimes filled with pus. If the pus is not drained, the infected area with become more swollen and more painful. An abscess will not go away on its own, so it is important not to ignore any symptoms and risk the infection spreading and causing serious health problems.

Modern Dental Technology in 80104

Thanks to our modern technology here at Oakwood Dental, it is rare to experience any pain during the procedure. For the first several days after treatment is completed, it is not uncommon for you to experience some sensitivity when biting.  This sensitivity can typically be relieved easily with either a prescription or an over-the-counter medication. In most cases, the discomfort will subside within the first 24-48 hours. Dr. Jones is happy to discuss your options with you and feels that your comfort and oral health care of the utmost importance

dental extraction illustration | Dentist Castle Rock COThere are two basic types of dental extractions, simple and surgical. Which one you may need will depend on the symptom we are trying to fix. At Oakwood Dental, we prefer to save your natural teeth as much as possible. In some cases, this is not the most beneficial solution, and an extraction is necessary to protect your overall oral health. The most common situations that may require an extraction include broken or fractured teeth, severely decayed teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, and over-crowding.

Simple Tooth Extraction

A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is above the gumline and can be seen in the mouth. These teeth can typically be removed easily by loosening the tooth with a lifter or elevator and pulled out with forceps. This is a quick process, and the healing time is usually pretty fast.

Surgical Tooth Extractions in 80104

Surgical extractions are a bit more complicated. Surgical extractions require an incision into the gum to get to the tooth. This type of extraction is necessary if you have an un-erupted tooth or one that is broken below the gumline. A surgical extraction is most commonly needed for impacted wisdom teeth that are either partially or completely underneath the gum tissue.

Dr. Jones is happy to consult with you to determine the best treatment options for you and your needs. 

calendar with dentist circled on date | Dentist Castle Rock COYes! We are always accepting new patients and welcome patients of all ages at Oakwood Dental. Please call our office so we may assist you in scheduling a time to come see us. 

Referrals From Patients

We very much appreciate referrals from our valued patients. The majority of our patients come to us because they have been referred by another loyal patient, and feel more comfortable seeing a dentist that has been highly recommended by someone they trust. We love that our patients keep us busy by referring their family and friends, and we reward them with movie tickets for each new patient that comes to see us!

woman getting dental check | oakwood dentalEvery patient is different, so when you call our office, our knowledgeable team will ask some questions regarding your oral health that will help us maximize your first dental visit.

Our ideal approach at Oakwood Dental is to get you started with Dr. Jones for a full exam so that we can identify any oral conditions that may require your attention. This provides you with an opportunity to discuss anything about your oral health that causes concern or has recently changed. This also and gives you the time you need to discuss your goals for your oral health.

First Dental Exam

We also know that most patients want to have their teeth cleaned at their first dental exam. We do our best to accommodate our patients and schedule a dental cleaning along with your exam. It is important to remember that if it has been a while since your last dental appointment and you have some catching up to do, it could take more than one appointment. We will help you get back on track to good oral health!

Safe Dental X-Rays

Taking x-rays is also part of our new patient appointment. X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool to identify oral conditions such as decay or bone loss. We use ultra-safe digital x-rays at our Castle Rock dental office.

woman filling out paperwork | Dentist Castle Rock COWe are in-network providers for many insurance providers. The following is a list of some of those providers. If you do not see yours listed here, just give us a call and we will be happy to assist you with your dental benefit questions.

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas Group
  • Anthem BCBS
  • Assurant Employee Benefits
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • BCBS Federal Employee
  • Cigna
  • Companion Life Dental
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • GEHA Connection Dental
  • Guardian
  • Metlife PDP+
  • UMR
  • United Concordia
  • United Health Care

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Do you have any questions about dental insurance coverage? Please contact Oakwood Dental to speak to our helpful front desk team and learn more about dental insurance.

Children's Dentistry

dental clinic in castle rock coFluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in water and in many foods. Fluoride treatments are administered by the dentist to help prevent decay. At Oakwood Dental, we recommend topical fluoride treatments for both children and adults. Fluoride helps strengthen the tooth enamel, which is the hard coating on your teeth. Fluoride works with the saliva to help protect the enamel from plaque and “sugar bugs.”  

How Flouride Helps Your Teeth

The loss of enamel, or demineralization, eventually causes cavities. Remineralization occurs when fluoride, calcium, and phosphate minerals are deposited back into the enamel. This helps keep your enamel strong, safer from decay, and more resistant to acid attacks from sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth. When fluoride is administered to children age 6 and under, it is integrated into the growth of the permanent teeth. This makes it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps disrupt any acid production in teeth that have already erupted in both children and adults.

child smiling | Castle rock children's dentistryA sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted on to the chewing surface of a tooth. It is most common for sealants to be placed on permanent molars and premolars (back teeth) to prevent decay. Sealants are a protective shield over the enamel that quickly bonds to the grooves of the tooth.

Importance of Sealants

Sealants are highly recommended for children and teenagers to help prevent any decay throughout their most cavity-prone years of ages 6 through 14. In some cases, it is recommended to place sealants on baby teeth as well if they have deep depressions or grooves. It is important to take care of the baby teeth because they play such an important role in the correct spacing of the permanent teeth, so it is beneficial to avoid losing baby teeth too early due to preventable decay. While flossing and brushing can remove plaque and food from the smooth surfaces of the teeth, it is harder to get into all of the nooks and crannies. Especially on those back teeth. That is where sealants come in handy to help protect those more vulnerable areas by “sealing out” food and plaque.

Sealant Process in 80104

The application of sealants is a quick and painless procedure. Sealants can help protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they do need to be checked regularly by your dentist or hygienist for chipping or normal wearing. Luckily, sealants can be replaced as often as necessary, if needed. Most insurance companies cover the cost of sealants up to a certain age limit, which can vary with each plan. At Oakwood Dental, we are happy to verify your benefits for you to see what coverage you have.

We know that one of the challenges modern families face is scheduling appointments to get all the care everyone needs, especially when you have soccer games, music lessons, the school play, and other important priorities competing for your time. We believe in making things easier for families and invite your children to become patients at Oakwood Dental. 

Family Dentistry in Castle Rock

When your entire family can have their dental care in one place, it just makes scheduling more convenient. Plus, we love treating kids and our entire team is committed to helping your children get a healthy start in life by delivering excellent oral health care and practical advice, making ourselves available for all your questions, and helping make dentistry a positive experience for your child.

Children's Dentistry in 80104

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental visit by your child’s first birthday to ensure that all is well, development is on track, and any questions you have about home care, thumb sucking, bottle use, and preventing cavities are answered.

As your little one grows, Dr. Jones will provide the gentle and effective dental care needed for a lifelong healthy smile.

Do you have questions about pediatric dentistry? Give our Castle Rock dental office a call. We are always happy to help.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Close up of woman's smile | Dentist Castle Rock CODental bonding is a procedure done when a tooth-colored resin material is applied to a tooth using bonding materials and high-intensity curing light. This kind of bonding is most commonly used for cosmetic or aesthetic purposes to alter the appearance of a chipped tooth or a tooth that may be discolored or fractured and commonly used to repair a decayed tooth. Composite bonding is a cosmetic alternative to amalgam (metallic) fillings, which is a more outdated treatment that may lead to more complications. It can also be used to close spaces between teeth that may have a gap or even to make teeth look longer.

Dental Bonding in Single Visit

Dental bonding can be done in a single visit with Dr. Jones. And typically only take about 30 minutes to an hour. Dental bonding can often be done with no anesthesia, however, our patient’s comfort is of the utmost importance to us at Oakwood Dental and we will do whatever we need to do to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your appointment. Dental Bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic procedures and is typically covered by most insurance plans. Our office staff at Oakwood Dental will be happy to verify your benefits for you.

Crowns and Bridges

dental crowns | castle rock co dentistWhile crowns and bridges are both prosthetic restorations that are permanently attached to your teeth, they have different uses and/or advantages. A crown, also commonly referred to as a cap, is used to repair a damaged tooth entirely to prevent further damage or decay. A crown is used to aesthetically restore a tooth to its original appearance. With our modern technology at Oakwood Dental, Dr. Jones can typically have your crown completed in one appointment, saving you time and money.

Dental Bridge

A bridge, or a fixed partial denture, is permanently attached to the permanent teeth on either side where there is a missing tooth. Essentially, a bridge utilizes existing teeth to fill in an area left that has been left vacant by a missing tooth to create a natural-looking appearance. A bridge is a permanent restoration that looks and functions like your natural teeth and requires more attention with dental hygiene. It is important to keep the area underneath the pontic (missing tooth) well maintained using a bridge threader to floss under the bridge to remove plaque and prevent decay or bone loss to the existing teeth.

Restorative Dentistry in 80104

Both options are often covered by many dental plans, making them a common restorative choice for patients. Our office staff at Oakwood Dental will be happy to verify your benefits for you. Dr. Jones is happy to sit down with you to discuss treatment options and the benefits or downfalls of each option.

dental bridge illustration | Castle Rock CO Dentist

To begin, the purpose of bridges and dentures are to replace missing teeth. A bridge, or a fixed partial denture, is permanently attached to the permanent teeth on either side where there is a missing tooth. A bridge is a permanent restoration and requires more attention with dental hygiene. A bridge looks and functions like your natural teeth.

Partial Denture

A partial denture is a lab-created dental representation of natural-looking teeth that is attached to your remaining teeth using clasps. A partial denture is removable and requires regular cleaning and maintenance. A denture functions similarly to your natural teeth, other than a reduced bite force, meaning your bite may not be as strong as it once was. It is important if you have lost one or more teeth to replace them. Dentures typically are less expensive than other permanent restoration options, however, they also have significantly lower longevity.

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If missing teeth are not replaced, you are at risk for additional tooth loss. This occurs because the remaining teeth have to work harder when you bite, which can cause them to start to move or reposition. Dr. Jones is happy to sit down with you to discuss treatment options and the benefits or downfalls of each option.

Dental Emergencies

man holding jaw needing emergency dental careA dental injury is a true dental emergency if you cannot wait to seek treatment due to pain, discomfort, bleeding, exposed tooth interior, or other traumatic symptoms. You will know if you have a dental emergency because you won’t be able to eat, sleep, or function normally. 

Emergency Dentist in Castle Rock 

At Oakwood Dental, we know how to treat dental emergencies quickly and successfully. We offer emergency dental care in Castle Rock if you have a severe injury such as:

  • A knocked-out tooth
  • A broken tooth
  • Bleeding gums, tongue, or cheeks 
  • A dental infection or abscess
  • Broken dental restorations
  • An extreme toothache
  • Fractured or splintered teeth 

Common Dental Emergencies

When you have a dental emergency, it usually means that you’re in significant pain and can’t imagine waiting until the next business day for treatment. Some of the most common emergencies we see involve broken and knocked-out teeth and these injuries need treatment right away if you want to save the tooth. 

Minor Dental Injuries

If your injury is minor and you’re not in pain, you probably don’t have a true dental emergency and can wait a day or two to see your Castle Rock dentist. If you have symptoms such as minor bleeding when you brush or floss, a loose dental filling, or a tiny chip or crack in a tooth, you don’t need emergency treatment and can schedule your dental appointment during regular hours. 

Woman holding jaw from pain | Emergency dentist castle rock coDental emergencies often occur at inconvenient times and may disrupt your sleep or your work schedule. The best plan is to contact our Oakwood Dental at the first sign that something is wrong. This allows Dr. Jones the opportunity to treat your condition before it worsens, causing pain or even tooth loss.

What to do During a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies require attention and rarely heal on their own. Most patients who are in pain report that their first symptoms started days before. Don’t wait! We can help you get the care you need.

Common dental emergencies include:

  • A broken tooth or restoration (filling, crown, bridge, veneer)
  • Unexplained pain
  • Swelling 
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold 
  • Trauma due to an accident

You know your body best! If something feels off or you feel the twinges of pain that can indicate the onset of a problem, we will do our best to treat your condition quickly. Acting fast may save your tooth and time away from your schedule.

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If an emergency dental appointment becomes necessary, our goal at Oakwood Dental will be to relieve pain and stabilize your condition. We may need to schedule a follow-up appointment to complete your procedure. Even if you are a new patient, we invite you to contact us so we can give you the same great care we give to our current patients.

Dental Implants and Bone Grafting

At Oakwood Dental, we do our best to save your teeth. Unfortunately, decay and infection can sometimes make saving the tooth impossible and we need to remove it in order to protect your oral health.

Dental Implants in Castle Rock

If you are healthy enough, Dr. Brandt Jones will usually recommend dental implants because they provide the best long-term solution to tooth loss. Dental implants provide convenience because they are most like your natural teeth. You do not need to worry about them coming loose while you speak or eat.

We can even use dental implants to hold your dentistry in place. Implants can provide stability for dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures, allowing you to combine multiple treatments to restore your smile.

In-Office Care

We complete dental implants from start to finish right here in our Castle Rock dental office. Even if you need an additional procedure, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift, Dr. Brandt Jones  can do it all and provide great results. We use 3-D cone beam technology to determine the proper placement of your dental implant, which ensures your implant can withstand the force from chewing.

Patient comfort is important to us, and we will explain your treatment every step of the way.

Dental implants have several advantages compared to other tooth replacement options. One of the best reasons to consider dental implants over other possible treatments is that dental implant have an extremely high success rate.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are extremely resilient. Unlike a bridge that is connected to natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay,  and unlike a bridge on natural teeth, dental implants are very resilient to gum disease. In addition, dental implants don't weaken and become more brittle and susceptible to fracture over time. This is often the case with natural teeth connected to a bridge.

Implant-Supported Dentures in 80104

Sometimes dental implants are used to secure a denture, this type of denture is called an implant overdenture. An implant overdenture is connected to dental implants and allows Dr. Brandt Jones to set the retention ideally for the patient.  If the implant overdenture fits around existing healthy teeth, there is no need for unesthetic metal clasps that hook onto the teeth because the retention is on the dental implant. Not only can the metal clasps be unsightly, but they can become food traps where food particles collect and can be a potential problem for the health of the teeth and gums.

dental bridge | Dentist Castle Rock COA bridge has been the traditional way to replace teeth. A bridge is designed with a replacement tooth that connects to crowns on the adjacent teeth. The new replacement tooth "bridges" the gap where the previous missing tooth existed.  Having a bridge can introduce potential problems if it is not cleaned properly and the anchor teeth can become more susceptible to decay and gum disease. A dental implant is the closest way to replicate the previously missing tooth.  Instead of connecting to the adjacent teeth, an implant replicates the previous tooth with a titanium post that is placed in the jawbone and a porcelain crown is designed to fit on the implant post. Normal home care for a dental implant is the same as it is for the rest of the natural teeth and no additional cleaning steps are required. Since a dental implant itself is not susceptible to decay or traditional gum disease, the future prognosis of adjacent teeth remains unchanged.

Missing Tooth Options in 80104

Dr. Brandt Jones will typically recommend a dental implant to replace missing teeth but will let you know all of your treatment options as well as the pros and cons of each treatment, so you can make the decision that works best for you. Contact Oakwood Dental for your dental implant consultation.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Many people in Castle Rock, CO would love to have straighter or less crowded teeth, but the thought of unsightly metal brackets and wires along with the discomfort can put them off. If this sounds like you, you might be interested in Invisalign.

Invisalign custom-fit clear aligners are transparent (making them invisible), and there are no metal components to it. As far as orthodontic treatment goes, they are by far the most comfortable and visually attractive options available. 

What Is the Magic Behind Invisalign?

Invisalign in Castle Rock, CO is a fairly straightforward process.

Invisalign trained professional, Dr. Brandt Jones, DDS, designs a series of clear aligners based on your specific smile needs. Your first set of aligners simply slip over your teeth and are worn during the day and removed only for mealtimes and to brush and floss your teeth. 

While each tray may look similar, they're actually craftily designed to gently shift your teeth by up to 0.25 mm per tray. After two weeks, you simply move on to the next tray in the series. 

Invisalign Has Many Benefits

Among the many praises people have for Invisalign, the most common is how comfortable and inconspicuous they are. If you are an adult or teen who would prefer not to let their orthodontic treatment be immediately noticed, this could be the right option for you.

Call Oakwood Dental today to schedule an Invisalign evaluation today to see if you are a good candidate. 
 

Preventive Dentistry

man in dental chair | castle rock co dentistWith good oral hygiene habits and a normally healthy mouth, Dr. Jones typically suggests a professional cleaning, or a prophylaxis, by one of our exceptional hygienists at least twice a year. The goal of regular dental cleanings is to remove plaque, tarter, and any stains that may have accumulated on the teeth, as wells as to prevent and treat gum disease. Even with the best at-home oral hygiene habits, tarter and plaque can still develop.

Deeper Dental Cleaning

Sometimes it is necessary to do a “deeper” cleaning, known as scaling and root planing. A regular prohylaxis focuses on the surface and in between the teeth, and stays above the gum line. A scaling and root planning cleaning is needed in order to remove any bacteria and calculus that may have collected under the gum line and on the surface of the roots of your teeth. This deeper cleaning is the best way to treat gum disease and helps prevent bone loss, which can loosen the teeth and causing them to become mobile.

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At Oakwood Dental, we have a highly trained staff of hygienists that are here to help educate you on your oral hygiene and help maintain a healthy smile. Contact our Castle Rock, CO dental clinic to schedule an appointment today.

man staring | Dentist castle rock coCancer and its more common treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, are known to diminish your body’s immune system. If you are not up to date with your dental care and don’t make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible prior to treatment, you are more susceptible to infection, which can also lead to a delay in your cancer treatments. Radiation, especially when focused on the head or neck area, can damage your salivary glands. This can cause thick, sticky saliva, as well as extreme dry mouth. Dry mouth is known to increase your chances of infection and tooth decay as well. Other side effects include changes in taste, mouth sores, bone disease and inflammation or pain in the lining of the mouth and tongue. These kinds of side effects can make it difficult to talk, eat, chew, or swallow.

Importance of Oral Health

It is important to maintain the best oral health you can prior to, during, and after your cancer treatments. Oral health is an important part of your overall health. Dr. Jones is happy to be a part of your cancer care team to evaluate your dental health and discuss any treatment options that should be considered prior to starting any kind of cancer treatment. It is very common to prescribe fluoride treatments or take-home trays to help prevent cavities during your cancer treatment. 

woman getting dental check | oakwood dentalEvery patient is different, so when you call our office, our knowledgeable team will ask some questions regarding your oral health that will help us maximize your first dental visit.

Our ideal approach at Oakwood Dental is to get you started with Dr. Jones for a full exam so that we can identify any oral conditions that may require your attention. This provides you with an opportunity to discuss anything about your oral health that causes concern or has recently changed. This also and gives you the time you need to discuss your goals for your oral health.

First Dental Exam

We also know that most patients want to have their teeth cleaned at their first dental exam. We do our best to accommodate our patients and schedule a dental cleaning along with your exam. It is important to remember that if it has been a while since your last dental appointment and you have some catching up to do, it could take more than one appointment. We will help you get back on track to good oral health!

Safe Dental X-Rays

Taking x-rays is also part of our new patient appointment. X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool to identify oral conditions such as decay or bone loss. We use ultra-safe digital x-rays at our Castle Rock dental office.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Man snoring and woman covering ears | Castle Rock CO DentistSnoring is disruptive and can prevent both partners from getting a good night’s sleep. Not only does the sound of your partner’s snoring disrupt your sleep, it can also indicate that they could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked and interrupts the restorative sleep your body needs to stay healthy. Not every person who snores suffers from sleep apnea, but loud and consistent snoring can be a sign. A sleep study can diagnose sleep apnea, and your doctor should be able to direct you to an accredited sleep clinic.

Oral Appliance Therapy in 80104

For both sleep apnea sufferers and other patients who snore, oral appliance therapy provides a solution either on its own or, in some cases, in combination with CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy. Oral appliances designed specifically for patients who snore or have sleep apnea assist with keeping the airway open by gently repositioning the jaw, tongue, or both to allow air to flow freely past the anatomy at the back of your throat.

By addressing the problem, you can avoid health complications such as mood disorders, fatigue, and even heart attacks – in addition to allowing both you and your partner to get a better night’s sleep.

TMJ and Bruxism Treatment

older woman holding jaw in pain | dentist Castle rock coBruxism is a condition caused by the clenching of the jaw, which leads to grinding of the teeth. It is an incredibly common habit that typically happens unconsciously while sleeping, but can also happen at any time during the day. Clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth typically begins as a conscious habit during stressful, anxious, frustrating or angry moments. Over time, it easily becomes an unconscious habit that is hard to stop. In very rare occasions, bruxism can be caused by certain medications that are meant to treat depression.

Occlusal Gaurd Therapy

When clenching or grinding occurs, it causes wear on your teeth, can lead to a tooth fracture, jaw pain and/or limited jaw mobility, as well as headaches and compromised sleep. While there is no specific cure for bruxism, Oakwood Dental can help treat this condition and manage the symptoms with an occlusal guard. Also known as an NTI, an occlusal guard is a custom-fitted oral appliance designed to wear while you sleep, that prevents you from clenching and/or grinding and causing further damage to your jaw and teeth. This is a quick appointment done in our office and completed the same day for your convenience.

 

Man holding jaw from pain | Dentist Castle Rock COMany people suffer from jaw popping, clicking, or locking. These symptoms are often an indication that your jaw joint is suffering from a condition called TMJ or TMD, temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Symptoms of TMD

TMD often occurs when patients have a nighttime clenching and grinding habit, known as bruxism. Though your symptoms may come and go, seeking treatment is essential to prevent joint degeneration that may lead to continued symptoms and arthritis.

Oral Appliance Therapy in 80104

We provide a non-invasive treatment for TMD at Oakwood Dental using oral appliance therapy. A customized nightguard can reduce, or in some cases eliminate, symptoms such as tension-type headaches and migraines and relieve the underlying condition by reducing inflammation. When your muscles relax, your jaw can rest in its ideal position. We see dramatic results using customized nightguards, and patients continually report drastic headache reduction both in frequency and severity.  Many patients even see an elimination of headaches and migraines when wearing their specialized nightguard.

Failure to treat TMD in its earliest stages may mean that you need more invasive treatment in the future, including surgery. By acting now to address your symptoms, you may be able to avoid more painful and costly treatment in the future.

Contact Our Castle Rock Dental Clinic

Join the ranks of our many patients who have found relief from bruxism and TMJ dysfunction by contacting our Castle Rock, Colorado, dental office and scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Brandt Jones DDS.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

woman smiling | Castle Rock CO DentistSilver or amalgam fillings have been around for quite a long time and many dentists still use amalgam for fillings today. At Oakwood Dental, we use composite resin tooth-colored fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made with a combination of mercury, silver, copper, tin and other trace metals which are all mixed together to form an alloy and then packed into a prepared tooth. Amalgam fillings are not bonded to your teeth the way composite fillings are, therefore they do not strengthen teeth that have been weakened by chipping or decay that has caused a loss of healthy tooth structure. Over time, the amalgam filling will expand and contract with hot and cold foods, which can lead to fractures in the surrounding tooth structure, inviting decay and further damage in the tooth. At Oakwood Dental, we only use composite restorations for fillings because we can complete the restoration with a more conservative and esthetically pleasing result.

When to Replace an Amalgam Filling

With the heightened public concern about the safety of amalgam, the question often arises of whether or not amalgam fillings should be replaced with the more composite fillings. Dr. Jones does not advise changing any old amalgam fillings with composite ones unless there are specific reasons that warrant the replacement. Signs of chipping, cracking, decay, or poor margins are all good reasons to replace any type of filling. If you are concerned about your silver fillings due to health or esthetic concerns, Dr. Jones can let you know your treatment options so you can decide what is best for you. 

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We are so happy to be open again and to see our patients!  As you come to the office, you will very clearly see that we have implemented extra changes to make sure you are safe. The health and safety of you, your family and our community are our #1 priority. This is a challenging time and we appreciate your willingness to comply with our new protocol that exceeds the standards and orders given to us from The American Dental Association (ADA), The Colorado Dental Association (CDA), and Governor Polis.

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