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Blake Street Dental | Q & A in Denver

Blake Street Dental P.C.

Dr. Arnold Cullum B.Sc., D.D.S.

1732 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 814-2200

Q & A

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to peek through which gives water and food easier access to sensitive nerve endings. To combat this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even dental procedures in extreme cases. Contact us to discuss treatment options if you have sensitive teeth.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take control of your oral hygiene. Getting on a regular routine will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay as you age.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused by bacteria surrounding the teeth and entering the gums.  The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular dental cleanings for hygiene are highly recommended.  During your visit, we will teach you proper flossing techniques and Oral Hygiene protocols for Home Care that will prevent Periodontal Disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms.  It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums.  The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis.’  The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed.  If not properly treated, the condition will worsen and noticeable symptoms can appear that include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss

How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention.  Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, Laser Therapy and Local Antibiotics, the disease can be controlled.  Periodontal Surgery may be necessary in severe cases.

What is the Difference Between a White Filling and a Silver Filling?

Silver Fillings, called Amalgam, have been around for decades. Made from metal alloy, it was the best restoration for fillings. The metal expands and contracts with hot and cold, which allows for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled; keeping the tooth healthy and strong.

White Fillings, also known as composites, are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that looks and feels just like your real tooth.  This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly in to prevent decay and matches more naturally.

How Can I Improve My Smile?

With many advances in dental technology, there are several ways to enhance your smile.  Certain procedures include:  

  • Tooth Whitening
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns

For a recommendation just for you, contact our office so that we may create you a customized treatment plan.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile.  Over the years, flouride has been added to the whitening product which reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity. Tooth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning.

The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly.  Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, and wine will stain your teeth - whitening is a way to restore some of your natural color. 

What is Bonding?

Bonding is a cost effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change a tooth’s color.  The immediate results are amazing.  Within just a few hours, you will have a pearly white smile! Like Tooth Whitening, bonding results may diminish over time due to continuous coffee, tea, cola, and wine.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed directly over your natural teeth. . This entire procedure can take as few as two visits.   Veneers change the size, shape and color of your real teeth and are used to repair fractures, darkening from age or medication, or a crooked smile.  Many times, patients ask for Porcelain Veneers to simply look and feel younger with a straighter, whiter smile!

What are Crowns?

Crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure that covers the entire tooth.  It will change the size, shape, and color of your teeth in as few as two visits. 

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or root. Made from titanium, screws are inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone.  There is usually minimal discomfort and after a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone will fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant. 

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease,  tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Dentures.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing.  A traditional bridge would involve two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.


Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

With major advancements in Dentistry, most people are candidates for Dental Implants.  There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.  

What is involved in a Dental Implant Procedure?

The average Dental Implant takes 3 - 4 visits.  The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression which is used to create a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis. The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthesia is administered (additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist).  The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure involves minimal pain and you will return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown that will go over the Implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees vary from dentist to dentist. Schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and associated costs.

How long does a Dental Implant last?

With routine hygiene and proper home care, A Dental Implant can last anywhere from 30 years to a lifetime.

Does your office offer financing for services provided?

Yes, please contact us to discuss your options on a case by case basis. We want to do as much as we can to give you the perfect smile you desire.

Denver Dentist | Q & A. Arnold Cullum is a Denver Dentist.