Summit Dental Group
Dillon CO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.

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Silver fillings in Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupMany groups have expressed concern in the past several years over the use of amalgam fillings (also called silver fillings). Dental amalgams contain low levels of mercury, and this has led many people to believe that these fillings are linked to a number of conditions including Alzheimer’s, autism, and multiple sclerosis.

Public Health Agencies on Amalgam Fillings

A number of public health agencies like The American Dental Association (ADA) and the FDA have confirmed the safety of dental amalgams and stated that there is no scientific basis for the link between mercury-based fillings and these or other conditions. The fact is that there is no known cause for these conditions and no evidence to support the claim that removal of amalgam fillings can cure these or any other condition.

Safety

The mercury in dental amalgam is mixed with other metals like silver, copper, tin and zinc to create a stable alloy that has been safely used by dentists for over 100 years to fill cavities and preserve the decayed teeth of millions of patients. The FDA reconfirmed the safety of dental amalgams in March of 2002, and in 2006, the National Institutes of Health concluded several large-scale studies that further supported the earlier findings of the FDA.

Additionally, the concern over adverse health effects resulting from the very small amount of mercury vapor released from amalgam fillings has been found by the ADA to have no scientific basis. In fact, consuming seafood is likely to expose you to more mercury than the vapor that is released from amalgam fillings.

At Summit Dental Group we are focused on making every visit to our office comfortable and stress-free. Our treatments are painless and efficient, which reduces discomfort and the time you need to spend in the dental chair. Your comfort and well-being are our primary focus, and all members of our team are trained to address your concerns with care and compassion.

Sources of Anxiety at the Dentist

Many people experience anxiety at the dentist because they feel a loss of control during their treatment. Being open about your concerns will make you feel better and help us adjust your treatment accordingly and take the necessary precautions to keep you comfortable.

Another common source of anxiety is the fear of gagging, or not being able to breathe. We suggest the use of a throat spray before treatment, which will help calm your gag reflex. If you’re worried about breathing, a simple solution is to breathe through your nose. If this is a problem, you can use a nasal strip to keep the air passage open.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is also an excellent solution for many patients like you who would not normally be able to sit comfortably through a dental appointment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can significantly reduce anxiety without putting you to sleep. We also offer oral sedation if you have greater anxiety.

We don’t want you to put off treatment because you are anxious or fearful. Please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Teeth Grinding | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupThe type of treatment we choose to alleviate teeth grinding (bruxism, or bruxing) depends on its cause. In most cases, teeth grinding, or bruxism, occurs while you are sleeping. This constant force can cause deterioration of your teeth and dental work. It can also cause problems with your jaw joints (TMJ).

Causes of Teeth Grinding

There are many different reasons for teeth grinding, but the treatment most commonly used at Summit Dental Group to prevent damage to your teeth and the development of TMJ problems is a custom-made night guard that is worn during sleep.

Bruxism is often thought to be related to stress, but grinding of your teeth may also be a result of a misaligned dental bite. Since there are so many reasons why people grind their teeth, a thorough dental exam is needed to make sure we choose the correct treatment.

Teeth grinding is an issue that needs to be addressed promptly in order to reduce the risk of developing more serious dental problems. If you have questions about treatment for your teeth grinding, please contact our Dillon dental office and we will be happy to arrange an appointment to help relieve your symptoms and get you the help you need.

Teeth Cleanings | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupOur Recommendation

The hygienists at our Dillon dental office recommend that your personal oral hygiene routine include brushing and flossing twice a day. In addition, we recommend twice-yearly cleanings with to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

You may feel that your teeth are being properly cared for with regular brushing and flossing at home, but only a dental hygienist can make sure that your teeth are health and that you are not developing any problems that you can’t yet see or feel.

What If I Have a History of Gum Disease?

For patients with a history of periodontal (gum) disease, we recommend three to four cleanings per year to reduce the likelihood of further infection. Patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease also need to have more frequent cleanings. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend a schedule of cleanings based on your specific needs.

It is very important to make regular visits to our Dillon dental office to make sure that your oral health is properly protected. In spite of a regular routine of personal oral hygiene, you may still have problems developing that you are not aware of.  

Please contact our office to arrange for a professional cleaning where you can talk to our hygienist about any changes you need to make to your at-home oral hygiene routine.

Dental X-Rays | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupRadiation Exposure

We are constantly exposed to radiation from a number of sources. These include the sun, minerals contained in soil, home appliances and dental x-rays. All of these sources can potentially damage our body's tissues and cells. In certain instances, radiation exposure can lead to the development of cancer. Fortunately, when dental x-rays are taken, you are only exposed to very small doses of radiation.

Advances in Technology

Advances in dental technology have reduced the levels of radiation emitted by routine x-rays. Summit Dental Group has reduced the amount of radiation you are exposed to by using digital x-ray machines that focus only on the small area being x-rayed. Even though the potential for stray radiation with digital x-rays is almost non-existent, we provide all patients with lead-lined, full-body aprons that further protect the body. To ensure safety and accuracy, Federal law states that all x-ray machines must be checked every two years. Some state laws demand more frequent checks.

X-rays are one of the most effective diagnostic tools we have, allowing us to see inside your teeth and beneath your gums to catch problems in their earliest stages. We believe that the many benefits of x-rays considerably outweighs the very minimal risk that they pose.

If you get very anxious and stressed about visiting the dentist, we can assure you that you are not alone! Millions of people suffer from dental phobia, and some experience such severe anxiety that they completely avoid going to the dentist for any type of treatment.

Treatments for Anxiety at the Dentist

At our Dillon dental office, we are very sensitive about the concerns of our patients. We know that if you are fearful of dentists, one of the ways that we can help you is with kindness and compassion. It is our goal to help you see that we can build a trusting relationship that makes dental treatment seem less stressful.

We start building this trust by taking the time to talk to you about your anxiety. In many cases, opening up about their fear is a big help to our patients because they feel that their concerns are being taken seriously.

In any case, we can offer different types of sedation that will help you relax so you can get treatment without all the anxiety. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is often enough to keep you calm without any side effects. Depending on your situation, we can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to help you relax.

If you’ve been putting off dental treatment due to dental anxiety, please call our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to work with you to help you get the treatment you need.

Dental Implant | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupDental Implant Construction

Basically, a dental implant is a replacement tooth. It is different from bridges and dentures because it does not just fill the space left by a missing tooth. The implant becomes part of your jaw and actually functions in exactly the same way as a natural tooth.

The dental implant is actually made up of three pieces. The first piece is the implant, a tiny post that is placed directly in your jaw bone. It is made of titanium, a material which eventually bonds securely with bone and tissue, becoming part of your jaw.

The next two parts – the abutment and crown - create the restoration that is attached to the implant at our Summit dental office, and will be custom-made to look just like a natural tooth. Since the implant portion fuses naturally with your jaw bone, the restoration has a stable and durable base on which to sit.

The Effect of a Dental Implant

Once the dental implant is placed, it looks completely natural, and even you may not be able to tell which tooth is an implant! Not only can a dental implant be used to replace one or more missing teeth, it can also be used to hold bridges and dentures securely in place.

Drs. Hilton and Marcincin are experts at fashioning dental implant restorations that are durable and blend beautifully with your natural teeth. Please contact our Summit dental office if you would like more information about dental implants and how they can benefit you.

Sensitive teeth treatment | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupSensitive teeth are not as serious a problem as actual pain caused by toothache, but it can be uncomfortable and cause you to avoid certain foods and drinks. Also referred to as dentin hypersensitivity, sensitive teeth can really have a negative effect on your quality of life.

Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth

If you feel discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth. Actually, there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:

  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Cracks or fractures in teeth
  • Loose or cracked fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots

Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist.

Tooth sensitivity can be a real problem for many people, but there are solutions that can minimize its impact. Contact our Dillon dental office, and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your symptoms and answer any questions you may have.

Tooth Sensitivity | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIf you experience discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:

  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Cracks or fractures in teeth
  • Loose or cracked fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots

Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

Gum Bleed | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupCauses of Bleeding

If your teeth bleed when you brush, it may be a sign that you are not brushing and flossing thoroughly. It may also be an indication of the presence of gum disease. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, you should make an appointment at our Dillon dental office for a professional cleaning with a dental hygienist.

Even if you are very diligent with your at-home oral health routine, you may still develop periodontal disease. The reason for this is that tartar that builds up in the nooks and crannies of your teeth cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. A dental hygienist is trained to find this buildup and remove it during a regular professional cleaning.

Get More Information at Your Appointment

During your appointment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and examined to see if gum disease is developing. The hygienist at our Dillon dental office will also be happy to show you the proper way to brush and floss to avoid bleeding gums and the onset of gum disease.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene practices or to set up an appointment for a cleaning. Our oral hygienist will be happy to spend the time with you to make sure that you are protecting your dental health with a good routine of oral hygiene

Cleanings & Dental Hygiene

Both fluoride and dental sealants applied at our Dillon dental office can be very effective for protecting the health of your children’s teeth. But we can’t tell you if they’re appropriate for your children until we examine their teeth.

Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy

After over 50 years of use, the benefits of fluoride have been well-proven for supporting oral health. However, fluoride treatments may be important for your child, but you should remember that these treatments alone are not enough to keep teeth healthy.  

Fluoride is found in most foods and public water supplies, but may not be enough to protect your child’s oral health. That is one of the reasons we recommend regular dental exams and cleanings for your child.

Dental Sealants as a Preventative Measure

Dental sealants are another important preventive treatment that are used to protect healthy teeth against decay. We can even use sealants on your child’s baby teeth. This may not make sense to you since your child loses the teeth anyway. But these important primary teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth. Protecting baby teeth from decay ensures that they will do their job, aiding in proper development of permanent teeth.

While both these treatments are helpful for keeping your child’s teeth healthy, they may not be appropriate. Please contact our Dillon dental office to make an appointment so we can decide if either fluoride or sealants are right for your child.

Teeth Cleanings | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupOur Recommendation

The hygienists at our Dillon dental office recommend that your personal oral hygiene routine include brushing and flossing twice a day. In addition, we recommend twice-yearly cleanings with to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

You may feel that your teeth are being properly cared for with regular brushing and flossing at home, but only a dental hygienist can make sure that your teeth are health and that you are not developing any problems that you can’t yet see or feel.

What If I Have a History of Gum Disease?

For patients with a history of periodontal (gum) disease, we recommend three to four cleanings per year to reduce the likelihood of further infection. Patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease also need to have more frequent cleanings. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend a schedule of cleanings based on your specific needs.

It is very important to make regular visits to our Dillon dental office to make sure that your oral health is properly protected. In spite of a regular routine of personal oral hygiene, you may still have problems developing that you are not aware of.  

Please contact our office to arrange for a professional cleaning where you can talk to our hygienist about any changes you need to make to your at-home oral hygiene routine.

We Want to Make You Comfortable

First, you should know that, at Summit Dental Group, we are very sensitive to your anxiety! You are probably already upset about the prospect of losing a tooth, which is compounded by the fear of the procedure itself.

Our entire professional team is very caring and compassionate with all our patients, and especially those undergoing a complex procedure like tooth extraction. Feeling anxious is completely normal, and we’ve helped many patients like you get through the procedure with a minimum of stress and discomfort.

We Work With You

Before we schedule your extraction, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin will sit down with you to discuss your concerns. This way, we can better understand your anxiety and plan your treatment accordingly.

At that time, we will also discuss types of sedation we offer so that we can choose the one that will be most effective for you. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation are both effective methods, and we can often combine both for a totally stress-free experience.

Putting off tooth extraction because of fear and anxiety will only lead to worse problems with your oral health. Please contact our Summit dental office for more information about the ways we can help you get past your anxiety to get the treatment you need.

Our Philosophy

We know that, from a child’s perspective, a visit to the dentist can be a pretty overwhelming event. They’re in a strange place with people they don’t know, surrounded by equipment that is scary just to look at.

But at Summit Dental, we take extra care with your child, because we don’t believe that a dental visit needs to be anything less than a positive, fun experience. There are already too many children and adults who did not get off to a good start with their dental care.

Making Your Child Comfortable

Our professional team will make your child feel special and welcome from the moment they arrive. We think it’s a good idea for you to bring your child in for a quick visit, just to see the office and meet our friendly staff. This way, when they’re ready for their first “official” visit, they’re at least familiar with the setting.

We always start your child’s visits off in a very conservative manner. During the first visit, we will just let your child sit in the dental chair or in your lap if they’re more comfortable. We can do a “pretend” exam of your teeth so they see there’s nothing to be afraid of.

At this point, they should be familiar with us and the surroundings. We go out of our way to make these visits fun, because a positive start leads to a lifetime of excellent oral health care. Please contact our Dillon dental office for more information about your child's first visit.

Sensitive teeth treatment | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupSensitive teeth are not as serious a problem as actual pain caused by toothache, but it can be uncomfortable and cause you to avoid certain foods and drinks. Also referred to as dentin hypersensitivity, sensitive teeth can really have a negative effect on your quality of life.

Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth

If you feel discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth. Actually, there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:

  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Cracks or fractures in teeth
  • Loose or cracked fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots

Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist.

Tooth sensitivity can be a real problem for many people, but there are solutions that can minimize its impact. Contact our Dillon dental office, and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your symptoms and answer any questions you may have.

Teeth Whitening | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupThere are many reasons why your teeth may have become stained or dull as you age. The fact is that everyone will experience some staining of their teeth as they get older.

Lifestyle Choice May Have an Impact on Your Teeth

However, lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the degree of staining that you experience. If you consume a lot of dark food and drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, and even dark berries, your teeth will stain more quickly.

Smoking and chewing tobacco don’t just wreak havoc on your physical health. Both can cause your teeth to become severely stained and possibly lead to oral cancer, among others. Our best advice to you if you smoke: Stop!

Why Do Teeth Stain?

The reason our teeth stain is that, as we age, the surface enamel of our teeth starts to erode. There are microscopic holes in tooth enamel and, along with erosion, these holes increase in size. Stain-producing food and drink finds their way into these holes, causing your teeth to darken over time.

Fortunately, teeth whitening is a very effective method for lifting stains from the surface of your teeth and brightening your smile. If you’re interested in transforming your smile with professional teeth whitening, please contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to help you decide which type of teeth whitening will suit you best.

Tooth Sensitivity | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIf you experience discomfort when eating hot or cold foods, you may be experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity can be the result of any one of a number of dental problems including:

  • Decayed teeth (cavities)
  • Cracks or fractures in teeth
  • Loose or cracked fillings
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots

Once the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is determined, it can usually be easily treated. It may be as simple as using a desensitizing toothpaste, but proper treatment for relief of symptoms can only be determined by your dentist. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

There are a number of reasons why it may be necessary to extract a tooth. In the majority of cases, a tooth needs to be removed because decay has become so severe that extraction is the only option available to prevent you from experiencing continued acute pain.

Our Philosophy

It is our primary goal to preserve teeth whenever possible. Treatments like root canal therapy are one example of ways in which we can save a severely damaged tooth. When you have a root canal infection, you most likely experience a lot of pain. The only way to eliminate the pain and save the tooth is with a root canal.

But if you put off having a root canal, the pain will worsen as the decay continues to work its way into the portion of your tooth that contains the root and nerves. When this happens, a root canal may no longer be an option, and extraction of the tooth may be the only way to eliminate your pain.

Other Causes of Teeth Pulling

Other instances where tooth extraction is necessary are breaks or fractures in your tooth that extend beneath your gum line and wisdom teeth that have developed improperly and are causing crowding, which can lead to more serious oral health problems.

Gum Bleed | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupCauses of Bleeding

If your teeth bleed when you brush, it may be a sign that you are not brushing and flossing thoroughly. It may also be an indication of the presence of gum disease. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, you should make an appointment at our Dillon dental office for a professional cleaning with a dental hygienist.

Even if you are very diligent with your at-home oral health routine, you may still develop periodontal disease. The reason for this is that tartar that builds up in the nooks and crannies of your teeth cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. A dental hygienist is trained to find this buildup and remove it during a regular professional cleaning.

Get More Information at Your Appointment

During your appointment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and examined to see if gum disease is developing. The hygienist at our Dillon dental office will also be happy to show you the proper way to brush and floss to avoid bleeding gums and the onset of gum disease.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about proper oral hygiene practices or to set up an appointment for a cleaning. Our oral hygienist will be happy to spend the time with you to make sure that you are protecting your dental health with a good routine of oral hygiene

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupWhat's in Teeth Whitening Toothpaste?

All toothpastes work by using mild abrasives to help lift surface stains from your teeth. In the case of whitening toothpastes, added chemical agents that gently polish teeth further aid in the removal of stains.

Teeth whitening toothpastes do not contain any bleaching agent and will only help in the removal of stains from the surface of your teeth. Kits for teeth whitening purchased at your local drug store contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching compound) that will further help in the removal of surface stains as well as stains deep within your teeth.

Home Whitening Kits

However, home whitening kits will never produce the dramatic results achieved during a professional teeth whitening treatment done at our Dillon dental office. Whitening toothpastes will only lighten the color of your teeth by about one shade. In contrast, a professional teeth whitening kit provided by your dentist can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades.

If you’re unsure which of these teeth whitening options will work best for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the solution that fits your budget and provides the results you are looking for.

Dental implants are one of the most remarkable innovations we’ve seen in dentistry in recent years. In the past, if you had missing teeth, you had the option of having a dental bridge placed or getting dentures.

What Makes Dental Implants Unique?

While both are still good choices in certain cases, they only fill the space left by a missing tooth. Dental implants are completely different because they consist of a tiny post that is placed surgically in your jaw. Over time, the implant bonds completely with surrounding tissue in your jaw, creating an artificial root.

This provides sufficient stability for Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin to create a dental restoration that is held securely in place, leaving you with a tooth that looks, functions, and feels just like a natural tooth. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about developing a cavity in that tooth.

How Long is Recovery for a Dental Implant?

Any restoration will take a few days to get used to, but in a short amount of time you won’t be able to feel any difference between the implant and your own teeth.

At our Summit Dental office, we restore many dental implants with results that are truly remarkable. Please contact our office if you’ve been living with missing teeth and would like more information about how dental implants can benefit you.

Your Experience is Our Priority

At Summit Dental Group, we practice painless dentistry because we want to do everything to keep you as comfortable as possible. Having a dental crown placed does not hurt when it’s done by skilled professionals like Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin.

The Process of Getting a Crown

The process of getting a new crown is really not that complicated. It does take a few visits to our office, but that is because your crown is carefully created at a dental lab, so we have to wait for this part to be completed.

 When we prepare your tooth during the first appointment, we will numb the area so that you don’t feel anything. After that first visit, there usually is no need to use any anesthetic, but we certainly can if you are very sensitive.

Once the finished crown is placed, you will probably experience an odd sensation at first. This is only because the crown is a new fixture in your mouth, and it may take a day or two to get used to the feel of it.

Our doctors are very gentle and sensitive to your needs, and we will do everything to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process. If you would like more information about dental crowns and how they work, please give us a call!

Dental Bonding in Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupDental bonding is a very versatile treatment that can correct cosmetic dental problems and restore damaged teeth. Treatment is fast and effective, and can be completed in only one visit.

How Does Dental Bonding Work?

At Summit Dental Group, we use a composite resin material for bonding because it can be color-matched to the exact shade of your natural teeth. We can achieve beautiful results, and no one will ever know that you’ve had work done.

If you have teeth that are chipped or cracked, dental bonding is an ideal solution that builds up the tooth. This not only restores function of the tooth, but also perfects the appearance of your smile.

We can use the same process to fill in gaps and spaces, or reshape teeth that are poorly proportioned. Dental bonding is also effective when used tooth cover up severe staining or tooth discoloration that cannot be corrected with whitening treatments.

How Long Does Dental Bonding Last?

Dental bonding treatments are strong, long-lasting, and can stand up to everyday wear and tear on your teeth. Our Dillon dental office has transformed lots of smiles using dental bonding, but we also offer other cosmetic and restorative treatments that may be more appropriate for your situation. Please contact our office, and we’ll be happy to take the time to discuss your options with you.

Teeth Whitening | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupWe know that it is important to our patients that their teeth that are not only healthy, but also beautiful. Many of our patients decide that the quickest way to a bright beautiful smile is by having a professional teeth-whitening treatment done in our office. Of course, having your teeth whitened at our Summit dental office requires you to invest both time and money, and you want to make sure that the results last as long as possible.

Recommendations to Extend Teeth Whitening

One of the best ways you can make your beautiful white teeth stay that way is to avoid certain foods and lifestyle habits that cause your teeth to become stained in the first place. For instance, nothing stains your teeth as severely as using tobacco. If you smoke, you already know the damage it does to your health. This alone is enough reason to stop smoking, and keeping your teeth bright and white is just another.

There is no reason for you to completely avoid food and beverages that stain your teeth. Some of these are red wine, tea, coffee, and cola drinks. If you want to go ahead and enjoy these foods, just remember that you can help avoid staining by brushing your teeth immediately afterwards.

Of course, oral hygiene has a tremendous impact on the whiteness of your teeth, so be sure to maintain good habits like brushing, flossing, and returning to our Summit dental office for regular professional cleanings.

Everyone is different when it comes to the life span of their dental work. Since individual biology and behavior vary, it is difficult to say precisely how long a dental crown will last. After we’ve had a chance to examine your teeth, though, we can usually give you a fairly close estimate.

Improvements in Technology

We’ve seen dramatic improvements in the last ten years in dental materials and technology used to create and place dental crowns. But the life of your crown has a lot to do with your own oral hygiene and behavior, which can significantly impact how long your crown will last. Some things that can affect this are a strong dental bite, gum disease, and excessive force on your teeth due to grinding and clenching.

Standard Expectations

In general, if you are healthy and follow practice proper oral hygiene, your crowns can be expected to last for about 15 years. If you are really diligent about your overall oral health care, your crowns could last a lifetime.

As part of your regular checkups, Drs. Hilton and Marcincin will examine your crowns for signs of weakness or damage and address any of these problems to prevent your crowns from breaking or coming loose.

We’ve placed many crowns over the years with great results. This experience helps to ensure that your crowns last for as long as possible, especially if you return to our office for your regular dental exams and cleanings.

While dental implants are considered to be a permanent tooth replacement, there’s a bit more information we need to share about the way implants are constructed.

How Dental Implants are Constructed

A single dental implant is actually made up of three pieces - the implant, abutment, and restoration. The implant is a small post that is surgically placed in the jaw, and integrates fully with surrounding bone and tissue as it heals. Because it becomes part of your jaw, the implant portion is permanent.

Once the implant has healed and is fully integrated with the jaw, the abutment is attached. This creates an extension piece to which Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin will attach the dental restoration, or crown. The crown is the portion of the implant that is functional, allowing you to speak and chew normally. It is also the aesthetic replacement for the missing tooth.

Caring for a Dental Implant

So, to answer your question, the implant portion is permanent because it is now part of your mouth. It provides a very durable, stable base for the crown, which should provide you with many years of use. But, like any other dental crown, you do need to treat it with care and avoid foods and activities that can damage or break it.

There’s a lot to learn about dental implants, and we welcome your questions. Please contact our Summit dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss dental implants and your other tooth replacement options.

One of the reasons that dental implants are so popular at our Dillon dental office is that they look and feel so much like a real tooth. Dental implants offer a lot of benefits that are not available with other tooth replacement options. This includes being easy to care for.

Why Are Implants Effective?

Dental implants are so effective because they are supported by a very small titanium post that is placed in your jaw. Over time, your jaw bone integrates with this little post, and it becomes a replacement root.

Unlike a dental bridge, which is simply an artificial tooth that is held in place by two crowns, a dental implant actually becomes part of your jaw. This eliminates a lot of the problems, like instability, that are common with a dental bridge.

Once your implant is ready, we attach a dental crown. This becomes the part of the implant that is visible and functional for chewing.

Care As Normal

You care for this restoration as you would any other dental crown. Brush and floss as normal, and avoid biting down on any hard foods like nuts, that could crack the crown or cause it to loosen.

It’s as simple as that! Please contact our Dillon dental office if you would like more information about caring for dental implants.v

Cosmetic Dentistry in Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupBonding, dental crowns, veneers, and recontouring are options that can be used to alter the shape of teeth. These procedures can make your teeth appear longer, close gaps between teeth, or repair teeth that are chipped or cracked.

Dental Bonding

A tooth-colored resin made of a durable plastic material is applied to the surface of the tooth, shaped to produce the desired results, and then cured with a special light to harden the material and bond it to the tooth.

Dental Crowns 

Also referred to as “caps,” dental crowns are used to cover your natural tooth. The dental crown is placed over the existing tooth and extends slightly above the gum line for a natural appearance. It is then cemented into place, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth.

Veneers 

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front surface of teeth to alter their appearance and correct cosmetic dental flaws.

Recontouring

 This is a procedure that reshapes the teeth by removing small amounts of tooth enamel to change the surface, length, or shape of the tooth. Recontouring is also referred to as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, slenderizing, or stripping.

These various options differ in terms of cost, durability, stain resistant qualities, and "chair time" necessary to complete the procedure. Check with your dentist to see which option best suits your specific needs.

Dental emergencies like a lost or damaged crown always cause stress, so it’s good to know that someone at Summit Dental Group is standing by to help you. A crown that has fallen out may or may not be an emergency, but you can always call us, and we can help decide if you need immediate treatment.

The Effects of a Broken Crown

A lost crown is a problem because it can be painful but without the crown to protect it, the tooth can also weaken, making it more susceptible to further damage. It’s image of loose dental crowns | emergency dentistry in Dillon CO | Summit Dental Groupimportant to handle a loose crown carefully, because there’s a good chance that all we need to do is cement it back into place.

Whatever you do, do not use store-bought dental cement as you may end up doing additional damage to the tooth or crown. Do keep the crown wrapped in tissue and in a safe place so that it does not get damaged.

First Steps in Fixing a Broken Crown

We can’t tell you if a lost crown is an emergency or not until we speak to you and assess the information you give us. The first step is to contact our Dillon dental office. If it’s after-hours, you can call and leave a message, and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Veneers | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupPorcelain veneers are a versatile treatment that are used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic dental flaws. Placing veneers is a fairly simple process that can be completed at our Dillon dental office in only two visits.

Veneers are super-thin slices of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. They can be used on one or more one or more teeth to correct a number of aesthetic dental concerns:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Severely stained or discolored teeth

Why Veneers Work

One of the qualities that makes porcelain veneers such a great cosmetic dental treatment is their appearance. Porcelain is a very strong and durable material that closely resembles the translucent appearance of your own natural tooth enamel.

Porcelain veneers are custom-made to match the shade of surrounding teeth perfectly. They can be made to the exact shape and size that best enhances your smile.

Please contact the Summit Dental Group for more information about porcelain veneers. We also offer a variety of cosmetic treatment options, and we will be happy to take the time to discuss which will help you achieve your goal of a perfect smile.

 

Dental Bridges Are A Solution

Dental bridges are used as a solution for filling the space left by a missing tooth. Bridges resolve the cosmetic problem and also restore function because they allow you to chew and speak normally.

Having a dental bridge placed at our Summit dental office requires two to three visits to complete. Drs. Hilton and Marcincin are highly-skilled in creating beautiful bridges that fit your mouth perfectly and look completely natural.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is a unit made up of three or more pieces consisting of an artificial tooth that has a dental crown on either side. These crowns will be attached to adjacent teeth to support and stabilize the bridge.

How Are Dental Bridges Placed?

Once we decide that a dental bridge is the best choice for you, we start by preparing the teeth where the crowns will be placed. Next, we take an impression that will be used to create a mold. Then we send the mold to a dental lab where your finished crown is created.

We do offer other options to replace missing teeth such as partial dentures and dental implant restorations. Replacing missing teeth is important for your oral health, and we will be happy to discuss your options and which will work best for you.

Under normal circumstances, the root of your tooth stimulates growth of surrounding bone tissue in your jaw. If you lose a tooth, the bone surrounding the missing root has nothing to support it, and it will begin to erode. At the same time, your gum will begin to shrink as the bone deteriorates, resulting in a sunken appearance of the gums.

How Bone Grafting is Done

Bone grafting is a procedure that allows us to rebuild the portion of your jaw where the root is missing. This corrects the appearance of collapsed gums because the grafted bone helps stimulate your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone tissue.

The Need for Bone Grafting

If you’re having a dental bridge placed, and the gum around the missing tooth has started to collapse, bone grafting can effectively build up that area of the gum and eliminate the shrunken appearance.

In order to have a dental implant placed, there must be sufficient bone density in your jaw to hold the implant. We may recommend bone grafting to accommodate the implant. Bone grafting may also be recommended to correct problems associated with severe periodontal infection.

Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are highly-trained in oral surgery, and bone grafting in particular. Please contact our office for more information, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about bone grafting.

Our Expertise

We offer a number of oral surgery options including tooth extraction, gum surgery, and dental bone grafting. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are very skilled at performing surgical procedures and will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction can be a scary proposition for most people. We completely understand that you may be anxious about the procedure, and all member of our team are trained to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible

Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is necessary when periodontal disease is very advanced and threatens the health of your gums and teeth. With severe gum disease, pockets form around your teeth causing them to feel loose. These pockets also provide a space for bacteria to thrive and threaten your oral health. After gum surgery, the gum tissue has a chance to heal and fit snugly around your gums.

Bone Grafting

We perform bone grafting when you’ve lost a tooth and the absence of the root causes the gum to collapse. This not only looks bad, but it can lead to further deterioration of the bone. We also use bone grafting in preparation for placement of a dental implant when there is not enough existing bone to support the implant.

Our Promise to You

You can be assured that no matter what type of oral surgery you need, the Summit Dental Group team will be there to support you through the entire process. Your comfort is our top priority! Contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and your options for sedation dentistry. 

Teeth Whitening | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupThere are many reasons why your teeth may have become stained or dull as you age. The fact is that everyone will experience some staining of their teeth as they get older.

Lifestyle Choice May Have an Impact on Your Teeth

However, lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the degree of staining that you experience. If you consume a lot of dark food and drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, and even dark berries, your teeth will stain more quickly.

Smoking and chewing tobacco don’t just wreak havoc on your physical health. Both can cause your teeth to become severely stained and possibly lead to oral cancer, among others. Our best advice to you if you smoke: Stop!

Why Do Teeth Stain?

The reason our teeth stain is that, as we age, the surface enamel of our teeth starts to erode. There are microscopic holes in tooth enamel and, along with erosion, these holes increase in size. Stain-producing food and drink finds their way into these holes, causing your teeth to darken over time.

Fortunately, teeth whitening is a very effective method for lifting stains from the surface of your teeth and brightening your smile. If you’re interested in transforming your smile with professional teeth whitening, please contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to help you decide which type of teeth whitening will suit you best.

There are a number of reasons why it may be necessary to extract a tooth. In the majority of cases, a tooth needs to be removed because decay has become so severe that extraction is the only option available to prevent you from experiencing continued acute pain.

Our Philosophy

It is our primary goal to preserve teeth whenever possible. Treatments like root canal therapy are one example of ways in which we can save a severely damaged tooth. When you have a root canal infection, you most likely experience a lot of pain. The only way to eliminate the pain and save the tooth is with a root canal.

But if you put off having a root canal, the pain will worsen as the decay continues to work its way into the portion of your tooth that contains the root and nerves. When this happens, a root canal may no longer be an option, and extraction of the tooth may be the only way to eliminate your pain.

Other Causes of Teeth Pulling

Other instances where tooth extraction is necessary are breaks or fractures in your tooth that extend beneath your gum line and wisdom teeth that have developed improperly and are causing crowding, which can lead to more serious oral health problems.

Diagram showing how to replace missing teeth with dental implants in Dillon, COThe Effect of Missing Teeth

The biggest concern associated with missing teeth is tooth alignment problems. One or more missing teeth allow surrounding teeth to shift into the empty space, creating a domino effect that results in alignment issues and difficulties with your dental bite.

Our Dillon dental office highly recommends that the tooth be replaced because these problems can potentially lead to premature wear, teeth grinding, and chipped or fractured teeth. Replacing missing teeth is also important because all your teeth are designed to work together to allow you to chew and speak properly. Missing teeth look unattractive the loss of even one tooth can make these basic functions difficult.

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dental implants are effective because they not only prevent teeth from shifting, but they also restore functionality, allowing you to chew and speak normally. In addition, they provide a cosmetic solution by filling the gaps left by missing teeth.

It is important for you to have teeth that allow you to speak and chew normally, but missing teeth also detract from your self-confidence. If you have questions about the solution that is best for you, please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment to answer your questions and discuss your options.

 

One of the reasons that veneers are becoming increasingly popular for correcting dental imperfections is that they look so similar to natural teeth. In fact, patients at our Dillon dental office who have had veneers placed find that people don’t notice the cosmetic work. Instead, their friends say things like, “You look great – did you change your hair?”

What Do Veneers Look Like?

There are a number of reasons why veneers are not an obvious cosmetic treatment. To start with, they do look very much like natural dental enamel. When you look at your own teeth, you will see that they are not a flat white color. You’ll notice that they do have a translucent appearance that reflects light like your natural teeth.

Also, veneers can be color matched to the shade of your natural teeth. So if you only need a few veneers placed, they will blend seamlessly with your own teeth.

How Are Veneers Placed?

Before we place veneers we remove a very small amount of your dental enamel. This helps prepare the surface of your tooth, and it also allows enough space for the veneers to sit naturally on the teeth. Once the veneers are placed, Drs. Hilton and Marcincin will carefully shape them and polish them so they look just like a natural tooth.

Please contact our Dillon dental office if you would like more information about porcelain veneers.

Typically, Crowns Are Needed After Root Canal Treatment

It is difficult to say whether you will definitely need a crown but, in the great majority of cases, the answer is yes, you will most likely need a dental crown after root canal treatment.

In general, dental crowns are used to provide support and strengthen a tooth that has been weakened. In the case of a root canal, the condition of the tooth before treatment is one of the determining factors. If the tooth has already been compromised by extensive decay, a dental crown will help protect it from further damage.

Dental crowns are versatile restorations, and protecting a tooth after a root canal is just one of their uses. We can also use dental crowns to make cosmetic alterations like reshaping of a tooth. If your teeth are severely discolored and cannot be whitened using traditional treatment, a crown is a good choice for creating a new, fresh-looking surface.

Our Priority Is Your Health

At Summit Dental Group, our first priority is protecting your oral health, and restorations like dental crowns help us accomplish that goal. But the type of treatment we choose really depends on your specific needs.

Please contact us for more information about dental crowns and the other types of restorative treatments we offer.

Cosmetic Dentistry | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIt’s understandable for you to be concerned about how you will look after you’ve had a cosmetic dental treatment. You may be worried because you’ve seen someone whose cosmetic work is obvious and does not fit their face or look realistic and natural. At our Summit dental office, we want you to have the beautiful smile of your dreams, and we strive to obtain exactly the results that you desire.

Cosmetic Dentistry is Our Expertise

Natural-looking cosmetic dentistry takes skill and expertise, and both Drs. Hilton and Marcincin are adept at creating smile makeovers that are beautiful, natural, and enhance your appearance. They take into account all aspects of your facial structure, age, and the appearance of your natural teeth. We promise results that fit your face, look natural and beautiful, and last for many years.

We understand the importance of communicating with you about your expectations for cosmetic dental treatment. If we determine that the specific treatment you desire will not provide the desired results, we will work with you to find exactly the treatment that you need.

Materials Used in Cosmetic Dentistry

The materials used for porcelain veneers, crowns, and bonding can all be shaded to produce a finished restoration that blends perfectly with your natural teeth. Teeth whitening done using our professional take-home whitening kits will always produce a beautiful, natural result.

Cosmetic dental treatments are an investment of your time and money, and we want you to be thrilled with the results. Please contact our Summit dental office, and we will be happy to consult with you about the best way to achieve the perfect smile.

 

Crowns & Bridges

Your Experience is Our Priority

At Summit Dental Group, we practice painless dentistry because we want to do everything to keep you as comfortable as possible. Having a dental crown placed does not hurt when it’s done by skilled professionals like Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin.

The Process of Getting a Crown

The process of getting a new crown is really not that complicated. It does take a few visits to our office, but that is because your crown is carefully created at a dental lab, so we have to wait for this part to be completed.

 When we prepare your tooth during the first appointment, we will numb the area so that you don’t feel anything. After that first visit, there usually is no need to use any anesthetic, but we certainly can if you are very sensitive.

Once the finished crown is placed, you will probably experience an odd sensation at first. This is only because the crown is a new fixture in your mouth, and it may take a day or two to get used to the feel of it.

Our doctors are very gentle and sensitive to your needs, and we will do everything to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process. If you would like more information about dental crowns and how they work, please give us a call!

Everyone is different when it comes to the life span of their dental work. Since individual biology and behavior vary, it is difficult to say precisely how long a dental crown will last. After we’ve had a chance to examine your teeth, though, we can usually give you a fairly close estimate.

Improvements in Technology

We’ve seen dramatic improvements in the last ten years in dental materials and technology used to create and place dental crowns. But the life of your crown has a lot to do with your own oral hygiene and behavior, which can significantly impact how long your crown will last. Some things that can affect this are a strong dental bite, gum disease, and excessive force on your teeth due to grinding and clenching.

Standard Expectations

In general, if you are healthy and follow practice proper oral hygiene, your crowns can be expected to last for about 15 years. If you are really diligent about your overall oral health care, your crowns could last a lifetime.

As part of your regular checkups, Drs. Hilton and Marcincin will examine your crowns for signs of weakness or damage and address any of these problems to prevent your crowns from breaking or coming loose.

We’ve placed many crowns over the years with great results. This experience helps to ensure that your crowns last for as long as possible, especially if you return to our office for your regular dental exams and cleanings.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupBonding, dental crowns, veneers, and recontouring are options that can be used to alter the shape of teeth. These procedures can make your teeth appear longer, close gaps between teeth, or repair teeth that are chipped or cracked.

Dental Bonding

A tooth-colored resin made of a durable plastic material is applied to the surface of the tooth, shaped to produce the desired results, and then cured with a special light to harden the material and bond it to the tooth.

Dental Crowns 

Also referred to as “caps,” dental crowns are used to cover your natural tooth. The dental crown is placed over the existing tooth and extends slightly above the gum line for a natural appearance. It is then cemented into place, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth.

Veneers 

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front surface of teeth to alter their appearance and correct cosmetic dental flaws.

Recontouring

 This is a procedure that reshapes the teeth by removing small amounts of tooth enamel to change the surface, length, or shape of the tooth. Recontouring is also referred to as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, slenderizing, or stripping.

These various options differ in terms of cost, durability, stain resistant qualities, and "chair time" necessary to complete the procedure. Check with your dentist to see which option best suits your specific needs.

Dental emergencies like a lost or damaged crown always cause stress, so it’s good to know that someone at Summit Dental Group is standing by to help you. A crown that has fallen out may or may not be an emergency, but you can always call us, and we can help decide if you need immediate treatment.

The Effects of a Broken Crown

A lost crown is a problem because it can be painful but without the crown to protect it, the tooth can also weaken, making it more susceptible to further damage. It’s image of loose dental crowns | emergency dentistry in Dillon CO | Summit Dental Groupimportant to handle a loose crown carefully, because there’s a good chance that all we need to do is cement it back into place.

Whatever you do, do not use store-bought dental cement as you may end up doing additional damage to the tooth or crown. Do keep the crown wrapped in tissue and in a safe place so that it does not get damaged.

First Steps in Fixing a Broken Crown

We can’t tell you if a lost crown is an emergency or not until we speak to you and assess the information you give us. The first step is to contact our Dillon dental office. If it’s after-hours, you can call and leave a message, and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Dental Bridges Are A Solution

Dental bridges are used as a solution for filling the space left by a missing tooth. Bridges resolve the cosmetic problem and also restore function because they allow you to chew and speak normally.

Having a dental bridge placed at our Summit dental office requires two to three visits to complete. Drs. Hilton and Marcincin are highly-skilled in creating beautiful bridges that fit your mouth perfectly and look completely natural.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is a unit made up of three or more pieces consisting of an artificial tooth that has a dental crown on either side. These crowns will be attached to adjacent teeth to support and stabilize the bridge.

How Are Dental Bridges Placed?

Once we decide that a dental bridge is the best choice for you, we start by preparing the teeth where the crowns will be placed. Next, we take an impression that will be used to create a mold. Then we send the mold to a dental lab where your finished crown is created.

We do offer other options to replace missing teeth such as partial dentures and dental implant restorations. Replacing missing teeth is important for your oral health, and we will be happy to discuss your options and which will work best for you.

Under normal circumstances, the root of your tooth stimulates growth of surrounding bone tissue in your jaw. If you lose a tooth, the bone surrounding the missing root has nothing to support it, and it will begin to erode. At the same time, your gum will begin to shrink as the bone deteriorates, resulting in a sunken appearance of the gums.

How Bone Grafting is Done

Bone grafting is a procedure that allows us to rebuild the portion of your jaw where the root is missing. This corrects the appearance of collapsed gums because the grafted bone helps stimulate your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone tissue.

The Need for Bone Grafting

If you’re having a dental bridge placed, and the gum around the missing tooth has started to collapse, bone grafting can effectively build up that area of the gum and eliminate the shrunken appearance.

In order to have a dental implant placed, there must be sufficient bone density in your jaw to hold the implant. We may recommend bone grafting to accommodate the implant. Bone grafting may also be recommended to correct problems associated with severe periodontal infection.

Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are highly-trained in oral surgery, and bone grafting in particular. Please contact our office for more information, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about bone grafting.

Diagram showing how to replace missing teeth with dental implants in Dillon, COThe Effect of Missing Teeth

The biggest concern associated with missing teeth is tooth alignment problems. One or more missing teeth allow surrounding teeth to shift into the empty space, creating a domino effect that results in alignment issues and difficulties with your dental bite.

Our Dillon dental office highly recommends that the tooth be replaced because these problems can potentially lead to premature wear, teeth grinding, and chipped or fractured teeth. Replacing missing teeth is also important because all your teeth are designed to work together to allow you to chew and speak properly. Missing teeth look unattractive the loss of even one tooth can make these basic functions difficult.

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dental implants are effective because they not only prevent teeth from shifting, but they also restore functionality, allowing you to chew and speak normally. In addition, they provide a cosmetic solution by filling the gaps left by missing teeth.

It is important for you to have teeth that allow you to speak and chew normally, but missing teeth also detract from your self-confidence. If you have questions about the solution that is best for you, please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment to answer your questions and discuss your options.

 

Typically, Crowns Are Needed After Root Canal Treatment

It is difficult to say whether you will definitely need a crown but, in the great majority of cases, the answer is yes, you will most likely need a dental crown after root canal treatment.

In general, dental crowns are used to provide support and strengthen a tooth that has been weakened. In the case of a root canal, the condition of the tooth before treatment is one of the determining factors. If the tooth has already been compromised by extensive decay, a dental crown will help protect it from further damage.

Dental crowns are versatile restorations, and protecting a tooth after a root canal is just one of their uses. We can also use dental crowns to make cosmetic alterations like reshaping of a tooth. If your teeth are severely discolored and cannot be whitened using traditional treatment, a crown is a good choice for creating a new, fresh-looking surface.

Our Priority Is Your Health

At Summit Dental Group, our first priority is protecting your oral health, and restorations like dental crowns help us accomplish that goal. But the type of treatment we choose really depends on your specific needs.

Please contact us for more information about dental crowns and the other types of restorative treatments we offer.

Dental Implant Restoration

Dental implants are one of the most remarkable innovations we’ve seen in dentistry in recent years. In the past, if you had missing teeth, you had the option of having a dental bridge placed or getting dentures.

What Makes Dental Implants Unique?

While both are still good choices in certain cases, they only fill the space left by a missing tooth. Dental implants are completely different because they consist of a tiny post that is placed surgically in your jaw. Over time, the implant bonds completely with surrounding tissue in your jaw, creating an artificial root.

This provides sufficient stability for Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin to create a dental restoration that is held securely in place, leaving you with a tooth that looks, functions, and feels just like a natural tooth. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about developing a cavity in that tooth.

How Long is Recovery for a Dental Implant?

Any restoration will take a few days to get used to, but in a short amount of time you won’t be able to feel any difference between the implant and your own teeth.

At our Summit Dental office, we restore many dental implants with results that are truly remarkable. Please contact our office if you’ve been living with missing teeth and would like more information about how dental implants can benefit you.

While dental implants are considered to be a permanent tooth replacement, there’s a bit more information we need to share about the way implants are constructed.

How Dental Implants are Constructed

A single dental implant is actually made up of three pieces - the implant, abutment, and restoration. The implant is a small post that is surgically placed in the jaw, and integrates fully with surrounding bone and tissue as it heals. Because it becomes part of your jaw, the implant portion is permanent.

Once the implant has healed and is fully integrated with the jaw, the abutment is attached. This creates an extension piece to which Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin will attach the dental restoration, or crown. The crown is the portion of the implant that is functional, allowing you to speak and chew normally. It is also the aesthetic replacement for the missing tooth.

Caring for a Dental Implant

So, to answer your question, the implant portion is permanent because it is now part of your mouth. It provides a very durable, stable base for the crown, which should provide you with many years of use. But, like any other dental crown, you do need to treat it with care and avoid foods and activities that can damage or break it.

There’s a lot to learn about dental implants, and we welcome your questions. Please contact our Summit dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss dental implants and your other tooth replacement options.

One of the reasons that dental implants are so popular at our Dillon dental office is that they look and feel so much like a real tooth. Dental implants offer a lot of benefits that are not available with other tooth replacement options. This includes being easy to care for.

Why Are Implants Effective?

Dental implants are so effective because they are supported by a very small titanium post that is placed in your jaw. Over time, your jaw bone integrates with this little post, and it becomes a replacement root.

Unlike a dental bridge, which is simply an artificial tooth that is held in place by two crowns, a dental implant actually becomes part of your jaw. This eliminates a lot of the problems, like instability, that are common with a dental bridge.

Once your implant is ready, we attach a dental crown. This becomes the part of the implant that is visible and functional for chewing.

Care As Normal

You care for this restoration as you would any other dental crown. Brush and floss as normal, and avoid biting down on any hard foods like nuts, that could crack the crown or cause it to loosen.

It’s as simple as that! Please contact our Dillon dental office if you would like more information about caring for dental implants.v

Dental Implant | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupDental Implant Construction

Basically, a dental implant is a replacement tooth. It is different from bridges and dentures because it does not just fill the space left by a missing tooth. The implant becomes part of your jaw and actually functions in exactly the same way as a natural tooth.

The dental implant is actually made up of three pieces. The first piece is the implant, a tiny post that is placed directly in your jaw bone. It is made of titanium, a material which eventually bonds securely with bone and tissue, becoming part of your jaw.

The next two parts – the abutment and crown - create the restoration that is attached to the implant at our Summit dental office, and will be custom-made to look just like a natural tooth. Since the implant portion fuses naturally with your jaw bone, the restoration has a stable and durable base on which to sit.

The Effect of a Dental Implant

Once the dental implant is placed, it looks completely natural, and even you may not be able to tell which tooth is an implant! Not only can a dental implant be used to replace one or more missing teeth, it can also be used to hold bridges and dentures securely in place.

Drs. Hilton and Marcincin are experts at fashioning dental implant restorations that are durable and blend beautifully with your natural teeth. Please contact our Summit dental office if you would like more information about dental implants and how they can benefit you.

Diagram showing how to replace missing teeth with dental implants in Dillon, COThe Effect of Missing Teeth

The biggest concern associated with missing teeth is tooth alignment problems. One or more missing teeth allow surrounding teeth to shift into the empty space, creating a domino effect that results in alignment issues and difficulties with your dental bite.

Our Dillon dental office highly recommends that the tooth be replaced because these problems can potentially lead to premature wear, teeth grinding, and chipped or fractured teeth. Replacing missing teeth is also important because all your teeth are designed to work together to allow you to chew and speak properly. Missing teeth look unattractive the loss of even one tooth can make these basic functions difficult.

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dental implants are effective because they not only prevent teeth from shifting, but they also restore functionality, allowing you to chew and speak normally. In addition, they provide a cosmetic solution by filling the gaps left by missing teeth.

It is important for you to have teeth that allow you to speak and chew normally, but missing teeth also detract from your self-confidence. If you have questions about the solution that is best for you, please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment to answer your questions and discuss your options.

 

Emergency Dental Care

Dental Emergency | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupWe're Here For You

At Summit Dental Group we believe that you should have access to dental care when you need it most. We are happy to accept emergency patients – in fact, we will see you as quickly as possible even if you are not a regular patient.

Whether it’s you or your kids, dental emergencies always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times, and usually when your dentist’s office is closed. While the pain of a dental emergency can cause its own stress, enduring the discomfort until your dentist opens the next day makes it seem so much worse.

We understand the need to have dental emergencies treated as quickly as possible. This is important for protecting your oral health as well as your peace of mind. A dental emergency may be as simple as a broken crown or as complicated as a knocked-out tooth, and in either case it’s important to seek treatment as quickly as possible.

Contact Us If You Have An Emergency

If you have a dental emergency, you are always welcome to call our office any time at 970-468-2471. You will be referred to our emergency number, and Drs. Hilton and Marcincin will get back to you so that we can assess your situation. Depending on the type of emergency, we will see you right away or make an appointment for you the next day.

Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re having some sort of dental problem, you may be hesitant about contacting our Dillon dental office, but we can assure you that any concern you have is important to us. We offer emergency treatment, and you should never hesitate to contact us if you’re experiencing any type of problem with your teeth.

What is Considered an Emergency?

The problems that are usually considered an emergency are those that need immediate treatment to save your tooth and/or relieve pain. This would include a root canal infection that causes severe pain. Another serious emergency is having a tooth knocked out. Both require prompt attention, because in many cases we can save the tooth if we see you as soon as possible.

Losing a filling or dental crown is not usually a situation that requires treatment immediately, unless you are in pain. The important thing to remember if this happens is to clean the affected tooth gently and put the crown in a safe place. Do not try to reinsert a dental filling – if it has fallen out, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed before we can make a new one.

 

Contact Our Office in Summit County, CO

If you have questions about what constitutes a dental emergency or how to handle a dental emergency, call our office and our compassionate team can provide you with information. At Summit Dental Group, we specialize in emergency dentistry and can get you in same day to treat your dental emergency.

We're Here For You

At Summit Dental Group, we are dental professionals who are committed to providing everyone with the dental care they need when they need it. If you are in pain or have a traumatic dental injury like a knocked-out tooth, we will be happy to make arrangements to see you, even if you are not a regular patient.

In the case of an emergency, we know that there is nothing worse than the helpless feeling of not being able to get the dental care you need right away. We’ve all been in your place at one point or another, and we don’t want you to suffer a moment longer than necessary.

Ready For You, 24/7

We have made the necessary arrangements to have a doctor on-call 24/7 to handle your dental emergency. When you call our office at 970-468-2471, you will be routed to a special voice mail, and we will be alerted to your call. We will call you back as quickly as possible so that we can evaluate your situation and determine if you need treatment right away.

Please note that if your emergency involves trauma to your face, head, or neck, you should call 911 or get to an emergency room as quickly as possible.

Dental Accident | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupThere are several factors that we need to take into account when deciding the best approach for repairing teeth that were broken in an accident. Primarily, treatment depends on the extent of the damage and severity of the break.

Repairing A Broken Tooth

A full exam and assessment at our Summit Dental office is the first step. During this exam we will evaluate the damage to your teeth, as well as checking the overall state of your oral health.

Porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and bonding could all be appropriate methods for repairing your teeth and restoring their functionality. However, if your teeth are broken beneath the gumline, the only option available to us may be extraction of the tooth.

In this case we can recommend a dental bridge to conceal the empty space, or a dental implant, which is the preferred tooth replacement method. A dental implant is not just a cosmetic fix – it actually replaces the tooth root. This restores the tooth to full function and improves your oral health.

We Work With You

Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are sensitive to the fact that either of these options requires careful thought and consideration on your part. We will never push any dental treatment, and we will work with you to assess your oral health needs as well as any financial considerations that may be a determining factor.

Please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs.

Emergency Dentistry | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupOur Availability

We understand how upsetting this kind of dental emergency can be! Our Summit dental office is available 24/7 to address any dental emergency you experience, including a knocked-out tooth. Please contact us immediately at 970-468-2471 so that we can get you the help you need.

What to Do When A Tooth Is Knocked Out

First of all, it is important to know that it is possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out. Before you get to our office, however, it is extremely important that you are especially careful when you handle the tooth. DO NOT touch the root with your fingers! There are tissue and bone fragments attached to the root that can aid in replacing the tooth.

You can try to gently reinsert the tooth back into its socket. This will keep the root of the tooth protected from further damage.  If this is not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or warm water until you can get to our office.

We know that dental emergencies happen at the most inconvenient times. Whether you are a regular patient or not, a member of our professional team is always available to get you through your emergency and provide you with the prompt treatment you need.

Our Expertise

We offer a number of oral surgery options including tooth extraction, gum surgery, and dental bone grafting. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are very skilled at performing surgical procedures and will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction can be a scary proposition for most people. We completely understand that you may be anxious about the procedure, and all member of our team are trained to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible

Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is necessary when periodontal disease is very advanced and threatens the health of your gums and teeth. With severe gum disease, pockets form around your teeth causing them to feel loose. These pockets also provide a space for bacteria to thrive and threaten your oral health. After gum surgery, the gum tissue has a chance to heal and fit snugly around your gums.

Bone Grafting

We perform bone grafting when you’ve lost a tooth and the absence of the root causes the gum to collapse. This not only looks bad, but it can lead to further deterioration of the bone. We also use bone grafting in preparation for placement of a dental implant when there is not enough existing bone to support the implant.

Our Promise to You

You can be assured that no matter what type of oral surgery you need, the Summit Dental Group team will be there to support you through the entire process. Your comfort is our top priority! Contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and your options for sedation dentistry. 

Diagram showing how to replace missing teeth with dental implants in Dillon, COThe Effect of Missing Teeth

The biggest concern associated with missing teeth is tooth alignment problems. One or more missing teeth allow surrounding teeth to shift into the empty space, creating a domino effect that results in alignment issues and difficulties with your dental bite.

Our Dillon dental office highly recommends that the tooth be replaced because these problems can potentially lead to premature wear, teeth grinding, and chipped or fractured teeth. Replacing missing teeth is also important because all your teeth are designed to work together to allow you to chew and speak properly. Missing teeth look unattractive the loss of even one tooth can make these basic functions difficult.

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dental implants are effective because they not only prevent teeth from shifting, but they also restore functionality, allowing you to chew and speak normally. In addition, they provide a cosmetic solution by filling the gaps left by missing teeth.

It is important for you to have teeth that allow you to speak and chew normally, but missing teeth also detract from your self-confidence. If you have questions about the solution that is best for you, please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment to answer your questions and discuss your options.

 

Endodontics/Root Canals

In the majority of cases, you will notice some type of symptom that indicates an infected root canal. Although, there are cases where there are no symptoms and the infection will only be found by your dentist on an x-ray.

Getting Regular Check-Ups

This is another reason why Drs. Hilton and Marcincin stress the importance of regular checkups. When we take periodic x-rays of your teeth, we can detect a root canal infection long before it shows any symptoms and becomes serious.

Early treatment of an infected root canal is not just important for preventing symptoms, but it significantly increases the odds of saving the tooth and preventing the further spread of infection.

Some of the common symptoms of an infected root canal are:

  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • A small bump on the surface of your gum
  • Discomfort when touching the tooth
  • Severe pain that worsens over time

But some of these symptoms, like increased sensitivity can indicate other serious oral health problems. Only a dentist can evaluate your situation properly and determine if a root canal is necessary.

What To Do If You Are Experiencing These Symptoms

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or are overdue for a dental exam, please contact our Summit dental office. It is far easier and better for your oral health to treat a root canal infection as quickly as possible.

Cause of a Root Canal

If severe decay or periodontal disease occurs deep within your tooth, the doctors at our Dillon dental office may decide that a root canal is needed. This area within your tooth houses the nerves and pulp that keep your tooth alive.

If infection reaches this space in your tooth, a root canal is often the only way to preserve the tooth. Without root canal treatment, you face the risk of having the infection spread, and you may eventually need to have your tooth pulled.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Usually, the first indication of root canal infection is tenderness around the tooth and severe toothache pain that won’t go away. Most people have a negative reaction to the idea of a root canal, but if the infection is not removed, the pain will get worse and potentially result in loss of the tooth. The reason for root canal therapy is to eliminate the infection and the source of your pain.

Our Expertise

Drs. Hilton and Marcincin has extensive experience in performing root canals, and they know that many people get nervous when they think about having root canal treatment. Sedation options can work wonders in helping to keep you relaxed, but our experience and training allow us to perform root canals at our Dillon dental office that are comfortable, safe, and efficient.

Root Canal Therapy | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIf you haven’t had a root canal in many years, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and stress-free the procedure really is. Using modern dental techniques, root canal treatment today is efficient and comfortable.

What Happens During a Root Canal

We know that nobody looks forward to having a root canal, but part of overcoming your fear may be as simple as understanding a bit more about why you need to have the procedure done. A root canal becomes necessary when a tooth has extensive decay that has penetrated the area where the root is located.

The inner portion of your tooth (the root canal) is home to nerves and tissue that become inflamed when decay is present. That is why most people experience severe pain as the primary symptom of an infected root canal.

In order to relieve the pain and save the tooth, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin must remove the infected material to stop decay from spreading. If you put off treatment, the infection may damage the tooth beyond repair.

Obviously, putting off root canal treatment is not wise. If you are experiencing pain and think you may need a root canal, please contact our office as soon as possible. We will assess your situation and determine if a root canal is necessary.

root canal treatment | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupYou will most likely need a root canal if your tooth becomes damaged by large cavities, trauma, or severe gum disease. If this damage progresses, it can reach the inner portion of your tooth where the nerves are located. This results in great discomfort, and a root canal becomes necessary to relieve the pain and save the tooth.

Many people still have the impression that a root canal is something to worry about. In reality, dental techniques and materials have improved so much that a root canal is really no more complicated than having a tooth pulled.

The Root Canal Procedure

During the root canal, the material inside the root is gently cleared away, and the area is disinfected and sealed. A dental crown may be needed to strengthen and protect the tooth from further damage.

Drs. Hilton and Marcincin both have extensive experience in performing root canals and understand your concerns. They will answer any questions you have and make sure you understand the procedure before beginning treatment.

We want to make sure you are completely comfortable, so please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 970-468-2471 to arrange a consultation so we can answer all your questions.

There are a number of reasons why it may be necessary to extract a tooth. In the majority of cases, a tooth needs to be removed because decay has become so severe that extraction is the only option available to prevent you from experiencing continued acute pain.

Our Philosophy

It is our primary goal to preserve teeth whenever possible. Treatments like root canal therapy are one example of ways in which we can save a severely damaged tooth. When you have a root canal infection, you most likely experience a lot of pain. The only way to eliminate the pain and save the tooth is with a root canal.

But if you put off having a root canal, the pain will worsen as the decay continues to work its way into the portion of your tooth that contains the root and nerves. When this happens, a root canal may no longer be an option, and extraction of the tooth may be the only way to eliminate your pain.

Other Causes of Teeth Pulling

Other instances where tooth extraction is necessary are breaks or fractures in your tooth that extend beneath your gum line and wisdom teeth that have developed improperly and are causing crowding, which can lead to more serious oral health problems.

Typically, Crowns Are Needed After Root Canal Treatment

It is difficult to say whether you will definitely need a crown but, in the great majority of cases, the answer is yes, you will most likely need a dental crown after root canal treatment.

In general, dental crowns are used to provide support and strengthen a tooth that has been weakened. In the case of a root canal, the condition of the tooth before treatment is one of the determining factors. If the tooth has already been compromised by extensive decay, a dental crown will help protect it from further damage.

Dental crowns are versatile restorations, and protecting a tooth after a root canal is just one of their uses. We can also use dental crowns to make cosmetic alterations like reshaping of a tooth. If your teeth are severely discolored and cannot be whitened using traditional treatment, a crown is a good choice for creating a new, fresh-looking surface.

Our Priority Is Your Health

At Summit Dental Group, our first priority is protecting your oral health, and restorations like dental crowns help us accomplish that goal. But the type of treatment we choose really depends on your specific needs.

Please contact us for more information about dental crowns and the other types of restorative treatments we offer.

Oral Surgery

Under normal circumstances, the root of your tooth stimulates growth of surrounding bone tissue in your jaw. If you lose a tooth, the bone surrounding the missing root has nothing to support it, and it will begin to erode. At the same time, your gum will begin to shrink as the bone deteriorates, resulting in a sunken appearance of the gums.

How Bone Grafting is Done

Bone grafting is a procedure that allows us to rebuild the portion of your jaw where the root is missing. This corrects the appearance of collapsed gums because the grafted bone helps stimulate your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone tissue.

The Need for Bone Grafting

If you’re having a dental bridge placed, and the gum around the missing tooth has started to collapse, bone grafting can effectively build up that area of the gum and eliminate the shrunken appearance.

In order to have a dental implant placed, there must be sufficient bone density in your jaw to hold the implant. We may recommend bone grafting to accommodate the implant. Bone grafting may also be recommended to correct problems associated with severe periodontal infection.

Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are highly-trained in oral surgery, and bone grafting in particular. Please contact our office for more information, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about bone grafting.

At our Summit Dental office, we believe that you should never put off dental treatment because of anxiety. First, you need to know that it is quite common to be nervous about dental visits. But it is simply not necessary to avoid important procedures, because we offer sedation options that will help keep you calm and relaxed during treatment.

Nitrous Oxide and the Benefits

For many patients, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is sufficient to help them relax during treatment. All you have to do is sit back and breathe normally. A member of our team will be by your side to make sure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

One of the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation it does not “knock you out.” You will be conscious, but your senses will be dulled so that you are not aware of what is happening around you. Once we stop administering the gas, you will not feel any after-effects, and you will be able to return to your normal routine as soon as treatment is finished.

Oral Sedation Dentistry in Dillon

Oral conscious sedation is another option that we can choose if you have a more intense level of anxiety. Dr. Hilton or Dr. Marcincin will prescribe a mild sedative that you take before you get to our office so that you arrive feeling calm and relaxed. We can combine oral sedation with nitrous oxide for a completely stress-free experience.

If you’re worried about upcoming treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and decide which sedation option is best for you.

Our Expertise

We offer a number of oral surgery options including tooth extraction, gum surgery, and dental bone grafting. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are very skilled at performing surgical procedures and will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction can be a scary proposition for most people. We completely understand that you may be anxious about the procedure, and all member of our team are trained to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible

Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is necessary when periodontal disease is very advanced and threatens the health of your gums and teeth. With severe gum disease, pockets form around your teeth causing them to feel loose. These pockets also provide a space for bacteria to thrive and threaten your oral health. After gum surgery, the gum tissue has a chance to heal and fit snugly around your gums.

Bone Grafting

We perform bone grafting when you’ve lost a tooth and the absence of the root causes the gum to collapse. This not only looks bad, but it can lead to further deterioration of the bone. We also use bone grafting in preparation for placement of a dental implant when there is not enough existing bone to support the implant.

Our Promise to You

You can be assured that no matter what type of oral surgery you need, the Summit Dental Group team will be there to support you through the entire process. Your comfort is our top priority! Contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and your options for sedation dentistry. 

Oral Surgery | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupOral surgery may be necessary for any one of a number of reasons. If your dentist has told you that you need oral surgery, you are most likely experiencing some type of serious oral health problem that needs to be dealt with quickly.

Some reasons why oral surgery may be necessary are:

  • Extraction of a severely decayed toot that cannot be treated effectively with a root canal
  • Eliminate serious periodontal disease to prevent further infection or tooth loss
  • Dental bone grafting to support your jaw when a tooth is missing or as needed for dental implant surgery

Our Experience with Oral Surgery

At Summit Dental Group, we certainly understand that the prospect of oral surgery and tooth extraction can be unpleasant and scary. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin have extensive experience in the area of oral surgery, and our team members are all highly trained to deal with this type of complex procedure with care and compassion.

We will be happy to make an appointment to assess your situation and decide if oral surgery is the best course of action in your case. Please contact our office, and a member of our team will be happy to make arrangements for a consultation with one of our doctors.

Painless Dentistry

Making Your Visit Comfortable

Nitrous oxide – laughing gas – is a form of sedation that we use frequently at our Dillon dental office. We have helped many fearful patients get important dental treatment just by using laughing gas.

If you have mild or moderate dental anxiety, nitrous oxide may be the solution you’re looking for. It is a very mild form of sedation, and one of its advantages is that it has no adverse after-effects. Once treatment is finished, you will feel completely normal and be able to go about your normal activities.

How Does Laughing Gas Work?

Treatment using laughing gas is really very simple. Once we start administering the flow of gas, all you have to do is sit back and breathe. Very soon you will feel a great sense of calm and relaxation. Even though you will be awake enough to know where you are, the activity around you will recede into the background.

Ensuring Your Safety

It is a very safe form of sedation, and our professional team is fully trained in the proper use of nitrous oxide. You never have to worry that you’re not sedated enough, because a member of our team will be by your side to make sure you are completely comfortable.

Anxiety about visiting the dentist should not prevent you from taking care of your oral health. Please contact our Dillon dental office if you’d like more information about our sedation options.

Your Experience is Our Priority

At Summit Dental Group, we practice painless dentistry because we want to do everything to keep you as comfortable as possible. Having a dental crown placed does not hurt when it’s done by skilled professionals like Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin.

The Process of Getting a Crown

The process of getting a new crown is really not that complicated. It does take a few visits to our office, but that is because your crown is carefully created at a dental lab, so we have to wait for this part to be completed.

 When we prepare your tooth during the first appointment, we will numb the area so that you don’t feel anything. After that first visit, there usually is no need to use any anesthetic, but we certainly can if you are very sensitive.

Once the finished crown is placed, you will probably experience an odd sensation at first. This is only because the crown is a new fixture in your mouth, and it may take a day or two to get used to the feel of it.

Our doctors are very gentle and sensitive to your needs, and we will do everything to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process. If you would like more information about dental crowns and how they work, please give us a call!

At Summit Dental Group we are focused on making every visit to our office comfortable and stress-free. Our treatments are painless and efficient, which reduces discomfort and the time you need to spend in the dental chair. Your comfort and well-being are our primary focus, and all members of our team are trained to address your concerns with care and compassion.

Sources of Anxiety at the Dentist

Many people experience anxiety at the dentist because they feel a loss of control during their treatment. Being open about your concerns will make you feel better and help us adjust your treatment accordingly and take the necessary precautions to keep you comfortable.

Another common source of anxiety is the fear of gagging, or not being able to breathe. We suggest the use of a throat spray before treatment, which will help calm your gag reflex. If you’re worried about breathing, a simple solution is to breathe through your nose. If this is a problem, you can use a nasal strip to keep the air passage open.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is also an excellent solution for many patients like you who would not normally be able to sit comfortably through a dental appointment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can significantly reduce anxiety without putting you to sleep. We also offer oral sedation if you have greater anxiety.

We don’t want you to put off treatment because you are anxious or fearful. Please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

If you get very anxious and stressed about visiting the dentist, we can assure you that you are not alone! Millions of people suffer from dental phobia, and some experience such severe anxiety that they completely avoid going to the dentist for any type of treatment.

Treatments for Anxiety at the Dentist

At our Dillon dental office, we are very sensitive about the concerns of our patients. We know that if you are fearful of dentists, one of the ways that we can help you is with kindness and compassion. It is our goal to help you see that we can build a trusting relationship that makes dental treatment seem less stressful.

We start building this trust by taking the time to talk to you about your anxiety. In many cases, opening up about their fear is a big help to our patients because they feel that their concerns are being taken seriously.

In any case, we can offer different types of sedation that will help you relax so you can get treatment without all the anxiety. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is often enough to keep you calm without any side effects. Depending on your situation, we can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to help you relax.

If you’ve been putting off dental treatment due to dental anxiety, please call our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to work with you to help you get the treatment you need.

Your comfort is a top priority, and our goal at our Dillon, CO dental office is to offer our patients painless dentistry. If you suffer from fear or anxiety when you visit the dentist, one of the things we may suggest at Summit Dental Group to help you feel relaxed is using nitrous oxide during your dental procedures. This odorless gas is a sedative that is combined with oxygen and delivered through an inhalation mask that you wear during dental treatment. It's effects work quickly and also leave your system immediately when the mask is removed.

The nice thing about sedation with nitrous oxide is that its effects wear off right away when you're done with your procedure, so there's no lingering side effects and you can get back to your normal activities. Nitrous oxide is also safe for children to use during their dental appointments.

Nitrous oxide can be used during almost any type of procedure, so be sure to let Dr. Hilton or Dr. Marcincin know if you think you might benefit from using it during your dental treatment. Contact Summit Dental Group at (970) 468-2471 if you have questions about painless dentistry in Dillon or using nitrous oxide.

We Want to Make You Comfortable

First, you should know that, at Summit Dental Group, we are very sensitive to your anxiety! You are probably already upset about the prospect of losing a tooth, which is compounded by the fear of the procedure itself.

Our entire professional team is very caring and compassionate with all our patients, and especially those undergoing a complex procedure like tooth extraction. Feeling anxious is completely normal, and we’ve helped many patients like you get through the procedure with a minimum of stress and discomfort.

We Work With You

Before we schedule your extraction, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin will sit down with you to discuss your concerns. This way, we can better understand your anxiety and plan your treatment accordingly.

At that time, we will also discuss types of sedation we offer so that we can choose the one that will be most effective for you. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation are both effective methods, and we can often combine both for a totally stress-free experience.

Putting off tooth extraction because of fear and anxiety will only lead to worse problems with your oral health. Please contact our Summit dental office for more information about the ways we can help you get past your anxiety to get the treatment you need.

Root Canal Therapy | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIf you haven’t had a root canal in many years, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and stress-free the procedure really is. Using modern dental techniques, root canal treatment today is efficient and comfortable.

What Happens During a Root Canal

We know that nobody looks forward to having a root canal, but part of overcoming your fear may be as simple as understanding a bit more about why you need to have the procedure done. A root canal becomes necessary when a tooth has extensive decay that has penetrated the area where the root is located.

The inner portion of your tooth (the root canal) is home to nerves and tissue that become inflamed when decay is present. That is why most people experience severe pain as the primary symptom of an infected root canal.

In order to relieve the pain and save the tooth, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin must remove the infected material to stop decay from spreading. If you put off treatment, the infection may damage the tooth beyond repair.

Obviously, putting off root canal treatment is not wise. If you are experiencing pain and think you may need a root canal, please contact our office as soon as possible. We will assess your situation and determine if a root canal is necessary.

Our Philosophy

We know that, from a child’s perspective, a visit to the dentist can be a pretty overwhelming event. They’re in a strange place with people they don’t know, surrounded by equipment that is scary just to look at.

But at Summit Dental, we take extra care with your child, because we don’t believe that a dental visit needs to be anything less than a positive, fun experience. There are already too many children and adults who did not get off to a good start with their dental care.

Making Your Child Comfortable

Our professional team will make your child feel special and welcome from the moment they arrive. We think it’s a good idea for you to bring your child in for a quick visit, just to see the office and meet our friendly staff. This way, when they’re ready for their first “official” visit, they’re at least familiar with the setting.

We always start your child’s visits off in a very conservative manner. During the first visit, we will just let your child sit in the dental chair or in your lap if they’re more comfortable. We can do a “pretend” exam of your teeth so they see there’s nothing to be afraid of.

At this point, they should be familiar with us and the surroundings. We go out of our way to make these visits fun, because a positive start leads to a lifetime of excellent oral health care. Please contact our Dillon dental office for more information about your child's first visit.

At our Summit Dental office, we believe that you should never put off dental treatment because of anxiety. First, you need to know that it is quite common to be nervous about dental visits. But it is simply not necessary to avoid important procedures, because we offer sedation options that will help keep you calm and relaxed during treatment.

Nitrous Oxide and the Benefits

For many patients, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is sufficient to help them relax during treatment. All you have to do is sit back and breathe normally. A member of our team will be by your side to make sure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

One of the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation it does not “knock you out.” You will be conscious, but your senses will be dulled so that you are not aware of what is happening around you. Once we stop administering the gas, you will not feel any after-effects, and you will be able to return to your normal routine as soon as treatment is finished.

Oral Sedation Dentistry in Dillon

Oral conscious sedation is another option that we can choose if you have a more intense level of anxiety. Dr. Hilton or Dr. Marcincin will prescribe a mild sedative that you take before you get to our office so that you arrive feeling calm and relaxed. We can combine oral sedation with nitrous oxide for a completely stress-free experience.

If you’re worried about upcoming treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and decide which sedation option is best for you.

Our Expertise

We offer a number of oral surgery options including tooth extraction, gum surgery, and dental bone grafting. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are very skilled at performing surgical procedures and will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction can be a scary proposition for most people. We completely understand that you may be anxious about the procedure, and all member of our team are trained to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible

Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is necessary when periodontal disease is very advanced and threatens the health of your gums and teeth. With severe gum disease, pockets form around your teeth causing them to feel loose. These pockets also provide a space for bacteria to thrive and threaten your oral health. After gum surgery, the gum tissue has a chance to heal and fit snugly around your gums.

Bone Grafting

We perform bone grafting when you’ve lost a tooth and the absence of the root causes the gum to collapse. This not only looks bad, but it can lead to further deterioration of the bone. We also use bone grafting in preparation for placement of a dental implant when there is not enough existing bone to support the implant.

Our Promise to You

You can be assured that no matter what type of oral surgery you need, the Summit Dental Group team will be there to support you through the entire process. Your comfort is our top priority! Contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and your options for sedation dentistry. 

What To Expect From Your Experience?

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is the mildest forms of sedation we offer. One of its many benefits is that it has no lingering after-effects.

At Summit Dental Group, all members of our team are sensitive to your fears, but avoiding dental treatment because of anxiety is never a good idea. We want to make it easy for you to get the help you need so that you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Nitrous oxide helps many people because it is gentle, but provides enough sedation to reduce your anxiety during dental procedures. It is easy to administer – you just have to breathe through a small mask and relax.

A member of our team will be by your side to monitor the flow of gas to make sure that you remain calm for the duration of your treatment. You don’t have to worry that you will be “knocked out,” because nitrous oxide just makes you feel very relaxed and unaffected by what’s happening around you.

As soon as we stop the gas, you will feel completely normal and able to go about your daily activities without feeling groggy. Using sedation methods like nitrous oxide, there really is no reason for you to postpone important treatment because of anxiety. Please call our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to talk to you about the benefits of painless dentistry.

Pediatric Dentistry

Both fluoride and dental sealants applied at our Dillon dental office can be very effective for protecting the health of your children’s teeth. But we can’t tell you if they’re appropriate for your children until we examine their teeth.

Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy

After over 50 years of use, the benefits of fluoride have been well-proven for supporting oral health. However, fluoride treatments may be important for your child, but you should remember that these treatments alone are not enough to keep teeth healthy.  

Fluoride is found in most foods and public water supplies, but may not be enough to protect your child’s oral health. That is one of the reasons we recommend regular dental exams and cleanings for your child.

Dental Sealants as a Preventative Measure

Dental sealants are another important preventive treatment that are used to protect healthy teeth against decay. We can even use sealants on your child’s baby teeth. This may not make sense to you since your child loses the teeth anyway. But these important primary teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth. Protecting baby teeth from decay ensures that they will do their job, aiding in proper development of permanent teeth.

While both these treatments are helpful for keeping your child’s teeth healthy, they may not be appropriate. Please contact our Dillon dental office to make an appointment so we can decide if either fluoride or sealants are right for your child.

Kid's Dentistry | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupPatients of All Ages Welcome

At Summit Dental Group, we treat patients of all ages. In fact, Pediatric Dentistry is one of the specific services we provide for your family’s complete oral health care. Our team is fully trained to address the special needs of our youngest patients, and we enjoy visiting with them and giving them the gentle care that they need. We are happy to see children of any age, but the sooner you can bring your child in for a visit, the easier it will be for us to establish a relationship with them.

Your Child's First Visit

We recommend that you bring your child to see us as soon as their baby teeth start to erupt, but definitely no later than their first birthday. At this young age, the purpose of a visit is to note any emerging problems and to allow your child to get used to the dentist and the surroundings.

Our Philosophy

We know that, from a child’s perspective, a visit to the dentist can be a pretty overwhelming event. They’re in a strange place with people they don’t know, surrounded by equipment that is scary just to look at.

But at Summit Dental, we take extra care with your child, because we don’t believe that a dental visit needs to be anything less than a positive, fun experience. There are already too many children and adults who did not get off to a good start with their dental care.

Making Your Child Comfortable

Our professional team will make your child feel special and welcome from the moment they arrive. We think it’s a good idea for you to bring your child in for a quick visit, just to see the office and meet our friendly staff. This way, when they’re ready for their first “official” visit, they’re at least familiar with the setting.

We always start your child’s visits off in a very conservative manner. During the first visit, we will just let your child sit in the dental chair or in your lap if they’re more comfortable. We can do a “pretend” exam of your teeth so they see there’s nothing to be afraid of.

At this point, they should be familiar with us and the surroundings. We go out of our way to make these visits fun, because a positive start leads to a lifetime of excellent oral health care. Please contact our Dillon dental office for more information about your child's first visit.

Our Expertise

We offer a number of oral surgery options including tooth extraction, gum surgery, and dental bone grafting. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are very skilled at performing surgical procedures and will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction can be a scary proposition for most people. We completely understand that you may be anxious about the procedure, and all member of our team are trained to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible

Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is necessary when periodontal disease is very advanced and threatens the health of your gums and teeth. With severe gum disease, pockets form around your teeth causing them to feel loose. These pockets also provide a space for bacteria to thrive and threaten your oral health. After gum surgery, the gum tissue has a chance to heal and fit snugly around your gums.

Bone Grafting

We perform bone grafting when you’ve lost a tooth and the absence of the root causes the gum to collapse. This not only looks bad, but it can lead to further deterioration of the bone. We also use bone grafting in preparation for placement of a dental implant when there is not enough existing bone to support the implant.

Our Promise to You

You can be assured that no matter what type of oral surgery you need, the Summit Dental Group team will be there to support you through the entire process. Your comfort is our top priority! Contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and your options for sedation dentistry. 

Child's First Dental Visit in Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupWe recommend that you schedule your child’s first visit to our Summit dental office as soon as their baby teeth start to appear, but definitely no later than their first birthday. You may wonder why we need to see them so soon, and the reason is that we need to start their oral health care as soon as possible to avoid problems later on.

Your children’s baby teeth may not seem very important since they are lost anyway. But it’s important for you to know that these first teeth are actually placeholders for the child’s permanent teeth. It is essential to your child’s oral health that baby teeth are strong and healthy.

If Your Child Develops a Cavity

If your child develops a cavity in a baby tooth, we need to fill it as quickly as possible to prevent further decay. Losing a baby tooth prematurely can put your child’s future oral health at risk because it impacts the proper development of their permanent teeth.

Drs. Hilton and Marcincin understand that children require special attention, and they do everything necessary to put the child (and mom and dad!) at ease. We want your child to learn to enjoy dental visits so that they feel good about seeing the dentist and taking care of their teeth.

Please contact our Summit dental office, and a member of our caring professional team will be happy to make an appointment for your child’s very important first visit!

Baby's first visit | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupMany parents are surprised when we recommend that a child see us while they still have their baby teeth. It might seem unnecessary because they will lose these teeth anyway, but it is actually a very important time in the child’s dental development.

Healthy Development of Permanent Teeth

Caring for your child’s baby teeth plays a crucial role in ensuring their future oral health. Baby teeth can become decayed just like permanent teeth. When this happens it is critical that the decay be removed and the cavity filled. Left untreated, the decay may need to tooth loss, affecting the healthy development of their permanent teeth.

Fostering A Good Relationship with the Dentist

Also, most adults who suffer with dental anxiety have had a negative experience in childhood that makes them feel stressed about going to the dentist. The sooner you get your child used to visits with Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin, the more likely they are to develop a positive attitude toward trips to see the dentist.

Our Summit Dental Team are very experienced in working with children, and we go out of our way to make sure they see visits to our office as enjoyable and positive. If you have questions about the proper timeline for your child’s dental care, please contact our office.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupWhat's in Teeth Whitening Toothpaste?

All toothpastes work by using mild abrasives to help lift surface stains from your teeth. In the case of whitening toothpastes, added chemical agents that gently polish teeth further aid in the removal of stains.

Teeth whitening toothpastes do not contain any bleaching agent and will only help in the removal of stains from the surface of your teeth. Kits for teeth whitening purchased at your local drug store contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching compound) that will further help in the removal of surface stains as well as stains deep within your teeth.

Home Whitening Kits

However, home whitening kits will never produce the dramatic results achieved during a professional teeth whitening treatment done at our Dillon dental office. Whitening toothpastes will only lighten the color of your teeth by about one shade. In contrast, a professional teeth whitening kit provided by your dentist can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades.

If you’re unsure which of these teeth whitening options will work best for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the solution that fits your budget and provides the results you are looking for.

Teeth Whitening | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupWe know that it is important to our patients that their teeth that are not only healthy, but also beautiful. Many of our patients decide that the quickest way to a bright beautiful smile is by having a professional teeth-whitening treatment done in our office. Of course, having your teeth whitened at our Summit dental office requires you to invest both time and money, and you want to make sure that the results last as long as possible.

Recommendations to Extend Teeth Whitening

One of the best ways you can make your beautiful white teeth stay that way is to avoid certain foods and lifestyle habits that cause your teeth to become stained in the first place. For instance, nothing stains your teeth as severely as using tobacco. If you smoke, you already know the damage it does to your health. This alone is enough reason to stop smoking, and keeping your teeth bright and white is just another.

There is no reason for you to completely avoid food and beverages that stain your teeth. Some of these are red wine, tea, coffee, and cola drinks. If you want to go ahead and enjoy these foods, just remember that you can help avoid staining by brushing your teeth immediately afterwards.

Of course, oral hygiene has a tremendous impact on the whiteness of your teeth, so be sure to maintain good habits like brushing, flossing, and returning to our Summit dental office for regular professional cleanings.

Teeth Whitening | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupThere are many reasons why your teeth may have become stained or dull as you age. The fact is that everyone will experience some staining of their teeth as they get older.

Lifestyle Choice May Have an Impact on Your Teeth

However, lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the degree of staining that you experience. If you consume a lot of dark food and drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, and even dark berries, your teeth will stain more quickly.

Smoking and chewing tobacco don’t just wreak havoc on your physical health. Both can cause your teeth to become severely stained and possibly lead to oral cancer, among others. Our best advice to you if you smoke: Stop!

Why Do Teeth Stain?

The reason our teeth stain is that, as we age, the surface enamel of our teeth starts to erode. There are microscopic holes in tooth enamel and, along with erosion, these holes increase in size. Stain-producing food and drink finds their way into these holes, causing your teeth to darken over time.

Fortunately, teeth whitening is a very effective method for lifting stains from the surface of your teeth and brightening your smile. If you’re interested in transforming your smile with professional teeth whitening, please contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to help you decide which type of teeth whitening will suit you best.

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