Managing The Time Between Dental Implant Surgery And The Installation

Even when no bone grafting is required, having a dental implant placed by one of our dentists at Castle Rock Dental takes several months to be done properly.

Dental Implants Are Installed In Stages

Having a dental implant placed in stages is necessary to protect your oral health and ensure the implant heals correctly. Implants which follow the standard process after a consultation with our dentists will follow these implant surgery steps:

  1. Surgery to place the titanium implant post takes place.
  2. If the implant was placed in the lower jaw, you will require 4-5 months to heal and allow the implant to fuse with your jawbone. Implants placed in the upper jaw generally require 6-7 months to correctly fuse with the bone.
  3. Our dentist will create an incision to reach the now-fused implant post and place a healing cap. This healing cap allows your gums to heal in the correct shape to receive the abutment and new tooth. Depending on various factors, you may receive the abutment and a temporary crown instead of the healing cap.
  4. After 4-6 weeks of healing, the permanent dental crown will be either screwed in place or cemented to the abutment.

Options To Protect Your Healing Implant Post

As you can see, there are long healing periods where you will have an area in your mouth which will need to be protected. While you can leave the implant site uncovered, most people opt for dental solutions which both add protection to the implant area and provide a better aesthetic.

  • Temporary bridge – Unlike a permanent dental bridge, your teeth surrounding the implant should not be disturbed to place the temporary bridge. They will be used to anchor the teeth, but it will be removed when it comes time to add the abutment and crown. With a temporary bridge, you can eat more easily as the bridge is a relatively sturdy stand-in for the dental implant.
  • Temporary crown – You may be given the option to choose between the healing cap and having a temporary crown placed. The temporary crown will create a better aesthetic and help you become used to what your permanent crown will look like once it is placed.
  • Flipper – Placing a temporary tooth on a retainer, you can easily wear a flipper over the area where your implant post is healing. However, you cannot eat with a flipper in, and the flipper should be removed every evening to be cleaned.

Foods To Avoid While Waiting For Your Dental Implant

During the various healing stages, you will need to change your diet to accommodate the healing needs of your dental implant. Some of the main kinds of foods to avoid are:

  • Hot foods, as your implant site will be sensitive
  • Do not use straws at all
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard snacks like crackers, chips, carrots

Also, if you are a smoker, you should avoid smoking during your healing periods. Instead, you should focus on eating these foods:

  • Oatmeal and soft grains like rice
  • Purees
  • Soft fruits such as melons, bananas, berries, peaches
  • Easily chewed protein such as beans, eggs, fish
  • Dairy products such as yogurt, milk, soft cheeses
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Soups with small, easily chewed ingredients

You should also be sure to remain hydrated, as that will help the healing process. Also, be sure to carefully the implant site after eating. In the early stage while the implant area is still tender, do not touch it directly with your toothbrush but clean around it and rinse thoroughly.

If you are interested in consulting with one of our dentists about the possibility of receiving a dental implant or other dental services, contact us today to set up an appointment.

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What Are Same-Day Dentures?

As the top dentures clinic in Billings, Montana, our staff at Castle Rock Dental strives to offer a diverse lineup of denture products to our patients. One such product is same-day dentures.

Same-Day Dentures

Also referred to as immediate dentures, same-day dentures are dentures which are inserted into a person’s mouth immediately after their teeth have been removed. These dentures can be full dentures or partial, depending on your dental needs. Both the partial and full same-day dentures are removable dental prosthetics.

Positives Of Same-Day Dentures

There are many positives associated with receiving same-day dentures. Some of the upsides are:

  • Appearance – You never have to walk around with visibly missing teeth as same-day dentures are placed directly after an extraction.
  • Food – The dentures will allow you to chew with teeth after an extraction, rather than being limited to a liquid diet for weeks.
  • Protection – After your teeth are extracted, the open sockets are vulnerable. Same-day dentures can protect these vulnerable openings from food particles and keep them apart.

Potential Downsides To Same-Day Dentures

Like all dental procedures, there are some potential downsides to receiving same-day dentures. Some considerations are:

  • Cost – Same-day dentures generally cost more than traditional dentures as their fabrication and fitting process is more complex.
  • Adjust – You will likely need to have your dentures adjusted as same-day dentures are fitted to your gums when they are swollen. As your gums shrink and heal, your same-day dentures can become loose and need refitting.

These may not be downsides for you, depending on your budget and preferences. Our dentists are also willing to help you determine if the potential disadvantages of same-day dentures is a deterrent for you.

Same-Day Denture Alternatives

If you aren’t sure that same-day dentures are for you, there are several excellent dental product alternatives to this type of dentures.

  • Traditional dentures – More affordable than same-day dentures, these removable dentures are made after your gums have healed post-dental extraction.
  • Implanted dentures – The most stable and effective of the dentures, implanted dentures are rooted by titanium posts placed in your jaw. Your dentures will be affixed to these posts, making your dentures as strong and immovable as your original teeth.
  • Fixed bridge – If you do not need full teeth replacements, a fixed dental bridge can be a good alternative. The bridge is created to take the place of your missing teeth and is mounted in position.

Our dentists are committed to bringing you the best possible dental care. If you are interested in same-day dentures or other dental services, contact us for an appointment.

Traditional Dentures vs. Implant Dentures, What’s The Difference?

A question our dentists at Castle Rock Dental are often asked is what the difference between traditional dentures and implant dentures. Most people ask this because they are looking for the best option to replace their teeth.

There is a variety of difference between the two types of dentures. To help you understand the differences, we will clarify what these dental devices do then compare and contrast them. That way, you can make an informed decision on which style of dentures is best for you.

What Are Traditional And Implant Dentures

A traditional set of dentures are likely the ones you are most familiar with as they have been around in some form or another for centuries. But, unlike George Washington’s wooden dentures, modern dentures are made up of dental resin (teeth), metal framework (base where teeth are mounted), and plastic (covers metal framework). These dentures are removable and need to be taken out nightly for cleaning.

Implanted dentures are often made of acrylic, as the material is highly durable. The acrylic can bond securely to the denture base, which is often acrylic as well and also reinforced with a metal framework supporting the structure. The dentures are rooted with titanium posts, which are surgically implanted by one of our dentists. These dentures are fixed in place and never need to be removed.

Compare The Two Types Of Dentures

Now that you have a basic understanding of the two types of dentures, it will be easier for you to see exactly how these two types of denture compare to each other.

Traditional Dentures

Cost Least expensive option

Security Prone to slipping even with adhesive

Durability Need altering due to gum shrinkage

Look Natural-looking as long as in place

Health Jawbone can atrophy over time

Diet Often restricted to soft, non-sticky foods

Implanted Dentures

Cost More expensive due to implants

Security Completely stable always

Durability No refitting needed

Look No visible sign they aren’t natural

Health Implant post support jawbone health

Diet No dietary restrictions

Work With Castle Rock Dental For Your New Dentures

Whatever type of dentures or dental product you are interested in, our dentists can help you. With years of experience helping people with their dental needs, our dentists can counsel you on what denture option would be the best fit for your needs and budget. Contact us to consult with one of our dentists and start your journey to better oral health today.

Improving Your Smile With Veneers, Crowns, And Other Cosmetic Dental Services

Improving your smile isn’t restricted to just whitening your teeth. In fact, there are many dental procedures which can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Some dental procedures you can enjoy at Castle Rock Dental are veneers and crowns, along with other cosmetic dental services.

Painlessly Change Your Smile With Veneers

One of the least invasive and pain-free ways to change your smile is with dental veneers. These veneers generally are made of porcelain and can be shaped to improve the size, color, shape or length of your natural teeth.

If you choose dental veneers, our dentists will work with you on what color you would prefer for your veneers and other applicable aspects. Once the veneers are prepped, our dentists will apply them over your teeth and bonded into place. The end result should be a brighter and more even smile.

Protect Damaged Teeth By Choosing Crowns

Crowns are often used after root canals are performed to protect the newly cleaned tooth from invasive bacteria. However, they can be used in other instances to improve your smile by being placed over teeth which have cracked, chipped or become very worn down. It is important to protect these damaged teeth as they are more likely to develop cavities.

While there is a variety of materials which can be used to create a dental crown, only a few of them will help improve the attractiveness of your smile.

  • Resin – A resin crown is one of the affordable options when it comes to dental crowns but they don’t tend to last as long as the other types of dental crowns.
  • Ceramic – Generally priced between resin and porcelain crowns, ceramic crowns are often recommended for front teeth, though the ceramic crowns are not as tough as porcelain crowns.
  • Porcelain – Most durable of the crowns, our dentists like to recommend porcelain crowns as they will last the longest and are the strongest.

All three of these types of crowns can be color-matched to your preference, allowing you to achieve a greatly improved smile.

Boost Your Self-Esteem With Cosmetic Dentistry

If you aren’t sure which of these services you may want, you can consult with our dentists. There are other cosmetic dental services which they may advise for your particular dental conditions, such as:

  • Dental implants
  • Dentures (partial or full)
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bridge

To consult with one of our top-notch dentists, contact us to schedule an appointment and start working towards your improved smile today!

​Denture Talk: Can you use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures?

This is a common question that many people new to owning dentures ask: can they be brushed like regular teeth? The short answer is no, but why not? Aren’t they the same and made to be as close to human teeth as possible?

The Difference With Dentures

First, you have to remember that dentures are not crowns. Made of a less sturdy material, dentures are a more inexpensive option that many patients opt for either in the short or long term. Crowns are synthetic teeth that are anchored into the jawbone and don’t have to be removed, allowing you to treat them like normal teeth.

Second, you have to consider toothpaste and how it works. While it might feel as though it is just a fresh smelling way to remove grime, there is more to it than that. Toothpaste is quite grainy, offering something coarse to buffer away debris and clean teeth. This grainy material is too abrasive for dentures and will lead to permanent damage before long. It strips away each layer, leaving them weaker and discolored.

Where Brushing Fits In

Don’t get too excited, you aren’t off the hook when it comes to brushing. You still need to brush twice a day, just not on your dentures. All patients should get a soft bristled toothbrush with an antibacterial toothpaste and brush their gums in the morning before placing dentures and at night when removing them.

This will help keep the gums healthy and protect them from bacteria and plaque that can build up inside of the gums. This leads to diseases such as periodontal disease and gingivitis, both of which can be exacerbated when dentures are sealed to dirty gums.

Make sure you are gentle with your brushing and that you spend adequate time cleansing each open area where each tooth used to be. A mouthwash is also important, as it gets rid of nasty bacteria that brushing can miss.

How To Clean Dentures

Denture cleaning is extremely easy. You purchase a cleanser and denture brush (different than a soft toothbrush) and you clean them twice a day. At the end of the night, place them in a denture cleanser, which are usually tablets that dissolve in water.

That’s it! Soak them overnight, wash them in the morning with the appropriate tools, brush your gums, rinse your mouth with mouthwash and place your dentures. At night, brush them again then soak them with fresh cleanser.

Find out more about caring for your dentures at Billings Denture Clinic.

Denture Talk: Dental Implants vs Removable Prosthetics

When you are in need of replacing damaged or missing teeth, there are several types of dental replacements our dentists can offer you at Castle Rock Dental. These replacements fall into two basic categories — dental implants and removable prosthetics.

What Are Dental Implants And Removable Prosthetics

Dental implants are individually crafted replacement teeth. Each implant has a titanium post to act as the root of the tooth and the crown of the tooth is color-matched to your natural teeth to present an even and natural appearance.

This process can take weeks, as your jaw will need to heal from the implantation of the post. If there is other work needed, such as bone grafting for correct placement of the implant post, the dental implantation process will take even longer.

Removable dental prosthetics come in a wide variety, ranging from partial dentures to full dentures. One type of removable prosthetic even combines the usefulness of dental implants for implant-secured dentures, which are sturdy yet still removable.

The teeth which are placed into your removable prosthetic are shaped to fit your mouth comfortably and our dentists will consult you on the color of the new teeth in the prosthetic. Depending on the dental work needed beforehand, receiving a removable dental prosthetic can be a faster process than a dental implant.

Cost Differences Between Implants And Dental Prosthetics

Each person comes with their own dental considerations, so it can be difficult to nail down an average price for services like implants and dental prosthetics. Many times, the price will change as the patient requires extra work, such as tooth extractions, antibiotics, gum or bone grafting, and other measures before the actual implant or prosthetic is placed.

So, as you think about the average costs of these different dental options, be sure to keep those considerations in mind. As for the cost differences between dental implants and removable prosthetics, the costs can be quite variable.

  • Dental implants – One dental implant can range in price from $1,000 to $6,000. A dental implant can last you around 10-15 years or more with good care.
  • Full dentures – A full set of dentures can cost around $1,450. These dentures can last you around 5 to 8 years, as they can wear down over time and your gums can alter in shape as bone density is lost.
  • Partial dentures – Depending on the number of teeth needed to be added to the dentures, partial dentures can cost around $400. They will last around 5 years as they are not as structurally durable as implants or even full dentures.
  • Implant-secured dentures – The implant-secured dentures can cost around $16,000-$25,000 per jaw. Around every 2-4 years, the attaching portions will need replacing, though the cost of this is fairly minimal. Otherwise, similar to dental implants, implant secured-dentures should last you around 10 years.

There are many things to consider when it comes to needing to replace some or all of your teeth. Our dentists are highly experienced in all the above dental procedures and can help you determine which suits your situation best. Contact us today for an appointment so you can consult with one of our dentists on your best options.

Denture Talk: Financing Your Investment in Dentures

We want to give you the smile of your dreams here at Castle Rock Dental. Dentures, full or partial replacement teeth, are a great way to customize the comfort and style of your smile. We offer a variety of options for dentures, and want help you find a way to finance the smile you have been wanting to have your entire life.

We Will Help You Choose the Dentures You Need

It’s difficult to know what type of dentures you may need if you are struggling financially and can’t seem to find a way to pay for it. Forget your worries when you come to us at Castle Rock Dental. We will help you find out if you need a full or partial set of dentures and will help you customize them to your liking. Not only will we help you customize your dentures, we will also help you by customizing your payment so you can finance the best smile you’ve ever had, worry-free.

We Accept Several Forms of Payment

  • Dental insurance is an option to consider to cover the costs of your dentures. The amount your insurance is willing to cover varies by provider. Typically dental insurance companies cover costs up to a cap of $1000-$1500 per year, which can help you pay a significant amount of the cost of dentures, especially if you require just a partial set.
  • O.A.C. major financing (on approved credit financing) is a payment we accept and rewards your good credit by helping you finance your need for dentures effectively without having to reimburse your dental insurance company.
  • Paying with a credit card is the simplest form of payment we accept. This allows you to rest easy knowing that you have paid for your procedure in full. It also gives you a simpler way to pay off your dental bills by simply paying off the credit card as you go. We know that life is complicated, and want to simplify things where we can. Paying with a credit card can ease the burden of having to pay the bill right away, allowing you to fully enjoy your dentures right away.
  • Dental Credit Cards provide several credit card options, including Care Credit, a credit card designed specifically for covering dental costs. These credit cards cover a range of dental procedures and check-ups and allow you to keep your dental health a top priority even when your financial situation is not great.

We Care About Your Smile

We want you to have the best experience possible as you transition to life with dentures, which is why we offer several payment options to help you find one that best suits your financial situation. Come to us for any of your denture needs, whether full or partial, and we will help you find a way to pay for the beautiful teeth you deserve to have. Contact us and speak with our financial advisor who will help you find out which payment method works best for you.

​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

Dentures can be a difficult tool to maintain. They are an incredible resource, giving people the ability to regain their food choices and freedom to bite into the hardest of confectionery goodies. Not to mention what it does for their appearance, turning an empty smile into a full, bright one.

What people fail to realize is that improper care for dentures can lead to serious risks down the line. That means it is crucial to learn the steps to maintaining your set from the very first day. Here are some things you should know.

Denture Caused Illnesses

There are some serious complications that can come from denture related illnesses:

  • Gum infection
  • Periodontal disease
  • Pneumonia
  • MRSA
  • Respiratory infection
  • Halitosis

Every one of these have been shown to be potentially caused by bacteria building up between and on the dentures, growing and strengthening in the mouth of the user. The temperature, moisture and funneling of food through the mouth make it a unique breeding ground for bacterial problems to occur.

In older people or those with suppressed immune systems, these above conditions are very fatal. For healthy individuals they can still be painful, dangerous and very difficult to recover from.

Preventing Denture Illnesses

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out of your way to prevent these diseases or complications. Proper care and oral health will go a long way to reducing your risks for most and eliminating the risk of others.

  • Use a good denture glue. The looser your dentures are, the more food and bacteria can get between them and your gums. A good adhesive will press them more firmly to the gums and seal it to keep anything from slithering under your set.
  • Take out your dentures every night. Never sleep with your dentures. Even with a good glue, there will still be some spaces. Bacteria will fester overnight and begin to weaken the gums.
  • Use a good cleaner. Some people will just put their dentures in water at night. You should actually be soaking them in a specialized nighttime cleaner made for the task.
  • Brush after eating. If you can take them out and clean them after meals, that is even better.
  • Clean off all cleaners before insertion, including overnight soaking cleaner.
  • Brush your gums and use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Never use a whitening toothpaste. Bleach and other harsh chemicals can brush away the outer layer. There are toothpastes that have either been made for dentures, or they have been rated to be safe for them.

With the proper care you will never have to worry about denture related illnesses. Find out more at Billings Denture Clinic.

Make Removable Dental Prosthetic Permanent With Dental Implants

Make Removable Dental Prosthetic Permanent With Dental Implants

Losing teeth can be hard. Not only can it impact your health, but it can be an emotional loss especially depending on where the missing teeth are located.

Our staff at Castle Rock Dental is sensitive to your loss, which is why Dr. Bronecki and Dr. Sullivan offer a variety of dental implant services to help you permanently replace the teeth you’ve lost.

Use Dental Implants To Anchor Your Partial Dentures

Instead of choosing a removable partial denture or traditional dental bridge to replace your missing teeth, you have the option to have dental implants anchor your partial dentures. This will make them much more stable than either of the first two options.

Also, both removable partial dentures and traditional dental bridges are known for damaging natural teeth over time.

  • Removable partial dentures – Since a removable partial denture abuts against other teeth to secure its position, plaque and bacteria can build up between the abutment and the natural teeth. Also, the partial denture rests against the gums, which can cause irritation.
  • Traditional dental bridge – Natural teeth are ground down and capped with crowns to secure the replacement teeth. The replacement teeth have no other anchor to the jaw, so bone loss in that area of the jaw will happen over time.

Some consideration to think about as you look into implant-fixed partial dentures are:

  • Dental implant partial dentures help prevent the bone loss in your jaw as the implanted posts keep the bone from receding.
  • Implanted partials may be a more expensive option than other routes. This is dependant on how many teeth are being replaced.
  • Will act and look exactly like your natural teeth. No need to worry that something will become trapped under your fixed partial.
  • Potentially lasts for 10-15 years if proper care is given to fixed partial.

Securing Dentures With Implants

Traditional dentures are not always the most appealing options. As they need to be removed every night, many people are uncomfortable at the thought of being seen without their teeth. But full dentures is the best and most affordable option for those who are missing the majority of their teeth and the remaining ones are unsalvageable.

Implanted dentures remove many of the issues people have with dentures. They are securely anchored using titanium posts implanted into the jaw, so there is no slipping around in your mouth. You also will not have to drastically alter what you eat when your dentures are implanted, as they will be as strong and stable as your original teeth.

Some consideration to think about as you look into implant-fixed dentures are:

  • Potentially last over 10 years if proper care is given.
  • While an implanted set of dentures is more expensive than traditional removable dentures, it is significantly less expensive than a full set of dental implants or implanted dental bridges.
  • Maintains jaw bone density better than traditional dentures. This means your gums will shrink less as you will not need your dentures adjusted as soon as traditional dentures would require.
  • No need to ever be without your teeth with implanted dentures.

Dealing with the loss of your natural teeth is a hard process. However, with the advancements made it dental technology, our dentists are able to ease some of the hardship. To find out what your options are when it comes to permanently replacing your teeth, contact us today and see what our dentists can do for you.


​Considerations Before Investing In Partial Dentures

Partial Denture

When you find yourself in need of replacing several teeth at a time, you may be offered partial dentures as an option. Partial dentures are differentiated from regular dentures by the fact that they are used to replace only some of your teeth when you still have healthy original teeth remaining. However, there are some considerations you should review before you invest in a set of partial dentures.

Kinds Of Tooth Replacement

There are three common types of teeth replacement with one temporary option. These teeth replacement options are:

  • Dental implant – Longest lasting tooth replacement, this option is best when you are only missing one or two teeth. A dental implant, once the site of the implant is healed, will act and look exactly like your other teeth. It is also the most expensive option.
  • Fixed bridge work – This type of replacement can also be costly, depending on how many teeth need to be part of the bridge. It is affixed by grinding down the neighboring teeth and then the dental bridge is cemented on the ground down teeth.
  • Partial dentures – Commonly made to act like a removable retainer, partial dentures are generally designed to replace the loss of back molars. This teeth replacement is removable and is custom-fitted to snap snugly into place. Generally one of the most affordable option when you are missing many teeth but still have natural teeth worth saving.
  • Temporary partial – Also called a ‘flipper’, this tooth replacement is just for aesthetic purposes. It will sit directly on the gums and has no other support and is only used between tooth extraction and the healing of the extraction site so that a dental implant may be placed.

Who Should Consider Partial Dentures

Partial dentures can be a positive investment for many kinds of teeth-related needs. These positive attributes are:

  • Less invasive – For those who need multiple teeth replaced, a partial denture can be a less invasive teeth replacement options instead of multiple surgeries to put in dental implants.
  • Lower cost – When you are missing enough teeth that partial dentures are an option, the partials are usually the most affordable option.
  • Save teeth – Choosing partial dentures allows you to save some of your natural teeth, as the other option is that you have your original top teeth but then have a removable or implanted lower denture.
  • Addition possible – Depending on materials and location, it is possible to add to your partial dentures over time.

Downsides Of Partial Dentures

There are some downsides to choosing to invest in partial dentures, as no teeth replacement option is perfect. Those cons are:

  • Must remove – You need to remove the partial denture nightly for cleaning and sleep. This can bother some people, as they do not want to be without their teeth.
  • Adjustment time – As this kind of teeth replacement is removable, your mouth may adjust more slowly to the partial denture.
  • Plaque buildup – There may be an increase in plaque buildup in the teeth where the partial denture rests against.
  • Additional trauma – If you suffer any kind of trauma to your gums or remaining natural teeth, your partial may become shifted uncomfortably.
  • Bone loss – Over time you will suffer bone loss at the sites where you are missing teeth. This can cause a shift in your remaining teeth, causing your partial denture to no longer fit correctly.

There are many things you need to consider before you choose to have a partial denture. Here at Castle Rock Dental, Dr. Bronecki and Dr. Sullivan are ready to help support you through your life’s oral health needs. So contact us today and see what we can do to help with your oral health needs.