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Frequently Asked Questions for General, Restorative, and Cosmetic Dentistry

Answers for Dental Patients in Colorado Springs

    What is cosmetic dentistry?

    The term cosmetic dentistry refers to all procedures used to improve your smile. This includes porcelain veneers, bridges and crowns, teeth whitening, bonding, and white fillings.

    How do I know if cosmetic dentistry is right for me?

    First, take a look at your smile. If you don't like what you see (discoloration, crooked or missing teeth, etc.), then we recommend you schedule a consultation. We can discuss your options, so you can make an informed decision about cosmetic dentistry and whether it is something you want to pursue.

    Can I have my old silver fillings replaced even if they aren't falling out?

    Yes. Dr. Solich can safely remove silver fillings. In fact, we recommend that people remove their silver fillings for aesthetic as well as health reasons. Silver fillings contain mercury, a known toxin. Although the ADA officially reports silver fillings aren't harmful, we don't take any chances with our patients. Dr. Solich can replace silver fillings with tooth-colored alternatives.

    The only thing wrong with my smile is my yellow teeth. What can I do?

    We offer teeth whitening options that can be done in our office or in the privacy of your own home. To determine which option is best suited for your needs, we recommend you contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.

    What is the difference between a crown and a crown and bridge?

    A crown returns strength and beauty to a single tooth that is damaged, whereas a bridge is used to replace one tooth or several teeth that have fallen out. Learn more about crowns and bridges here.

    What are porcelain veneers?

    Porcelain veneers offer a quick way to get a straight, white smile without the time or discomfort of metal braces. Porcelain veneers are specifically designed to cover gaps, chips, permanent stains, misshapen teeth, and washed-out fillings. By placing porcelain veneers on the teeth that are visible when you smile, we can "reshape" your teeth for a more uniform appearance. Porcelain veneers can be placed in just two or three visits.

    What are my options to replace missing teeth?

    Dr. Solich offers restorative dentistry options for your missing teeth, including crown and bridges and dental implants. A dental bridge is a non-removable, custom-made replacement for one or more missing teeth. It's securely anchored to healthy neighboring teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root inserted into the jawbone. A replacement tooth or prosthetic device is secured atop the implant root. Dental implants are a safe, aesthetic alternative to bridges and removable dentures.

    Contact our Colorado Springs dental office today to reserve your appointment. Dr. Solich serves the general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs of Colorado Springs, Monument, Castle Rock, Pueblo, and surrounding areas.