More High Tech Dentistry at Barotz Dental in Denver, Colorado

At Barotz Dental, as part of our never ending quest to better the patient experience, we are constantly researching and acquiring the latest innovative technologies in dentistry. We are proud to announce a pair of recent additions to our high tech dental practice that are certain to improve the patient experience:

Kovanaze Nasal Spray: In Use at Barotz Dental since 2016

kovanaze-nasal-spray-denver-dentistThis new nasal spray allows us to numb teeth in the center of the upper arch without using a needle. At Barotz Dental, we provide Total Dental Solutions in a manner that is both personalized & comfortable, and Kovanaze will play a significant role in that going forward.

A clinical overview of Kovanaze is available at DentistryIQ.com, and we have shared the most important information from this overview below for you:

Kovanaze provides regional, pulpal anesthesia with 96% efficacy in teeth Nos. 5–12, therefore Kovanaze offers a needle-free alternative to the majority of anterior maxillary injections.

Additionally, patients may not experience the same sensations of numbness or tingling of the lips and cheeks associated with injectable dental anesthetics.

Kovanaze is the first no-needle regional, pulpal anesthetic administered via nasal spray to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it offers patients a safe and effective, needle-free alternative to anesthetize teeth 4-13 for restorative dental procedures.

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Revolutionary New Procedure for Correcting Gum Recession in Denver

In the past, treating severe gum recession required grafting surgery, an extremely painful procedure because it harvests gum tissue from the palate of your mouth to correct the recessed areas. While the scalpel, cutting and stitches are scary indeed, the worst part for most patients is the enduring pain stemming from the tissue that is removed from the roof of the mouth.

Gum recession is an all too common problem today. Many patients have had their recession treated with the painful grafting procedure because, in the past, it was their only option. Fortunately, the amazing advancements in modern dentistry allow us to now correct even the most complex issues in the least invasive manner possible. Gum recession treatment is a perfect example of how modern dentistry is allowing people to achieve the smile of their dreams without subjecting themselves to scary and painful surgeries.

The short video below perfectly illustrates how the harvesting of gum tissue, which was necessary with the old palatal grafting surgery, can cause extreme, enduring pain. It then shows how the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique is revolutionizing the way gum recession is corrected by eliminating the need for  a tissue graft:

Dr. Barotz has been treating gum recession since 1980. Until recently, he would always wait until it was absolutely necessary to recommend treating recession because of the painful ordeal grafting surgery put his patients through. Why subject someone to weeks of misery and agony unless the status of their oral health dictates it? But now, with the emergence of the Pinhole Technique, Dr. Barotz is recommending his patients correct their gum recession with much greater frequency. In this article on DentistryIQ.com, Dr. Tina Beck of San Diego explains how the Pinhole Technique allowed her to treat a patient who was previously deterred by the idea of palatal grafting surgery.

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Dr. Barotz, one of the early adopters of the Pinhole Surgical Technique, has been treating gum recession since 1980

Many people need to correct gum recession because it impacts the health and stability of their teeth. Others may choose to have recession corrected for cosmetic reasons. In either case, the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique has proven the quickest and most effective treatment solution available today. The Pinhole Technique can be accomplished so quickly that its inventor, Dr. John Chao, has nicknamed it the “Lunchtime Gum Lift.” The procedure has proven to be so relatively gentle that many patients report feeling just fine the next day and some have even reported feeling no pain at all. See some of the amazing results for yourself below!picture3 picture4For more information on the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique, check out our website and request a free informational report here! The benefits are many, with the most notable among them being reduced recovery time and minimal pain. Barotz Dental offers complimentary consultations so that you can learn about the procedure and Dr. Barotz can determine if you are a candidate. If you are worried about gum recession, call (303)595-4994 today and book your no-charge Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation consultation!

 

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How to Brush & Floss at Home

All Barotz Dental patients are familiar with the home care kit we send them home with after each visit. The toothbrush and floss are nice, but it can be difficult to hang on to the printed instructions. Not to worry! We have made our home care kit instructions available to everyone here on the worldwide web! We’ve even added a demonstrational video. For more tips on proper home care, check out our Dental Tips board on Pinterest!

Home Care Instructions Video:
Detailed, written instructions below!

Proper Home Care Instructions
To Help you Maintain Good Oral Health for your Teeth & Gums

We’ll start by discussing what causes tooth and gum disease:

  • Plaque, a mixture of sugar, protein and mucous, is the cause of tooth and gum disease.
  • Plaque is soft and sticky like honey. It forms after you eat sugar or starch (carbohydrates) with sucrose causing the most harmful plaque build-up.
  • Bacteria (germs, bugs) colonize the plaque, eat the plaque and then form waste products. That waste is acidic and harmful to your teeth.
  • After 30 hours enough bacteria have colonized the plaque to inflame the gums.

The key to maintaining good oral health is THOROUGH PLAQUE REMOVAL:
Thorough plaque removal requires the use of a system, therefore a systematic approach is critical. The tooth surfaces that contact your lip, tongue and cheek are called self-cleansing areas, and plaque is removed on its own from these areas. As such, when cleaning your mouth, focus on the areas that are not self-cleansing.  There are three such areas:

1) Between the teeth and gums
2) In the grooves/pits of the teeth
3) In between the teeth

A tooth brush can remove plaque from only two of these three areas:

1) Between the teeth and gums
2) In the grooves/pits of the teeth

FLOSSING
The most effective way to remove plaque from the surfaces in between the teeth

*REMEMBER: You are flossing to remove plaque, a soft and sticky substance, not food.  Therefore, it’s critical that you wrap the floss around the sides of each tooth and go up and down the side of the tooth several times.

Only use a back and forth motion to get the floss in between the teeth.  If your teeth are not flossed every day, the bacteria will build-up enough to cause inflammation.

Three Steps to Proper Flossing:

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THE FLOSSING CHALLENGE!
1) Floss for a week straight
2) Skip a day
3)  Taste your mouth after the “no-floss-day”
4) See if it doesn’t taste funny

BRUSHING
Your mouth consists of an upper and a lower arch of teeth.
Each arch has an inside, outside and chewing surfaces which must be cleaned of plaque.

1) Start by dry brushing your lower front teeth on the tongue side, this has been shown to be the most effective method for this area of the mouth.

2)Pick a corner of your mouth (e.g. back outside right) and continue from there.

3)On the outside and inside of your arch there is only one area that needs attention.  That area is between the teeth and gums.  You need to only concentrate on cleaning this area since the other areas are self-cleansing.

4) Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle between the teeth and gums, then gently vibrate to accomplish efficient plaque removal. Do not scrub your gums!

picture15) Then turn the corner. (i.e. go from inside to outside) and use the same 45-degree angle technique on the inside of the arch.

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Position our toothbrush as shown in the photo when brushing behind the lower arch.

6) After you have brushed on the outside and inside of the arch you may scrub away at the biting surfaces to clean the grooves of the teeth. Now, repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 on the other arch.

7) Brush your tongue, cheeks and palate. Congrats, you are done!

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Note: If your tongue is coated, this is caused
by “dead taste buds”.  Regular brushing and
gentle scraping of the tongue will improve
this situation, freshen your breath, and
enhance your sense of taste.

 

 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS
While a large variety of home care products are widely available to consumers, these are some of the brands we recommend using for your home care:

barotz-dental-home-care(A) TOOTH PASTE:  Anything WITH fluoride
(B) TOOTHBRUSH: Soft Bristle Brush
(C) MOUTHWASH : Act or Fluorigard (Colgate)
(D) FLOSS: Glide (by Oral-B)

 

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Dream Pays Off with Big Smiles

This article was written and published by the Denver Post on Friday, December 27th, 2002:

For Charles Barotz, a crooked smile can break the heart.

The cosmetic dentist on Denver’s 16th Street Mall specializes in custom-fit dentures and calls himself a “smile doctor.”

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Dr. Barotz in the Media

When you’ve been at the forefront of dentistry for more than three decades, media appearances are certain to follow. When he became a dentist, Dr. Charles S. Barotz committed to learning a new skill, technique or procedure every six months so that he could provide Total Dental Solutions for the people of Denver. He was the first dentist in the state of Colorado to offer porcelain veneers. Dr. Barotz was among the first in the country to offer LANAP laser gum therapy for correcting gum disease and Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation for gum recession. In addition to clinical excellence, Dr. Barotz and his team study famous international brands like Starbucks, Nordstrom and Ritz Carlton so that he and his team can incorporate their five star service practices into Barotz Dental’s patient care protocol.

As an expert in his field, Dr. Barotz imparts his knowledge and unique perspective via various media. He is a bestselling author, has produced a DVD about his Drop Dead Gorgeous Dentures, and has been featured in various newspaper and magazine publications. Dr. Barotz has also made dozens of television appearances. See below for yourself!

Dr. Barotz in Print Media

While he has contributed to and been featured in various publications, Dr. Barotz, a bestselling author, has written two books of his own:

The Patient Centered Dental Practice, Published 2011
tpcdpIncorporating the philosophical with the practical, The Patient-Centered Dental Practice shows up-and-coming dentists, as well as established dentists who may be “plateauing” rather than “peaking,” how to become what the author calls “Super Dentists.”
Available online at Amazon.com

The Power of a Beautiful Smile, Published 2014

power-of-a-beautiful-smileIn 2014, Dr. Barotz became a bestselling author thanks to The Power of a Beautiful Smile. In this book, Dr. Barotz, a practitioner of exquisite cosmetic dentistry in Denver, Colorado, reveals how today’s advances in dentistry can amazingly transform anyone’s teeth into a radiantly beautiful smile that will empower your success, confidence, and quite literally — change your life. This bestseller is available online at Barnes and Noble.

In addition to his own books, Dr. Barotz has been featured in several print publications, and not just dental specific publications!

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In 2002, Dr. Barotz was featured in Dentistry Today’s “New Trends in Dental Computing” story.

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In 2013, Dr. Barotz and the Denver Headache Center, also located in downtown Denver, were featured in HerLife Magazine.

In 2016, Dr. Barotz was featured in two different Denver Life Magazine issues.

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In April of 2016, Denver Life introduced its readers to Denver’s Super Dentist.

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In October of 2016, Denver Life featured Dr. Barotz in a piece on Cosmetic Dentistry.

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In 2003, The Rocky Mountain News featured Dr. Barotz on the cover of their Health section.

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In 2002, Dr. Barotz was featured on the cover of the Denver Post Business section.

The full articles themselves can be found online. The Rocky Mountain News article can be read in its entirety here while the Denver Post article can be read here.

Dr. Barotz on TV

Dr. Barotz has made a handful of appearances on Colorado & Company, a popular morning program in Denver, Colorado.

Colorado & Company, May of 2016:
Dr. Barotz discusses revolutionary new treatments for gum disease and gum recession.

Colorado & Company, February of 2016:
Dr. Barotz discusses LANAP laser gum therapy and dental implants.

Colorado & Company, October of 2015:
Dr. Barotz explains how Barotz Dental provides patients with “Quality Quickly.”

Colorado & Company, July of 2015:
Dr. Barotz explains the benefits and the importance of Sleep Dentistry.

Colorado & Company, March of 2014:
Dr. Barotz introduces the Denver Headache Center, which specializes in migraine, TMJ and headache relief.

 

In addition to Colorado & Company, Dr. Barotz has appeared multiple times on a different local program, Haystack.

Haystack, April of 2013:
Dr. Barotz discusses the benefits of implant supported dentures.

Haystack, June of 2013:
Dr. Barotz explains why SuperFast Invisalign is superior to ordinary Invisalign.

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Invisalign in Half the Time!

What is SuperFast Invisalign?

SuperFast Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign creates a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. With SuperFast Invisalign, you can eat, brush and floss normally, and no one can tell that you are straightening your teeth! At Barotz Dental in downtown Denver, Colorado, you’ll see your own virtual treatment plan right in our office, so you can view your amazing new smile before finishing treatment!

Advantages of SuperFast Invisalign

SuperFast Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners, created precisely to gently and gradually move your teeth into place.

Virtually Invisible: No one can tell you are straightening your teeth.

Completely Removable: Eat, drink, brush and floss, or take them out for special occasions such as weddings, prom, or senior pictures.

Faster Treatment Time: No fixed metal brackets or wires to adjust means you’ll spend less time visiting the doctor. You will receive a new set of aligners every other week during Invisalign treatment.

More Comfortable: There are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.

Know your Results: At Barotz Dental you can view your virtual treatment plan right in here in our downtown Denver office, so you can see how your corrected smile will look when treatment is complete, even before you start!

Why is it called SuperFast Invisalign?

Barotz Dental is a proud provider of PROPEL Orthodontics technology. Taken from DentistryIQ.com, this excerpt best explains why Barotz Dental offers patients Invisalign treatment with PROPEL:

The Propel System is a micro-invasive procedure performed by orthodontists to greatly reduce the time in which teeth are moved. Through a groundbreaking scientifically proven, patented process called Micro-Osteoperforation™, the alveolar bone is stimulated to induce an inflammatory response that greatly accelerates tooth movement in the treated area. When used during active treatment, the length of time required to move teeth has been shown to be reduced by up to 50%.

Thanks to PROPEL technology, Dr. Barotz is able to shift your teeth faster and complete your Invisalign treatment in half the time of ordinary Invisalign!!

More than Just Straight Teeth

Not only is SuperFast Invisalign versatile, helping to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues, it’s highly effective as well. A confident smile isn’t the only benefit of correcting your dental issues with custom-made Invisalign aligners – your health can be positively impacted as well. SuperFast Invisalign can correct overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbites, overbites and underbites. Dr. Barotz will work to design a custom treatment plan with your specific dental or orthodontic issue(s) in mind. Your treatment program will consist of a full set of aligners, made for you, and only you.

Overly crowded teeth:overly crowded teethThis occurs when there isn’t enough room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in chances of gum disease, and can even prevent the normal function of teeth.

Widely spaced teeth:widely spacedThis occurs with excessive continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues can cause some periodontal diseases, and result in bone loss.

Crossbite:crossbiteThis happens if the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. One or more of the upper teeth will bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This can happen on both the front or the sides of the mouth. Patients with this situation can experience wear of the teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.

Overbite:overbiteThis familiar situation happens when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or over-development of the bone that supports the teeth. In addition to cosmetic issues, this situation can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.

Underbite:underbiteAn underbite happens when the lower teeth protrude over the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.

Getting SuperFast Invisalign from Barotz Dental

When you choose Barotz Dental for your SuperFast Invisalign treatment, we’ll make sure that you get the results that you want – a beautiful, straight and healthy smile. Here’s what you can expect:

Step #1: Schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation. During this visit, Dr. Barotz will ask you about your smile and what you hope to achieve through Superfast Invisalign treatment. If you are a candidate for SuperFast Invisalign, a treatment plan will be mapped out with your goals in mind. Then, impressions and pictures of your teeth will be taken for digitization purposes.

Step #2: The impressions of your teeth will be digitized in order to work with a computerized 3-D image of your teeth. Your tooth movements will be planned throughout your entire treatment timeline. You’ll be able to see a virtual representation of your teeth before, during, and after the Invisalign process so you can see what your smile should look like when done with treatment.

Step #3: Customized aligners are created with advanced technology for you to wear at each stage of your treatment. While the number of aligners varies for each individual situation, a full set of treatment typically includes 20-30 aligners per arch.

Are you interested in SuperFast Invisalign from Barotz Dental? Visit our website or give our office a call to set up your complimentary consultation today!

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Barotz Dental: Providing Emergency Dentistry in Denver, Colorado Since 1980

At Barotz Dental, we take pride in our ability to provide Total Dental Solutions in a timely, comfortable and personalized manner. However, dental emergencies do happen, and when they do, we are always prepared to deliver for anyone in need.

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Whether you are a local or visiting from out of town, we are here for you!

Comfort & Care Come First

We understand  that visiting the dentist can be an intimidating and unsettling experience. As a response to this common sentiment, we bend over backwards to put patients at ease during every visit. We offer warm neck pillows, blankets, fresh baked cookies, iPads with Netflix and more to help patients relax in the chair. We also offer a variety of sedation options. From the outset in 1980, our practice has been designed as dental spa that can comfortably accommodate all patients, even those with the worst cases of dental phobia. Whether you have a real fear of the dentist or simply don’t enjoy having your mouth worked on, we take the measures to ensure your trip to Barotz Dental is comfortable, personalized and free of fear and anxiety. Most importantly, everyone at Barotz Dental, from the front office to the assistants to Dr. Barotz himself, truly cares about the people that we touch.

Barotz Dental is Always Available

We are not a typical dental practice. One of the ways in which we differ from an ordinary dentist is that we meticulously manage our schedule so that we can perform additional treatment when needed or accommodate patients experiencing a dental emergency. Whether you need to be seen ASAP or sometime in the next few days, give our office a call and we will not put you off until the “next opening” on the calendar. We can always find time to address your concerns within days or even hours in some cases.

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Whether you are new to the practice or a current patient, we are here for you!

We Are Never Too Far

Of course, with our convenient downtown Denver location, we are never too far from victims of dental emergencies. If you visit our office by car, you can take advantage of our complimentary valet parking at the Holiday Inn Express. If you live or work in the downtown area, we are just a short walk or Mall Ride away at the south end of the 16th St. Mall. Or if you live in some of the surrounding communities, the light rail is always an efficient and effective option for getting to our office.

 

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