What is a Frenectomy?

Picture1In certain situations, a general dentist may recommend you undergo a frenectomy procedure to improve oral function, appearance and, ultimately, quality of life.
The best way to understand the frenectomy procedure is to understand the frenum. 

What is a “frenum?”
The frenum is a small tissue attachment inside the mouth and gums. As you can see in the image on the right, there are two kinds of frenum in the mouth, the labial frenum and the lingual frenum.

When is a Frenectomy Necessary?
Frenectomies are needed when a frenum impedes functionality of the mouth or causes other dental problems, such as pain or speech issues.

Benefits Associated with Frenectomy Procedures:

  • Can eliminate a source of gum recession
  • Can reduce discomfort in the mouth
  • Can improve appearance by eliminating gap between the two front teeth
  • Can boost self-confidence
  • Can improve chewing function
  • Can stabilize dentures (for denture wearers)
  • Can improve speech
  • Can boost appetite through improved chewing function

Why Have Your Frenectomy at Barotz Dental?
At Barotz Dental in downtown Denver, comprehensive and advanced frenectomy treatments are part of our Total Dental Solutions offering. In addition to frenectomies, Total Dental Solutions enables Dr. Barotz and the team at Barotz Dental to handle all aspects of your care in a quick, comfortable and personalized manner.

We believe in providing Quality Quickly, and our advanced PerioLase equipment allows us to offer frenectomy treatment that is fast, excellent and only minimally invasive because it reduces the pain and bleeding after the procedure.

Our team also recognizes that frenectomies can sometimes be more urgently recommended treatment. At Barotz Dental, we will work with you and your schedule to expedite treatment that is considered time-sensitive. If you are possibly in need of a frenectomy, call us at (303)595-4994 today and we’ll happily set up a no-charge consultation that fits with your schedule!

 

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Implant Dentistry Impacting Dental Diagnoses?

At Barotz Dental, we see it on a near weekly basis: a patient visits our office for a complimentary second opinion consultation with Dr. Barotz after another doctor has recommended they have all their teeth pulled. In some cases, we find the previous doctor’s diagnosis to be correct, and determine that the teeth are not saveable. However, more often than not when seeing a new patient for a second opinion, their teeth are saveable.

Dr. Barotz is often surprised at how quick some dentists are to recommend pulling teeth in favor implants saying, “When I was in dental school, they trained me to save teeth!” At Barotz Dental, it is always our goal to help you save as many of your natural teeth as possible while also helping you achieve the smile you deserve.

Why is it that so many dentists are recommending dental implants before attempting to save salvageable teeth? This article shared by the Institute for Advanced Laser Therapy sheds some light on possible answers to that question.

Even though some dentists are too quick to recommend implants in favor of salvageable natural teeth, implants still play an integral role in many treatment plans. As Dr. Gregg says in the article mentioned above: “The most desirable thing that I want for my patients and myself is to retain natural tissues and parts of my body all our lives. If there’s no other option, then I’ll recommend implant placement without hesitation.”

Dr. Barotz once helped a patient save her teeth after five other doctors had told her she would have to have all of her teeth pulled. See the uplifting story for yourself here.

It has been our mission since 1980 to provide a dental experience that is both personalized & comfortable. While we take great pride in helping patients save teeth that other dentists said they would have to lose, we have helped hundreds restore the smile of their dreams thanks to implant dentistry. The bottom line is that opting for dental implants is a major physical, emotional and financial decision in life. If you are considering dental implants, or have been told that you will need to have your teeth pulled, Dr. Barotz urges you to seek a second opinion. Barotz Dental offers complimentary second opinion consultations for this exact reason. Please call us and arrange your consultation today.

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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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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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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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