Five Parks Dental
Comprehensive Dental Care for the Family

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Our goal at Five Parks Dental is to inspire you to a healthier smile by providing the treatment, support, and education you need to achieve it. We are always here to answer your questions because we want you to feel confident and informed about your oral health needs. Dr. Jesse Jenkins knows from experience that patients who are involved in their dental care are more likely to enjoy fewer problems and better oral health in general.

We receive a lot of questions, and some of the most common are listed below. If we haven't answered yours here, please don't hesitate to call us, and a helpful member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Children's Dentistry

We recommend that children see the dentist when their first baby tooth appears but no later than age one. While this may seem early to you, it is in line with the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

The reasons for visits at this young age are twofold. First, the sooner we get your child accustomed to the new environment of a dental office, the easier it is for them to happily accept dentistry as part of their lives. At Five Parks Dental, our children’s dentist offers complimentary “happy visits” just for this reason. Each positive experience your little one has with us builds their confidence bit by bit until they feel safe, happy, and secure in our care.

Another purpose of these appointments is to be sure we’re doing everything to keep your child’s baby teeth healthy. They have the important job of holding space for permanent teeth that are already developing in the jaw. A baby tooth that’s lost too soon can lead to other dental problems down the road, such as tooth misalignment.

We love providing children’s dentistry and working with kids’ unique personalities. If it’s time for your little one’s first trip to the dentist, please call our Arvada dental office to schedule an appointment. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

The materials used for crowns, veneers, and composite restorations look lifelike but are a different material than your teeth. They cannot be whitened, and no matter what we do, they will always remain the same shade of white as the day you got them.

Dr. Jesse Jenkins is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Arvada who has a couple of ways to approach this. Ideally, it's best to whiten your teeth first, so we can then match your dental work to the final results. That way, you can be assured of a consistent white shade for your entire smile.

It is possible to whiten teeth with older dental work, but it’s a bit more challenging to get a precise match between the two. However, we can perform step-by-step tooth whitening until we achieve a shade that’s as close as possible to your dental work.

You can help keep your teeth white by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. Dental cleanings with your hygienist every six months remove all traces of plaque and tartar and keep your teeth looking clean and bright.

If you are concerned that your teeth no longer match your restorations, please call our Arvada dental office to book an appointment with Dr. Jenkins. She will be happy to meet with you to see how we can bring your smile back to a consistent shade of white.

Everyone wants a bright white smile that they can show off, but you can have too much of a good thing. We recommend an in-office teeth whitening treatment once a year, with monthly at-home touchups between visits.

Teeth whitening is perfectly safe when supervised or performed by your dentist or hygienist. However, there are detrimental effects to over-whitening your teeth, including tooth sensitivity and inflamed or bleeding gums. If your teeth take on a bluish hue or look transparent along the edges, your tooth enamel is thinning and can cause extreme tooth sensitivity.

You can keep your smile bright between in-office treatments by periodically using the custom whitening trays and gel provided by your cosmetic dentist. Avoid dark-colored foods and drinks that leave stains behind, and if you do indulge in beverages like red wine, drink through a straw.

Stay up-to-date with your six-month teeth cleanings that can really boost the brightness of your smile. Brush your teeth twice a day with whitening toothpaste to remove surface stains and food debris that dull your smile.

A professional teeth whitening with your Arvada dentist ensures that you will see the most brilliant results without sensitivity or damage to your gums. Please call Five Parks Dental to schedule a professional cleaning to get started.

Dental Implants

We agree that it can be a challenge to understand what’s covered and what’s not under your dental insurance. Benefits vary widely from company to company and even plan to plan.

Unfortunately, most don’t cover dental implants as they’re considered to be a cosmetic procedure. There are some exceptions to this, of course, so it is always best to speak directly with your specific insurance company. We also have very knowledgeable staff at our Arvada dental office who will be happy to help you determine what your benefits are.

Some dental plans will cover a portion of the tooth restoration—crown, bridge, or denture—that we place on the implant. Also, if there are medical reasons related to your tooth loss, your health insurance may offer some benefit.

The good news is that many insurance companies are beginning to see the importance of tooth implants. Some even offer separate plans that specifically cover part of the cost of implants.

If your insurance does not cover implants, we also have financing options that can help. CareCredit offers no-interest and low-interest payment plans that let you spread the cost of your procedure over several months. Five Parks Dental also offers in-house financing on a case-by-case basis, and a member of our team will be happy to discuss this option with you.

If you are considering implants, please call our Arvada dental office, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

General Dentistry

When you have sensitive teeth, even simple actions like brushing them can cause a sharp jolt of pain. There are several reasons why your teeth might be sensitive. Typically, it’s the result of worn dental enamel or exposed tooth roots but may also be related to other factors. Cavities, chipped teeth, worn fillings, and gum disease can all cause tooth sensitivity.

The first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenkins so she can perform a thorough examination and address these underlying causes. If you are still bothered by sensitive teeth, we may also consider treatments, including:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste helps to blocks the pain associated with sensitivity.
  • Fluoride applications strengthen tooth enamel and also help minimize pain.
  • Dental bonding uses a resin material applied to exposed tooth roots to minimize sensitivity.
  • Gum grafting addresses gum recession and uses tissue from another part of your mouth to protect exposed tooth roots.
  • Root canals that remove a tooth’s nerve might be recommended if you are in severe pain, and all other treatment methods have failed.

If you have sensitive teeth, brush them gently twice a day with a soft brush and avoid hard or vigorous scrubbing. Dr. Jenkins may also recommend a mouth guard if you grind your teeth, which can lead to tooth sensitivity. Acidic or carbonated drinks can wear away tooth enamel over time, so avoid them, or drink through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.

Call our Arvada dental office to schedule an appointment so we can provide the treatment for sensitive teeth that you need.

Patients commonly ask this question, and we understand their concerns. Dental x-rays are necessary because we wouldn’t be able to treat you without them. We can see some problems with a visual exam, but many others can only be diagnosed with the help of a dental x-ray.

The team at Five Parks Dental wants you to know that your safety is always our priority, and we only use digital x-rays at our Arvada dental office. Taking these state-of-the-art images exposes you to as much as 80 percent less radiation than film-type x-rays.

You don’t have to worry about unnecessary x-rays, either, because our general dentist will only recommend them as needed. We use them to diagnose a new condition, monitor an ongoing condition, or as a routine part of your preventive dental care.

The frequency of routine bitewing x-rays depends on your current and past oral health needs. Patients with excellent oral health and no history of decay or gum disease can go two to three years in between. If you have a history of oral health problems, you may require new x-rays every six or twelve months.

Rest assured that we will never recommend unnecessary dental x-rays. If we do need updated pictures, we will explain why and what we hope to learn from them.

If you have other questions about x-rays or want to schedule an appointment, please call our Arvada dental office so that we can help you.

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