Five Parks Dental
Comprehensive Dental Care for the Family

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

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.

two young girls smilingBenefits of Early Dental Care For Children

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.

Schedule an Appointment At Our Arvada Dental Clinic

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.

man smiling with bright smileExperienced Arvada Cosmetic Dentist

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.

How To Keep Teeth Whitened

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.

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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 in-office teeth whitening treatment once a year, with monthly at-home touchups between visits.

woman with bright smile smilingSigns You May Be Whitening Your Teeth Too Often

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.

How to Maintain Your White Teeth

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.

Call Our Arvada Dental Clinic

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.

woman hugging man's shoulders from behindUnfortunately, most don’t cover dental implants as they’re considered to be cosmetic procedures. 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.

Financial Options for Dental 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.

woman smiling in dental chairTreatments for Sensitive Teeth

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.

Book Your Next Appointment in Arvada

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

Your general dentist in Arvada recommends two dental cleanings per year. This schedule lowers your risks for preventable oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. However, if you have gingivitis or have already been diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist will recommend a more customized cleaning schedule.

A dental cleaning in Arvada removes stubborn plaque and other debris that your toothbrush and floss cannot eradicate. When we remove plaque, bacteria, and debris from your teeth, you're left with a clean slate for the next six months until your next teeth cleaning.

At your professional teeth cleaning, expect a relaxing experience. This is a non-invasive treatment and not painful. Your hygienist relies on special tools to remove buildup and may recommend a fluoride treatment to help strengthen your teeth between cleaning appointments.

Your hygienist also looks for oral health issues and will talk to you and your dentist about any findings. This is also a great time to discuss your at-home routine and ask the hygienist about best practices for you.

Is It Time for Your Teeth Cleaning in Arvada?

If you would like to schedule your next teeth cleaning, give us a call today.

We welcome our friends and neighbors from all areas, including Westminster, Broomfield, Superior, Lakewood, and Golden.

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.

digital dental xrayAre Dental X-Rays Safe?

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.

Contact Our Arvada Dental Clinic

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.

TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is a somewhat common problem. It’s also common for patients to not even realize that they’re grinding their teeth. Since untreated bruxism can lead to extensive tooth damage, which will need repair in order to maintain your oral health, it's important to know that you're grinding your teeth.

Common Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

To help you figure out whether or not you are clenching or grinding your teeth at night, we have listed some common symptoms of teeth grinding below.

  • Damaged teeth with chips, visible wear, or fractures
  • Headaches, especially upon waking in the morning
  • Tooth sensitivity or pain
  • Tired or sore jaw muscles
  • Facial pain
  • Tiredness due to sleep disruption

TMJ Treatment in Arvada, CO

If you have any of the above symptoms or suspect that you are grinding your teeth for other reasons, you should inform our skilled dentist, Dr. Jesse Jenkins, so she can evaluate you for bruxism. Bruxism is often associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, so our knowledgeable dentist can also check for TMJ problems. We often treat both TMJ disorder and bruxism using a night guard, which protects your teeth. However, Dr. Jenkins has extensive experience in treating TMJ issues and offers our patients a variety of treatment paths. With her expertise, she can help you choose the best treatment plan for your specific situation. 

Contact Five Parks Dental

Reach out to our friendly Arvada dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jenkins. At Five Parks Dental, we are here to help you successfully overcome bruxism and TMJ problems. We look forward to seeing you in our office!

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