General Dentistry

General Dentistry is Preventative Care

We at Trail Ridge Dental in Longmont and Johnstown, CO want to help everyone keep and have a beautiful smile. Regular checkups and cleanings are the best preventive care, other than your daily brushing, flossing and rinsing. When you come into our office regularly for checkups, our staff can spot any potential problems and we can deal with them before they can develop into major issues. Cleanings will also help in preventing a costly procedure in the future.

Cosmetic treatments are also an option for those with overall good dental health. If your teeth and jawbone are in generally good shape, and you are unhappy with your smile, there are cosmetic treatments that are available to you. Set up an office visit so we can discuss what would be the best choice for you. We look forward to being your Longmont and Johnstown, CO dentist!

While it is true that certain habits can increase the likelihood that you will get oral cancer, it is also a fact that any patient can get it. Oral cancer is a fairly common cancer type and is diagnosed thousands of times each year. If this cancer is not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, it will often be fatal.

Fortunately, when oral cancer is diagnosed in the early stages, it is a very treatable cancer. Dr. Visger is trained to look for the early stages of oral cancer each time that you have a checkup. If he ever finds anything out of the ordinary, he will take the necessary additional steps to confront the problem.

There is no way to overemphasize the importance of keeping up with your semi annual dental exams. This is the best way to find tooth decay and other issues in the earliest stages. Most dental problems are easy to treat when they are discovered early. When you come in for your semi annual visit, we will provide a thorough exam.

Modern technology has brought dental x-rays a long way. They are much cheaper now, and the results can be seen immediately since everything is digital. The current technology allows your dentist to get a much more accurate picture of your teeth and carry out treatments with unprecedented precision. This saves time, money, and pain. Dental x-rays are an effective way for us to identify problems with your teeth or jaw.

There is such a fresh feeling in your mouth after a professional cleaning at the dentist. Of course, there is also the benefit of having any tartar and plaque cleaned away. A cleaning is the best way to avoid gum disease and other long-term dental issues.

Modern dental techniques have now made cleanings much more comfortable and quick. It is still highly recommended to have cleanings at least two times a year. This is the best way to confront serious dental problems and to preserve the beauty of your smile.

Sometimes you are not certain how effective your oral hygiene is for yourself or your children. You are not sure if you are brushing or flossing properly. Your dental hygienist can let you know how things are going with a hygiene check. They can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. The ultimate goal is to take the best care of your teeth at home and avoid costly, painful treatments in the dentist's chair.

Trail Ridge Dental also offers splints in order to protect your teeth at night. If you wake during the night with headaches or jaw pain, it's possible that you have been grinding your teeth. This is called bruxism and can be treated in our office. We can repair teeth that have been chipped or ground down in your teeth. Then you will want to protect your teeth from future damage. A splint can be made for you to wear at night. It is similar to a mouthguard but the material is harder and can protect crowns, veneers, or natural teeth from further damage.