If you are feeling a bit self-conscious about your missing teeth, but don’t want to change your dental structure to accommodate a bridge, consult with your dentist in Grand Junction, CO, to see if dental implants are a suitable option for you. These are metal (usually titanium) prostheses that are surgically attached to the jawbone beneath the gums, serving as a sturdy foundation to mount a single crown or dentures. Read more

Among all strategies or solutions for a youthful look or vibe, one of the most effective ways lies with proper dental and oral care. Dentition that suffered the negative impacts of aging and use, as well as damage due to the types of food and beverages consumed largely by an individual can add more years to one’s appearance. Read more

For so long, osteoporosis and dental implants seemed like two totally incompatible terms. Results from a new study, however, offer new insight into that belief. Read more

When you decide to buy a house, you take into consideration more than just the cost. You also think about the size, the amenities, how well it was built, and how safe, nice, and convenient the location is. You’ll be considering how each member of your family will make their home there.

If you’re a parent looking to buy a car for your family, you don’t just look at the cost, either. A BMW Z4, a Jeep Wrangler, or a Mini Cooper might be the car you really want, but it’s not the most practical car to buy if you have kids. Chances are you’ll pay attention to the size, the mileage, the safety features, and other options it can offer your entire family.

A One-Stop Shop for Every Age

When it comes to choosing a dentist for your family, why would you consider just one factor in making your decision when there are a host of things that each member of your family needs?

Look no further than Grand Dental. We are your one-stop shop for your family’s dental needs. We do our best to make your family comfortable and provide them with the dental services they need, whether they are 2, 42, or 82 years old.

You don’t have to worry about going to another dentist as you get older—we’ll get to know you and your family personally so that we can offer the best care for you based on your history as well as your current needs.

Exams and Procedures for Your Whole Family

Aside from providing you with a relaxing environment, friendly and well-trained staff, cutting-edge technology, sedation dentistry to help your anxiety, and flexible office hours for your busy schedule, what services do we offer you based on your age?

Each stage of life has different needs and concerns—babies don’t have teeth yet, while senior citizens may be concerned about keeping theirs—and this is something we understand and know how to look for.

Just like you regularly take your baby to a pediatrician, you should also take him or her to a dentist. Babies may not have as many teeth as we do, but did you know that even they can get cavities?

As soon as their teeth come in, babies are susceptible to getting cavities, or what’s known as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. If your baby drinks formula, fruit juice, or even breast milk, the buildup of sugar from these liquids can start to have bad effects on their teeth, like when they continue to suck on a bottle after you put them to bed at night.

Bring your baby in to see us when his or her teeth start coming in, and we’ll make sure your little one’s teeth are clean and cavity free! We can also provide you with important tips for things like what toothpastes and toothbrushes to use, and how to gently but effectively brush their soft gums and little teeth!

Just because a kid’s teeth aren’t permanent doesn’t mean taking care of them isn’t important. This is a vital time to establish healthy oral habits that they will keep for life, but it’s also a common time for problems to pop up, especially cavities.

To help prevent cavities, we can take a look at your child’s mouth and determine whether sealants can help them. Sealants are a clear protective plastic coating that we essentially paint onto the back teeth, which are notorious for getting cavities since they’re harder to brush and floss. If your child has cavities, we can fix them with fillings.

Other common problems we can help your child fix include losing teeth prematurely, which can lead to spacing issues, and dental emergencies like chipped teeth from sports. We even have a dentist on call for emergencies.

We care about your child’s safety. If your children need X-rays, Grand Dental uses digital X-ray technology so that we don’t have to expose them to as much radiation. We even offer mercury-free fillings if you have any concerns about mercury exposure (read more about this in our recent blog).

Because a child’s mouth changes so much, it’s important to take your kids in for their regular checkups. Ask us for tips on making sure your adolescents keep their teeth healthy.

Most teenagers have their full set of adult teeth by age 13 or so. These are the last set they are going to get, so it’s vital that they take care of them so that they can last a lifetime.

Because teenagers have their permanent teeth, it’s a good time to consider whether they need to get them straightened. If your teen doesn’t want the embarrassment or hassle of braces, Invisalign may be an excellent solution—no need to go to an orthodontist for that because we offer it right here in our office!

As your teenager gets older, bring them in for regular exams so that we can monitor their wisdom teeth and help determine whether we should remove them.

Adults have a wide range of dental concerns, from preventative care to cosmetic dentistry.

At each regular cleaning, we will check you for any issues like cavities, gum disease, and other problems that, if they continue, may lead to tooth loss or damage. If you are pregnant, it’s very important that you visit us because you will be more susceptible to things like gingivitis.

We also encourage you to talk to us about any cosmetic concerns you have, like stained teeth, uneven teeth, or anything else that prevents you from having the smile you want. We offer many solutions for your cosmetic dentistry concerns, from whitening to veneers, Lumineers, and Invisalign.

We understand that you’re a busy person, with work, running errands, picking up your kids from school, going to their extracurricular activities, making dinner, etc. Who has time for the dentist with all of this going on?

Thankfully, we offer many procedures that provide you with quality solutions but in an accelerated time frame, like Teeth in a Day and CEREC One-Day Dental Crowns. Tell us about your scheduling concerns if you need any dental work done.

If you’re anxious about coming to the dentist like many adults are, we can offer sedation via inhalation or pills to help calm your nerves and ease your worries. Depending on the procedure, we also have ceiling-mounted TVs with headphones for you to enjoy while we’re working in your mouth.

And did we mention our massaging dental chairs?

Senior Citizens
With the wear and tear of age on an older adult’s teeth, plus the increased risk of bone loss, this age group often has unique dental concerns. We see geriatric patients regularly and perform many procedures that can restore their teeth, like crowns, or replace their teeth, like natural-looking dentures, partial dentures, and mini implants.

We also see older patients who, thanks in part to good hygiene and regular checkups, have no major dental concerns at all.

Let Our Team Help Your Family!

Contact us today to set up your family members’ appointments at our friendly office, where our goal is to make dentistry comfortable, relaxing, simple, and pain free. We promise to give your family the best care we can!

We also understand that there are a lot of expenses involved in raising a family, so we have several financial options available to make sure your family doesn’t have to break the bank to get quality care.

Did you know that many people with heart disease also have gum disease?

You might not have known about this recent connection, but it’s no secret that what you eat affects your heart health and your teeth. If your teeth continually come into contact with unhealthy food and drinks, you can develop dental problems, which can possibly affect other parts of your body like your heart.

This month is National Nutrition Month, so it’s a good time for us to think about our health and make sure we’re doing what we can to stay healthy—in both our mouths and our bodies.

Today we want to take a few minutes to talk about the relationship between your mouth and your nutrition, how your teeth can function as a kind of magnifying glass for other health problems, and how those health problems can affect your mouth.

How Can Bad Nutrition Harm My Mouth?

You’ve been told by your parents or by your childhood dentist that candy and soda can harm your mouth. That’s true, but there are also some other foods that can be your teeth’s enemies, too.

A Nasty Culprit: Unfriendly Food

Sugary snacks like candy and pastries, as well as starchy foods like bread and pretzels, can be harmful to your mouth’s health. The same is true of beverages like soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened tea, and even lemonade and fruit drinks, which usually have a ton of added sugar.

The natural bacteria in your mouth uses sugar for its food and also creates acids, which can destroy the enamel, or the protective coating, on your teeth. The sugar coats your teeth and works its way into crevices to form plaque. If you don’t take good care of your teeth and get regular cleanings, this buildup can lead to cavities or, more seriously, gum disease.

A Nasty Result: Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when the tissues around your teeth become infected. If you have gum disease, you may notice constant bad breath, gums that bleed easily and are red and swollen, loose or separating teeth, or a change in your bite. At first, you might not even feel it.

Treating gum disease is not as simple as filling a cavity, but if it’s caught in the early stages (called gingivitis), your dentist can usually take care of it with a professional cleaning. If it progresses, it can develop into periodontitis, which can result in bone, tooth, and tissue loss. This is the point at which it can appear in people who have serious health conditions.

The Oral-Systemic Relationship: Gum Disease and Your Health

Although it’s not proven that gum disease can cause serious health conditions like heart disease, some of these health conditions can actually be prevented or their symptoms reduced by taking care of your body.

Eating a healthy diet and limiting the foods and drinks we mentioned above, which can raise your blood cholesterol and contribute to inflammation, can help reduce your risk of developing some of these serious health problems.

Exercising regularly, losing weight, getting good sleep, quitting smoking, and reducing stress are proven ways to prevent many diseases. These things may be tough to start implementing, but even taking baby steps can start you on your way to better health and a healthier mouth.

What Health Conditions Are Linked to My Mouth?

Here are a few serious health conditions that have been linked to oral disease.

Heart Disease and Stroke
Studies show that there is a relationship between heart disease and strokes and gum disease. The relationship has been only recently discovered and is still being researched, so it’s unclear whether one is causing the other. What is known is that two of the common factors are infection and inflammation.

Diabetes is a major risk factor that can contribute to gum disease because your body is more susceptible to infections. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with gum disease can’t control their blood sugar levels as well as others.

Not all types of diabetes can be prevented, but many people can help prevent the disease or keep it under control by eating well (especially limiting those sugary foods!), controlling portions, and staying active, all of which can help you keep off the weight that’s often associated with developing type 2 diabetes.

Tobacco and smoking, which are also major causes of gingivitis, are contributing factors to many types of cancer. Not only can the actual tobacco cause problems when it’s in your mouth and your throat, but it also causes all sorts of problems throughout your body. Cutting back or completely eliminating tobacco products can reduce your risk of cancer and gum disease.

Some types of cancer treatments have side effects that involve the mouth and can increase the risk of oral infection. Anyone going through cancer treatment should also have their dentist examine them for oral side effects like infections.

Some cancers, like head-and-neck cancer and pancreatic cancer, have actually been linked to oral disease.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that makes your bones weak and brittle. It has also been linked with gum disease and the bone loss and tooth loss it can cause.

These diseases lower your immune system, which puts you at greater risk for infection, including oral infections like gum disease. Many people with HIV and AIDS have other oral problems as well.

We Can Help Prevent Gum Disease and Keep You Healthy!

If you’ve been to Grand Dental before, you’ve noticed how we want to arm you with the information you need to keep your mouth healthy. We don’t just want to treat your problems; we want to prevent problems, too!

Let Dr. Benefield and the staff here do our part to help you take care of your mouth. Contact us now to make sure your dental health doesn’t hint that you have other problems going on elsewhere. We’d also like to help you if you have side effects from medications that are affecting your teeth.

Make sure you’re bringing your kids and yourself in to see us for regular checkups so that we can keep your mouth clean and lower your risk for developing gum disease. We’ll also be happy to talk to you about nutrition and how it affects your mouth!

Have you been unhappy with your smile? Do you have crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps in your teeth, or front teeth that stick out? Do you have an overbite or underbite? Is your uneven smile noticeable?

You could have been made fun of for your teeth, or they might have just made you self-conscious.

You may have considered getting braces but thought those would draw even more attention to your mouth. After all, even your friends couldn’t disguise theirs with the clear rubber bands they used on their braces.

If you’re an adult now, braces would be even more distracting because of your age. As a professional, you don’t want a client or your colleagues subconsciously thinking that your braces make you seem younger and therefore less experienced at what you do than you really are.

Whether you’re 15 or 45, there may be an excellent solution to help you get a nice, straight smile—without being a metal mouth.

Invisalign Can Straighten Your Teeth . . . Invisibly!

The best thing about Invisalign is that it straightens your smile almost entirely invisibly. Invisalign’s two aligners—one that slides on to your top set of teeth and one that fits over the bottom set—are made of a high-quality, clear plastic that’s difficult to see.

This doesn’t mean that they won’t be as effective as braces; Invisalign, like braces, can permanently straighten your teeth.

Invisalign Is Comfortable

Braces are made of metal and are attached to your teeth. Having metal in your mouth can be very uncomfortable, and it can create sores on your cheeks or hurt your tongue. On the other hand, Invisalign’s smooth, plastic aligners are comfortable. This also makes them much more ideal if you play sports that can put you at risk of getting hit in the mouth.

You also don’t have to deal with wax that goes around the brackets to keep the sharp metal from hurting your mouth because there is no sharp metal!

Invisalign Can Help Keep Your Teeth Healthy

If you have crowded teeth, you’ve realized that it’s difficult for you to keep the nooks and crannies between your teeth clean, even after you brush and floss. The bacteria that builds up in those hard-to-reach spots can develop into cavities or contribute to gum disease.

Invisalign can help reduce the risk of problems like these by fixing your crowded teeth and making it easy for you to brush and floss again. It’s easy to clean your teeth, too, because . . .

Invisalign Is Removable

One of the best benefits we hear about Invisalign wearers is that they can still eat what they want and clean whenever they need to because Invisalign aligners are removable.

Eating What You Want
Ever had food stuck in your teeth without knowing it, only to look in the mirror later and discover it? If you have braces, you can guarantee that food will constantly get stuck inside of them. This can making eating around people uncomfortable.

When food does get stuck, people wearing braces have to clean them out several times a day. You can see how that would be an annoying, time-consuming process.

Have you ever read the list of foods that braces wearers can’t eat, or foods that they have to limit because they can get stuck in their teeth? Popcorn is a definite no-no, while hard, crunchy foods like corn on the cob, carrots, nuts, apples, celery, and hard candy can loosen or even break the brackets and wires, meaning you will have to go to your orthodontist to get them fixed.

Bread (including bagels, rolls, and pizza crust), pretzels, and chips are notorious for building up in your braces, while fruit that contains small, edible seeds like strawberries, and also leafy greens like spinach, can get stuck inside your braces and be embarrassing when you discover too late that that was the reason everyone had been staring at you while you were eating!

With Invisalign, you don’t have to change your diet—you can just take off your aligners and put them back on when you’re done eating.

Cleaning When You Need To
Invisalign also allows you to clean your teeth like anyone without braces would; just take off the plastic aligners, clean, and put them back on when you’re done. You don’t have to deal with the hassle of brushing with those toothbrushes for braces!

Invisalign Saves Time

Not only do you have to spend less time cleaning your teeth with Invisalign, but you also might have to spend less time wearing them! Invisalign aligners are usually kept on for 12 months, while braces are typically worn for at least a year and a half or longer.

Straighten Your Teeth Without Being Noticed at Grand Dental!

Let us help you say good bye to crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth! If Invisalign is right for you, you don’t need to go to an orthodontist to get straight teeth. Grand Dental can help you get the best, most comfortable smile of your life with Invisalign so that you don’t need to go anywhere else.

Contact our office today or fill out an appointment form if you’re interested in fixing your smile without the hassle, embarrassment, and visibility of braces.

We want you to get the smile of your dreams without paying a fortune! Don’t forget to ask us about financing options or whether your insurance covers Invisalign!

Think back to your senior year in high school. The highlights of your last year were probably the same as ours—going to prom, heading to your final high school spring break destination, filling out college applications, graduating, and lining up a summer job.

What about getting your wisdom teeth taken out?

This milestone might not have been as memorable or as fun as prom, but if you’ve had your wisdom teeth taken out, you probably got it done somewhere between the ages of 17 and 25.

Right after high school is a common time to get these teeth taken out because you have a flexible schedule: you’re working at a fast-food joint or a local coffee shop, spending the summer traveling, or just lounging around your house with nothing better to do.

Maybe you never got your wisdom teeth taken out and are wondering why you didn’t, even though a lot of your friends did. Now, you might be wondering if you or your kid needs those wisdom teeth to come out.

Let’s take a quick look at what exactly wisdom teeth are and whether you or your teenager needs to get them taken out.

What Are Wisdom Teeth, and Why Are They Called Wise?

Wisdom teeth appear during your late teens or early twenties, a time in a young person’s life that was once referred to as the Age of Wisdom. (You might have thought during that time period in your own life that you were a pretty wise guy or girl!)

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last four teeth that will come in your mouth. Some people, though, will never have wisdom teeth, while some might have only two and others might have more than four!

No matter the number, these teeth start forming when you’re a child, but they won’t “erupt,” or break through your gums, until years later. Some people’s wisdom teeth never erupt but still exist under the surface of your gums.

What Are Wisdom Teeth For?

You might be wondering, What are wisdom teeth for if they’re not really seen? It doesn’t seem like you need them, especially if you can just get them removed.

The Background of These Wise Teeth
Many scientists believe that our ancestors’ diets, which were rich in fibrous plants and meats that required a lot of chewing, made wisdom teeth useful. With today’s refined diet, more processed food, more efficient cooking methods, softer foods, and the evolution of dining with silverware, wisdom teeth aren’t needed like they were in the past.

Aside from the purpose of wisdom teeth, our ancestors’ jaws were slightly bigger than ours are now, so they had more room for these extra teeth in the back of their mouths.

It wasn’t until the late 1800s that people started getting their wisdom teeth removed. Nowadays, about 5 million people in the U.S. have their wisdom teeth removed every year. According to the American Journal of Public Health, this amounts to $3 billion a year!

So how do you know if you should be part of these statistics and get your teeth removed?

Who Can Stay Wise and Keep Their Wisdom Teeth?

If your wisdom teeth are not impacted—meaning they are not still stuck under your gums but have come out completely like the rest of your teeth—chances are they are healthy. If you take good care of your mouth with regular brushing and flossing and don’t have cavities in your wisdom teeth, you will probably not need these teeth removed. (Sorry—this means the Tooth Fairy won’t be visiting you again!)

Who Needs to Get Rid of Their Smartest Set of Teeth?

If your wisdom teeth are impacted and remain under your gums, they may not have room to push their way through because your other teeth are already in the way. If your wisdom teeth are partially impacted and only erupt part of the way, it will leave an opening for food to work its way in and get stuck.

Because your wisdom teeth are hard to get to or even impossible to get to, they are hard to keep clean. This means they are more susceptible to getting cavities that can’t be treated because they can’t be reached.

Leaving your wisdom teeth in can also lead to gum disease and infection. When your teeth are infected, it’s possible for the bacteria in your mouth to travel into your bloodstream and affect other parts of your body, such as your heart.

Sometimes impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain or discomfort in your mouth or even in your sinuses. This is especially true if your wisdom teeth are crooked or sideways, which can happen when there isn’t enough room for them to grow in straight.

The worst-case scenario is that cysts can form in the tissue around your wisdom teeth, which can cause other issues, like tumors or nerve damage.

What If My Wisdom Teeth Don’t Hurt?

Even if your wisdom teeth don’t hurt, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t need to be removed. There may be problems with these teeth or the surrounding gums that you can’t see or feel.

Unlike your appendix, which isn’t taken out unless it’s about to rupture or is rupturing, your wisdom teeth can be extracted to prevent future problems. Dr. Benefield and the staff here at Grand Dental will carefully examine your mouth and teeth to help determine whether your wisdom teeth need to come out, even if they aren’t causing problems right now.

Is It Painful to Get Them Removed?

We don’t want you to have any fears or concerns that will prevent you from getting your wisdom teeth removed and keeping your dental health in good shape.

You might have been told awhile ago that you needed to get your wisdom teeth pulled but never did because someone told you it was painful. Worry no more—Grand Dental can make wisdom teeth extraction painless. We’ll give you a local anesthesia to numb the area around your teeth and prevent you from feeling pain.

Does It Take a Long Time to Recover?

You might have also heard that it can take awhile to recover from the process, which makes you worry that you’ll have to take time off work to recover. Aside from some minor discomfort or swelling at first, you should be back to normal in just a couple of days, especially if you follow the helpful guidelines we’ll give to you, like eating liquids at first.

What If I’m Anxious?

If you’re anxious about getting your teeth removed, we can offer sedation to help with that, too. We want you to be as comfortable as possible during this process!

Is It Expensive?

Don’t let your finances prevent you from getting your wisdom teeth removed. Some dental plans cover a portion of impacted wisdom teeth removal. You can also talk to us about other financial arrangements to help you pay for the process.

Just remember that getting your wisdom teeth removed can prevent problems down the road that will cost you more money in the future, or unnecessary pain down the road. Coming in for regular checkups will also allow us to keep an eye on your wisdom teeth and provide you with tips to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Let Us Help You Make a Wise Decision!

Let us help you make a wise decision when it comes to your wisest of teeth! Contact us today to set up a consultation if you or your teenager would like to know the shape of your wisdom teeth.

If you have kids or grandkids, enjoy watching animated films, or have breathed in the past year or so, you’ve probably seen the movie Frozen, featuring a brave young princess and her sister, Elsa, who has the power to freeze anything that’s in her way in a matter of seconds, including her whole kingdom. (If you have younger kids, you might have lost track at this point of how many times you’ve seen it!)

Crowns are not just for princesses like Elsa. There’s a different type of crown that’s used in dentistry, one that fixes broken teeth, weak teeth, or imperfections in your teeth that are visible.

CEREC Can Fix Your Problem Tooth or Missing Tooth in One Day

Although we don’t have magic powers that can transform your teeth in just a few seconds, like Elsa’s power to freeze things, we do have technology to help you get a crown put in in just one day and transform your smile in hours!

The secret to our one-day crown replacement is CEREC technology. CEREC, which stands for CEramic REConstruction, allows us to do same-day porcelain restorations so that in just one day, you can have your crown and wear it, too!

What Are Crowns?

A crown is a replacement for a tooth that is broken, cracked, chipped, weak, or has another major flaw that can be seen. The crown strengthens the remainder of a tooth or holds a broken tooth together. In the same way that a crown sits on top of a royal’s head, a dental crown goes right on top of your existing tooth.

Crowns can also cover an implant, or be placed over a discolored tooth or a tooth whose shape doesn’t match your other teeth. Crowns can also extend a tooth that’s too short.

What Is the CEREC Method for Crowns?

If you happen to be a busy person like most of us, your time is valuable. It might be hard for you to take off work several times, and for long periods at a time, to fix a dental problem.

Fast and Convenient
CEREC uses 3D images and advanced technology to quickly and accurately design, create, and fit your crown.

Using this technology, we’ll take a picture of your tooth and the inside of your mouth to create a digital model of the problem tooth. We’ll use this model to help design the crown, which is created by a machine and then examined and placed in your mouth by Dr. Benefield.

Because the process is so fast, we can simply rescan your tooth in the rare event that the crown isn’t as snug on your tooth as it needs to be.

Advantages over Traditional Crowns
The CEREC process has a lot of advantages over the traditional way of getting a crown. A traditional crown involves coming in to create impressions of your tooth or teeth, using those impressions to make a mold, sending the mold off to a lab, getting a temporary plastic crown to wear in the meantime, and then coming back weeks later after the crown is finished being made.

Sound time consuming? You bet.

With the CEREC method, you don’t have to keep coming back to the dentist. We’ll examine the faulty tooth that needs a crown, fit you for the crown, design it, and put it in in just one day!

You also don’t have to get a temporary crown in the meantime, which isn’t durable and can have problems like leaking. And because the impression of your teeth is digital, you don’t have to deal with being uncomfortable like you would getting a physical impression.

Immediate Results
Because CEREC dental crowns are so quick, you can walk out of our office confident in your new smile! And since the crown blends in with the color and size of your other teeth, you don’t have to worry that your new tooth will stick out like a sore thumb.

Even though the process is fast, CEREC crowns are permanent. Think about how long you’ve had to deal with your problem tooth, or the embarrassment you’ve gone through because of it. Won’t it be nice to know that you have a long-term solution?

Contact Us Today

Don’t wait around for your crown! Contact us now about using CEREC technology for your dental crown; we would love to help provide you with a beautiful crown in only one appointment!

There’s a lot of talk about the effects of mercury on our health. Mercury is naturally found on the earth, but too much of it may negatively affect your health, according to the World Health Organization.

You’ve no doubt heard that you should be careful about eating too much fish that’s high in mercury. Just to be safe, you might have cut back on your tuna intake.

More recently, you may have heard concerns about mercury fillings and whether it’s safe to expose your mouth and your body to this element.

We Care About Your Health and Your Fillings!

Your concerns and your safety are very important to us at Grand Dental, and your fillings are no exception! That’s why we are the only office in the Grand Junction area that offers safe removal of mercury-containing fillings. We also provide fillings with alternative substances that are safe for your mouth.

What Are Amalgam Fillings?

Do you have one of those silver-colored fillings in your mouth? That’s an amalgam filling. Dental amalgam is made from several different metals that give it its color. Although fillings made from amalgam are inexpensive, durable, and effective, they do contain mercury. Some people worry that the mercury can leak into the rest of your body.

So what do you do if you or your child has a cavity and needs a filling, but you don’t want one with mercury in it? Or what if you or your child already has a silver filling and don’t want to expose your body to mercury? You might even just hate how that silver filling shows when you smile.

Have no fear—we have a solution, both for alternative fillings and for removal of amalgam fillings.

Alternative to Amalgam Fillings: Tooth-Colored Fillings


Safe, Mercury-Free Materials
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resins, are the same color as your teeth and are made of composite resin, zirconium, or porcelain. These materials are biocompatible, meaning the material they’re made of is similar to what your body would naturally produce, so they won’t do any damage to living tissue that surrounds them.

Tooth-colored fillings can take a little bit longer to finish than amalgam fillings but obviously have no chance of exposing you to mercury. These types of fillings are good for smaller or medium-sized cavities.

Natural Appearance
As you might have guessed from their name, tooth-colored fillings have the added benefit of looking natural. If your filling is going to be visible when you smile, this is a great option for keeping your smile nice and white! Plus, you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing your silver filling and assuming you don’t take care of your teeth!

How Can You Safely Get Rid of My Amalgam Fillings?

Say you have an amalgam filling that you want to get rid of. We can take care of this for you safely so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be exposed to the mercury as it’s coming out of your mouth.

Examination and Safe Amalgam Removal
First, Dr. Benefield will examine your mouth and your fillings. He’ll also perform tests that can help determine if mercury might be unsafe for you, as well as X-rays or CT scans. Then he’ll carefully take the amalgam filling out and keep you safe by suctioning and flushing out the material with water.

Then he’ll take the composite resin and put it in layers where the amalgam filling was at, using a light to harden the material as each layer is placed. After that, he’ll compact the material to fit in your tooth, clean it up, and shine it so that it looks like your tooth.

Worry-Free Process
We’ll use local anesthesia to make sure the process isn’t painful. We promise to make your visit as comfortable as possible, but if you’re really anxious about getting dental work done like some of our patients are, we can offer sedation or nitrous oxide to help calm your nerves.

Your Filling Needs Are Just a Call or Click Away

If you’re concerned about your mercury filling or your child’s mercury filling, Grand Dental wants to help! Call us today or fill our our online form for an appointment. While you’re here, don’t forget to ask us about ways to prevent cavities so that you might never have to bother with a filling again!


You’ve heard that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. If you’re like 70 percent of Americans, you have at least one missing tooth.

And until you’re missing teeth, you never have to think about what it’s like to have to smile or talk to someone and be embarrassed that there’s a gap in your mouth. You don’t have to keep your mouth closed when you smile in pictures. When you go out to eat, you don’t have to think about normal processes in your mouth like chewing your food and eating whatever you want on the menu.

If you’ve ever had to worry about these things, implants may be the perfect, long-term solution that can wipe away your embarrassment and permanently restore confidence in your smile!

Who Needs Cosmetic Implants?

Whether you’re a younger or older patient who’s missing at least one tooth, implants can dramatically help your appearance.

If You Have Missing or Broken Teeth
Maybe you got a tooth knocked out when you were playing sports in high school. Maybe you had to get a tooth pulled, or have lost a tooth because it was infected. You might have cracked or chipped your tooth at some point. An implant can replace your missing or defective tooth or teeth.

If You Have Dentures
If you need dentures or if you already have dentures like thousands of other people do in the Grand Junction area, implants are a great alternative to help you achieve a more natural look. They can also help secure your dentures so you don’t have to worry about them falling out.

Grand Dental is a one-stop shop for implants: not only do we place implants, but we also restore implants. We’ll never refer you to another practice to get your implants taken care of—we take the time to get to know you and your concerns personally, and that allows us to provide the best care for you. Plus, you’ll save time getting everything taken care of in one place.

This also means you can come back to us for all your regular checkups to help make sure your implants last a lifetime!

How Can Cosmetic Implants Change Your Appearance and Your Life?

Improve Your Appearance
Implants are attractive because the crowns placed on top of the implants match the color and size of your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference, and you won’t have to be self-conscious of anything that will draw unwanted attention to your mouth! You’ll be able to proudly show off your teeth in pictures and talk confidently to people again.

Provide Durability
If you take care of them, implants are a lifelong solution. Not only are they strong—they’re typically made of titanium—but they’re also secure. Because your bones grow around the implant, it becomes part of your mouth and helps reduce bone loss.

Reduce Premature Aging
Have you ever noticed what someone’s mouth looks like when they’re missing their teeth, even when it’s closed? Are you that person? Bone loss in your jaw from missing teeth can actually lead to premature aging around your mouth. No one wants that!

Implants allow you to eat the foods you want again. This means you can chew normally, which keeps your jawbone strong. Because implants strengthen the bones underneath them, you can make sure your missing teeth don’t affect the appearance of your face around your mouth.

Increase Comfort
If you have dentures, you’ll notice how much more comfortable implants are. Implants can be attached to your dentures, so you don’t have to experience the instability of dentures anymore. Read more about implants and dentures in our blog post.

How Do I Get Implants?

First, we’ll determine if your gums and jawbone are healthy enough for the implant post to be placed in your jawbone. If your jawbone isn’t really strong, we still may be able to use mini implants, which are smaller and don’t require as much bone. Or we can do grafting to provide structure where your implant will go so that it can be held in place.

Next, we’ll place the implant into your jawbone to fill in the missing tooth. This will serve as a steady anchor for your crowns or dentures to be placed on top. Depending on your jawbone, this usually does not take very long and can be done in one visit.

After your implants are placed, we’ll take the crown or crowns (depending on how many teeth you are missing) that we custom fit to your teeth and place them on top of the implants. If you have dentures, we’ll lock those in place on the implants.

Will It Be Painful?
We want your implant experience to be comfortable, not nerve wracking and painful. We can provide sedation for you so that you can relax during the procedure.

What About the Cost?
Implants are a great lifelong investment. If you take care of your implants like you would your natural teeth—brushing and flossing regularly, coming in for your cleanings—they can last a lifetime and save you money in the long run on temporary fixes.

Grand Dental cares about your budget! We offer free consultations and many financial options so that money doesn’t have to come in the way of your beautiful smile!

A Beautiful Smile Is Just a Call or Click Away!

To get started on the way to a new smile, just fill out our short online appointment form or call our our office to speak to a friendly staff member. Before you come in, you can check out the success stories of some of our patients whose lives have been changed with implants!