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Dental Treatment is More Comfortable With an Isolite!

January 26, 2016

Filed under: Our Dental Office - What makes us unique — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 9:35 pm

The Isolite – Making Dental Treatment More Comfortable and Safer!

Dental treatment doesn't have to be scary!

Dental treatment doesn’t have to be scary!

Patients hate or at least don’t usually like having their teeth worked on.  Dental treatment is often avoided due to discomfort, so whatever we can do to make dental visits easier and more comfortable for our patients the better!  One of the things they do not like is having work done on their teeth and dealing with all the water spray.  Also the spray of powdered old fillings and decay can be annoying.  To help make your visit more comfortable, our office uses an Isolite during dental treatment.  See the video below to see how the use of an Isolite just might make you more comfortable and safer!

In our office we use the Isolite for all types of dental treatment that may involve water spray such as tooth colored fillings, crown and bridge preparations, periodontal treatment and any bonding procedure where we must be able to achieve good isolation and protection from water or saliva.  Most importantly, the Isolite makes having dental treatment more comfortable, safer and faster for our patients!

Pleased to have dental treatment completed from our caring, gentle team!

Pleased to have dental treatment completed from our caring, gentle team!

We hope you will always feel comfortable enough to tell us what we can do to make your dental treatment as comfortable as possible.  We have all had dentistry on our teeth so we know how we want to be treated. Our office will do what we can to pass this knowledge and gentle dental care along to you and yours!

Contact our Grand Junction office at (970) 242-3635. Or visit us on Facebook!  We would love for you to “Like” or “follow” us! And please let us know if you have other ideas that would help us do our job even better.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth, Restoring Smiles!

 

Grand Junction Dentist Julie M Gillis

January 19, 2016

Filed under: Our Dental Office - What makes us unique — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 8:23 pm

Cosmetic and General Dentist Julie M Gillis sees patients from Grand Junction, Clifton, Fruita, and Palisade Colorado as well as surrounding communities on the Western Slope of Colorado and beyond.

      Some of dentist Dr Julie Gillis‘ patients wanted to tell others what they like about coming to our dental office.  We get it that most people do not like coming to see the dentist!  But we will do our best to try and make your visit as comfortable as possible!

 

We hope you would like Dr Gillis to be your dentist as well!

What Helps Dental Patients To Be Comfortable?

January 14, 2016

Filed under: Our Dental Office - What makes us unique,Porcelain Veneers — Dr Gillis @ 4:33 pm

Dental offices can do many things to help patients feel more relaxed and more comfortable during their dental treatment.  Here are some of the things our Grand Junction, Colorado office is doing for our patients for any type of dental treatment from a routine cleaning to a longer appointment for porcelain veneers!  Please let us know if you have suggestions! We are always searching for ways to make our patients more comfortable while they are having any kind of treatment in our office.  Our office specialized in keeping our patients comfortable during their treatment for Porcelain Veneers, Composite Resin Restorations Periodontal Treatment, Crowns, Bridges, Implants, and Comprehensive care!

How about an appointment for Porcelain Veneers?

Following conservative treatment with porcelain veneers.

Following conservative treatment with porcelain veneers.

Prior to conservative treatment with porcelain veneers.

Prior to conservative treatment with porcelain veneers.

Let’s say you have been thinking about having porcelain veneers completed and you have selected our office for your porcelain veneer treatment.  (Congratulations!  We think this is a great decision!)  You were hesitating having the porcelain veneers completed because you didn’t know if you could be comfortable that long in a dental chair.  We do the following things in our office to make your time with feel like it goes faster and help you to be more comfortable while having your porcelain veneers completed.

  • Premedication to help with anxiety if desired
  • Comfortable headphones with a large variety of music selections on preloaded I pod Shuffles
  • Blankets
  • A selection of head, neck and back pillows
  • Memory foam dental chairs
  • Safety or dark glasses
  • Chap-stick or lip balm and vaseline
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Smoothies, fruit juices, coffee, tea and/or water (any temperature!)
  • Several Payment options

Click on the link below to see a short video where we display some of the things our office is currently doing for all of our patients whether they come in for Porcelain Veneers, a short visit, a long visit or anything in between!  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you!

 

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health in Western Colorado

September 15, 2015

Canted midline and opaque porcelain make this smile less attractive than it could be.

Canted midline and opaque porcelain crowns make this smile less attractive than it could be.

 There are many reasons to replace crowns – poor aesthetics is one of them!

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health with Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

This is our office‘s byline, so it is fun to show one of many beautiful results!  All-porcelain crowns replace the existing porcelain fused to metal crowns that had metal below the porcelain.  Metal is often used to strengthen and support porcelain in dental crowns, however we currently have better, stronger, more aesthetic all-porcelain crowns available for our patients!

White and straight is 'beautiful' in almost all cultures!

Same smile improved with all-porcelain crowns!  White and straight is ‘beautiful’ in almost all cultures!

 

Up close you can see defective crown margins and the bone loss that has occured

Up close you can see defective porcelain fused to metal crown margins and the bone loss that has occurred.

 

Gorgeous smile highlights a beautiful face!

Gorgeous smile highlights a beautiful face!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The porcelain crowns done previously for this lovely lady were opaque due to the underlying metal.  The existing porcelain crowns were too large for the patient’s mouth, her smile line was canted, the margins of several of the crowns were defective meaning that bacteria could get below the crown edges and cause decay, and the midline was not vertical as it should be!

Note the much improved smile with cosmetic dentistry in the Grand Junction, Colorado office of Dr. Julie Gillis with cosmetic dentistry and all porcelain crowns!  Our office sees patients from all over the Western slope including Grand Junction, Aspen, Palisade, Clifton, Fruita, and many surrounding communities.  Please call our office at (970) 242-3635 for information on all porcelain crowns, cosmetic dentistry, or just ways to make your mouth healthier or your smile brighter!

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Did You Know You Have Responsibilities as a Dental Patient?

March 10, 2015

Filed under: Our Dental Office - What makes us unique,Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 11:02 pm

Did You Know You Have Responsibilities as a Dental Patient?

You do!  Dentists and their teams or their dental staff members have a lot of responsibilities to you as a dental patient.  But, you the patient have responsibilities – or we would like you to be responsible for the following things in order to receive the best possible care.

The patient (translation – you!) is responsible for these things:

  1. Good oral hygiene
  2. Good diet
  3. Control of destructive oral habits like nail biting, clenching or grinding
  4. Coming to dental appointments in a timely manner as recommended by your dentist
Dr. Gillis and Julie working on a patient.

Dr. Gillis and Julie working on a patient.

 

It is important to us to spend the time with you that you need to address your concerns and make you comfortable.

Fluoride:  Current recommendations by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) confirm the benefits of fluoride in preventing caries and the protective effects of fluoride including enamel remineralization and altering bacterial metabolism to help prevent caries.

Oral Hygiene:  You are responsible for the day-to-day care of your teeth and gums.  This may include all or some combination of brushing, flossing, rinsing, use of a waterpik or other hygiene aids.   We want to congratulate your efforts.  You may also be doing better in some areas of your mouth than others.  Our office is very happy to let you know what areas need extra care.

Proper Diet:  Limiting the intake of sugary or acidic foods is paramount but a healthy diet is good for your teeth and the rest of your body!

Crowns and Follow-Up:  The dentist putting in a crown is responsible for these things which we take very seriously:

  1. Making sure the crown preparation and any restorations are done as well as possible and educating the patient in the care of their dentistry.
  2. Making sure that the lab work is also high quality, the margins of the crown should be smooth, the occlusion or bite on the crown should be correct.

In our office there is never a charge to adjust the bite on a new crown for up to three months after it is placed.  Usually a patient will know if the bite is off within a day or two and it is usually a five minute procedure to correct this.  If there is a change in the way a tooth feels, a new x-ray will often be needed to properly evaluate this.  Our office will provide a free new crown for up to five years if a patient is seen regularly and there is a problem related to the fit or workmanship of the crown.

You should know that your dentist is not responsible for things out of their control such as the following:

  1. Your genetics – some teeth are softer, weaker, and more likely to have problems.
  2. Your diet or habits such as clenching and grinding
  3. Your oral hygiene.
  4. Your previous dentistry or the existing condition of your tooth or teeth.  Trauma to a tooth (cavities, fractures, stress from your diet or habits, and dental work) is cumulative and may add up to a tooth ache.

We appreciate your feedback as it is very important to everyone in our office to do our jobs as well as possible!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

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