March 19, 2020: Governor Polis has ordered the temporary cessation of all elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As of March 23, 2020 Uptown Prosthodontics is mandated to close until no-sooner-than April 14, 2020. We will be available for true dental emergencies on a case-to-case basis. If you need to reach Dr. Chen please call (720) 432-8406. Our staff is closely monitoring the ADA and the CDC for the latest developments.
Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Prosthodontist Dr. John Chen and the staff at Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics understand the importance of patient education. Good oral care is essential for one’s overall health. We know that the more knowledge our patients have about dental care, the better their oral health will likely be.

At our office, we tend to hear a lot of the same questions from our patients. For your convenience, we have included some of the more popular ones below.

You may have a question that is not on the list, and if so, we invite you to give us a call. We are happy to go over anything with you that will contribute to your good oral health. We know that educated patients make the best decisions about dental treatment, and we want you to feel confident about any recommended procedures. All of our staff is happy to take whatever time is needed to ensure you fully understand treatment options and maintain good oral health.

At Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics, we are your partner in oral health. We look forward to caring for you as well as your entire family!

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction is a term we use at our Aurora dental office to describe a selection of dental services and treatments needed to restore your teeth and gums to full health and function. At Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics, Dr. John Chen offers solutions for any dental condition you currently face.

His skill and advanced training as a prosthodontist, combined with high-quality dental restorations, allows Dr. Chen to treat a wide range of issues:

  • Broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Aesthetic flaws
  • Advanced gum disease

Full mouth reconstruction in Aurora typically involves restorative dental treatments that include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Implant dentures
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening

If you are faced with multiple dental problems, the first step is to call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chen. He will talk to you about your concerns, so he can understand your goals and how we can help you achieve them. 

Next, he’ll perform a thorough examination, including digital x-rays that give him a full picture of your current oral health and the issues we need to address. Dr. Chen uses advanced technology like intraoral cameras that identify problem areas and help you see what we see, which helps you can understand how the treatment will benefit you. 

We’ll work together to personalize your treatment plan so that it meets all your needs. Before you leave our office, you’ll have a clear understanding of how your treatment will proceed and what to expect, including cost.

If you are facing multiple dental issues, we would love to help you. Please call our Aurora dental office to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Chen to get started.

Crowns and Bridges

In most cases, yes.

dental crowns | aurora co dentistIf a porcelain crown or onlay is the right restoration for you, it is possible to have your crown done the same day. This may save you an extra trip to the dentist, but we will still need at least two and a half hours of your time. Please let our front office know before scheduling for a same-day crown so that time is set aside to complete your procedure.

Same-Day Crowns

At our office, we are happy to offer our patients E4D technology, which makes getting a crown easier and more convenient than ever. The E4D crown is made in-office and looks completely natural.

One of the things about the E4D crown that patients appreciate the most is that not only are the crowns made with just one trip to the dentist, but patients can get a crown without the uncomfortable goopy impressions needed for traditional dental crowns. Instead, Dr. Chen will make an optical impression of your tooth using a digital camera. Your crown is digitally designed with the E4D's three-dimensional software.

Dental Crowns in Arvada

Once the crown is designed, the data is sent to the onsite milling unit where the restoration is fabricated in minutes.  Please call us with any more questions you might have.

If you have a crown, you know that your dentist recommended it to protect a decayed or broken tooth from further damage. But at our Aurora dental office, we also use crowns along with other dental restorations to replace missing teeth.

The first is where we use a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth. Dr. Chen places an artificial titanium tooth root in your jaw, and as it heals, it fuses with the bone and tissue around it. Now that you have a new root, Dr. Chen adds a dental crown to give you a completely new tooth that completes your smile and allows you to chew comfortably again.

The second way we use crowns to replace missing teeth in Aurora is to anchor a dental bridge in place. Dr. Chen customizes an artificial tooth called a pontic that matches your smile and sits in the space left by the missing tooth. The pontic is held securely in place by a dental crown on either side that is anchored to adjacent teeth for support.

If you need to replace missing teeth, we also offer full and partial dentures and implant-supported dentures in addition to dental implants and bridges. Call our Aurora, CO dental office to schedule an appointment so we can find the solution that best fits your needs.

Dental Implants

Tooth Replacement in Denver CO | Dental Implant ModelProsthodontists are trained to work with any implant system. Dr. Chen has worked with implants placed in the 1980s to implants placed in foreign countries. For our patients, however, we always have our surgeons place premium implants that consistently perform and are engineered for our prosthetic needs.  Contact our Aurora, CO dentist office with more questions.

Dental Implants in Aurora 

Dental implants are a great way to permanently replace missing teeth in a natural-looking way. Give our team a call today to book a consultation and see if dental implants are right for you!

dental implants | centennial CO dentistAlthough Dr. Chen is trained for implant surgery, he has chosen not to place dental implants. He feels that his limited training in this field is not comparable to the training of periodontists and oral surgeons who went through three to six extra years of schooling to perform these procedures. Dr. Chen wants the best results for our patients, so we work with great surgeons in the area.

Dental Implant Candidates

If you are considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, you should know that almost anyone who has sufficient periodontal bone is a candidate for dental implants. The best way to find out if implants are a good option for you is to come into our office for a consultation. Dr. Chen will examine you to find out if dental implants are appropriate.

Dental Implant Consultations in Aurora

Even if you are not currently a candidate, procedures are available to improve your oral health so you could be a candidate in the future. Contact us today if you have any more questions!

 

 

Dentures

If you want to replace one or more missing teeth, you have options, including dental bridges, full and partial dentures, dental implants, and implant dentures. Each has its place, and dentures continue to be a popular tooth replacement for Aurora patients because they work well for so many people.

Unfortunately, many adults shy away from dentures because they worry about having replacement teeth that look fake or artificial. You may worry about their appearance, but modern dentures surpass the older versions in every way, including look, feel, stability, and function.

Most importantly, modern dentures and partials designed by Dr. John Chen at our Aurora dental office look more like real teeth than ever before. The look of your teeth is an integral part of your overall facial appearance, so we customize your dentures accordingly. Your hair, eye, and skin color, and the shape of your face and jaw are all taken into account.

When he designs your dentures, Dr. Chen works closely with you to carefully select the shade, shape, and position of each artificial tooth. We work with the highest-quality custom dental labs in our area, where trained technicians skillfully place each artificial tooth according to our specifications.

The result is full or partial dentures that look so realistic and fit and function better than you ever imagined they could. No one will ever suspect that your dentures are not a natural part of your smile.

If you want to replace missing teeth, our Aurora prosthodontist offers several options, including dentures, bridges, dental implants, and implant dentures. Call us today so we can help restore your smile with our beautiful customized dentures.

Emergency Dental Care

We understand how unsettling even a minor dental emergency like a loose crown can be. Something’s not right, and you want it resolved as promptly as possible. We’re here to help you by providing emergency dental care at our Aurora dental office, so you can get back to focusing on all the important things you need to do.

Dr. Chen is an experienced emergency dentist who has the skill and expertise to handle any problem you are currently experiencing:

  • Toothache
  • Broken tooth
  • Lost dental crown
  • Lost tooth filling
  • Broken denture
  • Infected tooth
  • Dental trauma

Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, so if you don’t see your specific problem in the above list, call us, and we’ll make sure you get the treatment you need to get you back in the game.

We offer comprehensive emergency dentistry in Aurora, so Dr. Chen can expertly fix broken teeth, fill cavities, replace dental crowns, and perform emergency root canals and tooth extractions.

If your emergency is a symptom of a more significant, underlying condition, we’ll provide the immediate relief you need, then work on a treatment plan to resolve the problem and get your general oral health back on track.

Are you experiencing a toothache or some other dental emergency? Call our Aurora dental office at (303) 627-5755, so we can provide the relief you need as soon as possible.

x-ray after dental emergency | emergency dentist in south denverAs an emergency dentist in Aurora, the team at Uptown Prosthodontics sees many patients for toothaches. If you are experiencing the pain of a toothache, it’s essential that you come in to see us right away. Dental pain is never normal, and when it worsens, it usually just means the problem is getting more serious.

Handling a Dental Emergency

The most common treatment for a toothache is a root canal to get rid of the infection that has formed at the tooth root. Although many people have an unfavorable view of this treatment, root canals will get rid of your pain and save your tooth. The procedure itself is not painful.

We also see patients who have a tooth that has been damaged or knocked out because of trauma. If your tooth has been completely knocked out, the chances of saving it are better the earlier we see you, so it’s important to get the dentist immediately.

Other emergencies include a filling or crown that has fallen out. In these situations, you might feel some discomfort, but you can usually wait to be seen until the next available dental appointment.  

Call Your Arvada Dentist If You Are In Pain

If you find yourself facing a dental emergency, be sure to give us a call immediately!

General Dentistry

A general dentist is allowed to do any dental procedure, but they may not be able to perform them at the same high level as a specialist. This means that any dentist can say he or she will do the same procedures as a prosthodontist. However, there is a big difference in the level of training received by a general dentist versus a prosthodontist. The proof is in the quality of care patients receive.

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A prosthodontist is a specialized dentist who has received three additional years of training after completing four years of dental school. With Dr. Chen, you can rest assured that he has received training specifically in providing the more serious treatments that you might need, such as dental implants, dentures, and cosmetic dentistry procedures.

There is an advantage for you, the patient, when you see a prosthodontist who runs a general dentist practice because you can know that you will not have to be sent to a specialist for restorative dental care. Not only will Dr. Chen be familiar with your medical and oral health history, but you will be familiar with receiving treatment from him. This can go a long way toward calming anxiety about needing more serious dental treatment.

Call Dr. Chen!

If you have any more questions about what makes Dr. Chen a great doctor, don't hesitate to call us today.

Regular dental exams and check-ups are an essential part of preventive oral health care.

Dr. John Chen and his Aurora dental staff believe that practicing preventive dentistry is the key to side-stepping painful and costly dental problems. There's no trick behind a healthy smile; it simply takes some minimal daily effort to maintain your beautiful smile through brushing and flossing.

The most important part of general and preventive dentistry is regular dental check-ups at Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

What Happens During a Dental Exam?

During your exam, Dr. Chen will visually inspect for signs of decay, cavities, infection, oral cancer, gum disease, and other dental abnormalities. Once or twice a year, we will take a digital impression of your mouth using panoramic or digital x-rays; we will be able to show our patients exactly what the dentist on a monitor. Our diagnostic tools are geared for efficient problem-spotting, and once we catch and identify issues early, we can often treat them with minimal surgical intervention. 

Your dental exam is a great time to discuss your diet, lifestyle, oral hygiene routine, and even how to properly brush and floss. We are very interested in improving your oral health and keeping it there. 

Protecting Your Oral Health

Your dental exams can protect your oral health as well as your general health. We look for signs like lupus, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes so that you can get these issues treated early. Dr. Chen is here to care for and protect your teeth and gums, and we have an array of cosmetic dental treatments if you want to boost your smile. If it's been over six months since your last dental check-up, you may be due for one! Give us a call today to schedule your dental exam. 

 

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As a prosthodontist, Dr. Chen is specifically trained to handle complex cases. Many patients come to our office because their concerns were not addressed by a general dentist or they are unhappy with the results from a previous general dental office.

What Does a Prosthodontist Do?

A prosthodontist specializes in anything that needs to be replaced in the mouth—from the simplest dental filling to a full cosmetic dental makeover. Whether you need a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full set of dentures, Dr. Chen will be able to take care of your needs.

A prosthodontist is a specialized dentist who goes on for three additional years of training after completing traditional dental school. We also provide general dentistry at our practice. Regardless of the treatment you might need, you will be able to receive your treatment from the very dentist who is most familiar with your medical history and your overall oral health. 

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Porcelain Veneers

woman getting porcelain veneers | cosmetic dentist in auroraVeneers are a permanent cosmetic dentistry treatment because your teeth will have to be treated before the veneers are applied.

The Veneer Process

Dr. Chen will do this by removing a small amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth to make room for the veneers. Once the veneers have been custom-made for you in the lab, the veneers are placed and positioned in the desired spot before being cemented into place. A curing light will harden the cement to ensure the veneers stay in place permanently.

Once you have veneers, you will want to protect your investment. With good oral care, which includes regular brushing and flossing as well as twice yearly trips to the dentist, you can expect your veneers to last for at least a decade.

Veneers are strong and durable, but they may not hold up well to habits such as nail-biting or teeth-grinding. Don’t chew on ice or use your teeth as a tool. Chipping or cracking your veneers will mean expensive replacement.

Smile Makeovers in Aurora

Veneers are a great way to camouflage a variety of dental issues, including teeth that crooked, gapped, stained, too short, or otherwise imperfect. See the team of professionals at Uptown Prosthodontics to find out more about veneers in Aurora.

The first step when you’re considering any type of cosmetic dentistry is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chen at our Aurora dental office. You probably already have a clear idea of what results you’d like to see, and Dr. Chen can help you explore all available treatment options to attain them.

Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment because they’re so versatile. These super-thin shells of porcelain or ceramic create a new tooth surface that masks whatever flaws are beneath it. These flaws may include chipped, cracked or broken teeth, uneven spacing, and even slight tooth misalignment.

Once you and Dr. Chen agree porcelain veneers are the right choice, we’ll take digital impressions of your teeth and select a tooth shade that closely matches the rest of your smile. A custom dental lab will fabricate your veneers to our exact specifications.

Dr. Chen will prepare your tooth or teeth for the veneers by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel equal to the thickness of the veneer. He then checks your customized veneers for fit, makes any adjustments, and bonds them to your teeth.

Porcelain dental veneers are very durable and can last as long as ten years, but they are prone to chipping. Avoiding hard or crunchy foods can help you avoid damage and keep your veneers looking great for many years to come.

Ready to see if porcelain veneers in Aurora can help you love your smile again? Call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chen so we can help you.

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