Best Lakewood, Colorado Dentist
If you’re in search of the best Lakewood, CO dentist, look no further than Mile High Smiles. At Mile High Smiles, Dr. Brian Levitin and his staff will allow you to experience all that modern dentistry has to offer. Our wide range of services can help you and your family achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.
Since 2004, Dr. Levitin has been providing patients with the education and cutting-edge treatments necessary to keep their teeth, mouth, and gums in tip-top shape. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from VCU/MCV and is a proud member of the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association.
Mile High Smiles is truly a one-stop-shop for all of your dental needs. Whether you’re in need of a routine cleaning and exam, a filling, tooth extraction, crown, or bridge, we have you covered. We also offer cosmetic dentistry services such as tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and dental bonding. Sedation dentistry, Invisalign, Botox treatments, and laser therapy are available as well.
When you visit our office for the first time, you can expect a thorough oral exam. Once your exam has been completed, Dr. Levitin will take a look at the findings and inform you of your treatment options. In addition, he’ll let you know what hygiene services you need for healthy gums and answer any questions you may have.
To truly experience the Mile High Smiles difference, we encourage you to call us at 720-239-1916 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to our warm, friendly, and technologically advanced practice. We offer everything from Denver emergency dentistry to laser therapy.
If you have been in Belmar, you have seen our office. We are located right across the street from the Village of Belmar senior living campus. We are also across from the Foothills Credit Union, King Snoopers and Edna Wine & Spirits Shopping Center (Lakewood City Commons). Our physical location is as follows:
8015 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Other stores in the Lakewood City Commons shopping center across the street include, Old Navy, Micheals, Ulta Beauty, Petco, Bath & Body Works and Ross Dress for Less. The City of Lakewood government office also happens to be on the back side of the shopping center. We are a short walk from the government office building. Some of the surrounding areas include West Alameda Heights, Creighton, O’Kane Park, Martindale, Jefferson Gardens and The Stanton Hills. While we are in “Belmar” we assist patients from all over Jefferson County. If you are looking for a dental cleaning, to get a cavity filled or would like a professional opinion on your oral health, contact Dr. Brian Levitin and Miles High Smiles today.
Dental implants, typically made of titanium, are used to substitute a tooth root. They are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. If multiple teeth may be missing, implants can be used to further secure dentures as well. In fact, implants are meant to match tooth color and fit making them customizable to your mouth. If you are concerned about the safety of implants, implants have been one of the biggest advancements in dentistry in the past 40 years proving treatment to be safe and effective. Consult with our highly trained Dr. Levitin today to learn if implants may be possible for you!
A crown is a tooth covering that typically fits over a natural tooth. They may also be referred to as a “cap” for a tooth. Crowns may be considered necessary when a tooth is broken or a cavity is too large for a filling. Crowns are aesthetically pleasing as they blend in with the other teeth in the mouth. Additionally, crowns have excellent durability so no need to worry about replacing your crown after only a couple of years. If you think you may need a crown, it is best to set up a consultation as soon as possible.
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of plastic aligner “trays” that help to gradually straighten and adjust teeth. They are an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces and are made to benefit patients of all ages. As an adult, braces may not seem appealing since they are very visible. However, with Invisalign, the aligners are clear making them barely noticeable to others. Invisalign aligners are even removable making every day activities like eating, drinking, brushing and flossing much simpler!
At Mile High Smiles, we understand that visiting with the dentist may not always be easy, which is why we offer sedation during certain treatments. With sedation dentistry you can receive the dental care you need without the added anxiety or stress. Different from general anesthesia, sedation puts patients in a relaxed state of mind. It can be extremely beneficial for long procedures that may usually involve more frequent appointments without sedation. Sedation can range in strength and purpose, which is why Dr. Levitin will decide what is best for each patient!
When seeking a family dental office that is best for your needs it is best to visit the office and get the overall feel. As our Raleigh family dental friends, Wells Family Dental Group, always says, “we’d rather have happy patients than many patients.”
Basic Dental Terminology and Definitions
Let’s get started with the jaws. The term “dentition” means the natural teeth in the jaw. The term “edentulous” means all missing teeth in the jaw.
“Primary dentition” is otherwise known as the baby teeth or deciduous teeth. Most children have 20 baby teeth — 10 on the upper arch and 10 on the lower arch. “Permanent dentition” refers to the adult teeth, and the adult teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Most adults have 32 teeth — 16 on the upper arch, 16 on the lower arch.
The arches are referred to as the “maxillary arch” for the upper arch and the “mandibular arch” for the lower arch. The arches or the mouth are divided into quarters otherwise known as “quadrants.”
The human body is divided into half by an imaginary line down the middle called the midline, and each side is mirror image.
This is the chart view of a patient record. Please notice that the patient’s right is your left, and the patient’s left is your right, just like shaking hands.
The permanent teeth are identified by numbers 1–32. We start on the upper right and counting 1, 2, 3, all the way to the upper left, and the back tooth is tooth number 16. Then we drop down to the lower left, and the back tooth is number 17, the next tooth is 18, and we wrap around all the way to tooth number 32 on the lower right.
There are two types of teeth. The first type is the anterior teeth, which are the six front teeth in your smile line, and they are used for tearing food. The next type are the posterior teeth. They are the teeth in the back. They are used for grinding and chewing your food.
These are the clinical names of the teeth, and again, upper and lower are mirror image. The front six teeth on the upper and the lower are referred to as the anteriors. The next teeth over, two in each quadrant, are referred to as the bicuspids. The next teeth over, three in each quadrant, are the back teeth or the molars.
This is the anatomy of the tooth. This outside layer of the tooth is the enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body. The next layer is referred to as the dentin which is much softer, and the layer around the tooth on the outer portion is referred to as the “cementum” while this inside core is called the “pulp” or the nerve. Interproximal means in between the teeth, right here.
This is the chart of the growth and development of permanent teeth. This person is between the ages of 21 and 25 years of age. Again, upper-lower, and mirror image. The first two teeth are the central incisors. The next two are the lateral incisors. The next two are the cuspids. The next are the first pre-molars or bicuspids, and the next are the second premolars or the bicuspids. Then we have the first molars, otherwise known as the six-year molars. Then we have the second molars, otherwise known as the 12-year molars, and we have the third molars, nicknamed the “wisdom teeth.”
The primary teeth are identified by letters A–T. We start with tooth A on the upper right, and then wrap around to tooth J on the upper left. Then drop down to tooth K on the lower left and wrap around to tooth T on the lower right.
Primary teeth are important for speaking, chewing, and holding the space for the permanent teeth to grow and develop. This is a chart of the development of the primary teeth, and this is a child aged two to five years of age. Right here, we see that the tooth buds of the primary teeth are already developing in this jaw. Again, it’s upper, lower, and mirror image. The first two teeth are the central incisors, the next two teeth are the lateral incisors, the next are the cuspids or the canine teeth, the next are the first molars, and then the next are the second molars.
Surfaces are used to describe or identify the size and the side of the decay or the restoration on a tooth. A tooth has five surfaces, and they are identified by abbreviations. The abbreviations are as follows. The D is for “distal” and that is the interproximal tooth surface that is furthest away from the midline of the body.
The M stands for “mesial,” which is the interproximal tooth surface that is towards the midline or the wall that is in between the teeth towards the front of the mouth.
The B stands for “buccal,” which is the tooth surface that is closest to the cheek or the lips on the back teeth, the posterior teeth.
The O is the “occlusal” or the chewing surface of the tooth, of a posterior tooth, a back tooth.
Here is a picture of the surfaces. Here is the midline, and this whole section right here is the buccal, which is nearest the cheek on the posterior teeth. The distal is the back wall of the tooth, the mesial is the front wall of the tooth, and the occlusal is the biting surface of the tooth.
We have three more surfaces, the F for “facial” is the tooth surface that is nearest the cheek or the lips on the anterior teeth, so that would be this part right here, this whole section. The “incisal” is the cutting edge of the anterior teeth right here. The “lingual” is the inside surface of the tooth closest to the tongue.
We have a couple more dental terms to talk about. The first, the “clinical crown” is the top third of the tooth that is above the gumline. The two-thirds of the tooth below the gumline or embedded in the bone are known as the “root.”
The “gingival tissue” is the soft tissue that is surrounding the teeth, otherwise known as the gums. “Impacted” any tooth which never came through or never grew into proper position.
“Mixed dentition” is the combination of both primary and permanent teeth and is in most adolescents. “Caries” is another word for decay or cavities. “Congenitally missing” means teeth that never formed, and “supernumerary” is an extra tooth and usually it is an incisor or a molar.
Keep in mind, these are just a few of the words that you will hear in a dental practice.