General & Family Dentistry

Family & Cosmetic Dentist Serving Centennial & Highlands Ranch, Colorado

You need regular dental visits to maintain a healthy smile throughout your lifetime. When these visits bring to light issues that affect the function of your mouth, you should trust that your general dentist has the knowledge and expertise to address these concerns as well.

Dr. Frank Scavuzzo began practicing dentistry with his father in 1987, before opening our practice, Scavuzzo Dental Care, which has been in operation for more than 30 years. Scavuzzo Dental Care offers a wide range of general and family dentistry services and has flexible office hours that can accommodate every member of your family.

To schedule an appointment at our family-run practice, call 303-741-2727 or use the form on this page. We proudly serve Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Read about preventative and restorative dentistry services for you and your family below:

What Is General Dentistry?

General dentistry includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect your teeth, gums and jaw. At Scavuzzo Dental Care, our goal is to help you maintain a healthy mouth while providing you with a welcoming setting that makes you feel like a member of our family each time you step through our doors.

We give you the tools you need to prevent oral health problems, but dentistry isn’t our only focus. Dr. Scavuzzo and our team focus first and foremost on you. This means that our entire staff takes the time to learn about what obstacles you face to achieving optimal dental health.

A Dentist for Your Whole Family

Dr. Scavuzzo consulting with patient and staff memberDr. Scavuzzo developed a passion for helping others by watching his father run a single-room dentistry practice out of his childhood home. Inspired to pursue the same path, Dr. Scavuzzo eventually joined his father’s practice before founding Scavuzzo Dental Care more than 30 years ago. The history of Scavuzzo Dental Care is deeply rooted in family, and we continue to value family in all that we do today.

With eight children of his own, Dr. Scavuzzo understands how hectic life can get. He works hard to provide you and your family with flexible hours so taking care of your teeth doesn’t mean compromising taking time for the important things in life. We’re proud to offer:

  • Extended hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Weekend hours on Saturdays and Sundays (limited availability on select Sundays)
  • Live phone service and after-hours phone service for emergency dentistry needs

We understand that one of the most important considerations in choosing a dental office is their ability to accommodate the needs of an entire family. Scavuzzo Dental Care is proud to provide family dentistry, working with adults and children of all ages.

Children’s Dentistry

Being a family dentist means taking special care of the youngest members of your family. Dr. Scavuzzo completed his post-doctoral residency in a setting that catered heavily to children, and as a father of eight, he knows how to make children feel at ease when it comes to visiting the dentist.

This child-friendly philosophy can be seen throughout our practice. We strive to maintain a bright, cheery environment to remind children that the dentist doesn’t have to be scary. The following amenities contribute to a warm, friendly setting:

  • Movies
  • Music
  • Blankets
  • Massage chairs

We understand that a child’s first dental visit can affect how they view the experience for years to come. Dr. Scavuzzo and everyone on our team make it a point to listen and connect with the children who visit our office so they feel comfortable throughout the process.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace both missing teeth and roots, permanently restoring stability and function in your mouth. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are rooted in your jawbone just like your original teeth. This allows them to bond with your jawbone for a fixed solution.

Our dental implants are made of strong, non-toxic titanium that is biologically compatible with your mouth. In addition to giving you natural-looking results, dental implants can:

  • Replace one or more of your teeth without affecting bordering teeth
  • Integrates with your jawbone for improved comfort
  • Last a lifetime with proper care
  • Support dentures or a dental bridge
  • Eliminate the need for a partial denture

It’s important that you have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone density to support your dental implants. Dr. Scavuzzo will examine your mouth prior to treatment and determine if you’re a good candidate.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown covers or caps your tooth and restores its original shape and size. A dental crown is designed for teeth that have lost a significant amount of their original structure and is typically used to strengthen a tooth that is cracked, broken or had several fillings. A dental crown can be placed over your natural teeth or on top of dental implants.

In order to best fit a crown to your tooth, we will first take digitally scanned impressions of your teeth and gums. To help you achieve a natural look, we will consider the following factors:

  • Crown color
  • Your bite pattern
  • The shape of your teeth
  • The length of your teeth

While your digitally scanned impressions are sent off to the laboratory, we will fit a temporary crown over your tooth. During a second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and cement the new crown on your tooth for permanent results.

It’s important that you brush, floss and get regular dental cleanings to protect your new crown. You will need to take extra care to remove plaque from the crown area, as plaque can cause dental decay and gum disease at the crown’s base. Floss and tools such as brushes and picks are helpful for keeping this area clean.

To prevent fracturing or damaging your new crown, avoid chewing on sticky or hard foods. Be sure to let Dr. Scavuzzo know if you’re prone to teeth grinding.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge works much like its name suggests: It bridges gaps and spaces between two or more teeth. Bridges are permanent fixtures that are supported on either side of your missing teeth by dental crowns. These crowns are placed over your existing teeth on either side of your gap.

A dental bridge is the most natural choice to fill space in your mouth left by missing teeth. If left unfilled, this space can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position. Dental bridges:

  • Safeguard your mouth against additional tooth loss
  • Prevent tooth decay and gum disease
  • Help correct an altered bite caused by tooth loss
  • Can improve your ability to talk and chew
  • Prevent your facial features from collapsing inward

We use several types of dental bridges at our office, depending on your needs. Dr. Scavuzzo can help you determine which type of dental bridge is best for your mouth and budget.

For a traditional fixed bridge, your initial appointment will involve preparing your teeth for the bridge. The teeth that will support your bridge will be reduced and fitted with dental crowns. A digitally scanned impression will be made for your bridge, and you will receive a temporary bridge until the final one is ready. During a second appointment, the final bridge will be placed over the teeth.

With a bridge, it’s more important than ever to brush, floss and see us for regular cleanings. You should also use floss threaders to remove plaque and bacteria from hard-to-reach spaces between the bridge and adjacent teeth and gums. If you maintain good oral hygiene, you can typically expect your bridge to last a decade or more.

Dentures and Implant-Supported Dentures

Dentures are removable, artificial teeth that fit over your gums for the same look and feel as your natural teeth. We use three main types of dentures at our office:

  • Full dentures: These are designed to replace all of your teeth.
  • Partial dentures: These hide the appearance of missing teeth and, unlike dental bridges, are not permanent fixtures.
  • Implant-supported dentures: This type of denture is attached to dental implants in order to prevent slipping.

Full and partial dentures work best with healthy gums and a strong jawbone. Dr. Scavuzzo will assess your mouth before fitting you with dentures. To ensure a snug fit, he will also take into account the structure of your facial muscles. If you have receding gums or a weak jawbone, Dr. Scavuzzo may recommend implant-supported dentures as an alternative to full or partial dentures.

Since dentures are removable, you should take them out of your mouth and clean them daily. You should clean the rest of your mouth at this time as well. While your dentures will be susceptible to regular wear-and-tear over time, keeping them free of food and bacteria will help them last longer.

Cavity Fillings

When tooth decay causes cavities, it’s important that you treat them with fillings as soon as possible. Left untreated, cavities can compromise the strength of your teeth, making them more susceptible to chips, breaks and infection.

We use three types of fillings at our office:

  • Amalgam filling: This is the most durable type of filling and best for filling larger cavities that need to endure the stress of chewing. Since this filling is made from a mixture of silver and mercury, it’s more noticeable than other types of fillings. Dr. Scavuzzo may recommend an amalgam filling for a cavity in a molar or another tooth in the back of your mouth.
  • Composite filling: This filling is made from a plastic resin that matches the color of your natural teeth. While this makes it a more popular option than an amalgam filling, the filling material can chip and wear over time. It can also be stained by coffee, tea and tobacco. Dr. Scavuzzo may recommend a composite filling for a cavity in the front of your mouth.
  • Ionomer filling: This filling is made from fluoride beads combined with composite filling material. They are designed to match the color of your natural teeth. While an ionomer filling is more fragile than an amalgam or composite filling, it sticks to your tooth and makes it more resistant to future cavities. Dr. Scavuzzo may recommend an ionomer filling for smaller cavities near the front of your mouth. He may also recommend an ionomer filling as cement for an inlay or for fillings in the necks or roots of your teeth.

Tooth Extractions

We’re committed to doing everything possible to save your natural teeth, but in some cases, it’s in your best interest to remove a damaged or infected tooth. Common reasons for tooth extractions include:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • High risk of tooth infection
  • An overcrowded mouth

When a dental extraction is needed, you can be sedated while we gently remove your tooth. We can administer nitrous oxide — known as “laughing gas” — oral prescription sedation or IV sedation. In rare cases, Dr. Scavuzzo may refer you to an oral surgeon.

Preventative Dental Care

preventative dental care - woman and man brushing teethRegular dental exams and cleanings are key to preventing tooth decay and cavities. We recommend bi-annual appointments at our office to help you maintain a healthy mouth year-round.

In addition, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss each day. Follow these tips to help you practice good dental hygiene at home:

  • Brush after each meal: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush in a circular motion for three to four minutes at a time. Brush the inside and outside of your teeth, your tongue and your gums. Dr. Scavuzzo and his hygienists routinely recommend rotary or sonic electric toothbrushes to aid in establishing optimal oral health. Place the bristles of your rotary or sonic electric brush against your teeth and gums and allow it to move systemically as designed.
  • Floss at least once a day: Guide your floss into the space between your teeth and gums. Gently move your floss side to side and up and down. Flossers are a good option if you have limited dexterity or need to help someone else floss their teeth.
  • Watch for signs of oral cancer: While we will look for early signs of oral cancer during your dental exams, you should keep an eye on your mouth as well. New red or white spots, small sores, unexplained swelling and discoloration in your mouth can all be symptoms of oral cancer.

Your mouth is a unique meeting place of teeth, skin, muscle, fluids and germs. Regular visits to our office help us keep your mouth and the rest of your body healthy and functioning correctly.

Schedule a Dentist Appointment in Centennial, CO

Whether you need a routine dental cleaning or have questions about a specific treatment or procedure, we’re here to help. To schedule an appointment at Scavuzzo Dental Care, call 303-741-2727 or use the form on this page. We serve patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

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