Ryan Rush DDS PLLC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We appreciate questions because they tell us that our patients are interested in and involved in their oral health needs. No question's too large or too small because if it matters to you, it matters to us!

Some of the most frequently asked questions we hear are listed below. If there's something else on your mind, please don't hesitate to call us, and we will be happy to assist you.

Crowns & Bridges

If you break a tooth, call us and let us know what happened, even if it’s not painful. A broken tooth doesn’t heal itself, and even if it’s not a problem now, the situation will only worsen the longer you wait.

The sooner we can treat a broken tooth at our Fort Collins dental office, the more likely we can save it. 

Options to Repair a Broken Tooth

The treatment that Dr. Ryan Rush recommends for a broken tooth depends on the extent of the break and where in your mouth the tooth is located.

Tooth Filling or Bonding

If only a small part of tooth enamel has broken off, we may be able to repair the damage with a tooth-colored filling material. This process is called dental bonding.

Dental Inlay or Onlay

A dental inlay is a tooth restoration that can replace the broken-off part of a tooth. Inlays are much stronger and more durable than dental bonding.

Dental onlays made of porcelain or zirconia are typically used on molars where a large part of the tooth structure is broken.

Dental Veneer

If the break affects only a small part of the tooth and is cosmetic in nature, we may recommend a porcelain veneer as the best treatment option.

Porcelain Dental Crown

If the fracture or break is large and has affected the tooth's cusps, we would likely recommend a dental crown. A crown is a tooth cap that covers and protects the damaged tooth.

We Repair Broken Teeth in Fort Collins, CO

If you have a broken tooth, call us to schedule an appointment so Dr. Rush can examine it and recommend the most appropriate treatment. If your broken tooth is painful, we will do our best to see you the same day for treatment.

Dental Implants

Yes! Dr. Rush has the skill and expertise to place and restore dental implants here at our comfortable Fort Collins dental office.

The first step is to meet with Dr. Rush for a dental implant evaluation. To be a good implant candidate, there must be dense, healthy bone in the area of your jaw that we plan to place your implant.

How Dental Implant Placement Works

If you’re a good candidate, we proceed to implant placement, where Dr. Rush uses 3-D cone beam CT scans and creates a surgical guide that allows him to place the implant in the optimal position in your jawbone.

Implant Placement

Thanks to this precise planning, placing a dental implant at our Fort Collins dental office is straightforward and the procedure takes about an hour. Dr. Rush performs implant placement under local anesthesia so you won't feel any pain. 

Dental Implant Healing

The next step is to wait for the dental implant to heal. Over the next 3-6 months, a process called osseointegration occurs, where bone and tissue in the jaw fuse around the implant post. Healing is the most crucial part of the procedure as it’s how the implant gains its strength and stability.

Implant Restoration

Dr. Rush will monitor you during the healing process, and once the implant is fully integrated, the tooth is ready for the implant restoration—crown, bridge, or denture—that is visible when you smile. Once we attach the tooth restoration to the implant post, your new tooth will look, feel, and function just like a real tooth.

Are You a Good Dental Implant Candidate?

If you’re interested in dental implants and want to see if you’re a good candidate, please call us at (970) 223-5393 to schedule an appointment.

Emergency Dental Care

If you have a toothache, call us, and we will arrange to see you as soon as possible. Our Fort Collins emergency dentist understands how difficult it is to deal with any tooth pain and wants to provide relief as quickly as possible.

Why You Have a Toothache

Toothaches are generally the result of inflammation of the dental pulp, the tooth's innermost layer where its nerves are located. There are several reasons why pulp becomes and inflamed and results in a toothache:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cracked tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Root infection
  • Damaged or broken fillings

We will take digital x-rays to determine the cause of your toothache and plan the appropriate treatment. In most cases, a toothache results from a cavity, and Dr. Rush would recommend a tooth filling to resolve it.

If he discovers a root canal infection, he will do what is necessary to get you out of pain and then plan root canal treatment for our next open appointment. Depending on the nature of a cracked or broken tooth, there are several treatment approaches that may be appropriate, and Dr. Rush will discuss these with you.

Have a Toothache? Call Our Fort Collins Dentist!

Don’t ever hesitate to contact Ryan Rush DDS if you have a toothache. Tooth pain isn’t normal, and the sooner we address the source, the sooner you’ll find relief.

General Dentistry

Most patients know occlusal guards by the name night guards, an oral appliance that’s prescribed to protect teeth against bruxism and grinding forces during sleep.

Bruxism affects all ages; sometimes it’s related to stress or anxiety, but crooked or missing teeth or an uneven dental bite can make you more prone to teeth grinding than others. 

Since bruxism occurs involuntarily, most people aren’t aware that they are grinding their teeth. The result is significant dental wear and breakdown, but our dentist can diagnose teeth grinding by the wear and tear on your teeth.

How an Occlusal Guard Helps Bruxism

An occlusal guard or night guard is worn while you sleep and acts as a cushion so the grinding and clenching motions don’t damage your teeth. Wearing the guard also gives your TMJ or jaw joint a chance to rest and recover during the night.

Some common symptoms of teeth grinding or bruxism to be aware of are:

  • Worn teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Facial pain
  • Cracked teeth

Need a Night Guard for Teeth Grinding?

If you have any of the symptoms of bruxism, please let Dr. Rush know at your next appointment. He will prescribe a custom-made occlusal guard that will protect your teeth and jaw joints and relieve your pain.

Please call our Fort Collins dental office to schedule an appointment.

Preventive Dentistry

There are several different types of dental x-rays, but the most common are bitewings that should be taken yearly. Bitewing x-rays show an image of both upper and lower teeth in one part of the mouth. Bitewings help us find decay and changes in bone that indicate gum disease. We also commonly use bitewings when preparing tooth restorations like crowns and bridges. 

What We Look for on Routine Dental X-Rays

  • Tooth decay, especially the areas between teeth
  • Cavities beneath existing fillings
  • Condition of dental fillings
  • Jawbone loss
  • Root canal infections
  • Position of teeth for implant placement
  • Cysts and tumors

Other Types of Dental X-Rays

At the dental office of Ryan Rush DDS, we use only low-dose digital radiographs (x-rays) for our patients’ safety. Here are some of the other types of x-rays we commonly use:

Periapical x-rays show the whole tooth from the crown to the point where it is attached to the jaw. These x-rays are commonly used as needed for restorative dentistry or when we need a single image of the entire tooth structure. 

Panoramic x-rays give us a single continuous image of your entire mouth, including all teeth in your upper and lower jaws. With panoramic x-rays, our dentist can view teeth that have emerged and teeth still in the gums, such as impacted wisdom teeth. 

Are You Due for Your Next Dental Exam?

We only take dental x-rays as needed, and when we do, our dentist will explain why and how it will benefit you. If you have other questions about dental x-rays or would like to schedule your next dental exam, please call our Fort Collins, CO dental office.

Teeth Whitening

If you are someone who likes options when it comes to teeth whitening, you’ve come to the right place. We offer three ways for busy patients in Fort Collins to get the bright, white smile they want in the most convenient way for them.

Opalescence™ Boost In-Office Whitening

Since our dentist oversees in-office teeth whitening, we can use a higher concentration of whiteners to comfortably and safely brighten your smile. We start by placing a protective gel on your lips gums to prevent irritation, then apply the Boost gel directly to your tooth surfaces.

The product is applied for 20-minute intervals, then removed and reapplied. We typically repeat this process three times until the desired level of whiteness has been reached.

Custom Take-Home Whitening Trays

We create custom take-home teeth whitening trays by taking comfortable digital impressions of your teeth and using them to fabricate trays that cover your teeth perfectly. You select the whitening intensity you are comfortable with and use the gel and trays daily for 2-3 weeks for about 20 minutes a day until you see the desired results. You can also hold onto your trays and continue to use them and any leftover gel for monthly touchups.

Opalescence Go™ Pre-Filled Whitening Trays

If you want convenient teeth whitening that delivers stunning results, we offer Opalescence Go prefilled whitening trays that are ready to use right out of the box! You’ll receive 10 trays that conform perfectly to any smile and come in two strengths, and we’ll help you choose the right one for your needs.

Schedule a Teeth Cleaning to Get Started

All teeth whitening treatments start with a cleaning with our dental hygienist at our Fort Collins dental office. Please call us to schedule an appointment to see your brightest smile!

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