Platte Canyon Dental
Dr. Christina Linn, DMD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Our Littleton, CO dental team is here to provide the dental treatments you need and to act as a resource to guide you to improve and maintain your dental health and overall health. Your family’s dental needs can be diverse and complex, and we expect that you will have questions.

Platte Canyon Dental is built on a foundation of excellent patient care and service, and that includes sharing with you all the information you need to make educated and informed decisions about your family’s dental treatment. We encourage you to use us as a resource whenever there’s something you need help understanding.

Several of the questions we hear most frequently are listed below, and we welcome you to share any others with us that you don’t see here. Please call Platte Canyon Dental at (303) 797-2286, and a friendly and knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Children's Dentistry

Parents are often surprised to hear that the American Dental Association recommends children have their first dental visit when their first tooth erupts, but no later than age one. This age may seem early, but these visits are more about helping your child get used to a new environment at their pace.

As an experienced general dentist with extensive knowledge in treating children, Dr. Linn will ensure that your child’s first visit to our Littleton, CO dental office will be calm and stress-free. A positive start provides happy experiences for your child now and a healthy attitude about dental care that can last into adulthood.

Dr. Linn does not typically perform an examination on the first visit, but she will take a quick look in your child’s mouth to see if there are any problems we need to address. Since we do not plan any dental work, this is also a perfect time to ask us all your pressing questions about your baby’s oral health. Dr. Linn will provide you with helpful tips and discuss concerns like oral hygiene, bottle-feeding, and thumb sucking.

Your child’s oral health is precious, and we want to provide all the support you need to ensure their healthy little smile stays that way. If it is time to schedule your child’s first dental visit in Littleton, CO, please call Platte Canyon Dental, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment at your convenience.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Fortunately, cosmetic dental treatments offer many options for improving your appearance and your self-confidence. The way we feel about ourselves affects the way others see us, and if you aren’t happy with your appearance, it shows.

Aesthetic dentistry at our Littleton includes a wide range of cosmetic treatments from simple teeth whitening to dental bonding, porcelain veneers—and everything in between! When we combine updated materials and technology with Dr. Linn’s skill and attention to detail, the result is a smile that will turn heads and boost your confidence.

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment we offer and can help transform stained or discolored teeth and leave you with a bright white smile. Or, you may opt for dental veneers for a more dramatic smile makeover. Our all-porcelain dental crowns are another excellent choice for concealing problematic teeth.

There is virtually no limit to the smile transformations we can create for our patients with cosmetic dentistry. Please call Platte Canyon Dental, located in Littleton, to arrange an appointment with Dr. Linn to discuss your aesthetic concerns with Dr. Linn. She will listen to your concerns and make recommendations for treatment that will help you achieve your ideal smile.

Emergency Dental Care

A broken tooth is a dental problem that your Littleton emergency dentist, Dr. Linn, needs to look at as soon as possible. In some cases, it’s just a nuisance and may be more of an aesthetic problem than anything else. But a broken tooth can also be a serious problem that needs immediate attention, as in the case of a fracture that extends below your gum line. 

The first step is to call Platte Canyon Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linn. If you’re not in pain, you may be tempted to put off treatment, but we urge you not to do this. A broken tooth is always susceptible to bacteria entering it and causing a cavity or an infection that may require more costly and complex treatment to correct.

Treatment for a broken tooth in Littleton depends on the type of damage, the extent of damage, and where the tooth is located in your mouth. There are several options for treating a broken tooth that Dr. Linn might recommend.

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth-colored filling
  • Porcelain dental veneer
  • Porcelain dental crowns

If the break includes damage to the pulp or inside of your tooth, we may need to perform a root canal. We will use every means at our disposal to save your tooth, but in some cases, the damage may be so severe that the only remedy that makes sense is to extract it.

Treating broken teeth is part of the emergency dentistry we offer at our Littleton dental office. Please call us at (303) 797-2286 so we can investigate the problem and be sure you get the treatment you need to save the tooth.

General Dentistry

Gum disease is a serious problem that affects nearly half of all US adults over the age of thirty. At Platte Canyon Dental, we provide education for our patients to help them avoid the need for gum disease treatment at our Littleton dental office.

Gingivitis is a gum infection that occurs when plaque and bacteria are not removed regularly from your teeth and gums. Common signs of gingivitis are inflamed, swollen or tender gums, and bleeding when you brush or floss.

Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a serious infection that affects not only your gums but also attacks the bone that supports your teeth. Untreated periodontal disease will ultimately lead to tooth loss.

Gum disease takes a toll on your oral health. Numerous studies indicate that there is a connection between chronic gum infections and systemic diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and even pregnancy complications.

At Platte Canyon Dental, we provide all the preventive services your family needs to keep your mouth healthy and free of disease. Aside from conscientious oral hygiene, dental exams and professional cleanings are your best bet for avoiding problems like gum disease and decay.

If you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis, please call our Littleton dental office to arrange a teeth cleaning with our trained hygienist. He or she will check for signs of gum disease and clean your teeth thoroughly.

Our physical address is 5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Ste D9 in Littleton, CO 80123. Dr. Christina Linn and her friendly and knowledgable dental staff provide a broad spectrum of dental services that our families in Englewood, Littleton, Lakewood, Centennial, Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Denver, and nearby communities. 

If this is your first visit, you can find us near the Shoppes at Columbine Valley near the Columbine Valley Police Department, Columbine Country Club, Polo Reserve, and Dish Network Corporate Office.

At Platte Canyon Dental, we treat oral health conditions like TMJ and bruxism. Our preventive dentistry services include dental cleanings, digital x-rays, and oral cancer screenings. If Dr. Linn detects a dental issue, we use treatments like tooth-colored fillings, root canals, dental crowns, and more to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.

Our cosmetic dentistry erases built-up stains, corrects crooked or gapped teeth, addresses misshapen and gummy teeth, and fixes cracks or worn-down enamel.

We Love Serving Our Community

If you have children, you might be happy to learn that our dental office is centrally located by several well-respected schools like Wilder Elementary School, Goddard Middle School, Wilder, Arapahoe Community College, and Columbine High School.

We love serving our communities and their families. If you have any questions about finding us, please give Platte Canyon Dental a call today to speak to our pleasant dental team.

Root Canals

A root canal is a dental procedure that we need to perform at our Littleton dental office to relieve your pain and save an infected or abscessed tooth from extraction.

If we don't treat decay, the infection can spread quickly and penetrate the inner portion of your tooth. This part of your tooth contains pulp, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and becomes very painful when infected.

At this stage, you are in danger of losing the tooth if we don't act quickly. When performing a root canal, Dr. Linn first numbs the area to be treated, so you don't feel anything. Next, she accesses the infected pulp by making a small hole in the tooth.

Using state-of-the-art technology, she gently clears away the infection, then fills and seals the tooth. A tooth can become brittle after root canal treatment, so we recommend a dental crown to protect and strengthen it.

We understand that many people are intimidated by the thought of a root canal, but remember that the pain in your tooth started with an infection and has nothing to do with the procedure. At Platte Canyon Dental, we can help take the edge off of your anxiety by offering nitrous oxide sedation that enables you to relax and get the care you need.

If you have a throbbing toothache or notice symptoms like a pimple on your gums, you may need root canal treatment. The sooner Dr. Linn sees you, the sooner she can provide you with the relief you need and save your tooth from extraction.

Call our Littleton dental office so we can see if you need a root canal.

TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism or teeth grinding is common, and everyone experiences it from time to time. It’s usually related to stress or intense concentration, and occasional teeth grinding isn’t a problem. 

However, many patients suffer from chronic teeth grinding that causes pain and soreness in the TMJ (jaw joint) and can result in excessive dental wear, broken and fractured teeth, and bite problems. 

Many people who grind their teeth do so during sleep and are usually not aware of it. They may not realize it’s a problem until our dentist finds signs of worn or damaged teeth during a routine dental exam.

We offer conservative teeth grinding and bruxism treatment at our Littleton dental office that is very effective for preventing dental damage caused by teeth grinding. Referred to as a nightguard or occlusal splint, it fits over your teeth, similar to a sports mouthguard.  

The device is customized for you using impressions of your teeth, so it fits your teeth snugly. The nightguard does not stop teeth grinding, but it prevents the upper and lower teeth from contacting each other and absorbs the excessive force.

Dr. Linn uses nightguards to help many of our patients avoid the destructive results of chronic teeth grinding and relieve their TMJ pain. Please call Platte Canyon Dental, located in Littleton, to schedule an appointment so we can help you.

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