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Our patients are our priority, we offer quality dental hygiene services at an affordable rate…cost effective for those without insurance. More details about our services below.
Each tooth places an important role in your smile, so make sure they are taken care of. Summit Dental Hygiene offers dental services such as adult and child dental cleaning, topical fluoride application, periodontal deep cleaning and teeth whitening. Come to Summit Dental Hygiene to take care of the thirty-two teeth in your mouth to get one result–a great smile.
Regular teeth cleaning is recommended to remove tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop, even with careful brushing and flossing, in areas that are difficult for you to reach.
We recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months.
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Please call (719) 285-7154 for appointments.
Visits may only be scheduled by appointment only.
Cancellation: As a courtesy to other patients,
a 48 hour cancellation notice is required.
We are a Fee for Service dental hygiene office.
Can you practice dental hygiene without a dentist?
Yes, the Colorado Dental Practice Act allows a Colorado licensed dental hygienist to own and operate an independent practice (outside the traditional “dental” oﬃce setting).
What form of payment do you take?
We take cash, check or credit card.
Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes. Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out necessary paperwork.
What if you see an “area of concern” with my teeth or soft tissues that may need to be evaluated by a dentist?
All patients are referred to the dentist of their choice. If you do not currently have a dentist, a referral will be made during the time of your hygiene appointment. A referral report will then be forwarded to that dentist.
Keep in mind: It is recommended by the American Dental Association that a thorough dental examination be performed by a dentist twice each year.
Is there onsite parking?
Yes. Our parking lot is located on the north (Lake Avenue) side of building.
What’s the best way to make an appointment?
In order to keep our fees low we do not employ a receptionist – we do our best to answer calls as they come in – but patients (and soon to be patients) should leave a message and Lisa or Lelah will return your calls within 24 business hours.
What services can independent hygiene practices oﬀer?
Dental hygiene services such as dental/periodontal charting, oral hygiene education, cleanings, ﬂuoride treatments, xrays, sealants, and teeth whitening are included.
What is periodontal disease?
The bone around your teeth reacts to the toxins excreted by the bacterial plaque and tarter on your teeth and resorbs or “goes away” from the source of irritation resulting in a periodontal pocket. The longer the tarter is left on the teeth, more and more bone is lost resulting in mobile teeth or eventually tooth loss.
What is a periodontal pocket?
When gently measured using a periodontal probe, the normal space between the tooth and gum in a healthy mouth is 3mm or less. A pocket depth of 4mm and deeper indicates increasing severity of the periodontal disease and associated bone loss.
What is gingivitis?
Inﬂammation (puffy, red and bleeding ) gum tissue due to insufﬁcient oral hygiene and the accumulation of bacterial plaque and hardened plaque (tarter).
Do you take my insurance?
No. We are a “fee for service” office. In order to keep our fees affordable we only take direct payment but we can give you a form for submission and reimbursement from your dental insurance company.
What if I’ve been told I need to take a prophylaxis antibiotic before any dental work?
Any patient requiring antibiotic prophylaxis (premedication) will need to obtain a prescription from their PCP or surgeon for these antibiotics and take prior to their appointment – we will not have antibiotics on site and the appointment will be cancelled if they haven’t been taken prior to the appointment. Any patient with an artificial joint should disclose this upon making their initial appointment so we can determine if there is a need for premedicating as there is new and somewhat conflicting information regarding the need. The ADA recommends antibiotic prophylaxis for the following heart conditions –
The current infective endocarditis/valvular heart disease guidelines state that use of preventive antibiotics before certain dental procedures is reasonable for patients with:
- prosthetic cardiac valves, including transcatheter-implanted prostheses and homografts;
- prosthetic material used for cardiac valve repair, such as annuloplasty rings and chords;
- a history of infective endocarditis;
- a cardiac transplant with valve regurgitation due to a structurally abnormal valve;
- the following congenital (present from birth) heart disease:b
- unrepaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, including palliative shunts and conduits
- any repaired congenital heart defect with residual shunts or valvular regurgitation at the site of or adjacent to the site of a prosthetic patch or a prosthetic device