Poudre Valley Family Dental
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  • “So glad that my husband and I have Dr. Gray and his staff for our dental care. We have been under Dr. Gray's care for minor and not-so-minor procedures for the past 2 years and have been very happy with the excellent, up-to-date dentistry and compassionate care. Dr. Gray's friendly and efficient office staff and dental assistants contribute to our confidence in what has been outstanding dental care.” - A

  • “Wonderful office and great experience! Everyone was so nice and knowledgeable and explained everything! Exactly what I was Looking for in a dentist!!” - A

  • “Always a pleasure to visit Dr. Gray's office. Cleanings are thorough and comfortable and the staff is friendly and professional. Desired appointments are easy to obtain and kept on time.” - D

  • “Poudre Valley Family Dental Rocks. They are always personable and friendly. The staff all call me by name when I walk in the door and they ask me about my family and work. I never feel rushed out the door, and yet they are always prompt and timely. It's like visiting with friends every 6 months. I highly recommend making these guys your dental team!” - E

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Why Dentists Recommend Dental Implants for Replacing Teeth

Illustration of Dental Implant | Dentist Fort Collins CO

If you’re thinking about replacing a missing tooth, you’ve probably heard about dental implants. This proven, reliable treatment for restoring smiles is the gold standard for replacing teeth. If you’re looking into a dental implant, your dentist in Fort Collins can tell you if you’re a good candidate.

But first, you may have questions about why dentists recommend dental implants so often. It’s no wonder people need a better solution for replacing teeth, however. In the United States alone, at least 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth.

A Permanent, Stable Foundation

Dentists place a dental implant in the jawbone, giving it a firm, stable foundation that never slips or ...

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With Invisalign, Adults Can Have Straight Teeth Too

Woman putting using Invisalign | Fort Collins CO Dentist

Have you ever wished you could have straight teeth, but just couldn’t bear the thought of a mouth full of wires, brackets, and various other metal hardware?

There are many people who are self-conscious about their crooked teeth.  Some of us never had the chance to have braces when we were kids.  You may have had braces and found that over the years your teeth have become crowded and crooked again.

Take a minute to think about your smile:

-Do you notice teeth that don’t line up right when you smile?  Have you ever wondered who else is noticing the same thing?

-Have you stopped smiling in public, or stopped smiling entirely? 

-Do you feel ...

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The gift of a beautiful smile and functional teeth!

Before and After Images | Repairing Chipped Teeth | Dentist Ft. Collins

Are you trying to decide what to get for a loved one (or for yourself) for Christmas?  Have you considered sending them to the dentist!?  

Believe it or not, caring for the gums and teeth provide a number of gifts that you (and others) will still appreciate for many Christmases to come: 

  • a smile that gives you confidence and makes you feel good
  • improved systemic health and reduction of inflammation
  • prevention of emergencies caused by tooth pain and broken teeth
  • the ability to chew well and eat the foods you love

We also believe that visiting the dentist can be an enjoyable experience!  Maybe not as enjoyable as Christmas morning, but we intentionally provide a relaxed ...

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Symptoms and Treatment for Gingivitis

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The American Dental Association estimates that over half of Americans have some degree of gum disease, and it all starts with gingivitis. You may have heard the term before (it means “inflammation of the gums”), but do you know what signs and symptoms may indicate that gum disease has started in your mouth?

Dr. Gray and his team diagnose and provide gum disease treatment in their Fort Collins dental practice.

One of the really scary things about gum disease is that in many cases people do not even realize they have it until it has progressed to an advanced stage. You probably know someone who has been diagnosed with high blood ...

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Are you thankful for your teeth?

Family Smiling Being Thankful

I’m always thinking about all the components of the chewing system (teeth, bone, muscles, joints, nervous system, airway, and appearance). However, at various times of the year, I do find myself particularly appreciative of certain aspects.

  • At Christmas and in the spring, I start to think about family and wedding photos and the aesthetics of the system.
  • In the summer I think about protection of the system from sports trauma, energy drinks, and hiking foods (peanut butter and maltodextrin are sticky!).
  • Around March and April, I think about bite guards (I have one patient who is notorious for developing toothaches right around tax time).
  • Thanksgiving brings to mind the functionality of the chewing system. ...

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Technology Matters In Dentistry - Fluorescence Cavity Detection

Woman Smiling For Fluorescence Cavity Detection

There was a time when I thought the use of fluorescence for cavity detection was an excessive and unnecessary gimmick. I had worked on a project involving fluorescent tags on recombinant proteins during my PhD work, and I believed that fluorescence would not be a useful way to find cavities due to the complexity and diversity of bacteria in the mouth.

How We Discover Cavities 

However, I started to notice a certain disconcerting pattern as I treated patients. I would find a small pin-hole cavity in the chewing surface of a tooth, and when I started the procedure to repair the cavity, I would find extensive decay below the surface. This happened particularly ...

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Is Your Bite Cracking Your Teeth?

This patient presented with persistent pain her previous dentist was unable to diagnose.

Looking at the contact points between the upper and lower teeth, it was apparent that there were non- ideal forces on the bottom back tooth. In addition, the tooth in front of it had a very large metal filling with signs of leaking.

Close up of tooth | Dentist Fort Collins CO

When both molars were tested for cracks, the very back tooth showed symptoms consistent with a significant crack, which indicated that the very back tooth was most likely the one causing the patient’s pain. In cases like this, the cracks are rarely ...

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