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John Montoya

Dentist

Dr. John Montoya is a Dentist practicing in Boulder, CO. Dr. Montoya specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
John Montoya
  • Boulder, CO
  • Accepting new patients

Why does my tooth hurt 3 months after a filling?

Could be an an issue with the bite, the way the filling was placed, or the nerve could be affected. You would have to have an evaluation in person to determine what your situation READ MORE
Could be an an issue with the bite, the way the filling was placed, or the nerve could be affected. You would have to have an evaluation in person to determine what your situation calls for.

How long can a dead tooth stay in your mouth?

If this tooth has had a root canal it can stay in your mouth for a lifetime. If it has not had treatment then this could lead to other problems up to and including loosing the READ MORE
If this tooth has had a root canal it can stay in your mouth for a lifetime. If it has not had treatment then this could lead to other problems up to and including loosing the tooth.

Why do my teeth hurt after sealants?

It could be because the bite is off after your sealants. If the teeth were prepared then it might be a bonding issue. I would have this looked at to remedy the situation and get READ MORE
It could be because the bite is off after your sealants. If the teeth were prepared then it might be a bonding issue. I would have this looked at to remedy the situation and get rid of your pain.

How do you fix a broken brace?

This would most likely need replacement. You would have to have an evaluation in person to determine what your situation calls for.

Can a deep filling cause nerve damage?

Anytime teeth are worked on there can be issues with the nerve. Most of the time this does not lead to further treatment needed. In some situations and with deep cavities the tooth READ MORE
Anytime teeth are worked on there can be issues with the nerve. Most of the time this does not lead to further treatment needed. In some situations and with deep cavities the tooth may need more then just a filling.

What's the difference between porcelain and zirconia crowns?

These are two different materials and used in different situations. First off they are both tooth colored materials and there are different variations of each material. Zirconia READ MORE
These are two different materials and used in different situations. First off they are both tooth colored materials and there are different variations of each material. Zirconia is a much harder material then the strongest porcelain on the market. Porcelain acts much more like tooth structure and can be bonded to the tooth leading to potentially more conservative restorative work.
You would have to have your personal situation to see what material would be right for you. You are more then welcome to call the office for a complimentary consultation to talk over your options.

Do dental bridges look natural?

Depends on how the bridge is prepared and what material is used. Yes they can look very natural.

Why are there red bumps on the bottom of my tongue?

Good idea to have dentist take a look. Could be as simple as natural anatomy, but better to be safe then sorry.

Could my tooth pain be causing my headaches?

Yes, this could be linked. If it came in at the same time as the tooth pain this could very likely be the source of your headache.

Does a root canal require anesthesia?

Yes. Wouldn’t recommend it without getting numb.

Is Water Flossing better than Air Flossing?

Good old fashion slightly waxed floss and a WaterPik will help. Must be done on a daily basis to reverse the gingivitis.

How often should I mouthwash?

With good home care most people do not need mouthwash. If you are going to use one then find one without alcohol. Most recommended use is for daily use once per day.

Is tooth sensitivity a sign of decay?

Not always. Could be from multiple factors and it is best to have a visit with your dentist to review why you are having the sensation/sensitivity.

How do I whiten my teeth once my braces come off?

In-office whitening can be done in one visit, take home whitening trays that are custom made and managed by yourself at home or something OTC from your local retailers.

One of my front teeth is shorter than the other. How to fix?

You could move it with some minor orthodontics, cosmetic bonding or a veneer can also alter the length of the tooth.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Please visit your dentist to review the home care instructions. Size, location and the restoration on top of the implant all play a factor on how you will care for it.

How do I reduce plaque buildup?

Please visit your dental hygienist for home care instructions and brushing techniques. They may give you other home care aids to help with the plaque buildup. In most cases it READ MORE
Please visit your dental hygienist for home care instructions and brushing techniques. They may give you other home care aids to help with the plaque buildup. In most cases it is just due to poor technique.

How to fix cracks in the teeth?

Some teeth have natural craze lines in them. If this is something that bothers you then a cosmetic consult would be in order to review your options of covering the cracks.

Three cavities at once. Will they all be filled in one session?

This can very easily be done. Time and budget will determine your appointments.

Will I need antibiotics for a tooth extraction?

If there is an infection present then they may put you on antibiotics. Usually the source of the infection is the tooth and once it is removed the body will clear the infection READ MORE
If there is an infection present then they may put you on antibiotics. Usually the source of the infection is the tooth and once it is removed the body will clear the infection naturally.