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Dr. Jennifer Rankin

Dentist

Dr. Jennifer Rankin is a Dentist practicing in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Rankin 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.
Dr. Jennifer Rankin
  • Aurora, Colorado
  • University of Iowa
  • Accepting new patients

Can you get a tooth pulled and an implant the same day?

Yes you can get a tooth removed and an implant the same day but there are many factors that can impact that decision. For example is the tooth infected, how much bone remains? READ MORE
Yes you can get a tooth removed and an implant the same day but there are many factors that can impact that decision. For example is the tooth infected, how much bone remains? And more. I suggest a consultation with your dentist.

Which is more expensive zirconia or porcelain?

That depends upon the dental office. Some offices may charge a different fee, others may not. You would need to ask the specific dental office you are planning to have your treatment READ MORE
That depends upon the dental office. Some offices may charge a different fee, others may not. You would need to ask the specific dental office you are planning to have your treatment completed at.

What age should you fix a crossbite?

The younger you are, the better to correct. However, it's really never too late. I would encourage you to set up an appointment with an orthodontist who can help you achieve your READ MORE
The younger you are, the better to correct. However, it's really never too late. I would encourage you to set up an appointment with an orthodontist who can help you achieve your goals.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

Can you put a bridge on an implant?

You can put a bridge between 2 implants.

Can you get anesthesia to have sealants added?

You can, but sealants are placed on the surface of the back teeth to help prevent decay. Typically, there are no dental hand pieces involved in treatment, so it is very benign. READ MORE
You can, but sealants are placed on the surface of the back teeth to help prevent decay. Typically, there are no dental hand pieces involved in treatment, so it is very benign. It would seem very unnecessary to have anesthesia for this procedure.

What do you do when your denture falls out?

For the short term, you can use dental adhesives to help them stay in. I would recommend that you go to a dentist as your current denture may need to be relined or you may need READ MORE
For the short term, you can use dental adhesives to help them stay in. I would recommend that you go to a dentist as your current denture may need to be relined or you may need to have a new one made depending upon the age of the denture. Over time, bone loss continues so that changes the fit of the denture. Your dentist can evaluate that and along with you, determine the best option.
I hope that helps!

Dr. Rankin

How long does it take to get a full mouth of dental implants?

There is no one or simple answer to this question. There are a number of things to factor into the time frame including, but not only: -Your current dental status -How much READ MORE
There is no one or simple answer to this question. There are a number of things to factor into the time frame including, but not only:

-Your current dental status
-How much bone you have to be able to place implants
-Desired restoration type
-Will there be multiple specialties involved in your case

and more. Your best bet is to go to your dentist to discuss your desires and based on that, a plan can be developed with an approximate time line.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

Can you have implants with receding gums?

Yes, but it would be important to address the cause of the recession. Is it periodontal disease, poor occlusal (biting) forces? Schedule an exam with your dentist for a more thorough READ MORE
Yes, but it would be important to address the cause of the recession. Is it periodontal disease, poor occlusal (biting) forces? Schedule an exam with your dentist for a more thorough examination.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

Do gums grow around dentures?

No, gums do not grow around dentures. Typically, there is bone loss with dentures and the tissue follows the bone.

How do you floss under braces?

Your orthodontic office should have gone over this with you. You need to use a floss threader with floss in order to get under the braces and between the teeth. It is difficult READ MORE
Your orthodontic office should have gone over this with you. You need to use a floss threader with floss in order to get under the braces and between the teeth. It is difficult to explain in written words. Here is a link to a video that may help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_vHsOGiIo4
A waterpik is also very helpful with braces. If you still have questions, I would return to your orthodontist's office.

In health,

Dr. Rankin

Is it normal to have pain after a tooth implant?

Yes, it is normal to have some discomfort. Based on the responses from my patients, the discomfort is mild and is alleviated with Advil. Implant placement is a surgery and as with READ MORE
Yes, it is normal to have some discomfort. Based on the responses from my patients, the discomfort is mild and is alleviated with Advil. Implant placement is a surgery and as with nearly all surgeries, there is typically pain/discomfort associated with such a procedure. That being said, if you are concerned, I would recommend you call or visit the dentist office where the implant was placed so that the dentist can evaluate.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

How long does numbing last after a filling?

How long anesthesia lasts is patient dependent. People metabolize anesthetic, and really all medications, differently. In addition, the length of anesthesia is also dependent on READ MORE
How long anesthesia lasts is patient dependent. People metabolize anesthetic, and really all medications, differently. In addition, the length of anesthesia is also dependent on they type of anesthetic being used. A general guideline is 2-4 hours. If you exercise after rx, assuming you are not having surgery, this will help the anesthetic wear off more rapidly.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

Can I use toothpaste after a wisdom teeth extraction?

Yes, you can use toothpaste. Just use care when brushing near the extraction sites.

Can a tooth infection affect your whole body?

Yes, a tooth infection can absolutely negatively affect your entire body. And if there is an abscess, if the abscess is untreated, that could result in hospitalization. Sincerely, Dr. READ MORE
Yes, a tooth infection can absolutely negatively affect your entire body. And if there is an abscess, if the abscess is untreated, that could result in hospitalization.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

How do you know if your filling is infected?

If you have swelling or pus coming from the gum tissue, that indicates infection. If you do not have those symptoms, it does not mean that the tooth is not infected. You need to READ MORE
If you have swelling or pus coming from the gum tissue, that indicates infection. If you do not have those symptoms, it does not mean that the tooth is not infected. You need to go to your dentist so that an X-ray and exam can be completed and verify the status of the tooth.

Do braces damage teeth?

Braces do not damage teeth. However, it is important for you to be extra diligent with your own home care. There can be damage to the exposed tooth structure due to lack of good READ MORE
Braces do not damage teeth. However, it is important for you to be extra diligent with your own home care. There can be damage to the exposed tooth structure due to lack of good oral home care.

Do fixed retainers stop teeth from moving?

Yes, a fixed retainer will stop the teeth that are fixed from moving. Typically, fixed retainers are placed on the lower front 6 teeth and the upper 2-6. Sincerely, Dr. Rankin READ MORE
Yes, a fixed retainer will stop the teeth that are fixed from moving. Typically, fixed retainers are placed on the lower front 6 teeth and the upper 2-6.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

How long does dental bonding last on front teeth?

There is no set answer to this question. There are many factors that determine the longevity such as like how your teeth fit together, your habits (nail biting, clenching, grinding), READ MORE
There is no set answer to this question. There are many factors that determine the longevity such as like how your teeth fit together, your habits (nail biting, clenching, grinding), the extent of the bonding and more. I am sorry I cannot provide a more definitive answer.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

How do you get rid of an infection in your gums?

You need to make an appointment with a dentist so that a diagnosis can be made. Certain infections can result in an emergency visit to the hospital, so I do not suggest putting READ MORE
You need to make an appointment with a dentist so that a diagnosis can be made. Certain infections can result in an emergency visit to the hospital, so I do not suggest putting this off.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin

Which straightens your teeth better?

Both treatments are effective options. I would suggest that you see an orthodontist for an evaluation so that together you can make the best decision for your specific case. Sincerely, Jennifer READ MORE
Both treatments are effective options. I would suggest that you see an orthodontist for an evaluation so that together you can make the best decision for your specific case.

Sincerely,

Jennifer