Christopher Baer, DMd, works at Baer Dental Designs in Aurora, Colorado. In addition to the practice of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Baer has extra education in advanced training in aesthetic procedures, dental implants, gum surgeries, root canals, treatment of complex dental cases, and management of medically compromised patients.
Education and Training
Oregon Health Sciences University
Ohsu School Of Dentistry 2004
Dr. Christopher Baer D.M.D.'s Expert Contributions
Yes. It can fall off if done poorly or if there are heavy bite forces contacting the bonding. In cases of trauma or chewing things like pens, fingernails, or ice, the bonding can chip or fall off as well. READ MORE
Yes they are caused by a bacteria called Strep Mutans and this can be transmitted like other bacteria. The most common was is via exchange of saliva from one individual to another. READ MORE
It really depends on what is wrong with your tooth. The more of your original tooth that remains the more support it can give to the material that is replacing the lost tooth. A veneer can increase the strength of the tooth if prepared correctly. Newer glass ceramics can have a similar impact depending on the remaining tooth it is bonded (glued) to. READ MORE
In general no. As long as you use a soft or extra soft toothbrush or an electric toothbrush without a lot of pressure or scrubbing. READ MORE
It is best to see a dental professional to have this evaluated to determine what is causing this and if there is need for concern. READ MORE
Hard to say without seeing the filling in need of replacement, but if the adhesive that holds the filling in place is failing it can be leaking and this leads to discoloration or staining around the filling. If this is the case, then it would be proper treatment to replace the restoration (filling). This can happen for a number of reasons, but I would ask your dentist why they feel this has happened. READ MORE
There is really no correct answer here- when you whiten your teeth you can think of it as the surface of the tooth has been cleaned and anything that would stain say a white t-shirt will start to stain the surface of the tooth. It is generally best to whiten in the evenings as saliva production decreases and this means that saliva will be less likely to dilute or wash out the bleach. So hopefully you can enjoy your coffee in the morning and whiten in the evening. If you find yourself needing a cup of coffee after whitening... just rinse well with water and brush your teeth to help prevent the stain from sticking to your teeth. Hope that helps! READ MORE
It really depends on the tooth and what is wrong with the tooth as well as you the patient. For me the goal is not how fast can I remove the tooth - 1. we want to make sure you are comfortable and numb and 2. I want to be a minimally traumatic to the bone and tissue surrounding the tooth- what we call an atraumatic extraction. This helps with healing and can help facilitate future dental treatments such as dental implants READ MORE
That is a great question, but it all depends on the reason for the teeth being loose.. if it is due to gum disease, then it is not likely. If it is due to a bad bite or chewing pattern then it is possible. A comprehensive dental evaluation would be best prior to starting braces to help prevent you from tooth loss during braces. READ MORE
It depends on the location of the fillings and the type of braces - it is generally best to have fillings completed prior to braces if there is active decay (cavities). If the fillings to be done are limited to the chewing surfaces then these can generally be done during braces. READ MORE
It really depends on the reason for the bridge and who is providing the treatment, the location of the bridge and your underlying dental risk factors. With your young age, it is important to consider all of the above prior to making a decision for a bridge. The most common disadvantage of a bridge over a say a dental implant is generally the damage that has to be done to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth(teeth). The teeth on either side of the space (where the missing tooth is located) have to be prepared (cut down or drilled on) to provide support for the bridge. It can also be important to consider the location of the bridge - say a front tooth or back tooth. There can be a lot of disadvantages, and a comprehensive assessment of your current dental conditions and risk factors should be done to make sure you are getting the best treatment for your oral health READ MORE
That would all depend on what you mean by "better" and where the filling would be located. Silver fillings were more common 10 years ago as they had a long clinical history. White or composite filling materials have evolved to be excellent. It comes down to the person placing the fillings and their attention to detail during the procedure. Silver fillings are quick and easy to place. White fillings are technique sensitive - meaning that great care must be taken to ensure the tooth stays dry during placement of the filling and all of the steps - not always an easy task when the tooth lives in a saliva rich mouth. :) White fillings will fail if moisture contaminates the surface of the tooth during placement, so for this reason they can fail. If done properly they can last as long as silver fillings. The key is finding a dentist and dental team that has a high attention to detail and that they ensure the process is kept dry. If all this is done, then the white fillings will "look better" than a silver filling according to patients because it blends in with the natural tooth color. I hope that helps. READ MORE
Great question, but hard to say without seeing the amount your teeth would need to shift. During a comprehensive dental exam or consultation this could be determined easily based on the amount of tooth movement needed. I would highly recommend an exam or consultation to have this evaluated so you would have a good estimate of the treatment time needed. READ MORE
Yes, but you do not have to rush to brush. :) Just follow your normal brushing routine. READ MORE
Yes. I would have this evaluated as soon as you can to help ensure that this is not an area that is infected. Sometimes the area can enlarge as part of the eruption process, but it is best to have a dentist or oral surgeon evaluate the area. READ MORE
Generally there is not swelling after implant placement. It depends on the process you will be going through for dental implant placement and the location. However, if the surgery is performed by a qualified individual there is usually minimal post surgical discomfort and minimal swelling. If additional procedures such as bone grafting or tissue grafting are required then there could be additional swelling and discomfort associated with these additional procedures. READ MORE
If you have a dry socket it is best to call the doctor that removed the tooth and have them clean out the area for you and place medicine to help relieve pain (if there is pain) and place medicine to help facilitate healing of the socket. READ MORE
I am glad you are looking out for your father. Gum disease if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. It sounds like a complete, comprehensive dental evaluation would be best to determine his current oral health status. Untreated gum disease can also affect medical health as there are currently over 70 diseases linked to gum disease (periodontal disease) - such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease just to name a few. The cleaner you keep your mouth the less likely you are to have bacteria from your mouth get into your blood vessels and cause systemic problems. READ MORE
I am sorry to hear you have developed more than one cyst. It is impossible to say without seeing you clinically for an evaluation and not knowing what kind of cyst(s) you have. It would be best for you to have an evaluation and likely to have the cysts treated or biopsied to determine the type of cyst it is and if treatment is required. READ MORE
Unfortunately there is no toothpaste that will regrow or replace enamel once it is lost. A major brand name toothpaste like Crest, Sensodyne or Colegate which contains fluoride will help strengthen the enamel and combat against acid erosion. If you have lost enamel or have thin enamel then it is best to have a dental evaluation to determine the cause and come up with a plan to reduce future enamel loss with your young age. READ MORE
It would be best to have your son be evaluated for the source of pain to provide a proper recommendation to reduce or eliminate the sensitivity. READ MORE
Yes. Lemons are acidic and acid will wear down the enamel(white part) of the teeth. I have many patients who like to drink lemon water for various reasons- some for digestion others because they prefer the refreshing lemon taste. Just be careful of the amount and you may balance it out by using a baking soda based toothpaste such as Arm & Hammer toothpaste in the mornings and evenings. Chewing a Xylitol based gum after drinking the water can help as well. Try to drink the lemon water with your meal, not throughout the day - as prolonged acid exposure is worse. READ MORE
If a cavity is left untreated it can ultimately lead to loss of the tooth. It is best to treat the cavity. The longer you wait the more tooth is destroyed and this can mean more expensive treatment required to rebuild the tooth. READ MORE
No, not unless you are experiencing pain. It would be best to call a dentist to have the crown recemented if you are in possession of the crown. If you lost the crown or it was broken then it will have to be replaced and this should be done as soon as you can. You want to make sure you protect the stump of tooth that the crown was sitting on. I hope that this helps. READ MORE
Unfortunately "safe" is a broad term. It depends on what you mean by safe-- are you asking about the safest material to use? or the safest way to have a filling placed- such a with dental anesthesia, with dental numbing, without dental numbing? It would really depend on a review of your medical and dental history to adequately determine the safest material to use for you. READ MORE
Sorry to hear that you are experience this, tightness can be a part of the process. If you feel it is excessive then the best thing to do would be to call the orthodontist and have them evaluate you. READ MORE
This does not sound normal, and unfortunately without seeing these spots it is impossible to say. It would be best to have a dentist or oral surgeon evaluate this and advise on the proper treatment for this. READ MORE
That is a great question and great job on using mouthwash as part of your daily routine. It depends on the point of the mouthwash - if you are prone to cavities (dental decay) then using a fluoride containing mouthwash without alcohol in it is great to use twice a day. If you are using the mouthwash ( non-alcohol containing) for management of bad breath then twice a day would be recommended as well. READ MORE
Yes you can. Sorry to hear that you need 3. This can be done by a qualified individual. READ MORE
It depends.... Zirconia is just a type of porcelain used for dental restorations. It depends on where in the mouth it is being used - front or back tooth and what it is being used for - such as a crown or a veneer or an onlay READ MORE
Yes - it is typically the role of a dental hygienist to clean teeth. In some offices a dentist may clean your teeth. However, in modern offices a dental hygienist ... is the one that is responsible for cleanings. READ MORE
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No, the results can be dependent on how consistent you follow the wear of retainers after treatment is completed. READ MORE
Yes. Generally in the 1st and 3rd trimester we do root canals if needed. Coordination/consultation with your OB/GYN is done by the dentist. READ MORE
It depends. If there is concern that the bacteria present are not all removed then multiple appointments may be required to make sure all bacteria are removed and the bone around the tooth has had time to heal. READ MORE
Contact a dentist for an evaluation and talk about treatment options to help alleviate this. It could be a simple adjustment or reline the dentures. READ MORE
Yes and recommended most times to take them all out at one time while under IV sedation. READ MORE
It depends. It could be from brushing or it could be from your bite-- both can create notches at the gum line. Not all dentists are educated equally. If the notches are from brushing-- then the electric tooth brush can help prevent it from getting worse. Sometimes an option is gum grafts to cover up the notches-- hard to diagnose without seeing what is going on clinically READ MORE
Yes - it is up to the office. READ MORE
See an orthodontist and they can make you an appliance to prevent this READ MORE
Why are some people taller than others? -- genetics. It could also be from grinding. READ MORE
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Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Product Consultant, Tooth Whitening Webinars -
- Audie L. Murphy Va Hospital Aegd Residency
- Audie Murphy VA Hospital
- Laser Gum Tissue Removal, Laser cavity removal, Ceramic Crowns, Dental Implant Surgery, Bone Grafting, Gum Disease management, Gum Grafting, Gum Pigment removal, Laser Frenectomy
Professional Society Memberships
- American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry
Articles and Publications
- Impression Materials, Digital Dentistry, New dental temporization methods
What do you attribute your success to?
- Commitment to Patient's Treatment, Commitment to continual learning.
- Kois Center Graduate, 5280 Top Dentist award 2010- 2020 , Top Dentist in America Award 2010-2020, Ted Green Memorial Award
Teaching and speaking
- Digital workflows in dentistry to improve clinical outcomes.
Hobbies / Sports
- Fly Fishing, Hiking, Running, Jeeping
Favorite professional publications
- American Prosthodontic Journal
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