CoronaVIRUS and CoVID-19 UpdateS

We are OPEN for emergencies.  

What is an emergency?  An emergency can be something as simple as a tooth ache.  It could also be something as complex as oral or facial swelling related to an infected tooth.  Often times 3rd molars that are partially erupted can result in soft tissue infections.  These infections manifest as oral swelling, facial swelling and significant pain.  Whatever the cause of the emergency, we are here to take care of you.  Dr Hambleton is available to his patients and the community 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

What if the tooth is really infected but not causing any pain?  If your tooth is structurally compromised by caries, is fractured, or deemed non-restorable and is at risk of causing a serious infection, then taking it out may be the best solution.  Our intention is to minimize any potential hospital visits for dental emergencies by being proactive.  Hospitals are already overburdened with the rising number of patients that are positive for COVID-19.  By keeping dental patients in dental clinics, we allow physicians and nurses to focus their attention on those patients that need them them most. 

We are also OPEN for follow-up appointments.  We like to monitor the progress of our patients during the post-operative phase of their treatment.  If you recently had surgery, then you most likely have a follow-up appointment.  We plan to honor these appointments.  If you have any questions about a recent surgery, or future surgeries,  please reach out to the office.  A staff member or Dr. Hambleton will be able to answer your questions. 

Someone from the clinic will always be available to assist with answering questions over the phone.  We plan to maintain our usual office hours of Monday through Friday.   Dr. Hambleton is also available during the evenings, weekends and holidays.  To reach him, please call the clinic and follow the instructions listed on the phone tree.

If your appointment was cancelled, we will be reaching out to you over the next few weeks to reschedule.  Details of the coronavirus and COVID-19 are rapidly changing, as are government restrictions, thus making it very difficult to schedule any consultations or surgeries.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Your health and well being are of the highest priority to us.  We will resume the usual clinical operations when permitted to do so.  

Again, we are OPEN for emergencies.  If you feel you have one, please give us a call so that we can help you.


Dr. Hambleton 

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth. These teeth generally erupt somewhere between the ages of 18 and 25 years. Most people have wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, most people do not have sufficient space in their mouth to accommodate their wisdom teeth. Consequently, the surrounding soft tissue may become tender and swollen secondary to an infection. Some patients may even develop bone loss associated with their second molars due to the close proximity of the wisdom teeth. For a small, yet lucky group of people, their wisdom teeth have adequate space and the surrounding gums and bone remain strong and healthy. For those who do not have adequate space, extraction is recommended. If you are curious about your wisdom teeth, please speak with your general dentist or contact us for a consultation.

Dental Implants

For anybody who has lost a tooth or multiple teeth, the consequences can profoundly effect one’s quality of life. A missing tooth can negatively affect one’s confidence, especially when in mixed company. Eating, which is something we all take for granted, suddenly becomes challenging; this is particularly true for people who are missing multiple teeth. In the most extreme of circumstances, people missing all of their upper and lower teeth often experience weight loss due to dietary limitations, alterations in their facial appearance due to jaw bone loss or deterioration. These people are dependent upon dentures, which often times are loose and alter the taste of food.

The traditional, yet very effective, solution to restore a single missing tooth was to replace it with a dental bridge. The traditional solution to replace multiple missing teeth was to use a bridge or a removable partial denture. The traditional solution to replace all missing teeth was to use a complete denture. These restorative solutions are time-tested and still very effective. However, dental implants have markedly enhanced the patient experience as well as quality of life, as they look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace anything from a single missing tooth to rehabilitate and restore patients that are missing all of their teeth. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, please reach out to your general dentist or schedule a consultation with Dr. Hambleton.

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Welcome Referring Doctors

To our referring dentists, we want to extend our warmest thanks. Your choice to put the care of your patients in our hands is the highest compliment our practice could receive. At Highlands Ranch Oral & Facial Surgery, we take pride in providing the highest level of advanced care in oral and maxillofacial surgery. We have found that patients appreciate dental offices that partner with trusted specialists for complex procedures – it helps to build trust and loyalty in both practices. To help streamline the process for you and your patients, we offer tools and resources on our website – please visit our referring doctors page or call us at Highlands Ranch Oral & Facial Surgery Phone Number 720-996-0210 for more information.