CoVID-19 and Oral Surgery: Where we are now 

Highland Ranch Oral & Facial Surgery is now OPEN for elective and non-elective procedures.

We hope that everyone is healthy and safe!  Our office has been seeing patients for elective procedures since the end of April.  I apologize for this late post.  Since Governor Polis announced the Safer-At-Home policy, my team and I have been working extra hard in order to accommodate everyone.  Thus far, we feel that things have been a success.  We are very grateful to be open and are excited to see everyone again.

Much has changed since the Safer-At-Home announcement made by our Governor.  For the safety of everyone, patients are now brought back to the surgical suites or consult rooms as soon as they check in with the front desk receptionist, Daniella.  Although the waiting room is a cozy place to drink coffee and enjoy some artwork, we are doing everything we can to minimize any cross traffic among patients.  Each room also has a HEPA filtration system which is intended to recycle and purify the air every 30 minutes.  Thus, once a patient leaves the room, the filtration system goes to work cleaning the air.  I realize that the risk of viral transmission via aerosolization is very small; However, I don’t want to leave anything up to chance, even if the likelihood is very low.  In additional to all this, we also have enhanced personal protective equipment that would make Darth Vader jealous.

Although we are uncertain as to the duration of this malady, we are absolutely certain about our ability to safely serve our community.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, Daniella or Natalie.  We always love hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Dr Ryan 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.