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Meet Lettie, patient coordinator at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to work in the dental field?
When I was in junior high I got braces. I was fascinated by the whole process. Ever since then I knew I wanted to be in the dental field.

Are you originally from Colorado? If not when did you move here, from where? What is your favorite part about living here?
I am originally from Nebraska. My husband and I moved here in the winter of 1988. My favorite part of Colorado is the weather. We get all 4 seasons and lots of sun.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I started working here in April. My fellow employees are all so nice and make the work day fun and fly by.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
The friendly staff and the longevity of how long the employees have been here that makes a big different to our patients. They like seeing the same faces every time they come to our office.

#tuesdaytip: how to use an electric toothbrush

Michelle is one of our two hygienists at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team. In this video she demonstrates how to properly use a Sonicare electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is a great brush for those suffering from periodontal (gum) disease.

Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue, ligaments, and bone around the teeth. It causes weakening and ultimate destruction of these tissues which protect and support the teeth and hold them in place. If you experience soreness, bleeding, swelling or recession of the gums, Periodontal Associates invites you to contact us for an evaluation. Please contact us at (303) 755-455.

Meet Melissa, Assistant at Periodontal Associates

What made you want to become a dental assistant?
I originally didn’t intend to be a dental assistant. Initially it was a job while I was finishing up my degree in journalism. I ended up falling in love with assisting and chose to stay in that field. I have now been a dental assistant for 13 years.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I started at Periodontal Associates in September of 2015. My favorite part about working here is assisting with surgeries.

What’s your favorite part of being an assistant?
My favorite part of being an assistant is helping with surgeries. We have three amazing periodontists here, and I love watching them perform surgeries. I truly admire their abilities. Additionally, I love meeting and helping people. Everyone has a story and I enjoy getting to know all of our patients. They are always so grateful.

What doctor do you usually work with? What is your favorite part about working with them?
I work with Dr. Beckman the most. I enjoy working with Dr. Beckman because he is very good at what he does. Not only is he an amazing surgeon, he is an impressive health care provider. Dr. Beckman genuinely cares about his patients, and in turn his patients trust and respect him.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other periodontal offices?
Periodontal Associates stands out from other periodontal offices because of two reasons: this office has a very friendly and caring staff who works together as a team and this office boasts three experienced, highly skilled periodontists who take great pride in their work. All our doctors honestly care about all their patients

 

Correct way to floss around a dental implant #tuesdaytip

 

If you have dental implants make sure you are flossing around it correctly. To removed excess bacteria, plaque and debris from dental implants, pull the floss inwards towards the post of the implant and use a back and forth sawing motion instead of an up and down movement.

This #tuesdaytip has been provided by one of our licensed dental hygienist at Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team. Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman in Aurora, CO are proud to be serving Denver and the surrounding communities for over forty years.

Meet Shaela, Hygiene Coordinator for Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to work in the dental field?
I stumbled upon an administrative assistant position in 2008 not knowing it was in a dental office. I got the job and I have been in dental ever since. I love seeing patients get their smiles and confidence back.

Are you originally from Colorado? If not when did you move here, from where? What is your favorite part about living here?
I was born in Alaska and lived there for two years, my family moved to Arizona for 2 years and then moved to Colorado in 1989, and I have lived here ever since. My favorite part about living in Colorado is the beautiful scenery and the multitude of activities this great state offers.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working with the hygienists?
I started working here in March. I love seeing how much the hygienists care about our patients.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
Our office works as a team with a patient oriented focus. We strive to treat everyone with kindness from the phone to when they’re here for their appointments.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are suffering missing teeth you could be an excellent candidate for dental implants.  At Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team we believe in providing each patient with the best possible care. To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Ken Versman, Dr. Doug Heller, or Dr. Eric Beckman will give you a comprehensive evaluation to determine if this method of treatment is your best option.

Most patients who are missing teeth, and who are healthy enough to undergo oral surgery, can be considered candidates for dental implant treatment.  Patients will need to have healthy gums and bone to support getting a dental implant. If you do not meet these requirements our treatment coordinators and doctors will be happy tailor your treatment goals to include restoring your gum and bone health.

For over 40 years Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team serves the Denver metro area including Aurora. Call 303-755-4500 to schedule your consultation today. Click here for easy online scheduling.

Periodontal Associates Doctors Participate in Frank Spear Study Club

Frank Spear Study club was started by Dr. Frank Spear. Dr. Spear co-founded Creating Restorative Excellence, a didactic and clinical education foundation. He became an affiliate professor in Graduate Prosthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1984. Dr. Spear was part of twenty-five year interdisciplinary alliance with orthodontist Dr. Vincent Kokich and periodontist Dr. David Mathews. The three have traveled the world together lecturing on interdisciplinary dentistry. The Mission of Spear Education is to “strive for new ways to bring exceptional continuing education to dentists, through a comprehensive curriculum and a faculty who inspire doctors to grow beyond what they thought possible.”

Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team leads a Frank Spear Study Club twice a month. This study club consists of local dentists in the Denver-Metro Area who meet up to collaborate and discuss real dental cases. Every Spear case encompasses different specialties of dentistry. The Periodontal Associates study club includes Denver area general dentists, endodontists, orthodontists, and periodontists.

Dental continuing education, like Frank Spear Study Club, ensures that Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman are informed about major changes in the dental and periodontal industry. The dental industry (specifically periodontics) can undergo major changes within a short period of time. Periodontists that do not participate in continuing education find it difficult to keep informed about the latest developments in the industry.

At Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team we believe in partnering with our patients to achieve optimal health through personalized and collaborative care. Participating in continuing education like Frank Spear assists in serving our patients to the best of our ability. Frank Spear Study Club assists in offering our patients the latest diagnostic, preventive, and treatment methods in the industry.

Meet Ashley, Treatment Coordinator for Periodontal Associates – The Dental Implant Team

What made you want to work in the dental field?
I started as a receptionist, so being in the dental field fell in my lap. Over the past 14 years I have grown to love helping people. It is very satisfying to comfort apprehensive patients so their dental needs are met.

When did you start working at Periodontal Associates? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I started working here 3 years ago. I love our dental team and the family atmosphere here.

What’s the best part of seeing someone through their treatment here (start to finish)?
I love creating relationships with each patient. I love seeing their confidence and happiness with their new smile.

What doctor do you usually work with? What is your favorite part about working with them?
I am the treatment coordinator for Dr. Versman and Dr. Beckman. Dr. Versman is extremely caring and he takes the time to relate to every patient. Dr. Beckman is great with every patient and his dental team. He is a very patient and talented surgeon.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
Our dental team strives to make each and every patient feel like a part of our office family. We provide exceptional care the first to the final visit.

Dental Anxiety and Fear

At Periodontal Associates we understand that the overwhelming fear of dental appointments can be a common cause of anxiety. Periodontal Associates focuses on the comfort, relaxation and happiness of all our patients. Our staff, from treatment coordinators, dental assistants, hygienists to doctors, will do whatever they can to reduce anxiety, fears and provide painless, quick treatments.

Since Periodontal Associates is at the technological forefront of periodontics we are able to provide effective treatments mitigating discomfort. At our practice we utilize a wide variety of safe anesthetics which eliminate pain and reduce anxiety during your appointment.

At Periodontal Associates we have put together some helpful tips to help patients who have dental anxiety.

Talk to your doctor at your appointment with Periodontal Associates – Let them know about what aspects of the procedure scare you. We are here to help you feel comfortable and at ease while assisting in your health. It is our mission to partner with our patients to achieve optimal health through personalized and collaborative care.

Bring a portable music player – Music acts as a relaxant and helps alleviate any fear-producing noises. Researchers have documented that that listening to music can be effective for reducing pain in high-anxiety persons. Investigators discovered music can be used as a distraction and is effective among those who can easily become absorbed in cognitive activities (psychcentral.com).

Agree on a signal – Many people are afraid that their Periodontist will not know they are in significant pain during the appointment, and will carry on the procedure regardless.  The best way to solve this problem is to agree on a “stop” hand signal with your doctor at Periodontal Associates. You and your doctor can easily understand signals like raising the hand or tapping on the chair.

Take a mirror – Not being able to see what is happening can increase anxiety and make the imagination run wild.  Watching your periodontal procedure can help you understand whats going on.

Sedation – If patients are more comfortable being sedated for their procedure with Periodontal Associates we do offer this option. Please call our office to discuss your options at 303-755-4500.

If you would like to schedule and appointment please call 303-755-4500.

Meet our Team: Dr. Eric Beckman

beckie and wifeWhat made you want to become a dentist?
It is a perfect combination of my passions: art, science, engineering, and interaction with people every day.

What made you want to specialize in Periodontics?
The rehabilitation of peoples’ smiles. I liked that I could give patients a second chance to have their smile and confidence back.

What’s your favorite part of being a Periodontist?
Giving people their lives back again. This “life” includes their self confidence through a new smile (no more missing or crooked teeth), their health, and their ability to eat the foods they want.

Are you originally from Colorado and what’s your favorite part about living here?
I am from Minnesota, and really do miss parts of the Midwest, BUT there are so many things about Colorado that I love: four seasons can be had in one week, access to a great city as well as the mountain life where I love to ski and fly fish. I have appreciated the welcoming and inviting atmosphere of Coloradans.

What do you think makes Periodontal Associates stand out from other Periodontal offices?
I chose to work with Drs. Versman and Heller because of the great reputations in the dental community and their conscientious dental care. The way that they and all of the dental team at Periodontal Associates focus on patients having a great and comfortable experience is what inspired me to join the practice.