Dr. Michael Franquemont

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Maintaining a beautiful smile and excellent oral health is easy when you have a trusted dental team to turn to that provides support, education, and answers all your questions thoroughly. At the dental office of Michael J. Franquemont DDS, it is crucial to us that you understand the need for treatment, so we welcome and encourage your questions. 

We have shared some of the most commonly asked questions we hear, but don't hesitate to call us at (303) 795-0066 if you need an answer you don't see here.


Life has certainly changed in the age of COVID-19, but one thing that remains the same is our strong commitment to your safety and comfort. As a small dental practice, we have always enjoyed the fact that we can cater to the unique and individual needs of our patients. 

Only One Dental Patient at a Time

Many dental offices now only schedule only one patient at a time, but at our Centennial dental office, that’s been our policy since the day we opened our doors. You invest a lot in your oral health, and we believe that when you are in our care, you deserve our undivided attention. 

Longer Dental Appointments & Protective Wear

We also now book longer appointments, and because we see only one patient at a time, we can ensure that patients don’t overlap in the office. Now when you visit, you’ll see us in scrubs, two face masks, a face shield, and dental loupes or glasses. Unfortunately, the warm smiles will be hidden, but we will always let you know how much we enjoy and value having you as a patient.

A Safe, Clean Dental Office in Centennial, CO

If you have any concerns about the safety of visiting our office or dental care in general during these uncertain times, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can assure you that your safety and the cleanliness of our office has always been and will continue to be a priority.

We are a small, family-run dental office that caters to your individual needs and treats you with warmth and compassion. Dr. Mike started practicing dentistry in 1999 and opened his Centennial dental practice in 2005. For 15 years, he has been providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. As a father of three, Dr. Mike enjoys working with children as much as he does addressing the unique dental needs of our more senior patients.

Custom Dentistry to Fit Your Needs

As a small practice with one trusted dentist, you can have peace of mind knowing that there is always a professional you can turn to who understands your unique needs. We see one patient at a time, so when you are with us, you can expect to have our undivided attention. When you schedule your first visit, you will have a full hour with our dentist so you won't feel rushed, and you will know your concerns are being heard.

If you like the idea of a small dental office that caters to your individual needs in a warm and welcoming setting, call our family dentist in Centennial to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

CEREC Same-Visit Crowns and Bridges

At some dental offices, you can wait for weeks to get a new crown or cap. Here at the office of Michael Franquemont DDS, we can complete an all-porcelain crown or bridge in less than two hours.

What are CEREC Dental Crowns?

CEREC is the acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, a fancy way of saying that we design and fabricate high-quality crowns and bridges without using an outside dental lab. For over 15 years, Dr. Franquemont has been using CAD/CAM technology to create durable restorations that blend beautifully with your smile. 

The CEREC Dental Crown Process

The first step in getting a CEREC crown or bridge is similar to a lab-fabricated restoration, where our dentist reshapes the tooth to receive the new crown. The similarity ends there because instead of messy impressions, we use CAD/CAM technology to scan your teeth to create a digital impression.

Dr. Franquemont uses the digital impression to create a virtual model of your tooth, then uses the software to design your new crown. He then sends the file to a CEREC milling machine in our office that works like a 3-D printer to fabricate your crown from a block of porcelain shaded to match.

With CEREC same-visit crowns, we eliminate the need for messy impressions, multiple office visits, a 2-3 week wait, and no temporary crown. You will leave our office the same day with your beautiful new customized dental restoration securely in place. Another advantage of CEREC crowns is that if you need a root canal and a crown, our Centennial dentist can generally complete both procedures on the same day.

Dental Crowns in Centennial, CO

If you have a broken or decayed tooth and don’t want to wait for a dental crown, call us so we can tell you more about CEREC crowns and bridges.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If there’s anything at all you don’t like about your smile, cosmetic dentistry at our Centennial dental office can help you. Would you like your smile to look whiter or brighter? Do you have chipped or broken teeth that you want to hide? Even if you aren’t sure what it is you want to change, we can help you.

The first step is an appointment with Dr. Michael Franquemont so he can chat with you about the changes you would like to make. He will perform a thorough examination and take digital x-rays as needed to see how we can best help you.

You and Dr. Mike will work together to plan your treatment in a way that best fits your needs. If you want your smile to look great for a big event and have a tight timeline, we’ll develop a plan to get your smile ready in time for the big day. If you have financial considerations, we will work within your budget to find the treatments that can help you achieve your goals.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services to Improve Your Smile

Using dental bonding, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and porcelain crowns, our cosmetic dentist can correct any smile flaw that bothers you:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Stained or yellow teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Size discrepancies
  • Gaps and uneven spacing
  • Mildly crooked teeth

If you are also dealing with missing teeth, Dr. Mike will be happy to discuss all the tooth replacement options we offer, including dental bridges and dental implant restoration.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Centennial, CO

As you can see, there’s really no limit to the types of smile makeovers we can create! Call our cosmetic dentist in Centennial to schedule an appointment to get started.

At Michael J. Franquemont, DDS, we want you to be happy with your smile and proud to show it to the world. This is why we offer cosmetic dentistry in Centennial, CO, along with the options you need to achieve optimal oral health.

However, the cost of fixing your smile largely depends on the treatments you need and the services you choose.

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry in Centennial, CO

Of course, we offer affordable cosmetic dentistry in Centennial, but a consultation with our dentist is the best course when it comes to figuring out the services you need and the final cost.

Our cosmetic dentistry options include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dental veneers
  • Tooth-colored restorations, including dental crowns
  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth replacement, including dental implants

In some cases, you may need dental treatments as well, including fillings, root canals, or periodontal treatment. Fixing your smile may be about aesthetics and your oral health!

Your cosmetic dentist in Centennial works with CareCredit, a healthcare credit card that offers financing programs to qualified applicants. A member of our dental team can help you apply online. Decisions are usually prompt, taking only a few minutes.

For Cosmetic Dentistry Near Me, Contact Us

We love providing beautiful and healthy smiles for our patients, and we encourage you to schedule a consultation today!

General Dentistry

Are you wondering how often you should visit your dentist in Centennial, CO? For most patients, having a routine dental check-up every six months is sufficient.

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist twice a year for preventive dentistry and teeth cleanings. However, some patients need to visit their dentist more often, depending on their overall oral health, lifestyle choices, and genetics. 

Personalized Dental Care

While the average person only needs six-month dental cleanings, patients who are more prone to cavities or those living with gum disease will benefit from having three, four, or even more dental cleanings per year. Your Centennial dentist can help you determine the level of care that’s appropriate for you.

In addition to your semi-annual teeth cleanings, you will also need periodic dental x-rays taken. Typically, we take new bitewing x-rays that show your teeth above the gum line about once per year, or at every other visit.

Dr. Mike will also perform a brief dental exam every time you come in for a visit. This exam's point is to check for dental “red flags” such as loose teeth, painful gums, and obvious gum disease. 

Schedule a Teeth Cleaning With Us

If it’s been more than six months since your last dental cleaning in Centennial, please give us a call to schedule a convenient appointment that works for your schedule. 

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are a great option when you want to restore the natural beauty of your smile. When a tooth becomes cracked or discolored, slightly misaligned, or gaps have appeared, your Centennial, CO dentist may recommend veneers.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells, typically made of porcelain and customized to your teeth in both shape and color, then cemented onto the surface of the tooth. To make the veneer fit seamlessly into your smile, your dentist will need to remove some of the affected tooth enamel. For this reason, veneers are intended to be as permanent as possible.

According to the American Dental Association, veneers can last up to a decade with proper care. But veneers are susceptible to breakage if mistreated. Therefore, an ideal care regimen should include:

  • Brush and floss regularly.
  • Avoid teeth grinding – If you tend to grind your teeth, your dentist may prescribe a bite guard.
  • Wear oral protection – When playing sports or other impact activities, you should wear a mouthguard.
  • Avoid biting hard surfaces – Your teeth are chewing tools, not pliers or clamps. Don't use them to loosen knots or open bottles or packaging. Likewise, avoid chewing exceptionally hard foods, mints, etc.

Root Canals

Yes! Also called nitrous oxide, this gentle form of sedation helps many of our Centennial patients who experience dental anxiety or just want a more comfortable experience.

How Nitrous Oxide Helps with your Dental Procedure

As a gas, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a small nasal mask. We’ll start the flow before your procedure, and you just need to sit back, relax, and breathe. Soon, you will feel a very calming, soothing sensation take you over, and the relaxing feeling will last throughout your appointment.

You will be awake and alert enough to communicate with us, but the activity around you will seem far away and won’t concern you. We will monitor you carefully to ensure that you are comfortable, and when your procedure is completed, we turn off the flow of nitrous and switch to pure oxygen.

Any drowsy sensations you felt will soon fade away, and you will leave our office feeling alert and refreshed. There’s no need for a driver to get you to and from your appointment, and you can resume your usual daily routine when you leave our office.

Sedation Dentistry in Centennial, CO

If you think nitrous oxide could benefit you at your next appointment, please let us know. Your comfort is our priority, and sedation with nitrous oxide at our Centennial dental office can help.

No, a root canal is not painful. Your dentist recommends the procedure because your tooth is abscessed or infected, usually accompanied by a severe toothache. A root canal in Centennial is the only procedure that will relieve the excruciating pain and save your tooth from extraction.

Unfortunately, it’s the painful infection that most people remember afterward. They may forget that their pain was instantly eliminated with the first dose of local anesthetic, never to return!

A Comfortable Root Canal in Centennial

Dentistry’s come a long way, and we have even more ways to make your root canal a comfortable, stress-free event. The local anesthetics we use are more potent than ever to numb your mouth and ensure that you don’t feel any pain.

Dr. Mike has also invested in technology called rotary endodontics that speeds the process of removing the infection from inside your tooth. Many of our patients are amazed at how efficient and comfortable a root canal can be with this leading-edge technology!

If you still feel on edge about your procedure, we offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Its calming effects will put you at ease throughout your appointment but won’t produce drowsy feelings afterward to disrupt your busy day.

Schedule a Root Canal in Centennial, CO

An untreated root canal infection is not only painful and can cost you a tooth, but it can also be life-threatening. If you have tooth pain and think it might be an infection, call Michael J Franquemont DDS, and we will arrange to see you as soon as possible.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is one of the most inexpensive cosmetic dentistry options around, but it can dramatically enhance your smile.

Professional teeth whitening in Centennial, CO lifts away brown tooth stains and stubborn discoloration just in time for your next important event.

As far as safety, whitening your teeth with our dentist’s system and approval is always the best course.

Using over-the-counter products or whitening kits purchased online may not be the way to go. The ingredients may be too abrasive for your teeth, and when whitening trays do not fit properly, you can be left with lingering tooth sensitivity.  

In our dental office, we offer take-home kits and in-office whitening. In some situations, you can combine these treatments, which allows you to touch up your smile at your convenience.

Additionally, our dentist makes sure your teeth and gums are in a healthy condition before approving you for professional teeth whitening. When you whiten on your own, this is not possible.

Talk to Your Centennial, CO Dentist about Professional Teeth Whitening

You can opt for whitening on its own or as part of a smile makeover that may include dental implants and more.

To schedule a teeth whitening consultation with our cosmetic dentist, give us a call today.

TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

As a teenager, Dr. Michael Franquemont experienced TMJ problems and is all too familiar with the impact they can have on a person’s life. One of the reasons he chose dentistry as a profession is because of the excellent care received from his own dentist during that time.

How we Treat TMJ Pain

Today, Dr. Mike offers TMJ pain relief for patients in Centennial who are dealing with the often-debilitating symptoms. The jaw joint or TMJ is one of the most-used joints in the body. It can become sore and overworked just like any other joint, and when it does, it leads to numerous issues:

  • TMJ pain and soreness
  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Clicking and popping sounds in your jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing your jaw
  • Broken, cracked, and worn teeth
  • Chronic headaches, including migraines
  • Jaw locked open or closed

Despite these serious and painful symptoms, treatment for TMJ pain may be relatively simple. Dr. Mike can customize a night guard that you wear while you sleep and slips over your teeth like a mouthguard.

This small appliance provides a cushion between your upper and lower teeth to prevent them from coming into direct contact from each other. It won’t stop the grinding motion, but it will minimize any damage to your teeth due to the constant, excessive force placed on them.

Some patients who have bruxism grind their teeth all day long, and treatment, in this case, may include stress management techniques, meditation or muscle relaxers, OTC anti-inflammatories, jaw exercises, and switching to a soft diet.

TMJ & Bruxism Treatment in Centennial, CO

Dr. Mike understands the impact that TMJ problems and teeth grinding can have on your life. If you are looking for a TMJ dentist in Centennial, please call us to schedule an appointment so we can help you.

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