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Julie M. Gillis, DDS, PC

Dental Work & Vertical Dimension of Occlusion

January 15, 2022

What is the Vertical Dimension of Occlusion?  Laymen’s terms, please! At its most basic, the vertical dimension of occlusion is a measurement between two specific points when the teeth are biting fully.  As teeth wear or shift, this measurement changes.   It is very important if you are having major dental work that your face and your mouth are comfortable when your teeth are fitting together.  […]

Dr. Gillis Profiled in BEACON Senior News Magazine!

December 8, 2021

Filed under: Customer Service,Practice News — admin @ 7:00 am

We are excited to announce that our experienced dentist and fearless leader, Dr. Julie Gillis, was the subject of a recent profile in BEACON Senior News! In the article, “Grand Junction Dentist Uses Creative Background to Serve Patients,” Dr. Gillis talks about her background in architecture and sketching, and how her artistic talents ultimately led to her interest in pursuing a career in dentistry. She […]

Full Mouth Restorations Inc. Surgery

September 16, 2021

Full Mouth Restorations & Periodontal Plastic Surgery When is it necessary to complete Full Mouth Restorations & Periodontal Plastic Surgery? Let’s start this discussion by looking at a dental situation where Full Mouth Restorations are the best treatment for the patient’s concerns.  This case also demonstrates a situation where Periodontal Plastic Surgery significantly improved the outcome. Jody’s main concerns: Alignment – The teeth used to […]

Treating Severely Worn Uneven Teeth

September 7, 2021

What can be done when the teeth are severely worn and uneven? Sometimes the damage to the teeth is so extensive that the only way to make a significant change is to complete what we call “Full Mouth Restorations.”  This blog describes how completing full mouth restorations provided a solution to the problem of severely worn and uneven teeth. So what are Full Mouth Restorations? […]

How Much Toothpaste Should You Use?

February 22, 2021

Filed under: Dental Health,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene,Toothpaste — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 8:59 pm

How Much Toothpaste Should You Really Use? Is More Toothpaste Better?   We have all seen the toothpaste commercials that make a ‘loop-de-doo’ of toothpaste on the bristles.  Is this excessive?  Absolutely!  There are three basic benefits of toothpaste: Flavor Medicaments Grit The first – Flavor – makes brushing more fun.  But too much flavor, and too much toothpaste and you will get undesirable reactions […]

Chairside or Direct Tooth Veneers

February 9, 2021

What is a chairside tooth veneer or a direct composite veneer? Is a direct composite veneer different than a porcelain veneer?  This blog will answer some basic questions about the differences between direct composite veneers which are also called ‘chairside veneers’ and porcelain veneers. The patient above was concerned about the appearance of her front four teeth.  She had heard about ‘cosmetic bonding’ and about […]

‘Reverse Smiles’ and Options to Correct

January 23, 2021

What is a ‘Reverse Smile’? and Options to Correct a ‘Reverse Smile‘.   Have you heard the term, ‘Reverse Smile‘?  What does that mean?  What is a ‘reverse smile‘ and what are some options to correct this? A reverse smile is simply a when the edges of the upper teeth follow along a reverse or inverted curve to the lower lip. This is like the […]

Can Tea Stop Bleeding After Tooth Extractions?

November 22, 2020

Filed under: Oral Surgery,Tooth Extractions — Tags: , — Dr Julie Gillis @ 8:12 pm

Can Tea Be Used to Stop Bleeding after a tooth extraction? If you have had a tooth extraction, you probably expect some bleeding.  But, what should you do if the bleeding doesn’t stop?  This blog will review things that should be done after tooth extractions and how tea can be used to stop bleeding. Let’s say you had a tooth extracted.  This sometimes necessary treatment […]

Should there be a flossing slogan? Is flossing fun?

October 12, 2020

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental floss,Oral Hygiene — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 10:04 am

Flossing slogan? Is flossing fun? Oral hygiene and specifically flossing is just one more thing to get done.  But it’s important?  I think that health campaigns can make a difference in people’s health.  Think of Nike’s “Just Do It”.  Does anyone else think about blowing off exercising with lots of excuses and then BAM! you think, “Just Do It!” and you get the job done.  […]

Can Teeth Move Over Time as They Wear?

September 28, 2020

Can teeth get longer or move over time as tooth wear occurs? This is a very good question because so many people grind their teeth or have extensive wear.  If the teeth wear down and then nothing else happened, there would be gaps between the teeth and the teeth would no longer fit together!  Can the teeth move as you grind them down – the […]