Charles N. Theobald, D.D.S., P.C.

General & Restorative Dentistry in Highlands Ranch

Sorry no ACA or ObamaCare dental insurance accepted

Our dental office just received important information concerning dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act, ACA, or ObamaCare.  As of January 1St 2014 our office is out of network with any dental plan offered by the ACA, and because the ACA dental plans offer NO out of network coverage they will NOT pay for any treatment at our dental office. Your Dental Dental card will say “No Exchange” PPO plan, with this coverage you will only have coverage at a Dental Dental PPO plan provider. This plan does not offer premier benefits.

Things you should know about your ACA dental plan. First,  for the first six months, only cleanings, x-rays and exams are covered. Don’t plan on getting coverage and getting a crown or bridge covered that you have been putting off for the last two years.  Second, after a six month waiting period the is a benefit for basic restorative, like fillings and extractions. Taking care of decay that only requires a filling is far less expensive that waiting till the tooth needs a crown.  Third, a longer waiting period must be met before crowns and bridges are covered. You should read the fine print of your dental plan before getting extensive treatment thinking it would be covered. Fourth, when calling to make an appointment, please ask your dental office if they are “IN-Network” at the Delta Dental PPO level. If they are a delta premier only provider, you will have no coverage at that office. Fifth, if you need a filling or crown, ask the office to call your dental insurance provider to make sure any waiting period has been meet and what level of coverage you have at that time.

It is always best to call the customer service number on your ACA dental card  to get a list of providers that accept that insurance if you have to see a network dentist. Please remember, are office is happy to see you regardless if you have dental insurance or not, but we will require payment at time of service if our office will not receive reimbursement from your dental insurance.  I hope you find this information helpful,  Brian R. – Office Manager, Highlands Ranch Colorado

Category: General Dentistry

Dental Implants

Dental Implants to replace missing teeth

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots which are surgically placed into a patient’s jaw bone by an oral surgeon or periodontist. After healing the implant is crowned with a replacement tooth made by a dental lab. When a patient of Dr. Theobald’s is missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the most natural looking, comfortable, and durable restoration available. Dental implants allow our patients to smile and eat with confidence because they are permanently placed. Old style dentures have to be removed for cleaning, sleeping. Dentures are not always comfortable for eating.  If you have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, trauma, or decay, give our office  a call to set up an appointment today. 303-791-0480.

Replace missing teeth with a dental implant

Dental Implants Benefits

Our Highlands Ranch, CO patients come to Dr. Theobald for dental implants because they offer a number of benefits compared to traditional  smile restoration. When it comes to replacement of missing teeth, dental implants are the most  natural-looking and feeling option available. In addition to restoring beauty to a smile that is compromised by missing teeth, dental implants also restore the ability to chew food. Continued dental hygiene appointments are recommended to keep your investment in oral health working for you for a lifetime.

Category: Dental Implants

Dental X-ray information from the ADA

“How do dental X-rays work?

As X-rays pass through your mouth they are mostly absorbed by teeth and bone because these tissues, which are called hard tissues, are denser than cheeks and gums, which are called soft tissues. When X-rays strike the film or a digital sensor, an image called a radiograph is created. Radiographs allow your dentist to see hidden abnormalities, like tooth decay, infections and signs of gum disease, including changes in the bone and ligaments holding teeth in place

How often should radiographs be taken?

How often X-rays (radiographs) should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease you may be experiencing. For example, children may require X-rays more often than adults. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing. Also their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults. Your dentist will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether or not you need radiographs.

Dr. Theobald practices conservative dental techniques and has a standard of care which includes dental x-rays for most patients once per year. Patients can elect to have x-rays less often if they do not have a history of decay in the past 5 to 10 years.  Dental x-rays help detect problems early and can reduce your out of pocket expenses for treatment.

If you are a new patient, the dentist may recommend radiographs to determine the present status of your oral health and to help identify changes that may occur later. A new set of X-rays may be needed to help your dentist detect any new cavities, determine the status of your gum health or evaluate the growth and development of your teeth. If a previous dentist has any radiographs of you, your new dentist may ask you for copies of them. Ask both dentists to help you with forwarding your X-rays.

What are the benefits of a dental radiograph examination?

Because many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth, an X-ray examination can help reveal:

  • small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings);
  • infections in the bone;
  • periodontal (gum) disease;
  • abscesses or cysts;
  • developmental abnormalities;
  • some types of tumors.

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. Radiographs can help your dentist detect problems in your mouth that otherwise would not be seen.

How do dental X-rays compare to other sources of radiation?

The amount of radiation that we are exposed to from dental X-rays is very small compared to our daily exposure from things like, cosmic radiation and naturally-occurring radioactive elements (for example, those producing radon).

The table below compares our estimated exposure to radiation from dental X-ray with other various sources. As indicated below, a millisievert (mSv) is a unit of measure that allows for some comparison between radiation sources that expose the entire body (such as natural background radiation) and those that only expose a portion of the body (such as X-rays).

Source Estimated Exposure (mSv)
Man Made

Dental X-rays

Bitewing radiographs
Full-mouth series

Medical X-rays

Lower gastrointestinal tract radiography
Upper gastrointestinal tract radiography
Chest radiograph


Cosmic (Outer Space) Radiation

Average radiation from outer space In Denver, CO (per year)

Earth and Atmospheric Radiation

Average radiation in the U.S. from Natural sources (per year)


Source: Adapted from Frederiksen NL. X-Rays: What is the Risk? Texas Dental Journal. 1995;112(2):68-72.

What if I’m pregnant and need a dental radiograph examination?

A radiograph may be needed for dental treatment that can’t wait until after the baby is born. Because untreated dental infections can pose a risk to the fetus, dental treatment may be necessary to maintain the health of the mother and child. Radiation exposure resulting from dental X-rays is low. However, every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle). A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and should be used when any dental radiograph is taken. Also, a leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should also be used whenever possible. The use of a leaded thyroid collar is recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children. Dental X-ray exams do not need to be delayed if you are trying to become pregnant or are breast feeding.” as copied from the ADA.

This information is from the ADA website, Dr. Theobald practices conservative dental techniques and has a standard of care which includes dental x-rays for most patients once per year. Patients can elect to have x-rays less often if they do not have a history of decay in the past 5 to 10 years.

5280 Dentist for 2012

Our office is honored to announce that Dr. Theobald and staff will be a topDentist in the June 2012 5280 Magazine. Below is a copy of the letter we received form 5280 Magazine. We would like to thank all of the dentist and specialists that have given their continued support to our dental office.

“topDentist tm More than just a dentist – the right dentist

February 20, 2012

Dr. Charles N. Theobald

200 West County Line Road, Suite 210

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129-2342

Dear Dr. Theobald:

We are please to inform you that you have been selected by a vote of your peers to be included in the 2012 database of topDentiststm.  The listing for Colorado will appear online at and will also appear in the June issue of 5280 Magazine.

Because topDentist is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which hundreds of dentist and specialist throughout the state of Colorado cast thousands of “votes” on the abilities of other dentist and specialist, and because listings cannot be purchased (and no payment is required to be listed), inclusion in topDentist is considered a singular honor.

With over forty years in the combined experience compiling peer-review professional referral guides,  we have been able to use our experience compiling peer-review professional referral guides, we have been able to use our experience along with the input of dentist across the United States to create a methodology that has been refined and improved over previous superlative guides.

Congratulations on being honored by your peers.


Mark Berkley

Managing Partner

TopDentist, LLC



Appearing June 2012 “

Category: General Dentistry

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity

Dentin Hypersensitivity, more commonly know as tooth sensitivity, typically has three main causes. One is cause gingival recession which exposes the sensitive tooth dentin in the root structure of the tooth as your gums recede. The second cause for hypersensitivity is acid erosion caused by the acidic foods commonly found in every day diets. The third cause is aggressively brushing your teeth with a tooth paste that has a higher amount of abrasion. Brushing too aggressively can wear away tooth enamel and make your gums recede causing your dentition to become exposed.  Tooth sensitivity is often thought of as the “common cold” for the dental care industry as it is a common oral condition that affects many patients.  If you have tooth sensitivity as a patient of Dr. Theobald’s please bring this issue to our attention during your next dental appointment.

In a recent dental study of Tooth Sensitivity, 75% or more dental hygienists and dentist felt that gum recession, tooth wear, and acid erosion were the main cause of  Dentin Hypersensitivity to a point where it negatively affected the patient’s’ quality of life.  About 1/3 of adult dental patients suffer from tooth sensitivity even though patients are not always routinely screened for this condition. Our office feels this complaint should be addressed and managed as part of an overall treatment plan.

Tooth sensitivity can be described as short, sharp pain arising from the exposed root surface as a response to hot and cold, foods or fluids, soreness, inhaling and exhaling on exposed dentin, or chemical reaction to acidic foods. By reducing exposure time to foods that have a low ph like sports drinks, soda, oranges, strawberries and Ice tea you can reduce some of the causes of tooth sensitivity and erosion of the enamel. Switching to a soft bristled tooth brush and brushing in the correct manor will help reduce wear and enamel erosion.  Another over the counter solution for tooth sensitivity is the use of anti-sensitivity or desensitizing tooth paste. The tooth paste should ideally have a desensitizing therapeutic agents ( Potassium nitrate or Stannous fluoride ), low abrasion, and high fluoride content  (Sodium fluoride)  to help re-harden acid-affected enamel. If you have irritated gums look for a desensitizing tooth paste with out SLS (Sodium lauryl sulfate ) because some patients experience sensitivity to this foaming agent.

Wanting to whiten your teeth but they are too sensitive, ask Dr. Theobald which desensitizing tooth paste could help make the tooth whitening process more comfortable.

Category: General Dentistry

Littleton Pet Dentist

Littleton Veterinary Clinic

Dr. David Specht DVM and his staff at SouthPark Animal Clinic offers veterinary care for small animals and exotic pets and is located in the Littleton and Highlands Ranch community. Choosing a veterinarian is often like choosing a dentist and is one of the most important decisions you will make for your pet. You want someone who is caring, knowledgeable, and accessible. A good Veterinarian is like a good dentist, they will be accessible and willing to go over all of your options for treatment, and help you make informed decisions regarding the health of your family pet.

SouthPark Animal Clinic Check out our YouTube channel

SERVICES:  Medical/Surgical Care for small animal/exotic pets
Wellness exams
Digital Radiology


Behavior Consultation

Week-day Boarding for our clients

2011 5280 Magazine Top Dentist

“Dear Dr. Theobald:

We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected by a vote of your peers to be included in the database of topDentists. This listings for Colorado will appear online at and will also appear in the June issue of 5280 Magazine.

Because topDentists is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which hundreds of dentists and specialists throughout the state of Colorado cast thousands of “votes” on the abilities of other dentists and specialist, and because listing cannot be purchased (and not payment is required to be listed), inclusion in topDentists is considered a singular honor.

With over forty years in combined experience compiling peer-review professional referral guides, we have been able to use our experience along with the input of dentists across the United States to create a methodology that has been refined and improved over previous superlative guides.

Congratulations on being honored by your peers.


Mark Barkley                                                       5280 Magazine Appearing June 2011 Managing Partner                                                                                                                          topDentists, LLC                                                                                                                   ”

Being a 5280 top dentist for 2008, 2009, 2010, and again in 2011 has been a great honor! Thank you to all the other dentist that trusts the quality of dentistry we provide to our patients,

your Highlands Ranch Dentist, Dr. Charles N. Theobald DDS


Category: General Dentistry

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Just as your child needs regular checkups with the pediatrician, regular visits with the dentist are necessary, too. Prepare your child for that first visit and the result may be the start of positive, lifelong dental care.

When should my child first see a dentist, and why?

The ideal time for a child to visit the dentist is six months after the child’s first (primary) teeth erupt. This time frame is a perfect opportunity for the dentist to carefully examine the development of the child’s mouth. Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the child visits the dentist, the better. To protect against problems, such as early childhood tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb or pacifier-sucking, the dentist can provide or recommend special preventive care.

How do I prepare my child and myself for the visit?

Before the visit, ask the dentist about the procedures that will take place during the first appointment so there are no surprises. Plan a course of action for any possible reaction your child my have. Very young children may be fussy and not sit still. Other may become very frightened and cry.  Some children may not react negatively at all.  Some may enjoy the appointment very much!  There are a number of children’s books about going to the dentist.  Read these books with your child before his or her first visit to familiarize your child with what will happen at the dentist and help lessen any potential anxiety.

Try to make the upcoming appointment something to look forward to. Help your child understand what will happen during the visit. Also be sure to bring any records of your child’s complete medical history for his or her dental file.

What will happen during the first visit?

Often a first visit is simply a time to acquaint your child with the dentist and the practice. If your child is frightened, uncomfortable, or uncooperative, you may need to reschedule the appointment.  As a parent, you should try to remain patient and calm, reassuring your child that the visit is not scary or something about which to be afraid.  Any anxiety on your part will be transferred to your child. Short, successive visits can build the child’s trust in the dentist and dental office and prove invaluable if your child needs to be treated later for any dental problems.

Childers’s appointments should be scheduled earlier in the day, when your child is alert and refreshed. For children younger than age 2 or 3, the parent may need to sit in the dental chair and hold the child during the examination.

If all goes well, the first visit often lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and may include any of the following, depending on the child’s age:

A gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problems areas;

A gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tarter and build-up, and stains:


A demonstration on how to properly care for the mouth and teeth at home;

Nutritional counseling; and,

An assessment of the need for fluoride.

The dentist should be able to answer any questions you have and try to make you and your child feel comfortable throughout the visit.

When should we schedule the next appointment?

Children, like adults, should see the dentist every six months. Some dentist may schedule interim visits for every three months when the child is very young to build the child’s comfort and confidence levels or for treatment needs.

If you have more questions about your child’s dental need please talk to a pediatric dentist.     Academy of General Dentistry The Newsmagazine for the General Dentist, February 2011, Vol. 39, No. 2 page 30

Category: General Dentistry

How to Whiten your Teeth with opalescence tooth whitening gel and custom dental trays

Whitening Instructions:

Opalescence PF Tooth Whitening Gel

Custom made dental whitening trays can be the best  long term solution to whitening your yellowing teeth. Your teeth may stain because tea, coffee, red wine, and red pasta sauce.  Your best tooth whitening results will accrue after an adult dental phrophy ,dental cleaning.

Start the whitening process by brushing and flossing your teeth.  This is to remove any food or plaque buildup that can cause uneven whitening or bleaching of your teeth.

Next, load a small amount of gel into the whitening gel tray from the first molar-to-molar on the top and bottom. Concentrate the teeth whitening gel towards the front of the tray.  Place the whitening trays in your mouth and remove any excess gel that flows beyond the edge of the tray.  Each injector holds 3 to 4 treatments for the upper and lower arch.

We recommend wearing the tray for approximately one hour.  This time can be decreased based on sensitivity.  Upon removing the tray, brush and rinse your teeth again and rinse trays completely. First time users may need to whiten 14 to 21 times and then maintenance treatments once or twice per month.

Contact our office if sensitivity persists longer than an hour following bleaching.  It is not unusual to experience blotching on the teeth from the bleaching gel; this usually goes away within a day.  Again, feel free to contact us if this persists or you have any questions.

General Reminders:

·Please do not eat, drink, or smoke while wearing bleach trays.

·Do not whiten when pregnant or lactating.

·Foods and juices high in citric acid can cause sensitivity to the teeth.

·Coffee, tobacco, tea, red wine, and other products can restain your teeth.

·Store the bleaching syringes at room temperature away from

direct heat/sunlight.  Shelf life is about 18 months and All sales are final.

Charles N. Theobald, D.D.S., P.C. your Highlands Ranch Dentist!

Are Individual Dental Insurance Plans worth buying?

Question— Are Individual Dental Insurance Plans worth buying?

Answer– Not really….. here is why. As the office manager of our dental practice I often get questions about individual dental plans because of patients retiring, switching employers, or being self employed. After may hours of research and price comparisons of different dental insurance plans I have proven time and time again that you have to be on the dental plan for two years before the insurance will pay for dental crowns, dental bridges, oral surgery, or even a root canal. Dental implants are rarely covered on even the best dental insurance plans.  This disadvantage is called a “waiting period”, and normally does not apply to routine dental cleanings ( hygiene prophy), x-rays, and check up exams but are covered at only 50%-to 80% of the service fee. When I add up the dental insurance premiums with the out of pocket expenses for dental cleanings, x-rays, and check up exams it almost always adds up to more that you would have paid if you just paid at the time of service. If you have a High deductible  Savings Account,  also known as an HSA card, or Flexible Spending Account or FLex card, you save even more by using pre-tax dollars without having to deal with dental insurance.

The real solution to this problem is having an insurance broker work with your small to medium sized business to show you different dental plans. The best dental insurance plans will have out of network benefits, short or no waiting periods, and a group rate that is more affordable than an individual plan.

Please contact Tracy and Maria Speer for Centennial and Denver area dental and health insurance needs.

Please contact Sally Wurr insurance agent for your Highlands Ranch and Littleton Colorado dental and health insurance needs.

Contact Bob Lowry at Allstate Insurance for your insurance needs in Castle Rock Colorado

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