Consistently recognized by her peers as a “top” general dentist and cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs , Dr. Schope of Schope Dental provides excellence in dentistry with a woman’s touch. She has been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years. After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1992, she completed a General Practice Residency in the United States Air Force. At the time some 300 plus candidates were hoping to be accepted in this program. She was one of 48 graduating dental students to be accepted. This residency is not a required study to begin a practice in dentistry, but an advanced dental learning experience from which Dr. Schope feels her patients strongly benefit.
When you begin a path to dental health with Dr. Schope you will appreciate her passion for delivering dentistry in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable. She is gentle, knowledgeable and thorough. Wanting you to have the best experience possible, she will partner with you to meet all your dental needs in a caring environment. You may be surprised that you actually enjoy going to your dentist.
VIDEO: Meet Betty Jo Schope, DDS
In this video, Dr. Betty Jo Schope of Schope Dental, Colorado Springs, CO, shares a bit about her medical background, special interest areas, and personal philosophy of care:
“I come from the midwest, southwest Iowa. I went to Creighton University around Redwood in Oakmont and then I went to dental school to University of Iowa. I think that the most important thing or the thing that we provide that’s different from other practices – a lot of other practices – is that most practices when a patient goes into that office, they’re expecting to come in for a real quick exam and they’re going to check with – are they cavities – and maybe go in and get my teeth cleaned and then I’m going to go ‘that isn’t really the way we approach things.’
We really need to look at several things, we need to look at not just whether they have any cavities or whether they have any gum disease, but there can be just as much disease in the mouth related to function. If there are joints in our muscles and our teeth don’t function harmony, we can break teeth cause sensitive teeth, cause a lot of other issues and so by looking at that and getting some good base lines. We spend a lot of time doing oral cancer screening. We do a very thorough TMJ screening that’s going to allow us to see if some of those function problems are going to be an issue for this patient now or possibly in the future. And we just spend a lot of time and I think the difference there is I think our patients realize that we’re really there to get some good foundation, good baselines before we just launch into doing a lot of care.
One of the other things I think we really take pride in here is educating our patients so that they can make choices based on that education as to how they want to push through their oral health. I spend a lot of time talking to patients.
One of the things that I’m seeing in dentistry a lot more now than ever is either medical conditions or medications that patients might be on that are really affecting their mouth and then not even realizing that that might be a reason why their at higher risk for cavities than they ever have been. How can I help them balance the amount, gain success at preventing cavities? Not just treating them and being in the proactive preventative mode – to help patients be able to keep the discomfort down, pain down, and the inconvenience of having to see me preventive, and getting them some preventive plans in place that do that – whether it be with your medications or different techniques of cleaning and what not.
I really enjoy doing some of our cosmetic. We really get some great results and our patients love it. So that’s, you know, really, those are the areas that I concentrate a lot in. I try to treat patients the way I’d want to be treated.
One of the things that we work really hard in my office is to create an environment for an office setting that it’s the office that I would want to go to. You’d like to be on time, you want to be caring and be gentle in our care and thorough and those are the things that we really work hard at.
We like to call something in our office setting. If you’ve been to the website, I’m sure you’ve seen we have something that we call a ‘Circle of Care’ and truly what is is staying with that patient from the beginning to the end. You know, getting getting the proper diagnosis, starting with the really great, you know, introduction to the office that makes them feel very comfortable and let’s start this lasting relationship we get them through any needs that they have by partnering with them, meeting them where they’re at and what they’re desires and expectations are. And try to meet those as best we can and that once we get healthy, we create basically, a type of re-care that they buy into because they want to maintain that health.
Once we can partner with our patients and bring their mouth into optimal oral health, which quite frankly, overall will help their overall health, we have really created a lifestyle for them that’s going to support their life of long-term dental health as well as overall health.
I think it’s important that patients realize that what their role in the process is and we educate them and that we let them know what we can do for them and always partnering with them to say, hey, how can we make things better? You know, for them, staying up on the technology and the continuing educating that I am a perpetual student I take of lot of continue education because I want to be able to provide the best care for my patients – the care that I would want to have or a loved one of mine I would want to have.”
Your Overall Dental Health Partner
Dr. Schope partners with you in all aspects of your smile to provide health, comfort, function, and esthetics. If your hope is to not only have a healthy mouth but an ‘enhanced’ smile, she will join you in exploring your opportunities to do so.
Since 2011, Dr. Schope has earned the distinction of “Top Dentists” by 5280 Magazine. Every year, this award is given to dentists who are voted for and recognized by other dentists in the area for their dedication to the science of dentistry and service to the community. Dr. Schope gives a lot of credit for earning this award to her kind and professional staff who are often the front line for providing an exceptional experience for her patients.
She and her team strive to make every aspect of your experience top shelf. From helping you understand your conditions that need to be treated to finding the best time and way to give you that care, our team provides you options to attain and afford the healthy smile you deserve.
Dr. Schope is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Denver Implant Study Club (D.I.S.C.), Colorado Springs Dental Society, and Metropolitan Denver Dental Foundation.
How Can a Cosmetic Dentist Improve My Smile?
A cosmetic dentist can help solve any number of cosmetic issues pertaining to your smile to include any of the following cosmetic procedures:
Improve the appearance and function of your smile:
While your primary concern may be cosmetic, it may be necessary to first improve or restore the functionality of your teeth. For example, if you have chipped teeth, there may be a bite problem (malocclusion) that needs to be fixed first. Otherwise, you stand to repeat the problem. In some cases, your dentist may refer you to another dental specialist, such as an orthodontist, periodontist, or prosthodontist, to help improve or restore parts of your dental health.
Teeth whitening or bleaching:
If having nice white teeth is your goal, then bleaching or whitening of your teeth may be an option. Many people opt for teeth whitening to get rid of isolated issues of yellow, stained, or discolored teeth. A number of people also opt for whitening in order to attain a consistent and enhanced shade of white for all of their teeth.
Your cosmetic dentist might opt for bonding to correct broken or chipped surfaces on your teeth. A polymeric- or resin-like material is used to fill the tooth gaps and chipped surfaces. Sometimes, cosmetic dentists also use bonding materials to close spaces between teeth and cover the entire surface of a tooth.
Crowns and implants:
If a tooth is badly broken or chipped, your cosmetic dentist may recommend using crowns or implants to improve or restore the appearance of your teeth. With both a crown or implant, you essential replace real tooth with a form of synthetic tooth that appears, feels, and functions naturally. With a crown, you still have your real tooth and root, but the broken part of your tooth is ‘capped.’ With an implant, the entire tooth is removed and replaced.
Cosmetic dentists have special tools they can use to slightly change the shape of a tooth. Reshaping might be appropriate for chipped teeth, overlapping teeth, or correcting a misaligned/oddly shaped tooth.
Of course, your cosmetic dentist may recommend a combination of any of the above procedures in order to get you to that beautiful smile you’re hoping to attain. To learn what cosmetic procedure is right for you, it’s important that you talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are many over-the-counter treatments that may seem inexpensive, convenient, and less hassle. However, such treatments can have limited and non-lasting results because you may not be addressing the root of your cosmetic concern. A cosmetic dentist is able to identify what’s causing the issue and recommend a solution that should produce the most optimal outcomes.
Choosing The Best General Dentist For Your Overall Dental Health
Finding a good dentist in Colorado Springs is not hard; however, before you choose one, there are some tips that will help you make a good choice.
First of all, find out how many years the dentist has been working. This can be found out by calling his or her office or by talking with someone who has had some work done. Then, find out if the dentist is a member of the American Dental Association. Most importantly, find out how he or she sterilizes the dental equipment that is used on patients. Also, be sure to find out what kind of post-operative care and emergency services are available.
It is also important to find out what kind of procedures the dentist uses such as laser or CAD/CAM techniques. Also ask if he or she does any kind of cosmetic dental treatments. It is also important to find out how much the dental costs are and if your dental insurance covers most dental treatments.
Of course, finding a dentist you trust and like and finding a dentist that is near you, are two important factors. As you talk with others about finding a dentist, be sure to find out about the dentist’s office and how clean and organized it is. Paying an unexpected visit can also give you a clue as to the cleanliness, friendliness and organized way it looks and feels as you walk in.
It is also important to find out how they process dental insurance claims. Some dental offices turn the claims in without a problem; while other dental offices will ask for payment quickly and patients are required to file their own dental claims.
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If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Colorado Springs general and cosmetic dentist, Betty Jo Schope, DDS, at Schope Dental (www.schopedental.com) please call 719-260-8089.