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Welcome to Crested Butte Family Dental

We are excited to introduce new dental technology to the Gunnison Valley, and offer the most up-to-date and highest quality dental care possible. We practice with a conservative and prevention driven approach with an emphasis on patient education. We absolutely love dentistry and connecting with patients to make them comfortable and well-informed about their care. We can't wait to meet you!

IMPLANTS

Dental Implants: Replacing hopeless or missing teeth with implants has come a long way and is now a very predictable procedure.  Utilizing our technology we can verify exactly where we want an implant to go and ensure the bone is healthy to support a dental implant.  Then we can fabricate a very accurate guide to guarantee the implant is placed exactly where we planned it.  By utilizing this technology we minimize the size of the surgical area and greatly reduce the time of surgery and post operative discomfort.  In most cases the appointment is an hour or less and the patient is able to continue their daily routines.  If you think you would benefit from a dental implant we are happy to review the process in detail so you can see for yourself.  

TMJ THERAPY

The term TMJ gets thrown around a lot but what does it actually mean? TMJ refers to the Temporomandibular Joint, however, most people use the term to refer to the symptoms related to TMD or Temporomandibular Dysfunction. Common symptoms are tension and migraine headaches, neck and shoulder tension, and tooth sensitivity. Whatever you call it, it’s not any fun and most people who experience it would like to find a solution.

If you think you suffer from TMD, please fill out the symptoms sheet below.

In our office we offer a procedure call Disclusion Time Reduction, which is an appliance-free approach to treating TMJ. The primary goal of DTR is to relieve pain and prevent future problems with your teeth.

MYOFUNTIONAL THERAPY

Living in the town of Crested Butte is awesome because despite our small size we have access to some really progressive treatments. Myofuntional Therapy is one of them! Here is a quick description of what OMT is and why you should ask us about it.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is the neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. OMT includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques. We teach patients how to chew, swallow, seal lips, and breathe correctly. We work on habits, such as thumb sucking, which leads to poor muscle patterns that can affect total body health. When patients have good rest posture, there is stability in the orofacial complex and both form and function are able to develop properly.

We use Myofunctional therapy to treat symptoms of a wide variety of health issues including opening airways, chronic headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfuntion (TMD), and poor digestion to name a few. It may also be the most profound therapy available for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has recently gained more recognition because doctors are realizing how many more people it affects than originally thought and can be deadly. Every population and body type is affected by sleep apnea…even young children!

There are several signs and symptom of patterning problems with the orofacial muscles. Some of these include but are not limited to the following:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Open mouth rest posture and/or mouth breathing
  • Movement of teeth or relapse after orthodontic treatment
  • Open bite (meaning your front teeth don’t overlap top over bottom)
  • TMJ pain and/or neck pain
  • Oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking, nail biting, lip licking, or hair chewing
  • “Lisp” when saying “S” sounds
  • Grinding and/or clenching teeth
  • Chronic stomach aches, burping, bloating, drooling, or hiccups
  • Have a “tongue-tie”
  • Sleep walking, talking in your sleep or night terrors
  • Snoring

HOW DOES OUR OFFICE TREAT MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY DIFFERENT?
At Crested Butte Family Dental, we have a one of the only CTs on the market that has a specific program for diagnosing airway restrictions. We are able to take before and after images to see the exact progress made through therapy.

Mandy is passionate about providing her patients with comprehensive care. She spends time diagnosing and then detailing a customized treatment plan for each patient with individual exercises and monitors your improvement closely. Going through “Myo” therapy is life-changing for patients who now sleep and breath and function at a higher level.

Myofunctional Therapy Brochure

NEW AND EXPECTANT MOMS

Importance of Visits/X-rays

Every mom-to-be wants to do what’s best for their baby, and there is a lot of mixed information out there. Even our OB had outdated information regarding dental work and oral health during pregnancy! We want all of our patients to know that we hold their health as well as their baby’s as our number one priority. We would never recommend anything that could jeopardize the health or development of your baby! We love babies!

That being said, we want you to know how important it is to maintain your regular check-ups, hygiene appointments, and x-rays…yes, even x-rays. Guess what? There is no radiation exposure to the fetus! Digital x-rays have changed everything, and there is very little radiation exposure in general and certainly none to the developing baby. Even so, we are cautious with our exposure to minimize the already minimal radiation.

Why are x-rays so important? We appreciate that patients have faith in our ability to see everything going on in their mouth, but the reality is that there is a lot we cannot see without x-rays. Most cavities can’t be seen clinically until they are quite large. X-rays allow us to focus on preventative care or early treatments rather than waiting until there is a much bigger issue.

It’s completely safe to have dental work done while pregnant and the best time to do it is in the second trimester, mostly for the comfort of the mama. Babies are actually born without the bacteria that cause tooth decay or gum disease, and they are first exposed to it by their primary caregivers. That means if you have untreated cavities in your mouth your chances of passing that along and making your child more susceptible to tooth decay is high. Plus, it’s so much easier to get a cavity filled before you have an infant in tow.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

This is fairly common. It typically starts in the second trimester, and you may notice it when your gums are more tender than normal or they bleed when you floss or brush. Sometimes it can be fairly severe and an extra hygiene appointment is recommended. If you are prone to gum disease, then an extra cleaning during pregnancy is highly recommended as gum disease is clearly linked to preterm births and low-birthweight babies.

Infant Frenectomy

What the heck is this? A lot of babies are born with a lip or tongue tie. Unfortunately this has been going largely undiagnosed. Thankfully, many more providers are becoming aware of the problems associated with these “ties” and lactation consultants to pediatricians are now more frequently recommending that these be treated asap!

How do you know if your baby has a lip or tongue tie? Check out the pictures. If you pull your baby’s upper lip up and notice the muscle attachment is basically on the ridge where their teeth will come in then it is tied. Same thing when you pull the lower lip down. Sometimes the muscle attachment will be pretty thick as well.

If your baby can’t stick his/her tongue out past their lower lip, or if it gets a heart shape to it when they stick it out, then it is probably tied. Lactation consultants are well trained at identifying a tongue tie but a lot of them miss the lips!

The problems that are associated with a tongue or lip tie start early with latching while breastfeeding. Infants aren’t able to create the proper seal with these muscle attachments in the way, which can lead to problems with feeding, extremely painful nursing for the mother, too much air being swallowed while eating, and others. Later in life it can lead to pediatric sleep apnea, which is linked with ADHD. If you aren’t sure and want us to take a look give us a call!

Please see our page on Laser Dentistry to see how we treat lip and tongue ties.

Child’s first visit

We make this as stress free and fun as possible! The best time to bring in your child is around age 2 unless you have concerns before that. We like to show the kiddos everything and let them touch or try things before we do attempt cleaning their teeth. We do not pressure them to do anything they aren’t ready for and we feel that getting acquainted with the office is super important. We will make sure we get a look at everything and coach you on some home care tips. Fluoride varnish is recommended for all kids every six months and we are happy to talk to parents about it.

Recommended products for kids

Fluoridated toothpaste is recommended for all kids. For any child not able to spit after brushing only a rice-sized amount should be used. We don’t have a specific toothpaste that we love for kids but we do recommend starting them on fluoride early on.

Books are a great way to get kids interested in their teeth. There are a ton of good ones out there. The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss is a personal favorite! Please, please, please do not show your child a Youtube video of the dentist. This is hard for them to process and totally freaks them out. Keeping the information minimal but positive is the best way to preface your child’s first visit to the dentist!

Sonicare has done a great job of making toothbrushing fun for toddlers and older kids. The toothbrushes are gentle and more effective than manual brushing. There is even an app that comes with the toothbrush! You can start kids with an electric toothbrush around age two as long as use is supervised.

Meet the Crested Butte Family Dental Team

Dr. Chelsea

Dr. Chelsea

I decided I was going to be a dentist when I was 7 years old. I’m not sure exactly why, but I started orthodontics in first grade and my orthodontist was awesome. Also, my aunt was the office manager at my general dentist’s office so I loved going in there because I always got an extra toy out of the treasure chest!

As I got a little older, I realized it wasn’t all rainbow rubber bands and treasure chests that made the dentists in my life so great; it was that they were passionate about helping people. After attending the University of Southern California for college I went east to Boston University School of Dental Medicine where I graduated Cum Laude (and met Dave). Once I was in dental school it became clear being a general dentist was what I was meant to do. Connecting with patients is the best part of my job. I’m fortunate that helping a phobic patient work through their fears or giving someone the smile they have dreamed of or simply getting someone out of pain is my job! That does not get old.  

Continuing education is extremely important to all of us at Crested Butte Family Dental. We spends hundreds of hours each year individually or as a team learning as much as we can to best serve our patients. Dental school does a decent job of giving you the basics, but continuing education is where you learn the treatments and technology that you can become passionate about. We have the leading technology and have spent numerous hours learning how best to use it to our patients' advantage. I have suffered from TMJ-related pain, sensitivity and headaches for years. That is the reason I am dedicated to learning as much about relieving patients' TMJ pain in the most simple and effective way, and why I have pursued certification in Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR).

Dave and I are fortunate to be joining this amazing community and we are looking forward to getting to know you and your families.

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Dr. Chelsea

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Dr. Dave

Dr. Dave

Constantly learning and growing are a huge part of my values and I’m fortunate that dentistry is an ever-evolving profession. I was fortunate to have a progressive mentor through dental school and was able to begin my career at his practice in Boulder. That is where I was first introduced to Cerec (same-day crown) technology as well as laser dentistry. I immediately learned as much as I could about Cerec and was asked to join the CerecDoctors.com Mentor group in 2012 and Visiting Faculty in 2016. In 2016, I also became a Cerec Trainer for Patterson Dental and traveled around the Western Slope training new Cerec owners on their technology.

My primary goal has always been to improve the patient experience and for me that means listening to patient concerns, educating them on prevention and treatment, and creating an efficient and comfortable appointment. With the Cerec, 3D Xrays, and Laser technology, I am able to make your appointment personalized, comfortable and easy.

I am excited to be putting down roots in the Gunnison Valley community. My first visit to Crested Butte was when I was 15 years old and visiting a friend at Western State College. I immediately felt how special this place is and almost cannot believe that the dream of living here has become a reality. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin Madison for undergrad. Afterward, I went to Boston University where I graduated Cum Laude from dental school (and met Chelsea). It feels like it’s been a long road to get to this point; however, at the same time it feels like everything is just beginning. Chelsea and I are so fortunate to raise our children here and serve such a wonderful community of people.

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Dr. Michael

Dr. Michael

Dr. Michael Faktor • D.M.D., PC

Dr. Michael Faktor D.M.D. graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997 with a BA in Environmental Biology. From there, he attended Temple University and graduated in 2003 with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (D.M.D). After finishing at Temple, Dr. Faktor moved back to Colorado and practiced in Aspen and Crested Butte.

In 2007, Dr. Faktor started a two year residency at New York University where he earned his fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantology. After completing the Implantology course, Dr. Faktor moved home to Crested Butte and bought Elk Avenue Dental Center in December, 2008.

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Dr. Michael

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Mandy

Mandy

I have had the pleasure of living in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado for the past 20 years. Like many others who live here, when I’m not working you will find me enjoying all of the outdoors activities our valley has to offer. I love spending time with my husband Rusty and our dog, Tilley, out on the trails, rivers, lakes, and of course, traveling.

My true passion in both my personal and professional life is helping others. My career of being a Dental Hygienist allows me to fulfill this passion in many ways. I’m dedicated, caring and devoted to helping my patients feel at ease while providing the highest quality dental care possible.

I’m always eager to learn the latest and greatest and new advancements in the dental world. I love learning and am excited to work in an office where we provide conservative and comprehensive dental care using the best technology dentistry offers. Being a complete health provider is important to me, which is why I became an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. Myofunctional Therapy promotes neuromuscular reeducation of the oral and facial muscles. i’m  trained to work with muscles of the face, jaw, lips and tongue to establish proper rest posture and patterns, eliminating negative oral habits which impact growth and development of facial structures. I also assess and treat improper lip, tongue and jaw postures, which, if left untreated can lead to a number of dysfunctional disorders and parafunctional habits.  

I’m extremely honored to be working with Drs. Dave and Chelsea Stangl and I’m excited to be able to continue evolving my skills as they will be introducing many new and exciting procedures and technologies to Crested Butte Family Dental.

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Mandy

Hygienist
Katie

Katie

I love being a part of the Crested Butte Family Dental team. I’ve been at the office since 2012 as Dr. Michael Faktor’s lead assistant and have continued in that position with Doctors Dave and Chelsea. My favorite part of being on this team is everyone’s commitment to providing the highest quality care both functionally and aesthetically. I’m passionate about my patients' comfort and strive to educate them on their treatment and the procedures so they are as relaxed as possible during their care.

Originally I’m from Anchorage, Alaska, where I spent my childhood on the ice. I played Division I women's hockey at St. Cloud State University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology. I help coach the Gunnison Blades U19 girls' team and love it! I’m excited that I get to pass on my love of hockey to my 3-year-old son, Beau, who will be starting the sport this winter.

My husband, Scott, and I love this town and feel very fortunate to be raising Beau in such a glorious place.

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Lead Assistant
Asia

Asia

I was born and raised in Wroclaw, a beautiful and historic city in southwest Poland. After graduating from Wroclaw University of Technology with a Master's degree in Biotechnology, I traveled with a few close friends to the United States. On their journey across the country, we stopped in Crested Butte. Immediately I fell in love with its majestic landscapes and quickly made friends in this creative and supportive community. Crested Butte became my home. After having worked at Ice Mountain Jewelry for 12 years, I joined the team at Elk Avenue Dental Center as a dental assistant. I have stayed on in the same capacity as we have transitioned to Crested Butte Family Dental. I’m thrilled to be a part of a team who aims to provide great care and attention to all our patients.

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Assistant
Amy

Amy

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I always dreamed of living in Colorado. After graduating from Michigan State, I moved out to Crested Butte to live with my aunt for the summer and never left! I met my husband working at a ski shop and we’ve made Crested Butte our home. I enjoy shredding pow all winter and seeing how lost I can get in the woods riding my bike the rest of the year. I have two standard poodles and a cat with fangs, but it’s only appropriate that my cat has fangs since I’m a Halloween baby and love all-things spooky. I joined Crested Butte Dental Family in August and am excited to be a part of this amazing team.

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Amy

Front Office
Kristin

Kristin

I was a Central Maine girl until 2007, when I followed a friend West to the Denver area. The Rocky Mountains captured my attention and I quickly adopted the same active lifestyle of so many others in Colorado. A few months later, I met my husband, Andy, and our adventure began! We moved with our son to Crested Butte in 2016 and in November of that year opened Crested Butte South Fitness in the commercial district of Crested Butte South. I’ve known Dave and Chelsea for a few years and recently, I accepted the Treatment Coordinator position at Crested Butte Family Dental. I’m quickly learning the position and am excited about being a part of such a great team. I look forward to serving the Crested Butte community and making a positive impact with our patients!  

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What Our Clients Say About Us

“I have never had a better dental experience. I’ve had so many bad experiences and always come to the dentist with some trepidation. But this was a whole new level of awesome. Everyone is sincere, friendly and cares about the patients. There is a sense of teamwork that makes you feel like you’re in a very efficient, well-run machine. I saw Dr. Chelsea for some fairly complex procedures and she put me at ease right away and throughout the entire process. She is very detail oriented, thorough and takes the time to explain what she’s doing so I can relax. I also had no pain at all, and almost zero discomfort. It was easy to relax and let her do her work. She followed up with a personal email after our visit, and I felt so well cared for that I have completely lost my fear of going to the dentist.”

Bree

“I met Dr. Faktor when he first arrived in Crested Butte. That was back in 2003. My initial impression of him was different from any other dentist I had ever met. He had a cheery, friendly, real attitude that I found extremely appealing. I was immediately drawn to him as a person of compassion and genuine feeling – no B.S., just a good down-to-earth guy. Now, as a dentist, I can say that he is definitely, and without a doubt or hesitation, the absolute best dental professional I have ever known! He has performed many procedures on me – all of which have turned out perfectly – and without pain. Over the years we’ve become good friends – and let me tell you – you may look far and wide but you’ll never – and I mean never, find a better, more caring and competent dentist than Dr. Michael Faktor, and that’s a fact, jack!”

Eric R

“As I get older, I really appreciate great service providers. Dr. Dave is progressive, has deep knowledge about dentistry, is a skilled practitioner, thoughtful, down to earth, and has a lot of common sense. I’d give him and his team an A+ with children. He’s incredibly kind, approachable, straightforward, and kids like him immediately. He really takes the time to listen and explain things to children. My kids are now 8, 10, and 13. For adults, Dr. Dave and his team are outstanding. He did some fillings for our family in a timely, easy way at a very reasonable cost. I highly recommend Dr. Dave and his staff to anyone.”

Susan S

“My family and I love Dr Chelsea! She is highly trained, very professional, and always up on the latest technologies and trainings. My daughter loves seeing Dr Chelsea and actually cries when she has to leave her side. The staff is great too, very helpful and friendly. Overall, we highly recommend Dr Chelsea!”

Casey C