Complete Family Dentistry Blog - Waukesha , WI
Posts for: June, 2017
Your teeth were meant to shine! Tooth enamel’s polished translucence, framed by the dentin layer beneath it, has a way of vibrantly catching the light when you smile. But tooth wear and structural changes as you age can dim that shine. Add to that staining caused by foods and beverages or disease and your smile could further lose its luster.
On your supermarket or pharmacy oral hygiene aisle you’ll find dozens of products promising to restore that lost luster, including toothpastes, whitening kits or even chewing gum. While such products work to some degree, our dental office may have the right solution for you: a safe and effective treatment for whitening teeth.
Why see us for teeth whitening? For one, professional whitening solutions contain a higher concentration of bleaching agent (usually 35-45% hydrogen peroxide) than home kits. We usually apply it in a gel form directly to the teeth while using barrier devices like dams to protect the lips and other soft tissue from irritation. We may then apply heat or light to the applied gel to enhance the release of peroxide into your enamel.
This professional procedure can often give you a brighter smile in fewer sessions than a home whitening kit — and it may last longer. What’s more, we can control the level of brightness to produce only a subtle change or a dazzling “Hollywood” smile — whatever your preference.
Like a home kit, this procedure bleaches staining on the outer surface of enamel, known as extrinsic staining. But you can also have discoloration deep within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, caused by a variety of reasons like tetracycline use early in life or complications from a root canal treatment. Home kits or even the professional treatment described above can’t whiten intrinsic staining.
For intrinsic staining you’ll need a special procedure that places a bleaching agent inside the tooth. Depending on the extent of staining the procedure could require more than one session.
To find out what kind of discoloration you have, visit us for a full examination. We’ll then be able to give you your options for putting the shine back in your smile.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”
Even after losing a tooth in an on-court collision with an opposing player, Isaiah Thomas didn’t slow down. The Boston Celtics point guard completed the play…and the rest of the game. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of his dental problems — it was just the beginning.
Over the next few days, Thomas had a total of ten hours of oral surgery to treat problems with multiple teeth. He got a temporary bridge, and will receive a permanent one at a later date. He also got fitted for a custom-made mouthguard to prevent re-injury.
We’re pleased to see that Thomas is getting appropriate dental treatment. But it’s unfortunate that he didn’t get the mouthguard sooner; this one piece of inexpensive safety gear could have saved him a lot of pain and trouble. If you think mouthguards are strictly for full-contact sports, Thomas’ troubles should make you think again. In fact, according to a 2015 study in the journal Sports Health, the five sports with the highest overall risk of tooth loss are basketball, football, hockey, martial arts, and boxing. Plenty of other also involve the risk of dental injury.
The study also notes that some 5 million teeth are avulsed (knocked out) each year in the U.S. alone. Countless others are loosened, fractured or chipped. What’s more, it is estimated that the lifetime cost of treating an avulsed tooth is between $5,000 and $20,000. The cost of a custom-made mouthguard is just a small fraction of that.
Where can you or your child get a custom-made mouthguard? Right here at the dental office! These high-quality items are professionally fabricated from a model of your actual teeth, so they fit much better than an off-the-shelf one ever could. They offer superior protection, durability and comfort — because, after all, no mouthguard can protect you if it’s too uncomfortable to wear.
Thomas’ season is now over due to a hip injury, but at least he will now have time to rest and get his dental problems taken care of. Let’s hope his story will inspire more athletes — both professional and amateur — to prevent similar problems by wearing custom-made mouthguards. Whether you compete on a school team, enjoy a pick-up game after work, or play in the big leagues, a dental injury is one problem that you don’t need.
It’s actually not that difficult to get a complete smile once again after tooth loss.
While it might feel like the end of the world when you lose a tooth, it’s important to recognize that this happens to millions of Americans each year and that your Waukesha, WI, family dentists Drs. Karen and Joel Jahimiak and Dr. Cathleen Raz are here to ensure that you get the restoration you need to regain a healthy smile. Dental implants make it possible to enjoy your smile again.
What is a dental implant?
If you were to look at a dental implant it would just look like a metal post or screw. It might not seem like a big deal, but it actually is. In fact, implants are the only restorations that take the place of tooth roots. They provide a permanent, reliable foundation from which to support a dental crown or even full set of dentures, depending on the extent of your tooth loss.
How do dental implants work?
Since dental implants are now taking over the role of tooth roots, it’s important to place them into the jawbone. During surgery, our Waukesha, WI, dentists, place the implant in the jawbone where the missing tooth once was. While you won’t be able to see it, we will continue to monitor the progress of your implant as it begins to fuse together naturally with the bone and tissue surrounding it.
Can dental implants fail?
While it is possible for a dental implant to fail, we put you through an in-depth consultation period, which includes a thorough exam and x-rays to ensure that your teeth, gums, and jawbone are healthy enough for treatment.
While dental implants can be treated just like natural teeth and do not need special care, you will still need to be dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your Waukesha, WI, general dentists for routine cleanings.
If you think dental implants are the ideal restoration for you then call Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, to get on the books. We would be happy to talk to you about dental implants and determine whether you are the ideal candidate.