Complete Family Dentistry Blog - Waukesha , WI
Posts for: August, 2017
How dental implants from Waukesha can improve your smile
If you have missing teeth, tooth replacement is one of the most important decisions you can make. Do you choose conventional methods like partials, dentures or bridges, or do you want the high-tech solution to replacing lost teeth? It’s time to consider the advanced choice, dental implants! Your dentists at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Raz, and Dr. Kendra Loch want to share the importance of dental implants for you!
Living with lost teeth can be difficult. Your chewing ability may be affected, which can also affect your digestion and your general health. Your self-esteem and self-confidence may be affected, leading you to smile less often or hide your smile. You may even start avoiding social situations. You will also start to lose your youthful facial contours and firm jawline because you will be losing bone.
Dental implants can change all of that. Dental implants are an important choice because dental implants are:
- Stable, because they are surrounded securely by bone; they won’t move around like partials and dentures.
- Beautiful, because the implant crown is made of high-grade ceramic and looks just like your natural teeth; you won’t have unnatural-looking gums like you would with partials and dentures.
- Healthy, because you can brush and floss the implants right along with your natural teeth; you won’t need special tools or soaking the way you do with bridges, partials and dentures.
- Youthful, because your body will grow more bone to fuse with implants; partials and dentures put pressure on the bone which can diminish bone over time, leading to sagging in your face.
When you choose dental implants, you are choosing worry-free tooth replacement because your implants will never decay. They also resist stains, giving you bright, white smiles for life. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any surgical implant, over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dental implants are today’s answer to replacing lost teeth and completing your smile. Why choose old-school methods of tooth replacement when you can have the best choice, dental implants? To find out more about the importance of dental implants to you, call your dentists at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI today!
You’ve recently learned one of your teeth needs a root canal treatment. It’s absolutely necessary: for example, if you have decay present, it will continue to go deeper within the tooth and it will spread to the roots and bone and could ultimately cause you to lose your tooth. Although you’re a little nervous, we can assure you that if we’ve recommended a root canal treatment, it’s the right step to take for your dental health.
There’s nothing mysterious — or ominous — about a root canal. To help ease any fears you may have, here’s a step-by-step description of the procedure.
Step 1: Preparing your mouth and tooth. We first take care of one of the biggest misconceptions about root canals: that they’re painful. We completely numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia to ensure you will be comfortable during the procedure. We isolate the affected tooth with a thin sheet of rubber or vinyl called a rubber dam to create a sterile environment while we work on the tooth. We then access the inside of the tooth — the pulp and root canals — by drilling a small hole through the biting surface if it’s a back tooth or through the rear surface if it’s in the front.
Step 2: Cleaning, shaping and filling the tooth. Once we’ve gained access we’ll clear out all of the dead or dying tissue from the pulp and root canals, and then cleanse the empty chamber and canals thoroughly with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions. Once we’ve cleaned everything out, we’ll shape the walls of the tiny root canals to better accommodate a filling material called gutta-percha, which we then use to fill the canals and pulp chamber.
Step 3: Sealing the tooth from re-infection. Once we complete the filling, we’ll seal the access hole and temporarily close the tooth with another filling. Later, we’ll install a permanent crown that will give the tooth extra protection against another infection, as well as restore the tooth’s appearance.
You may experience some mild discomfort for a few days after a root canal, which is usually manageable with aspirin or ibuprofen. In a week or so, you’ll hardly notice anything — and the tooth-threatening decay and any toothache it may have caused will be a distant memory.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, 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 “A Step-by-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”
Archeologists can tell us quite a bit about our primitive ancestors. For example, because of their coarse, abrasive diet and a primitive understanding of oral hygiene, their teeth had a rough go of it. They simply wore out faster — a contributing factor, no doubt, to their short life spans of thirty or forty years.
But thanks to improvements in lifestyle, healthcare and diet, people live much longer today. And so do their teeth, thanks to advances in dental care and disease prevention. While teeth still wear to some degree as we age, if we care for them properly with daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, we can keep that wear to a minimum. Teeth truly can last a lifetime.
Unfortunately, it's still all too common for people to lose their teeth prematurely. The main reason: the two most prevalent dental diseases, tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Tooth decay arises from high concentrations of mouth acid that erode enamel, teeth's irreplaceable protective shell. Gum disease is an infection that damages the bone supporting tissues as it infiltrates deep below the visible gum line.
While they occur by different mechanisms, the two diseases have some commonalities. They both, of course, can lead to tooth loss. And, they're both triggered by oral bacteria found in dental plaque, a thin film of food particles built up on tooth and gum surfaces. Multiplying bacteria feed on plaque and produce acid as a by-product. And certain bacterial strains infect gum tissues.
Both of these diseases can be treated successfully, especially if detected early. But the better approach is to prevent them in the first place. This introduces another commonality — they share the same prevention strategy of daily, comprehensive brushing and flossing for plaque removal, regular dental cleanings and checkups, and a sharp eye for any signs of disease like bleeding gums or tooth pain.
With diligent dental care and close attention to your oral health, you increase your chances of avoiding the full threat of these diseases.Â And with healthy teeth, you have a better chance of living a long and healthy life.
If you would like more information on minimizing tooth wear, 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 “How and Why Teeth Wear.”