Complete Family Dentistry Blog - Waukesha , WI
Posts for: March, 2018
There are instances when a general dentist will remove (extract) a problem tooth. At other times, though, the same dentist may refer a patient needing an extraction to an oral surgeon. Why the difference?
The procedure performed by a general dentist is referred to as a “simple tooth extraction.” “Simple” doesn’t mean easy and requiring no skill or expertise — it certainly does. In this case, the term refers to the anatomy of the tooth being extracted, particularly its roots.
Teeth that respond well in a simple extraction have an uncomplicated root system. The path of removal, usually with a single root involved, is fairly straight and without extreme angles. In the hands of a skilled and experienced dentist, it can be removed with little to no discomfort.
Dentists actually must use finesse to remove a tooth from its socket. The tooth is held in place with tiny collagen fibers that extend from a tough, elastic gum tissue known as the periodontal ligament, which lies between the teeth and the bone. With some manipulation, a dentist can loosen these fibers, which then makes removing the tooth much easier. All of this can usually be performed with local anesthesia.
Of course, to determine if a tooth can be removed this way, we must conduct a thorough dental examination first, including x-ray imaging to determine the exact nature and location of the roots. If the exam reveals the root system is more complex, or that there are defects to the bone or the tooth that could make a simple extraction difficult (resulting, for example, in not removing the crown and root in one piece), then the tooth may need to be removed surgically.
Such situations require the skill and resources of an oral surgeon. These specialists perform a number of surgical procedures related to the mouth and face; as procedures go, extraction is among the most routine. Using local anesthesia and post-operative pain management, undergoing a surgical extraction involves only minimal discomfort and a very short recovery time.
After examining your tooth we’ll recommend the best course for extraction, whether simple or surgical. In either case, we’ll see that your problem tooth is extracted as efficiently and painlessly as possible.
If you would like more information on tooth extractions, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Simple Tooth Extraction?”
Quick, easy, beautiful, and durable dental crowns and fixed bridgework can be yours through advanced CEREC technology from your Waukesha, WI family dentists at Complete Family Dentistry. How do CEREC restorations differ from conventional crowns and bridges? There are no long wait times, fit and bite are spot-on precise and aesthetics are totally natural. Dr. Joel Jahmiak, Dr. Cathleen Raz, and Dr. Kendra Loch invite you to explore the possibilities of a fully functional and beautiful smile with Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
Your smile needs help
You have a damaged tooth, or maybe you have lost two teeth and have a worrisome gap. A crown covers and protects remaining healthy tooth structure, giving it natural form and function once again. A fixed bridge supplies pontic, or artificial teeth, to fill in your smile. Customized dental crowns hold those pontics in place so you look, smile, chew, and speak as you should.
Fortunately, today's inventive dental technologies take these tried and true restorations and craft them so accurately they are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth. Plus, with CEREC design and manufacturing processes, your Waukesha family dentist avoids the long wait times associated with using an outside dental lab. CEREC crowns and bridges are manufactured chairside in just about an hour.
How CEREC works
Your family dentist in Waukesha uses a small handheld instrument to take digital impressions of your mouth. He or she uses the three-dimensional images to model the restoration using computer-aided design software. Then, the CEREC milling apparatus takes dental grade ceramic and fashions it into the perfect crown or bridge.
When your dentist removes the crown or bridge from the chairside machine, he or she colors it and polishes it for the most realistic result. When permanently bonded in place, the restoration blends in with surrounding teeth and bites correctly with the opposite arch. Typically, little to no adjustment is necessary because CEREC processes are so precise.
From examination, to design, to fabrication, to placement, your CEREC crown or bridge takes one appointment at Complete Family Dentistry. Isn't that convenience just great? And, you'll love the durability of your crown or bridge, too. With twice daily brushing and once a day flossing at home as the American Dental Association advises, you'll keep your restoration free of plaque and tartar. Combine your at-home hygiene with in-office care, and you'll keep your new crown and bridge for 10 years or more.
Arrange a consultation
Learn all about CEREC crowns and bridges. Please call Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI today: (262) 549-6850.
The human body’s immune system has amazing defensive capabilities. Without it a common cold or small wound could turn deadly.
One of the more important processes of the immune system is inflammation, the body’s ability to isolate diseased or injured tissue from unaffected tissue. Ironically, though, this vital component of the healing process could actually cause harm if it becomes chronic.
This often happens with periodontal (gum) disease, an infection of the gums caused by bacterial plaque built up on teeth due to inadequate hygiene, which in turn triggers inflammation. The infection is often fueled by plaque, however, and can become difficult for the body to overcome on its own. A kind of trench warfare sets in between the body and the infection, resulting in continuing inflammation that can damage gum tissues. Untreated, the damage may eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In treating gum disease, our main goal is to stop the infection (and hence the inflammation) by aggressively removing plaque and calculus (tartar). Without plaque the infection diminishes, the inflammation subsides and the gums can begin to heal. This reduces the danger to teeth and bone and hopefully averts their loss.
But there’s another benefit of this treatment that could impact other inflammatory conditions in the body. Because all the body’s organic systems are interrelated, what occurs in one part affects another especially if it involves inflammation.
It’s now theorized that reducing gum inflammation could lessen inflammation in other parts of the body. Likewise, treating other conditions like high blood pressure and other risk factors for inflammatory diseases could lower your risk of gum disease and boost the effectiveness of treatment.
The real key is to improve and maintain your overall health, including your teeth and gums. Practice daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque, and visit your dentist regularly for more thorough cleanings. And see your dentist at the first sign of possible gum problems like bleeding, redness or swelling. You’ll not only be helping your mouth you could also be helping the rest of your body enjoy better health.
If you would like more information on the relationship between gum disease and other systemic conditions, 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 “The Link between Heart & Gum Diseases.”