Complete Family Dentistry Blog - Waukesha , WI
Posts for: November, 2019
As with most Western countries, we in the U.S. love our carbs. While fats and proteins make an appearance in our diets, many of us go full-tilt on sugars, starches and fibers.
Regardless of what some diet gurus say, we do need these organic compounds to generate energy for our cells. But carbs can also fuel inflammation: This is a mechanism in the body that isolates and protects healthy tissues from damaged tissues or toxins. Chronic inflammation, though, contributes to systemic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and, yes, gum disease.
And it's not just a matter of too many carbs in your diet. Not all carbs are equal: Some can actually stimulate inflammation, making conditions like gum disease worse. Others, though, might actually help decrease inflammation.
So, in terms of your gum health in particular, how do you know which carbs are better for you and which are worse?
It depends on their ranking on the glycemic index, a measure of how fast the body digests a particular carbohydrate to form glucose, the blood sugar that fuels our cells. The faster the digestion (higher on the glycemic index), the more likely they'll overload the bloodstream with glucose, requiring the release of the hormone insulin to bring the levels back to normal. Continuous insulin increases ultimately lead to higher inflammation.
High glycemic foods include those with added sugar, bakery items made with white flour, white rice or mashed potatoes. But there are also carb foods low on the glycemic scale—most vegetables, greens, beans, nuts and whole grains—whose slower digestive rates avoid the big blood sugar spikes and excessive insulin—and actually hinder inflammation.
So, if you want to control inflammation, reduce your consumption of high glycemic foods like chips, French fries, cookies and similar items. Instead, eat low glycemic foods like apples, bulgur wheat products, oatmeal, and other fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts.
In short: steer clear of processed foods with added sugar, and indulge yourself in fresh “real” food. These also have the added bonuses of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that keep your body functioning normally. And that can also make a big difference toward keeping your gums healthy and disease-free.
If you would like more information on diet and dental health, 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 “Carbohydrates Linked to Gum Disease.”
It is possible to achieve the smile you have always wanted with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Whether you want to whiten your smile or fix issues with teeth that are cracked/chipped, oddly structured, or missing altogether, a dentist here at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha can provide the perfect cosmetic dentistry procedure for you! Led by the team of Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Meiling, and Dr. Kendra Daniels, read on to learn what our office can do for you!
Porcelain crowns can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth, well as strengthen their weak or damaged structure. Crowns are hollow covers that are placed directly over problem teeth, and they can function as a protective cap by giving weak or damaged teeth a strong, new exterior. Crowns also give teeth with stains, chips, odd shaping, and other imperfections a flawless new look.
Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic dentistry option for improving the appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers are thin laminates that are placed on the front surfaces of teeth with cosmetic concerns, such as cracks, chips, and discolorations. Veneers give imperfect teeth a flawless new appearance by concealing these flaws. Here at our Waukesha office, this treatment can generally be completed in just two appointments.
This procedure can eliminate the stains on teeth and brighten up your dull smile. Professional teeth whitening treatments can be done in the office or at home with a take-home whitening kit. In-office whitening provides the quickest results and can whiten your smile by several shades in just one appointment. At-home professional whitening treatment is a convenient alternative that delivers a whiter smile in just a few short weeks.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Talk to a dentist about which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahimiak, Dr. Meiling, or Dr. Daniels by calling Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, today at (262) 549-6850.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics, and it is a system that uses state-of-the-art equipment to create a custom crown in a single appointment. Available here at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, CEREC crowns can restore your smile quickly and reliably. Read on to learn how Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Meiling, and Dr. Kendra Daniels use these restorations to your benefit!
More about CEREC Crowns
With CEREC, there is no more multiweek wait for a crown to be created. While the dentist used to have to take impressions and molds of your teeth, send them to a dental lab where the crown would be made, and then cement the restoration into place, this several-appointment-process can now be completed in one visit thanks to CEREC.
Complete Family Dentistry creates life-like CEREC restorations for many patients, especially those suffering from some sort of dental emergency like a lost or broken crown.
The process is very simple:
- First the dentist takes x-rays of the damaged tooth or tooth to assess and deter if a more extensive procedure is first needed, like root canal therapy.
- The dentist then scans and photographs teeth to create a digital impression.
- The digital impression is sent to the CAD/CAM software machine.
- The software creates a digital tooth restoration.
- A milling machine receives the digital restoration and creates the crown out of a ceramic block in about 15 minutes.
- Your dentist polishes and paints the crown to match the rest of your teeth.
- The dentist cements the crown to your tooth.
- You walk out with a rejuvenated smile!
Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call
If you are interested in learning more about CEREC crowns and would like to speak with our team of dentists, don't hesitate to contact Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, by calling our office at (262) 549-6850 today!
If you've thought the ads for a “new tooth in one day” seemed too good to be true, we have…sort of good news. You can get a new “tooth” in one visit, but only if your dental situation allows it.
The restoration in question is a dental implant, a metal post (usually titanium) surgically imbedded into the jawbone. They're especially durable because bone cells naturally grow and adhere to an implant's titanium surface, a process called osseointegration. Over time this process creates a strong bond between implant and bone.
Usually, we allow a few weeks for the implant to fully integrate with the bone before attaching the visible crown. With “tooth in one day,” though, we attach a crown at the same time as we install the implant, albeit a temporary crown. It's more aesthetic than functional, designed to avoid biting forces that could damage the implant while it integrates with the bone. When that process finishes, we'll install a permanent porcelain crown.
The health of your supporting bone and other structures will largely determine whether or not you're a candidate for this “tooth in one day” procedure. Your bone must be sufficiently healthy, as well as the gums surrounding the implant and the tooth's bony socket.
If, on the other hand, you have significant bone loss, gum recession or socket damage, we may first need to deal with these, usually by grafting tissue to the affected areas to stimulate new growth. Your implant, much less a temporary crown, will likely have to wait until the affected tissues have healed.
The bone can also be healthy enough for implant placement, but might still need time to integrate with the implant before attaching any crown. Instead, we would suture the gums over the implant to protect it, then expose and attach a permanent crown to the implant a few weeks later.
Obtaining even a temporary crown the same day as your implant can do wonders for your appearance. A more important goal, though, is a new tooth that you can enjoy for many, many years. To achieve that may mean waiting a little longer for your new beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on restoring missing teeth with dental implants, 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”
Dental implants are all the rage—and for good reason: They’re incredibly “tooth-like,” both in appearance and function. They also have a stunningly high success rate: More than 95% of implants still function after ten years. This means out of thousands of implants installed each year, only a handful fail.
But although that’s an amazingly low number, they’re still failures for real people who’ve suffered a loss. If you’re considering dental implants the chances of that being your experience are quite low. But it could still happen.
Here’s a few things you can do to make sure your implants don’t fail.
Stop smoking. Of the small percentage of implant failures, an inordinate number are smokers. A smoker’s chances of implant failure are roughly double those of non-smokers. Smoking, and to some degree any tobacco use, can make your mouth an unhealthier place: Not only can it increase your dental disease risk, but it can interfere with the healing process after implant placement and increase the chances of early failure.
Manage your health. Diabetes and similar systemic conditions can interfere with the healing process too, which could impact your implant attachment to bone. Diabetics thus run a slight risk of implant failure—but actual failures mostly involve patients who don’t have good control of their symptoms. If you’re a diabetic, properly managing your condition will lower your risk of implant failure to nearly identical that of someone without diabetes.
Treat gum disease. Implants in themselves are immune to disease—but the underlying bone that supports them isn’t. A gum disease infection could eventually weaken and diminish the implant-bone attachment. If this happens around an implant, its stability can be severely compromised. The best strategy is to prevent gum disease through daily, thorough brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing dental plaque. And if you see any symptoms like gum swelling, redness or bleeding, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Your implants could serve you well for decades. Just be sure you’re doing the right things to ensure their longevity.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”