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By Karls Family Dentistry
March 26, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Cosmetic Fillings  

Wondering how your dentist treats cavities?

You just found out that your toothache was due to a cavity. Luckily, by visiting our Waunakee, WI, family dentists Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls every six months for checkups we were able to spot the problem before it got worse. Once we’ve treated the tooth it’s important to be able to restore the tooth both in functionality and appearance. This is where a dental filling comes in.

What is a cosmetic or dental filling?

After the dentist has removed the decayed enamel from your teeth we will need to fill these holes not just to restore strength and resilience back into the tooth but also to improve the way it looks. Fillings rebuild the tooth, and our Waunakee, WI, dentists do that by placing a tooth-colored filling over these areas of the tooth. Fillings are often made from composite resin, a tough material that’s easily moldable and shaped directly to the tooth.

What are the benefits of getting cosmetic fillings?

There are many benefits associated with this type of treatment. Some of them include,

Fast, efficient treatment

Placing the filling itself is a completely painless and non-invasive technique. The filling will also be placed right after the decay has been removed; therefore, your mouth will be numbed by local anesthesia during this process. In just a single appointment your decayed tooth will be restored.

Keeps your healthy teeth intact

By getting composite resin fillings, which bond directly to the tooth, we won’t have to remove more of the natural tooth in order to make room for the filling. This means less tooth preparation and enamel removal, which makes it a more conservative treatment.

They last a long time

As long as you care for your teeth properly there is no reason why your filling can last many years. Avoid bad habits such as using your teeth as tools or chewing fingernails, and you could have your cosmetic filling for at least a decade or more before it needs to be replaced.

Looks like real tooth enamel

Composite resin is the same color as tooth enamel, and what’s even better is that we can even choose the shade of resin we want to use to guarantee that it will blend right in with the tooth. You won’t notice your filling once it’s placed and neither will anyone else.

Are you looking for a dentist in the Waunakee, WI, area that can provide you with full-service dental care? If so, turn to the dental team at Karls Family Dentistry. We provide dentistry for the whole family. Schedule your next appointment by calling (608) 849-4100.

By Karls Family Dentistry
March 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
WordQuizonOralHygiene

Yes, you brush your teeth every day. But how much do you really know about this important habit? Test your knowledge with our quiz on dental vocabulary.

Choose the correct meaning for:

  1. Oral Hygiene
    1. Clean language
    2. The practice of keeping your teeth and gums clean
    3. A shade of lipstick
    4. A type of dental surgery
  2. Biofilm
    1. A movie about a person’s life, such as “Ray Charles”
    2. A new kind of cling wrap
    3. An accumulation of bacteria that forms a whitish, sticky film
    4. A tooth whitener
  3. Dental plaque
    1. A type of instrument used to clean teeth
    2. Bacteria that accumulate on teeth and gums
    3. An award given at the Dental Oscar ceremony
    4. Your dentist’s framed diploma
  4. Inflammation
    1. The body’s response to harmful bacteria
    2. A condition in which your gums become red and swollen and bleed easily
    3. A cause of gingivitis
    4. All of the above
  5. Periodontal disease
    1. Any disease caused by bacteria
    2. Tooth decay
    3. Whitish sores on the lips
    4. Gum disease caused by dental plaque
  6. Disclosants
    1. Simple dyes that can stain plaque and make it visible
    2. Television reality shows
    3. Dental x-rays
    4. A section of your annual tax report
  7. Gingivitis
    1. Any infection in the oral area
    2. Tooth decay
    3. Inflammation of the gums that can lead to periodontal disease
    4. All of the above
  8. Dental caries
    1. Gum disease
    2. A task carried out during your teeth cleaning
    3. A technique of orthodontia
    4. Tooth decay
  9. Fluoride
    1. A mineral that has been found to prevent tooth decay
    2. The location of a famous dental school
    3. A gasoline additive
    4. A type of house paint
  10. Inter-dental Area
    1. Referring to the area between your teeth
    2. The area regular proper flossing will keep clean
    3. Area that wood points and specially designed brushes can be used to clean
    4. All of the above

Answers: 1. b, 2. c, 3. b, 4. d, 5. d, 6. a, 7. c, 8. d, 9. a, 10. d

How did you do on our quiz? The more you know about keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, the better you will look and feel. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about oral hygiene. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Oral Hygiene Behavior.”

By Karls Family Dentistry
March 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
4SupposedHealthDangersinDentalCareThatArentDangerous

Holistic medicine aims to provide healthcare for the “whole” person. While it's a worthy approach, the term has also been used to advance ideas, including in dentistry, at odds with solid scientific evidence.

Here are 4 “holistic” oral health claims and why you should be wary of them.

Root canals are dangerous. It might be shocking to learn that some claim this routine tooth-saving procedure increases the risk of disease. The claim comes from an early 20th Century belief that leaving a “dead” organ like a root-canaled tooth in the body damages the immune system. The idea, though, has been thoroughly disproved, most recently by a 2013 oral cancer study that found not only no evidence of increased cancer, but an actual decrease in cancer risk following root canal treatment.

X-rays are hazardous. X-rays have improved tooth decay treatment by allowing dentists to detect it at earlier stages. Even so, many advise avoiding X-rays because, as a form of radiation, high levels could damage health. But dentists take great care when x-raying patients, performing them only as needed and at the lowest possible exposure. In fact, people receive less radiation through dental X-rays than from their normal background environment.

Silver fillings are toxic. Known for their strength and stability, dentists have used silver fillings for generations. But now many people are leery of them because it includes mercury, which has been linked to several health problems. Research concludes that there's no cause for alarm, or any need to remove existing fillings: The type of mercury used in amalgam is different from the toxic kind and doesn't pose a health danger.

Fluoride contributes to disease. Nothing has been more beneficial in dental care or more controversial than fluoride. A proven weapon against tooth decay, fluoride has nonetheless been associated with ailments like cancer or Alzheimer's disease. But numerous studies have failed to find any substantial disease link with fluoride except fluorosis, heavy tooth staining due to excess fluoride. Fluorosis, though, doesn't harm the teeth otherwise and is easily prevented by keeping fluoride consumption within acceptable limits.

Each of these supposed “dangers” plays a prominent role in preventing or minimizing dental disease. If you have a concern, please talk with your dentist to get the true facts about them.

If you would like more information on best dental practices, 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 “Holistic Dentistry: Fads vs. Evidence-Based Practices.”

WhyAlfonsoRibeiroIsGratefulforRootCanalTreatment

As the host of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC TV, Alfonso Ribeiro has witnessed plenty of unintentional physical comedy…or, as he puts it in an interview with Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "When people do stuff and you're like, 'Dude, you just hurt yourself for no reason!'" So when he had his own dental dilemma, Alfonso was determined not to let it turn onto an "epic fail."

The television personality was in his thirties when a painful tooth infection flared up. Instead of ignoring the problem, he took care of it by visiting his dentist, who recommended a root canal procedure. "It's not like you wake up and go, 'Yay, I'm going to have my root canal today!'" he joked. "But once it's done, you couldn't be happier because the pain is gone and you're just smiling because you're no longer in pain!"

Alfonso's experience echoes that of many other people. The root canal procedure is designed to save an infected tooth that otherwise would probably be lost. The infection may start when harmful bacteria from the mouth create a small hole (called a cavity) in the tooth's surface. If left untreated, the decay bacteria continue to eat away at the tooth's structure. Eventually, they can reach the soft pulp tissue, which extends through branching spaces deep inside the tooth called root canals.

Once infection gets a foothold there, it's time for root canal treatment! In this procedure, the area is first numbed; next, a small hole is made in the tooth to give access to the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The diseased tissue is then carefully removed with tiny instruments, and the canals are disinfected to prevent bacteria from spreading. Finally, the tooth is sealed up to prevent re-infection. Following treatment, a crown (cap) is usually required to restore the tooth's full function and appearance.

Root canal treatment sometimes gets a bad rap from people who are unfamiliar with it, or have come across misinformation on the internet. The truth is, a root canal doesn't cause pain: It relieves pain! The alternatives—having the tooth pulled or leaving the infection untreated—are often much worse.

Having a tooth extracted and replaced can be costly and time consuming…yet a missing tooth that isn't replaced can cause problems for your oral health, nutrition and self-esteem. And an untreated infection doesn't just go away on its own—it continues to smolder in your body, potentially causing serious problems. So if you need a root canal, don't delay!

If you would like additional information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”

By Karls Family Dentistry
February 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

How Invisalign treatment from your dentists in Waunakee, WI, can straighten your smile

Do you want a straight smile? If so, there is a revolutionary new alternative to metal braces. It’s called Invisalign and it has become one of the most popular orthodontic choices to give you a straight smile. Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, offer Invisalign treatment to straighten your smile quickly and discreetly.

There are many reasons why Invisalign is so popular. One of the main reasons is how discreet the treatment is. Instead of braces, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays called aligners. These aligners are virtually invisible to people around you.

You receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks. Then you move on to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. You keep progressing to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. You will visit your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress.

In addition to how discreet Invisalign is, the treatment offers many other benefits too. With Invisalign, you will enjoy:

  • Complete comfort, because the aligners are smooth plastic, with no sharp parts to irritate your soft tissue
  • Quick results, because Invisalign treatment is complete at nine to fifteen months
  • Healthy treatment, because you remove the aligners to brush and floss, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy
  • Total convenience, because you can remove the aligners to eat the foods you love, without worrying about catching food in your orthodontic treatment

Invisalign aligners are beautiful, and they are strong too. The aligners can correct underbite, overbite, crossbite, and open bite. They can close up gaps between your teeth, correct tooth rotation, and correct tooth overlap, just like conventional braces.

You and your smile deserve to enjoy Invisalign, a discreet alternative to metal braces. To find out more about what Invisalign can do for you, call Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, today!





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