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Posts for: September, 2015

By Karls Family Dentistry
September 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Say goodbye to your dental imperfections when you get dental veneers in Waunakee.

Tired of people noticing stains and other dental flaws? Want to get a gorgeous smile without the hassle of time-consuming and invasive Veneersprocedures? Your wish has been granted! Your Waunakee, WI dentists Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls offer dental veneers, a simple and effective way to hide common dental issues to give you a smile that truly radiates.

What are Veneers, Anyways?

Many patients are looking for the easiest way to change the look and shape of their smiles without going through invasive or time-consuming procedures. After all, a beautiful smile sounds appealing but not when it comes in the form of painful treatments.

Luckily, dental veneers are a unique and simple way to change the color, length and shape of your smile painlessly and in only two visits. Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells that are applied to the front of your teeth to boost your smile’s aesthetics. Veneers are often made from translucent porcelain, so they mimic the look of natural teeth.

Getting Dental Veneers

Before you are fitted for your new smile your Waunakee dentists will want to examine your teeth to make sure that veneers are right for you. Veneers are a great way to hide any of these common problems:

  • Discolorations/stains
  • Chips and cracks
  • Misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor overlapping

If you are dealing with any of these imperfections then veneers can help. Once we have deemed you the ideal candidate for treatment we will clean your teeth thoroughly and then begin tooth preparation. Tooth prep for this procedure is minimal and painless. During this step, we will shave down some enamel to make room for your new veneers. Fortunately, since veneers are thin we won’t have to remove much enamel beforehand.

Impressions are then taken of your smile so veneers can be custom-made to fit your teeth. It can take about a week to get your veneers. Once they are made you will come back in for your final fitting. We will temporarily apply the veneers to make sure you are satisfied with your new look. Once we have your approval we will apply special dental resin between your veneers and teeth, which we will then harden using a specialized dental laser. You will leave our office that day with a brighter, straighter smile.

Ready to turn those dental problems into a thing of the past? Then it’s time to talk to your Waunakee, WI dentists about whether dental veneers are the best treatment for your smile. Call Karls Family Dentistry to schedule your next cosmetic consultation.

By Karls Family Dentistry
September 21, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouthguards  

Since boxers first began using them a century ago, athletic mouthguards are now standard safety equipment for most contact sports. Without them, dental injuries would skyrocket.

But a recent study in the peer-reviewed journal, General Dentistry, indicates there’s another important reason to wear a mouthguard for contact sports or exercise: you may be able to significantly reduce your risk for a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), better known as a concussion. It’s believed the mouthguard absorbs some of the force generated during contact, resulting in less pressure to the brain. That reduction is even more significant if your mouth-guard has been custom-made by a dentist.

That last finding is important, because not all mouthguards on the market are equal. There are three basic categories of mouthguards — stock, “boil and bite,” and custom. Stock mouthguards come in limited sizes; they’re relatively inexpensive, but they provide the least level of protection. “Boil and bite” can be customized after purchase to the wearer’s bite, but they don’t always provide complete coverage of back teeth. Custom mouthguards are designed and fashioned by a dentist; they’re relatively expensive (running in the hundreds of dollars), but there’s ample evidence they provide the highest level of protection from mouth injuries.

The General Dentistry study also corroborates custom mouthguards’ effectiveness in preventing concussions. The study followed approximately 400 football players from six different high school teams. While all the players wore the same type of helmet, half of them wore custom-made mouthguards and the other half wore stock guards. 8.3% of the athletes wearing stock guards experienced a concussion injury; by contrast only 3.6% of those with custom guards sustained an injury — greater than half fewer occurrences.

The study also highlights the need not to rely solely on helmets or other protective headgear for concussion prevention. It’s important to include mouthguards along with other athletic protective gear to lower injury risk as much as possible.

So when considering how you can provide the optimum injury protection for you or your child, be sure to include an athletic mouthguard, preferably one that’s custom-made. We’ll be happy to advise you further on what you need to know to prevent traumatic dental injuries, as well as concussions.

If you would like more information on custom-fit mouthguards, 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 “Mouthguards.”

By Karls Family Dentistry
September 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”