Posts for: March, 2017
Find out what a trip to our Waunakee dental office could do for your oral health.
While most people know to visit their Waunakee, WI, dentists, Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls, every six months for routine cleanings and exams, you may forget that there is a whole lot more that your dentist can do to improve your smile. Learn more about some of the services we offer.
While most people think of tooth extractions and immediately think of negative scenarios, there are some situations in which a tooth extraction is actually a good option. For instance, teens and young adults may find their wisdom teeth coming in around this time. These wisdom teeth aren’t necessary for maintaining a healthy smile, and they can often cause more harm than good. If wisdom teeth are crooked or impacted it can lead to crowding, decay and infection. To prevent these issues, our Waunakee general dentist will recommend having these teeth removed.
Losing a tooth as an adult can be a horrible situation to experience. Of course, it doesn’t have to ruin your smile. Dental implants provide the next best thing to natural teeth. Implants are tooth restorations that act like tooth roots and naturally bond with the jawbone and surrounding tissue to provide a lifelong base to support and stabilize everything from a dental crown to a full set of dentures.
If whitening toothpastes aren’t getting rid of those nasty coffee stains then it’s time you turned to us for professional teeth whitening. Whether you want to whiten from the comfort of your own home or right here in our dental chair, we have everything to fit your needs. While whitening at home may take more time than our chairside whitening, you will still see great results at an affordable price. If you are ready to truly get a visibly whiter smile as quickly as possible then our in-office whitening system will have you leaving the office with a smile that’s several shades brighter.
Teens and adults who are dealing with spaces between teeth or crowding may hate the idea of getting braces at this point in their life. After all, it can feel embarrassing walking down the hallways in school or in your office wearing a mouth full of metal. Invisalign makes it possible for adults to fix common dental issues while wearing nearly invisible and removable clear aligners over upper and lower teeth to fix these problems and get a straighter set of teeth.
Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care to your family. Whether you have questions about the services above or other dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to call us today to learn more.
The Health Policy Institute, part of the American Dental Association, recently conducted a survey of around 15,000 people across the U.S., asking them about problems with their teeth and gums. Three issues in particular stood out, each affecting about one-third of those surveyed.
Here are those top 3 dental problems that plague Americans and what to do about them.
Tooth Pain. As with other parts of the body, tooth or mouth pain is a sign of something wrong — in some instances ignoring it could lead to tooth loss. Because there are a number of possible pain sources like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, anyone with tooth pain should see a dentist for an examination to pinpoint the actual cause. That will determine what kind of treatment will remedy the problem and stop the pain.
Difficulty with Chewing. For 31% in the ADA survey, chewing food was a difficult and often painful task. The consequences go well beyond the mouth: with less chewing efficiency a person may be unable to eat certain foods that supply his or her body with essential nutrients. Like tooth pain, there are a number of possible causes: cracked or deeply decayed teeth, enamel erosion or recessed gums that have exposed sensitive tooth layers, or poorly fitted dentures. Finding and then treating the cause of the difficulty could help restore chewing ability.
Dry Mouth. The most prevalent dental issue in the survey was chronic dry mouth. It's more than simply being thirsty: chronic dry mouth usually stems from inadequate saliva flow. It's often caused by some systemic diseases or as a side effect to a prescription drug. Saliva helps neutralize decay-causing acid and supplies antibodies to fight infection. Without sufficient flow a person is more susceptible to diseases like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Changing medications or using products to increase saliva could help prevent these dental problems.
So, have you experienced symptoms for any these common oral health problems? If you have, be sure you see your dentist as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”