Dentist Blog

Posts for: May, 2016

By Paul G. Culver, D.D.S.
May 27, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: CareCredit  

How CareCredit can help you with dental care

Your teeth hurt, but your wallet is almost empty. You’d like to fix your teeth, but you are worried about the cost. How can you come up with the money? Well, now there is a solution that will allow you to complete necessary dental treatment and not have to pay for it all at once. The answer is CareCredit! Dr. Paul Culver in Brookfield, WI wants you to know you don’t have to keep putting off expensive but Dental Carenecessary treatment. CareCredit can help.

CareCredit is a unique credit card you can use for medical and dental procedures, including services provided by Dr. Culver. CareCredit also has promotional opportunities for no interest charged if you pay off your balance within 6, 12, 18 or 24 months. CareCredit is a convenient way to complete dental work you need, while making easy monthly payments. Online application is simple and quick.

For more information on CareCredit, please refer to the CareCredit website at http://www.carecredit.com

Don’t ignore your dental care! You should visit Dr. Paul Culver in Brookfield soon because a small dental issue can turn into a serious problem, causing increased pain and expense. Consider:

  • Your untreated decay can turn into the need for a root canal or tooth extraction
  • Your gum inflammation can turn into periodontal disease
  • Your periodontal disease can turn into tooth loss
  • Your tooth loss can turn into a need for partials, dentures or implants

If you delay dental treatment, it can affect the health of your entire body. In fact, research indicates an unhealthy mouth has been linked to:

  • Heart disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoporosis

Don’t let finances get in the way of you seeking the dental care you need. Dr. Culver and CareCredit can help you manage your dental health without putting stress on your wallet. Call Dr. Paul Culver in Brookfield, WI and find out more about how CareCredit can help you smile again. Call today!


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Tooth sensitivity can be quite uncomfortable. But the glancing pain you feel may be more than an irritation — it may also be telling you there’s a deeper problem that needs attention.

As with other types of oral pain, tooth sensitivity can be a symptom for a variety of problems. Some of them are relatively minor, while others require immediate attention. It’s important to pay attention to the details about your tooth sensitivity and what they might be indicating you should do about it.

For example, your teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold foods or beverages. If it’s just a momentary pain it generally doesn’t mean an emergency — it could be a small area of decay on a tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root due to gum recession or overaggressive brushing. Besides seeing us for treatment for any decay, you can adjust your brushing habits to more gentle pressure with a soft-bristled brush. Fluoride toothpaste has also been shown to reduce this kind of sensitivity.

If, however, the pain from hot or cold substances lingers, then decay or some form of trauma may have affected the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth. The pulp is rich in nerve fibers and can become inflamed and irritated from the decay or injury. You should visit us as soon as possible: you may require a root canal treatment that will not only relieve the pain but also save the tooth.

If you notice a sharp pain when biting down on food, it’s possible you have a loose filling or even a cracked tooth. As with inner decay, a fracture requires immediate attention. A loose filling should be easy to repair, but if it’s a fracture you may need extensive treatment to save the tooth or, if beyond salvage, have the tooth removed to make way for dental implant or similar restoration.

The key point is not to delay seeking treatment, especially if the pain is persistent, severe or long-lasting. The sooner you visit us about your tooth sensitivity, the sooner you’ll have solutions to stop the discomfort.

If you would like more information on tooth pain, 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 “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!


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Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”