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Posts for: July, 2017

By Paul G. Culver, DDS
July 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Since their introduction over thirty years ago, dental implants have become the most popular choice for dental restoration. Their large variety of shapes and sizes — a far cry from the limited choices of the 1980s — has only served to increase their popularity.

In recent years there's also been an expansion in their applicability. Most people recognize them as replacements for individual teeth — but they can do much more. They're now playing a pivotal role in other dental restorations or situations.

Here are 3 of those “cutting edge” ways implants could change your dental health and smile for the better.

Fixed bridgework. In a traditional bridge, prosthetic (false) teeth use the natural teeth on either side of the empty space for support. In this updated version, implants become the support base for the bridge. For example, a bridge as small as three crowns can be supported by two implants attached to the outside crowns of the bridge. Four to eight implants can support a bridge as large as an entire arch of teeth.

Over-dentures. In cases of significant bone loss, a full or partial denture may be a better option than a fixed bridge. Traditional dentures, though, can contribute to even more bone loss, which can cause the dentures to eventually lose their fit. Implants not only can help stop further bone loss but can also stimulate increased bone density. Two or more standard or mini-sized-sized implants can support a full or partial denture.

Orthodontics anchorage. People with missing teeth aren't the only ones who can benefit from implants. While most bite repairs only require the back teeth to provide anchorage for braces, certain complex bites may need a different point of anchorage. Orthodontists can create a more feasible anchorage point with an implant or a temporary anchorage device (TAD) imbedded in the jaw. This can help isolate teeth that need to be moved from those on the arch that don't.

If you would like more information about how dental implants could improve your dental health and appearance, 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: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”

July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Practicing good oral hygiene, which includes everything from eating a healthy diet, flossing every day, going to the dentist twice a year, and dental implantsnot smoking are the best ways to prevent gum disease and protect yourself from tooth loss, even in old age. But even with the best efforts, it is still possible to do everything right and still lose teeth, either through trauma or periodontitis. While nothing can take the place of a natural tooth, dental implants are the closest dental restoration to the real thing. Dr. Paul Culver, your dentist in Brookfield, WI, offers implants for healthy adults suffering from varying degrees of tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Brookfield, WI

Traditional restorations like crowns and dentures take care of the aesthetics and function of your teeth by replacing the crown so that you can smile, eat, and speak comfortably. An implant goes the extra mile and replaces the root of the missing tooth, which also plays a critical role in our oral and general health, even though they are not visible when we smile. When a tooth falls out, the bone tissue in the gums that surrounded and supported the tooth begins to erode, increasing the risk of everything from gum shrinkage (which in turn affects how well dentures fit), periodontal disease, further tooth loss, and even risks to your general health. Implants help to prevent bone loss and secure the crown in place, just like with a natural tooth.

How Do Implants Work?

The implant is a small biocompatible titanium screw surgically implanted in place of the missing tooth. The implant fuses with the surrounding bone and helps to spur the growth of healthy new tissue. Once it has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached, completing the restoration. With proper oral hygiene and follow up dental care, implants have a very high success rate. They can replace a single tooth, or support a set of dentures with just a few implants. In order to qualify, you must be in good general health and have enough bone density in the gums to support an implant.

Find a Dentist in Brookfield, WI

Ready to learn more about dental implants? To find out if you are a candidate, contact our office by calling (262) 782-1655 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Culver today.

By Paul G. Culver, DDS
July 04, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.