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By PAUL G. CULVER, DDS
February 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns from Brookfield, WI dentist, Dr. Paul Culver, restore damaged or misshapen teeth. That's a pretty straightforward statement, dental crownsisn't it? But, in reality, crowns save smiles by avoiding devastating tooth loss, preserving oral function, jaw bone integrity, personal appearance and self-confidence. How can a tooth-shaped cap do all that? Find out here how Dr. Culver creates and places these dental wonders for the benefit of the patients in his care.

Crowns strengthen and beautify

Say you have a cracked tooth. You worry that the resulting toothache spells extraction.

Well, that needn't be the case. Dr. Culver will examine that tooth, X-ray it and determine its viability. Some fractured teeth need root canal therapy to remove the interior pulp. Some do not, but many teeth can benefit from the protection offered by a dental crown in Brookfield.

If your tooth is sufficiently healthy, Dr. Culver will:

  • Anesthetize the area around it
  • Remove the damaged enamel and filling material
  • Shape it to receive a crown
  • Take oral impressions to send to the dental lab

At the dental lab, a skilled ceramist uses Dr. Culver's instructions and your oral impressions to custom-make your crown. These days, Dr. Culver usually chooses porcelain because of its lifelike beauty and strength. Other choices include porcelain fused to metal and gold. Selection depends on factors such as cost and location in the mouth.

While you wait for your new crown, you likely will wear a temporary restoration. When you return to Dr. Culver's office, he will remove it and bond the new crown in place. Because of modern color-matching techniques and manufacturing processes, dental crowns typically fit perfectly right away, and patients notice the superior look and feel of an all-porcelain crown.

Crown care and lifespan

When you brush and floss regularly and get your six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Culver, your crown should last ten years or even more. The same goes for crowns used to restore dental implants and to support fixed bridgework, say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic.

Help your smile

Keep it bright, strong and functional by crowning a weak or misshapen tooth. For more information on these and other reliable restorations, contact Dr. Culver for a consultation at (262) 782-1655.

By PAUL G. CULVER, DDS
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
May 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How white fillings from Brookfield can enhance your smilefillings

White fillings are the state-of-the-art way to restore your smile. They are one of the most common procedures in cosmetic dentistry and can provide both strength and beauty to your smile. Dr. Paul Culver in Brookfield, WI, wants to share what white fillings can do to enhance your smile.

In the past, if you needed a filling, your only choice was unsightly metal which did nothing to improve the look of your smile. Now, thanks to an innovative material known as composite, you can restore the functionality of your teeth, and provide a completely natural look.

Composite can be perfectly color-matched to your existing teeth, creating a virtually invisible tooth restoration. Composite also binds sections of your tooth together, creating a strong chewing surface.

White fillings can correct the same problems as metal fillings, including teeth that are:

  • Broken, damaged or decayed
  • Cracked, chipped or worn down

White fillings can also mask undesirable cosmetic issues, including teeth that are:

  • Discolored from medications
  • Stained from tobacco use or coffee

Your white filling treatment begins with the removal of decay and old filling material. Once your tooth is free of decay and diseased tissue, an etching gel is applied which creates small, pore-like openings in your tooth surface to help retain the composite. Next, a bonding agent is applied which creates a strong attachment of the composite to your tooth.

Dr. Culver will select the composite shade which most closely resembles your tooth. He will apply the liquid composite, filling the opening in your tooth and sculpting in natural tooth contours. As a final step, the composite is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light.

If you want people to notice the beauty of your smile instead of your metal fillings, it’s time to choose white fillings to restore your smile! It’s time to call Dr. Culver in Brookfield, WI. Call today and get started on your new smile!

By PAUL G. CULVER, DDS
March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about dental crowns and whether they could revive your smile.dental crowns

In an ideal world, we would all keep our natural teeth healthy and no problems would ever happen. Unfortunately, we don’t live in this fantasy world. Accidents happen! Decay happens! It’s the duty of our Brookfield, WI, dentist, Dr. Paul Culver, to set your smile straight with restorations like dental crowns.

Why get a dental crown?

There are many situations that may warrant getting a dental crown. If there isn’t enough viable tooth structure left to support a dental filling then the decay will be removed and a crown will be placed over the tooth. A fractured, cracked or broken tooth will also need a little support and protection to prevent more damage. A crown will fit nicely over the tooth to provide the coverage and safety it needs to stay healthy.

Of course, a dental crown may also be used strictly for cosmetic purposes. Do you have a tooth that is so discolored that even teeth whitening won’t work? Do you have a tooth that is severely malformed or misshapen? While it may not affect how your tooth functions, these issues can certainly affect your smile’s appearance and your confidence. A dental crown can be placed over the tooth or teeth to instantly improve the look of your smile.

What goes into getting a dental crown?

First and foremost, let’s find out if you are a good candidate for dental crowns. By examining your smile and sitting down for a consultation we can determine whether there are other treatment options that are better suited to your needs.

If dental crowns are the optimum restoration then the tooth will need to be prepared before it can receive a crown. What does tooth preparation entail? It will require us to prepare the tooth so the crown can fit over it.

Impressions of your tooth will also need to be taken. These impressions will be given to a dental lab so that they can design and create a crown that fits perfectly over that tooth. While your crown is being completed, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth.

Once the lab has sent your crown to us, your final appointment will consist of checking the fit of your new crown to make sure it’s perfect before cementing it into place.

If you want to learn more about getting dental crowns in Brookfield, WI, then it’s time you called our office to schedule a consultation. Let’s see what dental crowns can do for your smile.

By PAUL G. CULVER, DDS
November 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

You may have lost your tooth but you don't have to settle for a permanent gap in your smile. Dental implants offer a simple way to restore dental implantsyour smile. Dr. Paul Culver, your Brookfield, WI dentist, answers a few questions about implants.

What are implants?

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots. They're made of titanium, a metal that bonds to bone. Once the implant fuses to your jawbone, your dentist adds a connector piece called an abutment on top, then adds a lifelike crown on top of that.

How do I receive dental implants?

Dental implants require a multi-step process. During your first implant appointment, the implant is placed in your jawbone. Since the gum will be closed over the implant, no one will be able to see it. It usually takes about three to six months for the dental implant to bond to your bone. If your jawbone is shallow or weak, you may need a bone graft before you can receive the implant.

Once bonding is complete, the implant will be uncovered and the abutment will be connected to it. A few weeks after this step, you'll receive your new crown, the only part of your new tooth that will be visible.

Why should I consider an implant?

If you don't replace your tooth, these things can happen:

  • Your Teeth Will Shift: Your teeth will be on the move in an attempt to close up your gap. Unfortunately, as they start to move, they'll begin to overlap, which can affect your appearance and your bite and make brushing and flossing harder.
  • Your Jawbone May Weaken: Teeth aren't just used to chew, but also play an important role in keeping your jawbone healthy. Once you lose a tooth, the jawbone underneath may begin to weaken and shrink, which may trigger further tooth loss.
  • Chewing Will Be Harder: Chewing can be difficult when there's a gap in your teeth. If your missing tooth was a molar, you might find that it's much more of a challenge to chew sticky or hard foods.

Are you ready to improve your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Culver, your Brookfield, WI dentist, at (262) 782-1655 to schedule your appointment.