The Right Behaviors Can Limit Issues With Enamel Erosion

woman with confident, healthy smileThe gradual erosion of tooth enamel can affect people in different ways. Because biting and chewing create friction, everyone can experience some degree of wear and tear through the years. However, while some people will show few changes, others can start to grow concerned by issues with noticeable wear and tear, or even changes in their tooth color. Erosion can even leave you less protected against cavities! At our West Allis, WI dentist’s office, we provide consistent feedback and protection for your smile during your general dental visits. If signs of wear and tear become a cause for concern, we can help you identify changes in your routine and diet that protect you against further trouble. We can also recommend treatment if friction has affected your dental health. (more…)

Will Cavity Treatment Change Your Appearance?

Without a restorative dental procedure, a cavity will continue to erode your tooth structure. That damage leads to problems with infection, which can lead to both the loss of your tooth and the potential spread of harmful bacteria to other parts of your body. With treatment, the cavity can be stopped and carefully removed before your tooth is restored. If you need to arrange cavity treatment, should you worry that treatment will change your smile? At our West Allis, WI dentist’s office, patients can have restorative work that preserves the appearance of healthy teeth. Materials can be used to create dental fillings and dental crowns that imitate your enamel, which means they will not stand out in your smile. For back teeth that require more functional support and are not visible, we can recommend sturdier materials to give these teeth more support. (more…)

Problems With Stress Management Can Affect Your Smile

Having problems controlling your stress levels? If you are, you should know that the issue can begin to affect your dental health. One reason for this is because stress can create problems for your energy levels, and may encourage changes in your diet that negatively affect your ability to prevent tooth decay. You can also experience physical problems that hurt your oral health, as many people respond to stress by experiencing dry mouth, or by developing a tendency to grind or clench their teeth. At our West Allis, WI dentist’s office, patients who are struggling to stay on top of their oral health care needs can receive ongoing care that helps prevent struggles that can affect their appearance and well-being. (more…)

Restorative Dental Work And Its Impact On Your Bite Function

Just one unhealthy tooth can make it more difficult for you to bite and chew, particularly if there is an issue with infection or physical harm. When you are not able to bite and chew food comfortably, you can develop a compromised bite that leads to chronic pain, and you can also start to overuse teeth and wear them down. Our West Allis, WI dentist’s office is prepared to help you if you find yourself in need of dental treatment. We can work to protect a tooth by removing damaged or infected tissues before providing a permanent appliance for support. Once this work is complete, you should be able to bite and chew comfortably. If you have a problem with a recent restoration, or with an older one that is starting to feel uncomfortable, bring the matter up as soon as possible. (more…)

Are You Doing Enough To Maintain Your Periodontal Health?

When you review the long-term consequences associated with gum disease, you can understand why preventive periodontal care should be an important part of your oral hygiene routine. People who allow problems with gingivitis to progress to a more severe form of gum disease can be vulnerable to tissue damage affecting their soft tissues and bone supporting teeth, which can lead to tooth loss. It is also possible for periodontal bacteria to spread, which makes you vulnerable to problems in other areas. Our West Allis, WI dentist’s office is able to help patients recognize when they have periodontal health issues during routine dental exams. As part of the general dental health support we provide, we can remove the harmful buildup of plaque and tartar that makes a person susceptible to periodontal problems as well as cavities. (more…)

How Has Tooth Loss Affected Your Daily Life?

senior man shruggingLosing just one tooth can change your life in ways that are difficult to ignore…and also difficult to avoid. Tooth loss is not always an urgent cosmetic concern, as missing teeth in the back of your mouth can be harder to observe. However, it can be difficult to adjust to life with an incomplete smile when any tooth is lost, as you can have issues with the way you bite and chew food. Over time, this can affect your bite alignment and lead to problems with jaw pain that frequently affect your quality of life. Over time, the problem can affect you in a different way – without the roots of your tooth to stimulate it, your jawbone will begin to lose mass. Our West Allis, WI dentist’s office has experience restoring smiles by addressing tooth loss. We can talk with you about restoring your smile with a dental implant, which will hold the tooth in place without interfering with its neighbors or creating trouble for your bite function. (more…)

Making Positive Adjustments To Your Daily Oral Care Routine

young woman about to brush her teethHow much thought have you recently given to your oral care routine? Many people grow comfortable with their habits, and do not give them a second thought…until they learn they have a cavity that requires treatment! If you take the time to evaluate your normal habits and look for ways to improve your oral health regimen, you can avoid problems that demand restorative dental work. Changes in the way you clean your smile, and a stronger commitment to protecting your teeth by making better diet choices, can have positive long-term effects. Our West Allis, WI dentist’s office has helped many people by offering guidance on good habits in addition to providing consistent dental cleanings and evaluations. (more…)

You Can Show Off A Confident Smile After Dental Work

Businesswoman with a confident smileWhat can you do to preserve your appearance when you need to have dental work done? Will it be possible for you to still show off a natural, attractive smile if you have a dental filling or dental crown in a visible space? Our West Allis, WI dentist’s office has experience restoring injured teeth, and teeth affected by dental decay, without compromising the quality of a patient’s smile. This is possible because we use lifelike restorations that are capable of blending in without issue. Resin fillings and porcelain dental crowns are effective at times when treatment is done on a tooth that is more prominent when you smile and speak. For teeth that might require more functional support, we can discuss the use of metal to craft a stronger restoration. (more…)

Poor Oral Health Can Make Bad Breath A Frequent Problem

The wrong meal can wreak havoc on a person’s breath even if they have great oral health. However, if you are dealing with certain issues affecting your smile, problems with halitosis may affect you frequently no matter what you may have eaten. It is possible for bad breath to serve as one of many signs of poor dental health. For some, it is a sign that they should work on improving their oral care routine. Others may have a difficult time because they are struggling with gum disease. Our West Allis, WI dentist’s office has helped many patients understand why they are struggling with bad breath, and we can recommend potential solutions for the problem. (more…)

How Vulnerable Are You To Tartar Buildup?

You should be concerned about tartar buildup, as this substance can increase your risk for dental problems and also cause unwelcome changes in your appearance if deposits form in visible spaces. Even if tartar deposits remain hidden, they can make a person more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease over time, and they can remain in place until your next professional teeth cleaning. Our West Allis, WI dentist’s office provides professional cleanings as part of our routine preventive dental services. In between your trips to the dentist’s office, you can fight the formation of tartar by maintaining a thorough and consistent preventive care routine at home! (more…)