Monthly Archives: August 2017

Are You Considering Dentures? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you have lost a large number of your teeth, you may be considering whether you should simply get dentures rather than pursuing some other solution such as dental implants. Although dentures are probably the most economical solution, they are not quite as simple as you may think. In fact, the types of dentures that are available have expanded through the years—gone are the days when you would simply order a generic set of dentures and try to make do with them.
At Winn Family Dentistry, we do our best to make sure that our clients are always well-informed. We have put together this article on dentures in order to help you decide whether this is the route you want to take—and, if so, what type of dentures are best for you.
We are proud of our reputation as the premium family dental practice in Bloomer. We want you to know that if you have any questions you are more than welcome to contact us and ask them!

So, What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable false teeth that you may wear to assist with chewing, speaking, and other daily activities. When you are not using them—such as in the evenings—you may take them out, although you should not spend too much time with them out, as one function of your teeth (and hence, your dentures) is to stimulate the gum and jawbone and prevent them from deteriorating.
Although what it is true that dentures can replace your teeth when you have lost all of your teeth, it is incorrect to believe that you must lose all of your teeth to consider dentures. Many people have partial dentures—dentures that replace only part of their teeth. A partial dentures are generally attached to a metal frame; in turn, this frame attaches to your remaining natural teeth.
Getting used to new dentures can take some time—weeks or even months, depending on the dentures you get in the sensitivity of your gum tissue. Still, over time you will adapt to them and they will begin to feel more natural, although they will probably never feel as natural as your real teeth.

Caring for Your Dentures
One advantage that dentures have old for other types of orthodontic constructions is that they may be taken out for thorough and careful cleaning. When you remove them, you must make sure that you keep them wet. If they dry out it will result in problems for you. In addition, you should not use hot water as this may make them warp.
After you remove your dentures in the evening and before you put them in the morning, you should make sure to brush your tongue and gums as well as the roof of your mouth. This will help keep your mouth clean and healthy.
At Winn Family Dentistry, we are here to answer your questions. Practicing dentistry in Bloomer has talked us to expect just about anything, so please do not hesitate to ask us. We look forward to talking to you!

Is Your Smile Ready for an Upgrade? Consider Dental Veneers

Most people would prefer to have a smile that is slightly different in appearance than the one they have. Whether they want teeth that are straighter, a smile with fewer gaps, or teeth with a whiter appearance, most anyone can find something they would like to improve.
If this is you, the good news is that there is something you can do. Here at Winn Family Dentistry we have been practicing dentistry in Bloomer for a long time, and one thing we are good at is helping people just like you.
We can create a custom set of dental veneers just for you. Once we’re finished, you will have the smile you have always wanted. Here is more information.

What Are Veneers?
A dental veneer is a very thin piece of material that fits over the top of your existing tooth. It covers the tooth and changes the way that it appears. A veneer can be used to change the color of your teeth, as well as slight the changing the shape, length, and spacing of your teeth.
Once you have had dental veneers installed, they are considered permanent, although they do sometimes become detached from the teeth. If this does happen, it is not a huge emergency. Simply bring the dental veneer with you and come see us right away. We can re-attach the veneer with a minimal amount of trouble.

What is the Process for Getting Veneers?
When you decide that you want to get dental veneers, we will first take a look at your smile. This will help us to determine exactly what type of the near you need. Once we have determined this, we will fabricate of the veneers our dental laboratory.
We will have you come back to the office for a second visit once your veneers are ready. We will then very lightly etch the surface of your existing teeth. While this may sound like an unpleasant experience, it is so light and minor that most people don’t even notice it. The etching will improve the adhesion between the veneer and your natural teeth.
After edging your teeth, we will attach the veneers to your teeth using a specialized dental adhesive. This adhesive is exceedingly strong and will keep the veneer on the tooth for years to come.
Once your veneers are completely attached, simply care for them the same way that you care for your natural teeth. Brush them regularly, floss between the teeth, and come see us for a regularly-scheduled dental cleaning. Doing this will help to ensure that your veneers remain bright and shiny—not to speak of keeping your natural teeth healthy and happy.
We are proud of our family dental practice in Bloomer. We have worked a long time to establish our reputation, and we want you to see why we have so many satisfied patients. If you have any questions about dental veneers, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Does Chewing Ice Really Hurt?

If you are like most people in this country, as a child your parents probably told you over and over that you could not chew ice. And, like most kids, you most likely ignored them. You might even have rolled your eyes and thought that they were just repeating an old wives’ tale. So, who was right: you, or your parents?
We at Winn Family Dentistry are a family dental clinic in Cadott. We have been practicing dentistry in Cadott for years, and we have seen what can happen when children disregard the advice of their parents: that’s right, your parents were telling the truth.

What’s the Harm?
You may think that it is harmless to crunch a little bit of ice here and there. However, chewing ice can lead to a number of problems in your mouth.
For one thing, you need to remember that just because you cannot see damage does not mean that it is not there. Chewing ice can lead to tiny fractures in the enamel of your teeth. The these small fractures can eventually grow into larger problems.
If you have recently had dental work done on your teeth, chewing ice can really cause you some issues. In addition, the tiny piece of ice can actually be quite sharp, and can lead to damage to your gum or other soft tissue in the mouth.
Any dentist in Cadott will tell you: chewing ice is a bad idea.

Alternatives
If you just like the crunching sensation, consider snacking on something like celery, carrot sticks, or other similar fruits or vegetables. Or, try some sugarless gum if you just like to have something to chew on.
By avoiding the ice crunching temptation, you can help keep your teeth happy and healthy. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us today!

Getting a Bridge

When you have damaged a tooth, you can often repair it using a filling, a crown, or even a veneer. However, if you have lost a tooth completely you do not have these options. In such an instance, we at Winn Family Dentistry often recommend considering a bridge. At our family dental practice in Cadott, we have a great deal of experience in fabricating and installing bridges.
But we take a great deal of pride in our reputation as one of the leading dentistry facilities in Cadott. Although any dentist in Cadott may be able to tell you about a bridge, we find that few of them have the experience in creating them and putting them in that we do.
Take a few moments to read this article about bridges, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. You may call us at the office, or simply bring it up at your next regularly-scheduled cleaning.

Why Do You Need a Bridge?
Some people might think that a missing tooth is not a big deal. After all, they may think, there are 32 of them to begin with, so what’s the big deal if one is gone?
The problem is, your teeth are not stationary. They actually move around in your mouth. As such, if a tooth is missing, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth will begin to move into the space where the tooth once sat. This can cause you to develop a misaligned bite and can result in excessive wear and tear on your remaining teeth.
Although there are a few solutions to this, one easy and simple one is getting a bridge. A bridge is simply a replacement tooth that is attached to anchors on either side of it rather than being implanted into the jawbone. Although a bridge is commonly used to replace a single tooth, in some cases it may be used to replace multiple teeth so long as the missing teeth are adjacent to one another.

How Does the Procedure Work?
When you come see us, we will take an impression of your teeth in order to ensure an exact match. But then we will create your bridge in our dental laboratory. We will have you return for a follow-up visit, during which the bridge will be our attached to the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.
Once the bridge is in place, simply practice your normal oral hygiene routine. Keeping the anchor teeth healthy will help to ensure that the bridge continues to function as it was intended to.
Your bridge is designed to last for decades. However, on occasion, it may come loose from the anchor teeth. If that happens, simply come to us right away, and we can put it back in place.
Here at Winn Family Dentistry, we look forward to helping you keep your smile, happy and healthy for years to come. Come see us today!

Keeping Your Teeth White

As we age, our teeth will inevitably begin to become slightly discolored. This can be due to a number of things, such as the foods we eat, the drinks that we consume, and even the natural wearing of the tooth material. Of course, habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco only accelerates the discoloration, but even without these habits you will still experience some change in the color of your teeth.
Here at Winn Family Dentistry, we have been operating our family dental clinic in Bloomer for quite some time. Over the years we have noticed certain things that will definitely contribute to a more rapid discoloration of your teeth. Here is more information on what you should—and should not—do when it comes to taking care of your teeth.

Do Avoid or Limit Certain Foods and Beverages
It is probably not a surprise to you to learn that foods and beverages that are colored can eventually lead to staining of your teeth. Drinking things such as wine, coffee, and tea will accelerate the discoloration of your teeth. Likewise, certain foods can lead to tooth discoloration as well.
To slow down this process, make sure that you rinse your mouth out immediately after consuming foods and beverages. Some people use a straw to drink certain beverages, reasoning that carrying the drink past the front teeth will help prevent them from becoming discolored. The only advice we have on this is that if you are going to practice this, make sure that you do not burn yourself with extremely hot beverages.

Don’t Smoke or Use Tobacco
Few things will discolor your teeth as quickly as tobacco. In addition to all the other health benefits of avoiding tobacco use, consider your teeth.
Practicing dentistry in Bloomer has given us the honor of taking care of our patients in the area for a long time. We look forward to meeting you, and showing you exactly why our practice has flourished for so long.

Dental Crowns

When you have damaged a tooth, either due to decay or trauma, one of the options that may be available to you is the possibility of getting a dental crown. Although it is easy to find a dentist in Cadott, you will have a difficult time finding any other practice just like ours. Here at Winn Family Dentistry, we are proud of our reputation as the go-to place for family dental care in Cadott.
Because we care about our patients, we want you to know all about the process of getting a dental crown. You need to understand exactly what will go into each step, and why we do what we do. After reading this article, if you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact us.

The Process of Getting a Dental Crown
A dental crown is typically used when the tooth has been damaged, but not so severely that it has died. Generally speaking, a crown will be affixed to the natural tooth in a similar manner as a cap; that is to say, it will cover a good portion of the top of the tooth.
We have been practicing dentistry in Cadott for a long time, and we have seen a wide variety of situations calling for a dental crown. We have become very skilled at preparing the remaining portion of the natural tooth to accept the crown and attaching it to the tooth with a minimal amount of trauma to our patient.
A crown may be composed of a number of materials. If you are looking for a material that closely matches the appearance of your natural tooth, we can use ceramic or porcelain to fabricate the crown. Other materials that are commonly used include alloys with gold or other metals in them. While these crowns do not blend in with the surrounding teeth, they are suitable for use in the rear of the mouth where the teeth are not frequently seen anyways. The metal alloy crowns tend to be highly durable and are ideal for use on your chewing teeth (your molars).
When you come to see us, we will closely inspect your damaged tooth. At that point we will make the determination as to whether you need a crown or some other procedure. We will sit down with you and explain to you why we are recommending the course of action that we feel is best for you. Once you are comfortable with it, we will proceed.
Once we have removed any remaining damaged tooth material, we will attach the crown to the tooth using a specialized compound created specifically for use with orthodontic constructions.

Caring for Your Crown
Your crown will most likely look exactly the same as the surrounding teeth. In fact, it is quite easy to forgive that it is there. Caring for the crown simply means brushing and flossing the exact same way that you do with your natural teeth.

Here at Winn Family Dentistry, we care about your dental health. If you think you may need a crown, please come see us today.