Is It Time for Dentures?

At our family dental practice in Cadott, we sometimes encounter patients who are considering dentures. While dentures are marvelous inventions, and have surely aided countless people who otherwise may not have been able to continue eating the diet they want to, they are not always the best choice in every situation.
Because we care about our patients, we want to provide you with the information you need to make a reasoned, well-considered decision. Any dentist in Cadott can slap together a pair of dentures for you; but how many care enough to make sure you’re making the choice that is best for you? Please take a few moments and read more information about dentures. As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call or stop by our office whenever it is convenient for you.

Uses of Dentures
Obviously, dentures allow you to chew food that you otherwise might not be able to eat after you have lost a significant number (or all) of your teeth. But did you know that dentures serve other uses as well?
For one thing, you use your teeth extensively when you speak. Without the presence of your teeth, you would have a difficult time forming words correctly, and communication could become quite frustrating, to say the least. A good set of dentures will allow you to communicate just as well as you always have.
For another thing, dentures help provide the support to keep your facial structure intact. Here’s the deal: your teeth grow out of the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the bone in that area loses stimulation and begins to erode. Over time, this bone loss can cause your facial structure to change, causing you to have a sunken appearance over your face.

Dentures Versus Other Options
Although dentures certainly do serve a role, they are not the only way of achieving the goals you have. Other options, such as bridges or dental implants, can serve as methods of replacing the function of teeth you may have lost.
Dentures are a good option if you have lost several (or all) of your teeth and you are looking for an economical replacement. However, be aware that although you will adjust to your dentures in time, they will never feel exactly like your natural teeth.
If you are looking for replacements for only a few teeth, or if you are interested in more closely duplicating the appearance and function of your natural teeth, you may want to talk with us about dental implants.
Whatever options you are considering, we are happy to talk with you about them. Keep in mind that every option will have pros and cons, and it’s good to know what you’re choosing before you take the plunge.
So give us a call, or drop by for a visit. Practicing dentistry in Cadott has given us the chance to help untold numbers of people over the years. We look forward to helping you, too.

Getting a Dental Crown

After practicing dentistry in Cadott for as long as we have, you learn a few things about what people expect when you tell them that they need a dental crown. Because we care about our patients, we want to help inform you as to what you can expect when getting a dental crown. As always, our family dental practice in Cadott is here to answer your questions, so feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call, or stop by and see us.

What is a Dental Crown?
Although you probably know what a filling is, when we tell a patient that he or she needs a dental crown, sometimes the response is one of confusion. A dental crown, for the sake of simplicity, is basically like a cap or covering that fits over an existing tooth.
Unlike a dental implant, which involves completely replacing the tooth, a dental crown is affixed to an existing tooth. And, unlike a filling, which involves simply replacing a small portion of a tooth, a dental crown involves a significant addition to your tooth.
Dental crowns may be fashioned from one of a few different materials. Any dentist in Cadott can tell you about the different materials, but we want you to know the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Ceramic. Some dental crowns are made out of a dental ceramic material such as porcelain. These crowns look very much like your natural teeth, and they are a good choice for teeth that are towards the front of the mouth. The downside to getting a ceramic or porcelain crown is that they are not as durable as some of the other materials.
Metal. Metal dental crowns can be made from a mixture of different metals. A full exploration of the different types of metal dental crowns is beyond the scope of this blog; however, if you are interested in getting a metal dental crown, please ask us about it, and we’ll be happy to go into greater detail. A significant advantage to metal dental crowns is their incredible durability. Of course, as you can imagine, they are quite different in appearance from your natural teeth, and may not be the best choice for teeth in the front of the mouth.

Installation of a Dental Crown
Installation is a simple process. When you come to see us for a dental crown, we will numb the area of the tooth we are working on. We will go in and remove any decayed or damaged tooth material. This can be done with a traditional dental drill or with certain laser implements.
In either case, once the tooth is prepared, we will affix the crown using special dental techniques. Then, after giving it the time it needs to set, your crown will be ready for use. By the time your anesthetic wears off, you will be able to use the tooth just like you would any natural tooth.
We are here to help you through this process. Come see us today if you think you may need a dental crown.

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.

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.

Parents, Children, and the Dentist

If you are a parent, regardless if you are a first time parent or already have children, you know the large of a responsibility you have. Parents want to make sure that their children grow up to be healthy. This includes having great dental health. However, many children fear the dentist and don’t want to go. They may have seen kids on their favorite television shows run from a dental appointment or have heard from their friends how the dentist made their mouths hurt. Others may have gone once before and had an unpleasant experience. No matter what, a fear of the dentist is something many children and even adults have.

One the most important things that every parent should teach their child is basic dental hygiene—brushing and flossing. As early as you can, you should explain the reason why they need to brush their teeth every after a meal and the importance of using floss regularly. They also need to understand that the dentist isn’t a bad person. He or she is simply trying to help the child maintain good oral hygiene and stay healthy. He and his staff don’t intentionally try to hurt anyone. In some cases, he may offer small treats to children who complete a visit without any trouble, and you can use this treat as incentive for a successful visit. You can also discuss the difficulties people who don’t see the dentist regularly may have, although this may not work with young children.

As a parent, it is very important to properly introduce your dentist and explain to your child the purpose of getting regular cleanings and exams as they help keep their teeth healthy. A dental appointment doesn’t have to be scary. When they understand the important procedures done by their dentist and how he helps them take good care of their teeth, they will appreciate everything he does for them.

Stay with your child throughout the entire visit. Talk to them doing the exam and other procedures. A good dentist will also talk to the child constantly, telling him or her what they’re about to do and what the child will experience. They should also answer any questions you or your child has, and if your child asks the dentist to stop, he should do so until you’ve had a chance to explain why he’s doing what he’s doing and why it’s important.

Teeth Whitening

When we meet another person, the first thing we notice is their face. We examine the shape of the face, the skin color, the way the eyes are formed; we check if the nose is pointed, flat, long, or short; and we look to see if they have a perfect set of pearly white teeth. We often place a lot of emphasis on having a good set of teeth, which is why many people seek teeth whitening.

Flashing your pearly white teeth definitely adds additional points to your sex appeal and truly boosts your self-esteem and confidence. It can also make people believe you’re happier, more trustworthy, or a very healthy person. That’s why it’s very important to take good care of your teeth through brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist for checkups at least every six months. However, not everyone is going to have a set of pearly whites. For those who are unhappy with their smile, teeth whitening is an option.

Teeth Whitening is a dental procedure that is getting more and more popular. This process includes lightening discolored teeth by removing stains and discoloration. A perfect set of teeth will surely need an additional touch to make them whiter simply because we all encounter things that can stain teeth. Drinking coffee or soda regularly can dull that bright white smile. Using chewing tobacco, in addition to causing mouth cancer, can also stain teeth. Smoking is also a major cause of stained teeth. People who engage in two or more of these habits are most likely going to have yellowed teeth throughout their entire mouths.

Many people turn to teeth whitening kits that they can use at home because they believe they’re cheaper than professional whitening and that they work just as well. However, this is false. There are two main types of teeth whitening kits sold at drug stores. One involves placing whitening strips on the teeth and leaving them there for a set period of time. However, these strips don’t always adhere to every part of every tooth, so the result is teeth with spots on them. The other type of teeth whitening kit has a small applicator that is used to paint the teeth with whitening solution. While it’s easier to cover the entire surface of each tooth, this teeth whitening solution is easy to accidentally lick off, and it doesn’t really last that long.

Professional teeth whitening, on the other hand, makes use of a set of trays that have been created from an impression of your teeth. These trays fit perfectly in your mouth and deliver the powerful teeth whitening solution to the surface of every tooth. If you are interested teeth whitening, ask your dentist if you are a good candidate to have it done.