If you have one or more missing teeth or will soon be having a tooth extracted, you may be thinking about tooth replacement options. Most patients have a choice in this decision, usually comparing the benefits of implants versus other solutions, like dentures and bridges. Though not everyone will be a good candidate for dental implants, those who are will experience a more secure and long-lasting solution when choosing implants.

At our practice, we highly recommend dental implants whenever possible. There are many reasons for getting dental implants. In most cases, a patient has already lost one or more teeth due to tooth decay, periodontitis or some type of physical trauma. However, the ability to completely customize dental implants also makes them an option for people who desire the improved confidence that comes from a perfect smile. You may also wish to consider dental implants if you:

  • Have pain caused by malocclusion
  • Want the look and feel of a real tooth
  • Desire a low-maintenance routine

Did you know…

Success rates are extremely high for this procedure – especially in patients with healthy gums and sufficient bone structure. Furthermore, implants are very low-maintenance in comparison to other tooth replacement solutions. In fact, you can treat an implant in much of the same way you treat your other teeth.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you think dental implants may be right for you, we invite you to contact our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation. We will be happy to evaluate your tooth replacement needs and help you determine if implants could be the solution for you.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots embedded into the jaw, taking the place of one or more missing teeth. They are used to permanently anchor a prosthetic tooth, such as a crown, bridge or denture. Though they are not for everyone, most people who get dental implants experience a successful outcome that often lasts several decades. Dental implants are always personalized to the functional and cosmetic needs of a patient. They are sized, shaped and color-matched for aesthetics. Implants are often chosen by patients seeking the most natural looking and feeling of tooth replacement options, primarily because dental implants are fixed and designed to match the surrounding teeth.

Did you know…

Dental implants are typically made of titanium? This metal is known for its light weight, strength, and biocompatibility. Furthermore, titanium easily fuses to the surrounding jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. This allows the implant to become stronger with time and eliminates the need for adhesives.
Dental implants are an option for qualifying patients who are either partially or totally edentulous, whether due to gum disease, tooth decay, trauma or some other cause. For more information about dental implants in [city], contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Insurance

We accept most insurance plans and accept payments from many PPO and indemnity dental plans.  Our dental team is happy to partner with you to make the most out of your dental insurance benefits.  Dr. Wahl’s patients greatly appreciate how Jenny consistently uses her knowledge and her expertise to make sure you and your family capitalize on benefits.  Jenny’s careful attention to details minimizes dental expenses through pre-approvals and the careful scheduling of preventative and restorative dental procedures.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our office to discuss your benefits with Jenny.  You can be confident that she will answer any questions, investigate details to capitalize on your coverage and make every effort to meet your dental needs while fulfilling any requirements outlined by your policy.  Additionally, confirming Dr. Dean Wahl’s status your provider’s website is always beneficial.  Insurance companies can make swift changes to their benefits and preferred providers. 

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For decades, dentures have been the go-to solution for missing tooth replacement. These dental prosthetics are carefully crafted for a shape and appearance that is unique to each patient. As technology has improved, dentures have been made to look more natural than ever – often undetectable to other people. But despite their versatility and effectiveness, one feature has been problematic for denture wearers: the fit. Even though dentures are designed to fit snugly over the gum line, the bone beneath it inevitably deteriorates over time. This causes dentures to slip, slide and even come out when talking or chewing.

Fortunately, the use of dental implants has changed the way people wear dentures, making them more secure and easier to wear than ever before. Dental implants are titanium rods placed within the jaw bone in place of a natural tooth root. The bone fuses to the implant, forming an anchor for tooth prosthetics, such as dentures. When patients choose implant retained dentures, they get the flexibility of a denture with the permanence of an implant.

Did you know…

that 30 million people in America are currently missing all of their teeth – either in their upper jaw, lower jaw, or both? Many of these people are candidates for complete implant retained dentures. But partial dentures are common too. In fact, 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, qualifying most for an implant retained crown.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for implant retained dentures ?

Implant retained dentures are a solution for many, but not all patients. If you are missing one or more teeth, contact our office to schedule a consultation. To qualify for dental implants, you must have adequate bone structure to support the implant.

How long does it take to get an implant retained denture?

Because dental implants and dentures are custom-made to fit each patient, it can take several weeks or months before the process is complete. After an initial consultation, an appointment will be made to remove any teeth than need to be replaced and begin inserting implants into the jaw. A mold will be taken of the newly fitted implants, which a dental lab will use to fabricate dentures for the patient. If there are any natural teeth remaining, the dentures will be created to mimic their shape, size and color.

I don’t have enough bone to support an implant retained denture. What options are available to me?

If the jaw bone that once supported your missing teeth has already eroded, you may still be able to qualify for dental implants by undergoing a bone grafting procedure. During this treatment, the jaw bone is built up to sustain an implant. For more information about implant retained dentures and whether they are right for you, contact our office.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that has been shown to help strengthen teeth in children and also prevent decay in people of all ages. Topical fluoride, in particular is helpful for promoting oral health. The American Dental Association has publicly endorsed the use of fluoride for the prevention of dental caries, as has the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.

Did you know…

that you might be drinking fluoride every day without knowing it? Many communities add fluoride to the public water supply in an effort to promote better dental health. You can find out if there is fluoride in your tap water by contacting your local water utility. Keep in mind that if your primary source of drinking water is bottled, you may not be getting fluoride. You can contact your bottle water company or manufacturer to find out if fluoride is in your water. If not, speak with your dentist about getting professional fluoride treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need fluoride treatments?

You may need fluoride treatments if your drinking water is not fluoridated or if you are experiencing certain symptoms, such as receding gums. Fluoride treatments can also provide oral support and prevent decay if you wear orthodontic braces or are taking medications that cause dry mouth.

What should I expect during fluoride treatments?

Fluoride treatments are painless and can be administered in your dentist’s office at your twice-yearly check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist will distribute fluoridated gel, foam, or varnish into a tray and place it over your teeth. The treatment takes only a few minutes and is only required between one and four times per year.

Is there anything I can do to supplement my fluoride treatments?

Yes. The ADA recommends supplementing your fluoridated drinking water or fluoride treatments with a fluoridated toothpaste.

Flossing is an important part of an oral hygiene routine, but research suggests that fewer than half of Americans do so daily. Flossing is simple and only takes an extra couple of minutes per day. Developing a healthy habit of flossing can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it may allow you to keep more of your natural teeth as you age. So what is the most effective means of flossing?

  1. Pull the floss taught and slide it between two teeth.
  2. Pull against the side of one tooth, creating a “C-shape” and sliding upwards to remove plaque build-up.
  3. Pull against the opposite tooth edge using the same technique.
  4. Repeat this process for each tooth until all inner surfaces have been flossed.
  5. Don’t forget to floss the backs of your molars!

Need some extra tips?

The American Dental Association recommends using a strand of floss approximately 18 inches in length. It is important to only use clean floss as you move between the teeth. One of the easiest ways of doing this is by looping each end of the floss around your fingers and beginning to floss with the area closest to one end. If you have never flossed, be sure to ask your dentist for a quick in-person tutorial at your next check-up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I be flossing?

Yes. The ADA recommends that everyone floss in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Even if you have restorations, such as crowns or veneers, good oral hygiene is essential for prolonging their use and maintaining your oral health.

What types of results should I get from flossing?

You may not experience immediate results from flossing, but over time, your habit will pay off. Flossing can prevent tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss – all of which can be highly inconvenient and expensive to treat. A piece of floss that costs just pennies could save you thousands of dollars later on.

Is there anything else I should be doing in addition to flossing?

Yes. In addition to flossing, you should be adopting proper brushing techniques and visiting your dentist at least twice per year for examinations and professional dental cleanings.

Periodontal disease – also known as gingivitis and periodontitis – is most easily identified by the visible symptoms it causes as it progresses. In its beginning stages, a periodontal disease often causes no symptoms at all, making it difficult for the average person to notice. With time, bacteria begin causing inflammation in the gums, which may result in reddening or gums that are tender, swollen and easily bleed. As bacteria continue to proliferate, the teeth may begin to appear longer due to a receding gum line. Eventually, pockets may begin to form between the gums and teeth, which can lead to loosened teeth or total tooth loss. Other symptoms of periodontal disease may include chronic bad breath and mouth sores.

Did you know?

Periodontal disease is a serious oral health problem that affects nearly half of American adults. It is easily treated in its earliest stages, although many people do not know they have it until symptoms appear – often not until it has progressed to moderate or severe stages that require more complex treatments. The most effective way of finding and preventing periodontal disease is by adopting good oral hygiene and attending periodic dental cleanings and exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

Only a dentist can diagnose periodontal disease. If you are suffering with any of the symptoms listed above, schedule a dental exam immediately to find out if you need periodontal treatment. If you are symptom-free, you still need to visit your dentist twice yearly for an exam.

What will happen if I am diagnosed with a periodontal disease?

You may be referred to a periodontist who can evaluate the severity of your condition and formulate a treatment plan that is best for you. Treatments vary according to the type of periodontal disease you have and how far it has progressed, although the goal of any periodontist is to provide the most effective and conservative treatment possible.

How can I prevent periodontal disease from returning in the future?

Once you have had periodontal disease, you are more likely to develop the condition again. However, you can help prevent recurrences by brushing and flossing after every meal and snack, avoiding tobacco products, adopting a healthy and nutritious diet, and attending frequent dental exams and cleanings as recommended by your dentist.

The use of sedation in dentistry has revolutionized the way patients view dental visits. Patients who once were afraid or anxious about even the most routine dental procedures now visit the dentist with confidence. Sedation is typically administered to healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety. Reasons for needing sedation may include lengthy procedure times, dental phobias, or fear caused by negative experiences in the past.

Did you know…

that here are three different types of sedation dentistry? You can opt for sedation administered in one of the following ways:

  • Oral Sedation – A pharmacological agent administered prior to treatment to alleviate anxiety and help patients relax.

  • Inhalation Sedation – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide offers a euphoric feeling that makes dental treatments more pleasant.

  • IV Sedation – This is a deep sedation reserved for patients who want little or no memory of their dental visits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I choose sedation dentistry?

Only you and your dentist can determine if sedation is right for you. Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with your dentist to discuss whether light, moderate or deep sedation best meets your needs. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.

What should I expect if I am sedated for my dental procedure?

That depends on the type of sedation you undergo. Oral sedation is relatively simple and involves taking a prescribed medication about an hour prior to your procedure. You’ll feel more relaxed, yet completely aware of your surroundings during treatment. If you choose nitrous oxide, you’ll be instructed to inhale the gas at the beginning of your appointment. Additional nitrous can be administered throughout your procedure to keep you in a state of euphoria. At the conclusion of your treatment, you’ll be given oxygen to help ‘snap’ you out of your sedated state.

If IV sedation is right for you, you’ll be instructed to avoid foods and beverages the night before your treatment. A sedative will be administered to you intravenously prior to your procedure, causing you to fall into a deep sleep. A dental anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure and adjust dosage as needed.

Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?

Depending on the type of sedation you undergo, a licensed driver may need to drive you home from your dental appointment. If you undergo IV sedation, you may need to be supervised for several hours following the procedure.

As a family dental practice, we specialize in providing you with the confidence that your dental emergency needs can be met efficiently and in a timely manner to minimize discomfort and inconvenience.
In the event of a dental emergency, please contact our office.  920-887-1432
Every effort will be made to provide answers to your questions, arrange for dental care, and provide you with comfort and care that puts your mind at ease.
We welcome the following:
• New dental patient walk-ins
• Last minute appointments
• Same day and next day dental appointments
• Emergency appointments that may be outside of our typical office hours

Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Wahl. 920-887-1432
Please be prepared to share any pertinent medical information as well as any prescription allergies for yourself or the family member needing dental assistance.

 It is helpful to know the name and location of your preferred pharmacy.

Common dental emergencies that may require immediate treatment or attention:
• A Broken Tooth – At times, a large filling may break or fall out.
• Acute Pulpitis – The pulp inside the tooth become inflamed due to trauma or tooth decay. This is often aggravated by changes in temperature.
• Tooth Abscess – An infection in a tooth’s root can cause intermittent pain which may be accompanied by swelling and in some cases a loose tooth.

 Medications can temporarily reduce the pain and prepare the tooth for eminent treatment. Dental treatment is often required after the pain and swelling subside.
• Gum Abscess – Food that is caught between a tooth and the gumline can result in a painful and aggravating infection. Gums that are swollen and bleeding may be infected.

Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged, or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office, it is considered surgery. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.

There are several reasons why you could need a tooth extraction.

The most common cause of tooth extractions is severe tooth decay and cavities. However, many patients also undergo extractions for impacted teeth, particularly wisdom teeth. Other causes for extraction include advanced periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and teeth that are severely malformed. Although many circumstances that require extraction are unavoidable, some could be prevented with regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a tooth extraction?

Only your dentist can tell you if you need a tooth extraction. However, you may be a candidate for the procedure if one or more of your teeth are decayed so severely that fillings or other restorations are not a possibility for treatment.

What should I expect during my tooth extraction appointment?

If you and your dentist decide to extract one or more teeth, you will be scheduled to return for oral surgery at a later date. You will be given a local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure, and you may be prescribed medications to help manage pain in the hours following your extraction. Depending on the nature of your extraction and other factors, such as whether your teeth are impacted, you may also be sedated or given general anesthesia during your procedure.

What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow?

Post-operative care following a tooth extraction is essential for healing and preventing complications. You will be instructed to avoid certain foods and also to keep the surgical site clean at all times. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent infection. Finally, you may be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as doing so may delay the healing process and cause a condition known as ‘dry socket.’

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