Cleaning and Exams
Your oral health is very important to us. Our dental cleanings and exams include; a periodontal evaluation, oral cancer screening, cavity detection, x-rays, calculus and plaque removal, polishing and flossing of teeth, as well as oral hygiene instructions. Preventive fluoride treatments and sealants are also available for our "young" patients. We recommend that our patients be seen every six months. A new patient will receive a comprehensive exam by a dentist, x-rays and a cleaning by a hygienist.
Fillings are the material used to replace an area of the tooth where decay has been removed. At our office, we use both resin (tooth colored) and amalgam (silver colored) fillings. Resin fillings can be used in most cases, except when the size and location of the filling requires an amalgam filling to be used.
A crown, or "cap" is a laboratory fabricated covering that fits over the entire tooth after it has been prepared. Depending on the case, crowns can be made of all porcelain, porcelain over gold or solid gold. Crowns are usually placed when a tooth is broken down, cracked, or decayed to a degree where a filling will not work. Sometimes crowns are used for aesthetic reasons or to correct alignment of teeth.
Veeners are used to improve the shape, size, or color of front teeth. Veneer's require a small layer of the original tooth to be removed and replaced with a thin porcelain layer. In certain cases, we are able to use a type of veneer that requires no tooth structure to be removed.
Bridges can be used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is made up of multiple crowns that both fit on the adjacent teeth and replace the missing tooth/teeth. The laboratory fabricates the final prosthesis after the teeth are prepared by the dentist. The bridge is then permanently cemented in place.
Implants are used when a patient has lost one or more teeth and does not want/need to have a bridge or removable prostheses. An oral surgeon places the implant into the bone and we attach an abutment and crown to the top of the implant. Once in place, implants work just like natural teeth. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or be used to support a full or partial denture.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures and partials function to replace all or several missing teeth. Dentures are for patients who have lost all of their teeth and partials are for patients who have lost some, but not all of the teeth. Fabrication of dentures/partials takes several appointments before the lab completes the final prostheses. Dentures and partials can be removed from the mouth and are made of an acrylic base with either plastic or porcelain teeth. If patients do not have enough support with their denture/partial, implants can usually be used to anchor the prostheses.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is a procedure to repair a tooth by removing the pulp/nerve from the inside of the tooth and replacing it with a filling material. A Root canal is necessary when tooth decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected.
Tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth.
Our office offers two whitening methods. The first whitening service available involves making custom trays to be used at home. The trays are filled with a carbamide peroxide gel and worn for 30 minutes to 1 hour per day. This treatment usually takes from 1 to 2 weeks to reach desired level of whitening. We also sell professional strength whitening "strips".
After serving the Wauwatosa area for over 30 years, our office has developed very close relationships with some of the very best dental specialists in the area. We are confident that our patients will receive the highest standard of care at the offices we refer to. These specialties include; orthodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and pediatric dentistry.