Posts for category: Dental Health
Find out whether a dental crown could improve the health and integrity of your smile.
Teeth are amazingly resilient, but it doesn’t mean that they are impervious to damage. Everything from crunching down on something hard to getting hit in the face can leave you dealing with a broken, cracked or weak tooth. When these problems arise, our Milwaukee, WI, family dentist Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka can help restore your smile with custom-made dental crowns.
What is a dental crown?
Chances are good that you know what a crown is. After all, it is one of the most commonly placed restorations; however, on the off chance that you’re still not quite sure, let us explain: a crown is a hollow tooth-shaped cap that fits over a tooth to protect what’s left of the tooth’s healthy, natural structure.
In order to give you a crown with the perfect look and fit, our Milwaukee, WI, family dentist will need to take dental impressions of your mouth so that a crown can be crafted based on these specific impressions. Most of the crowns we offer are also made from strong tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or ceramic, which mimics the look and color of real tooth enamel.
When is a dental crown used?
Crowns can be placed for a variety of reasons that are both restorative and cosmetic. Our Milwaukee, WI, family dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have,
- A cracked, broken or fractured tooth
- A severely decayed tooth
- A tooth that needs a root canal (to treat an infected or inflamed dental pulp)
- A weak tooth (caused by bruxism or excessive wear and tear)
- Discolored, malformed or misshapen tooth that you want to correct and improve
- A missing tooth that needs to be replaced with a dental implant or bridge
Our Milwaukee, WI, dentist Dr. Pulapaka and the team at Ask Family Dentistry provides winning restorative dentistry to the Butler, Brookfield and Wauwatosa, WI, areas. If you’re looking for a dentist to provide you with a beautiful dental crown, call us today at (414) 445-3670 to schedule a consultation.
How dental implants from your dentists in Milwaukee, WI, can rebuild your smile
If you are dealing with tooth loss, you already know how it impacts the appearance of your smile and how it can decrease your level of oral health. Fortunately, here at Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka and Dr. Paul Scholl offer dental implants to give you back your smile—read on to learn more.
Tooth loss and you
Your smile is your greatest asset, and tooth loss greatly impacts it by causing:
- A loss of self-esteem, because you know you don’t look your best
- A loss of self-confidence, because you become self-conscious about your appearance
- An increase in facial sagging, because you are losing bone in your jaw
Your teeth perform a lot of functions that can impact your health. When you have lost teeth, you will experience:
- A loss of chewing ability, which can impact the type of foods you can enjoy
- A loss of digestive ability, which can impact your overall health
Fortunately, there are a variety of tooth replacement options for you to choose from including dental appliances, dental bridgework, and dental implants. Consider:
- Dental appliances, including partial and full dentures. Convenient and removable, dental appliances have provided a great tooth replacement option for decades.
- Dental bridgework, which consists of prosthetic teeth suspended over the space where the teeth are missing. The bridge is supported on both sides by crowned natural teeth.
- Dental implants, which are close replacements for your lost teeth, as they provide both natural looks and functionality. They also help to conserve the bone in your jaw, maintaining full facial contours and a firm jawline.
To learn more about excellent tooth replacement options like implants, bridges, or appliances, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka and Dr. Paul Scholl of Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, at 414-445-3670.
It’s never too late to enhance your at-home oral care to improve the health of your gums.
Now that we are spending a lot more time at home, you now have a little more time to focus on your oral health and keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Whether our Milwaukee, WI, dentists, Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka and Dr. Paul Scholl, have told you that you have the beginning stages of gum disease (known as gingivitis) or you want to safeguard your smile from gum disease, here are ways to both treat and prevent gingivitis from the comfort of your own home.
Treating and Preventing Gingivitis
You may be surprised to know that you can easily reverse gingivitis just by improving your daily dental routine and habits. Gum disease often occurs because you aren’t properly caring for your smile.
Here are some simple habits you should be doing each and every day to both protect against and treat those early stages of gum disease:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each with fluoride toothpaste.
- Replace your toothbrush once bristles look old and worn (about every couple of months). Worn bristles won’t be able to clean as effectively and may even wear away tooth enamel.
- You absolutely must floss at least once a day in order to remove plaque and food from between teeth and along the gum line. Brushing alone isn’t enough; you also need to floss if you want to promote healthier gums.
- You should also visit your Milwaukee, WI, general dentist for routine checkups. Ideally, you should come in every six months, but make sure you are coming in at least once a year.
- If you have dexterity issues or conditions that affect the strength of your hands (e.g. arthritis) turn to an electronic toothbrush, which can make it easier to maneuver around all areas of your mouth for a more thorough clean.
- Eat a healthy diet that is chock full of the vitamins and nutrients you need for healthy gums. In fact, what you eat could also stave off gum disease or reverse gingivitis. Foods such as salmon and chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms provide anti-inflammatory effects, which can promote healthy gums.
Due to Covid-19, we have had to temporarily close our doors for all routine dental visits and appointments. Of course, we also understand that emergency situations can arise during this time. If you are dealing with a dental emergency our Milwaukee, WI, family dentists can provide you with care. Please call Art of Dentistry at (414) 445-3670 to learn more.
Find out how preventive dental care can actually save you time and money.
Your oral health is only as good as how you treat it. How often do you brush your teeth every day? Do you floss daily without fail? When was the last time you saw your Milwaukee, WI, dentist, Dr. Paul Scholl, for a cleaning? These are all important questions to ask yourself so that you can make the changes necessary before problems occur.
What is preventive care?
Preventive care is any service that your Milwaukee, WI, dentist offers to protect your teeth and gums from decay and disease. These measures include,
Prophylactic care: Every six months you should be coming in to get a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning. These checkups are crucial to maintaining good oral health and to catch problems early on when they are treatable. During these cleanings, our hygienist can remove plaque and tartar buildup from between teeth and around the gum line, which you might have missed when brushing. Your regular toothbrush won’t be able to remove tartar.
Fluoride: Another way to protect your child and teen’s teeth from decay is through regular fluoride treatment, which can be performed during your child’s next six-month checkup. Fluoride treatment helps strengthen and mineralize tooth enamel. While fluoride can be found in most toothpastes, if you or your child isn’t getting enough fluoride talk with your dentist about getting regular fluoride treatment to reduce the risk for cavities.
Oral Cancer Screenings: When you come in for your routine checkup our hygienist or dentist will also examine your mouth to look for early warning signs of oral cancer such lumps, growths, lesions or any other suspicious changes to soft tissue. This simple, quick screening is your best chance for detecting oral cancer early on before it spreads. With the increase in HPV cases, there are more young people presenting with oral cancer; therefore, these screenings are crucial for patients of all ages.
Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, wants to make sure that you get the proper care you and your family deserve for healthy, beautiful smiles. If it’s been more than six months since your last dental cleaning call our office today to schedule your next appointment.
The gaps between your teeth don't have to become a permanent part of your smile. Let the dental team at Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI restore your smile with dental implants. When you find out the many benefits of this treatment, you'll have renewed hope in the possibilities for your smile.
The Challenges Presented by Missing Teeth
Though some patients choose to resign themselves to a life with small gaps, there are a number of reasons why you should have those gaps filled by a dentist. For one, holes in the smile can make it much more difficult to properly digest your food. The open socket may become vulnerable to problems with gum disease.
Dental Implants Should Be Your First Choice
Some patients automatically assume that a partial denture or bridge is the only way they'll be able to close their smile gaps, but the first option you should explore with your Milwaukee, WI dentist should be a dental implant. An implant is secured below the gumline, providing an anchor for a permanent new crown. Your tooth replacements will be natural-looking, gentle on your other teeth, and easy to clean.
Reclaiming Your Beautiful, Complete Smile
You will find that getting dental implants is a worthwhile investment once you finally reclaim your smile. You can laugh, chew, and talk with comfort and confidence once again. The tooth replacements will usually stay in place for as long as you properly care for them, while the crowns will likely last for 10 years or more. Best of all, the only person who has to know you have a dental implant is your dentist.
Now Is the Time
Don't allow too much time to go by before you see a dentist to ask about dental implants. Get evaluated while you still have ample bone tissue to hold the implant device. Call 414-445-3670 today for an examination with Dr. Paul Scholl at his Milwaukee, WI office.