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By Franklin Dental
July 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Did you know that having a tooth extracted can actually help your smile? It’s true! If you have a tooth that is compromised from tooth decay or periodontal disease, the harmful bacteria involved in these dental conditions can spread to other areas of your mouth, causing problems with other teeth. Fortunately, Dr. John Olsen at Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI, can help keep your smile healthy by removing compromised teeth—read on to learn more!

Reasons to undergo tooth extraction

So, how do you know if you need a tooth extracted? Well, pain is a common symptom you might need a tooth extracted. You can benefit from tooth extraction if you have tooth pain that:

  • Continues after a dental filling or other restoration has been placed
  • Continues after root canal treatment has been completed
  • Continues after periodontal therapy has been completed
  • Is caused by wisdom teeth pressing on other teeth

You may also need teeth extracted for reasons other than pain. These are the most common reasons to extract non-painful teeth:

  • Orthodontic treatment; extracting teeth that you don’t have room for can make straightening your teeth quicker and easier. Removing extra teeth can often give you a better result from braces.
  • Wisdom teeth; most people don’t have room for a third set of molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are so far back that they are difficult to keep clean, resulting in tooth decay or periodontal disease.

For more detailed information about the reasons for tooth extraction and what to expect, please visit the Tooth Extractions section on the Franklin Dental website at http://www.franklindental.net/library/7787/Extractions.html

Give us a call

If you need one or more teeth extracted, don’t worry—Dr. Olsen is committed to your comfort before, during, and after each dental procedure. He also offers a wide range of tooth replacement options including dental implants, bridges, and dental appliances. To find out more about dental extractions and other dental services call Dr. John Olsen at Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI, today at (414) 425-7050!

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Dental implants have soared in popularity thanks to their life-likeness, functionality and durability. But these prized qualities have also created an ironic downside—people are much more likely to replace a tooth with an implant rather than go through the time and effort to preserve it.

We say downside because even though an implant is as close to a real tooth as we can now achieve in dentistry, it still can't rival the real thing. It's usually in your long-term health interest to save a tooth if reasonably possible. And, there are effective ways to do so.

Most dental problems arise from two common oral diseases. One is tooth decay, caused by contact with acid produced by bacteria living in dental plaque. We can often minimize the damage by treating the early cavities decay can create. But if we don't treat it in time, the decay can advance into the tooth's pulp chamber, putting the tooth in danger of loss.

We can intervene, though, using root canal therapy, in which we drill into the tooth to access its interior. We clean out the decayed tooth structure, remove the diseased pulp tissue and fill the empty chamber and root canals to seal the tooth and later crown it to further protect it from re-infection.

Periodontal (gum) disease also begins with bacteria, but in this case the infection is in the gum tissues. Over time the ensuing inflammation locks into battle with the plaque-fueled infection. This stalemate ultimately weakens gum attachment, the roots and supporting bone that can also increases risk for tooth loss.

We can stop a gum infection through a variety of techniques, all following a similar principle—completely removing any accumulated plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. This stops the infection and starts the process of gum and bone healing.

You should be under no illusions that either of these approaches will be easy. Advanced tooth decay can be complex and often require the skills of an endodontist (a specialist in root canals). Likewise, gum disease may require surgical intervention. But even with these difficulties, it's usually worth it to your dental health to consider saving your tooth first before you replace it with an implant.

If you would like more information on how best to treat a problem tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

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Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Franklin Denta
May 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you worried that your smile will be changed forever due to missing teeth? If so, don't worry—dental implants, offered by your Franklin, dental implantWI, dentist, Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental, can fill the gaps in your smile!

 

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are the only restoration method that can replace an entire missing tooth from the root to the crown. Filling the vacant space in your jawbone that previously held a tooth, dental implants come to effectively serve as synthetic roots for a soon-to-be-attached tooth replacement. They are made of titanium, a lightweight, biocompatible metal that naturally bonds to bone. Termed osseointegration, this bonding is a crucial part of the implant process, for it ensures that your artificial roots are just as strong as their natural counterparts.

The first step in the implanting process itself, in which the titanium grounding post is placed into your jawbone. When bonding is complete a few months later, your Franklin dentist will make an impression of your mouth and add a connector called an abutment to the top of the implant.

Once a dental lab has received the impression and created your new crown, it will be connected to the dental implant. With your new crown in place, your smile will once again be complete!

 

Are dental implants a good choice for me?

Dental implants are usually an excellent option if you're in good health, don't have gum disease or other oral health issues, and regularly practice good oral hygiene. They may not be recommended if you smoke, have a condition that affects your immune system, or take medication that suppresses the immune system.

Implants offer several benefits that make them a good choice. In many cases, dental implants never need to be replaced, which can save you money when you compare the lifetime cost of implants to other restoration methods. Dental implants also feel like natural teeth. You can even bite into hard or tough foods with ease because the implants are securely attached to your jawbone!

The implants also help protect your jawbone. Jawbone resorption, or shrinking, can occur after tooth loss. The problem happens when the bone no longer receives constant stimulation from your tooth roots. Dental implants take over for your roots and help keep your jawbone strong.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

Restore your smile with dental implants! call your Franklin, WI, dentist, Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental, at (414) 425-7050 to schedule an appointment.

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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”



Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)

     

He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.

 

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