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Posts for: June, 2015

By Franklin Dental
June 18, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafts  

Bone GraftingFor Franklin, WI residents who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are generally the best option. What happens when your dentist says that your jaw is not strong enough to support these implants, however? Thankfully, you do have options. You can visit Dr. John Olsen, DDS at Franklin Dental for a bone grafting procedure.

What is Bone Grafting and Why is it Necessary?

Dental implants are a device that consists of a dental crown to replace a missing tooth, a connecting abutment, and a titanium screw that holds the entire device securely in the jaw. In order to be successful, these implants need a firm foundation to screw into. Otherwise, the implant is shaky at best and is at an increased risk for failing.

Bone grafting is the process of building up and strengthening the jaw bone so that it will be strong and sturdy enough to support and hold a dental implant. It is a simple procedure with an excellent success rate.

How Does Bone Grafting Work?

In a bone grafting procedure, your Franklin, WI dentist Dr. Olsen will use bone tissue from another source to build up your jaw bone. These sources include your own bone, bone from a donor (either human or animal) or synthetic bone material.

Of these options, your own bone generally provides the safest and most effective option. Not only does your body already recognize it, but using your own bone also reduces your chances of infection or contamination. Your Franklin, WI dentist Dr. Olsen will generally use bone from your chin or another place on your jaw though shin and hip bone can also be used.

Bone grafts are performed right in the office using local anesthesia, and sedation if needed.

How Long Does Bone Grafting Take?

Once your bone grafting procedure is complete, you will need to wait for the new bone and old bone to fuse and strengthen before you are ready for dental implants. The length of time this process will take can vary depending on the location and quality of the bone used, but you should expect the process to take a few months.

Just because your jaw bone is not strong enough to support dental implants now does not mean that it can't ever be. Bone grafting is a safe, simple and effective procedure that will give you a strong and sturdy jaw bone, perfect for dental implants. Call your favorite Franklin, WI dentist, Dr. John at Franklin Dental, to set up an appointment for a consultation today.

By Franklin Dental
June 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: ibuprofen   pain management  

Millions of Americans regularly use ibuprofen to manage minor pain and swelling. As with other fields in healthcare, the drug is a mainstay in dentistry especially for post-procedural discomfort. But ibuprofen and similar drugs also have side effects that can lead to serious health problems. So, should you be concerned about its safety?

For most people, ibuprofen is safe and effective — but only if used properly. Like aspirin, ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that reduces pain and inflammation by blocking the effect of substances called prostaglandins, released by injured or damaged tissues. NSAIDs differ in mechanism from pain relievers like steroids or narcotics and don’t have the same side effects, especially the addictive qualities and impaired consciousness potential of narcotics like morphine or codeine. While these more potent drugs are usually reserved for serious injuries or illnesses, NSAIDs like ibuprofen are ideal for mild to moderate pain following routine dental work.

The biggest concern for the use of an NSAID is its tendency to thin the blood, especially if used continuously over several weeks; this can make bleeding control more difficult after an injury. Prolonged overuse has also been linked to erosion of the stomach lining leading to ulcers or bleeding, kidney failure, early miscarriage and repeat heart attacks for patients with cardiovascular disease.

With this in mind, we recommend that adults take no more than 2,400 milligrams of ibuprofen during one twenty-four hour period for short-term pain relief unless otherwise recommended by a doctor. Research has shown that a single 400-milligram dose of ibuprofen is safe and effective for relieving even severe post-operative pain for about five hours in most people. On the other hand, we don’t recommend a NSAID during pregnancy or for people with a history of intestinal bleeding or heart attacks.

Taking into account your medical history and the procedure you’ll be undergoing, we will recommend the best pain management medication for your situation. In most cases, ibuprofen will be an effective means to reduce your discomfort level and, taken properly, will not pose a danger to your overall health.

If you would like more information on dental pain management, 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 “Treating Pain with Ibuprofen.”

June 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
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 One of the most common dental issues you hear about is gum disease. It's in advertisements, your dentist talks about it, and you may know someone who has had to deal with it. But what causes it, and what can you do to prevent it?

Gum disease is primarily created because of plaque. If the plaque is not removed, calculus is formed (no, not the form of math). This is also known as tartar, and you see a lot of toothpastes touting “Tartar Control.” This is what they mean.

Tartar can irritate your gums by harboring toxins, which can weaken the fibers in your gums. Weakened gums mean the tartar can release even more toxins deeper into the gum tissue. Bacteria continue to work its way down, creating even more issues. Specifically, the tartar can cause enough damage that the tooth needs to be removed.  

How do you know if there is an issue? Are your gums swollen or sensitive to touch? Maybe your gums consistently bleed when you're brushing or flossing, or you feel that your breath is bad on a regular basis.   These are all bad signs, and you should see your dentist as soon as you can.

So you have gum disease. It's alright! If you catch it early, or if you see your dentist regularly, it's largely treatable. It’s treated by scaling and root planning, which is a technique that strips away the plaque from around the tooth and root. You may also be prescribed antibiotics.

If the gum disease is very advanced, you may require minor dental surgery. The gums may be opened in order to clear away the plaque that is deeper near the root.

And guess how you prevent this scenario? You guessed it, daily brushing and flossing. Professional cleanings from your dentist every 6 months also helps immensely. Your eating habits can also have an impact, so avoid an excessive amount of sugary drinks and foods that are difficult to clean off your teeth (chips, breads, gummy treats, etc.).

June 12, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
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What Are Dental Veneers?

Have you ever wanted to change the appearance of your teeth? Maybe the color isn't quite what you want, or the length of a tooth is a little too short. Perhaps you'd like to fix an unsightly chipped tooth from an accident or want to fill in a gap? In any of these cases, getting dental veneers might be the perfect solution to brighten your smile and improve your confidence.

The veneer is a thin layer of restorative material that looks like a healthy and white tooth. Typically they are used to help improve the visual look of a tooth or cover the damaged surface.

In order to have your dental veneer adhere to the existing tooth, your cosmetic dentist removes a small portion of the enamel on the facial surface of your tooth, just enough to fit the veneer into place. The veneer is placed with a bonding technique which takes only 20 minutes.

Veneers, which were widely utilized to modify an actor's teeth in the 1930s, have since evolved into two main varieties: porcelain and composite- with porcelain veneers being generally agreed upon as

the more durable of the two types. The Porcelain veneers are manufactured by a laboratory while the composite veneers are completed in one visit chair side.

So what are all the issues that veneers can solve for you?

Color Correction: Are your teeth stained from large resin fillings or tetracycline? Veneers can be applied in order to restore natural size and brighten your teeth in the process.

Accidents happen!  Whether your teeth are chipped, broken or even worn, it can be painful or embarrassing. A damaged tooth can sometimes be repaired with a veneer, and can be the premiere option when fixing the issue.

Fill the Gap: A space between your teeth can be easily corrected with veneers. Similar to fixing the alignment of a tooth, braces and Invisalign are notable alternatives.

As you can see, dental veneers can provide an incredible amount of value to a person, and are great, long term options when compared against typical cosmetic dentistry fixes, however, depending on what your dental issue is, there may be better solutions. The best way to find out the best plan of action for creating a beautiful smile is to find a great cosmetic dentist and have a consultation.

Those of you living in the Milwaukee area who are looking for a cosmetic dentist, we’d love to schedule a free consultation to find out what it would take to get your smile bright and sparkling.



June 12, 2015
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The term “root canal” does not exactly inject thoughts of happiness and fun into the minds of those who hear it. Thoughts of drilling and pain are more likely to come up in a person’s head. Most people's perception is that a root canal procedure is painful, but in reality if the procedure is performed properly and there is no infection, there should be very little discomfort. In this blog, we'll take a look at a few myths associated with a root canal.

Myth 1 – They Hurt!

It's not the procedure that hurts, it's the infection. A root canal must be performed when a tooth is decayed and infected. The tooth's pulp and nerve are removed because it's damaged, leading to a host of painful situations, such as a severe toothache, swelling and tenderness of the gums, or discoloration of a tooth. If it's not removed, bacteria in the infected area can cause an abscessed tooth, which is a very painful infection. It’s critical to have the tooth treated immediately before this abscess forms to help limit the pain.

Myth 2 – OK, Then the Procedure Hurts!

Again, it's not really the procedure that is painful, so don’t let that thought keep you from seeing your dentist. It's usually reported that if done properly, a root canal procedure is on the same level of discomfort as having a filling put in place.  Modern medicine helps to make the process as comfortable as possible. That being said, after the procedure is complete, the tooth may be a little sensitive as it heals.

Myth 3 – Fine, Then It's Too Expensive!

Many insurance companies help to cover the root canal procedure, but overall, the cost is attributed to the severity of the infection, as well as which tooth needs to be worked on. That being said, what's even more expensive is waiting too long to get a root canal done. Preventative maintenance is always the most cost effective option, and waiting too long can lead to other, more expensive, procedures.

Root canals should not be feared, but instead, you should consider what can happen if it's not taken care of. If you need a root canal done, do not wait; you can schedule a free consultation with Dr. John, the root canal expert at Franklin Dental. Remember, scheduling sooner than later will save you time, money, and pain.

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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