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Posts for: October, 2017


Lately, you’ve noticed your young child’s primary teeth don’t appear to be coming in straight. Is it a problem?

The answer to that question is best answered by an early orthodontic evaluation performed by an orthodontist. It’s advisable for a child as young as 7 to undergo such an exam.

While a child’s primary teeth have a short life span of a few years, that doesn’t make them less important than the permanent teeth that replace them. In fact, they’re extremely influential for permanent tooth development — each one serves as a guide for its replacement to erupt in a proper position. A future malocclusion (bad bite) that becomes more apparent later in life would have been well underway years before.

Orthodontists have the training and expertise to spot these emerging problems in their early stages. Early detection can reduce the extent — and costliness — of future orthodontic treatment by introducing preventative or interceptive measures — even while there’s still a mix of primary and permanent teeth in the mouth. For example, a child wearing a simple type of retainer that influences the development of the bite could minimize or even correct a growing malocclusion.

You can also take advantage of opportunities to discover potential orthodontic problems early through a general or pediatric dentist. By having regular dental cleanings and checkups, the dentist might observe early bite development that should be reviewed by an orthodontist. If not, it’s still a good idea to undergo an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7.

Given the stage of jaw and facial structure development, waiting until puberty to focus on orthodontic problems may be too late for some problems — and much more expensive than if caught and treated earlier. Getting ahead of these issues earlier in your child’s dental development will help ensure they’ll have a healthy bite throughout their life.

If you would like more information on early orthodontic monitoring, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Early Orthodontic Evaluation” and “Preventative & Cost Saving Orthodontics.”

By Franklin Dental
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Who cares about how metal or ceramic braces look? They do an important job, right? Traditional orthodontics straighten a variety of invisalignalignment and bite issues and make smiles healthier and more functional. However, to be honest, what older teen or adult enjoys the appearance of conventional metal braces? Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental understands and offers a discreet way to a new smile: Invisalign clear aligners. These ingenious appliances are so discreet no one really notices them. Sounds great, right? Read the details here.

The History of Invisalign

The Food and Drug Administration approved Invisalign clear aligners for orthodontic use back in 1998, and through advertising and excellent results, the brand gained popularity beginning in 2000. Since then, more dentists have become Invisalign Preferred Providers (Dr. Olsen is one of them), and millions of people globally have reaped the benefits of this comfortable, quick and discreet way of getting a great smile.

Invisalign and you

Invisalign in Franklin uses a series of 18 to 30 clear acrylic trays, custom-made to move teeth into better positions. The system works for a variety of bite and alignment issues; so chances are you qualify for Invisalign. To be sure, Dr. Olsen will examine your teeth and gums and will take:

  • Digital X-rays
  • Three-dimensional imaging
  • Photos
  • Oral impressions

Then, he'll outline what your treatment entails. You'll discuss your smile goals, and the dentist will send your care plan to the Invisalign lab. At the lab, specially trained technicians craft the aligner pairs according to Dr. Olsen's instructions.

During treatment, all patients wear their aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. This schedule keeps treatment on track. You change the pairs as instructed and receive periodic progress checks at Franklin Dental every four to six weeks. Over the course of nine to 18 months, your teeth gradually shift.

This timeline is much shorter than traditional braces. In addition, your day to day life with your aligners is simple:

  • Remove them to eat
  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day as you normally would
  • Eat your usual healthy diet
  • Take the aligners out if you have a special event such as a wedding or graduation

When treatment ends, you'll wear a retainer customized to keep your smile perfectly aligned permanently.

Find out more

Don't hesitate, and don't be bashful. Dr. Olsen sees plenty of people just like you who want the benefits of orthodontics without the nuisances of traditional appliances. So please contact Franklin Dental in Franklin, WI for an appointment: (414) 425-7050.

By Franklin Dental
October 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tmj disorders   tmd  

If you’ve suffered from problems with your jaw joints, known collectively as temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), then you know how uncomfortable and painful they can be. You may also have heard about the use of Botox injections to ease TMD discomfort.

Before you seek out Botox treatment for TMD, though, you should consider the current research on the matter. Far from a “miracle” treatment, the dental profession is still undecided on the effects of Botox to relieve TMD pain symptoms — and there are other risks to weigh as well.

Botox is an injectable drug with a poisonous substance called botulinum toxin type A derived from clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that causes muscle paralysis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved small dose use for some medical and cosmetic procedures, like wrinkle augmentation. The idea behind its use for TMD is to relax the muscles connected to the joint by paralyzing them and thus relieve pain.

The FDA hasn’t yet approved Botox for TMD treatment, although there’s been some use for this purpose. There remain concerns about its effectiveness and possible complications. In the first place, Botox only relieves symptoms — it doesn’t address the underlying cause of the discomfort. Even in this regard, a number of research studies seem to indicate Botox has no appreciable effect on pain relief.

As to side effects or other complications, Botox injections have been known to cause pain in some cases rather than relieve it, as with some patients developing chronic headaches after treatment. A few may build up resistance to the toxin, so that increasingly higher dosages are needed to achieve the same effect from lower dosages. And, yes, Botox is a temporary measure that must be repeated to continue its effect, which could lead to permanent paralyzing effects on the facial muscles and cause muscle atrophy (wasting away) and even deformity.

It may be more prudent to stick with conventional approaches that have well-documented benefits: a diet of easier to chew foods; cold and heat applications; physical therapy and exercises; pain-relief medications and muscle relaxers; and appliances to help control grinding habits. Although these can take time to produce significant relief, the relief may be longer lasting without undesirable side effects.

If you would like more information on treatments for TMD including Botox injections, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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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