In the world of movies and television, the lead actors get the lion’s share of the credit. In reality, though, there wouldn’t be much of a show without the supporting cast. You’ll find a similar situation in your mouth: While your teeth get most of the attention, another dental structure plays a critical supporting role—your gums.
It’s only fitting, then, that we put the spotlight on your gums, especially in February. The second month of the year is Gum Disease Awareness Month, when we highlight the importance of our gums and the dangers they face.
While the gums are an important part of your smile, they’re not just for show. Your gums play a critical role in helping to keep your teeth securely attached within the jaw. Their network of blood vessels also supplies nutrients and disease-fighting agents to your teeth. We’re not exaggerating, then, when we say your teeth can’t survive without them.
But although they’re resilient, they do have one major vulnerability: a bacterial infection known as periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease arises from bacteria that thrive within a thin, built-up film of bacteria and food particles called dental plaque. Untreated, an infection can advance deep into the gums, down to the tooth roots and jawbone.
Gum disease is as much a problem for your teeth as it is for your gums: Weakened gum attachment and loss of bone can put your teeth in danger of being lost. Fortunately, though, there are things you can do to keep gum disease from ruining your dental health.
Brush and floss. To prevent a gum infection, you must keep plaque from building up on your teeth. The best way is a combination of thorough brushing and flossing. Don’t neglect the latter, which is necessary to remove hard-to-reach plaque between teeth. And do it every day—it doesn’t take long for a gum infection to occur.
Get your teeth cleaned. Even the most diligent hygiene practice may still miss some plaque and its hardened form calculus (tartar). These stubborn deposits, though, are no match for our dental cleaning equipment and techniques. Semi-annual visits are also a good time to evaluate your overall dental health, including your gums.
See us at the first sign of infection. Gum disease is often symptomless, especially in the beginning. But there are signs to look for like gum swelling, redness or bleeding. If you notice any of these, see us as soon as possible. The sooner you begin treatment, the less harm the disease will cause.
Taking care of your gums isn’t just good for your dental health—it’s good for your overall health and well-being. It also doesn’t hurt that your gums are good for your appearance as an important part of a beautiful smile.
If you would like more information about gum disease prevention and treatment, please contact us or schedule a consultation.
Are you ready to deal with your tooth loss? If so, let Dr. Robert Wyler and his team in Waukesha, WI, help. This highly-skilled dentist offers dental implants, today's premier tooth replacements. Unlike conventional prosthetics, implants dwell in the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots do. You'll enjoy a stable, beautiful smile which lasts for many years.
Strengthening your jaw bone
After tooth loss, the alveolar ridge in your jaw deteriorates quickly--by about 25 percent in the first year. The reason? The vacated tooth socket receives no stimulation whatsoever. Conventional bridges and partial dentures cannot provide it.
However, dental implants can improve the size and strength of your jaw bone dramatically. The single-tooth implant lives in the jawbone. Made of biocompatible titanium, it bonds with the bone through a natural mechanism called osseointegration. When the implant and bone are sufficiently bonded, Dr. Wyler attaches a metal post and a porcelain crown. After that, the more you use your new tooth, the more it will strengthen your smile.
Can you get dental implants?
You need sufficient bone in your jaw to improve dental implant success. To determine the quality of your bone, Dr. Wyler reviews your medical and dental history, performs a complete exam and uses specialized X-rays to image your jaw. If you have thin bone, he may be able to augment it with donor bone or other biocompatible materials.
When all is well, the implant procedure commences. Insertion of the titanium screw takes about an hour. After that, osseointegration takes weeks to even months. However, once finished, this bonding process provides for successful implant restoration and smile longevity.
Your dentist will tell you how best to care for your particular implant or implant-supported dentures. Basic at-home flossing and brushing are musts as are routine check-ups and cleanings at your dentist's Waukesha office. While tobacco is not strictly off-limits, smoking cessation greatly improves the health of implant sites and reduces the chances of implant failure due to infection.
Replace one, two or more teeth
And, give your smile a second chance. Dental implants from your dentist, Dr. Robert Wyler, can do that for you. Why not call his Waukesha office for a detailed dental implant consultation? Phone (262) 784-5757.
Cavities are tiny openings or holes that develop in the hard surface of teeth. You can acquire one or multiple from consuming an unhealthy diet and lack of oral hygiene. These permanently damaged areas arise from numerous factors. When they do, your dentist may recommend tooth-colored fillings to restore your smile, while enhancing the strength, color, size, and shape of enamel. At his Waukesha, WI, practice, Dr. Robert Wyler is dedicated to improving the oral health of patients with preventive, cosmetic, and restorative care. Read on to learn how you may benefit from tooth-colored fillings.
Reasons You Need a Filling
Common causes of dental damage go beyond cavities. Others include fractures, chips, cracks, in the enamel, or severe discoloration that isn't removable with regular brushing and flossing. Your dentist will recommend a filling when these problems are present and determine which type of filling material is best for your specific case during a consultation. The most popular aesthetic choice in our Waukesha, WI, office, is tooth-colored fillings. Because these restorations match the shade of natural teeth, they are virtually invisible, which means no one will even notice them in your mouth.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Also known as composites, these restorations provide dependable durability and fracture resistance in small- to mid-size fillings. They can be utilized on the front, as well as back teeth, and work best for the areas that need to withstand pressure while chewing your favorite foods. Other advantages of tooth-colored fillings include:
- Mood booster
- Aesthetically appealing
- Reinforces tooth structure
- Improves confidence
What to Expect from Treatment
At our Waukesha, WI, dental office it doesn't matter which material you choose, this minimally-invasive procedure for a filling is almost always the same. The dentist usually numbs the problem area before he begins. After Dr. Wyler prepares your tooth by removing the decay, he will keep the space clean, dry, and apply the composite resin. Caring for your tooth-colored filling requires brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day in-between visits to the dentist.
If you experience a dental injury or have acquired excessive decay over time - consult with our dentist to discuss how tooth-colored fillings can restore your smile. Dr. Robert Wyler can determine if they are the best treatment option and suggest other cosmetic or restorative methods if necessary, during your initial visit. For more information about tooth-colored fillings and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Waukesha, WI, office, please call (262) 784-5757.
Your gums play an important role in dental function and health. Not only do they help anchor teeth in the jaw, the gums also protect tooth roots from disease.
But you can lose that protective covering if your gums recede or shrink back from the teeth. An exposed tooth is more susceptible to decay, and more sensitive to temperature and pressure.
Here are 4 causes for gum recession and what you can do about them.
Gum disease. The most common cause for gum recession is a bacterial infection called periodontal (gum) disease that most often arises from plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles accumulating on teeth. Gum disease in turn weakens the gums causes them to recede. You can reduce your risk for a gum infection through daily brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing plaque.
Genetics. The thickness of your gum tissues is a genetic trait you inherit from your parents. People born with thinner gums tend to be more susceptible to recession through toothbrush abrasion, wear or injury. If you have thinner tissues, you’ll need to be diligent about oral hygiene and dental visits, and pay close attention to your gum health.
Tooth eruption. Teeth normally erupt from the center of a bony housing that protects the root. If a tooth erupts or moves outside of this housing, it can expose the root and cause little to no gum tissue around the tooth. Moving the tooth orthodontically to its proper position could help thicken gum tissue and make them more resistant to recession.
Aggressive hygiene. While hard scrubbing may work with other cleaning activities, it’s the wrong approach for cleaning teeth. Too much force applied while brushing can eventually result in gum damage that leads to recession and tooth wear. So, “Easy does it”: Let the gentle, mechanical action of the toothbrush bristles and toothpaste abrasives do the work of plaque removal.
While we can often repair gum recession through gum disease treatment or grafting surgery, it’s much better to prevent it from happening. So, be sure you practice daily brushing and flossing with the proper technique to remove disease-causing plaque. And see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups to make sure your gums stay healthy.
If you would like more information on proper gum care, 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 “Gum Recession.”
As a saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention” is no more appropriate than when you have something caught between your teeth. And humans, as inventive and creative as we are, have used a weird assortment of items—usually within arms' reach—to dislodge a pesky bit of food.
According to a recent survey, more than three-fourths of Americans admit to using a number of “tools” to clean between teeth including twigs, nails (the finger and toe variety), business cards or (shudder!) screwdrivers. And it's one thing to do this alone, but among dinner companions and other folk it's a definite faux pas.
Usually, it's smarter and more economical if you can use a particular tool for many different applications. But when it comes to your teeth, you should definitely go with a “unitasker” designed specifically for the job: dental floss. It's not only the safest item you can use to clean your teeth, it's specifically designed for that purpose, especially to remove disease-causing plaque from between teeth.
Of course, the reason many of us use alternate items for cleaning between teeth is that they're the closest ones at hand. You can remedy this by keeping a small spool (or a short length) of dental floss or floss picks handy for those moments you encounter a wedged piece of food. In a pinch, you can use a rounded toothpick (better for your gums than the flat variety).
At home if you find flossing difficult, consider using a water flosser. This handheld device emits a pulsating stream of pressurized water that loosens and flushes away plaque and bits of food remnant. It's ideal for people who have a hard time maneuvering floss or who wear braces, which can block regular floss thread from accessing between teeth as fully as possible.
In any case, use the other “tools” at hand for whatever they're intended. When it comes to what's best for your teeth, use floss to keep the in-between clear and clean.
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