Posts for: April, 2016
Why it’s important to have a family dentist
If you have a family, a spouse and kids, it may seem daunting to get everything done. Fortunately, your family’s dental care can be streamlined when you see a family dentist like Dr. Robert Wyler, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He can give your whole family the care they need, easily and conveniently.
When you schedule appointments for your family with Dr. Wyler, you are taking care of everyone’s dental needs all in the same short span of time. This makes it easier to remember dental appointments and get treated while issues are still small.
When you establish a professional relationship with Dr. Wyler, you and your whole family benefit by:
Receiving more individualized care because Dr. Wyler knows you and your needs. You will also feel more comfortable visiting a dentist you know, instead of taking your chances with someone you have never met.
Receiving the treatment you need for a dental emergency, especially after-hours or weekends, by a dentist you trust.
You and your loved ones will be much more comfortable in familiar surroundings. Your appointment will be relaxed and inviting.
Dr. Wyler and his highly-skilled staff can help your children get on track with a great program of oral hygiene they can practice at home. When your children start early brushing and flossing, they are on the road to prevention, ensuring a healthy smile for life.
The health of your mouth is directly related to the health of your body. A healthy mouth helps to prevent:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory problems
Your whole family can get the dental treatment they need in one convenient place with Dr. Wyler. You and your family are busy, and saving time is important. It’s time to call Dr. Robert Wyler, in Waukesha, Wisconsin and schedule a first visit for yourself and your family. You deserve peace of mind and exceptional dental care, so call today!
You’ve had crooked teeth since you could remember. Perhaps you and your parents talked about braces when you were a teenager, but it never happened. Now you’re well into your adult years and you’re comfortable with how you look — so why go through the expense and time now to have them straightened?
There’s a good reason to consider orthodontics at any age — improved health. While we mainly associate teeth straightness with an improved smile, the more serious impact of misaligned teeth is on function — how we bite, chew and speak. As with many other areas of life, good form usually makes for good function. When we have crooked teeth, we may not be able to chew our food properly or speak as well as we could if our teeth were aligned properly.
Misaligned bites (malocclusions) can also have an impact on individual tooth health. Because they don’t interact efficiently with their opposing counterparts during chewing or biting, teeth can become loose or migrate further out of alignment.
While improvement in oral health is the primary reason for considering treatment for a malocclusion, don’t discount the benefit of orthodontics to your appearance. Your smile impacts many aspects of your life, including career and social relationships. A straighter, more attractive smile could also boost your self-confidence: even if you think you’ve grown accustomed to your smile, straightening your teeth could vastly change how you view yourself and how you believe others view you.
And if you’re dreading the look and feel of metal braces, orthodontic treatments have made giant strides in the last few decades. Clear aligners, for example, are much less noticeable than traditional fixed braces (and can be removed for special occasions), but still effective for moving teeth. There’s never been a better time to consider straightening your teeth — and change the course of your health and your life.
If you would like more information on orthodontics for adults, 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 “Why Straighten Teeth.”
Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created that special effect and many others.
“They wanted to have an abscess above the tooth with all sorts of gunk and pus and stuff coming out of it,” Archer explained. “I met with Tom and I took impressions [of his mouth] and we came up with this wonderful little piece. It just slipped over his own natural teeth.” The actor could flick it out with his lower tooth when the time was right during the scene. It ended up looking so real that, as Archer said, “it was not for the easily squeamish!”
That’s for sure. But neither is a real abscess, which is an infection that becomes sealed off beneath the gum line. An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.
Treatment involves draining the abscess, which usually stops the pain immediately, and then controlling the infection and removing its cause. This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction. But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate!
The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth.
If you have any questions about gum disease or abscesses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Periodontal (Gum) Abscesses” and “Confusing Tooth Pain.”