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Are Partial Dentures Right for You?

October 21, 2014

497239825A “partial” is a term most people use to refer to a partial denture. Dentures are custom-made prosthetic teeth, usually attached to a gum colored plastic plate. If you are missing more than one tooth but you have mostly healthy teeth, getting a custom-fitted partial to replace your missing teeth is a good solution. Partial dentures can be set up in multiple ways. It’s important to replace any missing teeth to prevent the shifting and misalignment of your other teeth and to maintain normal oral functions like eating and speaking clearly. If you need to replace your missing teeth, make an appointment with the experienced and attentive dentists of Elmbrook Family Dental today. The dentists at Elmbrook Family Dental proudly serve patients throughout Brookfield, WI, Elm Grove, Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Waukesha, New Berlin and nearby areas.

Types of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures can be either fixed or removable. Removable partial dentures fit in the mouth with metal clasps that hook onto surrounding teeth and require daily maintenance. Fixed partials, also known as bridges, are partials that are anchored to surrounding healthy teeth by a dental bridge. Dental bridges require the surrounding teeth to be shaped and fitted with dental crowns (caps) to allow more room for the bridge and partial denture to fit comfortably in the mouth. Partial dentures can also be attached to a dental implant. Dental implants are tiny titanium rods that replace missing tooth roots and maintain the integrity of the jawbone. Partial dentures attached to dental implants are securely snapped onto the implant but can be easily removed.

Quality Partial Dentures in Brookfield, WI

Although dental implants offer the most benefits, individual medical factors may affect your eligibility to get dental implants. In some cases, removable partial dentures may be the best option. The choice should be made in a consultation with your dentist. Make an appointment with the gentle dentists of Elmbrook Family Dental today. Elmbrook Family Dental currently serves patients throughout Brookfield, WI, Elm Grove, Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Waukesha, New Berlin and surrounding communities.

Use Your Dental Benefits Before 2014

December 2, 2013

fluoride11Though it may not seem important, taking advantage of your dental insurance before the year ends can save you money in the long run. Because most insurance companies run off of the calendar year, whatever benefits you haven’t used before midnight December 30 is long gone.

Not comparable to your cell phone minutes, your dental insurance benefits don’t roll over to the new year if you have not used them. You work hard for your benefits, and not taking advantage of them before the year is up can possible leave you wasting hundreds of dollars. If you use your benefits before the New Year, you’ll be able to take advantage of your deductible before it resets. It’ll also give you the ability to use up your annual maximums. Another important reason is to take care of any dental woes before they get any worse! Even though it may seem like a small stain or discomfort now, along the line, it can possibly mean a more extensive procedure.

If you are unsure about what your dental benefits may be or when they expire, ask your employer, or use the company handbook as a reference. Either way, being able to use your dental benefits before the year ends is beneficial for your money, and, more importantly, your teeth.

Elmbrook Family Dental is committed to providing state-of-the art dental care for you and your family from our Brookfield, WI dental office. Call us today to learn more or schedule your next appointment.

Calling all Cheeseheads

November 15, 2012

Filed under: Dental Matters,Food — elmbrookfamilydental @ 10:26 pm

Football season is well underway and Green Bay Packer Fans are eager to break out their Cheesehead gear. Cheese is common icon and a common appetizer and snack among Wisconsin residents. Did you know that cheese is one of few anticariogenic foods? An anticariogenic food is one that can inhibit or arrest the formation of dental cavities. So, when the Packers take on the Lions this Sunday at Ford Field, get your green and gold gear on and slice up some cheese!

Here is a link with some cute cheese plate ideas: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/appetizers/entertainingcheeseplates.aspx

Red, White Teeth, and Blue

June 29, 2012

Filed under: Dental Matters — Tags: , , — elmbrookfamilydental @ 9:32 am
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Want a smile that shines brighter than the fireworks on the 4th of July? Then you need Britesmile In-Office Teeth Whitening! We offer Britesmile here at our Brookfield office and the results are nothing short of amazing. Have you ever wondered just how a teeth whitening procedure goes? Allow me to tell you!

If this will be your first visit at our office, we will have you fill out a couple of forms including a short health history. Once they are completed and entered into the computer, a dental assistant will come up and bring you back to the room in which you will be having the procedure done.

If you have not recently had a dental exam done at our office, the dentist will come in and make sure there is nothing that will interfere with the whitening procedure. Once the assistant is given the go-ahead, the procedure will start.

She will begin by placing a protective barrier that covers your lips and a rubbery, light cured material that protects your gums. Once everything is properly covered, the whitening gel will be brushed onto the teeth. The gel is stronger than any gel that you can buy in the store, and is only to be used under the supervision of a dental professional. The gel is boosted by a bright blue light that will be placed directly over your mouth in 20 minute increments. There will be 3 sessions like this, and between each the gel will be removed and new gel will be placed. At the end of the 3rd session there is an option for a bonus session.

Once the whitening procedure has been completed, the final round of gel will be removed and a fluoride relief gel is placed on the teeth. After that, all of the protective material is removed and you are good to go!

We also offer a special discount on home whitening trays at this time and will be glad to take the impressions for them at the end of your in office whitening appointment.

A big question everyone wants to know is – does teeth whitening hurt? The answer is that the results are individualized. Some patients have the procedure done and experience very little to no post-op sensitivity while some report high levels of post whitening sensitivity. The good news is that if you are one of the latter that experiences pain, it will be gone by the next day and your teeth will still be very white. We suggest taking ibuprofen before the procedure begins and after as needed for sensitivity.

We recently filmed a video of our very own Dr. Emily having Britesmile done,  so look for that in the near future!

How To Brush Your Teeth: A Refresher Course

June 15, 2012

Filed under: Dental Matters — elmbrookfamilydental @ 9:40 am

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How To Brush Your Teeth: A Refresher Course. No pun intended. (Get it? Refresher? Fresh breath? Ok, some of my jokes are pretty lame, I know)

Let’s go back to basics here. I’m sure you’ve been brushing your teeth for a long time, and you know what you’re doing. Or maybe you just think you know. But I’m willing to bet that a majority of people don’t brush their teeth in the most effective way. Why? Because if we all brushed properly, we’d probably see far fewer cavities in our office. Just imagine: You’d be able to walk the streets and not smell someone else’s halitosis. Food stuck in teeth would be a very rare sight. Everyone would have all of their teeth. Or at least, most of them.

So, let’s discuss the Do’s and Don’t’s of tooth brushing, shall we?

1. Do use a clean toothbrush. Toothbrushes are filled with germs and the bristles wear out. You’ll leave our office every 6 months with a brand new brush, but try to replace that one in between your visits as well. The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. If you get sick, that’s another great time to replace it.

2. Don’t skimp on brushing time. Dentists recommend that you brush for 2 minutes. Set a timer, play a short song, or if you have a fancy electronic toothbrush, they usually have a built-in timer. We sell a great one, Sonicare, here in the office that times your brushing. Personally, I spend 30 seconds in each “quadrant” of my mouth and then move on. Then I do a little dance when I’m done. Hey, it’s the little things, right?

3. Don’t brush too hard. Our office dispenses soft bristled toothbrushes. That’s what you should be using, always. We aren’t even sure why the drugstore sells “hard” bristled toothbrushes. Maybe to clean toilets? In fact, one of our employee’s former dentist used to say “the only thing hard bristled toothbrushes are good for is cleaning your kitchen floor.” Hard brushing isn’t good for teeth or gums, period. It can cause recession and it can wear down the enamel on your teeth. For some reason I am remembering a commercial from the 90s where someone brushes a tomato with a toothbrush. You should be brushing gently enough so that you don’t break the skin on the tomato. Give it a try. If you’re brushing for 2 minutes like recommended, you shouldn’t need to brush “hard” anyway.

4. Do brush in a circular motion. Teeth have a lot of different crevices, and brushing strictly back and forth doesn’t do them justice. Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and brush in small circles. This helps the bristles get slightly below the gum line and removes bacteria and food particles.

5. Don’t skip the insides. The inside of your teeth need a lot of attention too, so make sure you give it to them. If you spend 30 seconds per quadrant like I do, then you should spend 15 on the outside and 15 on the inside. It might start to feel redundant but I promise, as soon as you rinse your mouth out your teeth will feel cleaner than they have in months.

6. Do brush your tongue. Tongues usually have a lot of plaque on them, and plaque causes bad breath. Brushing or scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper does a world of wonders for your overall oral health – and smell.

7. Don’t brush too often, but Do brush at least twice a day! Most people brush too infrequently – one time a day or less (can you believe that? Gross!) but some people go overboard and brush after every time they eat. There is a balance here. Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day, no more than three times. Too little brushing doesn’t adequately clean teeth while too much brushing can wear down enamel and cause gum recession.

8. DO FLOSS! Dentists aren’t trying to nag you or drive you crazy when they tell you to floss. It’s true! Flossing is essential for overall oral health. In fact, if everyone did this one little thing every day, I venture to guess that dentists would be out of a job. If you haven’t flossed in a while or don’t floss often and see red when you do, don’t panic. Bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation and they will get better over time – as long as you continue to floss. The inflammation is NOT from flossing, the inflammation is from bacteria left behind from NOT flossing. So just do it, ok?

If you follow these recommendations, your teeth will be sparkling in no time. Your breath will be fresh and your friends will thank you.

If you need any more tooth brushing advice or want an in-person refresher course, call our Brookfield Wisconsin office today at 262-784-7201 to set up an appointment.

After Hours Dental Emergency?

June 6, 2012

Filed under: Dental Matters — Tags: , , , , , , , — elmbrookfamilydental @ 3:31 pm
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Picture this: It’s Friday night, you’re getting ready for a night on the town. You’re hungry so you decide to have a little snack…and all the sudden CRUNCH! That didn’t feel like a peanut! Your tongue starts to explore… there it is! Your molar broke. Maybe you’re in pain, maybe you aren’t…but one thing is for sure, you want this taken care of soon, BEFORE it starts hurting!

Or maybe this: It’s almost Christmas. You’ve still got a lot of shopping to do! You have a tooth that has been giving you grief on and off but nothing that makes you feel like an urgent care to your dentist is in order. So you ignore it, and figure you’ll call when the holiday is over. Christmas day: you wake up and your mouth is throbbing. Lightning bolts are shooting through your jaw and you don’t even want to open your presents! Is it too late?

How about this one: It’s three days before your wedding and you’re in a hurry to get the last minute details together. Your mind is elsewhere and your feet have a mind of their own. You fall and your worst nightmare comes true: you just broke your front tooth. What are you going to do with only 3 days until the wedding!?

Believe it or not, these are all real, true dental emergencies that we have treated at our Brookfield dental office. Our patients know and trust that they can call upon us at any hour of the day or night and we will deliver. New patients have commended us on our quick response and attention to detail when it comes to treating their emergencies. The bottom line is: we are here to help you.

If you find yourself in a dental disaster situation, please do not hesitate to call our office no matter what time of the day or week it is. If we are not in the office, you will find the number of our on-call dentist on our answering machine.

From Milwaukee to Waukesha and everything in between: we are here to help you! Call us today at 262-784-7201.