Dentistry Articles

 

Heart Disease and Periodontitis

Recent studies have shown a very strong correlation between Periodontitis (Gum Disease), and several forms of Heart Disease. Some of the results of gum disease can be seen in atherosclerosis, (hardening of the arteries) and this can directly cause strokes or heart attacks (Gapski et al, 2006). It appears the same reactions to bacteria in both the mouth and in arteries can cause deterioration in both places.  Several of the byproducts of breakdown in gum tissue can be found in the blood system in people with gum disease. These byproducts attach to the arteries in the heart, and collect the buildup along the arteries that lead to heart disease. When periodontal disease is held in check or eliminated, your chances of having heart disease is greatly diminished. Research that has been done shows that you are less likely to have heart problems if you do not have periodontal disease (Gapski et al, 2006). Consult your Dentist to see if you are at risk for gum disease. Proper brushing and flossing of clean teeth on a daily basis can significantly reduce your risk of periodontal disease. At The Dentists, we have also noticed a higher risk of periodontal disease in our patients who smoke. In these cases our advice to prevent periodontal disease is to stop smoking!

References: Gapski, R. & Cobb, C.M. (2006). Chronic Inflammatory Periodontal Disease. Available at: www.thesystemiclink.com.

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Radiography and Digital X-ray

At The Dentists, we have been using digital x-ray since the year 2000. We switched to this system for several reasons. First, digital X-ray uses far less x-ray than regular film, which is much safer for our patients. Second, we can see what we need to right away as opposed to waiting to develop a regular X-ray before  looking at it. This saves time for both our staff and our patients. Another benefit is being able to enlarge and alter the picture in order to see things we may not have seen with a traditional film. Our patients can view their pictures on a monitor, which helps them to understand the conditions in their mouth more clearly. We also prefer digital x-ray because there are no harsh chemicals going into the environment as there are with traditional films. We store our pictures in our computer, and print x-rays out only as necessary. Many Insurances accept digital images which saves paper, postage, and time! If needed we can print out copies as needed and keep the originals.

References: Levato, C.M. (2006). Image is everything. Dental Practice Report. 13(10), 10-13.

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Zoom Whitening Options

Your morning coffee ritual or afternoon teatime just might be casting a shadow on one of your brighter features, your smile. A dingy smile can cause you to look tired, aged or even, sadly, unclean. But with today’s new trend in teeth whitening options, you can walk into a Wisconsin cosmetic dentist office and get a quick beauty fix that can totally brighten your otherwise discolored smile.

While nothing will work as fast as a professional ZOOM!™ whitening procedure that is available at many Wisconsin cosmetic dentist offices, there are some quality and affordable take home remedies that will give you great teeth whitening results – however these take home teeth whitening kits often have a more time consuming application process  But if you’re on a budget and aren’t in a hurry, take home teeth whitening products are a great alternative.

If you prefer the quicker results that take-home Teeth Whitening kits can’t provide and you need instant results for that upcoming class reunion or special event, then chairside bleaching is another way to go for cosmetic teeth whitening. Chairside bleaching is a cosmetic teeth whitening procedure where a dentist will use a hydrogen peroxide gel application on the individual teeth, along with a ZOOM!™ light used to increase the cosmetic teeth whitening effect. The bleaching gel is rinsed off and usually the procedure is repeated several times for the preferred effect.

Dentists South Shore knows the benefits of Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

Many Wisconsin cosmetic dentists offer teeth whitening and now offer safe and affordable procedures in their offices. The Wisconsin cosmetic dentists who make up Milwaukee’s Dentists South Shore understand that cosmetic teeth whitening is an important lifestyle decision that can offer long-term positive affects in both your personal and professional life. The Dentists South Shore is one of a select number of Wisconsin cosmetic dentists who offer ZOOM!™ Teeth Whitening. ZOOM!™ Teeth Whitening is a new option that can whiten your teeth in just one convenient appointment. As seen on television’s Extreme Makeover, ZOOM!™  Teeth Whitening can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades in just one appointment. A whitening gel is placed on your teeth and we shine a special light on the gel for about 20 minutes. This is done three times during the ZOOM!™  whitening procedure. You can expect a ZOOM!™  appointment to last about 3 hours. The other whitening service that we offer is an at-home treatment that involves wearing custom-made trays filled with a bleaching solution for a couple hours each day. This treatment can take 2 to 4 weeks to finish.

Quality cosmetic teeth whitening services are offered at The Dentists South Shore, a Wisconsin cosmetic dentist office that offers many treatments including cleaning and exams, tooth colored fillings, implants, crowns, and bridges. Dentists South Shore caring staff is committed to clinical excellence in a friendly and calming environment. Most dental insurance plans are accepted, with CareCredit, a low-interest, extended payment plan option available. Find out how Teeth Whitening and ZOOM!™ Teeth Whitening can put a brighter smile on your face!

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Professional Lumineers and Veneers

Many patients are discovering a quick way to dazzle their smile with the benefits of dental veneers. Unlike a crown, which covers the complete tooth, a veneer is an in-office cosmetic dental procedure where a thin covering is placed over the front or visible part of the tooth.

Veneers are a popular cosmetic alternative to more time-consuming options for patients for several reasons. Veneers generally are placed on upper front teeth that are severely discolored, poorly shaped or slightly crooked. They may be used to lighten front teeth that are yellowed or have a gray cast and cannot be whitened by cosmetic bleaching. Veneers are sometimes used to correct teeth that are chipped or worn, and can be used to correct uneven spaces. They can even correct a diastema, which is a large, noticeable gap between the upper front teeth.

There are various types of veneers available to patients today from Professional Lumineers dentists in Wisconsin. One type, ceramic veneers -- also known as laminates -- are thin shells constructed of a strong and durable dental ceramic that is applied when a small amount of enamel is removed from the front and sides of the tooth in order to make room for the veneer and prevent the restored tooth from feeling or looking unnatural. An impression is then made of the prepared teeth to replicate the shape and size of the surrounding teeth. Color is taken into consideration as well to best match or blend with the other teeth. The impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory that makes the ceramic veneers to fit the patient’s individual teeth. At the patient’s next visit, the fitted veneers are placed on the teeth to check the fit and shape and make any necessary adjustments. Once the teeth are cleaned, the ceramic veneers are bonded to the teeth with dental cement.

Another type of veneer that is less time-consuming than the ceramic type is a resin-based composite and can usually be applied in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared or reshaped, the Professional Lumineers dentists in Wisconsin carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material in a color that closely matches the surrounding teeth. A special light is used to harden the composite. Once set, the veneer is smoothed and polished to look like a natural tooth.

A third type is the porcelain veneer, also widely known by the brand name Lumineers made by Den-Mat Corporation. With just a few in-office visits, Professional Lumineers dentists in Wisconsin apply porcelain veneers in a simple and comfortable procedure much like the ceramic veneer procedure.

To determine whether a cosmetic veneer procedure is appropriate for a patient, Professional Lumineers dentists in Wisconsin require a consultation visit and dental examination that addresses the health of the existing teeth, necessary follow-up care, and the expectations of the patient:

  1. Are teeth healthy and free of decay and active periodontal disease? Veneers typically require less removal of tooth enamel than do crowns, however, the process is not reversible once the enamel is removed.
  2. Does the patient clench or grind their teeth, or have the habit of biting their fingernails or chewing on hard objects such as a pencil? If so, they are not good candidate for veneers because the thin veneers may chip, break or peel or be dislodged over time and with wear.
  3. Will the patient engage in good oral hygiene and regular dental visits? Although no special maintenance is needed other than brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day with floss, regular dental visits are a must for maintaining healthy teeth.

When applying any type of cosmetic veneer -- whether ceramic, resin-based or porcelain application -- it requires a qualified and skilled Professional Lumineers dentists in Wisconsin or a cosmetic dentist. Brand names such as Lumineers do simplify the placement of porcelain veneers, but other aspects of cosmetic dentistry are all still present and all just as complex. Properly placing veneers requires the hand of a skilled cosmetic dental artist to properly design them for the shape of the patient’s face and mouth, working with the shapes of the teeth the way they exist, and matching color. Color control is a complex area and can become more difficult when using a very thin overlay such as porcelain or Lumineers veneer. Only a professional cosmetic dentist who is experienced in applying veneers can correctly match shade, texture, translucency, and color depth and brightness.

Professional Lumineers dentists in Wisconsin are required to have a certification program where general dentists can take a two-day course to learn how to place this type of veneer. Once they complete the program, they become certified to place Lumineers and earn a spot on Den-Mat's referral list. But Tom Charapata, DDS, of Dentists South Shore, Milwaukee, advises patients to be cautious. Dr. Charapata’s viewpoint is that Lumineers are appropriate for some patients, but that a good dentist will do what's right for the individual patient and it may or may not include the cosmetic choice of veneers or the brand product Lumineers. "Two days isn't long enough to transform a general dentist into a skilled cosmetic dentist. A major procedure such as an application procedure of cosmetic veneers requires the services of an expert cosmetic dentist, fully trained in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry."

Quality porcelain veneers are offered at The Dentists South Shore. From cosmetic enhancements to extreme makeover to maintenance cleaning and exams, Dentists South Shore and its caring staff is committed to clinical excellence in a friendly and calming environment. Most dental insurance plans are accepted, with CareCredit, a low-interest, extended payment plan option available. Find out how porcelain veneers can create beautiful smiles.

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Smile Makeover Options

From the extreme makeover Dentists Milwaukee Wisconsin:

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. But it’s an attractive smile that can open doors and bypass that window! Everyone would like to have an attractive and inviting smile, but sometimes nature isn’t so accommodating. Fortunately, you can still get the winning smile that you have always been searching for with the help of extreme makeover dentists Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Whether you needed braces as a child or were lucky enough to inherit perfect teeth, your pearly whites can take a beating with rough and tumble life causing chips, cracks or even lost teeth. And if you’re a smoker or enjoy your daily coffee, tea or cola, your teeth can begin to have an overall dingy and aged appearance.

Extreme Makeover Dentists Milwaukee Wisconsin

If you have been considering ways to brighten your smile or correct imperfections, there's never been a better time to do it. Demand for cosmetic dental procedures is greater than ever with recently more affordable and available options for the average consumer. Now with the consultation of experts in this relatively new field of cosmetic and restorative dentistry, such as the extreme makeover dentists in Milwaukee Wisconsin, The Dentists South Shore, you can pick and choose what you need for more affordable pricing and more available clinical expertise.

If you’re doing research on extreme makeover dentists in Milwaukee Wisconsin, there are a few things you should keep in mind when doing your research:

  • Cost. Don’t let surprise costs put a frown on your new extreme smile makeover. Most cosmetic procedures aren't covered by insurance so you’ll want to know what your budget can afford. Most extreme makeover dentists in Milwaukee Wisconsin will offer available payment options and some offices even offer free teeth whitening to new patients. You’ll also want to inquire about costs for any immediate and long-term maintenance check-ups. A curious consumer is a wise consumer when buying goods and the same goes for pricing out your makeover.
  • Smile makeover materials aren't indestructible. Although many materials used in cosmetic and restorative dentistry are more durable than they used to be, they won't last forever and can crack, chip, or the cement may need reinforcement.
  • Be realistic. Like other cosmetic procedures, cosmetic dentistry is just that – a cosmetic procedure to enhance and improve your smile. Extreme makeover dentists have the tools and skills available to manipulate, shape and polish your teeth to create an improved smile that is truly dazzling. What these dentists can't do is change the mouth’s surrounding muscles or appearance, such as alleviating those tiny smoker’s wrinkles that can often frame the mouth. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance but it won't completely transform it.

The Dentists South Shore in Milwaukee Wisconsin know the benefits of an Extreme Smile Makeover

The Dentists South Shore understands that cosmetic dentistry is an important lifestyle decision. Because we offer Zoom! Whitening, we are one of the few extreme makeover dentists in Milwaukee Wisconsin with an expert staff that has been taking care of individuals in the greater Milwaukee area for over 20 years by providing quality family and general dentistry. The Dentists South Shore is an expert on the many different kinds of cosmetic dentistry that are available today: Veneers, Implants, Dentures and Partials, Teeth Whitening and Zoom!™ Teeth Whitening, a new option that can whiten your teeth in just one convenient appointment.

Services offered include Cleaning and Exams, Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns, Implants, and Bridges. The Dentists South Shore’s caring staff is committed to clinical excellence in a friendly and calming environment. Most dental insurance plans are accepted, with CareCredit, a low-interest, extended payment plan option available. Contact us today for a free extreme smile makeover consultation.

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Our patients come in wanting that perfect smile. But in some cases wisdom teeth haven’t grown in correctly and are creating problems in having that perfect smile. Common problems with wisdom teeth occur when there is little to no space in the jaw for the teeth to grow. This often causes the wisdom teeth to crowd out other teeth and may even misalign surrounding teeth. Its also possible for wisdom teeth to grow in sideways or only partly emerge, leaving space for bacteria to become trapped in the gum and bone. In these cases, your wisdom teeth should be pulled out. Wisdom teeth extraction is strongly advised to remove the wisdom teeth in order to prevent further problems. At the Dentists South Shore, our dentists present options for wisdom teeth removal to create a healthy smile.

Pain associated with wisdom teeth extraction

Based on the dentist’s recommendations, wisdom teeth extraction may be a solution to having a healthy mouth. Some patients ask if there is pain associated with wisdom teeth extraction. In some cases, anesthetics will be used to reduce or eliminate pain. Any pain associated with wisdom teeth extraction outweighs the concerns of not extracting the teeth.

Wisdom teeth extraction

If the wisdom tooth has grown in and is creating problems such as misaligning other teeth, the dentist will most likely perform the wisdom teeth extraction as an in-office procedure. However, if there is an infection, sometime antibiotics or other procedures are required to clear it up before extracting the tooth. In other high risk cases, or in cases where all the wisdom teeth must be extracted, the process may be done in a hospital or surgeon’s office. During the process, the area may be numbed with a local anesthetic. However in a high risk case, a general anesthetic may be used. If the tooth is impacted, meaning the tooth has not grown in at all, the dentist will recommend an oral surgeon. Learning about wisdom teeth extraction options and talking with a dentist can provide the best solution for every case. Call us today at the Dentists South Shore to speak with our dentists at 414-483-1600.

Read more answers to your frequently asked questions about Wisdom teeth extraction.

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WDA Dentists in Milwaukee Wisconsin

Moving to southeast Wisconsin and have to change dentists? You can ask your current dentist for a referral to a good dentist in your new location or you can request a WDA Dentist Milwaukee from the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA). The WDA offers the latest dental-related news and consumer information for the public about a WDA Dentist Milwaukee, and WDA members hold a special position of trust within society and adhere to high ethical standards of conduct.

Your WDA Dentist in Milwaukee will provide patients a preventative approach that includes an initial new patient visit to receive a thorough medical and dental history examination. Upon completion of your initial exam, the dentist will provide you with knowledge and preventive care measures to take care of your teeth until your next visit. Before you leave, your WDA Dentist will invite you back for regular check-ups to ensure proactive and preventive oral health care, with a dental cleaning scheduled after every 6 months, and a full series of X-rays to be taken once every five years or as recommended.

Many patients want a perfect smile and in some cases wisdom teeth haven’t grown in correctly and create problems. Common concerns with wisdom teeth occur when there is little to no space in the jaw for the teeth to grow. This often causes the wisdom teeth to crowd out other teeth and may even misalign surrounding teeth. Or, wisdom teeth can grow in sideways or only partly emerge, leaving space for bacteria to become trapped in the gum and bone. In these cases, wisdom teeth extraction is advised to remove the wisdom teeth to prevent further problems. At the Dentists South Shore, a WDA Dentist Milwaukee, you will find options for wisdom teeth removal to create a healthy smile.

Based on the WDA Dentist Milwaukee’s recommendations, wisdom teeth extraction may be a solution for you. If the wisdom tooth has grown in and is creating problems such as misaligning other teeth, your WDA Dentist will most likely extract it as an in-office procedure. During the process, the area may be numbed with a local anesthetic. However in a high risk case, a general anesthetic or sedation may be used. If the tooth is impacted, meaning the tooth has not grown in at all, your dentist will recommend an oral surgeon. Learning wisdom teeth extraction options and talking with a WDA Dentist can provide the best solution for every case.

If your wisdom teeth are coming in, you will most likely feel pain and experience swelling in the immediate area. As the teeth break skin, minor bleeding occurs. If your wisdom teeth are coming in, choosing a WDA Dentist Milwaukee will help you to find someone who is qualified to make sure the teeth are properly aligned and determine whether wisdom teeth extraction is recommended. Contacting a dental school at a local college or university is one good source for finding qualified practicing dentists in your area, but calling a professional WDA Dentist Milwaukee will lead you to Dentists South Shore to schedule an appointment. As a WDA Dentist Milwaukee member, the Dentists South Shore will assist in determining if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.

Dentists South Shore is a WDA Dentist Milwaukee Member

The Dentists South Shore understands that membership in the Wisconsin Dental Association is the seal of excellence and quality providing oral healthcare for the public as dental professionals. The Dentists South Shore is knowledgeable on the many different aspects of professional cosmetic dentistry that are available today including Veneers, Implants, Dentures and Partials, Teeth Whitening and Zoom!™ Teeth Whitening, a new option that can whiten your teeth in just one convenient appointment. Dentists South Shore’s caring staff is committed to clinical excellence in a friendly and calming environment. Most dental insurance plans are accepted, with Care Credit, a low-interest, extended payment plan option available.

Whether choosing cosmetic dentistry or discussing wisdom teeth extraction, call WDA Dentist Milwaukee members, The Dentists South Shore, to find out how to meet with professional dentists in your area.

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Our Green Office

Dr.’s Tom Charapata and Christian Harteau have always been environmentally conscious and “green” minded, and took this to heart when they relocated and renovated their new office.

Every step of construction and operation was carefully chosen to be earth friendly and efficient.
The office is super insulated to keep heating and air conditioning use down and to keep the noise out from the airport across the street. Fluorescent lighting is used wherever possible as well as programmable thermostats. We installed an insulated hot water circulating system that provides instant hot water throughout the building which lowers water usage and only heats when the office is active. The doctors supply lunch items for their employees and encourage them to use the regular dishes and dishwasher to reduce waste from paper products and to-go containers.

For our patient’s and the environment’s health, silver amalgams are rarely used in the office for restorations. We have also installed a mercury recovery unit to minimize mercury in our waste water for those amalgams that are removed. A "dry suction" system saves hundreds of gallons of water every day! The heat that our computer server room puts off is redirected to warm the office in the colder months and is blown outside in the hotter months.

The Dentists South Shore has used digital x-ray imaging since 2002. This is a more accurate diagnostic tool and eliminates the use of chemical developer, paper, and lead foil wrappers for individual x-ray films. The impact on the environment is phenomenal. It is also a more effective tool to communicate with referring specialists. The office uses a virtually paperless charting system and sends almost all insurance claims electronically, saving the earth reams of paper each day! We also use non-chemical sterilization for most items, and reusable sterilization boxes instead of disposable ones. Most of the instruments and tools we use are reusable metal which will pay off economically  and environmentally for years to come. Spray disinfectant is used for all surfaces as opposed to disposable plastic barriers, and our office uses CDC certified hand sanitation systems that lessen the use of water to clean hands between patients while maintaining a healthy environment. 

We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of dentistry while creating a healthy experience for our patients and we continue to look for ways to take the best care of our patients and our earth.

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