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By Avenue Dental Group
March 10, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Untagged

This simple restoration might be all you need to restore your oral health.

Have Dr. Eyad Bittar, Dr. Brian Stark, and Dr. Thomas Dudley at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI, recently told you that you need a dental crown? If so, you may be trying to do a little research to better understand this dental restoration and why it’s recommended. We believe it’s important to educate our patients about dental care and the services we offer. Find out everything you ever needed to know about dental crowns!

What Are They?

First of all, it’s important to understand what a dental crown is before you understand what it does. A crown is a dental cap that is custom-made to look just like the crown of a tooth. It is often made from porcelain or other durable tooth-colored materials like composite resin or ceramic. The shade of the material used is even matched to the rest of your teeth to ensure that it’s as close to your smile’s natural shade as possible.

A crown is a popular restoration because it can do so much for a smile and yet the restoration itself is so simple. Just by applying this crown over your tooth, we can alter the shape, size, color, and overall appearance of the tooth to enhance your smile and improve your oral health.

A crown is often recommended if:

-Your tooth has extensive decay that a dental filling won’t be able to support

-You have undergone root canal treatment

-You want to get a dental bridge (crowns are used to support this fixed oral prosthetic)

-You need to cover a dental implant (a restoration that replaces missing teeth)

-Your tooth is weak

-You have an aesthetically unpleasing tooth

Getting a dental crown is a very straightforward process. Since each crown is one of a kind, we will need to take exact measurements of your mouth to make sure it fits properly. These measurements are sent to a dental lab where they will get to work creating your crown.

In the meantime, we will need to prep the tooth for your new restoration. This will require our dentist to shave a significant amount of enamel off the crown of the tooth to make room for the crown. This tooth preparation is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing.

We will also place a temporary crown over the tooth until your permanent one is ready. Once the permanent crown is ready you will come back in for a final fitting to get your new tooth.

If you think your smile could benefit from a dental crown then let’s talk further. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Eyad Bittar, Dr. Brian Stark, and Dr. Thomas Dudley at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI. Call 262-251-6555.

By Avenue Dental Group
March 07, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

When was the last time you paid Dr. Brian Stark at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI, a visit? If you're like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago. We hear the reasons why people neglect regular dental visits all the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, and fear. However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and your overall health as well.

You may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups with Dr. Stark aren’t about addressing problems and reacting — they are about cavity prevention. No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food or other debris can get lodged between your teeth, and there is also a chance that food and beverages can wear down your tooth enamel in between visits, making your teeth vulnerable to decay.

In addition to thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat. A deep cleaning twice a year by our team at Avenue Dental Group is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment at our convenient Menomonee Falls, WI, office! Call us today at (262) 251-6555.

By Avenue Dental Group
December 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

There are several ways to improve the appearance of your smile. If you have crooked, chipped, or stained teeth, veneers may be a good option. Visit Avenue Dental Group for cosmetic dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI. Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas Dudley, and Dr. Eyad Bittar are here to help give you a beautiful smile.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth. These shells are placed over the fronts of the teeth, helping to cover areas that are discolored or damaged. Veneers can also be used to close gaps in between teeth. They are custom-made for each patient and can be matched to the color and shape of your teeth.

Are Dental Veneers The Right Option For Me?

Our team is here to help you determine if veneers can enhance your smile and improve your facial appearance. When you come to our office for cosmetic dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI, we will take digital X-rays, dental photos, and impressions to determine if veneers are the best option.

From there, we can sit down with you to create a custom smile design. Veneers offer some benefits over other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Veneers can be placed quickly in our office, usually within one week. It is like creating a custom-made cap that covers the front of your tooth, helping to conceal any imperfections.

Veneers can make you more confident, as your smile will be brighter and straighter.

If you have problems with intense discoloration, stains, or tooth damage, veneers may be the right choice for you. Feel free to drink wine, tea, and coffee since veneers are stain-resistant.

This option can also help to close gaps between your teeth to give you a more complete smile. Perhaps the biggest benefit of all is that veneers are very durable and last for many years if cared for correctly.

How Do I Care For Veneers?

Once you have had your veneers placed, there are certain things you need to do to care for them. Avoid eating very hard or sticky foods like ice or toffee. Be sure to brush at least twice a day.

Also, floss once a day and schedule regular visits at our office. Maintaining good oral hygiene is still important.

·Come see us at Avenue Dental Group for cosmetic dentistry treatment in Menomonee Falls, WI. Dr. Stark, Dr. Dudley, and Dr. Bittar will have you showing off a new smile in no time. Call us at (262) 251-6555 for a consultation today.

TakeItFromTaylorSwift-LosingYourOrthodonticRetainerisNoFun

For nearly two decades, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has dominated the pop and country charts. In December she launched her ninth studio album, called evermore, and in January she delighted fans by releasing two bonus tracks. And although her immense fame earns her plenty of celebrity gossip coverage, she's managed to avoid scandals that plague other superstars. She did, however, run into a bit of trouble a few years ago—and there's video to prove it. It seems Taylor once had a bad habit of losing her orthodontic retainer on the road.

She's not alone! Anyone who's had to wear a retainer knows how easy it is to misplace one. No, you won't need rehab—although you might get a mild scolding from your dentist like Taylor did in her tongue-in-cheek YouTube video. You do, though, face a bigger problem if you don't replace it: Not wearing a retainer could undo all the time and effort it took to acquire that straight, beautiful smile. That's because the same natural mechanism that makes moving teeth orthodontically possible can also work in reverse once the braces or clear aligners are removed and no longer exerting pressure on the teeth. Without that pressure, the ligaments that hold your teeth in place can “remember” where the teeth were originally and gradually move them back.

A retainer prevents this by applying just enough pressure to keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. And it's really not the end of the world if you lose or break your retainer. You can have it replaced with a new one, but that's an unwelcome, added expense.

You do have another option other than the removable (and easily misplaced) kind: a bonded retainer, a thin wire bonded to the back of the teeth. You can't lose it because it's always with you—fixed in place until the orthodontist removes it. And because it's hidden behind the teeth, no one but you and your orthodontist need to know you're wearing it—something you can't always say about a removable one.

Bonded retainers do have a few disadvantages. The wire can feel odd to your tongue and may take a little time to get used to it. It can make flossing difficult, which can increase the risk of dental disease. However, interdental floss picks can help here. ¬†And although you can't lose it, a bonded retainer can break if it encounters too much biting force—although that's rare.

Your choice of bonded or removable retainer depends mainly on your individual situation and what your orthodontist recommends. But, if losing a retainer is a concern, a bonded retainer may be the way to go. And take if from Taylor: It's better to keep your retainer than to lose it.

If you would like more information about protecting your smile after orthodontics, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

By Avenue Dental Group
November 28, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  
YourDecayedToothMightNeedaDifferentKindofRootCanalTreatment

Advanced decay doesn't necessarily mean it's curtains for an infected tooth. Millions of teeth in that condition have been saved by a tried and true procedure called root canal therapy.

Although they may vary according to the complexity of a case, all root canal procedures share some similarities. After numbing the tooth and gum areas with local anesthesia, the procedure begins with a small hole drilled into the tooth to access the infected pulp and root canals, tiny passageways inside the root.

The dentist then uses special instruments to clear out infected tissue from the pulp and canals, followed by thoroughly sanitizing the resulting empty spaces. This is followed with filling the pulp chamber and root canals with a rubber-like substance (gutta percha) to seal the interior of the tooth from further infection. Later, the dentist typically crowns the tooth for further protection and support.

Root canals have become the standard treatment for teeth with advanced decay. There are, however, some circumstances where performing a root canal isn't a good idea. For example, a previously root-canaled tooth with a crown and supporting post. A dentist would need to fully disassemble the restoration to gain access into the tooth, which could significantly weaken it.

But there may be another option if a standard root canal is out of the picture: a surgical procedure performed by an endodontist (a specialist in interior tooth treatment) called an apicoectomy. Instead of drilling through the tooth crown, the endodontist accesses the tooth root through the adjacent gum tissue.

Like a traditional root canal, the procedure begins by anesthetizing the tooth and surrounding gums. The endodontist then makes a small incision through the gums to expose the diseased tissues at the tooth's root. After removing the infected tissue and a few millimeters of the root tip, they place a small filling to seal the end of the root canal against infection and suture the gum incision.

This is a specialized procedure that requires the state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques of an endodontist. But it does provide another possible option for saving a diseased tooth that might otherwise be lost.

If you would like more information on treatments for tooth decay, 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 “Apicoectomy: A surgical Option When Root Canal Treatment Fails.”





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