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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.

By Avenue Dental Group
November 18, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are you looking for a way to brighten your teeth? If so, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI. Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas Dudley, and Dr. Eyad Bittar with Avenue Dental Group can help you obtain the smile you deserve. Learn more about how teeth whitening works, and remember to reach out to a professional dentist who can help you improve the quality of your smile. 

What Are the Most Common Causes of Stained Teeth?

One of the biggest reasons why people are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI is that their teeth are stained. There are numerous reasons why your teeth might be stained. The most common cause is a dietary issue. For example, if you are someone who consumes coffee, tea, or soda on a regular basis, then your teeth might be stained.

There are other reasons why your teeth might be stained as well. For example, some people have a congenital or genetic issue that increases their chances of developing stained teeth. The good news is that no matter the reason why your teeth might be stained, there are options available. Teeth whitening may be able to help you remove those stains. 

How Does a Teeth Whitening Procedure Work?

There are several steps involved in the teeth whitening process. These include:

  • First, a dentist will take a close look at your teeth to figure out the cause of the stains.
  • After this, a dentist will review the benefits and drawbacks of each option with you.
  • Next, the dentist will carry out a procedure. There are multiple options available, but many of them involve bleach treatments in the office.
    Finally, the dentist will give you a chance to review the results, making sure you are happy with them.

You should park with a professional dentist who has experience with teeth whitening procedures. 

Rely on a Professional Dentist To Help You

There are numerous benefits you will enjoy if you decide to get your teeth whitened. For example, you may experience improved self-confidence and self-esteem. You may have the courage to smile more often. You might even love the results you see the next time you have a big photoshoot. At the same time, there are numerous options available when it comes to teeth whitening. You need to work with a team that has the experience necessary to deliver the results you deserve. 

That is where the team from Avenue Dental Group can help you. If you are looking for cosmetic dentistry in Menomonee Falls, WI, then rely on Dr. Stark, Dr. Dudley, and Dr. Bittar to help you. Call (262) 251-6555 today to make an appointment.

By Avenue Dental Group
January 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Broken Crown   Crown  

At Avenue Dental Group, we care for all our patients' oral health needs--from preventive treatments to restorations to cosmetic makeovers. Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Eyad Bittar, and Dr. Thomas Dudley quickly and compassionately deliver emergency care. A common urgent issue is a broken crown. Learn how our Menomonee Falls, WI team can help you with this smile problem.

Your dental crown

It has restored a tooth weakened by several fillings. Your smile has looked and functioned normally since your dentist at Avenue Dental Group placed this realistic porcelain restoration. You've brushed and flossed around it daily and worn a bite guard to protect it from your habit of clenching your teeth.

So, you expected to have your crown for 10 years or even beyond that. But, then, you took a fall while playing basketball. That crown took a hard blow, and part of it is missing. What should you do?

Fixing that broken crown

Do not delay. Contact your dental team at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI. You'll be given immediate first aid advice and an appointment to see one of our dentists as necessary. Much depends on your level of pain and how much damage your crown, and the underlying tooth, have sustained. Some teeth require root canal therapy to remove the inflamed interior pulp, reports Healthline. Still, others may require a new porcelain crown.

Here's what you may need to do:

1. Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain. Rinse your mouth with clear water if you have any bleeding. Apply ice to your jaw as needed.

2. Save the crown, or crown fragments, in a sealed plastic bag or another container. Bring them to Avenue Dental Group. Your dentist may repair the crown with composite resin if possible or replace it if necessary.

3. Cover the ragged crown/tooth with orthodontic wax.

Avoiding crown damage

Today's crowns are exceptionally durable and natural-looking. However, no dental restoration is indestructible. As such, you should take certain precautions to avoid dislodging or fracturing a crown. We recommend:

  • Daily crown care--brushing and flossing as the mainstays of your oral hygiene routine
  • Wearing a bite guard if you are what dentists call a bruxer--a habitual teeth clencher and grinder
  • Wearing an athletic mouth guard for impact sports, such as hockey
  • Seeing your dentist at Avenue Dental Group twice a year for a professional dental cleaning and comprehensive examination

Let us help you

A fractured dental crown is truly urgent. So, do not delay in contacting Avenue Dental Group for expert help. Drs. Stark, Bittar, or Dudley will restore your smile so you feel and look your best. Phone our Menomonee Falls, WI, office at (262) 251-6555.

By Avenue Dental Group
January 07, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry treatment refers to dental procedures that are developed to improve your smile and fix unevenly spaced, discolored, Cosmetic smilecracked, and chipped teeth. From fillings to veneers, you can select from a number for dental procedures to restore your smile. Dr. Brian Stark and Dr. Thomas J. Dudley of Avenue Dental Group can tell you all about your cosmetic dentistry options in their office at Menomonee Falls, WI.


Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

There’s a cosmetic dentistry solution that can fix everything from stained teeth to a gummy smile. These include:

  • Teeth Whitening – At-home teeth whitening kits to address discolored teeth.
  • Dental Fillings – Dentists can produce dental fillings that will match the shade of your teeth.
  • Dental Bonding – This involves placing a composite to the chipped parts of a tooth to make it whole again.
  • Dental Veneers – These are ceramic shells that are placed over the teeth for concealing cracks, gaps, and chips.
  • Gum Contouring – This involves reshaping the gum line to address an uneven gum line or gummy smile.


Restorative Dental Treatments

Depending on your specific dental issues, your dentist may also recommend restorative dental treatments before doing any cosmetic dentistry work in his Menomonee Falls, WI, office. These might include:

  • Crowns – Dental crowns or caps are utilized for repairing severely damaged or decayed teeth. They’re molded from the teeth being repaired and placed after the dentist has addressed the tooth decay.
  • Bridges – These are used for bridging gaps left by missing teeth. They are made of a prosthetic tooth and two crowns.
  • Implants – Dental implants are the most cost-effective solutions for replacing missing teeth. They are composed of a prosthetic tooth on top of synthetic roots.
  • Onlays and Inlays – These can be used to mend chipped or cracked teeth and requires less tooth reshaping than dental crowns or fillings.

Additionally, your dentist may likewise recommend orthodontic treatment such as traditional braces or Invisalign if you have a bad bite or severely misaligned teeth.

If you think that you can benefit from one or more of these procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Stark and Dr. Thomas J. Dudley of Avenue Dental Group by calling (262) 251-6555. You’ll learn more about cosmetic dentistry options during your visit to their Menomonee Falls, WI, office.

By Avenue Dental Group
November 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns offer a simple way to protect your smile if you have damaged teeth. Your Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists, Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, and Dr. Malea M. Rogness, can help you improve the function and appearance of your teeth with crowns.

Why are dental crowns needed?

Your teeth are designed to withstand years of chewing, but they aren't indestructible. They can be damaged if you experience a blow to your face during a fall or accident, or if a stray elbow or knee connects with your mouth when you're playing your favorite sport.

Tooth trauma can cause breaks or fractures in teeth. If your tooth has been damaged, you may experience:

  • Pain if the broken area of the tooth is exposed to the air
  • Difficulty chewing and biting
  • Lacerations to your gums, lips, or tongue from the broken edges of teeth
  • A change in the appearance of your smile

Cracks in teeth are another sign of damage. They can develop after trauma or may occur if you grind your teeth at night. In some cases, you may notice pain in a tooth if you have a crack, but cracks don't always cause noticeable symptoms. Unfortunately, a crack can turn into a break in a second if your tooth isn't protected.

Your risk of a break or fracture increases if your teeth or brittle or crumbling. Brittle teeth can be inherited, while crumbling can occur due to aging, dental treatments, medication side effects, advanced gum disease, or osteoporosis.

How can dental crowns help?

If your tooth is broken, fractured, cracked or fragile, your Menomonee Falls, WI, dentist may recommend a dental crown to strengthen, protect or restore the tooth. Dental crowns cover the top of your tooth completely and are made with a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin.

Crowns restore the normal appearance and function of broken teeth and prevent cracked or fragile teeth from breaking. When you take a bite, biting forces are distributed evenly over the surface of your crown, protecting the tooth underneath.

Before you receive your crown, your dentist will use a drill to make the tooth a little smaller. This step ensures a perfect fit for your crown. In some cases, your dentist may need to build up the tooth rather than decrease its size.

During your visit, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth. The impression will help dental laboratory technicians create a natural-looking crown. You'll wear a temporary crown for a few weeks and return to the dental office for placement of your permanent crown.

Do you have a damaged or fragile tooth? Call your Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists, Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley and Dr. Malea M. Rogness, at (262) 251-6555 to schedule an appointment.