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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.

By Avenue Dental Group
January 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers   Bonding  

Cosmetic Dentistry ProceduresDecide which cosmetic treatment could give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

We know how important it is to feel confident in your smile. If you feel that are dental flaws that prevent you from smiling then our Menomonee Falls, WI, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas Dudley, and Dr. Malea Rogness, are here to help. We believe everyone should feel proud of the way they look, so if your smile isn’t up to par, we offer cosmetic dentistry to turn everything around!

Choose from any of these cosmetic dentistry options available from our Menomonee Falls office:


Dental Bonding

Bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic options available. By applying a tooth-colored material over any small chips, cracks, discolorations, misshapen teeth, or tooth gaps, we can mask these problem areas to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Once the bonding resin has been shaped, it will be hardened into place with a dental light.


Gum Contouring

If you are dealing with a “gummy smile” then you may be looking for a cosmetic treatment that will be able to fix this aesthetic issue. There are many reasons why someone may have excessive gum tissue, but our goal as your dentist is to remove the extra tissue to reveal more of the teeth underneath for an even smile.


Dental Veneers

Have you ever wondered how so many actors and actresses have such perfect smiles? Often times their pearly whites are due to dental veneers. These thin porcelain shells mimic the look and sheen of real enamel, and when applied to the front of your teeth, they can completely alter the overall shape, size, and color of your smile. In some cases, they can even make your smile straighter without the need for braces!


Interested? Give us a Call!

Here at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI, we pride ourselves on providing the very best in cosmetic dentistry so that you can have the smile you deserve. Call us today at (262) 251-6555 to talk to us about the different cosmetic dentistry options available to you!

By Avenue Dental Group
September 10, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   teeth whitening   Veneers  

Cosmetic Dentistry TeethLet the dental experts of Menomonee Falls, WI, give you the smile you know you deserve.

You’ve decided it’s time to give your smile a spruce, or perhaps you’ve decided it needs a full makeover. No problem! Our Menomonee Falls, WI, dentists Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, & Dr. Malea M. Blise offer a wide array of cosmetic services that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Discover what we can do for your smile thanks to cosmetic dentistry,

Dental Bonding

This simple technique involves applying a moldable tooth-colored material (known as composite resin) over certain areas of a tooth or teeth to cover small gaps between teeth while also hiding cracks, chips, stains and other minor flaws.

Even though bonding won’t be able to treat extensive flaws that affect the overall strength or function of your teeth, this simple non-invasive treatment can be a great option for making small changes to a tooth’s overall shape, size or color without having to undergo extensive dentistry.

Tooth Reshaping

Reshaping or contouring involves painlessly shaving down very small amounts of enamel from a tooth to improve the tooth’s appearance. This is a great option if you have a tooth that is slightly crooked, chipped, oddly shaped or excessively pointy. If a tooth also causes minor bite issues, tooth reshaping may help correct the bite. In many cases, tooth reshaping is also paired with dental bonding and it’s also completely non-invasive.

Teeth Whitening

As we get older our smiles begin to fade and look dull. You can thank not just the natural effects of aging but also the foods and drinks we eat. This includes everything from red wine and coffee to tomato sauce. Yellow stains respond best to in-office teeth whitening and our professional system can get smiles several shades whiter in just a single one-hour session. This is the perfect cosmetic treatment to consider before a special occasion, job interview or your wedding day.

Porcelain Veneers

If you are dealing with more widespread or moderate-to-severe cosmetic flaws then bonding or tooth contouring may not be enough to get the results you want; however, this could be a job for dental veneers. These thin porcelain layers are applied to the front of a tooth to hide a wide range of imperfections, from poorly shaped teeth and discolorations to gaps between teeth and cracks. It’s a great way to get a more uniformed, attractive and straighter smile.

Are you interested in sitting down with our dental team here in Menomonee Falls, WI, to find out the best cosmetic dentistry option to fit your needs? If so, call our office today to schedule your consultation. We want you to feel confident in your smile.