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By Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
August 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentures  

If you have been considering denture treatment, then you need to see Dr. Christopher Poss, your dentist in Eau Claire, WI. He knows the intricacies of tooth replacement and can fit you with an appliance that is perfect for your situation. Read about your options here.

Tooth loss hurts

When you undergo tooth loss, not only does your smile lose some of its beauty, but your oral function, tooth alignment, bone density, and speech are all negatively affected as well. The American College of Prosthodontists says that around 120 million people in the United States are currently grappling with tooth loss—are you one of them?

The denture treatment plan

Dentures can replace one, two, or even a full arch of teeth on the top or bottom of the mouth. Today's dentures also offer exceptional fit and bite, with your Eau Claire dentist ensuring that each appliance is precisely crafted with high-quality materials such as porcelain, resin, and metals.

To craft either a full or partial denture, Dr. Poss will examine your remaining teeth and soft oral tissues, as well as perform an X-ray screening to reveal your bone structure. Afterward, he will take oral impressions and send them to dental lab where your dentures will be created.

Once the dentures return to the Eau Claire office, your dentist will take his time fitting your appliance so that you experience no sore spots (stomatitis) or difficulties in biting and chewing.

Types of dentures

Modern dentistry offers patients a wide range of denture options, including:

  • Partial dentures, which replace one or more missing teeth on the upper or lower arch. They are held in place with metal clasps.
  • Immediate full dentures, which replace a full arch of teeth immediately after extraction. The pressure exerted by these appliances helps speed healing and allows the patient to go home with a complete smile. These dentures must be relined at a later date for proper fit.
  • Full conventional dentures, which replace a full arch of teeth after hard and soft tissues heal. These appliances stay in place with suction and occasional application of denture adhesive.
  • Implant overdentures, which rest on titanium screws inserted into the jaw. Two implants anchor a bottom denture, and four-to-six support a top denture. Only your dentist can remove these stable, bone-building prosthetics.

Get your smile back

Arrange your denture consultation with Dr. Christopher Poss, today! Call the office at (715) 833-2223. We are open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm.

By Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
June 24, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDr. Christopher Poss and his team receive many questions about teeth whitening in their Eau Claire office. And, it's no wonder. Professional teeth whitening is the most dramatic, rapid, and economical way to brighten dulled, yellowed enamel. Find out more about this popular aesthetic service by reading answers to some frequently asked questions Dr. Poss receives.

FAQs about teeth whitening

How did my teeth get so yellow?

Everybody's smile is different, but in general, tooth enamel changes with age, tobacco usage, intake of some prescription medications, and of course, dietary choices. Additionally, some people just don't brush and floss diligently; so plaque and tartar contribute to dental stains and general dinginess.

How does teeth whitening in Eau Claire work?

Most whitening products--whether in-office, at-home, or over-the-counter--have hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. With proper concentration and application, the peroxide neutralizes, or bleaches, staining organic matter.

Why is professional whitening better than retail products?

Professional whitening from your Eau Claire dentist uses a highly concentrated peroxide gel. Applied either in the office or at home (it's your choice), the gel literally breaks the connection between what's staining your teeth (food and beverages as examples) and the calcified matrix dentists call tooth enamel.

In-office whitening is very fast--taking just about an hour or so while the at-home version takes a week of daily applications. Either way, your dentist makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening and that your soft tissues are fully protected during the process.

I love how beautiful my friend's smile looks now that she had her teeth whitened. Can I expect similar results?

You can expect dramatic results. However, you must realize that everyone's smile is different. Some tooth enamel is naturally darker or lighter than someone else's. So the best comparison you can make is the one which looks at your personal before and after.

Can professional teeth whitening damage my teeth?

No, the whitening gel contains a buffering agent which ensures your gums and teeth (even the internal pulp and nerves) will not experience any sensitivity problems during whitening or afterwards. Also, in-office application or custom-made professional trays keep the gel off your gums, cheek, and lips and on the teeth where it belongs.

I have a few fillings and one porcelain veneer. Will these whiten as well?

In general, restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns, and bonding do not stain readily. However, neither do they whiten. So, if you have existing dental work, the Cleveland Clinic recommends you ask your dentist if this service really is right for your smile.

Find out more

A white, healthy smile is a wonderful asset to your social and professional life. If you'd like yours to look brighter, please contact Dr. Christopher Poss for an in-office cosmetic dentistry consultation where you can discuss all your options. Phone the office team in Eau Claire, WI, at (715) 833-2223.

By Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
May 30, 2019
Tags: Dental Implants  

Learn more about this long-term tooth replacement and how it replaces missing teeth.

Many people are turning to dental implants to restore their smiles after tooth loss. Could you be next? Since getting dental implants does require time, minor surgery, and dedication to treatment, our Eau Claire, WI, dentist Dr. Christopher Poss wants to make sure that any patient who gets implants is 100 percent on board. Find out more about implants and whether they might be right for you.

A dental implant replaces your full tooth

While we often only think of our teeth as little white crowns that sit above our gums, each tooth also has tooth roots that are important for the health and function of both your teeth and your jawbone. A dental implant is truly the only tooth replacement that actually recreates a full tooth, from the roots to the crown. The metal implant, made from a biocompatible metal such as titanium, is placed into the jawbone by our Eau Claire, WI, restorative dentist.

Over the course of 3-6 months the jawbone will fuse together with the implant. Once this naturally occurring phenomenon happens (this is known as “osseointegration”) the implant is now a permanent structure within the jawbone. It also provides the bone with the stimulation it needs to produce new bone cells and to prevent jawbone deterioration (a complication of tooth loss).

A dental implant can replace multiple teeth

Even if you are missing a full set of teeth dental implants may still be the best option for you. Sure, a single implant is designed to replace a missing tooth; however, multiple implants can also be placed along the arches of the jawbone to support a full or partial set of dentures. So, even if you are dealing with significant tooth loss you could still get dental implants.

Most people are candidates for dental implants

Many people who are missing at least one permanent tooth can be ideal candidates for dental implants. The sooner you turn to your dentist for treatment after tooth loss the better, as there won’t be significant jawbone damage. Even if there is extensive bone loss, your dentist can still perform bone grafting prior to getting your implants to ensure that your implant is a success.

Are you ready to say “yes” to dental implants? If so, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our Eau Claire, WI, implant dentist to find out if you are an ideal candidate for implants. Call us today to book an appointment.

By DR. CHRISTOPHER POSS, DDS
March 06, 2019
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening is an easy way to completely rejuvenate your smile. Professional teeth whitening is available as an in-office treatment orTeeth Whitening as a take-home kit. With in-office teeth whitening treatments, your smile can be several shades whiter in just one treatment session. Take-home teeth whitening kits offer a convenient alternative that allows you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Christopher Poss is your dentist for professional teeth whitening in Eau Claire, WI.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening treatments deliver the quickest and longest lasting results of the different options available for whitening your teeth. With in-office teeth whitening, a high-quality professional strength bleaching agent is used to whiten the teeth and is applied by the dentist. Since the bleaching agent is of professional strength, it can whiten the teeth by several shades in a single one-hour treatment session. Your teeth will be visibly whiter and brighter as soon the treatment session is over.

In addition to achieving significantly whiter teeth in just one treatment session, having teeth whitening treatments applied by dental professionals in the dentist’s office is also the safest way to whiten the teeth. The bleaching agents used for whitening teeth can be harsh and have the potential to irritate the mouth and gums when the appropriate precautions are not taken. The skilled professionals in a dentist’s office take special precautions to protect the gums and other sensitive areas prior to applying the bleaching agent to the teeth.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Take-home teeth whitening kits offer a convenient alternative to in-office treatments that still deliver superior results to over-the-counter whitening products. Like in-office whitening, take-home teeth whitening kits also contain a high quality bleaching agent that can whiten the teeth by a few shades over the course of several at-home treatment sessions. Professional take-home kits can also whiten the teeth more evenly than over-the-counter products since the trays that hold the whitening gel are custom made for a perfect fit.

Teeth whitening treatments can rejuvenate your smile by dramatically whitening and brightening your teeth. For teeth whitening in Eau Claire, WI schedule an appointment with Dr. Poss by calling the dental office at (715) 833-2223.

By DR. CHRISTOPHER POSS, DDS
December 26, 2018
Tags: Dentures  

The dental team at Dr. Christopher Poss’ office in Eau Claire, WI, can create a specialty dental device to correct just about any smile defect—even if you’re missing an entire row of teeth. If you’re unhappy with your smile because of one or multiple missing teeth, learn Mouth Dentureswhat dentures can do for your oral health, appearance, and self-confidence.

Types of Dentures
The two main classes of dentures are partials and conventional devices. A conventional denture is one that your dentist fits over the gumline and stays attached with suction and bonding agents. A partial is a smaller device that is designed to replace one or a few teeth that are missing from the smile. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, a third type of denture is now becoming more popular: implant-supported. Specialty dentures can be anchored to your gumline using permanently affixed dental implants.

What Dentures Do
Dentures help restore confidence in patients who have had to live a long time with missing teeth. A study by the American Association of Orthodontists found that over a third of Americans are unhappy and self-conscious about the way their smiles look. Many think that they’d have a better social life with a better-looking smile. Restoring a sense of assurance about their teeth with partial or full dentures can have a significant positive impact. Another benefit of dentures is that they restore your ability to bite and chew tough, solid foods.

Getting Fitted for Dentures
There’s no need for any anxiety when you go in for an appointment for a denture fitting. Your Eau Claire, WI, dentist will examine your current smile and make any suggestions or adjustments as needed. When ready, your dentist can then take an accurate impression to have a properly sized denture designed. You will return to the office for fittings and adjustments until your dentures fit just right.

Ask Your Dentist About Dentures
It doesn’t matter how long you have had to live with missing teeth, your dentist can successfully fit your smile with new partial or complete dentures. Contact the office of Dr. Christopher Poss in Eau Claire, WI, by calling (715) 833-2223 today.





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