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An incomplete smile damages more biting and chewing. It can harm your personal appearance and self-confidence. Want to keep your smile whole? Ask Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, about dental implants, today's premium tooth replacement option.

The miracle of the dental implant

Dental implants replace missing teeth from roots to crown. Composed of a titanium implant screw, a metal alloy abutment and a realistic porcelain crown, the dental implant looks, feels and acts real. Plus, it improves the health and strength of your jaw bone as it actually resides in the empty tooth socket.

In fact, every time you exert pressure on your implant, you exercise your jaw bone, just as a natural tooth does. So, your underlying bone keeps its shape, and so do your facial features.

Receiving dental implants

Once you're qualified through a dental exam and X-rays, Dr. Poss will place your implant.

Once in your jaw, the titanium implant and bone bond through something called osseointegration. In just weeks, your implant will be ready for its crown. You'll return to Dr. Poss's Eau Claire office where he'll attach the post and crown, completing the dental implant procedure and your rejuvenated smile.

Caring for dental implants

Dental implants feature roughened surfaces which facilitate osseointegration. Thankfully, this bond is sure and strong; however, patients must take care to keep it that way by:

  • Brushing with a soft toothbrush twice a day
  • Flossing carefully daily with both strand floss and interproximal brushes
  • Getting six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Poss
  • Wearing a custom bite guard to counter habitual teeth clenching or grinding

Also, a tobacco-free lifestyle benefits your systemic and oral health. Smoking can cause an infection called peri-implantitis. It resembles gum disease and can loosen implants and even necessitate removal.

Get that smile back

Dr. Christopher Poss offers preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services tailored to your individual needs and preferences. If you've lost teeth to accident, gum disease, decay or other problem, don't worry. This experienced dentist can help. Call his office team in Eau Claire, WI, for a dental implant consultation. You'll be very glad you did.

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Besides their life-likeness, implants are also prized for their high success rate. More than ninety-five percent of implants continue to function effectively after ten years.

Implants’ advanced technology explains some of their reliability and longevity—they’re as close to natural teeth as we’re now able to achieve. But their impressive success rate also owes to the detailed protocols that dentists follow to install them. One critical part of these protocols is ensuring a patient has enough bone in their jaw to support and precisely situate the implant for the best functional and aesthetic outcome.

Unfortunately, there are situations where a patient doesn’t have enough bone to achieve a satisfactory result. This often happens if there’s been months or years between losing the tooth and considering an implant. The reason why relates to the nature of bone as living tissue.

Like other cellular tissues in the body, bone has a life cycle: Older, worn-out cells die and are absorbed by the body, and new cells form to replace them. The growth cycle in the jaw receives stimulation from the forces generated when we chew, which travel up through the teeth to the bone.

However, this stimulation stops after tooth loss for the related area of bone, which can slow new bone growth. Over time, the volume and density of the bone around a missing tooth gradually decreases, enough eventually to make an implant impractical.

Insufficient bone volume, though, doesn’t necessarily mean an implant is out of the question. We may be able to address the problem by attempting to regenerate the bone through grafting. This is a procedure in which we insert graft material into the affected area of the jawbone. The graft then becomes a scaffold upon which bone cells can grow. ¬†After several months, we may have enough regenerated bone to support an implant.

If there’s been too much bone loss, we may still need to consider another form of restoration. But if we can successfully build up the bone around your missing tooth, this premier restoration for replacing lost teeth could become a reality for you.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
December 20, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crown  

Dental crowns, also called dental caps, are cemented restorations that partially or completely cover the outside of teeth to address a number of structural and aesthetic issues. Here at the Eau Claire, WI, office of Dr. Christopher Poss D.D.S, we offer a full range of dental care services to our patients. Here are 5 signs that dental crowns could help your smile.

1. You have decayed teeth. When teeth are badly decayed, they need to be covered with dental crowns. This is because the remaining tooth structure is left so weak that it's prone to fracture. Dental crowns will restore your decayed teeth and make your smile healthy again.

2. You have cracked teeth. Eating can be very painful when you have cracked or fractured teeth. Dental crowns can hold your compromised teeth together and redistribute the stress evenly across the structure, eliminating the pain in most cases.

3. You have stained teeth. Tooth discoloration can have numerous causes including smoking, drinking dark-colored beverages, and the use of certain medications. Dental crowns can give you a brighter, whiter smile by hiding the appearance of severely discolored teeth. There's nothing more beautiful than a bright-white smile!

4. You have weakened teeth. Dental cavities and decay eat away at tooth enamel. Large fillings also tend to weaken teeth. Fortunately, dental crowns can restore and protect your weakened/worn down teeth, as well as prevent further structural damage.

5. You have broken cusps. Dental crowns are used to repair teeth that have broken cusps. Cusps often break off of teeth due to an injury or large dental fillings. Since the cusps are the part of the teeth that take the most stress while you chew, they need to be completely covered or the teeth will keep fracturing.

Need dental work? Call our Eau Claire office today

Dental crowns can give you a beautiful, healthy smile. Don't delay—call Dr. Christopher Poss D.D.S. at 715-833-2223 right now to schedule a consultation in Eau Claire, WI. We want all our patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles for life!

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.





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