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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.