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By DR. CHRISTOPHER POSS, DDS
October 26, 2018

Find out why so many people are turning to their dentist for a whiter smile.

Teeth Whitening ResultsJust one look at that aisle of whitening toothpastes and at-home kits and you’ll soon discover that just about everyone is trying to find ways to get a brighter smile. If you just can’t give up that morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine, perhaps you too are standing in the aisle scratching your head about what whitening product to use. Of course, if you are dealing with severe stains or want to get a significantly whiter smile more quickly then it might be time to turn to our Eau Claire, WI, cosmetic dentist Dr. Christopher Poss for professional whitening.

While there are certainly several ways in which to get a whiter smile, professional in-office teeth whitening is the safest, fastest and most effective way to get a beautiful, whiter smile. After all, our Eau Claire, WI, dentist has been whitening smiles for over 25 years. We understand that it isn’t always easy to keep your teeth their whitest. Everything from the natural effects of aging to eating certain foods can all play a role in the development of dental stains.

So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that professional teeth whitening can provide a variety of benefits. The most obvious benefit is that it will give you a more radiant smile that is significantly whiter and free of yellowing stains. As a result, you’ll find yourself feeling more confident and self-assured in your appearance. Anything that makes you smile more will also provide you with a host of wonderful benefits, as well.

Getting professional teeth whitening offers a fast, reliable and safe method for getting the results you want. By turning to a professional, you know that you can trust the treatment you’ll get. Plus, it’s nice to just kick back and relax in our dental chair while you let the pros do all the work. In just a one-hour session alone you’ll notice instant and incredible results. In fact, a lot of people only need one whitening treatment to get the results they want. We can customize your treatment to meet your specific needs.

If you are ready to have a more radiant smile then it’s time to call our dental office in Eau Claire, WI, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Poss.

By DR. CHRISTOPHER POSS, DDS
August 10, 2018
Tags: dental crowns  

Find out how crowns can provide your damaged teeth with the ultimate protection.

Just as a doctor puts a splint over a broken finger to protect it, our Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, places a dental crown dental crownsover a tooth that is weak or damaged to prevent further damage from occurring. Of course, damaged teeth do not heal like a broken finger can, but placing this tooth-shaped restoration over the tooth will ensure that it is strong and durable once again for the long run.

Crowns are probably one of the most versatile dental restorations available. While crowns are most often used for restorative purposes they can also provide cosmetic benefits, as well. Think about it: if you have a tooth that’s discolored or malformed, having our Eau Claire general dentist place a crown over the tooth can also greatly improve its appearance so it doesn’t impact the overall look or shape of your smile.

A dental crown may be necessary if:

  • You have a tooth that is damaged by decay, an infection, or trauma
  • You have a tooth that is weak from excessive wear and tear or teeth grinding
  • You have to get root canal treatment
  • You have a dental filling that can no longer support the tooth
  • You need to support a dental bridge (to replace a missing tooth)
  • You need to cover a dental implant (to replace a missing tooth)

When you come in either for a cosmetic consultation or for your six-month cleaning, we will be able to examine your smile and determine whether a crown is truly the best approach for improving the health, function, and even the appearance of a tooth.

In order to get a crown, several things must happen. If there is decay or an infection present this needs to be treated first. In order for a crown to fit over a tooth, the tooth will need to be shaved down in order to make room. This requires extensive tooth enamel removal, which will be performed under local anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing.

Then impressions are taken of the tooth to get the exact measurements needed for a dental lab to create your crown. In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it until the permanent crown has been made. It can take up to one week to get your dental crown. Once the crown has been fabricated, you will come back to our office to check the look and fit of the crown before cementing over the tooth.

If you are dealing with a tooth that is cracked or fractured this is a dental emergency that you need to get treated right away. This is when you should turn to our dental office in Eau Claire, WI. We will provide you with the immediate dental care you need to preserve your smile for the long run.

By DR. CHRISTOPHER POSS, DDS
February 26, 2018

Have you been considering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth? These restorations are proudly offered by Dr. Christopher Poss, dental implantsyour dentist in Eau Claire, WI. Dental implants are considered to be the most comfortable, long-lasting, and attractive tooth replacements available today. After reading this post, we're sure you'll understand why!

Stability

Dental restorations like dentures and bridges look nice and function well, but they have an expiration date. All these implements will eventually need to be repaired or replaced; this can be anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Dental implants from your dentist in Eau Claire, however, are made to last many decades, even a lifetime with proper care. That’s because these amazing restorations recreate the entire structure of a tooth, which helps the jawbone from receding and the rest of the teeth from shifting out of place.

Ease of care

You probably know that dentures, whether full or partial, require frequent removal for cleaning and adjustment. Dental implants provide the wearer with unprecedented ease of care. They can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth; although the porcelain crowns and titanium posts cannot decay, it's important to keep the gum tissue that surrounds your implant healthy. Regular checkups with your Eau Claire dentist will also make sure your dental implants are maintained properly.

Aesthetics

Great strides have been made in the field of dental aesthetics, but dental implants are by far the most realistic restoration available. Their posts are completely hidden under the gum line and the only visible portion - the crown - is made from high-quality porcelain that is shaped, painted, and polished to look exactly like a natural tooth.

If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact the dental office of Dr. Poss in Eau Claire, WI, and ask to set up a consultation appointment.

By Dr. Christopher Poss, DDS
January 17, 2018

Dental Implants by Dr. Chris Poss in Eau Claire, WIOne of the procedures we like to do best at Christopher Poss, D.D.S. is dental implants. Dr. Poss has been restoring dental implants for over 15 years and completed many dental implant courses over this period. It is rewarding to be able to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant giving the patient their missing teeth back.

Dental implants replace missing teeth and can also be used to anchor a fixed bridge or a removable denture. Denture patients especially appreciate what dental implants can do for their loose and ill fitting dentures. Dental implants do a great job in holding the previously loose denture secure.

If you are interested in knowing more about dental implants with your particular case, please call Christopher Poss, D.D.S. at 715-833-2223 for an appointment. At this time, we are offering a comprehensive exam and complete x-rays for $39. This a great way to get aquainted with our office.

By CHRISTOPHER POSS, D.D.S.
December 06, 2017
Tags: Root Canal  

What your dentist in Eau Claire, WI wants you to knowroot canal

You may have heard a lot about root canals, and now your tooth hurts. So, do you need a root canal, or can you get by with a simple filling? That’s a good question, and Dr. Christopher Poss in Eau Claire, WI wants to share the signs of when you may need a root canal.

You may need a root canal if your tooth is deeply decayed, down into the inside of the tooth, an area called the pulp chamber. You may also need a root canal if your tooth has been traumatized or broken from an accident or injury, causing damage to the nerves and blood supply within your tooth.

So, how do you know if you need a root canal? You should pay attention to these important signs and symptoms:

  • Swelling, bleeding or drainage near the root of a tooth
  • A red or white bump near the root of a tooth
  • Pain that gets worse after a filling is placed
  • Pain that increases when a tooth is exposed to hot or cold
  • Chronic stabbing or aching pain
  • Pain that radiates into other areas of your face or jaws

It’s also important to know that teeth can die naturally on their own, without any noticeable signs or symptoms. All you may notice is a tooth darkening or turning gray compared to the teeth next to it.

The only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is to visit your dentist. Dr. Poss will take state-of-the-art digital x-rays and perform temperature and vitality testing to see if the inside of your tooth is diseased, infected or beginning to die.

If you do need a root canal, don’t worry. Dr. Poss is committed to providing the most comfortable root canal treatment possible. He will remove the diseased tissue inside your tooth and replace it with an inert material, sealing the tooth with a filling or dental crown.

Root canal treatment typically requires between two and three appointments, depending on the degree of infection and how long it takes for painful symptoms to resolve.

Don’t suffer from tooth pain when root canal therapy can save your tooth and eliminate your pain. For more information about root canal therapy and other restorative or cosmetic procedures call your dentist, Dr. Poss in Eau Claire, WI today!