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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.
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.