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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.

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.