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February 24, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: Whiter Smile  

If you're like most Americans, you'd like to have a whiter smile. In Eau Claire, WI, Dr. Christopher Poss helps many people achieve this goal through professional teeth whitening. Performed in the dental chair, whitening brightens yellow, shabby smiles by several shades of color at a time—read on to learn more.

The value of a smile

Your oral health is priceless, as is your smile appearance. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says the vast majority of people react positively to a white, attractive smile. The opposite is true, as well: a dingy, defective smile harms both your self-esteem and professional/social relationships. What can you do to increase the impact of your smile?

Dollar for dollar, professional teeth whitening provides the most impact. In his Eau Claire, WI, office, Dr. Poss offers whitening to individuals who have healthy gums and teeth (no decay or gum disease), as well as sensible expectations for the results.

It's so easy

Once you are qualified through oral examination, your whitening treatment will take about an hour to complete. Dr. Poss installs a plastic dam to protect your lips and tongue from the concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel.

Over the next hour, you'll sit comfortably in the dental chair. The gel is applied one or more times, rinsed off, and re-done as needed. After the last application, you'll notice your smile is whiter by several shades—a breath-taking change.

Keep it dazzling

Most stains come from tobacco, dark beverages, such as coffee, tea, cola, or sports drinks, and plaque build-up from dark foods, such as curry, soy sauce, and berries of all kinds. So, to keep your newly whitened smile bright, limit your consumption of dark foods and drinks, rinse and brush after you consume them, and see Dr. Poss twice a year. His in-office exams and cleanings, combined with whitening touch-ups as needed, help you flash a fabulous smile indefinitely.

A no-hassle smile

Let Dr. Christopher Poss and his team give you the smile of your dreams. Call his office in Eau Claire, WI, today to set up your consultation: (715) 833-2223.

By Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
February 24, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: Dental Visits  

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends adults, teens, and children receive in-office dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. Here in Eau Claire, WI, your dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, sees the value in this preventive service and so will you. Learn more about keeping your teeth and gums healthy for life.

What happens during a regular dental visit

These appointments are incredibly simple, yet effective, steps to keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. This is because oral health problems are best treated in their earliest stages when they are small, uncomplicated, and inexpensive.

Each visit starts with a hygienic cleaning. During this step, your hygienist will scale your teeth with small handheld instruments, removing the sticky plaque deposits and hard calculus (tartar) which are inroads for decay and gum disease.

Following this, she'll measure your gum pockets and check the condition of any fillings, crowns, or other restorations. Digital X-rays are also often taken to examine your bone structure, assess dental alignment, and look for hidden decay.

Accordingly, Dr. Poss will review your medical history and prescriptions and ask you about any areas of concern. He'll inspect your teeth and gums carefully for any irregularities, including:

  • Poor dental bite
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Failing or missing restorations

After your exam, Dr. Poss will present a treatment plan customized to your needs. He'll address any immediate problems and also recommend ways to improve your at-home care and reach your cosmetic goals.

A word on oral cancer

At our Eau Claire, office, your dentist and his team are on the front lines in the war against oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation says that about 53,000 Americans receive this cancer diagnosis annually. Undetected, oral cancer can be deadly. However, when found early, survival rates soar.

Dr. Poss visually inspects all your soft oral tissues, including under the tongue and at the back of the throat. He palpates or feels, the lymph nodes in your neck, as well. This check-up is quite simple, and when performed regularly, it yields invaluable information.

Your routine examination

Please contact your dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, for a routine exam and cleaning in his Eau Claire office. You'll be so glad you did. A healthy smile is invaluable. Phone us at (715) 833-2223.

By Christopher Poss, D.D.S.
June 24, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDr. Christopher Poss and his team receive many questions about teeth whitening in their Eau Claire office. And, it's no wonder. Professional teeth whitening is the most dramatic, rapid, and economical way to brighten dulled, yellowed enamel. Find out more about this popular aesthetic service by reading answers to some frequently asked questions Dr. Poss receives.

FAQs about teeth whitening

How did my teeth get so yellow?

Everybody's smile is different, but in general, tooth enamel changes with age, tobacco usage, intake of some prescription medications, and of course, dietary choices. Additionally, some people just don't brush and floss diligently; so plaque and tartar contribute to dental stains and general dinginess.

How does teeth whitening in Eau Claire work?

Most whitening products--whether in-office, at-home, or over-the-counter--have hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. With proper concentration and application, the peroxide neutralizes, or bleaches, staining organic matter.

Why is professional whitening better than retail products?

Professional whitening from your Eau Claire dentist uses a highly concentrated peroxide gel. Applied either in the office or at home (it's your choice), the gel literally breaks the connection between what's staining your teeth (food and beverages as examples) and the calcified matrix dentists call tooth enamel.

In-office whitening is very fast--taking just about an hour or so while the at-home version takes a week of daily applications. Either way, your dentist makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening and that your soft tissues are fully protected during the process.

I love how beautiful my friend's smile looks now that she had her teeth whitened. Can I expect similar results?

You can expect dramatic results. However, you must realize that everyone's smile is different. Some tooth enamel is naturally darker or lighter than someone else's. So the best comparison you can make is the one which looks at your personal before and after.

Can professional teeth whitening damage my teeth?

No, the whitening gel contains a buffering agent which ensures your gums and teeth (even the internal pulp and nerves) will not experience any sensitivity problems during whitening or afterwards. Also, in-office application or custom-made professional trays keep the gel off your gums, cheek, and lips and on the teeth where it belongs.

I have a few fillings and one porcelain veneer. Will these whiten as well?

In general, restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns, and bonding do not stain readily. However, neither do they whiten. So, if you have existing dental work, the Cleveland Clinic recommends you ask your dentist if this service really is right for your smile.

Find out more

A white, healthy smile is a wonderful asset to your social and professional life. If you'd like yours to look brighter, please contact Dr. Christopher Poss for an in-office cosmetic dentistry consultation where you can discuss all your options. Phone the office team in Eau Claire, WI, at (715) 833-2223.

June 05, 2018
Category: Dental
Tags: Dentures  

Mouth DenturesDentures help you maintain your appearance and your ability to eat your favorite foods. The type of dentures you choose will depend on the degree of tooth loss you've suffered and your personal preferences. Assisting patients in finding the best dentures is just one of the services offered by Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss.

Which dentures are right for you?

Wearing dentures offers many important benefits. Restoring your smile can help boost your self-esteem and make it easier to eat and speak. Dentures also support the muscles of your lower face, helping you avoid the sunken facial appearance that can occur after tooth loss. Your Eau Claire dentist may recommend one or more of these types of dentures if you've lost teeth:

  • Full Dentures: When most people think about dentures, they picture removable full dentures. The dentures consist of a row of artificial teeth attached to a pink base designed to look like gum tissue. The dentures are custom-made to fit the ridges in your mouth, which helps ensure a comfortable fit. Removable full dentures are used after your mouth heals completely from tooth extractions.
  • Immediate Dentures: There's no waiting period when you choose immediate dentures. Before your teeth are extracted, impressions of your mouth will be made to create your dentures. You'll begin wearing the dentures immediately after the extractions. Immediate dentures can speed the denture adjustment process, reduce bleeding and help you avoid a toothless period while your mouth heals. Your dentures will need to be adjusted and relined as your mouth heals. Although you can continue to use your immediate dentures indefinitely, full dentures may fit better and last longer.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are designed to fill gaps in your smile that occur if you've only lost some of your teeth. You can remove the dentures for cleaning by unhooking them from the teeth that support them.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures feel more like real teeth because they're attached to dental implants. Implants are synthetic replacement roots that bond to your jawbone. It may be possible to support an upper or lower denture with as few as four dental implants.
  • Overdentures: If you have remnants of a few teeth remaining, and the roots are in good condition, overdentures can be a good option. The roots keep your jawbone strong and can be used to anchor implant-supported overdentures.

Do you need a little help choosing dentures? Call our Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Poss, at (715) 833-2223 to schedule an appointment.

April 23, 2018
Category: Dental
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Are your oral hygiene habits sufficient to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Your Eau Claire, WI dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, wants your oral hygieneat-home practices and your in-office care to work together to give you an excellent smile for the rest of your life. Learn the details of excellent hygiene here.

Brush and floss

Your toothbrush is one of your best friends. Used twice daily with a quality fluoride toothpaste, its soft bristles remove food residues, or plaque, and prevent the formation of calculus. Also called tartar, this hard substance degrades gum tissue and can lead to tooth decay.

Along with your brush, keep your floss handy. The American Dental Association advises you use it once daily to capture and remove the sticky plaque brushing can miss. Whether you choose plain or flavored floss, or a flossing tool such as a Y-flosser, interdental pick or water flosser, this simple process benefits gum tissue and those hard to reach interdental spaces.

Eat well

A tooth-friendly diet supports strong tooth enamel and vibrant gum tissue. What is a tooth-friendly diet? Well, it's low in processed sugars and carbs and high in:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • High-calcium dairy
  • Low-fat meats, fish, and poultry
  • Water (drink several glasses daily to increase beneficial saliva and avoid dry mouth)

Yes, what you put in your mouth definitely changes its acid content. Additionally, avoid tobacco in all forms. It stains tooth enamel and harms gum tissue and bone. Of course, oral cancer risk increases with both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

Your semi-annual check-up

It provides both you and Dr. Poss an accurate picture of your oral health. He performs several key oral health assessments, including:

  • Checking for tooth decay and gum disease
  • An oral cancer assessment (it takes just a couple of minutes)
  • Checking the condition of fillings, veneers, crowns, and tooth replacements such as implants
  • Looking at the dental bite
  • Assessing jaw joint function

With your professional cleaning, your hygienist will scale your teeth and gum line, count your teeth, perform X-rays as required and polish all tooth surfaces with a rotary brush. Also, she'll recommend ways to improve your at-home routine. This is your opportunity to ask about your brush, floss and other hygiene tools you may use, says the Academy of General Dentistry.

Your dentist in Eau Claire encourages his patients to ask questions and fully participate in their care plans. After all, they're your teeth and gums!

Your best habits

Everyone can improve their oral health care. Start today with your best brushing and flossing, and call Dr. Poss to schedule your semi-annual visit in Eau Claire, WI. We look forward to seeing you! Phone (715) 833-2223.