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Dr. 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.
Dentures 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.
Are your oral hygiene habits sufficient to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Your Eau Claire, WI dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, wants your at-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.
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:
- 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.
Are you wondering whether your smile could benefit from this popular restoration?
More than likely you already know what a dental crown is. This structure is designed to look just like a natural crown of a tooth; the only difference is that it’s completely hollow so that it can easily fit over a tooth. Why would a crown need to fit over a tooth? Our Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, is here to explain.
Sometimes, despite all our best efforts, something happens to one or more teeth. Maybe your tooth was cracked, chipped or fractured while playing sports. Maybe taking antibiotics for many years has left you with some serious yellowing stains. Perhaps you didn’t come in every six months for routine cleanings and now you are faced with needing a root canal to treat an infected pulp. In most of these cases, a dental crown can help improve the health of that tooth.
When a tooth becomes damaged or weak, it is susceptible to more damage if left untreated. Think about a porcelain vase. If you crack or chip the vase you may find that the more often you use it the worse the crack gets. What was once a small insignificant crack has grown considerably, making the vase practically unusable. A tooth is much the same way. If you damage it and don’t treat it, you risk further and irreparable damage to the tooth. To protect it, our Eau Claire, WI, general dentist will place a dental crown over it to act as a stronger, more durable outer layer.
Dental crowns are custom-made restorations because not everyone has teeth that are the exact same shape or size. Crowns need to be tailored to each individual person’s smile. In most cases, patients opt for porcelain or tooth-colored crowns because they look the most like real teeth. Before you get your crown we will go through a color guide to choose the proper shade of porcelain to match your smile. Impressions also have to be taken so that the dental lab has your exact tooth measurements from which to create the perfect restoration.
Once your tooth has been filed down and is ready for the crown, we will place it over your tooth, check the fit and your bite, and then cement it into place. With the proper care, crowns can last up to 10 years or more before ever needing to be replaced.
If you have questions about dental crowns and want to find out if they could improve your smile, then call our Eau Claire, WI, dental office today to learn more. We want to make sure that you have the dental care you need to maintain the very best oral health possible.
Dentures are dental devices, mostly made of plastic resin, that are specially made to restore the appearance of your smile. They are most commonly created for senior citizens who have lost teeth due to aging, but they can also be designed for younger patients who have lost teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay and other dental issues. Learn more about the various types of dentures that are available at Dr. Chris Poss’ Eau Claire, WI, dental office.
Full (Complete or Conventional) Dentures
Senior citizens often need full or conventional dentures. They’re made to cover the entire gumline (one device on top and one on the bottom) when all of the teeth are missing or have been extracted. They stay in place over the gums through a suction action and denture adhesive. They may have to be adjusted a few times to ensure a proper fit.
When you only have a few missing teeth (or just one) a partial denture can be designed by your Eau Claire dentist. It is supported by the remaining teeth you have in your mouth. They are commonly made with a metal support that keeps it anchored over the gumline where there are spaces in your smile. One additional benefit of wearing partial dentures is that they keep your other teeth from moving around.
With the growth in popularity of dental implants, many patients are now inquiring about implant-supported overdentures. Instead of getting individual implants, which can be time-consuming and more expensive, two to four implants are installed to be anchored to a full denture. Many patients like the security, comfort and convenience of implant-supported dentures.
Find Out Which Denture Device Is Right for You
There's no need to continue to eat and smile awkwardly with missing teeth—talk to your dentist about these various denture devices to find out what will be best for you. Call Dr. Poss in Eau Claire, WI, today at (715) 833-2223 to schedule a consultation appointment.