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By CHRISTOPHER POSS, D.D.S.
August 15, 2017
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Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.


By CHRISTOPHER POSS, D.D.S.
August 01, 2017
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you are faced with tooth loss, there is an amazing restoration that can get your smile back on track.Dental Implants

While losing a tooth as a child was an exciting time, it’s certainly not exciting to lose a tooth as an adult. In fact, most people are horrified to lose a permanent tooth and often worry that they will have a gap in their smile forever. Don’t worry! Our Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, is here to tell you how dental implants could replace your missing teeth for life.

What are dental implants?

Implants are metal restorations that are designed to replace one or more missing teeth. The implant itself is a small metal screw or post that is placed into the jawbone where, over time, it will naturally meld together with bone and tissue to become a permanent structure (this naturally occurring phenomenon is known as osseointegration and it’s what makes implants so reliable and stable as a tooth replacement).

How can they replace missing teeth?

A small hole is drilled into the jawbone to place the implant. Once the implant and jawbone become one the next step is to place an abutment over the top of the implant, which helps to connect the implant (which is nestled in the jawbone under the gums) to the dental restoration (often a dental crown). After the abutment is placed, the next and final step is to secure the custom-made dental crown into place on top of the abutment.

How long do dental implants last?

The great thing about dental implants is that because they fuse together with the jawbone and are made from thick, durable titanium, they are meant to last several decades. If you continue to maintain good oral hygiene and visit our Eau Claire general dentist every six months for cleanings and exams, your implant might just end up lasting the rest of your life.

If you are ready to find out if you should get dental implants in Eau Claire, WI, then it’s time you picked up the phone and called Dr. Poss today. We would be happy to book your next one-on-one to find out if implants are truly the best choice for your smile.