By Bergmann & Hohm Dental
February 26, 2015
Tags: Parial Dentures  

If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be uncomfortable with your smile. Chewing can be more difficult and a loss of teeth can even upset your bite. But partial dentures can be an inexpensive solution to help restore your smile.

What are Partial Dentures?

A partial denture, sometimes referred to simply as a partial, is used when you have natural teeth remaining in your mouth but need Denturesto fill in gaps where one or more teeth have been removed. The partial denture contains replacement teeth on a plastic base, which snaps onto your existing teeth to stay firmly in place.

Types of Partial Dentures

Today, there are different types of dentures suited for different needs. Some dentures are made with a metal base, others are made on a plastic base. Your dentist can work with you to determine which type of denture is right for you.

The Partial Denture Process

Whether you are being fitted for a metal or a plastic denture, first your dentist will prepare the surrounding teeth that your partial denture may use for support. Next, your dentist will make an impression of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions are then sent to a laboratory that will create your new partial denture.

When you Receive Your Partial

Once your dentist receives your partial denture from the laboratory, they will place it in your mouth and then evaluate the fit and your bite. They then may make some adjustments in the office until the denture feels right to you. Over the coming weeks, you may need to make return visits to your dentist for additional adjustments as you get used to your partial. It will take time to get used to the fit, but with a little patience, your partial denture will soon help restore your smile and your confidence.

If you are missing teeth, visit your dentist to see if a partial denture is right for you. The Bergmann & Hohm Dental Group of Okauchee, WI offers full and partial dentures to meet your individual needs. Schedule a consultation today to learn how you can improve your smile with partial dentures!

By Bergmann & Hohm Dental
January 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Grinding  

If you grind your teeth, you may suffer from a host of problems without even realizing it.

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common condition that up to 30% of people deal with at some point in their lives. However, many people are not aware that they suffer from this problem because they are either asleep while it is happening or Dental Healthbecause their tooth grinding or jaw clenching has become an ingrained habit. Bruxism also has somewhat manageable short-term symptoms, such as headaches or jaw clicking, that don't usually prompt a visit to your Oconomowoc dentist. The long-term consequences, however, tend to be much more painful and expensive to fix.

Hypersensitivity

Consistent agitation of the tooth surfaces can cause severe damage over time. You may notice your teeth becoming increasingly sensitive to heat or cold, which is a result of the protective enamel wearing away abnormally quickly and small cracks developing.

Loose teeth

Grinding your teeth doesn't just affect their surfaces. The tissues that connect teeth to the bone surrounding them, called periodontal ligaments, can become inflamed and weakened with constant pressure, making it difficult to bite down. This can also loosen teeth and damage previous restorations, resulting in an entirely different set of dental issues.

Pain

As oral clenching continues untreated, chronic headaches may develop. The friction in the temporomandibular joints (where the jaw is hinged on each side) can present as pain from around or inside the ear. Some sufferers notice a decreased ability to open the mouth when eating or yawning.

Often the symptoms of teeth grinding can be alleviated by a retainer worn at night or simple exercises. So if your sleeping partner has commented on the scraping or tapping noise you make during sleep, or if you are noticing some subtle changes in your teeth or jaw, call and make an appointment with your east central Wisconsin dentist today.

By Bergmann & Hohm Dental
December 18, 2014
Tags: CEREC crowns  

Learn more about getting same-day crowns from your Oconomowoc, WI dentist.

With the holidays fast approaching, let’s offer up this scenario: You’re wrapping presents. The Dental Crownsfireplace is roaring and you’re nestled in your holiday sweater listening to festive tunes. Your sweet tooth starts to nag you and you grab for a candy cane. While enjoying the soothing peppermint you hear an unpleasant crunch, and it isn’t the satisfying crunch of that sugary treat but rather your tooth. Of course, if the crack is bad enough, your dentist will have to place a dental crown on your tooth. In the past, these traditional crowns required multiple visits, which could be rather inconvenient. However, your Oconomowoc, WI dentist now offers CEREC crowns, so you can get your dental crown in only one visit.

What is a CEREC crown?
A CEREC crown is an artificial ceramic tooth that is created in a single visit by your dentist through the use of CAD/CAM technology. Just like with traditional crowns, CEREC crowns are also used to restore teeth that are damaged because of severe decay or trauma.

How can I get a CEREC crown in only one visit?
You have the CAD/CAM technology to thank for getting a dental crown in only a single visit. Instead of taking impressions of your tooth with a mold, we use a small handheld Blu-ray camera that snaps 3D pictures of your tooth. These images are immediately uploaded onto the computer, where your Oconomowoc dentist uses the CAD software to design a crown that offers the ideal shape, color and length needed to match your bite.
Once the design phase is complete, the CAM technology will fabricate the crown right there in our office. Once your dental crown is fully finished, we will bond it to your tooth to restore it.

Is a CEREC crown different from regular dental crowns?
Since we’ve done away with the dental molds and now use technology that can take 3D images of your smile, we are able to promise a dental crown that fits better and looks even more like a natural tooth. Plus, you don’t have to wait weeks for your crown to be fabricated.

Would a CEREC crown be a good option for me?
While CEREC crowns are a great way to restore many patients’ smiles, it’s not always the best option for everyone. Patients whose tooth is cracked below the gum line won’t be able to benefit from CEREC crowns.

However, the best way to find out if CEREC crowns in Oconomowoc are right for you is to call your cosmetic dentist today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We would be happy to talk to you about our incredible technology and what it could do for your smile.

If you want to find out more about CEREC crowns or if you have a dental emergency like a fractured tooth, then you need to call your Oconomowoc, WI dentist.

By Bergmann & Hohm Dental Group
November 25, 2014
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
Don’t let teeth sensitivity put a damper on your teeth whitening.
 
When it comes to the health of your smile, an educated patient is the best patient! That means, if you’re ready to get a whiter smile there are some things you need to know before getting your teeth whitened in Oconomowoc.
 

Before we get started…

First and foremost, it’s important that you’ve had a recent dental cleaning beforehand because whitening systems are not very effective if plaque and tartar are present. Therefore, in order to get the best whitening results, make sure you’ve had a routine cleaning first.
 
If you have sensitive teeth prior to treatment, then let’s talk about it. If you’re concerned that your teeth might be too sensitive for whitening, we will do a simple, painless test to determine if a teeth whitening treatment is right for you.
 
Also, follow some of these helpful suggestions beforehand to help stave away sensitivity during your whitening procedure:
  • If you don’t already, brush with desensitizing toothpaste for about two weeks prior to your appointment. Companies like Sensodyne and Colgate make toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Don’t eat or drink anything acidic, which can soften and eat away at your tooth’s enamel.
  • If your teeth are particularly sensitive, consider using a desensitizing gel for a couple nights before your in-office whitening. Just wearing these prefilled desensitizing trays for a half an hour each night could make all the difference.
 

The Whitening Treatment

Of course, teeth sensitivity during whitening treatment is a concern for any patient. Perhaps you’ve experienced tooth sensitivity with at-home products. This can happen to a lot of people, which is why professional consultation is important. One of the major advantages of a dental professional providing instructions for how to whiten is that we can make sure there isn’t an underlying issue causing tooth sensitivity. 
 
One of the major advantages of professional in-office teeth whitening versus over-the-counter products is that we can adjust the intensity setting of our whitening system so you don’t experience tooth sensitivity during your treatment. This specialized care is something that you just can’t get with whitening treatments at home!
 
If you’ve wanted to transform your dull smile, let teeth whitening in Oconomowoc help you get your whites whiter. Give us a call today to find out if whitening treatment is right for you.
By Bergmann & Hohm Dental
November 24, 2014
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
Teeth Whitening ImageIt might seem hard to believe, but people have desired whiter teeth for centuries. While there were certainly no whitening stripes or teeth-bleaching agents then, around 3,000 BC “chew sticks” were a popular way of cleaning and scraping debris off teeth. This was the first sign of cleaning and teeth whitening.
 
Luckily, we’ve come a long way in our dental treatments, making it easy and safe to get professionally whitened teeth in only a short amount of time. If you are considering teeth whitening in Oconomowoc, here are some things you need to know before you come in to get your pearly whites whiter at Bergmann & Hohm Dental.
 

What makes professional teeth whitening different from commercial products?

 
If you’ve ever used a commercial whitening product from your local drugstore you may have noticed that the results were very subtle. Also, it may have taken weeks to actually notice the results. Professional teeth whitening, on the other hand, promises a more radiant smile that can brighten teeth up to ten shades whiter with only one treatment. If you’re looking for fast results, professional teeth whitening is a better option. It’s particularly great for those looking to spruce up their smile before a big event.
 

How long does professional teeth whitening take?

 
This will very depending upon the type and color of your enamel. Results are often seen after 2 or 3 applications. Your teeth will continue to lighten with further at home applications.
 

Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?

 
Some people experience some teeth sensitivity during and after treatment. If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to talk to your Oconomowoc dentist about ways to prevent teeth sensitivity during your whitening session.
 

How long will my results last? How can I maintain my whiter smile?

 
This will vary depending on how well you keep up with your new smile. Avoid stain-producing foods like wine, tea, coffee, berries and dark sauces. Also, maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist for your routine checkups to ensure that your smile remains healthy. You can also talk to us about our professional teeth whitening kit that you can use from the comfort of your own home.
 

Can I have repeat teeth whitening treatments?

 
Of course! Particularly if you have more severe stains, you may actually need more than one treatment to get the results you want. However, it’s perfectly safe to get several teeth whitening treatments to maintain your beautiful smile.
 
If you’re interested in getting teeth whitening in Oconomowoc, call Bergmann & Hohm Dental today so we can set you up with an appointment. You’re going to love your new smile!
 




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Okauchee, WI 53069
(262) 567-0770

 

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