Dental Implants Explained

Dental Implant

Process of Placing Dental Implants

Dental implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth. Implants can eliminate the need for removable partials or complete dentures, as well as provide support and stability for dental appliances if needed. Our dentist surgically places dental implants into the upper or lower jaw bone and the result is strong, stable, durable teeth that can last for many years.

Reasons for dental implants:

      • Replace one or more missing teeth.
      • Help deter bone loss due to missing teeth.
      • Restore a confident smile.
      • Restore chewing and speech capabilities.
      • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

 

The dental implant process begins with X-rays and impressions (molds). These are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Dr. Sledge will surgically place the titanium implant into the bone.  After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort for the patient. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

For more in-depth information on this process and its duration, please schedule a complimentary dental implant consultation at our Sister Bay dental practice by calling (920) 854-5200.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A CAVITY

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A CAVITY

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay. It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime. So, how do you know if you have a cavity?

Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying symptoms that go along with tooth decay.

  • Nothing (in the early stages)
  • A toothache or spontaneous tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain (slight or severe) when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
  • Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your tooth
  • Visible holes in your tooth. Those holes are cavities
  • Pain when biting down

The best time to catch a cavity is in the early stages, when there are few, if any, symptoms. Keeping your twice yearly (or more) visits with us will ensure we catch them in time. 

We will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. The recommendation could be as easy as watching and waiting to see if we find any tooth decay in the very early stages. Or, if you are symptomatic, we may have to formulate a more in-depth treatment plan. 

As always, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and try to minimize the amount of sugar in your diet. These steps will help you be proactive in preventing cavities. Even better, your teeth will thank you for it!

You can request an appointment here. Our team at Dentistry by Design is here for you. Please call with any questions or concerns. (920) 854-5200

Proper Brushing DOs and DON’Ts

Mouth open or mouth closed?

After lunch or after dinner?

Flat or at an angle?

We brush our teeth every day (hopefully!), but who knew it was this complicated. Just grab a brush a get to work, right?

Not so fast, my friend! There are actually some best practices to be mindful of when brushing those pearly whites.

The trick is cutting through the fat and finding out exactly what works. We live in a world of alternate facts, truthiness, and lists of “7 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Clean Without Picking Up a Toothbrush.” What’s even correct these days?!

Fear not, because we’ve got you covered with this handy FAQ (frequently asked questions) guide. We’ll keep it simple with some easy dos and don’ts of brushing. Let’s get to it!

Proper Brushing Habits

Don’t: Keep your brush flat
Do: Use a 45-degree angle when brushing Proper

Don’t: Use looooooooong strokes. No need to cover your whole mouth in one stroke!
Do: Use short, side to side strokes

Don’t: Brush with the force of a giant. This isn’t a strongman contest!
Do: Gently cover all areas. A gentle touch helps prevent wear and tear on your enamel

Don’t: Go one and done
Do: Brush at least twice a day, especially after eating or drinking something acidic (like citrus or soda)

Don’t: Be sentimental and use the same toothbrush for life
Do: Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. A trick to remember: switch out on the first day of each season

Don’t: Be average – the average person brushes their teeth for 45 seconds
Do: Brush for a full 2 minutes. A helpful trick: say the alphabet while brushing a certain section, move to the next section after you hit Z.

Don’t: Keep your toothbrush in a closed container
Do: All your toothbrush to air dry

Don’t: Store your toothbrush on the sink counter where bathroom particles can get on it
Do: Store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet

 Don’t: Wield a tough-bristled brush
Do: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is much better for your tooth enamel

And there we have it! Some easy practices to keep that perfect smile. Remember: Brushing is only 4 minutes out of the day, so why not make it the BEST 4 minutes of your day!

Thank You for Your Toy Donations!

We at Dentistry by Design are so thankful to our wonderful patients, staff and everyone else who donated to this year’s Toys for Tots campaign! We were thrilled and honored to be a toy drop-off location this year. All the toys have been picked up and have been distributed to local children. Your generosity has made all of the difference this holiday season!

Thank you!

(Pictured: Dr. Sledge and Cora Sledge)

Dentistry by Design Partners with Toys for Tots

 

Dentistry by Design Partners with Toys for Tots

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but there are still many families whose children go without during the holiday season. What could be a better Christmas gift than that of bringing smiles to many children on Christmas morning?

Dentistry by Design has partnered with the popular holiday program, Toys for Tots (Door County Toys For Kids), to provide new toys to children in need- right here in Northern Door County! From now until December 9th, there will be a donation box in the waiting room of Dentistry by Design.

Donations will be accepted during normal business hours. After collection is complete, toys will be distributed to local children who are less fortunate than others. If you do not have an opportunity to pick up a new toy, any cash donations received will be spent on toys.

Help us put a smile on children’s faces this holiday season and let’s make this campaign better than ever!

Dentistry by Design, 2645 S. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, WI  54234

Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm