School Supply Donation Request

In an effort to help our local schools we are collecting new school supplies at each of our dental offices; Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Algoma. We have contributed items and would love for you to join us in this effort of stocking classrooms around the county.  

If you are interested in donating, please drop off your donation items at any one of our practice locations before Friday, August 23rd.  We have red bins in each of our waiting rooms that we hope to fill to the top and bring to the schools before the 2019-2020 school year is back in session.

New school supplies needed:

      • #2 Pencils
      • Colored Pencils
      • Pens (Black, blue and red)
      • Crayons (24 pack)
      • Washable Markers (Classic colors, fine and wide point)
      • Glue Sticks
      • Glue (Bottle)
      • Highlighters
      • Dry Erase Markers
      • Colored paper
      • Scissors
      • Metric Rulers
      • 3 Ring Binders (1 inch only)
      • Erasers (Block)
      • Tissues
      • Bags (Sealable plastic quart and gallon)
      • Clorox Disinfectant Wipes

Thank you for your help supplying local classrooms with these much needed supplies!

Welcome Dr. Patti Sigl to Dentistry by Design Sturgeon Bay

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Patti Sigl will be joining our Sturgeon Bay team of dentists beginning April 1, 2019!  Dr. Patti will join Dr. Gina Grenfell and Dr. Paul Feit in providing care to our patients at our Sturgeon Bay clinic.  She is not only a highly skilled dentist, but a great person and we are looking forward to having her be a part of our DBD family!  To learn more about Dr. Patti continue reading…

About Dr. Patti Sigl 
Dr. Patti was born and raised in Seymour, WI and spent most of her summers in Door County with her family. She attended St. Norbert College. In 2009, Dr. Sigl graduated with honors from Marquette University with her Dental Degree. While in college and dental school, she was actively involved with the group Global Medical Brigades delivering dental treatment in underserved villages of Honduras. Following dental school, she completed a General Practice Residency program at the Community Health Center of Burlington, Vermont through the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Hospital. After residency, she returned to Wisconsin to practice general family dentistry in Sturgeon Bay.
 
She has worked at the Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic since 2010 and believes strongly in giving back through dentistry. From 2011-2015 she also worked with the underserved children in the Green Bay area as a dentist for Oral Health Partnership. She maintains hospital privileges at Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic.
 
Dr. Sigl holds a position on the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition Steering Committee, which is a group that helps advocate for patient access to dental care and improving Wisconsin’s overall oral health.

Dr. Sigl has been married to her husband, Craig, for almost 10 years and they have two sons, Jonathan (age 5) and Eddie (age 2). They enjoy anything outdoors, (even in the winter), traveling, boating and all things Door County. They also enjoy living a healthy lifestyle and have become passionate about CrossFit through CrossFit Armati owned and operated by Dr. Derek Grenfell, husband to Dr. Gina Grenfell of DBD.

Dr. Paul Milo Covers Maternity Leave at Sturgeon Bay Practice

Dr. Gina Grenfell, owner and primary care dentist at our Sturgeon Bay location, is due to deliver her third child at the beginning of October.  While she is on maternity leave we are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Milo will be joining our team as the interim dentist.

Dr. Milo is a graduate of Purdue University and obtained his dental degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He grew up in Hammond, Indiana and has been a resident of Munster, Indiana for the past 30 years. Dr. Feit will also be in the office on a part-time basis providing care during this time, as well as Dr. John Sledge from the Sister Bay office. 

Dr. Gina will be back to work on a regular basis starting at the beginning of 2019. and plans to also be in the office a few days in December. If you have an appointment while Dr. Gina is on leave please know you are in great hands with the team of dentists that will be filling in for her.

What Type Of Dental X-rays Will I Need And How Often?

Recently we had a new patient mention that they enjoyed our dental practice and the service they received, but felt like we took more x-rays and intraoral pictures then they had in the past. This got us thinking that may be other patients share this feeling, so we felt it was important to take some time to explain why we do what we do.

As trained dental professionals we know how essential x-rays and intraoral pictures are to making an educated diagnosis. Through x-rays we can see your bone, roots, in-between the teeth and also detect any possible abnormalities such as oral cancers or blocked arteries depending on the x-ray we take. In order to know what is going on in areas we can’t see with the human eye we need these images to best serve the needs of our patients.   

So what type of x-rays can you expect to receive at Dentistry by Design and how often? That depends on if you are a current or new patient. We follow the ADA recommendations for x-rays and as an existing patient at our Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay or Algoma practice it is recommended to have the following.

Bitewings are taken yearly and are the small tabs that you bite on that holds the x-ray film in place.  These x-rays help us see between the teeth and catch possible issues in areas that may not be detected by a general oral exam.

FMX, otherwise known as a full mouth series, is also a type of x-ray you can expect to receive every 5 years depending on the patient.  An FMX consists of 18 different pictures of your teeth achieved by biting down on films that are placed inside your mouth similar to the bitewings.

Panorex (Pan), which is a Panoramic x-ray, is also done every 5 years depending on the patient.  This involves biting down on a straw-like appliance while a scanner rotates around your head taking one image.  Should you need to see us for a dental emergency it is our protocol to take another Pan of the affected area to identify the source of the problem, but this is case specific.

In some cases we will also take pictures of your teeth with our intraoral camera.  This is a tool that our dentist can maneuver inside your mouth to get different angled images of your teeth and gums. These images are displayed during an appointment on a monitor screen in either the exam room or consult room for our patients to see.  This comes in extra helpful when showing a crack in a tooth or separation between a filling and tooth.  It is also helpful to show before and after’s of restoration procedures like changing out a metal amalgam filling to composite resin filling (tooth colored).

For new patients x-rays can be transferred upon their request from a previous dentist to our office. If they are good quality and have been taken in the past 5 years, chances are we won’t need to take them again. However, if we feel they aren’t the quality we need we will take new ones to get a clear picture of the current state of your oral health.  For new patients that require updated imaging, they will receive an FMX and a Pan as part of our new patient special and going forward be under the recommendations listed above as a Dentistry by Design patient.

When talking about x-rays people understandably want to know how much radiation they will be subjected to.  To give you an idea, according to the American Dental Association, a FMX full mouth series is equivalent to a couple days of environmental radiation exposure. To reduce exposure even more we use a lead apron and sometimes a lead thyroid collar. A great resource on this can be found on the ADA website https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/x-rays .

We hope this article provides clarity on the use of x-rays at our Dentistry by Design practices. Remember not everyone’s needs are the same when it comes to your oral health so x-ray frequency, recall frequency, and the like, may differ. 

What Does Proactive Dentistry Mean Anyway?

If you are a patient at either our Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay or Algoma practice, you may have heard us refer to our type of dentistry as ‘proactive dentistry’, well what does that really mean anyway?  For us it means honestly addressing potential issues before they become painful and problematic.  Getting to the root of the problem and taking care of it in the best way possible for long-term success.  Yes, many times this puts the expense on the front end, but in the long run it saves you from being in pain, spending more money than you need to and more time in the dentist chair than you should. It’s definitely a different way of approaching your dental care.

Let’s put it into perspective. If you come into our office for an appointment and we notice that you have some separation between your tooth and its filling, we see it as our responsibility to inform you of this and make a plan of action to correct it, even if it is not causing you pain or discomfort at the moment.  By replacing the filling when the problem is found, you remove the opportunity for bacteria to slowly creep into the opening over time and cause infection.  Once infection has set in the procedures to correct the problem are more in-depth and costly then doing a replacement filling when the separation was first noticed.

 Cycle of Dental Neglect Dentistry By Design Door County Dentist(Infographic courtesy of Smiles in the Gardens)

Often we have patients come to us and say “Well, why didn’t my previous dentist see that?” To be honest, there are many factors for this. Did it happen in the time since you were last seen by a dentist?  Do they use an inter-oral camera that can see what is hard for the human eye to see?  Was your dentist keeping an eye on the issue in an effort to save you money at the time? Dentists have different beliefs when it comes to diagnosing and suggesting treatment, it doesn’t mean one is better than the other, patients just need to be on the same page with their provider.

At our practices we feel it is essential to long-term oral health to be proactive as opposed to reactive.  It is our practice policy to tell you upfront what we see, give you a plan of attack and suggest steps to have it addressed.  Of course the next step is always up to our patients, but we are always going to passionately suggest doing what is best for your overall oral health.