Hearing your dentist say, “You need a root canal,” is probably not your idea of an exciting event. However, this important procedure can preserve your natural tooth, helping you avoid serious complications, pain, and even tooth loss. Do you need a root canal? Find out more about root canal therapy and the signs that you may need it with Dr. Daniel Humiston at Taylor Drive Dental Care in Sheboygan, WI.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure which clears the soft tissues from the inside of an infected, decayed, or damaged tooth. During the treatment, your dentist scrubs the inside of the tooth to ensure that no infection remains, then fills it in with a composite resin material to restore its natural structure. Often, this leaves behind a large filling, which requires a dental crown placed over the natural tooth to ensure that it remains stable and protected.
Does a root canal hurt?
Your dentist begins a root canal by administering a local anesthetic to the area of the tooth. This numbs the mouth and ensures that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment. If you begin to feel uncomfortable, be sure to alert your dentist so they can administer more local anesthetic to further numb their work area.
What can I expect during my root canal procedure?
Your dentist begins with the local anesthetic. Then, they will create a small entrance hole on top of the tooth. From there, they will remove the inner contents of the tooth and scrub the inside of the tooth and its roots clean. After ensuring the tooth is totally free from decayed or damaged tissues, your dentist fills the tooth using composite resin materials. If they place a dental crown, they will take a clay impression of your mouth on which to base the design of the tooth. Your dentist will place the final restoration on your tooth at a later appointment and may place a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime.
Root Canal Therapy in Sheboygan, WI
If you think you need a root canal, do not hesitate to contact your dentist. For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Daniel Humiston at Taylor Drive Dental Care in Sheboygan, WI. Call (920) 452-4688 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Humiston today!
Get that perfect, celebrity smile, but still look like you. At Taylor Drive Dental Care in Sheboygan, WI, your dentist, Dr. Daniel Humiston, offers porcelain veneers and no-prep Lumineers to create smiles that are resilient and flawless. Sound impossible? Read on to learn about this wonderful aesthetic treatment and if it's right for your healthy smile.
Improve how you look
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says people notice your smile before anything else, including your eye and hair color. Frankly, if that smile is marred by stains, chips, gaps and other detractors, people think of you differently than if you had a great set of teeth.
How can you improve upon what Nature gave you and what time did to your smile? At Taylor Drive Dental Care in Sheboygan, WI, your dentist offers many cosmetic treatments which can dramatically change your teeth and gums. Veneers can enhance:
- Tooth color, shape, and size, eliminating deep stains, odd shapes and flaws such as cracks, pits and uneven tooth length
- Dental alignment
- Spacing problems and mild crowding
Amazingly, porcelain veneers or Lumineers address all three of these issues by covering the front of selected teeth with super-thin, customized porcelain shells. These refurbishments take a few appointments at Taylor Drive Dental Care, but the results are well-worth the investment of time. Veneers last for ten years or more.
Your initial visit involves a complete oral examination, X-rays, and oral impressions. It's important that your mouth be free of decay and gum disease, and you and Dr. Humiston must agree on the final version of your smile. Be sure to be specific about the changes you desire. Conversely, your dentist will be specific about what realistically can change and how.
Subsequent visits include enamel resurfacing, installation of temporary veneers, a smile preview and bonding of your veneers to your teeth. For traditional porcelain veneers, Dr. Humiston must remove a minor amount of tooth enamel to ensure the veneers fit properly. Lumineers, on the other hand, are so thin as to not require this surface reduction. That's why they're called "no-prep."
Final placement involves the application of a mild etching liquid and a permanent bonding cement. Because porcelain veneers are translucent, the color of the cement shows through and can be varied for the right match with the rest of your smile.
Brush, floss and get your routine cleanings and check-ups at Taylor Drive Dental Care. Also, don't eat hard foods such as taffy or candy apples. If you clench your teeth, consider wearing a custom-made bite guard. Ask Dr. Humiston if this simple oral appliance would help. As always, if you have sensitivity issues or damage a veneer, contact the office.
What an improvement!
That's what you'll say when you see your smile enhanced with porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Contact Taylor Drive Dental Care to learn more. Call (920) 452-4688.
Do you wish your smile was straighter or your bite was more efficient? If so, you could benefit from orthodontic care. However, the thought of traditional metal braces may put you off to the process and make you second guess your decision. Luckily, discreetly straightening your teeth is an easily accessible and valid option for most orthodontics patients. Find out more about Invisalign orthodontic care with Dr. Daniel Humiston at Taylor Drive Dental Care in Sheboygan, WI.
What can Invisalign do for me?
Invisalign can straighten your teeth and correct your bite just like traditional braces. Invisalign often treats issues like:
- misaligned teeth
- under crowding
- open bite
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Though Invisalign and traditional metal braces treat the same issues, they do so in very different ways. Traditional metal braces use metal brackets and wires to move the teeth. The braces stay permanently attached to the teeth throughout treatment, slowly moving the teeth into their final, corrected positions. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays to move the teeth. Though the idea is the same as traditional braces, using gentle pressure to guide the teeth into position, Invisalign does not remain permanently in the mouth throughout treatment. Patients wear the trays one after another for about two weeks at a time. The patient removes the trays to eat or perform their daily oral hygiene routine. This means no avoiding certain foods and no added steps to your oral care routine. Invisalign’s appearance is also drastically different than traditional braces, allowing you to discreetly straighten your smile.
Invisalign Treatments in Sheboygan, WI
Invisalign is not recommended for patients under 12. Additionally, dentists recommend a strong oral-care routine to care for the teeth during treatment. That routine should include brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing between each tooth at least once. Teeth decay can cause complications like increased treatment times. A strong oral care routine will help prevent decay and keep your teeth healthy and clean.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Humiston at Taylor Drive Dental Care in Sheboygan, WI. Call (920) 452-4688 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Humiston today!
This is one habit you shouldn’t just forget about if you want a healthy smile.
As of 2016, 30 percent of Americans floss daily, while 37 percent floss less than daily and 32 percent never floss at all. While we are certainly proud of the 30 percent who floss every day, our Sheboygan, WI, dentist, Dr. Daniel Humiston, wants to see everyone flossing as regularly as possible. Here’s why this habit is one everyone should adopt.
Even though brushing has become the staple of oral care, it isn’t the only thing you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of decay and gum disease. In fact, your toothbrush might be perfect for cleaning the front, back and chewing surfaces of your teeth but it can’t get in between teeth and the gumline to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles. So, if you decide not to floss you are leaving a major part of your mouth unclean.
Not only that, but plaque left behind on teeth will quickly harden into tartar, which no amount of brushing or at-home flossing will be able to remove. Only our Sheboygan general dentist will be able to remove tartar buildup during a routine dental cleaning.
Of course, if you want to get a completely clean smile, while wouldn’t you floss every day? Think about it: You wouldn’t wash only one side of a plate would you or only half of your face? The same rules should apply for your teeth. The unfortunate factor is that a lot of people don’t instantly see the benefits of flossing so they think it’s not working. Don’t be fooled. Flossing is doing its job to keep your teeth clean. In fact, flossing does 40 percent of the work when it comes to removing plaque from teeth.
So if you want to keep teeth free from inflammation, decay and gum disease, then it’s time you put flossing back into your daily routine. It only takes a couple of minutes and it could provide your smile with the full clean it needs to stay healthy.
No matter whether you have questions about your oral care routine or you need to schedule your six-month cleaning, it’s always a good time to call Taylor Drive Dental Care in Sheboygan, WI. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule your upcoming appointment with us.
Dental implants are a revolutionary way to replace the missing teeth in your smile. However, determining if this procedure is right for you may seem tricky without the proper information. Luckily, your Sheboygan, WI dentist can help you gather the facts on dental implants. Find out more about these dental restorations, how they work, and what they can do for you with Dr. Daniel Humiston at Taylor Drive Dental Center.
Can dental implants help me?
Dental implants can help patients who have one or more missing teeth and wish to close the gaps in their smile. Some patients with significant bone atrophy due to their missing teeth may require a bone graft procedure prior to receiving their implants. Patients should also have a strong at-home oral care routine to ensure that their implants stay free from teeth decay and gum disease.
Types of Dental Implants
- Single Tooth: A single dental implant replaces a missing tooth in this type of restoration.
- Multiple Teeth: Replacing multiple teeth with dental implants uses a bridge similar to a traditional dental bridge. However, rather than a crown on either side to hold it in place, this restoration uses an implant on either end, anchoring it permanently into the mouth.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: While traditional dentures required patients to remove and soak them nightly, implant-supported dentures, held in place with four or more dental implants, stay permanently and securely in the mouth to ensure that you never have to worry about your denture shifting or falling out while eating or talking again.
Dental Implants in Sheboygan, WI
Once they heal and your prosthetic teeth are in place, caring for your dental implants is a piece of cake. Simply brush twice daily and floss at least once, just as you would care for your natural teeth. See your dentist at least twice a year for regular preventative dental examinations and professional cleanings to remove instances of plaque, tartar, or decay-causing bacteria on your teeth and treat dental issues like cavities early, while they still require only minimally invasive treatments.
Do you think dental implants are the best course of treatment for you? The next step on your road to a beautiful smile is a simple consultation with your dentist. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Humiston at Taylor Drive Dental Center in Sheboygan, WI. Call (920) 452-4688 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Humiston today!
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