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By Green Bay Family Dentistry
July 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

If you feel self-conscious because of smile imperfections you should consider veneers as an option. Veneers can correct several dental concerns, from misshapen teeth to slight gaps, and are often used for discolored teeth. To learn more about all the different ways this very versatile cosmetic treatment can improve the way you look, contact your Green Bay, WI, dentists Dr. Paul Vander Kelen and Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry.

What Are Veneers?

Think of them like dental crowns, if you're familiar with them. Just like crowns, these are tooth-shaped and are typically made of a type of porcelain material, both for strength and appearance. Veneers are also permanently bonded on top of your teeth. But unlike crowns, these don't require as much of your tooth to be reshaped and are not typically as invasive as them.

How Veneers Can Help

It is because veneers are not as invasive as a crown that full smile makeovers are possible. They can be perfect if you are dealing with multiple problems at once. Such as with teeth that are worn down, chipped, or in some other way malformed, and with slight gaps, even if it's simply a cosmetic concern. As such, they can also help with teeth that don't respond to teeth whitening, as it happens with stains that are due to trauma, age, or medication. But a complete transformation isn't always what you may be looking for, so many opt for a single veneer when it's just one tooth that they wish to improve.

When Other Treatments May Be Better Suited

Veneers are extremely versatile but they are not well suited for teeth that have lost a lot of natural structure. For these, a dental crown can restore a significant amount more mass. Smiles with very large gaps or teeth that are significantly misaligned may need orthodontic work.

Veneers in Green Bay, WI

Veneers may be the solution you've been looking for to address your smile imperfections. To further explore this option begin by scheduling a consultation today with Dr. Kelen and Dr. Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, by dialing (920) 432-8492.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
May 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you concerned about an unattractive, damaged, or missing tooth? Dental crowns offered by your Green Bay, WI, dentist, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry, will help you restore and enhance your smile.

How dental crowns and bridges improve your smile

Thanks to crowns and bridges, it's possible to correct any issues that affect the appearance or function of your teeth. Crowns, or caps, fit over the very tops of teeth, covering them on all four sides. The hollow restorations are often made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. These materials not only look just like tooth enamel but can withstand years of wear and tear.

Crowns are cemented onto teeth that have been reduced in size. The restorations are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure a perfect fit. During a visit to the Green Bay dental office, your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • You broke your tooth: Crowns replace lost tooth structure and restore the natural shape and height of your tooth. Adding a crown also covers sharp edges that can cut your mouth.
  • Your tooth is cracked or weak: Cracks weaken your tooth, making it more likely to break if you bite into a piece of fruit or sandwich. Teeth can also become fragile due to aging, root canal therapy, or large fillings. Crowns strengthen weak teeth and reduce the risk of a break.
  • Your tooth is unattractive: Crowns lengthen teeth that are naturally short or that have shortened due to wear and tear or grinding and clenching your teeth at night. They can also hide discolorations and imperfections and change the shape of crooked, pointed, or twisted teeth.

Crowns are an integral part of bridges, dental appliances that restore one or two missing teeth. Bridges are made up of artificial teeth connected to dental crowns on either end. The crown portions of the bridge are cemented onto supporting teeth that anchor the bridge firmly in place.

Bridges aren't the only way to replace missing teeth. Combining a crown with a dental implant creates a brand new tooth that feels just like the tooth you lost. Your dental implant is a synthetic root that bonds to your jawbone, providing a stable foundation for your crown.

Renew your smile with dental crowns and bridges! Call your dentist in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry, at (920) 432-8492 to schedule your appointment.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
March 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Treating sleep apnea can help you avoid serious health complications. Unfortunately, sleep apnea treatment methods aren't always so comfortable. If your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine keeps you up at night, your Green Bay, WI, dentist, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry offers a more pleasant sleep apnea treatment.

Why it's important to treat sleep apnea

If you've tried and failed to adjust to a CPAP machine, you may be reluctant to try another type of treatment. Unfortunately, if you don't treat your sleep condition, you might be more likely to develop a variety of serious health conditions, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

In addition, sleep apnea can make you feel exhausted and irritable during the day and may even increase your risk of a car accident. Is loud snoring one of your sleep apnea symptoms? Your spouse, partner, family, or roommate will probably sleep easier if you can get your snoring under control with sleep apnea treatment.

How dentists treat sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can occur if your tongue falls back against your throat while you sleep. If this happens, airflow to your lungs decreases or stops completely. In fact, you can have hundreds of breathing pauses every night, each lasting several seconds. Over time, the cumulative effects of these pauses disrupt your sleep and deprive your brain of oxygen, increasing your risk of health consequences.

Although the CPAP machine is an effective way to treat sleep apnea, you may decide to stop using the machine if you find the mask uncomfortable or if the noise disrupts your sleep. Fortunately, your dentist offers a low-tech treatment option that can help you control your symptoms.

The oral appliance, worn while you sleep, repositions your tongue and moves your jaw forward, preventing your tongue from blocking your airway. During your visit to the Green Bay dental office, your dentist will fit you with your custom-made appliance. Oral appliances are not only comfortable and quiet but don't require electricity or take up too much room in your luggage while you're traveling.

Are you ready to try a new sleep apnea treatment? Call Dr. Adam Pasono, your dentist at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, at (920) 432-8492 to schedule your appointment.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
January 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are revolutionary tooth replacements that have dramatically improved patient outcomes in Green Bay, WI, and across the country. Placed by Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry, implants provide unparalleled biting and chewing and improve the durability and size of the underlying bone. To maximize their success, you should know how to care for your new teeth. Here's how.

The enemies of dental implants

A dental implant occupies the empty socket where a natural tooth once resided. Through osseointegration, the jaw bone adheres to the screw-like titanium device, thus re-creating the connection and load-bearing ability of a real tooth. According to WebMD, dental implant surgeries are successful up 98 percent of the time; plus, the jaw usually retains the replacement tooth for life.

One warning...

Your implant success relies on your oral health and jaw bone structure as determined by Dr. Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry. After the surgery, much depends on how well you care for your new tooth at home and your compliance with in-office cleanings and check-ups, reports Dental Economics.

Caring for dental implants

Whether you have a single-tooth dental implant or wear implant-retained dentures, here are some basics for successful care:

  1. Don't smoke. Tobacco smoke disrupts the connection between your implant, the bone, and the soft tissue, too. Like a periodontal disease, peri-implantitis is a devastating infection encouraged by the toxins in cigarettes. So, see your doctor about a medically-supervised smoking cessation program.
  2. Brush twice daily, taking care around implant margins where plaque and tartar collect. Floss once a day, too, as your hygienist directs. She may advise special flossing tools, a gum stimulator, a WaterPik, and more to keep your implant sites clean and healthy.
  3. Avoid excessive stresses on your new teeth. If you grind your teeth, Dr. Pasono may recommend you wear a bite guard.
  4. Use an anti-plaque mouth rinse to reduce harmful oral bacteria.
  5. See your dentist twice a year for a check-up and hygienic dental cleaning.

Enjoy your renewed smile

Dental implants truly are amazing, and their care is simple. If you have any concerns about oral hygiene and dental implants, please contact Dr. Pasono and his team at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI. We'll be happy to help. Phone (920) 432-8492.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
December 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Broken Crown   Broken Bridge  

Bridges and crowns could last for multiple years, even decades for bridges. However, they will eventually require replacing or fixing. Dental crowns and bridges are basically fixed dental appliances that are bonded to existing teeth or dental implants to replace one or several missing teeth.

You may need to have a crown or dental bridge repaired when it gets damaged or if your dentist at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Adam Pasono, finds an issue during your checkup.

Repairing a Dental Crown

Unless the crown’s damaged part is causing you pain or soreness because it’s jagged, you can wait the following day to see your dentist. Meanwhile, check the crown to see if there are dislodged or missing pieces. If your crown is loose enough, try pulling it off to avoid swallowing it.

If the tooth under the crown has chipped or is sensitive, apply pressure to it using some gauze. If you can’t visit your dentist immediately, apply some dental cement, which you can find at a drugstore, to safeguard your tooth until your appointment.

Depending on the severity of the damage to your crown, repairing it might be possible. For minor chips, your dentist in Green Bay, WI, may try repairing it with dental bonding made of composite resin that will match your crown’s color. In some instances, the crown might just need smoothening and reshaping. On the other hand, you might need a new dental crown if the crack or chip is severe and irreparable.

Repairing a Dental Bridge

As with dental crowns, the repair methods for fixing a bridge will depend on what caused it to fail. For instance, if the problem stems from an abutment tooth, removal is necessary. This means breaking the bridge, treating the abutment tooth, and then replacing the bridge if the abutment tooth is still healthy.

Otherwise, your dentist may suggest replacing the abutment tooth with an implant that will support your new dental bridge. On the other hand, if only the bridge’s porcelain coating is fractured or chipped, your dentist will only need to fix the coating. In some cases, damaged pontic teeth can likewise be repaired depending on the severity of the problem.

Having Problems with Dental Bridge or Crown? We Can Help

Dial (920) 432-8492 to arrange an assessment with Dr. Adam Pasono, your dentist here at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, now.

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