Posts for: February, 2015

By James F. Pechloff, DDS
February 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sealants  

Find out how simple preventive treatment could preserve your child’s healthy smile.

It’s surprising that about 33 percent of children deal with dental decay by the time they start school. While decay can easily be prevented through proper brushing and flossing habits, children and adults alike still suffer from this dental issue. However, there are Sealantsother ways to make sure that your child’s smile is safeguarded against decay. Your Wauwatosa dentist recommends that all children get sealants to protect their healthy growing smiles.

What are sealants?

A sealant is made up of thin plastic resin that is directly applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth, most often the molars, for protection.

How do sealants protect teeth?

This plastic bonds instantly to the back teeth to provide an additional barrier of protection against decay. This is especially important for children, who may find it difficult to get into those hard-to-reach spots in the back of their smile. Even if your child does brush every day it can still be hard to get all the nooks and crannies on and around their molars. Therefore, sealants create another layer to prevent cavities and protect the enamel from acid erosion.

What does getting sealants entail?

This procedure is painless, non-invasive and won’t require anesthesia. Your Wauwatosa dentist will simply paint on the sealant, which will instantly bond with the tooth and harden. That’s all there is to it!

How long do sealants last?

Since sealants are designed to hold up under the heavy forces of chewing, they will last a few years; however, to make sure that the sealant is still working, your child will want to visit the dentist routinely so we can check the condition of their sealants and reapply them if needed.

Who should get sealants?

Your Wauwatosa dentist highly recommends that children get dental sealants. When you child comes in for routine care we will discuss when a good time might be to get them. We also recommend sealants for teens, as well.

If you want to find out more about sealants or if it’s time to schedule your child’s next appointment, call your Wauwatosa dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, DDS today! Let’s give your child the added security they need to maintain a cavity-free smile.

By James F. Pechloff, DDS
February 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Thanks to veneer dental technology, James F. Pechloff, DDS of Wauwatosa, WI can restore the smiles of his patients in just a few appointments. Learn how getting veneers can give you a new "lease on life." You'll be surprised by how much of a difference a brand new smile can make in how others perceive you, and most importantly in how you perceive yourself. 

The Veneers Solution
Veneers are considered one of the most effective dental solutions for patients who have cosmetic concerns. They are custom-designed byVeneers your dentist and a dental lab technician to perfectly fit your smile. Veneers cover up everything from chipped or cracked teeth to badly stained teeth due to aging. With continued brushing and twice yearly dental appointments, it’s possible to keep veneers looking brilliant for as many as 10-20 years.

Benefits of Veneers
Veneers are a pain-free and simple way to fix dental imperfections. They are usually preferred by adults over orthodontics, which can take years, and dental implants, which take a long time to heal into the jawbone. Your Wauwatosa dentist can design your tooth coverings to look just like your natural teeth, but brighter, healthier and shaped more attractively to fit your face. Porcelain veneers are also resistant to staining, so you won’t have to worry about professional whitening for a long time.

Veneers Placement
The process of placing veneers takes about two or three visits. Some of the original tooth has to be removed so that it can securely hold the veneer. Temporary restorations can be created to cover the teeth while the permanent veneers are custom-created in a dental lab. At the final placement appointment, the tooth covering is carefully bonded in place and set with a high intensity curing light.

Your Initial Consultation
If you're ready for your custom veneers solution, contact the office of Dr. James Pechloff by calling (414) 475-5505 or clicking the online “Appointment Request” button. Dr. Pechloff is a Wauwatosa dentist who takes pride in providing his patients with beautiful, luminous and long-lasting smiles.