Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By James Pechloff, DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crown DiagramAlso known as caps, dental crowns cover teeth that have been damaged by trauma, tooth decay, or significant cosmetic damage like stains and discolorations. They can also replace missing teeth with bridgework. Crowns are one of the most common and versatile dental restorations available, and are designed to look, feel and function just like a natural tooth. Dr. James Pechloff, a family dentist in Wauwatosa, WI, offers cosmetic and general dentistry services for the whole family.

Improve Your Smile and Oral Health with Dental Crowns in Wauwatosa, WI

Crowns are a good option for restoring a large portion of lost tooth surface, such as with breaks or fractures, or in cases of extensive tooth decay where the cavity is too large to be filled with a standard dental filling. For missing teeth, the replacement crown is connected to a bridge, which consists of two abutment crowns on either side to secure the bridge in place.

Most crowns can be completed in two visits to the dentist's office. First, the dentist prepares the tooth and will take an impression of the tooth to send to the lab for construction of the crown. Temporary crowns are available to wear while you wait for your permanent crown.

Modern dental crowns look and feel just like a natural tooth, and with good oral hygiene and follow up dental exams and professional cleanings every six months, the average crown can last from five to ten years, but often much longer. If you have a weak, broken, or severely decayed tooth, a crown may be the perfect option to improve your smile.

Find a Family Dentist in Wauwatosa, WI

Dental crowns can transform your smile in just a few short visits to the dentist. For more information, contact our office by calling (414) 475-5505 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pechloff today.


You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening.┬áThe bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By James Pechloff, DDS
December 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental imperfections come in all shapes and sizes. Although some types of damage are more conspicuous than others, even minor dental bondingcosmetic problems can negatively affect your smile, and confidence as a result. But getting a new and improved smile does not necessarily require investing in invasive, expensive or time consuming dental work. Dr. James Pechloff, a family dentist in Wauwatosa, WI, recommends dental bonding for minor cosmetic issues like stains and discolorations, chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth.

A New and Improved Smile with Dental Bonding in Wauwatosa, WI

Dental bonding can change the size, shape and color of a tooth to correct imperfections. Made of a mixture of plastic and glass known as composite resin, dental bonding can remake your smile in as little as an hour long dental appointment. Even with regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene practices, wear and tear from the normal aging process, and habits like grinding or clenching your teeth can eventually wear down tooth surface and enamel. Bonding is a quick, efficient and affordable option to make functional and cosmetic improvements to your teeth.

When to Consider Dental Bonding

The first step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist to evaluate your smile and determine the best cosmetic option for your teeth. The most common uses for dental bonding include:

  • Permanent stains and discolorations from medication or trauma, which are typically not treatable with surface teeth whitening treatments
  • Small or medium chips and cracks
  • Gaps and spacing between teeth (larger spaces and gaps due to bite and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment)
  • Uneven or oddly shaped teeth

Find a Family Dentist in Wauwatosa, WI

Don't let minor imperfections like chips, cracks and discolorations ruin your smile. For more information about dental bonding, contact our office by calling (414) 475-5505 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pechloff today.