Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By James Pechloff, DDS
October 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings don't just offer a more attractive alternative to silver amalgam fillings, but also provide several other important fillingsadvantages. Our Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, discusses the benefits of the fillings.

A more natural appearance

Tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend in with your tooth color. Composite resin, a flexible material made from soft plastic and powdered glass, is tinted to match common tooth shades for a more natural appearance. Although composite resin is initially soft, it becomes hard and durable after it's exposed to a curing light in our Wauwatosa office.

Reduced cracking risk

Because silver amalgam fillings contain metals, they shrink and expand when you sip an icy soda or eat a hot slice of pizza. Years of expansion and shrinking can take a toll on your tooth and cause it crack. Once a tooth cracks, the chance of a fracture or tooth decay increases.

Improved strength

A small amount of healthy tooth structure is removed along with the decayed portion of your tooth during the filling process. The larger the area removed, the weaker your tooth becomes. Tooth-colored fillings don't require as much of the healthy part of your tooth to be removed in preparation for the filling. Because a greater percentage of healthy tooth structure remains intact, your risk of crack or fracture is reduced. Composite resin fillings also bond to teeth and help strengthen them.

Tooth-colored fillings improve the appearance of your smile and offer important protections for your teeth. Call our Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. Pechloff, at (414) 475-5505 to schedule an appointment to determine if tooth-colored fillings are a good option   for you.

By Dr. James Pechloff
January 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The advantage of wearing dentures cannot be overstated. Not only do they enhance your smile, but they make eating easier and talking denturesmore natural. The restored structure inside the mouth also helps to "prop up" the facial muscles that can sag in the absence of teeth. Dr. James Pechloff, your dentist in Wauwatosa, WI, offers two main types of dentures: partial and complete. If you've been thinking about dentures, but aren't sure which type you need, this article may help you.

Partial

If you're missing a few of your natural teeth but the rest are otherwise healthy, your Wauwatosa dentist might suggest partial dentures. These appliances consist of one or more porcelain teeth attached to an acrylic base that resembles the gums surrounding it. Partials, as they're often called, are held in place with curved metal clasps that attach to the teeth nearby. They are removed for cleaning and at night.

Complete

Complete dentures are the traditional "false teeth" that most people are familiar with, although great strides have been made to make them more comfortable and natural-looking. They are designed for people who either have no remaining natural teeth or need their teeth extracted due to health concerns. Complete dentures are crafted in a laboratory from measurements taken by your Wauwatosa dentist and fit over the upper and lower gum ridges through the use of adhesive paste and/or natural suction. Like partials, complete dentures need to be removed during sleep and for cleaning after meals.

It takes some time to get used to wearing dentures; the muscles and tissues in and around your mouth need to adjust to the new appliance. Your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, Dr. Pechloff, will thoroughly explain the process for wearing, cleaning and storing your dentures. For any further questions, or to make an appointment, contact our office at (414) 475-5505 today!