At Hillcrest Family Dental, we use tooth-colored (composite) resin fillings cured to closely match a patient’s teeth. Composite fillings were developed as a more attractive alternative to the traditional silver or gold filling restorations. Silver fillings also expand over time, which can make your tooth more prone to fracturing.
Reasons for a filling:
When teeth are decayed, chipped or fractured, composite fillings are used to repair the tooth. Silver (amalgam) or gold fillings can also be easily removed and replaced with the more attractive composite fillings.
How are fillings placed at Hillcrest Family Dental?
After the affected area is numbed with a local anesthetic, the dentist will remove the decayed or affected portion of the tooth. The composite filling is then applied in layers to form the complete filling. Using a bright dental light, your dentist will then harden every thin layer before the next is applied.
After the filling is complete, special paper will be used to adjust the height of the filling, and the tooth will be polished.
Composite fillings are incredibly durable and will give you a beautiful, healthy smile for many years. Many dental insurance plans cover their use.
Children’s dentistry is key in sustaining lifelong oral health. At Hillcrest Family Dental, we offer comprehensive dental care for children as soon as they get their first tooth. By the time your child is two years old, it’s important they have an exam to provide you with oral hygiene instructions and check for any cavities or dental abnormalities. Our goal is to help children maintain healthy teeth, prevent cavities and develop a positive attitude toward oral health care.
Our children’s dental services include but are not limited to:
What to Expect at Your Child’s First Exam
To ensure healthy teeth, we recommend you set up a dental visit by the time your child is two. During this first appointment, we will inspect your child’s mouth tooth-by-tooth and conduct a periodontal exam. Dr. Oberschlake will check for the proper development of teeth and bite as well as any areas of concern. Our staff is trained to put your child at ease by making the exam fun and enjoyable, without compromising the quality of our services.
As your child grows, it is important they receive regular dental checkups. To ensure optimal oral health, we recommend exams every six months as well as daily brushing and flossing. Our staff will teach your child how to properly brush and floss to keep teeth and gums healthy at home (with your help at first and eventually on his or her own).
Root canals, loose fillings, and cracked enamel can all lead to serious defects on a tooth’s surface. When the entire surface of a tooth becomes a problem and can no longer be repaired with fillings, a crown may be used to restore the tooth’s function and appearance. Crowns, also known as caps, are made of porcelain or zirconium and cover the entire surface of an affected tooth.
How will you benefit from a crown?
How will a crown be attached to your tooth at Hillcrest Family Dental?
At Hillcrest Family Dental, most patients can have a crown custom-designed and placed in just two visits to our Waukesha office.
Our staff will first make a mold of your tooth to create the dental crown, and you will be provided with a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made. Within about two weeks, the final, permanent crown will be cemented to your problem tooth. During this appointment your tooth will be numbed, tooth decay will be removed, and your tooth will be shaped to fit the crown. Your crown will be made to match the shape and color of your teeth, preserving your beautiful, natural smile.
Crowns are highly durable and can last more than 20 years.
Before the invention of dental implants, bridges and dentures were the only treatment used to replace missing teeth. Implants are now the optimal way to replace non-restorable teeth. If you’re missing a single tooth or many, implants may be the dental solution for you!
Implants are manmade titanium tooth roots that are placed into a patient’s jaw. A porcelain tooth will then eventually be placed on top of the new implant. Implants will help restore chewing, speech, and the natural beauty of your smile!
How are dental implants placed at Hillcrest Family Dental?
Dental implants are surgically guided in the jawbone while a patient is under local anesthesia. After surgery, sufficient healing time is required to allow the bone tissue to build up and anchor the new implant. Once the implant has taken, the dental restoration (porcelain tooth, crown, bridge, etc.) will be skillfully created and placed to look and function the way your original tooth once did.
Why choose Hillcrest Family Dental for implants?
At Hillcrest Family Dental, we use top-of-the-line Straumann Dental Implants. All surgeries are computer guided—so we can position the implant digitally before we perform surgery to ensure it’s perfectly placed every time. This advanced technology can significantly reduce postoperative pain and patient risk.
Like all dental restorations, implants will require proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits to ensure they last a long time.
Teeth that are stained, chipped, misshaped, crooked or have gaps can be improved by veneers.
Veneers are thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain that are bonded over the front of teeth to enhance their color or shape. To ensure a personalized, natural-looking smile, they are custom made in a dental lab with a model provided by your dentist.
What does the application of veneers involve at Hillcrest Family Dental?
The application of veneers typically includes three appointments: the diagnosis, tooth prep, and bonding.
During the tooth prep, a small amount of enamel may be removed from your teeth to accommodate the size of the veneer. This may require local anesthetic. Temporary veneers will then be placed on teeth until the permanent veneers are ready, and a mold will be made for the fabrication of the veneers.
During the bonding appointment, veneers will be temporarily placed on your teeth to check their fit and adjust their color. Once the veneers are matched, cement will be placed between your teeth and the veneers.
Veneers have a long life expectancy and will resist staining from smoking, coffee, tea, and wine.
Bridges or “fixed partial dentures” are non-removable appliances used to “bridge” a gap in your smile. Using molds of your natural teeth, they are custom made and fused between two porcelain crowns. The crowns are then attached to teeth or implants to hold the bridge in place.
Reasons for a bridge:
How are bridges attached at Hillcrest Family Dental?
First, the teeth on both sides of the dental gap are prepped. The anchoring teeth will be numbed, and a small amount of enamel may be removed to accommodate for the size of the crowns. A mold will be made to serve as a model for your customized bridge, and a temporary bridge will be placed until the next appointment. Your bridge’s false teeth and crowns will then be made by a dental laboratory.
During the second appointment, the temporary bridge is removed, and the permanent bridge is fitted. After adjustment, the new bridge will be cemented to your teeth.
With a serious commitment to oral hygiene, a bridge will last many years.
Full or partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are removable and made to resemble your natural smile.
Full dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth are missing, whereas partial dentures are used if some of the patient’s teeth remain. Partial dentures will fill gaps created by missing teeth while preventing existing, healthy teeth from shifting. All types of dentures will enhance a patient’s smile and improve chewing and speech.
What is involved in the process of getting dentures at Hillcrest Family Dental?
First, measurements and molds are taken to create the custom full or partial dentures. After the dentures are fabricated, they are tried on by the patient and adjustments are made to ensure a natural color, shape and fit.
Why choose to have your dentures at Hillcrest Family Dental?
Unlike many other dental offices, Dr. Ross Oberschlake will involve you in every decision in regards to your new denture. You will get to choose the shade, size, and alignment of your teeth. What better way to express yourself, than by designing your own new smile?
We are also able to add implants to better secure your dentures and help you eat the foods you have been forced to avoid in the past.
Root canals are small passageways branching off from beneath the top of the tooth and flowing downward until they reach the tip of a tooth’s root. When the pulp of a tooth (the inside chamber of the tooth, containing nerves, blood vessels and other tissues) becomes infected through decay or a traumatic injury, root canal therapy is used to save a problem tooth and prevent extraction.
If a diseased tooth is left untreated, it can cause a host of problems. Symptoms of infected tooth pulp include:
What does Hillcrest Family Dental’s root canal therapy involve?
Under local anesthesia, a tooth’s infected tissue is removed and root canals are cleaned, stopping the spread of infection and saving the tooth. After treatment, a filling or a crown is needed to fully restore the tooth.
With its high success rate, root canal therapy is the optimal treatment to save a tooth that otherwise would have to be removed.
Sleep apnea is a common condition that occurs when breathing is disrupted during sleep. It affects more than 25 million people of all ages throughout the United States. People suffering from sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times per night–sometimes for a minute or longer.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the condition. OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of throat loosen and collapse blocking a person’s airway. A common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring interspersed with gasps or choking sounds.
Sleep apnea disrupts the reparative value of sleep and if left untreated, it can lead to adverse medical problems, including hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, memory loss, diabetes, headaches, depression and daytime drowsiness.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
The majority of people suffering from sleep apnea begin treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP treatment uses a facemask attached to a machine that forces air into a patient’s airway. Many people, however, discontinue CPAP treatment after finding it to be noisy or uncomfortable.
At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, we are able to help people who are CPAP intolerant or are looking to treat obstructive sleep apnea with appliances in conjunction with CPAP.
We have helped many patients throughout the Waukesha area who suffer from OSA with the innovative TAP 3 Elite appliance. The TAP 3 Elite is a mouthpiece that looks similar to mouth guard and repositions a patient’s lower jaw to open his or her airway for proper oxygenation during sleep. The TAP 3 Elite is made up of small hardware providing room for the tongue and allowing a patient’s lips to close.
Are you a candidate for sleep apnea dentistry?
Before we can provide sleep apnea treatment, a patient needs to have a sleep study done and become diagnosed with sleep apnea by his or her physician. After this is completed, the Hillcrest Family Dentistry team will develop a custom-designed oral appliance that will allow you to get a better night’s rest and reduce snoring.
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