Digital Radiographs

Dental radiographs (x-rays) have been a mainstay in the practice of dentistry for over 100 years. Traditionally dental x-rays were taken using an x-ray film that, after being exposed to the x-ray, were developed similarly to a photograph. This process was slow, used harsh chemicals, used more amounts of radiation, and only produced a small image.

Digital radiography (digital x-rays) is the modernization of this classic technique. We are now able to see the results of the x-ray immediately after by using a full screen computer display. We also no longer use developing chemicals or three to four times less radiation than traditional film, and we can add digital enhancements to better identify any problems.

Digital x-rays allow dentists to diagnose problems of the oral hard tissues, like teeth and bones, that that we cannot see. Digital x-rays are a valuable part of a complete diagnosis because they expose cavities, cysts, tumors, fractures, bone loss, and infections.

Along with 2D traditional dental x-rays, we are excited to have 3D imaging. This allows us to see behind, around, and in between roots of teeth. A 3D scan lets us view dental anatomy from different angles, as well as view structures in the bone such as nerves, blood vessels, infections, or root fractures. The 3D scans also help the dentists make more predictable treatment plans for root canals, implants, and extractions. They are a fast and accurate image that allow the patient and dentist to be more confident in the treatment decisions. The use of dental imaging technology often creates a more comfortable and engaging dental visit.

Dentist treating a patient near Holmen, WI

Intraoral Photography

Our intraoral cameras are about the size of a pen, they produce a high-quality digital image, and allow us to show you what we see inside your mouth. The oral soft tissues and surfaces of the teeth can be captured with a digital photo and displayed on the computer. Photographs are a great patient education tool, because they help the dentist better explain your treatment needs and different treatment options.

TMJ / TMD

Clenching, grinding, clicking, popping, headaches, and muscle or jaw pain are all symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). TMD, which is also called TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome(s), affects between 5% and 12% of the population, and patients often don’t seek care for their symptoms. We offer different treatment options to help stabilize the jaw, deprogram the muscles, and alleviate pain associated with TMD.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry includes a multitude of different dental procedures to help you obtain your optimal smile. Changes to the color, shape, location, or size of the teeth can enhance your smile to the one you have always wanted. We offer many different cosmetic procedures and will help you choose the one that is right for your treatment goals.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain ceramic that are bonded (glued) directly to the tooth. They are a less invasive alternative to a crown and are a very efficient and effective way to correct any teeth that have severe discoloration, multiple visible restorations, spaces, chips or fractures, and slight misalignments.

Dental Hygiene

Galesville Dental has an excellent staff of very friendly family dentists and professional hygienists near Holmen, WI. Our dental hygienists provide routine dental cleanings, and, if it’s been awhile since your last cleaning, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). Our hygienists excel at removing all the plaque and calculus (tarter) from your teeth, especially in the areas where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Emergency Dental Care

We are here for you when you need us for family dental care near Holmen, WI. Emergencies happen and we offer same day emergency treatment for any of your dental needs.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to help fill spaces from any tooth that has been lost or is missing. All your teeth consist of two basic parts: the crown and the root. The crown is the part of the tooth that you can see and is used for chewing food and smiling. The root is the part under the gum tissue in the jaw bone that is used to stabilize the tooth. For a missing tooth to be replaced, we must replace both parts. Implants act as a root.

Titanium-based dental implants are placed in the jaw bone, and after a healing period, a new replacement tooth (crown) is attached to the implant.

Root Canals

Endodontic treatment (root canals) treats the inside of the tooth. To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. There are three layers to a tooth. Enamel is the white that you can see, the next layer is the dentin, and the final layer is the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. Once a tooth is fully mature, it can survive without the pulp.

During a root canal, the pulp is accessed through the crown of the tooth. The infected or inflamed pulp is removed, and the canals are cleaned and shaped. After the canals are cleaned and dried, they are filled with gutta-percha and an adhesive to ensure complete sealing of the canal. Once the root canal is finished, the opening in the crown is filled with a restoration. Generally, a crown is recommended to protect the tooth and restore it to full function.

Dentures

Dentures come in many different shapes and forms. They are a removable substitute for natural teeth. Dentures can be classified as either complete or partial. A complete denture is needed if there are no remaining teeth, and a partial denture incorporates any remaining natural teeth into the denture. A multistep procedure is needed when crafting a denture to ensure patient satisfaction on all levels. If you have more questions about your current denture or think you might be in need of a denture, please do not hesitate to call and ask for consultation.

Teeth Whitening

We offer two different whitening systems: in-office Glo Whitening, which comes with a take home kit, and a stand-alone take home kit.

Glo Whitening consists of a one-hour appointment with one of the dental assistants, no impressions, and no sensitivity. On average, teeth will lift 5 shades in that initial hour. After that, a take home kit is given to the patient. The patient will also receive instructions on how to reach optimal white. G vials are available at the office at no charge for any patient who elects to have their teeth whitened with the in-office Glo system.

We also offer the “traditional” tooth whitening system with custom trays and gel. Traditional teeth whitening consists of one appointment to take an impression and another to deliver the custom trays with the gel. We have two concentrations of gel: a 20-minute wear and 30-minute wear. Additional gel is available at the office at no charge for any patient who wants to have traditional whitening.

Invisalign Treatment near Holmen, WI

We are proud to offer Invisalign® – the latest advancement in orthodontic treatment. Invisalign straightens your teeth, not with brackets and wires, but with a series of clear, customized, removable appliances, called Aligners. Millions of patients just like you are discovering a more beautiful smile! Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Most People Can Be Treated – Nearly 3 out of 4 adults could benefit from straighter teeth.
  • Teens – Proven to be a wonderful alternative for the teenager who does not want to wear traditional braces.
  • Comfortable – Though there will always be some degree of sensitivity during Orthodontic treatment, the aligners are custom made for YOUR teeth and are comfortable to wear
  • Removable – Since the Aligners are removable there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink. More importantly, this allows you to brush and floss normally for optimum oral health. The result is a more beautiful, healthier smile that you can share for a lifetime!
  • Nearly Invisible – The aligners are virtually undetectable when worn which means no one will even know you are wearing aligners unless you tell them!
  • Payment Options – Our practice offers convenient payment options, including third-party financing with low monthly payments.

Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign®

The Invisalign® system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, it depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your treatment time will be determined by your doctor, based on your specific needs.

Invisalign aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible “braces,” making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.

Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires with the Invisalign system that could cause irritation to your mouth. Plus since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair.

More than 6,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of smiles grows daily.

Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Invisalign aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A (BPA) or phthalate plasticizers.

We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored.

A number of patients have undergone a previous treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Invisalign can usually correct the shifting that occurs after braces, and do so without having to go through the trauma and social awkwardness of wearing metal braces.

Similar to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.

No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you’re required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.

No, gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.

We find aligners are most effective if worn 20 to 22 hours per day – and removed only for eating, brushing, and flossing.

While Invisalign moves your teeth without the pain and anxiety of metal braces, some people will experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s also a sign that Invisalign is working, as it moves your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.

The best way to clean your aligners is to brush them with toothpaste and rinse them in lukewarm water.

Your doctor will schedule regular appointments – usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits are to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

Invisalign has been used to treat patients as young as 8 years old up to 80 years old.

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however the average case takes about 12 months.*

This varies person to person and depends on the outcome of the treatment. Some patients might need a positioner, or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer similar to the ones Invisalign makes, such as Align Technology’s Vivera Retainer.

Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, you should review your personal coverage plan. However, in general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

Questions? Need More Information?

If you have any questions about a specific dental procure you are interested in or have any other procedures in mind that are not listed here, please call (608) 582-4115 and one of our dental team members will provide you more information.

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