Lake Park Dental provides family and cosmetic dentistry to
patients in the Milwaukee, WI and surrounding areas.
Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Graham, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.
Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
• Brush with fluoride toothpaste.
• Brush the top surface of your tongue.
• Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day.
• Use mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
• Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats.
• Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. A baby tooth may need removal if it has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, blocking the way for permanent teeth. A permanent tooth may need to be removed if it has so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Graham may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. Once a tooth has been removed, if it is a permanent tooth, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, Dr. Graham may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.
If you believe that you have a tooth that needs to be removed, please don't hesitate to call! Together we will discuss the best option for you.
If you have a decayed tooth, we can restore it back to its normal shape and function with a filling. Dr. Graham will carefully examine your tooth and discuss your options before beginning the filling procedure.
If a filling is required, Dr. Megan Graham will first remove the decayed tooth material, then clean the affected area and fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter.
Fillings may include gold, porcelain or composite material. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are typically used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important.
Questions about fillings? Give us a call at (414) 963-9440.
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth's surface. A fluoride treatment at Lake Park Dental takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. A typical fluoride treatment is done every 3, 6 or 12 months.
Call to schedule your routine checkup at Lake Park Dental today.
Night guards, also called occlusal splints, are the perfect defense to unwanted damage to your smile during your sleep. If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth in the night, you may have a common condition called "bruxism." Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth when sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth or even tooth loss.
An easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism is a night guard. Night guards prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by Dr. Graham from soft material to fit your teeth, you will use a night guard inserted over your top or bottom arch to prevent contact with the opposing teeth. Let us help you get a better night's rest with a night guard!
Call to schedule your appointment with us today.
It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.
Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn’t always stop there. You oral health is the beginning point for your whole body’s health and wellness. It is imperative that we stop problems before they even start!
Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:
• Respiratory Disease
• Heart Disease
• Pre-Term Births
Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the infection through deep cleaning like scaling and root planing, clearing buildup at the root of the teeth. The dentist may also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight infections. Surgery is required for the most severe cases.
We examine you for gum health at every 6-month check-up. If you have been experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know. We will decide what is the best form of treatment to restore your gums to optimum health.
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in-between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. With a sealant, we can give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth's surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants last from three to five years, but can often last longer. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let us know and schedule an appointment with us at Lake Park Dental for your teeth to be re-sealed.
Want a whiter, brighter smile? At Lake Park Dental, we have two solutions for you!
Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 2-8 hours per day and can be worn overnight.
Contact our practice to learn more about our whitening options.