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By Southwest Dental Group
October 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Missing teeth can not only make you resistant to show your smile but impact both the comfort and health of your mouth. Though teeth are meant to last a lifetime, age, damage, or decay can lead to tooth loss.

At Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI, Drs. David Defurio and Stephen Norovich offer restorative dental options that can repair your teeth so you feel confident and regain your dental health. Dentures are one solution, and they may be a great fit for you. Let your dentist at our Racine, WI, office help you decide if dentures are right for you.

Here are some of the benefits dentures from your Racine dentist can offer you:


Dentures are a natural-looking way to fill any gaps from missing teeth, constructed with a gum-colored base and topped with artificial teeth that are sized, shaped, and tinted to look like natural teeth. Because the gum-like base fits securely to the jaw bone, dentures are discreet. 


Dentures are crafted to function like your natural teeth. The base uses suction to secure to your jawbone, so they stay firmly in place while you eat and talk. You will be able to bite and chew comfortably and easily without worry about your dentures moving around or becoming loose.


You will be able to easily insert and remove your dentures at your convenience. During the day, you can enjoy meals and conversation like normal. At night time, simply remove your dentures for cleaning and sleeping. Ask your dentist at our Racine office about cleaning tablets or soaks for your dentures.


Missing teeth can lead to the weakening of the jawbone, causing you to lose support in your mouth and possibly lead to drooping of your face. A missing tooth can also leave you more susceptible to decay in the surrounding teeth.

Also, the loss of teeth can make it difficult to eat nutrient-rich foods like nuts and fresh produce. Dentures will allow you to bite and chew comfortably and easily so you can maintain proper nutrition.

Make an appointment with Southwest Dental Group at our Racine, WI, office to learn more about dentures. Call Drs. David Defurio and Stephen Norovich today at 262-632-3156.

By Southwest Dental Group
June 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you’re looking for a long-term tooth replacement, read on.

Millions of Americans are missing one or more permanent teeth. But the good news is that when you do lose a tooth our Racine, WI, dentists Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich can provide you with a restoration that is as close to a natural tooth as you can get.

A dental implant mimics the functionality of a real tooth and it will blend right in with your smile. Plus, dental implants can last decades, making them the perfect solution for someone looking for a lifelong artificial tooth. Here’s why you may want to consider dental implants,

Dental Implants Offer a High Success Rate

A dental implant is a small titanium structure that is placed into the jawbone to support a dental prosthetic (in most cases, a dental crown). Dental implants are incredibly successful, offering a success rate of up to 98 percent. Of course, while this percentage can vary, our Racine, WI, family dentist will make sure that you are an ideal candidate for dental implants and that there are no health factors that could affect the success of your implants.

The Jawbone and Implant Fuse Together Naturally

Implants are incredibly unique in that they are made from a biocompatible material, which makes the bone and tissue interact with it like it were a natural part of the body. This makes it possible for the implant and bone to integrate with each other to become one. This can take anywhere from 3-6 months after the implant is placed, but once this integration is complete (known as osseointegration), this means that the implant isn’t going anywhere.

Dental Implants Can’t Get Cavities

If your dentist has told you that you are at a high risk for cavities this is probably something that you are focused on preventing every day through proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet. And, if your tooth loss was caused by decay, you may be a bit apprehensive about your tooth replacement. A dental implant is made from only artificial materials, so it cannot develop cavities.

Implants Don’t Require Special Care

Implants function like real teeth, which means that they can also be treated like real teeth. Just use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and brush and floss your implants like you would the rest of your natural teeth. And don’t forget to visit the dentist every six months for checkups and routine cleanings.

If you are one of the millions of Americans out there with gaps in their smile, know that our Racine, WI, dental team can restore and rebuild your smile with dental implants. To learn more about this restoration, or to schedule a consultation, call Southwest Dental Group at (262) 632-3156.

By Southwest Dental Group
May 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Home Oral Care  

You can maintain a healthy smile by practicing proper oral hygiene habits in the comfort of your home and regularly visiting your dentists at Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI, Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich.

What Are Simple Oral Hygiene Tips You Can Follow at Home?

The following are basic oral health care tips that you can practice and develop to maintain your oral health:

  • Brush two times daily. Brush your teeth in the morning and at night.
  • Observe the proper method of brushing your teeth. At an angle, grip your toothbrush and point its bristles to the area where your teeth and gums meet. Move it in a back and forth circular motion. Do this for two minutes, making sure to include your tongue and the inside/outside surfaces of your teeth.
  • Make sure to floss. Flossing is equally vital as brushing your teeth. Doing this removes plaque in hard-to-reach areas between the teeth, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
  • Use fluoride-containing products. Fluoride is an effective aid in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Rinse your mouth using mouthwash. Gargling mouthwash after brushing your teeth lowers acidity in the mouth and cleans areas that are difficult to reach using a toothbrush.
  • Lower your consumption of sugary and acidic foods. These kinds of foods can wear down the enamel of your teeth and can lead to tooth decay.
  • Stay hydrated. By drinking water after every meal, leftovers from the food you ate are washed away. Furthermore, water keeps your mouth moist which reduces the risk of developing cavities and gum disease, decreases the buildup of plaque in your teeth, and positively affects your overall health.
  • Quit tobacco-containing products. If you use them, quit immediately. Not only can tobacco discolor your teeth and cause other oral complications, but they can also greatly harm your overall health.

When Should You See Your Dentist?

Although you can take care of your oral health at home, it is still necessary that you regularly see your dentist in Racine, WI, at least twice annually for checkups and cleanings. During these appointments, any underlying issues that you may have overlooked can be discovered and a treatment can be prescribed.

Need More Advice or Have Concerns About Your Oral Health? Contact Us

Call (262) 632-3156 to reach Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI, and set up your visit with one of our dentists, Dr. David Defurio or Dr. Stephen Norovich.

By Southwest Dental Group
March 26, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Don’t let the rumors fool you, a root canal is really no big deal.

There is something about the words “root canal” that can make people apprehensive. Sadly, this dental procedure that actually saves teeth is still getting a bad rap despite all the good it does. Are you needing a root canal? If so, our Racine, WI, dentists Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich want to make sure that you understand what to expect from a root canal and why it truly is nothing to fear.

The Purpose of a Root Canal

When bacteria get inside the tooth it can infect the dental pulp. Once this happens the only way to prevent the bacteria from spreading further is for our Racine, WI, family dentist to perform a root canal. This simple procedure allows us to go inside the tooth, remove the infected pulp and disinfect the inside of the tooth to get rid of the infection.

Don’t Fear a Root Canal

Our dental team will make sure that it’s as easy and stress-free as possible. Here are some things that may squash those fears you have about your upcoming root canal treatment,

Root canals eliminate pain

This procedure isn’t going to cause you pain, in fact it is designed to get rid of your pain. An infected dental pulp can cause some pretty awful toothaches. By getting a root canal we can remove the source of your pain. You may even feel immediate relief from that horrid toothache after the procedure is over. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, which will thoroughly numb the area we are treating.

Root canals are minimally invasive

Getting a root canal may seem like a serious and intensive procedure but it is really no more invasive than getting a cavity filled. Once the dental pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned, we will fill the inside of the tooth and then place a dental crown over the tooth to support it. That’s all there is to it.

Root canals save teeth

If a dental infection goes untreated the bacteria can cause irreparable damage not just to that tooth but also the neighboring teeth and the jawbone. That’s why it’s so important to see a dentist the minute you notice a toothache or other problems. By getting a root canal when you need it we can actually save the tooth and prevent it from being extracted.

Whether you need a root canal or just a comprehensive checkup, our Racine, WI, dental team can ensure that you and your family get the dentistry you need for healthy smiles. To schedule an appointment with Southwest Dental Group call (262) 632-3156.

By Southwest Dental Group
February 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Denture  

Dentures provide a reliable way to restore your smile after tooth loss. By replacing missing teeth, dentures also help restore biting and chewing functions that might have been difficult with teeth missing. Several types of dentures are available for restoring your smile. Dr. David DeFurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich, the dentists at SouthWest Dental Group in Racine, can explain your denture options and recommend a specific type for you.

Benefits of Dentures

There are several benefits to wearing dentures. The biggest benefit is that dentures give you a full smile. Another benefit of dentures is that they help correct some of the unwanted side effects that can occur following tooth loss. For instance, biting and chewing food can be more difficult when teeth are missing. Additionally, the cheeks can sag when there are not enough teeth to provide support for facial muscles. Speech can also be affected by the gaps from missing teeth. These unwanted side effects can be corrected when you restore your smile with dentures.

Types of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are a type of denture worn when a patient still has some natural teeth. The partial denture fills in the gaps where natural teeth have been lost. Transitional partial dentures are worn temporarily, usually while waiting for the gums to heal following tooth extraction. Once the gums have healed, the transitional denture is replaced with a removable one. Removable partial dentures are meant to be worn long term and are much more comfortable than transitional partial dentures because they are made from a lighter material.

Types of Full Dentures

Full or complete dentures are worn when there are no natural teeth remaining along the top or bottom arch. Types of full dentures include immediate, conventional, and implant-supported overdentures. One of the knowledgeable dentists at our dental practice in Racine can guide you in selecting the type of full denture that will best meet your needs.

Immediate full dentures serve a similar function as transitional partial dentures. They are often worn temporarily while the gums heal following extraction of any remaining teeth. Immediate full dentures make it possible for you to enjoy a full set of teeth right away while waiting for a more permanent option. This type of denture can be replaced with a conventional full denture or an implant-supported overdenture.

Conventional full dentures are custom made for each patient and offer a better fit than immediate full dentures. Further, conventional dentures eventually conform to your mouth over time for an even better fit. Implant-supported overdentures are another long-term option. This type of denture is held in place by several strategically placed dental implants. The dental implants give the dentures added stability.

You have several denture options for restoring your smile. The skilled dentists at our office in Racine can recommend the right type to meet your needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. DeFurio or Dr. Norovich, call SouthWest Dental Group at (262) 632-3156.

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