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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.

By Southwest Dental Group
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Wisdom Teeth  

Find out why wisdom teeth so often need to be removed.

Despite the name, wisdom teeth won’t actually make you smarter—in fact, the smarter choice may actually be to have them removed. After all, most wisdom teeth do not come in properly, leading to a host of problems from infections to damaged teeth. To prevent these problems from occurring, your dentists, Dr. David Defurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich of Racine, WI, remove this third and final set of molars before they start to cause issues—read on to learn more!

When do wisdom teeth come in?

These molars usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25 years old. Of course, even before they erupt, our Racine, WI, general dentist will be able to see them on an x-ray and determine at which angle they are coming in. Often times, just with a simple x-ray alone, we can tell that they are going to become impacted.

Why do my wisdom teeth need to come out?

If these teeth come in healthy and do not affect the other teeth, then you might not need to undergo tooth extraction; however, this is rarely the case. In most cases, there simply isn’t enough room in the jaws to support this last set of teeth. Wisdom teeth need to be removed if:

  • They are hidden or trapped within the jaws: this can lead to an infection or the development of a cyst, which can damage the roots of the teeth and surrounding bone.
  • They only partially erupt through the gums: this can make it more challenging to keep this area clean, leaving the partially open gums at risk for bacteria and infection.
  • They cause crowding: as we mentioned earlier, many times there just isn’t enough room for these wisdom teeth to come in properly, which can push teeth out of alignment or even damage them.

You should also have your wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms as a result,

  • Dental Pain
  • Tumors
  • Cysts
  • Repeated infections
  • Gum disease
  • Decay
  • Injuries and damage to other teeth

Concerned? Give us a call

Schedule a wisdom tooth extraction consultation with Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI, today by dialing (262) 632-3156.

By Southwest Dental Group
August 13, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Whether you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth, you are in the company of millions of American adults suffering from tooth loss. In addition to the toll that an incomplete smile can take on your self-esteem and quality of life, tooth loss can also damage your oral and general health. No matter how old you are or how long you've been living with tooth loss, it's never too late to get your smile and oral health back on track. Here at Southwest Dental, our dentists recommend dental implants for healthy adults looking for a complete and comprehensive solution to tooth loss—read on to learn more!

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Q: What exactly are dental implants?

A: Dental implants are multipart restorations that consist of the implant itself (a titanium piece that effectively replaces the lost root) and a cosmetic crown, which is attached to the implant with an abutment in order to stay securely in place. Not only does an implant provide a secure anchor for the crown, it also helps to prevent the bone tissue in your gums from eroding over time. While this may not initially seem very important, bone loss is in fact a major side effect of tooth loss and a major risk factor for gum disease and the overall stability of your teeth.

Q: How do dental implants work?

A: After a comprehensive dental exam to determine if implants are right for you, the dentist will surgically place the implant in the socket of the missing tooth. Once in place, the implant begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. After the fusion is complete, the cosmetic crown is attached to the implant at a later date when the implant has healed and fully integrated into the gums.

Q: Is treatment often successful?

A: With good oral hygiene and follow up dental care, implants have a very high success rate of 95%.

Find a Dentist in Racine, WI

For more information about dental implants and other tooth replacement options, contact Southwest Dental Group today by calling (262) 632-3156 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

By Southwest Dental Group
June 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

What could root canal treatment do for you? If you have a deeply cracked, decayed or infected tooth, this well-respected restoration can toothbreathe new life into your tooth and relieve the difficult symptoms you've been experiencing. At Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI, Dr. David DeFurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich know the signs which show you may need a root canal.

What is root canal therapy?

Also known as endodontic therapy, a root canal is an in-office restorative treatment which removes damaged pulp from far within a tooth's interior chamber and slender canals which course down each root. If this pulp, which contains connective tissue, small blood vessels and nerves, becomes exposed and inflamed through decay or traumatic injury, it easily becomes infected, deteriorating to the point of severe pain.

Root canal therapy from your Racine, WI, dentist opens the affected tooth and removes the inflamed soft tissue in its entirety. Most root canal procedures require local anesthetic and two one-hour visits to Southwest Dental Group. After Dr. DeFurio or Dr. Norovich accesses each canal, debrides it and adds a disinfecting medication and sealant (gutta-percha), he places a filling or temporary crown to protect the tooth as it heals. At a subsequent appointment, he removes the temporary cap and covers the tooth with a customized ceramic crown.

How do you know you need a root canal?

Your Racine, WI, dentist will confirm that your tooth would benefit from a root canal treatment. He looks at the tooth and surrounding gum tissue, notes your symptoms and takes X-rays to examine surrounding bone and the root structure.

Pain often signals the need for endodontic therapy. Whether severe and throbbing or minor sensitivity to heat, cold or pressure-- pain is a protective response which alerts you to a problem. Additional symptoms may include:

  • A crack or large chip
  • Reddened, sensitive gums
  • A pimple on the gums near the affected tooth
  • Bad breath
  • Drainage which smells and tastes bad
  • Discolored tooth enamel

Some teeth are congenitally misshapen and may weaken with use over time. These teeth also may qualify for root canal therapy to prolong their useful lives, strengthen them and beautify their appearance.

Do these restored teeth last?

Yes, teeth treated with root canal therapy last indefinitely, says the American Association of Endodontists. They function well without their inner pulp and require your usual brushing, flossing and in-office cleanings and check-ups semi-annually.

Worrying about a tooth?

Please call Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI, for an appointment, and Dr. DeFurio or Dr. Norovich will take care of it. You may need a root canal treatment. Call (262) 632-3156 today!

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