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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!

By Southwest Dental Group
April 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Implants provide a long-term tooth replacement that both looks and functions like a real tooth.

No matter whether you are missing one, several or all of your teeth our Racine, WI, dentists Dr. David DeFurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich Dental Implanthave a solution that will help you restore your smile and provide you with a stable and realistic artificial tooth. Are you ready to find out more about how dental implants can help you?

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a metal post that is placed into the jawbone where it replaces your missing tooth’s roots. Implants are unique because they function just like real teeth, are designed to last a lifetime, and boast a 98 percent success rate when placed properly. Caring for an implant is really no different from caring for a real tooth, as it still requires regular brushing and flossing in order to stay healthy.

What makes an implant different from other tooth replacement options is that it actually fuses together with the jawbone to become a permanent part of the bone and tissue. This natural fusion is known as osseointegration and once this is complete the implant is a lifelong restoration from which to hold a false tooth or to even secure dentures into place.

Is a dental implant right for me?

There are a few things to think about before deciding whether or not you could benefit from getting dental implants in Racine, WI. First and foremost, a good candidate for dental implants will be someone who is healthy and isn’t dealing with chronic health problems like diabetes or heart disease, which can impact the healing process.

Patients who smoke are also not ideal candidates since smoking can increase your risk for implant failure. Smokers are strongly urged to quit prior to getting implants. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant you should also hold off on getting implants.

Our Racine, WI, dentist will also need to take X-rays of your mouth to check the health of your jawbone to make sure that it is strong enough to support a dental implant. After all, bone loss is a common complication of untreated tooth loss and we will need to make sure that there isn’t significant bone loss, which could affect the success of the implant.

If you are dealing with tooth loss in Racine, WI, the sooner you seek treatment the better. Call Southwest Dental Group today to schedule a no-risk consultation with us. Let’s find out if your smile is right for dental implants.

By Southwest Dental Group
January 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

You may need a tooth extraction if your teeth are crowded, diseased, or have gone through some sort of trauma. Drs. David Defurio, Stephen Norovich, and Richard Defurio in Racine, WI, perform dental extractions, an oral surgery procedure, and can tell you more about them.

What does a tooth extraction procedure consist of?

If trauma from a sport and/or overcrowded teeth are the reason you need a tooth extraction, then your doctor will need to do the following:

  1. Examine the severity of the situation and schedule an appointment for the tooth extraction.
  2. An anesthetics will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth.
  3. Your doctor will extract whatever is left of the natural tooth.
  4. They will stitch the extraction area and place gauze to stop bleeding, and help with blood clot formation.

How to care for you teeth after the procedure?

Don't eat or drink for a few hours. Don't use a straw. Use painkillers if needed and avoid smoking or drinking alcoholic beverage after the procedure. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for constant disinfection, and call your Racine, WI, doctor if you're suffering from severe pain, it may be a dry socket (blood hasn't clotted properly).

What are the benefits of oral surgery?

  • Keeps natural teeth intact
  • Restores ability to bite and chew
  • Prevents jawbone degeneration, or deterioration

How do you care for your teeth?

To reduce the chances of needing a tooth extraction from diseases, here are some preventative measures to follow:

  • Floss before bed and make sure you floss between each tooth and in hard to reach places like molars.
  • Stop bad or poor habits like smoking, and chewing tobacco.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each, holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to improve your chances of having healthy teeth.

Do you need a consultation?

If you think you need a tooth extraction and want to consult your doctor to see if the tooth is beyond saving, then you should call your Racine, WI, dentists, Drs. David Defurio, Stephen Norovich, and Richard Defurio, today.

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