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By Berkers Family Dentistry
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover how dental bonding could fix those little chips and cracks in your bonding

You were enjoying a delicious bag of popcorn while kicking back with a movie when you suddenly crunch down on an unpopped kernel. Now you are dealing with a chip or small crack in your tooth. While this can certainly send anyone into a tizzy, don’t fret. Our Kaukauna, WI, dentists, Dr. Christopher Berkers and Dr. Thomas Moeller, can easily treat this issue and restore your tooth.

There are different kinds of cracks that teeth can develop. You might be surprised to discover that there are a lot of people with tiny cracks in their teeth. These cracks are known as craze lines and they are really nothing to worry about. These cracks are so superficial, won’t cause any symptoms and they won’t harm the integrity of the tooth; however, if the look of craze lines bothers you then we can easily improve the appearance of the tooth with dental bonding.

Dental bonding is a cosmetic technique in which our Kaukauna general dentist uses a putty-like material that is designed to mimic the color of your teeth. This resin is applied to minor cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks and discolorations to improve the shape, size and color of the cracked tooth. This technique is completely non-invasive and it’s a great way to enhance and improve the look of your smile without undergoing extensive dentistry.

Of course, dental bonding won’t be able to tackle all of your issues. If the crack is more extensive then it may actually affect the function and integrity of the tooth. When this happens it’s important to visit us right away for care. If the crack is significant we might need to place a dental crown over the tooth to protect the tooth from further damage. Placing a dental crown will ensure that the natural tooth is preserved and it will also improve the tooth’s strength and durability.

In rare cases, a crack may extend past the gums and affect the roots of the tooth. When this happens the tooth is no longer viable and will need to be extracted and replaced.

Do you have questions about the dental services we offer here in Kaukauna, WI? Are you dealing with dental trauma? Whatever the case might be, if you are in need of a trustworthy dental team then call Berkers Family Dentistry.

By Berkers Family Dentistry
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how getting implant dentistry in Kaukauna could turn your smile implants

We know that dealing with gaps in your smile where your teeth once were is enough to make you feel embarrassed by your appearance. But what if our Kaukauna, WI implant dentists, Dr. Thomas Moeller and Dr. Christopher Berkers, told you that there is a restoration out there that could potentially replace your missing teeth for the rest of your life?

No, it’s not too good to be true. Dental implants can truly restore your missing teeth in ways that dentures and dental bridges just can’t. This tiny titanium post will be placed into a pre-drilled hole in the jawbone that we create during a minor surgical procedure. The procedure can be done right here in our office under local anesthesia. You won’t be asleep (but you won’t feel a thing) and you can go home right afterward.

By placing the dental implant into the jawbone this allows the restoration to now take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. Tooth roots are required for preserving and protecting the shape and density of your jawbone. Those who don’t treat their tooth loss also face bone loss too (among a variety of other serious and long-term complications).

To combat this problem, our Kaukauna dentist will replace the tooth roots with an implant, which will provide your jawbone with the proper amount of stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong.

Who is a good candidate for implants?

It’s always important to ask yourself this question before deciding on any dental procedure. There are several ways to replace missing teeth so it’s important that you weigh the pros and cons before you say “yes” to any one treatment.

We will also need to run a thorough evaluation to ensure that you are an ideal candidate for implants. What makes someone right for implants? Well, several factors, including:

  • Being in good general health (if you have any chronic health problems we will want to make sure they are under control prior to treatment)
  • Having a smile that is free of untreated decay or gum disease
  • Being a non-smoker (smokers are more likely to face implant failure)
  • Making sure you are dedicated to the lengthy treatment process and are ready to care for your new implant for life
  • Whether you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant during treatment
  • Whether you are taking immunosuppressants, undergoing chemotherapy or have a suppressed immune system
  • Your age (adults are great candidates for implants, but children and teens are not)

If you want to treat your tooth loss right away then it’s important that you schedule your initial consultation with us. Call our dental office in Kaukauna, WI today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.

By Berkers Family Dentistry
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Braces are a dental procedure used to fix crowded, crooked or missing teeth, a bad bite or poorly-aligned jaws. Thumb sucking, traumatic bracesinjuries or even genetics can all lead to the need for braces in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. While children are the typical candidates, adults also can be successful too. Dr. Thomas Moeller and Dr. Christopher Berkers can examine each patient to determine if braces are a viable dental treatment for their existing oral health situation.

More About Braces in Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Orthodontics is a facet of dentistry that focuses on correcting the jaw and teeth alignment. Braces use wires along with one of three different types:

  1. Conventional braces use bands or metal strips
  2. Plastic or metal brackets cemented or bonded directly to the teeth
  3. Brackets that attach to the back teeth known as lingual braces

A dentist usually makes a plaster cast of the patient’s teeth and takes full x-rays of the head and mouth. After they are placed, these braces will need to be adjusted periodically to make sure that they are continuing to move the teeth to their desired position. Retainers are also used after braces to make sure that the teeth remain in place too.

Braces are typically worn for a period of time up to two years. Adults may be required to wear braces even longer. There is mild discomfort associated with braces following each adjustment. In terms of hygiene, people must maintain a regular oral hygiene routine so that food and debris don't get trapped in the brackets or wires. Water picks are one effective way to keep the mouth healthy as it gives off small pressurized bursts of water that can rinse away this debris.

For more information on how braces in Kaukauna, Wisconsin can help your smile, call Berkers Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moeller and Dr. Berkers at 920-766-9521. We cannot wait to help you make your smile what you’ve always dreamt of.

By Berkers Family Dentistry
July 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When your smile has become dull, teeth whitening can bring back its sparkle. Kaukauna, WI, family dentists Dr. Thomas Moeller and Dr. teeth whiteningChristopher Berkers discusses how you can benefit from teeth whitening and explains how whitening is performed.

Why is whitening important?

Your smile is one of the first things many people notice about you. Although it's certainly not fair to make judgments about people based on their teeth, the condition of your smile may play a part in other people's impression of you. Whether you're eager to find a new job, want to re-enter the dating scene or just don't like the way your teeth look, a bright, white smile can improve your confidence.

Who can benefit from teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a good choice if your teeth and gums are in good condition, and you don't have crowns, veneers, bridges, bonding or other restorations. Although hydrogen peroxide gel, the agent that whitens teeth, is very effective at lightening your enamel, it has no effect on restorations. If you have restorations, you can replace them to match your whitened teeth if you wish.

Whitening agents also don't penetrate plaque or tartar, which is why it's a good idea to schedule a professional teeth cleaning before you whiten your teeth. Teeth whitening treatment is very effective at reversing dullness that can occur as you age and also removes food, beverage, and tobacco stains.

What happens during the whitening process?

If you choose whitening treatment in our Kaukauna office, a special gel will be applied to your gums to prevent irritation due to exposure to the whitening gel. Retractors, devices that pull your lips and cheeks away from your teeth, will also be used. It only takes a few seconds to brush on the gel. Once it's applied, you'll wait about an hour for the gel to work its magic.

In-home kits are also available. Although the trays used in the kits may look like those found in over-the-counter kits, they're molded to fit your teeth exactly, which improves your results and reduces the risk of irritation. In-home kits are usually used several times a week for two or three weeks.

Teeth whitening can help you make the most of your smile. Call Kaukauna, WI, family dentists Dr. Thomas Moeller and Dr. Christopher Berkers at (920) 766-9521 to schedule your appointment.

By Berkers Family Dentistry
May 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out more about these restorative dental treatments and how they could help you.restorative dentistry

While we all hope that everyone will maintain healthy smiles and will never have to face problems; unfortunately, this just isn’t realistic. Accidents happen. Decay happens. Tooth loss happens. And if you are facing these issues you want to know that our Kaukauna, WI, family dentists have you covered. Find out more about dental crowns and bridges and how they can help you.

What is the Purpose of a Dental Crown?

Chances are pretty good that you’ve seen a dental crown or you know someone who has needed one. This restoration is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth, the only difference is that it’s hollow so that it can fit over a tooth to improve its appearance and/or functionality.

A dental crown may be used to:

  • Protect a weak or damaged tooth
  • Support a tooth that has been cracked, broken or fractured
  • Improve the appearance of a discolored, misshapen or severely damaged tooth
  • Take the place of a dental filling to provide more stability for the decayed tooth
  • Support and stabilize a dental bridge
  • Cover a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
  • Cover a dental implant

What is the Purpose of a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. A bridge will be able to fill those gaps left over by tooth loss, thanks to the support of two dental crowns on either side of the false teeth. Once the crowns are placed on neighboring healthy teeth, your Kaukauna dentist can place the false tooth or teeth in the middle, securing to the crowns.

A dental bridge will be recommended if:

  • You need to replace a missing tooth (or teeth)
  • You have healthy, strong neighboring teeth that can support dental crowns and a bridge
  • You want to replace your teeth but don’t want to undergo surgery

Berkers Family Dentistry in Kaukauna, WI, is dedicated to providing a full array of dental services, from preventive cleanings to restorative treatments. Call us today to find out if crowns or bridges can benefit you and your smile.

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