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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.

By Berkers Family Dentistry
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you dream of a more beautiful smile? Today, cosmetic dentistry is very popular. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the cosmetic dentistryappearance of a person's smile. Dr. Christopher Berkers and Dr. Thomas Moeller at Berkers Family Dentistry offer a range of cosmetic procedures in Kaukauna, WI. Here are six ways cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a viable option for individuals who have lost one or more teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two or more dental crowns for the teeth on the sides of the gap and one or more false teeth in between. Bridges look great and match natural teeth exceptionally well. With a bridge, not only can you fill the gaps in your smile, you can improve the color and shape of the teeth that you are crowning. 

Dental Bonding

Bonding is used to repair discolored, broken, chipped and decayed teeth. Dentists also use bonding materials to protect the exposed root of a tooth. Your Kaukauna dentist can usually do this procedure in a single office visit by applying an etching solution followed composite resin directly to the tooth's surface where needed.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can improve your smile. Your dentist can whiten your teeth in one of two ways. They can do an in-office procedure, or provide you with a teeth whitening kit to use at home. In-office bleaching takes about 60 minutes and it will make your teeth about 10 shades whiter. A take-home teeth whitening kit will make your teeth several shades lighter in 1 to 2 weeks of use.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a quick way to a million-dollar smile. Veneers are thin, custom shells that are placed over the front of the teeth to change their shape or color. Veneers are used to improve teeth that are stained, poorly shaped, chipped, worn or slightly crooked. Veneers are also used to improve teeth that have spaces between them.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns completely cover teeth, restoring a normal shape and appearance. Dental crowns are used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth, protect weak teeth, cover a tooth with a large filling or restore a worn or broken tooth. Dental crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place and cover dental implants. Dental crowns can have a long life if you take good care of them.

Dental Implants

Dental implants have become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone underneath the gum line that allows your Kaukauna dentist to mount false teeth into that area. Not only do implants end the embarrassment of an incomplete smile, but they also prevent the problems that are caused when the spaces are left unfilled.

So, what are you waiting for? If you want a beautiful smile, call Berkers Family Dentistry at 920-766-9521 today to schedule a dental consultation in Kaukauna, WI. Our world-class dentists combine artistic expertise along with the latest advances in cosmetic dental techniques to create beautiful smiles for our patients. Remember, it's never too late to beautify your smile.

By Berkers Family Dentistry
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Is it time that you finally got dentures in Kaukauna to replace your missing teeth?

When we are children we cannot wait to lose a tooth, which often means money under a pillow from the Tooth Fairy. Of course, as we get denturesolder and all our permanent teeth come in the idea of losing teeth becomes far less appealing. Of course, if you do end up losing most or all of your teeth to decay, infection or trauma then our Kaukauna, WI, dentists, Dr. Christopher Berkers and Dr. Thomas Moeller, may recommend dentures. Find out why dentures might be right for you:

There is a reason many people turn to dentures to treat their tooth loss and restore their smiles. Here are some of the most popular reasons:

Dentures are rather inexpensive: Compared to other treatment options like dental implants, dentures are probably the least expensive way to replace all or most of your teeth. A lot will depend on your health insurance and how much they will cover but most people have a budget that they need to stick to, and, fortunately for them, dentures are usually a more economic approach.

You don’t require surgery: A lot of patients shy away from the idea of getting surgery and, since you will have to undergo two different surgical procedures to get implants, a lot of people aren’t too keen on that idea. Fortunately, getting dentures is completely non-invasive and won’t require drilling, anesthesia or invasive procedures in order to get this oral prosthetic.

You can get dentures pretty quickly: It can take up to a year and sometimes more to get implants and so if you are just really ready to get a full smile back without all the wait time in between, then dentures may be a better restoration for you. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to get your dentures, depending on which type of dentures you choose.

Dentures have been around a while: Dentures have been restoring smiles for centuries and while they may not seem as sophisticated as dental implants there is a reason people still choose them over other restorations. They provide patients with the ability to replace missing teeth quickly and easily.

Even though nothing can truly take the place of real teeth, you may find that having dentures truly instills confidence back into your appearance. Call Berkers Family Dentistry in Kaukauna, WI, to find out if dentures are right for you.

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