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By Sirisha Pulapaka, DDS
March 23, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you're considering getting an implant, you'll most certainly have questions for Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka of Art of Dentistry You might be wondering how a dental implant compares to a real tooth. Let's look at some of the differences between implants and natural teeth.

It should be noted that one of the primary goals of implant dentistry is to try to provide the same form and function as your natural teeth. However, with that in mind, know that an implant is not a tooth. An implant does not decay and does not have dental pulp or periodontal membrane-like teeth.

An implant won't always work in every case, but they do have some great advantages when they are called for. Some advantages of getting an implant in Milwaukee, WI, include:

  • Often last for decades without needing to be replaced
  • Create a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing tooth
  • Don't require surrounding teeth for support
  • Do not decay like natural teeth
  • Are able to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth

There are downsides to implants where natural teeth win out. The disadvantages of implants include:

  • Higher cost compared to traditional dentistry
  • It's a surgical procedure that requires a period of healing afterward
  • Since there is no cushion between the implant and the bone, fracturing of crowns and bridges is more common with implants than with natural teeth, though this is rare

It's best to speak with Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka of Art of Dentistry about your options regarding implants. Let us know what you want to achieve and we'll work with you as best we can to accomplish that. And don't hesitate to contact our Milwaukee, WI, office at (414) 445-3670 for further questions about the procedure.

 

By Sirisha Pulapaka, DDS
March 07, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are missing a tooth you may be curious about what options you have when it comes to restoring your smile. Dental implants are in many ways the best solution to tooth loss. They are meant to be a final and complete restoration of a missing tooth. This treatment will last much longer and will be stronger than other options. Learn more about dental implants in Milwaukee, WI, from Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka of Art of Dentistry.

Better Support

The key difference between dental implants and other methods of restoration, such as bridges and dentures, has to do with the way in which they are supported. Dental bridges depend on adjacent teeth to serve as support for the tooth they are replacing. To accomplish this, these healthy teeth need to be reshaped so that a crown can be attached to them, then they will hold your new tooth in place.

Dentures depend on suction as their main method of support. These require a proper fit to perform at their best. So many of the common complaints people have regarding dentures are due to this factor. A dental implant is supported in a very similar way to your natural teeth. They use a titanium post that is permanently implanted onto the bone of your jaw, and it's onto this that your new tooth will be attached.

Dental Implants in Milwaukee, WI

One downside to dental implants is that they do require a longer initial investment of time, as the implanted post can take months to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. Implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and they don't need any special treatment when it comes to hygiene or diet, although good dental habits remain key to maintaining your smile.

If you're ready to restore a single missing tooth or a complete smile, find out if you're a candidate for dental implants. Call (414) 445-3670 to schedule a consultation in Milwaukee, WI, from Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka of Art of Dentistry.

 

By Sirisha Pulapaka, DDS
December 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Having access to the dental care that you need is very important. One form of dental care service that many people will need at some point is a root canal. When you are in need of a root canal in Milwaukee, WI (Butler, Brookfield, Wauwatosa), you should come to Art of Dentistry to receive the service from Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka. While some people are concerned about this type of dental procedure, there are several reasons why you should not fear root canals. 

Simple Procedure

Many people are concerned about root canals because it has the reputation for being an invasive and painful experience. While not dental work is ever easy, root canals do not have to be challenging forms of dental care. Typically, you will only need to come into the office once for the service and later for a follow-up. Once the root canals are complete, the recovery time is quick. 

Receive Quick Pain Relief

Another reason that you should not fear this service is that it is a great way to get pain relief. If you are in need of this service, it likely means that you have an infected tooth, which can cause significant pain. When you receive a professional root canal in Milwaukee, WI (Butler, Brookfield, Wauwatosa), it will help to stop the infection and prevent your nerve endings from being irritated. Ultimately, this can help your tooth feel much better. 

Save Your Tooth

If you have a challenge with a tooth, a root canal is often an ideal option as it can help to save your tooth. When this service is needed, the only other option tends to have the tooth extracted entirely. However, doing this can require more recovery and will require that you receive a tooth replacement from an implant or other method. With root canals, your tooth can be saved entirely. 

Root canals continue to be a great form of dental care and a type of procedure that can help alleviate pain and save your tooth. If you are in need of a root canal in or around Milwaukee, WI (Butler, Brookfield, Wauwatosa), it would be a good idea for you to the Ask Family Dentistry LLC at 414-445-3670. When you call the team here, you can learn much more about our dental care services and schedule an appointment to come in to meet with Dr. Pulapaka to find out if root canals are right for your situation. 

By Sirisha Pulapaka, DDS
December 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
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Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry. Not only are they the top choice for individual tooth replacement, implants also improve upon traditional dental work.

Dental bridges are a case in point. A few well-placed implants can support a fixed bridge instead of natural teeth, as with a traditional bridge. Furthermore, a fixed, implant-supported bridge can replace all the teeth on a jaw.

But although convenient, we can't simply install an implant-supported bridge and forget about it. We must also protect it from what might seem at first an unlikely threat—periodontal (gum) disease.

Although the bridge materials themselves are impervious to infection, the natural tissues that underly the implants—the gums and bone—are not. An infection plaguing the gums around an implant can eventually reach the bone, weakening it to the point that it can no longer support the imbedded implants. As the implants fail, so does the bridge.

To guard against this, patients must regularly remove any buildup of plaque, a thin biofilm that feeds disease-causing bacteria, adhering to the implant surfaces in the space between the bridge and the gums. To do this, you'll need to floss—but not in the traditional way. You'll need some form of tool to accomplish the job.

One such tool is a floss threader. Similar to a large needle, the threader has an eye opening at one end through which you insert a section of floss. You then gently pass the threader between the bridge and the gums toward the tongue.

Once through, you release the floss from the threader, and holding each end, you work the floss along the implant surfaces within reach. You then repeat the threading process for other sections until you've flossed around all the implants.

You might also use a water flosser, a device that directs a spray of water between the bridge and gums. The pressure from the spray loosens and flushes away any plaque around the implants.

Whatever the method, it's important to use it every day to reduce the threat of gum disease. You should also see your dentist regularly for further cleanings and checkups. Keeping your implants clean helps ensure gum disease won't ruin your fixed bridge—or your attractive smile.

If you would like more information on keeping your dental work clean, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”

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In one respect, celebrities are no different from the rest of us—quite a few famous people love to collect things. Marie Osmond collects dolls (as well as Johnny Depp, reportedly); Leonardo DiCaprio, vintage toys. And, of course, Jay Leno has his famous fleet of cars. But Victoria Beckham's collection is unusually "familial"—she's kept all of her four children's "baby" teeth after they've fallen out.

Best known as Posh Spice of the 1990s group Spice Girls and now a fashion designer and TV personality, Beckham told People Magazine that she has an "entire bucket" of her kids' primary teeth. And, she recently added to it when her nine-year old daughter lost another tooth earlier this year.

You may or may not want to keep your child's baby teeth, but you'll certainly have the opportunity. Children start losing their first set of teeth around age 6 or 7 through early puberty. During the process, each tooth's roots and gum attachment weakens to the point that the tooth becomes noticeably loose. Not long after, it gives way and falls out.

Although a baby tooth doesn't normally need any help with this, children (and sometimes parents) are often eager to accelerate the process. A loose tooth can be annoying—plus there's often a financial incentive via the "Tooth Fairy!"

First off, there's not much harm in a child wiggling a loose tooth—it may even help it come out. It's also possible to help the tooth safely detach sooner by taking a small piece of tissue, folding it over the tooth and giving it a gentle downward squeeze. If it's loose enough, it should pop out.

If it doesn't, don't resort to more forcible measures like the proverbial string and a door—just wait a day or two before trying the gentle squeeze method again. Once the tooth comes out, the empty socket may bleed a bit or not at all. If heavy bleeding does occur, have the child bite down on a piece of clean gauze or a wet tea bag until it stops. You may also have them eat softer foods for a few days to avoid a resumption of bleeding.

Beyond that, there's little else to do but place it under your child's pillow for the Tooth Fairy. And if after their "exchange" with that famous member of the Fae Folk you find yourself in possession of the erstwhile tooth, consider taking a cue from Victoria Beckham and add it to your own collection of family memories.

If you would like more information about losing baby teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Importance of Baby Teeth.”





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