We are Your Family Dental Team in West Bend, WI
We are dedicated to providing the West Bend area with the dental services needed to ensure your family has a healthy, happy smile. We understand that visiting the dentist can be stressful, so we have designed our facility and procedures with your comfort and ease in mind. Each smile is unique and requires individualized care. Our team of dental professionals are passionate about providing quality service and individual attention to each and every one of our patients.
Our preventative, restorative and oral surgery services include the following.
Cleaning and Preventative Services
The very best dental care you can provide for you and your family is preventative care. We recommend that you visit us at least twice a year for a regular check-up and professional teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning will remove plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing at home just can’t handle. Professionally eliminating this build-up of plaque and tartar helps to prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. Regular check-ups will prevent small problems from becoming more complex (and expensive) and difficult to treat.
Preventative check-ups include the following procedures:
The medical term for a professional dental cleaning, prophylaxis is purely a preventive measure. Part of your dental checkup, prophylaxis is used to remove dental plaque and other irritants from the oral cavity.
During the exam, several measures are used to monitor and improve the health of your teeth. One of our dental hygienists will take X-rays to look for any signs of tooth decay. Next comes the removal of deposits from your teeth with an ultrasonic dental cleaning or scaling and root planing. Fluoride will be applied and your teeth polished to give you a gleaming smile.
Dr Dowden will review the X-rays and also check for any dental problems with a thorough oral exam, including oral cancer screening. The goal of oral cancer screening is to identify mouth cancer early if it exists. Dr Dowden will discuss any treatment plans she feels are needed.
Children’s Dental Health:
Children are extremely vulnerable to dental problems and have special needs when it comes to their teeth. Fluoride or dental sealants are often applied during exams to strengthen teeth and help prevent tooth decay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends for children to have their first dental appointment by the age of one. We love working with children and take special care to ensure their visit is a positive experience.
Debridement and Periodontal Services:
Occasionally we have a patient in who hasn’t been to see a dentist in a few years. Sometimes, they may need what is called debridement before they can have their prophylaxis or semi-annual dental cleaning. A debridement removes a buildup of plaque and calculus that has started to embed itself in and around the gums and between the teeth. This buildup of plaque results in gum tissue that is extremely inflamed and swollen and the buildup needs to be removed before the hygienist can complete the prophylaxis and sometimes even before the doctor can complete an exam.
Restorative Dental Services
Dr Dowden may suggest a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing. Teeth needing restoration may result during their development or through trauma-related defects. Whether it’s a filling, crown, implant or bridge, there are several options available depending on your need.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations designed to restore the surface of the front and back teeth. Many people prefer these because they’re hard to notice when in their mouth.
Same Day Crowns with CEREC® technology:
Crowns are a type of restoration covering the entire portion of a tooth that has been damaged, chipped, cracked or, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site, subject to extensive restoration that threatens the rest of the tooth. Traditional treatments of crowns are effective, but can take several visits to get just right. We’ve invested in CEREC® Technology to make restoration more convenient than ever for our patients. With CEREC®, we’re able to produce the same gorgeous, high-quality crowns as traditional methods with just one important difference: TIME. With CEREC®, your restoration can be done in just one day.
What if your tooth can’t be saved? Solutions include options that stay in your mouth and others providing denture solutions that must be removed and cared for separately from your mouth:
If a tooth cannot be saved and is pulled, a dental implant provides the base to a new permanent tooth that acts as the root, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone and provide a sturdy base for supporting one or more crowns.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the missing teeth and attached to teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are fixed in place (not removable).
Dental Implant vs. Dental Bridge? Very often dental implants are ideal but numerous factors will need to be considered. Dental implants are great options because just the individual tooth is replaced without having to modify the neighboring teeth for a result that is stronger and permanent. However, if a tooth has been missing for awhile, there may not be enough bone present to support an implant. In that case, a dental bridge could be the best option. Dental bridges may also be considered if adjacent teeth have large fillings or need crowns. Durability is also a consideration. A dental bridge will likely last between 10 and 20 years before it must be replaced. If cared for properly, an implant can last 40 years or longer.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
There are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons why a tooth may need to be removed includes removing over-crowded teeth in preparation for orthodontia or to remove the risk of severe infection in a particular tooth.
Nothing conveys the good health of your family like a clean, white, healthy smile. As a full-service dental office, Cornerstone Dental of West Bend provides you with not only a range of general and cosmetic dental services but also a convenient location, comfortable & friendly service and in-network insurance. We’re taking new patients and of course, are grateful for our current patients. Ready to book an appointment? Just let us know how we can help you by completing an appointment request or giving us a call at (262) 334-4083.