General, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

COSMETIC DENTISTRY – Fillings, One-Vist Crowns, Whitening, Veneers

Cosmetic Dentistry can make your smile light up a room!

  • teeth whiteningWhitening: Over time with habits such as smoking, consumption of coffee and other dark beverages and just normal wear and tear, teeth may lose their luster and begin to appear yellowed or stained. Whitening is an inexpensive and safe option to bring back their brightness. Whitening has become a very popular procedure for enhancing smiles.

    Home whitening kits are typically the preferred way of whitening. With this option, the patient is responsible for using the solution consistently until they see the desired whiteness. Impressions are made of teeth so that the trays are custom fit for the patient. The whitening solution will be put into these trays and worn for specific periods of time. Wearing the trays periodically will help in maintaining the results once the desired whitening is achieved.

  • dental crownsCrowns: There are times when your dentist will recommend crowns. A crown or cap is a porcelain covering that is placed over the tooth surface, restoring strength and appearance. Crowns are needed when a filling is not enough to give tooth proper structure, to fix fractures, or lend support for bridges. Crowns improve the appearance and structure of the tooth.

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    CEREC®

    1-Visit Crowns, Inlays & Onlays

    What is CEREC?

    SAME-DAY CROWNS/CEREC” essentially means “CEramic REConstruction”. CEREC technology can provide you with any number of porcelain restorations in just minutes, rather than having to wait weeks and return to the dentist office multiple times.

    Watch our CEREC video presentation HERE

    Single Appointment Dental Care

    Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist. This means that on the first visit, you get numbed with anesthesia, your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks later, have the temporary pried off (if it hasn’t fallen off already), and have a permanent restoration put on. Why go to the dentist a second time when you don’t have to?

  • Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a beautiful option for creating the smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers consist of very thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to the front of the teeth, improving shape, size and color.

    On the first step of the process, the existing teeth are buffed and shaped and an impression is taken. The specific color that will be used is also chosen. On the second step, bonding adhesive will be used to attach the veneer to the teeth and a light beam will set the dual cure cement.

  • White Fillings: Previously, silver or gold fillings were used. Now Composite resins can be used. The fillings are used to fix teeth that have been damaged by decay and fractures. The affected portion of the tooth will be removed and that portion will be replaced with composite filling. They are attractive since they match existing teeth and will last for years to come.

    Fillings can be done during one appointment; anesthesia may be necessary in order to allow the dentist to remove decay and apply medication to further protect nerve endings. Filling is shaped and smoothed to ensure tooth is its authentic look and feel.

    Don’t wait any longer. Call today for an appointment and get closer to a healthy, beautiful smile!

RESTORATIONS – Implants, Root Canals, Bridges, Dentures

Restoring your beautiful smile!

Preventative measures will always need to part of a general oral health plan. In circumstances where damage has already been done however, more intensive procedures may be needed to bring teeth back to their healthy appearance and operation. Our staff will keep you informed on the options that will relieve pain, repair damage, improve your bite and get you back to normal function and look.

  • dental implantsImplants: Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost, as well as placed to help maintain the stability of dentures. Through a surgical procedure, these artificial roots and teeth are placed directly into the bone. Implants replace teeth, restore chewing ability and improve facial tissues in the process. They are natural looking, secure and durable, lasting for years to come.

    Want to learn more about Waukesha dental implant dentistry? Call Sunset Dental Care at 262-544-4404 or complete our simple online form to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Jeffery O’Brien. We’re dedicated to providing you with affordable, top-quality dental care.

    Implants require a process that can take a series of months to complete. After being placed into the bone, they must be given several months to heal and form into that bone. Several fittings and adjustments may be needed. Maintenance of your new implants are up to you; following directions and forming good habits for proper care to get the longest wear out of them.

  • Root Canals: A root canal may be needed to relieve severe pain or sensitivity caused by extensive decay. Many times an infection is present. The affected tissue needs to be removed, and the nerve canal reshaped and filled with a special material and finally sealed and crowned to help prevent future infection..

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    Bridges: Another way to replace lost teeth, this permanent fixture is typically made of porcelain and fits over existing teeth. Bridges are the solution to many of the same issues that implants are used for, and another option for patients, depending on their particular needs and circumstances.

    They can last for years with proper care.

  • Dentures: Dentures are a removable option to replace missing teeth. They can be full appliances or partial. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Natural, existing teeth may need to be prepared for dentures to fit properly, sometimes having to be first removed and given a chance to heal before new dentures are placed. Dentures are prepared in advance and immediately put in once the teeth are removed. Dental implants can also be placed to help maintain stability of dentures.

ZOOM Teeth Whitening

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Zoom® Whitening

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. Why not put your best self forward with a beautiful smile? We are pleased to offer the Zoom Whitening treatment. Zoom is the #1 patient-requested professional whitening treatment. In fact, over 10 million patients have already used Zoom to achieve brighter, healthier smiles. Zoom is not only proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades, its also safe. While other whitening products can harm teeth and gums, using Zoom actually gives you greater luster and protects enamel.

How long will my Zoom® whitening results last?

Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of coffee, soft drinks or just through natural aging, your teeth may eventually become discolored again. Maintenance whitening can help combat recurring discoloration. Only Zoom at-home whitening products include ACP, which has been shown to help reduce whitening fade-back.

Call us today for more information or to schedule your appointment – your new smile awaits!

CLEANING & PREVENTION – Exams, X-rays, & Home Care

Your first visit to our office will include a thorough dental exam by the dentist to order to make an initial assessment. A preventative plan will be put into action, where you will come in for regular check-ups that will include:

  • Cleaning and polishing: The cleaning will consist of removal of tartar, which has hardened on the teeth over time, along with the sticky plaque that has formed over the teeth. Plaque is a formation of bacteria and build up that will eventually cause inflammation. The instruments and technique we use will safely remove this build up. Followed up by polishing that removes stains and further removes anything that may have been missed in the cleaning.

  • Gum evaluation and treatment: Your gums and the bone supporting the teeth will be checked for disease.

  • Oral cancer screening: The lips, tongue, throat, neck and gums are examined for any possible signs of oral cancer.

  • X-rays: A full set of SAFE digital x-rays are performed and are crucial for giving the dentist information that is not always seen in the exam such as bone loss, development deviations, abscesses, teeth coming in at the wrong position, tumors and other issues hiding within the teeth and gums. Early detection is important in treating many oral health issues.

  • Investigation of existing work: Checking current condition of teeth, crowns, bridges, fillings, etc. are done to check for any damage or need for replacement.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE – Diagnosis, Treatment, & Care

gum disease, periodontal diseaseWhat is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is something that effects a large portion of the population. It is a disease that causes pockets or spaces in the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter. The build up of plaque causes the gums to become inflammed and form these pockets. Normal brushing cannot reach this build up and over time, and if left untreated, the pockets continue to get deeper. Symptoms may include bad breath, red and puffy gums, bleeding gums and loose or sensitive teeth.

  • Diagnosis: Gingivitis is the beginning stages of periodontal disease. Bleeding when brushing is a sign of this, as is inflammation and tenderness. We will measure between the tooth and gums to measure the depth of any pockets that may be present.

  • Treatment: Gingivitis and periodontal disease must be treated to prevent further destruction of teeth, gums, bone, eventually even leading to tooth loss. Depending on the extent of the disease, a deep cleaning and scaling will be recommended. When the build up has been removed from below the gum line, over time the tissue will heal, causing the pockets to get smaller.

  • Maintenance: Follow-up appointments will be recommended to monitor the healing progress. If improvement is not seen over time, a visit to a periodontist specialist may be in order. Medicated rinses, consistent flossing and using an electric toothbrush are some of the home treatments suggested as well.

 

sedation dentistryOnce you’ve experienced sedation dentistry, you’ll probably never be afraid to go to the dentist again. Many people fear going to the dentist. We understand. Our sedation dentistry team provides a relaxed and comfortable – and pain-free – new smile in only a session or two.

Sedation dentistry is the most common method used in the United States to calm a patients fears. It’s easy, and best of all does NOT involve needles.

Oral dental sedation creates a comfortable experience, and most patients do don’t even remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment.

Actually, sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for both safety and communication between the dentist and patient.

Although some forms of sedation (such as nitrous oxide gas) may raise your threshold for pain, most dental treatments still require a local anesthetic injected in the mouth, even when sedation dentistry techniques are performed.

Virtually any procedure can be done using Sedation Dentistry – anxiety-free, safe, and comfortable.

Call us if you have any other questions concerning Sedation Dentistry!

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