Discover the benefits of getting dental crowns and bridges for your smile.
Accidents happen! Yes, even to your smile. Whether you are dealing with extensive decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve (pediatric dentist) and Dr. Eric Ulve (general dentist) at Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay, WI, is here to tell you how getting dental crowns and bridges could turn your smile around.
What are crowns and bridges?
These fixed dental restorations are custom-made just for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance while a dental bridge is used to fill gaps and replace one or more missing teeth.
Why might I get a crown?
A crown is a very versatile restoration that can be used to protect a tooth from further damage. A tooth weakened by decay, infection, or trauma can often benefit from getting a crown. A crown will surround the tooth and provide a stronger and more durable outer layer of protection.
A crown may be recommended if you have a cracked, fractured, or broken tooth, if you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored, or if you just underwent root canal therapy.
When are dental bridges needed?
A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge, which contains false teeth, will be fused with the crowns to anchor the artificial teeth in the middle.
Dental crowns and bridges offer an array of benefits, from treating tooth loss and filling gaps left behind by missing teeth, to protecting teeth from further damage and improving the aesthetics of your smile.
Do you want to know more about dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, all you have to do is call Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve (pediatric dentist) and Dr. Eric Ulve (general dentist) at Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay, WI. You can reach our office at 920-432-2961.
Care through a practice offering pediatric dentistry in Green Bay, WI, should start around a child’s first birthday. Some children display fear of the dental office before or during that first visit while others may develop fear later after an intense dental procedure. Regardless of the reason or time of onset for dental fear or phobia, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve are prepared to help all children work through the fear to a place of comfort at Green Bay Family Dental.
It’s often easier to prevent fear in children than to overcome it after it has set in, so we want to share a few dental fear prevention tips. These tips aren’t guaranteed to stop a child from feeling afraid at the dentist, but they will help.
Don’t Skip Early Dental Visits
Start with the one-year visit, and then go on schedule as recommended by your dentist. Prioritize dental appointments for the whole family. That allows your child to enjoy pleasurable experiences early in life and makes dental visits a normal occurrence or life routine.
What if a child starts to show signs of dental fear prior to the first visit? You can read books related to the dentist and talk about your own experiences with your child. Make it an exciting adventure or reward for getting “big enough” to see the dentist.
Aim for Consistency at the Office
Allow your children to get familiar with the staff, dentists, office setting, and procedure at a dental office offering pediatric dentistry in Green Bay, WI. Then stick with that location as long as possible. Fear is often the result of uncertainty or not knowing what to expect. It only makes sense to introduce the dentist and then keep everything predictable.
Aim for Consistency at Home, Too
Dental care at home should become a daily routine that gets your child accustomed to touching and cleaning their teeth and gums. Young children can “help” brush their teeth before they even have teeth. Open the bathroom door and allow them to at least see other members of the family taking care of their dental needs.
Consult with Your Dentist Before Major Procedures
If your child must go through a procedure beyond basic cleaning and x-rays, work with your dentist to set expectations on the child’s level of comprehension. Manage pain effectively. Don’t allow a long gap between the procedure and a more pleasant dental office experience.
Do you have a child ready for pediatric dentistry in Green Bay, WI? If so, contact Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve at Green Bay Family Dental. Call (921) 432-2961 to schedule an appointment or discuss ways to overcome your child’s fear of the dentist.
Find out why children should start seeing their dentist by one year old.
The first time your child smiles, rolls over, or walks are all important milestones. Another important milestone is when your child’s first tooth comes in. The first tooth often erupts around your child’s first birthday, which also means it’s the perfect time to turn to our Green Bay, WI, dentists Drs. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve for their age one dental visit.
What is the importance of an age one dental visit?
Just as you have to take your little one to the pediatrician regularly for wellness checkups to monitor their development and make sure they are healthy, the same rules apply to dental care. It’s best to wait no longer than your child’s first birthday to schedule their age one dental visit with our Green Bay, WI, team. If your child’s teeth come in much younger, you may want to call us and see if you should bring your child in for a checkup before they turn a year old.
Our dental team sees a lot of young children with decay. By starting their dental visits early on and making these checkups a priority you can protect your child’s smile from decay and other problems. This is also an equally important visit for parents. Through these visits, we can also educate parents about what causes decay, how to properly brush and floss their child’s teeth (as well as proper technique), as well as bottle and thumb-sucking habits that could impact the health of your child’s teeth.
What will happen during an age one dental visit?
There are many aspects to this first checkup and you may be surprised to discover that during this first visit, we aren’t going to spend much time in your child’s mouth. This visit is about establishing rapport with new families and children that come through our doors. We will spend time talking to you and your child, making sure that your little one gets comfortable and acquainted with the dental chair.
We will also take a peek inside their mouth to make sure that everything looks good, but we will only clean their teeth if we see any plaque, food, or tartar build-up. We will also get to know your current child’s routine when it comes to breastfeeding or their diet to determine if any habits could be increasing their risk for decay so we can alter these habits.
It’s important to make your child’s oral health a priority from the very beginning to protect against unwanted dental cavities, gum inflammation, and damaged teeth. To schedule your child’s age one dental visit with our Green Bay, WI, family dentistry team then call Pediatric Dentistry of Green Bay at (920) 432-2961.
A child getting their permanent teeth is an exciting sign that they’re getting older, but what if they lose their baby teeth too soon? Will it affect how their permanent teeth grow in, and can anything be done about it?
Fortunately, the orthodontics team in Green Bay, WI, at GB Family Dental are here to answer all your questions. Our dentists Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve, have decades of experience treating complex problems like premature loss of baby teeth.
What Are Baby Teeth?
Primary teeth—more commonly known as baby teeth—are your child’s first set of teeth. Typically, they start coming in between 6 to 12 months of age, and they should have all of their primary teeth by age 3.
We all lose our baby teeth, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t necessary. They serve several vital roles in a child’s development, including:
- Helping to learn proper chewing
- Assists with speech development
- Helps strengthen and grow jaw muscles
More importantly, they’re placeholders for their permanent teeth, making room for them to grow. Adult teeth would be much too large for babies and young children, so our bodies grow baby teeth first while our permanent teeth grow beneath our gums.
When Should Children Lose Their Baby Teeth?
On average, children lose their first tooth around age six. This change happens as the permanent teeth “erupt,” causing the baby teeth to detach from the root, which reabsorbs, allowing the adult teeth to grow.
What Causes Premature Loss of Baby Teeth?
Losing baby teeth too soon is usually caused by tooth decay, which has its own set of causes, including:
- Prolonged bottle-feeding
- Prolonged breastfeeding
- Continued pacifier use
Luckily, early tooth loss is often preventable with practices like twice-daily tooth brushing, daily flossing, and avoiding bad habits from developing.
What Happens if My Child Loses a Baby Tooth Prematurely?
If your child has experienced early tooth loss, be sure to seek orthodontics care in Green Bay, WI, at GB Family Dental. Without the placeholder, the permanent teeth below can drift, leading to crooked teeth and crowding as they grow. Addressing the issue as soon as possible is crucial to avoid this.
Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve will install a space maintainer over the gap to allow the surrounding teeth to keep their position and prevent drifting.
Make Sure Your Child Has Healthy Teeth for Life
Premature loss of baby teeth is preventable through good oral hygiene practices and avoiding bad habits like prolonged bottle-feeding. Still, it does happen, and Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve are here to help.
For orthodontics care in Green Bay, WI, that will make your child feel comfortable and get their teeth back on track, GB Family Dental is your only choice. Call (920) 432-2961 today to schedule a visit!
Mouthguards play an important role in protecting our mouth and face from damage. At Green Bay Family Dental, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve understand the importance mouthguards play in protecting our teeth, including from high-impact sports during the day or teeth grinding at night. This is especially important for kids as they are often involved in sports and other activities that may result in the loss of teeth if not properly protected. For properly fitted mouthguards or night guards, it is important to find the right family dentist in Green Bay, WI, to meet your dental needs.
When You Should Wear A Mouthguard
Mouthguards and may be worn for a variety of reasons, all of which aim to protect our teeth from damage or injury. Two of the most common reasons for wearing a mouthguard include while playing sports where you are at risk for getting hit in the face and at night if you are prone to grinding your teeth, also called night guards.
Mouthguards for sports may require custom fitting from your family dentist in Green Bay, WI, if you or your child has braces, crowns, or implants that need additional protection or may otherwise not be properly fitted with generic mouthguards. With braces especially during sports play, not only do your teeth and braces need protection from high-impact injuries to the mouth, but your gums also need protection from rubbing or cutting that may occur with contact from the wires of the braces.
Teeth grinding can also cause damage to the surface area of teeth over time, in addition to jaw pain and headaches. Some people may not even know that they are grinding their teeth at night, which is why it is important to see your dentist regularly so that they can check for any wearing down that may show signs of nighttime grinding. With a custom-fitted night guard, your teeth and jaw will be protected from the damage that grinding can cause to your teeth.
If you are interested in getting a custom-fitted mouthguard for sports or night guard to protect against teeth grinding, consider Dr. Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Ulve of Green Bay Family Dental, your family dentist in Green Bay, WI. To get started today, please give us a call at (920) 432-2961.
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