By Johnson Dental
April 06, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

It's tough knowing whether that ache that's keeping us awake at night is going to mean that we'll require a root canal, that thought alone could drive away sleep. But there is nothing to fear about the procedure, thanks to anesthesia your discomfort will be minimal, and will in fact be the only thing that can permanently take away the pain, but if you have more questions about root canals then please get in contact with your Onalaska, WI, emergency dentist Dr. Todd Johnson of Johnson Dental.

The Anatomy of Decay

If you've ever looked at a picture of a tooth on its own you will have noticed that there's plenty more than what's visible beneath the gum line, that is what's referred to as the root.

The root of the tooth helps to support it and through these roots, on the inside, there are narrow pathways that connect the soft tissue center of the tooth, the pulp, to the rest of your body.

There are nerves and blood vessels inside of your tooth in this inner chamber. So that when your tooth becomes damaged it is this soft tissue that becomes infected and inflamed, causing a great deal of pain.

It's not only pain that's a concern, once decay sets in it will only progress further in and will not stop on its own, so any infected parts must be removed to save your tooth and the overall health of your entire smile.

Emergency Dental Care in Onalaska, WI

Pain is a surefire indicator that something is wrong and that it should be addressed promptly, and if you've encountered tooth pain in the past you know how unbearable it can become unattended.

It's not only decay that can harm a tooth's integrity, if your tooth has become chipped or broken there is a chance that the damage is deep enough to warrant emergency treatment. If you don't feel pain immediately after, if the protective layers of your tooth have been breached, then you will feel it eventually.

Both situations may warrant a root canal to save the tooth. A root canal, as it sounds, removes the decayed and damaged portions of your tooth, and also the soft tissue from the inner chamber and all the way down the pathways of the roots. This procedure halts the infection and eliminates pain. The final part of the procedure is affixing a crown to further protect the injured tooth.

If you require help don't simply endure the pain, call in to make an appointment today with Dr. Johnson of Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI, you can reach the office by calling (608) 788-3852.

By Johnson Dental
January 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

What Crowns And Bridges Can Do For Your Smile.

Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience, whether the culprit is trauma or decay it can still catch us by surprise. But thanks to dental crowns your dentist can help restore your smile, and may even be able to prevent an extraction. They look like your natural teeth and are made of strong materials like ceramic and various metals which makes them more than apt for the job. To learn more about dental crowns get contact Dr. Todd Johnson of Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI.

Protecting Your Teeth

A tooth can become damaged in a number of ways, and your dentist may use a dental crown in order to protect it from further damage and to restore its appearance and function.

In cases when decay is responsible, when the infection has progressed into the pulp of your tooth, a root canal can become necessary. Not only to halt the infection from reaching your jaw, and beyond, but also to save the tooth. The procedure requires that a large portion of the top of the tooth to be removed which necessitates that it be protected with a dental crown.

Restoring Your Smile

Teeth can't always be saved, and in order to keep the remaining teeth from shifting, and of course to restore your full smile, a dental bridge can help.

A bridge uses the healthy teeth adjacent to the missing one as support for the crown which will replace it.

Dental Crowns and Bridges in Onalaska, WI

Dental crowns and bridges can protect your teeth and keep them for longer, and they can also help restore your smile if you happen to be missing one, or more. Come into the office to find out how your dentist can help address your concerns, make an appointment today with Dr. Johnson of Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI, by dialing (608) 788-3852.

By Johnson Dental
December 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth whitening may be for you if you have teeth that are very stained, or certain teeth that are darker than others. Getting a bright smile can be as simple as a visit with Dr. Todd Johnson at Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI. Let’s look at some of the reasons why brightening your teeth may work for you.

Get whiter teeth at home. 

While there are many at-home tooth whitening products available without a prescription or a specialists’ supervision, a visit to the dentist can be the most effective way to get a whiter smile.

Some of the procedures the dentist uses involve LED light or heat to activate the solution applied to teeth. Your dentist can also offer methods to take home and whiten your teeth yourself, too.

How many shades whiter can I get my teeth? 

Most people who whiten their teeth can get their teeth 5-8 shades whiter than the color they are now. Those of us that have crowns, veneers, and other dental work may not see the same results as those with natural teeth.

But why would you want to whiten your teeth at all? Some of the reasons include:

  • Aging (teeth darken as you get older)
  • Lifestyle habits, such as smoking or overconsumption of foods and beverages like coffee and chocolate
  • Naturally darker teeth from birth
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Whitening your teeth is a simple solution. 

Tooth whitening is an easy, affordable way to improve your appearance, enhance your smile, and increase your happiness. Brighter teeth help to diminish the severity of fine lines and wrinkles and other blemishes.

Whitening your teeth can be what you need to smile with confidence. Explore why tooth whitening may be right for you with Dr. Johnson in Onalaska, WI. Contact Johnson Dental at 608-788-3852 to schedule your appointment today.

By Johnson Dental
October 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Sometimes tooth pain or damage develops gradually, but in the case of a dental emergency discomfort and injury can come on suddenly, and taking action is important to preserve your oral health and the tooth itself.

If you find yourself with a dental injury, Dr. Todd Johnson at Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI can help with emergency dental care.

Traumatic tooth injury

Tooth injury can result from playing sports, taking a tumble or any number of accidents. If your tooth is knocked out, chipped or cracked from impact or injury, call our Onalaska office immediately for emergency dental care.

If the tooth has fallen out completely, either place it in a cup of milk to soak and bring it with you to our office, or gently try to temporarily put it back in place until our dentists can assist you.

If the tooth is dislodged, place a cold compress on the exterior of your mouth near the site of injury to reduce any throbbing or swelling.

Intensive tooth pain

Tooth pain can be debilitating, making it uncomfortable to eat, brush your teeth or even go about your day in general. Tooth pain can result from root damage, severe decay or other oral health issues. At our Onalaska office, we offer emergency dental care solutions for any issue -- if the cause is a deep cavity, we can apply a filling, or if the damage is to the root of your tooth, a root canal may be in order.

Gum injury

Oral injuries can affect not just your teeth, but your gums. If you find your gums are bleeding whether due to injury or irritation, try applying light pressure to the area with a dampened square of gauze until you get to our Onalaska office for emergency dental care.

Gum injury may result from a periodontal abscess, which is an infection caused by bacteria that requires rising and draining the abscess. Our dentists may also suggest you undergo a root canal.

Don't let a dental emergency go untreated. Call Johnson Dental Care in Onalaska, WI today at 608-788-3852.

Dental implants are the best permanent tooth replacement option for several reasons. Some advantages include being durable, long-lasting, and secure. Dental implants anchor artificial teeth in place almost as securely as roots hold natural teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, though. Dr. Todd Johnson, the skilled dentist at Johnson Dental in Onalaska, can determine if dental implants are an option for you.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants hold artificial teeth in place similarly to how roots anchor natural teeth. A dental implant is actually a small metal post that looks similar to a screw. The post is placed directly in the bone in the jaw area, which is what makes dental implants so secure.

Over the course of a few months, the bone and metal post naturally fuse together. Once fused, the dental implant is ready to securely anchor an artificial tooth in place. When replacing a single tooth, a crown can be placed over the dental implant in the space where the tooth is missing. When replacing several teeth, more than one implant can be used to hold either a bridge or an implant-supported overdenture in place.

To be a candidate for dental implants, a patient must have a sufficient amount of bone. If there is not enough bone in the jaw area, there is no way to securely place the implant. X-ray images can be used to determine if you have enough bone to be a candidate for dental implants.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants have many advantages that make them the best permanent tooth replacement option. The fact that they are permanent is a major advantage. Additionally, dental implants are also extremely secure since they are placed directly in the jawbone. Another reason dental implants are the best permanent tooth replacement option is that they are made from hypoallergenic metal that is well tolerated by even patients with metal sensitivities.

Being versatile is another advantage that makes dental implants the best method for restoring your smile. They can be used with crowns, bridges, or implant-supported overdentures to replace a single tooth or many. Further, by filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth, dental implants help diminish or reverse the negative side effects associated with tooth loss. Visit our office in Onalaska to learn why dental implants are the right choice for restoring your smile.

There are many reasons why dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson to begin the process of restoring your smile with dental implants. Call Johnson Dental in Onalaska at (608) 788-3852.





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