Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Johnson Dental
May 07, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Stains  

Who wouldn't want a bright, white smile? But, for some people, it seems impossible because of dental stains. You can avoid this problem with simple care strategies that optimize tooth color. At Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI, Dr. Todd Johnson offers professional whitening to boost your best oral hygiene care at home.

What causes smile stains?

While you inherit your basic tooth color, stains come from whatever contacts your teeth--cigarette smoke, prescription drugs, dark foods, beverages, as examples. Prolonged exposure to these substances stains tooth enamel. Plus, as you age, your tooth enamel becomes more porous, says Dear Doctor, literally holding onto discolorations.

Avoiding those stains

Everyone needs to. Dr. Todd Johnson recommends his Onalaska area patients follow these practices for bright smiles long-term:

  • Twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Some whitening mouth rinses are beneficial as well.
  • Once a day flossing to remove plaque which damages enamel integrity and also holds onto food particles
  • No smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Staying well-hydrated with water. Carry your water bottle with you throughout the day. Rinse your mouth when you cannot brush.
  • Changing to an electric toothbrush. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) says it removes plaque and stains more effectively, and people who typically don't brush enough will do so with their electric brushes.
  • Drinking coffee, tea, cola, and sports drinks with a straw to avoid contact between the liquid and your tooth surfaces
  • Getting a six-month check-up and cleaning at Johnson Dental

Try professional teeth whitening

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says most people in the United States believe a white smile is very valuable. It increases self-esteem and makes a favorable impression socially and professionally.

So, if stubborn, pervasive stains are ruining your smile, take heart. Dr. Johnson offers professional teeth whitening as part of his cosmetic dentistry services in Onalaska.

After an exam to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, he can offer you either in-office or at-home whitening. Both apply concentrated hydrogen peroxide via a simple gel.

The in-office version takes about an hour. Take-home whitening takes a week as you daily apply the gel with customized trays. Both kinds of whitening brighten enamel by up to eight shades. What a difference you'll see and how confident you'll feel!

Love your smile

Do all you can to avoid dental stains, and call Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI, to learn more about professional teeth whitening. Dr. Todd Johnson will be happy to give you the details. Phone (608) 788-3852.

By Johnson Dental
April 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

You've heard of dental implants, but do you know what unique benefits they offer? At Johnson Dental, Dr. Todd Johnson places these innovative dental replacements to treat patients' tooth loss. From evaluation to insertion to restoration, he handles all aspects of dental implant care plans right in his Onalaska, WI, office. Read on to learn more.

Tooth loss poses many problems

Each tooth in your mouth performs a specific function. Without each one, your oral landscape changes in appearance, stability, and function. You look different, feel embarrassed, cannot bite/chew properly, and more.

Also, tooth loss causes bone loss. When your dentist extracts a tooth, the gum tissue and jaw bone immediately start to shrink. In fact, a full 25 percent of bone density and size disappear within a year, explains Dear Doctor. The more teeth you lose, the more the bone recedes and the more your oral health fails.

Enter dental implants

The dental implant fully replaces a single tooth, from root to crown. This amazing device is made of:

  • A titanium screw which Dr. Johnson places directly into the jaw under the gums
  • A metal allow abutment
  • A porcelain crown

Through a miraculous, natural action called osseointegration, the bone adheres to the rough surface of the implant screw. While this takes some months to complete, it firmly anchors your new tooth in place. The more you use your new tooth, the better the bond becomes.

In general, healthy teens and adults can undergo dental implant treatments. The most important qualification is jaw bone size as determined by an exam and X-ray screening at our Onalaska office. If you have enough bone, your implant surgery is a go.

Other benefits

  • The devices stay in place for decades (according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness).
  • The procedure success rate is high--up to 95 percent, states the American College of Prosthodontists.
  • Oral hygiene involves twice a day brushing and once-daily flossing—just as with your natural teeth.

You'll have good reasons to smile

Dental implants are today's leading tooth replacement option. If you wish to learn how they can help your smile, call Dr. Todd Johnson and his team at Johnson Dental in Onalaska, WI, by dialing (608) 788-3852.

By Johnson Dental
March 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implant   Dentures  

If your house had a window missing, your top priority would be to replace it to maintain your home and avoid further damage from weather or intruders. Your dental health should be treated the same way; if you're missing a permanent tooth, replacing it is vitally important. Below, Dr. Todd Johnson of Johnson Dental in Onalaska, Wisconsin discover how you can replace your missing teeth with attractive and functional restorations.

Partial dentures

Missing one or more teeth can affect your confidence and your dental health. For our patients with a combination of missing and healthy permanent teeth, partial dentures are a great option. These custom-made appliances typically have a combination of porcelain or resin teeth, a plastic gum base, and metal clasps that connect to natural teeth to stay in place. People who cannot support dental implants due to low bone density or other health conditions often make great candidates for partial dentures.

Full dentures

If you're missing all of your natural teeth, or the ones you have left aren't healthy, your Unalaska dentist may recommend full dentures. These dental restorations fit over your gum ridges, staying in place with a combination of suction and an adhesive paste. If your gum ridges are healthy and stable, Dr. Johnson may recommend dentures that are supported by a series of implants. Instead of suction, the dentures stay in place with attachments that line up with the implants and fasten on.

Dental implants

For dentists and patients alike, the "gold standard" for tooth restorations has become dental implants. These permanent replacements don't just replace the visible portion of your teeth. The metal implants do an excellent job standing in for the roots of natural teeth, offering an unprecedented way to make sure your dental health is optimal for many years to come. In fact, dental implants from your Onalaska dentist can last as long as an entire lifetime if you take care of them properly.

If you're missing a tooth, you have options at Johnson Dental. Contact our office in Onalaska, Wisconsin at 608-788-3852 to set up an appointment with Dr. Todd Johnson today.

By Johnson Dental
December 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Get a more confident and beautiful smile for the New Year!

The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy all those delicious treats that we wait all year long for. Unfortunately, our teeth aren’t quite as excited about these foods as we are; therefore, if you find that your teeth are looking a little lackluster after the holidays, our Onalaska, WI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Todd Johnson, can give you a radiant smile to welcome 2020.

Undergoing Professional Teeth Whitening

All you have to do is walk down the oral care aisle of your grocery store and you’ll see there is no shortage of different ways to whiten your smile. However, none of these options are as effective or as safe as a professional whitening treatment.

While you may notice a slight improvement with continued whitening toothpaste usage or whitening strips, this can take weeks and results are usually minimal. By turning to our Onalaska, WI, dentist, he can ensure that you get the results you want. Our dentist offers both an in-office and at-home system to meet your needs.

How Whitening Works

If you want visible results as quickly as possible, then nothing will work better than in-office whitening treatment. During your first visit, our dentist will need to examine your smile and make sure that you are healthy enough for treatment. We will also need to determine if the stains you have will respond to whitening treatment. External stains, which are usually yellow or brown, respond the best to professional whitening.

Once your teeth are cleaned, your dentist will cover the gums and lips with a special device to protect them from the bleaching gel. Next, the gel is applied to the front surface of your teeth and often activated with a dental light. The gel is left on teeth anywhere from 10-15 minutes before being removed and reapplied. Three gel applications are usually performed in a single session.

Contact Us

Do you want a whiter smile to ring in the New Year? If so, treat yourself to a beautiful set of pearly whites. Call our Onalaska, WI, dental office at (608) 788-3852 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson.



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