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.

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.





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