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7910 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
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By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
July 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Periodontal disease - or gum disease - is the most common reason for tooth loss in adults. It occurs when the tissue supporting your teeth periodontal diseasebecomes infected due to overgrowth of plaque. It can be minor or severe, and usually requires treatment from a dental professional. Dr. Todd Armstrong can be your dentist in Kenosha, WI, for periodontal disease.

 

Signs of periodontal disease

The American Dental Association (ADA) cites the following as symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in your bite

According to the ADA, it is possible to have gum disease but not show any symptoms. This is why a regular dental checkup every six months is so important for oral health.

Early stage gum disease including bleeding or swollen gums, is called gingivitis. More advanced stage gum disease is called periodontitis. This is when you may notice loose teeth or gums pulling away from teeth.

 

Causes of periodontal disease

There are several reasons periodontal disease may develop, including:

  • Bad oral hygiene
  • Using tobacco products
  • Some prescription medications (check with your Kenosha dentist for more information)
  • Genetics
  • During pregnancy
  • As a side effect of diabetes
  • Crooked teeth

 

Treatment for periodontal disease

If you notice signs of gum disease, make an appointment with your Kenosha dentist, Dr. Armstrong, as soon as possible. The sooner periodontal disease is treated, the better.

Depending on the progression and severity of the gum disease, your treatment will differ. If you visit the dentist in the early stages of gingivitis, the progression is still reversible with a professional dental cleaning and regular brushing and flossing.

After your dental appointment, many of the causes listed above can be prevented or addressed by adopting a strict oral hygiene plan, including brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day.

 

Call your Kenosha dentist now!

If have noticed signs of gum disease or just need to schedule a regular dental appointment, call Dr. Armstrong today at (262) 694-7672.

By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
April 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Would you like to improve your smile but don't want to wear metal or ceramic braces? Invisalign offers a discreet alternative to braces. InvisalignYour Kenosha, WI, dentist, Dr. Todd Armstrong, can help you decide if Invisalign is right for you.

Invisalign eliminates wires

The Invisalign system uses a series of removable aligner trays to correct the alignment of your teeth. Trays are made of transparent plastic, making them practically invisible. Invisalign offers several important advantages, including:

  • Appearance: No one other than your Kenosha, WI, dentist needs to know that you're straightening your teeth when you choose Invisalign. Clear aligner trays fit your teeth snugly and don't draw attention to them.
  • Comfort: You'll never have to worry about cuts from brace wires or pain after adjustments. In fact, there are no adjustments with Invisalign. Your trays re-position your teeth by exerting gentle pressure on them. Each tray is designed to accomplish a specific goal. Trays are worn for up to two weeks before being replaced with the next set in the series.
  • Versatility: Invisalign is effective in treating orthodontic problems in children, teens, and adults. If you're an adult, you may only need to wear your trays for as little as a year in some cases.
  • Effectiveness: Invisalign treatment is just as effective as braces in correcting mild to moderate bite problems. (If you have a severe or complicated bite problem, you may need to wear metal braces.) The Invisalign system offers excellent results for underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites.
  • No Limitations: Food restrictions are unnecessary with Invisalign, as you'll remove your aligner trays when you eat. Raw carrots, popcorn, gum and other foods that are off-limits to people who wear braces won't be a problem for you.
  • Convenience: Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. If you're planning a special evening out or have a sports practice or game, you can remove your aligners while you participate in the activity or sport.

Does Invisalign sound the perfect solution for your orthodontic problem? Call your Kenosha, WI, dentist, Dr. Armstrong, at (262) 694-7672 to schedule an appointment today!

By Dr. Todd A. Armstrong
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you have lost one, two or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants present solutions uniquely suited to your oral needs. True Dental Implantsartificial teeth in every sense, implants from Dr. Todd Armstrong, your dentist in Kenosha, WI, will restore how you look, eat, speak and even feel about yourself. Why not learn all the benefits these state-of-the-art restorations offer you?

A gapped smile

There's no benefit to it. You feel self-conscious about it. Your remaining teeth weaken and drift. You cannot eat efficiently or even speak right anymore.

Plus, did you know that as soon as you lose even one tooth, your gum tissue and jaw bone shrink? It's true, and the deterioration is so extensive your facial features age, and your bite height changes.

The alternative

It's the dental implant. This titanium screw goes right into the jaw bone, replacing the tooth root you lost. After it fuses with the jaw bone over the course of many weeks to months, the implant accepts an extension post and porcelain crown.' In the case of multi-tooth extractions, two, four or six implants support the prosthetic suited to your appearance and oral health needs: fixed bridgework or a fixed overdenture. Dr. Armstrong will help you decide which option is best for you.

The benefits of dental implants

The biggest benefit is osseointegration. Through this amazing process, your jaw bone wraps around your implant, making it just as strong as a natural tooth root. As time goes on, the bond, and jaw bone density, improve even more, allowing your new tooth to function well.

The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says implants can last for 40 or more years.

Additional benefits of dental implants include:

  • Ease of placement: a quick, one-visit surgery to insert the implant
  • Natural oral function and enhanced smile appearance
  • Simple oral hygiene requirements (brush and floss as usual and see Dr. Armstrong for check-ups and cleanings)

What's stopping you?

If you're sick of smile gaps, nuisance partial dentures or the embarrassment of a poor personal appearance, change your life through dental implants. Dr. Todd Armstrong and his dedicated team are happy to help. Call the office today for your personalized exam and consultation on state-of-the-art implants: (262) 694-7672.