The dentists at Forest View Dental of Appleton are concerned with the overall health of your teeth, mouth, and gums and how they affect the rest of the body. To help ensure the health of your mouth, we offer the following treatments:
Gum recession occurs when the edge of the gum tissue (called the gingival margin) moves away from the crown of the tooth. One of the main causes is an irregular or abnormal tooth position. Heredity is another factor. A person may simply have thin, fragile or insufficient gum tissue.
Other causes include:
Aggressive or excessive tooth brushing
Trauma to gum disease
Periodontal (gum) disease
When minor gum recession is ignored, continued recession and bone loss around teeth are likely. If gum recession is due to excessive or aggressive brushing, we can show you more effective methods to clean your teeth.
At Forest View Dental, we care about your gums. We have the knowledge, skills and tools to treat gum recession and restore gum tissue for stronger teeth and a healthier mouth.
75% of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease.
You may have gum disease and not know it. Good oral hygiene and regular professional dental care are the keys to preventing gum disease. It is more important than ever to take care of your oral health – especially if you or a loved one has heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory disease, or is pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
How do healthy gums become infected?
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a colorless film of bacteria or germs that forms on the teeth. Plaque uses sugars and starches in the diet to form acids in the mouth. The acid and bacteria irritate the gums and cause them to become red, tender, swollen and bleed easily. Without daily removal by flossing and brushing, plaque hardens around teeth. This process causes the gums to pull away from the teeth creating pockets that become filled with harmful bacteria. If untreated, these pockets become deeper, destroying the bone that supports the teeth, resulting in tooth loss and chronic infection that can enter the blood stream.
Each year in the US alone, approximately 34,000 individuals are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. If you add throat cancers to the number (which have the same risk factors), that number will increase to about 46,000 people. The death rate from oral cancer is very high; about half those diagnosed will not survive more than five years. While these statistics are alarming, this high death rate is directly related to two factors.
The first is to be aware. Lifestyle choices, such as the use of tobacco and other risk factors are causes of this disease. Approximately 75% of all oral cancer patients are tobacco users.
Early detection is the second factor that will reduce your risk. Once knowledgeable, you should engage in regular annual screening to look for signs and symptoms at your doctor’s office, ensuring early detection. Oral cancer can be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high, and side effects from treatment are at their lowest. These screenings are painless, quick, and inexpensive.
At Forest View Dental we have the knowledge, skills and tools to detect and treat oral cancer.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition that affects millions of people, and can often lead to fatigue, headaches and other symptoms. The doctors at Forest View Dental offer Sleep Apnea treatments that can help you achieve a healthier, more peaceful slumber.
Sleep apnea occurs when tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the airway reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to all of your organs, including your heart and brain. People with sleep apnea may snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods of time. When the blood-oxygen level drops low enough, the body momentarily wakes up. It can happen so fast that you may not be aware you woke up. This can happen hundreds of times a night, and you may wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed.
In addition to snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can cause memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, decreased sex drive and impaired concentration. Sleep apnea patients have a much higher risk of stroke and heart problems, such as heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension. Sleep apnea patients are also more likely to be involved in an accident at the workplace or while driving.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles. These disorders are often referred to as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint). The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.
At Forest View Dental we can diagnose TMD and then treat the joint pain, muscle aches and problems with jaws locking. Call us today for a consultation.
For most of us, problems with third molars or “wisdom” teeth, are a fact of life that come with “wisdom” of maturity! That’s why having them removed is often the best way to prevent problems.
Wisdom teeth have earned a reputation for making trouble in this day and age when many of us have smaller jaws than our ancestors. Frequently when these third molars at the back of the mouth begin trying to emerge sometime during our late teens or early twenties, there’s not enough room for them and the potential for trouble begins—making a strong case for having them removed as soon as possible.
The tendency for wisdom teeth to become “impacted” or unable to move into their proper position is the cause of most problems. Impacted wisdom teeth grow in any way they can, such as sideways or at an angle. Some may partially break through the gum surface, while others remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
At Forest View Dental we can detect and treat wisdom teeth. We have the knowledge, skills and tools to extract and remove wisdom teeth safely and effectively.
Post Procedure Instructions
Once Wisdom Teeth are removed, here are some tips to ease discomfort and promote healing:
- Use ice packs on the cheek for swelling, alternating on and off every thirty minutes.
- Apply biting pressure with clean gauze to stop bleeding.
- Eat soft foods and drink extra liquids.
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods in the tender area. Brush carefully the day after surgery.
- Take prescribed medications and follow all instructions as directed.
In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. Root canals are a relatively simple procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!
What is the purpose of a root canal?
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.
What happens during a root canal?
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, we remove the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth had extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
If you have been told that a root canal is necessary to save one of your teeth, it is important that you understand why this procedure is necessary and what happens during root canal therapy. Our goal is help you preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime, so you can smile with confidence.
Dr. Tom LaSelle’s bedside manner is amazing! I’ve gone from panic attacks in the dentist chair to smiles & joking. Tara and Laurie are amazing too! Thank you so much!! - Joy A from Neenah
My family loves you guys! You make the kids so happy! - Bonnie P from Appleton
Dr. Stacey is wonderful. The entire staff has always been kind, thoughtful and caring! - Pat O from Menasha
Great customer service, no pain dentistry at its best! You actually care about your patients and it shows from the moment I walk in the door, till the minute I leave. - Stacy R from Appleton
I think you all are amazing! You really make it easy to come to the dentist. Everyone is so friendly and gentle. Thank you. - Angie L from Appleton
Dr. Grotenhuis is very thorough and answers all my questions. He is wonderful, and I would recommend him to anyone! - Colleen C from Appleton
The patient is #1 at Forest View Dental. Dr. LaSelle and his staff always do their best to take care of my needs. They are professionals in every sense of the word. - Mike O