Health Dentistry

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

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.

Gum Disease

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.

Oral Cancer

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.

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TMJ Treatments

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.

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Wisdom Teeth

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.

 

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Root Canals

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.

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Our Staff

Lisa

Lisa

I grew up in Appleton and working in dentistry allows me to work daily with the wonderful people that live in the Fox Valley. I graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Fox Valley Technical College in 2006. I enjoy working with each patient to improve their oral health as well as their overall...

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Becky

Becky

I love to meet new people every day! As the New Patient Coordinator, I strive to make Forest View Dental’s first impression unforgettable for our patients of the Fox Valley. From our excellent dentistry to our amazing staff and customer service, I am truly confident in our practice. Come join...

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Dr. Thomas Grotenhuis

Dr. Thomas Grotenhuis

Dr. Thomas Grotenhuis grew up in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Dr Grotenhuis did his undergraduate studies at UW-Madison. He then graduated Creighton University Dental School. After dental school, Dr. Grotenhuis began his practice in Morrisville, Vermont. Dr. Grotenhuis moved to the Fox Valley and joined...

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Laurie

Laurie

I’ve been in the Appleton area since 1997 and have worked with Dr. LaSelle since 1997. I enjoy all dental procedures including implants, sinus lifts and the surgical side of dentistry.

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Sam

Sam

I really enjoy working at Forest View Dental. I love helping people and the variety of services Forest View Dental offers. I look forward to working with you and making your day better!

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Dr. Thomas LaSelle

Dr. Thomas LaSelle

Dr. Thomas J. LaSelle was born and raised in the Fox Valley. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. LaSelle has been providing comprehensive dental care to individuals of all ages for more than 30 years. He has obtained extensive...

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Alyssa

Alyssa

I was raised in the Fox Cites and have been blessed with the opportunity to work at Forest View Dental since 2008. I love being able to make a difference in people’s lives from easing stress with sedation dentistry to alleviating headaches and jaw pain with TMJ Therapy.

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Kristin

Kristin

My favorite thing about working in dentistry is helping patients overcome their anxiety and giving them the knowledge they need to care for their oral and their overall health. It is great to be part of a team here in the Fox Valley that focuses so much on patient comfort and satisfaction.

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Dr. Thomas LaSelle

Dr. Thomas LaSelle

Dr. Thomas J. LaSelle was born and raised in the Fox Valley. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. LaSelle has been providing comprehensive dental care to individuals of all ages for more than 30 years. He has obtained extensive...

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Vicki

Vicki

I am from the Fox Valley and have been with Forest View Dental since 1996. I pride myself with educating patients and making them feel comfortable with their dental visits. Hope to see you soon!

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Heather

Heather

I strive to make my patients feel more comfortable while getting treatment done. I especially enjoy making children’s experiences more pleasurable and fun! Dr. Grotenhuis has been practicing orthodontics since 2007 and I have found it very rewarding watching our patients self-confidence...

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Dr. Stacey Madson

Dr. Stacey Madson

Dr. Stacey Madson grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Dr. Madson practiced dentistry in Eau Claire, Wisconsin prior to relocating to the...

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Terri Front Office Manager

Terri Front Office Manager

I am very passionate about dentistry.  I started in the dental field over 40 years ago. I still love it. I believe the patients at Forest View Dental keep me going. They are some of the best. The doctors and staff are all dedicated to making each and every experience an excellent one. I...

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Tara

Tara

I have been working with Dr. LaSelle since 1999. I enjoy getting to know our current patients and meeting new patients. I like to see patients leave with a smile.

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Dr. Thomas LaSelle

Dr. Thomas LaSelle

Dr. Thomas J. LaSelle was born and raised in the Fox Valley. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. LaSelle has been providing comprehensive dental care to individuals of all ages for more than 30 years. He has obtained extensive...

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Steph

Steph

I am proud to work at Forest View Dental where I can assist with making you feel comfortable, confident and educated with your dental care. I strive to deliver the best care to each and every patient, from scheduling your next dental appointment to filing your insurance claim, rest assured it is...

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Michelle

Michelle

As a dental hygienist, I enjoy making your every visit as comfortable as possible. I am so honored to be a part of the Forest View Dental team because we truly value our patients and like to make every visit an enjoyable one. I look forward to meeting you and your family!

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Dr. Thomas LaSelle

Dr. Thomas LaSelle

Dr. Thomas J. LaSelle was born and raised in the Fox Valley. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. LaSelle has been providing comprehensive dental care to individuals of all ages for more than 30 years. He has obtained extensive...

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Betsy

Betsy

I have been a dental hygienist since graduating from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2004. I joined the Forest View Dental family in 2008 and I am so happy to be working in the Fox Valley. I find dental hygiene very rewarding and I love being a part of a practice that focuses on patient...

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Karen - Office Manager

Karen - Office Manager

I have been a part of Forest View Dental since 2003 and it has been a wonderful experience. Our Doctors and staff participate in many volunteer activities in the Fox River Valley from Tri County Community Dental Clinic, to school presentations on dental hygiene, to supporting and raising funds for...

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Dr. Stacey Madson

Dr. Stacey Madson

Dr. Stacey Madson grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Dr. Madson practiced dentistry in Eau Claire, Wisconsin prior to relocating to the...

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Sara

Sara

I started working at Forest View Dental in 2003. Helping people feel great about their smile is truly rewarding. I am very happy to be working in an office that places so much emphasis on patient respect and patient comfort.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Dentist

How do you know if you are seeing the right dentist for your needs? Not all dentists are the same! Here is a list of questions that you should ask when you are selecting a dentist.

Here at Forest View Dental, we have a New Patient Coordinator that can answer all of your questions about what services we provide, insurance coverage, and possible treatment plans. Call (920) 733-1111 today!

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