Ridgeview Dental Group | Adult General Dentistry
Ridgeview Dental Group | Adult General Dentistry
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Adults

Whether you need a periodic exam and cleaning or a full mouth restoration, Ridgeview is here to make sure dental problems don’t slow you down. Our accomplished and forward-thinking team delivers the most personalized care experience in Southeastern Wisconsin, making patient education a core part of our practice. As a result, in addition to leaving with healthier mouths and cleaner teeth, our patients leave more knowledgeable and more confident for whatever comes next. Call us today to set up an appointment.

If you need treatment that’s outside the scope of our practice, we have a network of specialists to whom we can refer you to.

Ridgeview Dental Group

Jeffrey D. Rhody
DDS

Ridgeview Dental Group

Matthew T. Pruhs
DDS

Services

Cleanings and Preventive Services

Prevention is one of the most critical components of good oral health. In addition to offering a range of preventive dental services, we also help our patients learn and exercise good oral hygiene in a manner specific to their issues so dental challenges don’t get in their way.

  • Dental Exams & Cleanings
  • Dental and digital X-Rays
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Home Care
  • Sealants

Periodontal Disease Services

When plaque—the sticky film from food debris, bacteria, and saliva—is not removed, it forms calculus, or tartar, and begins destroying the gums and bone, causing red, swollen, and bleeding gums. This condition, called periodontal disease (meaning “around the tooth”), is the number one reason for tooth loss and has been linked to much more serious conditions involving the whole body. Since the disease is usually painless in its early stages, four out of five people have some form of periodontal disease and don’t know it. We can help you identify and, if necessary, treat gingivitis and periodontal disease before it becomes serious.

  • Early examinations and diagnosis
  • Initial treatments
  • Ongoing monitoring and maintenance

Restoration Services

While tooth decay has declined significantly over the years due to new treatments and patient education, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage. These events can be demoralizing and even debilitating. Ridgeview offers the latest and least invasive treatments to help you restore your teeth back to their normal appearance and function.

  • Composite Fillings
  • Crowns (Caps)
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures and Partial Dentures
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Inlay and Onlay Restorations
  • Root Canal Therapy

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How do I get rid of bad breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) can be unpleasant and embarrassing. There are various causes of bad breath, but in healthy people the major source is microbial deposits on the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

What causes bad breath?

  • Morning time after sleep stops the flow of saliva, reducing its cleaning power and allowing bacteria to grow, resulting in bad breath.
  • Garlic, onions, and other foods containing odor-causing compounds that enter the blood stream, enter the lungs and are exhaled.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits, which cause food particles in the mouth to promote bacterial growth.
  • Periodontal (gum) disease caused by colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums.
  • Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances
  • Dry mouth (Xerostomia), which may be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
  • Tobacco products that dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
  • Dieting, which releases chemicals called ketones in the breath as the body burns fat.
  • Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals—drinking water and chewing food increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away.
  • Certain medical conditions and illnesses like diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

What can I do to prevent bad breath?

  • Practice good oral hygiene, brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily to remove food debris and plaque from in between the teeth and under the gumline.
  • See your dentist regularly, at least twice a year
  • Stop smoking/chewing tobacco. Ask your dentist what they recommend to help break the habit.
  • Drink water frequently
  • Use mouthwash/rinses. Some over-the-counter products only provide a temporary solution to mask unpleasant mouth odor. Ask your dentist about antiseptic rinses that not only alleviate bad breath but also kill the germs that cause the problem.

Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease.

Toothbrushing

Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle or electric toothbrush and toothpaste. Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums. Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth and be sure to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

Flossing

Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. When flossing, take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands. Gently insert the floss betwee your teeth and use a sawing motion, curving it into a ‘C’ shape around each tooth and under the gumline to clean the side of each tooth.

Rinsing

It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?

Four out of five people have periodontal (gum) disease and don’t know it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticeable symptoms. Regular examinations are very important and will help catch problems early.

What is periodontal disease anyway?

Periodontal disease, often called gum disease, begins when plaque—a sticky, colorless, film of bacteria, food debris, and saliva—is left on the teeth and gums. The bacteria produce toxins (acids) that inflame the gums and slowly destroy the bone. Properly brushing and flossing regularly, however, will ensure that plaque is not left behind to do its damage.

Other than poor oral hygiene, there are several other factors that may increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:

Smoking or chewing tobacco, which causes a buildup of plaque and tartar Certain tooth or appliance conditions such as bridges that no longer fit properly, crowded teeth, or defective fillings may trap plaque and bacteria Many medications like steroids, cancer therapy drugs, blood pressure meds, and oral contraceptives, which dry out the mouth and make it easier for plaque to adhere to the teeth and gums Pregnancy, oral contraceptives, and puberty can all cause changes in hormone levels, leading gum tissue to become more sensitive to bacteria toxins Systemic diseases like diabetes, blood cell disorders, and HIV/AIDS Genetics may play role as well, and patients with a family history of tooth loss should pay particular attention to their gums

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

  • Red and puffy gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • New spacing between teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Receding gums
  • Tenderness or Discomfort
  • Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Instructions following Extractions
First 24 Hours


After an extraction, a certain amount of bleeding is to be expected. Bite on gauze for one half hour. If bleeding continues, bite on a fresh gauze for an additional fifteen minutes. Repeat if necessary.

  • Do not rinse or wash mouth today.
  • Do not spit, smoke or drink through a straw today. This will dislodge the blood clot which is forming.
  • For your own comfort, soft foods are indicated for the first 24 hours. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • If you have been told to use ice packs, place pack over area of operation for 15 minutes, then remove for 5 minutes. Repeat. Do not use ice packs for longer than six hours after the operation.
  • Take all prescribed medications as directed by your doctor. Antibiotics should be taken until all tablets are gone.

Following
After the first 24 hours


  • Rinse your mouth every three house while awake with a solution consisting of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in a 6 ounce glass of warm water.
  • Teeth should be given their usual care except in the region of the operation.

Instructions following Crown Preparation

  • Your gums will be sore near the area where work was completed. Make sure to keep the area clean by gingerly brushing the tissue.
  • Avoid eating gums, sticky or hard foods. The temporary crown is held in place with a temporary cement and can be dislodged.
  • Carefully floss around the crown, being certain not to pull up but rather through the contact.

If you have any questions or problems, please call our office at 262-251-8704