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Posts for: January, 2015

By Steinbach Dental
January 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC  

Are you in need of dental crowns - but don't want to take days out of your schedule to complete the lengthy process of getting them done? Though many dental patients across the nation require crowns for an improved self-confidence and better oral functioning, the fear that it will be a long and arduous road ahead keeps them from personally experiencing the many benefits of crowns.

But at Steinbach Dental, all those fears and doubts about your upcoming crowns can be put to rest, as Thomas A. Steinbach, CERECD.D.S., and his group of trusted dental technicians have unveiled the latest in proven dental technology for their patients!

Called the CEREC Omnicam, this device erases the days of ho-hum impressions, temporary crowns, and repeated dentist visits. That's because this innovative new machine can produce a color-computerized 3D image of your entire mouth while creating the perfect crown during your first trip to the dentist!

Check out the three leading reasons why just about everyone's crowning needs are made easier with the CEREC Omnicam below:

CEREC Advantages

Convenience: As mentioned, crowns made with CEREC are finished by the end of your first visit. They offer improved comfort, too, as you won't need traditional impressions or uncomfortable temporary crowns.

Preservation: CEREC crown restorations make it easy for Dr. Steinbach and his team to preserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as they can-- much more than would be preserved with a conventional crown!

Appearance and Durability: The strong ceramic materials used by CEREC help restore both your teeth's natural color and their natural strength! These crowns are made almost identical to the appearance of your natural tooth structure, in fact; oftentimes, an exact duplicate of your troubled tooth can be created!

If you don't want crowns taking days out of your life, then check out the CEREC Omnicam at Steinbach Dental for the same day crowns you've been wishing for right here in Brookfield, WI! For more questions on this innovative new technology, give Dr. Steinbach and his trusted dental associates a call at (262) 781-0080 today.


You may have seen Kathy Ireland on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but did you know that she is now a business mogul?

Through it all, Ireland has kept her model good looks, and that includes a bright, glowing smile. In a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine she said that keeping her smile has required ongoing maintenance and more.

It seems that Ireland is a bit of a daredevil. She described a moment of fun with her children when she tried to stand in their wagon and “wagon surf” across her driveway. It ended badly when she crashed into her parked car and suffered a broken nose, split forehead and several broken teeth. “I learned that my love of adventure exceeds my coordination,” she commented.

Ireland was born in Glendale, California in 1963. She demonstrated her drive to succeed early in life, starting at age 4 when she and her sister sold painted rocks from their wagon. Later she had a paper route. She began modeling at 17, with the goal of earning enough to pay for college or to start a business. In her successful modeling career she graced the covers of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar and Sports Illustrated. Her first cover for Sports Illustrated, the publication's 25th Anniversary Swimsuit Edition, was the magazine's best-selling swimsuit issue to date.

In 1993 she founded her marketing and design firm, kathy ireland Worldwide. Now a billion-dollar industry, the firm sells fashions such as wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, as well as a wide range of items for home and family.

She has also written a number of books teaching others how to be successful — based on her own experience — as well as three children's books.

Discussing her oral health, Ireland says that she required serious professional assistance on more than one occasion. When she was a child she knocked out a tooth and later knocked it loose again. As an adolescent she wore braces for about three years. After the driveway incident she needed numerous veneers and dental implants to replace a lost tooth and restore her smile.

Her maintenance routine includes regular flossing and brushing, and she has her teeth cleaned every six months. She keeps up on her reading about the latest in research on dental health, and encourages her three children to floss and brush their teeth, to limit eating sweets and to do what they can to avoid injuries to their mouths and teeth.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about how to maintain your own smile. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Kathy Ireland.”

By Steinbach Dental
January 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sensitive teeth  

Tooth sensitivity can be disheartening: you’re always on your guard with what you eat or drink, and perhaps you’ve even given up on favorite foods or beverages.

The most common cause for this painful sensitivity is dentin exposure caused by receding gums. Dentin contains tiny open structures called tubules that transmit changes in temperature or pressure to the nerves in the pulp, which in turn signal pain to the brain. The enamel that covers the dentin, along with the gum tissues, creates a barrier between the environment and dentin to prevent it from becoming over-stimulated.

Due to such causes as aggressive over-brushing or periodontal (gum) disease, the gum tissues can recede from the teeth. This exposes portions of the dentin not covered by enamel to the effects of hot or cold. The result is an over-stimulation of the dentin when encountering normal environmental conditions.

So, what can be done to relieve painful tooth sensitivity? Here are 3 ways to stop or minimize the symptoms.

Change your brushing habits. As mentioned, brushing too hard and/or too often can contribute to gum recession. The whole purpose of brushing (and flossing) is to remove bacterial plaque that’s built up on tooth surfaces; a gentle action with a soft brush is sufficient. Anything more than two brushings a day is usually too much — you should also avoid brushing just after consuming acidic foods or liquids to give saliva time to neutralize acid and restore minerals to the enamel.

Include fluoride in your dental care. Fluoride has been proven to strengthen enamel. Be sure, then, to use toothpastes and other hygiene products that contain fluoride. With severe sensitivity you may also benefit from a fluoride varnish applied by a dentist to your teeth that not only strengthens enamel but also provides a barrier to exposed dentin.

Seek treatment for dental disease. Tooth sensitivity is often linked to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Treating dental disease may include plaque removal, gum surgery to restore receded gums, a filling to remove decay or root canal therapy when the decay gets to the tooth pulp. These treatments could all have an effect on reducing or ending your tooth sensitivity.

If you would like more information on the causes and treatments for sensitive teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Sensitivity.”

By Steinbach Dental
January 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health

White TeethDinners at this time of year bring their fair share of goodies and treats that incorporate wintry fruits and vegetables. But while you’re enjoying your favorite homemade dishes with family and friends, take some time to consider which options may be staining to your teeth. By limiting your consumption of teeth-staining foods, you can maintain your bright, white smile.

How do you know which foods will stain your teeth?

As a general rule, think of your teeth as you would a white t-shirt. If a food item would stain a t-shirt, it will stain your teeth too. This includes foods such as tomato sauce and berries. Surprisingly, pickled foods can also affect your teeth coloring because they are highly acidic. The acid can break down your tooth enamel. This effect can make your teeth more vulnerable to staining.

Many popular beverages, such as fruit juice, red wine and teas can also stain your teeth. The same is true for pies that incorporate red or blue fruits, such as cranberries, blueberries or raspberries.

Which foods will not stain my teeth?

Just as there are tooth-staining foods, there are foods that can protect your teeth from staining. These include green vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli and lettuce. These foods create a protective film over your teeth that keep stain-causing molecules at bay. Munching on crisp apples or celery can also help clear away staining particles. Another beneficial drink is plain water. Water helps to wash away stain-causing pigments. So alternate potentially staining foods and beverages with a glass of water whenever possible. Chewing a stick of sugar-free gum after eating potentially staining foods can also help to reduce the likelihood you will experience tooth staining.

Are your teeth not as white as you would like them to be? We offer professional teeth whitening at our Brookfield dentist’s office. For more information, please call (262) 781-0080.