5 Reasons To Choose A Dental Implant Instead Of A Partial Denture

If you are missing a single tooth, you may be considering your options for restorative dentistry at Honest Teeth. While partial dentures are an inexpensive, simple way to restore your smile, they are often not the best long-term choice.

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Dental implants from Dr. Max Meinerz and Dr. Kyle Krueger are a permanent option that will look and feel natural. Here’s a few reasons to consider dental implants over a partial denture if you are missing a tooth:

1. Dental Implants Are A Better Long-Term Investment

Though dental implants are expensive compared to partial dentures, they are often a better long-term investment. This is because a typical dental implant will last 20-30 years, and potentially even longer with proper dental hygiene. As a comparison, dentures must often be replaced every 3-8 years. This means that in the long run, dental implants will save you both time and money.

2. Dental Implants Look And Feel More Natural Than Partial Dentures

Dental implants are actually surgically implanted where your missing tooth used to be. This means that your implant will look and feel completely natural.

On the other hand, partial dentures are usually secured to the surrounding teeth. They tend to shift and move, and they won’t always look or feel completely natural.

3. Dental Implants Prevent Bone And Gum Tissue Loss

One of the other big advantages of dental implants is that the implant stimulates the underlying bone and jaw tissue, preventing it from receding. Because partial dentures only rest above the gum tissue, they do not have this effect, which can lead to the loss of gum tissue and weakening of the jawbone.

4. Dental Implants Don’t Require As Much Care 

Partial dentures must regularly be cleaned, and have to be rinsed after each meal to prevent food from building up below the denture, which means you’ll spend a lot of time maintaining your denture.

Dental implants require no special care. All you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day, floss normally, and see Dr. Krueger or Dr. Meinerz for a regular six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam. That’s it! 

5. Dental Implants Don't Slip Or Move

Even the best partial dentures will slip or move somewhat while chewing, eating, and speaking. It takes a while to adjust to this slippage, which can make it more difficult to speak and chew with confidence.

Dental implants do not move or slip at all. Their design ensures that they stay solidly implanted in your gum line, and that they are just as secure as a natural tooth would be.

Interested In A Dental Implant? Schedule Your Appointment Today! 

Since dental implants are durable and can help keep your gums and mouth healthy, they are usually the best choice for replacing a single missing tooth. With a dental implant, you can restore your smile permanently and conveniently.

Interested in a dental implant from Honest Teeth, but not sure if it’s the right choice? Schedule a consultation today! Dr. Meinerz or Dr. Krueger will meet with you, and after an oral exam, they will help you understand if a dental implant is the right choice for you.

Give us a call now at (262) 784-7770 to get started, or visit our office in-person at 15255 Watertown Plank Rd, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122.

Reasons to Invest in Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’ve been considering cosmetic dentistry in Elm Grove, Honest Teeth has options that will give you the smile of your dreams. Dr. Kyle Krueger and Dr. Max Meinerz are both experienced cosmetic dentists, and they’ll offer honest guidance to help you make the best decisions for your dental health.

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To start, here are some common reasons you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry at Honest Teeth:

1. You’re Self-Conscious About Your Smile

If you find yourself covering up your mouth when you laugh and you’re embarrassed when you smile in public, or if your smile isn’t quite as confident as you’d like, cosmetic dentistry can definitely help.

Whether your teeth are somewhat crooked, or they have become yellow and dull from normal wear and tear, you deserve a restored, beautiful smile. Our cosmetic dentistry options like Invisalign or our teeth whitening services will give you a smile you can be proud of.

2. You Have a Big Event or Special Occasion Coming Up

If you have a significant event coming up such as a large business presentation, speech, or wedding, a confident, carefree smile can be priceless. 

The videos, photos, and memories of these events will last a lifetime, and investing in your smile will ensure that you look your best. A cosmetic treatment from Honest Teeth will ensure that your smile is flawless, and the positive effect that the treatment will have on your confidence will last much longer than your special event.

3. You Want to Look Younger

Some tooth stains are normal and unavoidable. As we age, the enamel in our teeth tends to become yellow and dull. Stains can be picked up from consuming tea, coffee, wine, or even some foods like berries. Tobacco use can make these stains even more obvious.

However, stained and yellowed teeth can age you prematurely. With our teeth whitening options, you can remove these surface stains and enjoy a brighter, more youthful smile.

4. You Want to Focus On Your Oral Health 

If you’ve had trouble maintaining a great oral hygiene regimen in the past, cosmetic dentistry is actually a great solution! When you invest time and money into your smile, you’re much more likely to take care of it by brushing and flossing regularly, and taking other steps to maintain a healthy mouth.

Not Sure Which Cosmetic Treatment is Right for You? Come in for a Consultation! 

If you’d like to find out more about which cosmetic dentistry option is right for you and your budget, come to Honest Teeth for a consultation today. Dr. Krueger or Dr. Meinerz can perform a comprehensive oral exam and assessment, and develop a personalized treatment plan that’s perfect for you.

Contact us now at (262) 784-7770, or drop by our office at 15255 Watertown Plank Rd., Ste. 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122. 

Welcome to our New Location!

It’s been a long time coming, but Honest Teeth has officially moved! Our new address is 15255 Watertown Plank Road, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122. With state-of-the-art technology, and the amenities to keep you and your family comfortable during each visit, our new office is a welcomed change for both returning and new patients.

It’s all thanks to you!

Thanks to the support of our loyal patients, our practice outgrew the old office and we agreed that change was in order. It took two years of searching, but we found a location that would satisfy everyone. Just off the I-94 freeway, and with plenty of parking, we’re happy to call Elm Grove home!

Creating the perfect office for patients

The new Honest Teeth office will feature all the amenities that we’ve always wanted to provide. We have a play area to entertain children during their visit, and a beverage center for all to enjoy. We’re even offering extended hours to our Dental Health Savings Club members!

And the improvements don’t end with our amenities! The larger space allows us to enhance our dental technology offerings. Cutting-edge 3D scanning technology will give us a clearer picture of your mouth, and allow us to expertly fit you for crowns, Invisalign and other dental prosthetics and appliances.

Still offering the same great care

We’re excited about our practice expansion, and remain dedicated to our fundamentals. The focus of Honest Teeth is to continue to provide expert dental and patient care. You can expect the same great service, compassionate touch and quality dentistry from Dr. Meinerz and the entire team at Honest Teeth!

Now that we’re settled in Elm Grove, we’d like to reach out to the community! If you need a new dentist, Honest Teeth will ensure you receive the treatment you deserve. Give your teeth a fresh start and visit us today!  

Honest Teeth

15255 Watertown Plank Road

Suite 100

Elm Grove, WI 53122

Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth removal is extremely common in the US. In fact, around 85% of all US adults have their wisdom teeth extracted in order to preserve their oral health. Whether you’re an adult who still has your wisdom teeth, or if your wisdom teeth are just growing in, you may be curious about what wisdom teeth do, and why they usually need to be removed.

Here at Honest Teeth, we deal with wisdom teeth regularly and can answer the common questions that you may have!


What Are Wisdom Teeth?

The term “wisdom teeth” refers to the third and final set of molars in the mouth. These molars erupt much later than the rest of your adult teeth, and typically don’t fully erupt until your late teens or early twenties.

Your wisdom teeth are natural and, when properly aligned, are not harmful. They function as a normal set of molars, and help you to chew your food. However, this is not usually the case. 

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Usually Removed?

Most of the time, wisdom teeth don’t erupt correctly. Your wisdom teeth may be positioned horizontally, “crowd out” your other teeth, or have an angle that can damage adjacent teeth.

When they’re not removed, malpositioned wisdom teeth can cause:

Teeth shifting
Nerve pain and damage
Bite misalignment
Jaw stiffness

If those seem like an issue it’s because they are! For most people, removing the wisdom teeth is the best way to ensure these problems are avoided.

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

To answer this question, you’ll need to consult a dentist such as Dr. Max Meinerz. By taking X-rays of your head and mouth, analyzing the positioning of your teeth and your wisdom teeth, and examining your overall level of oral health, an experienced doctor like Dr. Meinerz can help you to decide whether or not to remove your wisdom teeth.

For some people, wisdom teeth will grow in normally, and the existing teeth will be able to accommodate them without excessive shifting. Other people have wisdom teeth that don’t erupt at all, so they will not require tooth extractions.

However, only an experienced dentist can provide you with the advice you need to decide whether or not to remove your wisdom teeth. Dr Max Meinerz and his team have years of experience and guidance to help you make the right decision regarding your wisdom teeth.

Need Wisdom Teeth Extracted in Elm Grove? Come to Honest Teeth Dentistry Now!

Wisdom teeth extractions are one of the most common dental procedures, and the team at Honest teeth can make a consultation or operation both safe and accessible. 

With a focus on patient comfort, minimally-invasive techniques, and available conscious sedation dentistry, we cater to patients who may be afraid of tooth extractions, and provide expert patient care. We’ll give honest evaluations and work with you to make the best decision regarding your wisdom teeth.

So, if your wisdom teeth are arriving and you need expert advice, don’t wait! Contact Honest Teeth online or give us a call at (262) 784-7770 to book an appointment with Dr. Meinerz. You can also come to our office, which is located at: 15255 Watertown Plank Road Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122. We look forward to seeing you!

Understanding The Ins And Outs Of Root Canals

Root canals are one of the most common oral surgeries performed in the US. According to the AAE, over 15 million root canals are performed each year. That’s a rate of nearly 41,000 per day!

But despite how common root canals are, there are still quite a few misconceptions about root canals and root canal treatment. At Honest Teeth, we’re here to help you understand the ins and outs of root canals!

What Is A Root Canal?

Root canals are quite simple. Your tooth consists of several layers of strong material, such as enamel and dentin. If this tough exterior layer is destroyed by a dental injury or serious tooth decay and cavities, the inner pulp may be exposed.

This exposed pulp can be easily infected by a variety of bacteria. These infections cause tremendous pain and tooth sensitivity.

To treat infection and prevent tooth loss, root canal therapy must be performed. In this procedure, the infected or damaged pulp is removed and replaced by an inert material. After the pulp is replaced, the tooth is restored using fillings or a dental crown.

What Happens During Root Canal Surgery?

Modern root canal surgery from Honest Teeth Dentistry is simple, efficient and focuses on minimizing patient discomfort.

First, Dr. Meinerz will administer a local anesthesia to the area, to ensure minimal pain and discomfort. Then, a dental dam will be applied to keep the tooth isolated from the rest of the mouth.

Dr. Meinerz will access the inside of the tooth, and remove the damaged or infected pulp from the interior of the tooth. The interior of the tooth may be reshaped, and then it will be thoroughly cleaned and dried.

Then, Dr. Meinerz fills the interior of the tooth with a inert material such as gutta percha, and close the opening of the tooth with a filling.

At your next appointment, you will be fitted for a dental crown, if necessary. This crown will cover your affected tooth and be bonded permanently, completing your root canal operation.

What Can I Expect After Surgery?

After surgery, you will likely experience some pain or tenderness in the area of your root canal treatment. This will be minor, and treatable with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen. However, if you experience pain for more than several days, you should contact Dr. Meinerz.

If you have a temporary filling placed, take care to avoid chewing hard foods, and don’t bite or chew with the tooth until the permanent crown has been placed. Brush and floss your teeth normally.

Recovery will generally be quite fast, and most patients will feel normal within a week of finalizing their root canal treatment. Follow a normal oral care regimen, and ensure that you see Dr. Meinerz for biannual teeth cleanings and checkups, to ensure that teeth remain healthy.

Worried About Root Canals? See Dr. Max Meinerz At Honest Teeth!

If you believe you may need a root canal, or simply require general dentistry in Elm Grove, visit Honest Teeth today. Dr. Max Meinerz will provide you with root canal therapy and an expert treatment plan.

Root canals may be inconvenient and uncomfortable, but there’s no need to fear them. Root canals are the best way to restore your teeth to health, and ensure that you don’t lose a tooth due to infection.

Come to Honest Teeth today, and let Dr. Max Meinerz take care of your treatment. Whether you need basic procedures like fillings, or suspect you may require a root canal, we’re dedicated to providing fantastic dental services in Elm Grove!

Contact us at (262)784-7770 today, or come to our office at 15255 Watertown Plank Road Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122. We would be happy to discuss your treatment options, and show you why Honest Teeth is the best dental practice in Elm Grove!