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Procedures at Hillside Dental Associates

At Hillside Dental Associates, you will find we offer a variety of dental services to meet your healthcare needs. Our staff is highly trained and professional, and keeps informed of the latest techniques and technologies through continuing education.

Whether you need a simple brush up with a cleaning, or a more complex procedure such as a filling, Dr. Steve Eiler, Dr. Jessica Davis, and Dr. Brad Foss will surpass your expectations while meeting your needs. We look forward to adding your smile to our collection of happy clients.

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Time To Schedule Your Next Appointment?
Call today at (920) 748-6122, or use our easy online scheduling form to set up your next visit quickly. On behalf of every dentist at Hillside Dental Associates, we look forward to helping you brighten the world with your smile.



Cosmetic Dentistry

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It's easy to take a smile for granted, unless you're self-conscious about yours. In that case, you may spend more time and thought on hiding your smile than enjoying the moment.

Hillside Dental Associates has been restoring luster to teeth and confidence to smiles for over 15 years. In that time, we've had patients come to us with the full spectrum of cosmetic dental issues. From whitening to implants, veneers to bridges, every one of our patients has left our office smiling unabashedly.

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Teeth Whitening

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Teeth Whitening is a common and safe procedure in the dental office used to whiten a smile for cosmetic reasons. Teeth become whiter by a process called “oxygenation.” Oxygenation occurs when a product like carbamide peroxide penetrates through the enamel and breaks apart the stains inside your teeth. We have a variety of products available to whiten your teeth depending on your budget and how fast you want to whiten.

Invisalign®

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Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you.There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

We use the iTero digital 3D intra-oral scanner to create the plastic aligners that are used to move your teeth into position. The iTero is the best tool available to create perfect fitting aligners allowing more predictable treatment results. No more bad tasting and gooey impressions.

Dental Implants

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Dental Implants can be used to permanently replace a single tooth or every tooth. Implants are made of medical grade surface-treated titanium. The same titanium that has been used by physicians in joint replacements for years. These titanium posts, inserted into your jaw bone, are the most versatile and predictable fixture we can use to restore your smile.

If 2-6 implants are placed, we can attach them to a denture and replace all of your upper or lower missing teeth. The implants give your denture the strength and stability it needs.Replacing a single missing tooth is very similar. One implant is placed in the area of the missing tooth and a crown is permanently placed over it. The implant serves as the root of the tooth, and the cemented crown over the implant is what you see in the mirror. Unlike a bridge, the implant does not affect the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.

Veneers

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Veneers are made of a very thin layer of dental porcelain that are used to modify a tooth’s shape, length and color. They require little to no preparation on the tooth, meaning there is little permanent damage done to the tooth’s enamel. Veneers are generally done for cosmetic purposes.

Composite (Tooth-Colored) Fillings

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Composite Fillings are used to fill in your tooth in where a cavity was removed or where an old filling was replaced. Because they are tooth-colored, they blend in nicely with your natural tooth color making them very hard, if not impossible to see. The pictures at the right show before and after silver (amalgam) filling replacement. Our composite fillings are mercury- and BPA-free.



Preventive Dentistry

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Healthy smiles for healthy families start with professional family dentistry. At Hillside Dental Associates, your bright, healthy smile is our top priority. Of course, you'll only smile if you're as happy with our service as you are with our dental treatment.

That's why we take the time to listen to your needs and concerns. Not only do we listen to your concerns, but we use gentle, efficient cleaning techniques. We also hire caring, highly trained professionals. Our experienced team of specialists is invested in meeting all of your dental needs; from calming anxieties to teaching good habits, from regular check-ups to sophisticated dental surgery.

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Periodic & New Patient Exams

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We do Periodic Exams every 6 months at a patient’s routine cleaning appointment. Sometimes X-rays are taken and we always do an oral cancer screening at this appointment. The periodic exam is used to check for tooth decay, signs of infection and disease, and take an overall assessment of the patient’s oral health. Recommended treatment is addressed at this time.

New patient exams are similar to periodic exams but are more in depth since there is no previous record for the patient. X-rays are taken and an oral cancer screening is completed. These exams generally last longer than the periodic exams so the dentist can record all necessary information regarding the patient’s overall oral health. Recommended treatment is addressed at this time.

Cancer Screenings

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We do oral cancer screenings during every periodic and new patient exam in our office. The causes of oral cancer are numerous. Some of the most common are viral, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use and UV exposure (sunshine and tanning beds). Even though the number of smokers in the U.S. are decreasing, the incidence of oral cancer is increasing due to viral infection and UV exposure. During these screenings we also check your lymph nodes, lips and cheeks. The exam takes just a few seconds but is very, very important.

Prophylactic Cleanings

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Prophylactic cleanings are our routine cleanings done at 6 month intervals. These cleanings are used to remove plaque and tartar that has built up since the last dental cleaning to insure healthy teeth and gums. Sometimes x-rays are taken and a periodic exam is performed. This cleanings are done by our talented dental hygienists.

Deep Cleanings

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Deep cleanings are done for those patients who’s gums require more than the traditional dental cleaning. This is usually due to a condition called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects the supporting structure for the teeth, the gums and the bone. Deep cleanings are done by our talented dental hygienists.

X-Rays

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We have invested in digital radiography to reduce the amount of radiation our patients receive and improve our diagnostic capabilities while increasing efficiency and communication. X-rays help us diagnose cavities in between the teeth, the health of the bone supporting your teeth, diagnose abscesses, cysts, TMJ and others. They are a necessary and integral part of our practice.

Fluoride Treatments

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Over the past 65 years, fluoride has been found to be a very effective and safe way to help prevent tooth decay with no proven side-effects. Many communities add fluoride to their drinking water supply for this reason. According to the American Dental Association, “Today, studies prove water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing tooth decay by 20 – 40%, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste.”

We advocate a topical application of fluoride to children’s teeth twice per year (or at their 6 month cleaning appointments) to strengthen enamel and help prevent tooth decay. Because of the proven track record of safety, we feel that the benefits of fluoride are enormous.

Sealants

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Sealants are used to fill in, or “seal” the deep pits and grooves in the biting surface of back teeth. Without sealants, these deep grooves are difficult to keep clean and more prone to cavities. All of our sealants are BPA-free. The picture on the right shows a sealant in the top tooth.



Restorative Dentistry

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Restorative Dentistry by Hillside Dental AssociatesYou don't have to live with damage, discoloration or gaps when it comes to your teeth. There is a procedure that is right for you and your unique situation. From bridges, to dentures, to implants, we can help or point you in the right direction.

Hillside Dental Associates has provided dental care for thousands in the surrounding community. With our focus on high-quality care and using the latest in proven dental technologies, we are able to provide restorative dental care in a warm and caring environment.

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Dental Implant Restorations

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Dental Implants can be used to permanently replace a single tooth or every tooth. Implants are made of medical grade surface-treated titanium. The same titanium that has been used by physicians in joint replacements for years. These titanium posts, inserted into your jaw bone, are the most versatile and predictable fixture we can use to restore your smile.

If 2-6 implants are placed, we can attach them to a denture and replace all of your upper or lower missing teeth. The implants give your denture the strength and stability it needs.Replacing a single missing tooth is very similar. One implant is placed in the area of the missing tooth and a crown is permanently placed over it. The implant serves as the root of the tooth, and the cemented crown over the implant is what you see in the mirror. Unlike a bridge, the implant does not affect the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.

Crowns

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Crowns are permanent restorations made of porcelain or metal used to restore and protect a single tooth. Because they are permanently cemented, you brush and floss them like a normal tooth. They can be either tooth colored or gold depending on the patient’s request. Crowns can also be placed on a dental implant.

Bridges

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Bridges are permanent restorations made of porcelain or metal used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Because they are permanently cemented, you brush and floss them almost like normal teeth. They can be either tooth colored or gold depending on the patient’s request. Bridges can also be placed on a dental implants.

Inlays & Onlays

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Inlays & Onlays are permanently cemented or bonded restorations used to restore a part of your tooth. They are used when a significant amount of tooth needs to be replaced due to decay, fracture or breakdown. Inlays & onlays are often a reliable alternative to a full coverage crown provided there is enough remaining tooth structure.

Root Canals

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A root canal is a procedure where the nerve of a tooth is gently removed from the canal of the tooth’s root. That canal is then filled in with a different inert material called gutta percha. A filling or crown is then needed to support and reinforce the tooth to prevent further breakdown.

Root canals are usually needed when a tooth has a history of trauma, a large cavity, is fractured or is infected (abscessed). The doctors at Hillside will refer some root canals to the root canal specialist, the Endodontist, in difficult cases.

Extractions

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Extracting (removing) a tooth is often necessary for many reasons. Large decay, abscess and fracture a few. Extractions are sometimes needed on an emergency basis to relieve pain. The doctors at Hillside will do their best to address any emergency that arises but may need to refer to a specialist (oral surgeon) if there is a need.

Partial Dentures

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Partial Dentures (“Partials”) are made for a patient who is missing some but not all of their teeth. Partials replace those missing teeth by holding on, or “clasping,” onto the remaining healthy teeth. This is a good, less-expensive option of tooth replacement that will restore function, esthetics and self esteem. For those patients who are candidates, another option for tooth replacement of some missing teeth are dental implants.

Full Dentures

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Full Dentures (sometimes called a “Plate”) are made for a patient who is missing all of their upper or lower teeth. Full dentures require suction and sometimes adhesive to stay in place. This is a decent, less-expensive option of tooth replacement that will restore function, esthetics and self esteem. For those patients who are candidates, another option for tooth replacement of all missing teeth are dental implants.



Invisalign®

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Invisalign® Clear AlignersAligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made to fit better while moving teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as "contact lenses for teeth."

For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign® treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.

Invisalign® uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan, from the initial position to the final desired position, from which a series of custom-made clear "aligners" are produced. Each "aligner" moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then is replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

Clear, Removable, and Comfortable


With Invisalign®, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment, because you can remove the trays. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene. Because there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation, you spend less time in the doctor's chair getting adjustments.

Invisalign® allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.



Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious disorder which occurs when the airway becomes narrowed or collapsed during sleep. Common symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, sudden “stops” and “starts” of breathing during sleep, restless sleep, unexplained daytime tiredness and morning headaches.

A common treatment for OSA is using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. CPAP machines can be loud and cumbersome. Here at Hillside, in conjunction with your physician, we prescribe a custom made oral appliance made by SomnoMed. Our patients have reported increased comfort and a better night’s sleep using the SomnoMed appliance.



Oral Sedation

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Oral sedation dentistry allows Dr. Foss to create a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients who avoid the dentist out of fear.

With sedation, your dentist can work more effectively by helping you become as comfortable as possible using well established and proven methods. There are a variety of sedation medications that are taken orally or "sublingually" (under the tongue). All sedation medicines are administered at our offices, under the care of an assistant.

This type of dental care does require that you have a driver to bring you home from your appointment, as it takes several hours for the medication to completely wear off. For more information about oral sedation at Hillside Dental Associates, please contact our office today!



Family Dentistry

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Maintaining dental health is investing in the quality of life you want for yourself and your family. We gladly welcome patients of all ages and offer a variety of services to suit your family's needs.

Our team provides dental care to kids in a warm and anxiety-free environment. We also treat common oral health issues that seniors face, and through advanced technology, can offer more comfortable solutions for tooth replacement.

We also understand that with different stages of life come different cosmetic dental needs. Our office proudly offers a variety of services to help you achieve your best smile at any age.



Dental FAQ

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Below is a list of some of the questions our patients most frequently ask. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to give us a call and our team at Hillside Dental Associates will be happy to assist you.

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When Should the First Dental Visit Be?

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A child’s primary teeth sometimes called “baby teeth” are as important as the permanent adult teeth. Primary teeth often begin to appear when children are 6 months old. Some of the functions for baby teeth are to help the child chew and speak but they also hold space in the jaws for the permanent teeth that are developing under the gums.

Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of three years. The American Dental Association recommends children be seen for their first dental exam at one year old. Having the child accompany a sibling or a parent as they get a cleaning or exam is a great way to familiarize the child with the office.

Why Do I Need a Sealant?

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One of the most common places that tooth decay develops is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth or permanent molars. There are pits and fissures on the biting surface of the teeth that are difficult to keep clean. The toothbrush bristles can’t reach into those microscopic pits and fissures to remove the plaque bacteria and tiny particles of food that can cause cavities.

Therefore, we recommend dental sealants. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surface of a back tooth. The sealant acts as a thin barrier protecting the enamel from the effects of decay-causing bacteria.

What are Causes for Cavities?

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A cavity is another name for tooth decay. Our teeth are constantly being covered with plaque which is a sticky film of bacteria. When you eat or drink anything that contains sugar or starch-such as candy, soda, juice, bread, milk, cookies and many other foods and beverages, the bacteria in your mouth turn the sugar and starch into acids that attack the tooth enamel.

Those repeated acid attacks can eventually result in tooth decay. Therefore, to reduce the occurrence of cavities, you must make healthy choices when eating and drinking and you must remove the plaque by proper brushing and flossing.

Brushing & Flossing—How and How Often?

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Brushing should be done two or three times a day with a soft bristled brush or electric toothbrush with toothpaste. You should move the brush in a circular motion with gentle strokes. Make sure that the top, front, and back sides of each tooth is brushed. Remember to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Flossing helps remove bits of food and plaque from between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. It helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should floss your teeth once a day. Guide the floss between your teeth, when the floss reaches the gum line, gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth. Repeat this in between all of the teeth including the back side of the last tooth.

What is Periodontal Disease?

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Periodontal Disease is an infection that affects the tissue and bone that support the teeth. As the tissues are damaged, the bone around the tooth begins to shrink and then a pocket forms under the gum tissue. The enlarged pockets allow harmful bacteria to grow and make it difficult to practice effective oral hygiene. Left untreated, periodontal disease may eventually lead to tooth loss.


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644 West Oshkosh Street Ripon, WI 54971

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