Dr. Shannon Lawson has provided personalized dental care to thousands of families.
"Dr. Lawson’s office is the best; our family loves him and his staff! Our kids never mind going to see the dentist and they are good to work with as far as finances go. The staff is always friendly and the equipment used is always updated. We highly recommend Dr. Lawson to all of our family and friends!"~ The Linton Family, patients since 2002
Dr. Shannon Lawson has provided personalized dental care to thousands of families. Our patients come from near and far to experience the warm, individualized care we provide. We pride ourselves in utilizing the most modern equipment and methods available.
In order to provide nothing but the best to our patients, our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all our procedures. These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your dental issues with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations. Our premium dental software system maximizes your time and our office efficiency. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced in dental care.
We use an automated e-mail appointment reminder system for those that have an e-mail address on file. We will e-mail you one week prior to your scheduled appointment time to remind you of your appointment. There will be an area on the message to “confirm” your appointment with us. If you have viewed this e-mail we will assume you will be attending your appointment if you don’t respond to the e-mail. Patient’s that have a cell phone entered into the system will receive a text message 2 days prior to a scheduled appointment (unless you have opted out of this form of communication). For those that prefer a phone call, we will call you 2 business days prior to your appointment to see if you have any questions about your upcoming appointment. If are not home, a message will be left on your voicemail. We appreciate a confirmation and advanced notice (48 hours) if a reschedule is needed.
Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Tooth bonding can also be used for teeth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.
Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to:
A bridge is used to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support, hence the name. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!
Complete Dentures: This restoration method is used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom created to resemble natural teeth and are positioned into a patients mouth to take the place of where the natural teeth used to be. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.
Partial Dentures: A removable partial denture is a device used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base which is held in place in the mouth.
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use a Galileos 3D Cone Beam CT Scanner which allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and upload it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
Our office utilizes electronic claims processing. This means that rather than sending your dental claim through the mail, it is sent electronically to your insurance company with the click of the button. By filing your claim electronically, information is submitted more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits our patients because the turn around time on claims is faster and fewer claims are returned or denied. We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf.
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, which can be minimized with a pain killer and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. After a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks. If you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:
Composite resins are custom made to match the color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. The resin is bonded to the tooth that allows the restoration to be stronger, smaller, and less sensitive.
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for our teeth. When any of these are not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontal health include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper level of periodontal treatment, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. When you see one of our highly trained hygienists, they will take measurements of your gums and any area of concern will be addressed. There are different levels of treatment that will be utilized based on a patient’s individual needs. The treatment may include a deep hygiene maintenance or non-surgical root planing therapy along with local antibiotic agents. We have many techniques available to keep our sensitive patient’s comfortable during treatment. If the gum disease gets too severe, the result may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why we strive to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Our hygiene maintenance program has combined experience and new techniques to help reach our patients’ individual needs. Biofilm and bacteria left on the teeth form a sticky plaque layer. The result many times is painful decay, but it can also cause gingivitis and eventually lead to periodontal disease and loss of teeth. Using state of the art instruments and equipment, allows our hygienists to provide the treatment needed for our patients to achieve and manage their best oral health.
Oral cancer screening and oral hygiene instruction are part of all maintenance appointments, along with the ultrasonic scaling, hand instrumentation and polishing of the teeth. Evaluation of the gum and bone surrounding the teeth is evaluated at every visit also. Digital x-rays serve as a superior tool in diagnosing the many concerns of our patients. New products are available to help those of us that have sensitivity and allow the cleaning part of the maintenance to be performed more effectively without pain. Our intraoral cameras and instruction programs on computer screens help to educate and encourage our patients to learn about their options and best treatment available. Massage chairs and TVs are only part of the pleasant atmosphere we strive for when our patients experience the “Mosinee Family Dental” hygiene maintenance program.
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Our highly skilled hygienists can make your cleaning a most pleasant one using various products to make you the most comfortable while providing you an exceptional cleaning. Using state of the art tools such as the Air Powder Polisher allows for the maximum stain removal on the enamel leaving your teeth bright and whiter than you have ever seen! The Ultrasonic Scaler kills the bacteria colonies at their source leaving your gum tissue unharmed while promoting healing. These sophisticated tools allow dental cleanings to be performed more effectively without pain. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing.
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. A dental implant is a metal post that we surgically position into the jaw. Once in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a crown is attached to the implant. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last longer than other methods for replacement of missing teeth. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support and you cannot get decay on the implant.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Custom designed mouthguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
If you have decided a guard is right for you, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to make a custom fit guard for you. In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors and styles for your guard.
We use mouthguards and splints and exclusively feature Under Armour Products.
We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called intra-oral cameras, to help clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums.
With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and are able to gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular hygiene maintenance and oral examinations may help prevent and detect problems early). Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth.
Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. A core buildup and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that.
Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients - who might otherwise avoid the dentist - to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile. Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious Sedation is as easy as taking a medication the night before your procedure and the day of your appointment. After your driver has delivered you to our office, we make sure you are completely relaxed and comfortable before any treatment is started. Conscious sedation allows you to complete your dental procedures in as little as a single appointment and has a temporary amnesia effect! You will have very little or no recollection of your visit with us! How's that for relaxation in the dental office!
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it's where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
Dental treatments for the condition can include a splint device often worn at night, replacing missing teeth, moving teeth thru orthodontics, or adjusting the bite. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a splint is worn (often worn only at night) to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated, this may lead to increased pain, tooth sensitivity, fractured teeth, and damage to the joint.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are aesthetically pleasing.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or "third molars" that develop on each side of the jaws. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia and may use other forms of sedation to keep you as relaxed as possible.
After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding that may occur. Some pain and swelling may occur but it will normally go away after a few days; however, you should call your dentist if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.
Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive along with making you look younger. Whitening can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure ideal for most patients. We currently employ a highly effective in-office bleaching system.