Behind the Scenes with Our Partners: Dr. John Darling

When you need a specialized dental health service, we enlist a team of partners to serve you. Dr. John Darling is one of those amazing partners.

Even future surgeons have to start their career path somewhere, and Dr. John Darling started his behind the counter at a candy store.

“I spent my summers in Northern Wisconsin and my first job was at Dan’s Candy Store in Minocqua,” he told us.

Maybe seeing the damage the right hard candy could inflict upon the wrong tooth inspired him. So today Dr. Darling offers a variety of oral surgery services including extractions, implant placement and bone grafting at his practice located on Silver Spring Drive just east of Port Washington Road.

“When I refer a patient to John, he or she comes back smiling,” Mike said. “John prides himself on running a patient-centered practice rather than a high-volume practice. And patients really see the difference.”

John studied all over the country. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated from the Marquette University School of Dentistry. Then he completed a one-year internship at St. Francis Hospital in Honolulu, HI and a four-year oral surgery residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, MI.

When he isn’t at his office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, his two daughters and his two black labs.

If you’re experiencing any issues that feel like they go beyond your teeth, such as neck, face or jaw pain, remember that DeWan Dental Wellness has a dedicated network to help seamlessly coordinate your care. Reach out and make an appointment with our East Side Milwaukee dentists who will help you meet any dental challenge.


Fixed or Removable? Pros and Cons of Bridges and Partial Dentures

Darkening a tooth makes for a great Halloween gag. But missing a real tooth is no laughing matter. Replacing it is critical to long-term dental and overall health. So how do you decide between fixed and removable replacement options?

Advantages of a fixed bridge

One fixed option is a bridge, or a fixed partial denture, a restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is bonded or cemented into place — only a dentist can remove it.

Bridges are great because they:

  • look, feel and function like natural teeth.
  • don’t require removal for cleaning.
  • may cost less than implants.

Bridges are not so great because they:

  • are likely to be more expensive than removable partials
  • affect the teeth next to the bridge
  • may require extra effort to clean under the false tooth

Advantages of a removable partial

A removable partial denture features replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base (possibly covering a metal framework) that matches the color of your gums. They can be easily taken out of the mouth for cleaning and often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth.

Partial dentures are great because they:

  • are usually less expensive than fixed bridges or implants.
  • are usually easier to repair than fixed bridges.

Partial dentures are not so great because they:

  • can be less stable than other choices.
  • can break or be lost.
  • can be uncomfortable.
  • can be embarrassing to some people when they remove them at night and for cleaning.
  • may need more frequent replacement than other options.

Find out how we’ve helped people decide upon the best technique for restoring their smile by downloading our free ebook Before and After Dental Work. To meet with east side Milwaukee dentists who can help you decide between fixed and removable, make an appointment today.


Braces are Ancient History

The urge to fix crooked teeth isn’t new. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, even our ancient ancestors wanted a straight smile: Archaeologists have found evidence of early orthodontia on mummified remains.

Here are just some of the findings:

  • Crude metal bands wrapped around individual teeth
  • Gold wire strung between teeth
  • Space maintainers for missing teeth
  • Splint-like appliances to prevent collapse of the dentition

Though unrefined, these mechanisms helped lay the groundwork for today’s orthodontia.  And now highly educated specialists (orthodontists) diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.

If you want to make an appointment with east side Milwaukee dentists who know the value of high quality orthodontics, schedule an appointment with DeWan Dental Wellness today.


The Most Delicious Way to Whiten Your Teeth: Strawberries

Want whiter teeth? Try strawberries! According to Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, these summer treats are loaded with malic acid, a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration.

Getting your daily dose this time of year is simple and delicious with this farmers market staple. There are 101 ways to eat strawberries, but here at your favorite East Side Milwaukee dental office, we like to toss spinach, feta cheese and strawberries in a raspberry vinaigrette for a light but filling lunch. You can use a store-bought dressing or make your own with one of our favorite recipes.

1 tablespoon strawberry jam
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil

Whisk together the strawberry jam, vinegar, and olive oil until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Got a recipe to share? We’re happy to talk food while you get yourself comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Come in and see us soon! Schedule an appointment with DeWan Dental Wellness today.


Even Mom Agrees: Dental Implants a “Piece of Cake”

It seemed like every time our COO Lora’s mom, Janet Keller, visited DeWan Dental Wellness, she needed dental treatment. Once it was a broken tooth. Another time, an infection.

“I always had terrible teeth,” she said. “I’m lucky Lora married a dentist!”

When she lost a key molar nearly 15 years ago, she was sad, but resigned to wearing a partial denture. “I felt lucky to keep my teeth as long as I did,” she said.

When Mike suggested a dental implant to her, even dental anxiety did not keep her from pursuing the treatment to avoid a partial denture.

A dental implant is a small titanium pin or cylinder, which is surgically placed in the upper or lower jawbone. The dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth, providing an anchor for a new tooth or several teeth.

“I was so nervous for the implant surgery but it was a piece of cake,” she said. “Though I hope I don’t lose any more teeth, I’d have it done again in a minute!”

To learn more about dental implants, we invite you to download our free e-book, Before and After Dental Work, 5 Case Studies. Or feel free to call us or visit our east side Milwaukee dentists to hear about all the options to keep a natural bite.