Donald W. Pulver

Dr. D.W. Pulver is pleased to provide gentle, caring family dentistry to his neighbors in Lowell and the surrounding areas. He is an honest, caring dentist who treats his patients not just their teeth.

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Dentist - Lowell
501 E Commercial Ave,
Lowell, IN 46356
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Everyone who has been a teenager, or has a teenage child has heard about “wisdom teeth”! Your wisdom teeth are your third molars, and do not come in until you late teens or early twenties. The funny thing about calling them wisdom teeth, is that they have little to no wisdom as they hardly ever grow into your mouth properly. 

One thing about wisdom teeth is that there are many different theories and thoughts about if they should be extracted, when the best time to extract them is, and more. Unfortunately, many people are cautious about having their wisdom teeth extracted due to stories they heard from friends or family members about the process. However, it is important to consider that there is absolutely no reason to keep your wisdom teeth in.

The biggest reason for having your wisdom teeth out is to ensure that they do not have any ill effect on the health of your mouth and other teeth. Where wisdom teeth are placed in your mouth, the very far back, makes them extremely hard to brush and keep clean. Due to this, they are susceptible to tooth decay. Additionally, wisdom teeth often become impacted which can potentially cause things like cysts which can damage the adjacent teeth and jaw bone. Lastly, wisdom teeth can become partially impacted. Partially impacted teeth can become infected quite easily and cause damage to surrounding gum, jaw bone, and teeth.     

There are almost no advantages to keeping your wisdom teeth past a young age, unless there is some underlying reason that might complicate the procedure. Oftentimes, people elect to keep their wisdom teeth simply because they are afraid of the procedure - this is usually a regrettable decision. Due to the procedure, the younger a person is when they undergo the procedure, the better. This is because it is easier for you to heal while you are younger, and the roots are still not completely formed.

If you have any additional questions about wisdom teeth, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pulver in the Lowell, IN area please contact us at 219-696-4940

One of the hardest jobs as a parent can be convincing your child to brush their teeth in the proper manner, for the proper amount of time, twice per day. Unfortunately, while this job is tough, it is also extremely important. The reason it is so important is that good dental habits and good oral health starts at a young age. Dr. Pulver in Lowell, IN wants to offer a few tips to ease the job of convincing your children to brush. For tips about porper child brushing, click here

A few tips to make the process easier include:

Pediatric Dentistry

1) Let your child choose the toothpaste that they use. Growing up, children have very few opportunities to make decisions on their own. If you let your child “own this,” it will make it more appealing to them. However, you should pay attention to how much toothpaste your child is using. Remember, they have small teeth so they do not need as much as an adult!

2) Let your child brush with their stuffed animal. Children love stuffed animals, and sleep with them every night. Oftentimes, children have a bond with their stuffed animals. Allowing their stuffed animals to accompany them while brushing may make your child more comfortable. 

3) Let your child use an electric toothbrush. Children are often enamored by the electric toothbrush and get excited when they have the opportunity to use it. This will help them not only brush longer, but also brush more and make up for any bad brushing technique. Consumer Search recently released some information as to what electric toothbrush is best for children, find that information here

If you have any questions about children’s dental care, or would like to make your child a dentist appointment, please contact Dr. Pulver today at 219-696-4940.

Do you have the desire for a prettier, more aesthetically pleasing, smile? Are you interested in dentures, but don’t know exactly what the procedure includes? Dr. Pulver in the Lowell, IN area outline the procedure below.

Dentures Lowell, IN

Typically, receiving dentures demands several visits over the course of a few weeks. Below are the steps for receiving dentures:

- Dr. Pulver will take a mold of your mouth for your custom-made denture.

- Dr. Pulver will conduct numerous “try-in” visits to confirm that the denture is a good fit, size, and shape.

- If you have teeth that need to be extracted, Dr. Pulver will extract them.

- Dr. Pulver will place a temporary denture to be used until your custom-made denture is complete.

- After your custom-made denture is complete, Dr. Pulver will place it.

Like with any dental procedure, there is a possibility that you experience some side effects following completion. These include more salivary flow, some tenderness in the mouth, and some trouble talking or chewing. After your muscle and tissues have had time to adjust to the dentures, these issues should subside. If they don’t, contact Dr. Pulver ASAP.

Finally, at the end of your procedure, Dr. Pulver will provide some instructions on how to properly care for your mouth and dentures. The better habits you employ and the more you visit Dr. Pulver, the longer your denture will last. 

If you would like additional information on dentures, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Pulver at our office at 219-696-4940.

A denture is a custom-made replacement for your real teeth. Dentures are easily removed and are customer-made to look like your real teeth. 

Dentures Lowell, Indiana

When considering dentures, you should know about both kinds in order to make an informed decision. The first type of denture is a complete denture, utilized when all of your teeth need to be replaced. The second type of denture is a partial denture, which is utilized when some of your teeth are remaining. A partial denture is designed to fill the gaps created by missing teeth and to keep your other teeth from shifting out of place. 

If you are interested in complete dentures, there are two types that you need to consider: conventional and immediate. A conventional denture is not made until after your teeth have been removed and your gums have healed. An immediate denture is made before your visit and is placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth have been extracted. Typically with an immediate denture, you will need to have alterations made as your gum tissue heals.  

Dentures are extremely strong and can last for years if properly maintained. Dentures may need to be altered or fixed due to normal wear and tear. 

Reasons you may consider dentures include the following:

- Loss of many or all teeth within the arch of your smile.
- Improve your smile and the strength of your facial tissue.
- Ease of eating, chewing, talking, and digesting your food.

If you have interested in receiving dentures, stay tuned for our next post where Dr. Pulver will discuss the process of receiving dentures. If you are in the Lowell, IN area, please contact Dr. Pulver at his office at 219-696-4940 to schedule an appointment.

Taking care of our teeth is one of the most important things we can do for our health, but what about our children?

Family Dentistry

It is critical that parents start healthy dental habits at a young age. Doing so will make a huge difference in oral and overall health for their children. 

If poor dental habits are formed, these can contribute to tooth decay and other oral health problems for your children. Healthy habits mean that as soon as your child’s tooth breaks the surface of the gum, it should be brushed. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of this and do not start brushing their children’s teeth early enough. Additionally, flossing your children’s teeth should begin as soon as two or more teeth are touching.

Another healthy habit that should be formed are early dental wellness visits for your children. Your child’s first dental visit should be approximately six months after the first tooth has arrived or not later than your child’s third birthday.

If you have any questions about your child’s dental health, how much toothpaste to use, or what kind of toothbrush to use, contact us today at our office in Lowell, Indiana.

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