Our Dental Services in De Pere, WI
At De Pere Smiles, it’s our goal to provide the ultimate patient experience, so you don’t have to be afraid of the dentist. We do this by implementing a full-service practice with the best technologies available.
Laser dentistry is a focal point of this dental practice, so we almost never have to use needles. Our family dentists in De Pere work hard to create a friendly and fun environment for you and your family. Other technologies, such as our CEREC machine, allow us to perform dentistry faster, including crafting your dental crowns in one appointment.
Dental Services Designed Around You
A full list of all of our services offered at De Pere Smiles
Our office is filled with laser technology to make your visit more comfortable. Our Solea laser, Biolase laser, Fotona laser, and single tooth anesthesia delivery system take away the stereotypes of dentistry with needles.
Nobody likes traveling from office to office for dentistry. Save time and money at De Pere Smiles where Dr. Fritsche and Dr. Peterson can extract wisdom teeth under the same roof!
De Pere Smiles offers laser frenectomies for infants who have trouble breastfeeding!
Dr. Christopher Peterson is specially trained to treat infant lip and tongue ties using the Solea laser. He became aware of infant lip and tongue ties when his daughter, Audrey, had difficulties breastfeeding. After multiple painful and sleepless nights for Audrey, he and his wife sought help from a local lactation consultant. After a quick assessment, it was determined she was severely tongue tied, which interfered with successful breastfeeding. Almost immediately after she had a frenectomy completed, the painful and sleepless nights ended! Dr. Peterson completed a laser lip and tongue tie release on his second child, Louie, when he was 3 days old.
Dr. Peterson is proud to say that De Pere Smiles S.C. is the only dental office in Northeast Wisconsin to provide infant laser frenectomies with a Solea laser. The Solea laser allows for a fast procedure (3-15 seconds per site) with no bleeding.
A little background on lip and tongue ties
Between 4% and 10% of children are born with some degree of frenulum restriction, also known as tongue-tie or lip-tie. This means that their tongues and lips are attached to the mouth with excessive connective tissue webbing. This excess tissue impedes the movement of the tongue or lips to various degrees, and can cause anything from moderate inconveniences (e.g. inability to lick your ice cream cone), to more severe impairments (such as inability to nurse during infancy, or significant speech impediments later in life).
When this restricted mobility interferes with nursing, bottle feeding, or causes discomfort to mother or child, a laser frenectomy may be recommended for infants.
For children, adolescents, and adults who do not undergo frenectomy in infancy, later complications may include: impaired oral hygiene, cavities, difficulty brushing and flossing, orthodontic/spacing issues (gapping and tipping of teeth), as well as significant speech impediments and resultant issues with self-esteem.
Symptoms and indications
Infant symptoms: Weight loss or slow weight gain, frequent feedings (2 hours apart or less), shallow latch on the breast or bottle, clicking and popping sounds during nursing, significant reflux or gassy tummy, the presence of a sucking callus on the lip, or becoming fatigued quickly during feedings.
Mother symptoms: Painful breastfeeding, breast still full of milk at the conclusion of feeding, mastitis or thrush infection, or nipple trauma (such as cracking, bleeding, bruising, creasing or flattening).
If any of these symptoms are present, a laser frenectomy may be recommended for you. Please schedule your consultation today.
What is laser frenectomy?
Laser surgery to remove excess tissue in the mouth for infants, children, teens or adults.
Simply put, a laser frenectomy is the use of an all-tissue, hand-held laser to detach the frenulum (connective tissue webbing) from the upper lip or tongue by a trained dentist.
Conventional frenectomies consist of cutting the frenum with a scalpel or a pair of surgical scissors. The problem, or limitation, with the conventional frenectomy is that these older instruments can cause a great deal of bleeding and consequently, these treatments tend to not be as thorough, leaving the connective tissue still partially intact for fear of causing a scary bleeding episode. Sometimes it’s not enough to solve the problem.
Why should I choose laser?
The results of modern laser frenectomy are excellent. The Solea laser provides various benefits over steel instruments, including the following:
- Cauterization: Virtually no bleeding, even in cases with thick tissue ties.
- Sterilization: The laser kills bacteria and other microbes, making infection virtually impossible.
- Precise: The laser beam is small and easily guided where needed and nowhere else, unlike clunky scissors.
- Thorough: With bleeding under control, the laser can go as far as needed to eliminate 100% of the restriction.
Laser frenectomy aftercare
Most adults and children report only minimal discomfort during the first 24-72 hours after the procedure. In infants, the recovery time is similarly quick, but it should be advised that infants, who have limited ability to express their displeasure over their sore lips and tongues, may cry and fuss more than usual during the first few days. With the help of frequent breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, you can make it through just fine and enjoy the benefits of improved feeding with your baby.
Analgesics to the rescue!
If your baby seems uncomfortable, Children’s Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be administered every 4-6 hours as needed. It is not an uncommon practice for parents to dose regularly within the first 72 hours. Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) is especially effective but has not been approved for children younger than 6 months. Remember that proper infant dosage depends on their weight. Consult your physician if you are unsure about which medications are safe for your baby.
Children’s Tylenol dosage chart:
- Infant over 6 lbs = 1.25 ml
- Infant over 12 lbs = 2.5 ml
- Infant over 18 lbs = 3.75 ml
- Infant over 24 lbs = 5.0 ml
If you’re missing teeth, dental implants are the solution. It consists of three parts: post, abutment, and crown. An implant can restore the function and beauty of a natural tooth. With dental implants, you’ll:
- Chew and speak with confidence
- Have secure and stable dentures
- Stop jawbone deterioration
- Improve your appearance
- Have your smile back!
Contact our office today to see if implants are the right solution for you!
Wouldn’t you love to get your crown in one appointment? It’s possible with our CEREC machine – a special computer that allows us to craft a beautiful restoration in a single visit. What does this mean for you?
- You no longer have to wear temporaries
- You can watch your permanent crown crafted right before your eyes
- Instead of waiting for weeks, you can see your new smile in just one appointment
How would you like to get rid of needles and anesthesia? With the Solea laser, we can perform routine procedures without injecting anesthesia. This means:
- No more drilling
- No more numb feeling
- No bleeding
- Faster healing times
- Faster appointments
- Very good outcomes
Dr. Peterson surpassed all of my expectations. He is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his work. He explained everything he was doing and why he was doing it. He made sure I was comfortable the entire time and answered all of my questions. I have already recommended him to all of my family and friends!
Samantha A., Actual Patient
I have been a patient of Dr. Fritsche for almost ten years and each year is as wonderful as the next. Everyone is so friendly and really care about the patients and their dental needs.
Ruby B., Actual Patient
We brought our 5-week old son to Dr. Peterson to have his lip and tongue ties revised. After 5 weeks of incredible pain and difficulties with breastfeeding, I was hopeful the revision would help alleviate our troubles. Dr. Peterson and his staff were absolutely wonderful, the procedure was quick, my son did great! Not even one week later breastfeeding has greatly improved and there’s no more pain! I’m so thankful we found Dr. Peterson and that we opted to have the procedure done. He was very attentive to us and our situation. You can tell he really truly cares about the families that come to him! Our family highly recommends his services!
Kyle K., Actual Patient
Dr. Chris Peterson and ALL of his staff members are truly amazing! I was recently seen for an evaluation of a tongue and lip tie in my 11-week old son after I noticed feeding him was becoming more difficult. Dr. Peterson took the time to explain his exam findings in a way that eased the worries of a very nervous first-time mom. I felt well educated and supported in making the decision to have his ties corrected and was given privacy to comfort my son afterward. He was very familiar with the lactation consultants I would be following up with and promptly returned my call when I had questions after leaving. ALL of the staff members were so pleasant, considerate, and genuinely caring people; I truly felt they went above and beyond to be accommodating. I was also scheduled for the same day I called to make an appointment! I highly recommend Dr. Chris Peterson and his wonderful staff!
Candice C., Actual Patient
We would highly recommend De Pere Smiles. We were referred to Dr. Peterson from our lactation consultant for our newborn in regard to a tongue tie and lip tie. We felt at ease with Dr. Peterson and his staff from the moment we arrived. After an evaluation, Dr. Peterson shared his observations and we felt absolutely no pressure to decide whether or not to go ahead with the procedure. He explained exactly what he would be doing leaving us feeling calm and confident about making the decision to get both the tongue and lip ties corrected. The procedure was very quick and we were able to have the room afterward to comfort our son. Dr. Peterson explained the recovery process so we would know what to expect and he called a few days later to check in as well as to answer any questions I had. He is very knowledgeable and eager to help moms and babies. I am so happy we were referred to him and DePere Smiles!
Amy K., Actual Patient