SERVICES & TECHNOLOGY
We are pleased to offer the following services and technologies to our patients:
Oral Hygiene Care
ORAL HYGIENE CARE
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:
Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
Eat a well balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
Use dental products which contain fluoride, including toothpaste
Rinse with a flouride mouth rinse if advised to do so
Make sure children drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area
Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or following an illness
The following are indications of good oral hygiene:
Your teeth are clean and free of debris
Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
Bad breath is not a constant problem
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DENTAL CLEANINGA dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Cleanings should be performed routinely to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing.
Scaling: this is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar.
Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling and root planing. During these treatments, sonic scalers maybe used as adjunct therapy.
Root planing: this is the process of cleaning the roots in an effort to decrease bacteria adherence and inflammation.
Polishing: this is the last step in tooth cleaning and involves finishing the surface of the teeth to make them shiny and clean.
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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 structure, clean the affected area, and then restore the area with a filling material.
There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, amalgam (silver), composite (tooth colored), and porcelain. We will work with you to determine which material is best for you. Each filling material is briefly explained below:
· Gold inlays, onlays, and crowns, are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place.
· Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are somewhat tolerant to wear. However, due to their dark color they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations.
· Composite (tooth colored) fillings are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance.
· Porcelain restorations are called inlays, onlays, or crowns, and are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.
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PERIODONTAL THERAPYThe gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium 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. With proper treatment, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. It is important to have gum problems checked promptly, as gum disease left alone may eventually need treatment through surgery or extraction. Back to top
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged or to take the place of 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:
Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A bridge is a method to restore space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. 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 aesthetics.
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as teeth will shift position possibly creating bite and joint problems.
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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 we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there still sometimes necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted for the following reasons:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abcess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
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. On occasion, we may refer you to an oral surgeon.
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DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATIONSA dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a titanium structure that is placed by a periodontist or oral surgeon. Once in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal (usually 4-6 months), a crown is fabricated to fit the implant. Although implants require healing, they do provide superior benefits.
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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!
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 to take the place of natural teeth. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.
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MOUTHGUARDSCustom 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 be hit. Guards also protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
If you have decided a guard is right for you, we will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to make a custom fit guard. In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors and styles. Back to top
Our bite splints are multipurpose, removable, hard acrylic splint worn over the upper or lower teeth (usually the lower teeth) that are individually designed for each patient according to signs, symptoms, and individual occlusal requirements. It is usually worn during times of sleep, but can also be used during times of stress/tension or whenever the patient feels the need for relief of discomfort.
Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures to correct imperfections or enhance the appearance of the mouth. Tooth color, alignment, spacing, as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be enhanced to provide a stunning new smile.
Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter. Whitening teeth is one of the best ways to achieve a younger appearance. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile.
Our office offers whitening through the use of custom made trays.
Veneers can be a excellent alternative to crown therapy in many situations. They require the front portion of a tooth to be changed rather than the entire tooth as in a crown or cap. This is a very conservative method to change a tooth's color, size and or shape when repair or esthetics require it. The procedure has been available for well over 20 years with exceptional results. Veneers can greatly enhance your smile and can heighten inner satisfication and self esteem.
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5123 W St Joseph Hwy, Suite 101 • Lansing, MI 48917 • (517) 321-4254 phone • (517) 321-0729 fax
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