15May

Losing a tooth can be devastating for an adult dental patient. The resulting hole in the patient’s smile is glaringly obvious, and over time, the patient’s entire smile can become destabilized due to one missing tooth.

The good news is that our West Bloomfield dental implant dentists craft customized replacement teeth to help these patients smile confidently again. Keep reading to learn more about how dental implants are constructed.

The thing that sets dental implants apart from other replacement teeth is the simple fact that these teeth are anchored in the patient’s jawbone. The base of every dental implant is a titanium post or screw, which essentially serves as the replacement tooth root. Over time, the titanium root actually bonds with the patient’s natural bone tissue, in order to form a stable, and health-supporting foundation.

The visible part of the dental implant is the restoration. This part of the implant looks like a natural tooth, and is customized to blend with the patients surrounding smile. A dental implant restoration is strong enough to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life. You won’t have to limit your diet, or change your oral hygiene routine, in order to live with a dental implant in place.

There is an additional small piece called the abutment, that attaches the implant restoration to the implant root. The abutment forms a stable connection between these two pieces, while simultaneously allowing for enough “give” or movement to keep the replacement tooth from fracturing under pressure.

Dental implants are truly the most advanced replacement teeth available in dentistry today. If you want to learn more about any of your tooth replacement options, including dental implants, please feel free to contact our West Bloomfield dental implant dentists to schedule a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!

01May

Dental bonding allows patients to improve their smiles in a very short period of time. This versatile treatment is incredibly popular, because it looks natural, and is non-invasive. Today, our West Bloomfield dentists are here to give you additional information about dental bonding. We hope that this quick overview helps you determine whether bonding can be a helpful addition to your dental plan.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a process by which our dentist applies custom-shaded resin to a patient’s natural tooth structure. The resin hardens and bonds to the tooth, forming a stable connection. With dental bonding, we are able to close gaps between teeth, lengthen short dental enamel, make teeth look better aligned, and even improve bite surfaces.

How long does dental bonding take?

One of the major benefits of this treatment is that the entire process can be completed in just one appointment. This means that you can come into our office with a damaged or unsightly tooth, and leave the same day with a perfected smile.

What is it like to live with dental bonding?

Once the bonding is complete, you’ll be able to eat your favorite foods, drink your favorite drinks, and clean your smile normally. This treatment is truly designed to blend in seamlessly with your existing routine. If your bonding ever becomes damaged, our team can quickly repair it using additional resin.

When you meet with our West Bloomfield dentists, we’ll be able to give you more information about how dental bonding works, and whether it is appropriate for your smile. Please feel free to call our dental team to schedule a consultation, or us the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry for our team. We’ll talk to you soon!

17Apr

Although we cannot know exactly when dental emergencies will pop up (that’s simply the nature of an emergency!), we can take the time now to make a plan for what we will do when dental trauma does occur. Having this information/plan handy can help to alleviate stress when dental problems do occur. Our West Bloomfield emergency dentists have some simple tips on what to do when disaster strikes.

The first thing to do is to figure out who you will call in case of a dental emergency. Make sure that your dentist provides emergency treatment; and if they don’t, do they have a recommendation on to whom you should reach out? Is there a particular phone number of e-mail address that you should use to reach your dentist immediately? Gather all of this information, and then write it down in a convenient location, so that you can find it in a dental emergency. This may mean putting it up on your fridge, or creating a note in your phone—think about where you’d be likely to look in times of stress.

Keep in mind that, generally speaking, you want to preserve as much of your natural dental material as possible after dental trauma. If, for example, you have a tooth knocked out, you should try not to disrupt the nerves and tissues that are attached to the tooth, or around the hole in your gum tissue. If possible, you want to gently re-insert the tooth into its place in the gum tissue. If this is painful or impossible, keep your tooth in a glass of milk to maintain its viability until you can see your dentist.

You also want to be careful to protect your damaged oral tissues from foreign substances, even those that may initially seem beneficial. Do not, for example, place aspirin or pain killers directly on your oral tissues, as this can cause inadvertent damage. Rather, use ice on the outside of your cheek to numb damaged areas, and take pain medications orally, and as directed.

Our West Bloomfield emergency dentists are here to help you when dental problems pop up unexpectedly. Please give our team a call to learn more!