07Aug

Gum disease can absolutely destroy your smile if it is left untreated and unaddressed. This is why it’s so critical for patients to talk to their dentists about treatments for gum disease when oral health problems emerge. Today, our West Bloomfield periodontal dentists are giving you some information on how gum disease can manifest. We hope that this information empowers you to get the treatment you need when you need it.

Gum disease occurs because oral bacteria infect vulnerable gum tissues. In the earliest stages of gum disease, you may not notice any oral health changes at all. However, as gum disease progresses, you might find that:

  • You’re battling chronic bad breath. This happens because the oral bacteria that cause gum disease also release unpleasant odors over time. You might find that it’s tough to freshen your breath no matter how often you floss or brush.
  • Your gum tissue looks a little different. Infected gum tissue can start to look red and swollen as the bacteria take hold.
  • Your gum tissue is prone to bleeding. Because gum disease actually weakens your oral tissues, you might notice increased gum bleeding when you eat rough foods or when you brush and floss.
  • Your dental alignment is shifting. In cases of advanced gum disease, the very underlying structure of your smile can degrade, and your teeth may move as a result.

The good news is that there are a number of effective and patient-friendly treatments available to help stop gum disease in its tracks. The best way to get started is to call our West Bloomfield gum disease dentists for more information and to schedule a personal consultation with our team. We’re here to give you all of the information and guidance that you need to make healthy decisions for your smile moving forward.

24Jul

Undoubtedly, there are a number of environmental factors that can harm your smile over time; things like sugary snacks, acidic substances, and tobacco products. However, there are also structural issues that can lead to dental damage over time. One of these issues is Bruxism. Keep reading to learn more from our West Bloomfield dentists...

Bruxism refers to chronic dental grinding and clenching, and this condition is actually much more common than you may think. Many people suffer from bruxism without even realizing it…that is, until problems from bruxism have become quite pronounced.

Patients develop bruxism for a number of different reasons. In some cases, bruxism is short-term and episodic. You may, for example, only grind your teeth during times of stress. When this is the situation, simple stress-reduction measures can go a long way toward alleviating bruxism issues.

In other cases, however, bruxism is caused by a structural imbalance with the patient’s smile. When your top and bottom teeth do not fit together naturally and comfortably, you may start to grind your teeth as a result. And, because bruxism sometimes manifests at night, you may not even realize that you’re clenching your teeth.

If you are a nighttime bruxism sufferer, you may find that your teeth feel sore upon waking, or that your jaw hurts. Patients with bruxism are also prone to suffering from headaches, due to the tension caused by chronic grinding.

Effective bruxism treatment works to minimize dental grinding, while protecting the dental enamel from further tooth-on-tooth damage. Depending on your situation you may benefit from orthodontic treatment, dental bonding, customized restorations, or a protective oral appliance to wear at night.

As a patient, the most important thing is to seek treatment for bruxism in a timely manner. The longer that you wait, the more time bruxism has to damage your teeth and contribute to TMJ dysfunction.

As always, our West Bloomfield dentists are here to give you any additional information that you may need. Give us a call to get started!

10Jul

One of the number one priorities in our West Bloomfield office is to make dental care as convenient for our patients as possible. Just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean that you have to live with a damaged or diminished smile.

In order to increase the availability and expediency of restorative treatment, our dental team offers CEREC crowns. CEREC technology enables patients to come into the office with damaged teeth, and leave the same day with a restored smile.

CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic.” Basically, this technology, which includes imaging and design software, allows our team to mill your restoration in our office, rather than relying on an off-site lab for production.

CEREC crowns are made from sturdy porcelain, and designed to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life. These restorations are shaped and shaded to match the patient’s existing teeth. Once the crown is in place, it will blend in seamlessly with your existing smile.

When you choose CEREC crowns, you can complete restorative treatment, from start to finish, in just one appointment. You don’t have to wear a temporary crown as you wait for your crown to be completed, and you don’t have to schedule multiple appointments.

Because CEREC restorations are customizable, they are appropriate for many types of dental patients. If you’re dealing with dental damage, the best thing that you can do is to reach out for treatment promptly, before the damage is able to intensify or spread.

The best way to get started is to contact our West Bloomfield CEREC dentists for more information and to schedule a personal consultation. We’re here to help you understand all of your treatment options, and to, ultimately, choose a solution that works perfectly for you. Call our office, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry!