07Aug

Taking care of your smile means more than just checking your teeth for cavities. Your gum tissue is vitally important to the health and stability of your smile; in fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adult patients.

Today, our Farmington Hills gum disease dentists are giving you some more information about how gum disease manifests. We hope that this short article empowers you to reach out for oral health treatment when you need it.

When gum tissue first becomes infected, you may not notice any immediate changes. The infection progresses and spreads, however, you might find that:

  • Your breath is hard to freshen. The oral bacteria that have infected your gums are also releasing unpleasant odors as they grow and feed. This can lead to hard-to-treat bad breath.
  • Your gum tissue is red, tender, and swollen. Like any infected tissue, your gums will swell as your body attempts to fight off the infection.
  • Your gums bleed easily. As your gum tissue weakens, you may also find that your gums bleed when you floss, brush, or when you eat abrasive foods. This is a sign that the infection has started to damage the strength of your smile.
  • Your smile is shifting. When gum disease is left untreated for a long period of time, the patient’s gum and connective tissues can weaken to such an extent that teeth actually start to change position.

The earlier that you are able to spot and treat gum disease, the better your long-term treatment prognosis. Our Farmington Hills periodontal disease dentists are happy to give you more information, and to explain all of your treatment options. Please contact our team by calling our office, or by using the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry for our dentists.

24Jul

Bruxism is a sneaky, damaging condition that can have long-lasting consequences for a patient’s smile. Our Farmington Hills dentists provide effective, patient-friendly treatment for bruxism, so that our patients can enjoy healthy and stable smiles for years to come. Keep reading to learn more!

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. Bruxism can manifest day or night; many people do not realize that they are grinding their teeth, precisely because they are grinding at night while they are asleep.

Because bruxism can be caused by a number of different things, it’s crucial that you undergo a thorough assessment before beginning treatment. Once our dental team determines why you’re grinding your teeth, we can tailor treatment to fit your needs.

How do you treat Bruxism?

Essentially, the answer to this questions depends on the underlying cause of the person’s bruxism. If, for example, the patient is grinding his or her teeth during times of stress, our team may recommend some stress-reduction and muscle relaxation techniques to deter grinding.

Sometimes, however, bruxism occurs because the patient’s smile is poorly aligned—the top and bottom teeth do not come together in a natural way. In these cases, dental bonding, personalized restorations, orthodontic treatment, and protective nighttime oral appliances can all be helpful.

Our dental team is here to evaluate your oral health, and help you choose a bruxism treatment that truly meets all of your needs. Regardless of the type of bruxism you experience, you want to make sure that you seek treatment for this issue in a timely manner. Bruxism-related damage compounds over time, so prompt treatment is key.

As always, you can reach out to our Farmington Hills dentists for additional information and to schedule a personal consultation. Give us a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to get started!

10Jul

Addressing existing dental damage doesn’t have to be a lengthy or cumbersome process. Our Farmington Hills CEREC dentists offer treatment that is convenient, effective, and patient-friendly.

CEREC treatment allows patients to restore damaged teeth in one day, rather than having to schedule multiple appointments and follow-ups in order to fix broken or infected teeth. Keep reading to learn more about how this treatment works.

Traditionally, a patient who needed a dental crown would need to come into his or her dentist’s office multiple times to complete treatment. In the first appointment, the patient’s tooth is prepped, and the dentist takes an impression of the tooth. Then, the impression is sent to an off-site lab, where the actual crown is created. Once the crown has made it back to the dentist’s office, the patient comes in again so that the crown can be fitted and bonded in place.

CEREC technology enables our dental team to craft, refine, and place a crown right here in our office, all in one appointment. We actually mill your personalized restoration as you’re in the dentist’s chair.

Obviously, this allows you, as the patient, to get the treatment you need immediately, and get on with your life. But, it also prevents you from having to deal with an ill-fitting temporary crown in the time between appointments. Plus, CEREC ensures that you get the customized aesthetic and functional results you need; you have one dentist overseeing every aspect of your treatment process.

CEREC crowns are high quality, attractive, and designed to stand up to the wear and tear of daily life. Although these restorations are created in one day, they are in no way temporary crowns.

If you are dealing with dental damage, our Farmington Hills CEREC dentists can help you get your smile back on track. Give us a call to schedule a consultation!