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Detroit Area Cosmetic and General Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

What can Cosmetic Dentistry do for me?

Take a careful look at your smile. Are your teeth worn, dark and stained? Do they have gaps or chips? Are they crooked? Do they stop you from smiling fully? Then perhaps you should consider cosmetic dental care. If you feel your smile could be better, chances are you’re right. Having a beautiful smile entails so much more than appearances. It gives you confidence, an edge to face and improve your everyday activities—both professional and personal. More and more people everyday are discovering the benefits of cosmetic dentistry.

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How can I tell if I can benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry?

Easily, you can view the eight simple questions we ask our patients who are considering cosmetic dentistry.

  • Do you shy away from smiling your fullest when smiling in front of others?
  • Do you cover your smile in front of others?
  • Do you wish your confidence was greater when meeting people, in both professional and personal settings?
  • Do you feel that your failure to smile confidently interferes with your professional relationships?
  • Do you long for whiter teeth?
  • Do your teeth appear crooked or uneven?
  • Do you show too much gum when you smile?
  • Is your smile naturally bright?

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What is “Periodontal Disease”?

Periodontal disease is essentially gum disease. Unfortunately, we treat many patients with periodontal disease at our Detroit area office. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue and supporting bone structure surrounding the teeth. Loose teeth and loss of teeth are inevitable if periodontal disease is not treated.

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What are signs or symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

If your gums bleed, are swollen or pull away from your teeth you may have periodontal disease. If your teeth are loose or feel unusual when you bite down, you may have periodontal disease. Our expert Detroit area staff can immediately assess the presence of periodontal disease. The doctor must determine the severity of the disease. An appropriate treatment will follow to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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Are there any other health risks, besides tooth loss, which can be caused by Periodontal Disease?

Absolutely. We all want to have a smile that is beautiful to look at. However, a beautiful smile can also promote your general health and well-being. Correcting your teeth can make maintenance of your teeth easier, thus promoting better care and health.

Studies have linked periodontal disease to an increased risk of heart attacks. Also, a common strain of bacteria in dental plaque may cause blood clots. Periodontal disease allows the bacteria to enter the bloodstream, thus promoting an increased risk of heart attack.

If you think you have periodontal (gum) disease, contact our cosmetic dentist in the Detroit area to schedule an appointment.

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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are screw-like devices that are implanted into the jawbone to act as an anchor for replacement teeth. For stability and ease of use, there is no better solution for tooth loss than dental implants. Located near Detroit, our office is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to ensure that your dental implants are of the highest quality. Dental implants replicate the entire tooth including the crown and the root; thus, bone loss is kept to a minimum, healthy teeth are preserved, and patients enjoy increased stability and confidence in eating and speaking.

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What is Laser Dentistry?

Most pain and discomfort associated with many dental procedures is caused by the heat and vibration of the dental drill. The Waterlase® MD utilizes a patented and unique combination of laser energy and water to safely, accurately, and painlessly prepare the teeth and soft tissue for dental procedures. As the Waterlase® MD does not vibrate and heat the teeth as a standard dental drill, most procedures can be done without the need of local anesthesia -no shots!

If you would like to reduce the pain, and inconvenience of conventional dentistry, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, deals with the treatment of dental pulp – the soft tissue inside the tooth. This procedure is often the last measure used to save a tooth prior to extraction.

The pulp of the tooth contains the nerves, arteries, veins and lymph tissue. By the time decay advances near or into the pulp, the tooth is at high risk of infection and begins to ache. Thankfully, root canal treatment at our Detroit area practice has saved many teeth from extraction.

If you are experiencing tooth pain and think you might need a root canal, contact our office near Detroit.

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Is Tooth Bleaching safe?

Bleaching is not harmful to the teeth as it simply removes stains. A very small percentage of patients report sensitivity after bleaching, however, this is completely reversible. Tooth bleaching is an excellent option to quickly brighten your smile.

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What is Digital Radiography?

Digital Radiography is the use of computers to x-ray the teeth. This reduces the amount of radiation exposure by over 80 percent. The digital radiograph allows the doctor to virtually manipulate the dental image, enhancing the diagnostic quality in ways that cannot be achieved with typical dental x-rays.

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What is Cosmetic Imaging?

Cosmetic imaging allows the patient to see what their smile will look like BEFORE the procedure is completed. Sometimes, you are not fully aware of how much better your smile can be with simple dental procedures. Seeing your picture and how you can look post-treatment can be quite revealing.

Don’t let a less-than-perfect smile limit you from fully enjoying your life. We can resolve cosmetic problems, provide a sound preventative program, and treat problems such as periodontal (gum) disease. Contact our cosmetic dentist near Detroit to schedule an appointment.

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