Types of Dental Fillings: Which One is Right for You?

Types of Dental Fillings: Which One is Right for You?

Whether you have a new cavity or your dentist has told you that your old filling has worn out and you need another, you may be confused as to which type to try next. Your dentist should go over the various types of fillings and the pros and cons of each.  In a nutshell, a filling is what you get when your dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth and fills the area with some type of material. The patient is typically given a choice as to which type of filling to use.

Here are the different kinds and the benefits to each :

Cast Gold


  • Durable: Able to last up to 15 years, won’t corrode.
  • Strong: Can withstand heavy chewing forces.
  • Aesthetics: Many people prefer the look of gold to silver amalgam.


  • Expensive: Costs up to 10 times higher than silver.
  • Requires two or more office visits to place.
  • Galvanic shock: When a gold filling is placed near a silver one, this can cause a sharp pain due to the interaction of metal and saliva.

Silver Amalgam


  • Durable: Can last up to 15 years.
  • Strong: Can withstand chewing forces.
  • Less expensive than composite fillings.


  1. Aesthetics: Silver sticks out and doesn’t match the natural color of your teeth.
  2. Healthy parts of the tooth have to be removed to ensure a space large enough to hold the filling.
  3. Discoloration: Can create a grayish tint to the surrounding tooth structure over time.
  4. Cracks: Amalgam material is more prone to contraction and expansion, which can lead to fractures.
  5. Allergic reactions: About one percent of people are allergic to the mercury in silver.  

Tooth-Colored Composites


  1. The shade of the filling can be matched to the existing teeth.
  2. They chemically bond to the tooth structure for better support.
  3. Can be used to fix chipped, worn, or broken teeth.
  4. Less of the tooth structure must be removed to make way for the filling than silver.


  1. Don’t last as long as other types, usually only up to five years.
  2. The process takes 20 minutes longer to put in place.
  3. Chipping can occur.
  4. They cost more than twice that of amalgam fillings.

Which filling type is right for you? This will depend on the location of the decay, how bad it is, cost of the material, what your insurance covers, and your dentist’s suggestion. To find out more, call Redwood Dental now at 800-462-2222.

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Why Avoiding the Dentist Could Cost You

Why Avoiding the Dentist Could Cost You

While we don’t like to admit it, it’s true that many people don’t see the dentist as much as they should. In fact, statistics say that only about 65 percent of folks go to the dentist. That leaves a large percentage void of dental care.

This is not good for many reasons. Avoiding the dentist can end up costing you down the road. Read on for more.

Why do people avoid the dentist?

There are a variety of reasons some people don’t go to the dentist. Many times, people associate the dentist with pain. While it’s true that some dental treatments can present some discomfort, we are pleased to offer pain-free dentistry to our patients including a variety of sedation and anesthetic options. Not to mention dentistry of today has come a long way from years ago, with gentler, quieter tools.

Other times, folks are concerned about the cost of dental visits if they don’t have insurance (and even if they do). We understand that money can be a concern, which is why we offer our patients flexible financing, with a variety of options to pay for treatment now and over time.

And finally, some people feel they are too busy to get to the dentist. We also understand that between work, family and other obligations, time is stretched thin. However, many of our dentist offices in Metro Detroit offer extended evening and weekend hours so that getting in to see us is as convenient as possible.

What are the risks of not going to the dentist?

When you miss your dental checkups and cleanings, you put yourself at risk for a variety of issues.

If you don’t get your six-month cleanings, plaque and tartar can build up and, in turn, cause cavities, gum disease and more. As such, a small issue can become a larger, more painful and costly issue.

For example, a cavity left untreated can cause damage to a tooth’s nerve and require more invasive treatment like a root canal. Treatments like this can be painful and require downtime or time off from work, and may only be partially covered by insurance.

The bottom line is you should never wait until you’re in pain to make your dentist appointment. Prevention is key and that starts with your twice-annual visits.

A longstanding Metro Detroit dentist

Redwood Dental dentist offices in Southeast Michigan have been a staple in the dental industry for over 50 years. Why? Because our philosophy has always been to focus on the patient and provide compassionate, reliable and pain-free dentistry in metro Detroit.

When you visit your Redwood Dental dentist, our goal is to make you feel comfortable, as well as do all we can to make your visit enjoyable. The dentist can be a fun place!

Additionally, we are equipped to handle all your dental needs — from family dentistry to pediatric dentistry to cosmetic dentistry and more.

Stop waiting…call us today to schedule your appointment. Your dental health depends on it.

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Common Dental Conditions During Adulthood

Common Dental Conditions During Adulthood

Many of which can be treated with cosmetic dentistry…

As we age, our oral health presents more challenges. If we don’t stay on top of these issues, they can progress to more complicated, costly problems. Many of us know how critical dental care is for kids and teens. But it’s just as critical – if not more so – to ensure regular and proper dental care for adults.

Here are some conditions that many adults face when it comes to their oral health:

Gum disease: The best way to combat this is to brush and floss regularly. But if you let this routine go, you are at increased risk for a buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar that can cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and supporting structures. Eventually, this can lead to tooth loss if you don’t get it addressed. The CDC says about two in three (68 percent) adults over the age of 65 have gum disease. Gum disease treatment, also known as scaling or root planing, may be necessary.

Oral cancer: The CDC also points out that older adults are at a much higher risk for cancers of the mouth, including oral and pharyngeal cancers, with a median age of diagnosis of 62 years. Men over the age of 40 are at the greatest risk for oral cancer, due primarily to the use of tobacco products and alcohol. Because oral cancer is largely detected through routine dental visits, this is yet another reason to stay on top of your six-month cleanings.

Dental filling break-downs: Cavity fillings don’t last forever. In fact, most usually only last between eight and 10 years. Some can last up to 20 years but this is rare. When those fillings begin to break down, they allow food and bacteria to get inside the tooth, causing decay deep inside the root. This can lead to the need for a root canal, or a lost tooth if you don’t address it quickly.

Yellow teeth: As we get older, the environmental effects of what we eat and drink can really show up on our teeth. Where you may have always had a white smile, now you may notice yellow or brown teeth. This can be due to a number of factors, such as food, wine, coffee, tea and smoking just to name a few. Fortunately, in-office tooth whitening can brighten your teeth between three and eight shades.

Missing teeth: Also with age comes the higher risk of losing teeth. This can be due to the fact that over time, your teeth become less sensitive so you can’t feel pain related to decay or gum disease as readily. Losing a tooth or multiple teeth can be a blow to your self confidence as well as your ability to chew and speak properly. Full or partial dentures can be the solution to replace those missing teeth and restore self-image and proper functioning.

If you need assistance with any of these conditions, call Redwood Dental now at 800-462-2222.

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What is Dental Abrasion?

What is Dental Abrasion?

Dental abrasion, quite simply, involves the wear and tear of the teeth. This results from the rubbing of foreign materials against the oral cavity that are considered abrasive in nature. From speed to repeated use to force, all of these factors can contribute to dental abrasion. Even the hardness of the material that’s brushing against the teeth or gums can contribute to the outcome.

Put another way, abrasion is the progressive loss of hard tooth substances brought about by mechanical actions rather than tooth-on-tooth contact. Commonly associated with incorrect tooth brushing techniques, this often manifests itself at the junction of the root and the tooth.

From toothbrushes to hard foods or ice, dental abrasion can be caused by many things. Some contributing factors can include:

  • Improper or too-frequent brushing
  • Biting sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Chewing on ice
  • Securing nozzles of pipes between teeth
  • Ill-fitting retainers or dentures
  • Body modifications, such as triangular tooth morphology

Usually, the materials that cause abrasion are non-dietary in nature, except in the case of seeds and similar hard foods that people may chew on for long periods of time. The location of the wear can vary depending on the origin of the abrasion, as well as the magnitude, speed of development, extent of force, material type, and whether or not there is repeated use of the abrasive material.

You may assume that the more frequently and aggressively you brush your teeth, the cleaner they will be. However, the application of too much pressure can be detrimental to the condition of not only the teeth but surrounding gums. Brushing too hard can weaken the tooth structure’s outer layer, or enamel. You’ll know you have dental abrasion by tell-tale v-shaped notches near the gum line.


There are several ways you can treat dental abrasion. Talk with your dentist about some suggestions. Meanwhile, here are some helpful tips:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, never hard.
  • Don’t brush too hard. It’s much more effective to brush slowly and properly.
  • Don’t chew on toothpicks and pencils, and don’t bite your nails.
  • Ensure removable dental appliances fit properly; ask your dentist to check the fit every time you go in for a visit.
  • Schedule regular dental visits at least twice a year for cleanings and possible fluoride treatments, dental bonding or fillings to replace lost tooth structure. Regular visits will also help your dentist detect small problems before they become bigger.

The most important thing you can do to guard against abrasion is to make sure you see your dental professional regularly. Call Redwood Dental today at 800-462-2222.

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Financing Your Dental Treatment is Easier than You Think

Financing Your Dental Treatment is Easier than You Think

Although going to the dentist isn’t always at the top of folks’ lists of priorities, it is, nonetheless, important. We understand, though, that paying for your dental treatment can be tough, particularly if you don’t have dental insurance.

However, we have made it as easy as possible for you to get the treatment you need without breaking your budget. Read on for more on the many ways you can finance your Redwood Dental visit and why you shouldn’t put your visit off any longer.

Avoiding the dentist is dangerous

Whether you realize it or not, when you delay your dental cleaning, exams and other necessary treatment, you are putting not only your dental health at risk, but also your overall health.

Untreated cavities not only cause bad breath and discoloration but also tooth pain. And, as time goes on, those untreated cavities can cause periodontal disease which can, in turn, cause gums to become inflamed and damage the supportive tissue and bone of the teeth. In severe cases, this can cause tooth loss.

Further, your overall health can be negatively affected as a result of not getting proper dental treatment. Serious health concerns like coronary artery disease, heart attack, diabetes and stroke are all possible complications that can begin with improper dental care.

But you can take precautions to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Easy financing for your dental visit

Redwood Dental is proud to offer a wide variety of payment options to our valued patients. In addition to cash and check, we accept all major credit cards. We also accept most dental insurance plans.

For those who would like another option, we have partnered with Wells Fargo Financial Bank to be able to offer a program that lets you receive treatment right away while paying off your bill over a period of time. This plan features promotional financing for six, 12 or 18 months and you can apply right on our website or in your Redwood Dental office.

Don’t let financing be your reason for not receiving treatment. We are here to help.

Leading the way in dentistry in Metro Detroit

Redwood Dental has been a dental staple in Southeast Michigan for over 50 years. And our reputation speaks for itself.

Our team of experienced dentists in Metro Detroit are not only experienced but patient with a gentle touch. We take the utmost pride in ensuring your experience at Redwood Dental is comfortable and enjoyable.

Specializing in pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry and more, we are your one-stop dental shop. And with a wide variety of dentist office locations the area, there’s truly no reason not to schedule your visit.

Contact us today to set up your appointment. We look forward to helping your mouth be its healthiest.

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Is Cosmetic Dentistry More Than Just Aesthetics?

Is Cosmetic Dentistry More Than Just Aesthetics?

In short, yes. While cosmetic dentistry does improve the appearance of your smile, jaw and face, it helps in a structural, functional and healthy way as well. This type of procedure can do more than beautify your smile, having the ability to treat specific dental health issues that benefit you overall.

First of all, cosmetic dentistry involves any number of dental procedures that can improve the size, shape, color, position and alignment of your teeth and gums. Major categories include orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can add or remove material to your existing teeth, bridge gaps, bond or straighten teeth, and graft your gums. It’s a very big umbrella that can include the following:

• Bonding
• Crowns
• Gum grafts
• Enameloplasty
• Gingivectomy
Teeth whitening
• Gum depigmentation
• Teeth straightening
• Orthodontics
• Tooth reshaping
• Bridges
• Gum lift
• Inlays and overlays

There are several benefits to cosmetic dentistry, including boosting the functionality of your teeth, gums and bite, as well as repairing issues so your teeth can keep further damage at bay. When you improve your oral health, you improve your overall physical health.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Helps You Achieve More Than a Nicer Smile

Better Oral Health: Anything from bonding, veneers and crowns help to restore teeth that have been cracked or broken. When you take steps to repair teeth that have weakened due to cracks or fractures, you’re giving them the support they need to prevent more damage or even save your teeth altogether.

Better Bite: Crooked, misshapen, out-of-place or shifted teeth can negatively impact your speech and ability to chew properly. This is frustrating, uncomfortable and embarrassing to say the least. When you leave crooked teeth as is, you’re also increasing your risk of cavities because they are harder to properly clean.

Improved Confidence: The boost in self-confidence is an undeniable part of undergoing cosmetic dentistry. Because you are no longer ashamed to hide your smile, you become more approachable and friendly to others. Studies show that exuding confidence in the workplace can help with promotions.

Better Overall Health: Your mouth and body are connected when it comes to your health. When you have missing teeth, cavities, gum disease or misaligned bites, this can impact the health of other organs in your body like the heart.

As you can see, there are so many more benefits to cosmetic dentistry than just your smile. Find out more when you call Redwood Dental at 800-462-2222.

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Your Dentist is Your Ally!

Your Dentist is Your Ally!

What do you think of when think about an ally? Someone who is on your side? Someone who is trustworthy? Your partner?

Well, that is exactly how you should think of your dentist! Truth be told, your dentist should have your best interest in mind at all times and should be a trusted partner in your overall health.

At Redwood Dental, our patients are our top priority. And we want you to think of us as your ally in dental health.

An enjoyable visit

Your trip to the dentist should be anything but scary. In fact, we strive to make every patient’s dental visit enjoyable, comfortable and educational. But, though we don’t like to admit it, going to dentist appointments isn’t always at the top of folks’ lists of things they want to do.

We want to change that!

Our professional and serene office environments and friendly dental staff and doctors are here for you and your family from the moment you walk through our door, ready to provide exceptional service. We even offer a wide variety of dentist offices throughout Metro Detroit with extended hours so that visiting the dentist is easy and convenient.

As a longstanding southeast Michigan dentist, we take our patients’ dental health seriously. And we make it easy to get the service you need with our flexible financing options. Going to the dentist has truly never been easier.

Pain-free metro Detroit dentistry

We are proud to offer pain-free dentistry in Southeast Michigan.

Many people (inaccurately) associate the dentist with pain. In fact, fear of pain is one of the top reasons people avoid the dentist. In reality, though, today’s technological and medical advancements have made way for completely comfortable dentistry.

Further, our dentists are always focused on listening to our patients and addressing any and all of their concerns. Likewise, we pride ourselves on walking our patients through each treatment, step by step, to help alleviate any uncertainties. We also educate patients on how they can do their part to ensure a healthy mouth at home, while providing the tools and tips to do so.

Though we’d love to see you more often, we hope that your mouth is in such great shape that you only need to visit us every six months for your cleaning and also for your annual X-rays.

A dentist you can trust

As trusted and respected dentists in southeast Michigan, Redwood Dental has been proudly caring for the needs of area families for over 50 years. And whether you’re looking for a family dentist, a pediatric dentist or a cosmetic dentist in metro Detroit, you’ve found the right place at Redwood Dental. Our team of dentists is highly skilled and equipped to handle any dental issue you may be experiencing.

Are you ready to step up your dental health? Call us today for your appointment! We look forward to giving your smile the care it deserves.

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Why You Should Consider Professional Teeth Whitening

Why You Should Consider Professional Teeth Whitening

Today, teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments around. Both here in Metro Detroit and around the world, teeth whitening treatments are a fast and easy way to enhance your overall appearance for a more refreshed look.

There are a plethora of options out there to whiten teeth — both over the counter and in a professional setting. Read on to learn more.

The teeth whitening industry

Teeth that were once white can become yellow, stained or dark over the years. This is for a variety of reasons: the food and drink we consume, tobacco use and even certain medication.

However, today, there is no shortage of ways to combat yellowing teeth.

Teeth whitening is so popular, in fact, that statistics show that a total of $1.4 billion is spent annually on teeth whitening products. That figure speaks volumes on the importance people place on the appearance of their smiles.  

Know your options

Truth be told, most teeth respond well to teeth whitening. And many folks wish their teeth could be whiter than they are. Well, you can have this! (And pretty easily!)

Over-the-counter methods like whitening toothpastes, gels and mouthwashes can work to a certain degree. But for the most effective and safest way to whiten, a trip to your dentist is your best bet.

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How to Properly Care for Your Dentures

How to Properly Care for Your Dentures

Did you know that today, millions of Americans wear dentures? Folks of a variety of ages have lost their teeth for one reason or another. Thankfully, dentures are a viable solution to missing teeth.

That being said, if faced with needing dentures, how do you properly care for them to extend their life while keeping your mouth healthy? Read on for more.

How dentures are life changing

Missing teeth can be both embarrassing as well as hinder everyday life when it comes to things like eating and talking. Redwood Dental is proud to be able to offer solutions for folks who have lost their teeth.

Dentures replace the teeth that are missing, and we are here to offer individualized solutions, from removable dentures to dental implants, we can manufacture a solution that look and act like real teeth.

Whether you’ve lost some or a mouthful of teeth, dentures can literally put the smile back on your face. Redwood Dental is an expert in creating custom dentures — both full and partial — for our patients. Dentures are a solution that helps restore quality of life and ensure you are receiving the nutrients you need by being able to eat all the necessary foods that natural teeth would allow.

Keeping your dentures healthy

Redwood Dental has provided custom dentures to thousands of patients over the years so that they can continue to enjoy life just as much as they would with natural teeth.

After receiving your dentures, it is important to know how to care for them in order to keep your investment working its best and mouth functioning at an optimum level. We always detail the proper way to care for dentures with our patients.

First, it is important to think of your dentures like they are natural teeth. As such, they need proper cleaning each day. You should remove your dentures after eating and rinse them with water to release any food particles, followed by rinsing your mouth. Your dentures should also be brushed daily, if not twice daily, like natural teeth and soaked overnight with a denture cleanser.

Further, you should remember to clean your mouth’s gums and gently massage the gums when dentures are not in place. If you have some natural teeth, these should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush, as well as flossed.

Caring Metro Detroit dentists

Redwood Dental has been a staple in Southeast Michigan for over 50 years! We are pleased to offer dental services that run the gamut. We provide painless dentistry that includes family, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry, as well as emergency dental services, treatment of gum disease and oral cancer screenings and oral surgery.

We understand, too, that today’s families are busy. Which is why offer a variety of dentist offices in southeast Michigan to make it easier to get here. Our caring staff is here to be a helpful resource to you and want to make your visit to the dentist enjoyable.

Do you need dental care now? Call us for an appointment.


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What are Dental Implants and Can You Afford Them?

What are Dental Implants and Can You Afford Them?

Many folks receive dental implants when they wish to replace lost teeth. Often times, people must have their teeth removed because they’ve decayed or were knocked out or broken. Dental implants are a permanent alternative to dentures and can have a positive effect on confidence and lifestyle.

So long as a patient is in good health and has bone structure that is satisfactory, they may be a candidate for dental implants. Continue reading for more information.

Dental implants by the numbers

Simply put, dental implants are special metal posts that are surgically placed to the bone under the gums that hold crowns and bridges in place. Dental implants secure teeth even if you’ve experienced damage to the root. Dental implants won’t move in the mouth, which is key when talking or consuming meals, a main reason folks opt for dental implants rather than dentures.

At Redwood Dental, we are happy to offer pain-free dental implant surgery that requires minimal recovery.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, over 35 million people in the U.S. are lacking all of their teeth and over 15 million folks have missing teeth for which they have replacements. Additionally, over three million people have dental implants, and that figure is expected to grow.

Today, dental implants have become more common than ever before. With dental and medical advancements, people are realizing just how attainable and pain-free dental implants can be.

Affordable dental implants

If you are looking for affordable dental implants in metro Detroit, look no further than Redwood Dental. Our highly experienced team of dentists have been caring for the dental needs of families in the area for over 50 years. As such, our name is synonymous with caring, pain-free dentistry in southeast Michigan.

Don’t let cost stop you from getting the dental treatment you need. We can help. Redwood Dental offers flexible financing so that you can receive the treatment you want now while paying it off over a period of time. We want everyone to receive the best dental care. And we are pleased to be your dentist of choice.

Your southeast Michigan dentist of choice

Redwood Dental can handle all of your family’s dental needs. With complete dental care for people of all ages, our services span from cleanings and x-rays to cosmetic dentistry and everything in between.

Because today’s families are busier than ever, we offer eight dentist offices around metro Detroit so that seeing your dentist is easier than ever. Plus, pain-free dentistry is our top priority. We know that going to the dentist isn’t always appealing, however, we are proud to utilize the latest dental technology and techniques to keep our patients comfortable from the moment they walk through our door.

Don’t wait any longer — contact us to see how you can receive exceptional dental care now.

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