How to Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridges

How to Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can be quite the blow to your self-confidence. That’s why dental bridges exist. This is a permanent dental appliance that gives you a natural look and feel to your teeth with no need for hooks or metal-comprised clasps. Bridges allow you to eat and speak clearly with no problems. You may be missing your teeth due to decay, accident or injury, but whatever the case, it’s important to fill that gap with a solution that works for you.

Missing teeth, particularly in the front, can impact the confidence of anyone at any age. Let’s talk about dental bridges and how they can help.

What is a Bridge?

A dental bridge is an appliance that secures to neighboring teeth, topped with a crown that essentially replaces the missing teeth. Each dental bridge is customized to your own mouth in a lab so that your new teeth can easily blend in with your existing teeth. Thanks to fine-tuned coloring and texture characteristics, no one will even know you are wearing a bridge unless you tell them.

There are multiple reasons why dental bridges are important to the overall health of your mouth. First off, when you are missing several teeth, all the other teeth will start to shift over time. As a result, you could lose even more teeth. A fixed bridge won’t allow for such a change in position. In addition, it will keep your bite aligned and ensure proper symmetry of your facial features.

Even those people who already have a dental implant can opt for a bridge, as it can attach to the implant for stability.

Another benefit to a bridge? It is able to distribute the forces in your bite correctly by replacing missing teeth, says WebMD.

Types

You can choose from two types of bridges: full or partial, fixed or removable. A fixed partial denture attaches artificial teeth to nearby natural teeth, which are referred to as abutment teeth. Bridges can be permanently attached or removable. Fixed bridges are bonded, while removable bridges are fixes to the teeth with clasps made of metal or via other types of precision attachments. Removable bridges can be taken out to sleep and eat.

Your dentist will let you know which option is best for you.

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth knows how important getting a replacement is to your overall appearance and oral health. From eating to talking, you depend a lot on your teeth. If you have any missing teeth, regardless of where in the mouth the gap is located, you should make it a priority to get a dental bridge.

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If you want to know more information about dental bridges and whether you’re a good candidate, contact Redwood Dental today at 800-462-2222.

 

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What is Dental Implant Surgery?

What is Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery is actually made up of many small procedures performed in the dentist’s office. The whole process takes anywhere between three and nine months, says the Mayo Clinic. You may need a dental implant if your existing tooth has sustained trauma or decay and is no longer viable. If you fail to have that tooth removed, it will likely turn brown and fall out on its own. This introduces a whole host of other oral health care problems.

Basics of Dental Implants

In a nutshell, implants are replacement tooth roots giving your mouth a healthy base for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Implants are custom tailored for you and only you. According to WebMD, there are many benefits to dental implants, including:

  • Improvement of appearance to result in a healthy, even smile
  • Improvement in speech; if you had previously opted for dentures instead that don’t really fit that well, you can slur your speech.  
  • Improvement of comfort
  • Easier to eat
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Better oral health because you can get in between teeth for more thorough brushing and flossing
  • Increased durability
  • Improved convenience

What to Expect

First, you’ll need to have a consultation with your dentist for a thorough oral exam and discussion of your options. This is when you’ll learn how many visits it will take to complete the procedure, as well as how much it costs and what the financing options are.

Here’s generally what you can expect out of those visits. Your dentist will:

  • Remove the damaged tooth.
  • Prep the jawbone for surgery; if too soft or thin, you may need to undergo bone grafting. Your dentist should only proceed with the implant if he or she feels it can be properly supported.
  • Once the jawbone heals, your dentist will insert the dental implant (a metal post) after making a small incision in the gum. This essentially exposes the bone so that he or she can drill a hole for the post. Initially, there will be a gap where your old tooth was; a temporary denture will be put in its place until the real one can be implanted.
  • It can take up to six months to fully heal, to allow the jawbone to unify with the dental implant surface.
  • Your dentist will insert the abutment – an extension of the implant metal post. This is where the gum tissue will grow around and what the crown will ultimately fasten to.
  • About two weeks later, a crown is placed on top.

Once you’re done with the surgery, you may experience some swelling of the face and gums, maybe even some minor bruising. You may also see some bleeding. Take over the counter medication to relieve minor pain and discomfort, or your dentist can prescribe you something stronger for the pain.

Contact Redwood Dental

To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, call us today at 800-462-2222. We are proud to offer many convenient locations in Metro Detroit for family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and emergency dental services.

 

 

 

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A Comfortable, Enjoyable Visit to the Dentist is Possible

A Comfortable, Enjoyable Visit to the Dentist is Possible

As your trusted dentist, we are here to tell you that your six-month dental checkup is of the utmost importance. As is seeing your dentist whenever you experience anything out of the ordinary, such as tooth pain.

However, we understand that some people don’t exactly look forward to going to the dentist. Fortunately, we are proud to offer you both a pain-free and enjoyable visit to your Redwood Dental dentist in Metro Detroit!

Kind, compassionate dental staff

Redwood Dental is proud to be a trusted dentist in the Detroit area. In fact, we’ve been around for over 50 years.

Our patients come to us from all over the area and repeatedly say that they are confident in our skills, but also appreciate the compassion they receive from our staff. From the moment you walk through our door, our staff is ready to greet you with a smile. Our offices are clean and calm, and our team members are professional and friendly.

As a Metro Detroit dentist of choice, Redwood Dental is proud to gain most of our patients by way of referral. To us, that is the highest compliment.

No-pain dentistry

In addition to a caring staff, our priority is to always ensure the comfort of our patients. As such, we are pleased to provide pain-free dentistry in Southeast Michigan.

Truth be told, many folks who fear painful dental treatments are quite pleased to realize that that’s simply not the case. Our staff is gentle and our tools and techniques are designed to create as little discomfort as possible. Further, we offer several types of anesthesia that can be helpful for certain treatments.

As always, your Redwood Dental dentist will discuss any concerns you may have and review your treatment options in depth. There’s no reason to let fear of pain keep you from getting any dental treatment you may need.

Redwood Dental dentists in Southeast Michigan

Redwood Dental is proud to be serving the dental needs of Metro Detroit families for over 50 years. We know the importance of dental health and strive to keep you and your family as healthy as possible.

Additionally, we provide services that run the gamut, including family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, emergency dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and more.

If you’re due for your next dental cleaning or if you have a dental issue that needs to be addressed, please contact our office today. We look forward to getting your mouth in its very best condition.

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Gum Disease Treatment at Redwood Dental

Gum Disease Treatment at Redwood Dental

Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to, in its most severe case, the loss of teeth. And, it is more common than you may think. However, gum disease can be easily avoided through proper dental care. Read on for more.

Gum disease by the numbers

Gum disease is the result of infection derived from gingivitis, which is a build up of plaque on the teeth. During this stage, gums are typically swollen and inflamed and may experience bleeding. When it becomes more advanced, the gums begin to recede from the teeth and can have an effect on the tissue and bones that support the teeth. Tooth loss may also occur.

According to the CDC, over 47 percent of adults age 30 and up have periodontal disease in some form while over 70 percent of people over the age of 65 have it.

Gum disease tends to be more prevalent in men as well as those who live in poverty. Smokers are also at a greater risk for gum disease.

Protecting your oral health

Most commonly, gingivitis is caused by poor dental health habits. The most effective way to protect yourself from plaque buildup and, in turn, gum disease, is by brushing your teeth two times daily for two minutes, floss daily and use an antiseptic mouthwash.

Also, it is key to visit the dentist for your six-month cleanings and exams. During your dental visit, your dentist can clean away any buildup of plaque and tartar as well as address any other issues that may be affecting the teeth and gums. Overall, your mouth will be fresher, cleaner and healthier by visiting your dentist.

Trusted dentists in Southeast Michigan

Redwood Dental has been a trusted name in dentistry in Southeast Michigan for over 50 years. Our kind, knowledgeable and talented team of dental professionals are top-notch when it comes to patient care.

Painless dentistry is always our goal, and we are proud to offer a wide array of dental services for folks of all ages. Our caring staff understands that some people may have apprehension around going to the dentist, which is why we do all we can to make your visit comfortable and joyful.

Further, we offer a variety of dentist offices in Southeast Michigan — many with evening and weekend hours — so that getting in to see us is both easy and convenient.

If you’ve been neglecting your smile, now is the time to make it a top priority. Make an appointment with Redwood Dental and get on the road to your healthiest and most beautiful smile now.

 

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What is Fluoride?

What is Fluoride?

You’ve likely heard the dentist recommend fluoride treatments for your kids’ teeth. You may know it’s good for their teeth but you may not realize what fluoride is or what it does exactly. Fluorine is an element occurring naturally in the fluoride compound, proven to effectively minimize dental carries and tooth decay. As a main ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash, fluoride can also be offered in some municipal water supplies.

Bottom line is, fluoride is a key part of any stable oral care routine. However, ingesting too much can result in fluorosis, characterized by faint white lines, spots or streaks on the teeth, says the American Dental Association.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Fluoride can keep mineral loss from happening to tooth enamel, plus it promotes the re-mineralization of tooth enamel. When we eat sugar, oral bacteria feed on those sugars and create acids that are harmful to the tooth enamel. Children are especially vulnerable because they tend to eat a lot of sugar. And if they are on certain medications or produce less saliva, they are at a greater risk.

Repeated attacks on the tooth enamel can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and even periodontal disease. Fluoride acts as protector for the tooth enamel, reducing these risks. Fluoride is just one component of good oral healthcare. You should also brush and floss regularly, avoid sugary or acidic foods, and visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings.

How Much to Use?

Because over consumption can be a bad thing, it’s important to monitor how much your child is taking in. If your community water supply contains fluoride, as well as the toothpaste you use, you need to watch how much fluoride your child is exposed to. For example, kids under the age of two should use non-fluoridated toothpaste. After that, and up till the age of five, kids should only use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste twice a day. Tell your kids to always spit out any extra toothpaste that remains in their mouth instead of swallowing it.

Should Your Child Get Fluoride Supplements?

This a decision that should be made between you as the parent and your child’s dentist. The dentist will likely ask you about other sources of fluoride, such as in your town’s water supply or in the toothpaste you currently use. After an exam and a thorough health history, your dentist will be able to tell if your child currently receives enough fluoride or needs supplements.

Contact Redwood Dental

Here at Redwood Dental, our dentists can determine if your child should receive supplements and if so, provide those treatments to your child on a regular basis. Call to make your appointment now at 800-462-2222. 

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Why are Dental X-Rays so Important?

Why are Dental X-Rays so Important?

You may think it’s a burden to get those x-rays taken of your teeth every year but they are important in many ways. From diagnosis to analysis, x-rays provide a clear view of your teeth as well as the roots. Your dentist can get a better idea of your overall dental health and catch problems before they start.

Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t put off those dental x-rays:

X-Rays Identify Cavities

Perhaps most commonly, x-rays can show if you have a cavity or not. Cavities are basically holes in your teeth caused by decay from too much sugar. Sure, your dentist can see if you have a cavity through a regular exam, but many cavities develop between teeth, which can only be spotted on x-ray.

X-Rays Can Show Cysts and Tumors

Because they’re not readily seen through a standard exam, it’s important for your dentist to check for cysts and tumors via x-ray. Cysts are pockets of fluid that can inflame your gums. Tumors can infect the bone in your teeth. Early detection can ensure proper removal and effective treatment. Likewise, oral cancers can also be detected by x-ray.

X-Rays Document Teeth Development

Most people have all their 28 permanent teeth by the age of 13. But delays in tooth development are common. X-rays can be used to find the cause of those delays and show dentists where teeth may be coming in crooked. X-rays offer the big picture when it comes to your teeth, bones and jaw so dentists can analyze the structure. The quicker developmental problems are found, the quicker treatment can occur.

X-Rays Detect Bruxism

This is a fancy term for teeth grinding, which can be caused by stress and anxiety as well as sleep disorders, abnormal bites and missing or crooked teeth, says the American Dental Association. X-rays can determine if there has been any damage to the bone and jaw. If it is determined that you indeed grind your teeth, your dentist can fit you with a special mouth guard to wear at night while you sleep. 

X-Rays Identify Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth often erupt in the late teenage years and early 20s. Sometimes they need to be removed because they crowd the mouth and may even grow in crooked. X-rays can provide detailed images of these teeth within the gums so your dentist can determine whether wisdom tooth removal is needed.

 

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Redwood Dental offers complete oral exams, which include digital x-rays to keep track of your oral health. Call for an appointment today at 800-462-2222.

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How to Choose the Best Family Dentist

How to Choose the Best Family Dentist

Settling on the perfect family dentist that can address the needs of everyone from your toddler to your live-in elderly parent is important. Who wants to shuttle different members of the family to different dentists all over the city? A good family dentist will be just as gentle and professional with your preschooler as they will be with your teen and your husband.

Here are some tips to help you in your search.

Look for Skill AND Rapport

While an experienced, skilled dentist is imperative, it’s equally as important to choose one you feel comfortable with. There’s really no substitute for an experienced dentist who can spot potential issues early on, alert you, and arm you with solutions as to the best treatment options. If your dentist is extremely proficient in what he does yet lacks the social skills to make your kids feel at ease, you’re probably better off going elsewhere.

Hone in on Range of Expertise

Some dentists are really good at cosmetic dentistry, while others specialize primarily in adult dental care. But a family dentist with a range of expertise will address the full spectrum of your family’s needs. They will be well-versed in working with both kids and adults, helping you combat all those “firsts,” such as the first cleaning, losing baby teeth, losing wisdom teeth, etc. They will also offer a variety of services that go beyond the semi-annual cleaning to encompass teeth whitening options, root canals, fillings, bridgework and crowns.

Ask Around for Recommendations

The best way to find a good family dentist is to ask your friends with similar needs. Word of mouth is often the best way to pinpoint a family dentist that has a good reputation in the community. Take a look at years in business. A dental office that’s been a pillar of the community for decades is a good indicator that they have a loyal following of satisfied patients.

Consider Location

A family dentist will need to be accessible to everyone in your family. So, while it’s good to find an office located close to your home, think about proximity to your teenager’s job so he can drive himself there easily, or how close to your own workplace the office is. Or maybe it’s more important that the dentist be located close to your kids’ school so you can get there easily after class lets out.

Check on Availability

Ask the staff how easy it is to get an appointment. What if your toddler cracks a tooth – will you be able to get right in? Does the office offer Saturday appointments for your spouse who works crazy hours during the week? You may also want to inquire about financing and flexible payment options, as you may find it difficult to pay for all that dental work on top of your other bills.

Make Sure the Office Appeals to Kids

If you have children, you’ll want an office that’s kid-friendly, perhaps with video games in the waiting room or cool prizes for a great teeth cleaning appointment.
Take all of these factors into consideration before choosing a family dentist. If you need somewhere to start, how about Redwood Dental? Our full-service family dental firm has several locations in Metro Detroit for your convenience. Call us now at 800-462-2222 or come on down for a tour!

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FAQs About Dental Veneers

FAQs About Dental Veneers

One of the more common forms of cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers can improve the look of your smile by restoring the look of a damaged or misshapen tooth. Porcelain veneers are designed to correct a variety of cosmetic issues at once, thereby reducing the need for several cosmetic dentistry treatments. In fact, veneers remedy the following issues that leave your teeth:

  • Chipped
  • Misaligned
  • Misshapen
  • Stained or discolored
  • Worn
  • Uneven
  • Gapped
  • Short
  • Cracked

Understandably, you may have a lot of questions when considering getting veneers. We’ll do our best to keep you informed with these FAQs:

How Long Do Veneers Take?

The process of applying porcelain veneers usually takes two visits. First, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and then create a mold which is sent to a lab for veneer creation. The result? A truly customized fit made just for your smile, designed to match the size, shape, color, and translucency of your other natural teeth. It takes a few weeks for the veneers to be ready, at which time you’ll get a call to schedule an appointment for the procedure. 

How are Veneers Applied?

The dentist will use a cement (the color is very similar to your own tooth) to attach the veneers to the front surface of your tooth. But before that, the dentist will prepare the tooth by cleaning and lightly sanding it. The veneer will be placed on the tooth, at which time the dentist will make slight adjustments in shape or positioning. Then, a special light is applied to harden the cement and bond the veneer to your tooth permanently.

What are Veneers Made Of?

Porcelain veneers are made up of a very thin, glass-like material that’s high in quality so it mimics the color of your natural enamel. Veneers can react to light just like real, healthy tooth enamel, contributing to their natural look.

Why Should I Get Veneers?

There are many benefits to veneers, including durability, convenience, functionality, versatility and longevity. They can also enhance the aesthetics of your smile and help make you look younger.

Are There any Drawbacks to Veneers?

There are very few disadvantages to veneers. However, veneers are not reversible. Also, if you have a crack in your veneer, you have to replace the entire thing, not just repair it. If you suffer from poor gum health, you are not a good candidate for veneers. And if you have bad oral habits such as chewing pens, ice or your nails, you’ll either have to give up these habits or opt for another option, as these practices can crack veneers. If you grind or clench your teeth, you can chip or crack them too.

How Long Do They Last?

When properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last for decades, much longer than if you were to try bleaching or bonding.

 How Should I Care for My Veneers?

Treat them just like you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss at least twice a day and keep up with your twice yearly cleanings at the dentist’s office.

Have more questions about veneers? Give us a call at Redwood Dental today at 800-462-2222.

 

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The Difference Between Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

The Difference Between Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

You know that cosmetic dentistry is a great way to achieve that perfect smile. But sometimes there’s a bit of behind-the-scenes work that must take place beforehand to lay the foundation for that cosmetic dental work. That’s what restorative dentistry does. Here’s the low-down on what’s what.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry comprises procedures designed to keep your mouth healthy and functional, such as dental implants, dentures, crowns and fillings. In a nutshell, they’re the preventative and corrective steps your dentist must take to ensure your mouth is healthy functionality-wise before any cosmetic procedures can be done. In the process, restorative dentistry can indeed improve your smile; however, it’s cosmetic dentistry that focuses more on aesthetics than function.

The most common types of restorative dentistry procedures include cavity fillings to prevent decay; implants, bridges and dentures to replace missing teeth; and crowns or caps that can strengthen and protect broken teeth.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Improvement of the appearance of your smile: this is the main goal of cosmetic dentistry. That means these procedures will make you look better, but not necessarily function better. Perhaps you have uneven or chipped teeth, or maybe your teeth are yellow. These are common reasons to seek out cosmetic dentistry because they affect one’s self-esteem and confidence. Here are some popular examples of cosmetic dentistry:

  • Teeth whitening: Bleaching your teeth will rid them of any discoloring and brighten them up. You have many options, from in-office whitening to at-home trays, or a blend of both. Just keep in mind these processes only work on natural teeth, and won’t whiten implants, fillings, crowns, or veneers.
  • Bonding: This procedure is used to repair small chips and minor discolorations. Essentially, it’s a putty that is molded to fill in holes or chips in teeth, and can last for several years before the need for replacement.
  • Contouring: This is when your dentist reshapes your tooth to change its position, length, width, or shape. In order to be a good candidate, you’ll need to have strong, healthy teeth because the process involves sanding or the use of a special laser. Contouring can be used in conjunction with other procedures, such as bonding as a way to fill in chips.
  • Veneers: These are thin porcelains shells that are positioned over the front of the tooth to change its color and shape. This is a more permanent solution over whitening or bonding.

You may be wondering if both restorative and cosmetic dentistry can be used together. The answer is yes. Restorative dentistry will correct major issues, like missing or broken teeth; after that, cosmetic measures like reshaping or whitening can put the finishing touches on your smile.

If you’d like to find out more about either type of procedure, call Redwood Dental today at 800-462-2222.

 

 

 

 

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Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

If you’ve been searching for a qualified cosmetic dentist, you need to put the time in to research a few before deciding. Not all dentists are created equal. Some have more experience than others. Some specialize in different areas. And some aren’t as reputable as others may be in the community. Here are some tips on making this important decision:

1. Ask your family and friends. To get a personalized view of the experiences others have had, you need to ask around. As such, word of mouth recommendations often mean more than any clinical information you can gather online. In addition to family and friends, go online to check reviews and lists of recommended dentists who are members of professional associations, such as the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

2. Know your dental insurance options. You don’t just have to choose someone that’s within your covered network. You also must know if you have an HMO or a PPO. An HMO limits you to members of the HMO network, while a PPO gives you a wider network of dentists to choose from. But at the same time, your co-payment levels may be higher. Call your insurance agent and find out if the dentist you want is covered under your plan.

3. Take a tour of the office. Check out the office in person first to get a feel for professionalism. Schedule a tour and consultation and ask plenty of questions on your tour, such as the education, training and credentials of the dentist. You’ll also want to know how far ahead you have to schedule an appointment, what kind of sedation the dentist uses, and how long each visit typically lasts. Find out if they use state of the art equipment and machines, how many dentists and hygienists are in the practice, and what you can expect during a typical visit.

4. Check hours and accessibility. If you’re a busy professional or have kids’ schedules to juggle, you need a dentist with long hours as well as a wide variety of appointment slots to choose from. Does the dentist offer Saturday hours, after-hours, and an emergency line? Also, ask what happens when emergencies occur beyond office hours? WebMD says many dentists will arrange for a colleague to be available in the event of an emergency, or they will contract with an emergency referral service if they can’t take care of dental emergencies personally.

5. Follow up with a post-visit evaluation. After your tour, list out each dentist and qualities of each that you liked or disliked. Was the office clean? Were you greeted by friendly staff members? Was your insurance information handled confidentially and quickly? Were dentists and hygienists friendly yet professional? Did they make your kids feel at ease? Did the dentist insist on the proper safety gear, such as gloves and masks during your treatment? How easy was it to get to the office from your home or work?

In your search, be sure to check us out here at Redwood Dental. We would be happy to give you a tour when you call us at 800-462-2222.

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