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By David J. Campbell DDS
April 18, 2014
Category: Family Dentist
Tags: White Lake  
Are you missing teeth?  Do you wish to gain back your beautiful, healthy smile along with the ability to eat family dentistand smile with confidence again?  Dental implants are the most natural and permanent way to replace missing teeth.   Millions of adults have lost one or more of their teeth due to oral diseases or injury.  Missing teeth can make chewing difficult, cause problems speaking, and impact a person’s sense of confidence.  By visiting our White Lake family dentist, you can learn more about dental implants and how they are beneficial for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile.
 
All About Dental Implants
 
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire mouthful of teeth.  The placement of an implant is a multi-part process that generally involves two to three phases to complete the entire procedure. During the first phase, an oral surgeon or dental implant specialist will surgically insert the titanium implant into the jaw bone. After the implantation, the patient will return home to allow for the healing process—a period of time in which the jaw bone and implant must fuse together.
 
Once the implant is firmly bonded to the jaw bone, usually three to six months later, the patient will return to have the newly created teeth attached to the anchored dental implant. The process is completed when the permanent crown is placed. Your new, restored smile will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
 
Why Dental Implants?
 
Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they serve as the roots of missing teeth.  In general, dental implants may be right for you if you:
  • Have one or more missing teeth
  • Have a jawbone that has reached its full growth
  • Have adequate bone to secure the implants, or are able to have a bone graft
  • Have healthy oral tissues
  • Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing
  • Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
  • Want to improve your speech
  • Are willing to commit several months to the process
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants.  Contact our White Lake family dentist to see if dental implants are an appropriate solution for restoring your smile.  Based on the condition of your oral tissues, oral hygiene, personal habits, and commitment to follow aftercare instructions, your dentist will advise you of the most appropriate dental implant treatment plan.

FixingAdultTeethIsNoMissionImpossible-JustAskTomCruise

It's no surprise that plenty of teenagers go in for an orthodontic evaluation and come out wearing braces. But sometimes, an observant orthodontist may notice that an adult's smile could use a little bit of improvement, too. Even an adult like — Tom Cruise?

That's exactly what happened to the star of Top Gun, Rain Man and the Mission Impossible franchise. Cruise, then 39, was taking one of his children for orthodontic work when it was pointed out that the leading man's teeth were also out of alignment. So he opted for braces too.

“Yes, Tom Cruise has braces,” said his publicist when the star appeared, sporting his new orthodontic appliances. “To him, it's no big deal.” Cruise chose to get the relatively inconspicuous ceramic type, with only a thin wire visible in front of his teeth. He wore them for about a year and a half, having them temporarily removed when it was time to make a movie.

Ceramic braces are a popular choice among adult orthodontic patients, many of whom find that less noticeable orthodontic appliances fit in better with their personal or professional lifestyle. Clear aligners also provide a virtually invisible option. We can help you decide which appliance would best meet your needs. But the first step is a thorough evaluation of your periodontal health.

Is it Risky Business to get braces as an older adult? Not usually — but if you do show signs of periodontal disease, which is more prevalent in adults than teens, it's important to bring it under control before beginning your orthodontic treatment. There are also a few medical conditions, such as heart-valve disease, severe uncontrolled diabetes, and leukemia, which might preclude treatment.

For most people, however, orthodontics offers a great way to improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence — even if you're not a movie star. It is estimated that three-quarters of adults have some form of orthodontic problem; and studies have shown that orthodontic treatment can enhance an adult's career opportunities and social life.

So, if you're looking for a better smile at any age, don't hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”


By David J. Campbell DDS
April 15, 2014
Category: Veneers
Tags: Dentist   White Lake  
With another year behind you, what is your new year’s resolution? If you have always wanted a smile that sparkles and impresses those around you, you are in luck!  There is no reason why you should have to put up with or deal with gaps in your teeth or teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked.  Today, placing a veneer on top of your teeth can correct natural blemished or injuries to help you achieve a beautiful smile again.  Dental veneers in White Lake from our office help to create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth.  
 
The translucent ceramic quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look than what has been available in the past. Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues.
 
The Veneers Procedure
 
Getting dental veneers requires multiple visits to make and apply the veneers.  One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process.  During the tooth preparation visit the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer.  Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. At this visit, a mold is taken of your teeth and sent to the laboratory for fabrication of your veneers.
 
The final visit is when the veneers are bonded to your tooth surface with water or glycerin to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color needed.  While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of bonding materials to match the color of your teeth.  To apply, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond.  Once the special cement is placed between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement. 
 
If you have undesirable defects in your smile, contact Dr. David Campbell, our White Lake, MI dentist, for further consultation on if veneers are an appropriate solution for your smile restoration.

PeriodontalFlapSurgeryAccessesHiddenInfectioninGumTissues

Periodontal gum disease is a relentless enemy to dental health that destroys gum tissue and the teeth’s attachment to the jaw. As it ravages these tissues it often creates periodontal pockets, hidden spaces between the teeth and bone that fill with infectious bacteria capable of accelerating damage to teeth and gums.

The primary treatment goal for gum disease is to create an environment that is cleansable below the gum tissues, in order to remove as much bacterial plaque from the tooth, gum and root surfaces as possible. Periodontal pockets pose a challenge to this goal as they are extremely difficult to access using standard cleaning and root planing techniques the deeper they become. Cleaning and treating these deep pockets, however, is made easier with a procedure known as periodontal flap surgery.

This procedure is not a cure, but rather a way to access the interior of a periodontal pocket to remove infection and diseased tissue. In effect, we create an opening — like the hinged flap of a letter envelope — to gain entry into the affected pocket. Not only does this opening enable us to clean out infection within the pocket, but it can also facilitate cleaning the tooth’s root surfaces.

It also provides an opening for us to insert grafting materials to regenerate lost bone and tissue. It’s nearly impossible for this tissue regeneration to occur if bacterial infection and inflammation persist in the affected area. Periodontal flap surgery provides us the critical access we need to effectively remove these contaminants that stymie healthy growth.

This procedure is normally performed with local anesthesia and usually results in little bleeding and minimal post-operative effects. Once we have finished any procedures to clean the pocket and other affected tissues, or installed grafts for future bone and tissue growth, we would then seal the flap back against the tooth using sutures and gentle pressure to promote blood clotting around the edges. We might also install a moldable dressing that re-secures the edges of the flap to their proper position and prevents food debris from interfering with healing.

Periodontal flap surgery is the result of years of research to find the best techniques for treating gum disease. It’s one of many weapons in our arsenal for winning the war against decay and gum disease, and helping you realize a healthier dental future.

If you would like more information on periodontal flap surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Flap Surgery.”