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By David J. Campbell DDS
April 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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Dental Implant Missing or decayed teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile. It may also cause trouble with speaking, chewing, or biting into foods. One or more missing teeth can even impact the health of your surrounding teeth. But Dr. David Campbell, your general dentist in White Lake, MI, offers dental implants to restore beauty and function to your smile.

What Do Dental Implants Do?

Dental implants essentially replace a missing tooth or many missing teeth. They are constructed of a titanium post that acts as a tooth root to anchor a crown, which is the visible part of the tooth. Dental implants can also anchor a full set of dentures for White Lake dental patients missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth.

Are There Advantages to Dental Implants?

The first advantage to replacing a missing tooth may be improving the appearance of your smile, especially if the missing tooth is in front. If the tooth is in the back, you may notice that you can chew and speak better. Replacing a missing tooth will also help to keep your other teeth in the correct alignment so they don’t shift around.

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. By keeping an implant in the place of a tooth, you can prevent future bone loss, which can affect the shape of your jaw. This can help to prevent the look of premature aging.

Who is a Candidate for Implants?

If you are healthy patient missing one or more teeth, you are probably a candidate for dental implants. However, if your teeth have been missing awhile, your general dentist may find that your jaw may lack sufficient bone tissue to support a dental implant. A bone graft may be recommended to build up enough bone tissue to place the implant.

Tobacco use can cause a higher failure rate with dental implants, so if you plan to ask your dentist about implants, you may want to consider quitting smoking to help ensure the success of your investment.

If you’re ready to restore your smile, talk to your general dentist about dental implants. White Lake patients can call the staff at David J. Campbell, DDS for a consultation. Schedule an appointment today to find out how dental implants can transform your smile and your life.


By David J. Campbell DDS
April 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
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Lots of people collect Beatles memorabilia, but one Canadian dentist took this hobby to new heights recently when he paid $31,200 for John Lennon's molar at auction. According to published reports, Lennon had given the extracted tooth to his housekeeper as a souvenir in the 1960s after coming home from the dentist's office. The molar was discolored and had a cavity, according to the dentist who purchased it after the housekeeper's family put it up for bids. “For the cavity to be this large he probably wasn't seeing a dentist that regularly,” the dentist said. His brushing and flossing routine may not have been that conscientious either!

For healthy teeth, it's important to have a good daily oral hygiene routine at home and regular professional cleanings here at the office. Our hygienist will scale your teeth to remove hard deposits (tartar), and polish them to remove stains for a wonderful, extra-clean feeling.

Dental hygienists are trained to do lots of other things to promote your oral health besides cleaning your teeth. They can check the skin in and around your mouth looking for any suspicious bumps, sores, etc., that may need further evaluation. They will also evaluate your periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), checking for signs of gum inflammation and bleeding (gingivitis). And they monitor teeth for signs of decay, which is actually the world's most widespread disease.

Cavities, or dental caries as it is also known, are the most notable consequences of tooth decay. Left untreated, caries can lead to pain and tooth loss. John Lennon's dentist must have believed there was nothing more to be done for the badly decayed molar that later went on to fetch such a high price.

Unless you're a rock star, your teeth are worth a lot more in a healthy and functioning state — inside your mouth! So if it's been a while since your last appointment, please come in and see us. Remember: Good dental health is priceless.

If you would like more information on tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article, “Tooth Decay.” Dear Doctor also has more on the “Dental Hygiene Visit.”