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By David J. Campbell DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You’ve lived most of your life with crooked teeth and an imperfect smile. You feel you should have done something about it years ago, but now you’re approaching your golden years — what would be the point?

Here’s the point: there’s a growing trend of older adults undergoing orthodontic treatment. People are discovering the life-changing benefits of straightening their teeth — even if they’re no longer teenagers.

So, what’s really holding you back?

I’m too old to have my teeth straightened. Not true — teeth can be straightened at any age, not just during childhood or adolescence. If anything would prevent orthodontic treatment it would be the state of your oral and general health, not your age. Your teeth’s supporting bone must be reasonably sound and healthy; likewise, systemic problems like bleeding disorders, leukemia and uncontrolled diabetes can make orthodontics difficult. But if you and your mouth are reasonably healthy, you can have your teeth straightened.

It’s too much to spend just to look better. Yes, orthodontic treatment can transform your smile — but it can also improve your oral health. Misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean, increasing the risks for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease; they also don’t work well together so chewing is more difficult. By correcting your bite, you can reduce your chances of dental disease and improve overall mouth function.

I’d look silly at my age in braces. Self-consciousness about wearing these traditional appliances is common at any age. It’s understandable — the glint of metal is the first thing people see when you smile. But there’s a good chance you may be able to wear an alternative appliance that’s barely noticeable: clear aligners. These are a series of removable, clear plastic trays that you wear in sequence to gradually move your teeth. Not only are they less noticeable than braces, you can take them out for special occasions.

Don’t let these or other excuses keep you from a more attractive smile and healthy mouth. Visit your dentist for an examination to see if orthodontics can work for you.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile through orthodontics, 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 “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By David J. Campbell DDS
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your fence were missing a picket or a rail, wouldn't you replace it? Of course, you would because, after all, the fence wouldn't look right dental implantsor do its job if it had gaps. The same goes for your smile. If the unfortunate occurs and you lose one or more teeth to decay, accident or gum disease, fill the gaps with today's best tooth replacement option--dental implants from White Lake, MI, dentist, Dr. David Campbell. They're stable, life-like and last for years.

The typical dental implant

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that half a million dental implants are placed annually in the United States. So this innovative prosthetic is increasing in popularity and in application, too, as dentists install single-tooth implants and anchor multi-tooth bridges and even dentures with these titanium wonders.

Yes, that's right titanium. The typical dental implant contains a bone-loving, natural metal called titanium, a frequently-used component of orthopedic joint replacements for the knee and hip. Human bone adheres to titanium through a process known as osseointegration, making this strong, but light, metal well-adapted to residing in the jaw bone of a teen or adult with tooth loss.

Looking at a diagram of a single-tooth implant, you would see the titanium screw (this is surgically placed below the gum line), a metal abutment (above the gum line) and a custom-crafted porcelain crown bonded to the abutment. With bridgework or dentures, several dental implants in White Lake support the prosthetic. For instance, All-on-4 is a common way to anchor full dentures.

The implant procedure

Dr. Campbell performs a comprehensive oral examination on prospective implant patients to make sure they have a jaw bone strong enough to support the device. Also, he looks for complete oral health.

If all is well, he installs the implant device in one short visit. He numbs the area around the empty socket, opens the gums and then drills a hole into the bone itself. He inserts the titanium device and closes the area with a few sutures. The patient goes home to heal. Healing and integration take several weeks, but with it, the doctor knows the implant can handle the substantial pressures associated with chewing and biting.

When the patient returns, Dr. Campbell examines and X-rays the site and bonds the abutment and crown in place. With minor adjustments for bite, the dental implant treatment is complete.

Implant care

If you're used to brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, you're all set because that's how you routinely care for dental implants. While implants don't decay, they can develop peri-implantitis, an infection resembling gum disease. This destructive condition is really the only thing that threatens implant success. In fact, with at-home and in-office care, implants succeed up to 98 percent of the time, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Find out more

You can replace your missing teeth. Learn if dental implants are right for you by contacting Dr. David Campbell today for a consultation in White Lake, MI: (248) 887-8387.

By David J. Campbell DDS
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”