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By David J. Campbell DDS
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”


By David J. Campbell DDS
December 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is the best way to prevent such oral health problems as tooth decay, gum disease, or tooth loss. Good oral hygieneoral hygiene habits include things like brushing and flossing daily, as well as visiting the dentist regularly. Maintaining good oral hygiene will keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. A dentist can help you develop an effective oral hygiene routine you can do at home. Dr. David Campbell is your dentist in White Lake, MI, for helping you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Creating an effective oral hygiene routine and sticking to it is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy mouth. In addition to the habits you incorporate at home, a good oral hygiene routine also includes visiting your White Lake dentist every six months for an oral exam and dental cleaning. At home, good oral hygiene habits include:

  • Brushing teeth twice daily
  • Brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Brushing with a toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Rinsing the mouth with a fluoride mouthwash
  • Flossing between teeth daily
  • Limiting sugary foods and beverages in your diet
  • Stopping or avoiding smoking
  • Applying sealants on children’s teeth

Proper Brushing

Brushing the teeth is one of the most critical components of a good oral hygiene routine. Brushing helps clear away gum disease and cavity causing bacteria. For best results, though, it is important to be thorough when brushing. Hasty or sloppy brushing can leave behind bacteria and food particles. To brush properly, all sides of a tooth should be brushed, not just the front or top. Additionally, all surface areas inside the mouth should be brushed, including the gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth.

By keeping good oral hygiene habits, you’ll develop healthier teeth and gums. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits, you can avoid developing oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. To schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Campbell, your White Lake, MI, dentist, call the office at (248) 887-8387.


CompositeResinCouldTransformYourToothsAppearanceinJustoneVisit

You’ve suddenly noticed one of your teeth looks and feels uneven, and it may even appear chipped. To make matters worse it’s right in front in the “smile zone” — when you smile, everyone else will notice it too. You want to have it repaired.

So, what will it be — a porcelain veneer or crown? Maybe neither: after examining it, your dentist may recommend another option you might even be able to undergo that very day — and walk out with a restored tooth.

This technique uses dental materials called composite resins.  These are blends of materials that can mimic the color and texture of tooth structure while also possessing the necessary strength to endure forces generated by biting and chewing. A good part of that strength comes from the way we’re able to bond the material to both the tooth’s outer enamel and underlying dentin, which together make up the main body of tooth structure. In skilled, artistic hands composite resins can be used effectively in a number of situations to restore a tooth to normal appearance.

While veneers or crowns also produce excellent results in this regard, they require a fair amount of tooth alteration to accommodate them. Your dentist will also need an outside dental laboratory to fabricate them, a procedure that could take several weeks. In contrast, a composite resin restoration usually requires much less tooth preparation and can be performed in the dental office in just one visit.

Composite resins won’t work in every situation — the better approach could in fact be a veneer or crown. But for slight chips or other minor defects, composite resin could transform your tooth’s appearance dramatically.

To see if composite resin is a viable restoration option for your tooth, visit your dentist for a complete dental examination. It’s quite possible you’ll leave with a more attractive tooth and a more confident smile.

If you would like more information on restorations using composite resins, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”