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If you're missing a natural tooth, you may be wondering about dental implants to replace them. Dr. Eric Eby, your dentist in Okemos, Michigan, highly recommends dental implants to his patients who are ready to renew their smile. Here are just a few of the reasons why dental implants are the preferred method for replacing missing teeth for both dentists and patients alike!
Permanent and protective
Unlike removable and semi-permanent restorations, dental implants stay put thanks to the post that integrates with the natural growth process of the jawbone. After your Okemos dentist places the post, it only takes a few days before the gum tissue surrounding the top of the post heals. However, beneath the surface, the jawbone is growing back around the post, replicating the way a natural tooth's roots work. This not only makes the dental implant secure, but it also prevents your natural teeth from sensing the loss of their "neighbor" and shifting out of place.
Although other dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures are helpful, they have their drawbacks. Dentures must be removed frequently for cleaning and storage at night, and crowns and bridges typically need replacement every five to ten years. Dental implants from your Okemos dentist, however, never need removal; they're cleaned just like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. The permanent design that we discussed above also ensures that, with proper care, your dental implant will not need to be refitted, reattached or otherwise adjusted, at least for many years to come.
Dental implants are a great solution for many people, but a consultation with Dr. Eby is necessary to determine if they're right for you. The first step is to call Eby Dental Care in Okemos, Michigan to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you smile more comfortably and confidently!
While the sport of golf may not look too dangerous from the sidelines, players know it can sometimes lead to mishaps. There are accidents involving golf carts and clubs, painful muscle and back injuries, and even the threat of lightning strikes on the greens. Yet it wasn’t any of these things that caused professional golfer Danielle Kang’s broken tooth on the opening day of the LPGA Singapore tournament.
“I was eating and it broke,” explained Kang. “My dentist told me, I've chipped another one before, and he said, you don't break it at that moment. It's been broken and it just chips off.” Fortunately, the winner of the 2017 Women’s PGA championship got immediate dental treatment, and went right back on the course to play a solid round, shooting 68.
Kang’s unlucky “chip shot” is far from a rare occurrence. In fact, chipped, fractured and broken teeth are among the most common dental injuries. The cause can be crunching too hard on a piece of ice or hard candy, a sudden accident or a blow to the face, or a tooth that’s weakened by decay or repetitive stress from a habit like nail biting. Feeling a broken tooth in your mouth can cause surprise and worry—but luckily, dentists have many ways of restoring the tooth’s appearance and function.
Exactly how a broken tooth is treated depends on how much of its structure is missing, and whether the soft tissue deep inside of it has been compromised. When a fracture exposes the tooth’s soft pulp it can easily become infected, which may lead to serious problems. In this situation, a root canal or extraction will likely be needed. This involves carefully removing the infected pulp tissue and disinfecting and sealing the “canals” (hollow spaces inside the tooth) to prevent further infection. The tooth can then be restored, often with a crown (cap) to replace the entire visible part. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted (removed).
For less serious chips, dental veneers may be an option. Made of durable and lifelike porcelain, veneers are translucent shells that go over the front surfaces of teeth. They can cover minor to moderate chips and cracks, and even correct size and spacing irregularities and discoloration. Veneers can be custom-made in a dental laboratory from a model of your teeth, and are cemented to teeth for a long-lasting and natural-looking restoration.
Minor chips can often be remedied via dental bonding. Here, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to the surfaces being restored. The resin is shaped to fill in the missing structure and hardened by a special light. While not as long-lasting as other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can often be completed in just one office visit.
If you have questions about restoring chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin.”
Think you're too old to have your teeth straightened? While we automatically pair “teenager” with “braces,” at least one in five orthodontic patients are adults. And there's many more that could benefit, as many as three-quarters of adults with a correctable bite problem.
But although orthodontics can be performed at any age, it's not a minor undertaking. It will require time, patience and expense. So, before you decide to undergo orthodontics, here are 3 simple questions to ask first.
Why? Like children and teenagers, adults can benefit cosmetically from correcting a poor bite. But there's another great reason besides a more attractive smile: misaligned teeth are more difficult to care for than normal teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an investment and potential cost-saver in your future dental health.
Why not? Even senior adults can successfully undergo treatment. But braces might be ill-advised if you have either poor oral or general health. Periodontal (gum) disease, for example, can cause bone loss, which makes it difficult to safely and successfully move teeth (and the effort could worsen current disease activity in the gums). Medical conditions like bleeding disorders, leukemia or uncontrollable diabetes could interfere as well. You'll need both a dental and medical examination beforehand.
How? We can use braces — or we might be able to use a newer, more popular option with adults called clear aligners. These are a series of computer-designed clear, plastic trays you wear in sequence until you finish the series. Each tray is slightly smaller than the previous tray, moving the teeth in much the same manner as braces. But unlike braces, you can remove aligners for cleaning or a rare special occasion — and they're much less noticeable than metal braces. Although in some cases braces may still be the best option, it's also possible clear aligners could be the option you've been looking for.
So, are you ready for a new smile and a more maintainable mouth? Visit us for the answers to your questions and see if braces (or clear aligners) can transform your life and health.
If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment for adults, 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.”
Multi-platinum recording artist Janet Jackson has long been known for her dazzling smile. And yet, Jackson admitted to InStyle Magazine that her trademark smile was once a major source of insecurity. The entertainer said, “To me, I looked like the Joker!” It was only after age 30 that the pop icon came to accept her unique look.
Jackson is not alone. A study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than one third of U.S. adults are dissatisfied with their smile. But there’s good news—modern dentistry can correct many flaws that can keep you from loving your smile, whether you’re unhappy with the color, size, or shape of your teeth. Here are some popular treatments:
Professional teeth whitening: Sometimes a professional teeth whitening will give you the boost you need. In-office whitening can dramatically brighten your smile in just one visit.
Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings.
Dental bonding: If you have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic bonding may be the fix you’re looking for. In this procedure, tooth colored material is applied to the tooth’s surface, sculpted into the desired shape, hardened with a special light, and polished for a smooth finish.
Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to many dental problems. These very thin shells fit over your teeth, essentially replacing your tooth enamel to give you the smile you desire.
Replacement teeth: Is a missing tooth affecting your self-confidence? There are several options for replacing missing teeth, from a removable partial denture to a traditional fixed bridge to a state-of-the-art implant-supported replacement tooth. Removable partial dentures are an inexpensive way to replace one or more missing teeth, but they are less stable than non-removable options. Dental bridges, as the name implies, span the gap where a tooth is missing by attaching an artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the space. In this procedure, the teeth on both sides of the gap must be filed down in order to support the bridgework. Dental implants, considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology, anchor long-lasting, lifelike replacements that function like natural teeth.
After coming to embrace her smile, Jackson asserted, “Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors." If you don’t feel that your smile expresses the beauty you have inside, call our office to schedule a consultation. It’s possible to love your smile. We can help.
For more information, read Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
When imagining a dental checkup, oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease tend to get most of the public's attention, but regular oral cancer screenings are also an important part of your oral and general health routine. According to statistics, over 49,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. It is the most common type of head and neck cancer and is responsible for over 9,000 deaths per year due to the fact that is frequently diagnosed at more advanced stages. Accordingly, routine oral cancer screenings are recommended as part of a preventive dental care plan and are available from the Okemos, MI office of Dr. Eric Eby.
Oral Cancer Screenings in Okemos, MI
During a routine dental exam, the dentist can also screen for oral cancer. Like many forms of cancer, oral cancers are most treatable when they are caught as early as possible. The five-year survival rate for oral cancer is roughly 6 out of 10 patients, due to the fact that it usually goes undetected until it has reached a more advanced stage. When diagnosed and treated early, however, the survival rate typically jumps to around 80%.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends scheduling a checkup and professional dental cleaning every six months, at which point the dentist will also examine your tongue, lips, gums, and the inside of your cheeks for signs of abnormalities such as sores, lesions, or abnormal changes to the tissue. If any suspicious tissue or growths are detected, the dentist may order a biopsy, where a sample of cells are removed and sent to the lab for testing.
You should also get in the habit of routinely checking for any changes or sores that do not heal on their own. Oral cancer is relatively rare and more common in people over the age of 40 with other risk factors, but it can affect people of all ages and backgrounds.
Find a Dentist in Okemos, MI
To learn more about the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment options for oral cancer, contact our Okemos, MI office today by calling (517) 349-9860 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eby.