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Get a straighter, whiter, and more perfect smile with porcelain veneers from our Waterford office
How often do you notice people’s smiles? Probably quite a bit, especially if you are a bit self-conscious about the look of your own set of teeth. Fortunately, if you'd like to improve your appearance, our Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Steven Rollins, has a cosmetic dentistry option for you: porcelain veneers.
So what is a veneer?
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded permanently to the front of your smile to cover flaws and to improve the overall shape, size, and appearance of one or more teeth. Most people turn to veneers to enhance their entire smile, but you may also choose to receive veneers for a few teeth or even one cosmetically flawed tooth. This cosmetic dentistry is fully customized to your needs.
Could you benefit from veneers?
In order to receive veneers that will meet your cosmetic needs, we will first need to take impressions of your teeth. This ensures that your restorations offer a natural, perfect fit. Since veneers cover the entire outer surface of your teeth, this means that we have the ability to completely modify the alignment, shape, and color. Dental veneers can easily address:
- Minor overlapping or crowding
- Gaps between teeth
- Slight crookedness
- Discolored teeth
- Chips and cracks
- Oddly shaped or extremely worn-down teeth
- “Gummy smiles”
What are the advantages of dental veneers?
Yes, there are a variety of different ways to improve your smile and our dental team is happy to sit down with you to determine whether veneers are the right fit. Some of the benefits associated with veneers include:
- Veneers are extremely durable, which means they can last up to 15 years or longer before needing to be replaced
- Veneers are made from porcelain, which is stain resistant
- These restorations could reduce tooth sensitivity, particularly teeth that are sensitive due to excessive wear
- Veneers can provide teeth with any additional layer of support and strength
- Giving adults straighter smiles without having to wear braces
- Cosmetic dentistry that provides amazing results in just a couple of visits
- Minimal tooth preparation and no anesthesia
Interested? Give us a call
Are you interested in receiving dental veneers? Ready to find out if you are the ideal candidate for veneers? If so, call Summit Dental Group in Waterford, MI, today at (248) 681-3600 to schedule your consultation.
Dental amalgam—also known as “silver fillings”—has been used for nearly a hundred years to treat cavities. There are several reasons why this mixture of metals has been the go-to material among dentists: Malleable when first applied, dental amalgam sets up into a durable dental filling that can take years of biting forces. What’s more, it’s stable and compatible with living tissue.
But there’s been growing concern in recent years about the safety of dental amalgam, with even some wondering if they should have existing fillings replaced. The reason: liquid mercury.
Mercury makes up a good portion of dental amalgam’s base mixture, to which other metals like silver, tin or copper are added to it in powder form. This forms a putty that can be easily worked into a prepared cavity. And despite the heightened awareness of the metal’s toxicity to humans, it’s still used in dental amalgam.
The reason why is that there are various forms of mercury and not all are toxic. The form making headlines is known as methylmercury, a compound created when mercury from the environment fuses with organic molecules. The compound builds up in the living tissues of animals, particularly large ocean fish, which have accumulated high concentrations passed up through their food chain.
That’s not what’s used in dental amalgam. Dentists instead use a non-toxic, elemental form of mercury that when set up becomes locked within the amalgam and cannot leach out. Based on various studies, treating cavities with it poses no health risks to humans.
This also means there’s no medical reason for having an existing silver fillings removed. Doing so, though, could cause more harm than good because it could further weaken the remaining tooth structure.
The most viable reason for not getting a dental amalgam filling is cosmetic: The metallic appearance of amalgam could detract from your smile. There are newer, more life-like filling options available. Your dentist, though, may still recommend dental amalgam for its strength and compatibility, especially for back teeth. It’s entirely safe to accept this recommendation.
Learn more about dental crowns and how they can fix broken and weak teeth.
Our dentist, Dr. Steven Rollins, is proud to offer family dentistry services to the Waterford, MI area which means that everyone from children to seniors can receive dental crowns to improve the health and longevity of their smile. Read on to learn how this simple dental procedure plays a major part in improving the health of your smile.
Why Dental Crowns are Placed
A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits over a tooth to surround and protect it. They are generally placed when a tooth may be too weak or damaged to be able to function fully on its own. Even though enamel is the hardest substance in your body, issues such as severe decay, infection, and traumatic injury can cause enough damage to a tooth that it will require a dental crown. As part of our family dentistry services in Waterford, our office offers crowns to improve teeth that are:
- Weakened by decay or injury
- Broken or cracked
- Infected and requiring root canal treatment
- Severely malformed, misshapen, or discolored
Crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth. For example, a crown is usually placed over a dental implant to replace a single tooth while two crowns are placed over teeth to anchor a dental bridge into place with a separate “dummy” crown in the middle to fill in the space.
How I Could Benefit from a Crown
If you are dealing with a broken or damaged tooth, it is important that you see your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. If you are also experiencing the warning signs of an infected dental pulp, this is another reason to visit the dentist right away. By turning to us for care when you need it, we can make the treatment process simple. Along with the restorative benefits of a crown, this restoration can also hide different defects or flaws in a tooth to enhance the overall appearance of your smile.
Need Dental Care? Give Us a Call
Whether you have questions about our family dentistry services or if you’re dealing with a dental emergency, Summit Dental Group in Waterford, MI, is here to help. Call us at (248) 681-3600 to schedule your next appointment or consultation.
As tough as teeth are, life can take its toll on them and sometimes lead to parts of them chipping off. Although it might not affect a tooth's overall health, it can certainly downgrade its appearance.
But we can restore a chipped tooth like new, and it may not require extensive dental work. Thanks to a versatile dental material called composite resin, we can often bring back a tooth's natural appearance in just one visit.
Tooth-colored resins have been around for decades, but their application has been limited due to issues with durability. Recently developed bonding techniques, though, have made them a workable option for restoring mild to moderate tooth defects.
We do this by applying and bonding the composite resin to a tooth to “fill in” the missing portion. While it's often a short process, it does require a thorough understanding of tooth anatomy, function and aesthetics.
We begin with a comprehensive exam to assess the true condition of a chipped tooth. Some dental defects might be better served with a porcelain restoration like a veneer or crown for best results. Still, there are a wide range of defects for which composite resins is a solid repair choice.
Once we've determined bonding is appropriate, we prepare the tooth by first roughening its outer surface and then etching it with an acid solution to increase bonding strength. We then apply a luting agent, a kind of dental cement, also to aid with bonding.
We then begin applying the composite resin in liquid form, one layer at a time. This layering process helps simulate the color depth and shape of the tooth, and to further incorporate strength into the restoration. We're also careful at this point to match the variations of color with those of the surrounding teeth so that it looks as natural as possible.
As we finish each layer, we apply a curing light to harden the resin. We can then polish the finished product and make adjustments for the bite. The end result is a tooth that not only looks whole, but natural and blended with the rest of your teeth. Bonding could truly change your smile in just one visit.
If you would like more information on cosmetic dental restorations, 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.”
The long-running hit show Dancing with the Stars has had its share of memorable moments, including a wedding proposal, a wardrobe malfunction, and lots of sharp dance moves. But just recently, one DWTS contestant had the bad luck of taking an elbow to the mouth on two separate occasions—one of which resulted in some serious dental damage.
Nationally syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones received the accidental blows while practicing with his partner, professional dancer Sharna Burgess. “I got hit really hard,” he said. “There was blood and a tooth. [My partner] was doing what she was supposed to do, and my face was not doing what it was supposed to do.”
Accidents like this can happen at any time—especially when people take part in activities where there’s a risk of dental trauma. Fortunately, dentists have many ways to treat oral injuries and restore damaged teeth. How do we do it?
It all depends on how much of the tooth is missing, whether the damage extends to the soft tissue in the tooth’s pulp, and whether the tooth’s roots are intact. If the roots are broken or seriously damaged, the tooth may need to be extracted (removed). It can then generally be replaced with a dental bridge or a state-of-the-art dental implant.
If the roots are healthy but the pulp is exposed, the tooth may become infected—a painful and potentially serious condition. A root canal is needed. In this procedure, the infected pulp tissue is removed and the “canals” (hollow spaces deep inside the tooth) are disinfected and sealed up. The tooth is then restored: A crown (cap) is generally used to replace the visible part above the gum line. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.
For moderate cracks and chips, dental veneers may be an option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells made of translucent material that go over the front surfaces of teeth. Custom-made from a model of your smile, veneers are securely cemented on to give you a restoration that looks natural and lasts for a long time.
It’s often possible to fix minor chips with dental bonding—and this type of restoration can frequently be done in just one office visit. In this procedure, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to fill in the parts of the tooth that are missing, and then hardened by a special light. While it may not be as long-lasting as some other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can produce good results.
If you would like more information about emergency dental treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor articles “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries” and “Knocked Out Tooth.”