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By Summit Dental Group
March 27, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

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.


By Summit Dental Group
March 23, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  
DontWorryAboutDentalAmalgamItsSafeforTreatingCavities

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.

If you would like more information on updating your dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Summit Dental Group
March 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

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 dental crownschildren 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.


By Summit Dental Group
March 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
NBAPlayersInjuryPointsOutNeedforMouthguards

Basketball isn't a contact sport—right? Maybe once upon a time that was true… but today, not so much. Just ask New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. While scrambling for a loose ball in a recent game, Smith's mouth took a hit from an opposing player's elbow—and he came up missing a big part of his front tooth. It's a type of injury that has become common in this fast-paced game.

Research shows that when it comes to dental damage, basketball is a leader in the field. In fact, one study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) found that intercollegiate athletes who play basketball suffered a rate of dental injuries several times higher than those who played baseball, volleyball or track—even football!

Part of the problem is the nature of the game: With ten fast-moving players competing for space on a small court, collisions are bound to occur. Yet football requires even closer and more aggressive contact. Why don't football players suffer as many orofacial (mouth and face) injuries?

The answer is protective gear. While football players are generally required to wear helmets and mouth guards, hoopsters are not. And, with a few notable exceptions (like Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry), most don't—which is an unfortunate choice.

Yes, modern dentistry offers many different options for a great-looking, long lasting tooth restoration or replacement. Based on each individual's situation, it's certainly possible to restore a damaged tooth via cosmetic bonding, veneers, bridgework, crowns, or dental implants. But depending on what's needed, these treatments may involve considerable time and expense. It's better to prevent dental injuries before they happen—and the best way to do that is with a custom-made mouthguard.

Here at the dental office we can provide a high-quality mouthguard that's fabricated from an exact model of your mouth, so it fits perfectly. Custom-made mouthguards offer effective protection against injury and are the most comfortable to wear; that's vital, because if you don't wear a mouthguard, it's not helping. Those "off-the-rack" or "boil-and-bite" mouthguards just can't offer the same level of comfort and protection as one that's designed and made just for you.

Do mouthguards really work? The same JADA study mentioned above found that when basketball players were required to wear mouthguards, the injury rate was cut by more than half! So if you (or your children) love to play basketball—or baseball—or any sport where there's a danger of orofacial injury—a custom-made mouthguard is a good investment in your smile's future.

If you would like more information about custom-made athletic mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”


By Summit Dental Group
March 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: chipped tooth  
OneVisitMayBeAllYouNeedtoRestoreaChippedTooth

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.”