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By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
January 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Endodontics  

Thanks to endodontics, it's possible to save teeth that would have been lost due to inflammation or infection of the pulp. Endodontic techniques are used to perform root canals, one of the many oral health services and treatments offered by your Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Glen Marsack.

How endodontics can help you

A tooth consists of an inner core of soft pulp covered by hard dentin and enamel layers. Although the pulp is well-protected, it can become inflamed or infected due to:

  • Tooth Decay: If a cavity isn't treated promptly, the decay can eventually reach the pulp.
  • Multiple Dental Procedures: Pulp issues are more likely to occur if you've had several procedures on the same tooth.
  • Injuries: A blow to your tooth can damage the pulp.
  • A Crack or Chip: Cracks and chips, even small ones, create pathways that make it easier for bacteria to enter your tooth.

During a root canal, your dentist opens your tooth and removes the pulp from the center of the tooth and the tiny canals that extend from the top of the tooth to the roots. Once the pulp is removed he'll clean the tooth and shape the root canals using tiny files. He may also add antibiotics to the tooth before placing a temporary filling. Before your treatment begins, you'll receive a local anesthetic to ensure that you feel no pain.

In a week or two, you'll return to the dental office. If your tooth is healing well, you'll receive a permanent filling. You may also need a dental crown to protect and strengthen your treated tooth.

Signs that you may need a root canal

If you need a root canal, you may experience tooth pain, which can range from a mild ache to severe, throbbing pain. Obvious changes to your teeth and gums may also occur. The gum around your tooth may become red and puffy, or your tooth may become discolored.

Pain accompanied by a fever may be a sign that you have an abscess. The bacterial infection requires an emergency visit to the Waterford dental office to stop the spread of the bacteria throughout your body. Other abscess symptoms may include pus or a bump on your gum, facial swelling, and swollen lymph nodes.

Have you been suffering from tooth pain or other concerning symptoms? Call your dentist in Waterford, MI, Dr. Glen Marsack, at (247) 682-9331 to schedule your appointment.

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
December 15, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Although crowns and bridges are made of durable materials, they can still become damaged occasionally. Fortunately, your dentist in Waterford, MI, Dr. Glen Marsack can offer assistance if you have broken or damaged crowns or bridges.

How crowns and bridges can become damaged

The metal in a bridge may deteriorate over time, causing the restoration to crack or break. Damage may also occur to the pontics (artificial teeth in the bridge) or the crowns that support the bridge on either end. A piece of the bridge may chip or fall off after you receive a blow to the face or bite into a particularly hard type of food.

Crowns can also chip, break, or loosen due to blows, falls, chewing on hard foods, or using your teeth as tools to open packages. Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep may eventually crack, damage, or loosen crowns and bridges.

Tooth decay can be responsible for a change in the way a crown or bridge fits. If the tooth underneath a crown develops a cavity, your restoration may loosen. Other potential causes of a loose crown include eating sticky foods and issues with the dental cement used to hold the crown in place.

Repair options for broken, damaged, or loose restorations

Your dentist may be able to repair small chips in a crown or bridge by bonding composite resin on to the restoration. The tooth-colored material becomes as hard as tooth enamel when it's exposed to a curing light.

If you have a large break in a crown or a broken bridge, you may need a new restoration. During your visit to the Waterford dental office, your dentist can create a temporary crown or bridge that you'll wear until your new restoration is ready. He'll also take an impression of your mouth that will be used to make your new crown or bridge.

It may be possible to re-cement a crown or bridge that has fallen out but is undamaged. If a cavity has loosened your crown or bridge, the decay must first be treated. In this case, you'll probably need a new crown or bridge.

Are your crowns or bridges damaged? Call your Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Glen Marsack, at (248) 682-9331 to schedule an appointment.

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
July 07, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

If you have extensive tooth loss, consider dentures from Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI. Your dentist, Dr. Glen Marsack, has decades of experience in all phases of dental care, including tooth replacement. Here's what you should know about dentures.

Normalize your speech, eating, and facial appearance

Today's dentures are highly customizable and well-fitting. Whether you need a partial denture to replace a few teeth or a full denture to complete an arch, your Waterford Dentist can meet your oral health needs and smile aesthetics.

While nothing is quite like real teeth, modern prosthetics return much of the biting power and support for facial muscles lost to dental extraction. At a personalized denture consultation at Crescent Lake Dental office in Waterford, your dentist will examine your remaining teeth, take digital X-rays and oral impressions, and outline a treatment plan fit to your smile goals.

Types of dentures

Made from high-grade acrylic, dentures come in various types:

  • Partial dentures, one or more teeth mounted on a metal frame with clasps
  • Full conventional dentures, held in place with the mouth's suction and placed after extraction sites have healed completely
  • Immediate dentures, inserted right after extractions and having the advantage of a complete smile right away (usually immediate dentures need relining or replacement after a few months)
  • Implant-supported dentures, permanently secured to the jaw bone with four or more titanium dental implants which improve the health and quality of jaw bone and gums

All dentures last about ten years regardless of their type. Good daily hygiene and in-office care ensure your mouth stays healthy and that your prosthetic fits well and is in good condition. Your Waterford Dentist will show you the best way to clean your dentures.

It's your health

Prevention says that almost 70 percent of women who have started wearing dentures smile more than before they had them. The reason? These individuals were ashamed of their damaged smiles. Besides improving oral health and function, dentures can improve how you look, feel about yourself, and project positivity to those around you.

Ask us

Are dentures right for you? They may be. Your dentist at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford MI can tell you for sure. Dr. Glen Marsack has the skill and wisdom to repair your smile the right way. Call the office today for a consultation: (248) 682-9331.

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
July 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Periodontal Health  

Ignoring your periodontal health can have serious health consequences. When bacteria build up in your mouth, they quickly lead to infections that can destroy your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Bacterial plaque – the sticky stuff that clings to your teeth and gum line – is the main cause of periodontitis. Practicing good oral hygiene can prevent this. Dr. Glen Marsack is a dentist at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford MI. He is always happy to give his patients advice on how to best maintain their periodontal health. Contact the dentist Waterford office today!

Types of Periodontal Disease

If you neglect your periodontal health, you are at a much higher risk of contracting one or more of these types of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis: This condition causes inflamed gums and is the earliest stage of gum disease. You may not notice any symptoms initially, but if left untreated, gingivitis will lead to periodontitis.
  • Chronic periodontitis: Though there are other forms of periodontitis, this is the most common. Symptoms of this condition include inflammation and recession of the gums from the teeth, creating pockets that are prone to infection.
  • Aggressive periodontitis: This form of periodontitis can be localized or generalized.
  • Necrotizing periodontal disease: In this type of periodontal disease, the infection causes the death of cells in the gums and jawbone. This condition typically only affects people with a systematic condition, such as HIV infection or malnutrition.

As well as maintaining periodontal care at home, Dentist Waterford patients should schedule regular six-month appointments with Dr. Marsack so he can spot any dental issues immediately, while there is still plenty of time to treat them and minimize damage.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Waterford MI, you can contact Dr. Glen Marsack of Crescent Lake Dental at (248) 682-9331 to schedule an appointment. He can help you get the care you need.

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
April 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth replacement  

Roughly 75% of American adults are missing at least one tooth, mostly from disease, trauma or extraction for other dental reasons. A few missing teeth, though, never erupted in the first place.

It’s a rare occurrence, but sometimes people are born without certain teeth, usually back molars or premolars that may not be as visible. Occasionally, though, it’s the more visible upper lateral incisors positioned on either side of the central incisors (the two front teeth on either side of the midline of the face).

Missing incisors can lead to poor bites and create difficulties for speech development and nutrition. But these highly visible (or in this case, “invisible”) teeth can also detract from an otherwise attractive smile.

There are ways, however to correct a smile with missing lateral incisors. Here are 3 of those ways.

Canine substitution. We can fill the vacancy created by the missing incisors by orthodontically moving the canines (the “eyeteeth,” normally next to them) into the space. Braces can close the gap in a conservative way, while possibly correcting any existing bite problems. Because canines are larger than incisors, its often necessary to re-contour them and restore them with a crown, veneer or bonding material to look more natural.

Fixed bridge. A second way to fill the space is with a dental bridge. A bridge consists of a series of crowns fused together in a row. The middle crowns replace the missing teeth; the end crowns cap the natural teeth on either end of the gap, which establishes support for the bridge. Another variation is a cantilever bridge in which only one natural tooth is capped for support. With either type, though, the capped teeth will be permanently reduced in size to accommodate the crowns.

Dental implants. This popular restoration is also a favorite for correcting missing incisors. Implants provide a life-like and durable replacement for missing teeth, while not requiring any alterations to existing teeth as with a bridge. But they are more expensive than the other options, and they require adequate space between the adjacent teeth for insertion, as well as healthy bone for proper placement and anchorage. This is also an option that must wait until the jaw has fully matured in early adulthood.

If you would like more information on treating congenitally missing teeth, 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 “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow: Treatment Options for Congenitally Missing Lateral Incisors.”

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