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.
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.
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.
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.”
What do dentures, retainers and nightguards have in common? Along with orthodontic aligners and athletic mouthguards, they’re all types of removable dental appliances. They also share another commonality: each one depends on the wearer caring for it to ensure its longevity.
The most important thing you can do for your appliance is to clean it regularly. Don’t use toothpaste, though, even with dentures: while your natural tooth enamel can handle the abrasive particles in toothpaste, your appliance’s materials may not. Toothpaste can create tiny scratches that can harbor disease-causing bacteria. Instead, use liquid dish detergent or hand soap with warm water.
Although boiling water may disinfect your appliance, it’s not advisable to use. Even hot water can distort plastic components and warp the appliance’s fit in your mouth. Likewise, don’t use bleach, which can fade the plastic color used to resemble gum tissue and break down the material’s composition. When you clean your appliance, use a brush — but not the one you use for your natural teeth. Use a soft toothbrush, a nail brush or a specialized brush for appliances like dentures.
You should also protect your appliance from damage. Some appliances like dentures have parts that can break if they’re dropped on a hard surface — like the porcelain in your sink. To prevent this, place a towel in the sink to cushion the appliance if it accidentally slips from your hand during cleaning. And when the appliance isn’t in your mouth, don’t keep it on a low table or night stand where small children or pets can easily get their hands (or paws) on it.
And one more thing: don’t wear your denture appliance around the clock — take it out, for instance, while you sleep. Leaving dentures in interferes with the acid-neutralizing and antibacterial function of your mouth’s saliva, which could increase your risk of disease (and bad breath).
Appliances can be an expensive investment in your dental health. By following these guidelines you’ll help protect that investment for years to come.
If you would like more information on caring for your dental appliance, 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 “10 Tips for Cleaning Your Oral Appliance.”
Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.
“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”
With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.
But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.
For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.
For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!
Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.
Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.
If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
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