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By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You have numerous failing teeth, and you want to improve your appearance and oral function. That's a great goal and at Crescent Lake denturesDental, Dr. Glen Marsack, and his dedicated team help many patients just like you achieve their best smiles with custom-crafted dentures in Waterford. Count on their experience and compassion to give you dentures that help you speak, chew, bite and look as Nature intended.

Tooth loss and its impact

Tooth loss affects millions of Americans. in fact, 36 million people in the United States have no teeth at all, says the American College of Prosthodontists, and many more are missing at least one tooth.

Besides the obvious problems of oral function, facial appearance changes dramatically because of reduced bite height (giving the face a collapsed look) and increased skin wrinkling. Bite changes as gum tissue and jaw bone density deteriorate, and teeth surrounding a smile gap weaken as they move toward the empty sockets.

What you can do

Come to Crescent Lake Dental for a denture consultation. Today's prosthetic teeth are made from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic that looks very real and exhibits excellent durability when cared for properly. Dr. Marsack helps his patients determine which type of denture is best for their needs and preferences.

After a complete examination and X-rays, he takes oral impressions so the dental lab may precisely construct your prosthetic. Whether you opt for conventional dentures or implant-supported dentures in Waterford, Dr. Marsack and his team will ensure you're completely satisfied with the fit, feel, appearance and function of your new teeth.

Types of dentures in Waterford

At Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Marsack offers several denture options. They include:

  • Partial dentures made from acrylic and mounted on a metal frame. This prosthetic replaces one or more teeth and is anchored by clasps which attach to remaining natural teeth.
  • Full conventional dentures are held in place by the mouth's suction. The dentist places them after extraction sites have healed, ensuring a snug fit.
  • Full immediate dentures are placed right after extraction, allowing a patient to have a complete smile right away. However, these dentures must be relined or replaced after the bone and gums heal.
  • Implant-supported dentures are anchored by multiple dental implants, titanium devices inserted into the jaw bone for optimal security and retention of gum tissue and bone. This choice guarantees no denture slippage and no need for refitting or denture adhesives.

Could dentures help you?

Find out through a friendly consultation at Crescent Lake Dental. Please contact the office for a convenient appointment with Dr. Marsack. Phone (248) 682-9331.

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
September 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss really is devastating. It compromises facial appearance, speech and the ability to enjoy your favorite foods. Fortunately, your dental implantsdentist Dr. Glen Marsack in Waterford offers the perfect solution to this problem which affects millions of American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What's the solution? It's the dental implant, a natural-looking and functioning prosthetic which closely mimics real teeth. You, too, may be able to enjoy the many advantages dental implants offer.

Just what is a dental implant?

A dental implant replaces an entire missing tooth from root to crown. Typically, an implant has three parts:

  1. a titanium screw or cylinder which the Waterford dentist inserts into the jawbone
  2. a metal alloy post which extends above the gum line
  3. a realistic porcelain crown which provides a natural look, feel and bite

Multiple implants can be used to support dentures. These devices anchor full or partial dentures and eliminate the slippage and bone recession which occurs with even the best of conventional dentures or bridges.

What's the procedure like?

Regarding the surgery, it happens in a few stages. In the first stage, we refer you to an oral surgeon that places the implant and closes the site with sutures.

After several weeks or months of healing where the implant and jawbone integrate, the patient returns to Crescent Lake Dental for placement of the dental crown, and the implant is finished.

To care for the implant, the patient brushes twice a day and flosses daily to keep the site free of plaque and tartar. Six-month cleanings and check-ups are critical, too.

Why are dental implants so stable?

Just think of building a wooden picket fence. If the posts simply rest on the ground, the pickets are unstable, and the ground around the posts washes away.

Tooth replacements are similar. Conventional solutions only rest on the gums. So, bone and soft tissue recede, and dentures move. With dental implants, however, bone structure improves through a natural process called osseointegration.

So the implant site heals, the jaw adheres to the device, and over time, the bone strengthens. As such, dental implants stay put and boast a success rate of 97 percent according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Can you qualify?

Most healthy adults make excellent implant candidates. To be sure your bone is strong enough to accept an implant, Dr. Marsack does a complete oral examination and takes X-rays. If the bone is weak, a bone grafting procedure may be needed to augment and strengthen the area of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.

Discover more

Come to Crescent Lake Dental for an implant consultation with Dr. Marsack. He'll explain the benefits of implants and answer your questions. Call today for an appointment: (248) 682-9331.

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Small cavities in the teeth, caused by plaque buildup, can easily be filled by your dentist in Waterford, MI. Larger decay or damage, dental crownshowever, calls for a more substantial restoration that will not only eliminate the problem but protect the rest of the natural tooth in the process. That's why Dr. Glen Marsack offers dental crowns to his patients at Crescent Lake Dental. You can more about these strong and long-lasting dental restorations here.

What is a crown?

Crowns are sometimes called caps, and that name helps to explain their function: they cover up a damaged tooth and seal it off from any further problems. Crowns made by your Waterford dentist can be metal, porcelain or a combination of materials depending on your need and the extent of the damage. Crowns are hollow in the center so they can fit snugly around a tooth that has sustained too much decay or damage to allow for a filling.

How can a crown help me?

In the past, teeth with severe damage were extracted, or pulled, as a means of fixing the issue. As dental research and technology advanced, it was found that keeping the roots of the teeth intact gave the jawbone the proper support it needed and fewer complications happened as a result. Crowns, therefore, are a way that your Waterford dentist keeps natural roots in place while addressing the damage above the gum line. Crowns allow for easier chewing and more confident smiling, as visible teeth are typically crowned with realistic-looking porcelain.

How long does a crown last?

The lifespan of a crown depends largely on the dental health of the wearer. Most patients can expect a crown to last about a decade before refitting or replacement is needed, but each patient is different. Your Waterford dentist will discuss the proper care of all dental procedures with you.

If you'd like to learn more bout crowns, we have the information you need! Contact Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, and ask to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marsack today!

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
February 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have missing teeth, you may feel as though your smile is beyond repair. However, with dentures, you can rejuvenate your look, denturesgiving yourself the ability to easily eat the foods you love and feel confident about your smile. Learn more about dentures and what they can do for your smile with Dr. Glen Marsack at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI. 

Are dentures right for me? 
Dentures work well for patients who are missing most or all of their natural teeth or require extraction of their natural teeth. Patients considering dentures should understand that a strong at-home oral care routine is required to keep their oral tissues, remaining natural teeth, and dentures themselves healthy and clean. Candidates should also be in good oral health and have adequate bone and tissue volume to support the denture within the mouth.

What kinds of dentures can I choose from? 
Patients who experience the loss of all of the teeth on an arch benefit best from full dentures. If the patient has one or more remaining healthy natural teeth, partial dentures are their best bet. These dentures fit over the healthy teeth, providing them with the stimulation they require to remain healthy and securing the denture in place. Dentists recommend immediate dentures when patients require the extraction of their natural teeth. Immediate dentures act as a kind of band-aid for the fresh extraction sites and patients can wear their new dentures right out of their extraction appointment. Implant-supported dentures use dental implants surgically placed into the arch of the mouth to hold the denture in place. This process, while longer and more complex than a simple traditional denture, is permanent and keeps the denture inside of the mouth at all times rather than requiring the patient to remove and soak it.

Dentures in Waterford, MI 
If you think you can benefit from dentures, you should consult with your dentist to fully understand the process and what it requires from you. For more information on dentures or how they can transform your smile, please contact Dr. Glen Marsack at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI. Call (248) 682-9331 to schedule your consultation for dentures today!

By Crescent Lake Dental-Glen J Marsack
November 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you wondered how dental implants can replace missing teeth? Find out now!

It’s important that you understand everything there is to know about tooth loss replacements before you actually choose the one that is dental implantsright for you. Dental implants have been restoring countless smiles and could also do the same for you. Of course, our Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Glen Marsack, is here to provide you with more information about what getting dental implants entails.

Implants are a great way to replace one or several missing teeth. For a single missing tooth, our Waterford, MI, general dentist will place the implant into the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure. While we give your mouth time to heal from this procedure, an amazing phenomenon will also happen: The implant will naturally start to attach to the bone and tissue in your mouth and create a permanent foundation from which to support a dental restoration.

Once the implant and the bone have completely fused together we will need to open up the gums again in order to place another piece onto the top of the implant. This piece is known as an abutment and it’s designed to link the implant with the dental restoration. After a few more weeks of healing, we will then secure the custom dental crown over the abutment.

Getting a dental implant is a more extensive process than getting dentures or bridges, but no other restoration resembles the look and function of a natural tooth as much as an implant does. It takes several months to complete the implant process from beginning to end.

Do dental implants sound like the restoration you’ve been looking for? If so, the next step is to find out if it’s right for you. Call Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, to schedule your initial consultation. Get one step closer to the smile you want to have.