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By Rochester Dental
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: family dentist  

Have you made the switch to a family dentist? Selecting one dentist for your entire family can save you time and help you improve yourfamily dentist oral health. Troy, MI, family dentists Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey provide a variety of services you and your family need for healthy smiles.

Family dentists offer the ultimate in convenience

Are you the unofficial chauffeur for your family? If you're the designated driver for dental appointments, you may spend more time than you prefer ferrying your children, parents or other family members to appointments. When everyone sees a different dentist, you'll spend more money on gas, put more miles on your car and quickly deplete your paid time off at work.

Luckily, you can simplify your life by selecting a family dentist. Multiple trips for checkups and cleanings will no longer be needed when the entire family visits the same Troy dentist. In fact, you can even schedule a group checkup to make your life easier.

Family dentists offer important advantages

Family dentists treat oral health problems and conditions that affect the entire family, from toddlers to senior citizens. They're just as skilled at diagnosing a developmental issue in your 7-year-old as they are helping your mother find an effective tooth restoration option.

Some kids love visiting the dentist the first time they step into the office. Others are more reluctant and may find the experience a little frightening. Family dentists and their staff know how to put young patients at ease and make dental appointments a pleasant experience. The positive relationships they forge with your children will help ensure that your kids feel comfortable during their appointments, whether they're visiting for a filling or a checkup.

Your family dentist doesn't just treat cavities but also offers a variety of treatments and services that protect your oral health and enhance your smile, such as:

  • Crowns to restore and protect damaged teeth or improve their appearance
  • Bridges, dentures and dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Bonding to repair damage or conceal imperfections
  • Veneers to hide flaws, cover gaps or change the shape or length of teeth
  • Invisalign, clear removable braces for adults and teenagers
  • Sealants to protect your children from developing cavities in pre-molar and molars

Protect your family's smiles with regular visits to your family dentist. Call Troy, MI, dentists Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey at (248) 528-0700 to schedule an appointment.

By Rochester Dental
August 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sealants  

Would you like to decrease your child's risk of cavities? Sealants offer a simple way to prevent tooth decay. Your Troy, MI, dentists Dr.sealants William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey help children and adults maintain good dental health with a variety of dental services.

Why are sealants needed?

Molars and pre-molars, the large teeth at the back of your mouth, are instrumental in chewing. Grooves and pits in the surface of these teeth make it easier to tear, crush and grind food. Unfortunately, the tiny pits also provide the perfect place for cavity-causing plaque to flourish. You can easily remove plaque from most tooth surfaces by brushing, but the pits in molars are pre-molars aren't easily reached by your toothbrush bristles.

Sealants help your children avoid cavities in these teeth by covering the pits and grooves with a protective layer of plastic resin. Your children can still chew normally once sealants are added.

When are sealants recommended?

Sealants are applied to your child's teeth after his or her permanent molars and pre-molars appear. The newly erupted teeth are fragile and more susceptible to decay. Adding sealants helps your child avoid cavities in these teeth.

What happens when my child receives sealants?

Sealants are applied after your child receives a dental cleaning. An etching solution is applied to the teeth to help the sealants adhere to the teeth. The liquid sealants are then applied with a small brush and hardened with a curing light. The entire process only takes a few minutes and is pain-free.

How long do sealants last?

Sealants can last up to a year or more. If your child grinds his or her teeth, the sealants may need to be replaced sooner. Your Troy dentist will check the sealants at every checkup and recommend replacement if needed.

Help your son or daughter avoid tooth decay with sealants. Call Troy, MI, dentists Drs. Debra Halsey and Bill Carmody at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your child's appointment.

By Rochester Dental
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental CrownsRestore your damage tooth with a dental crown. The everyday functions of biting and chewing food can be challenging for a tooth that has been damaged and worn down. It is normal to avoid chewing with that tooth, which puts additional strain on the surrounding teeth as they compensate for the damaged one. A dental crown acts as a protective shell for the damaged tooth so that it can resume normal biting and chewing functions painlessly. At Rochester Dental, Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey are your dentists for dental crowns in Troy.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a protective shell that is placed over a damaged tooth like a cap. Once in place, the dental crown completely encapsulates the damaged tooth by giving it a new, strong exterior. The dental crown strengthens and restores the damaged tooth, making it possible to resume normal biting and chewing functions that were previously avoided due to pain, discomfort, and sensitivity. In addition to strengthening and restoring the tooth, a dental crown also protects the tooth from further damage.

Placement of Dental Crowns

Each dental crown is custom made to perfectly fit over the damaged tooth it will be restoring. The crown is made from an impression of your tooth. The size and shape of the crown will be matched to the impression. The dental crown will also be color-matched to your surrounding teeth so it blends in naturally. Your Troy dentist can help you decide if a dental crown is the right option for your tooth.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns offer multiple benefits beyond restoring damaged teeth. Placement of dental crowns is permanent so there is no need to apply dental adhesives daily to hold them in place. That also means the dental crowns will remain securely in place so they will not come loose or fall out. Another benefit of dental crowns is that they conceal cosmetic concerns, such as stains and discolorations. They can also hide chips and cracks in teeth, as well as reshape teeth that are oddly shaped. The many benefits of dental crowns include:

  • Restoring damaged teeth
  • Strengthening weak teeth
  • Protecting teeth from further damage
  • Resuming normal biting and chewing functions
  • Alleviating the additional strain on surrounding teeth
  • Concealing cosmetic concerns, such as stains, chips, or cracks
  • Looking and functioning like natural teeth

A dental crown can restore your damaged tooth, allowing you to resume normal biting and chewing functions without pain. For dental crowns in Troy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmody or Dr. Halsey by calling Rochester Dental at (248) 528-0700.

By Rochester Dental
April 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When your goal is to enhance your smile, in many cases your dentist will recommend veneers or a similar cosmetic treatment. You may contouring and reshapingalso be a good candidate for a cosmetic treatment called contouring and reshaping. The dental team at Rochester Dental Smiles in Troy, MI Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey can help you with this convenient and quick cosmetic procedure.

Contouring and Reshaping
If your teeth are generally in good condition, there’s a possibility that contouring and reshaping will be the right choice for your smile. This is a procedure where your dentist gently removes dental enamel from the edges and surfaces of the tooth to give your smile a more natural and smooth shape. In some cases, a bonding material (composite resin) may be added to the teeth to enhance their look.

How This Treatment Benefits Your Smile
Your Troy dentist can significantly change the way your smile looks with this relatively simple cosmetic treatment. These are some of the reasons why a patient might want to consider contouring and reshaping:

- The teeth are square or “boxy” in shape.
- The bottom edges of the teeth are jagged and rough.
- The front surfaces of the teeth are ridged and unattractive.
- There are tiny cracks in the teeth that have become discolored with stains.

It Doesn’t Take Long
One of the benefits of cosmetic contouring and reshaping is that it doesn’t quite require much of your time. You could probably complete this appointment during a single visit.

Have Your Teeth Reshaped by a Dentist
Do you have a problem with bruxism, enamel erosion, or general tooth wear and tear? If so, contouring and reshaping might help you restore your smile. Call (248) 528-0700 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. William Carmody or Dr. Debra Halsey at their office in Troy, MI.

By Rochester Dental
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your dentists in Troy, Michigan can complete your smiledental implants

If you are missing teeth, chances are you’ve been thinking about replacing them. You could choose a dental bridge, partial or a denture. You could also choose dental implants! If you have been wearing a denture for a long time, chances are you’ve been thinking about getting a new one. Instead of a new denture, you could choose dental implants!

There are many reasons why you should consider dental implants. Drs. William Carmody and Debra Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, Michigan want to share the facts about why dental implants are the best choice for you.

Let’s take a look at the advantages and benefits of dental implants. Consider that dental implants are:

Cosmetically beautiful because they look just like natural teeth; dental implant crowns are made of high-grade dental porcelain which reflects light just like your natural teeth.

Stable and won’t move around; that’s because they are firmly embedded and surrounded by bone. They become a permanent part of your smile just like your natural teeth.

Convenient and healthy, because you never have to remove them; you brush and floss them right along with your natural teeth.

For just about everyone, dental implants have been highly successful. In fact, they boast a success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Don’t you and your smile deserve the best? Of course you do, which is why you should consider dental implants to replace lost teeth. Start smiling proudly by calling Drs. William Carmody and Debra Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, Michigan. Find out more about revolutionary dental implants by calling today!





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