Rochester Dental
4893 Rochester Road Suite C
Troy, MI 48085
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By Rochester Dental
July 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Are you wondering whether or not dental bonding could be right for you?Dental bonding

If you want to get cosmetic dentistry but are looking for an easy, inexpensive way to alter your smile then you may just want to consider getting dental bonding. Our Troy, MI, cosmetic dentists Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey are here to tell you a little bit about what to expect if you get this aesthetic dentistry procedure.

What is dental bonding?

Bonding is probably the simplest cosmetic treatment you can offer your smile. By just applying a little bit of tooth-colored moldable resin over these flaws we can hide them completely and improve the shape or color of one or more teeth. Since bonding is completely non-invasive it won’t be able to handle more serious defects but it can be a great option for someone dealing with mild-to-moderate flaws such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Discolorations and stubborn stains
  • Worn, short or asymmetrical teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

What are the benefits of getting dental bonding?

When people think about getting cosmetic dentistry they often worry that it could be rather invasive, uncomfortable or take up a lot of time in the dentist’s chair, but our Troy, MI, dentist is here to tell you that bonding is actually the easiest treatment you could choose to improve your smile.

It’s completely non-invasive. The only thing that we will have to do is apply the bonding resin, mold it over these problem areas and harden it into place.

Bonding is also the least expensive cosmetic treatment you can choose. We know that patients want to be able to improve their smiles but worry about the cost, but when you get dental bonding you won’t have to worry about this. Improving your smile shouldn’t break the bank.

Do you have questions about dental bonding? Want to schedule an appointment to find out if dental bonding is right for you? Then call Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, today.

By Rochester Dental
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns are one of today's most reliable and versatile restorations. If you have a tooth that is compromised due to decay or injury, dental crownsyour Troy dentist may recommend a crown. Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey recommend dental crowns as a great alternative to tooth extraction, to support fixed bridgework and to restore dental implants, the premier options for replacing missing teeth. Do you qualify for a dental crown?

The details on dental crowns

Say, for example, you are struck in the mouth during a softball game, and your front tooth cracks. You save the fragments and go to Rochester Dental for treatment. Upon examination and X-rays, Dr. Halsey or Dr. Carmody determines that the tooth can be saved if it is protected with a crown.

What does a crown look like? It looks just like a natural tooth and covers remaining tooth structure from the top to gum line. Made from porcelain fused to metal (PFM), all-porcelain or a strong ceramic material, your crown supplies the strength and aesthetics that your broken tooth lacks.

The crown procedure

Your Troy dentist reshapes the remaining tooth structure by removing fractured enamel and any filling material. If needed, they perform root canal therapy. The tooth is covered with a temporary filling or crown while it heals. Not every crown placement requires a root canal procedure.

Then, to craft a crown with just the right shape, color and bite for your mouth, Dr. Carmody or Dr. Halsey takes oral impressions and sends them, along with detailed instructions to a trusted dental lab. A skilled technician uses this information to custom-fabricate the crown.

On a return visit to Rochester Dental, your dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent one in place. Careful adjustments are made to the shape of the crown so it bites together perfectly with the opposite arch of teeth.

The versatility and reliability of dental crowns

The professional team at Rochester Dental also uses dental crowns to anchor fixed bridgework. Bridges are a traditional dental prosthetic used to replace one, two or more consecutive teeth. The artificial teeth are attached to neighboring natural, or abutment, teeth via crowns. Additionally, crowns are the finishing touch on dental implants which are anchored into the patient's jaw bone.

Finally, your new crown can last many years with proper care. Simply floss around it daily and brush twice daily just as you do your other teeth. And, of course, get your six-month check-ups and hygienic cleanings at Rochester Dental to keep your smile healthy and bright.

Find out more

If you are concerned about the health of a tooth, please don't wait. Contact Rochester Dental today for a restorative dentistry consultation. A dental crown could be just what your smile needs to stay strong and beautiful. Call (248) 528-0700 for an appointment.

Dental stains caused by aging, smoking or certain beverages and medications can leave your teeth looking dull and discolored. teeth whiteningFortunately, you can say goodbye to dental stains with teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening treatments applied by a dentist can give you a brighter smile in just one appointment. At Rochester Dental, Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey are your dentists in Troy, MI, for teeth whitening and other dental services.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments are applied in your Troy dentist’s office. The procedure takes about one hour. After applying a bleaching agent directly to the surface of the teeth, it is left on for a period of time while it begins the whitening process. As a precaution, the dentist might also apply a protective gel to the gums to prevent the bleaching agent from coming into contact with them. The gums can be sensitive and whitening treatments can sometimes cause irritation. Fortunately, dentists have the professional skills and experience to protect against this.

Some people choose to try over-the-counter whitening products at home. These can include whitening strips, rinses, gels and toothpastes. However, as mentioned, whitening products can potentially irritate the gums and other sensitive areas of the mouth. Applying these treatments at home provides no protection against irritation. Dentists and their staff are skilled at carefully applying the whitening treatment only to the teeth, while also protecting the gums.

In addition to protecting against potential irritation, professional teeth whitening treatments performed by a dentist also produce better results than over-the-counter products. The bleaching agents in professional whitening treatments are stronger than over-the-counter products and can deliver maximum results in just one treatment. Over-the-counter products might require several treatments before noticeable results are even visible. Further, the results of professional teeth whitening treatments last longer, for up to five years.

If you are ready to say goodbye to dental stains, teeth whitening treatments can help. The best results are achieved with professional treatments applied by your Troy, MI dentist. To schedule an appointment for teeth whitening with Dr. Carmody or Dr. Halsey, contact Rochester Dental at (248) 528-0700.

By Rochester Dental
February 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Understanding the warning signs of gum disease is important, as catching the disease early on gives a patient the best chance of gum diseaseresolving it. A Troy, MI dentist, such as Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. William Carmody at Rochester Dental, can thoroughly examine a patient’s teeth and gums closely in order to determine any warning signs of the disease. Taking preventative steps in managing symptoms before they progress is the best approach to preventing gum disease from progressing.

Understanding Early Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is most often caused by infection and/or inflammation in the gums. This is caused by bacteria left in the mouth that leads to cavities, tooth decay, and of course, gum disease. If this is left untreated for a period of time, it can lead to bone recession and even tooth loss. Oral bacteria and inflammation also increase a patient’s risk for diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Some of the most common gum disease symptoms that a Troy dentist can look for include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Redness
  • Bad breath
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Pus/discharge

Gum Disease Treatment in Troy, MI

Having regular six-month dental appointments and cleanings is imperative to one’s overall oral health. With the help of a dentist you can prevent these dangerous conditions from occurring in your mouth. Regular oral hygiene including daily brushing and floss can help prevent gum disease from occurring.

At Rochester Dental, Dr. Halsey and Dr. Carmody are experienced at diagnosing, treating and even preventing gum disease from occurring in our patients. We recommend exams and cleanings every six months where plaque and bacteria are cleared from the gums by a professional dental hygienist. In order to schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive dental exam and cleaning, call (248) 528-0700.

By Rochester Dental
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: Oral Care   Habits  

As a parent, you teach your children many important lessons on a daily basis. One very important such lesson is instilling strong oral hygiene habits at an early age. These habits will benefit your child for the rest of their life and build a foundation of the gold standard for caring for their teeth. Learn more about teaching your child's good oral hygiene habits with Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI.

What oral hygiene habits should my child have? 
A strong oral hygiene routine does not need anything more than a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Though many people choose electric brushes, a manual brush will get the job done just as well, as long as it is used correctly. Your child should brush twice daily for at least two minutes, using back-and-forth motions on the fronts and backs of every tooth. Your child should also floss at least once a day to remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth. Flossing, though often overlooked, is crucial to an oral care routine since it reaches the areas of the teeth a toothbrush cannot.

How can I make my child more interested in dental health? 
Children are often stubborn and set in their ways, which means instilling a healthy oral care routine may be difficult. To make them enjoy their oral healthcare routine and continue their interest in it, try to make brushing fun by singing songs, using singing toothbrushes, or inventing a game to pep up the oral care experience. Additionally, committing to seeing their dentist at an early age can help children feel comfortable at their regular dental examinations and cleanings, helping to quell any fears or anxiety over seeing the dentist.

Pediatric Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Troy, MI
Children should see their dentist by the time their first tooth erupts or by the time they turn one, whichever comes first. Most children get by with seeing their dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups, though some may need to come in more or less often, depending on their needs. Cleanings and examinations are a huge part of your child’s oral health, as they keep the teeth clean and healthy, preventing issues like decay or gum disease.

For more information on your child and their teeth, please contact Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI. Call (248) 528-0700 to schedule your child’s appointment with your dentist today!

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