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By Rochester Dental
August 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Cosmetic Dentist  

How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Help You

Because your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, you want it to be bright and healthy-looking. But if you have flaws such as chips, cracks, or stains, this can affect your appearance and your confidence. This is where cosmetic dentistry can make a huge difference. Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. William Carmody are cosmetic dentists at Rochester Dental in Troy. They can help you with a smile makeover that will renew your confidence.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry and How They Help

Troy dental patients can benefit from cosmetic dentistry in the following ways:

  • Eliminate stains and discoloration: Professional teeth whitening is not only safer than using home whitening kits, but it is also much more effective than a DIY method. It is currently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures and it can improve the whiteness of your teeth by up to seven shades.
  • Replace missing teeth: Whether you have one or two gaps, or you are missing all your teeth, Dr. Halsey and Dr. Carmody can restore your natural appearance and function of your teeth with a choice of tooth restoration treatments including removable dentures, dental bridges, dental crowns, and dental implants.
  • Correct misshapen teeth: If you have teeth that are worn down, chipped, too small, or twisted, you can have your teeth reshaped using crowns or porcelain veneers.
  • Restore damaged teeth: Teeth that are broken or severely damaged or weakened due to tooth decay, injury, or large fillings can be strengthened using dental crowns. These will add structure and support to your teeth and restore full function.

If you live in Troy and you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry treatments, call Rochester Dental at 248-528-0700 to schedule an appointment.

By Rochester Dental
May 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants   Tooth Loss  

Whether tooth loss occurs as a result of an accident, infection, decay or another reason, several unexpected consequences can occur. Fortunately, your Troy, MI, dentists, Drs. Debra Halsey and William Carmody, can help you maintain the appearance and function of your smile with dental implants.

Gaps in your smile may affect your confidence

Looking at your reflection in the mirror for the first time can be a shock after tooth loss. If you don't replace your missing teeth, you may soon find that your changed appearance has begun to affect your self-esteem.

When you don't feel confident about your appearance, it can be difficult to feel comfortable in both social and business situations.

Tooth loss often leads to eating problems

Eating becomes much more difficult if you're missing a molar or incisor. Depending on the function of the lost tooth, it may be hard to tear, grind, or chew food. If you've lost many or all of your teeth, swallowing food whole or adopting a soft diet may seem like the best options.

Unfortunately, it's much harder for stomach acids to break down unchewed food. If you swallow food without chewing, you may be more likely to experience gastrointestinal issues. Soft diets may not include all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Losing a tooth affects your other teeth and your jawbone

Nearby teeth try to fill the gap in your smile after you lose a tooth. As the teeth shift, they may begin to overlap, altering your appearance. The changes may also cause bite problems or make it hard to maneuver dental floss between the overlapping edges of your teeth.

Teeth roots not only hold your teeth firmly in place but also stimulate your jawbone. Without this constant stimulation the bone might begin to weaken and may not be able to adequately support your other teeth.

Dental implants prevent tooth loss consequences

Dental implants improve your appearance, prevent shifting, keep your jawbone strong, and allow you to chew normally. The first step in the dental implant process involves adding titanium posts to small openings made in your jawbone during minor oral surgery.

The posts serve as new tooth roots and bond to your jawbone. Connecting the implants to dental crowns creates brand new teeth that look natural and feel just like the teeth you've lost. Crowns are created from dental impressions taken during one of your implant visits to the Troy dental office. The impressions ensure that the visible parts of your new teeth fit the gaps in your smile perfectly.

Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call your dentists in Troy, MI, Drs. Halsey and Carmody, at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your appointment.

Find out what sets dental implants apart when it comes to tooth replacement options.

Here at the Troy, MI, office of dentists Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey, we offer a complete array of tooth replacement options, including one of today's most popular treatments: dental implants. These artificial tooth roots are placed into the jawbone to support one or more false teeth.

Here are some of the amazing benefits that dental implants have to offer:

Acts Just Like Real Teeth

One of the biggest reasons people receive dental implants after tooth loss is because they are looking for a restoration that will function and feel like the real thing, and dental implants are truly the next best thing to a real tooth. Not only does the implant itself effectively replace your lost tooth roots, but it also naturally bonds together with bone and tissue, making it a permanent part of your mouth. Once the full implant has been placed, you won’t be able to notice a difference between the artificial tooth and your real one.

Doesn’t Require Special Care

Another benefit to getting dental implants is that this restoration doesn’t require special maintenance and care. While you will want to visit our Troy, MI, family dentists every six months (as per usual) for routine checkups, besides these visits and maintaining good oral hygiene, dental implants don’t need additional attention. Just brush them twice a day and floss them daily like you do the rest of your natural smile.

Preserve the Jawbone

Once the implant is placed, your jawbone will receive the stimulation that it needs but wasn’t receiving during tooth loss. By providing the bone with necessary stimulation, you can prevent severe bone loss and provide your facial structure with the support that it needs.

Lasts a Lifetime

Looking for a tooth that could last you the rest of your life? Since implants fuse together with the bone and tissue in your mouth, it’s not surprising that this restoration is designed to last a very long time. With the proper oral care in place, and by making sure that you continue to see your dentist for routine checkups, it’s common for implants to last for decades on end. Depending on when your implant is placed, you could have it for the rest of your life.

Interested in Treatment? Give Us a Call

Whether you have questions about dental implants from our Troy, MI, dental team or you are ready to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for this tooth replacement option, call us today at (248) 528-0700 to schedule an appointment.

By Rochester Dental
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Tooth loss is a common dental problem that can develop for a number of reasons, including aging, injuries, poor eating habits, harmful/inappropriate use of the teeth, and poor oral care practices. A deeper understanding of tooth loss causes could help you pay closer attention to your specific problems and, consequently, help prevent tooth loss.

If you have one or a couple of missing teeth, a consultation here at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, is the perfect way to conduct a detailed and complete analysis of your condition. Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey can recommend the best teeth restoration treatments such as dental implants and crowns, among others, that may be suitable for you.

What Happens When You Have One or More Missing Teeth

When you have one or several missing teeth, your adjacent teeth will eventually shift from their positions to close the space left by the lost tooth. These naturally occurring movements can lead to various problems including spaces between your other teeth.

Consequently, these gaps will be hard to maintain and will be very vulnerable to infection from bacteria that can, in turn, cause gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay among others. Left unaddressed, this will eventually result in bone loss. Furthermore, the tooth directly on top of the space will begin to separate from the socket since it’s lacking the pressure from the lost tooth.

The gum surrounding the tooth will likewise recede. These tooth loss side effects will persist until the tooth falls out or until you replace your missing tooth. Additionally, since you have fewer teeth working when you chew, this will increase your remaining teeth’s workload and cause premature wear and tear. Bone structure loss in the face and mouth will also happen over time, leading to premature aging signs.

Fortunately, there are various tooth restoration options that you can choose from, including dentures, dental bridges, crowns, and dental implants. Your dentist in Troy, MI, will help you decide on which tooth replacement will be most effective for your specific case.

Can’t Decide Which Teeth Replacement Solution is Ideal for You?

If you want to find out about your eligibility for teeth restoration options like bridges or dental implants, you can call (248) 528-0700 to schedule your assessment with Dr. William Carmody or Dr. Debra Halsey here at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI.

By Rochester Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns   Tooth  

Find out why dental crowns are one of the most commonly placed dental restorations.

A dental crown is a cap that is shaped and made to look just like a real tooth. Crowns are hollow, allowing them to fit over a damaged tooth to become its new outer (and stronger) layer. Think of a crown-like a protective barrier that also is made to look like natural teeth so they blend right in with the rest of your smile. So, when do our Troy, MI, cosmetic dentists, Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey, step in and place dental crowns?

Well, you may benefit from a dental crown if you are dealing with,

  • A cracked, fractured or broken tooth
  • A weak, worn tooth caused by teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • A tooth that has severe and widespread decay that a dental filling cannot fully treat
  • A discolored, malformed or cosmetically flawed tooth

Not only will a dental crown be able to strengthen a tooth and ensure its functionality, but it can also improve the shape, size, and color of a tooth, as well as obscure certain imperfections or flaws that affect the overall appearance of your smile.

Treat Tooth Loss with Dental Crowns

Along with preserving the natural tooth structure, a dental crown can also play an important role in replacing missing teeth. For instance, if you are receiving a dental bridge or implant, then you will also need a dental crown to complete the procedure.

Crowns are placed over healthy teeth to support and hold the bridge in place. If an implant is used to replace a single missing tooth, then our cosmetic dentist will need to place a crown on top of the implant to finish the restoration.

Need Treatment? Give Us a Call

If you are dealing with a cracked or damaged tooth, it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to for reliable care. Call Rochester Dental in Troy, MI today at (248) 528-0700 to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentists, Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey.





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