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By Rochester Dental
April 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you're unhappy with your appearance or want to repair a damaged tooth, cosmetic dentistry services will revitalize your smile. Your cosmetic dentists in Troy, MI, Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. William Carmody of Rochester Dental, can help you find the perfect treatment or service for you.

Teeth whitening renews your smile

Tooth stains are hard to avoid for most people. Drinking coffee, tea, or eating or any food and beverage with dark pigments can lead to stains. Aging and tobacco use are also factors that contribute to a dull smile.

Fortunately, teeth whitening offers a simple solution. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the whitening agent your dentist uses, breaks apart and removes the pigments that cause stains. After whitening, your teeth may be three to eight shades whiter.

Bonding improves the appearance of your teeth and repairs minor damage

Bonding, one of the least expensive dental treatments, offers excellent results. It can be used to fill in a chip at the bottom of a tooth, hide discoloration or imperfections, make your teeth look more uniform, or lengthen a short tooth.

During your visit to the Troy, MI, dental office, your dentist applies a small amount of composite resin, a flexible tooth-colored material. After shaping the material, they harden it with a curing light.

Veneers offer a simple solution for cosmetic issues

Thin veneers hide imperfections and flaws on the fronts of teeth. The porcelain or plastic shells are just about as thick as a fingernail yet offer excellent coverage when cemented to your teeth.

Veneers can be used to change the shape of a tooth, lengthen a short tooth, whiten your entire smile, or conceal chips, gaps, cracks, and imperfections. The restorations last 10 to 15 years or longer before they must be replaced.

Dental implants replace lost teeth permanently

Implants create a brand new synthetic tooth that looks and feels just like natural teeth. Dental implants are tiny titanium posts implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The posts serve as replacements for lost roots and soon begin to fuse to your jawbone. Each implant supports a dental crown, a restoration that replaces the visible part of a tooth. Dental implants offer excellent biting power and will last your entire life with proper care.

Improve your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment! Call your Troy, MI, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Halsey and Dr. Carmody of Rochester Dental, at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your appointment.

By Rochester Dental
March 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Your Troy, MI, dentists, Dr. William Carmody, and Dr. Debra Halsey can help you restore your missing teeth with dental implants. Implants offer many advantages, including these five key benefits.

Better biting ability

Loss of biting power is the downside to tooth restoration options that don't replace tooth roots. Roots give your teeth the strength and stability needed for biting and chewing a variety of foods.

Dental implants replace your natural roots with titanium posts that osseointegrate or bond to your jawbone. Once the implants osseointegrate in a matter of months, they're just as strong as your natural roots. Implants are topped with dental crowns, restorations that replace the visible parts of your teeth.

Thanks to your implants, you'll be able to continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods, even raw vegetables, and tough meats.

Natural feel

Since your new tooth is rooted in your jawbone, it will feel completely natural. In fact, many people in Troy who have had implants report that they can't tell the difference between their implants and natural teeth. Implants also won't slip, slide, and irritate your gums.

The only long-term option

Other tooth restoration options need to be replaced periodically but not implants. In fact, your implant may very well last your entire life. (Although your implants don't have to be replaced, you may need to replace your crowns when they wear out.) When you calculate the long-term costs of the various tooth restoration methods, you'll probably discover that implants are the least expensive choice.

No jawbone issues

Your tooth roots constantly stimulate your jawbone, keeping the bone strong. When teeth are lost and the roots aren't replaced, the bone may shrink and weaken. Unfortunately, this can cause other teeth to loosen or the muscles in your lower face to sag. Restoring your lost roots with implants helps you avoid these unpleasant consequences.

An excellent option for almost everyone

Do you think dental implants aren't an option because you've lost multiple teeth? Although implants are often used to replace single missing teeth, they can restore any number of missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, an implant-supported bridge or denture may be an option for you. You're a good candidate for dental implants if you're in good general and oral health, don't smoke or don't have immune-suppressing diseases, or take medications that affect your immune system.

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

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.

By Rochester Denta
September 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

You might be missing teeth because of an injury, or perhaps they fell out from decay—no matter the cause, tooth loss can be embarrassing dental  Implantand significantly derail your oral health. Dental implants are an excellent option to replace them to live your life with confidence and restore your oral health in the process.

Read on to learn what this restorative procedure can do for you, and call Drs. William Carmody and Debra G. Halsey of Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, to schedule your implant consultation.

 

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to replace the root of your natural tooth. Multiple teeth can be replaced with dental implants to both restore the health of your smile and prevent any jawbone shrinkage.

 

How Do You Care for Dental Implants?

Proper implant care requires the same routine that natural teeth do. To ensure the longevity and durability of these oral mechanisms, you'll need to brush them twice a day with a low abrasive toothpaste. We recommend brushing around the implant crown and floss daily with unwaxed floss.

 

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dr. Halsey here at Rochester Dental's Troy office will determine if you are a proper candidate for dental implants through performing a thorough oral examination. The ideal candidate is in good health and has enough bone density for the dental implant to successfully fuse with the jaw. Don't worry—most patients qualify for treatment, and even if you have lacking bone denisty, a simple bone graft can often make you a viable candidate for treatment.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call

Dental implants are a top-quality choice to consider when you are exploring smile restoration options. If you would like to begin the process, schedule a consultation at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, today. To learn more about dental implants and the other services we provide, visit our website, rochesterdentalsmiles.com, or dial (248) 528-0700.

By Rochester Denta
July 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Sometimes a few small improvements are all it takes to completely makeover and transform a dull or damaged smile. After all, a few minorSmile cosmetic improvements to fix chipped, stained, or uneven teeth may be exactly what you need to get the smile you want! Here at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, your cosmetic dentists, Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halse, offer dental bonding to fix the minor flaws in your teeth.

 

How Dental Bonding Works

Even with the best of care, your teeth are still susceptible to damage from trauma from accidents, falls, sports injuries, or even from biting down while eating a hard piece of candy or food. Or maybe your teeth are not as white as they used to be or as you'd like them to be. You may brush and floss every day, but over time everything from your diet to the normal aging process will take a toll and slowly dull your teeth over time.

Cosmetic bonding has a few things in common with dental veneers, but there are several key differences. Veneers are usually made from porcelain, are designed from tooth molds, and prepared in a lab, a process that requires several visits to the dentist's office. Bonding, on the other hand, uses composite resin (dental plastic) that is applied directly onto the tooth, a process that only requires one appointment to our Troy office. The resin is cured (dried) with a laser or UV light, providing almost instant results.

While bonding typically doesn't last as long as veneers, a typical cosmetic bonding treatment can last from four to eight years depending on the person.

 

Interested? Call our Cosmetic Dentist Today

For more information about bonding and other cosmetic dentistry treatment options, contact Rochester Dental by calling (248) 528-0700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmody or Dr. Halsey today.