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Troy, MI 48085
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By Rochester Dental
April 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Damaged teeth can cause pain and discomfort. Additionally, they might be too weak or worn down to perform regular biting and chewing functions. Fortunately, there is a solution. Damaged teeth can be strengthened and restored with dental crowns, which are protective caps that give teeth a strong, new exterior. Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey, the skilled dentists at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, can strengthen damaged teeth and restore normal functioning with dental crowns.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow shells or caps that are placed over damaged teeth to strengthen and protect them. The exterior of a dental crown looks just like a natural tooth so they blend right in with the rest of your smile. Additionally, many dental crowns are made from a material such as ceramic or porcelain that closely resembles the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Each dental crown is also custom-made for the best possible fit.

Since the natural tooth is completely encapsulated inside, the dental crown gives it a strong, new exterior so it can handle the force of biting and chewing food. Damaged teeth can sometimes be too weak to perform these functions, but dental crowns strengthen them and restore functioning. In addition to strengthening damaged teeth, dental crowns also protect them from sustaining further damage.

A primary purpose of dental crowns is strengthening damaged teeth. However, they can also dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues by concealing imperfections within the crown. The appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained, discolored, or misshaped can be enhanced with dental crowns. The experienced dentists at our office in Troy can strengthen or improve the appearance of your teeth with dental crowns.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

There are several benefits associated with dental crowns, such as being durable and long-lasting. Some of the major benefits of dental crowns include:

  • Strengthening damaged teeth
  • Protecting teeth from additional damage
  • Restoring biting and chewing functions
  • Improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues
  • Blending in with the rest of your smile since they look completely natural

Dental crowns strengthen teeth and restore normal functioning. They also transform the look of teeth with various cosmetic flaws. To learn more about dental crowns and how they can help your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmody or Dr. Halsey, our exceptional dentists, by calling Rochester Dental in Troy, MI, at (248) 528-0700.

By Rochester Dental
December 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

When was the last time you saw the dentist for a routine checkup?

You want to do everything possible to keep you and your family’s smiles healthy. Along with proper at-home oral care, it’s also incredibly important that you see our Troy, MI, family dentists Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey for routine exams and cleanings. Wondering just how often your family needs to come into our office in order to keep their smiles healthy? The answer might surprise you.

Twice a Year

Two dental visits a year is the magic number. Everyone, including children, should visit their Troy, MI, family dentist every six months if they want to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. Even if you swear that you are the best brusher and flosser in the Troy area you still need to complement your at-home oral care routine with regular checkups performed by our experienced family dentists and their team.

Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey are highly skilled, attentive family dentists that are proud to provide comprehensive dental care to families around the Troy, MI, area. Here at Rochester Dental, we are 100 percent committed to every individual that comes through our doors, whether they are one year old or 100 years old! Dental care starts early, so you should start bringing your child into the office around their first birthday (even sooner if their teeth start to erupt before one year old).

We provide families with everything they need including customized treatment plans that focus on addressing certain issues or risk factors that could predispose you or someone you love to gum disease, tooth loss, and other oral problems. These visits with your family dentist are important as it’s the best way to prevent health problems from occurring.

These six-month checkups include

  • Comprehensive oral health exam
  • Annual x-rays
  • Prophylactic oral cleanings to remove plaque and tartar
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Detecting dental problems early

Are you on the hunt for a caring, friendly family dentist here in Troy, MI, that can care for all of your family member’s smiles? If so, call Rochester Dental at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your next 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.

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
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.