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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.

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
October 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Flossing offers a host of wonderful benefits for both your oral and general health.

While flossing should be a normal part of anyone’s daily routine it’s most often forgotten. Even if you think your toothbrush is getting the Flossingjob done you might be surprised how much food and plaque still lurk between teeth if you don’t floss. If you want a clean bill of health from your Troy dentists Dr. Debra Halsey and Dr. William Carmody then find out why you should be flossing everyday.

Prevent Gum Disease

All of us deal with dental plaque, a substance left on our teeth and gums from food and bacteria. If plaque accumulates and isn’t removed through routine brushing then it hardens into tartar. Tartar can only be removed by your dentist in Troy, MI. If you don’t keep up with your routine cleanings then this problem can turn into gingivitis.

Gingivitis is reversible, but if you don’t get the treatment you need it can turn into full-blown gum disease. Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes deep, infected pockets in the gums that pull away from the teeth. Over time, gum disease can cause both tooth and bone loss. Keep gum disease from affecting your smile by flossing thoroughly each day.

Avoid Decay

While brushing certainly goes a long way to keeping your teeth clean, it can’t get into all those areas of your mouth. Only floss is the best way to remove food and bacteria from between teeth, where your toothbrush can’t often go. By flossing each day you greatly reduce your chances of developing decay between teeth, which is a common area for decay to form.

Keep Halitosis Away

No one wants to deal with bad breath, but if you don’t floss regularly then food and bacteria are left to sit in between your teeth for hours or even days. Those who don’t floss are at a major disadvantage, as they are much more likely to develop this offensive bad breath.

Reduce Your Chances of Heart Disease

Gum disease has also been linked to other conditions like heart disease, diabetes and stroke. By flossing each day, you not only keep gum disease and decay away but you also protect your overall health!

Add flossing to your daily regime and you’ll be amazed how much cleaner your smile will be. If you have questions about how to floss effectively or if you just need to schedule a cleaning with your dentists in Troy turn to Rochester Dental Smiles to keep your smile looking its best.