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If spring cleaning is on your calendar, why not add “oral health” to your to-do list? It takes only a few simple, daily steps to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and to maintain a healthy smile. Start by making sure your No. 1 dental tool is in good shape. If the bristles of your toothbrush are smooshed, it’s well past time to pick up a new one.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months, while the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry suggests you switch to an electric model for more “effective” cleaning. Either way, get back into the habit of brushing your pearly whites twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once per day, especially before you go to bed at night. Brushing for 120 seconds can be easy using mobile apps and toothbrushes that play tunes and have built-in timers.
Remember to finish up your cleaning routine with mouthwash. Depending on the ingredients, this rinsing agent can remove bacteria, reduce plaque, temporarily reduce bad breath, and leave your mouth feeling oh-so-refreshed. Don’t forget to schedule a regular dental check-up for preventive screening tests and a thorough cleaning. Learn how your dental team can help you achieve a healthy mouth and a “springtime” smile with all that modern dentistry has to offer.
Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Q: What should I consider when choosing a cosmetic dentist to improve my smile?
A: Experience, skill, artistry, and a commitment to staying current with the latest technology and techniques are some of the qualities that can set one cosmetic dentist apart from others. Being a really good listener is also important. Dr. Mitchell Milan, of the Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, is recognized for all of these strengths. He and his dental team take an individualized approach to each patient.
“It’s very important to understand the goals of the patient and take time to plan properly to avoid any potential obstacles,” Dr. Milan explains. “Every patient receives VIP attention. I make sure that from the beginning to the end of their visit, we exceed their expectations.”
Experience and planning equals excellent results that last longer than most people realize. “I have patients who I treated 20 years ago to improve their smile. Today, their beautiful, natural-looking porcelain veneers or crowns are still in exceptional condition,” Dr. Milan says. “We provide a long-term, high-quality solution that’s specific to the patient’s needs.”
Dr. Milan offers a range of cosmetic and restorative services, including Lumineers, Invisalign, Zoom! Teeth-whitening, all-porcelain veneers, dental implants, and computer-designed CEREC crowns. Whether you’re seeking smile enhancement or improved dental health, call for a consultation with Dr. Milan.
Mitchell S. Milan, D.D.S.
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
Q: I’m too young to look old! I want a great new smile, and I want it yesterday! How do I “shop” for my new smile?
A: To assure that your smile is picture-perfect, seek an exceptional dental practice. Drs. Craig and Marcy Goldin, of the award-winning Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, provide all phases of general, cosmetic, sedation, and implant dentistry, so you can have all of your dental problems conveniently treated in one office.
“Whatever your dental needs are, your visit will be comfortable and painless, as well as efficient and high-tech. With cosmetic dentistry, a beautiful new smile can change your life,” says Dr. Marcy Goldin, an adjunct clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Dr. Craig Goldin is the only cosmetic dentist in Oakland and Macomb counties to be accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral implantologists, which allows him to both place and restore state-of-the-art dental implants.
“Beautiful, natural-looking implants can last a lifetime and allow you to smile, chew, and speak more confidently,” says Dr. Craig Goldin, who also has advanced training and certification in IV sedation. “With sedation dentistry, patients who are anxious or busy can be totally relaxed and have multiple dental procedures done in as little as one visit.”
“Everything we do,” adds Dr. Marcy Goldin, “is driven by our pledge to go above and beyond for our patients.”
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
Nils E. Danielson, D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
Q: Could the bisphosphonate drug I take for osteoporosis affect my dental health and treatment?
A: The use of bisphosphonate medications is on the rise. This medication, taken either by mouth or by IV, may affect your dental treatment options for certain procedures. Bisphosphonates are used to treat degenerative bone diseases like osteoporosis, some cancers, Padget’s Disease, and others. These medications may pose a risk of nonhealing events after certain dental surgical procedures such as tooth extraction, dental implant, or endodontic surgery. This nonhealing event is called osteonecrosis and, while its incidence is low, it may affect certain treatment options. It’s important to discuss this medication with your oral health care team.
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates
Q: How can you improve a smile with cosmetic periodontal surgery?
A: As some people age, their gums recede — making their teeth look much longer and their smile appear older. Periodontist Dr. Joseph Nemeth uses the minimally invasive Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique to lengthen the gums, typically with no incisions, no stitches, and virtually no pain.
“We make a small pinhole in the gum above the teeth to be treated. With special instruments, we loosen up the gum tissue and bring it down over the receded areas where it should be. The Pinhole Technique improves the smile tremendously. Patients are extremely happy, and we’re seeing excellent, long-term results,” says Dr. Nemeth, the first gum specialist in Michigan to be certified in this innovative technique.
Some people are embarrassed because they have a “gummy” smile. Dr. Nemeth does periodontal plastic surgery to sculpt the excess gum tissue so the teeth will look appropriate and beautiful.
“With these procedures, patients have little to no discomfort. We typically use intravenous sedation so that patients are asleep or in a very relaxed state during their treatment,” says Dr. Nemeth, who has certification as a Master in the College of Sedation in Dentistry. “We love doing cosmetic periodontal surgery. Our patients enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile, and it changes their life.”
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. / Amar Katranji, D.D.S., M.S.
Q: What imaging tool can help diagnose my TMJ-related symptoms?
A: A study conducted by University of Minnesota researchers found that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide an unprecedented look at both the hard structures and soft tissues of teeth, offering dentists better opportunities to fight oral diseases that are known to cause pain.
An MRI is also the most important tool for diagnosing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions and diseases, as it provides high-image contrast between the mandibular nerve and the bony dental structures. Oakland MRI has a dedicated coil specifically for this type of imaging.
When you have aching pain in your facial muscles or jaw joints, you don’t want to wait for an appointment. Oakland MRI offers quick and easy scheduling, with same-day, next-day, and Saturday appointments, as well as extended hours for your convenience. Our board-certified radiologists interpret test results in a timely and efficient manner so that physicians can quickly put their patients at ease or recommended a course of treatment.
“Our high technical and professional standards complement the unsurpassed quality services we provide to doctors and their patients,” says Oakland MRI CEO Susan V. Swider. “We pride ourselves in providing the best possible experience.”
By law, you can choose your diagnostic facility. You deserve the best. Choose Oakland MRI!
Dolores Baran, D.D.S.
Q: I suffer from TMJ pain. Is there a new therapy that will help me?
A: Dr. Dolores Baran uses FDA-cleared, no-downtime laser therapy to help relieveinflammation and pain-related TMJ symptoms.
“We’ve had quite a few patients come to the office in extreme pain, in which therapy has helped. One patient comes in every month for laser treatments to ease her TMJ issues,” Dr. Baran says. “This is a great alternative to taking medications. We use the laser for other applications, such as gum disease treatment.”
Dr. Baran provides a range of general, surgical, and cosmetic dentistry services, including same-day crowns using the most updated version of CEREC CAD-CAM technology.
“There are no messy impressions and no need to send the patient home wearing a temporary,” she explains. “The CEREC machine creates a beautiful and strong porcelain restoration in just one office visit. We also offer sleep dentistry.”
Dolores J Baran D.D.S., P.C. & Associates
Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel
Q: “How does the health of your teeth and gums affect the overall health of your body?”
A: Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? As this “oral systemic connection” is more clearly understood, it’s evident that dentists play an important role in the overall health of their patients. Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel is concerned with helping patients understand how the early detection and treatment of periodontal disease can be vital to their future. Gum disease in particular has been proven, in recent medical studies, to contribute to health problems not just in the mouth but in the rest of the body. Health problems as diverse as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, stroke, and Alzheimer’s have all been linked to gum disease.
Many times, the first signs of unhealthy systemic conditions can be found by noticing changes in the mouth. In addition, dentists can detect signs of acid erosion on the teeth, indicating a possible connection with acid reflux, and can screen their patients for sleep apnea. With recent advances in dentistry and medicine, it’s important for dentists and physicians to become partners for the benefit of their patients’ overall health.
Mindy Salzberg-Siegel D.D.S., P.C.
Dorothy A. Pasikowski, D.D.S.
Q: What is an individual treatment plan?
A: Whether a patient comes into the office for a routine cleaning, a filling, or veneers, it’s important to formulate a treatment plan that we agree on. This plan is based on the patient’s dental needs, my treatment recommendations, what the patient wants to have done, and their expectations of the treatment outcome. We really listen to our patients. As all of our professional staff have worked together for 12 years, patients feel very comfortable seeing familiar faces when they come to the office. We look forward to helping new patients — both adults and children — maintain and improve their oral health and their smile.
Dorothy A. Pasikowski, D.D.S.
Comfort Dental Spa
Q: Are you wearing your best smile?
A: Using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures and technology, Dr. Aziza Askari and the Comfort Dental team can restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile — often in less time than you would imagine. In just one day, you can have a smile makeover with beautiful, all-ceramic CEREC crowns. You don’t have to come back for a separate visit.
Another one-visit option is the Zoom! Chairside Whitening System. Zoom! offers fast, safe, and effective teeth-whitening in a process that combines the newest advances in dental technology with proven chemical formulas.
Zoom! is painless, and the results are satisfying. Although applying invisible brackets called Six Month Smiles is a longer-term procedure, it will get you ready for summer.
Offering excellence in all facets of dental care, as well as soothing spa services, Dr. Askari and the team at Comfort Dental Spa can give everyone a reason to smile. Please visit our website for more information on all of these procedures, patient testimonials, and to see before-and-after results.