Dentistry Special Advertising Section
Maintaining a healthy smile may be the secret to looking and feeling younger. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) revealed that more than half of adults over age 50 believe a smile is the one physical feature that stays the most attractive as we age. That said, teeth and gums can suffer from neglect and make us look older, whether we’re a gen Y-er or a baby boomer. So it’s important to keep your smile in great shape with regular dental visits, proper brushing and flossing, and other healthy oral habits.
What’s the No. 1 reason people seek cosmetic dentistry? According to an AACD survey, 89 percent of respondents want to improve their physical attractiveness and self-esteem. Dental professionals in metro Detroit offer a range of the most advanced therapies to enhance your smile and take years off your appearance. A boost of self-confidence can start at the gum line, where periodontists reshape uneven gum tissues. Innovative technology allows for tooth-whitening, tooth-bonding, and placement of beautiful, ceramic restorations in just one short office visit.
Nothing ages a smile more than missing teeth, whether it’s due to accident, gum disease, or tooth decay. The perfect solution for many adults is state-of-the-art dental implants that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. New minimally invasive implants can be placed quickly and easily, with no stitches and with significantly reduced healing time.
Ready to turn back the clock? Start by taking time to keep your smile healthy.
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
Q: I have a mouthful of dental problems. How do I get a healthy, beautiful smile?
A: To assure that your new smile is picture-perfect, seek an exceptional dental practice. Dr. Craig Goldin and Dr. Marcy Goldin, of the award-winning Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, have set their practice apart from others by offering nothing less than excellence. They provide all phases of general, cosmetic, sedation, and implant dentistry, and they utilize the most advanced technology and treatment options available in their beautiful, spa-like office.
“We combine compassion and expertise so your visit will be comfortable and painless, as well as high-tech,” says Dr. Marcy Goldin, an adjunct clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. “Whether your teeth are too long, too short, crooked, chipped, overcrowded, stained, or just plain unattractive, we can create your new perfect smile.”
At the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, dental implants offer the ideal solution for restoring missing teeth.
“State-of-the-art dental implants are the new standard of care for replacing everything from a single tooth to a full complement of teeth. These beautiful and natural-looking implants feel just like your own teeth and can last a lifetime. They allow you to smile, chew, and speak more comfortably, for a better quality of life,” says Dr. Craig Goldin, a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who has advanced training and certification in IV sedation.
Recognized nationally as the Cosmetic Practice of the Year, and chosen by their peers as HOUR Detroit Top Dentists, the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute delivers the highest level of patient care and comfort.
“Everything we do is driven by our pledge to go above and beyond for our patients,” Dr. Craig Goldin says.
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
Comfort Dental Spa
Q: How do I avoid unsightly temporary teeth and the long wait for crowns or veneers?
A: One-Visit Dentistry from Comfort Dental Spa
A beautiful smile not only turns heads, but also helps boost your self-confidence. Unfortunately, over time our teeth often develop unsightly stains, decay, and even damage. To return smiles to full function and beauty, you may require a dental restoration. At Comfort Dental Spa, we can provide quality restorations in a single day using breakthrough dental technology.
CEREC One-Visit Dentistry
A proven technology since 1985, CEREC employs CAD/CAM technology to allow a dentist to fabricate and place a dental restoration in a single visit. Since the inception of this innovative procedure, over 20 million restorations have been placed around the world. CEREC uses ceramic material in our restorations, which mimics the translucent qualities of natural tooth enamel.
Our CEREC crowns:
• Last for years
• Offer metal free restoration
• Don’t require the use of temporary crowns
• Use digital technology to make impressions instead of a gooey material
• Can be completed in just one visit
Benefits of CEREC Restorations
With CEREC restorations, Dr. Aziza Askari and our team at Comfort Dental Spa can create lifelike crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers, allowing us to:
• Mask permanent teeth stains
• Repair cracked or chipped teeth
• Restore decayed teeth
• Provide restorations for dental implants
Comfort Dental Spa
Aziza Askari, DMD, MBA, MAGD
Sedation, Laser, and Cosmetic Dentistry for Families
Address: 33966 West 8 Mile Road, Suite 104, Farmington Hills, MI 48335
We offer CEREC same day restorations and crowns
Ben Czerniawski, D.D.S., M.S.
Q: I understand you have an analogy to help patients better understand their teeth and how they function. Please explain.
A: “Envision the upper jaw (maxilla) and the lower jaw (mandible) as two tables that oppose each other. Each has 14 legs that support their respective edge of the table, and each has a special job (chewing or tearing). As the legs are worn, those places where they break, splinter, and become loose to the table base will require repair or replacement. Electing not to replace a leg will put more stress on the other legs. Depending on the forces on the table (chewing/grinding), it can be difficult to decide how to repair the wooden leg with pins, posts, and cores (crowns), or when it should be replaced with metal (titanium dental implants).”
With 30 years of experience as a “dental leg” repairman, Dr. Ben is here to help you — and just so you know, he has created thousands of beautiful “tables.”
Implants & Dentistry by Dr. Ben
Ben J. Czerniawski, D.D.S., M.S., PLLC
20323 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Hospital Affiliations: DMC
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates
Q: How can you improve my smile with cosmetic periodontic dentistry?
A: “A bright and brilliant smile generates warmth and is a huge factor in a person’s appearance. Very often, however, it’s the gums that have a major impact on the aesthetics of the smile,” says periodontist Dr. Joseph Nemeth.
“Some patients are embarrassed and reluctant to smile because they have a ‘gummy’ or ‘horsey’ smile. By simply reshaping the gum tissues, we can eliminate that gummy smile and give the patient a beautiful smile so they can smile proudly and happily. I’ve had patients actually cry because it changed their lives so dramatically.”
As some people age, their gums recede and their teeth look much longer. Known as being “long in the tooth,” this condition also can occur as the result of vigorous tooth-brushing that, over time, injures the gum tissue. “When the gum tissue recedes, the bone tends to recede with it, which can endanger the tooth,” Dr. Nemeth explains. “In these cases, we can do gum-grafting, taking either the patient’s own gum tissue or a freeze-dried tissue to build up the receding gums. Not only will the tooth appear shorter and more youthful, but it will be less sensitive — and the procedure may save the tooth that could otherwise be lost.”
Dr. Nemeth reshapes an uneven gum line so that crowns or veneers placed by the patient’s restorative dentist will look well-balanced, for a more pleasing smile.
“We also provide beautiful dental implants that never decay and usually last a lifetime. Patients have more self-confidence and are extremely happy with the way their implant looks, feels, and functions.”
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S., Amar Katranji, D.D.S., M.S.
The Richter Center
Address: 29829 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 111, Southfield, MI 48034
Toll Free: 877.783.7374
Q: What imaging tool can help diagnose my TMJ-related symptoms?
A: A new 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 kind of imaging.
The next time you need excellent and convenient imaging services from compassionate, courteous professionals, remember that you can choose the testing facility. Choose Oakland MRI. Experience the difference.
Open MRI/MRA & Digital X-Ray
Address: 5119 Rochester Road, Troy, MI 48085
MRI, look no further. We’re there for you.
Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, D.D.S, P.C.
Q: I am noticing my teeth getting smaller. My dentist says I have erosion of my enamel. Can this be related to the heartburn I am experiencing?
A: Absolutely! Heartburn is known as many things, including acid reflux or GERD. It occurs when the stomach contents flow back up through the esophagus. The stomach’s digestive juices contain acid, and people with this condition often can taste food or acidic fluid in the mouth. Stomach acid can damage your esophagus, leading to Barrett’s Esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition; asthma; and voice disorders. It can also dissolve enamel and promote tooth decay. The acid-producing bacteria present in the mouth break down the teeth’s enamel, and the acidic environment caused by GERD decreases the saliva’s ability to neutralize the acid and remineralize the enamel surface. If you happen to be a person who grinds your teeth, wear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth is accelerated by the acid environment.
There are many factors that contribute to GERD. Obesity, pregnancy, smoking, asthma medications, painkillers, antidepressants, and antihistamines are a few.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be at risk for developing GERD:
• A dry, chronic cough
• Wheezing, asthma, recurrent pneumonia
• Sore throat, hoarseness
• Difficult or painful swallowing
• Pain in the chest or upper abdomen, and
• Dental erosion and bad breath.
If these symptoms sound like something you’ve been experiencing, the good news is that it is treatable! Your physician and your dentist can help you manage this disease. Come talk to Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel and find out how to protect your teeth!
Mindy Salzberg-Siegel D.D.S., P.C.
Alan F. Robinson, D.D.S., P.C.
Q: How are minimally invasive implants different from other implants and why are they my best choice?
A: Small-diameter, solid one-piece implants can be placed almost anywhere, usually without the need for bone grafts. They can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth, to stabilize dentures, or even to eliminate them. Minimally invasive techniques under local anesthesia involve making a small pilot opening through the gum and into the bone. The implant is then gently threaded into position. There are no incisions or stitches, little or no post-procedure discomfort, and the implant can be used to chew immediately. Best of all, the cost is about half that of conventional implants. Minimally invasive implants are the quicker, easier, and more affordable choice!
Alan F. Robinson, D.D.S, P.C.
Implants & General Dentistry
Address: 15400 19 Mile Road, Ste. 180, Clinton Twp, MI 48038
Hospital Affiliation: Henry Ford Macomb
Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Q: Can a dentist provide solutions for treating sleep apnea or snoring?
A: More than 18 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea, the health consequences of which can include high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. It is disconcerting to know that up to 80 percent of these people go dangerously undiagnosed. “A dentist with expertise in sleep apnea can help,” Dr. Mitchell Milan says. “A few simple questions can determine if sleep apnea is likely.”
Symptoms such as snoring, gasping for air, irregular breathing at night, tiredness, and morning headaches are the most obvious signs of a possible obstructive airway disorder. Dr. Milan points out that a proper diagnosis of sleep apnea requires a sleep study that, initially, can be done in the home.
“Once a patient is diagnosed, the first line of defense is C-Pap or continuous positive airway pressure. This device is worn at night and involves a facemask and a hose which is attached at the nose,” he explains. “It’s very effective, but not always well-tolerated. Compliance is a big problem for those patients.”
Dr. Milan says that in all but severe cases of sleep apnea, an easier option is a custom-made, FDA-approved oral appliance.
“This gently repositions the lower jaw forward, which creates more space in the airway to make breathing easier,” Dr. Milan explains. “These appliances allow your jaw freedom of movement and are comfortable to wear.
“Some people know they have a problem but they don’t do anything about it. If they knew the solution was easier and less invasive, they would more likely take action.”
The Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Dolores Baran, D.D.S.
Q: Is there a way to speed up a dental crown procedure?
A: Using CEREC CAD-CAM technology, Dr. Dolores Baran can restore a patient’s tooth with a dental crown or partial crown in just one office visit.
“With CEREC, we take a picture of the patient’s prepped tooth and then design the restoration on the computer screen. Within five to eight minutes, the CEREC machine creates a beautiful and strong porcelain restoration that we bond to the patient’s tooth,” Dr. Baran explains. “There are no messy impressions and no need to send the patient home wearing a temporary while their permanent restoration is made in a lab.”
CEREC can be used to replace existing crowns or to create multiple restorations in one appointment.
“If someone needs a large filling and they have an area of good tooth structure, we don’t need to grind down that healthy portion of the tooth,” Dr. Baran says. “Unlike the traditional method of crown restoration, we can be more conservative using CEREC.”
Dolores J Baran D.D.S., P.C.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
Address: 1103 N. Main St., Ste. A
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Painless Dentistry, Keith West, D.D.S.
Q: Why is Painless Dentistry so successful at restoring smiles with dental implants?
A: Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement, whether it involves a single tooth, a full mouth, or is being used as a solution for stabilizing a denture. Comfortable and permanent, implants have the look, feel, and function of natural teeth, but without the worry of decay. At Painless Dentistry, we are well-qualified and experienced in all aspects of implant dentistry, and we offer our patients excellent care and great results. Your visit will be truly painless.
Because we focus on implants, we can offer our patients the most affordable treatment rates possible. Our offices are full-service facilities, so you won’t need any outside referrals. Call 248-685-8720 for a free consultation.
Dr. Keith West
Address: 2287 S. Milford Rd., Highland, MI 48357
Lansing, Charlotte & Adrian
Theodore C. Hadgis, D.D.S., P.C.
Q: How can I look and feel better wearing dentures?
A: Unlike mass-produced dentures that have a “false teeth” appearance, the New You Dentures™ are designed for each patient’s unique needs. Dr. Theodore Hadgis combines aesthetic training with advanced denture-building techniques and technologies to achieve dramatic results not possible with conventional dentures.
“Over time, people who wear dentures lose bone. Their jawbone shrinks and they develop a ‘sunken-in’ look,” Dr. Hadgis explains. “What we do is build the denture so it will function properly, it will look more natural and beautiful, and it will restore the patient’s profile and facial features. It’s like a nonsurgical face-lift for denture wearers.”
A Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) fellow, Dr. Hadgis takes a neuromuscular/cosmetic approach to denture-building and treatment.
“We use a TENS machine to help relax the muscles and to determine the jaw’s most natural position. We also use T-scan® computerized occlusal analysis to precisely evaluate the patient’s bite,” Dr. Hadgis says. “With the T-scan, information is provided on both the timing and the forces of the bite, as well as any disharmonies, so we can make any necessary adjustments.”
Dr. Hadgis uses this advanced technology for making New You Dentures™ and for evaluating the bite of patients with TMJ and other complex dental problems.
“Just because you wear dentures doesn’t mean you can’t have a great smile and look more vibrant and youthful,” he says. “Patients have been very pleased with their New You Dentures.”
Theodore C. Hadgis, D.D.S., PC
General Dentistry, Specializing in Cosmetic and TMJ Neuromuscular
Address: 20039 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Goodis Endodontics Specialists
Q: When children have sports accidents that result in dental trauma causing the tooth fracture, or if the tooth is knocked out, is a traditional root canal the treatment of choice?
A: No. With Regenerative Endodontics, the tooth can be saved with the new Stem Cell treatment to re-grow the dental nerve in the tooth.
Dr. George Goodis and his colleague, Dr. Gerald Halk, are utilizing the latest innovation in root canal treatment — stem cells — for children.
“There’s a high incidence of sports injuries and other accidents that result in dental trauma to children’s teeth. We can’t perform a traditional root canal when there’s an injury because the inner part of the child’s tooth, called the pulp, and the root itself, are still developing,” Dr. Goodis explains. “Endodontic researchers have discovered that both children and adults have stem cells located at the ends of a tooth’s roots. We can stimulate those immature stem cells in children to ‘grow’ new nerves and pulp tissue, allowing the root structure to complete its development.”
Dr. Goodis says the regenerative endodontics approach, which is now a mainstream treatment for children, will one day be available for adults, as well.
“It’s an amazing and exciting development for our patients,” he says.
George T. Goodis D.D.S. M.S., Gerald J. Halk D.D.S. M.S. J.D., & Susan B. Paurazas D.D.S. M.S.
Address: 20175 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Address: 41400 Dequindre Road, Suite #125, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Fax: 586 726 6740
Address: 35054 23 Mile Road, Building B, Suite #105, New Baltimore, MI 48047
Stoney Creek Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Q: Is there an option for the nervous and fearful patient?
A: Through oral “conscious” sedation, patients experience a relaxed and comfortable way to receive the dental care they need.
“Oral sedation is wonderful for patients who put off having treatment because they’re nervous or anxious,” says Dr. Frank Ruffino. “We give the patient medication in the form of a crushed pill placed underneath the tongue. It makes them drowsy and relaxed, allowing a very uneventful experience. Although the patient is aware of the treatment being performed, once the medication wears off, they don’t remember the appointment and treatment is completed.”
Once sedation has taken effect, patients are given a local anesthetic — a numbing medication — to relieve pain.
“With oral sedation, patients can have all of their treatments done in just one or two visits,” Dr. Ruffino says. “I’ve had multiple patients come back for additional, necessary work because their experience with oral sedation was great. For many people, it’s the only way they would get their dental procedures done.”
Frank P. Ruffino, D.D.S, P.C.
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Address: 51333 Mound Road, Shelby Twp., MI 48316
Phone: 586-739-1155 x 2
Nick S. Palmer, D.D.S, M.S., P.C.
Q: Why Select an Orthodontist?
A: Just like other specialist in the medical field, such as cardiologists, surgeons, neurologists, etc., there are specialists in dentistry. Orthodontists are dental specialists dedicated to correcting misaligned teeth and jaws.
Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who have completed dental school and have competed a two-to-three year orthodontic residency program at an accredited university. By learning from practicing orthodontists about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial growth (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are uniquely trained experts to straighten teeth and align jaws.
Some patients believe their dentist is an orthodontist because they put braces on their teeth. General dentists may have had additional training in tooth movement, but have not had a university-based education that leads to a state certification. Only dentists that have had the additional training and received a state license can call themselves orthodontists.
General dentists can perform orthodontic treatment, but they must tell patients they are not state certified. A disclaimer must be printed in all their advertising. They cannot claim they are orthodontists if they do general dentistry. As in any medical field, patients need to know who is providing their care. The next time a dentist recommends an orthodontic evaluation, ask questions. Make sure a state-licensed orthodontist that has dedicated his or her career in the correction of misaligned teeth is providing your evaluation.
Nick S. Palmer, D.D.S, M.S., P.C.
Address: 39242 Dequindre, Suite 102 Sterling Heights, MI 48310
David W Regiani, D.D.S., P.C.
Q: What is Holistic Dentistry?
A: Glad you asked! With holistic dentistry, decay is still removed and teeth restored with fillings, crowns, bridges and implants, but the materials and methods used are more biologically compatible. Ingredients are free of mercury, nickel, Fluoride, Bis-phenol A and other harmful elements. Removal of broken fillings is mercury-safe, using special precautions to protect the patient, dentist, and staff from inhaling the vapors or swallowing particulate.
Bite imbalances (TMD, Tempro-Mandibular Joint Disorder) are addressed by anatomical shaping to fit the way natural teeth, bones and muscles were designed to bite together. This protects teeth and crowns from repeated breakage, benefits posture and carriage, and helps patients avoid grinding their teeth.
Periodontal diseases (related to heart diseases, diabetes, low birth-weight babies, and much more) are evaluated with a microscope in the office. It’s the same reason a physician needs blood work. How can dentists treat appropriately without first finding the cause?
Lasers, homeopathy, and herbs all play a vital role in the treatment of dental disease in a holistic office. A holistic dentist takes many continuing education courses annually to continue learning from top researchers. It’s all about providing quality oral health to compliment and enhance your overall health.
David W. Regiani D.D.S., P.C.
David W. Regiani D.D.S., M.I.A.O.M.T., Mardi Edelheit D.D.S.
Holistic General Dentistry
Address: 101 South Street, Ortonville, MI 48462
Nils E. Danielson, D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
Q: Why do I need to go back to my dentist after a root canal?
A: Restoring the tooth to a healthy state of function is a team approach. Following root canal therapy, we recommend the tooth be evaluated by your dentist to determine the most appropriate permanent restoration needed. This “seal” will prevent any new bacteria from leaking into the treated root canal environment. Typically, a full-coverage crown is required, especially if the tooth has been weakened by multiple fillings. A crown will give the tooth strength and protect it from fracture forces that are in play during normal functioning. If a crown is already in place, the tooth can sometimes be repaired with a silver or white filling to seal any openings.
Nils E. Danielson D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
Root Canal Specialist
Address: 440 South Main Street, Clawson, MI 48017