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Spring is the perfect time for fresh starts, and that includes brushing up on your dental health. According to the American Dental Association, one of the easiest things you can do to improve your smile is to see your dentist twice a year for a routine exam and cleaning. If you’ve picked up some bad habits, like forgetting to floss, you can start anew. Commit to a routine of brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day — preferably before bedtime — and rinsing with mouthwash after brushing.
While you take simple steps to brighten your smile, metro Detroit dental professionals can utilize the latest technology and techniques to comfortably and efficiently fix all your smile issues. Whether you need small changes or a complete makeover, these smile solutions can take years off your appearance and give a boost to your self-esteem.
In-office tooth-whitening, noninvasive gum therapy, invisible braces, computer-designed same-day crowns, and dental implants are just a few of the advanced treatments that can help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful, revitalized smile.
Q: I’m afraid to go to the dentist. How can I make sure my visit is comfortable and pain-free?
A: “Imagine walking into a room and flashing a big, bright, celebrity smile. It sends an instant message: ‘I’m happy, healthy, vital, and confident,’ ” says Dr. Craig Goldin, of the award-wining Cosmetic Dentistry Institute. His wife, Dr. Marcy Goldin, an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, agrees: “No matter what your dental needs are, we can create a picture-perfect smile that will leave a lasting impression.”
The Cosmetic Dentistry Institute provides an array of the most advanced technology and treatments, making it easy, quick, and pain-free to transform your smile. “Luminous, natural-looking porcelain veneers are carefully crafted to change the shape, size, color, and length of teeth that are crooked, chipped, or stained,” Dr. David Whalen says.
“If you have missing teeth, we can replace them with state-of-the-art dental implants that look, feel, and function like natural teeth and allow you to smile, chew, and speak more confidently,” adds Dr. Craig Goldin, a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who also has advanced training and certification in IV sedation and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD Fellowship is recognized as the highest level of competence in cosmetic dentistry, and only 65 dentists in the world have earned this distinction.
“Sedation dentistry is a wonderful and effective option for people who are busy, anxious, or who need a series of dental problems taken care of in just one visit,” Dr. Marcy Goldin explains. “You can fall asleep wrapped in a blanket on a Tempur-Pedic cushion and wake up to a younger, healthier, more beautiful smile!”
Q: Is it possible to treat gum disease without invasive surgery?
A: One of the latest treatment options starts with a microscope, and Dr. Joseph Nemeth is the first periodontist in Michigan to be trained and personally certified by Montreal dentist Dr. Mark Bonner in a new antimicrobial, noninvasive therapy for gum disease.
“We use a microscope to identify harmful bacteria that are causing the gum disease. We clean the teeth, and the patient uses homecare techniques to kill the bacteria and eliminate the disease,” Dr. Nemeth explains. “We don’t have to cut or stitch the gums. It’s really remarkable.”
Dr. Nemeth also uses LANAP laser-based therapy to painlessly treat gum disease, targeting the source of inflammation without removing any healthy gum tissue. “LANAP not only stops gum disease, it’s the only laser cleared by the FDA for the regeneration of bone and soft tissue that has been destroyed by the disease process,” he says.
Dr. Nemeth was the first periodontist in the state to be trained and certified in the minimally invasive Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique to lengthen receding gums with no incisions or stitches. For patients with a “gummy” smile, Dr. Nemeth re-contours the excess gum tissue so the teeth look appropriate and beautiful.
“It’s very exciting that we can help our patients enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile using these minimally invasive techniques,” he says.
Q: I’m so busy. Can I get my crowns done in one day?
A: CEREC same-day dental crowns are a quick and easy way to restore your teeth. Using advanced CEREC CADCAM technology, you can get a custom-designed full or partial crown in about an hour and have it placed during the same office visit.
There are no messy and uncomfortable impressions taken, and there’s no need to wait for weeks with temporaries that may come off while your permanent crown is made in a dental lab. With CEREC, a 3-D digital picture of your tooth is used to design your restoration on a computer screen. Then, within minutes, the CEREC machine crafts a beautiful and strong crown that looks and functions like your natural teeth. CEREC technology also allows your dentist to be conservative and preserve more of your original tooth.
Save the time and hassle involved in traditional crown procedures. Call today to learn more about the advantages of CEREC.
Q: Can physical therapy help my TMJ pain?
A: When treating TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome), the specially trained physical therapists at Team Rehab will analyze a patient’s posture, look for dysfunctions in the patient’s neck, and examine the range of motion of the jaw to detect where the TMJ stems from and develop an individualized program of treatment for each patient.
Physical therapy treatments may include ultrasound, moist heat, ice, stretching, and exercises that help improve posture and muscle strength. Manual therapy can be used to relax the muscles of the neck and face, to relieve any stiffness in the muscles of the jaw and neck. Often, physical therapists also work on the muscle structures inside the mouth, to move the temporomandibular joint out of a compressed state and into a painless state of rest.
Team Rehab therapists can ease your TMJ pain!
Q: My child snores while sleeping at night. Should I be concerned? Is it harmful?
A: This is a common question posed to me by many of our parents. It is of no surprise to me, since our children are our top priority as is their health and comfort.
It is estimated that 12-15 percent of children between the ages of 1 to 9 snore, and 3 percent have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Snoring may be a sign of a sleep disorder. Some causes of snoring in children are:
- Deviated septum – this reduces the amount of airflow in and out of the nose.
- Respiratory infection – this could cause a stuffy nose.
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids – are the leading cause of OSA; swollen glands block the airway, making it difficult to breath.
Children (as well as adults) who suffer from OSA can have many associated health problems. Children who breathe through their mouth have a two – to five fold increase in upper airway resistance as compared to nasal breathers.
Some things to look for at night during your child’s sleep:
- Is your child restless at night? Do they wake up often?
- Do they snore more than three times a week?
- Do they wet their bed?
- Is their breathing, interrupted by gasps? Are their shoulders and chest moving during breathing, rather than the diaphragm?
- Are they breathing through their mouth?
During the day, things to look for may be excessive sleepiness. Were they difficult to arise in the morning? Are there any learning, social or behavior problems? Do they mouth-breathe?
Here are some suggestions if you are concerned about your child’s snoring:
- Videotape your child while sleeping. Show their pediatrician; early intervention is extremely important.
- Remove all possible allergens from their bed, such as stuffed animals and down-filled pillows
- Referral to a pediatric ear nose and throat doctor may be necessary.
- Bring your concern to your dentist’s attention.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding your child’s snoring or sleep, please call: 586-416-1444.
Q: What should I consider when looking for a new dentist?â€‹
A: Dr. Aziza Askari, who has a very strong commitment to and passion for her dental profession, has received comprehensive training in full-mouth reconstruction including implants, oral surgical procedures, cosmetic dentistry, personalized smile makeovers, and sedation. She is a graduate of the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (pharmacology) and the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, and holds the prestigious combined D.M.D./MBA degree. Dr. Askari has also been recognized by the University of Michigan for Advanced Education in Dentistry, and remains at the forefront of her profession by pursuing continuing education opportunities.
Recognized as a Top Dentist in Hour Detroit for many years, Dr. Askari is a member of many select dental organizations and has earned numerous certifications. She is a sustaining member of the AACD, and has training in sedation from the Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation (DOCS); laser proficiency from the Academy of Laser Dentistry; Invisalign, implants, and Teeth-In-An-Hour from Nobel BioCare; and advanced aesthics from the Hornbrook Group. She also received an MAGD Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry.
What do those accreditations mean? It means Dr. Askari doesn’t rest on her current knowledge, but continues to seek out medical and technological advances in her field so she can provide the best possible patient care.