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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who has the fairest smile of all? According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), adults are drawn to smiles that are sincere and sparkle with straight, white, bright, teeth. If the mirror reflects discolored, crooked, or missing teeth; or gaps, decay, or cavities, your so-so smile needs a bit of “magic.” Metro Detroit dentists offer the skills, experience, advanced technology, and techniques to create the perfect smile of your dreams.
Crowns, bonding, veneers, and whitening are the most common cosmetic procedures, while dental implants and orthodontics have shown a marked increase over previous AACD surveys. Dental implants look, feel, fi t, and function like beautiful, natural teeth, and they allow you to talk, eat, laugh, and smile with confidence. Mini-implants can stabilize a lower denture in just one office visit, boosting your looks and your zest for life.
Once upon a time, dental treatments were more invasive and painful. Today, with sedation dentistry and new technologies, treatments are faster, easier, and cause little to no pain. If just a few crooked teeth mar your smile, you may be a candidate for Minor Tooth Movement, a less time-consuming treatment than traditional orthodontics. Receding gums can make your smile look old, but with the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation technique, receding gums are treated quickly and with only minimal discomfort.
People seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their physical attractiveness, their self-esteem, their relationships, and their health. Learn how local dental professionals can help you achieve a “happily-ever-after” smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
Q: I feel self-conscious about my smile. How can cosmetic dentistry treatments help me?
A: “There’s nothing better than walking into a room and flashing a big, bright, celebrity smile. It sends an instance message: ‘I’m happy, healthy, vital, and confident,'” says Dr. Craig Goldin, of the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute. His wife, Dr. Marcy Goldin, an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, agrees: “Whether your teeth are too long, too short, crooked, chipped, overcrowded, or just plain unattractive, we can create a picture-perfect smile that will leave a lasting impression,” she says.
The award-winning Cosmetic Dentistry Institute provides all phases of general, cosmetic, sedation, and implant dentistry, utilizing the most advanced technology and treatments in a soothing, spa-like setting.
“In-office whitening, porcelain veneers, all-ceramic crowns, Invisalign invisible braces, and dental implants allow our patients to have healthy, stunning, age-defying smiles,” says Dr. Craig Goldin, a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the only dentist in Oakland and Macomb counties who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
“If you’re missing one or more teeth, we can replace them with beautiful, natural-looking, state-of-the-art dental implants that allow you to smile, chew, and speak more confidently, for a better quality of life,” Dr. Marcy Goldin adds.
Dr. Craig Goldin has advanced training and certification in IV sedation — a wonderful option for patients who are busy or anxious.
“With sedation dentistry you can be totally relaxed and have a series of complex dental problems taken care of in just one visit,” he says. “Everything we do is driven by our pledge to go above and beyond for our patients.”
Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
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. Each and every patient is given individualized care and attention in a comfortable, calming environment. 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.
Oakland MRI provides the highest quality, state-of-the-art equipment, including the most advanced open MRI technology, which offers a larger opening that won’t block a patient’s view of the surrounding room.
“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 on providing the best possible experience.”
By law, you can choose your diagnostic facility. You deserve the best. Choose Oakland MRI!
Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Q: I’ve heard that surgical treatments for receding gums are very painful. Is there a less invasive procedure?
A: Unfortunately, people will put off having treatment for their gum recession because the standard procedure involves incisions, stitches, and a long healing period. Using the groundbreaking Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation technique, Dr. Mitchell Milan can help patients achieve healthy, normal-looking gums with only minimal discomfort and inconvenience.
“This technique is performed through a tiny pinhole above the gum line, while the patient’s gum is numbed. I use very fi ne instruments to carefully loosen the gum tissue from the inside and drape it over the receded part of the tooth. Collagen is placed through the pinhole and under the gum, making the gum stronger and less likely to recede in the future,” says Dr. Milan, one of the few dentists in the country who is specially trained and certified to perform this scalpel-free, suture-free procedure.
With Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation, Dr. Milan can extend the gum line for multiple teeth through just one or two pinholes, which close up and heal quickly. Treatment can take as little as a half hour, and patients can resume normal activities the next day. The minimally invasive procedure has shown excellent long-term results.
“More than than 50 percent of the people over 40 have gum recession, which can cause tooth sensitivity and major dental problems. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation reverses the process of gum recession and literally gives you younger gums,” Dr. Milan says. “During my 29-year career, there have only been a few innovations in dentistry that I would consider ‘revolutionary.’ Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is one of them.”
Mitchell S. Milan, D.D.S.
Comfort Dental Spa
Q: I’d like a new look for the New Year. What are my options?
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.
With excellence in all facets of dental care, as well as soothing spa services, Dr. Askari and 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.
Comfort Dental Spa
Dolores Baran, D.D.S.
Q: What are same-day crowns?
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.
Frank P. Ruffino, D.D.S., P.C.
Q: I have an unstable lower denture. Could I be a candidate for mini dental implants?
A: Mini dental implants can provide an excellent solution for the majority of people who suffer pain or frustration as a result of loose-fitting lower dentures.
“These miniature-sized titanium posts stabilize the denture. They’re placed without surgical intervention, requiring only a local anesthetic. Patients experience little to no bleeding and minimal discomfort,” Dr. Frank Ruffino says.
“Another advantage is that we typically can use the patient’s existing denture. We adjust the denture so that it will snap onto the implants. With this procedure, no messy adhesives are needed. Patients will come in for the procedure and walk out wearing a denture that’s securely locked into place until they remove it.”
Patients who are interested in mini dental implants must be evaluated for sufficient bone density, and have an assessment of their existing denture.
“This is a wonderful dental product and treatment,” Dr. Ruffino adds. “Patients who have mini dental implants can talk and eat with confidence, knowing their denture is firmly in place.”
Frank P. Ruffino, D.D.S., P.C.
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates
Q: Is there a minimally invasive procedure to correct receding gums?
A: With the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Technique, receding gums are typically treated with no cutting, no stitches, and virtually no pain. Periodontist Dr. Joseph Nemeth was the first gum specialist in Michigan to be certified in the use of this minimally invasive technique by its originator and developer, Dr. John Chao.
“When gums recede, your teeth look much longer and your smile looks older. This condition also can lead to tooth sensitivity, decay, and bone loss,” Dr. Nemeth explains. “With the Pinhole Technique, we make a small pinhole in the gum above the teeth to be treated. Using special instruments, we loosen up the gum tissue and bring it down over the receded areas, where it should be. This improves the smile tremendously, and prevents further gum and bone recession and loss.”
Dr. Nemeth places collagen material in the treated gum to promote thickness and to add stability. There are variations in the Pinhole Technique. As a gum specialist, Dr. Nemeth has the expertise and experience to know what type of collagen or noncollagen material will work best in each case.
“Another material that we can place through the pinhole is PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin), a membrane derived from the patient’s own blood. It increases the blood supply in the gums, speeds healing, and further enhances the result,” Dr. Nemeth says.
The minimally invasive Pinhole Technique offers many advantages over traditional gum grafting, including no incisions or sutures, less discomfort, and a faster recovery.
“It’s a great technique,” Dr. Nemeth says. “Patients do well and are extremely happy to have a healthier, more attractive smile.”
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. – Amar Katranji, D.D.S., M.S.
Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, D.D.S., P.C.
Tooth decay is the most widespread chronic disease in children, adolescents, and adults in the U.S. If left untreated, dental decay can lead to an entire host of potentially more serious health issues, making prevention one of the primary concerns for both dentists and their patients. Dentists have the ability to treat patients for dental decay in a whole new way, based on an assessment of their individual risk factors.
Q: What is the CariFree decay prevention system, and how does a patient know if they’re at high risk for tooth decay?
A: This revolutionary line of anti-cavity products effectively alters and improves the oral environment to promote a healthier pH balance, thus encouraging the development of beneficial bacteria that assist in the prevention of tooth decay. A patient’s individual level of risk — as well as the appropriate methods of treatment and prevention using CariFree — is paramount to successful recovery from dental decay and the health complications it may cause.
A patient can ask themselves these questions:
Do you ever notice plaque buildup on your teeth?
Have you had a cavity in the past 24 months?
Do you ever notice that your mouth is dry?
Do you snack between meals?
Do you wear any type of oral appliance?
Do you smoke?
Do you have acid reflux or heartburn? Are you diabetic?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you would benefi t from an individualized caries risk (risk of tooth decay) assessment by Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel.
Mindy Salzberg-Siegel D.D.S., P.C.
Nick Palmer, D.D.S., M.S.
Q: I’m confused about orthodontic treatment for my 8-year-old. Can she start wearing braces now or should we wait?
A: While the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by the age of 7, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s when treatment should begin.
“For the most part, the optimal age to put braces on the teeth is somewhere between 11 ½ and 12 years developmentally. That’s not chronologic age, as some 9-year-olds already have 12-year molars,” orthodontist Dr. Nick Palmer says.
“There are valid reasons to treat early, such as crossbite and some skeletal issues. However, putting braces on an 8-year-old doesn’t mean they’ll finish their treatment any earlier than a child who starts treatment at age 12. The optimal time to start is one that will give you the best end result in the shortest period of time.”
Dr. Palmer advises parents to become informed consumers so they can make educated decisions.
“If you’re not sure about the treatment recommended by the orthodontist, you should seek a second opinion,” he advises.
Nick S. Palmer, D.D.S., M.S., P.C.
Q: What is the endodontic experience?
A: When you have pain and inflammation in the mouth, you may worry that it will hurt even more to have a root canal. At Danielson Endodontics, the goal is to make patients feel as comfortable as possible.
“Everyone on our dental team is knowledgeable and eager to assist patients with any concerns. We educate our patients about the procedure, to take away the fear factor of the unknown,” says Dr. Nils Danielson, D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
Patients learn that they are in control. The treatment session will not continue if something doesn’t feel right or is uncomfortable.
“The profound dental anesthesia that we provide is at the base of what allows patients to be relaxed and pain-free,” Dr. Danielson says. “Using state-of-the-art equipment, root canal therapy is performed as quickly and efficiently as possible in a friendly and supportive environment.
“By focusing on the individual patient’s needs, we create the best endodontic experience.”