Tag: dental health care

Learn the options for replacing teeth

Even with the attention of the Tooth Fairy, losing a tooth is never easy, especially an adult tooth. Cosmetic reasons aside, missing teeth can bring about a host of issues, including speech impediments, poor chewing ability, bone loss and decay.

But there is hope and options! Dr. Jeffery Baker and Dr. Evan Castile have a lot of experience with the various treatments available to help replace a lost tooth and bring back your smile.

“It’s not fun to break or lose a tooth,” admits Dr. Baker, “You don’t have to live with it. If you’ve been suffering from such a situation, give us a call right away and we can get the process started sooner than later.”

Here are the most typical ways to replace a broken or lost tooth.

Embrace the implant– The most widely recognized reaction to replacing a broken or missing tooth is an implant. A replacement tooth implant provides the look and feel of natural teeth and can last for years without needing to be repaired or replaced. They also provide the most natural feel and it’s a permanent replacement so no additional checkups are necessary after the tooth is implanted.

Bridging the gap– Another option is a fixed dental bridge. This option looks, feels and functions like natural teeth, does not require removal for cleaning and is typically less expensive than a dental tooth implant. A bridge can replace one or two missing teeth easily, and sometimes more if there is enough support. A tooth-supported bridge, using crowns, is slipped over the teeth next to the missing tooth and cemented in place. For the loss of a front tooth, a resin-retain bridge attaches to teeth on other side of missing toots can help you smile with confidence again.

Digging on dentures-If multiple teeth are missing, a full or partial denture set may be your best option. While dentures, either partial or complete, can be more affordable, they can be uncomfortable and harder to clean than traditional implants. They are removable which can be troublesome and noticeable since the metal clasps may be visible. Others, often referred to as a “flipper” are inexpensive and fragile, making them a good temporary option, but not good for a permanent solution to tooth loss.

Tooth loss happens. Be it from a trauma, accident, gum disease or tooth decay, there are many ways to replace a missing tooth and to get you back to smiling with confidence. Call us today at 586-992-9222.

Office safety

A lot of time, thought and safety equipment upgrades have been made to ensure that new and returning patients of Dr. Baker, as well as our own staff, are safe during routine exams, cleanings and other procedures. We enacted these measures based on recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA) Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit.

Here are a few of the safety initiatives we’ve put together to make everyone feel comfortable at our office:

Screening—You will be asked a series of questions about exhibiting common symptoms before your appointment and upon arrival. Your temperature will also be taken prior to admittance. If you are feeling at all unwell, please consider rescheduling your appointment.

Cleaning—We will be wiping down areas such as the counters, clipboards, chair rests and other high-touch areas thoroughly after each patient visit, just as we have always done. The fish tank is still bubbling away, but we’ve eliminated magazines and other communal objects. There are a few seats available for those who must wait in the lobby, but the staff requests people either come alone or have people wait outside.

Masked—Dr. Baker and the hygienists will wear masks and shields when performing procedures, while the front staff will use masks. This is for our health and safety as well as yours.  If you are being treated by one of our hygienists, a cone-shaped suction apparatus will be used by the patient to help block any fluid or air particles from scattering during a dental process.

Scrubs—All staff changes into or out of scrubs and “office wear” at the start and end of each shift. That way, we leave anything that might be a contaminate at the office and also don’t bring in anything from outside.

Purified—In each room and the front office, HEPA air purifiers have been installed to help clean and clear the air. Hand sanitizers stations are set up around the office for convenience and safety.

Thank you for understanding and working with us to keep everyone safe during this unique time. If you have any questions, please call us at 586-992-9222.

Dental visits during COVID-19

We are living in unusual times, but our teeth don’t know that. During this pandemic, people need to remain more vigilant and diligent in their oral care. Here are some extra precautions to consider:

Keep away- Virus or no virus, keeping your toothbrush separate from others should be a part of everyday hygiene. Put it in toothbrush holder, standing up solo in a cup or stored in its own separate area.  Try not to put the tip of the toothpaste tube directly onto toothbrush bristles, especially if you share a tube.

Keep it clean- Before brushing or flossing, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Do it again after doing your dental due diligence. It is also suggested to disinfect your toothbrush handle after each use. Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash to keep plaque away; but don’t use any that kills oral bacterial which may be determinantal to a healthy oral environment.

Keep on it- While your wardrobe might be enjoying a more relaxed attitude right now, going lax on your dental care isn’t a good idea. Keep brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing once.

We are starting to see patients again. To help offset the backlog of patients needing care, we are adding additional days for treatments. For those with an upcoming appointment, please note the procedures we have put into place to promote safe and smart visits for you and our staff, including:

  • You may be asked to wait in your car until a treatment room is ready.
  • Please wear a mask or face covering when in the office.
  • Your temperature will be taken and you’ll be asked a series of health-related questions.
  • Please practice “safe social distancing” in the reception area. Consider having family member wait in your vehicle.

We have missed our patients and look forward to seeing your smile again soon and safely.

Call us today to schedule and appointment- 586-992-9222.

Resources: www.unitedconcordia.com;  www.mouthhealthy.org;  www.healthline.com

Use it, don’t lose it

Most dental insurance policies or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) run out at the end of December and it would be a shame to not use those dental dollars. Dental insurance is a very nice option to have, so don’t let your investment go to waste.

While it’s common to have two cleanings per year, some policies actually cover additional preventive cleanings so take advantage of that opportunity and polish up those pearly whites once more. Call 586-992-9222 and schedule a cleaning today.

Stop putting off necessary dental work. At this point in the year, your deducible should be covered, so there is no excuse for putting off needed work. Remember too, the longer you put off a dental issue, the worse it will become.  Call us and make an appointment today.

Do you have questions about your dental insurance or FSA? Call our office and we can help you sort out any issues you have.

How do I know if a product is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA)?

Not all oral health products are approved by the ADA. Be sure to look products with “ADA Accepted” on the packaging. ADA has approved products in several categories from toothbrushes and toothpastes, to tooth whitening bleaches and sugar-free chewing gum. For a complete list of ADA accepted oral hygiene products visit their website. The ADA also provides names of water filters that do not filter out fluoride from the water supply.