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By Progressive Dental Group
December 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health

British pole vaulter Harry Coppell had an unpleasant mishap right before the Tokyo Olympic games. During a training vault, Coppell glanced the top bar to loosen it, which then fell on top of his face on the mat. The impact broke one of his front teeth nearly in two and severely damaged others.

Coppell posted the accident on Instagram, along with a photo of the aftermath. "I hope @tokyo2020 has a good dentist around," he quipped in the caption. Alas, after several hours with a dentist, one of the injured teeth couldn't be saved, although the chipped tooth remained. Needless to say, the Olympian's smile took a beating along with his teeth.

Fortunately, through the marvels of cosmetic dentistry, Coppell can eventually regain his attractive smile. Still, though, his experience is a blunt reminder that sports and other physical activities do carry some risk for dental injury, especially for active young adults and children.

A chipped tooth is the most common outcome of a traumatic dental injury, but not the only one: you might also suffer from a displaced, loosened or even knocked-out tooth. And, even if the teeth don't appear injured after face trauma, there could be underlying gum and bone damage that requires prompt emergency care from a dentist.

Of course, preventing a dental injury is far better than treating one that has occurred—and wearing an athletic mouthguard is your best bet for dodging such a bullet. A mouthguard's soft plastic helps absorb the force of a hard impact so that the teeth and gums don't. This important protective gear is a must for anyone who plays sports like football or basketball, or enjoys physical activities like trail biking.

When it comes to mouthguards, you have two general categories from which to choose. The first is called a "boil and bite," often found online or in sporting goods stores. These usually come in general sizes that can be customized further by softening in hot water and then having the wearer bite down while it's soft (hence the name). This personalizes the guard to fit the individual wearer.

The other category is a custom mouthguard created by a dentist from an impression of the wearer's mouth. Because of this specialized fit, custom mouthguards aren't usually as bulky as boil and bites, and are typically more comfortable to wear.

The key point, though, is that a mouthguard can help you avoid a serious dental injury, regardless of which category you choose. It could mean the difference between a forgettable incident or dental damage that could impact your life for years to come.

If you would like more information about preventing and treating dental injuries, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Athletic Mouthguards.”

By Progressive Dental Group
November 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Misaligned and crooked teeth need not bring you down for the rest of your life. Dr. David Salah, practicing at the Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, recommends the Invisalign clear aligner solution to help his patients regain their perfect smiles.

How to Fix Misaligned Teeth

There are several options to help you fix your misaligned teeth. One of the most successful is through the use of braces to physically push your teeth into place. Up until recently, your options were limited to surgery or metal braces.

Plastic Braces – An Alternative to Metal Braces

But, through the wonders of plastic technology, you can now have clear braces. They are hard to see and very effective at realigning crooked teeth. In a process that takes up to 24 months, your dentist will fit plastic braces that are replaced every few weeks. The new set adjusts the pressure until your teeth are perfectly aligned. 

This would usually require unsightly wires and little metal brackets that attach directly to the tooth. You can avoid this with the new polyurethane braces.

Teenagers Love Them

Needless to say, most teenagers hate their braces and feel self-conscious and ugly. That has now all changed, with the near-invisible Invisalign system.

The polyurethane braces are removable. This allows flossing and brushing without the pain of trying to get around metal wires. This has obvious advantages over old-school braces, but there is the ever-present temptation to remove them. It is important to understand that you must wear plastic braces for at least 20 hours a day to be effective.

Aligning Your Teeth Faster

If you follow your dentist's advice, then your braces could come off permanently in as little as 1 year instead of the usual 24 months that metal braces require. Invisalign is very popular for this reason, so if you're in Novi, MI, then Dr. Salah can assist you.

Through the use of innovative technology, clear removable aligners systematically straighten your teeth faster than traditional metal braces.

Designed Using Cutting Edge Technology

The clear plastic aligners are designed using cutting-edge software to calculate where and how your teeth need to move to realign correctly. Then, every few weeks, a new set of aligners is manufactured and, through stages, moves your teeth in the right direction.

The plastic trays or aligners can be removed to clean your teeth and so avoid a build-up of plaque and other trapped food particles. So, this is a complete solution to avoiding gum disease and tooth decay while fixing your tooth alignment.

To find out more about Invisalign and to book an appointment at the Progressive Dental Group in Novi. MI, by contacting Dr. Salah on (248) 349-7560.

By Progressive Dental Group
November 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are you looking for teeth whitening in Novi, MI? If so, you might be thinking about getting your teeth whitened at home. Even though there are over-the-counter products that may get the job done eventually, these are not going to be as safe or as effective as getting your teeth whitened by a dental professional. That is where Dr. David Salah with Progressive Dental Group might be able to help you. What do you need to know about getting your teeth whitened by a dental professional? Check out some of the advantages below. 

You Have More Options with a Local Dentist

One of the first reasons why you should work with a dental professional for teeth whitening in Novi, MI is that you can increase the options you have available. There are plenty of options if you are looking for a way to whiten your teeth, and the best option for you might not necessarily be the best option for someone else. For example, a bleach treatment in the office might be the best option for one person who is looking to whiten their teeth; however, the best option for you might be to stay away from bleach treatments. You need to work with a dental professional who can help you analyze the benefits and drawbacks of each option before you make a decision.

You Maximize Your Safety with a Dental Professional

In addition, some of the whitening options that are sold over the counter are not necessarily safe. Some of them can lead to dangerous complications, and a few options might have dangerous side effects. If you want to have your whitening done safely, you should work with a professional who can minimize complications and side effects while also choosing the safest option to meet your needs.

Furthermore, you will also save a lot of time if you decide to work with a dental professional. A lot of the whitening treatments that take place in the office are designed to move faster than those that are sold over the counter. That way, you can get the results you are looking for as quickly as possible. 

Get Your Teeth Whitened by a Professional Dentist

These are just a few of the many advantages you will enjoy if you decide to get your teeth whitening in Novi, MI, done by a trained dental professional. Even though you have plenty of options from which to choose if you are looking for a dentist in the local area, you should work with Dr. Salah with Progressive Dental Group. Work with a dentist who has a tremendous amount of experience in whitening. Call (248) 349-7560 to make an appointment today.

By Progressive Dental Group
November 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Losing all your teeth can dramatically impact your life for the worst. Fortunately, we can give you your "teeth" back. The most common way, at least until a few decades ago, is with custom dentures, which reasonably restore life-like appearance and dental function. But it does have one major drawback—it can't stop bone loss.

Loss of bone in the jaws often occurs with missing teeth. Normally, the bone continuously generates newer cells to replace older ones that have died. Chewing stimulates this growth as the force generated travels up through the teeth to the bone. But when teeth go missing, new bone growth slows, eventually causing the bone's volume and density to decrease.

Dentures can't reactivate this lost stimulation, and so bone loss may continue. Dentures even accelerate this loss as the compressive forces applied to the bony ridge are detrimental. This often leads to a "loosening" of a denture's fit that can make them uncomfortable and less secure to wear.

Today, however, patients with total tooth loss have another option that could alleviate the problem of bone loss—dental implants. Since their inception forty years ago, implants have become the preferred method of both dentists and patients for tooth replacement.

Implants consist of a titanium metal post that's surgically imbedded into the jawbone. Bone cells are attracted to this particular metal, readily multiplying and adhering to the implant's titanium surface. Because of this, an implant can slow or even stop bone loss.

Most people are familiar with the single tooth implant with an attached lifelike crown. Although this use of implants could be used to restore total tooth loss, it can be quite costly replacing over two dozen teeth individually.

But implants could still be part of the answer for someone with complete tooth loss, because they can also be used to support traditional restorations. A few implants strategically placed around the jaw can support either a removable denture or a fixed bridge.

Besides being a cost-effective way to add support to these traditional tooth replacements, the inclusion of implants will likely decrease continuing bone loss. Most importantly, it can give you back your dental function—and your smile to boot.

If you would like more information on dental implant options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “New Teeth in One Day.”

By Progressive Dental Group
November 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral hygiene   dentures  

Today's dentures are more comfortable, more functional and more life-like than ever before—so much so that you might forget you have them in. Even so, dentures do have some downsides, and constant wear only amplifies those.

Our biggest concern is the effect dentures can have on bone health. Older bone is constantly replaced by newer bone, and the forces generated while chewing help stimulate this new growth. When a tooth is lost, however, this growth stimulus vanishes with it for that area of the bone. This may result in a slower growth rate, which can eventually lead to lost bone volume and density.

Dentures can't restore this lost stimulus, and may even make the situation worse. That's because traditional dentures rest on the bony ridges of the gums where the teeth once were. This can put pressure on the underlying bone, which can accelerate bone loss—and even more so when wearers leave their dentures in continuously.

Dentures can also contribute to disease if they're not regularly removed and cleaned. Besides oral yeast infections, bacteria-laden dentures can contribute to the production of a protein called interleukin-6 produced by the white blood cells. If a significant amount of this protein passes into the blood stream, it can increase body-wide inflammation and foster a systemic environment conducive to serious diseases like pneumonia.

If you wear dentures, then, it's good for your health (oral and otherwise) to incorporate two practices into your daily life. The first is to remove your dentures at night while you sleep. Not only will this help slow the progression of bone loss, it will also give your gums a chance to rest and recover from denture wear.

It's also important to regularly clean your dentures, either with an antibacterial soap or a special denture cleanser. During storage, keep your dentures in clean water or a peroxide-based solution designed for dentures. This will reduce the accumulation of bacteria on your dentures that can cause disease.

Dentures restore the dental function and smile appearance that a person loses with their teeth. Taking care of your dentures (and giving your mouth a daily rest from them) will help promote good oral and general health for you and a longer life for your dentures.

If you would like more information on denture care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleeping in Dentures.”

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