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By Progressive Dental Group
April 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Your smile is your greatest asset, which is why your whole image suffers when you are missing teeth. Fortunately, there are many tooth replacement options available to give you a natural-looking, beautiful smile. Dr. David Salah at Progressive Dental Group in Novi, Michigan, offers a full line of tooth replacement options to give you a new smile.

When you choose tooth replacement, you want your choice to look natural and to fit in with your lifestyle. These tooth replacement options give you a beautiful smile and you will enjoy the convenience of easy maintenance too. Consider:

Dental implants, which look just like natural teeth. You clean them just like natural teeth too, by brushing and flossing. Dental implants don’t move around because they are firmly embedded in bone. They also help you maintain and conserve bone, so you keep your firm jawline and youthful facial contours.

Dental appliances, which offer the convenience of easy removal for cleaning. Partial dentures are designed to replace several missing teeth while full dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth, either upper, lower, or both arches. They fit well, are sturdy, and built to last.

Dental bridges, which are prosthetic teeth suspended over the space where you are missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the space receive dental crowns and the bridge is cemented onto the crowned teeth for support. You can brush a dental bridge and floss underneath it with the help of floss threaders.

Don’t go without a smile you feel good about. Restore your self-esteem and self-confidence by choosing tooth replacement. Your dentist will help you choose the option best for you. To find out more about tooth replacement and other dental services, call Dr. David Salah of Progressive Dental Group in Novi, Michigan, at (248) 349-7560. Call now!

By Progressive Dental Group
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Wondering what Invisalign treatment could offer your smile? It’s time you found out.

Are you interested in getting Invisalign to fix your crooked smile? So many teens and adults have turned to our Novi, MI, dentist Dr. David Salah for this nearly invisible treatment that fixes misaligned teeth. Let’s learn more about Invisalign treatment and what it can offer so you know whether it’s right for you.

A Nearly Invisible Treatment

The aligners that help to straighten teeth are made from a thin, fully transparent thermoplastic, which makes it nearly invisible when worn over your teeth. Now you don’t have to worry about feeling embarrassed while wearing your braces or feel like you need to put your straighter smile goals on hold because you’re worried about what wearing braces might do for your appearance.

No Food Restrictions or Dietary Changes

Another major benefit of getting Invisalign treatment is that you get to eat whatever you want! There are no dietary restrictions with this orthodontic treatment. Just remove your aligners before eating or drinking (unless you are drinking water), brush your teeth after your meal and then place your aligners back in. It’s really that simple.

Keeping Teeth Clean is Easy

Since aligners are removable you won’t have to worry about trying to brush and floss around them. Keeping teeth clean is very simple with Invisalign because you can still maintain the same oral care routine that you did prior to braces. It’s often comforting, especially for our adult patients, to know that many of their everyday habits aren’t impacted by Invisalign treatment.

You’ll Get Fast Results

Another reason many adults are turning to our Novi, MI, family dentist for Invisalign is that they’ve heard that Invisalign treatment may actually give them faster results. This may be the case, especially if you are only dealing with minor issues. Everything from crowding and gaps between teeth to overbites, underbites and crossbites can be fixed with Invisalign and the average length of treatment for adults is about one year.

Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, is ready to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. If you want to discuss your candidacy for Invisalign treatment then call our office today at (248) 349-7560.

By Progressive Dental Group
January 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
WearingDentures247MayNotBeaGoodIdea-HeresWhy

Today’s technologically advanced dentures aren’t your grandparents’ “false teeth.” Now made with superior materials and processes, you could almost forget you’re wearing them. But don’t let that cause you to leave them in for the night: While it may seem like a harmless thing to do, wearing dentures 24/7 may not be good for them or your health.

For one thing, around the clock denture wearing could worsen bone loss, already a concern with dentures and missing teeth. The forces generated when we chew on natural teeth stimulate new bone growth to replace older bone cells. When teeth go missing, though, so does this stimulus. Even the best dentures can’t restore this stimulation, so bone loss remains a risk.

And, dentures can accelerate bone loss because of the added pressure they bring to the bony gum ridges that support them. Wearing them all the time deprives the gums of any rest, further speeding up the pace of bone loss. Losing bone volume not only affects your overall oral health, it will gradually loosen your dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear.

Another problem: You may clean your dentures less frequently if you don’t take them out at night. Lack of cleaning can encourage bacterial growth and lead to disease. Studies show that people who don’t take their dentures out at night have more dental plaque accumulation, gum inflammation and higher blood counts of the protein interleukin 6, indicating the body is fighting infection.

And that’s not just a problem for your mouth. Continuous denture wearing could make you twice as likely to develop life-threatening pneumonia as someone who routinely takes their dentures out.

These and other concerns make nightly denture removal a good practice for your health’s sake. While they’re out, it’s also a good time to clean them: Manually brush them for best results (be sure you’re only using regular soap or denture cleanser—toothpaste is too abrasive for them). You can then store them in clean water or a solution designed for dentures.

Having said all that, though, there may be one reason why wearing dentures at night might be beneficial—it may help prevent obstructive sleep apnea. If you have this condition, talk to your dentist about whether wearing your dentures at night has more advantages than disadvantages. And, if bone loss created by wearing dentures is a concern, it could be resolved by having implants support your dentures. Again, discuss this with your dentist.

Taking care of your dentures will help increase their life and fit, and protect your health. And part of that may be taking them out to give your gums a rest while you’re resting.

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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Getting a new smile doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair. If your teeth have minor to moderate chips, stains or tooth gaps, dental veneers could be the answer. These thin wafers of dental porcelain mask tooth imperfections and completely change your smile’s dynamic—and without a huge impact to your wallet.

To achieve that effect, though, your personal set of veneers will require the expertise of both your dentist and a dental lab technician to design and create your veneers. And while there are numerous considerations in achieving a truly life-like appearance with veneers, one of the most important is their color.

We always associate the color white with teeth. And while it is the dominant hue, actual tooth color is more complex. An individual tooth is comprised of multiple shades and tints, that range in variation from its biting edge to the gums. Likewise, tooth color in general can differ from person to person.

Your dentist must take these individual color variations into account while designing your new veneers, especially if you’ll be getting them for some but not for all your teeth. In that case, it’s important for the veneer color to blend seamlessly with the color of your natural teeth without veneers.

Your new smile expectations and desires are also important and should be considered when designing veneer coloring. For instance, do you want a more natural look—or would you prefer a smile with more “dazzle”? This could have an impact on color.

Your dentist takes all of this information (including your input) and communicates it clearly to the dental lab technician creating the veneers. That process is a combination of both science and artistry, using a variety of techniques to achieve an accurate, life-like texture and color result. For example, a technician may paint the edges of the veneers with a ceramic paste that when cured produces a life-like translucency.

This meticulous attention to color detail is necessary to create beautiful veneers that look natural. If the color is right, you’re sure to enjoy the change your veneers bring to your smile for many years to come.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile with dental veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better Than Ever.”

By Progressive Dental Group
November 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
CrazyLittleThingCalledHyperdontia

The movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the iconic rock band Queen and its legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. But when we see pictures of the flamboyant singer, many fans both old and new may wonder—what made Freddie’s toothy smile look the way it did? Here’s the answer: The singer was born with four extra teeth at the back of his mouth, which caused his front teeth to be pushed forward, giving him a noticeable overbite.

The presence of extra teeth—more than 20 primary (baby) teeth or 32 adult teeth—is a relatively rare condition called hyperdontia. Sometimes this condition causes no trouble, and an extra tooth (or two) isn’t even recognized until the person has an oral examination. In other situations, hyperdontia can create problems in the mouth such as crowding, malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal disease. That’s when treatment may be recommended.

Exactly what kind of treatment is needed? There’s a different answer for each individual, but in many cases the problem can be successfully resolved with tooth extraction (removal) and orthodontic treatment (such as braces).┬áSome people may be concerned about having teeth removed, whether it’s for this problem or another issue. But in skilled hands, this procedure is routine and relatively painless.

Teeth aren’t set rigidly in the jawbone like posts in cement—they are actually held in place dynamically by a fibrous membrane called the periodontal ligament. With careful manipulation of the tooth, these fibers can be dislodged and the tooth can be easily extracted. Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot). In addition, you may be given a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.

After extraction, some bone grafting material may be placed in the tooth socket and gauze may be applied to control bleeding; sutures (stitches) are sometimes used as well. You’ll receive instructions on medication and post-extraction care before you go home. While you will probably feel discomfort in the area right after the procedure, in a week or so the healing process will be well underway.

Sometimes, dental problems like hyperdontia need immediate treatment because they can negatively affect your overall health; at other times, the issue may be mainly cosmetic. Freddie Mercury declined treatment because he was afraid dental work might interfere with his vocal range. But the decision to change the way your smile looks is up to you; after an examination, we can help you determine what treatment options are appropriate for your own situation.

If you have questions about tooth extraction or orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Simple Tooth Extraction” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”