Nearly 40 million Americans are completely edentulous (without teeth) and around 90% wear dentures. Being able to eat, speak, and laugh with confidence is a welcome relief after tooth loss, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a transition period. As fantastic as dentures are, they’re very different from your own teeth and it’s completely normal to need a little time to adjust. Fortunately, there are 5 easy things you can do to get accustomed to life with dentures a little faster. Learn more below!
November 11, 2019
August 15, 2019
Are you one of the estimated 178 million Americans who has experienced tooth loss? If so, you’ve probably heard that dental implants are an excellent choice for restoring your smile (and you’ve heard right!) But since just about everyone is on a budget, one of the first questions people often have is about cost. While some offices offer “discount implants,” you want to be careful and make sure that a highly-trained, experienced dentist is doing your procedure so you get the best results. Thankfully, it is possible to get convenience, quality, and affordability from dental implants in Clinton Township. Want to learn more? Keep reading below!
March 14, 2019
If you’ve decided that it’s time to do something about the appearance of your smile, then talk to a cosmetic dentist in Clinton Township. There are several options, and two of the best are porcelain veneers and Snap-On Smile. These treatments are quite different. Let’s take a look at both and what you’ll need to consider when deciding which one will make you smile!
February 12, 2018
If you are about to receive dentures in Clinton Township or if you are a new denture wearer, then you may be wondering—how in the world am I supposed to eat with these things in my mouth?! Don’t worry, you will get used to your new dentures and before you know it, eating will be a pleasure. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to make eating with dentures easier. Read on to find out what you can do.
October 29, 2017
Why is it that when you need to have a good night of sleep you always seem to toss and turn? Those occasional sleepless nights—like the one before a big presentation at work—are actually quite harmless. Studies even show that you’ll still be able to perform just fine the next day.
Trouble arises when you feel fatigued day after day. In that case, you may not be getting quality sleep during the night. The reason may be sleep apnea, a chronic medical condition that pauses breathing while you sleep. Fortunately, sleep apnea is treatable if a sleep study shows that you have the condition.
July 21, 2017
Getting your smile to look just the way you want does not have to mean spending a lot of time and money in the dentist’s office. There is something that will improve the appearance of your smile very quickly and affordably. Snap-On-Smile in Clinton Township can give you a beautiful smile without breaking the bank or requiring restorative, cosmetic and orthodontic care. As the name suggests, you just snap on your smile and show the world a new you! Read on to learn more about Snap-On-Smile and the steps Dr. Salzberg-Siegel follows to create your new look.
August 13, 2016
If you are suffering from tooth loss, you are not alone. In fact, it is estimated nearly 69 percent of American adults between the ages of 35 to 55 have at least one missing tooth. In addition, it is projected that one in four Americans over the age of 74 have lost all of their teeth. When it comes to treating tooth loss, many are turning to dental implants, with approximately 500,000 dental implants placed each year. For those who are interested in dental implants in Clinton Township MI, we help with the process to receive implants. We offer the consultations and services needed to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
September 28, 2015
When it came time for Linda, a fellow Macomb Township resident, to make some real changes to her smile, she was worried she wouldn’t be able to find a dentist she could trust. She’d been suffering from the painful, embarrassing side effects of missing teeth for too long, but, as she puts it, all the dentists she’d had in the past had been “ready to see her go” once their job was over.
With Mindy, though, it was different. She knew she’d found the implant dentist so many in Macomb Township trust — someone who would really care about her, and her unique dental needs.
August 27, 2015
Back in 2007, Bonnie had a lot going on in her life. She didn’t think she’d have time for a long dental treatment–but it was also around that time that she started to notice a problem with one of her lower teeth. It began when she noticed that she’d often accidentally bite her bottom lip while she was chewing. Then she slowly started noticing other little problems with the position of her teeth.
March 20, 2015
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, a chronic infection of the gums that has been linked to problems like heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes, and more. Knowing your risks and understanding methods of prevention are your greatest resources in protecting your smile and your body from the hazards of periodontal disease. At the Clinton Township, MI dental office of Dr. Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, you’ll find everything that you and your family need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, including screenings and treatment for gum disease.
Symptoms & Complications of Gum Disease
The most common symptom associated with periodontal disease is tenderness and swelling of the gingival tissues. You may notice that your gums bleed during or after brushing and/or flossing. Other symptoms include:
- Recession of the gums (exposed roots at the gum line)
- Increased sensitivity to cold foods and beverages
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
- Pain while chewing
- Reddening of the gums, particularly near the roots of teeth
- Widening gaps between teeth close to the gum line
In many patients, mild to moderate gum disease may develop without any noticeable symptoms. This is the primary reason that routine periodontal hygiene visits with your dentist are so important. Only a comprehensive exam and cleaning will definitively determine the presence of infection within the gums.
Assessing Your Gum Disease Risk
There are a variety of risk factors for the development of periodontal disease. Understanding how your lifestyle choices and systemic health affect your gums is critical to prevention and effective treatment. The most commonly gum disease risk factors include the following:
- Poor oral hygiene. The accumulation of plaque at and beneath the gum line is the primary cause of gum disease.
- Tobacco use. Using tobacco in any form – including smoking and chewing tobacco – greatly increases your risk of developing irritation of the gingival tissues.
- Many over-the-counter and prescription medications cause a reduction in saliva production. Saliva helps to protect your teeth and gums from the bacteria that cause decay and disease.
- Individuals with a family history of gum disease are more susceptible to the condition.
- Studies indicate that stress makes it more difficult for your body to fight off infection, including gum disease.
- Teeth grinding or clenching. Patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) or jaw clenching – both of which accelerate the rate at which connective tissues deteriorate – are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease.
Schedule Your Gum Disease Assessment Today
If you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease or if it has been more than one year since your last professional dental cleaning, contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Salzberg-Siegel and her experienced, caring team. You can also complete your own gum disease risk assessment at SelfScreen.net and present your findings at your next appointment. Working together, you and Dr. Salzberg-Siegel can effectively reduce your risk of complications associated with this condition. Our Clinton Township, MI dental practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the nearby areas of Shelby, Fraser, Sterling Heights, Mount Clemens, Saint Clair Shores, and beyond.