Posts for: January, 2015

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Medicad  

Get your child the preventive dental care he or she needs to live a healthy, cavity-free life.

Did you know that the most common chronic illness in children is actually tooth decay? This might be rather shocking, but because Children-futureover 17 million children in America go without the proper dental care it’s not surprising that pediatric dental decay is so common. However, your Westland, MI dentist doesn’t like to see children go without the dental care they need. Therefore, we recommend that families who don’t have health insurance and are going through financial struggles look into the Medicaid Healthy Kids Program.

What is the Medicaid Healthy Kids Program?

Run by the Michigan Department of Community Health, this program ensures that children under the age of 19 receive the health care coverage they deserve, including dental care.

What benefits will my child receive under this program?

This program covers most necessary medical care including mental health, medications, hospital care, immunizations, ambulatory services, vision and dental. This means your child can receive the proper six-month cleanings and dental exams, as well as X-rays to ensure that your child’s smile is developing as it should and is free of cavities and gum disease. Only through preventive care can we guarantee that your child continues to have a healthy smile.

This program will also help you and your child find the proper transportation to get to and from our dental office in Westland, MI.

How do I find out more about the Medicaid Healthy Kids Program?

You can find out more about the program, or enroll your child in the program by visiting the Michigan Department of Community Health website or by calling (888) 988-6300. When you apply for the Medicaid Healthy Kids Program you will need to declare your monthly or annual income, have proof of Michigan residence and tell them whether you already have medical insurance. Every case is different, so the best way to find out whether your child qualifies is by calling the toll-free number.

If your child is eligible and receives health benefits through Medicaid we would be happy to schedule his or her next preventive dental appointment. Through X-rays and cleanings your Westland, MI dentist can protect your child against gum disease and dental cavity. Nothing is more important than your child’s health, and we are here to make their smiles a priority.


By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
AvoidingtheJimCarreyChipped-ToothLook

Fans of the classic bumbling-buddies comic film “Dumb and Dumber” will surely remember the chipped front tooth that Jim Carrey sported as simpleminded former limo driver Lloyd Christmas. Carrey reportedly came up with the idea for this look when considering ways to make his character appear more “deranged.” He didn't need help from the make-up department, however… He simply had his dentist remove the dental bonding material on his left front tooth to reveal the chip he sustained in grade school!

Creating a Bond
A dental cosmetic bonding involves application of a composite filling material that our office can color and shape to match the original tooth. Bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion of tooth or to seamlessly reattach the lost portion if it has been preserved and is otherwise undamaged. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed. This is the quickest and lowest-cost option to repair a chip.

Alternatives
When a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown is often the better choice. It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. It can be made of tooth-colored porcelain fused to metal crowns or all-ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas). A small amount of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it.

A veneer can be used to hide smaller areas of missing tooth. This is a thin, custom-made shell placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new “face.” Some removal of existing tooth surface also may be necessary to fit a veneer.

A chipped tooth makes an impression, but generally not a flattering one. Nearly 20 years after “Dumb and Dumber” hit the theaters, the only thing Jim Carrey had to do recently to hint at a sequel for his nitwitted character was tweet a photo of that goofy grin!

If you would like more information about repairing a chipped tooth, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”


By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 14, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: x-rays   CAT scans  
HighTechDentistryHowDoWeUseaCATScan

The CAT scan is a relatively recent technique in dentistry, used to get an image of what’s happening deep within your jaws. You may be wondering what a CAT scan tells us that a conventional x-ray picture does not, and whether it is worth the extra expense to get one. And how does a CAT scan compare with a conventional x-ray in terms of radiation exposure?

CAT stands for “computer assisted tomography.” Often it’s just called a CT scan, for “computerized tomography.” The word “tomography” comes from roots meaning “slice” and “write.” Tomographic techniques take repeated two dimensional pictures, similar to repeatedly slicing through an object, and then assembles them with a computer to produce a three dimensional (3-D) image.

The latest type of CT scan used in dentistry is called CBCT, or Cone Beam Computed Tomography. The Cone Beam refers to a spiral beam of x-rays, which is used to create a series of two dimensional images from which a computer creates a 3-D image. Such an image is of great value in assessing problems and planning treatment.

Here are just a few examples of how a CBCT scan can be used. Orthodontists can see skeletal structures and developing teeth that are still inside the jawbone while planning strategies for directing the teeth in order to arrive at a better bite. Oral surgeons can find impacted or missing teeth, see their locations, and view their proximity to nerves and sinuses, assisting them in planning surgeries. These scans are particularly useful for root canal specialists because they show root canals that are less than a millimeter wide and even reveal accessory canals that may not be visible on conventional x-rays. In cases of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, a CBCT during sleep can be used to view a person’s airway and how it may be blocked by the tongue and other soft tissues in a person’s throat during sleep.

Compared to background radiation, the amount of radiation delivered in dental x-rays is minimal. A CBCT delivers a dose of radiation that is less than a typical full mouth x-ray series but more than a typical two dimensional panoramic radiograph. Generally CBCT scanners deliver lower doses than medical CT scanners.

With one low-dose CBCT scan, we can get an accurate idea of the internal structure of your bones and teeth and how they are situated in relation to each other. Prior to the availability of such images, many of these relationships had to be discovered in the course of a surgery or other treatment. Thus such a scan can aid greatly in the quality of treatment you will receive.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about 3-D scans in dentistry. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “CAT Scans in Dentistry.”