Posts for: January, 2017

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

If you feel like your smile could use a makeover, you could benefit from asking your dentist about cosmetic dentistry procedures. These veneersspecific procedures focus on making your smile look great to help you feel great as well. Learn more about cosmetic procedures like veneers and teeth whitening with Cary & Aylward Dentistry in Westland, MI.

What are veneers? 
Veneers give your smile a total overhaul with only a few simple dental appointments. The veneer itself is made from porcelain in a dental laboratory. The veneer bonds to the front of the tooth to cover its imperfections or abnormalities. Veneers best treat cracks, chips, discolorations and even small gaps or overlaps. Veneers also change the length, width and shape of the tooth.

What is teeth whitening? 
Teeth whitening is a fast and easy way to effectively give your smile a boost. The whitening procedure takes about an hour and can lift the color of your teeth dramatically in a single session. While teeth whitening provides quick results, they are not permanent. Most patients go back for touch up appointments once or twice yearly.

What can these cosmetic dentistry procedures do for me? 
Teeth whitening does not work on dental restorations like veneers. However, it can work together with veneers to improve the appearance of your smile. Together, you and your dentist can decide on a color whiter than your natural teeth for your veneers, then use teeth whitening to lighten the natural teeth up to the same shade of white. Your dentist can help you determine which colors and if these procedures are right for you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Westland, MI 
If you feel as though you could benefit from these procedures, you should ask your dentist about veneers and teeth whitening. For more information on whipping your smile into shape with veneers and teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey and Dr. Allison Carey at Carey and Aylward in Westland, MI. Call (734) 425-9130 to schedule your cosmetic density procedure today!


By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain  
ChronicJawPainCouldbeRelatedtoOtherInflammatoryConditions

If you're suffering from jaw pain or impaired function, it may not be the only source of chronic pain in your body. Of the millions of adults with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), many have also been diagnosed — among other conditions — with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or sleep problems.

TMD is actually a group of painful disorders that affect the jaw joints, muscles and surrounding tissues. Besides pain, other symptoms include popping, clicking or grating sounds during jaw movement and a restricted range of motion for the lower jaw. Although we can't yet pinpoint a definite cause, TMD is closely associated with stress, grinding and clenching habits or injury.

It's not yet clear about the possible connections between TMD and other systemic conditions. But roughly two-thirds of those diagnosed with TMD also report three or more related health conditions. Debilitating pain and joint impairment seem to be the common thread among them all. The similarities warrant further research in hopes of new treatment options for each of them.

As for TMD, current treatment options break down into two basic categories: a traditional, conservative approach and a more interventional one. Of the first category, at least 90% of individuals find relief from treatments like thermal therapy (like alternating hot and cold compresses to the jaw), physical therapy, medication or mouth guards to reduce teeth clenching.

The alternative approach, surgery, seeks to correct problems with the jaw joints and supporting muscles. The results, however, have been mixed: in one recent survey a little more than a third of TMD patients who underwent surgery saw any improvement; what's more alarming, just under half believed their condition worsened after surgery.

With that in mind, most dentists recommend the first approach initially for TMD. Only if those therapies don't provide satisfactory relief or the case is extreme, would we then consider surgery. It's also advisable for you to seek a second opinion if you're presented with a surgical option.

Hopefully, further research into the connections between TMD and other inflammatory diseases may yield future therapies. The results could help you enjoy a more pain-free life as well as a healthy mouth.

If you would like more information on TMD, 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 “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”


By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
DentalMagicTransformsSmiles

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”