By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC Family Denitstry
August 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns and Bridges Promise Aesthetic and Functional Smile EnhancementDental Crowns & Bridges

Did you know that the first thing most people notice is your smile? Whether it’s a job interview, first day of school or just a brief encounter walking down the street, you want your smile to look as good as you feel. Not surprising, approximately 99.7 percent of people say that smiles are socially important, with 74 percent saying that an unattractive smile affects career success. So, if you’re dealing with chipped, cracked or missing teeth, it might be hard to feel confident in social situations; however, you can turn this all around by considering dental crowns or bridges. 
 
From decay to sports-related injuries, there are several reasons why a tooth can become severely damaged. However, crowns and bridges can restore your smile by fixing the size, shape and appearance of your damaged tooth or teeth. 
 

Dental Crowns

Sometimes simply referred to as a “cap”, dental crowns completely cover your damaged tooth. Dental crowns are fabricated in a lab to offer the same look as a natural tooth. Plus, with impressions taken of your smile before fabrication, we can promise that you’ll have a crown that was made just for you and your smile.
 

So when might a dental crown benefit you?

  • If you have a weak tooth that could chip, break or fracture further
  • To restore a fractured/cracked tooth
  • To hide a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • To preserve a tooth that has had a root canal
  • To place over a dental implant
Dental crowns offer your tooth more stability and an overall more aesthetically pleasing smile. While there are several kinds of dental crowns, the most common tend to be the porcelain or ceramic crowns, as they better mimic the quality and appearance of a real tooth.
 

Dental Bridges

While having a missing tooth can come with some hits to your self-esteem, it can also make speaking and chewing a challenge. Plus, surrounding teeth will begin to shift over time, causing long-term issues like gum disease or even jaw disorders. However, dental bridges can help cover up that gap between your teeth to make everyday living a little easier. There are several kinds of dental bridges from removable/partial ones to permanent, or fixed partial dentures.
 
Dental bridges are cemented to those teeth surrounding your gap. These natural teeth will serve as anchors for your bridge. These same teeth will also be fitted with dental crowns, after which a replacement tooth will be attached to those crowns to create your dental bridge. Instantly, chewing and smiling will be drastically improved.
 
If you’re dealing with a damaged smile and you think you could benefit from dental crowns or dental bridges, call your cosmetic dentist today at (734) 425-9130. Let’s get you the smile you deserve!
By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
August 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
BillRancicsSmileHelpsClosetheDeal

Can having a great smile help land you a high-level business position, a TV show, and a bride? Maybe — at least if you go by the example of Bill Rancic.

The 42-year-old Chicago native is well known as the first winner of NBC-TV's The Apprentice, a reality show where contestants vied for a job with Donald Trump's organization. Shortly after his selection as Trump's newest hire, Rancic met his future wife, Giuliana, when she interviewed him for E! News. Flash forward a few years, and the couple is now hosting their own reality TV show on Style network.

So how much has Bill's winning smile helped?

“I think a great smile says a lot about a person — especially in our professions,” Bill recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. He also mentioned that having a few cosmetic dental treatments helped him close the deal.

As a child, Bill wore braces to correct an overbite. For both kids and adults, orthodontic treatment is often the first step toward getting the smile of your dreams. The practice of orthodontics has changed dramatically in the past 20 years and there are now a number of choices available in lieu of traditional metal braces.

Not Your Father's Braces
For those who need to maintain a “professional” image, tooth-colored braces offer a less noticeable way to straighten your teeth. Lingual braces are another option that's suitable in some situations. These are truly invisible: bonded on the tongue side of the teeth, they can't be seen from the front.

Or, you may be able to forego braces altogether and use a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually bring your teeth into alignment. Not only are these difficult to notice, but they can be completely removed for short periods of time — at important board meetings, for example.

Red-Carpet Tooth Whitening
More recently, Rancic had tooth whitening treatments. Depending on the degree of lightening needed, these can range from custom-fitted bleaching trays that you wear at home under the supervision of a dentist, to in-office whitening treatments that work in far less time. Both can be effective in lightening your teeth by six shades or more.

But if you need the ultimate in whitening, veneers may be the best option. These are fingernail-thin coatings, made of pearly-white porcelain or composite material, that are placed directly on the tooth surfaces. Realistic and durable, they can provide a “Hollywood white” smile that's ready for the red carpet.

Did Bill's cosmetic dental work really improve his life? We can't say for sure — but as his wife Giuliana recently told Dear Doctor, “First impressions are very important, and having a beautiful smile will help anyone make a great impact on others.” So perhaps it worked on her!

If you would like more information on how cosmetic dental treatments can improve your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
August 01, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  
TheDenturesAreComing

How much do you really know about Revolutionary War hero and famous disturber-of-the-peace Paul Revere? Take this quiz and find out! True or False:

  1. Paul Revere cried “The British are coming!”
  2. Paul Revere rode to Concord, Massachusetts.
  3. Paul Revere practiced dentistry.

The first two answers are false: Revere, like most colonists, considered himself British at the time (but might have said “the regulars” are coming); and he never made it as far as Concord, though one of his midnight-riding companions did. The last statement, however, is true: When things got slow in his regular trade of silversmithing, Revere hung out a shingle to broadcast his skills as a dentist.

“Paul Revere can fix [teeth] as well as any surgeon dentist who ever came from London, he fixes [dentures] in such a manner that they are not only an ornament but of real use in speaking and eating,” his advertisement in a Boston newspaper is supposed to have read. Revere specialized in fitting dentures made of metal and walrus ivory in his patient’s mouths. (There is no record, however, that he ever worked on George Washington’s false teeth.)

The practice of dentistry has come a long way since 1776. But the ideal set of dentures — one that’s both aesthetically pleasing and fully functional — remains a valid goal today. But now, instead of going to a metalworker, you’ll visit a denture specialist: your dentist.

We understand that dentures need to have a perfect, comfortable fit so they can do their work. That’s why we take the time to make an individual mold of your mouth as the first step of the process. Then we choose prosthetic teeth in the shape, size and shade that’s right for you. When everything is satisfactory, the dentures will be custom-fabricated in a dental laboratory using high-quality materials that are lifelike and durable. Finally, we will make sure that your new dentures look, feel and function the way they should.

If you have older dentures that no longer fit as they should, come in to our office for a check-up. It’s sometimes possible to repair or re-line dentures; in other cases, it’s best to have a new set made. Ill-fitting dentures aren’t just uncomfortable — they can also lead to oral infections and nutritional difficulties.

For more information about dentures or denture repair, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Loose Dentures” and “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
July 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health
TheSecretsBehindVannaWhitesSmile

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
July 08, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Our dental practice at Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC, is proud to participate in Michigan’s Healthy Kids Dental program. The Michigan Department of Community Health administers this program that ensures children qualifying for Medicaid who are younger than age 21 receive dental care. Medicaid Healthy Kids Program
 
The program is a partnership through Delta Dental and provides dental care to more than 506,000 Michigan children. To enroll, parents can call 1-800-482-8915. They can also visit www.deltadentalmi.com to find out more information about the program.
 
To enroll in the program, children must have parents that qualify as low income. Upon enrollment, parents do not have to pay a monthly premium. In addition to dental care, the Healthy Kids Program also provides vision and mental health services.
 
Healthy Kids Dental covers a number of services Drs. Carey and Aylward provide at their Westland office. These include, but are not limited to, oral exams, screenings, X-rays, teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments. Other preventive services include dental sealants and space maintainers. Treatments for cavities include filings, crowns and root canals. While there are always exceptions, some procedures that are not covered include bite guards, removal of healthy wisdom teeth and braces.
 
Dr. Carey and Dr. Aylward are proud to participate in this program as part of their commitment to helping kids maintain healthy teeth and prevent and treat cavities before they worsen. By starting needy children on the right track with routine dental care, they are less likely to miss school days and experience the pain, discomfort and tooth loss that can come with decay.
 
For more information on the Healthy Kids Dental program or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carey or Dr. Aylward, please call (734) 425-9130. To learn about additional services offered at Westland’s Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC.




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