Our patients often have questions about dental treatment, so we thought we would answer some of the most frequently asked ones here. If you have a different question or need to schedule an appointment, just call our Highland, MI dentist office at 248-329-3552. We’re glad to help!
- Q: Why do I grind my teeth?
- Q: What are All-on-4® implants?
- Q: Can adults get something other than metal braces?
- Q: What is periodontal disease?
Why do I grind my teeth?
Some people suffer from bruxism, or the unconscious grinding of your teeth. This can happen at any time of the day, but it happens frequently at night while you’re sleeping. Causes of teeth grinding include stress, issues with your jaw joint (TMJ), and even sleep apnea.
While there is no cure, we can provide a mouthguard that you wear during your sleep. Not only does this protect your teeth, but it also can help your gums stay healthy by taking some of the pressure off them. If sleep apnea is contributing to your teeth grinding, we can fit you with a custom oral appliance to help eliminate sleep apnea symptoms and teeth grinding, as well as noisy snoring.
What are All-on-4® implants?
When you need a full arch of teeth replaced, dentures are certainly an option. But All-on-4® dental implants offer the same replacement for all of those teeth, but with additional support and comfort. Four titanium implants are placed in your jawbone, and the replacement teeth are connected to them. You get a complete arch of new, non-removable teeth, while the biting pressure is transferred to the bone, not your sensitive gums.
Can adults get something other than metal braces?
Braces are common among teens, so the two are linked in many people’s minds. Yet many adults need orthodontics as well. At our Highland dentist office, we can help with ClearCorrect. This short-term orthodontic system uses a series of clear plastic aligners that you wear over your teeth. Often called “invisible braces,” ClearCorrect is very hard to notice when worn. But they still move your teeth like traditional braces, so you can get the same results without the embarrassing metal and wires.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal just means “gums,” so periodontal disease is a disease in your gums. It’s caused by the same bacteria that lead to cavities. When they get on your gums, they cause irritation that can make your gums red, make them feel tender, or make them bleed after brushing or flossing. Gum disease can also cause chronic bad breath and, if left untreated, can make your teeth fall out as the gums pull away from the teeth.
We have several treatments, such as root planing and scaling, to get rid of the bacteria and the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a less invasive method of correcting gum recession than traditional gum surgery.
Call our knowledgeable dental team today with your questions: 248-329-3552. Plus, be sure to set up your next dental appointment to keep your smile healthy!