These simple routine dental checkups could save you a lot of time and money.
If it’s been more than six months since the last time you visited our East Lansing, MI, dentist Dr. Brian Ruster for a dental cleaning then you are doing your smile a great disservice. These biannual teeth cleanings are incredibly important, even if you are a stickler for proper home care and brushing and flossing techniques. Here’s why you shouldn’t skip out on your next biannual teeth cleaning.
Can’t I just come in once a year?
We understand that between busy schedules and perhaps even a small fear of the dentist, you may not be looking forward to those twice a year visits to the dentist’s office; however, you need to visit your East Lansing, MI, family dentist once a year at the very least.
However, if you are at high risk for cavities and gum disease, or you’re someone who doesn’t floss regularly or brush as often as they should, then you absolutely need to come in twice a year. Everyone’s case is different, and we’d be happy to discuss how often you should come into our office for a checkup during your next appointment.
What is the purpose of these checkups and cleanings?
Our dental team’s overarching goal is to make sure to provide your smile with the care it needs to protect against oral health problems. All too often we see cavities and gum disease, which can lead to serious issues such as tooth loss, gum loss, and bone damage. Most of these problems are avoidable, which is why seeing a dentist every six months is one of the best ways (along with good home oral care practices) to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Won’t I know it if there’s a problem?
Many people assume that they will experience a nasty toothache or other symptoms when oral problems arise; however, this isn’t always the case. In fact, gingivitis doesn’t usually cause symptoms until it’s progressed into periodontal disease. At that point, this can lead to receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and loose teeth.
However, by coming into our office for regular checkups every six months we can catch decay and gingivitis early when it’s much easier to treat and there isn’t a significant amount of damage. Plus, your oral health is a window into your general health. Certain conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and anemia can often be detected through changes in the appearance of your teeth and gums, which our family dentist can pinpoint.
If you want to keep your smile healthy, it’s important that you and your family visit our East Lansing, MI, dentist twice a year for checkups, exams, and cleanings to make sure your smile stays healthy. Call (517) 351-8442 to schedule appointments for the whole family.
Multi-purpose crowns offer an excellent solution for many tooth problems. Your East Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Brian Ruster, can help you decide if a crown is an ideal treatment for your issue.
How do crowns work?
Crowns are hollow restorations that look like the visible parts of your teeth. The restorations slide over damaged, fragile or unattractive teeth, covering them completely on all four sides. Crowns are also used to replace missing teeth.
The restorations are made of materials that look like tooth enamel and are tough enough to handle years of chewing and biting. Porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic and resin are often used to create crowns.
Could a crown help you?
A crown may be recommended if:
- Your Tooth Is Fragile: Root canal therapy or cracks can weaken teeth, increasing their risk of fracturing. Adding a crown to the tooth strengthens it and protects it from breaking.
- Your Tooth Broke: No one will ever be able to tell that you had broken a tooth after you receive a crown. The restoration is made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that the crown fits the gap in your smile perfectly. In addition to restoring the shape and length of broken teeth, crowns also end the pain that may occur with breaks.
- You Lost a Tooth: Crowns are attached to dental implants to replace missing teeth or anchor dental bridges used to restore missing teeth.
- You Don't Like the Way a Tooth Looks: Crowns can be used to hide discolorations, lengthen short teeth or change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth.
How is a crown added to your tooth?
Your dentist will prepare the tooth, then make an impression of your mouth. The impression serves as a mold that will help the dental laboratory technicians create your crowns or bridge. You'll leave the East Lansing dental office wearing a temporary bridge or dental crowns.
In just about two weeks, you'll return to the dental office and swap your temporary restoration for a permanent one. After checking the fit of your crown or bridge, your dentist will make a few minor adjustments, then attach it with dental cement.
Impressions are also part of the dental implant process. Your dental implant acts as an artificial root and bonds to your jawbone over the course of a few months. Once bonding occurs, a crown will be attached to the top of the implant to complete the restoration of your tooth.
Could a crown help you maintain your smile? Call your dentist in Lansing, MI, Dr. Ruster, at (517) 351-8442 to schedule your appointment.
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