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General Dentistry

Lakeview Family Dental | General Dentistry Services | West Bloomfield, MI Dentist

Dental Exam

The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for the rest of your physical health.

Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.

Digital X-Rays | Intraoral Camera

West Bloomfield Dentist | LakeView Family DentalDental X-rays have come a long way. Today’s dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on the computer monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages.

Intraoral cameras are another alternative to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a digital camera.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months by your dentist. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and typically performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers. Ask our team about other ways we can check you for oral cancer.

Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning | Lakeview Family Dental | Commerce, MI DentistNo matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future.

A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothed. A deep cleaning helps to keep periodontal disease under control and restores gum tissues to a healthier state. Patients who have active gum disease will need to come for their check-ups more often, as often as every 3 months to be able to keep their gums stable.

Metal-Free Fillings

West Bloomfield Dentist | LakeView Family DentalIf your silver fillings make you feel self-conscious when you smile, or it's simply time to replace them, it is time for white fillings. White fillings are just as durable as they are attractive! Made of composite resin, white fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. White fillings are strong, and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings. Ask our team about this!

Dental Crowns \ Cerec Crowns- One Day Appointment

A dental crown may not make you feel like royalty, but it is one of the premiere treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage. Dental crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, or cover a tooth after a root canal procedure protecting the tooth from breaking. Made of porcelain, our dental crowns are placed in just one dental visit! Our porcelain crowns are tooth colored and beautiful. They are desigened to match your tooth perfectly.

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is an umbrella term for surgical treatments such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions and bone grafting. Dental implants, an excellent solution for missing teeth, are surgically placed tooth roots that hold dental crowns in place. A wisdom tooth extraction may be recommended if there isn't enough room in your mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth and they become impacted, partially erupted or infected. Bone grafting is recommended at this point to protect you from bone lose and allow you to have an implant if desired. Not placing a bone graft at the time of extraction can result in loss of bone, bleeding and possible damage to the adjacent tooth. 

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges | Lakeview Family Dental | West Bloomfield, MI DentistDental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, dental bridges are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Consisting of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth\teeth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape intact. Dental bridges are not removable. They are cemented to your natural teeth and look very natural.

Dental bridges typically take 2-3 weeks to complete.

Dentures & Partials

Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and either resin or porcelain replacement teeth, dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be your best option. Partial dentures, which can be either fixed (by implants) or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.

Dentures and Partials | Lakeview Family Dental | West Bloomfield, MI Dentist

Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. Regular denture relines involve resurfacing the base to ensure that your dentures fit and function perfectly.

Endodontics

Root Canals | Lakeview Family Dental | West Bloomfield, MI Dentist

Root canals get a bad rap. But don't believe the rumors; the dreaded root canal isn't dreadful at all! Root canals are needed when either decay or an injury infects the inner tooth (the pulp). In the earliest stages of infection, you may not feel any pain at all. But when it progresses, you could have a toothache and swelling, or a dental abscess might form. Root canals remove the infection and prevent it from spreading. If you had a root canal done on one or more of your teeth, please make sure you protect that tooth with a full coverage Cerec crown, which we do here at the office all in one day.

Pediatric Dentistry

Children are Welcome | Lakeview Family Dental | West Bloomfield, MI Dentist

Teaching children about the importance of preventive dentistry can help them maintain a healthy smile for life. Children should have their first dental visit by the time they get their first tooth or reach their first birthday, then every six months thereafter. Dental checkups are also a good time for parents to "check in" -- we can review your children's brushing habits and offer oral health care tips to help prevent childhood dental diseases, such as baby bottle tooth decay. 
 
Dental sealants are often used on younger children to protect them from tooth decay. X-rays are also routinely used during checkups to detect cavities. If your child has a dental cavity, don't be discouraged! Caught early, a dental cavity can be treated with a tooth filling to help keep your child's teeth healthy for years to come.