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How to Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer

An oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental examination. Our Ann Arbor, MI dentists will check the mouth for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. The best way to prevent oral cancer, however, is to be proactive about reducing your risk factors between exams. Here are 5 lifestyle tips to follow for a clean bill of health...
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Are Dental Implants Better than Dentures?

As a dental practice that offers both dental implants and dentures, we’re often asked about the best ways to replace missing teeth. The tooth replacement options you explore with our dentists will ultimately depend on your oral health, budget, and personal preference. For example, our dentists may recommend you for the dental implant procedure...
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How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

We understand that porcelain veneers are an investment in your smile, which is why we want to make sure you have all the information you need to keep your dental veneers functioning for years to come. Continue reading to learn how to care for dental veneers and why it’s important you continue seeing us at least every 6 months for routine preventive care...
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Is a Crown Falling Out a Dental Emergency

Losing your crown isn't a dental emergency. Yet, you still need to schedule an appointment with our office to get your crown replaced on your tooth. While you wait to see our dentist, it's important to protect your tooth so it stays intact. Continue reading to learn what you'll need to do if you lose your dental crown...
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What's the Best Way to Whiten Teeth

Wish you had a whiter healthier smile? Many of our patients are able to whiten teeth by several shades by improving their oral hygiene routines and wearing custom teeth whitening trays. Continue reading to learn the best ways to whiten teeth. For more information, schedule a consultation with our teeth whitening dentist to learn how to improve the appearance of your smile...
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Look Younger With Dental Implants

Missing teeth affect more than just the appearance of your smile--they also can make you look older than your chronological age. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) that supports a crown. If you’ve ever felt embarrassed of missing teeth, it’s time to schedule a consultation with your dental implant dentist...
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How to Get Used to Wearing Dentures

If you’ve recently lost one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend dentures. Dentures are removable false teeth that can help you eat, smile, and talk with confidence after tooth loss. If you’re new to wearing dentures, you’ll want to continue reading to learn what you can do to make a smooth transition...
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How Night Guards Prevent Teeth Grinding

Waking up with a sore jaw is just one of many signs you could be grinding your teeth at night. In fact, many of our patients are unaware that they grind their teeth until our dentist notices worn enamel during a routine exam. Fortunately, night guards prevent teeth grinding so you can protect your smile and get a good night’s sleep...
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Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of your smile. If you have ever felt self-conscious about your front teeth, it’s time to schedule a consultation with our dentist as soon as possible. He will be able to help you explore your options for cosmetic dentistry so you can start smiling with confidence...
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When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

Generally, the dentist will recommend treatments that will save teeth; but when a tooth is so damaged that it cannot be saved, a dental extraction is the best choice. Dental extraction might be the best solution for: Teeth tha...
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Ten Reasons to Keep Smiling

Your smile is the ultimate expression of you and is often a visual representation of your emotions. We may be experienc...
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7 Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity can be difficult to deal with, especially when something as simple as drinking water can aggravate it. Tooth sensitivity has many causes, so it’s important to know what could be causing your sensitivity. Read over the list below to figure out what may be causing your ...
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Dental Implants | Health Effects of Missing Teeth

When you lose a tooth, it damages more than just your smile. Missing teeth force you to alter your lifestyle to accommodate the change in your mouth. Your dentist knows that a healthy mouth depends on a full set of teeth — not just for chewing, but for maintaining healthy gums and strengthening your jawbone. How Dental Implants Help ...
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Advantages of Cosmetic Bonding

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious of your smile, schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists. You may be a candidate for dental bonding if you need to repair front tee...
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6 Tips for Preventing Gum Disease

As more and more research about gum disease is surfacing, the need for prevention is more urgent than ever. Gum disease is when your gum tissue and surrounding bones become infected. Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that only affects the gums. ...
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TMJ Disorders: Symptoms, Causes, and Diagnosis

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to the rest of your skull, allowing your mouth to move up and down as you chew or talk. When issues occur with the jaw joint or with the muscles involved with movement of the jaw, a temporom...
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Regain Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you feel self conscious about laughing or smiling in front of other people? Do you try to hide your mouth’s problem areas from others? If you have stained, crooked, gapped, decaying or missing teeth, it’s easy to lose your confidence. The side effects of poor dental health have negative consequences beyond an unattractive smile. Fortunatel...
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The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Most of us consider smiling, talking, and eating to be simple tasks. However, when you have missing, cracked, or gapped teeth, these simple everyday things become embarrassing, frustrating, and burdensome.  Thankfully, modern cosmetic dentistry can help. Porcelain veneers provide you with an eff...
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Does Missing Teeth Mean Missing Nutrition?

It’s a fact — if you are missing teeth, you cannot chew food efficiently, inhibiting digestion and the absorption of important vitamins and nutrients. In addition, chewing breaks down food into easily digestible pieces — and bigger pieces entering the digestive tract hurts the normal digestion process. Most dentists...
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The Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

Visiting your dentist regularly and having your teeth professionally cl...
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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

Many people have questions about dental implants. Am I a good candidate? Is it painful? What are the costs? The following information on dental implants will help you answer some of these questions. ...
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Create A Dynamic Smile with Dental Bonding

Are your teeth discolored, cracked or decayed? Some dentists use traditional dental restoration procedures used to address these issues are slow and costly. If you want to improve your smile effectively and affordably, dental bonds may be just what you need to create a dynamic smile. Unlike other restoration procedures such as ...
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Benefits of Dental Bridges

If you have gaps in your mouth created by missing teeth, you know what a hassle it can be to perform even the simplest tasks. Even the most basic mouth movements allowing you to talk and chew food can be difficult and painful. Thankfully, dental bridges provide a solution. Our dental bridge dentist in Ann Arbor, MI can help rest...
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Benefits of CEREC Technology

In the past, dentists had to use trays full of pink impression putty to make molds of your teeth. Dental labs then used these molds to make crowns, veneers, and other restorations. Today, we’re happy to say that our dentists use CEREC...
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Three Signs You Need Dental Implants

Anyone missing a tooth, or several teeth, is a strong candidate for the dental implant procedure. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth by providing structural support for the entire mouth. Most importantly, dental implants will help you chew your food normally, re...
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Avoiding Time in the Dentist Chair

Beyond the fear of pain and dental drills is a much bigger fear. This is the fear of not being able...
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Can Brushing Your Teeth Ward Off Heart Disease?

We all know what to do — and what not to do — to prevent heart disease. Don't overeat salty or fatty foods. Get exercise and rest. Eat your vegetables. Take medications to prevent worsening of an existing condition. In addition, your dentist will tell you that heart disease can also be managed if you remember one very important part of...
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How to Avoid Gum (Periodontal) Disease

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The Effects of Tobacco Use on Your Oral Health

Tobacco use does not only increase lung cancer, it also causes many diseases like oral cancer and periodontal disease. Among adults, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Tobacco use includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes (including hookah) and chewing tobacco. ...
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Smiling Can Improve Your Quality of Life

As the song goes: When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you. Dentists know that this verse still rings true today. When you smile — that is, when you’re not afraid to open your mouth and show your teeth —you convey a sense of well-being and confidence. And, indeed, everyone wants to smile with ...
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