Adult Dentistry Traverse City MI

Dentistry for Adults

A Healthy Smile, A Healthy BodyWellness Dentistry Traverse City MI

People of all ages can suffer from gum (periodontal) disease. In fact, without proper dental care, the risk factors increase as we age. Recent studies have linked gum disease to a number of other diseases, which means exemplary oral health is necessary to your overall well being. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums means more than looking good and keeping your teeth; it means not leaving yourself susceptible to the additional risk of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. The good news is that gum disease can be treated successfully, often without surgery. We want all of our patients to have exceptional oral health. Our commitment to you includes paying attention to all of your needs. So you not only look your best, but you enjoy the benefits of improved health.

The Importance of Hygiene Visits

Plaque is sticky and accumulates in all the hard-to-reach places in your mouth. No matter how attentive you are to brushing and flossing, some bit of plaque remains, developing into even more difficult-to-remove tartar. Tartar deposits form not only on the surface of teeth but below the gumline. If not removed, excess tartar can lead to gum disease, which in turn can develop into more serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A dental hygienist can see and remove the plaque and tartar that lurks around your teeth and below your gumline. Visiting your hygienist is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

No Mercury! No Metals! No Kidding!

The majority of our patients prefer modern white bonded fillings because they look more natural. However, appearance isn't the only benefit. Ceramic fillings bond more completely to teeth, improving the overall strength of the tooth structure, and minimizing the chance of decay leaking through the bond. Metal amalgam fillings are not only dark in color, they don't seal as tightly to the original tooth, and decay eventually leaks inside to create more damage.

The Risks and Realities of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer takes one American life every hour. This unsettling statistic has remained almost unchanged for the last 40 years. With early detection, oral cancer has a 90% cure rate, which is why we treat oral cancer screenings seriously. We perform a visual inspection for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If our hygienist or Dr. Paulson sees anything that gives them cause for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could literally save your life!

Saving Hopeless Teeth

Saving damaged teeth isn't impossible anymore! Even ones with infected roots can often be treated and repaired. In the past, the only option for severely damaged teeth was extraction. Missing teeth can cause as many issues for your mouth as infected ones do. A root canal can restore a tooth by removing the pulp chamber and filling it with filling material. This is often necessary when dental decay reaches the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected), and a simple filling will not be suitable. Improved technology and modern anesthetics means root canals are often a manageable form of treatment. They no longer deserve the reputation of dread once associated with the process.

TMJ/TMD – Proper Bite Alignment Treatment Helps You Say 'Goodbye' to Headaches and Jaw Pain!TMJ TMD Migraine Headache Treatment Traverse City MI

The proper natural alignment of your jaw is critical to your overall health! Do you know that dental occlusion (i.e. your bite) is sometimes the cause of frequent headaches, aching or popping jaws, shoulder pain, and neck pain? Natural alignment can be altered in several ways – missing or worn teeth, grinding of teeth, muscle tension, and many others. Don't continue living with the pain. By restoring your dental occlusion, the jaw can be returned to the position that nature intended. Ask us about appropriate treatment options.

If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation consultation, call us now at (231) 935-4872.