Healthy teeth and gums are important but so is how you feel about your smile. Great looking healthy teeth are key to your comfort and your self-confidence. Your smile can show happiness, pride or amusement – all positive messages. A tightly lipped mouth, which often covers unattractive teeth, may telegraph a negative message. Cosmetic dentistry can help you smile, eat and speak with confidence. There are several periodontal procedures that can help you improve your smile, including soft tissue grafts to cover receding gums, crown lengthening to reshape a smile that is more gum than teeth and ridge augmentation to restore the natural look of your gums after a tooth is extracted.
Receding gums can expose tooth roots. They can result from gum disease or aggressive tooth brushing. Whatever the cause, you can enhance your smile and limit your sensitivity to hot and cold liquids with soft tissue or gum grafts. These grafts are used to cover roots and develop gum tissue where it has receded. Not only will this improve your smile and reduce your sensitivity to heat and cold – it can also protect the roots of your teeth from decay by providing them with a protective cover of grafted gum tissue.
Some people have the opposite problem from receding gums – they have too much gum tissue resulting in teeth that look short and a smile that’s more gum than tooth. We can remove that excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural teeth. You may need this procedure on only one tooth, several teeth or your entire gum line.
While this is often a cosmetic issue, there are times when crown lengthening is necessary before we can begin restoring a tooth. For a tooth that has broken or decayed below the gum line, crown lengthening can expose more of the tooth so that it can be restored.
Losing a tooth is never pleasant, but getting an indentation in your gum where the tooth used to be can make your replacement tooth look out of place. What happens is your jawbone recedes when it no longer holds a tooth in place. It may make your replacement tooth stand out in a way you really don’t like. Ridge augmentation repairs this indentation, making your entire mouth look natural.
The Michigan Dental Association has recommended that all dental offices close to non-emergent treatment for the next two weeks, starting March 17th. (To open again on Wednesday, April 1st).
During this time, we will be closed to all regular appointments.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE PATIENTS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING PAIN or DENTAL/SURGICAL EMERGENCY. WE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SCHEDULE EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS IN OUR TRAVERSE CITY OFFICE ON A LIMITED BASIS.
Our staff is working tirelessly to cancel/reschedule pending appointments.
Please call with any questions/concerns, or to schedule an emergency appointment.
Please stay healthy, observe social distancing. Thanks for your understanding.
- Dr. John Hall
Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. Your dentist cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Offices may cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.
Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at your dental office. What about the new coronavirus?
It is very understandable to be concerned about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please know that the precautions your dentist already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in his or her practice also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment.
If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 14 days until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.
If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.
It’s important to know that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience flu-like symptoms and then recover. Most people do not develop serious respiratory complications.
Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, among others. Children, thus far, have been largely unaffected.
Here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:
Visit the CDC’s website for the latest information on COVID-19