By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
November 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease   Periodontitis  

When you suffer from gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis in Ann Arbor, MI, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott of Walcott Dental provide dental services that can help to get these conditions under control. 

Common Risk Factors For Gum Disease?

Some people are just more prone to gum disease than others. You may wonder why? Certain risk factors increase the likelihood you will develop gum disease. 

  • Not taking good care of your gums
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Members of your family have periodontal disease
  • Stress
  • AIDS and other immune disorders
  • Ill-fitting bridges
  • Defective fillings
  • Medications that cause dry mouth
  • Female hormonal changes

What are The Symptoms of Gum Disease?

It isn't very hard to realize you have a problem with your gums. The symptoms are pretty obvious. If your gums are red and inflamed, bleed when you brush your teeth or floss, if your gums are pulling away from your teeth, or if you have persistent bad breath, you have gum problems. Gum disease or periodontitis in Ann Arbor, MI, can also lead to loose or sensitive teeth. With these symptoms, it's time for a dental visit.

How to Prevent Gum Disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to take good care of your teeth and gums. The ADA recommendation is to brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily. You should also floss daily. Getting professional cleaning twice yearly or more often if your dentist recommends it is imperative. 

How does a Periodontist Treat Gum Disease?

About 47% of those 30 and above in the United States suffer from chronic periodontitis. For severe periodontitis, the ADA recommends scaling and root planing be used. This removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots below the gum line. This procedure helps the pockets around the teeth to shrink. This is sometimes called deep cleaning. Antibiotics, mouthwash, and pain medication may also be prescribed. The depth of the pockets will be monitored to see if the desired results have been achieved. 

If the scaling and root planing aren't effective, dental surgery to remove the affected gum tissue may be necessary. 

Why Should Gum Disease Be Treated?

Gum disease begins quite simply as gingivitis, but when it becomes periodontitis it becomes a serious threat to your health. You are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, dementia, and diabetes. Letting gum disease go untreated can cause lifelong consequences. 

If you have symptoms of gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis in Ann Arbor, MI, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott of Walcott Dental are available for consultation and treatment. Call their office at 734-994-3700 to make an appointment. 

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
October 08, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: White Fillings  

Find out how composite resin fillings are used to treat cavities.

Our dentists Drs. Wayne & Brett Walcott see cavities more often than we would ever like to. Most Americans will deal with decay at some point during their lifetime. If you’re dealing with a cavity, our Ann Arbor, MI, team offers white fillings to restore and rebuild teeth after decay. The benefits of getting white or tooth-colored fillings include,

Blends in With Teeth

One of the benefits of getting white fillings from our Ann Arbor, MI, family dentists is that they are designed to match the color of your tooth so that they aren’t visible once placed. We know how important it is for our patients to get restorations that look as close to real enamel and teeth as possible and white fillings offer just that.

Less Chance for Sensitivity

If you are prone to tooth sensitivity to hot or cold you’ll be relieved to know that white fillings are less likely to cause sensitivity. This is because the material that we use, composite resin, doesn’t conduct heat as fast as metal amalgam does, so you’re less likely to experience a zinging or zapping feeling every time you sip a hot cup of coffee or enjoy ice cream.

They are Safe

At this point, we recognize that metal amalgam fillings and other restorations contain trace amounts of mercury, which can lead to some serious and unpleasant health problems over the years. We believe that dental restorations should not just preserve your smile but also protect your health. White fillings are completely safe, mercury-free, and biocompatible.

They Require Less Enamel Removal

Metal fillings require us to remove more of the tooth’s structure, including some healthy enamel, to make room for the amalgam restoration; however, because composite resin fillings are bonded directly to the tooth we can preserve more of the tooth’s natural structure, which keeps it stronger and less susceptible to wear over the years.

Our Ann Arbor, MI, dental team prides itself on providing strong, long-lasting white fillings and other realistic dental restorations that can help to protect and restore your smile when decay and other damage occur. To sit down with our team to discuss your treatment options, call (734) 994-3700 today.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
March 31, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, can rescue your smile.

When you are living with half of your smile because you are missing teeth, it’s only natural to wonder how you can get your smile back. The answer is dental implants! If you haven’t discovered dental implants, you are in for a treat. They are the closest thing to having your natural teeth. Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott of Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, offer comprehensive dental care services, including dental implants to rescue your smile.

So what do you need to know about dental implants? Let’s start with their amazing benefits:

  • Dental implants look completely natural; dental implant crowns are made of materials that look just like natural tooth structures. That means your new dental implants will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are completely stable; dental implant screws, which form the “roots” of your missing teeth, are fully embedded in bone. That means your new dental implants will never move around, and they become a permanent addition to your smile.
  • Dental implants are easy to maintain; you just brush and floss them along with your natural teeth. That means it’s easy to keep your smile healthy, which helps keep your body healthy too.

You should also know that dental implants are the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Part of the reason dental implants are so successful is that they are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your body won’t reject.

Dental implants offer you the versatility of replacing one missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. The choice is up to you.

To find out more about restoring your smile with dental implants, and the dental implant process, call Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott of Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, at (734) 994-3700 today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
March 31, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

Are you ready to straighten your teeth but don't want to wear traditional braces? Invisalign or Clear Correct, orthodontic treatment methods offered by your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, might be the perfect option for you.

Invisalign or Clear Correct offer a different way to straighten your teeth

Pressure is the key to straightening teeth. Wires threaded through brackets exert pressure on the teeth when you wear traditional metal and ceramic braces. Adjusting the tension on the wires slowly repositions your teeth.

Invisalign or Clear Correct offer another way to treat orthodontic problems and straighten crooked teeth. The systems use clear, removable aligner trays that place gentle, constant pressure on your teeth, rather than wires and brackets. You'll receive a series of aligner trays, each created to accomplish a particular straightening goal. The aligners are designed to be worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set. You'll wear your trays for about 22 hours a day.

Why Invisalign or Clear Correct may be a good option for you

Invisalign or Clear Correct offer several important benefits, starting with appearance. If you've put off straightening your teeth because you don't like the way metal or ceramic braces look, Invisalign or Clear Correct offer a much more subtle method. The clear aligner trays fit over your teeth snugly and become practically invisible.

The Invisalign or Clear Correct system can straighten teeth, address crowding or spacing issues, and correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. It's just as effective for adults as it is for teens. In fact, adults may only need to wear their aligner trays for six months (or a little longer in some cases). During your visit to the Ann Arbor, MI, dental office, your dentist will give you a treatment length estimate.

Invisalign or Clear Correct won't require any major changes to your usual routine. There's no need to avoid hard or sticky foods, a necessity when you wear traditional braces. Since you'll remove your trays before you eat or drink, you can continue to eat anything you want. Although you can drink water while wearing the trays, it's a good idea to take them out when drinking anything else to prevent stains.

Your oral hygiene regimen doesn't have to change during your treatment. After you remove your trays, you'll brush and floss the same way you always have.

Straighten your smile with Invisalign or Clear Correct! Call your dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, Dr. Wayne Walcott, and Dr. Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 to schedule your appointment.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
January 11, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Do you wish to rebuild a cracked or decayed tooth? Then, investigate what a CEREC dental crown from Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott can do for your smile. These experienced dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, create and place all-porcelain caps over compromised teeth, restoring their shape, size, and strength. And, they do it all in just one short visit.

What is a dental crown?

A crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped dental restoration which repairs, reinforces, and enhances the appearance of a tooth jeopardized by:

  • Infection
  • Large amounts of decay
  • Oral trauma resulting in a deep crack or loss of tooth structure
  • Congenital malformation of teeth (due to hereditary defect)

Cemented over the surviving viable portions of the tooth right to the gum line, a dental crown remakes your smile's appearance and efficiency.

What does CEREC mean?

CEREC is the abbreviation for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. Using this innovative technology, your dentist takes oral impressions, creates a three-dimensional model of your tooth, and actually fabricates the crown in the treatment room at his Ann Arbor, MI, office. Gone are those uncomfortable impression trays, temporary crowns, and long wait times. Your crown treatment takes only one to two hours--not one to two weeks. What a time saver!

Known for realism, your new CEREC crown will blend in with the rest of your smile. And, due to precise computer-aided design and manufacturing processes, your crown will fit and bite properly with the first try-on.

Your dentist uses these dental crowns to reinforce weak teeth, but additionally, crowns top off dental implants. They also restore teeth after root canal procedures.

After getting a CEREC crown

A tooth protected by a CEREC crown will last for many years. However, you must care for it just as you do for the rest of your smile.

What can endanger the integrity of your crowned tooth? As it builds up, bacteria contained in sticky plaque threatens to eat through the crown cement and the tooth enamel itself. Food residues between and on your teeth form this sticky substance quickly, and over time, it hardens into tartar. Both biofilms are a source of decay and gum disease.

So, not only brush your natural teeth and gums carefully twice a day according to American Dental Association rules but also, see your dentist semi-annually for an exam and cleaning. He'll inspect your crown for damage, decay, and inflammation at its margins.

Learn more

What can a dental crown do for your smile? Find out at a consultation with Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott. They are the crown experts in Ann Arbor, MI. Phone today for an appointment: (734) 994-3700.

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