By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Despite advancements in modern dentistry, it’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. still suffer from tooth loss, which is commonly due to injury, decay, or gum disease. For decades, the only teeth restorations available for people who have lost a tooth were dentures and dental bridges. But while these are very effective and will suffice for many people, some may find that dental implants are more suitable for them.

Implants serve as replacement teeth roots that will provide a durable foundation for removable and fixed teeth restorations designed to match your real teeth. If you’re interested in dental implants, a consultation with one of our dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott, here at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, can help to determine your eligibility.

How You Can Benefit from Dental Implants

  • Enhanced Overall Appearance: Implants actually feel and look like your natural teeth, and since they will gradually fuse with your jawbone, they will be permanent fixtures in your smile.
  • Improved Comfort: Since implants are permanent, you won’t have to worry as much when eating, speaking, laughing, or sleeping as you would with removable teeth replacement options.
  • Enhanced Self-Confidence: Because implants can give you a full and healthy smile, you’ll also feel more confident about yourself.
  • Easier Eating: Since dental implants work exactly like your real teeth, you can eat confidently knowing that you won’t feel any pain and experience issues when biting foods.
  • Enhanced Oral Health: Implants work like your real teeth so you can brush and floss them just like you would your real teeth, ensuring easier and proper oral hygiene. They also work to prevent resorption of your jawbone, keeping it intact.
  • Durability: Implants are made of titanium so they are extremely durable. They can even last you a lifetime with proper care and regular checkups with your dentists in Ann Arbor, MI.

To find out more about dental implants, call Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, at (734) 994-3700 to book a visit with one of our dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Sometimes, achieving your best smile requires more than brushing, flossing, and overall good oral hygiene. If your teeth are cracked, damaged, or missing, you may need the help of Wayne E. Walcott, DDS, MS of Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI. An expert in placing dental crowns and dental bridges, Dr. Walcott can restore your smile to its best state and have you feeling confident and comfortable.

Dental Crowns

If damage is your dental concern, crowns might be a good option for you. Here at our office in Ann Arbor, MI, our dentists can apply a permanent cap to your cracked, chipped, misshapen, or decayed tooth so that it looks good as new and is fully functional. Crowns are made of resin, metal, or ceramic material, making them durable and natural-looking.

Also suitable for teeth that have cavities too large to be filled, crowns are applied after your dentist properly resurfaces your tooth. During treatment, we will make an impression of your tooth and commission a crown to be created. Once the crown is finished, you will return to our office to have it affixed to your natural tooth with a permanent adhesive. If needed, your dentist will adjust the shape and positioning so you can chew, talk, and bite with ease.

Dental Bridges

If you have a tooth that is completely missing, you may find a bridge to be your best choice for reconstruction. Your dentist can use a bridge to fill the gap so that you not only look great, but it can also eat comfortably. A bridge uses an artificial tooth, colored and shaped to blend in with your natural teeth, that is supported by the teeth to its left and right. Your dentist will make sure that it is held securely in place, ensuring that the bridge is fully functional and undetectable.

Interested? Give Us a Call

Whether you need bridges, crowns, or another restorative dental procedure, Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, is ready to serve you. Call (734) 994-3700 today for your appointment.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
September 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign   clear correct  

Invisalign, or Clear Correct, clear aligners from your Ann Arbor dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, discreetly deliver well-aligned smiles. Using innovative Smart Track acrylic, these customized aligner pairs re-position crooked, gapped teeth, in order to give adults healthy smiles that they will love.

Who wants a crooked smile?

The answer is no one. After all, poor smile aesthetics not only impact your self-confidence, but your oral and systemic health, as well.

Still, some people dislike the idea of wearing traditional metal braces. Fortunately, there is an alternative...

The answer is clear

For millions of adults in the US and across the world, the best choice is Invisalign. Made of amazingly thin Smart Track plastic, these aligners move teeth accurately, quickly, and discreetly according to your specific treatment plan.

As an Invisalign patient in Ann Arbor, you'll undergo a total dental examination and a special three-dimensional scan. If Dr. Wolcott sees that Invisalign can work for you, he'll send information to the Invisalign lab. After that, you will receive custom-made aligner pairs—18 to 30 in all—each worn for about two weeks.

While you progress through your treatment sequence, you will continually see your smile change for the better. In the end, you'll wear a Vivera retainer to keep your teeth in perfect alignment.

Other benefits of Invisalign

  • Versatility: Invisalign appliances correct numerous orthodontic issues such as protruding front teeth, gaps, crowding, overbite, underbite, and more.
  • Removability: Take them out for meals, brushing, flossing, and special events.
  • Comfort: Smooth and super-thin, Invisalign aligners don't irritate your lips and gums.
  • Easy care: To clean your aligners, simply remove and brush them with a mild toothpaste and clear water.
  • Simple check-ups: See Dr. Walcott every four-to-six weeks so that he can check your progress and deliver the next pairs of aligners in your treatment plan.

It's so true

Keep your smile healthy and looking great with Invisalign aligners from Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott. Phone the Ann Arbor office team today to schedule an appointment: (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
July 16, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Repairing and saving teeth--those are the main jobs of dental crowns. Crafted from high-grade ceramic, these restorations preserve and protect teeth above the gum line, maximizing oral function and smile aesthetics. Your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott can tell you the many benefits of crowns and if they're right for your oral health needs.

Dental crowns and how dentists use them

They've been around literally for generations, composed of materials such as resilient gold, metal alloys fused to ceramic and today's most frequent choice--lifelike porcelain. When a tooth deteriorates or is damaged to the point that a patient considers extraction, your Ann Arbor, MI may offer a crown to cover the tooth above gum level.

First, the Ann Arbor, MI, dentist confirms the need and suitability for a crown by examining and X-raying the weak tooth. If he deems a crown appropriate, he numbs the tooth and uses a high-speed drill to remove decay and old fillings. What's left is healthy tooth structure, sized to receive its porcelain cap.

Oral impressions and instructions from Dr. Walcott tell the dental technician how to create the crown. It may take a week or so for the restoration to return from the lab. Usually, the patient wears a temporary crown in the interim.

For final crown placement, the dentist removes the temporary cap, surface prepares the tooth and bonds on the new crown with a light-activated cement. With a final adjustment for bite, Dr. Walcott completes the procedure.

Benefits of dental crowns

  1. You get to keep your tooth even if extensively damaged through accident, decay, or infection.
  2. With proper oral hygiene at home and at the dental office, crowns last for many years.
  3. Surrounding teeth stay strong and well-supported.
  4. You bite and chew normally.
  5. Your smile looks great because today's dental porcelain is beautifully color-matched and has a sheen, texture, and durability similar to natural tooth enamel.
  6. They restore teeth which have had root canal therapy.
  7. They restore dental implants.
  8. They support multi-tooth bridges.

Learn more about dental crowns

Call the office of Dr. Brett Walcott and Dr. Wayne Wolcott in Ann Arbor, MI, today! You'll receive all the information you need to make the right decision about your oral health and smile appearance. Phone (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
May 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: White Fillings  

If you have teeth weakened by infection or decay, you need to hear about white fillings! Durable enough to withstand daily tooth actions smilesuch as biting and chewing, white fillings blend in with the natural teeth to create an attractive, functional smile! Read on to learn how Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor dentists, regularly restore their patients' smile with these wonderful restorations!


What are White Fillings?

White fillings are dental fillings made from a blend of plastic resins and silica fillers. These makeup materials give the restorations a natural look that readily blends in with the surrounding natural teeth—something that traditional silver fillings cannot do.

White fillings are set in place in a manner similar to other filling types. Decayed areas are first removed from the affected tooth, after which the interior is cleaned out. Once clean, the white filling material is placed in the tooth and dried with a special light that helps the filling material bond to the tooth. The final result is a fully restored tooth free of decay that can perform biting and chewing functions again!


Advantages of White Fillings

White dental fillings offer several advantages—even on top of their famous ability to blend in with smiles! For instance, they can also preserve more healthy tooth structure than some other types of fillings. This is because, to hold silver amalgam fillings in place, it is sometimes necessary to make several undercuts in a tooth. Making these undercuts means removing healthy tooth structure, which is not necessary with white fillings since the material readily bonds with the tooth as it dries.

Other advantages of white fillings include how they:

  • Discreetly blend in with the natural teeth
  • Strengthen teeth affected by infection or decay
  • Prevent infection or decay from spreading to other areas
  • Restore normal biting and chewing functions in affected teeth
  • Eliminate the risk of exposure to the metals in other types of fillings


Interested? Give Our Ann Arbor Office a Call!

To learn more about how white fillings and if they are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wayne or Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor dentists, by calling the dental office at (734) 994-3700.

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