By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
June 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: White Fillings  

Find out why composite fillings are the most popular way to restore a decaying tooth.

Has our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott just detected a cavity during your last dental visit? If so, you may be feeling a bit frustrated. Don’t worry; removing a cavity is easy. Of course, once the decayed enamel is removed you may be wondering how your dentist will restore the tooth. After all, you can’t just leave holes in the tooth. This is where a dental filling comes in.

What is a dental filling?

In order to rebuild and strengthen a tooth after decay, our Ann Arbor, MI, general dentists will need to fill those areas of the tooth with a special material. In most cases, a dental filling is made from resin and ceramic, which are highly durable and also match the color and look of real tooth enamel.

What are the benefits of white fillings?

The most obvious benefit is that a white filling is going to blend in with the rest of the tooth so it’s not visible. The purpose of a filling is to look as much like real tooth enamel as possible so that we can fully restore it and also make teeth look healthier and natural. Before placing the resin our dentist will choose the appropriate shade so it blends in.

Another benefit of white fillings that most people don’t even realize is that the filling bonds to the tooth directly. This makes the tooth structurally more sound and stronger. Plus, more of the tooth’s natural structure is preserved when getting white fillings, which also protects the tooth’s overall structural integrity.

By not having to remove as much enamel from the tooth in order to place a white filling we create a long-lasting solution. Thanks to the fact that white fillings are bonded directly to the tooth to create a more dependable seal between the filling and tooth this also lessens the chances that a new cavity may form under the filling.

Have questions about getting a dental filling? Worried that you may have cavities? If so, our Ann Arbor, MI, family dentists can help. Schedule an appointment with our dental team today by calling (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
April 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain  

What is Causing My Tooth Pain?

Tooth pain arises when the nerve in a tooth’s root or a nerve surrounding the tooth becomes irritated. Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of a toothache. Pain can radiate from the affected tooth throughout your jaw. Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott are dentists at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI. They specialize in treating all forms of tooth pain.

Causes of Toothache

Toothache can be caused by a variety of factors including:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Injury to a tooth or gum

While home and over-the-counter treatments may alleviate your pain temporarily, tooth pain will usually require medical treatment from a dentist.

Toothache Symptoms

Ann Arbor residents should call Dr, Walcott if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • A persistent dull ache
  • Throbbing pain
  • Inflamed, swollen gums
  • Jaw ache
  • Bad taste in the mouth

Don’t suffer tooth pain in silence, visit your dentist straight away. The sooner you get your toothache treated, the more chance you have of saving your tooth.

Our Ann Arbor office is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. However, we are available to manage dental emergencies. If you are having a dental emergency, such as tooth pain, call Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, by dialing (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
April 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

The foundation of great oral care is having clean teeth. This does not only involve your actual teeth, but also the area where the gums and teeth meet to stop gum disease. You also need to take care of other components of your mouth like your tongue to keep bacteria away. Besides regular visits here at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, to consult with our dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, you must also do the following things:

Brushing Basics

Building a great oral care routine begins with proper tooth brushing. Basically, this means having:

  1. The Right Toothbrush: Choose soft bristles and a medium-sized toothbrush so it can fit in your mouth to thoroughly clean teeth and gums.
  2. A Brushing Technique: Brush at a slight angle with the bristles focusing on the area between the teeth and gums. Use a circular motion with short back-and-forth movements. Never use too much pressure, and don’t miss the chewing surfaces of the teeth or the tongue.
  3. Clean Brushes: Rinse the toothbrush after every use and allow it to air dry in an upright position. Make sure that toothbrushes are stored separately and individually covered to avoid cross-contamination including prevention of bacteria growth.
  4. Time to Replace: Toothbrushes are not meant to last forever so you need to replace it quarterly or even sooner depending on its actual state.

A Solid Oral Care Routine

Great oral care routines may start with tooth brushing, but it does not end there. You need more to keep your entire mouth healthy. Here are things you can do:

  1. Importance of Fluoride: Dental specialists have established the importance of fluoride in oral health. It is therefore wise to include fluoride toothpaste and even supplements in your oral care routine to further improve the health of your teeth and gums.
  2. Flossing: Great oral care routines should always include flossing. Combining brushing and flossing effectively removes sugar, bacteria, and any other remaining material in your mouth for better hygiene and care.
  3. A Balanced Diet: When it comes to protecting your teeth and gums, the food that you eat plays an important part. This means less sugar and starches to minimize acids that can damage your teeth.

Regular Dental Visits

If you want to build a great oral care routine, then your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist should be a huge part of it. Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleaning allows for proper examination of your mouth. These help to identify other potential threats to your oral health during its early stages so that it can be addressed immediately.

Need Oral Health Advice? Contact Us

Contact Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, by dialing (734) 994-3700.

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.

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