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.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
December 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Visits  

It’s important to recognize when you should turn to a dentist for treatment and care.

Even though visiting a dentist is just as crucial as visiting the doctor each year, many Americans do not come in for their routine dental checkups. According to the American Dental Association, as many as 42 percent of Americans don’t see the dentist as often as they should. Here are four signs that it’s time to visit our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott.

You have a toothache

This is probably one of the most common reasons patients come into our office; however, we also want you to know that a toothache is a dental emergency that requires immediate treatment, so don’t put off that trip to or Ann Arbor, MI, dentist office. Putting off treatment will only make the problem worse. Most of the time, a toothache is a sign of a cavity; however, a toothache can also be a sign of an infected tooth, severe gum disease or an abscess.

You have red, inflamed gums

If you notice that your gums have become quite puffy, tender and red, these are all signs that you could have gum disease. While you may notice a spot or two of blood if you brush or floss just a little too vigorously if you notice persistent bleeding whenever you brush and floss this is a sign of periodontal disease. It’s time to come in for an evaluation, as untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even bone damage.

You have persistent bad breath

While waking up with morning breath may seem rather commonplace you shouldn’t deal with bad breath that lingers throughout the day, despite good oral hygiene. While you might expect bad breath after coffee, this isn’t something that you should be dealing with day in and day out. If you have chronic bad breath, this could be a sign of a cavity, periodontal disease or an underlying medical condition, so it’s important to see a dentist to find out what’s going on.

You sustained a dental injury

Whether you bit down on something very crunchy and chipped off a piece of your tooth or you are dealing with a toothache after being hit in the face with a football, it’s important that any and all dental injuries are treated like an emergency and that you see your Ann Arbor, MI, family dentist immediately. Most injuries can be fixed if you seek proper and immediate medical attention.

Whether you need to schedule your six-month dental cleaning with our Ann Arbor, MI, dentist or you’re dealing with serious dental problems that require emergency care, turn to the team at Walcott Dental. Call us at (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
November 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Porcelain veneers are ultra-slim shells of durable ceramic that are affixed to the front surfaces of teeth for an instant smile transformation. They are individually fabricated for each person and are crafted from a material that really resembles the look of your natural tooth enamel. Thanks to their realistic appearance as well as the host of functions they offer, porcelain veneers are considered one of the most popular and trusted cosmetic dentistry treatments today.

Here at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, your dentist, Dr. Wayne Walcott, or Dr. Brett Walcott, utilize porcelain veneers for a remarkable number of cosmetic treatments that range from teeth whitening to minor orthodontic enhancements.

What Porcelain Veneers Can Do For Your Smile

Few cosmetic dentistry procedures can provide the aesthetic benefits and comprehensive results that porcelain veneers can offer. In an instant, they can fix surface imperfections like cracks and chips. Veneers can likewise mask dark medicine stains that traditional teeth whitening treatment can’t resolve. Further, they can modify the shape of a tooth, making them the perfect treatment for people with proportionately worn, small, big, pointed, or oddly-shaped teeth.

Newer kinds of porcelain are also more durable and can reflect light just as well as natural tooth enamel. Likewise, they can be combined with other cosmetic dentistry procedures like crowns, gum reshaping, and teeth whitening to offer people impressive results and remarkable smiles.

Are You an Ideal Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

To qualify for porcelain veneers, patients must:

  • Be very dedicated to proper oral hygiene
  • Be in great overall and periodontal health
  • Have particular goals that are realistic
  • Have adequate healthy tooth enamel since your dentist will need to buff a thin enamel layer before installing the porcelain veneers

However, the only surefire way to determine your eligibility for porcelain veneers is through an evaluation by your dentist in Ann Arbor, MI. After assessing your current oral health, the condition of your tooth enamel, and health history, your dentist can then decide whether you’re suitable for porcelain veneers.

To Find Out If You Can Benefit From Porcelain Veneers, Speak to Us

Dial (734) 994-3700 to arrange an evaluation with your dentist here at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, Dr. Wayne Walcott, or Dr. Brett Walcott, today.

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.

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