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.

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.

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