By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
March 24, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Accidents happen! Yes, even to your smile. Whether you are dealing with extensive decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott of Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, are here to tell you how getting dental crowns and bridges could turn your smile around.

What are crowns and bridges?

These fixed dental restorations are custom-made just for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance while a dental bridge is used to fill gaps and replace one or more missing teeth.

Why might I get a crown?

A crown is a very versatile restoration that can be used to protect a tooth from further damage. A tooth weakened by decay, infection, or trauma can often benefit from getting a crown. A crown will surround the tooth and provide a stronger and more durable outer layer of protection.

A crown may be recommended by our Ann Arbor, MI, restorative dentist if you have a cracked, fractured, or broken tooth, if you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored, or if you just underwent root canal therapy.

When are dental bridges needed?

A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge, which contains false teeth, will be fused together with the crowns to anchor the artificial teeth in the middle.

Dental crowns and bridges offer an array of benefits, from treating tooth loss and filling gaps left behind by missing teeth, to protecting teeth from further damage and improving the aesthetics of your smile. 

Do you want to know more about dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, all you have to do is call Eastside Family Dentistry at (734) 994-3700. Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott of Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, would be happy to discuss dental restorations with you.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
February 18, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your front teeth? Dental veneers are widely used to improve the appearance of front teeth and are a much more conservative option than a full dental crown. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of staining, large gaps, large fillings, chipped teeth, or overall shape. Veneers are a thin covering over the front and biting end of the tooth used to restore the beauty of a smile. Over the years Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott have helped many patients who opted for veneers and now have the confidence to smile again. All they had to do is schedule their first appointment with Walcott Dental, PLLC, in Ann Arbor, MI.

Dental veneers are made in a lab from long-lasting porcelain materials. The shade can be chosen to any desired color to whiten the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are usually placed on the anterior, or front teeth, where the chewing forces are not as hard as the back teeth. The process of placing veneers is relatively easy, requiring only two dental appointments. In some cases, only one appointment is needed. It depends on the fabrication process.

The first appointment is to “prep” the teeth and takes an impression to be sent to a lab to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are fairly conservative in the preparation as it requires a small amount of space to be created on the face (front), bottom, and sides of each tooth to allow space for the veneer to be placed and look natural. You will leave the office with temporary veneers for the next week or two while the permanent veneers are being made.

The second appointment is to place the veneers and make minor adjustments if needed. What a difference it makes in the appearance of the teeth! If you’re interested in learning more, give Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott a call today! To reach Walcott Dental, PLLC, in Ann Arbor, MI, call (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
December 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

White fillings in Ann Arbor, MI are a versatile, affordable, and effective solution for people who want natural-looking teeth. At Walcott Dental, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott offer fillings and other cosmetic dentistry services for patients who want to restore the natural, healthy look of their smile.

Exploring Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are a minimally invasive procedure that " fills in" a part of a tooth that's lost some or all of its natural structure. White fillings in Ann Arbor, MI restore the strength, structure, and bite balance of your teeth.

In many cases, the doctors at Walcott Dental use fillings to restore teeth after treatment for cavities. Although you can choose to have your teeth filled with a metal-based filling, white filling looks more natural because it's made from composite resin.

Advantages of White Fillings

Over the years, white fillings have gained in popularity among dental patients. Here are a few reasons why many people now prefer white fillings over metal-based fillings:

  • Made to match the natural look of teeth
  • Bond to teeth, restores original strength
  • Increased durability – material doesn't expand and contract like metal fillings
  • Less sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Much safer than metal fillings

Restores Your Smile's Natural Look

One of the biggest benefits is that dentists can "shade match" your white fillings. So, the doctors can blend the fillings in with the natural color of your surrounding teeth. Also, once the fillings harden, the doctors will polish the composite resin to restore your teeth and your smile's natural appearance.

How Do the Doctors Place the Fillings?

Fortunately, placing the fillings is an easy, comfortable procedure. Once the doctors restore your teeth after a cavity or other treatment, they will clean and sanitize the affected area, and then they will use an etching material and place it directly into your teeth. Once the material hardens, it will bond your teeth.

As an added benefit, composite resin fillings don’t require the doctors to remove any healthy tooth material to shape your teeth (which is often needed with metal fillings). The composite resin forms a mechanical and physical bond between your teeth – and ultimately leads to a long-lasting, natural-looking smile.

At Walcott Dental, both Dr. Walcotts and their team are ready to restore your natural smile using white fillings in Ann Arbor, MI. Call (734) 994-3700 today to learn more about white fillings and other available cosmetic dentistry procedures.  

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.

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