By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Tooth PainThere are certain ailments that when you experience them, you know exactly what they are. It's fairly easy to guess when you have a cold or strep throat, for example, and anyone who's had a broken bone knows the feeling immediately. Dental problems can be a little more difficult to discern for the layperson, but there are certain signs and symptoms that can help you decide whether it's a temporary problem or something that needs an evaluation from your Delta Dental providers, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott in Ann Arbor, MI. In this post, the reasons why root canals are needed and how patients might know if one is in their future is outlined.

Why are root canals necessary?

The outside of each of your teeth is covered in a hard mineral-rich substance called enamel. In fact, it's the hardest material found in the body. However, the inside of the teeth are made up of soft tissues, blood vessels, and nerves, and if the enamel becomes damaged from decay or trauma, the inside of the tooth becomes vulnerable to infection. When this happens, you may need to visit your Ann Arbor dentist for a root canal, which removes the inner structures of the tooth but keeps the outer portion intact. A strong rubber material acts as the filling for the entire tooth, which is reinforced with a crown to keep it looking and functioning as it should.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

A root canal might be scheduled for you if you're experiencing pain while biting down or chewing; this is often due to the outside of a broken tooth rubbing up against its inner tissues. You may also notice tooth sensitivity when drinking or eating things that are very hot or very cold; often the tingling, painful sensation will last for a minute or longer. This is because the nerves inside the tooth are no longer protected by the enamel and are responding to these stimuli.

If you think you need a root canal, or you have other questions, contact your Delta Dental providers, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, in Ann Arbor, MI, today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have questions about Invisalign or Clear Correct from your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist?invisalign, clear correct

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign and Clear Correct are discreet. They consist of plastic, clear aligners. If a patient has minor tooth imperfections, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth, Invisalign or Clear Correct are a great option.

Traditional braces may be necessary if there are major cosmetic issues, like severe overbite, or major crowding.

Invisalign or Clear Correct work by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and older teens who have job interviews, weddings, or prom to attend.

The treatment may take about one year, depending on your dental needs, and consists of trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 20 hours per day, and can be removed if you have an event, but that's unnecessary since they're invisible.

Invisalign or Clear Correct allow you to have more dietary choices. Simply biting into an apple can ruin traditional wires, but you don't need to worry about that when it comes to clear aligners. Aligners are comfortable because the thin, flexible material doesn't irritate soft tissues in the mouth, unlike metal wires of braces. There's definitely an improved oral hygiene since the trays are removable. This means you can brush and floss your teeth with ease, as well as clean out the trays. If you have a teeth-grinding problem, clear aligners can act as a nightguard.

In order to take proper care of your clear aligners, as mentioned above, you need to clean them out daily. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, at the very least, and floss at least once before bed.

Visit your Ann Arbor dentist periodically during and after your treatment. You'll need to wear retainers given to you and have your teeth professionally cleaned to prevent plaque buildup and formation of cavities.

If you have any questions or need more information about Invisalign or Clear Correct, call your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
February 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentists in Ann Arbor want you to knoworal hygiene

When you keep good oral hygiene habits, you are protecting more than just your smile. Did you know that an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease? The truth is a healthy mouth is vital to enjoying great health throughout your lifetime. Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI want to share how you can keep good oral hygiene habits to protect your smile and your health.

Tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease all have one thing in common, plaque! The reason why plaque is so damaging is because it contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce poisons which can destroy your teeth, gums, and supporting bone. When you keep good oral hygiene habits, it prevents bacterial plaque from doing damage to your smile and your health.

You can tell which people keep good oral hygiene habits. They are the people with light pink, healthy gums, and white teeth with few or no dental fillings or other restorations. You want to be one of these people, and you can join this lucky club by practicing good oral hygiene.

Every good oral hygiene program consists of:

Brushing your teeth after each meal and before you go to sleep; many people prefer a sonic or electric toothbrush. If you use a conventional toothbrush, make certain it has soft-bristles to avoid damaging your teeth.

Use a toothpaste containing fluoride; many “natural” types of toothpaste don’t contain fluoride, so they provide no protection against tooth decay. Check to see that your toothpaste has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.

You should also floss your teeth at least once daily because brushing doesn’t get in between your teeth where most cavities and gum disease starts.

Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least once each year for x-rays and a dental exam. Dental exams are the best way to prevent a dental problem before it can start. You should also have professional dental cleanings every six months, more often if you have periodontal disease.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits is easier than you think, and well worth your time and effort. A healthy smile looks better and keeps you healthy too! For more information about keeping good oral hygiene habits, call Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
December 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Cancer  

Do you visit the dentist every six months? Regular visits not only ensure that your teeth are healthy but also play a role in protecting your oral cancergeneral health. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, explain how oral cancer screenings can help you stay healthy.

Oral cancer screenings are part of every checkup

Oral cancer screenings only take a few minutes, but are an important part of regular dental visits. Every year, more than 49,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer, according to Cancer.net. As with every form of cancer, early detection increases your chances of a successful outcome if you are diagnosed with oral cancer.

Oral and oropharyngeal cancers affect your gums, cheeks, lips, tongue, the base of your tongue, roof of your mouth, throat, voice box or trachea. The symptoms are often subtle and can be confused with minor mouth issues, such as canker sores. Common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Pain in your mouth, lips, tongue, neck or throat
  • Sores that don't heal after a week or two
  • Red or white spots
  • A lump in your mouth, throat, tongue or neck
  • A change in your bite (the way your teeth fit together)
  • Rough, crusty patches anywhere in your mouth
  • Chronic hoarseness, sore throat or throat irritation
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in the fit of your dentures

These signs and symptoms don't automatically mean you have cancer. Other issues may be responsible for your condition. For example, loose teeth can be caused by a blow to the mouth or gum disease. If we do notice possible signs of cancer during your visit to our Ann Arbor office, we'll recommend a biopsy to determine if there are cancerous cells present. If you do have the disease, a variety of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy or radiation may be needed to eliminate the cancerous cells and protect your health.

Regular oral cancer screenings offer life-saving benefits. Call our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 to schedule your checkup and cancer screening.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you're not happy with the way your teeth look, you don't have to live with a smile that's less than dazzling. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, veneersDr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, explain how veneers can correct a variety of common tooth flaws.

What are veneers?

Veneers provide an excellent way to conceal imperfections that only affect the front of your teeth. The tooth-shaped porcelain shells are cemented on your teeth after a tiny amount of enamel has been improved in our Ann Arbor office. Veneers are extremely durable and available in many shades of white. With proper care, your veneers can last 10 years or longer before they need to be replaced.

Are veneers the right choice for me?

Veneers offer the ideal way to treat many smile issues. They're often used to hide wear and tear and minor damage, including chips and cracks. If your teeth are noticeably bumpy or pitted, concealing these imperfections beneath a thin layer of porcelain is an excellent way to improve your smile.

Crooked and oddly shaped teeth can also be improved with the addition of veneers, as can teeth that are pointed or twisted. Do you have spaces between your teeth? Veneers are ideal for eliminating slight gaps that can spoil your smile. They're just as effective in lengthening teeth, particularly those that have become shorter due to grinding.

Veneers provide a long-term way to conceal discolorations. Whether your discolored tooth occurred due to a large filling or root canal, or even as a result of tetracycline use when you were just a toddler, adding a veneer offers a simple solution to the problem.

Have you tried teeth whitening in the past but were unimpressed with the results? When whitening doesn't deliver the bright smile you'd hoped, veneers provide a better option. You can choose the level of whiteness for your smile and won't need to worry about stains. Veneers won't discolor even if you regularly drink coffee, wine, tea or cola.

Are you ready to enhance your smile with veneers? Call our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 to schedule an appointment.





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