Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
May 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: White Fillings  

If you have teeth weakened by infection or decay, you need to hear about white fillings! Durable enough to withstand daily tooth actions smilesuch as biting and chewing, white fillings blend in with the natural teeth to create an attractive, functional smile! Read on to learn how Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor dentists, regularly restore their patients' smile with these wonderful restorations!

 

What are White Fillings?

White fillings are dental fillings made from a blend of plastic resins and silica fillers. These makeup materials give the restorations a natural look that readily blends in with the surrounding natural teeth—something that traditional silver fillings cannot do.

White fillings are set in place in a manner similar to other filling types. Decayed areas are first removed from the affected tooth, after which the interior is cleaned out. Once clean, the white filling material is placed in the tooth and dried with a special light that helps the filling material bond to the tooth. The final result is a fully restored tooth free of decay that can perform biting and chewing functions again!

 

Advantages of White Fillings

White dental fillings offer several advantages—even on top of their famous ability to blend in with smiles! For instance, they can also preserve more healthy tooth structure than some other types of fillings. This is because, to hold silver amalgam fillings in place, it is sometimes necessary to make several undercuts in a tooth. Making these undercuts means removing healthy tooth structure, which is not necessary with white fillings since the material readily bonds with the tooth as it dries.

Other advantages of white fillings include how they:

  • Discreetly blend in with the natural teeth
  • Strengthen teeth affected by infection or decay
  • Prevent infection or decay from spreading to other areas
  • Restore normal biting and chewing functions in affected teeth
  • Eliminate the risk of exposure to the metals in other types of fillings

 

Interested? Give Our Ann Arbor Office a Call!

To learn more about how white fillings and if they are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wayne or Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor dentists, by calling the dental office at (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
March 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants have revolutionized modern tooth replacement. Replacing missing teeth, stabilizing remaining teeth and improving the Implantquantity and quality of supporting bone, implants act, look and feel real. Your dentists in Ann Arbor, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, use these terrific prosthetics to replace missing teeth. Learn if you could restore your smile with dental implants.

When you lose a tooth...

Tooth loss changes the oral landscape--both smile appearance and function. But, did you know that it also degrades your jaw bone and gums? That's right. Even losing one tooth compromises the health, strength and size of supporting hard and soft tissues. Remaining teeth tend to migrate, and dental alignment and facial structure change.

The answer to these dilemmas depends on accurate and expedient tooth replacement. If a dentist can get an artificial root into the empty tooth socket soon after extraction, bone loss is averted, and a smile has a better chance of full restoration.

Replacing teeth

You may be a candidate for today's best tooth replacement: the dental implant. The dental implant resembles a real tooth. It has a titanium root which your Ann Arbor dentist puts right into the jaw, a metal alloy abutment to extend that implant above the gums and a realistic porcelain crown to provide natural biting, chewing and smile appearance. Your candidacy for dental implants depends on how strong your jaw bone is.

Likely you are a good candidate, as verified by exam and special digital scans. The American Dental Association says about five million individuals receive dental implants in the US each and every year.

What's the secret?

In other words, why do dental implants work so well? Osseointegration is key to implant success and longevity. This natural process bonds the jaw bone to the titanium implant. While it takes several weeks of healing to fully integrate the implant and the jaw, you'll be well pleased with the results. Plus, the more you use your implant after the initial healing period, the more durable the new tooth will become. It should last you for the rest of your life!

Caring for dental implants

As the saying goes, it's not rocket science. Caring for your implant as easy as twice a day brushing and once a day flossing. Get your six-month check-ups and professional cleanings at the dental office, too.

Additionally, avoid two detrimental habits:

  1. Bruxism--that is, clenching or grinding your teeth. Ask Dr. Walcott about a bite guard.
  2. Smoking because the toxins in tobacco inflame gum tissue and can cause an implant to fail

Find out more
Looking for your best possible smile? Then, arrange your dental implant consultation with Dr. Brett Walcott or Dr. Wayne Wolcott and get all the details. Call the office at (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Dental VeneersIf you stay current on celebrity news, you likely know about the frequent use of dental veneers to keep the brightest stars in Hollywood shining. Veneers are one of the most comprehensive cosmetic dental treatment available today, giving the wearer a complete smile makeover. Your dentists Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott offer veneers to their patients right here in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Learn more about how your hometown dentists use veneers to completely rejuvenate your smile.

All-inclusive restoration

Instead of using separate treatments to address multiple cosmetic flaws, such as chips, gaps, or discolorations, veneers cover them all with a thin section of beautiful, durable porcelain. Your Ann Arbor dentist can place a single veneer or several; many people choose to cover all their teeth that show when they smile - typically between four and ten - to ensure a perfect match.

Minimally invasive

Veneers are designed for people with healthy teeth that display superficial flaws like those we've mentioned above. That means that with veneers from your Ann Arbor dentist, you still retain all of your natural teeth. A small layer of enamel (the tooth's hard outer covering) will need to be pared down in order to ensure that the veneers fit comfortably and attractively.

Low maintenance

Veneers don't need any special treatment after your Ann Arbor dentist places them. Simply brush and floss to keep the natural teeth beneath them healthy, and make sure you stay current on your visits to Dr. Walcott. With proper care, veneers can last a decade or more before they'll need to be replaced or reattached.

Don't wait any longer to have the smile you've always dreamed of having. Contact the dental office of Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott to schedule a consultation about veneers today!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Not every patient can tolerate the idea of wearing metal braces for years to fix their orthodontic issues. This is especially true for adult patients and older teens who are very conscientious about their appearance for social and professional reasons. You might be a candidate to have your smile treated with Invisalign or Clear Correct if you want a more discreet orthodontic solution. This treatment is available at the Ann Arbor, MI office of your dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott  and  Dr. Brett Walcott.

What Is Invisalign or Clear Correct? 
Invisalign or Clear Correct braces are tooth-shaped trays made of a clear, flexible plastic material. As the name suggests, they align the teeth “invisibly,” with no need for permanently attached metal brackets. The trays are designed to be worn over the teeth for about 20-22 hours each day. The shape of the trays encourages your teeth to shift position over time. You must visit your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists every few weeks or as directed to pick up a new tray to continue the treatment. 

Invisalign and Clear Correct Are Discreet
One of the most notable benefits of Invisalign or Clear Correct is that they move the teeth gently and discreetly. Everyone doesn’t have to know that you’re going through an orthodontic treatment, as is often the case with standard braces. You can smile and talk while wearing the clear tray, and many people won’t even notice you’re wearing one. If you don’t feel comfortable in a close encounter, you can remove the tray, put it in its case for a short while, then put it back on.

Invisalign and Clear Correct Are Easy to Manage
Wearing metal braces can be a challenge—especially since you don’t have the option to take them off when they become uncomfortable. The brackets can irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, and when food gets stuck between them it takes time and patience to remove the particles. Invisalign or Clear Correct is a relatively easy treatment—just put them on when you’re sleeping, working, reading, and going about your day. Take them off to eat and clean your teeth. In many cases, results are visible after about six to 12 months, so you won’t have to commit to years of treatment.

A Discreet Way to Straighten Your Smile
A straighter smile is a better smile—both for cosmetic and functional reasons. Talk to dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott at their Ann Arbor, MI office to determine if Invisalign or Clear Correct braces are right for you. Call (734) 994-3700 today for an appointment.

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!