Posts for category: Oral Health

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
July 16, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Repairing and saving teeth--those are the main jobs of dental crowns. Crafted from high-grade ceramic, these restorations preserve and protect teeth above the gum line, maximizing oral function and smile aesthetics. Your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott can tell you the many benefits of crowns and if they're right for your oral health needs.

Dental crowns and how dentists use them

They've been around literally for generations, composed of materials such as resilient gold, metal alloys fused to ceramic and today's most frequent choice--lifelike porcelain. When a tooth deteriorates or is damaged to the point that a patient considers extraction, your Ann Arbor, MI may offer a crown to cover the tooth above gum level.

First, the Ann Arbor, MI, dentist confirms the need and suitability for a crown by examining and X-raying the weak tooth. If he deems a crown appropriate, he numbs the tooth and uses a high-speed drill to remove decay and old fillings. What's left is healthy tooth structure, sized to receive its porcelain cap.

Oral impressions and instructions from Dr. Walcott tell the dental technician how to create the crown. It may take a week or so for the restoration to return from the lab. Usually, the patient wears a temporary crown in the interim.

For final crown placement, the dentist removes the temporary cap, surface prepares the tooth and bonds on the new crown with a light-activated cement. With a final adjustment for bite, Dr. Walcott completes the procedure.

Benefits of dental crowns

  1. You get to keep your tooth even if extensively damaged through accident, decay, or infection.
  2. With proper oral hygiene at home and at the dental office, crowns last for many years.
  3. Surrounding teeth stay strong and well-supported.
  4. You bite and chew normally.
  5. Your smile looks great because today's dental porcelain is beautifully color-matched and has a sheen, texture, and durability similar to natural tooth enamel.
  6. They restore teeth which have had root canal therapy.
  7. They restore dental implants.
  8. They support multi-tooth bridges.

Learn more about dental crowns

Call the office of Dr. Brett Walcott and Dr. Wayne Wolcott in Ann Arbor, MI, today! You'll receive all the information you need to make the right decision about your oral health and smile appearance. Phone (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
August 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Dental VisitDo you, like many others, put off visiting the dentist? No matter your reason, avoiding the dentist can have serious implications for your smile. Untreated dental issues like teeth decay and gum disease can result in pain, discomfort, or even tooth loss. Luckily, routine dental examinations help you keep your teeth healthy and free from the substances which cause decay and help you avoid invasive dental procedures. How often should you visit your dentist? Find out more with Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI.

Why are preventative dental appointments necessary? 
Preventative dental appointments allow you to stop serious dental issues like teeth decay and gum disease in their tracks by keeping your teeth healthy and clean. Both teeth decay and gum disease progress slowly, giving your dentist the opportunity to find and treat these problems in their earliest stages. Preventative dental care includes an examination to search for problems, a professional dental cleaning performed by a dental hygienist, and, if necessary, simple procedures to repair a damaged or decayed tooth, such as a dental filling.

How often should I see my dentist? 
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist twice a year for routine dental examinations and professional cleanings. This is a blanket recommendation regardless of age, dental condition, or existing problems with your smile. Some patients may require more frequent visits with their dentist than others. Work with your dentist to find the best examination and cleaning schedule for your smile.

Routine Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Ann Arbor, MI
Seeing your dentist is only half of a strong oral care routine. The ADA also recommends brushing twice a day and flossing at least once using the proper techniques. Use a soft toothbrush and brush for at least two minutes every brushing session. Floss between each tooth and be sure to reach behind the last molars in each quadrant of your mouth.

For more information on preventative dental care, please contact Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI. Call (734) 994-3700 to schedule your appointment with your dentist 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
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth extraction  

Tooth extractions aren't as common as they used to be, but there are certain instances where they're still used. Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr.Tooth extraction Brett Walcott, your dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, list a few of the reasons you might need a tooth extracted, or pulled, and what can be done afterward to replace it.

Severe decay

If a tooth - or several teeth - are so damaged by decay that fillings, crowns or root canals are impossible, your Ann Arbor dentist may recommend extractions to stop pain, infection and other problems.

Orthodontic appliances

Major crowding of the teeth may make application of braces difficult or impossible. Extractions of teeth, most often molars, can help make room for the other teeth to straighten out. After your Ann Arbor dentist puts the braces on, the remaining teeth fill in the empty spaces as they move into the guided position.

Wisdom teeth

The third molars, better known as wisdom teeth, cause problems for many of Dr. Walcott's patients due to their size and their tendency to grow in crookedly or unevenly. To avoid infection and prevent alignment problems, wisdom teeth are commonly extracted.‚Äč

Replacing an extracted tooth

After an extraction, your Ann Arbor dentist will discuss restoration options with you, including dentures, crowns and bridges, or dental implants. Replacing extracted teeth not only makes your smile look better, it also protects the health of your remaining teeth by restoring the stability that the missing tooth provided prior to being removed.

If you think you need a tooth extraction, an evaluation from Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor, MI dentists, is the first step. Contact Walcott Dental to set up an appointment today!