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By Brighton Family Dentistry
January 26, 2018
Category: Dental
Tags: Root Canal  

The thought of undergoing a root canal can be stressful for some people. However, the procedure is nothing to fear and it can spare your root canaltooth from being extracted. If you wait too long to have a root canal done, it might be too late to save your damaged or infected tooth. There are several signs you may need a root canal. You should see a dentist as soon as possible if you develop any of the signs. At Brighton Family Dentistry, Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva, and Dr. Wendy Jativa are your dentist for root canals in Brighton, MI.

The Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure is nothing to fear. In fact, it is comparable to having a cavity filled. As with a cavity, the dentist drills into the tooth to remove infection and decay from the center of the tooth and its root. After clearing out any infection and decay, the dentist cleans the interior of the tooth and root before sealing it and protecting the tooth with a dental crown. This prevents further infection from developing and also strengthens the tooth. The newly strengthened tooth will be able to bite and chew again without pain and sensitivity.

Root Canal Signs

There are several signs you may need a root canal. If you develop symptoms associated with needing a root canal and the symptoms persist for several days, see a dentist right away. Signs and symptoms you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe and persistent mouth pain
  • Developing a severe toothache
  • Sharp pain when biting or chewing food
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • The feeling of constant pressure in the mouth

Benefits of Root Canals

Root canals offer multiple benefits. They spare your natural tooth so that you can avoid having it pulled out. Root canals also strengthen weak or damaged teeth, which helps restore normal biting and chewing functions. Root canals also remove infection and decay and help prevent infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth. Further, following your root canal procedure, any pain, sensitivity, or discomfort you were experiencing will be eliminated. Finally, the root canal procedure is almost as simple as having a cavity filled.

Signs you may need a root canal include a severe toothache, severe mouth pain, or the feeling of constant pressure in the mouth. Seeing a dentist for a root canal as soon as possible can spare your tooth and eliminate the need for extraction. For root canals in Brighton, schedule an appointment with Dr. Petersburg, Dr. Giammalva, or Dr. Jativa by calling Brighton Family Dentistry at (810) 227-4224.

By Brighton Family Dentistry
November 17, 2017
Category: Dental

If you seriously damage a tooth, is extraction unavoidable? For the right answer, consult the experts at Brighton Family Dentistry. Dr. Brian dental crownsPetersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva and Dr. Wendy Jativa offer Brighton, MI dental crowns which cover and protect ailing teeth above the gum line. Discover the many benefits of these reliable and durable restorations.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Appropriate for teeth with deep decay, dental abscess, damage from oral trauma and more, dental crowns normalize appearance and facilitate functions such as biting, chewing and speaking.

To qualify you for a dental crown, your dentist at Brighton Family Dentistry carefully inspects your tooth and surrounding gums. He or she X-rays the site, removes the damaged portions of the tooth and if needed, performs root canal therapy if the interior pulp has been compromised by infection.

Then, the dentist shapes the remaining healthy enamel to receive the crown. Oral impressions and a detailed treatment plan tell the dental lab how to precisely craft your restoration. After the crown returns from the lab, your dentist permanently cements it in place, adjusting if for accurate fit and bite.

Benefits of your new crown

The American College of Prosthodontists states that the single-tooth crown is dentistry's most frequently placed restoration. Why is it so popular? Well, dentists would rather crown a tooth than extract it because of the many deleterious effects of tooth loss. Smile gaps are unattractive, lead to bone and gum recession and weaken neighboring teeth.

Also, a dental crown is very versatile. It can cover a damaged, stained or congenitally misshapen tooth, or, used in multiples, can support fixed bridgework composed of one, two or more adjoining artificial teeth. Finally, custom-made crowns cover dental implants, today's strongest, most natural and longest lasting tooth replacements.

One of the best benefits of dental crowns is their longevity. With twice daily brushing and once a day flossing as recommended by the American Dental Association, crowns last ten years or beyond.

Do you need a crown?

If you do, your dental team at Brighton Family Dentistry will deliver a realistic, durable one. For a restorative dentistry consultation in Brighton, MI, please contact the office at (810) 227-4224.

By Brighton Family Dentistry
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: Untagged

Some qualities of a beautiful smile include good shape, alignment and color. If your teeth could use improvement in any of these veneerscategories, veneers may be the answer. Dr. Brian Petersburg in Brighton, MI has years of experience examining patients and determining whether or not they are a good candidate for this procedure.

About Veneers in Brighton

Veneers are thin coverings that go over the top of the teeth. It is a wafer-thin layer of strong porcelain that is a substitution for natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is tough and translucent, making it a great choice for veneers. It doesn’t stain like tooth enamel does, so having white teeth for a lifetime is simple.

Due to recent advancements in dental technology, veneers can be made so thin now that they are nearly undetectable in the mouth. They have been proven to help improve:

  1. Color: Teeth can become stained from food and beverage and even aging. Veneers are available in a variety of shades to match the other natural teeth the best.
  2. Alignment/Spacing: Veneers can help close small gaps between teeth or make corrections in improving shape.
  3. Shape/Size: Teeth can be worn down due to grinding. Veneers can be shaped or sized to what is most flattering for each patient.

There are some instances where veneers won’t work well including large gaps where orthodontics might be a better choice. If a patient has had trauma or lost a lot of tooth structure due to decay, crowns may be better a better option. Whatever the case, veneers are cared for much as the same way as natural teeth with a regular oral hygiene routine. Dr. Petersburg can examine the teeth and make a professional decision regarding each patient’s oral health situation.

To learn more about veneers, call our dental office today to schedule an appointment in Brighton, MI at 810-227-4224.

By Brighton Family Dentistry
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental

Discover the many ways we can help you achieve the perfect smile through our many services.restorative dentistry

Whether you damaged a tooth crunching on some ice or you just hate that you never fixed those gaps between your teeth, there are a multitude of dental imperfections that can easily be fixed through the restorative and cosmetic dentistry services that our Brighton, MI, dentists - Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva and Dr. Wendy Jativa - have to offer. Here are just some of the ways we can improve your smile:

Dental Implants

Don’t you want to replace your missing teeth with a restoration that will prove to function just like a real tooth? No one will be able to tell that your tooth isn’t yours. Implants are the only tooth replacement that actually works the same way real teeth do.

An implant will be placed into the jawbone so that it will meld together with bone and tissue, making it a permanent restoration. From there a dental crown will be placed over the implant to complete your smile. With the proper care, an implant could last the rest of your life.

Dental Crowns

If you have a tooth that has been cracked, broken, misshapen or discolored then chances are pretty good that you want a restoration that will both improve the appearance of your tooth while also protecting it from further damage. If this is the case, this tooth-shaped restoration might be all you need to strengthen the tooth and restore function. We even offer durable tooth-colored crowns that will blend seamlessly with the rest of your natural smile.

Porcelain Veneers

If you have cosmetic flaws that leave something to be desired then these porcelain layers may be all you need to get the smile you want. Custom-made porcelain structures are made to look like teeth and are adhered to the front of one or more teeth to alter and improve the color, shape or size of your smile. Traditional veneers may require some tooth preparation prior to getting your restorations but talk to our Brighton cosmetic dentists about whether no-prep veneers are a better option for you.

Root Canals

Sometimes decay or an infection goes unnoticed until it spreads into the inside of a tooth. When this happens the problem then affects the health of the dental pulp, the “feeling” structure of the tooth. A toothache may be the only symptom that something is wrong. During a root canal, we will go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and clean out the tooth. We will even seal up the root canals of the tooth to prevent bacteria from causing another infection in the future. In most cases, we will place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it.

Are you interested in getting cosmetic or restorative dentistry in Brighton, MI, then it’s time you turned to the experts that can give you the smile you want. Schedule your consultation with Brighton Family Dentistry today!

By Brighton Family Dentistry
May 03, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: FAQ   Root Canals   Tooth   Pain  

There is nothing to fear about root canals. Find out more about this commonly performed dental procedure.

Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may fill you with anxiety, but there is truly nothing to fear. Arm yourself with all the information you need to understand your upcoming Root Canalprocedure so that you can get through it easily and stress-free.
 

Q. What is a root canal?

A. This endodontic procedure is necessary when the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is either infected or damaged. The dental pulp can be affected by severe decay, infection or trauma. Once the damage reaches the pulp, your endodontist will recommend having a root canal.
 

Q. Do I need a root canal?

A. It can be difficult to know when you might need to come in for a root canal, which is why going in for your six-month checkup can protect your smile and detect issues when they are still easy to fix. Common symptoms that might warrant a root canal include,

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold

  • Persistent or severe pain, particularly when chewing

  • Tooth pain that keeps you up at night

  • An abscess that develops around the affected tooth
     

Q. What should I expect from my upcoming procedure?

A. Root canals are a common practice. While many people worry that it might be rather time-consuming and invasive, it is no more complicated than getting a cavity filled.

The purpose of the procedure is to remove the affected dental pulp. Your general dentist will drill through the hard outer layers of enamel until we reach the internal part of the tooth. From there, your dentist will carefully remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth if an infection is present. Once treated, we will use special materials to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. Most teeth treated with a root canal will also need a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.
 

Q. Is the procedure painful?

A. Most people worry that a root canal will be painful. Everyone’s heard stories! But keep in mind that many people needing a root canal are dealing with pretty unpleasant and chronic dental pain. The purpose of the procedure isn’t to instill more pain, but to actually eliminate the source of the pain. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.
 

Contact your Dentist

Still have questions about root canal therapy? Need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then it’s time to call your dentist today. We would be happy to answer all of your dental questions.