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By Brighton Family Dentistry, PLLC
March 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your smile missing teeth? There's no reason to hide your smile. Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile and improve your dental implantsappearance. Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva, and Dr. Wendy Jativa at Brighton Family Dentistry in Brighton, MI, offers dental implants to their patients. Read on to find out what dental implants can do for you.

1. Improve Your Look 

Missing teeth can ruin your smile and appearance. Dental implants will help you leave behind the discomfort or embarrassment of missing teeth. Dental implants will fill in the gaps in your smile, improve your appearance, and make you look years younger. Dental implants are the next best thing to your original teeth. 

2. Improve Your Speech

The absence of one or more teeth can cause speech problems. If you have missing teeth, you may find yourself mumbling or slurring words. Dentures can also cause speech problems. Dental implants can improve your clarity of speech. With dental implants, you will speak well and confidently. 

3. Help You Chew Food

Some people take their teeth for granted — until something goes wrong. Our teeth help us tear, crush, chew, and break down foods for proper digestion. The absence of one or more teeth can affect your ability to eat certain foods. Dental implants can restore your ability to chew food. With dental implants, you will be able to enjoy all the foods you love. 

4. Prevent Teeth Shifting

The absence of one or more teeth not only affects your appearance, but also your oral health. Without a replacement, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift into the open spaces, putting them at risk for fractures and damage. When your teeth shift out of place your bite may become misaligned, causing problems with your jaw joint. 

5. Prevent Jawbone Loss

When missing teeth are left unreplaced, the jawbone will begin to shrink because it is no longer stimulated by your tooth roots. This puts your healthy, natural teeth at risk for further loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents jawbone loss and stimulate bone growth. 

6. Boost Your Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem results from a poor self-image. Low self-esteem can reduce the quality of people's lives in many different ways. If you have low self-esteem, you may hide yourself away from social situations, avoid things you find challenging, and stop trying new things. Low self-esteem can also lead to mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Dental implants will improve your appearance and help you feel good about yourself. 

If you want a great smile, this is your chance! Start your journey today! Call Brighton Family Dentistry at 810-227-4224 today to schedule a dental consultation in Brighton, MI. Dental implants will do you and your smile a world of good. Dental implants have helped millions of people enhance their smiles, boost their self-esteem and enhance their lives. And they will do the same for you!

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
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!