Advanced Dentistry

Advanced Dentistry in Ypsilanti MI

From a single dental implant to full-mouth rehabilitation, the doctors and team at The Dental Spa partner with you toward achieving your oral health goals.

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. In this procedure, titanium supports are surgically fused with your jawbone, and act as an anchor for naturally looking false teeth. Dental implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth as an alternative to dentures. Some of the advantages of dental implants include:

  • They're extremely natural looking
  • Fusion of the implants into your jaw makes them very stable and comfortable compared to traditional dentures
  • They last a lifetime

Your dentist will be able to tell you which of the three types of implants is right for you:

  • Root form implant: This is the most common type of implant where the screw is shaped like the root of a tooth.
  • Plate Form Implant: A plate form implant has a flat and long shape and is better suited for a narrow jawbone.
  • Subperiosteal Implants: In some cases where there is not enough bone width or height for the root form or plate form implant, a subperiosteal implant may be prescribed. This type of implant is designed to sit on top of the bone but under the gums.
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area on the skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result. 
 
Problems in this area can cause: 

  • Headaches 
  • Earaches 
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth 
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw 
  • Pain in the jaw muscles 
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face 
Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
Air abrasion, also known as “drill-less dentistry” is an effective technique in which dentists can blast decay from teeth without the use of a drill or touching of teeth. This technique also requires less time than a standard dental drill.
 
Decay is removed from teeth by a strong stream of clean dry air, combined with minute abrasive particles. This mixture can not only remove stains and decay but expose other cavities in need of filling. There are some limitations to air abrasion including decay in between teeth. Upon examination, your dentist can suggest if drill-less dentistry would be a good fit for your specific oral issue.
 
The air abrasion procedure operates quietly and effectively. It eliminates vibration, drilling sound, pain, and the need for anesthetic injection. This technique is a great alternative for those suffering from dental anxiety.
For most people, it is difficult to notice how worn down teeth are becoming over time. Missing or worn teeth can often be related to further dental issues and prevent teeth from coming together even. Misaligned teeth result in difficulty eating and frequent headaches.
 
At The Dental Spa, our Full Mouth Rehabilitation combines a few different procedures. Overall, it makes the healthy improvement of alignment, function, visual enhancement, and of course confidence!

Benefits of advanced dentistry include:

Achieving cosmetic improvements

Remedying jaw pain

Avoiding the drill

Improving Function

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