Dr. Karey, Dr. Clarkson and our team are committed to providing you and your family with healthy, beautiful smiles. Our dentists are happy to provide comprehensive family dentistry in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This includes cosmetic dentistry and general and family dentistry. Depending on your individual dental needs and desires, our dentists may recommend one or more of the following dental services:
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- General & Family Dentistry
We want you to take an active part in your dental care and that of your family, so we strive to educate you about all of your dental options. To learn more about our dental services,schedule your next appointment today.
Do you have stained, worn-down, or misshapen teeth? Do you wish to improve the appearance of your smile? Ask Dr. Karey or Dr. Clarkson about dental bonding in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dental bonding is a process by which our dentists apply a tooth-colored material to your teeth and then bond it in place to improve the appearance of your smile. Our dentists may perform dental bonding to do the following:
- Fill cavities
- Repair, chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Improve the beauty of stained teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Lengthen teeth
- Change the shape of misshaped teeth
- Protect tooth roots that have been exposed because of receding gums
To prepare a tooth for dental bonding, our dentists will select a shade of composite resin materials that will match the color of your tooth. The tooth surface will be roughened and a conditioning liquid will be applied, both of which help the bonding process. Our dentists then apply, mold, and smooth the composite resin material on your tooth. A curing light or laser is used to cure the material. Our dentists will trim, shape, and polish the result.
When a patient desires to have the shape, color, size, or length of a tooth improved, we may recommend veneers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored materials and placed over the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. Our dentists may use veneers to repair the following dental issues:
- Discolored teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Chipped, broken, or cracked teeth
- Slightly crooked or crowded teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Veneers are made from either porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain resists stain and reflects light like your natural teeth better than resin. Resin veneers are thinner, so they do not require as much tooth enamel removal before placement.
Our dentists will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to allow room for the veneer in your smile. Impressions will then be made of the tooth so a veneer can be constructed. It usually takes one to two weeks for a veneer to be constructed. When the veneer is ready, our dentists will place it in your mouth to check its fit and color. Any alterations are made as necessary. The tooth will be cleaned, polished, and roughened to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement and a curing light are used to bond the veneer to your tooth.
For patients who wish for a whiter, brighter smile, we may recommend teeth whitening in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Teeth whitening is ideal for patients who have yellow stained teeth and no restorations. Other shades of discoloration will not bleach as well or at all. Restorations like fillings and crowns will not respond to the bleaching solution, so they will stand out against whitened teeth. Our office provides at-home whitening.
With at-home bleaching, our dentists supply you with a custom-made bleaching tray and a gel whitening solution. Wear the tray with the gel as prescribed by our dentists. Usually, patients wear the tray for several hours a day or during the night for up to four weeks.
If you avoid foods and beverages that can cause staining, the whitening results may last a year or longer. If you do not, the effects may start to fade in as little as a month.
If a patient has a cavity, we may recommend a dental filling in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After our dentists remove the decayed portion of a tooth, the area is filled with the filling materials. Our office offers both silver amalgam fillings and tooth-colored composite fillings. Amalgam fillings are made of silver, tin, zinc, mercury, and copper. Composites are made with plastic and glass materials. Composite fillings can also be used to repair cracked, broken, or worn-down teeth.
Our dentists will use a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser to remove the decayed area of the tooth. The area is tested to make sure that all of the decay has been removed. Our dentists will then clean all of the bacteria and debris from the area. After our dentists place the filling, they will finish and polish it. With tooth-colored fillings, additional steps are required. The filling is applied in layers. A special light is used to cure each layer as it is applied. When the filling is placed, the material is shaped, trimmed, and polished.
Teeth grinding and clenching is often caused by stress and anxiety. When this only happens occasionally, teeth grinding, also called bruxism, does not cause harm. However, if bruxism occurs on a regular basis, we may treat teeth grinding in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Teeth grinding most often occurs during sleep, so you may not be aware that you are doing it. If you have a constant dull headache or a sore jaw, you likely grind your teeth at night. If left untreated, bruxism can cause the fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Grinding can also wear your teeth down significantly and cause TMJ disorders.
Our dentists may recommend bite splints (also called night guards) to protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding. Your bite splints will be custom-made for ideal fit and comfort. Our dentists will make an impression of your teeth and mold the bite splint material over the impression. The bite splint slips over the teeth and is worn during sleep. Besides protecting your teeth, bite splints can help relax the muscles in your jaw. This will relieve pain in the jaw. Treatment will last for three months or more.
A"root” device, usually made of titanium, used to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. Implants appear similar to an actual tooth root and are placed within the bone. The bone of the jaw accepts implant and fuses with the bone. The implant can then be used to replace missing teeth with crowns, bridges or dentures.
Even with regular tooth brushing and flossing, it is difficult to remove all of the plaque from the deep grooves of the back teeth. To protect your and your children’s teeth against tooth decay, we may recommend dental sealants in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. The sealant will bond to your teeth, protecting them from plaque and food particles. Although children and teens are the most commonly have dental sealants placed, adults with no decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from dental sealants. When children have sealants painted onto their premolars and molars when they grow in, the sealant protects their teeth from cavities during their cavity-prone years of 6 to 14.
Having dental sealant placed is painless and it only takes a few minutes per tooth. To begin, our dentists will thoroughly clean your back teeth. The teeth are each dried and an absorbent material is placed around each one to keep them dry. The teeth are roughened, which will allow for an ideal bonding process. The teeth are rinsed and dried again. Finally, our dentists will paint the sealant onto the tooth enamel of your molars or premolars. Sometimes a curing light is used to help the sealant harden and bond to the tooth.
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist and sending the impression to an outside lab for crown fabrication.
More commonly known at root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures. If the pulp (containing nerves, and blood vessels of the tooth) becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to remove the nerves and blood vessels and save the tooth.
Procedures for the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth. This usually involves more focused and frequent cleanings of the troubled areas. The purpose is the return the gums and supporting structures of the teeth to health.
Extractions are the removal of teeth. Sometimes teeth need to be removed due to decay or gum disease and replaced with implants, bridges or in severe cases full or partial dentures. Sometimes teeth are removed to create space, such as the removal of wisdom teeth or prior to the start of orthodontic treatment (braces). It is often advisable to have wisdom teeth removed in the late teens or early 20’s to prevent future space or gum problems.