Posts for: December, 2020

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist Visit  

At Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Todd Brower and his team work hard to help you keep your smile for life. As such, he wants to see you regularly for preventive care or any time you have an urgent problem. Here are five signs which tell you it's time to visit your dentist in his Holland, MI, office.

Why is it time to see the dentist?

1. Six months have gone by. This is the recommended interval for routine professional cleanings and exams. Dr. Brower and his hygienist will clean and inspect your teeth, ensuring small problems don't grow into big ones, and keeping that mouth squeaky clean. The American Dental Association (ADA) says six months is right for most people. Patients who struggle with decay and gum disease may need to come in more frequently.

2. You have tooth or gum pain. Typically, the pain only escalates and becomes associated with other symptoms such as gum or jaw swelling, enamel discoloration, discharge, and more. As soon as you feel discomfort anywhere in your mouth, see Dr. Brower for an exam.

3. You chip or knock out a tooth. These are dental emergencies. Call our Holland, MI, office for a first-aid recommendation and appointment. Your dentist can repair many fractures with composite resin bonding, a veneer, or a crown. A knocked-out tooth may be saved--and thrive-- if replanted quickly.

4. You dislike how your smile looks. You have deep dental stains, a narrow gap between two teeth, or excess gum tissue (a gummy smile). At Ottawa Smile Dental, Dr. Brower will review your aesthetic concerns and recommend treatments that work for your facial features and your budget, too.

5. You have sore, red gums. This may indicate gum disease. Highly treatable in its earliest stages (gingivitis), gum disease does great harm if ignored. Not only does it lead to tooth loss, but periodontitis also hurts your overall health with inflammatory changes that cause diabetes, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and more.

We can help

At Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, your dentist comes alongside patients of all ages so they have their best possible smiles for life. Be alert to changes in your oral health, and come see Dr. Todd Brower and his staff twice a year for that all-important preventive care. Call us today, won't you? (616) 399-3600.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
December 16, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Is a failing tooth threatening your oral health? What about that gap--would you like to fill it and smile, bite, and chew as you used to? At Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Todd Brower offers beautiful porcelain crowns and fixed bridgework to complete smiles, making them strong and functional. Come to our Holland, MI, office for a visit with this experienced dentist.

What is a dental crown?

Used for decades to cover, support, and enhance the appearance of a decayed, weak, fractured or infected tooth, a crown features tooth-colored porcelain and exceptional crafting techniques. In his Holland office, Dr. Brower recommends crown placement as a superior alternative to extraction and its smile-damaging consequences. If you have received dental implants, crowns will restore those as well.

To receive a crown, your dentist will examine and X-ray your tooth first. If it's infected, you may have a root canal procedure first to remove the inflamed pulp and strengthen it with a rubbery sealant. Once your tooth is stable and shaped to receive the crown, Dr. Brower glues it in place and adjusts the bite and fit.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a fixed prosthetic that spans a smile gap created by the loss of one or more teeth. Conventional bridges are composed of pontic, or artificial, teeth and two or more crowns. These crowns affix to teeth adjacent to the smile gap.

Depending on circumstances, your dentist may select a cantilevered bridge attached to natural teeth on a single side of the smile gap. Alternatively, a Maryland bridge attaches the pontic teeth with metal wings bonded to the tongue-side of natural teeth.

Finally, Dr. Brower offers implant-supported bridges. One or more implants carry the artificial teeth and actually improve your bone structure and gum tissue.

What do you need?

Anyone who has lost teeth needs the best possible tooth replacements. Bridgework and crowns help your oral function, facial appearance, and self-confidence. Plus, if you have been symptomatic, these restorations eliminate the pain, sensitivity, and other discomforts associated with failing teeth.

Contact us to learn more

At Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, Mi, Dr. Todd Brower wishes the best of oral health and smile aesthetics for all his patients. For more information on improving your smile with crowns and bridges, see your dentist for an in-office consultation. Phone us today at (616) 399-3600.