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.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal procedure is designed to get rid of bacteria due to an infected root canal, save the infected tooth, and prevent reinfection. You don’t really have to worry if your dentist recommends that you undergo root canal therapy for treating your diseased or damaged tooth, as millions of teeth worldwide are saved through this procedure every year.

Here at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, your dentist, Dr. Todd Brewer, treats and saves infected teeth via root canal treatment to keep our patients’ smiles whole and healthy.

The Root Canal Treatment Explained

Underneath your tooth enamel and dentin, inside the tooth, is where the pulp lies. This soft tissue contains connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels that help grow the tooth root while it’s developing. If the pulp gets infected, it will result in all sorts of symptoms that will put your tooth at risk for extraction if not treated in time.

When you undergo root canal therapy, the infected or inflamed pulp will be removed and your tooth’s interior will be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned, filled up, and then sealed. It’s actually quite similar to a routine dental filling treatment and can typically be completed in just one or two sessions with your dentist.

Because you’ll be given an anesthetic, the procedure will be painless. Additionally, you’ll find yourself smiling, chewing, and biting without pain in just a couple of days. Do note though that it’s normal to feel some numbness and soreness after root canal treatment as well as some tolerable discomfort for several days while the treated tooth is healing.

How to Know If You Need Root Canal Therapy

In general, your dentist in Holland, MI, may recommend root canal therapy if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A pimple on the gum that may or may not be oozing foul discharge
  • Extremely tender, swollen, and/or reddish gums
  • Intense pain when biting or chewing
  • A significant crack or chip on a tooth
  • Darkened gums or deep decay
  • Lingering and severe sensitivity to cold and hot

To Determine If You Need Root Canal Treatment, Call Us

Book your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Todd Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental here in Holland, MI, by calling (616) 399-3600‎.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
April 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have lost one or more adult teeth, you can replace them with dental implants. Designed to look and feel just like your natural teeth, dental implants can recreate your smile so that it functions and appears as good as new. Here at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, Dr. Todd A. Brower is an expert in dental implants—read on to learn what his treatments can do for you.

5 Benefits of Dental Implants

If you want to restore confidence in your smile, dental implants from our Holland office are a great choice. Here are five reasons why:

  • Comfort you can count on: As well as having a natural look, dental implants are also designed to feel and function like your natural teeth. That means they won’t affect the way you look, speak, or chew. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about them slipping like dentures often do.
  • Lasting reliability: If you take care of your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth, they will last for years. All you have to do is brush and floss twice a day and make regular six-month visits to your dentist.
  • Fully functional chewing: If you have missing teeth, it will affect your ability to chew properly. Filling the gaps with dental implants means that your chewing function will be restored. Because dental implants are anchored into your jawbone, you won’t have to worry about them moving while you eat.
  • Improved facial contours: Missing teeth can significantly change the shape of your face and your bone features. Dental implants will restore the natural contours of your face. Because they reduce the strain on your natural teeth, dental implants also help to preserve your overall smile.
  • Boosting your confidence: Because dental implants restore your beautiful, healthy smile, you will feel more confident at work and around friends and family.

If you live in Holland, MI, and you want to find out more about dental implants, call Dr. Brower at (616) 399-3600 to make an appointment.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

How dentures from your dentist in Holland, MI, can give you back your smile

Did you know that the right denture can change your life? It’s true. In fact, dentures can restore your ability to enjoy the foods you love, allow you to have clearer speech, and enhance your appearance. Here at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, Dr. Todd A. Brower offers dentures to give you back your smile—read on to learn more.

What dentures can do for you

There are many reasons why you might need a denture. For instance, if you have broken or badly decayed teeth, sometimes they can’t be restored with a filling or a crown because too much tooth structure has been lost. You may also be suffering from significant dental pain, which may lead you to need a tooth extraction.

Dentures are the right choice for you if you want to replace your smile and look your best. During a consultation, Dr. Brower can help you choose the option that is perfect for your situation. Consider these denture options:

Partial dentures

This option is perfect if you want to replace several teeth but not an entire arch of teeth. Partial dentures come in a few types, including:

  • A conventional partial, which is sturdy and built to last; these appliances are created after your tissue has healed fully, at around 6 to 8 weeks.
  • A transitional partial, which is meant to be a temporary tooth replacement solution while you are waiting to get dental implants. These appliances can be delivered immediately after tooth extraction.

Full dentures

If you want to replace an entire arch of teeth, these appliances are right for you. Varieties of full dentures include:

  • A conventional full denture, which is meant as a permanent tooth replacement solution; these appliances are created after your tissue has healed completely, usually at 6 to 8 weeks.
  • An immediate full denture, which is delivered immediately after your teeth are removed; these appliances are meant as a temporary solution so you don’t have to go without your smile. A conventional denture will be made later on after your tissue has healed.

Need dental work? Give us a call

Don’t live life without your smile! The right denture can make all the difference in your life. To learn more about dentures and other dental services, call Dr. Todd A. Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, today by dialing (616) 399-3600.

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