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Posts for: February, 2020

By Southshore Dental
February 28, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extractions  

Dentists around the world routinely remove diseased or damaged teeth every day. While some extractions require surgery, many don't: Your family dentist can perform these simple extractions, usually with little complication.

The term simple doesn't necessarily mean easy—as we'll note in a moment, it takes a deft and experienced hand to perform this type of extraction. The term in this case refers more to the type and condition of the tooth: The tooth roots are relatively straight and reside in the bone at an accessible angle. There are otherwise no meaningful impediments to removing it straight out.

The idea of “pulling a tooth” out of the jaw isn't the most accurate way to describe the procedure. A tooth is actually held in place within its bony socket by the periodontal ligament, a tough, elastic tissue between the tooth root and the bone that attaches to both through tiny fibrous extensions. The best method is to first loosen the tooth from the ligament's tiny attachments, for which experienced dentists can develop a certain feel. Once released from the ligament, the tooth will usually come free easily from its socket.

Not all teeth, though, can be removed in this manner. Teeth with multiple roots like back molars, and without a straight trajectory out of the socket, can have a complicated removal. Other dental conditions could also prove problematic for simple extraction, such as brittle roots that might fragment during removal.

For these and other complications, your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for the tooth extraction. But even with the surgical component, these more complicated extractions are relatively minor and routine—millions of wisdom teeth, for example, are removed every year in this manner.

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed due to disease or injury, your dentist will first determine the best way to remove it and will refer you, if necessary, for surgical extraction. And whatever kind of extraction you undergo, the dentist performing it will make sure you remain pain-free during the procedure.

While tooth preservation is usually the best course for long-term dental health, it's sometimes best to remove a tooth. If that should happen, your dentist will make sure it's done with as little discomfort to you as possible.

If you would like more information on dental extraction methods, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Simple Tooth Extraction?

Modern dental implants are a great way to restore your lost teeth and your overall mouth functions. When you suffer from dental issues you can visit your South shore family dentistry in Michigan and restore your oral health with the best dental implants. The dental implants surgery is performed only by a certified and skilled dentist, who pragmatically performs the surgery to efficiently restore the missing teeth from the roots itself. Dental implants can also provide long-term value than other conventional teeth restoration options.

While dental implants are great replacement tooth roots, which provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth they can get damaged over time. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your dental implants are properly taken care of so that the replacement teeth remain strongly rooted and your mouth remains healthy and strong.

Here are some important things that you should and shouldn’t be doing so that your dental implants are the best preserved and maintained for a long time.

What you should do

  • Brush and floss daily. Make sure every corner of the implants is flossed properly. If you find it hard flossing around the implant, consider using a water flosser.
  • Increase your intake of calcium supplements or calcium-rich foods. This will help your bone around the implant to remain strong and protect your implants from premature failure.
  • If you have newly gone through dental implants, make sure that you follow the instructions provided by your cosmetic dentist while you are recovering from the surgery. You will have to follow a soft diet and avoid chewing hard foods.
  • Visit your dentist. Going for regular checkups is a great way to ensure that your implant is healthy. In case you want to switch to a new dentist, consider visiting South shore family dentistry in Michigan or Wyandotte. We will ensure your implants and overall oral health are well taken care of.

What you shouldn’t do

  • You shouldn’t be smoking or chewing tobacco. If you have recently gone through painless dental implants, we highly recommend that you refrain from these habits. Tobacco will only be slowing the healing process.
  • You shouldn’t be chewing hard items or grinding your teeth. If you have the habit of grinding your teeth at night, consider using a mouthguard.
  • You shouldn’t be using a toothpaste that contains abrasive ingredients, such as baking soda, designed to whiten the teeth.
  • With proper maintenance, your implants will last a long time. Make sure you follow these important points so that you have a healthy and strong set of teeth.

Our Family dentistry is available in Michigan and Wyandotte

If you want to know about the cost of dental implants in Michigan, feel free to contact us on (734) 675-0585 to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Wyandotte or Michigan, wherever you prefer. We will be happy to help.

Though we are all aware of the prominence of maintaining healthy teeth, many of us are still unaware of the fact that one or more missing teeth left unattended can significantly affect the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) greatly. If you have lost a tooth or teeth, we highly recommend that you see your best dentist as so as possible. IF you are located in Trenton, Michigan, reach our South shore dental office in Trenton, Michigan. We have one of the best implant dentists in Michigan to help you with your dental issues. 

How does lost tooth/teeth affect TMJ?

TMJ is what enables your jaw to operate and perform several functions- open and close the mouth, speak, eat, etc. One of the main reasons missing teeth can increase the risk of TMJ is the chances of misalignment of the jawbones.

When the bite alignment is effected due to loss of a tooth, the jaw will start to function in a misaligned way, causing the TMJ to swell and get disordered. As a result, you will begin to feel pain in the neck, jaw, or facial muscle. Other common symptoms of TMJ disorder symptoms include headache, ear pain, and popping or cracking sounds when opening the mouth.

How to resolve this issue? 

If you have lost a tooth or teeth and experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms, speak to our implant dentist in Michigan. We will help you resolve your TMJ issues through a single dental implants method or other dental methods that best suit your health and your requirements.

In the dental implant treatment, an implant will be placed in the jaw after which an artificial tooth will be inserted into the implant. Once it is done, the replacement tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth.

Since a dental implant can repair a compromised bite and help maintain the integrity of the facial and jaw structure, it can improve TMJ disorder and the problems that are associated with it.

The longer you choose to live with missing teeth, the more your jaw gets out of alignment. Replacing your missing teeth with an implant will restore proper alignment jaw and prevent you from experiencing TMJ disorder related symptoms.

The first step to receiving single or full set dental implants is to schedule an appointment you’re your implant dentist. Contact us to meet the best dentist in Trenton Michigan.

By Southshore Dental
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

Do you want to straighten your teeth in a discreet and convenient fashion? Well, the dentists here at Southshore Dental, Drs. Mehul Patel and Heba Abuhussein, understand how you feel, which is why they offer Invisalign at their Trenton, MI, office—read on to learn more!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of custom-made clear aligners that fit over your upper and lower teeth. These custom aligners are made by your Trenton dentist using specialized computer software, CAD/CAM. The aligners, like traditional braces, apply slight pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position. Your trays are exchanged for a new pair every two weeks as part of a sequential teeth-straightening treatment plan.

The clear plastic aligners are flexible and comfortable, which doesn't irritate soft tissue. In order to get the most out of your treatment, you need to wear the clear braces for a minimum of 20 hours a day. You can take them off to eat, brush, and floss teeth, and during important events, like a wedding or an interview.

There are many benefits to opting for Invisalign. It is a better option when it comes to maintaining your oral hygiene because you can move it when you need to brush and floss. The discreet dental appliance is a great alternative for older teenagers and young adults who want to avoid traditional metal braces. With Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions because you're free to remove braces when you need to eat and you can actually use them as nightguards to protect teeth against teeth-grinding or a poor clenching habit.

Need a Consultation?

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign from your dentist and the many benefits it provides patients, then be sure to contact Drs. Mehul Patel and Heba Abuhussein of Southshore Dental in Trenton, MI, by calling (734) 675-0585 today!


Your child’s current dental care sets the stage for good oral health later in life. It’s essential, therefore, that you know how best to protect their teeth and gums. In recognition of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month, here’s a short true or false quiz to test your knowledge of proper dental care for your child.

  1. Your child’s dental hygiene begins when their first teeth appear.
    False: The bacteria that cause dental disease can take up residence in an infant’s mouth before their first teeth come in. To help curb this bacterial growth, wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, wet cloth after nursing or bottle-feeding.

  2. Kissing your newborn on the mouth could lead to tooth decay.
    True. Any mouth-to-mouth contact with your infant could transfer oral bacteria from you to them. Their immune system isn’t mature enough to handle these “new arrivals,” which can increase their risk for tooth decay. Instead, kiss your child on the cheek or forehead or use other ways to show affection.

  3. Primary (baby) teeth don’t need the same care from disease as permanent teeth.
    False: Although they have a limited lifespan, primary teeth play a huge role in a child’s dental development by protecting the space intended for the incoming permanent teeth. If primary teeth are lost prematurely due to dental disease, it could lead to incoming teeth erupting out of position.

  4. It’s best to start your child’s regular dental visits around their first birthday.
    True: By age one, children already have a few teeth that need preventive or therapeutic care by a dentist. Starting early also gets them used to seeing the dentist and reduces their chances of developing dental visit anxiety.

  5. Your infant or toddler sucking their thumb isn’t a cause for concern.
    True: Thumb-sucking is a nearly universal habit among infants that typically begins to fade around ages 3 or 4. If the habit continues, though, it could begin affecting their bite. It’s recommended that you encourage your child to quit thumb-sucking around age 3.

  6. The best time to consider your child’s bite health is right before puberty.
    False: Signs of an emerging bite problem can begin appearing even before a child starts school. It’s a good idea, then, to have your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6. If the orthodontist finds a problem, it may be possible to intervene to correct or minimize it before it goes too far.

One last thing: Your child’s dental care isn’t entirely on your shoulders. We’re here to partner with you, not only providing preventive and therapeutic treatment for your child, but also advising you on their day-to-day dental care and hygiene. Together, we’ll help ensure your child’s dental development stays on track.

If you would like more information about dental care for children, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”

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