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Mar 212016
 

Complete Dental Makeover with Dentures

After many years of neglect, this patient presented to our office with a number of missing teeth and those remaining were severely decayed and broken down. She just wanted to be able to chew normal food again and have a smile she could be proud of.  Within a matter of hours we were able to remove all of the decayed, broken, infected teeth and replace with them with very natural looking dentures that far surpassed her expectations. She didn’t think she could ever look this good in dentures, she loves them!

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If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel Fragnoli at Comfort Dental in Southfield, Michigan serving metro Detroit, call 248-646-2273.

Mar 212016
 

Rebuilding Smile With Crowns

This patient presented to our office with failing front crowns with visible metal margins and disproportional sizes causing poor contact with the lower teeth.  We replaced the crowns, improving her bite, smile, and overall oral health.  She was extremely happy with the result and wishes her teeth could’ve looked like this years ago.

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If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniel Fragnoli at Comfort Dental in Southfield, Michigan serving metro Detroit, call 248-646-2273.

Nov 202014
 

Dental Cosmetic Face Lift With Dentures and Crowns

This patient presented to our dental clinic with a number of broken and missing teeth after many years of neglect.  Within a couple of weeks, we were able to give her a beautiful, younger looking smile with new porcelain crowns and a very natural looking upper denture.  She now has restored confidence.  She says she feels “much younger” and “can’t stop smiling.”

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If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation with
Dr. Daniel Fragnoli at Comfort Dental in Southfield, Michigan serving metro Detroit
call 248-646-2273.

Aug 052014
 

HAVE YOU RECENTLY VISITED WITH a friend or coworker and had a flash of silver catch your eye? We’ve all seen them, and some of us may still have them. To what are we referring? Those unsightly silver amalgam fillings that used to be the standard way of filling all cavities.

Fortunately, today’s advances in dentistry and oral health awareness are causing these silver alloy fillings to gradually become thing of the past. Here at Comfort Dental we now offer you, our valued patients, beautiful white composite fillings that match your teeth. When you open wide and visit with people, your fillings will no longer draw unwanted attention. In fact, it’s practically impossible to even tell the fillings are there!

If you still have silver amalgam fillings from your past, we recommend that you consider having them replaced—and not just because of their less aesthetically-pleasing appearance. Silver amalgam fillings don’t bond as well to teeth—in order to make sure the filling is held in place, it has to be prepared with “undercuts” that can weaken the tooth structure and result in fractures. Amalgam fillings can also corrode over time as they swell and expand, putting you at risk for cracks. Additional problems can also occur as moisture and bacteria leak through microscopic spaces that develop between the tooth and the filling over time. Often, if not given immediate attention, this can cause a tooth to decay completely and/or break.

White composite fillings don’t require undercuts in your teeth, making them much more proficient in bonding, and definitely superior. In fact, such fillings can actually help strengthen teeth. And of course they’re much more aesthetically pleasing.

Still have questions about silver amalgam fillings and what to do about them? Set up an appointment with us. We’d love to go over all the options with you.

Aug 052014
 

In the past, it was generally accepted that fluoride should be mainly used for children whose developing teeth fluoride helped the most. But through the years, more research has been done and fluoride is being shown to help prevent tooth decay in people of all ages. You don’t have to go to the dentist to get fluoride. Many toothpastes and some mouthwashes contain fluoride.

If upon speaking with your dentist, it is determined that you have a more serious risk of tooth decay, you can be prescribed fluoride treatments that you can use in your home. Flouride, while not the only necessary dental hygiene practice, can work in conjunction with brushing and flossing to help you maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime.

Jul 292014
 

Tooth Enamel Erosion

Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body. This semi-translucent, hard, outer layer of the teeth has an important job: protecting teeth from the daily wear and tear of biting and chewing, as well as temperature extremes from hot or cold foods and drinks. Enamel also guards teeth against the erosive effects of acids and chemicals.

Enamel covers the dentin, a part of the tooth that is not as dense as enamel. When enamel erodes, the dentin loses some of its protection. Then microscopic tubes inside the dentin allow hot, cold, or sweet foods to stimulate nerves within the tooth. As a result, you may notice that your teeth have become painfully sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks and sweets.
What Causes Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Many factors can contribute to tooth enamel loss:

  • Consumption of too many soft drinks or fruit drinks, along with poor dental hygiene. Bacteria thrive on sugar and produce high acid levels that can eat away at enamel.
  • Eating lots of sour foods or candies. Acidic foods can erode tooth enamel.
  • Dry mouth or low saliva volume. Saliva helps prevent decay by neutralizing acids and washing away leftover food in your mouth.
  • Acid reflux disease (GERD), or heartburn. Acid reflux brings stomach acids up to the mouth, where the acids can erode enamel.
  • Bulimia, alcoholism, or binge drinking, in which frequent vomiting exposes teeth to stomach acids.
  • Certain drugs or supplements with high acid content, such as aspirin or vitamin C, can also erode enamel.

What are some signs of tooth erosion?

Acid wear may lead to serious dental problems. It is important to notice the signs of tooth erosion in its early stages (sensitivity, discoloration and rounded teeth) before more severe damage occurs (cracks, severe sensitivity and other problems).

  • Sensitivity. Since protective enamel is wearing away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold or sweet food and drink. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.
  • Discoloration. Teeth can become slightly yellow because the thinning enamel layer exposes the underlying dentin.
  • Rounded teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or ‘sand-blasted’ look.
  • Transparency. Your front teeth may appear slightly translucent near the biting edges.
  • Advanced discoloration. Teeth may become more yellow as more dentin is exposed because of the loss of protective tooth enamel.
  • Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.
  • Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth. Fillings also might appear to be rising up out of the tooth.
May 092013
 

cavitiesApart from routine preventative care, cavity treatment is the most commonly needed dental procedure for the majority of dental patients. Our dentists follow the most effective and modern procedures for cavity treatment, and as a result, our patients experience a quick, comfortable treatment process—and a restored tooth that is problem-free, pain-free, and worry-free for years to come.

Understanding Tooth Decay

How do cavities happen? Basically, tooth decay and cavities occur when harmful bacteria damage the hard tooth structure—the tooth’s enamel, dentin, and cementum. Subjected to attack by these bacteria, these tissues progressively break down, resulting in cavities—pitting in the teeth.

Our teeth consist primarily of minerals. In the normal course of daily life, our teeth are in a constant state of back-and-forth demineralization and remineralization as mineral content is repeatedly lost and replaced. When exposed to fermentable carbohydrates – sugars such as sucrose, fructose, and glucose – decay-causing bacteria produce an acid that eats away at the teeth, accelerating the demineralization process and upsetting the demineralization/remineralization balance. The result: Tooth decay, cavities, and discomfort.

Cavity Treatment and Fillings

Cavity treatment is so common as to be almost universal: Very few of us manage to live our entire lives completely without cavities. Unfortunately, contemporary diets and lifestyles often mean that we are much more prone to cavities than we should be. Sodas, carbohydrate and sugar-rich fast foods, and personal schedules that don’t leave time for proper dental hygiene result in cavities which could have been prevented.

When a cavity occurs, prompt treatment helps to safeguard the tooth and prevent further decay. The cavity treatment process consists of removing decay and replacing damaged tooth material with an artificial filling. This serves to protect the surrounding areas against further decay, strengthen the tooth’s structure, and safeguard against eventual loss of the tooth if decay were allowed to continue. Allowed to continue, decay can result in there being too little remaining tooth structure for restorative material to be placed within the tooth. In these cases, a crown may be needed.

Comfort Dental offers the full range of available filling types. Common filling materials are dental amalgam, composite resin, porcelain, and gold. Composite resin and porcelain can both be matched to the color of the patient’s natural teeth, and as such are usually preferred by patients concerned with their appearance. However, composite resins are not as strong or durable as dental amalgam or gold. Many dentists consider the latter to be the only advisable restoration material for posterior areas (“back teeth”) due to the tremendous downward pressure created by chewing.

In all cases, Comfort Dental works to provide cavity treatment that is perfectly suited to the particular tooth, cavity, and patient. Our goal is to provide you with an effective, strong, and durable restoration of your tooth, using precisely the right methods and restorative material to create the best possible outcome. At all stages, we work to make the treatment process calming, comfortable, and pain-free.

Cavity Prevention

What’s the best way to deal with cavities? Never get them in the first place. Fortunately, when properly performed, routine daily dental hygiene measures can make a big difference when it comes to preventing tooth decay.

The most important step you can take to prevent cavities is to brush and floss regularly each day, particularly after meals. This removes dental plaque, the primary cause of tooth decay, as well as making your mouth a less hospitable environment for plaque-causing bacteria to survive in. The right toothbrush, toothpaste, brushing method, and flossing technique can work wonders in reducing your risk of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease—not to mention the discomfort associated with them.

At Comfort Dental, we consider effective dental education to be a key element in your treatment program. Our skilled hygienists will be happy to explain and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques to you during your visit, and to answer any oral hygiene questions you may have.

As an additional protective measure, dental sealants can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. A dental sealant is a thin protective coating which is applied to the chewing surfaces of molars. The sealant prevents food particles from being trapped within pits and fissures in the tooth. Normally, chewing pressure tends to compress food within these areas, providing plaque bacteria with an opportunity to grow. The sealant helps to deprive these bacteria of these hiding places. We’ll be happy to discuss whether dental sealants might be right for you.

 

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