By Dr. Craig Blogin
July 26, 2018
Category: Oral Procedures

What your dentist in Ann Arbor wants you to knowfilling

If you have tooth pain, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do. Your first step is to visit your dentist for a dental exam and x-rays. Often, you will just need a simple filling. It’s important to seek treatment as soon as you can so the simple filling doesn’t turn into more extensive treatment. So, how do you know if you need a filling? Dr. Craig Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI, wants to share a few of the signs and symptoms that can lead to a dental filling.

Many fillings are placed to fill in a cavity created by tooth decay. Some of the signs and symptoms of tooth decay which can lead to a filling include:

  • A visible, open hole in your tooth surface
  • A brown or black stain on your tooth which can’t be removed
  • Acute, sharp pain when you bite down or eat
  • Sudden throbbing or aching when you eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet foods or beverages
  • A toothache that doesn’t go away

Fillings are sometimes necessary to replace an old filling that has begun to leak. Signs and symptoms of a leaking filling are similar to those listed above, and you also need to look for:

  • A filling that is chipped, cracked, or broken
  • A crumbling, broken margin where the filling meets your tooth surface

If you need a filling, don’t worry, because today’s filling materials offer both strength and cosmetic beauty. Modern filling materials blend with your smile and are virtually invisible to people around you. Cosmetic fillings use composite, a liquid resin material that can be sculpted to the exact shape of your tooth. Once placed, the liquid material is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light.

Another choice of filling material is porcelain, which has the added advantage of being stain-resistant. Porcelain fillings are custom-made and may require an additional appointment.

If you are experiencing some of the signs and symptoms of needing a filling, don’t wait to seek out treatment. If you delay treatment, you may suffer pulp damage and need a root canal, or you can even lose your tooth. Getting a filling is easy and conservative and it may save your smile. For more information about fillings and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive services call Dr. Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI. Call today!

By Dr. Craig Blogin
July 09, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

Why you should visit your dentist in Ann Arbor regularlydental visit

Taking care of your smile doesn’t have to be complicated, and you don’t have to do it alone. Your dentist can help, and that’s why you should visit your dentist regularly. Dr. Craig Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI, wants to share the importance of dental visits and how often you should have a dental examination.

You should visit your dentist at least once each year for:

  • A complete dental examination during which your dentist will assess the health of your teeth, diagnose tooth decay, gum or periodontal disease, and other issues, and answer any questions you may have
  • Dental x-rays which allow your dentist to see the roots of your teeth, supporting bone, and other structures not visible during the clinical examination

You should also visit your dental hygienist for a professional dental cleaning at least every six months, more often if you have periodontal disease. During your dental cleaning, your hygienist will:

  • Clean all hard and soft deposits from your teeth and polish your teeth, removing all stains
  • Take measurements of the health of your gums and the bone which supports your teeth
  • Provide the knowledge and tools for you to keep your smile healthy at home

Remember that keeping your smile healthy also keeps your body healthy. Visiting your dentist regularly can save you time, money, pain and stress. That’s because your dentist can diagnose and treat dental issues before they can become major dental problems. Some of the risks of delaying dental treatment include:

  • Bleeding gums turning into bone loss
  • Bone loss turning into tooth loss
  • Decay turning into the need for a root canal
  • Decay turning into the need for tooth removal
  • Tooth removal resulting in the need for implants, partials, or dentures

Remember to visit your dentist at least once each year, and your dental hygienist at least every six months to protect your smile. You deserve to have a healthy smile for life, so call Dr. Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI, today!

By Dr. Craig Blogin
March 26, 2018
Category: Oral Procedures

Tooth loss is certainly not a very rare problem in the United States. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimates that dental implantsadult Americans between the ages of 20 to 64 have an average of 25 remaining teeth as a group. Some choose to live with this uncomfortable smile problem while others seek solutions to fill the gaps. One of the most reliable and recommended tooth replacement options is dental implants, a treatment that is available at the Ann Arbor, MI, cosmetic dentistry office of Dr. Craig Blogin.

Smile Gap Challenges

When you have smile gaps due to missing teeth, it presents a number of problems. The first, and often most urgent, problem is the way that your teeth look when you smile. A gap is very noticeable—especially between the front teeth. Even a gap between the back molars is visible when you laugh or speak. Gaps affect your ability to thoroughly chew and digest food. Also, when there is a large space between the teeth there’s a risk of the other teeth shifting around, which can create orthodontic problems.

Closing Those Undesirable Gaps

The traditional way of closing a gap was to create a partial denture device or bridge. A false tooth sits on top of the gum line and is anchored by adjacent teeth. Today, more patients want to see if they are candidates for dental implants. Instead of simply covering the gumline superficially, a dental implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone by your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist. The part that shows above the gum line is a dental crown, which is sized to fill in the smile gap.

Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants

Explore the advantages of choosing implants:

  • A dental implant not only closes the gap that shows above your gums, but it also fills any gap in your bone tissue.
  • Your bone tissue will remain strong and healthy as long as you take prevention steps against gum disease.
  • Dental implants can last indefinitely with good care.

Find Out More About Dental Implants

If you want to learn more about dental implants and how they can fill in your smile gaps, contact Dr. Craig Blogin’s dentist office in Ann Arbor, MI. Call (734) 975-6700 today to schedule a consultation visit.

By Dr. Craig Blogin
February 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Some patients don’t think preventive care is that important—until they have to go to the dentist for a major toothache or a case of bleeding preventative dentistrygums. Other patients are afraid to go to the dentist due to fears that go back to childhood. Don't let a busy schedule or dental anxiety stop you from going to see Dr. Craig Blogin at his Arbor, MI office to get the preventive treatments that will help you maintain your smile for many years to come.

Why Preventive Dental Care Matters
The common sense course of action is to prevent a problem before it even has a chance to appear. For instance, periodontitis is an issue that may require many visits to the dentist in a short period of time, sedation, antibiotic medication, and surgeries. Simply having the hardened plaque removed from around your gumline every six months can prevent periodontitis and gum disease.

Examples of Preventive Care
Here are a few of the most common examples of preventive care provided by a dentist. These treatments are available at Dr. Craig Blogin's Ann Arbor, MI dentist office:

- Regular X-rays of the bone tissue, jawline, and inner pulp of each tooth.
- Basic dental cleanings (also called prophylaxis) and visual check-ups.
- Crown restorations to reinforce individual teeth.
- Sealant treatments for young smiles.
- Tooth-colored fillings to treat small cavities.

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy for a Lifetime
Some patients think that it's only a matter of time before they have to deal with dental disease and tooth loss. But it’s not that difficult to maintain your smile and keep all of your teeth for life. It just requires a few crucial minutes of focused daily care and a couple of visits to the dentist each year. You and your dentist are a team—work together to achieve your goal of long-term dental health.

Explore Your Treatment Options
You know when it's time to see a dentist for a checkup. Call the Ann Arbor, MI office of Dr. Craig Blogin at (734) 975-6700 today to schedule a visit and see what preventive treatments will help your smile.

By Dr. Craig Blogin
December 07, 2017
Category: Oral Procedures

Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?teeth whitening

At your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist, Dr. Craig Blogin has what you need. Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. With your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist, your smile can become several shades whiter.

But how did they become yellow and stained anyway?

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age. Some other reasons include:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea
  • Eating certain foods, such as blueberries

So how will my dentist make my teeth whiter?

Your dentist will use a device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device will ensure the tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.

The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a laser is used to speed up the process. Dr. Blogin will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.

Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Dr. Blogin and his team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use, and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This will allow you to have whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits and you'll have the added benefit of it being safe since dental experts will be taking care of you.

If your dental stains are severe though, you may need more than one session. This decision will depend on the doctor's assessment of your teeth.

Other Teeth Whitening Techniques:

  • Tooth-whitening toothpaste, which removes stains
  • Whitening strips, which lighten up your teeth

If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call your Ann Arbor, MI, dental office today at (734) 975-6700.





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