Posts for category: Oral Procedures

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
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
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.

By Dr. Craig Blogin
October 04, 2017
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Are you experiencing dental pain? If so, you may just want to read this!root canal

Ouch! Your tooth really hurts. Every time you try to enjoy a bite of food your tooth reminds you just how angry it is. What could be going on? Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentist Dr. Craig Blogin is here to tell you what the problem might be and what are the telltale signs that you may just need root canal therapy.

The most common complaint of patients who need root canal therapy is a toothache. While some people may deal with severe toothaches, dental pain of any kind should be taken as a warning sign that you require treatment. Not everyone dealing with a toothache will require a root canal, but more often than not some kind of dental treatment is required to repair decay, infection or a damaged dental pulp.

The pain you experience can range from minor to severe. Pain may come and go or it may be persistent. Sometimes pain will only surface when using the affected tooth to chew or bite down. Along with pain, the tooth may also be sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks. If a steaming cup of coffee or an ice-cold drink causes tooth sensitivity that lingers this is another issue that our Ann Arbor, MI, general dentist will need to evaluate.

Along with pain and sensitivity, you may also notice other dental problems, particularly if you’ve left the problem untreated for too long. The minute you experience pain it’s important that you come in for treatment. Dental pain doesn’t go away on its own.

Other signs that you may need root canal treatment include:

  • Discoloration or darkening of the affected tooth
  • An abscess developing on the gums (a pimple-like bump)
  • Swelling or tenderness of the gums surrounding the tooth

It’s not always easy to tell that you need root canal treatment. This is why it’s important that you visit us every six months for routine exams. After all, you may have issues but never actually experience symptoms. Coming in twice a year ensures that we can pinpoint problems as soon as possible to prevent complications.

Don’t ignore your dental symptoms. The sooner you seek treatment the better. Call our Ann Arbor, MI, dental office right away and let us know what symptoms you are experiencing. We will get you an appointment right away!

By By Dr. Craig Blogin
August 08, 2017
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

If left untreated, broken or damaged teeth can really take a toll on your smile. From injury to decay, this situation can not only cause paindental crown and irritation but can also lead to further complications down the road. However, a dental crown can stabilize your tooth, preserving its natural structure and saving it from extraction. Find out more about dental crowns and what they can do for you with Dr. Craig Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI.

Can a dental crown help my damaged tooth? 
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, your dentist will often recommend a dental crown to help stabilize it and prevent future damage. However, your dentist may also suggest a dental crown for other reasons, such as to improve the appearance of a tooth or to protect a compromised or weakened tooth from future damage, allowing it to stand up to everyday use. Crowns can also hold a dental bridge in place or replace a tooth in conjunction with a dental implant.

Who is a good candidate for a dental crown? 
In situations where teeth are severely decayed or damaged, a dental crown is often your best option for preserving the natural structure of the tooth. However, it is up to your dentist and their expertise to determine if your damaged tooth would be best treated with a dental crown. Good candidates for crowns should have enough tooth structure left to support the crown.

Dental Crown Treatment in Ann Arbor, MI
Dentists often use dental crowns in addition to or in conjunction with other dental procedures. Often used in cosmetic dentistry, a dental crown is often used alongside other restorations such as bridges and dental implants or cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and dental bonding. A consultation with your dentist will help you choose the best procedures for you and your smile depending on your expectations and condition.

For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI. Call (734) 975-6700 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Blogin today!

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Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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