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By Arnold Bansen, DDS
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If left untreated, tooth decay can cause significant damage to your smile on top of a toothache. So significant that, in the past, the answerroot canal to this condition was to extract the tooth altogether. However, you can avoid extraction for your decayed and painful tooth with a root canal. This procedure tends to have a bad reputation, making it important to distinguish fact from fiction. Find out more about a root canal, signs that you may need one, and how it can benefit your smile with Dr. Arnold Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI.

What is a root canal? 
A root canal is a way to remove the damaged or decayed tissue which causes a toothache. With the tissue removed, your dentist will replace it and fill the tooth with a resin material to make it whole once again. The root canal itself will take place in your dentist’s office and last about an hour.

What are some myths surrounding root canal therapy? 
Root canals have a reputation for being a painful and long procedure. Luckily, your dentist will begin your treatment with a local anesthetic, ensuring that you will actually not feel any pain during your root canal. A root canal is essentially a very large dental filling. While the procedure is longer than a normal filling, it will usually not last longer than an hour. Root canals will preserve the structure of the tooth, ensuring that you avoid tooth extraction and the side effects of a missing tooth.

Signs You May Need A Root Canal 
A very obvious sign you need a root canal is a toothache. However, some signs of teeth decay before it reaches the final stages in which it causes pain include:

  • unexplained bad breath
  • a black or brown area of the tooth
  • tooth sensitivity
  • an unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • a broken tooth

Root Canal Therapy in Sterling Heights, MI
If you think you have teeth decay or have a painful or broken tooth, you may benefit from a root canal. For more information on root canals or what they can do for your smile, please contact Dr. Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI. Call (586) 979-1450 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bansen today!

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
September 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and tissue. They are made of acrylic resin. Dentures in Sterling Heights, Michigan denturesfrom Dr. Arnold Bansen can repair many dental issues for a variety of patients. After a thorough dental examination, he can determine which will work best for you.

Types of Dentures in Sterling Heights, MI

Complete dentures replace all of the teeth while a partial one just fills in spaces. This helps prevent the teeth from shifting causing other dental issues. Candidates for complete dentures are typically those who have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is best for someone with some natural teeth left. A denture will help these patients speak and eat better. They also help the appearance of the face and a patient’s smile too.

Full dentures can be on the upper or lower jaw or even both. They are called conventional or immediate because of when they are inserted into the mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted right away after the removal of all of the remaining teeth. Dr. Bansen will take measurements and make models of the patient’s jaws during their first visit. A benefit of this type is that the wearer doesn’t have to be without teeth for a long period of time. However, the gums and bones do shrink over time especially during the six-month healing process.

The dentures are made in a lab from the mold or model of the patient’s jaw. A wax try-in is done at our office to account for adjustments that need to be made before the denture is completed fully. Caring for the dentures is important. Avoid using brushes with hard bristles, which can damage dentures. Look for a denture cleanser with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance only. To schedule an appointment, call 586-979-1450 today.

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Air Abrasion  

Find out more about air abrasion and what it can do to improve your oral health.air abrasion

Has our Sterling Heights, MI, family dentist, Dr. Arnold Bansen, just recently discovered a cavity during your last visit? If so, you may be feeling pretty frustrated by the news. Most people don’t revel in the idea of the dental drill, and many people often develop anxieties around the dentist because of these tools. This is why we are happy to offer air abrasion to remove decay.

What is air abrasion?

Decay is something that we will have to remove right away to prevent it from spreading. Traditionally, dental drills have been used to remove decay from teeth; however, there are a lot of negative associations with the dental drill and our Sterling Heights dentist wants to make sure that everyone feels comfortable coming in to see us, even when they need treatment. This is why we offer air abrasion, a unique technology that painlessly releases aluminum oxide particles directly at the tooth to blast away decay.

When is air abrasion used?

This is a great option for anyone who has a cavity, but particularly it’s ideal for someone who is going to get a composite, or tooth-colored filling, as we don’t have to remove as much of the tooth’s overall structure as we would for a metal amalgam filling. Air abrasion technology can also be used to fix older dental fillings and even sealants. Furthermore, it can fix chipped or worn teeth to help reshape them and buff away damage.

Who is a good candidate for air abrasion?

Anyone who has a cavity could be an ideal patient for air abrasion treatment. It’s particularly great for children who may have a fear of intimidating dental tools like the drill or for those who hate needles. Traditionally, local anesthesia is administered into the gums prior to treating the cavity. This requires needles, which can make anyone a bit anxious. Of course, with our powerful air abrasion technology we make it possible to do away with those needles altogether.

Have questions about air abrasion and want to find out if it’s the best option for you? Then call our Sterling Heights, MI, dental office today to learn more.

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
March 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Your smile is an important and noticeable part of your outward appearance. If your smile has you feeling as though your look is not up to veneerspar, you could benefit from dental veneers. These dental restorations can subtly tweak your smile’s imperfections or completely revitalize your smile into something totally different. Learn more about dental veneers with Dr. Arnold Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI.

Can dental veneers help my smile?
A good candidate for dental veneers should have a healthy smile free of tooth decay and gum disease. If these problems exist prior to receiving your veneers, your dentist will need to address them first. While veneers will not increase the risk for cavities, they will not lower it either. A strong at-home oral care routine is also necessary to keep your veneers and your natural teeth healthy and clean. This routine should consist of brushing at least twice daily, flossing once and seeing your dentist twice a year for regular dental checkups.

The Benefits of Dental Veneers 
The most obvious benefit of dental veneers is the change they make to your smile’s appearance. If you feel as though one tooth was too long, your teeth were too yellow or that your chips or cracks have gotten out of control, veneers can help repair these imperfections and give you the look you want. Thanks to their porcelain materials, veneers are stain resistant and help keep your smile whiter longer. Veneers also last many years before requiring replacement. You could wear your new restoration for up to 20 years and, with the proper care, maintain the same results.

Dental Veneers in Sterling Heights, MI 
If you feel as though you could benefit from dental veneers, you should consult with your dentist. The procedure requires a short preparation of the teeth requiring the removal of a very thin layer of enamel from the front of the teeth. This deems the procedure irreversible and permanent. Patients should understand the care that veneers require and have realistic expectations for their results.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI. Call (586) 979-1450 to schedule your consultation for veneers with Dr. Bansen today!

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
January 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about crowns and bridges from your dentist in Sterling Heights.

Crowns and bridges are two dental treatment options that can help improve the appearance of the smile. Whether for aesthetic reasons dental crowns, dental bridgesor simply for function, each offers something different to a dental patient. With the help of Dr. Arnold Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI, your dream smile can be achieved.

Understanding Crowns

Crowns are made of a porcelain-like material and placed atop a tooth. They are often used to restore the function and/or appearance of a tooth after a procedure such as a root canal. They are generally used because there is too much tooth decay in this tooth and large portions of that tooth had to be removed. There was enough tooth left for function, but not for appearance. In turn, they supplement this procedure.

Crowns can also be used to prevent a cracked tooth from getting worse, to keep an existing filling in place, to attach bridges, or to cover implants. Dr. Bansen uses crowns as a means to restore teeth to their natural appearance.

Understanding Bridges

Bridges are used in situations where a section of missing teeth must be replaced. They are custom-made to accommodate the bite and natural contour of each patient. They are sometimes known as fixed partial dentures and are bonded to implants or teeth. They come in a variety of types including resin-bonded, cantilever and conventional fixed. Our Sterling Heights dentist can determine which type will benefit your teeth the best.

Learn What Crowns and Bridges Can Do For You

Thanks to the expertise of Dr. Bansen, patients can learn more about what crowns and bridges can do for their oral health situation. A comprehensive examination can determine the problems in their mouth and which treatment procedure they will benefit from the most. To schedule an exam with Dr. Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI, today, call (586) 979-1450.