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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.

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
December 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about dentures from your Sterling Heights dentist.

Embarrassed about your missing teeth? A denture is a removable appliance that can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. denturesDr. Arnold Bansen is one of Sterling Heights, MI's finest dentists and offers state-of-the-art dentures to his patients. Read on to learn about the four different types of dentures that are available today.

1. Partial Denture

A partial denture is used when some teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture fills in the gaps created by lost teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting position. This denture has a metal framework and clasps that connect to the teeth. Partial dentures are a removable alternative to bridges.

2. Full Denture

A full denture is a removable dental appliance that is used to replace a full set of teeth. This denture is created and placed in your mouth after your existing teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed, which may take several months.

3. Overdenture

An overdenture is attached to either two dental implants or two mini-implants. The dental implants help to stabilize the overdenture in the mouth. An overdenture, which is removable, will require less investment than a fixed dental bridge.

4. Implant-Supported Denture

Implant-supported dentures can be used if you do not have any teeth in your jaw, but have enough bone to support dental implants. An implant-supported denture is attached to dental implants. A traditional denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants. A secure fit and comfort are just a few of the many benefits of implant-supported dentures.

A denture will give you back your smile and improve your quality of life. Are you ready to make your smile whole again? Call Dr. Bansen in Sterling Heights, MI at (586) 979-1450 right now to schedule an appointment. Everyone deserves a beautiful smile!

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
October 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Commonly referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease is a condition in which the gums of the mouth have become infected. Gum gum diseasedisease can be as minor as a bit of mild inflammation of the gums or it can be more serious, eventually leading to tooth loss. Maintaining good oral hygiene daily and having professional dental cleanings done regularly are important steps in preventing the development of gum disease. Dr. Arnold Bansen, your Sterling Heights, MI family dentist, can help you maintain healthy gums.

Gum Disease Causes & Symptoms

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that has formed plaque on the teeth. Daily brushing and flossing help remove plaque from the teeth. However, over time, plaque that has not been removed can develop into tartar, which cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, the early form of gum disease. Professional dental cleanings are the best way to remove plaque and tartar and to keep gingivitis and gum disease at bay.

Gums that are tender, red or swollen are likely affected by gum disease. Other symptoms associated with gum disease include receding gums, bad breath, gums that bleed after brushing or flossing, toothaches, loose teeth and even the loss of teeth. In general, gums that are inflamed and feel tender or sore are probably infected and should be treated by a professional dentist. Your Sterling Heights family dentistry practice can help stop the progression of the gum disease and improve the health of your gums and teeth.

Gum Disease Risk Factors

Aside from not brushing and flossing regularly, there are other factors that can increase an individual’s risk of developing gum disease. A major risk factor associated with developing gum disease is smoking. Further, smoking makes it difficult to successfully treat gum disease.

Other factors associated with an increased risk of developing gum disease include having diabetes, taking certain medications, changes in hormone levels (in females) and a genetic predisposition. Diabetes increases risk because diabetic patients are already more susceptible to developing infections. Medications increase risk by reducing the amount of saliva in the mouth, which is needed to protect against gum disease and other infections.

Whether you have signs of gum disease or simply want to prevent it, professional treatment and cleanings from Dr. Bansen's office of family dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI can help. Make an appointment by calling (586) 979-1450.

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
August 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

The importance of good oral hygiene, which begins with daily brushing and flossing at home, is ingrained in most of us in early regular cleaningschildhood. But even with increased awareness around the importance of taking a proactive approach to our own oral health, many people still reserve a trip to the dentist for emergencies, or for when the signs of tooth decay or gum disease have become too obvious (or painful) to ignore.

Dr. Arnold Bansen, a family dentist in Sterling Heights, MI, advises patients to think of regular professional dental cleanings as an integral part of the equation for healthy teeth and gums. While brushing and flossing every day are important, they only make up two parts of the equation. A yearly oral check-up and professional cleaning complete the equation to ensure that the teeth and gums remain strong, healthy, and as attractive as possible.

Preventive Dentistry in Sterling Heights

Why are professional teeth cleanings necessary for people who brush and floss every day and practice good oral hygiene at home? Although flossing every day and eating a healthy diet are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, professional teeth cleanings pick up where brushing and flossing alone leave off. The bacteria and acids from the foods that we eat can harden into plaque and tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. Scheduling a comprehensive dental exam and professional cleaning once or twice a year is the key to good oral health and strong teeth and gums for the entire family.

Family Dentistry in Sterling Heights

A yearly dental exam and professional cleaning is an important part of every oral health and hygiene plan, and can actually save time and money in the long run, by preventing and helping to catch common dental problems before they have a chance to progress. Contact Dr. Bansen by calling (586) 979-1450 to schedule an appointment today.

By Arnold Bansen, DDS
May 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing teeth don't have to ruin your smile. Dentures can improve your appearance and restore your ability to bite and chew. Arnold denturesBansen, DDS, your Sterling Heights dentist, explains how dentures can help you.

Dentures offer multiple benefits

Dentures not only restore your smile, but also:

  • Improve your confidence level and pride in your appearance
  • Provide support for your facial muscles
  • Reduce stomach upset caused by failure to chew food thoroughly
  • Improve your ability to bite and chew foods
  • Help you speak more clearly

Choose from several types of dentures

Depending on your tooth loss, your Sterling Heights dentist will offer you one or more of these denture options:

  • Partial Dentures: These dentures are a good choice if you've only lost some of your teeth. Partial dentures are removable and are attached to surrounding teeth with hooks.
  • Full Dentures: Full dentures replace the teeth in your upper or lower jaw or both jaws. If you choose immediate dentures, you'll leave your dentist's office with a set of dentures immediately after your remaining teeth are pulled, although your dentures will probably need to be readjusted in a few months. If you opt for conventional dentures, you'll wait six to eight weeks for healing to occur before receiving your new dentures.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: These dentures are attached to titanium posts that are implanted in your jaw. Both permanent and removable implant-supported dentures are available.
  • Overdentures: Overdentures are placed over the remnants of dental implants or broken teeth. If the roots of the broken teeth are still strong, they can help provide a stable foundation for the dentures.

How can I tell if I'm a good candidate for dentures?

Your dentist will evaluate your teeth, mouth, gums and jaw and let you know which types of dentures would be best for your situation. Although there are some cases in which dentures aren't a good choice, most people can successfully wear dentures.

Are you ready to restore your smile with dentures? Call your Sterling Heights dentist, Arnold Bansen, DDS, at (586) 979-1450 to find out which type of dentures are right for you. Transform your smile with dentures!

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