Both tooth decay and gum disease pervade the American population. Good oral hygiene habits, however, can dramatically improve your dental health. In East Lansing, MI, your dentist, Dr. Thomas Faiver, and his team help their patients develop and maintain an effective routine. It combines both at-home and in-office habits.
Use a soft brush that fits your mouth comfortably. A fluoride toothpaste strengthens tooth enamel, and your systematic, gentle brushing removes the plaque which quickly collects on your teeth and at the gum line. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you brush twice daily for a full two minutes.
Floss once a day. Wind the strand around opposite index fingers, and gently insert it between two teeth. Form a C with the strand, and move it up and down gently. Never snap floss against the gum tissue. Move systematically around your mouth. Then rinse.
You know what to do. Limit sugar and carbs. Consume four to five servings of fruits and vegetables, and get into the habit of drinking water throughout the day. Limit dark drinks and foods so your teeth stay bright and white.
Ask Dr. Faiver if an ant-plaque, fluoride, or whitening rinse would benefit your smile.
Tobacco darkens your tooth enamel, compromises gum tissue, and causes oral cancer. See your primary care physician about a smoking cessation program.
Semi-annual dental visits
These are ADA standards. Your exam with your dentist and cleaning with your hygienist in our East Lansing office will be comfortable and thorough.
- Tooth scaling with ultrasonic instruments and/or hand-held curettes to remove plaque and hard tartar
- Tooth polishing with a low abrasion toothpaste and rotary brush
- X-rays as scheduled to detect hidden decay
- Periodontal probing with a very small metal instrument (gum pockets deeper than three millimeters indicate periodontal disease)
Then Dr. Faiver does your examination, looking for:
- Tooth decay and signs of gum disease
- Proper dental bite
- Signs of oral cancer
- Jaw joint function
- The appearance and condition of your crowns and fillings
Finally, you'll receive your exam findings. Dr. Faiver may recommend changes in your oral hygiene routine at home, tell you if you need any restorative work, and may advise certain cosmetic improvements.
Keep your good habits
Oral hygiene is the mainstay of a healthy, attractive mouth. Dr. Thomas Faiver and his team ask you to keep up with these important habits at home, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to be available for your dental emergencies. Phone us with any concerns or questions you have: (517) 351-7222.
Do you wish your smile was more attractive? Thin restorations called veneers may offer the ideal solution to your smile issues. Your East Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Thomas Faiver, can help you improve your appearance with veneers.
Have an imperfection? Hide it with a veneer
Veneers conceal imperfections and flaws under a thin layer of porcelain. No thicker than a fingernail, the restorations look just like tooth enamel and feel completely natural. Veneers are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement and are used to hide flaws and change the shape and length of your teeth.
Unlike some cosmetic options, veneers don't require extensive changes to your teeth. In fact, your dentist may only need to remove a tiny amount of enamel before you receive your restorations.
Veneers can help you improve your appearance if you have any of these flaws
Veneers provide an excellent way to keep flaws hidden and are often used to:
- Eliminate Annoying Gaps Between Teeth: Closing the gaps between your teeth can be as simple as taking advantage of veneers. Veneers are a good option if you have slight gaps. Large gaps may require orthodontic treatment.
- Lengthen Teeth: A few short teeth can make your smile look uneven. Veneers help you ensure that all of your teeth are the same length.
- Improve Tooth Shape: It only takes one oddly shaped tooth to disrupt the symmetry of your smile. Veneers improve the shape of twisted, crooked and other unusually shaped teeth.
- Conceal Discolorations: Do you have one tooth that's darker than the others due to trauma, tetracycline use or another issue? Thanks to your new veneer, your discolored tooth will now look like all of your other teeth.
- Hide Imperfections: Wear and tear can cause chips and shallow cracks in the fronts of your teeth. Unfortunately, this type of minor damage is very noticeable. Veneers cover common tooth flaws, helping you boost your smile.
- Keep Your Smile Bright and White: Veneers offer long-term whitening benefits. They're available in any shade of white you want, won't stain and will last 10 to 15 years or longer.
Transform your smile with veneers. Call your dentist in East Lansing, Dr. Faiver, at (517) 351-7722 to schedule your appointment.
When Are Dental Crowns Needed?
If you have damaged teeth, you know how hard it can be to show off your smile. And not only can cracked, chipped or worn down teeth make you self conscious, they can also be uncomfortable, making biting, chewing and even brushing painful or difficult.
One solution to flawed teeth is the application of dental crowns, an effective and attractive option available from Dr. Thomas G. Naiver in East Lansing. Here is what you should know about dental crowns and what they can do for you.
What is a crown?
A dental crown is essentially a cap for your damaged tooth which covers imperfections. A crown may be fashioned from resin, porcelain or a ceramic material and will be custom designed to fit securely and comfortably over your tooth.
How do I know if I need a dental crown?
At our office in East Lansing, your dentist may advise a crown if you have any of the following:
- A misshapen tooth
- A tooth with cracks or chips
- A tooth that has been worn down
- A tooth that is severely yellowed or gray in hue
- A tooth with a cavity which can't be properly treated
- A tooth with a protrusion or jagged surface
What are the advantages of a dental crown?
With a dental crown, you will have full function of your tooth again. Eating, chewing, brushing and flossing will be easier, and you may find your oral structure is improved.
From an appearance standpoint, a dental crown is both natural-looking and attractive, restoring your smile to its best.
How is a dental crown placed?
At our office in East Lansing, your dentist will begin by numbing your tooth and gum area so you stay comfortable as he prepares the surface of the tooth receiving the crown. This creates a porous surface so the crown can securely attach.
Your dentist will then take an impression of your tooth, using either a digital scanner or by hand with a putty-like material. You will be provided with a temporary crown at our East Lansing office while your implant is being created.
During your next appointment, your dentist will use a permanent adhesive to attach the crown. Any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure you can bite properly.
If you are considering dental crowns, make an appointment with our East Lansing dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver by calling 517-351-7222.
Find out if your smile could benefit from this popular tooth replacement.
Are you an adult who is missing at least one permanent tooth? If you said “yes” the good news is that our East Lansing dentist Dr. Thomas Faiver can help. It’s certainly comforting to know that there are many ways to replace your missing tooth and that during your consultation we will discuss your needs, lifestyle and budget to find out the best option. For many of our adult patients, dental implants tend to be a great fit for replacing missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
The implant itself is a small tapered titanium post. This post replaces the roots of the teeth. In order to do this our East Lansing, MI, implant dentist will need to place the implant into the jawbone so that it can provide the bone with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong. Once the implant is placed the bone and implant will fuse together, providing a long-lasting and incredibly dependable foundation from which to hold a false tooth or even a full set of false teeth.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Most adults who are dealing with tooth loss are good candidates for dental implants. Of course, there are several factors that could influence your candidacy. A good candidate for dental implants is,
An adult: children and teens aren’t usually good candidates because their jaws are still developing
Good oral health: if you have active decay or gum disease these problems may need to be treated before you can get implants
Are you looking for a dentist in East Lansing, MI, that can provide you with the beautiful, long-lasting dental implant you want to restore your smile? If so, call our dental practice today at (517) 351-7222 to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.
It's an unfortunate fact that millions of Americans are currently struggling with periodontal disease. An inflammatory condition that heavily affects gum tissue, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and it can have wide-ranging effects on your overall wellbeing as well. Fortunately, Dr. Thomas Faiver, your dentist in East Lansing, MI, can help provide treatment for this potentially deadly disease!
More about periodontal disease
From mild gingivitis (evidenced by bleeding when you brush) to advanced periodontitis, gum disease develops in the space between the gums and tooth surfaces. Called the sulcus, this space may fill with bacteria-laden plaque and calculus, or hard tartar. As the sulcus fills, it becomes infected, causing:
- Gum recession
- Puffiness, tenderness and redness
- Bone degradation
- Exposure of tooth roots
- Halitosis (very bad-smelling breath)
- Dental sensitivity
- Tooth drift or mobility
- Changes in the fit of a denture or in dental bite
- Pain when biting and chewing
- Discoloration of gum tissue
Even worse, many scientific studies show a link between heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, dementia, and more, according to the American Heart Association.
Do you have it?
At our East Lansing office, Dr. Faiver includes periodontal measurements with every dental examination. During this step, your dentist or hygienist gently inserts a tiny metal probe into each gum sulcus. A measurement of one to three millimeters is normal and healthy, but four millimeters and deeper is diagnostic for periodontal disease.
Treating gum disease
Plaque and tartar in pockets of this depth are difficult to remove. However, your hygienist practices scaling and root planing with manual and ultrasonic tools that effectively lift out these harmful deposits. With the installation of antibiotics and good oral hygiene at home, gums usually reattach to tooth surfaces, creating that characteristic turtleneck sweater appearance and snugness which nourish and support your teeth.
Additionally, more advanced cases of gum disease may respond to gum grafting, laser treatments, or more complex in-office procedures to cover bare tooth roots. Dr. Faiver will advise the procedure best for your long-term oral health. Of course, your semi-annual cleanings and exams, along with diligent brushing and flossing habits at home, help remove dangerous biofilms.
Need more details?
Contact the team at Dr. Thomas Faiver's office in East Lansing, MI. They'll answer any questions that you have and help you achieve a healthy smile—phone (517) 351-7222 today.
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