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By Thomas G. Faiver DDS PC
October 06, 2020
Tags: Denture  

Dentures are a highly effective tooth-replacement option. Several types of dentures are available for meeting a wide range of needs. Whether you are missing just a few teeth or a full row, dentures can restore your smile. Dr. Thomas Faiver, the knowledgeable dentist at our office in East Lansing, MI, can determine which denture can best meet your needs.

Types of Dentures

Several kinds of dentures are available but there are two main types known as partial dentures and full or complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some teeth remain. The pontics or artificial teeth, on partial dentures, match up with the empty gaps where teeth are missing. Partial dentures make it possible to fill the gaps in your smile without disturbing the natural teeth. Full or complete dentures are used when replacing an entire row of teeth.

There are two types of partial dentures: transitional and removable. Transitional partial dentures are only meant to be worn temporarily while waiting for permanent dentures. This type of denture is often used following tooth extraction. Transitional dentures allow you to enjoy a full set of teeth while waiting for the gums to heal from extraction. Once the gums have healed, a transitional denture can be replaced with a custom-made removable denture. Since these dentures are custom made they offer a better fit and can be worn long-term.

Types of full or complete dentures include immediate, conventional, and fixed. Immediate dentures serve the same purpose as transitional partials. They allow you to enjoy a full smile while recovering from an extraction procedure. Once the gums have healed, you are ready for a conventional or fixed denture. Conventional full dentures are custom made for a better fit and they conform to your mouth over time.

Fixed dentures, also called implant-supported dentures, are considered to be a state-of-the-art tooth replacement option among dentures. They are permanently and securely held in place by several dental implants rather than an oral adhesive. Fixed dentures will not slip out of place when eating or speaking. A minor surgical procedure is required to place the dental implants and you must have enough bone to support placement. The skilled dentist at our office in East Lansing, MI, can determine if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures.

Benefits of Dentures

No matter what type of denture you choose, whether removable or fixed, you can experience several benefits. In addition to restoring your smile, replacing missing teeth can reverse many of the unwanted side effects associated with tooth loss, such as:

  • Filling in the gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss
  • Restoring facial contours by providing support for sagging facial muscles
  • Improving speech and pronunciation by correcting tongue placement when talking
  • Eliminating excess strain on natural teeth by more evenly distributing biting and chewing functions


Dentures can restore your smile and reverse many of the side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Thomas Faiver can help you figure out which denture is best for you. To schedule an appointment with the dentist, call our office in East Lansing, MI, at (517) 351-7222.

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) reports that dental implants become more and more popular with each passing year. Why is that? In the experience of your East Lansing MI dentist, Dr. Thomas Faiver, popularity is not the issue. Simply put, dental implants are the most realistic tooth replacement option available today.

Why Choose Dental Implants East Lansing, MI

A dental implant permanently replaces a missing tooth from roots to crown. Made of bone-friendly titanium, the rough-surfaced implant screw lives in the jaw bone--not on top of it as other tooth replacements do.

This in-the-jaw residence exercises the bone, keeping it strong, wide, and high, avoiding the deterioration of the alveolar ridge which occurs after tooth loss. Accordingly, speech remains clear, the dental bite is proper and facial features appear full and youthful. Plus, almost 100 percent of your biting and chewing power returns, reports Dear Doctor.

Lastly, dental implants may restore smiles in fully edentulous patients. Once examined and imaged by their East Lansing MI dentist, people with limited dentition or no teeth whatsoever may receive multiple implants to support partial or full dentures. These patients enjoy the same bone-building benefits, facial contours, and oral function as single-implant recipients.

Other benefits of dental implants

Here are the reasons for choosing dental implants East Lansing, MI:

  • Dental implants cannot slip, slide, or fall out, and you won't need any adhesive, relining, or refitting.
  • You simply brush and floss implants just as you do your natural teeth.
  • Implants motivate smokers to quit so implant sites stay healthy.
  • These artificial teeth can--and usually do--last a lifetime, making these prosthetic truly permanent.
  • They are cost-effective, rarely needing replacement.
  • The entire evaluation, placement, and restoration process happens at Dr. Faiver's East Lansing MI office. Your dentist has placed dental implants successfully for years and will provide the follow-up care you need to keep your new teeth beautiful, functional, and durable.
  • People of all ages--from teens through adults in their senior years--may receive and enjoy dental implants.

Contact us

Dr. Thomas Faiver will tell you all about dental implants and how they can help you have a fully restored smile. Call his East Lansing MI office to arrange your consultation. Your dentist has been practicing in his hometown for 30 plus years! Call today: (517) 351-7222.

By Thomas G. Faiver DDS PC
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

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.

Don't smoke

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.

Cleaning includes:

  • 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.

By Thomas G. Faiver DDS PC
March 26, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers   Porcelain Veneers  

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.

By Thomas G. Faiver DDS PC
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

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.

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