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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 17, 2021
Category: Dental Emergency

Life happens and when you have an emergency dental situation, it's important to know that you have a dentist who will respond at a moment's notice. If you live in Midland, MI, and need an emergency dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel is happy to help. Whether it's an injury, sudden tooth problem, or life-threatening situation, she will offer her services to alleviate your suffering and administer treatment.

What Causes a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can be caused by a whole host of different events. It could be the result of an injury caused by playing a sport, riding a bike, getting into a car crash, or having an accident at work or home. It could be caused by biting into something tough or drinking from a glass bottle and accidentally chipping a tooth. Or it could be the result of a pre-existing dental problem that suddenly causes painful symptoms.

Common dental emergencies include:

  • Toothaches
  • Chipped tooth
  • Broken dental crown
  • Tooth or tooth filling falling out
  • Gum infection

Call an emergency dentist today if you are suffering from these problems and you're experiencing consistent pain. If you live in Midland, MI, Dr. Kathryn Winkel offers round-the-clock care.

What to Do in the Event of a Dental Emergency?

The first thing you should do if you have a dental problem that requires immediate attention is to contact an emergency dentist. Your problem could be a simple fix or it could require surgery and/or medication. So, it's important to gauge the severity of the situation - if you are suffering from a general toothache it may be better to wait until normal office hours. But if you have multiple teeth knocked out, you will need to be seen as soon as possible.

The best thing to do is stay calm and report all your symptoms and any other relevant details to your emergency dentist as clearly as possible. The sooner you act and the more information you give to the doctor, the easier it will be to receive treatment.

Patients in Midland, MI who need a caring, responsive emergency dentist, should visit the office of Dr. Kathryn Winkel. Call (989) 631-6680 to book an appointment or report an emergency.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 13, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Dental crowns and bridges from your dentist in Midland, MI, can give you an outstanding smile.

When you need to restore your damaged smile, dental crowns and bridges can give you back the chewing strength you have lost. They can also enhance the beauty of your smile.

Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI, provides comprehensive dental care services, including dental crowns and bridges to improve your smile.

There are a lot of factors that can damage your teeth. Lifestyle habits like chewing on hard objects including ice or your fingernails can cause tooth wear and breakage. The aging process is another common cause of worn teeth. Dental decay is yet another reason why you might be missing tooth structure.

No matter what has damaged your teeth, dental crowns can restore their strength and beauty. A tooth is strong with a dental crown because a crown provides overall coverage. When you bite down on food, your entire tooth is protected from breaking.

A dental crown can also enhance the beauty of a tooth because it is often created out of porcelain. Porcelain is a unique material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel, and it reflects light, just like natural teeth. 

Missing teeth leave gaps in your smile. Dental bridges can give you back a whole smile, and restore chewing function. When you are able to chew your food well, it helps your digestion because the digestive process begins with chewing.

You deserve a complete, beautiful smile and dental crowns and bridges can help you achieve it. To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns and bridges in Midland, MI, call Dr. Winkel at (989) 631-6680 today!

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
August 05, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Missing a tooth can severely impact your confidence and cause you to hide your smile instead of show it off as you should! Luckily, there’s a long-lasting, natural, and durable solution to complete your smile. Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI, offers dental implants to close up the gaps in your smile and create a totally natural-looking smile that you can be proud of.

How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Smile

Dental implants from your dentist in Midland, MI, can give you a natural-looking restoration option to complete your smile. Dental implants include a custom-made dental crown that will match the shape, size, and color of the rest of your smile. No one will ever be able to tell that you were missing a tooth to begin with! This crown will completely blend into your smile and create a smile that you can be proud to show off!

The part that makes dental implants a more permanent solution is the titanium post that is inserted into the gums and fused to the gums and jawbone. This structure creates a tooth root to replace the root that you lost with your natural tooth. The titanium post helps keep the dental crown anchored to your mouth and will help strengthen your smile by stimulating your gums and helping keep your jawbone together even after you’ve lost your tooth. This will help prevent any facial sagging from happening because of your lost tooth.

Because a dental implant is durable and reinforced by a titanium post, this will help you bite and chew food with ease. Dental implants are also easy to care for and don’t require you to change your daily habits. All you need to do to keep your smile healthy is to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist for regular checkups to keep your smile intact.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Replace your missing tooth today. Contact Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI, to learn more about dental implants and how they can complete your smile. Call today at (989) 631-6680.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
May 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health

It can be difficult to know if we need to visit the dentist's office, but a big hint is that we should not let small problems become bigger ones. To learn more please get in contact with your Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel.

When Was Your Last Appointment?

If you have not been into the office for a while then it's time to change that. Regular dental checkups can potentially save you from surprises and reduce the likelihood of more invasive procedures. They can also help you keep plaque under control, which helps guard against decay and gum disease.

Does Something Hurt?

One of the main reasons why a lot of us decide it's time to visit our dentist is pain, unfortunately, pain is often an indicator that something is already wrong. The reasons for discomfort vary, but one of the most common is a deeply infected tooth. Which is typically treated via a root canal to relieve you of pain and save your tooth.

Is a Tooth Cracked or Chipped?

A cracked or chipped tooth may not always be cause for an emergency, but they should nonetheless be treated promptly as they signify that the enamel that protects your tooth has been breached leaving the inner layers exposed.

Is a Tooth Loose?

A loose tooth on the other hand could signal an advanced stage of periodontal disease, which threatens the support structures of your teeth, as well as the health of your whole mouth. If you have a crown or bridge, and these are similarly loose, it could just mean it's time to have them examined, but it should be done promptly to avoid complications.

Are You Embarrassed to Smile?

Wanting to address cosmetic concerns is nothing to be embarrassed about. Maintaining your teeth's form and function is very important but so is having a smile you can be proud to show off. Very often these go hand in hand. Speak with your Midland, MI, dentist to find out all the ways they can help transform your smile.

Don't delay any longer, make an appointment today with Dr. Winkel in Midland, MI, by dialing (989) 631-6680.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
February 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Are you wondering whether dentures are the best way to replace your missing teeth? We know a lot of thought goes into making the right decision regarding your oral health, and our Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel can provide you with the information you need to make the best decision regarding how to replace your missing teeth. If you are thinking dentures might be right for you, here are the different types of dentures you’ll need to know about first.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are designed to fully replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaws. These teeth sit directly on top of the gums, where they naturally suction to the gums to stay in place; however, depending on whether you have a lower or upper set of complete dentures, you may also choose to use denture adhesives to keep teeth from shifting or moving around.

Complete dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth, providing you with natural-looking false teeth that sit on an acrylic base made to resemble gum tissue. These teeth are worn during the day but must be removed and placed into a soaking solution overnight.

Partial Dentures

If you only have a few teeth missing, then our dental team will recommend partial dentures. This type of dentures is either removable or fixed in place. We can discuss the pros and cons of each type of partial dentures to help you decide the right one for you. Clasps connect to natural teeth to hold removable partial dentures in place, while dental crowns are cemented over natural teeth to fix partials (also referred to as a dental bridge) permanently in place.

Immediate Dentures

These prefabricated dentures are placed immediately after a tooth extraction, so you never have to be without teeth. We can place these dentures the very same day and they are worn while the gums are healing. Since it can take weeks for the gums to heal, our Midland, MI, general dentist wants you to still have teeth to be able to talk and chew during the healing process. Once your gums have healed, then we can place your permanent dentures.


These false teeth sit on top of the gums but are held in place with dental implants. Implants are metal posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, implants can support your partial or full dentures.

If you’d like to get dentures here in Midland, MI, our family dentist Dr. Winkel can provide you with this custom dental appliance to restore your smile. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dentures, call us today at (989) 631-6680 to schedule a consultation.

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