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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
May 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Have you been thinking about replacing a missing tooth? Dental implants offered by your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkle, provide implantsan effective, long-term restoration option.

One and done

In most cases, your dental implant can last the rest of your life. Implants are small titanium posts that replace your roots. They're placed inside your jawbone after your Midland dentist makes a small opening in the bone during a minor procedure.

During the next three to six months, your implant bonds to the surrounding bone and becomes just as strong as your original root. The implant is topped with a dental crown once bonding occurs. The crown completes the restoration of your tooth, improves your appearance, and makes biting and chewing easier. With proper care, most dental implants never need to be replaced.

Comfort and convenience

Dentures and bridges can be uncomfortable if they don't fit well. Every time, you take a bite, your restoration may press against your gums painfully. When you receive a dental implant, your new crown is securely attached to your implant and won't move, slip or hurt your gums when you eat. People who receive implants often report that their new teeth feel just like their natural teeth.

Dental implants are an excellent option if you wear dentures. Implant-supported dentures don't move when you eat and won't reduce your biting power. They're usually connected directly to implants or to a metal framework attached to the implants. If your dentures are permanently attached to your implants, you'll only have to brush them to keep them clean.

Implant-supported dentures can be attached to your jawbone with as few as four dental implants per arch in some cases.

Stronger jawbone

Many people don't realize how missing teeth can affect their jawbones. All bones, including your jawbone, need constant stimulation to remain strong. Pressure from your tooth roots stimulates your jawbone, keeping it strong.

When you lose one or more teeth, the jawbone may begin to shrink. Eventually, loose teeth and facial sagging can occur. Dental implants are just as effective as your natural roots in providing jawbone stimulation and can help you avoid these unpleasant consequences.

Complete your smile with dental implants! Call your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkle, at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Emergency

Do you know what to do if a dental emergency occurs? A dental emergency can include jaw injuries, uncontrollable oral bleeding, or Dental Emergency Toothachehaving a tooth knocked out, for example. In cases of dental emergencies, it is best to see an emergency dentist for treatment as soon as possible. Immediate treatment can prevent the problem from becoming worse. It can even save a tooth that was knocked our or loose if treated in time. Dr. Kathryn Winkel is your emergency dentist in Midland, WI.

Types of Dental Emergencies

A wide range of oral injuries and problems can be considered dental emergencies requiring immediate dental treatment. In such situations, it is best to seek the assistance of a Midland emergency dentist for treatment right away. If it is not possible to see an emergency dentist, or in cases of uncontrollable oral bleeding, visit a hospital emergency room for immediate treatment. Examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Jaw injuries
  • Severe and persistent toothaches
  • A tooth being knocked loose or knocked out
  • Painful swelling of the mouth
  • A periodontal abscess
  • Uncontrollable oral bleeding

There are other situations that also require prompt dental treatment, but are not as urgent as a true dental emergency. Seeing a dentist within a few days of the injury or problem is usually sufficient to correct the problem in these situations. Although these situations are not dental emergencies, it is still important to seek treatment soon to prevent more severe problems from developing. Nonemergency situations that still require treatment within a few days include:

  • Minor toothaches
  • Cracking or chipping a tooth
  • Loss of dental work (fillings, crowns, etc.)
  • Breaking a retainer or a night guard
  • Food particles stuck between teeth

In cases of true dental emergencies, see an emergency dentist immediately. Other situations are not immediately urgent and simply require treatment within a few days. If you need an emergency dentist in Midland, call Dr. Winkel’s office at (989) 631-6680.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crown  

Damaged teeth detract from your smile and make chewing a much more complicated process. Dental crowns, offered by your Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel, offer a simple way to protect fragile teeth or restore fractured teeth.

Crowns protect and stabilize damaged teeth

Dental crowns prevent damage from worsening and restore teeth that have fractured or broken. A crown covers the part of a tooth that's visible above your gum line. Your dentist places the restoration over your tooth once it's been prepared and cements it in place.

Preparing the tooth ensures that the crown fits comfortably and looks at home in your mouth. Crowns are made of materials that can withstand 10 to 15 years of biting and chewing, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic and resin.

Your Midland dentist may recommend a crown if a tooth is cracked, crumbling or fragile due to trauma or a dental procedure, such as a large filling or root canal therapy. If you don't cover your at-risk tooth with a crown, it may break or fracture one day.

Crowns also restore teeth that have broken or fractured. Breaks can occur if you don't add a crown to a fragile tooth but may also be caused by a blow to the mouth, a fall or a car accident. Although you may be primarily concerned about your appearance after you break a tooth, broken teeth can be painful and may make chewing difficult. Crowns end your pain, restore your smile and make eating easier.

Dental crowns improve your appearance

In addition to protecting and restoring damaged teeth, crowns can also change the way teeth look. Do you have a tooth that has a particularly strange shape? Crowns transform oddly shaped teeth but also offer an effective way to straighten a crooked or twisted tooth.

Discolored teeth can be a problem if your tooth has been injured in the past or you took certain antibiotics as a child. Crowns hide the discoloration from view and are crafted to match the shade of your other teeth exactly. The restoration is also an excellent option if you want to extend the length of a short tooth.

Could you benefit from dental crowns? Call your Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant DiagramThanks to dental implants, it's now possible to restore your entire missing tooth. Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel helps her patients improve and restore their smiles with dental implants and other treatments and services.

What are dental implants?

Creating your new tooth starts with adding a dental implant to your jawbone during minor oral surgery. The titanium implant serves as a replacement root and immediately begins bonding to your jawbone. By the end of three to six months, the implant will be just as strong and secure as your natural roots.

When your Midland dentist is satisfied with your progress, she'll make an impression of your mouth, which will be used to create a dental crown. Dental crowns fill in the gap of your smile, but they're not merely decorative. Once the crown is attached to the implant, you'll be able to chew normally with your new tooth.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants may not be recommended if you are a smoker, as smoking can slow healing. You'll also need to be in good oral health. Your dentist may recommend treating tooth or gum conditions before proceeding with an implant. Good gum health is particularly important, as your gums help hold your teeth and your new crown in place.

Your dentist will evaluate the depth of your jawbone as part of your pre-implant evaluation. If your jawbone isn't deep enough to adequately support your implant, it may ultimately become loose or even fall out. Luckily, a shallow jawbone doesn't have to prevent you from receiving a dental implant. Adding bone grafts to your jawbone will increase depth, allowing you to proceed with the implant process.

Good oral hygiene is particularly important when you have a dental implant. Although your new tooth may not be real, you'll still need to brush it and floss around the base carefully to prevent an infection. If you're a dedicated brusher and flosser, you'll have no trouble caring for your implants.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel at (989) 631-6680 to schedule your appointment.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

ToothacheWill you need a root canal this year? Root canal symptoms can be subtle and easily confused with other dental problems. Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel offers root canal therapy and other services that will help you maintain your oral health.

Root canal signs and symptoms

You may experience one or more of these signs and symptoms if you need a root canal:

  • Pain: Pain occurs if the soft pulp deep inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed. Initially, the pain may be mild or might be intermittent. Your symptoms may worsen when you chew, press on the tooth or eat or drink hot or cold foods or drinks. Pain in a tooth can be caused by inflammations, infections, cavities, gum disease, cracks in teeth, and other problems. Since it's impossible to determine the cause of your pain at home, a visit to your Midland, MI, dentist is a must if your tooth hurts.
  • Change in Appearance: Has your tooth become discolored or darker than surrounding teeth? A change in color can be a sign that you need a root canal. Gum changes may also occur if you have an inflammation or infection in your tooth pulp. You may notice that the gum surrounding the tooth is swollen, sore, or red. As gum disease can also cause gum changes, it's important to bring your symptoms to your dentist's attention.
  • Dental Abscess Symptoms: Is your pain severe? Severe, throbbing pain can be a sign of a dental abscess. The bacterial infection that causes an abscess can make you feel sick and produce a few other symptoms, such as a swollen lower face, swollen lymph nodes, pus around your tooth or a small bump that looks like a pimple on your gum. If you experience any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to contact your dentist. In addition to a root canal, you'll need to take antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading. If you don't receive emergency dental care, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream and travel to your heart, brain, or other areas of your body.

Protect your smile and your health with root canal therapy. Call Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.





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