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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bridge  

Has tooth loss changed your smile? A dental bridge can fill the gaps and improve your appearance. Your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkle, helps her patients make the most of their smiles with bridges and other restorations.

Dental bridges restore missing teeth

Appearance is a key concern after tooth loss, but it's far from the only issue. Missing teeth make eating difficult and may even affect your ability to speak clearly. Once a gap appears in your smile, your other teeth slowly begin to move in an attempt to fill in the empty spaces. As the teeth shift, your bite may change, which alters your appearance and can increase your risk of developing temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

Dental bridges replace the teeth you've lost, improve your appearance and prevent your teeth from drifting. The restorations are usually made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin and are often used to replace one or two missing teeth. Bridges consist of:

  • Pontics: These artificial teeth restore your missing teeth and are attached to crowns on either side.
  • Crowns: Crowns hold your bridge in place. The hollow restorations slip over the teeth on either side of the gap and are held in place with dental cement.

The dental bridge process

The teeth that will receive the crown portion of your new bridge must be reduced in size slightly to accommodate the crowns. After your Midland dentist alters these teeth, she'll make an impression of your mouth. The impression is an essential step in the bridge process and serves as a mold for your new bridge.

It usually takes about two weeks for the dental laboratory to make your bridge. In the meantime, you'll wear a temporary bridge that your dentist will prepare for you.

As soon as your bridge is completed, you'll return to the office for your next appointment. Your dentist will check the fit of the bridge and make any necessary adjustments before permanently attaching the restoration to the supporting teeth with dental cement.

Thanks to your bridge, your gaps will disappear and you'll be able to chew normally once again.

Need dental work? Give us a call

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

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crown  

Could a dental crown improve your appearance or protect a fragile tooth from breaking? The restorations, offered by your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, offer important benefits for your smile.

Crowns strengthen, repair and preserve teeth

Crowns are one of the most common types of dental restorations because they're so versatile. The tooth-shaped restorations are designed to slip over teeth after they've been prepared. They're often used to:

  • Keep Your Teeth in One Piece: Teeth can become fragile due to aging or may be at increased risk of breaking due to cracks, large fillings or root canal therapy. Crowns strengthen these teeth and prevent them from breaking by absorbing the strong forces you produce every time you bite and chew.
  • Improve Shape, Length or Color: Orthodontic treatment isn't always needed if you have just one or two crooked teeth. Crowns can transform the way crooked or oddly shaped teeth look and also improve the color of teeth that have become discolored. Crowns can even add length to too-short teeth. Porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin crowns are available in a variety of tooth-colored shades to ensure that your restorations match your other teeth.
  • Repair Damage: Accidents and blows to the face aren't the only causes of breaks. Even small cracks in the tooth can weaken it and make it more likely that your tooth will break one day. Broken teeth aren't just unattractive. The jagged edges of teeth can cut your mouth, make chewing difficult and cause considerable pain. Crowns restore the normal appearance of your teeth, end your pain and make it much easier to chew and bite food.

Crowns look completely natural

No one will be able to tell that you have a crown, thanks to the process used to create your restoration. Crowns are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that they look like they belong in your mouth. It usually takes about two weeks for a Midland dental laboratory to make a crown. While you wait for your crown to be finished, you'll wear a temporary crown. In just about two weeks, you'll receive your permanent crown.

Renew and protect your smile with dental crowns! Call your Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
July 16, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

If you are living with damaged teeth, or you are missing your teeth, you need to get your beautiful smile back! The right denture can make all the difference in your smile, and in your life. Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI, offers a full range of dental services, including dentures, to get you smiling again.

Your smile is often the first thing people notice when they meet you, and not having a smile can damage your self-esteem and self-confidence. You deserve a great looking smile, and a denture can help you achieve it.

These are just a few of the important benefits of a denture:

  • Enhanced chewing ability, so you can enjoy the foods you love; full chewing function also helps your digestion, which aids your general health.
  • Restored facial fullness and renewed facial contours, which can help you look younger
  • Creation of a beautiful new smile that will make you confident and proud to smile again

Modern dentures are made to last, giving you many years of beautiful smiles. Denture materials are durable and sturdy, but also beautiful. Dr. Winkel can help you choose the right denture to make you smile.

Types of Dentures

Consider full dentures if you need to replace an entire arch of teeth; they come in several types:

  • Conventional dentures, which are made after your tissue has healed completely, at around 6 to 8 weeks. They have the advantage of you only getting used to one denture.
  • Immediate dentures, which are placed right after your teeth are removed; a conventional denture will be made for you after 6 to 8 weeks. Immediate dentures have the advantage of you never having to go without teeth.
  • Implant-supported dentures, also called overdentures, which are snapped in place over dental implants; overdentures have the advantage of helping to maintain bone, to prevent facial sagging.

You can also choose partial dentures if you need to replace several missing teeth but not an entire arch.A partial denture is made as a conventional partial, which is strong and sturdy and meant for permanent tooth replacement, or transitional partial, which is a temporary tooth replacement solution while you are waiting for dental implants.

You deserve a great new smile, and the right denture can help you achieve it. To find out more about dentures and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI, today!

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.





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