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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.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
June 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

DenturesFind out whether or not dentures could restore your smile and your appearance.

When people think about tooth loss they often think about dentures. This is because this oral prosthetic has been around for centuries. Of course, modern-day dentures have been vastly improved to provide a more realistic and comfortable tooth replacement for those missing several or all of their teeth. Our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, is here to tell you more about dentures to help you determine if this is the right option for you.

Complete Dentures

Just as the name suggests, complete dentures are recommended when you are missing all of your natural teeth. They can be used to replace either the upper or lower teeth, or both. They are made to look just like real teeth and even contain a foundation that resembles natural gum tissue.

Complete dentures stay in place by suctioning themselves to natural gum tissue or by using denture adhesives. While adhesives can help dentures stay in place, often times these removable prosthetics can shift or move around when speaking or chewing.

Partial Dentures

This type of denture can be used when you are missing some of your teeth but you still have some natural teeth remaining. Just like complete dentures, partial dentures also contain a gum-like acrylic base that contains a row of artificial teeth. Partial dentures usually have some metal clasps or attachments that are connected to neighboring natural teeth to secure the false teeth in place.

Immediate Dentures

If our Midland general dentist has to extract one or more natural teeth we may place immediate dentures right after the extraction so that you have a full set of teeth the same day. Of course, immediate dentures are not custom-fitted and are usually only temporary until your gums have fully healed. Once the gums have healed we can fit you with a permanent set of dentures.

Implant-supported Dentures

While the fit, feel, and design of dentures have certainly changed for the better, we know that they won’t feel or look exactly like real teeth. We understand that it can be frustrating to feel your teeth move, shift, or make noise when trying to enjoy your favorite foods or talk to your colleagues; however, if you want a more stable tooth replacement, we can place four implants into the jawbone to help stabilize and hold your dentures in place. You’ll never have to worry about your teeth moving around on you again, and chewing and speech will be restored.

Do you have questions about the different kinds of dentures offered in Midland, MI? Do you want to sit down and discuss which kind is right for you? We would be happy to help you get back that beautiful smile. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.





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