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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns   Bridges  

When you have smile gaps or tooth structures compromised by decay, injury or infection, you may need a dental crown or bridgework. Dr. Kathryn Winkel provides both in her Midland, MI, practice. Why not ask your dentist if these restorations would help you?

What is a dental crown?

A custom-made jacket of high-grade ceramic, a dental crown completely covers a damaged tooth right to the gum line. It looks, bites and feels perfectly natural, and it's a great alternative to dental extraction and the problems losing a tooth causes.

To verify if a crown is appropriate for your situation, your dentist will examine your tooth and take some digital X-rays. If you should receive a crown, your procedure will happen right in Dr. Winkel's Midland, MI, office.

Crown preparation involves:

  • Oral impressions
  • Removal of damaged tooth structure
  • Enamel reduction

At a dental lab, a ceramist will create your crown, shaping it and coloring it to fit over your tooth and to bite with teeth on the teeth above or below it. When your permanent crown is ready, Dr. Winkel will bond it onto your prepared tooth.

Lastly, crowns complete dental implants--today's most realistic tooth replacement. Also, when a tooth is so injured it requires pulp extraction through root canal therapy, a crown finishes that procedure, conferring permanent durability and aesthetics.

What is bridgework?

Bridgework is a traditional way to replace one or more missing teeth. Pontic, or artificial, teeth attach to porcelain crowns seated on natural teeth neighboring a smile gap.

Just like single crowns, bridges are custom-crafted to your unique dentition. Lifelike porcelain is the material of choice for both the pontics and crowns.

Also like single crowns, your bridge will require enamel reduction on the abutment teeth. Your dentist will cement the bridge in place using a high-tech adhesive.

Caring for crowns and bridges

Meticulous brushing and flossing avoids tartar and plaque accumulation, decay around crown margins and gum disease. Also, see Dr. Winkel every six months for a cleaning and check-up, including an assessment of your prosthetics.

Finally, avoid the excessive forces exerted by hard foods, such as peanut brittle and candy apples. And, if you grind or clench your teeth, Dr. Winkel may suggest a mouthguard be worn at night.

Find out more

Crowns and bridges fully restore smiles. Don't put up with failing or missing teeth. Have a complete, healthy smile. Let your dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel show you how. Phone the office in Midland, MI, for a consultation: (989) 631-6680.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
July 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

Dentures can help restore chewing, make speaking easier and even improve your confidence.

If you are missing most or all of your teeth then you may be considering getting dentures from our Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel. While there are many ways to replace missing teeth these days, many people still turn to dentures because they provide a fast, easy, non-surgical and inexpensive solution to getting teeth back.

Who is a good candidate for dentures?

An ideal candidate is someone who is dealing with significant tooth loss. Most people coming into our Midland, MI, office are visiting our dentist because they are missing all or the majority of their teeth but still have healthy gum tissue and a strong jawbone. If you are only missing a couple of teeth, you may not be an ideal candidate for dentures but there are other ways to restore your smile.

What types of dentures are available?

The number of teeth that we need to replace is going to be the determining factor as to which type of dentures will be the best solution for you. Types of dentures include,

Full dentures: If you are missing an entire row of teeth then full dentures are going to be able to replace all of your teeth. Full dentures can be used on both the upper and lower jaws.

Partial dentures: If you are missing several teeth but still have some healthy teeth remaining then partial dentures will be able to fill these gaps. These false teeth attach to neighboring teeth to hold them in place.

Immediate dentures: This type of false teeth is placed immediately after someone has had a tooth extraction. These are not considered a long-term fix but rather a set of teeth for patients to wear temporarily until their mouths fully heal from surgery and they can get their permanent dentures.

Implant-supported dentures: If you are interested in getting dental implants but need to replace all of your teeth, we can still place dental implants along the jawbone to hold your dentures firmly in place.

Do you have questions about getting dentures? If so, the next step is to talk with our Midland, MI, family dentist to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dentures or any of the tooth replacement options we offer. To get one step closer to restoring your smile, call our office at (989) 631-6680 to schedule a consultation.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
May 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Needing tooth replacement? Are you unsure of your choices? In Midland, MI, many patients benefit from innovative dental implants by Dr. Kathryn Winkel. Stable and realistic, these artificial teeth act, look and feel totally natural. Patients literally cannot distinguish them from their real teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a complete artificial tooth. It is composed of three parts:

  1. A titanium screw surgically placed into the jaw bone where the natural tooth once resided
  2. A metal alloy post, or abutment
  3. A custom-fabricated porcelain crown

After Dr. Winkel inserts the implant into the empty socket, the device bonds with the jaw bone. This action is called osseointegration. It takes some weeks to months, but once finished, it forms a stable foundation for the implant restoration.

Also, the more the implant is used, the stronger the bond becomes. This feature is unique to dental implants. Conventional tooth replacements, such as partial dentures, do nothing to strengthen the underlying hard or soft tissues.

Amazing implant benefits

A simple exam and three-dimensional scan at Dr. Winkel's Midland office details your suitability for dental implant placement. Most healthy teens and adults can receive implants if they have enough bone in their jaws. Bone grafting procedures augment the jaw in the event that bone is weak or thin.

After you complete your implant procedure, you will enjoy these unique benefits:

  1. One and it's done. In other words, once you receive a dental implant, it will serve you for the rest of your life. The success rate is up to 95 percent, reports Healthline.
  2. Easy brushing and flossing. Take care of your implants just as you do your natural teeth.
  3. Fuller facial features due to strong bone structure and healthy gum tissue.
  4. Clear speech with no denture clicking or slippage.
  5. Expert placement and aftercare for your dental implants by your dentist in Midland, MI.
  6. One-time expense. While your crown or implant-supported denture appliance will require replacement after ten years or so, your implant(s) will stay put indefinitely.
  7. A diet with no limitations. Hard foods. Soft foods. Eat whatever healthy choices you enjoy.
  8. A wonderful smile. No one but you and your dentist will know you have dental implants.

Transform your smile

It can happen with dental implants from Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI. Learn more about their unique benefits by calling (989) 631-6680 to arrange your personalized consultation.

A dental emergency is any dental issue that requires immediate medical attention to save a tooth, stop bleeding, or alleviate pain. If you ever need an emergency dentist, contact us at Dr. Kathryn Winkel, DDS in Midland, MI. Dr. Kathryn Winkel and her staff provide a wide range of routine and emergency dental services.

When You Have a Dental Emergency

There are various kinds of dental emergencies that you may experience. Your tooth may be knocked out because of an accident. You may get a cracked tooth because of the food you ate. You may also suffer from toothache so painful you don't know how you'll make it through the day.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your permanent tooth is knocked out, try to put it back into its socket without touching the root. If that's not possible, put your tooth in milk or place it in between your cheek and gum. You can also use a tooth preservation product that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Finally, get to your Midland emergency dentist right away.

Cracked Tooth

If you crack your tooth, clean the area by rinsing your mouth with warm water. To treat any swelling, apply a cold compress to your cheek before heading straight to your dentist.

Toothache

If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Use dental floss to remove any food particles between your teeth. If necessary, take an over-the-counter pain medication to ease the toothache. Apply a cold compress to your cheek. If the pain persists, go to your Midland emergency dentist for treatment.

Visit Us at Dr. Kathryn Winkel, DDS

Dental emergencies happen without warning. After all, that's why they're called emergencies. If you experience a dental issue that needs immediate medical attention, don't delay in receiving treatment. Contact Dr. Kathryn Winkel, your Midland emergency dentist, at 989-631-6680.

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.





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