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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
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss and aging used to go hand in hand, but thanks to modern dental technology and greater awareness about the importance of dental implantsgood oral hygiene practices and professional dental care, more and more Americans are keeping many if not all of their natural teeth longer than at any other point in time. However, tooth loss still remains a big problem according to the American Dental Association (ADA), which estimates that close to half of all adults over age 30 missing at least one tooth. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that as many as 40 million American adults are missing all of their natural teeth. Missing teeth can cause social anxiety, low self-esteem, and embarrassment, which can have a significant impact on a person's overall quality of life. But tooth loss can also lead to oral and general health problems. Dr. Kathryn Winkel, a dentist in Midland, MI, recommends dental implants to restore an incomplete smile and better oral health.

Get a New Smile and Better Oral Health with Dental Implants in Midland, MI

An implant consists of a biocompatible titanium screw that is placed in the socket of the missing tooth to replace the root. Once in place, it fuses with the bone tissue in the gums, which helps to anchor the implant in place and to prevent bone loss, one of the side effects of tooth loss and gum disease. Once the implant has healed, the dentist attaches the cosmetic crown to the implant and your smile is as good as new. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or more. Implants are a good option for healthy adults with enough existing bone tissue to support the implant. With good oral hygiene and follow up dental care, implants have a very high success rate.

Find a Dentist in Midland, MI

If you are ready to get your smile back and would like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants and your smile restoration options, contact our office by calling (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Winkel today.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing might be an indicator that you need root canal treatment.root canal

Sure, we know that no one relishes the idea of needing to undergo dental treatment but sometimes it’s necessary for the sake of your oral health. Most dental problems don’t go away on their own and will only get worse if left untreated. This is why it’s so important that you turn to our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • A severe or sudden toothache
  • Worsening pain when chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Swollen or sore gums around the tooth
  • Facial swelling on the side of the affected tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tooth darkening
  • A pimple-like lesion on the gums

While tooth pain alone isn’t an indicator that you need root canal therapy, it does mean that there is a problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later to ensure that there isn’t further damage to the tooth.

If these symptoms go ignored the bacteria that has affected the inside of the tooth (also known as the dental pulp) will continue to spread into the root canals. Not only will the bacteria kill the pulp but also it will eventually destroy the tooth and surrounding bone. When this happens the only option is to then remove the tooth and replace it.

Of course, the purpose of root canal therapy is to prevent a tooth extraction and to preserve as much of the tooth’s structure as possible. During root canal therapy, our Midland general dentist will numb the area around the tooth before drilling through the hard enamel layers to reach the dental pulp. From there, the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly disinfected. The root canals will be sealed with a special material to ensure that bacteria can’t get back and reinfect the tooth.

Once the inside of the tooth has been filled a custom-made dental crown is then placed over the tooth to restore function and strength post-treatment.

If you aren’t sure whether you should come in for dental care then you can always give our Midland, MI, family dentist a call to find out if your symptoms warrant an immediate trip to our office. After all, it’s better to play it safe rather than sorry.