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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
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Those gaps in your smile do not have to be the new norm. Your dentist in Midland can help!dental implants

While tooth loss can certainly make anyone feel defeated and frustrated by their smile, our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, is making it easy to get the tooth replacement you need to regain that smile you love. Thanks to advanced dental technology, we can now provide a restoration that is as close to natural teeth as you can possibly get. This restoration is known as dental implants and it’s helped countless individuals get full smiles once again.

  • Are you looking for a restoration that acts just like a natural tooth?
  • Are you looking for an artificial tooth that could last the rest of your life?
  • Are you an adult who is missing one or more permanent teeth?
  • Are you someone who maintains good oral hygiene?

If you answered yes to these questions then dental implants may just be the right option for you. Implants are made from titanium and these small screws or posts are surgically placed into a small, drilled hole in the jawbone where your missing tooth’s roots used to be.

An implant will not only fuse together with the bone and tissue over the course of a couple of months but this same restoration will also provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to continue producing healthy new bone cells to prevent bone loss (a common issue for those dealing with missing teeth).

It’s important to keep a few things in mind before deciding whether implants are the right choice:

You will have to undergo surgery in order to get your implant. Surgery is minor and can be performed by our dental team under local anesthesia only; however, we will need to make sure that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure before we start.

The dental implant process can take up to one year or more depending on certain factors such as how many implants are being placed, what teeth need to be replaced and how quickly your mouth heals after surgery.

Implants are designed to last several decades, which means that you could have this one restoration the rest of your life. Even though artificial structures cannot develop cavities it’s still important to keep the implant clean and healthy to prevent complications that could affect the function and integrity of your new tooth.

Do you have questions about getting dental implants in Midland, MI? Are you ready to find out if this is the restoration for you? Then call Dr. Winkel today to schedule your no-risk implant consultation.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you've damaged a tooth or want to transform the appearance of an unattractive tooth, crowns and bridges can improve your dental crownssmile. Our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, can discuss several types of crowns and bridges with you.

Crown types in Midland

The type of crown that's best for your tooth will depend on your particular dental issue, your dentist's recommendations and your preferences. Crowns, hollow restorations that fit over teeth, are used to strengthen weak or fragile teeth, repair fractured teeth, change the shape or length of teeth or hide flaws. Before a crown can be placed in your mouth, the tooth must be reduced in size in order to ensure that the restoration fits properly.

Common crown types include:

  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal: These crowns consist of a layer of porcelain over a durable metal core. They're often placed on back teeth used for biting and chewing.
  • Porcelain: All-porcelain crowns aren't quite as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and are used in front teeth that aren't exposed to strong biting pressure.

Bridge types in Midland

Bridges replace gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. Bridge types include:

  • Traditional: Traditional bridges consist of artificial teeth called pontics attached to crowns, or abutments, on either end of the bridge.
  • Cantilever: Cantilever bridges are bridges that are held in place by only one abutment instead of two.
  • Maryland: Both traditional and cantilever bridges require reduction of the teeth that will be covered by the abutments. Because Maryland bridges don't use abutments, there's no need to alter your teeth. These bridges are held in place by a metal or porcelain frame that is attached to the backs of teeth on either side of the gap.
  • Implant-Supported: Implant-supported bridges are held in place by dental implants, rather than crowns. Implants replace tooth roots and bond to your jawbone, offering a long-lasting, comfortable option. Once the implant bonds to your jawbone, you'll be fitted for a bridge in our Midland office.

Protect and improve your smile with crowns and bridges. Call our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Winkel, at (989) 631-6680 to schedule an appointment.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
March 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants can keep your smile whole and healthy. If you are missing any teeth, dental implants can be used to fill in the gaps and dental implantsmake your smile whole again. Dental implants replace missing teeth and their roots and can last a lifetime when cared for properly. They also look and function just like natural teeth so they truly can restore your smile and keep it healthy. Dental implants can be installed by your dentist. Dr. Kathryn Winkel is your experienced Midland, MI, dental implants dentist.

What are Dental Implants?

As mentioned, dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and their roots. They are made up of three separate components. These are the implant, an abutment and a crown. The implant is made from a hypoallergenic metal, usually titanium and sits below the gum line. It acts as a root that anchors the replacement tooth in place. The crown is typically made from porcelain or a similar substance and serves as the replacement tooth. The abutment connects the metal implant and the porcelain crown and is not visible once installation is complete.

In Midland, dental implants can be installed by your dentist and usually require two appointments before installation is complete, although additional visits might be necessary. During the first appointment, the metal implant is installed. It is then given time to fuse with the jawbone before the crown is installed, typically a few months later. The abutment is sometimes set in place during the same appointment when the implant is installed.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits to getting dental implants, including restoration of your smile. Gaps from missing teeth can be filled in once and for all, and having a full smile again can be a great confidence boost. Installation of dental implants is permanent so there is no risk of them coming loose or slipping out of place, which can happen with dentures and other dental prosthetics used to replace missing teeth. The metal implant is drilled into the jawbone and fuses with it over time so that it becomes a permanent fixture in the mouth.

Dental implants can also improve the health of your smile by restoring tooth functioning. When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth are put under more strain. They have to compensate for the missing teeth when biting down or chewing. Working harder means they can also wear out faster. Once installed, dental implants can perform biting and chewing functions just like natural teeth, which takes the strain off of the surrounding teeth.

If you want to keep your smile whole and healthy, dental implants can help you achieve that. For dental implants in Midland, MI, contact the office of Dr. Winkel at (989) 631-6680.

By Dr. Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and bridges fill in your smile seamlessly. Here's how.

If you've had a tooth extracted due to an accident or decay, you may be concerned how the space will affect your dental health and your dental crownsappearance. Fortunately, your Midland, Michigan dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, has the solution with crowns and bridges. Learn how these long-lasting, efficient and attractive restorations can make a difference in your smile.

What are crowns and bridges?

You've likely heard of dental crowns - they act as a "cap" over a damaged tooth. When paired with bridges, however, they act as reinforcements for the healthy teeth on either side of a gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Your Midland dentist uses porcelain crowns as a way to make teeth extra-strong for supporting the central part of the restoration: the bridge. Bridges can be made of one or more porcelain teeth depending on your individual need. Once the entire restoration has been made for you at Dr. Kathryn Winkel's Midland dental practice, your crowns and bridge will blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

As dental technology continues to advance, the materials and techniques used to place restorations also improve. By following your Midland dentist's recommendations, your crowns and bridges can last as long as twenty years. However, it's important to keep current on checkups with Dr. Winkel in order to ensure your restorations, as well as your natural teeth, are still functioning properly. This is especially important with crowns because the natural teeth remain in place and are subject to decay if proper dental hygiene is not maintained.

If you think your smile could benefit from a crown and bridge combination, we encourage you to contact Dr. Kathryn Winkel's office in Midland, Michigan for an evaluation. Improving your smile and your health is our number one goal!