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By Dr. Constance Smith
October 16, 2018
Category: Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

Losing your teeth? You can get your smile back. Dentures are removable appliances that can be used to replace missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth with a denture can enhance your smile, help you chew food, improve your speech, and boost your self-confidence. Dr. Constance Smith's dental office, which is located in Jackson, MI, offers state-of-the-art dentures to her patients. Keep reading to find out what types of dentures are available today.

1. Partial Denture- A partial denture is suitable for patients who have some teeth remaining. Partial dentures have a flesh-colored acrylic base, metal framework and clasps that connect to the teeth. This denture will fill in the spaces created by your missing teeth and prevent your existing teeth from drifting out of place. 

2. Complete Denture- A complete denture is suitable for patients who have lost all of their teeth. A complete denture has an acrylic base that fits over your gums. The lower denture has a horseshoe shape to accommodate your tongue. This denture is ready for placement after your teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed, which may take about six months. 

3. Overdenture- An overdenture has an acrylic base and is attached to either two implants or two mini implants. The implants help to stabilize the overdenture in the mouth. The dental implants keep the denture in place and will allow you to go about your daily life with confidence. 

4. Immediate Denture- Immediate dentures are partial or complete dentures that are made in advance. This denture is inserted immediately after your teeth are removed. An immediate denture will protect your gums while you heal and make the transition to permanent dentures easier.

Want a better life? Start with your smile. Call Dr. Constance Smith's dental office at (517) 787-7520 today to schedule a dental consultation in Jackson, MI. Dentures have helped millions of people improve their smiles, boosting their self-esteem and changing their lives. And they will do the same for you.

By Dr. Constance Smith
August 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers  

If you think your smile looks dull or drab, you may have thought about undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures to give it a pick-me-up and achieve the beautiful smile you want. Dental veneers can help you revive your smile and repair your teeth to ensure you have top functionality. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Constance Smith at her practice in Jackson, MI.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a very thin shell of porcelain crafted to fit over the surface of a tooth. Thanks to their design, a veneer simply covers the tooth to hide its imperfections and does not require any other teeth to provide its support. During the veneer process, your dentist will first prepare your teeth, then take a mold of your mouth. The mold serves as a design basis for your veneer for the dental laboratory who creates it. After about two weeks, the laboratory completes your restoration and sends it to your dentist’s office where it will then be permanently bonded to your tooth by your dentist.

Can dental veneers help me? 

If you have a chipped, cracked, uneven, discolored, or misshapen tooth, veneers can transform your smile into one that you have always dreamed about. However, in order for your dentist to place veneers on your teeth, you need a healthy, strong foundation. Your smile should be free from any signs of teeth decay or gum disease and you should have a strong at-home oral care routine to keep both your teeth and veneers healthy and clean. In addition to these factors, you should also have a committed schedule for routine examinations and cleanings every six months with your dentist.

Dental Veneers in Jackson, MI 

If you think that veneers could benefit you and your smile, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best course of treatment for you. Your dentist will use a physical examination and consultation to go over your dental health and address your questions and concerns about your natural teeth and new veneers. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Smith at her practice in Jackson, MI. Call (517) 787-7520 to schedule your appointment today!

By Dr. Constance Smith
June 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsWhat's the next best thing to a natural tooth? It's the dental implant, an artificial tooth complete from root to crown. Placed by your Jackson, MI, dentists, Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Ian Liskiewicz, dental implants recreate strong, beautiful smiles, and they preserve gum tissue and bone, too. Learn the details here on these amazing dental prosthetics.

How a dental implant works

Basically, a dental implant resides in an empty tooth socket. Composed of a titanium screw (or cylinder), metal abutment post, and porcelain crown, the single-tooth implant features rock-solid stability and excellent oral function.

During an in-office oral surgery, your Jackson dentist inserts the implant device right into the jawbone. After many weeks of healing, the implant fully integrates to the jaw bone and can accept the above-the-gum-line post and crown.

Paramount to implant success are sufficient jaw bone density, a strong immune system and a process called osseointegration. Given enough time to heal and rest, the jaw bone at the implant site melds, or integrates, to the titanium implant screw, making this modern tooth replacement almost as durable and functional as a healthy natural tooth.

Can you receive an implant?

Most adults and teens can, but to make sure all is well, your dentist in Jackson will perform an oral check-up and take X-rays and a CAT scan to look at your bone structure. If your bone is thin, your dentist may augment it with donor bone or other material to ensure a solid implant foundation.

The implant procedure itself takes about an hour and requires only local anesthetic. After the site heals, you return to the dental office for restoration of the implant with an abutment post and custom-made porcelain crown. If you have multiple implants, your dentist will place either fixed bridgework or a full denture as needed.

Their track record

Dental implants have an excellent one. With good home and in-office hygiene, you can expect decades of service from your new tooth. In fact, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness maintains these artificial teeth succeed 98 percent of the time and stay in place for decades.

The only real threat is peri-implantitis. Resulting from sloppy oral hygiene and/or tobacco usage, this destructive infection looks and acts like periodontal disease. Often, peri-implantitis causes implant failure and removal, so your best preventive care is important.

Looking to complete your smile?

Then, explore dental implants with Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz. Contact their office team to arrange a personal implant consultation: (517) 787-7520. Your best smile could be a phone call away!

By Dr. Constance Smith
April 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  

You have probably heard it from your dentist at every examination you have ever been to: “Flossing every day is important.” Though only flossingabout 40% of Americans floss, according to the American Dental Association, about 20% of American adults do not floss at all. But what makes flossing such a crucial part of the fight against teeth decay and gum disease? Is it really necessary if you brush twice a day? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Ian Liskiewicz in Jackson, MI.

Why is flossing important? 
Bacteria allowed to remain on the teeth eventually turns into a white, sticky substance called plaque. Plaque then hardens into tartar, which begins eating through the tooth’s enamel toward its inner pulp chamber. Plaque is easily removed by the proper brushing and flossing techniques, but tartar can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Flossing alongside brushing daily removes the decay-causing plaque, stopping potential decay in its tracks.

How should I floss properly? 
Use a length of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap each end around each of your index fingers, and pull the floss taut. Slide the floss between the teeth and extend it all the way up and underneath the gum tissue. Make sure that you do not forget to floss the back side of your last molar.

Why do I need to floss if I brush twice a day? 
Flossing reaches the areas of your teeth which the bristle of a toothbrush simply cannot. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from the tight areas between the teeth where they touch. Additionally, flossing reaches up underneath the gum line, into the areas of the gums susceptible to forming pockets of bacteria and plaque, a feat to which no toothbrush can compare.

Regular Dental Examinations and Professional Cleanings in Jackson, MI 
For more information on flossing or its importance in your daily oral care routine, please contact Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz in Jackson, MI. Call (517) 787-7520 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Dr. Constance Smith
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how professional teeth whitening is the best way to get a whiter smile fast.teeth whitening

We know that you can turn to DIY remedies from Pinterest and over-the-counter whitening kits from your local drugstore and get minimal results over the course of several weeks. Of course, if you have a major event or special occasion coming up then you just don’t have time to wait for these products to give you those magical results. This is a job for our Jackson, MI, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz.

What you might not realize is that tooth enamel is porous, which means that it is ready to drink up all those stain molecules left on your teeth from years of drinking coffee and red wine and consuming dark-colored foods like tomato sauce. While surface stains can be removed during a routine dental cleaning from our Jackson dentist, professional teeth whitening is able to get into the deeper enamel layers to break up stain molecules in a way that even professional cleanings can’t.

“Why can teeth whitening target these molecules?” It’s the whitening agents within the gel that are able to successfully break up these molecules and remove stains from the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth. Teeth whitening will use one of two active ingredients: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. While either of these agents are found in both professional and over-the-counter whitening products, our in-office system offers a high-quality whitening gel with a higher percentage of the active ingredient, which means that you’ll see more visible results in a shorter time period.

In fact, most patients get the results they want in just a one-hour whitening session. Before your treatment begins, we will perform a thorough cleaning to make sure your smile is free of plaque and tartar before applying the gel. We will also make note of the shade of your smile before treatment thanks to our handy shade guide.

From there, a dental dam is placed to keep your mouth open and reveal your teeth while also protecting your gums and lips from the powerful whitening agents. In a typical whitening session, the gel is applied to the front of your teeth and then left on teeth for up to 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes are up, we will remove the gel, apply a fresh coat and leave it on for an additional 15 minutes. In most cases, you’ll get three whitening gel applications during your treatment.

After just one session you’ll be able to instantly see the difference. Some smiles can instantly become up to seven shades whiter, while other more serious cases might require another whitening session to get rid of severe or widespread stains.

Are you ready to get in-office teeth whitening in Jackson, MI? If so, call our dental office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with us. Let’s find out if professional teeth whitening will finally give you those beautiful results you want.





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