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By Dr. Constance Smith
April 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Missing teeth? You need to learn about dental implants! Due to their ability to effectively replace the missing tooth root, dental implants areDental-Implantthe gold standard in the replacement of missing teeth. Read on to find out what dental implants can do for your smile, and if you are interested in obtaining the best dental restoration available today, contact Dr. Constance Smith's office in Jackson, MI!

1. Dental implants will enhance your smile.

Missing teeth can ruin an otherwise perfect smile and make anyone feel self-conscious about their appearance. Luckily, can close the gaps in your smile and enhance your appearance! With dental implants, you will feel and look younger and more attractive!

2. Dental implants prevent teeth shifting.

If a missing tooth is not replaced, the neighboring teeth will begin to shift out of place, allowing plaque and tartar to build up in the spaces left by the move. Over time, this may cause oral health problems, such as dental cavities or periodontal (gum) disease. Dental implants can prevent your original teeth from shifting into the open spaces left by your missing teeth.

3. Dental implants prevent jawbone loss.

When teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to break down—an effect counteracted by how dental implants are anchored in your jawbone just like real teeth. Over time, implants will help preserve a healthy bone structure and significantly reduce bone resorption. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates jawbone growth and prevents bone loss. Dental bridges and dentures address the cosmetic problem of missing teeth but do not prevent jawbone loss.

4. Dental implants can improve oral function

Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew food and speak. When teeth are missing, it's difficult to do these things. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants allows you to chew your food better and speak more clearly. With dental implants, you'll be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want!

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A beautiful smile is priceless. Don't wait—call Dr. Constance Smith D.D.S., at (517) 787-7520 right now to schedule a consultation in Jackson, MI, and get the smile you deserve. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care at Dr. Constance Smith D.D.S.!

By Dr. Constance Smith
February 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

How dentures from your dentist in Jackson, MI, can give you back your smile

If you are missing teeth, you already know how difficult it is to enjoy the foods you love. You also know how losing your smile can decreasedentures your self-confidence. The good news is, the right denture can give you back your smile and let you enjoy eating again. Dr. Constance E. Smith in Jackson, MI, offers a wide range of tooth replacement services and can help you choose the denture that’s right for you.

Dentures offer many benefits. Consider that a denture provides you with:

  • Excellent chewing ability, which aids your digestion and helps your overall health
  • Lifetime satisfaction, because you can enjoy the foods you love
  • Enhanced facial contours, which can reduce facial sagging and help you look younger
  • An enhanced appearance, which can increase your self-confidence and self-esteem

Dentures can also eliminate dental pain caused by badly decayed or broken teeth. A denture functions just like your natural teeth and helps make tooth pain a thing of the past.

Modern dentures look natural and fit well. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth and come in several different types, including:

  • Immediate dentures, which are placed immediately after your teeth are removed; a conventional denture is made later, after your tissue has healed completely. The advantage of immediate dentures is that you never have to live without your smile.
  • Conventional dentures, which are placed after your tissue has healed completely, usually after 6 to 8 weeks; these dentures are beneficial because you only have to get used to wearing one denture.
  • Overdentures, which are placed on top of dental implants or tooth roots; these dentures offer enhanced stability and also help to maintain supporting bone.

Partial dentures are used to replace just a few teeth, but not an entire arch. You can choose from a conventional partial, which is sturdy, and meant to last, or a transitional partial, which is meant to be a temporary solution while you are waiting for dental implants to be placed.

Dentures can give you back your smile, and greatly enhance your quality of life. You don’t have to make the decision about dentures by yourself. Seek out the help of an expert. Just call Dr. Constance E. Smith in Jackson, MI, 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
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.

By Dr. Constance Smith
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants can restore your smile.dental implants

When people lose a permanent tooth they often think that there is no way they will ever get their smile back. Don’t feel defeated just yet. Our Jackson, MI, dentists Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz can get your smile back on track with a restoration known as a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

When you lose a tooth you also lose the roots of the tooth. While it might not seem like it, the roots are actually an important part of your oral health. The roots are what stimulate the jawbone to help preserve it. Without this stimulation, the jawbone will start to deteriorate, which can lead to structural changes in the face and even premature aging. An implant, which is a tiny metal post, is designed to take over the role of your tooth roots to prevent jawbone deterioration and to become a foundation from which to support the artificial tooth.

What makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss then chances are pretty good that implants could be a viable option for you. Of course, here are some factors that will help determine whether this is the right restoration for you:

You’re in good health

This means that both your oral health and general health are excellent. Sure, you may have lost a tooth but if you are dealing with untreated gum disease, this is an issue that needs to be treated beforehand.

You aren’t a smoker

Smokers are far more likely to deal with implant failure than a non-smoker. Therefore, if you are currently a smoker you’ll want to quit the habit for good if you want to be a good candidate for implants. Our Jackson, MI, general dentists can help you determine the best options for quitting smoking for good. Not only will this reduce your risk of implant failure but it will also reduce your risk of other dental problems associated with smoking.

You have a healthy jawbone

Since some bone loss is common in those with tooth loss (particularly those who haven’t sought treatment right away) it’s important that we determine the density of the jawbone to make sure that it can truly support an implant. Taking a series of X-rays will help us determine the health of your jawbone. If there is significant bone loss this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get implants; however, bone grafting surgery may be recommended beforehand to help rebuild the jawbone so that it can support the implant.

Don’t let tooth loss affect your self-esteem and health. Turn to the dental implant experts in Jackson, MI, who can help you regain a healthy smile. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation.