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March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal can save an infected tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.

Did you know that root canal treatment saves millions of teeth each year, according to the American Association of Endodontists? It’s amazing how many people were able to preserve their natural smiles and didn’t have to face tooth loss as a result of root canal treatment. So, you may be wondering: how can our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr. save teeth through root canal treatment?

We’re so glad you asked….

In order to understand how a root canal works, it’s first important to understand what lies beneath those hard enamel and dentin layers of a tooth. Inside a tooth, you’ll find the pulp chamber and root canals. The pulp (made up of blood vessels, tissue, and nerves) plays a role in the development of your teeth; however, once the tooth has fully matured the dental pulp is no longer necessary for the survival or health of a tooth.

While tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, even decay or injuries can end up damaging a tooth. When this happens, bacteria are able to get inside the tooth and affect the pulp. Once the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, this will result in a toothache. This is usually when patients visit our Mt. Pleasant, MI, family dentist to find out what’s going on.

Does a dental pulp have to be removed?

Unfortunately, once the pulp is infected the only option is to have it removed so that we can stop the spread of bacteria. The purpose of root canal treatment is to go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and disinfect the tooth. It also allows us to seal up the canals and pulp chamber to prevent bacteria from entering again.

Not only will this simple procedure remove the source of your toothache (something that we know you are relieved to hear) but also it will fully restore the tooth. It is always best to save your own natural teeth and a simple root canal makes that possible.

Are you dealing with a nagging toothache or noticing other changes in your teeth and gums? It’s important that any symptoms or issues are addressed. Call our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist’s office today at (989) 773-9793.

By Keith Bever Jr, DDS
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Get your smile back after tooth loss with dental implants.

It may feel as if there is nothing worse than losing a tooth as an adult. Of course, after tooth loss your main goal should be replacing that tooth to improve your oral health. Luckily, in this day and age there are some amazing tooth replacement options like dental implants that both function and feel like real teeth. Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr. can help you restore your smile with implants.

How Dental Implants Work

An implant is a small metal post that is placed into the jawbone to take the place of the roots of your missing tooth. Implants have provided adults with a permanent tooth replacement that is as close to real teeth as you can get. An implant consists of three parts:

A titanium screw or post: this is the part that is placed into the jawbone

An abutment: a structure that connects the implant with the false tooth

False tooth: a crown that is cemented into place over the abutment

The Benefits of Dental Implants

It can be a relief to hear that most adults dealing with tooth loss are often great candidates for dental implants. Of course, to determine your candidacy, our Mt. Pleasant, MI, restorative dentist will need to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and take x-rays to make sure your jawbone is strong enough to support the dental implant. Implants offer some amazing benefits including:

  • An artificial tooth that completely restores chewing and full jaw function, making it easy to eat all the foods you love and to speak properly without issues
  • A success rate of up to 98 percent, which means that with the proper care your dental implants could be a permanent tooth replacement for the rest of your life
  • Supporting the facial muscles to prevent sagging skin and premature wrinkles
  • Filling gaps to prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting out of alignment
  • Preserving the natural jawbone by stimulating the bone to produce healthy new cells in the same way as real tooth roots to prevent bone deterioration
  • Improved appearance and a major boost in confidence
  • Enhanced personal and romantic life (you may even notice a boost in your work performance due to your renewed confidence)

If you are looking for a dentist in Mt. Pleasant, MI, that can provide you with the restorative dentistry you need after tooth loss then turn to Dr. Bever and his team for help. Call (989) 773-9793 to schedule a no-risk consultation.

By Keith Bever Jr, DDS
November 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Toothache  

There is never a good time to experience a toothache. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common problems that children and adults face after the common cold. A toothache can signal many different issues but regardless of the cause, there is one thing that is for certain: this requires immediate attention. Don’t worry! Our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr. is here to help.

What can cause a toothache?

The most frequent cause of a toothache is tooth decay. Cavities are very common, affecting more than 90 percent of US adults, and 1 in 4 people have untreated cavities. A cavity that is left untreated will continue to spread throughout the tooth until it gets inside the tooth and also affects the health of the bone and neighboring teeth. The only way to stop a cavity from growing is for our Mt. Pleasant, MI, family dentist to remove the decay and then fill the tooth afterward to protect it.

Other causes of toothaches include,

  • A fractured tooth
  • An abscessed or infected tooth
  • Gum disease (usually in the more advanced stages)
  • A damaged or broken dental filling
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching, which can wear down tooth enamel

Along with a toothache, you may notice other symptoms including,

  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Pain that gets worse when chewing or biting down on the tooth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Fever
  • Headache

When should you call your dentist?

Immediately! Do not put off seeing your dentist if you experience a toothache. A toothache will not go away on its own so the sooner you seek treatment the better. In fact, by treating the problem when it first arises we may be able to prevent the need for more invasive and time-consuming dental procedures. Dr. Bever handles all kinds of dental emergencies and will make sure that you get an immediate appointment.

Having an emergency dentist in Mt. Pleasant, MI, that you can turn to whenever you need care can provide you and your family with peace of mind. If you are dealing with a toothache, or if you just need to schedule a cleaning with us, call our dental office at (989) 773-9793 for an appointment.

August 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

How the right denture from your dentist in Mt. Pleasant, MI, can give you a great smile

If you are missing teeth, or been told you need a denture, don’t worry! Today’s dentures are made of life-like materials and can give you a dentureandtraysgreat smile. Dr. Keith Bever Jr. in Mt. Pleasant, MI, offers a wide range of dental services including dentures to give you back your smile.

You want a denture that looks natural, and fits well. You want to feel confident, knowing your denture will stay put when you eat or speak. You also want your denture to enhance your appearance, because a great smile is a big part of who you are.

Dentures help enhance your face by restoring your full, youthful facial contours. Dentures also help you speak clearly, and one of the most important functions of a denture is to restore your full chewing ability. When you can chew thoroughly, it helps your digestion, which is important to your overall health.

If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, either upper or lower, you need a full denture. Consider:

  • An implant-supported denture, which is snapped in place over dental implants; these dentures look natural and are very stable because they are supported by the dental implants. They also help to maintain your supporting bone.
  • An immediate denture, which is placed right after your teeth are removed; these dentures have the advantage of you never having to go without teeth. After your tissue has healed, a conventional denture will be made for you.
  • A conventional denture, which is created and placed after your tissue has healed completely, at around 6 to 8 weeks; conventional dentures have the advantage of you only having to get used to wearing one denture.

If you are missing a few teeth but not an entire arch, you need a partial denture. You can consider:

  • A transitional partial denture, if you are planning on having dental implants placed
  • A conventional partial denture, if you want permanent tooth replacement and are not considering dental implants

The right denture can help you enjoy the foods you love, and help you look great. To find out more about types of dentures and how they can help you, call Dr. Keith Bever Jr. in Mt. Pleasant, MI, today!

May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

If you could protect your child from cavities, would you? Of course, you would. But, decay sometimes invades young molars, compromising their strength and longevity. To protect your children, ages five to seven and beyond, ask your Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist, Dr. Keith Bever, about plastic sealants. Painted onto the chewing surfaces of healthy teeth, sealants are biocompatible and resilient to the acids which break down tooth enamel.

Acid is the cause

In the mouth, acid comes from oral bacteria contained in plaque and tartar, the residues left over from meals. While we all try to remove Happy Kidsthese biofilms by brushing and flossing, some teeth are so bumpy and grooved they collect organic material you cannot see and your brush cannot remove. So, the acid corrodes tooth enamel, leading to cavities, actual holes in tooth enamel.

Enter dental sealants

Shown to protect six- and twelve-year molars from decay, sealants are effective barriers which are easily applied, long-lasting and relatively inexpensive. The American Dental Association reports that 80 percent of children benefit immediately from applied sealants and 60 percent continue to do so four years and more after the in-office treatment.

So, your Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist frequently recommends plastic sealants for back teeth. After cleaning, drying and isolating a tooth, he applies an etching chemical which texturizes the chewing surface. The sealant varnish is applied with a small brush (much like a nail polish brush), and then, a special dental light hardens the coating. Dr. Bever can proceed to coat other teeth as needed.

Overall, sealants remain intact for up to a year, and yes, they can be re-applied as needed. Teens and adults can receive sealants, too.

The best possible protection

When added to a healthy diet and good at-home and in-office preventive care, plastic sealants confer excellent protection against the ravages of oral bacteria and their acids. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that school-age youngsters whose teeth are not sealed have three times the number of cavities of those kids who do have sealants.

Find out more

Dr. Bever and his team want the healthiest smiles possible for you and your family. Plastic sealants can help achieve that goal. Please call our Mt. Pleasant, MI, office at (989) 773-9793 with your questions about this preventive service or other treatments we offer.

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