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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.

March 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Whether you have a few chips and cracks, stains and discolorations, or are missing one or more teeth, a damaged smile can take a toll on dental crownsyour quality of life as well as your oral health. But depending on the extent of the damage, a few trips to the dentist may be all that stand in the way between you and a new and improved smile. Dental crowns are one of the most versatile and effective solutions to some of the most common dental issues that can ruin an otherwise healthy and attractive smile. Dr. Keith Bever, a dentist in Mt Pleasant, MI, offers cosmetic and general dentistry services to improve and restore your smile and oral health.

Get a New and Improved Smile with Dental Crowns in Mt Pleasant, MI

Dental crowns are basically a cover that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore lost tooth surface, change the size, shape, and color of a damaged tooth, or to replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge.

What Can Dental Crowns Fix?

One of the most common uses for crowns is to restore a severely decayed tooth. When a cavity becomes too large, a standard dental filling may not be enough to fill the cavity and seal the tooth. In this scenario a crown restores function to the tooth as well as cosmetic appearance. Other common uses for crowns include:

  • Restore broken, fractured, or cracked teeth
  • Restore missing teeth through a bridge or dental implants
  • Improve the function or cosmetic appearance of damaged or unattractive teeth

How Crowns Work

Crowns are custom designed to fit and look just like a natural tooth. Most dental crowns are made from a combination of materials: porcelain, composite resin (glass and plastic), metal, and ceramics. With proper oral hygiene and follow up visits to the dentist (the American Dental Association recommends every six months for most people), a typical crown has a shelf life of five years, but many can last for much longer.

Find a Dentist in Mt Pleasant, MI

For more information about dental crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments, contact our office today by calling (989) 773-9793 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bever.

January 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

If your tooth hurts, there's a serious reason why. Your dentist in Mt. Pleasant, Dr. Kevin Bever Jr., investigates tooth pain and offers state-of-the art treatments to restore that aching tooth to full health and appearance. Root canal therapy is a proven option which removes Root Canalinflamed and infected interior pulp and crowns a tooth for additional years of service.

Don't put off that root canal

Root canal therapy has an undeserved reputation for being complicated and torturous. It's so untrue. As performed by your Mt. Pleasant dentist, your root canal treatment will be painless and takes no more time than a basic crown procedure.

However, it is critical that you do not postpone a recommended root canal procedure. Deep decay, fractures and infection can be treated properly only if you act promptly.

How root canal therapy works

In short, root canal therapy works well. After the dentist isolates and anesthetizes the tooth, he makes a tiny hole into the first root canal, or pulp-filled chamber inside the tooth. (There are up to four root canals in a single tooth.) Using fine-toothed files or a small rotary tool, he removes the diseased and inflamed soft tissue and instills antibiotic medication to quell infection. He seals the canal with a flexible putty called gutta-percha and then proceeds to treat the other root canals.

A temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals, and when you see your Mt. Pleasant dentist again, he'll replace that temporary with a permanent crown customized to support, protect and normalize the appearance of your restored tooth. Likely this tooth will stay in place for many years, says the American Association of Endodontists.

More information you need

A tooth restored by root canal treatment needs no special care. Just brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and soft brush. Floss carefully around the margins of the crown to avoid harmful plaque and tartar. See Dr. Bever and your hygienist twice a year for a professional examination and cleaning. And, as always, if you have a concern about this tooth or any other oral health need, please contact the office right away.

Ready for a healthy tooth?

Root canal treatment could be just what you need to keep your smile complete and strong. Call Dr. Keith Bever's office staff today for an appointment.

November 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?

There's nothing wrong with wanting whiter teeth! It's hard to imagine not wanting anything other than a dazzling smile for your selfies and family photos. If you would like those pearly whites, then you should contact your Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, dentist, Dr. Keith Bever Jr., to help make your teeth look several shades whiter!

Reasons for Discolored Teeth:

Part of the reason teeth become discolored is due to age, but that's not the only reason. Here are some others:

  • Drinking coffee and/or tea
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Eating certain foods, such a blueberries

Teeth Whitening Procedures:

Teeth whitening may sometimes be crucial in raising a person's self-esteem. However, these over-the-counter kits are often ineffective, which is why your doctor uses professional high-concentration bleaching gels, unavailable over-the-counter, that can give you instant results.

  • In-Office Whitening: Your Mt. Pleasant dentist will cover your gums and tooth-root surface with a plastic retractor which will be used to keep your lips and cheeks away from the surface of your teeth. The dentist will then apply extra strength hydrogen-peroxide that can only be used by professionals. The hydrogen-peroxide is left on your teeth for an hour.
  • Take-Home Whitening: This method is more convenient for people but won't necessarily give you the same results. Your doctor will give you a custom-made plastic mouth tray, one for the top jaw and the other for the bottom jaw. A gel, also provided by your doctor, will be put into the trays and then placed over your teeth. You will need to leave the tray on for about an hour. A single application generally won't produce the optimal results, so you will need to repeat the process until you are satisfied with your smile.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, then give Dr. Bever Jr.'s Mt Pleasant office a call today at (989) 773-9793!

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