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August 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Dental accidents can happen anytime. Here’s what to do.

From athletic injuries to a toothache, it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to right away for emergency care. Here in Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr. and his team offer same-day, urgent dentistry for those with injuries and problems that require immediate treatment. Wondering whether you’re dealing with a true dental emergency?

What constitutes a dental emergency?

It’s important that you see your dentist here in Mt. Pleasant, MI, right away if you are dealing with any of these problems,

  • Toothache (often a sign of a cavity)
  • Bleeding gums
  • A broken or cracked tooth
  • A knocked-out or dislodged tooth
  • Severe bleeding
  • Abscessed gums
  • Broken crown, filling or bridge
  • Swelling

How can I prevent dental injuries?

There are certain measures you can take to protect your teeth to prevent injuries. Some of these measures include,

  • Making sure the whole family visits the dentist every six months for checkups
  • Wearing a seatbelt when driving in a car
  • Wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports, particularly contact sports
  • Wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth

How should I handle a dental emergency?

Different types of emergencies call for different needs; however, these are some helpful rules to follow when dealing with a dental emergency,

  • If you’ve knocked your tooth out, make sure to always handle the tooth by the crown (do not touch the roots)
  • Rinse your mouth out with saltwater to reduce pain and swelling
  • Take a pain killer such as ibuprofen
  • Apply a cold compress to the side of the face that is in pain or is swollen
  • Come into your dentist’s office as soon as possible (or give us a call first)
  • Try and place a knocked-out tooth back into the socket (if it doesn’t go back in, do not force it; simply place the tooth into a container of milk and come into the office)
  • If bleeding, apply pressure to the area for 10-15 minutes

Don’t let a dental emergency catch you off guard. Our family dentist here in Mt. Pleasant, MI, can provide you with immediate care. Call our office today at (989) 773-9793 to learn more about the dental services we provide.

May 27, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening   DIY  

Find out which teeth whitening method is the best one for your needs.

More and more people are realizing the benefits of having a whiter smile. From promoting better oral health to helping people feel more confident at work or out in the dating world, a vibrant smile can make life just a little easier. Of course, if this is your first foray into teeth whitening then you may be wondering whether you should whiten your teeth yourself or consider turning to our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr. for treatment. Here are some things to consider,

What is your budget?

This is an important question to ask yourself before you decide to get cosmetic dentistry. If you are low on funds right now then you may find it financially easier to try over-the-counter whitening treatments first to see if they give you the results you want. Of course, we would also be happy to talk to you about ways to finance your cosmetic dentistry. We even offer our own custom at-home whitening system.

How severe are your dental stains?

If your smile is just looking a little drab these days then simply adding a whitening toothpaste to your routine and trying an at-home whitening kit may be all you need to see results in 1-2 weeks; however, if you have deep, dark stains then chances are they aren’t going to respond as effectively to DIY options. In this case, you will see better and faster results by turning to our Mt. Pleasant, MI, cosmetic dentist for professional teeth whitening.

How quickly do you want results?

Maybe you’re weeks away from walking down the aisle or you have an anniversary coming up in the next month or so and you want a smile that’s picture-perfect. If the big day is fast approaching then in-office teeth whitening may be your best bet, as our dental team can get your teeth several shades whiter in just one whitening session. If you need results quickly then you won’t see faster results than with professional whitening.

How busy is your schedule?

If you are already fairly busy then you may not have time to come into the office and sit down for professional whitening treatment. Conversely, you may not have time to sit with whitening trays in your mouth for an hour every day. Consider how much time you can invest in your teeth whitening treatment. If you’d rather get results in one hour and be on your way then in-office teeth whitening may be the best option.

Are you interested in turning to our Mt. Pleasant, MI, family dentist to get professional teeth whitening? Have questions about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer? If so, give us a call today at (989) 773-9793.

April 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

Perfecting your oral hygiene routine can help you avoid dental problems. If you do develop a cavity or other oral health issue, your Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist, Dr. Keith Bever, Jr, offers treatments that will help you protect your smile.

6 Ways You Can Improve Your Oral Hygiene

Keep your smile healthy with these tips:

  • Check Your Toothbrush Often: Worn or frayed toothbrushes won't clean your teeth as effectively, and may even damage your tooth enamel or gums. Replace your toothbrush every three months, when the bristles show signs of wear, or after you've been sick.
  • Stock Up on the Tools You Need: Keep extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash in your medicine cabinet. If you don't like using floss or have trouble using it, try a water flosser instead. Power toothbrushes are a good choice if you find it difficult to manipulate a standard brush, or you just prefer power brushes.
  • Choose the Best Products for Your Teeth: Toothpaste that contains fluoride can help you avoid cavities. The mineral strengthens tooth enamel and rebuilds weak areas, preventing cavities. When you shop for mouthwash in a Mt. Pleasant area store, look for products that offer fluoride and provide anti-bacterial protection.
  • Devote More Time to Oral Hygiene: Did you know that the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes? If you only take a few seconds to brush your teeth, you'll probably leave cavity-causing plaque behind. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day are simple ways to reduce plaque.
  • Teach Your Children About the Importance of Good Oral Hygiene: Unfortunately, children aren't born with an innate knowledge of the benefits of oral hygiene. Let them know that brushing and flossing prevent them from getting cavities and gum disease. Help your kids brush and floss until they can easily handle the tasks themselves.
  • Visit the Dentist Every Six Months: Twice-yearly checkups offer extra protection for your smile. Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, lowering your cavity risk. During your visit, you'll also receive a dental exam to check for oral health issues. If you have a cavity or another problem, it can be treated before it causes significant damage to your oral health.

Regular dental checkups help you keep your teeth healthy! Call your dentist in Mt. Pleasant, Dr. Bever, Jr., at (989) 773-9793 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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