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By KEITH BEVER JR, DDS
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.

By KEITH BEVER JR, DDS
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.

By KEITH BEVER JR, DDS
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
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.

By KEITH BEVER JR, DDS
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!