Whether you're a high school senior or a senior citizen, the smile of your dreams is within reach. There's so much that can be done these days to enhance the appeal of a smile. From powerful, professional whitening treatments to amazingly realistic porcelain veneers to state-of-the-art dental implants, there's a wide range of exciting possibilities for men and women of any age. At our office, you'll get the best modern dentistry has to offer!
Our Cosmetic Dentistry services include:
- Cosmetic Consultations
- Cosmetic Tooth Contouring
- Crown Lengthening
- Teeth Whitening
- Invisible Braces
- Tooth Veneers
- Tooth Bonding
- Traditional and Cosmetic (white) Fillings
- Tooth Sealants
- Tooth Extractions
- Treatment of Gum Disease
- Mouth Guards
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Dental Hygiene
- Mini Implants
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Root Canals
- Zoom Whitening
Cosmetic Dental Consultations
Cosmetic Dental Consultations: Interested in whitening your teeth, but have a few questions? Want a "Hollywood smile", but don't know where to start? Our dentists provide complete cosmetic dental consultations free of charge to make sure your questions are fully addressed and each option is discussed in great detail. You will leave fully informed and confident that you are making a decision based only on your dental desires.
To find out what you can do to get your dream smile, contact our dental office today and let us know you want a gorgeous white smile and would like to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.
Cosmetic Tooth Contouring
Cosmetic tooth contouring: Cosmetic tooth contouring is a simple procedure performed without any anesthetic. By taking a small amount of tooth structure off one or more surfaces of the teeth, our dentists can shorten, straighten, and/or taper teeth to give the illusion of a beautiful smile.
Usually cosmetic tooth contouring is done free of charge for existing patients, many times during regular appointments.
It is no secret that dentists are committed to saving teeth. This is why we fill a cavity, instead of pulling the tooth.
Cavities can decay the tooth to the point where restoration is virtually impossible without a procedure called crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening is a routine surgical procedure, which remodels the contour of the gum line. The procedure does not actually lengthen the crown, but rather lowers the gum line. When there is not enough tooth structure to affix a crown, this is the only option. Sometimes a tooth has been broken below the gum line. In this instance, crown lengthening is very successful in exposing more of the tooth, so that the dentist has something to work with.
Have you always wanted a white smile? Have your teeth yellowed over time due to age or coffee drinking? Teeth whitening may be an option for you. During the first appointment, we will match a shade to your existing tooth color and discuss with you the color that we feel you will be able to accomplish. Impressions will be taken on the upper and lower teeth. After you leave the first appointment, we will fabricate a set of teeth whitening trays that are custom made to fit perfectly around each of your teeth. During the second appointment, we will verify the fit of the trays, educate you on how to place the gel into the trays, and how frequent you should whiten. Most people see desired results within 1-2 weeks, and see results 3-6 times whiter than their original shade. Custom whitening trays made at Adiska Family Dental fit your teeth very intimately and the whitening gel is professional strength, giving a far better, more uniform result than over-the-counter whitening products. Stop yellowing and start whitening-Call our office today!
Invisible braces, or Clear Correct (similar to Invisalign), are a series of clear retainers worn on teeth for a period of time to adjust and align your teeth to your target smile. Retainers are worn at all times, unless eating or drinking and are removed when brushing and flossing. The first appointment is a consultation appointment to see if Clear Correct is right for you. The second appointment is a records appointment in which we will take impressions, measurements, and photographs of your existing smile. Small spaces are occasionally created and allow space for your teeth to move (these spaces will close by the end of your retainer series) and attachments (tooth-colored buttons not visible on teeth) are periodically placed to allow the retainers to engage and rotate teeth into the ideal position. Retainers are changed every three weeks. The majority of cases are completed in 12-14 months, with excellent esthetic results without the metal, wires, or brackets. Our Manchester, Owosso, Pinckney, and Stockbridge dental offices have dentists trained and proficient in Clear Correct.
Looking for a perfect smile? Wanting to change the size, shape, and alignment of your teeth? Lumineers will create that Hollywood smile many of us desire. Lumineers placed by Dr. Heather Adiska in our Pinckney and Stockbridge dental offices, are a thin piece of porcelain that is cemented to the front side of each tooth. It’s a minimally invasive procedure, requiring no shots and no removal of sensitive tooth structure. Lumineers will completely transform your smile in only 2 visits with our dentist. Your first appointment will consist of taking impressions and photographs of your existing smile. After a short three week waiting period, we will cement the Lumineers on the teeth. Call Adiska Family Dental today to schedule your free cosmetic consultation for Lumineers.
Our dentists in Manchester, Pinckney, Owosso, and Stockbridge feel that everyone deserves a beautiful smile. If you have one or more teeth that are severely discolored, or not in alignment with the other teeth, porcelain veneers may be right for you. A veneer is a two appointment procedure. The first appointment is the prep phase, in which you will be given anesthesia to eliminate any sensitivity during treatment and small amount of tooth structure is removed from the front side of the tooth. At the second appointment, a porcelain veneer is cemented to the tooth. Veneers should last more than 20 years if taken care of properly. Call Adiska Family Dental today to schedule your free cosmetic consultation to see if veneers are right for you.
Our dentists can create beautiful smiles through bonding of teeth. Bonding is a minimally invasive method used to close gaps, lengthen teeth, and/or add bulk to teeth that may be set back from the rest of the teeth. Bonding can also be used to mask discolored or stained teeth in the front of the mouth. A composite resin is placed and sculpted over an adhesive liquid and then hardened by a LED light. The bonding is then polished and shines like the adjacent natural teeth. In some cases, anesthetic is not needed. Bonding will typically last 10 or more years, and is a great option for changing the look of your smile. Call our dental office in Manchester, Pinckney, Owosso, or Stockbridge if you have any questions about this procedure.
Traditional and Cosmetic White Fillings
Traditional dental fillings and cosmetic (white) fillings: We offer traditional (amalgam) fillings, as well as cosmetic (white composite) fillings. Our dentists will discuss each option with you to determine which type is best for your needs. Cosmetic (white) fillings are increasingly popular. Everyone wants a beautiful white smile free from teeth with silver fillings.
Amalgam Filling Replacement
We can also replace traditional silver fillings with cosmetically appealing white fillings. This is becoming a very popular cosmetic dental procedure because people love how their teeth look without the silver fillings. If you wish to have all your fillings replaced, please call our dental office to make an appointment. Be sure to mention you wish to have your old silver fillings replaced with new white, cosmetically appealing fillings.
Sealants: Dental sealants are a plastic material applied to teeth, usually molars and premolars located in the back of the mouth, to help prevent cavities. They fill in the grooves and pits where cavities often occur.
Excellent brushing and flossing can help prevent tooth decay, but toothbrush bristles are too thick to reach the depth of the grooves. By applying sealants to those surfaces food, bacteria, and plaque are “sealed out” of the grooves.
The process of applying sealants is very child-friendly, as the material is essentially painted onto the tooth enamel and then hardened with an LED light. When sealants are intact, they serve to protect teeth that are susceptible to decay in children and teenagers. Our dentist will check the integrity of each sealant at every dental appointment to ensure that your child’s teeth are properly protected.
The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth requires that the jawbone be shaped and removed to prepare for a denture. You may experience the following after a multiple tooth extraction procedure. Within two days, you will experience the maximum swelling both inside the mouth and possibly around the eye as well. The area around your eye may also become discolored, which may be alleviated by a warm compress. The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat. This is normal as well as the corners of your mouth becoming dry and cracked from being stretched open during surgery. In most cases, you will have a follow up appointment with your dentist within 48 hours after surgery to discuss any post surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.
Treatment of gum disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.
Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.
In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.
Mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports. They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:
- Any sport where contact is a possibility.
Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.
Mouth guards are available in most any sporting goods store, but you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard. Mouth guards like those found at sporting goods stores do not offer the best level of protection. They are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
Custom Mouth Guard Fitting
For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard fitting. A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth. It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth. The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals). See your dentist today for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is performed with anesthesia, in the dental office. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing is usually broken down into one or two sections of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.
Plaque and tarter that sit on the teeth provide an environment which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface Root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.
A frenulum is a piece of tissue that prevents an organ from moving. There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.
A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in our dentist’s office. It can be performed with either a scalpel or laser and takes less than 15 minutes. Using a laser causes very little bleeding and does not require stitches. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. Young children and infants are put under general anesthesia for the procedure and adults have the procedure performed using local anesthesia. If your child needs a frenectomy, there is nothing to worry about because the procedure causes minimal discomfort and is very successful.
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This offers many benefits, and they can also be used in situations where regular implants cannot. If an implant needs to be placed in a narrow space, mini implants are the preferred method because of their smaller size.
A main use for mini implants is to install a full upper or lower denture. A series of mini implants (4-6) are placed along the gum line and they serve as the base of the denture. Rather than placing a single implant for a single tooth, an entire lower or upper set of teeth are directly attached to the gum line.
The small size of mini implants often means that no incision needs to be made to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period, and the restoration can usually be placed right away or only a short time after.
Mini implants are also less expensive than regular implants. Only your dentist knows if mini implants are right for you, so call for your consultation today.
Dental Crowns: Our dentists can fabricate crowns made of many different materials (gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all porcelain), and they will discuss each option with you depending on your personal needs. Some crowns require more strength due to a heavy bite or bruxism (grinding), other crowns may need to be more cosmetic because they are more towards the front of the mouth.
Crowns are made to fit over prepared tooth structure. They are designed for teeth that are broken or have large fillings with little tooth structure that may be at risk for fracturing. Crowns can also be designed to change the look of your smile by covering discolored teeth, teeth that have formed incorrectly, or teeth that are not aligned with adjacent teeth.
Fabrication of a crown typically requires two appointments. During the first appointment, your tooth is prepared by taking enamel off the top of and sides of the tooth. An impression is taken and sent to the lab to design a custom-fitted crown. You will leave your first appointment with a temporary crown. After two weeks, you will return to our office and the temporary crown will be removed (this appointment does not require anesthesia). The permanent crown is fitted and checked to ensure that the teeth are biting correctly and the contacts between the teeth are sufficient.
Dental bridges can be fabricated to replace one or more missing teeth, which will help restore function, such as chewing and speaking.
The dental bridge can also restore cosmetics towards the front of the mouth. Often referred to as a fixed bridge, the dental bridge is prepped in the same manner as an individual crown.
What To Expect When A Dental Bridge Is Necessary
The entire procedure will require two appointments, one for the prep and one for the fitting and cementing of the permanent bridge. Unlike removable partial dentures, a bridge is cemented into place and can only be removed by a dentist.
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
- Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth.The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard.
Zoom Whitening is a safe, in-office teeth whitening service that has been proven to lighten teeth up to eight shades. The teeth are isolated, and treated with an office strength whitening gel for three 15 minute cycles. Fresh gel is applied between cycles. Patients are given take home trays to allow for touch up whitening as needed. The Zoom Whitening light has different settings to allow treatment changes for more sensitive teeth.