Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

The health of your teeth is nothing to take lightly. Decay and gum disease can take a real toll on your smile, especially if left untreated. fillingsYour dentist can discreetly repair your smile with tooth-colored fillings, which blend into your natural teeth and ensure that you look and feel great. Find out more about tooth colored fillings with Dr. Stephen Harris at his practice in Farmington, MI.

Do I need a tooth-colored filling? 
A dental filling treats mild to moderate tooth decay in the stages before the decay infects the tooth’s inner pulp and nerves. A filling is one of the most common dental procedures, performed in only a few minutes and providing big results. Tooth-colored fillings use composite resin materials to replace the decayed parts of the tooth, restoring its appearance to what it was before and stopping the decay’s progress into the tooth. You may need a filling if you have a cavity, which can present as a dark spot or hole in the tooth. Normally, a painful symptom like a toothache means that the cavity is too far progressed for a filling and requires a root canal.

How can I avoid needing a filling in the first place? 
Keeping decay-causing plaque and tartar off the tooth prevents teeth decay from forming in the first place. This is possible with a simple at-home oral care routine between twice-yearly dental visits. Brush twice daily and floss between each tooth once to remove bacteria and the sticky plaque it turns into from the teeth. By keeping these decay-causing elements off the teeth, you stop decay before it starts, preventing the need for a filling at all.

Tooth Colored Fillings in Farmington, MI
If your dentist suggests a dental filling, you can rest assured knowing that you are on the right track to treating your teeth decay in its earliest stages. If left untreated, teeth decay eventually eats through the tooth into the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, infecting the soft tissues and nerves and causing pain, discomfort, or even a dental abscess.

For more information on tooth colored fillings, please contact Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington, MI. Call (248) 478-4755 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harris today!

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
November 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking to restore your teeth? Do you want a cost-effective solution and treatment that will last you? If that's the case, then look no denturesfurther. Dr. Stephen Harris, your Farmington, MI, dentist can help you.

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million people have about one missing tooth and around 36 million people do not have any teeth at all in the USA, which makes dentures a great way to restore your smile, and around 15 percent of individuals who have missing teeth get dentures every year.

Types of Dentures:

  • Removable partial dentures, also known as semi-permanent, are attached with retention clasps to dental implants or already-existing natural teeth. You can take them out to clean them whenever you want.
  • Fixed dental bridges such as conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges are permanent.

How to care for dentures?

It's important to know how to take care of your dentures. Here are a few tips:

  • Rinse your dentures while they're in your mouth to get rid of any food particles or debris.
  • Clean your cheeks, gums, the roof of your mouth and tongue while brushing your teeth so as to eliminate bad breath.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a cleanser to cleaning your dentures.
  • Fully immerse your dentures in water when they're not in your mouth to prevent them from becoming misshaped.

Consultation:

The health of your teeth is of the utmost importance. If you're thinking about dentures and need to consult your dentist Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington, MI, for more information, then don't hesitate to call (248) 478-4755 and make an appointment today!

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
April 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your dentist has recommended dentures, you've probably got a few questions. Dr. Stephen Harris, your dentist in Farmington Hills, MI, dentureshas extensive experience with prescribing, designing and fitting dentures for his patients. He wants to make sure each patient has the knowledge and understanding they need to make good decisions about their oral health, which is why he discusses the types of dentures he offers at his dental practice.

What are dentures?

Dentures have been around for many centuries as a way to replace missing teeth. You've likely heard that our first President, George Washington, wore wooden dentures. According to the History Channel, the bases of his dentures were actually made from brass and the teeth were from both human donors and a hippopotamus! As you can imagine, these dentures were uncomfortable and didn't function very well. Today, dentures are much more comfortable and realistic. The "false teeth" your Farmington dentist uses are typically made from a plastic base, called acrylic, that is designed to be the color and texture of gum tissue; this base holds resin or porecelin teeth that look just like the real thing.

What kind of dentures do I need?

Although a thorough evaluation from your Farmington dentist will determine your best course of action, your dentures will be one of two styles: full or partial. Full dentures, also called complete dentures, replace all the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaws. Partial dentures fill in gaps when there are still healthy natural teeth remaining. While full dentures take several months to prepare, partials are inserted on the same day. Both types of dentures require removal at night for cleaning; Dr. Harris will make sure you understand the cleaning routine.

Dentures can make a huge difference in your smile and eating habits, so if you think you might benefit from them, contact Dr. Harris' dental office in Farmington, MI, today!

When you lose one or more teeth, it can have a major effect on your appearance when you smile. Some people stop smiling altogether, denturesin photos and social settings, due to tooth loss. But you shouldn't give up on your smile -- there are solutions at the dentist's office. Partial or complete dentures and implants are common treatments offered by Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington Hills, MI. Let Dr. Harris and his team show you why a loss of teeth doesn't have to mean the loss of your smile.

Dealing with Tooth Loss
It's estimated that over half of all Americans are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss can happen due to injury, (usually in the course of intense physical activity), progressive tooth decay, an untreated abscess or gum disease. When a tooth is missing it not only makes smiling awkward, it can also have an effect on how you pronounce words and eat food. The open socket could also become susceptible to trapped food particles that could lead to gum disease.

You Have Options
Some people look at the loss of a tooth as a problem that they'll have to manage forever, but there are a number of viable solutions at your dentist's office. Here are the options your Farmington Hills dentist will discuss with you:

  • Partial dentures (removable) to fill in one or more missing tooth.
  • Full dentures (removable) that will replace an entire row of missing teeth.
  • A dental implant to permanently replace a single missing tooth.
  • An implant-supported denture appliance that locks your dentures into place for a more secure fit.

Caring for Your Smile After Tooth Loss and Replacement
There are steps you can take to ensure the ongoing good health of your teeth and gums after a tooth has been replaced with one of the aforementioned solutions. Take special care to clean around the base of each natural or implanted tooth with your brush and floss everyday. Do not allow food to remain between your teeth overnight to avoid the development of plaque. If you have a denture, soak it in a denture solution regularly and brush it to remove food particles and bacteria. Most importantly, visit your dentist's office at least twice per year for professional cleanings.

Call for a Tooth Consultation
Don't stop smiling after tooth loss—explore solutions with Dr. Harris instead. Call his Farmington Hills, MI office at (248) 478-4755 today to find out which tooth replacement option will be right for you.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
June 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how this cosmetic restoration can completely revive your smile.

Tooth loss can be a devastating blow to your self-esteem and to your oral health. Fortunately, your Farmington, MI dentist Dr. Stephen R. dental implantsHarris offers a way to regain that healthy smile once more. Find out how dental implants can get your smile back on track!

What exactly are dental implants?

While implants have been around for a while many people still don’t know exactly what they are capable of doing when it comes to improving smiles. Dental implants are metal posts that replace your missing tooth’s roots. The implant is designed to hold everything from a single dental crown to a full set of dentures, depending on the severity of your tooth loss.

How do dental implants works?

The metal implant is biocompatible, meaning that there is very little chance that the body will reject it once it’s placed. Implants require multiple steps to complete. During the first step, your Farmington cosmetic dentist will place the small post into the jawbone where your missing tooth was.

Over the course of a couple months, as your mouth heals, the bone and tissue surrounding the implant will fuse together with it to become one functioning unit. Once this has happened the implant is now a permanent part of your smile.

The second step will uncover the top of the implant to place an abutment on top. The abutment helps to connect the implant under the gums with the dental crown (which is the visible part of the restoration). After the abutment is placed it may take several more weeks of healing before the crown can be attached.

Whether you are looking to replace one missing tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants can help. Multiple implants can be placed throughout the jawbone to firmly hold a dental bridge, as well as partial or full dentures. Don’t let tooth loss get you down when dental implants can bring your smile back to life.

Find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants today. Call the Farmington dental implant expert at Dr. Stephen R. Harris DDS, PC to schedule a consultation.



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Stephen R. Harris, DDS

Farmington, MI Dentist
Stephen R. Harris DDS, PC
34024 W 8 Mile Rd., Ste. 106
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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