Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Booker Family Dentistry
April 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
ViggoMortensensRed-CarpetSmile

The Golden Globes ceremony is a night when Hollywood stars shine their brightest. At the recent red-carpet event, leading man Viggo Mortensen had plenty to smile about: Green Book, the movie in which he co-starred, picked up the award for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. But fans looking at the veteran actor's big smile today might not realize that it once looked very different. A few years ago, an accident during the filming of The Two Towers took a major chip out of Mortensen's front tooth!

That might be OK for some movies (think The Hangover or Dumb and Dumber)—but it's not so great for everyday life. Fortunately, Mortensen visited a dentist promptly, and now his smile is picture-perfect. How was that accomplished? He didn't say…but generally, the best treatment for a chipped tooth depends on how much of the tooth's structure is missing.

If the tooth has only a small chip or crack, it's often possible to restore it via cosmetic bonding. This procedure can be done right in the dental office, frequently in a single visit. Here's how it works: First the tooth is cleaned and prepared, and then a tooth-colored resin is applied to the area being restored. After it is cured (hardened) with a special light, additional layers may be applied to build up the missing structure. When properly cared for, a tooth restored this way can look good for several years.

For a longer-lasting restoration, veneers may be recommended. These are wafer-thin shells made of durable material (most often porcelain) that cover the front (visible) surfaces of teeth. Strong and lifelike, veneers can match the exact color of your natural teeth—or give you the bright, high-wattage smile you've always wanted. No wonder they're so popular in Hollywood! Because veneers are custom-made for you, getting them may require several office visits.

If a chip or crack extends to the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal procedure will be needed to keep the tooth from becoming infected—a situation that could have serious consequences. But you shouldn't fear a root canal! The procedure generally causes no more discomfort than filling a cavity (though it takes a little longer), and it can help save teeth that would otherwise be lost. After a root canal, a crown (cap) is generally needed to restore the visible part of the tooth.

When a damaged tooth can't be restored, it needs to be extracted (removed) and replaced. Today's best option for tooth replacement is a dental implant—a small, screw-shaped post inserted into the bone of your jaw that anchors a lifelike, fully functional crown. Implants require very little special care and can look great for many years, making them a top choice for tooth replacement

If you have questions about chipped or damaged teeth, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

HowShawnMendesandMileyCyrusGotTheirStellarSmiles

The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

Cosmetic DentistryHow cosmetic dental procedures from your dentist in Trenton, Michigan can enhance your smile

Are you wondering if cosmetic dentistry can help your smile? The truth is, whatever bothers you about your smile, chances are there is a procedure to correct the problem. From whitening, to tooth-colored fillings, to veneers, cosmetic dentistry offers something for everyone. Dr. Nicholas Booker at Booker Family Dentistry in Trenton, MI, offers a full range of cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services to enhance your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is an option for just about everyone, but it helps to have a healthy mouth first. Before you consider cosmetic dentistry, you should repair and restore any painful dental problems, like decay, first. Then, move on to making your smile beautiful with your Trenton, MI, dentist.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry options available to give you a great-looking smile:

Professional teeth whitening can whiten and brighten, even the dullest of smiles. With professional teeth whitening, you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades. Your wonderful results can last up to 5 years! Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, which may contain harmful chemicals, professional teeth whitening products are tested and approved by the American Dental Association. At Booker Family Dentistry, you can choose from a quick in-office treatment that takes about an hour or a convenient take-home whitening kit.

Tooth-colored fillings can provide beauty as well as protection. They are a great choice to replace old, ugly, worn-out metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings use composite, a liquid resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to blend with the natural contours of your teeth. The composite is hardened with a dental light, leaving you with a filling that is strong and virtually invisible. Tooth-colored fillings enhance your smile, instead of detracting from it.

Porcelain veneers can give you a smile that says perfection. Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of light-reflective, stain-resistant porcelain. They are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth, hiding cracks, fracture lines, broken or chipped tooth structure, and other aesthetic problems. Porcelain veneers are minimally invasive because Dr. Booker removes little to no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dental services available to enhance your smile. It’s time for you to discover why cosmetic dentistry is a great option for your teeth. Call (734) 675-5700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Booker at Booker Family Dentistry in Trenton, MI, today!

By Booker Family Dentistry
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldContributetoBetterBoneHealth

For generations, dentures have helped people avoid the dire consequences of total teeth loss. Now, implant technology is making them even better.

Composed of life-like prosthetic teeth fixed within a plastic or resin gum-colored base, dentures are manufactured to fit an individual patient’s mouth for maximum fit, comfort and performance. But dentures also have a critical drawback—they can’t stop bone loss in the jaw.

Bone is constantly regenerating as older cells dissolve and then are replaced by newer cells. In the jawbone, the forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this new cell growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus and may not regenerate at a healthy rate, resulting in gradual bone loss.

Dentures can’t transmit this chewing stimulus to the bone. In fact, the pressure they produce as they rest on top of the gums may actually accelerate bone loss. Over time then, a denture’s once secure and comfortable fit becomes loose.

In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws. But implant technology now offers another alternative.

Implants are in essence a tooth root replacement. Dentists surgically implant a titanium metal post directly into the jawbone that naturally attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to it over time (a process called osseointegration). This not only creates a secure and lasting hold, it can also stop or even reverse bone loss.

Most people know implants as single tooth replacements with a porcelain crown attached to the titanium post. But a few strategically placed implants can also support either removable or fixed dentures. Removable dentures (also called overdentures) usually need only 3 or 4 implants on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom jaw for support through built-in connectors in the dentures that attach to the implants. A fixed bridge may require 4-6 implants to which they are permanently attached.

There are pros and cons for each of these options and they’re both more expensive than traditional dentures. In the long run, though, implant-supported dentures could be more beneficial for your bone health and hold their fit longer.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Booker Family Dentistry
February 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Have damaged teeth? If so, dental crowns may just be the solution you need to make them strong again.

Dental crowns are caps your dentist can put on your teeth in order to correct a variety of dental problems. Led by Dr. Nicholas Booker, dental crowns.Booker Family Dentistry, located in Trenton, MI, offers a complete range of dental services. Read on to learn more!


Different Types of Crowns- Crowns are dental restorations that cover the outside of the teeth. They are made from several types of materials, including all metal, stainless steel, all ceramic, composite resin, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Your Trenton dentist can choose from over a dozen shades to create the perfect crowns to blend in with your teeth.


Fix Damaged Teeth- Dental crowns are used to restore badly decayed, chipped, and cracked teeth. Dental crowns are also used to protect teeth after root canal therapy. If you need dental crowns, don't put it off. Putting off treatment could cause your teeth to be damaged beyond repair.


Strength and Durability- Crowns are tough like tooth structure. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is a metal crown that has a porcelain covering over it. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are known for their great strength, durability, and attractive look.


Improved Oral Function- It's difficult to eat when you have damaged teeth. However, permanent dental crowns give you the ability to chew all your favorite foods again! Crowns can withstand biting and chewing forces well, and restore the structure of your teeth so you can eat in comfort and with confidence!


If you need a dental crown, why wait? We can help you today. Call Booker Family Dentistry at 734-675-5700 to schedule a dental consultation in Trenton, MI. With dental crowns, you can have a smile that's strong and beautiful!