Invisalign® is a orthodontic appliance that uses a series of clear aligners to gradually reposition the teeth into proper alignment. These clear aligners are customized to fit over the teeth and are virtually invisible. They can be used for children and adults, although they tend to be a popular choice for adults.
Invisalign® aligners must be worn for twenty two hours a day and can only be removed during meals and when brushing or flossing. Over the course of Invisalign® treatment, you will receive a series of aligners that need to be worn at a specific time during your treatment. These aligners work by exerting slight pressure on the teeth, causing them to move.
Currently, teeth are the second trait that Americans would change about themselves with 57% of Americans feeling insecure about their teeth. The first trait, weight, has 60% of Americans feeling insecure.
Ideal candidates for Invisalign® treatment are individuals who have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, gap teeth, or general overcrowding, and are seeking a discrete treatment to correct these issues. To find out for sure if you are a candidate for Invisalign® treatment, schedule your FREE Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Alkass today!
When you come in for your free Invisalign® consultation, Dr. Alkass will evaluate your teeth and bite to determine your treatment plan. He will discuss this with you, and if you decide to move forward with treatment, he will take a digital scan of your mouth. This digital scan is then sent out and used to manufacture your custom aligners. Once you return to office to pick up your aligners and Dr. Alkass can verify they fit properly, then your Invisalign® treatment will officially begin.
Over the course of your Invisalign® treatment, you will wear your aligners everyday for twenty two hours a day and only remove them at mealtimes or when you are brushing and flossing your teeth. Every week or two, you will switch out the aligners as directed. You will also need to attend regular appointments with Dr. Alkass approximately every six to eight weeks so he can monitor your progress and give you your next series of aligners.
SmartForce attachments are tiny, tooth-colored attachments that sit on the surface of your teeth and are worn with your aligners. They are used in places that require a specific amount of force and can help accomplish dramatic movements without the need for traditional braces. They fit well underneath your aligners and will be barely noticeable. Keep in mind that SmartForce attachments are only used in some cases and not everyone will need them.
Most Invisalign® treatments last for an average of 12-18 months, however this timeframe can vary depending on the severity of the correction and your final treatment goals. During your free Invisalign® consultation, Dr. Alkass will give you a more concrete idea of how long your individual treatment will last.
Invisalign® treatment should not cause extreme levels of pain, however it can cause some discomfort at times. Since each new aligner exerts pressure on the teeth, there can be some short-lived discomfort that occurs when switching aligners. Usually this discomfort is very mild, but it can be alleviated with over the counter pain medication, if required.
To maintain your aligners during your Invisalign® treatment, you will need to keep them clean by rinsing and gently brushing them every night. You will also need to keep up on your oral habits by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily. Keeping your teeth clean will help keep your aligners clean as well, so you will need to also brush your teeth after meals or drinks before wearing your aligners. Finally, to prevent your aligners from becoming damaged you will need to store them in their case when they’re not in your mouth and avoid using hot water to rinse them because this can warp their shape.
After your Invisalign® treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in the desired position. Invisalign® offers discrete Vivera retainers that can be purchased and include an extra retainer in case one becomes lost or damaged. Traditional wire retainers can also be used. Immediately following treatment, your retainer will need to be worn at all times, but eventually you should be able to wear it only at night. Be sure to follow Dr. Alkass’ instructions to achieve the best results.
At Alkass Dental, our Invisalign® treatments are averaged at $4,000. In addition, Alkass Dental offers free bleaching will any Invisalign® treatment, allowing you to have brighter teeth to accompany your new and improved smile!
Depending on your dental insurance company, you may be able to receive partial coverage towards Invisalign® treatment. We also offer monthly payment plans to help finance your treatment.
To find out what Invisalign® can do for you, schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Alexander Alkass today! Alkass Dental proudly serves Oakland County and the communities of Waterford, Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake,and White Lake.
When dental emergencies happen, waiting several days for an appointment with a dentist is not an option. Emergency dentists are committed to helping patients manage sudden injuries and complications that require immediate treatment. Some emergencies are extremely painful, and a visit to the dentist can provide palliative relief. On the other hand, some emergencies can threaten the health of the teeth, and receiving rapid dental treatment could mean the difference in saving a tooth or losing it.
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that the steps you take after a dental emergency happens can greatly improve your outcome once you receive emergency care. Even though emergency dentists will see you very quickly, there are some precautionary steps you can take in the time it takes to arrive at your dentist’s office. The American Dental Association has a few recommendations:
If you are experiencing sudden and chronic tooth pain, or if you have sustained trauma to your teeth and surrounding tissues, you may need to see an emergency dentist. Even if you do not currently have a dental emergency, it is important that your dentist is capable of treating you quickly in the event that an emergency does arise.
Urgent problems that threaten the health of your teeth or leave you in pain should not be ignored. You can expect to be seen by your emergency dentist quickly and without an appointment though it is recommended that you call your dentist’s office if possible before you arrive.
Some of the most common dental emergencies can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Avoid chewing hard foods, such as candy and ice, as these can cause your tooth to crack or chip. Also, be sure to wear a properly fitted dental mouth guard during sports and other high impact activities. Protecting your mouth on a daily basis can significantly reduce your risk of injuring your teeth, as well as your tongue, lips, and the walls of your mouth.
Restorative dentistry is the branch of general dentistry that is concerned with treating dental conditions effectively in order to restore your teeth to their previously healthy state. The goal of restorative dental treatments is to repair or replaced decayed, damaged, or missing teeth so that your entire mouth is healthy. Some examples of restorative dental treatments include:
Although restorative dental services are primarily valued for their ability to treat dental issues and restore your teeth to their previous healthy state, restorative dental services can also act as preventative measures for additional or more severe dental issues.
You may be a candidate for restorative dental services if you currently have damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. You may also be a candidate for restorative dental services if you have gum disease or other dental conditions that are affecting your overall dental health. To find out which restorative dental treatment is best for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alkass of Alkass Dental today!
To determine which restorative dental service is best for you, Dr. Alkass will perform an oral exam, dental x-rays, and ask you questions about your current symptoms. Based on this information, Dr. Alkass will make a diagnosis and provide you with his treatment recommendations and your options.
Some examples of common restorative dental treatments include dental fillings, inlays or onlays, dental crowns, and dental implants. Dental fillings can repair decayed and damaged teeth by filling in small to medium areas of decay or damage. Inlays or onlays work in the same way as dental fillings, however they are used for larger areas of dental decay. Inlays are large filings applied to the chewing surface of molars, while onlays are applied to both the chewing surface and one or more of the cusps, or tooth points.
In cases of severe decay, a root canal may be needed to remove infected pulp tissue. After a root canal, a dental crown, or cap, is usually placed over the affected tooth to protect it from further damage or decay. In cases where tooth decay has caused the tooth to be lost or extracted, a dental implant, or artificial tooth root, is used to mouth a dental prosthetic and restore the missing tooth.
There are different types of dental restorations including direct, indirect, and temporary restorations:
This type of restoration can be entirely fabricated and completed within the mouth. Because they can be directly completed, direct restorations are more affordable and can often be completed in a single dental appointment. Examples of direct restorations include:
This type of restoration must be fabricated outside the mouth before it can be placed. They often require the use of a dental impression to make a mold of your mouth. Sometimes, indirect restorations must be fabricated in a dental laboratory and other times they can be fabricated within your dentist’s office. Because indirect restorations must be fabricated in a dental laboratory or with specialized technology in your dentist’s office, they can be more expensive and may require more than one dental appointment to complete. Examples of indirect restorations include:
Temporary or Provisional Restorations:
This type of restoration is used while your permanent indirect restoration is being fabricated in a dental laboratory. Provisional restorations are primary components of smile reconstructions and are used to provide the following functions:
At Alkass Dental, you can expect to receive the highest quality restorative dental treatments. You can also expect to be made entirely comfortable during your procedure. Dr. Alkass begins all restorative dental treatments with a thorough oral exam and a discussion of your dental concerns and health. After a diagnosis is made and the treatment plan is discussed, he will answer any of your questions and make sure you are prepared for the procedure.
Depending on the type of restorative procedure, you may begin treatment the same day or you may be asked to return at a different time. Most direct restorations can be placed in a single appointment, however for indirect restorations, you may require two or more appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth will be prepared for the restoration and a dental impression will be taken to send to a dental laboratory. During the second appointment, your permanent restoration will be fitted and placed.
After undergoing restorative dental care at Alkass Dental, you may be given special post-treatment instructions to follow. If this is the case, it is important to follow all the instructions for the fastest and most effective recovery process. Post-treatment instructions usually pertain to modified activities, keeping the affected area clean, eating a soft foods diet, and taking possible pain medications or antibiotics.
In addition to special post-treatment instructions, you will also want to continue a good oral hygiene routine. This routine should consist of brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time using a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting Alkass Dental twice a year for your dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning.
The final cost of your restorative dental treatment is dependant upon the type and extent of treatment. Restorations to a single tooth will be more affordable than restorations to multiple teeth, and direct restorations will be more affordable than indirect restorations. However, if you have dental insurance, you should be able to obtain some type of partial coverage for restorative dental services. The total amount of coverage you receive will depend on your insurance company, so our billing department will help you to determine this.
For the best general dentistry has to offer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander Alkass today! Alkass Dental proudly serves Oakland County and the communities of Waterford, Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake,and White Lake.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium screws that are implanted into the jaw bone to restore the function and look of missing teeth. Once dental implants are placed in the jaw bone, they fuse with the surrounding bone and act as an anchor for a tooth prosthesis. Because they are secured within the jaw bone, dental implants offer the strongest restoration method available and can restore speaking and chewing function.
Dental implants are composed of three main parts: the implant, the abutment, and the dental prosthesis. The implant is a titanium screw that is placed under the gum line within the jawbone. The abutment piece screws into the implant, sits above the gum line, and serves as the attachment for the dental prosthesis. The dental prosthesis is the final component that sits above the gum line and replaces the missing tooth. Usually a dental crown is used, however for multiple missing teeth a dental bridge or implant-supported dentures may be used.
Dental implants are made using titanium, because it is a biocompatible material. Materials that are biocompatible can be used within the body without triggering an immune system response. Titanium is a highly popular material because it works with the body to produce an ideal cellular response.
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you have teeth that are damaged, decayed, or missing. Dental implants are especially beneficial for individuals with missing teeth because implants stimulate the jaw bone to prevent bone resorption. However, to be an ideal candidate for dental implants, you must also have an adequate amount of bone mass. If you have missing teeth that have been missing for over six months, you may be lacking the proper amount of bone mass.
Depending on your individual case, there are two different types of dental implants you may be a candidate for. The most commonly used type of dental implants are endosteal implants, which are screwed into the jaw bone. The other type of dental implants are subperiosteal implants, which sit just under the gum line on top of the jaw bone. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants and which type of dental implant is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alkass of Alkass Dental today!
If you don’t have enough bone mass for dental implants, you have a few options to increase your bone mass to stabilize dental implants. The most common option is to undergo a bone graft. A bone graft is used to build up bone mass in a particular area. For some types of bone grafts, bone is harvested from another area in your body, such as the ribs, hips, pelvis, or wrist, and then placed in the area requiring additional bone mass. In other types of bone grafts, a synthetic bone material is used to grow new bone.
Another option that can be used is a sinus lift. Sinus lifts are used to add bone mass to the upper jaw around the area of your molars and premolars. They are used to build up the bone mass between your upper jaw and sinus cavity in order to avoid damaging your sinus cavity. Similar to a regular bone graft, bone material is placed in the affected area to grow new bone.
The final option if you do not enough bone mass is to opt for subperiosteal implants. This type of dental implant sits on top of the bone instead of in the bone, therefore adequate bone mass is not required for proper stability. However, because subperiosteal implants are not implanted into the bone, they are generally not as stable.
Dental implants have an average lifespan of 10 years, but have the ability to last for up to 30 years. The lifespan of your dental implants will depend on how your body reacts to treatment, your dental habits, and your personal habits. To keep your dental implants lasting for a long time, you will want to avoid detrimental dental habits like chewing ice, nail biting, and using your teeth as an opener. You will also want to avoid detrimental personal habits such as smoking.
At Alkass Dental, we will sedate and anesthetize your during your dental implant procedure to keep you comfortable. If the affected tooth is decayed or damaged, it will first need to be extracted before placing the implant. Depending on your situation, you may need to wait for the extraction site to recover before having the implant placed.
If you have a missing tooth that you are replacing with a dental implant, you will be made comfortable to begin the procedure. Once you have been made comfortable, Dr. Alkass will make an incision in your gums to access your jaw bone. He will then prepare the tooth socket by shaping it accordingly to accommodate the titanium implant screw. The implant screw will then be screwed into place. At this point, the abutment may be screwed into the implant and the gums will be sutured shut with the abutment poking through. A provisional, or temporary, restoration may also be placed on the abutment until the final restoration is fabricated.
Once the implant has been placed, it will need to undergo a process called osseointegration to fully recover. Osseointegration is the process of bones fusing the dental implants in place. It takes about 3-6 months for the bones to fuse the implants in place, and once they are fused to place, the implants are effectively secured to the jaw bone. Once osseointegration has been completed, the permanent restoration can be fabricated and attached to the abutment.
In the days immediately following your dental implant procedure, you may experience some minor swelling, pain, and possible bleeding. To keep you comfortable after your procedure, Dr. Alkass may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics. He will also recommend sleeping with your head elevated, getting plenty of rest, and minimizing physical activities.
During the first few weeks, you will also need to modify your diet to avoid damaging your dental implants while they heal. Until your implants have undergone osseointegration, they are not fully stabilized. Because of this, you will want to avoid eating any foods that could exert excess stress on the implants. You will also want to avoid chewing on the side your implant is on.
In the first 2-3 days after surgery, you will need to avoid hot foods in general because they can cause bleeding. You will also want to eat soft foods including yogurt, beans, steamed veggies, fish, applesauce, eggs, and pasta for the first few weeks. You will want to stick to this modified diet until Dr. Alkass gives you approval to move onto harder foods.
To maintain your dental implants, you will need to practice good oral hygiene. This should consist of a routine of brushing twice daily for two minutes at a time and flossing once a day. You will also want to visit Alkass Dental at least once every six months for your dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning.
The exact cost of your dental implants will depend on the type of implant, extent of treatment, the tooth being treated, and the type of dental prosthesis being used. An average cost of dental implants is about $3,000-$4,500 per tooth. Although they have a higher upfront cost, dental implants are the longest-lasting restoration method and generally do not have to be replaced often. If you have dental insurance, you may be able to obtain partial coverage for your dental implant procedure.
As with any dental procedure, there is always the chance that it can fail. The most common reasons for dental implant failure are infection and bone loss. To prevent peri-implantitis, an infection that can form around the implant, it is highly important to follow all post-op instructions, take any prescribed antibiotics, and to keep the implant site clean after the procedure.
Bone loss, or a lack of adequate bone mass, is another reason for implant failure. Because of this, patients who do not have enough bone are encouraged to have either a bone graft or sinus lift prior to having their implants placed. To avoid the possibility of your implant integrating with existing bone, it is also recommended to avoid exerting any stress on the implant while it is healing.
For the best dental implants have to offer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander Alkass today! Alkass Dental proudly serves Oakland County and the communities of Waterford, Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake,and White Lake.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure that adheres a composite (tooth colored) resin to the surface of your teeth. It helps to create a brighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile without the use of prosthetics like dentures and tooth implants.
This procedure is most commonly used to treat teeth that are cracked, decayed, or discolored. It can also be used to make teeth appear longer and close spacing between teeth.
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Dental bonding is one of the most affordable and quick cosmetic procedures that can be done to improve the appearance of your smile. In fact, within one visit you could get a more attractive smile and a boost in self-confidence!
Dental bonding is a great option for individuals who want an attractive smile, but do not want to undergo an invasive procedure like dental implants. If you have minor chips, cracks, and fractures in your teeth, discolored teeth, or decay that can be built upon, dental bonding might be a great option for you.
Ultimately, it’s important to consult with the dentist to determine if you’re a candidate.
Teeth that have undergone dental bonding can still be stained from things like coffee and tea. To avoid this, it’s advisable to avoid drinking any of these beverages for at least 48 hours after undergoing the procedure. Additionally, you can extend the life of your bonding by brushing regularly and visiting the dentists every six months.
When properly cared for, dental bonding can last up to ten years. You’ll get the most out of it by following a healthy oral hygiene routine, avoiding hard candies and chewing on ice, and staying away from food and drink that could stain your teeth. If you happen to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, be sure to brush immediately afterward.
General dentistry is defined by the American Dental Association (ADA) as “the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body”. At Alkass Dental, Dr. Alexander Alkass aims to prevent as many dental disease, disorders, and conditions with his general dental care services. As such, preventative care is primarily practiced.
However, in cases where dental diseases, disorders, or conditions do develop, Alkass Dental is also well-equipped to handle a variety of general dental care services all aimed at restoring your teeth. Such restorative procedures can include: fillings, dental crowns and bridges, removable and partial dentures, dental implants, inlays and onlays, root canals, and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations.
Brushing your teeth twice daily is highly important to maintain your dental health. By not brushing your teeth twice a day, you increase your chances of developing dental decay by 30%. It is estimated that 25% of American adults currently do not brush their teeth twice a day.
A general dentist is a dentist who does not focus on an area of specialty (orthodontics, endodontics, maxillofacial surgeon, etc.) and instead provides a wide range of services to address a variety of dental concerns. A general dentist must hold a DDS (doctor of dental surgery) or a DMD (doctor of dental medicine) degree, although these degrees are the same in terms of their education.
Everyone can benefit from general dental services and it is recommended by the ADA to visit Alkass Dental at least twice a year for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning. Since the majority of general dentistry aims to prevent dental disease, disorders, or conditions from occurring, you should receive general dental care even if you believe you are in good dental health. Most dental issues don’t cause noticeable symptoms until they are in the advanced stages. Regular preventative services ensure that any dental issues can be identified and resolved before they have a chance to get worse. Additionally, if you are having any dental symptoms or problems, you will want to schedule an appointment.
Alkass Dental offers many preventative services such as dental exams, dental x-rays, dental sealants, and professional teeth cleaning. In addition, Alkass Dental also offers restorative dental care including fillings, dental crowns and bridges, partial and removable dentures, dental implants, inlays and onlays, root canals, and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations. To receive preventive dental care or to inquire about which restorative treatment fits your individual dental needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alkass of Alkass Dental today!
Yes. To prepare for your appointment at Alkass Dental, you will want to carefully consider your dental health in the time approaching your appointment. Make a note of any changes you have noticed and any questions you may have about your oral health.
Additionally, if you are a new patient be sure to look up directions to our office ahead of time to avoid being late or flustered when arriving. You will also want to arrive about 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment to take care of any new patient paperwork before your appointment begins.
During your general dental appointment at Alkass Dental, Dr. Alkass with start by performing an oral examination. He will examine your teeth, gums, and bite, and may gently probe at your teeth to test for sensitivity. He may also ask you questions about your dental habits or overall health. Dr. Alkass will ask you if you have any questions for him and take time to address your concerns.
Following your oral exam, dental x-rays will likely be taken. Dental x-rays only take a few minutes to complete and don’t cause any discomfort. During your dental x-rays, you may be asked to hold your cheeks away from your teeth with a special tool or bite down on a plastic disc. This is so Dr. Alkass can get a clear view of your underlying bony structures without the interference of excess soft tissue. Dental x-rays can be used to detect cavities that are just beginning to develop or cavities that are in non-visible places. They can also be used to evaluate your tooth roots and jaw bone, as well as your overall bite. Overall, dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool for Dr. Alkass. Although some people have concerns about the radiation, dental x-rays use such a small amount of radiation that they are considered safe for children and adults.
Once your dental exam and dental x-rays are completed, the final part of your general dental care appointment is to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Your professional teeth cleaning will begin with one of dental hygienists gently scraping the plaque and tartar off your teeth with a scaler. A scaler is a specialized tool designed to remove excess tartar. While the majority of plaque can be removed with normal brushing, tartar has hardened on your tooth’s surface and can only be removed with a scaler. After the plaque and tartar has been removed, your teeth will be brushed with a gritty toothpaste and flossed to remove any additional debris. Then, they will be rinsed, treated with fluoride, and polished.
After your general dental appointment at Alkass Dental, you will need to schedule your next dental appointment. If you are simply continuing with preventative care, this appointment will be scheduled out six months. However, if you require restorative treatments, your appointment will likely be scheduled sooner.
Whether your next appointment is preventative or restorative care, you will want to make sure to practice good oral habits between your appointments. Good oral habits consist of brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time and flossing once a day. You will also want to avoid detrimental habits like using your mouth as an opener, smoking, tobacco products, and biting your nails. Finally, be sure to brush with an ADA approved fluoridated toothpaste and change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
Preventative dental care is the most affordable of all dental care. Also most dental insurance companies provide full coverage for preventative services. Restorative dental care can be more expensive and the cost of restorative care depends on the extent and type of treatment. To obtain a quote on your dental care, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alkass today!
For the best general dentistry has to offer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander Alkass today! Alkass Dental proudly serves Oakland County and the communities of Waterford, Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Pontiac, Sylvan Lake,and White Lake.