At Trillium Dental, our dentists will help you choose the best method for you, to straighten teeth and help correct your bite. Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems.
Teeth that function properly also tend to look better. An attractive smile is a pleasant side effect of straightening teeth with braces or clear aligners — and is a wonderful asset. It contributes to improved self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image, which are important qualities at any age.
A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person’s self-esteem often improves as braces bring teeth, lips, and face into proportion. In this way, braces can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person’s general attitude toward life.
We offer braces for children who are 7 to 10 years of age for orthopedic reasons. This treatment develops the jaws and takes advantage of the growth of both the maxilla and mandible — which we refer to as ortho phase I.
Traditional braces and clear aligners are for children older than 10 through adulthood — called ortho phase II. Clear aligners are a modality of orthodontic treatment that is appealing to individuals who are trying to conceal their efforts in straightening their teeth. In addition, clear aligners allow for better enunciation during speech and ease of flossing and brushing because they are removable.
Do you grind your teeth at night? Wake up with a headache or aching jaw? Many people are afflicted with teeth grinding — also known as bruxism. While some people may do this throughout the day, it is a larger problem at night during sleep.
Teeth grinding can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, and irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse’s sleep. There are solutions that can lessen the damages of tooth grinding, such as bite splints or night guards — restorative devices used to support, protect or immobilize oral structures that have been loosened, replanted, fractured or traumatized.
Similar to a mouthguard worn by athletes, a night guard provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing.
It’s important to find out what is causing you to grind your teeth. Our Lansing dentists offer several different types of bite splint therapy for specific conditions. Through proper evaluation and fitting, we can help alleviate misalignment of your bite to correct the issues.
Our dentists offer night guards or bite splint therapy for:
- Treatment of temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Patients dealing with issues from night-time teeth grinding
- Mouth or jaw problems resulting from bite misalignment
At Trillium Dental, we make the process easy and painless for you. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.
There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth.
If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, set up an appointment with us today.
As a comprehensive and full-service dental practice, we perform oral surgery right in our Lansing office. This helps to minimize the stress, fear, and uncertainty for our patients.
Oral surgery focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and defects of the mouth and dental structures. Oral surgery can apply to any treatment or procedure performed in the mouth where our dentists at Trillium are repairing, extracting, re-aligning, removing, implanting, restoring or reducing pain resulting from issues with the teeth, gums, mouth or jaw.
Our dentists at Trillium Dental can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including:
- TMJ, Facial Pain and Facial Reconstruction
- Dental Implants
- Tooth Extractions and Impacted Teeth
- Wisdom Teeth
- Misaligned Jaws
- Cleft Lip & Palate
- Oral Cancers, Tumors, Cysts and Biopsies
- Sleep Apnea
- Facial Cosmetic Surgery
If you have been in an accident or have experienced injury to your teeth, mouth or jaw, it is critical that you see a dentist right away. Emergency care is reserved for current Trillium Dental patients. If you are not a patient of Trillium Dental, seek help at a hospital Emergency Room. Once things are stabilized, call and schedule to onboard as a new patient, so you can become part of the Trillium family.
Delaying treatment for a dental emergency may increase the risk of permanent damage resulting in more extensive and costly restorative dental treatments. Whether you lose a filling, chip or break a tooth or need to relieve unbearable tooth pain, don’t put off emergency dentistry treatment any longer.
Pain is your body’s signal that something is wrong. It also means that it may be time to seek treatment for a known dental issue you may have been postponing. Not sure if your problem is a dental emergency? Here is a list of various dental emergencies and several steps you can take to reduce your discomfort.
Emergency Dental Problems & Solutions:
- Tooth impact and loss – Carefully rinse your tooth without removing any attached tissue. If possible, hold the tooth in place in the socket, or else place the tooth in milk and contact us immediately.
- Broken Tooth – Save all pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth out with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the area to decrease swelling and pain until we can examine the damage and restore your tooth.
- Dental Abscess – If you find a pimple formation or swelling on your gums, rinse your mouth with salt water and immediately contact our dental office. If not treated promptly, abscesses can lead to more serious infections.
- Lost Dental Filling or Dental Crown – For dental fillings and crowns, a temporary repair can be made using dental cement or sealing the hole with a piece of sugarless gum until our Lansing emergency dentists can perform a permanent replacement or installation.
- Toothache – Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Next, use dental floss to make sure there isn’t any food or other debris causing the pain. If the tooth pain persists, call our office.
- Bitten Lip or Tongue – Clean the area and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room.