Posts for: July, 2016

By Sood Family Dental
July 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”

What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.

You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.

Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.

Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.

“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…

If you would like more information about mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Athletic Mouthguards.”

By Sood Family Dental
July 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Missing all or most of your teeth can take a toll on your dental, general, and mental health alike. Eating, chewing, and swallowing denturesbecome more difficult, causing nutrition problems. It is also common for those with missing teeth to become embarrassed by their gaps, causing drops in self-esteem. However, dentures can help you take your smile back and give you the freedom to eat the foods you want and love the way you look. Learn more about what dentures can do for you with your Shelby Township, MI dentist at Sood Family Dental, Dr. Shikha Sood.

The Benefits of Dentures 
Dentures do more than just replace your missing teeth. Wearing dentures helps restore the functionality of your teeth. Eating, chewing, swallowing, and speaking become less difficult. This new-found freedom of aesthetically pleasing and functioning teeth also boosts your confidence and gives you a smile that you love. Wearing dentures also fills out the face, supports the facial muscles, and helps prevent bone atrophy caused by lack of stimulation. Dentures’ versatility also benefit the wearer. Whether you are missing all or only some of your teeth, Dr. Sood can help you choose the best denture for you.

Types of Dentures in Shelby Township, MI

  • Full Dentures: When you imagine dentures, you probably see a picture of a full denture, which replaces all of the teeth on an arch. This type of denture is best for those who have no remaining natural teeth.
  • Partial Dentures: On the other hand, partial dentures use any remaining natural teeth as an anchor to stay in place. The denture fits over these remaining teeth and fits around them.
  • Immediate Dentures: Immediate dentures are mostly reserved for patients who require extraction of their remaining natural teeth before wearing dentures. A dental laboratory creates immediate dentures before the extraction appointment, allowing the patient to leave their dentist’s office with a new smile. Due to their design, immediate dentures require adjustments after the extraction sites heal.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures. Finally, implant-supported dentures are the sturdiest and most effective option for dentures. Dental implants placed throughout the arch hold the denture in place, giving it a secure place in the mouth. Implant-supported dentures can be removable or permanent.

Are you considering dentures? Contact your Shelby Township, MI Dentist
For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Shikha Sood, DMD at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI. Call (586) 207-1471 to schedule your consultation for dentures today!


Your tooth is in peril if its innermost layer, the pulp, becomes infected and inflamed. Deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures or fractures can all expose the pulp and ultimately the roots to infection and lead to tooth loss.

But that scenario isn't inevitable — we can often save the tooth with a root canal treatment. By accessing the tooth's interior through a prepared hole, we're able to clean out the infected tissue in the pulp chamber and root canals, and fill the empty space with a special filling. We then cap the tooth with a custom crown to protect it from a re-infection.

Root canal treatments have a very high success rate — chances are good your tooth will survive for many years afterward. But there's a slight chance the tooth may become re-infected; in that case, a second root canal treatment may be in order.

In a few cases, though, a second root canal may not be advisable, and could even accelerate damage to the tooth. For example, if past dental work resulted in an extensive crown restoration, accessing the root canals the conventional way will require disassembling that restoration. This could weaken the tooth significantly.

We can approach the problem from a different route: instead of accessing the tooth's interior through the crown (the visible part of the tooth), we instead perform a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy, which accesses the tooth at the root end through the gums.

In this procedure we numb the area with local anesthesia and then make a small incision through the gums at the level of the affected root. After access, we remove any diseased tissue around the root and a few millimeters of the root tip itself. We then insert a small filling in its place to seal the canal and prevent further infection. In some cases we may also insert a graft to encourage bone growth and aid in healing.

Over time, the affected area will heal and return to normal function. Even if a traditional root canal treatment can't be used, an apicoectomy could be another option for saving your tooth.

If you would like more information on your options for preserving a problem tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Apicoectomy.”

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