Posts for: November, 2016


While it's possible for a teenager to lose a tooth from decay, it's more common they'll lose one from an accidental knockout. If that happens to your teenager, there are some things you should know to achieve a good outcome.

Our top concern is to preserve the underlying bone following tooth loss. Like other tissues, bone has a life cycle: older cells dissolve and are absorbed by the body (resorption), then replaced by new cells. The biting pressure generated when we chew helps stimulate this growth. But bone around a missing tooth lacks this stimulation and may not keep up with resorption at a healthy rate.

This can cause a person to lose some of the bone around an empty tooth socket. To counteract this, we may place a bone graft at the site. Made of bone minerals, usually from a donor, the graft serves as a scaffold for new bone growth. By preventing significant bone loss we can better ensure success with a future restoration.

Because of its lifelikeness, functionality and durability, dental implants are considered the best of the restoration options that can be considered to replace a missing tooth. But placing an implant during the teen years is problematic because the jaws are still growing. If we place an implant prematurely it will appear to be out of alignment when the jaw fully matures. Better to wait until the jaw finishes development in early adulthood.

In the meantime, there are a couple of temporary options that work well for teens: a removable partial denture (RFP) or a fixed modified bridge. The latter is similar to bridges made for adults, but uses tabs of dental material that bond a prosthetic (false) tooth to the adjacent natural teeth to hold it in place. This alleviates the need to permanently alter the adjacent natural teeth and buy time so that the implant can be placed after growth and development has finished.

And no need to worry about postponing orthodontic treatment in the event of a tooth loss. In most cases we can go ahead with treatment, and may even be able to incorporate a prosthetic tooth into the braces or clear aligners.

It's always unfortunate to lose a tooth, especially from a sudden accident. The good news, though, is that with proper care and attention we can restore your teenager's smile.

If you would like more information on how to treat lost teeth in teenagers, 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 “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”

By Sood Family Dental
November 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How to know if a teeth whitening treatment from Shelby Township is right for you

Just about everyone is a good candidate for professional teeth whitening if your teeth and gums are healthy. In fact, professional teeth whiteningwhitening treatments can give you a brilliant, white smile and take years off of your appearance. Even heavy smokers and coffee drinkers with darkly stained teeth are good candidates for teeth whitening. The main factor to consider is the timing of your teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Shikha Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI wants to share her knowledge of how teeth whitening can help your smile.

Teeth whitening should only be performed on healthy teeth. If you have any teeth with untreated dental decay, damage, or teeth that are causing you pain, you should have these issues treated before whitening your teeth. Also if you have root sensitivity, it’s important to have a pain-free mouth before whitening. There is a chance that professional teeth whitening can make existing dental pain worse. Dr. Sood will do a full dental examination including x-rays to determine if your teeth are healthy enough for whitening.

If your teeth are healthy and pain-free, but you have cosmetic procedures you would like completed, it’s best to whiten your teeth first. That’s because whitening solution only whitens natural tooth structure, not porcelain or other filling materials. So, if you want to have porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings or bonding, it’s best to whiten first so that your Shelby Township dentist, Dr. Sood, can color match your cosmetic treatment to your newly whitened smile.

Performing teeth whitening in the correct sequence helps to ensure you have a seamless, dazzling new smile and you are excited about the result! The same tips apply if you use over-the-counter products, however, these products usually have minimal benefit and the results don’t last very long when compared to professional whitening. Many over-the-counter products also contain irritating, abrasive chemicals which can increase any dental pain or tooth sensitivity.

Nearly everyone can benefit from a teeth whitening treatment, but the first step is to visit your dentist. Dr. Sood offers a speedy in-office whitening treatment to give you a brilliant smile in one hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit which allows you to whiten when the time is right for you. Isn’t it time for your white smile? Call Dr. Shikha Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI to find out more about teeth whitening. Call today!

By Sood Family Dental
November 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

(586) 207-1471
[email protected]

Monday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: By appointment
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: By appointment
Saturday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed