Posts for: March, 2019


Although dental implants are best known as single tooth replacements, they can actually play a role in multiple or complete tooth loss (edentulism) restorations. While replacing multiple teeth with individual implants is quite expensive, there’s another way to incorporate them in a restoration at much less cost — as supports for bridges.

In this case, only a few strategically placed implants are needed to support restorations of multiple crowns fused together into a single unit. Implant-based bridges consist of two main types: the first type is a fixed bridge, which is permanently attached to the implants and can’t be removed by the patient. It’s often the preferred treatment for patients who’ve lost most or all of their teeth but have not yet experienced significant bone loss in the jaw.

This choice, however, may not be the best option for patients with significant bone loss. In these cases, there’s a second type of fixed bridge: an implant-supported fixed denture. This type of fixed denture provides support for the lost bone support of the lips and cheeks. If a fixed bridge is not possible due to finances or inadequate bone support to place 4 to 6 implants, a removable denture (also known as an overdenture) that’s supported and held in place by implants is the next best alternative. Unlike a fixed bridge, an overdenture can be removed by the patient for cleaning purposes, and will require less investment than a fixed bridge.

For people with bone loss, the overdenture does more than restore chewing and speech function. Because bone loss can diminish support of the facial structures — actually shorten the distance between the chin and the tip of the nose — an overdenture provides additional bulk to support these structures to improve appearance. Depending on what the patient needs for facial support, overdentures for the upper jaw can be designed as “full palates,” meaning the denture plastic completely covers the upper jaw palate, or open in which the plastic doesn’t completely cover the palate.

Besides the condition of your teeth, gums and bone, your own personal preferences and financial ability will also play a role in which option is best for you. After considering all these factors, we can recommend which of these types of implant-based restorations will fit your needs. With either bridge, fixed or removable, you’ll certainly benefit from the improvement to both your mouth function and your smile.

If you would like more information on implant-supported bridges, 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 “Fixed vs. Removable.”

By Sood Family Dental
March 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

How your dentist in Shelby Township, MI, can help with your dental emergency

Dental emergencies can happen quickly from a sudden accident, sports injury, or neglected tooth decay. Although these situations can be dental emergencyscary, they are less scary if you are prepared for the situation and know what to do. Read on to learn more about how to react during a dental emergency, and contact Dr. Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI, if you need treatment.


More about Emergency Treatment

To prepare for a dental emergency, it’s helpful to complete a few simple tasks. You should make sure that you have the full contact information for Dr. Sood on your cell phone and posted in your home. Contact information should include the office phone number and after-hours and weekend contact information.

It’s also helpful to have a dental first aid kit in your home. The kit should contain over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol, sterile saline solution to rinse the injured area, a small container with a lid, and gauze squares to apply pressure/stop bleeding.

Common dental injuries include cuts to your gums, cheeks, or lips, and cracked or broken teeth. If you or someone you know suffers a dental emergency of this type, you can try:

  • Gently removing any debris from the area
  • Applying gauze and pressing gently to stop bleeding
  • Gently rinsing your mouth with saline solution
  • Applying an ice pack to the area for 15 minutes to reduce swelling
  • Calling the office of Dr. Sood for additional steps to take

Occasionally, teeth get knocked completely out or loose during a dental emergency. It’s important not to touch the roots of the tooth, because this can contaminate the tooth, making it more difficult to treat. Try to gently place the tooth back in the proper position, making sure to keep the tooth moist. You can also place the tooth between the gums and cheek to provide moisture. Visit Dr. Sood as soon as possible to treat this type of injury.


Concerned? Give Us a Call!

When you or someone you know suffers a dental emergency, it’s important to partner with your dentist for the best outcome. To find out more about dental emergency treatment, call Dr. Sood at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI, (586) 207-1471 today!

By Sood Family Dental
March 20, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  

The month of March brings the first day of spring, when nature seems to wake up after a restful winter slumber. It also brings Sleep Awareness Week, which leads us to ask: How's your sleep? For around one of every three people, the answer seems to be: Not so good! In fact, it's estimated that some 50-70 million people in the U.S. alone have sleep problems, including sleep-related breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

People who suffer from this condition seem to sleep fitfully and snore loudly—and they may actually wake up dozens of times every night without even knowing it. These "micro-arousals" make it impossible to get restful sleep, which can lead to fatigue, trouble concentrating, and behavioral issues. Children with sleep disorders like OSA are sometimes diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders because the symptoms are very similar.

If you suspect that you (or someone you care about) may have a serious sleep disorder, it's a good idea to get an examination from a medical professional who specializes in this area. If the diagnosis is OSA, there are a number of treatments that can be effective—one of which is an oral appliance that's available from the dental office.

Dentists are quite familiar with the anatomical structure of the mouth, which is sometimes the root cause of OSA. In many individuals, the soft tissue structures in the back of the oral cavity (including the tonsils, tongue and soft palate) can shift position when muscles relax during sleep and block the flow of air through the windpipe. The lack of sufficient air may cause a person to awaken briefly, gasp for breath, and then relax their muscles—over and over again, all night long.

After a complete exam, we can have an appliance custom-made for you that has proven successful in managing mild to moderate cases of OSA. Shaped a little like a retainer, it is worn in your mouth at night and taken out in the daytime. The appliance helps maintain an open airway by re-positioning the jaw and/or keeping the tongue out of the way.

Oral appliance therapy is one of the most conservative options available for treating OSA: It requires no major equipment or irreversible medical procedures. However, there are a number of other options, including machines that supply pressurized air through a face mask and even oral surgery. It's important to consult with a specialist in sleep disorders when you're facing this issue. If the diagnosis is OSA or a similar sleep problem, remember that help may be available here at the dental office.

If you have questions about sleep-related breathing disorders, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Oral Appliances For Sleep Apnea” and “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”


A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.

We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?

Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.

When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?

In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.

So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.

If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Sood Family Dental
March 06, 2019
Category: Dentures
Tags: Dentures  

There are several options among dentures for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Dentures are often used to replace an entire row of Dentureteeth, but they can also be used even when some natural teeth still remain. The natural teeth can remain intact while the dentures are used to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. A dentist can recommend the type of dentures that are appropriate for your needs. At Sood Family Dental, Dr. Sood is your dentist for dentures in Shelby Township, MI.

Partial and Complete Dentures

Many varieties of dentures are available for restoring both your smile and normal tooth functioning. The two main types of dentures are partial and complete. Partial dentures are used when a patient still has some natural teeth and does not need to replace a full row of teeth. Complete dentures are also referred to as full dentures as they are used to replace a full row of missing teeth.

Two commonly used varieties of partial dentures include transitional and removable partial dentures. Removable partial dentures are a long-term option for filling in the gaps from missing or extracted teeth. Transitional partial dentures are usually given to patients following tooth extraction. Patients wear the transitional partial dentures temporarily while waiting for the mouth to heal from the extraction. Once healed, patients can begin wearing removable partial dentures, which tend to be more comfortable as they are a bit lighter in weight.

There are three types of complete or full dentures available. Like transitional partial dentures, immediate full dentures are meant to be worn temporarily while the mouth heals from an extraction or other procedure. Immediate full dentures are eventually replaced with conventional full dentures, which are custom made for each patient and are intended for long-term use.

The third type of full denture is an implant-supported overdenture. This type of denture is held in place with dental implants, which are placed securely in the jawbone and function similarly to the roots of natural teeth. The dental implants anchor the dentures securely in place so there is no worry about them slipping out of place. Dr. Sood can recommend which dentures are right for you.

There are several denture options and one is right for you. For dentures in Shelby Township, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sood by calling Sood Family Dental at (586) 207-1471.

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

(586) 207-1471
[email protected]

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