Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
The human mouth is made of both hard and soft tissues. Gums, lips, tongue, and inner cheeks are all soft tissues, while the jawbone and teeth are hard tissues. Included are connective tissues that bind the mouth structures together with the blood vessels and nerves. The way the upper and lower teeth meet is referred to as a bite or occlusion. How healthy the mouth is, depends on how each aspect works together to keep the system in harmony. If there is a disconnect or imbalance, it may compromise oral health.
REPAIRING MOUTHS ONE STEP AT A TIME
Dr. Wolfe offers reconstructive dentistry in the form of a full mouth reconstruction to repair damaged teeth, replace missing teeth, address gum and jawbone damage and treat diseases of the mouth. Every patient is unique and will have their own treatment plan for a mouth reconstruction, but the following procedures may be included.
- Restorative dental care such as bridges, inlays, onlays, fillings and dental crowns
- Implant dentistry to replicate teeth from root to crown and replace missing teeth
- Cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening, gum re-contouring, porcelain veneers and dental bonding
- TMD treatment/neuromuscular dentistry, treatment of problems with the bite or the temporomandibular joints
- Bruxism treatment to resolve symptoms associated with teeth grinding
- Orthodontics including spacer, retainers, expanders, traditional metal braces or Invisalign®
Because every patient is different, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Wolfe to discuss your expectations and your end goals when it comes to full mouth reconstruction. Once your ideals are clearly defined, a treatment plan can be made to create the beautiful, white smile you’ve always wanted.
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Problems with your smile can make you insecure and be hard on your health. We are happy to provide you with treatment options that can fix problems with your mouth. Give us a call today in Rochester, Hills MI to schedule a consultation.
Friday, July 8th, 2016
A dental implant is the most effective way to permanently replace a missing tooh. A titanium screw is placed where your tooth’s root should be located and a crown is attached to the top of the implant. Treatment planning is key in this process because want to make sure your new tooth matches the rest of your perfect smile.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can occur in children and adults, although many children eventually outgrow the condition. It can also begin later in life as a result of stress or a bite disorder such as TMJ.
Many people are unaware of their bruxism – they don’t realize that they are grinding or clenching either during the day or in their sleep. Common signs can include flattened, fractured, or chipped teeth, worn tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity, jaw or face pain, and tired or tight jaw muscles. Those who grind their teeth at night often wake up with a headache or mouth and jaw pain.
Teeth grinding is often (though not always) caused by stress or a bite disorder. Rochester, MI Dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for teeth grinding, as well as restorative dental procedures to address a bite problem or tooth damage.
One of the most common and conservative treatments for teeth grinding and bruxism is a mouth guard. A mouth guard may not stop grinding altogether, but will lessen its effects on your teeth, mouth, and jaw. Worn while you sleep, a mouth guard provides many benefits. It protects enamel from eroding from grinding and can prevent further damage to teeth and gums.
If a bite disorder is the underlying cause of your teeth grinding, Dr. Wolfe will recommend the appropriate treatment to restore balance to your bite, alleviate bruxism and restore your dental health.
If you are experiencing the signs or symptoms of teeth grinding/bruxism, discuss your concerns during your next routine dental care visit with Dr. Wolfe, or call to schedule an initial visit in our Rochester, MI dentist office.
Addressing teeth grinding as soon as possible is important for avoiding tooth damage or even tooth loss which can affect your daily quality of life.
Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Aside from routine cleanings, restorative dentistry is probably the dental specialty that most patients will experience as they age or as a result of tooth damage from a variety of causes.
Restorative dentistry is a rather large umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of dental procedures, including dental fillings, dental crowns, bridges, and dental implants. Because dental restorations become increasingly more important to us as we age, Rochester Hills, MI dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe would like to discuss some common types of restorations and how they benefit your long term dental health.
The many advances made in materials, technology and technique enable dentists to help patients maintain their natural teeth for as long as possible- or replace lost teeth with more life like options that allow for a high quality of life. Because dental restorations become increasingly more important to us as we age, Dr. Wolfe would like to discuss some common types of restorations and their functions.
The most ubiquitous type of restoration and one that most patients receive at some point in their life is a dental filling. This particular type of restoration is used on teeth with minor tooth decay and involves removing the decayed tooth structure and replacing it with either a metal amalgam or composite resin material that can be matched to the color of your tooth.
Another common type of restoration is the dental crown, which is used on teeth with moderate to severe decay in which the majority of the tooth structure is compromised. In this procedure, your decayed tooth is shaved down and a porcelain “cap” is created to fit perfectly over the tooth and restore strength to prevent future damage and decay.
For patients missing multiple teeth in a row, dental crowns may be used to support a dental bridge. Dental implants are used as an alternative to bridges for the replacement of missing teeth and have become the gold standard for the most natural and lasting tooth replacement.
The need for dental restorations, as well as how long pre-existing restorations last, is determined by a number of factors. These include your overall health, your oral hygiene, your age, and any lifestyle habits such as tooth grinding or heavy chewing that may affect the integrity of your teeth.
Modern restorative materials are designed to be durable and long lasting, though each have their own unique set of benefits. If you would like to know more about restorative dentistry or if you think you may be in need of a restoration, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Wolfe in our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office!
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
One of the most important aspects of modern dentistry is restoring and maintaining a patient’s dental health because of the role it plays in both overall physical well being and daily quality of life.
Rochester dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe emphasizes the importance of routine preventive care in keeping the smile healthy and reducing the risks if decay and gum disease, but also provides restorative dental treatment when needed. Teeth can become damaged or lost for a variety of reasons, even when a patient is diligent with their oral hygiene routine.
Addressing a damaged or missing tooth is necessary for a functional and comfortable smile- and to prevent the development of more complex dental problems down the road.
Treating Damaged Teeth
Dr. Wolfe will thoroughly examine a patient before recommending a plan of treatment for a tooth that has become damaged or diseased. Treatment options can include:
- dental crowns
- tooth bonding
- root canal therapy
Teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken can become further damaged or lost without treatment and may make it difficult to eat and speak normally. Dr. Wolfe can discuss the best option(s) for restoring your smile and ensuring lasting dental health.
Replacing Missing Teeth
For patient who have lost a tooth, to teeth, for any reason, Dr. Wolfe stresses the benefits of prompt replacement to avoid additional dental problems and limited treatment options.
Whenever possible, Dr. Wolfe recommends the use of dental implants to replace teeth or secure a denture. Dental implants provide a permanent, life-like solution that will reduce bone loss in the jaw and enable patients to eat and speak normally- without daily maintenance!
Dr. Wolfe understands the cost concerns that many patients have when it comes to their dental care and works with them to restore their smile within their budget. In many cases, treatment can be phased to achieve results that will provide a lifetime of comfortable smiles.
Friday, November 28th, 2014
Frequent headaches, jaw pain, ear pain and a popping jaw that can make chewing difficult are all possible symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), usually referred to as TMJ.
Patients who suffer from any or all of the above symptoms may not realize that they have a bite disorder until they visit with Dr. Matt Wolfe of Signature Dentistry in Rochester. Dr. Wolfe is a graduate of the Dawson Academy, where dentists have developed the concept of complete dentistry: taking a comprehensive approach to all patients, seeking to understand the underlying cause of any dental health problems before recommending a treatment plan to address symptoms. In this way, dentistry can offer lasting results that benefit both oral and overall health.
Dr. Wolfe offers several TMJ therapy treatment options for patients diagnosed with TMJ, including splint therapy and oral appliance therapy. In many cases, these conservative treatments can address symptoms and help to restore balance in the bite by preventing teeth grinding and jaw clenching- often the underlying cause of recurring headaches and jaw pain in many patients.
For patients who have sustained damage to the teeth due to the effects of TMJ, Dr. Wolfe may recommend a restorative treatment to realign the bite by adjusting the surface of the teeth or repairing damaged teeth. This could be accomplished with tooth bonding, dental crowns, veneers or other restorative procedures.
The goal of TMJ therapy is to restore balance to a patient’s bite, thus alleviating pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and relieving the associated symptoms. This is important for maintaining optimal dental health and avoiding further dental health issues which can arise when TMJ is left untreated.
If you have been suffering with any of the above mentioned TMJ symptoms in Rochester Hills, MI, contact Dr. Wolfe at Signature Dentistry of Rochester and begin to restore your oral health!