What to Expect at Your Dental Exam

Dr. Wolfe explains the comprehensive oral health checklist during your dental exam at his office. The exam is used to check your overall oral health including: looking for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, sleep apnea, and your bite.

Teeth Whitening at Dr. Wolfe’s Office

Dr. Wolfe discusses your options for brightening your smile with teeth whitening in Rochester Hills, MI. Watch his video blog to discover which treatment is right for you. Schedule a consultation with our dentist for a brighter smile today!

Will an Oral Cancer Screening Hurt?

According to the American Cancer Society, the death rate for oral cancers has been decreasing over the past 30 years, but people are still at risk for the disease. Oral cancers are more common in men than women; however, screenings are important for all patients just in case. Better treatment options and early screenings have led to the decline of the death rate, which is good news for patients. A diagnosis of oral cancer can lead to losing your ability to chew, to talk, and/or to taste.

The average age for people to be diagnosed with oral cancer is 62, but don’t think that young people are not vulnerable. About 25 percent of the cancers occur in people under the age of 55. Smokers and heavy alcohol users have the highest risk of oral cancer, but current research is showing a connection between HPV and oral cancer.

What happens during an oral cancer screening?

The cancer screening occurs during your regular office visit. The dentist will examine your mouth, your gums, your tongue and the inside of your cheeks for lesions. Generally, there is no pain associated with this screening. Oral cancer itself may not be painful initially, which can cause it to go unnoticed. Many symptoms of oral cancers are indicative of other oral diseases. Your dentist can discuss your symptoms and options if you show signs of oral cancers or disease. If there is an abnormality, you may have to schedule a biopsy. The dentist can discuss this procedure if you need it. Following a diagnosis of cancer, you may need an MRI or CT scan too determine the extent of the cancer.

Oral Cancer Screening Is Part of Comprehensive Dentistry

When you make an appointment with Dr. Wolfe, you can count on having an oral cancer screening as part of our comprehensive dentistry procedures (Click here to watch a video of Dr. Wolfe explaining what comprehensive dentistry is and why it is important). If you are concerned about oral cancer in Rochester, MN, schedule your appointment with our office today to alleviate your concerns.

Proper Oral Hygiene

Dr. Wolfe discusses the importance of proper oral hygiene. Follow our tips to avoid further dental decay. Dr. Wolfe and his staff are committed to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy smile.

Dental Veneers – 4 Things You Need to Know

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There are many options to get your teeth looking shiny and bright besides just bleaching. Over time, eating and drinking  wears down on the enamel of your teeth, and they start to become brittle. You can reinforce your teeth with help from veneers in Rochester Hills, MI. Our dentist, Dr. Matthew Wolfe, can help you understand dental veneers are and why you may need them. Here are four important things to know before you decide to get veneers.

They Are Not an Implant

Dental veneers are not the same as a dental implant. They can be made from a few different types of material, but many are porcelain in order to match the natural color of the teeth and provide adequate protection. There is no surgery involved. The only waiting you will need to do is for the veneer to be shaped to your tooth. Dr. Wolfe can then attach it during your next appointment.

They Are a Permanent Form of Treatment

Once a veneer is attached, it is not coming off. You need to be sure that veneers are really the option you wish to pursue. Veneers offer a variety of benefits, including strengthening the teeth and providing a whiter smile. Dr. Wolfe can help you determine if this treatment is right for you.

Your Teeth Will Be Sensitive for a Few Days Following Treatment

Due to the nature of the bonding process, your teeth might be more sensitive to hot and cold foods following treatment. This may persist for three or four days, but should then subside. If you have persistent sensitivity, consult with Dr. Wolfe.

You Can Care for Them as Usual

To keep your veneers looking beautiful, just maintain a healthy regimen of brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Contact our office at Signature Dentistry of Rochester to schedule your regular checkups with Dr. Wolfe every six months to maintain your new beautiful smile.

A Complete Guide to Zoom! Nite White

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Whiter teeth and a brighter smile often mean more self-confidence. Certain medications, foods and other oral habits can stain or dull teeth, leaving you feeling self-conscious about your smile. Professional teeth whitening is the perfect solution for anyone desiring noticeably whiter teeth with results that last. The Zoom NiteWhite system is customized to meet your needs, so you can begin enjoying and sharing that brighter grin.

Reliable Results

If you have tried over the counter bleach strips or whitening toothpaste you may have noticed that results can vary dramatically. Hydrogen peroxide is used in several forms to achieve a lightening effect and the strength of the solution has a direct impact on the final result. Applications for professional use are much stronger than those sold for home use.

Hydrogen peroxide is fast acting, which means its effectiveness diminishes quickly. Zoom NiteWhite systems use carbamide peroxide, a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and urea. This combination allows the peroxide to work for longer periods of time, offering better results and noticeably whiter teeth.

Decreasing Sensitivity

Your bright smile shouldn’t have to come at the expense of your oral health or comfort. Zoom NiteWhite is designed to protect the surface of your tooth and decrease sensitivity. A combination of fluoride, potassium nitrate and amorphous calcium phosphate ensures your comfort during and after the process.

Easy Maintenance

During treatment, the whitening solution is applied to your teeth at night using customized trays that can be used for repeat applications. That means ease of use for you as well as a decreased chance of the whitening solution contacting your gums, which may increase sensitivity. Because the trays are made to fit your mouth, you can use them later for touch-up applications.

If you are interested in a dentist that offers professional teeth whitening to help you create the smile you have always wanted, contact Dr. Matthew Wolfe today.

What is Sleep Apnea?

What is sleep apnea exactly? Sleep apnea is the closing of your airways while you are sleeping. The inability to breathe while sleeping means that no oxygen is being pumped through your body.

Signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking up gasping for air or coughing
  • Not feeling rested after a good night’s sleep
  • Waking up with headaches
  • Lack of energy during the day

If left untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues including: weight gain, high blood pressure, and even heart attacks. You may even notice waking up with headaches.

In order to properly diagnose sleep apnea you will need to participate in a sleep study. If you think you or a loved one has sleep apnea visit our office in Rochester Hills, MI to schedule a sleep study today.

Preventive Dental Care and What it Offers to You…

Preventive Dental Care, Rochester, MIPreventive dental care is the foundation of your oral heath care and should be performed on a regular basis to ensure a lifelong healthy smile.

The goal of Rochester Hills, MI Dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe is to help patients maintain their oral health, as well as to help avoid dental problems in the future. Preventive dental care is an important part of a good quality of life, now and as you age.

What Preventive Dentistry Offers

Preventive Dentistry is focused on taking care of one’s oral health in advance to avoid the many risks associated with poor oral hygiene down the road.

Regular brushing and annual dental checkups with Dr. Wolfe are two of the most common methods of preserving lasting oral health. Other oral care tips include flossing daily, using a fluoride toothpaste approved by the ADA (American Dental Association) and changing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 times a year.

Visiting our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office for an exam and professional dental cleaning twice a year gives us the opportunity to spot dental problems early on and screen for gum disease and oral cancer. Catching problems early can save time and money down the road.

Preventive dental care is also the best way to avoid tooth cavities, gum disease and worn or damaged teeth. With regular checkups, Dr. Wolfe will be quick to identify issues in your oral health and recommend appropriate treatment before the issue threatens overall dental health or results in tooth loss.

What Preventive Dentistry Offers To You…

With the above benefits, it’s easy to understand that preventive dentistry helps you enjoy not only a comfortable smile, but the overall health benefits of eating and speaking normally. Your dental health also plays a role in helping you maintain overall good health: poor oral health has been linked to an increased risk in the development or severity of cardiovascular and systemic disease.

Get Relief From Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Or awaken feeling groggy and tired most mornings?

Rochester dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe offers treatment for patients who snore, bringing relief from symptoms and a good night’s sleep for all!

494282527 Snoring is often not just the result of a stuffy nose or bad sleeping position, it can also be the sign of a health concern called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which has been linked to a greater risk of stroke, heart disease and other physical health issues. Patients who suffer from OSA actually stop breathing momentarily during sleep, depriving their organs of much needed oxygen, and then restart with a loud snore.

OSA is frequently the result of a blocked airway and is more common in patients who are overweight, have a large neck and/or have enlarged tonsils. OSA can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, but there are several key symptoms that many experience and that should be brought to the attention of your doctor or dentist:

  • Loud snoring- sometimes only noticed by family members
  • Morning headaches
  • Feeling groggy or unable to concentrate, even after a “good night’s sleep”
  • Sleepiness during the day or while driving
  • Insomnia or frequently waking up at night
  • A consistent sore or dry throat in the morning

Dr. Wolfe of Signature Dentistry recommends oral appliance therapy for many patients who snore or have mild to moderate OSA. In some cases, patients may perform a test at home which can be analyzed by their physician and coordinated with Dr. Wolfe for treatment with an oral appliance, or snore guard.

While the CPAP machine is often recommended and considered the “gold standard” for treatment of OSA, oral appliance therapy can also be very effective because of higher rates of compliance among patients. Most patients prefer oral appliance therapy to be a more comfortable option and are therefore more likely to use it consistently.

OSA can be a debilitating health issue when unresolved, affecting daily life for many as well as posing greater health risks.

Discuss your concerns during a visit with Dr. Matt Wolfe in his Rochester, MI dental office and restore your health with a better night’s sleep!

Oral Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Oral cancer is a growing health concern with cases rising annually around the globe. Although there are several contributing factors, one of the most important is the lack of routine screening. Sadly, a large percentage of diagnosed cases are late stage disease which, if caught earlier, could have been largely curable.

The survival rate continues to hover around 50% due to the overall lack of screening that contributes to late stage diagnosis. This is especially true of developing economies where access to dental health care is very limited.

ThinkstockPhotos-151338885 Spotting oral cancer in the early stage is the goal of Rochester Hills, MI dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe. We perform an oral cancer screening during routine preventive dental care in an effort to find disease in the early stage and give patients the greatest chance for a full recovery. It is also important to be aware of the common signs of oral cancer and understand the risks that certain lifestyle habits can present. Patients who use tobacco products of any kind have an increased risk of developing oral cancer. If you use tobacco products or have a family history of oral cancer, mention this to Dr. Wolfe so that we may educate you further on possible health concerns and be aware of your higher risk status.

Common signs of oral cancer

  • Sore or red/white patch in the mouth that does not heal
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Lump in the back of the mouth or neck area
  • Difficulty swallowing

Oral cancer screening is quick and painless- many patients do not even realize that their dentist has performed the screening while they did a thorough dental exam. Twice yearly visits to Signature Dentistry in Rochester Hills, MI will enhance our ability to spot early signs of cancer as we develop a more in depth knowledge of your oral health.

Routine dental care not only supports a good quality of life, but can be life saving!