Dr. Thor Mikesell

 DENTAL HEALTH
 
GOOD DENTAL HEALTH THROUGH PREVENTION
 
"Dental Health is more than just a pretty smile"
Your initial visit to our office will include a thorough oral/head/neck exam by Dr. Mikesell, combined with complete pictures of your teeth and jaws.  This gives us the information we need to diagnose any problems that might be present but not visible without the use of X-ray technology.  The next procedure will be a professional cleaning which is performed by our qualified staff of hygienists.  They will discuss with you ways of keeping your mouth healthy and disease free.  Dr Mikesell will take time to discuss any findings with you and answer your questions.  You will be given a schedule for re-care every 3, 4, or 6 months, depending on your needs.

 

Picture taking
This is brand new technology that produces a digital image without film or image plates. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose. The pictures taken are a necessary part of the diagnostic process. Without them, disease may go unnoticed and undiagnosed until a more involved procedure is needed.  The images show the total tooth and supporting bone and tissue to assist us in the diagnosis of infection or disease that may need immediate attention.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take pictures using the least radiation available on the market. The levels of exposure are comparable to 1/2 the daily background dose of radiation we recieve each day from the environment.  Coupled with computer monitoring, digital X-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.

picture chart

SEALANTS
Sealants are used to protect the chewing surfaces of the posterior or back teeth.  These teeth often have deep grooves or pits in them making cleaning the area with a toothbrush almost impossible.  These grooves and pits will develop cavities over time if not kept clean.  Sealants are performed by a dentist or dental hygienist by "painting" a thin layer of a bonding agent on the teeth making them easier to clean and keep healthy.

FILLINGS
Fillings are done on teeth that have decayed.  The decay is removed, and the prepared cavity is filled.  Most teeth are treated with a tooth-colored bonding  agent called a composite resin filling.  If caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and with conservatively.  If not treated in a timely manner, decay can lead to pain, infection and/or an abscess which may require a root canal or extraction.

 

 
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.

 


408 St. Joseph Avenue
PO Box 759
Suttons Bay, MI
(231) 271-3315
 








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