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February 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Plymouth, MI, can remake your smile

As one of today's most popular methods of tooth replacement, there's a good chance that you've already heard about dental implants. You may even know someone who has already undergone dental implant treatment, and you could be wondering if this option is right for you. Here at Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI, your dentists, Dr. James C. Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang, offer dental implants, and during a consultation, they can determine if this approach is right for you. Read on to learn more about dental implants and what they can do for you.

What makes dental implants so popular?

Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. People love this restoration option because the crown material is made of light-reflective materials that look just like natural tooth enamel. People also love the fact that dental implants are completely stable and never move, a feature that allows them to be a permanent addition to your smile.

What are some of the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants look just like natural teeth. They also don’t move around because they are firmly embedded in bone. They conserve the bone in your jaw, giving you a firm jawline and youthful facial contours to help minimize facial sagging. They also offer the convenience of never having to remove them, unlike dental appliances.

How many missing teeth can I replace with dental implants?

Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. They also provide a sturdy foundation for a denture, which can be snapped in place over the implants.

How do I take care of dental implants?

You brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth, making them easy to maintain. It’s easy to keep your smile healthy and beautiful with dental implants.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are in good health, chances are you are an excellent candidate for dental implants. However, there are some factors that may interfere with healing, so be sure and let your dentist know if you have uncontrolled diabetes, if you smoke, or have had a history of cancer or radiation to your face or jaws.

Interested? Give us a call

You need to discover the magic of dental implants yourself. To find out more about this revolutionary tooth replacement option, talk with the experts. Call Dr. James C. Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang of Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI, today by dialing (734) 455-4070.

By Johnson & Trang Dental
August 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Have you heard about Invisalign? If not, you are missing out on the most discreet and comfortable way to achieve a straight smile! The fact is, Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment by providing a completely new way to straighten your teeth and improve jaw alignment. Here at Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI, Dr. James C. Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang offer Invisalign treatment to help you achieve a great-looking, straight smile.

These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers about Invisalign:

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works differently than conventional brackets and wires. The Invisalign system uses smooth plastic trays called aligners. At the beginning of treatment, you receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks, before moving on to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. Afterward, you will keep moving up to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually move into their proper position. During this time, you will also visit your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress.

How long does Invisalign take?

The average length of treatment is between nine and fifteen months.

What can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign can correct many of the same problems as conventional brackets and wires, and it is a great choice to treat overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. You can also close gaps between your teeth, and straighten out tooth overlap.

Interested? Give us a call

These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers about Invisalign. To find out more about what this treatment can do for you and your smile, call Dr. James C. Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang of Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI, today at (734) 455-4070.

By Johnson & Trang Dental
July 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

What are the warning signs that you may need root canal treatment? Is a root canal really necessary? What happens if you don’t get a root canal when you need one? These are all questions our Plymouth, MI, dentists Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang hear often. In order to protect and preserve your oral health here’s what you should know about getting root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

This endodontic procedure goes inside the tooth to remove an infected dental pulp and to clean out any bacteria that is present to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. A root canal is designed to save a tooth by stopping the source of the infection and preventing it from spreading. A root canal is preferable to having the tooth pulled, as treatment is quicker and far less invasive. If one of our Plymouth, MI, family dentists has told you that you need a root canal it’s important that you don’t put off treatment.

What are the signs of root canal therapy?

While not all people will experience symptoms it’s important that you come in for a dental checkup if you notice:

  • A toothache that gets worse when biting, chewing, or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity to extreme temperatures or sugar
  • Swollen, tender gums around the affected tooth
  • A pimple on the gums
  • A cracked or fractured tooth
  • Darkening or discoloration of a tooth

It’s important that you seek treatment right away, as many of these issues are considered dental emergencies.

What should I expect from root canal treatment?

Contrary to what you may have heard, root canal therapy is really no more invasive than getting a tooth filled after a cavity. We will numb the area beforehand with local anesthesia. Once the area is numb we will make a hole in the hard outer layer of the tooth so that we can reach the inside of the tooth.

Once inside, we will disinfect the tooth and carefully remove the infected or inflamed dental pulp (the source of your toothache). Some people experience immediate relief after the infected pulp has been removed. After the tooth has been disinfected, we will seal up the root canals and inside of the tooth with a special material. We will also need to take impressions of the tooth so that we can create a dental crown that will fit precisely over the tooth to protect it.

Johnson & Trang Dental wants to make sure that every patient living in Plymouth, MI, gets the comprehensive dental care they need. Whether you think you may need root canal treatment or you just need to schedule a routine checkup, call your dentists today.

March 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental crowns have been around almost as long as the practice of dentistry itself, but modern crowns have been improved to function andDental Crowns Diagram resemble a natural tooth as much as possible. They remain a standard choice for restoring large portions of lost tooth surface due to decay or trauma, for cosmetic improvement, and to replace missing teeth with a dental bridge. Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang, the dentists at Johnson & Trang Dental in Plymouth, MI, offer a number of cosmetic and restorative dentistry options.

Dental Crowns in Plymouth, MI

Crowns are also commonly referred to as caps because they are literally a cover that is placed over the remaining portion of a damaged tooth. One of the most common uses for dental crowns is in cases of severe tooth decay, where a cavity is so large and so much tooth surface has been lost that it can't be restored with a standard filling. Crowns can also strengthen weak or fractured teeth, and make a broken tooth whole again after trauma or an accident.

Crowns can also restore a missing tooth through a dental bridge, which consists of two abutment crowns on either side of the restoration to anchor the bridge in place using the surrounding teeth.

When are Dental Crowns a Good Option?

Like all restorations, crowns are more appropriate for certain situations than others. The dentist will suggest the best dental restoration for your situation depending on the severity of the damage and the location of the tooth. Crowns are typically recommended to fortify and strengthen a weak or decayed tooth or to cover extensive cosmetic damage.

Find a Dentist in Plymouth, MI

For more information about dental crowns and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, contact our office by calling (734) 455-4070 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Trang today.

January 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Straightening your teeth used to be a very public event. No matter where you went, your metal braces were on display. These days, InvisalignInvisalign offers a much more subtle straightening option. Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang of Johnson & Trang Dental offer the orthodontic treatment at their Plymouth, MI, office.

No one has to know you're straightening your teeth

Thanks to Invisalign, only your Plymouth dentists need to know that you're improving your smile. Invisalign aligner trays are made of clear plastic to ensure that your orthodontic appliance isn't the first thing people notice when you speak or smile. The trays fit over your teeth snugly, which helps make them practically invisible.

Invisalign treatment is appropriate for many orthodontic issues

Whether you want to close gaps between your teeth, eliminate crowding or correct an underbite, overbite, crossbite or open bite, Invisalign is an excellent option. The treatment is just as effective as ceramic or metal braces in correcting mild to moderate orthodontic problems. If your problems are severe or complicated, you may need to wear metal braces.

Invisalign eliminates adjustments

Changing the tension of your brace wires improves the alignment of your teeth when you wear ceramic or metal braces. Although adjustments are absolutely necessary, they can cause a little discomfort for a day or two. When you wear Invisalign aligner trays, you won't need any adjustments. Your trays realign your teeth by exerting constant pressure on them.

You'll wear each set for about two weeks, then begin wearing the next set in the series. Trays are designed to be worn for 20 to 22 hours per week, although they can be removed for short periods if you're attending a special event or participating in a sport.

Like popcorn? You won't have to give it up

Removing popcorn kernels from brace wires can be an uncomfortable, time-consuming task. That's why dentists recommend you avoid the snack food and foods that may damage or loosen wires and brackets. Changes to your diet aren't necessary when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. Before you pick up your fork, you'll remove your trays. Once your meal had ended, you'll rinse your trays and place them back in your mouth.

Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call your Plymouth, MI, dentists, Dr. James Johnson and Dr. Flora Trang of Johnson & Trang Dental at (734) 455-4070 to schedule your appointment.

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