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By Forte Family Dentistry
November 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

At Forte Family Dentistry, Dr. Julie Forte can provide sedation dentistry in Berkley, MI, for those who need it. Typically, this care option is suitable for those who fear dental treatment and cannot overcome it without help. Understanding the nature of dental fear and coping with it can make it easier for you to get the care you need and avoid long-term dental problems that may otherwise affect your care.

Understand the Root of the Fear

Dental fear occurs for many different reasons. Some people simply fear the pain it may cause or have anxiety about potential suffering. Others have had poor experiences with dentists in the past that may impact their concerns. However, some may also have generalized anxiety that makes treatment difficult. 

Unfortunately, many people with dental fear may stay away from dentists and end up with severe oral health issues. If you are afraid of your dentist, ask yourself why and take the time to understand your fear's roots fully. Doing so will make it easier to manage this problem smoothly and efficiently.

Address the Situation With the Dentist 

Once you know why you're afraid of the dentist (be it pain or past experiences), you must talk about it with your dentist. Please don't assume that they'll ignore your pleas or think you're ridiculous. Dental experts work with people every day who are afraid of getting treatment for their oral health. 

Most will listen to what you have to say, assess your emotional state, and give you a better understanding of what you can do to manage it. They typically have many possible solutions and care options, including sedation care and other unique therapy options that may work for your needs.

Find a Solution 

Dental anxiety treatment often includes steps like sedation dentistry in Berkley, MI. This process puts a person under during their treatment using careful anesthetic flow. Then, as the treatment progresses, therapists continually examine a person's wakefulness to ensure they don't wake up during care.

However, other care methods may also help. For example, painkillers may help those afraid of dental pain, while guided meditation may provide many other benefits. Sedation remains a healthy option compared to these choices, though the choice will vary according to your needs as a person.

Don't Let Dental Fear Rule Your Life

If you or someone you love suffers from dental anxiety, contact us at Forte Family Dentistry to set up an appointment. Dr. Forte can provide sedation dentistry in Berkley, MI, for those who need it. She understands how to provide this treatment method caring and effective, minimizing your emotional concerns. So please call (248) 546-2030 to learn more.

By Forte Family Dentistry
September 17, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Are you looking for a reliable family dentist in Berkley MI? Look no further than Forte Family Dentistry. Dr. Julie Forte will provide professional dental care for you and your whole family.

Why Should I Use A Family Dentist?

A family dentist, such as Dr. Forte, is extensively trained beyond general dentistry. We welcome patients of all age groups in this office. This is important because your whole family or several members can visit the dentist at the same time. When you visit your local family dentist in Berkley, MI, you no longer have to make several appointments with different dentists. Your toddler and your grandmother can all go to one place.

Benefits of Using A Family Dentist

Here are a few reasons why you should consider a family dentist for your growing household.


When you go to a family dentist, you can get a range of services, such as dental cleaning, braces for teens, teeth whitening or dentures, and implants for older relatives. Your toddler can learn to properly brush their primary teeth from the same dentist that performed your root canal.

Dental History

It is easier to keep track of dental records and history if everyone uses the same dentist.

Ease Scared Children

Children are often scared of going to the dentist. However, seeing their parents, grandparents or older siblings relaxed at the dentist will be an advantage. A small child may be less likely to freak out if their older brother is dealing with his tooth cleaning like a champ.

When you visit your family dentist in Berkley MI, we have a range of services, such as teeth whitening, veneers, fillings, dental implants, crowns, root canals, tooth extractions, and more. Regardless of your family’s dental needs, our office will proudly be able to accommodate you.

If you need a family dentist in Berkley MI, Dr. Forte and her team will help you and your family maintain healthy teeth in a relaxed environment. Say goodbye to running between different dental offices and call Forte Family Dentistry at (248) 546-2030. We look forward to serving you and your family.

By Forte Family Dentistry
April 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth whitening with your dentist could give you lasting results and a confidence boost. Your Berkley, MI, dentist at Forte Family Dentistry, Dr. Julie Forte, can help you with all you need to know about professional teeth whitening.

First Dental Appointment

This appointment will usually involve an assessment of the stains on your teeth. Stains on your teeth from food and drinks are typically good candidates for the teeth whitening process. However, filled teeth and some stains underneath your teeth surface such as antibiotics-caused stains might complicate the teeth whitening process.

Teeth Whitening Process

If your Berkley, MI, dentist, Dr. Julie Forte, decides that you're a good candidate for teeth whitening, you can proceed with the procedure. Your dentist will retract your lips with a reactor device and cover your gums with protective material.

She will proceed to apply the teeth whitening agent to your teeth. The bleaching process might take about an hour. The active ingredient in the teeth whitening gel your dentist uses is hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide penetrates your teeth to break down and eliminate complex compounds causing your teeth stains.

The professional teeth bleaching solutions that dentists use contain higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide than store-bought teeth bleaching solutions that you can use at home. Home teeth whitening options include whitening toothpaste, gels, strips, and lights.

If you're whitening your teeth at home, you might need multiple sessions before you observe significant changes in your teeth. On the other hand, the results of professional teeth whitening are immediate and you can see your brightened smile immediately after your procedure.

After your teeth whitening session with Dr. Julie Forte, she might send you home with a home teeth whitening kit to help you maintain your results. Your teeth whitening results can last up to three years but you can get the most out of them if you don't smoke and avoid food and drinks that might stain your teeth.

Start the journey to getting the brilliant smile you desire. Call (248) 546-2030 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry, in Berkley, MI, to discuss your teeth whitening options.

By Forte Family Dentistry
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisible Braces  

Here’s what you should know about getting Invisalign treatment.

Most people have teeth that are slightly out-of-place or crooked. This is a fairly common problem. Of course, if you are looking to correct these problems our Berkley, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte offers a subtle and nearly invisible set of braces that can fix your smile and help you feel more confident. Invisalign offers the same results as traditional braces, but you never have to sport metal on your teeth. Instead, Invisalign uses custom-fitted plastic aligners.

Here are the top three benefits of getting invisible braces from our Berkley, MI, dental team,

You can’t see them

There is a reason people call them invisible braces. That’s because you can’t really see the clear, plastic aligners when you put them on. This makes it easier for our older teen and adult patients to feel more confident when wearing their Invisalign aligners, even when speaking to others. Knowing that others won’t immediately notice your treatment can be a major source of comfort.

You can eat what you want

If you’ve been considering other orthodontic options then you probably know that certain types of braces require you to avoid certain foods, but not with Invisalign. All you have to do is simply remove your aligners prior to eating, brushing, flossing and even drinking (unless you’re drinking water) and then brush your teeth thoroughly afterward before putting your aligners back on.

It’s a very comfortable treatment

Compared to other orthodontic options, Invisalign is a winner because it is designed with your comfort in mind. Each aligner is custom-fitted to your mouth, which means that they fit perfectly over your upper and/or lower teeth. While the aligners will fit snug around your teeth they shouldn’t be too tight or uncomfortable. Plus, the aligners are smoothed at the edges to prevent sore gums and irritation.

Are you considering turning to our Berkley, MI, dentists for nearly invisible braces? If you want to boost your confidence with a straight smile, then it may be time to talk to us about Invisalign. Call Forte Family Dentistry today at (248) 546-2030 to schedule a consultation.

By Forte Family Dentistry
December 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

How crowns and bridges from your dentist in Berkley, Michigan can rebuild your smile.

If your smile is incomplete because of damaged or missing teeth, you need to discover what dental crowns and bridges can do for your smile. Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, Michigan offers comprehensive dental care, including crowns and bridges to rebuild your smile.

An attractive smile is an important part of who you are. If you are living with a less-than-perfect smile, dental crowns and bridges can help enhance your smile, your appearance, and your self-esteem.

A dental crown can repair a damaged and even badly broken tooth by covering the entire visible surface of your tooth, above the gumline. The overall protection keeps your tooth from breaking because the biting stress is spread evenly across your entire tooth.

Dental crowns can also enhance the beauty of your smile. A common crown material is porcelain, which is light-reflective and looks just like tooth enamel.

For back teeth, you may want a little more strength for chewing. You can choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, known as a PFM crown. These crowns combine the beauty of porcelain with the strength of a metal underlay.

When you are missing teeth, a dental bridge can replace your teeth and restore your full chewing ability. Dental bridges consist of prosthetic teeth, known as pontics, which are suspended over the space where you are missing teeth. The bridge is held in place by cementing it to the adjacent teeth, which are crowned to provide support for the bridge.

Dental bridges are made of realistic materials that can enhance the appearance of your smile. When a bridge is cemented in place, it becomes a permanent part of your smile which you never have to remove.

Dental crowns and bridges can restore and rebuild your smile. To find out more about the advantages of crowns and bridges, call Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, Michigan at (248) 546-2030. Call today.

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