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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
July 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening   DIY  

One of the fastest and easiest ways you can get a new look is by getting professional teeth whitening. If you’ve already decided to whiten, you may be confused by the number of options and may not know which one is the best for you. You can benefit from professional teeth whitening services by Dr. Julie Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI.

Professional VS At-home Teeth Berkley

Professional teeth whitening and DIY whitening kits offer their advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of each.

DIY Whitening Kits

Over-the-counter whitening kits such as whitening strips and whitening toothpaste offer convenient options at a much lower price than professional whitening. They are also convenient because you can use them in your own time. However, many teeth whitening Berkley dental patients use them incorrectly because it’s difficult to avoid the bleaching solution making contact with the gum line. This is a problem because it can cause gum recession and sensitivity. Many dental professionals recommend only using this type of kit in an emergency.

Professional Whitening Treatments

Although in-office whitening treatments are more expensive than over-the-counter kits, they can turn out to be more economical in the long run because of their effects. Professional teeth whitening Berkley uses a stronger bleach solution, which means it can get your teeth several shades whiter than DIY kits (up to seven shades) and the results can last longer. Professional whitening agents are regulated and can only be used by qualified dental professionals.

Some dentists also provide at-home whitening kits that are easier and safer to use than over-the-counter kits. These are comprised of a tray that is customized to the shape of your mouth so that the bleaching agent is applied precisely.

If you a Berkley MI resident and you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Forte for teeth whitening, you can reach Forte Family Dentistry at (248) 546-2030.

By Forte Family Dentistry
December 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Are you scared of the dentist? We understand that many patients struggle with dental anxiety, and are so fearful about going to the dentist sedation-dentistrythat they prefer not to have treatment. Sedation dentistry can take away your anxiety. It uses medicine to help patients relax during dental procedures. Led by Dr. Julie Forte, Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI specializes in sedation dentistry. Read on to learn about the different types of sedation options and their benefits.

#1 Medication- For minimal sedation, your dentist can give you oral medication an hour before the procedure. Drugs that can be used include triazolam, zaleplon, lorazepam, hydroxyzine, and diazepam. The medicine will make you drowsy, although you will be awake. One of the greatest benefits of oral conscious sedation is that patients feel completely relaxed during every stage of the treatment process.

#2 Laughing Gas- Nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, is a form of inhaled sedation that helps patients relax during dental treatment. You breathe nitrous oxide and oxygen through a small mask that's placed over your nose. Your dental care provider can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas usually wears off quickly. Laughing gas can reduce anxiety, improve your mood, and eliminate your pain during dental treatment.

#3 IV Sedation is the administration of a sedative drug through a vein. It allows your anxiety levels to be managed while keeping you at least somewhat aware during treatment. You will be able to respond when spoken to, move, and breathe independently. IV sedation will keep you comfortable and reduce stress during dental treatment.

#4 General Anesthesia- General anesthesia is commonly used to facilitate dental treatment in people with anxiety. The procedure renders patients unconscious through the use of potent medications and gas. Most patients under this type of anesthesia do not feel pain and have no memory of the procedure. In this unconscious state, there's also an absence of anxiety and fear.

Don't let dental anxiety stop you from visiting the dentist. Our dentist Dr. Julie Forte specializes in sedation dentistry can calm your nerves and put your mind at ease. Call Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI at 248-546-2030 right now to schedule a dental appointment. We're committed to helping our patients overcome their fear of the dentist, so they can maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.

By Forte Family Dentistry
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canal therapy is an important dental restoration which saves failing teeth from extraction. Comfortable and effective, a root canal Root_Canaltakes just two visits to your dentist, Dr. Julie Forte and her team at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley. Really--just two visits!
 

What is a root canal?

A root canal is part of your tooth's natural anatomy. It contains connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. There may be up to four roots, and therefore, four root canals, per tooth.

Unfortunately, these interior canals are subject to bacterial invasion from decay or injury. Over time, the pulp becomes inflamed and infected, and toothache pain results.

At Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, your dentist determines the extent of dental damage and may recommend a root canal procedure to clean out the tooth, seal it and cover it with a realistic porcelain crown. Dr. Forte performs root canal therapy in its entirety in her office. Most people need only local anesthetic, but some patients benefit from oral conscious sedation (tranquilizers) for added relaxation and relief of any anxiety.

Annually, American patients undergo about 15 million root canal procedures, says the American Association of Endodontists. The treatments are highly successful, relieve pain, and allow patients to keep their natural teeth.
 

Signs you may need a root canal

Some ailing teeth show no obvious signs of trouble. That's why regular check-ups at Forte Family Dentistry are so important.

However, other teeth may be very symptomatic. These danger signs may include:

  • Toothache pain (severe and throbbing)
  • Jaw and gum swelling
  • Dental sensitivity to cold, heat, and sugar
  • A pimple on the gums
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Drainage which smells and tastes bad
  • Bad breath which persists
  • Enamel discoloration
  • A crack or chip obvious upon inspection or X-ray
  • Extensive and deep decay
  • Multiple fillings in a single tooth (along with filling breakdown)

 

Living with your restored tooth

Teeth restored with root canal therapy usually last for many years--even decades. Key to their useful lives is:

  • Daily flossing and twice daily brushing to keep crown margins free of plaque and tartar
  • Six-month examinations and cleanings at Forte Family Dentistry
  • Consuming a low-sugar, high-fiber diet

 

Don't worry

If you do need root canal therapy, Dr. Julia Forte and her team will care for both you and your tooth so well you'll both thrive. Call Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, any time you have a question or a concern about the health of a particular tooth. We're here to help! The office phone number is (248) 546-2030.

By Forte Family Dentistry
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening has become a very popular cosmetic dental service. Why? It's because people see the value in a bright, attractive smile. It Teeth Whitening Smilehelps both interpersonal and professional relationships, and who wouldn't feel good about a beautiful, bright set of teeth? At Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, Dr. Julie Forte offers at-home and in-office teeth whitening services to help adults of all ages reach their smile goals.

FAQs about Teeth Whitening

What is teeth whitening? It's the process of applying hydrogen peroxide gel to tooth surfaces stained by tobacco, coffee, sports drinks, and more. Poor oral hygiene habits contribute to dull, yellowed teeth, but teeth whitening treatments improve tooth color by as much as 8 shades.

Will this chemical ruin my tooth enamel or gums? As opposed to shopping mall whitening services or drugstore products, professional teeth whitening is very safe. Your Berkley, MI, dentist will evaluate the health of your teeth and gums before advising teeth whitening or any cosmetic dental service. Also, Dr. Forte will place a protective dam in your mouth to keep the gel from spilling on your gums or lips. The trays you use at home are customized to fit your teeth perfectly, so the gel does not spill onto your soft oral tissues. You may, however, notice a bit of tooth sensitivity after the treatment, but this will resolve quickly.

How long does the treatment take? If you choose in-office whitening, expect to spend one to two hours at Forte Family Dentistry. If you whiten at home, the process takes about a week of daily applications.

Do the results last? Most teeth whitening treatments produce dramatic results which last for months--even years. The key to keeping your smile white is good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings at Forte Family Dentistry, maintains that sparkling, bright finish. Also, you should avoid tobacco and reduce the amount of coffee, tea, and other dark foods and beverages you consume.

Find out more

Of course, you have more questions. So, why not arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry. We love helping our patients make informed decisions about their oral health and smile appearance. Call our Berkley, MI, office at (248) 546-2030 today!