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By Forte Family Dentistry
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

A teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Berkley, MI, can rejuvenate your smile

When you smile into the mirror, do you like the smile you see? Is it bright, white, and dazzling? Quite often, our smiles can become dull and yellowed due to aging, coffee, tobacco use, and other factors. You can take back what years and habits have done to your smile. You Teeth Whiteningcan rejuvenate your smile! The answer is a professional teeth whitening treatment! Dr. Julie M. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI, offers professional whitening that can give you the beautiful smile you deserve.

If you have a dull smile, you may have tried over-the-counter whitening products. Many people turn to these products to help whiten their teeth. What they don’t know is that some of these products contain harmful chemicals and abrasive agents that can make your teeth sensitive. They also have fair to limited effectiveness, and the results you achieve don’t tend to last very long.

Professional teeth whitening is different. It’s far more effective than over-the-counter products. Just consider these important benefits:

  • Professional teeth whitening allows you to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter.
  • Professional teeth whitening can give you long-lasting results that can last up to 5 years.
  • Professional teeth whitening treatments are quick, taking only about an hour.
  • Professional teeth whitening products are rigorously tested for both safety and effectiveness and are approved by the American Dental Association.

A professional teeth whitening treatment begins with prescription-strength gel applied to your teeth. The whitening action of the gel is accelerated with a special ultraviolet light. After about an hour. The gel is removed and you have a dazzling white smile!

When you choose professional teeth whitening, you can achieve a brilliant, beautiful smile inexpensively compared to other cosmetic dental services. Rejuvenating your smile is easy. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Julie M. Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI. Begin your journey to a brighter, whiter smile by calling today!

By Forte Family Dentistry
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Damage to a tooth can happen in an instant. You take a bite of crusty bread and notice part of your tooth embedded in the crust or take an elbow to the face during a pickup basketball game and hear an ominous cracking sound. Luckily, it's easy to restore and protect damagedDental Crowns Diagram teeth with crowns provided by Berkely, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte.

Crowns encase teeth with a protective shell

Crowns are made of strong materials that look like your tooth enamel. Hollow porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin crowns fit on top of damaged or broken teeth after their size has been reduced slightly. Crowns are often used to restore the shape, height and width of teeth, prevent damage or even change the appearance of teeth. After your Berkely prepares your tooth, she'll make an impression of your mouth and provide you with a temporary crown that you'll wear while you wait for the dental laboratory to create your permanent crown.

Dental crowns offer several advantages

Dental crowns not only restore damaged teeth but also prevent damage from worsening. If your tooth is cracked or brittle, your dentist may recommend a crown. If you don't get a crown and continue to chew on the tooth, it may eventually fracture or break. Crowns absorb strong forces generated by biting and chewing, protecting the teeth underneath.

If your tooth has broken, a crown will restore the tooth's normal appearance. Although the addition of a crown will help you feel better about your appearance, crowns offer other important benefits, such as:

  • Better Biting: It's difficult to chew and bite when part of your tooth is missing. Crowns make the simple act of eating easy again.
  • No Cuts: The edges of broken teeth can tear the fragile tissues in your lips or cheeks. Crowns cover the edges, preventing injuries.
  • Elimination of Pain: Broken teeth can very painful if the break exposes the pulp. Crowns cover the pulp, ending your pain.

Crowns are also a good choice if you don't like the way a tooth looks. They can be used to lengthen a short tooth, conceal an oddly shaped tooth or hide a discolored tooth.

Protect, restore and enhance your smile with dental crowns! Call Berkely, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte at (248) 546-2030 to schedule an appointment.

By Forte Family Dentistry
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Saying goodbye to your dental stains may seem like a far-fetched wish, especially if you have never considered professional teeth teeth whiteningwhitening treatments. However, with help from your dentist, you can have a smile you love in just a single dental appointment. Find out more about professional teeth whitening treatments with Dr. Julie Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening? 
Teeth whitening can benefit almost anyone. However, there are some people who do not make a good candidate for this procedure. Dentists recommend teeth whitening for those patients older than 18 who want to improve the appearance of their smile. Good candidates should have realistic expectations for their results. Patients should also have a healthy smile, free from teeth decay and gum disease and a good at-home oral care routine which can help prevent these issues in the future.

What can I expect during a teeth whitening procedure? 
Your dentist will first section the teeth off from the oral tissues using a dental dam. This prevents irritation from the whitening gel. Next, your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth and lets it sit for about an hour. Your only job during the treatment is to sit back and relax while the whitening gel does its work. Depending on the type of whitening process your dentist uses, a special light directed at the teeth may help the whitening process along.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI 
Teeth whitening is a fast and easy procedure which only lasts about an hour. A small portion of patients report some sensitivity after the treatment, but it usually clears up within a day or two. You will notice immediate results after your procedure. However, most teeth whitening patients come back every six months to a year for touchup appointments to maintain their bright white smiles.

For more information on teeth whitening and how it can benefit your smile, please contact Dr. Julie Forte at Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, MI. Call (248) 546-2030 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Forte today!

By Forte Family Dentistry
June 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

The Academy of General Dentistry stresses that people should do everything they can to keep their teeth for a lifetime. Natural teeth retain jaw bone density and size, normalize speech and eating, keep teeth from drifting and of course, maintain youthful facial appearance and structure. Furthermore, with advances in modern general dentistry and access to quality care, this goal is easier to Accident keep now that it was for previous generations.

Yet, Julie Forte DDS, and her dental colleagues realize that circumstances sometimes warrant tooth extraction. With need confirmed on visual inspection, patient symptoms and x-rays, the dentist performs most extractions right in the dental office with benefit of local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious or IV sedation medications.

Reasons for considering tooth extraction

Oral health, with its significant impact on systemic health, may warrant a tooth extraction. A tooth may be too compromised to save because of:

  • Periodontal Disease (advanced gum disease) which has deteriorated gums and jaw bone to the point where teeth are loose. While root scaling, gum treatment with antibiotics and even tooth splinting can spare and strengthen loose teeth, sometimes the disease process is too advanced, and the patient loses teeth.
  • Tooth Abscess or infection of the inner pulp. Decay which progresses from tooth enamel to inner dentin and finally to the blood supply, nerves and connective tissue of the pulp can destroy a tooth's root structure. Deep decay often advances to the bone, necessitating an extraction.
  • Accident (fracture or evulsion). Teeth that are knocked out can be re-implanted, but there is a small window of time in which this succeeds. After that, the re-implanted tooth likely will fail and need to be removed. In addition, a severely fractured tooth may not survive repair and need extraction.
  • Impaction Wisdom teeth, the back molars which typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, often compromise the function and integrity of their neighbors. Also, an impacted wisdom tooth, or a tooth that stays fully below the gum line, can push on the roots of other teeth, causing pain, swelling, bleeding gums, bad breath and even jaw joint issues. When symptoms develop, the individual should get to the dentist.

Sometimes, healthy teeth should be removed to improve orthodontic treatment. Some individuals simply have teeth that are too large for the size of their jaws, and teeth become crowded and overlap. Baby teeth can stay in mouth of a teenager, impeding the eruption of adult teeth. With these situations, your Berkley, MI family dentist may recommend extraction.

Julie Forte DDS

From preventive to restorative to cosmetic dental services, Dr. Julie Forte and her staff have your optimal oral and overall well being in mind. If you are experiencing problems with a tooth, see Dr. Forte right away for accurate diagnosis and treatment of the problem. Call (248) 546-2030 for a consultation.

RegularCleaningsBenefitBothYourDentalHealthandYourSmile

Dental cleanings are an important part of regular dental office visits. Performed by a dental hygienist or dentist, cleanings serve two purposes: to remove bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened deposits of plaque) from tooth surfaces missed during daily brushing and flossing; and to remove stains that can dull your smile.

There are different degrees of cleaning, including root planing that removes plaque and calculus deep below the gum line, usually for patients affected by periodontal (gum) disease. For patients in good oral health, the basic cleaning approach is known as prophylaxis, a term derived from the Greek for guarding or preventing beforehand. The techniques used in a prophylaxis remove both “coronal” (tooth surfaces visible above the gum line) plaque and staining, providing both therapeutic and cosmetic benefits.

A typical prophylaxis includes a procedure known as scaling. Hygienists use special instruments known as scalers to remove plaque and calculus by hand, or an ultrasonic device that vibrates plaque loose and is flushed away with water. The procedure removes that rough coating you often feel as you rub your tongue against your teeth, leaving the tooth surfaces feeling smooth.

Tooth polishing is a subsequent procedure to scaling that also removes plaque and surface stains. Polishing is carried out with a motorized instrument with a rubber cup in which a polishing (or “prophy”) paste is contained. The hygienist moves the rapidly rotating cup filled with the paste over the tooth surface to remove plaque and stains. The end result is a highly smooth surface and a much shinier appearance.

People with dental insurance plans are often concerned tooth polishing may be viewed strictly as a cosmetic procedure, and thus not fully qualify for benefits. This should not be the case if coded properly: tooth polishing is part of the overall prophylaxis to remove plaque and staining. The primary purpose is therapeutic and preventive; the cosmetic effect is a by-product. Most dental plans will cover one or two prophylaxes (scaling and tooth polishing) a year, but there are variations so individuals should check their plans.

If you would like more information on dental cleaning, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Polishing.”