How Soon Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?

You can take your child to our office at any age. We usually start seeing children when they are three or four years old, but we’ve seen patients as young as one year old. The sooner you take your child to the dentist, the less chance he or she will feel uncomfortable or nervous when you bring him here, so we recommend starting early. Even with young children, we can examine their teeth and teach them the best ways to take care of their teeth. Our staff loves meeting and entertaining children, so please don’t hesitate to bring yours to your next appointment.


What is the Best Toothbrush?

Actually, there is no toothbrush that is the best for every person. As long as you are brushing at least twice a day for two minutes at a time, both powered and non-powered brushes are very effective. We recommend that you select an ADA-certified toothbrush with soft bristles. It should fit comfortably in your mouth, and the handle should be long enough that you can easily reach your back teeth.


What is Dental Bonding?

When you have a crack, chip, or cavity in your tooth, we can apply a dental resin to the affected area. The resin will cement to your tooth providing extra support to it, and once it’s polished it will look completely natural.


What is the Difference Between Bridges and Dental Implants?

Both bridges and dental implants are effective replacements for missing teeth. Bridges are secured by crowns that are placed on the surrounding teeth. Implant crowns are secured by attaching the implant directly to your jawbone, just like the root of a tooth. In contrast to bridges, we won’t have to remove the tops of the surrounding teeth for your implant, and the health of your jawbone will be much improved because of the natural stimulation that the implant provides to the bone underneath.


How is Gum Disease Treated?

Mild gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can be treated with regular dental cleanings and diligent brushing and flossing. Enough care will reduce gingivitis and eventually eliminate it. If your gum disease becomes more serious, we use oral DNA diagnostics to determine exactly what is causing your gum disease problem. WE then use the latest techniques to control the disease, and give you the coaching, tools, and medicaments to hold this susceptibility at bay.


How Can You Relieve My Dental Anxiety?

We have many different options for relieving dental anxiety, but we will always speak with you first to determine what is most effective. We have found that giving our patients long appointments with breaks and explanations before each step can be very effective against anxiety. We also have other options available, such as oral sedatives and nitrous oxide.


What’s the Best Way to Improve the Look of My Smile?

At Newingham Dental Center, we can examine your smile and help you determine which procedures will be most effective to help you. Some of the services we offer include whitening, straightening, veneers, gum reshaping, crowns and bridges, and dental bonding. No matter what type of improvement you are looking for, we have a solution for you.


What is the Difference Between Your Whitening Treatment and the Products I Can Buy at the Pharmacy?

Our in-house Zoom bleaching system is much more powerful and effective than over-the-counter products. In addition, our take-home kits use trays that are specially made to fit over your teeth. That means that the whitening gel will not leak and damage your gums. The custom trays ensure that the whitening gel stays in contact with your teeth all night long, so that you get a more effective whitening treatment.


What Do I Do If My Tooth Falls Out?

If your tooth falls out, please call us immediately. We will try to schedule an appointment to see you on the same day, and it is possible that we can help you save the tooth. Before you see us, you should gently rinse the tooth and put it back in place. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk or salt water. If you are having a dental emergency, call our office at 248-972-8720.


What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is caused by misalignment of the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints below your ears that connect your jaw to your skull. Problems with these joints can contribute to headaches, pain and soreness in your face, teeth grinding, and other symptoms. At Newingham Dental Center, we have many solutions that can help reduce or eliminate your TMJ symptoms.


What Is CEREC Technology?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Normally when you need a dental crown, a dentist takes measurements to know how to shape the crown. Then these are sent to an off-site lab. In a few weeks, you get your crown. CEREC technology allows Dr. Newingham to make your dental crown here at our Birmingham, MI dental office. Even better, CEREC dental crowns are made the same day as your visit. That saves you time and gets you to a healthy-looking smile that much faster. Not every dental office in the area has its own CEREC technology.