Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316
We get calls every day from patients who have neglected their oral health because of fear, budget concerns, or other factors. Many have not seen a dentist in years and are embarrassed by their smile or are living in pain because of tooth decay or gum disease.
Our practice is committed to offering a wide range of treatments and services designed to help patients regain control over their dental health. Regardless of how long it has been since your last dental exam, we will do everything possible to make you feel at ease and provide you with the necessary treatment. Call today to schedule an oral exam or cleaning and feel more confident in your smile.
When you come to our office for a dental exam in Shelby Township, the dentist will start by performing a visual examination of your mouth, teeth, and gums to check for any signs of decay, tooth damage, bone loss, oral cancer, or gum disease. Based on any issues identified, the dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that may include gum disease treatment or other therapies to improve the health of your teeth and gums. Even if you brush and floss regularly, it is still important to have professional dental cleanings. Any time we eat or drink, a sticky substance known as plaque forms on our teeth. Over time, plaque can build up on the hard-to-reach areas of our teeth and harden into calculus that can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist. If not removed, the plaque and calculus can cause cavities and gum disease.
In addition to affecting your oral health, untreated gum disease also puts you at higher risk for other health conditions, such as heart disease. If you notice that your gums are red, swollen, sensitive, or bleed easily when you brush or floss, you may have an early form of gum disease known as gingivitis. A thorough cleaning and other conservative measures can normally reverse gingivitis. If allowed to progress, the bacteria trapped under the gumline can weaken the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. At this stage, you may notice that your teeth seem loose. Advanced treatments are needed at this point to prevent tooth loss.
Bad breath is an embarrassing situation that we have all faced at some point. Food, beverages, smoking, and lack of oral hygiene are the most common culprits. Oral and systemic health conditions can also affect your breath. For the 25% of Americans who suffer from chronic bad breath (also known as halitosis), their symptoms can affect their self-esteem and relationships. If you are afraid to interact with others because of your bad breath, help is available. Our dentists offer cleanings, individualized oral hygiene recommendations, and treatments that can help you control chronic halitosis. Call today for more information.
Although many oral cancers can be successfully treated, many patients either do not have symptoms or ignore symptoms until the cancer has spread and become incurable. Early signs may include unexplained lumps or bumps inside the mouth, lesions, discolorations, or changes in the texture of the lining of the mouth. During your initial dental exam, our dentist will perform a noninvasive screening to detect anything potentially precancerous or cancerous. We encourage everyone over the age of 18 to have this type of screening. If the dentist sees an area of concern, we will arrange for the necessary follow-up testing.
We strive to keep our prices within reach for patients. We will go over the cost of your visit when you call to schedule. If you require follow-up treatment, we will work with you and your insurer to find the most cost-effective treatment option. Since insurance plans vary widely in the types of benefits that they offer, we do recommend that you speak with your plan provider if you have any questions about your benefits. We also offer flexible payment options if you need help managing any non-covered costs.
We are proud of the fact that we have long-standing relationships with so many of our patients, and we would love the opportunity to serve you and your family. From exams and cleanings, to periodontal disease treatment, we will help you enjoy a more beautiful smile and better oral health. If you are looking for a trusted dental practice for you and your family, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled and compassionate dentists.