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Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close upstairs neighbors of your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that area, the exact location can be hard to pinpoint.

Allergies, infections, and the common cold can irritate sinus tissues. When sinus tissues become swollen and infected, it can affect the teeth.

An abscess can cause total tooth loss and the infection can also destroy jawbone.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most prevalent type of oral abscess begins in the pulp of the tooth and is commonly caused by cavities. When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually cause pain. If an abscess impairs the tooth until it is beyond saving and requires extraction, a dental implant is one replacement option–only if there is enough bone to anchor the implant.

How can you tell an abscessed tooth from a sinus infection?
Sinus pain usually manifests itself as a dull, continuous pain while the pain from an abscessed tooth increases in intensity. If you tap on an abscessed tooth, you will probably feel a sharp zap of pain.

You have several sinus cavities, so if you have infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both issues – an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

Please call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry if you have pain in your upper jaw and lower sinus area. An abscessed tooth should never be ignored. If it’s a sinus infection, your doctor can help you. This is a situation where you need advice from both your dental and medical care provider.

 

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Tonsil Questions?

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Today in the Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry dental blog, we are going to focus on the two lumps of soft tissue in the back of the throat: the tonsils.

Your tonsils sit at the base of the tongue, one on each side. They are gland-like masses that function as part of the lymphatic system. Tonsils are made of infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes.

Tonsils have many areas where dead cells, mucous, and bacteria can become trapped. If this debris accumulates and becomes concentrated, white formations can occur in the pockets. In rare cases, it hardens and becomes a tonsil stone, or tonsillolith.

Here are some signs of tonsil infection:

Bad breath
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Ear pain
Swelling of tonsils

Some people (usually children) have persistent tonsil infections that eventually require surgical removal. If your tonsils begin to hurt, it’s important to discuss treatment with your family doctor as well as your dentist.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we’re enthusiastic about the oral health of our patients. If you aren’t happy with your smile, I invite you to look at the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as teeth whitening, veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, dental bonding, and dental implants.

For general or cosmetic dentistry, call 616-723-8631 today to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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A healthy, beautiful smile does wonders to boost your confidence. If you’re troubled by dental problems, chances are you feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is the solution.

When you visit Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, you’ll find our staff is empathetic about how you feel about your teeth. Together, we will make a plan to create the beautiful smile you desire.

One question to look at before going in is: What changes do you want to see in your smile?

We offer a variety of solutions. This includes straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and whitening teeth.

To learn more about your smile makeover options, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull by calling 616-723-8631. We will give you a sensational smile.

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

 


Bad Breath Is No Fun

Bad Breath Is No Fun For Comstock Park Residents

Bad Breath is No Fun

Picture this: You are starting a new job and are going to meet with your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. Your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, but when you open your mouth to exchange greetings, you worry about bad breath.

Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Regular dental checkups at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry can help alleviate your concern over bad breath. We have been addressing bad breath since 1974.

Causes

The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many factors can cause or contribute to halitosis. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent effect on your breath. Other factors to consider include dry mouth, tobacco use, and harmful health concerns such as infections.

Bad breath usually originates in your mouth. Transient bad breath can be resolved through eating or brushing, and is a temporary condition usually associated with a dry mouth. Persistent bad breath can be caused by chronic dry mouth issues. It is made worse when food is not cleared away properly.

Solutions

  • Brushing and flossing daily is a key step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria.
  • Simply observing the foods you eat  can result in a change in your breath.
  • Regular checkups can also reduce or eliminate the progression of bad breath.

Questions?  Give us a call at 616-723-8631 to set up an appointment.

 

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Dental Miracles Seen and Unseen

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It doesn’t always have to be obvious to the world when you’re undergoing cosmetic dental treatment. Thanks to today’s cutting edge technology, we offer revolutionary procedures that discreetly and effectively transform your smile. White fillings, invisible braces, and dental implants are some of the most popular options.

White Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, white fillings, or invisible fillings are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth color. These are fabricated out of strong composite resins and porcelains. If you would like to get rid of the silver amalgam fillings in your teeth, white fillings are the answer. You can’t go back and eliminate those cavities, but you can make the silver disappear.

Invisible Braces

Orthodontia has become less visible with Invisalign orthodontics. Custom aligners are rotated every one to two weeks to align teeth for a dramatic improvement in your smile.

Dental Implants
The component that makes an implant so much stronger than a dental bridge is the titanium post that is anchored into your jawbone. The titanium post secures your restoration to offer the look, feel, and strength of a natural tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, consider dental implants.

 

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we are passionate about creating healthy, beautiful smiles for our valued patients. We provide a full menu of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatment, including complete smile makeovers. Contact our office today at 616-723-8631 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

 

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Damaged Tooth? Cosmetic Dentistry to the Rescue

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Do you have a damaged tooth that causes you embarrassment? Even if all of your other teeth are nicely shaped and pearly white, guess what other people often notice?  You have probably experienced that yourself when you have looked at a smile that contains one discolored tooth. No matter how hard you try, the unsightly one is impossible to ignore.

A beautiful smile is an important component of your overall appearance. Unattractive teeth draw the eye away from other pleasing features such as thick shiny hair, gorgeous eyes or a peaches and cream complexion.

Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dental procedures to restore or repair one or more teeth. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we can complete most of them in one short visit. You could achieve a stunning smile in less than an afternoon!

Veneers, Bonding, and Cosmetic Implant Dentistry

Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure available at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry. We use dental bonding in a variety of applications. In addition to repairing damage, dental bonding can close gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers are another minimally invasive cosmetic remedy. Like cosmetic dental bonding, veneers correct chips and cracks and improve tooth shape. If your problem is not an unattractive tooth but a missing tooth a beautiful smile is still possible with dental implants.

For more information about veneers, bonding, implants, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 616-723-8631 and schedule a complimentary consultation. We are conveniently located at 769 York Creek Dr NW in Comstock Park. We provide aesthetic and general dentistry for patients in Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI the surrounding areas.

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Getting Ready For A Dental Implant In Comstock Park, Michigan

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At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we believe every patient deserves a sensational smile.

Today’s post will address the preparation needed for dental implants. Consider calling 616-723-8631 today for your own personal consultation and to receive one-on-one information specific to your needs.

Getting ready for a tooth implant includes understanding what it is, whether you are a candidate, how to prepare for the surgery, precautions to take throughout the healing process and what to expect once the implant is complete.

What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post fused to the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A tooth implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.

Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Several of our patients in Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI have a wide range of dental concerns and have found dental implants to be a wonderful solution.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit with Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry is the first step. During this initial evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the essential details.

How do I ensure successful healing?

Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal between surgeries. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Avoid smoking or other tobacco products.

How do I care for dental implants?
Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, harmful habits such as chewing hard items (ice, candy, ect.), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implants and gum tissue around the implants clean just as you (hopefully) do with your natural teeth.

Visit http://www.greatmismiles.com/meet-dr-bruce-stewart for more specifics about our practice and services including Invisalign braces, veneers, and teeth whitening.

We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321


What Can Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry Do For You?

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At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry we serve residents in the Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker, and Rockford, MI area. Our friendly and thorough staff is here to help you achieve/maintain a healthy smile.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer a variety of services.

implant dentistry
porcelain veneers
Zoom! teeth whitening
Invisalign clear braces

If you are looking to improve your smile, call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. We are located at 769 York Creek Dr NW in Comstock Park, Michigan and we have been serving dental patients since 1974. We look forward to meeting  you!

Contact us today!

 

 

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, MI
49321

 


What Is Necessary For A Dental Crown?

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Dental crowns have been around for millennia and are still used to restore smiles today. Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting processes in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

A dental crown procedure consists of multiple steps:

Tooth Preparation
Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped.

The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is made to protect the tooth and make sure it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being created. Patients need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods.

Choosing a Color
If the new crown will be created with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to identify the best shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

Your Crown Is Put In Place
Once the new crown is made, your dentist will place it in your mouth and make any needed calibration to achieve a perfect fit.

Contact Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 


Are You Showing Your Best Smile?

Whitening vs Bleaching At Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry In Comstock Park

Teeth whitening has gained in popularity recently as one of the most common cosmetic dentist services we provide. Through an in-office or take-home kit, your results will vary, but most patients see significant lightening that lasts up to a year. Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile increases self-confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.

Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, mean two different things. Surface cracks and stains occur on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic – like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce – have even greater staining power.

Teeth bleaching is used to describe a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, teeth bleaching should be done in-office. Bleaching can commonly achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains, can be effectively lightened under an experienced dentist’s supervision.

Call the friendly and thorough team at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry to schedule a complimentary consultation for teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry procedures!

We can whiten, brighten, and straighten your smile!

Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry:

616-723-8631

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, MI
49321

 

 

 


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