Keeping You Comfortable

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At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are devoted to your peace of mind:

  1. Judgment-Free Atmosphere: Our considerate dental team is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated every imaginable dental issue, and understand and empathize with every patient.
  2. Pain-Free Dentistry: From topical analgesics to laughing gas sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can.
  3. Patient Comforts: We will provide warm towels, heated and massaging chair covers, dark glasses to block out light, and even aroma therapy neck cushions, all in an effort to have your dental visit be as close to a spa visit as it can be!
  4. Communication: Dr. Eric Hull has established a reputation as an effective and caring communicator. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your critical questions are answered prior to treatment.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI a call. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for general dentistry and dental implants, as well as a host of cosmetic dentistry options. Contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Is Perfect Possible?

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Are you thinking about improving your appearance with a smile makeover? Are you skeptical when you hear promises of a “perfect” or “celebrity” smile? Well, at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry, so are we.

After all, perfect is a pretty tall order. So, let’s do a reality check, and review two of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results you can expect.

  • Porcelain Veneers can remedy several problems. They can fix chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a veneer create a perfect tooth? While veneers don’t repair decay, they can turn unappealing teeth into beautiful teeth.
  • Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. Many patients are impressed by the amazing results when they leave our practice.

We only recommend teeth whitening for patients who are good candidates. If you have crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional teeth whitening may not lighten your smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry solutions create sensational smiles, at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us for an appointment today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, our objective is to help every patient who comes in for an appointment to have the best possible oral health. This post focuses on something that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. Healthy oral habits benefit our taste buds as well as our smiles. Here are some recommendations to help you better enjoy all the flavors and textures that can make each meal a delight.

  • Treat Dry Mouth: Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your dentist. Adequate saliva is also necessary for avoiding decay and gum disease.
  • Steer Clear of Salt and Fat: Heavy processed food with artificial flavors can quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.
  • Don’t Smoke: Cigarettes are responsible for many serious health problems, but another effect is that smoke dulls your sense of taste. Olfactory nerves can even be permanently damaged.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we offer comprehensive general and restorative dentistry. Find out why people from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI trust us with their dental health! Contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

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Is Grandpa Smiling?

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How are Americans doing when it comes to the dental health of those who are sixty-five and over? Well, at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we have some good news and bad news.

The Good News:

  • Tooth decay rates in older Americans has decreased in the past thirty years.

The Bad News:

  • 25% of people over sixty-five have no remaining teeth
  • Nearly 20% have untreated cavities
  • 10% of adults 65 and over have moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  • There is evidence to suggest that advanced gum disease is linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease
  • Most older Americans don’t have dental insurance

Clearly, there is room for improvement. What elements will improve the oral health of older Americans? The National Institutes of Health cite three things:

  • Improved oral health education for the elderly
  • Seniors practicing effective daily oral hygiene
  • Increased access to dental care

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we are committed to providing all of our patients with comprehensive oral health education and care. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for our full range of general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

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Top 5 Do’s And Don’ts Of Dental Hygiene

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At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. That means regular checkups at our office, but there’s plenty you can do at home, too.

  1. Do keep in mind that you are just clearing the plaque away before it turns to tartar. A gentle toothbrushing at the correct angle can gently clean the bacteria away. Once plaque has progressed into tartar, no measure of scrubbing at home can safely remove it. Don’t vigorously scrub your teeth and gums until your gums loosen and expose parts of your tooth.
  2. Do remember your gums need to be cared for. Thorough brushing and daily flossing can keep your gums healthy and strong. Don’t wait to see your dental professional about sore or bleeding gums, tooth pain or mouth sores.
  3. Do establish a routine for brushing and flossing that leaves sufficient time to spend a full two minutes delicately cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your mouth. Don’t forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can disrupt a key routine.
  4. Do schedule twice-yearly dental checkups with us. Don’t worry if you don’t have the healthiest of mouths. We can help you get back on track. Whether you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or sedation dentistry, we can restore what has been lost or counsel with you on the best options.
  5. Do enjoy your mouth and all the wonders it is capable of. Don’t put off coming in to find out what we can do to improve your smile!

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI we are committed to excellence in dentistry. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our practice for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Teen Teeth: Adolescent Oral Health

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If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager, this Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI post is for you. We’ll discuss dental issues of special concern to adolescents. Dental risks for teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors.

At our practice, we see decay and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes and complicating factors include insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion (misaligned bite), smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.

As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. Additionally, some teen’s diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four year-old drink an energy drink, but they are consumed frequently by adolescents.

Malocclusion can make proper brushing and flossing challenging, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD (Temporomandibular disorder). If you suspect that your teen’s bite is not aligned properly, or if your teen hears a clicking sound in the jaw joint, it’s time for an exam!

In spite of numerous public service campaigns aimed at preventing teen smoking, many youths take up the dangerous habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking wrecks teeth as surely as it wrecks lungs.

Puberty also has a significant impact on dental health. It causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Your dentist can guide you if more frequent professional cleanings are needed to preserve gum health.

There’s also the threat of injury; many young athletes fail to protect their teeth. If your adolescent participates in a contact sport, communicate with us about custom athletic mouthguards.

One dental concern that can impact a lot of young people is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they result in problems with the jaw or surrounding teeth. And you certainly don’t want to send your high-school grad to an out-of-state college without addressing their third molars. If problems appear, your youth won’t be near their regular dentist, will probably miss class, and will either need to come home or use an out-of-network dentist or oral surgeon.

This article is by no means exhaustive on the vital subject of adolescent oral health.  If you are looking for a family dentist, contact Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI today. We have been providing trusted dental care to families in Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI for years. For more specifics about teen dental health or family dentistry, contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Looking for a Long-Term Tooth Whitening Solution?

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Are your teeth yellowish or gray? Have you tried a whitening product without success? Do you have tetracycline stains? At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we see patients with these problems every day.

The goods news? You don’t have to live with a subpar smile. Porcelain veneers can transform your teeth and create a breathtaking smile that will delight you for years to come.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells made from durable, translucent porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each patient and are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Veneers can be made any shade whiter than your remaining teeth.

How is a Veneer Different than a Dental Crown?

Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, a veneer covers just the front part of the tooth. When your veneer is affixed to your tooth, your dentist only removes a tiny bit of enamel–unlike a crown, which requires the removal of more tooth structure. Therefore, veneers are the most conservative long-term tooth whitening procedure.

Not only do veneers brighten your teeth, they are also used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, or slightly crooked!

How are Dental Veneers Made?

The veneer procedure is similar to that for any restoration. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. Next, a dental technician will use the model to fabricate the veneers, so you can be sure of a custom fit. You will work with your dentist to choose an appropriate color for your skin tone.

Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI offers all the services you need to attain a a breathtaking smile. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for this and other cosmetic dentistry options. If you are looking for a dental team that is informed and prioritizes direct communication, contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

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Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. In this blog post, we explain seven ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

The procedure uses a tooth-colored material that is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty. Next it is hardened with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth, and can be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when:

  1. Teeth are decayed
  2. Teeth are chipped
  3. Teeth are cracked
  4. There are large spaces between teeth
  5. Gums have receded.
  6. Teeth are uneven
  7. Teeth are discovered

Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover. At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, bonding is a versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure. We’ve treated people from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI, who also come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

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Your teeth can last a lifetime. With a few daily precautions and regular checkups at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, you’ll go a long way toward making sure they do.

If you do any of the following, we recommend that you stop:

  • Chewing sugared gum all day. Cavities, a sore jaw, or compromised bridgework may result. If you must chew, select gum with Xylitol.
  • Drinking soda and energy drinks. These sugary, acidic beverages are immensely efficient at eroding enamel.
  • Chewing ice or hard candy. Your enamel is quite hard. But so are ice and hard candy, and head-to-head, occasionally they win, resulting in a cracked tooth.
  • Skipping flossing. Maybe you think brushing is enough. Following brushing with a careful flossing job cleans away fragments of food and plaque between teeth.
  • Using a firm bristled toothbrush. A soft-bristled brush is the best tool for the job. Save your firm brush for cleaning the grout around your bathtub.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, our general dentistry will help keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for dental implants. Contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Brush Gently For A Brighter Smile

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Everyone wants nice, pearly white teeth, and a common misconception is that, if you want to lighten them, you should scrub them really hard. As we explain in this post from Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, you should always brush gently to maintain healthy gums!

If you brush too hard, you might be at risk for gum recession, which is when your gum line exposes more of your teeth. The best home remedy for dull teeth is to brush longer, not harder! The key, though, is to use a very light touch. Gently brush your teeth in a slow, circular motion for about five minutes.

Methodically go over each tooth surface. Don’t rush it and don’t scrub too hard. Use a toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you clean off all recent food particles and the fluoride helps your enamel re-harden.

If you’ve tried several at-home solutions and your teeth are not as white and bright as you’d like them to be, Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI offers cosmetic dentistry options like home and in-office teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. In just a visit, we can brighten your smile by several shades. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for dental implantsContact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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