If you’ve lost a single tooth or a complete row of teeth, your dentist has likely asked you to consider treatment using dental implant supported replacement teeth. Dental implants are the only restoration option that allows the dentist to replace the lost roots of your missing teeth, and many patients can benefit from this innovative treatment method. Before you schedule your dental implant consultation, you should take the time to learn a little more about what makes you a good candidate for this restoration and what questions you should ask your dentist before getting started.
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Are you missing your smile? If you’ve got one or more missing teeth, you don’t have to tell me you are. I’ve talked to countless patients about how stressful it is when the camera comes out when you’ve got missing teeth — and that’s not even mentioning the issues something like biting into an apple can cause. Missing teeth are a real life-interrupter. Today, learn about how you can replace them, beautifully and sturdily, with Monet Aesthetic Dentistry’s dental implants in Farmington, MI.
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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction also known as TMD occurs when the joint connecting your jaw (mandible) to the rest of your skull (temporal region) is strained or otherwise does not function correctly. TMJ disorder can be extremely painful, cause chronic headaches, earaches, hearing loss, inhibits speech and chewing, and can lead to numerous other medical concerns. Still, if you mention TMJ dysfunction or TMD, many people aren’t quite sure what it is. Common misconceptions are that this joint discomfort is untreatable, and that it is the same thing as lock jaw (an infection from the tetanus bacteria). If you’ve experienced jaw pain, swelling or difficulty opening and closing your mouth, you may wish to visit Dr. Leslie M. Metzger of Monet Aesthetic Dentistry to find out more about TMD and possible treatments. Our practice is dedicated to providing patients with outstanding preventive dental care, and that includes screenings for TMD at every six month checkup. Call to schedule your appointment with our caring Farmington, MI team today.
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A great smile can change the way other perceive you. A recent unemployment study showed that people with straight, white teeth were more likely to get a job, were often paid more than those with crooked, stained or missing teeth, and a great smile also helped people get promotions. It may not be intentional, but we all make assumptions about people based on appearance. Hopefully, we can see past the surface level appearances as we get to know someone, but it doesn’t hurt to have an advantage. Invisalign can give you the beautiful, perfectly aligned smile you’ve always wanted. Call Monet Aethetic Dentistry in Framington, MI to find out more about Invisalign and all of our cosmetic dentistry services. We’re the Invsialign experts in the area, and always worth the short drive from Northville, Livonia and surrounding communities. (more…)
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As humans, we’re a naturally nitpicky bunch. And when it comes to your smile, you always want your teeth looking shiny and bright. Cosmetic dentistry offers great solutions if you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile. Dr. Leslie M. Metzger and her awesome team of pros offer top-tier cosmetic dentistry services in Farmington, MI and would love for you to be our next success story.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
In case you didn’t realize, your smile is a crucial aspect of your appearance and self-image. It also plays a huge role in how others perceive you. At Monet Aesthetic Dentistry, your dream smile is within reach. (more…)
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You take such good care of your teeth. Every day you brush and floss in the morning and at night. You schedule dental checkups at Monet Aesthetic Dentistry in Farmington, MI, every six months as Dr. Leslie M. Metzger wants you to do. You shy away from sugary snacks and soft drinks. Yet despite all of these efforts—you have a cavity. Well, hardly anyone goes through life without some tooth decay. The good news is that repairing that tooth no longer necessitates having an amalgam filling. Today, there are tooth-colored fillings that not only restore functionality to your tooth, but maintain your white and beautiful smile.
Once upon a time, cavities were routinely filled with a mixture, or amalgam, of silver and other metals. Aside from leaving a dark spot in your otherwise white smile, amalgam fillings were annoying for people with metal sensitivity. And while the claim that there is mercury in silver fillings has never been conclusively substantiated, there is definitely no such concern with tooth-colored fillings. (more…)
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If you happen to be a child eagerly waiting for the tooth fairy, then having a missing tooth can be a lot of fun. Otherwise, not so much. With one or more missing teeth, not only is your smile incomplete—and consequently your self-confidence, too—but your diet may be incomplete because you are inadequately able to chew and you may even have difficulty speaking. Nowadays, one of the best options for tooth replacement is dental implants. With dental implants, Dr. Leslie M. Metzger at Monet Aesthetic Dentistry has completed the smiles of many people in and around Farmington, MI, and she can do the same for you. (more…)
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Orthodontics have come a long way over the years. Treatment doesn’t take nearly as long as it used to. And if you don’t want people to know that you’re wearing braces, well then Dr. Leslie M. Metzger and her staff at Monet Aesthetic Dentistry in Farmington, MI, won’t tell. Moreover, we can straighten your teeth with Invisalign clear plastic aligners so your teeth won’t tell either!
If you didn’t have the opportunity for braces in childhood, but you’ve always longed for a straighter smile, then Invisalign may be the answer now. Invisalign uses a system of clear, smooth, BPA-free plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into their proper position. Treatment usually takes about one year, and then you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted. (more…)
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We don’t mean to sound too cliché, but the fact is “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At Monet Aesthetic Dentistry, we’d much rather prevent a dental problem than cure what could become a bothersome and even expensive problem later. That’s why general and preventive dentistry is at the heart of our practice in Farmington, MI.
With this in mind and in keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Leslie M. Metzger would like to see you and your family members twice every year for dental checkups. At these checkups, we’ll carefully clean your teeth and examine each tooth for any visible signs of decay. We’ll assess the health of your gums and other soft tissue, and we’ll take x-rays when necessary to reveal hidden spots of decay or possible infection. (more…)
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Have you ever heard of the temporomandibular joints? Well, even though they’re right by your ears, most people have never heard of them. These are the joints that sit on either side of your head just in front of your ears. These joints allow you to smoothly open and close your mouth. Unless they don’t. Patients with temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, often experience pain and other symptoms caused by TMJ. Fortunately, TMJ therapy can provide relief, and Dr. Leslie M. Metzger of Monet Aesthetic Dentistry in Farmington, MI, specializes in helping patients eliminate the symptoms of TMJ.
TMJ Therapy Relieves Many Symptoms
The most common symptom of TMJ is, unfortunately, pain. The pain usually happens when you chew, bite or yawn and is felt in the temporomandibular joint, as well as the surrounding areas including your ears, neck, head and shoulders. Other symptoms may include:
- A clicking or popping sound when you open your mouth
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Sensitive teeth
- The feeling of an earache, but no sign of infection
- Changes to your bite or a misaligned bite
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth, or feeling like your jaw is locked
TMJ Therapy Treatment
Regardless of why you have TMJ disorder—and the culprit may be teeth grinding, an improper bite, or an injury to the head, face or neck that affects the jaw—the solution may be a custom-fitted oral appliance. Worn at night, this appliance or splint as it is sometimes called, reduces stress on the jaw and repositions the lower jaw so that it fits properly in the TMJ socket. Many patients quickly find relief from the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder with a splint.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you think that you or a loved one might have TMJ disorder, then call the office of Dr. Leslie Metzger at Monet Aesthetic Dentistry. We serve patients in Farmington, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Southfield, Plymouth, and Oak Park.
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