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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
March 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Find out why skipping out on the dentist twice a year could mean big trouble for your oral health.

So many people don’t give their teeth and gums the quality care they deserve because they don’t visit a dentist twice a year. From dental phobias to financial constraints, there are many reasons why people don’t come in as often as they should. Regardless of these excuses, visiting our Redford, MI, family dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, every six months is crucial for maintaining good health, Here’s why:

Regular Preventive Dental Care Saves Time, Money and Teeth

As you might imagine, preventing dental problems in the first place is a whole lot easier than trying to treat them once they happen. By visiting our Redford, MI, dentist for routine family dentistry every six months, we can keep teeth free of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Even if everything looks and feels fine, it’s still important to visit your dentist twice a year.

If a dental problem does surface, it will also be much easier to catch it during the early stages if you continue to visit your dentist every six months for care. Common dental problems such as gum disease don’t often cause problems until the more advanced and serious stages, but by coming into our office, our team can pinpoint inflammation and other early signs of gum disease and treat it right away.

If caught early enough, both minor decay and gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) can be reversed or at the very least easily managed.

Other benefits of seeing a dentist regularly include:

  • Getting rid of surface stains and achieving a whiter smile through dental cleanings alone
  • Determining and treating the cause of halitosis (bad breath)
  • Providing mouthguards, dental sealants, and other preventive options to reduce the risk of dental injury and decay
  • Offering fluoride treatment to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities
  • Detecting oral cancer during the earliest stages when it’s highly treatable

Time for an Appointment? Give Us a Call

If you are looking for a family dentist in Redford, MI, that can provide comprehensive dental care for your entire household, then call Mulka Dental today at (248) 482-7020 to schedule an appointment.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
January 10, 2020
Category: Family Dentistry
Tags: family dentistry  

Although you may initially think that general dentistry and family dentistry appear the same, there is a major difference: the former focuses on one specific age group, whereas a family practice provides services to patients of all ages, accounting for the unique needs of, toddlers, teens, adults, and the elderly. Here at Mulka Dental in Redford, MI, our family dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, provided exceptional dental care to all of your loved ones—read on to learn what our practice can do for you!

More about Family Dentistry

Tired of scheduling appointments with multiple providers on different days? At our Redford office, you can turn routine cleanings into a family day, thus saving you time, and allowing your children to set the value of oral health. After all, when children are surrounded by loved ones at the dentist, they feel more comfortable in the chair and experience reduced anxiety to sit in the dental. Your kids will learn from your example of oral hygiene.

Furthermore, your household's dental requirement will change with time. Fortunately, with the help of your family dentist, you can skip hunting for a specific provider, for we provide a myriad of services including:

  • cosmetic dentistry,
  • dental implants
  • root canal treatment
  • anti-snoring devices.

Finally, jumping from a pediatric provider to general dentistry can become problematic. With family dentistry, however, your medical history remains in one location, allowing your provider to have a vast knowledge of past procedures in order to best form future treatment plans.

Contact our Redford Office Today

If dental care in your household still requires a different dentist to accommodate each individual, maybe it’s time to consider family dentistry. Don't hesitate to call Mulka Dental today at (248) 842-7020. If you are in the area we’d love to meet you in person… our location is 18320 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48152.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
August 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canal therapy is nothing to fear. In fact, comfortably performed by your Livonia family dentist serving Redford, MI, Dr. Laurie Mulka, this restorative treatment heals and strengthens a failing tooth. You can reassure your loved one that a root canal won't hurt, but rather, it will help.

The root canal treatment

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, removes diseased interior pulp from the narrow passageways inside each tooth root. When invaded by bacteria due to injury, abscess, or decay, the pulp becomes inflamed and infected, causing many distressing symptoms.

Fortunately, your Livonia and Redford family dentist performs root canal therapy on anterior (front), premolars, and molars. A visual inspection, review of symptoms, and X-rays tell her if a root canal is the proper treatment.

If it is, Dr. Mulka uses locally injected anesthetic to numb the tooth. Then, she creates a tiny hole in the first of up to four canals.

Employing thin metal files, Dr. Mulka extracts the pulp and smooths the canal walls. She adds antiseptic medication and a sealant called gutta percha. This elastic material strengthens the root canal. After treating each chamber, the dentist adds a temporary filling or crown to the tooth.

After a week to ten days, the patient returns to the office for removal of the temporary restoration. Dr. Mulka places a customized porcelain crown over the tooth to normalize its appearance, stability and ability to bite and chew.

Life after root canal treatment

Most root canal treatments are highly successful, says the American Association of Endodontists. Patients avoid needless extractions. Plus, restored teeth last just about as long as their untreated counterparts. Patients simply employ their usual good brushing and flossing techniques and see Dr. Mulka every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning.

Signs you or a loved one may need a root canal

Sometimes a failing tooth exhibits no symptoms whatsoever. Other times, though, these signs are evident:

  • Throbbing toothache
  • Jaw or gum swelling
  • Headache
  • Temperature sensitivity, especially to hot foods and beverages
  • Reddened, puffy gums
  • An obvious crack or large chip
  • Discolored tooth enamel
  • Pressure sensitivity

Learn more

At Mulka Dental, you'll experience outstanding expertise and a caring attitude. If you believe you or a family member require intervention with root canal therapy, please contact your family dentist in Livonia, MI, and serving Redford, MI, at (248) 482-7020.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
June 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Your gums are just as important as your teeth, and if you develop periodontal disease (i.e. gum disease), not only is your oral health in gum diseaseserious trouble, but your overall health is threatened as well. Luckily, here at Mulka Dental in Redford, MI, your family dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, educates her patients on the perils of periodontitis and, if needed, treats it with the latest restorative techniques. Read on to learn if you may be in need of her services!


Signs that you may have periodontal disease

It often starts with a little blood in the sink when you brush or floss. As it escalates, gums become red, puffy, and sensitive. Pus and bad breath may also develop, along with gum recession, changes in gum color, and even loose teeth. Some people see gaps between their teeth or feel differences in how their upper and lower teeth bite together.

Fortunately, if you are experiencing any of these frightening symptoms, a complete oral examination at our Redford, MI, office can provide a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. If you act quick enough, Dr. Mulka could even detect gum disease in its infancy (mild gingivitis), a point at which the condition is simple to treat


Treating gum disease

If gum disease is discovered, your family dentist may recommend the following:

  • For gingivitis, a deep clean and root planing can clear up the condition
  • For advanced periodontitis, gum grafting treatment is necessary

For future prevention of gum disease development, it is important that you maintain a regular schedule of daily flossing and twice-daily brushing. Additionally, a high-fiber, low-carb diet with plenty of water every day can boost oral health. Finally, seeing your family dentist every six months for a prophylactic examination and cleaning will help your smile stay as healthy as can be!


Your best smile

Healthy teeth and gums make for a healthy you. If you have any questions about periodontitis or if you wish to make a routine appointment, dial (248) 482-7020 to reach Mulka Dental's Redford office!

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants   Molars   Dental Cleanings  

Protect your child’s smile from decay with help from dental sealants.

Child Dental VisitAll you have to do is look at your child’s molars and you’ll immediately see that there are many little grooves and crannies that food and bacteria can easily get trapped, leading to cavities. Luckily, our Redford area family dentist Dr. Laurie Mulka at Mulka Dental offers a simple solution that can seal those pitted chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to prevent decay.

What are dental sealants?

Sealants are clear, plastic coatings that are painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to seal grooves and fissures in the teeth to prevent bacteria and food from getting trapped. Sealants act as barriers to reduce the risk of cavities. The sooner your child gets sealants after their molars have come in, the better.

How are sealants placed?

Getting sealants is easy, quick, and completely painless. In fact, our dentist can even place sealants during your child’s next dental cleaning, so you don’t have to schedule a separate appointment. Once your child’s teeth have been cleaned, to remove any plaque or tartar buildup, Dr. Mulka will apply a solution over the chewing surfaces of their back teeth.

This solution will roughen the surface, so the plastic sealant sticks to the tooth. The solution is rinsed off and dried. Then, we will paint on the sealant and harden it permanently to the tooth with a dental light. It’s that simple!

How long do dental sealants last?

With the proper care and with regular visits to Mulka Dental, your child’s sealants could last several years before needing to be reapplied or replaced. Coming in every six months for checkups will ensure that broken sealants or sealants that have fallen out are replaced as soon as possible.

When should my child get dental sealants?

Once your child’s first set of molars comes in, usually around the age of 6 or 7, then it’s time to schedule a consultation to find out if they could benefit from sealants. When your child’s second set of molars comes in, usually by the time they reach 12 years old, then it’s time to come back in to have sealants placed once more.

If your child’s molars are beginning to come in, then it’s time to call (248) 482-7020 to find out whether they could benefit from dental sealants from Dr. Mulka at Mulka Dental in Livonia, Michigan and serving Redford. Preserve your child’s beautiful smile and ward off decay.

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