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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

The American College of Prosthodontists estimate that approximately 15 percent of Americans missing teeth wear a denture device, and in denturesmany cases you wouldn’t even know it. Modern dentures are more natural-looking and customized for individual patients. They can give you peace of mind as you’ll know that your smile is, once again, complete, attractive, and functional. Understand the similarities and differences between specialty and partial dentures, both of which can be created for you by Dr. Laurie Mulka at Mulka Dental in Livonia, MI, and serving the Redford area.

About Dentures
Dentures are a cosmetic treatment used by dentists to fill in unwanted spaces caused by tooth loss. They are very common due to the fact that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Some denture devices use a tight-fitting suction action to hide whole rows of missing teeth, while others use metal clasps to attach a replacement tooth to the open space. They last for five years or longer and may need adjustments over time to assure a snug, comfortable fit.

Partial and Specialty Dentures
A partial or specialty denture is created to replace one or more missing teeth along the gumline. The space is measured using a dental mold by your Livonia and Redford dentist so that a customized device can be formed. The tooth is connected to a metal framework called precision attachments that uses healthy adjacent teeth for support. It is attached to gum-colored plastic. It’s designed so that once it is in place, the metal is barely visible. Some modern partials can be created without precision attachments.

Denture Maintenance
It may take some time for you to get used to your new partial or specialty denture. You’ll soon be comfortable eating, talking, and socializing while wearing it. Before you go to bed, remove them and gently brush them to remove any film or particles, then soak them in a solution recommended by your dentist. The better you care for the specialty denture, the longer it will be before you need it replaced or adjusted. 

Explore All Your Denture Options
Dentures have helped countless patients restore their missing teeth. Talk to a dentist at Mulka Dental in Livonia, MI, and also serving patients in Redford, to learn more about specialty and partial dentures. Call 248-482-7020 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Laurie Mulka.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
March 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

Does your busy schedule leave you and your family without much time to spare? If so, you may find that scheduling your appointments family dentistwith doctors or dentists is a difficult task. However, a family dentist can help you simplify your schedule and ease the burden of a busy family life. Consolidate your dental appointments and save time and effort with your Livonia, MI family dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka at Mulka Dental.

What is a family dentist? 
While other dentists specialize in performing only cosmetic dentistry procedures or only tending to the needs of adults over 18, family dentists perform a variety of procedures on patients of all ages, including babies and children. Family dentists also see elderly individuals. Like general dentistry, family dentistry focuses on educating patients on good oral health, upkeep of the teeth via dental cleanings, and regular dental examinations to find and treat issues like cavities at their earliest stages in order to avoid more invasive, complex procedures.

How can a family dentist benefit me and my family? 
A family dentist will treat anyone from your infant getting their first teeth to your child in the midst of losing baby teeth to your grandmother who needs a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. This means you can consolidate your appointments, scheduling them on the someday to save yourself time, extra trips, and even money. Family dentists allow your children to form a good relationship with their dentist as they grow older, even staying with the practice as adults. Additionally, family dentists keep your whole family’s dental records in one place, making them easily accessible in times of need.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings with Your Family Dentist in Livonia, MI 
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist at least twice a year for regular dental exams and cleanings. These appointments help your dentist find and treat cavities and other issues early to avoid invasive procedures or tooth extraction. Additionally, regular cleanings make keeping your teeth healthy between dental visits easy. Simply brush twice a day and floss once to keep teeth decay and gum disease at bay.

For more information on family dentistry and how it can help you, please contact Dr. Mulka at Mulka Dental in Livonia, MI. Call (248) 482-7020 to schedule you or your family member’s appointment today!

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
January 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Preventive care is the best route to a healthy smile. In other words, keep ahead of potential dental and gingival (gum) issues before they preventative dentistryeven start. At Mulka Dental, your Redford area family dentist in Livonia, MI, and her dedicated staff work hard to provide families with the at-home skills and in-office treatments which promote durable bright smiles that last. Here's the preventive protocol which Dr. Laurie Mulka advises her patients use faithfully.

Preventive care targets plaque

The American Dental Association (ADA) advises that children through senior adults (and everyone in between) brush their teeth carefully twice a day with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste (over the age of three). Take your time, and spend at least two minutes at the sink, thoroughly, but gently, brushing all tooth surfaces. Mom and Dad, please supervise young children to ensure the best possible results.

Additionally, the ADA says daily flossing removes the plaque, or sticky food residues, missing by brushing alone. Plaque contains oral bacteria which secrete acids which decay tooth enamel and cause destructive gum disease, a major cause of tooth loss. It's also a precursor to many systemic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and dementia.

Plus, your six-month visits to Mulka Dental add professional skill to your at-home hygiene. Your hygienist scales your teeth and gum line to remove additional plaque and hard tartar.

Preventive care includes regular examinations

After your thorough cleaning, your Redford area family dentist examines your teeth and gums to assess for:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease (including periodontal probing, a measure of gum pocket depth)
  • The condition of fillings and other restorations
  • Oral cancer (detected early, cure rates are between 80 and 90 percent, says the Oral Cancer Foundation)
  • Proper bite and alignment
  • Aesthetic smile needs

She may recommend fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and to reduce dental sensitivity. Plastic sealants, applied to deeply grooved chewing surfaces, protect children's teeth against decay for about ten years. Both services are inexpensive and great insurance against tooth decay.

Preventive care stresses common sense

Your Redford area family dentist teaches some dental care strategies that are easy for everyone to use regularly. They include:

  1. Drinking several glasses of water a day to avoid dry mouth and to cleanse teeth and gums.
  2. Stopping smoking or chewing tobacco (to prevent oral cancer, dental staining, gum disease and toxic systemic effects).
  3. Consuming a low-sugar/carb diet, high in fiber, protein, and calcium.
  4. Wearing a custom-made mouth guard (available in both hard and soft materials) to protect against sports injuries and teeth grinding (bruxism).

Learn more

At Mulka Dental, Dr. Mulka and her team want to preserve your best-looking and best-functioning smile. Why not contact the office in Livonia, MI today to schedule your routine exam and hygienic cleaning? Call (248) 482-7020.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
December 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been thinking about replacing your missing teeth with dentures? Today's specialty and partial dentures are designed with your denturescomfort in mind. Our Redford, MI, area dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, discusses a few questions you may want to ask yourself if you're considering dentures in Livonia.

Am I happy with the way I look?

Missing teeth can detract from your appearance and make you feel less confident in business or social situations in the Redford and Livonia area. Tooth loss doesn't just affect your smile but may also make you look a little older. Your teeth help support the muscles in your face. When they're gone, the muscles tend to droop, which can make your cheeks look hollow. Full, immediate, partial or overdentures offer an excellent way to restore your full smile and improve your self-esteem.

Is it hard to eat?

Without teeth, it's difficult to eat many meat, poultry and hard fruits and vegetables. Soft foods and liquids may become your only options. After a while, your diet can become monotonous, plus you may not receive the nutrition you need to stay healthy.

Do you swallow foods whole because you can't chew them? The habit can lead to frequent stomach problems. Dentures will allow you to enjoy a full range of foods again avoid upset stomachs.

Is it difficult to communicate with people?

Your teeth, lips and tongues work together when you speak. Without teeth, it may be hard to speak clearly. Communicating with other people, especially on the telephone, can become difficult and frustrating. Thanks to your new dentures, you won't have to constantly repeat yourself during conversations.

Do I have any remaining teeth?

If you still have some teeth, you may not be concerned about replacing your missing teeth. Unfortunately, the teeth are subject to increased wear and tear, which may lead to enamel erosion or and other issues that may put them at risk. Partial dentures can fill in the gaps in your smile and help protect your remaining teeth.

Am I concerned about comfort?

Some people resist getting dentures because they're concerned that the dentures will be uncomfortable and painful. Today's dentures are more comfortable than ever and molded to fit your mouth. Periodic adjustments to your dentures will ensure that they don't slip or irritate your gums. Although there is an adjustment period when your first receive your dentures, most people become used to wearing them fairly quickly.

Restore your smile with specialty and partial dentures. Call our Redford, MI, area dentist, Dr. Mulka, at (248) 482-7020 to schedule your appointment in Livonia.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
September 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

According to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States. periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth-loss in adults, which is why you need to make sure you visit your Redford, MI, dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, for your bi-annual dental checkup.

Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar.

When tartar, or calculus, accumulates on your gums, you may notice swelling and your gums bleeding easily. If you start noticing these symptoms, this means you're experiencing gingivitis.

Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for:

  • Bad breath or bad taste that persists
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Gums that are red, bleed easily or are swollen

Reasons for Gum Disease:

Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:

  • Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Medications
  • Genetics

Prevention:

You should have an oral and dental examination at your Redford family dentist's office every six months. In addition to visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy oral habit is essential. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition to brushing, flossing daily, before going to bed, will help remove food debris and reduce the buildup of plaque.

In addition to oral hygiene, avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots, which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth, and drinking water, which can wash away food particles.

For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mulka for a bi-annual checkup, call 313-937-1520. Her office is conveniently located in Redford, MI, so don't hesitate to visit her as soon as possible. Your health is a priority.





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