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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

When you have a smile problem, crowns and bridges may offer a simple solution. Your Redford, MI, family dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, uses crowns and bridges to help her patients restore, repair, and enhance their teeth.

The difference between crowns and bridges

Hollow crowns look like the parts of teeth visible above your gums. They're designed to fit over teeth that have been reduced in size during a visit to our Redford dental office. A crown covers a tooth on all four sides, making the restoration a particularly versatile option.

Bridges consist of artificial teeth suspended between two crowns. The crown portions of the bridge anchor it securely in place.

Crowns and bridges have been traditionally constructed of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, dentists also offer same-day crowns and bridges made of ceramic and resin. The crowns and bridges are created in the dentist's office rather than a laboratory for your convenience.

Crowns and bridges can improve your smile

Your family dentist may recommend a crown if you have a broken or fractured tooth. Crowns not only restore the normal appearance of damaged teeth, but they also eliminate the pain that can occur when the broken ends of teeth are exposed to the air. Once your restoration is cemented on to your tooth, you'll be able to chew again normally.

Crowns also strengthen fragile teeth and protect them from breaking. You may need a crown if your tooth is cracked, brittle, or if you have a large filling/have undergone root canal therapy.

Have you lost a tooth? Crowns can be paired with dental implants to create artificial teeth that function just like your lost teeth. Titanium posts implanted in your jawbone bond to the bone and take the place of your roots. The posts are connected to dental crowns to restore the visible parts of missing teeth.

Bridges can also be used to replace missing teeth. Once the crown portions of the bridge are cemented on to your teeth, you'll be able to bite and chew normally. Implant-supported bridges are also available.

Could you benefit from a crown or bridge?

Call your family dentist in Redford, MI, Dr. Mulka, at (248) 482-7020 to schedule your appointment.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Periodontal Health  

Dr. Laurie Mulka of Mulka Dental in the Redford and Livonia, MI, areas offer patients several services, including information regarding periodontal care.

Periodontal Health Care

Gum disease, also periodontal disease, starts in the gums and spreads. Early warning signs include:

  • chronic bad breath
  • tender or painful swollen gums
  • minor bleeding after brushing or flossing

Bacteria infects tissue surrounding the tooth and if bacteria stay too long, plaque is produced. If plaque hardens, it turns into tartar (calculus). Tartar build-up spreads below the gum line, which is difficult to clean. Gingivitis can go unnoticed causing gums to separate from the teeth, as well as putting the patient at risk for infection, decay, and tooth loss. Other more serious problems include abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis.

Home Care Tips

Periodontitis is treated in several ways but preventive care is the best way. Simply brushing every day will help. You need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste to ensure complete removal of plaque buildup. If you don't remove plaque, it continues accumulating until it's tartar, which requires a professional cleaning at Dr. Mulka's Redford and Livonia, MI, office.

Two other ways to prevent tartar and improve oral health are flossing and eating a balanced diet. Flossing at least twice a day beneath the gum line and between teeth is a must, and eliminating sugary foods and beverages from your diet will slow down cavities until you visit your dentist for a biannual checkup. Don't underestimate the importance of preventive care at home.

Need to speak with a dentist?

Dr. Laurie Mulka of Mulka Dental in Redford and Livonia, MI, understands the struggles of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Make sure you avoid serious oral problems by following the prescribed preventive care tips above. If you'd like to learn more, just call (248) 482-7020 today!

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.

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