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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Stop hiding your smile. Gaps in your smile can be embarrassing, but there is a solution. Embrace a new smile with partials or specialty dentures. Dr. Laurie Mulka offers these and more at Mulka Dental in Livonia, MI.

What is a partial denture?

Partial dentures are orthodontics that fills gaps in the mouth and has metal apertures that adhere to the mouth. This kind of denture is beneficial because:

  • It can restore your smile without surgery or other invasive methods.
  • They are affordable
  • Installation of partials help to discourage any movement of existing natural teeth
  • Partial dentures are removable and comfortable.

What is a specialty denture?

Specialty dentures are to fit the shape of your mouth. Your dentist will create a mold from your mouth, and from this mold, fashion dentures to accommodate you. The benefits of this kind of denture are:

  • Fitting your mouth perfectly -- if you would prefer a better fit or have structural differences that call for a more exact accommodation.
  • Increased ease of chewing

Once your dentist installs your dentures, your dentist will explain how to care for them. Here are some tips to remember:

  • Store your dentures in water to keep them moist and to keep the shape intact.
  • Brush your teeth with a denture cleaner, toothpaste, or mild soap.

What can I expect after getting partials or specialty dentures?

Sometimes partials or specialty dentures can be uncomfortable in the mouth, but after a little while, they will feel natural. It may be challenging to chew your food at first. If you have difficulty with your dentures, talk with your dentist about getting refitted or using a different technique to make sure they work for you.

A bright, even smile is available to you at Mulka dental in Livonia, MI. Call Dr. Mulka at (248) 482-7020 to get more information about partial and specialty dentures and set up an appointment.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
November 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s never too late. Here’s how we can help you get your dream smile.

Are you interested in getting cosmetic dentistry here in Livonia, MI? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our advanced cosmetic dentist Dr. Laurie Mulka and her expert dental team can help craft the smile you’ve always wanted. Here are some of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer our patients,

  • Teeth whitening (both in-office and at-home systems): get teeth multiple shades whiter in under an hour (chairside whitening) or in a week (our at-home system)
  • Cosmetic bonding: hide small chips, stains and gaps between teeth with this tooth-colored bonding resin
  • Gum and tooth reshaping or contouring: lengthen or reshape one or more teeth, as well as excess gum tissue, for a more symmetrical smile
  • Dental veneers: completely alter the color, shape, size and alignment of your teeth with these tooth-colored porcelain layers that are bonded directly to the front of your teeth
  • Dental implants: replace missing teeth with an artificial tooth that is close as you can come to the real thing (it looks, feels and acts just like a real tooth)
  • Invisalign: straighten your smile with a nearly invisible set of clear, custom-made aligners that help to shift teeth into the proper position
  • Smile makeovers: if you’re dealing with several cosmetic dental issues you could benefit from combining multiple treatments to help you achieve your dream smile

The type of cosmetic dentistry that’s right for you will depend on several factors that our Livonia, MI, dental team can discuss with you during your initial consultation. Some questions to ask yourself include,

  • Do I want a whiter smile?
  • Do I want to alter the shape or size of my teeth?
  • Do I want to fix a misaligned smile or crooked teeth?
  • What cosmetic flaws do I wish to fix?
  • What would my dream smile look like?
  • What kind of procedure am I willing to undergo to get the results I want?
  • Am I okay with coming into the office several times in order to get results or do I want quick results in just a single appointment?
  • How severe or minor are the flaws that I’m looking to correct?
  • How quickly do I want results?
  • How much am I willing to spend on the perfect smile?

If you want a new and improved smile the next step is to sit down with our Livonia, MI, dentists to find out what cosmetic dentistry treatment will fit your needs. Call Mulka Dental at (248) 482-7020.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
August 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Having a bright smile signifies health and beauty. People do what they can to get the perfect pearly white teeth, but sometimes they can't do it on their own. Over-the-counter products help but you can get optimum results by having teeth professionally whitened with Dr. Laurie Mulka of Mulka Dental at her Livonia MI office.

More About Teeth Whitening

People are choosing to whiten teeth with their family dentist. Here are a few ways to eliminate discoloration:

  • Use over-the-counter teeth-whitening products, like toothpaste, to effectively remove mild stains. Teeth whitening products make teeth a few shades brighter but some of these products contain abrasive substances on tooth enamel.
  • In-office bleaching agents remove brownish or grayish stains and brighten teeth several shades. Dr. Mulka uses a retractor to pull away lips and covers gums to prevent bleaching material from touching soft tissue. The procedure takes about one hour and you're good to go.
  • You can also use take-home kits provided by your Livonia MI family dentist. She has custom trays made, provides bleaching materials that are poured into the tray and worn over teeth to remove stains.

What stains teeth?

Discolored teeth are a result of several issues:

  • Tobacco and smoking could stain teeth
  • White enamel deteriorates, exposing yellow dentin
  • Some medications that contain tetracycline and doxycycline
  • Certain foods and beverages, like blueberries and coffee, yellow teeth

How to Maintain Teeth

Brushing and flossing your teeth is essential to keeping teeth white and clean. Often people neglect proper oral care and end up with plaque and tartar buildup that stains teeth or causes other issues like gum disease or cavities. Make sure you brush, floss, use mouthwash and avoid sugary foods and beverages.

Do you need to speak to your family dentist?

If you'd like to learn more about cosmetic teeth whitening treatments, contact Dr. Laurie Mulka of Mulka Dental at her Livonia MI office by calling (248) 482-7020.

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!

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