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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.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
January 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentistry  

How your family dentist in Livonia, Michigan can help you and your family

Family DentistryHaving a family dentist can save your family’s smiles. That’s because having a family dentist can treat dental issues while they are small, so they don’t grow into large dental problems. You want to simplify your life, and having a family dentist can save you time, money, and stress. Dr. Laurie Mulka at Mulka Dental in Livonia, Michigan offers a full range of dental services to keep you and your family smiling.

If you’ve been going to multiple dental offices and seeing multiple dentists to meet your family’s dental needs, it’s time to enjoy the benefits of having a family dentist. Consider that a family dentist can:

  • Treat your younger family members, from first dental visits, to sealants for older kids; this means you won’t need to seek out a pediatric dentist.
  • Treat your teens, providing services from dental fillings, to orthodontic treatment.
  • Treat you and other adults in your household, providing both restorative and cosmetic dental services to keep your family’s smiles healthy and beautiful; this means you won’t have to seek out a cosmetic dentist.

When you have a family dentist, you will also enjoy access to dental care when you need it. Dental emergencies can happen at any time and when you have a family dentist, you can see someone you know and trust, in a familiar environment. You don’t need to hunt around for dental care during an emergency, weekend, or after-hours.

One of the most important benefits of having a family dentist is the protection of your smile. A family dentist ensures you receive regular dental care to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

If you’ve been wondering about having a family dentist, it’s time to take the right step and establish care with one dentist who can take care of your family’s needs. Talk with a family dentist today by calling Dr. Laurie Mulka at Mulka Dental in Livonia, Michigan. Call now!

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants recreate the appearance, functionality and feel of natural teeth. Placed by your Livonia, MI, dentist serving Livonia, Dr. Laurie Mulka, implants are today's best tooth replacement choices because they rebuild bone and stabilize single or multiple teeth or even a full denture. Could dental implants be right for your smile?

What's different about a dental implant?

Dental implants differ from traditional bridges and dentures because they fully integrate into the jaw bone below the gum line. This process is known as osseointegration, a inseparable bond between human bone cells and titanium metal. The jaw bone begins fusing with the implant device--either screw or cylinder--as soon as Dr. Mulka places it during an in-office oral surgery at Mulka Dental.

While healing can take many weeks, the implant readily accepts an extension post, porcelain crown (or other prosthetic such as a bridge), and the tremendous pressure exerted during normal biting and chewing. In fact, normal oral functions actually exercise the implant site, strengthening it.

Qualifying for a dental implant

The Academy of Osseointegration says that the ideal implant patient:

  • Has good systemic health
  • Does not smoke (tobacco causes an infection called peri-implantitis which endangers implant retention)
  • Has adequate jaw bone density and size
  • Keeps good oral hygiene habits at home and comes to the dental office every six months for exams and cleanings

This last qualification is critical to dental implant success. At Mulka Dental in Livonia and serving Livonia, your professional team will X-ray your jaw and take a special CT scan to be sure you have adequate bone and to locate structures such as nerves and sinuses to facilitate the required oral surgery.

If you're a good candidate, expect your treatment to take a few months from evaluation to placement to completion of the implant.

Other uses of dental implants

While the single-tooth prosthetic is the most common implant procedure, highly-qualified dentists, such as Dr. Mulka, also use implants to stabilize bridgework, partial dentures and full dentures. Full dentures may be removable or fixed, depending on unique patient needs.

In addition, Dr. Mulka offers mini-dental implants, a slender version of the full-sized implant device. These smaller implants work well for denture patients and for people with thinner bone in the jaw.

Find out more

If you'd like to fill smile gaps or think you have extractions in your future, contact Mulka Dental in Livonia and serving Livonia, MI, to set-up an implant consultation with Dr. Laurie Mulka. Together, you'll arrive at a treatment plan which will restore your smile aesthetics and give you well-functioning teeth for life. Phone the office team at (248) 482-7020.