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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root CanalIt’s important to know the warning signs that you might need immediate dental treatment.

Waking up in the middle of the night is no fun, particularly if it’s because you have a toothache. A toothache is certainly not something to fool around with; the sooner you seek dental care from our Livonia, MI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, the better. Of course, you may be wondering what’s going on to cause you pain and whether or not it warrants a root canal. Let’s find out!

The number one warning sign that something is wrong with your oral health is a toothache. In most cases, the toothache may come about suddenly. The pain may be dull and achy or throbbing and intense. No matter how mild the pain, you need to see our Livonia emergency dentist for treatment as soon as possible. After all, a toothache is considered a dental emergency that requires immediate care to prevent the problem from getting worse.

While a toothache doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need a root canal it’s the number one sign. This is because the outside of the tooth (known as the enamel and dentin layers) does not contain nerves, so it won’t cause pain; however, if decay or an infection has broken through those hard layers and reached the inside of the tooth it will affect the dental pulp, the soft-tissue structure within the tooth that does contain nerves.

Once the pulp is inflamed or infected it will need to be removed during root canal treatment to prevent the bacteria from spreading into the jawbone or neighboring teeth. If you leave the infected tooth untreated it will eventually affect the overall integrity of the tooth and require your dentist to extract it. To prevent tooth loss it’s important that if you require root canal therapy that you get it as soon as possible to avoid complications.

Another warning sign is sudden tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot or cold. If a tooth suddenly hurts whenever you drink that steaming cup of coffee or guzzle that glass of ice water then you might just need a root canal. Of course, your gums surrounding the affected tooth may also protest, causing redness, tenderness, and swelling. In some instances, an abscess may form on the gums. An abscess looks like a pimple and it’s a telltale sign of an infection.

If you are in pain let us help treat the problem and get rid of your discomfort. Why suffer when you don’t have to? Our expert dental team here in Livonia, MI, is here to handle all of your dental needs and concerns, whether routine or urgent. Call Mulka Dental today.

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.





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