Dentistry the Whole Family Can Trust
Fifth Street Dental Care in Dexter, MI offers a range of general and cosmetic dental services to patients of all ages. Dr. Mallia and her dental staff have the expertise and knowledge needed to provide every patient with the care they deserve. With a warm and welcoming environment, patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatment.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Routine Dental Cleaning | Pediatric Dentistry | Periodontal Services | Oral Cancer Screening | X-rays | Fluoride Treatment | Sealants | Composite Filling | Extractions | Crowns and Bridges | Restoring Dental Implants | Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals) | Whitening for Life | Veneers | Bite Splint | Dental Emergencies
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Children of all ages are welcome at our practice! A child’s first dental visit should be once they turn one. A good rule of thumb is as soon as the first tooth erupts, bring them in. That way, your child can have positive dental experiences at a young age and you can get valuable advice in helping care for their child’s teeth.
Though your mouth may feel healthy and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! Your dentist will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.
Our office strives to bring its patients state of the art technology to provide you with the latest advancements in oral health. We have recently introduced the Oral-ID screening device into our office. The Oral-ID examination will allow us to visualize any oral mucosa abnormalities including cancer and dysplasia (pre-cancer) before they can be detected with the naked eye. The procedure is quick, painless and no rinses or dyes are used.
Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan.
Periodically we will suggest a fluoride treatment for your teeth. It’s a simple and quick process and can be done during your routine exam. No extra appointment is necessary. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and is applied to your teeth. This strengthens the enamel so your smile will be as strong as ever.
Sealants are a very efficient and successful method for preventing decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. They are primarily placed on the permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth. The sealants are maintained through out childhood and can last well into adulthood. Sealants are made of a flowable resin that is applied to the deep pits and fissures of teeth protecting them from harmful acids and plaque build up commonly found in the mouth. The application of sealants is a simple procedure requiring a short appointment and are proven to be effective in preventing decay in children.
When a tooth is affected by decay, fractures, or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your existing tooth. Since the color is the same as your original tooth, the filling will look aesthetically pleasing and restore your teeth to a healthy, beautiful smile.
When permanent teeth are significantly damaged, extracting the compromised teeth can, in some cases, help you return to optimal oral health. After discussing your various treatment options with you and deciding on an extraction, your dentist will perform your treatment in the comfort of our office. Your treatment will be:
- Completed in one visit
Following the extraction, it is important to replace the tooth to prevent problems with the surrounding teeth. You can discuss your tooth replacement options with your dentist during your initial consultation.
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available including non-metal crowns. Your dentist will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your dentist will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Regarded as the most significant advancement in modern dentistry, dental implants can replace missing teeth permanently with a high degree of predictability and improved function and cosmetics. In most cases of replacing missing teeth today, implants are the preferred choice. We work closely with the implant surgeon and then restore the implant once fully integrated. Denture wearers can also benefit from implant support and retention of their dentures (particularly lower dentures, which tend to be loose).
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist helps to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Fifth Street Dental Care is proud to offer our patients with the Whitening for Life program. This program provides patients with free teeth whitening trays for as long as they are a patient with us. Coming in for an exam, x-ray, and cleaning, and we will make an impression of your teeth to create a whitening tray. Then at your 6 month appointment you will be provided with a tube of touch up whitening gel. Patients who want to participate in the Whitening for Life must be free of any decay, fractures, and oral lesions. Call us today for more information!
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that your dentist uses to improve the appearance of your smile. She will bond the veneers to the surfaces of the teeth to correct certain dental flaws. Your porcelain veneers are customized for a perfect fit and natural appearance. When in place, porcelain veneers can:
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Lighten and brighten the teeth
- Improve the beauty of your smile
- Repair chips, wear, or cracks in teeth
- Correct teeth that are misshapen, crooked, or uneven
The procedure usually requires two visits to our office to complete. When your veneers are in place, you can enjoy a radiant new smile. Contact us today for more information on how porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry can benefit you.
If you're experiencing excessive wear on your teeth or muscle and joint soreness, you might be grinding your teeth without realizing it. In these cases, we recommend having a bite splint (mouth guard) created that is worn at night to protect your teeth. The bite splint will help with facial soreness and headaches caused from grinding.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 734-426-2220 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible.
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