Dentist Blog
September 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns offer many benefits from strengthening weak or damaged teeth to improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues. Dr. Sam Malouf, the experienced dentist at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, can restore function and beauty to your smile with custom dental crowns. We also serve the residents of Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Warren, Roseville, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow tooth-like caps that fit over existing teeth. Once a crown is in place, the natural tooth is completely enclosed inside and only the crown is visible. Dental crowns look and function just like natural teeth so they blend in with the rest of your smile and can perform routine biting and chewing functions. Dental crowns can also replace missing teeth when used in conjunction with dental implants.

There are many different situations in which a dental crown might be needed. The skilled dentist at our office in St. Clair Shores, MI, can determine if your smile could benefit from dental crowns. Examples of instances when dental crowns are needed include:

  • Improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues
  • Strengthening and protecting a tooth following a root canal
  • Protecting chipped or cracked teeth from getting worse
  • Strengthening and restoring functioning in damaged teeth
  • Filling in the gaps where teeth are missing
  • Preventing a loose filling from falling out

How Dental Crowns Help

There are many benefits associated with dental crowns. They can help your smile by restoring beauty and function to it. The appearance of teeth with cosmetic concerns can be dramatically enhanced with dental crowns, which can conceal cracks, chips, stains, discolorations, and other issues. With dental crowns, imperfect teeth become flawless.

Another way dental crowns help is by protecting and strengthening teeth that are weak or damaged. Crowns give teeth a strong new outer shell that can protect them from sustaining further damage, as well as strengthen them so normal biting and chewing functions can resume.

Dental crowns can also restore your smile following tooth loss. When placed over dental implants, crowns function as replacement teeth for missing ones. By filling in the gaps where teeth have been lost, dental crowns can also reduce some of the side effects of tooth loss, such as changes in speech and facial sagging.

Dental crowns could benefit you if you have teeth that are worn down or damaged, or need a cosmetic makeover. Dr. Sam Malouf can have custom dental crowns fabricated for you. To schedule an appointment with our exceptional dentist, call Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, at (586) 772-9020. We also serve the residents of Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Warren, Roseville, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.

May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

Please don't ignore your toothache. At Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, your emergency dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf, is here to help. We will work hard to eliminate your pain and repair the conditions that caused it, helping you return to good oral health.

The causes of toothache pain

They vary from patient to patient, but the most common causes are:

  • Tooth decay, particularly when the cavity invades the pulp, roots, and bone
  • Thin tooth enamel and exposed roots from gum disease or excessive wear and tear from bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding due to stress or poor dental bite)
  • Impacted teeth, especially adolescent wisdom teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Degrading restorations such as fillings and crowns
  • Infection or dental abscess
  • Oral trauma (accidental impact to the teeth, gums or jaw)
  • Jaw joint dysfunction which may include arthritis or jaw misalignment

An exam and X-ray screening at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, will show your emergency dentist what's wrong so he can treat it. All of his restorations are comfortable as he selects the anesthetic right for you, your health, and your procedure.

Repairing it

To control your pain at home, Dr. Malouf may advise:

  • Over the counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Ice to a swollen jaw
  • Orajel or other numbing pastes or gels to sooth irritated gum tissue

Then, when you come to the office, you may need:

  • A tooth-colored filling for decay (the American Dental Association says composite resin is preferable to gold or amalgam in most cases)
  • A porcelain crown to repair extensive decay or support a broken tooth
  • Root canal therapy to remove any infected pulp
  • Periodontal treatments (tooth scaling and root planing as an example)

Whatever you need, Dr. Malouf can supply it. In the case of a tooth extraction, he may advise tooth replacement with a dental implant as soon as possible.

Contact us!

Don't wait on that toothache. Please contact Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, for a consultation with your emergency dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf. We also serve people in Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Warren, Roseville, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, and their neighboring areas. Phone (586) 772-9020 to get in contact.

April 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

At any given time, our mouth plays host to billions of bacteria that can result in plaque and periodontal disease. Therefore during this oral careCOVID-19 routine dentist care shutdown, it is imperative for all to create and follow a proper oral hygiene routine which is crucial to your health.

Here are some easy tips to help you develop an effective oral care routine.
Proper Oral Hygiene Care

The majority of your oral hygiene routine will center on brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as cleaning your tongue. Your mouth can be divided into quadrants. Proper brushing means spending at least 30 seconds for each quadrant holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle pointing to your gums. All the surfaces of the teeth must be brushed evenly. As part of your routine, brushing must be done at least twice daily.

To follow up on your brushing, you must also floss your teeth at least once every day. Flossing should include all of your teeth up to the back of your mouth. The floss should be long enough so that you can wrap both ends to your fingers and can lower the floss in between your teeth to follow its curve. This prevents you from damaging your gums. Do this for all of your teeth.

Additionally, you should clean your tongue using a circular motion to remove the bacteria present on its surface. You may also utilize floss to scrape the surface of your tongue. Combine this routine with every brushing or flossing activity.
Mouth Rinse

Even if you brush, floss, and clean your tongue, you cannot be 100% certain that you have removed the bacteria from your mouth if you do not rinse properly. How do you rinse properly? The best way to get added protection is to use a mouth rinse with antimicrobial properties. You may likewise opt for a fluoride mouth rinse to combat tooth decay.

We will be soon opening our office again. In the meantime, if you Need More Oral Health Tips? Contact Us
(586) 772-9020. We can also book your appointment starting hopefully for this June with our dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf, here at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI (also serving residents of Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Warren, Roseville, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas).

January 16, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Once decay has reached your tooth’s inner tissue or pulp, it can lead to an infection, as well as various painful and uncomfortable root canalsymptoms, including tooth loss. Fortunately, in many of these situations, your dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, can save your infected tooth through root canal treatment. Read on to learn how this procedure can eliminate infection, ease your pain, and preserve your tooth’s exterior structure.

Can a Root Canal Really Save My Smile?

When dental infection is present, it's inevitable that your smile will suffer from a number of issues, including tooth loss and jawbone atrophy. With root canal treatment, on the other hand, there’s no chance of your smile being affected in these ways because the infected pulp within the compromised tooth will be removed. Once the root canal has been performed, your tooth and entire mouth will return to a healthy state.

What to Expect During Root Canal Treatment?

Aside from its ability to save your smile, the most noteworthy thing about the procedure is that is painless, as it is performed completely under anesthesia. At our St. Clair Shores office, the basic root canal steps include the following:

  1. Anesthesia application
  2. Creation of access point to the pulp
  3. Removal of infected tissue in the root canals and pulp chamber
  4. Disinfection
  5. Finish off the root canal with insertion of the rubber material and sealant inside the canals to seal them.
  6. After the root canal is finished a post/core and crown is recommended on the tooth

Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call

Put simply, root canal treatment will save your smile, prevent tooth loss, and safeguard your overall health. Talk to your dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI, Dr. Sam Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry at (586) 772-9020 to learn more about this smile and tooth-saving procedure.

October 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you are missing one or more teeth, our St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf, can provide you with a dental implantsgreat investment in your smile: dental implants.

A tooth replacement which lasts

Unlike partial dentures or conventional bridgework, dental implants can last a lifetime. Made of a titanium screw, metal post and ceramic crown, the single-tooth dental implant provides unparalleled appearance, functionality, and bone-building properties.

Good oral health and sufficient quality bone in the jaw are critical to implant success and retention. An x-ray and imaging scan can tell your dentist exactly where your implant will be placed.

Then, Dr. Malouf will refer you to a dental surgeon who inserts the titanium implants in your jaw, and over the following weeks and months, they fully integrate with the bone. The implants become just like real tooth roots. This biological bonding process is called osseointegration. This bond provides a strong foundation for the implant crown. When the implant is placed and secured 3 months later. You will return to Dr. Malouf where he will have an abutment screwed on and a crown placed to complete the restoration.

Other uses for dental implants

Besides replacing single teeth, dental implants support full and partial dentures, also. These prosthetics:

  • Are easily maintained with daily brushing and flossing and six-month visits at Malouf Family Dentistry
  • Need no support from any remaining natural teeth (conventional bridges require ample enamel resurfacing on adjoining teeth)
  • Build bone in the jaw every time the patient bites and chews
  • Rejuvenate facial appearance
  • Stay in place without messy denture powders or pastes
  • Last longer than other tooth replacements and look natural

A great future with dental implants

For more information, contact Dr. Sam Malouf and his team at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, and serving residents of St. Clair Shores, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Warren, Roseville, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Harrison Township and neighboring areas. Call (586) 772-9020.

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