Dentist Blog
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.

By Malouf Family Dentistry
August 21, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Do you want your smile to look great? Your smile is one of the first things other people notice when they meet you. It should stand out. If you want to rejuvenate your smile, porcelain veneers from your St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf could be just what you're looking for.

What are veneers?

Veneers are a wafer-thin covering cemented over natural teeth to hide issues like discoloration, slight gaps, and minor chips and cracks. They are made of strong porcelain and provides a natural-looking, beautiful new surface that is translucent and tough.

The Benefits of Veneers

There are many reasons why your smile may have lost its appeal. Normal aging wreaks havoc on your smile because your enamel becomes thinner, showing the yellow dentin underneath. That’s why your smile gets more yellow as you age. Dental veneers can change that by whitening your smile permanently. Normal wear-and-tear also dramatically affect your smile. Biting on hard objects or grinding your teeth at night can cause small chips that really add up over time. Dental trauma can also cause fracture lines and broken teeth. Dental veneers can change that by covering up the flaws and damage done to your teeth.

Dental veneers are thin laminates of pure porcelain, which looks just like tooth enamel. They are permanently bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, giving you an improved smile. Veneers offer these five great benefits.

1. Fix Dental Problems

Veneers fix many dental problems simultaneously. The shells fit over teeth in order to adjust: length, shape and size. Veneers are also used to fix: slightly misaligned teeth, crooked teeth and worn-down teeth.

2. Strength and Durability

Dental veneers are durable. Although thin, once bonded to the teeth, they become very strong, and their high-quality porcelain makes them resistant to wear and discoloration.

3. Whiten Your Smile

You don't have to live with stained teeth. Porcelain veneers dramatically change the color of teeth and what's also great is that it is immediate.

4. Look Years Younger

Bad teeth can age people. Luckily, porcelain veneers make you look younger.

5. Increased Self-Esteem

Veneers will boost your self-esteem, giving you a better image of yourself and eradicating worries of what you look like when you speak, smile and eat.

If you're ready to make the leap and want veneers, then call 586-772-9020 to schedule a consultation 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.

April 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

Count on quick and accurate emergency care from Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores. Your dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf, and his dental emergencydedicated team have your best oral health in mind and urge you to call them at the first sign of a pressing problem. From toothaches to knocked out teeth to broken restorations, your needs are their top priority. Learn here what you can do in a dental emergency.


Get help fast

As with any critical medical need, dental emergencies require quick, clear thinking and a plan. Dr. Malouf wants all his patients fully educated on what to do when the unexpected happens. While you wait to see your emergency dentist in St. Clair Shores, here are some immediate strategies to stabilize your problem, reduce your pain, and spare your oral health.

Avulsed tooth is the result of a blow to the mouth, a knocked out tooth can be saved if you act quickly. Tooth avulsion is the complete displacement of a tooth from its socket in alveolar bone due to trauma. Avulsed teeth can be replanted if we see you within an hour of injury. In the meantime, rinse your tooth with cold water for 10 seconds. The avulsed tooth should be placed in milk immediately thereafter. Call the office for further instructions and an appointment.

Toothache Take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain. Place warm compresses on your jaw, and rinse your mouth with salt water to clear drainage and reduce redness and swelling at the gum line. Your dentist will see you as soon as possible to evaluate the decay and/or infection.

Broken denture, filling, or crown Save the pieces and bring them to the office. Some restorations require replacement while others may be bonded back in place with composite resin.

Dislocated or fractured jaw Because this injury affects the airway, get to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.

Oral laceration Apply direct and steady pressure with a clean cloth to quell bleeding. If it does not stop within 15 minutes, go to the hospital ER.

Foreign object in between teeth Attempt to dislodge the material gently with dental floss. If unsuccessful, see Dr. Malouf as soon as you can.


Dealing with the unplanned event

Be sure to have our number in your phone contacts. Stay calm, do what you can to stabilize the condition, and call us. Our compassionate staff will direct you to the right course of action. Remember, at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI, we are here to help you when you need us most. Phone any time with your pressing concerns at (586) 772-9020. Also serving the St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.

March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Do you know what really happens during a root canal? Despite the jokes about root canals, this tooth-saving procedure isn't a painful root Canalordeal. Your St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf, offers root canals and other services and procedures that help you maintain good dental health at Malouf Family Dentistry.

Why are roots canals needed?

Root canals are recommended if you have an inflammation or infection in your tooth's pulp. The pulp consists of tissues, nerves and blood vessels in the center of the tooth. Signs of inflammation or infection may include:

  • Tooth Pain: Intermittent or constant pain in a tooth can be a warning sign. Pain may increase when you chew or press on the tooth. Does your tooth ache or throb after eating certain foods? Eating or drinking hot, cold or sugary foods and beverages can irritate your tooth and worsen pain.
  • Discoloration: Changing tooth color is never a good sign and should always be investigated.
  • Red Gum: The gum surrounding the tooth may become red and swollen.
  • Abscess Symptoms: Abscesses can cause severe pain that radiates to your jaw and ear, fever, swollen lymph nodes, pus or a bump on your gum, and facial swelling. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your St. Clair Shores dentist immediately.

Root canals may also be needed if the tooth is damaged, or loosened by a blow to the face.

How are root canals performed?

Before your root canal begins, you'll be given a local anesthetic to ensure that the procedure is pain-free. Your dentist will remove the infected pulp. After the pulp is removed, he'll clean the interior of the tooth and use tiny files to shape the root canals that extend from the top of the tooth into the roots.

You'll probably go home with temporary filling in order to allow time for the tooth to heal. In a week or two, you'll return to the office and receive the permanent filling. Gutta percha, a durable material made from the sap of gum trees, is often used to fill teeth after root canal procedures. Your dentist may also recommend covering the tooth with a dental crown to strengthen and protect it.

Root canals help you keep your smile intact. If you're concerned about a tooth, schedule an appointment with your St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist, Dr. Sam Malouf of Malouf Family Dentistry, by calling (586) 772-9020. Also serving the St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Harrison Township, and neighboring areas.

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