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By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
September 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Life becomes much harder after you've lost most or all of your teeth. Luckily, dentures restore your smile and your ability to eat easily. Our denturesLansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler, shares a few denture benefits you'll want to think about when you consider tooth restoration options.

Dentures give you back your smile

It's quite a shock to lose a significant amount of teeth. In fact, you may not even recognize your own reflection at first after your teeth have been extracted. Like it or not, society places a high value on the appearance of your teeth. When you replace your lost teeth with dentures, you just might find it's easier to navigate social and business situations. More importantly, dentures help you feel good about the way you look again. Although your grandparents' dentures may have looked very artificial, today's dentures are designed to look completely natural. Most people won't even know that you're wearing dentures unless you tell them.

Dentures help keep you healthy

Eating is a challenge when you don't have teeth. Although you can certainly swallow soft foods, eating a soft diet isn't always particularly appetizing or nutritious. Healthy diets rely on a mixture of whole grains, legumes, lean meats, fruits and vegetables. When you don't receive needed vitamins and nutrients from foods, your health may begin to suffer. Dentures restore your ability to eat the foods you need to stay healthy. You may not be able to eat very hard foods with dentures, but you'll find that dentures allow you to eat nearly anything you want.

Dentures help you communicate

When your teeth are gone, it's hard to pronounce words clearly. Holding conversations with other people can become very frustrating as you struggle to make yourself understood. Unfortunately, your speech problem can be more than just an inconvenience. Dentures restore your ability to speak clearly.

Restore your smile with dentures. Call our Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Scott-Hetchler, at (517) 487-6333 to schedule an appointment.

By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
October 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures can truly give you something to smile about whether you have one or many missing teeth. If filling in your gaps is on the top of dental implantsyour priority list, dentures could be just what you need. However, understanding the types of dentures available from your Lansing, MI dentist plays an important role in determining which style is best for you. Learn more about dentures with Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler.

The Benefits of Dentures 
Dentures fill in your smile, boost your confidence, and allow you to chew the foods you love. Before dentures, you may have found chewing or eating difficult. This, in turn, can cause digestive problems from food being improperly broken down by the teeth, thus improperly broken down by the stomach. Additionally, this problem with eating could cause you to eat only soft foods like applesauce or yogurt, which do not contain all of the nutrients required for a healthy diet.

Types of Dentures Available in Lansing, MI

  • Full Dentures: Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. If you are missing all of your teeth, a set of full dentures replaces both the top and bottom arch.
  • Partial Dentures: Patients who have some healthy teeth left behind may find partial dentures the most beneficial. The design of the denture leaves openings for these healthy teeth to slide through, holding the denture in place and giving the teeth the stimulation they require to remain healthy.
  • Immediate Dentures: If a patient has remaining teeth that are not healthy, they may require extraction before wearing their denture. Patients wear an immediate denture directly after their extraction.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures use dental implants to anchor the denture permanently in place. While your dentist can remove the denture to adjust it, it remains in your mouth at all times, held in place by the implants.

If you think dentures could benefit you, your dentist can help fill in your smile for good. For more information on dentures or which type is best for you, please contact Dr. Scott-Hetchler in Lansing, MI. Call (517) 487-6333 to schedule your appointment for a denture consultation today!

By Holly Scott-Hetchler DDS
February 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a damaged tooth, having a dentist repair it as soon as possible is vital to saving the tooth. One of the ways dentists like Dr. dental crownsHolly Scott-Hetchler, your dentist in Lansing, Michigan, restore damaged teeth is by using dental crowns. Here, Dr. Holly explains how crowns work and what they do to help your teeth.

What is a dental crown?

Crowns, also called caps, fit over damaged teeth to keep it secure and protected from any other trauma. While Lansing dentists in the past used to rely on extractions to deal with major decay or trauma, advancements in dental techniques have shown that keeping the root of the natural tooth intact is integral to the health of the other teeth. Like a high-tech machine, your teeth rely on each other to work properly. By placing a tooth-shaped porcelain or metal cap over a damaged tooth, your Lansing dentist is helping to restore its form and function on top and retaining its function underneath your gum line.

How is a crown placed?

Your Lansing dentist starts by applying a local anesthetic to the affected area. The damaged tooth will likely need to be filed down to remove any remaining decay and ensure a good fit with the crown. A temporary crown may be placed at this time; however, if the permanent crown has already been crafted, it will be fitted on top of the prepared tooth and cemented in place. This is a fairly simple procedure that typically takes less than an hour at your Lansing dentist's office.

Don't let a damaged tooth go without treatment. This can lead to other dental problems, including infections and further tooth loss. Contact the office of Dr. Holly Scott-Hetchler in Lansing, Michigan to have your tooth evaluated and a treatment plan made for you.



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