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Goodbye Gummy Smile: How Crown Lengthening Improves Smiles

dental patient smiling after a crown lengthening procedure

dental patient smiling after a crown lengthening procedure

Why so serious? It’s likely a question you have heard in one form or another if you have a “gummy” smile you are shy about. Beyond making teeth appear longer and more uniform in length, crown lengthening can enhance your confidence to smile, exposing the longer more uniform teeth that have been covered by access gum. It can also make it easier to care for your teeth and gums. Find out how functional and esthetic crown lengthening can improve the health and appearance of your smile.


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Immediate Implant Placement with Immediate Temporization: “Tooth in a Day”

a x-ray of a placed titanium post

Meet our patient DN who presented with an abscessed (infected) #8 (upper right central incisor). It was very important for DN that she left the surgical implant placement surgery “looking the same as when [she] walked in”. Not all patients are candidates for extraction, implant placement and temporary tooth fixation in one appointment, however DN was a great candidate. Dr. Anderson extracted the tooth, addressed the infection so that implant placement was feasible and fabricated a chair-side temporary that mimicked her original tooth DN was accustomed to.

For this sequence to be viable, DN was very careful as to not “load” or use the tooth during the 3 month healing period. DN was pleased that her friends and family could not notice she had periodontal surgery and that the tooth looked “just like the old one”. DN will wear this initial temporary for 3 months prior to receiving the final implant crown with her general dentist.


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The Right Questions to Ask Before Dental Implant Surgery

Dental Implant Model

Dental Implant Model

Have you been considering dental implants to replace your broken or missing teeth? You may be wondering what questions to ask before you commit to treatment. While dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, it is a good idea to research this solution, so you know what to expect. Dr. Lauren Anderson, a board-certified periodontist and masters trained periodontist, is here to answer the common questions patients ask about dental implants. As an expert in dental implant treatment, Dr. Anderson can help you determine if this solution is right for you during an in-person consultation.


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Know the Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

Patient in Pain

Patient in Pain

Have you been noticing that your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Or that they seem more swollen and tender? While many people pass these symptoms off as normal, they are most likely signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Even if your mouth appears healthy, knowing the common symptoms of gum disease can help prevent the condition from developing or worsening. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is an expert in gum disease treatment. She encourages patients to be aware of the signs of gum disease and to be proactive about scheduling routine appointments.


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Practice Better Oral Hygiene for a Healthy Immune System

Patient checking good Teeth

Patient checking good Teeth

Did you know that keeping your smile healthy plays a big role in your overall health? If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits, bacteria and infection can take over, harming more than just your smile. Now more than ever, having a healthy immune system is critical in the fight against sickness. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, explains the mouth-body connection and the importance of practicing better oral hygiene to improve overall health and minimize comorbidities associated with periodontal disease.


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3 Great Benefits of Laser Gum Disease Treatment

Patient undergoing Procedure

Patient undergoing Procedure

If you need gum disease treatment, you’re most likely looking for the most comfortable and safest procedure. Thanks to today’s advancements in medical technology, laser gum disease treatment is a great option. This modern protocol is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional osseous surgery. Advanced laser gum therapy is performed by Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist who has advanced training and experience using the BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ dental lasers.


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How Gum Disease Treatment Can Bring A Smile Back from the Brink

It is more difficult to smile when the gums or “gingiva” begin to change color, swell and recede exposing longer less esthetic teeth. Gum disease is asymptomatic and as a consequence, many people are unaware they have a gum infection that is leading to loss of bone and teeth.  Though gum disease can inflict irreversible damage, gum disease treatment from an experienced periodontist in Bloomfield Hills, MI can help restore your smile. Take a look at how gum disease treatment can help rebuild your smile.

Scaling and Root Planing


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What Are My Options for Sedation Dentistry?

If you have dental anxiety, making an appointment to address your periodontal needs can be a challenge. These anxieties can become so severe that they make it difficult to follow through with your appointment or your treatment plan. However, sedation dentistry offers a way to help you leave your anxieties at the door and keep calm during your time in the chair.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry


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