Straight Teeth Help To Prevent Long List Of Problems

At one time or another, we’ve all grabbed a grocery cart that had one wheel that dragged or wobbled. Pushing it can be so difficult that we often cede and find another cart that moves smoothly.

When your teeth are out of alignment, you may not notice anything at first. Yet, misaligned teeth don’t correct themselves. As the alignment worsens, a number of issues can result.¬†

Bite misalignment is when the upper teeth and lower teeth don’t fit together harmoniously. Although genetics can be to blame for bite problems, other reasons can lead to development of an overbite or open bite, crooked teeth and crowding.

As a Neuro-Muscular Dentist, I’ve seen how minor alignment problems can become severe since the underlying cause isn’t always initially obvious. Research has shown that an improper bite can lead to a long list of problems, including:

  • Worn, cracked or chipped teeth
  • Frequent headaches, migraines and sore jaw joints
  • Ear ringing
  • Feeling off-balance and dizzy at times
  • Clenching and/or grinding teeth during sleep
  • Pain in facial, neck and shoulder muscles

Minor bite misalignment may be resolved in several ways. For example, gentle reshaping of some tooth ‘points’ may re-balance the bite. Or, crowns may be recommended in order to better adjust the height of certain teeth. More severe bite problems may require orthodontics to straighten teeth, of which brings a number of advantages.

Straight teeth create a more flattering smile. And, a beautiful smile tends to enhance one’s overall facial appearance. Having an attractive smile typically causes people to smile more while creating a look and feel of self-confidence.

Straight teeth are also easier to keep clean. Crooked or crowded teeth tend to create angles that are difficult for a tooth brush to reach. When oral bacteria accumulates, the result can be cavities or gum disease.

For teeth that are crowded or crooked, the most natural way to a beautiful smile is by straightening teeth. In our office, Dr. Jerry Wesley, an Orthodontic specialist, can make recommendations to restore proper bite alignment while enhancing your smile’s appearance.

In addition to traditional braces, Invisalign (for teens & adults) offers an alternative to braces that uses clear molds to move teeth. These are removable for eating and brushing and, in some cases, move teeth at a pace faster than traditional braces.

Ignoring the symptoms of bite misalignment allows a bad problem to become worse. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation. During this time, we will explain methods to properly diagnose bite misalignment and, if it does exist, correct bite problems in an appropriate way.

Dr. Barbat Named Top Dentist By Hour Detroit 5th Year In A Row!

When our patients compliment us, it means the world. YOU are the reason we are here and we hope each patient enjoys the ultimate in dental care in our hands.

It was a thrill to be recently named as a Top Dentist by

Celebrating 5th Top Dentist Award!
Celebrating 5th Top Dentist Award!

Hour Detroit magazine, especially since this marks the fifth year in a row for this honor.

A Top Dentist is chosen by a panel of peers who use various criteria to make their selections. You can see the entire list of dentists in their July issue.

I thank you for your faith in us to provide your smile (and the smiles you love!) with exceptional care!

Join Us For A Free Outdoor Concert!

As a member of this beautiful community, I am a proud supporter of a number of activities, most through the Shelby Parks & Recreation Department. This fabulous arm of Shelby Township’s government services does a terrific job in coordinating activities throughout the year for all ages.

One of the events we are sponsorship this year is the Outdoor Concert on Wednesday, July 13th at 7pm. This takes place on the Municipal Grounds and will feature the Square Pegs.

All you need is a blanket or chair. Grab a friend or gather family members and plan to enjoy some great beats beneath the stars!

With recent events in our country, I am reminded that – when it comes down to it – we are all one family. And I am proud to be part of yours!

I hope to see you!

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Afraid Of Dental Visits? I Can Relate.

My entire team and I take much pride in providing our patients an office where all their dental needs are met, for every age or need. To support this, we have incorporated advanced technology and stay on the cutting edge of the latest techniques and materials.

Yet, if we were not fully committed to ensuring that each patient has a gentle, comfortable experience, all the advancements in the world would not overcome this one basic need for each individual… the expectation that they’ll experience NO PAIN.

Having fear associated with dental visits can affect both genders and at any age. Although many adults experience no fear at all, over 60% of Americans are said to have some level of dental fear or anxiety.

Many fearful adults are unaware of what prompted their fears associated with dentistry. Others can pinpoint it’s origin, often due to a traumatic experience in the past. Often to blame is a rushed, rough dentist who could¬† sense their patient’s discomfort but continued regardless.

In this office, our goal is to provide exceptional care and optimal comfort. We pace each procedure so it is comfortable for the patient so they come to expect a gentle touch, not pain. This, in conjunction with our advanced technology, adds to procedural comfort while providing excellent results.

I believe one of the reasons that I, personally, am so committed to helping fearful patients is because I have an immense fear of dogs. While many friends with cuddly, gentle dogs coax me to see their precious pets as they do – sweet, loyal and beloved members of their families – my fears simply hang on.

So, I understand when people arrive shaking, some near tears. Others are just nervous until they get into the treatment chair. I can see their white-knuckled grip as they try to put on a brave face. Like my doggy owner friends, the gentle dentist I know myself to be wants to tell them it’s okay and to just relax. But, my scared-of-dogs side puts me on the same wavelength. I truly get it.

Fear is fear. It can be as uncontrollable as shivering when it’s cold or sweating when it’s hot and humid. Somehow, it becomes so deeply rooted that ‘just releasing it’ is an absurd expectation. It’s like telling someone who is clinically depressed to just snap out of it.

This is why we offer Oral or I.V. Sedation for patients who prefer to have treatment while in a sleep-like state. As an added bonus, both sedation options erase most (if not all) memory of treatment afterward. With either option, you are closely monitored by a trained staff member who uses approved safety equipment throughout your treatment.

I often suggest that patients first try Oral Sedation. Oral Sedation has a quick recovery and, in pill form, is taken prior to your arrival at our office. This means that, by the time you enter our office, you’re already in a relaxed state.

Once you are seated in a treatment chair, the medication has taken full effect and you are totally relaxed. This also puts fearful patients in an relaxed state for numbing medications.

Because I.V. Sedation is also known as ‘twilight sleep,’ some patients prefer it, especially since it is more familiar to them. I.V. Sedation creates a deeper level of relaxation to the point of dozing. Some people are less inclined towards I.V. Sedation because it requires needles to administer. Others prefer I.V. sedation since, for them, intravenous delivery is a non-issue.

We have patients with no dental fears who opt for Oral Sedation during long procedures. Because it enhances relaxation, several appointments can be combined into one, longer visit, leaving the patient feeling refreshed after. For those with busy schedules or limited time, this greatly reduces treatment time.

Probably the best part of being a dentist is when I see a patient who was once highly fearful who now walks in with a happy, confident smile. I know this is because our patients come to trust us to ensure their comfort at all times.DrB Pt Mirror copy

If you have dental fears, you CAN achieve a healthy, confident smile without feeling scared or anxious. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to begin. We will start with a free, no-obligation consultation so I can learn about your needs and help you know more about our commitment to your comfort.

Jaw Bone Can Shrink Without Tooth Roots. Dental Implants To The Rescue!

For those who wear dentures or partials, the portion that can be seen – the replacement teeth – may look fine. However, it’s what is occurring beneath the gums that becomes the source of most problems for denture and partial wearers.

When a natural tooth root is missing from the upper or lower jaw bone, a process known as ‘resorption’ begins. This term describes the shrinking or declining mass of jaw bone – the area you don’t see.

The process of resorption begins when the bone is no Bone Loss From Dentureslonger being stimulated by a tooth root. As it dwindles in height and width, neighboring teeth become vulnerable to the effects of bone loss as well.

For example, when adjacent teeth border an area where shrinking bone is underway, it creates a higher risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth breaks or fractures.

The pressure of wearing a denture or partial denture actually speeds up the rate of bone loss. For those who sleep in these appliances, the constant rate of pressure accelerates bone loss even more.

Bone loss can occur under a crown-&-bridge combination as well. Since a bridge does not provide stimulation to the jaw bone, the bone loss will eventually result in a gap that can be visible under the base of the bridge.

Bone loss also causes facial changes that can be aging to appearance. These include deep wrinkling around the mouth, corners of the mouth turning downward (even in a smile), a mouth that looks collapsed into the face, pointed chin and jowls that form as facial muscles detach.

Yet, for most, the greatest challenge of wearing dentures and partials can be difficulty and discomfort while eating. As the gum-covered ‘arch’ declines in height, the foundation the denture or partial was designed to contour is ever-changing. As it flattens, the appliance is more apt to move, especially while chewing.

When a denture moves, it tends to rub tender gum tissues. Sore spots are difficult and slow to heal. And, when small seeds or nut particles are tapped between the appliance and gums, it can cause a piercing, painful sensation.

This discomfort and frustration often prompts people to adjust their diets. The chewy, crunchy foods they once enjoyed tend to be bypassed for those that dissolve quickly with minimal chewing required. Unfortunately, these are typically lacking in the fiber, vitamins and protein necessary for a healthy diet.

Bone loss can be halted by the placement of Dental Implants. Just as the natural teeth you once had, they are held by the jaw. Not only does this recreate the stimulation of tooth roots to the jaw bone, it restores biting strength and stability without embarrassing slips.

Dental Implants are also self-supporting. With the jaw bone as their foundation, Dental Implants do not rely on crowned, neighboring teeth to support a single tooth, bridge of two or more teeth or full arch of replacement teeth.

Dental Implants are also an excellent investment. With proper selection, placement and care, they should last your lifetime. That value will ‘give back’ everyday! You’ll chew the foods you love without discomfort or worry, smile and laugh confidently, and brush your teeth in your mouth again!

When you keep your natural teeth healthy, this means your tooth roots stay where they belong! With Dental Implants, however, losing a natural tooth doesn’t mean you need to suffer the long-term repercussions of bone loss.

Ask about Dental Implants to restore a natural look and feel while you protect surrounding teeth and bone structure. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to begin with a no-cost, no obligation consultation.