At Clairpointe Family Dental in St Clair Shores, MI, our team carries on the legacy that Dr. Grant established when opening this office in 1968. Here you will find an extremely high standard of service that is built right into the foundation of our practice, that we lovingly maintain. As technology is constantly changing, our office and staff make it a point to stay up-to-date and educated as it affects our industry. This enables our ability to offer the full range of general and cosmetic dental services, ranging from standard cleanings to Invisalign.
Our Dental Services Include
Fillings and Extractions
We perform standard metal and natural looking fillings whether for an active cavity, or to prevent one from forming. If your tooth has reached a parlous state and is unrecoverable, we can extract (remove) the tooth to prevent infection from spreading in your mouth.
If your tooth has sustained severe trauma, or we find a cavity that is causing an infection and is damaging the root and nerve of the tooth, a root canal is required. At this stage of infection, a root canal is your only safe option for treatment as the nerve and fleshy areas surrounding the root and nerve are not able to heal. Antibiotics can reduce the issue, but will only do so temporarily. While sometimes these infections can go undetected for some time, we strongly suggest reaching out if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Tooth and gum sensitivity to both hot and cold foods and liquids
- Severe to moderate pain in your mouth, whether in use or not
- Facial and gum swelling
- Some patients experience a foul taste in their mouth
Crowns are also known as “caps”. These are placed over an existing tooth with a healthy root. Fully cemented over your tooth, crowns are used to strengthen a tooth weakened by injury, or to simply improve the appearance of your smile.
If you have lost your tooth due to injury or infection, an implant may be considered, depending on the health of your gums and jaw. An implant is used when a tooth is completely removed down to the root. From there we essentially build a new root and a tooth to match your other teeth, both in color and appropriate size. The new ‘root’ is a small rod inserted where your natural root once was, which enables us to connect the new tooth we’ve built, right in place. A tooth implant is the longest lasting option for tooth replacement and will look and function just as your previous tooth – if not better!
When you have lost a tooth or teeth due to an accident, infection, or degenerative disease, a fixed bridge is a less expensive route to go if you are not able to afford the cost of a full implant immediately, or if your gum health does not support an implant. A bridge is essentially a prosthetic for your mouth. A bridge holds the crowns or inlays in place so we can replace your missing teeth by cementing them to the other healthy teeth in your mouth as anchors. Fixed bridgework will require upkeep through the years, which we’re happy to help you maintain.
Removable Partials and Dentures
If you’ve lost all or some of your teeth due to decay, disease or injury, removable partials and dentures are a nice option to improve your smile. Partials are essentially just like fixed bridgework, however, instead of being cemented into place, these are able to be removed for eating, cleaning, and sleep. Similar to partials, dentures give you an entirely new set of teeth that you can remove when needed.
Children’s Dentistry and Sealants
Starting your children out with healthy oral hygiene is a great advantage to their overall health as they continue to grow and develop. We begin seeing children as young as three years old! We recommend sealants for children, even on the “baby teeth” that they will lose, to prevent any issues from developing before permanent teeth come in. We also place sealants on the permanent molars of your child as they develop, to enforce their health while growing. Fabricated from flowable resin that we apply to the deep pits and crevices of their teeth, these provide solid protection from acids and plaque that will build-up over time causing cavities and infection.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
Periodontal disease can quickly and quietly take over the health of your mouth, and not in a good way! If you are experiencing or suspect you are experiencing periodontal disease, we can treat it. We will carefully clean the surface where the gum meets the root, removing plaque, tartar and bacteria that is embedded deeply into your gums. This is far beyond a routine cleaning—which you should regularly receive to avoid this treatment! Good oral hygiene and regular check ups are your key to avoiding periodontal disease and subsequent treatment.
Occlusal Guards including Under Armour Mouthguards
If you are grinding your teeth when you sleep, an occlusal (mouth) guard is an excellent option. We will create a mold that fits your teeth seamlessly so you may sleep comfortably while avoiding damage to your teeth, gums and jaw.