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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Services we offer: General Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Implants Invisalign Veneers Sleep Apnea Esthetics Tooth Straightening-Invisalign Jaw Joint Issues Missing Teeth - Implants/Bridges Tooth Pain Decay - Fillings Gum Health Dry Mouth Trauma Infection - Root Canals Dentures - Implants

Cosmetic Dentistry
... You should consider visiting Dyras Dental in Lansing, MI for cosmetic dentistry if you have teeth that are: Heavily stained from smoking, coffee or medication use Broken or damaged from trauma or injury Crooked or poorly aligned from genetics Badly shaped or uneven from age-related wear Gapped or spaced apart from genetics Cracked or chipped from overuse Your cosmetic dentist can correct the look of your teeth and smile by providing treatments including: Dental whitening treatments- designed to whiten teeth up to 8 shades with a convenient take-home treatment, or a speedy office treatment that takes about an hour Dental veneers- usually made of porcelain and placed over front teeth; veneers are thin laminates used to correct uneven, unsightly front teeth and mask defects to create a perfect smile Dental bonding- using a tooth-colored resin material called composite; bonding can close small gaps between teeth, change the color and the shape of teeth Contouring and reshaping- to cosmetically straighten or improve teeth that are chipped, cracked, overlapping or badly aligned; contouring and reshaping is often performed along with dental bonding Cosmetic fillings- using composite, these fillings can be matched perfectly to your existing tooth color, making them virtually invisible; they can be used to replace unsightly, bulky metal fillings These are just some of the procedures available in cosmetic dentistry...

Porcelain Veneers
...Although they're no thicker than a fingernail, veneers easily conceal a range of dental flaws, including: Slight gaps between teeth Chips Discolorations due to tetracycline use, large fillings or root canals Crooked or oddly shaped teeth Short teeth Whitening your smile is easy with veneers Eating and drinking brightly colored foods, such as coffee, tea, wine, cola, popsicles, and berries can stain your teeth...

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Are tooth-colored fillings safer than silver fillings...

Frequently Asked Questions about Inlays and Onlays
...Both of these procedures are considered “indirect fillings,” because the restoration itself is custom-fabricated in a laboratory and then bonded to the tooth in the dental office...

Five Facts About Tooth-Colored Fillings
For decades, dental amalgam — the common “silver” fillings found in the mouths of millions — was the best option for restoring teeth after the removal of decay...

Tooth Staining and Discoloration 101 - Options for Brightening Your Smile
...Stained old and leaking fillings may also need to be replaced...

Dental Amalgam Fillings Remain a Safe and Reliable Tooth Restoration Option
Metal amalgam fillings for dental caries have been used since the mid 19th Century...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern...

Chrissy Teigen's Teeth-Grinding Troubles
...In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out...

How Fillings Restore Decayed Teeth
Learn more about how dental fillings work to rebuild a tooth after a cavity...

Even with Mercury, Dental Amalgam is a Safe Choice for Tooth Filling
...When first mixed dental amalgam is a moldable material used for fillings in prepared teeth...

Tooth Colored Fillings Restore Damaged Teeth
Do you have a cavity that needs treatment, but you’re hesitating to go to the dentist because you don’t want unsightly metal amalgam fillings in your mouth...

Stress and Nighttime Teeth Grinding
...Chronic or severe nighttime teeth grinding can damage dental work, such as veneers, bridgework, crowns and fillings, and can result in teeth that are worn down, chipped, fractured or loose...

Lansing, MI General Dentist
...Some typical restorative procedures are included in the list below:          Dental fillings          Periodontal treatment          Bonding          Crowns It’s important to check with your dentist to see if these restorative services are available...

Janet Jackson: Even pop stars get insecure about their smiles!
...Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings...

Decay and White Fillings
... White Fillings (Composite) -A small cavity, or hole in your tooth can be repaired with a composite filling...

Emergencies
...Cracks can come from trauma or large fillings that over time weaken the rest of the tooth...

Healthy Smiles for Alfonso Ribeiro and Family
...And don't forget to give them a good example to follow! Get Regular Dental Checkups—This applies to both kids and adults, but it's especially important during the years when they are rapidly growing! Timely treatment with sealants, topical fluoride applications or fillings can often help keep a small problem from turning into a major headache...

Glossary
... Composite filling - Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings...

Veneers
... Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth...

Teeth Whitening
...These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case)...

General Dentistry
...General dentists are highly educated and trained in multiple facets of dentistry, providing a variety of different services for you and your family including: Crowns and bridges Dentures Dental implants Gum disease (Periodontal) treatment Orthodontics Root canal therapy Teeth cleanings Bonding Dental fillings General dentists who do not perform a certain treatment will provide you with a specialist referral...

Periodontal Exams
... During your periodontal examination, your dentist will check: For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose The color, texture, size and shape of your gums Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants How much plaque is on your teeth The depth of the space between your tooth and gum Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums...

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