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By Progressive Dental
November 05, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth-colored fillings have revolutionized restorative dentistry with their natural appearance and predictable resiliency. Family dentists, such as Dr. Meridith Hall and Dr. Barth Hall at Progressive Dental, treat tooth decay with innovative composite resin. Their patients in Ann Arbor, MI, love the results.

That tooth decay!

It's a leading oral health problem for children, teens and adults in the US as acid-releasing oral bacteria erode the surface of hard tooth enamel. While for generations dentists have restored teeth with amalgam fillings, decay continues, particularly as adults experience additional cavities around the edges of their metal fillings, reports the American Dental Association (ADA).

Treating it with tooth-colored fillings

Today, family dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, and across the country have modern, tooth-colored materials available. The most frequently used is realistic composite resin, a unique mix of glass particles and acrylic.

Composite resin features many important benefits. A perfect color match to your healthy tooth structure is just one of them. Others include:

  • Natural sheen, strength and flexibility
  • Seamless bonding to your tooth enamel
  • Years of durable service
  • Elimination of destructive undercuts used with amalgam fillings
  • Use in repair of small cosmetic flaws such as chips, pitting and cracks

Composite resin adheres right to your tooth enamel. In fact, it actually seals it, along with the tooth's inner--and softer--dentin. As such, there are no filling margins, bacterial infiltration or opportunity for new decay, reports Dear Doctor. Also, just like real tooth enamel, composite resin flexes as you bite and chew, allowing fewer opportunities for tooth fracture over time.

Other tooth-colored materials

Progressive Dental also offers porcelain inlays and onlays to restore large areas of decay on the chewing surfaces of molars. These individually-crafted partial crowns bond right to the prepared tooth structure, affording natural aesthetics, strength and proper bite.

Find out more

Let the professionals at Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, select the tooth-colored filling material right for your restoration. Dr. Meridith Hall and Dr. Barth Hall and their team provide many innovative restorative, preventive and cosmetic services in their Ann Arbor, MI, practice. Don't hesitate to call them with any questions or concerns about your family dentistry needs. Phone us at (734) 930-4022.

By Progressive Dental
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Having a beautiful smile is important for people's confidence and first impressions. There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures but one of the less invasive and cost-effective is veneers. Drs. Meridith and Barton Hall of Progressive Dental at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor, MI, provide many services, including veneers.

Why choose dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that fit on the surface of teeth. Veneers are custom-made so they mimic your natural teeth's shape, color, texture, and alignment.

Veneers make it possible for people to have beautiful smiles by fixing natural teeth's appearance or restoring your beautiful smile after years of coffee drinking or an accident chipping a tooth.

The Benefits of Veneers

If you're unsure of this procedure your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist can tell you about the advantages of veneers.

  1. Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and because they adhere to dental surfaces, they cover stains and discoloration.
  2. Veneers are custom-made so if you want different shaped teeth, that's a simple fix. Your dentist can have teeth edges rounder or squarer.
  3. The porcelain veneers are made of are strong so that will protect your teeth and less enamel is removed from dental surfaces than with other dental appliances.
  4. Veneers can also reshape teeth for improved symmetry and fix minor spacing and alignment issues. For large gaps, you may need orthotic treatment so consult your dentist first.
  5. This is a cost-effective procedure for people who want to revitalize their smile without breaking the bank.

Steps to Place Porcelain Veneers

Your dentist prepares teeth by removing some enamel off the surface of teeth, then makes an impression using a mold that'll be sent to a lab. You'll be given temporary veneers until your next appointment when permanent veneers are bonded to the surface of teeth. Any adjustments necessary are made over the next few weeks.

Are you interested in dental veneers?

Call Drs. Meridith and Barton Hall of Progressive Dental at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor, MI, at (734) 930-4022 for more information!

By Progressive Dental
April 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

No one decides to have poor oral health; it happens gradually, often due to neglecting simple practices form the base of basic oral hygiene. Here at Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, your dentists, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall, provide preventive care guidance that keeps patients in great health—read on to learn more.

The enemies of your teeth and gums

There are tiny, microscopic pathogens that put your oral health at risk. They're Streptococcus bacteria, and they live in the food residues that cling to your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing remove these organisms, which is why the American Dental Association (ADA) highly recommends these actions as part of your regular routine, along with a low-sugar diet and ample hydration.

However, the war on gum disease and tooth decay cannot be won alone. You and your family need regular preventive services from our Ann Arbor office. After all, without routine hygienic cleanings, X-rays, and examinations, tooth decay and gum disease remain hidden and untreated.

What you can do

Besides your conscientious at-home care, come to our Ann Arbor office for your cleaning and check-up. Each exam includes a check for decay/gum disease, oral cancer evaluation, an inspection of any dental restorations, and a careful look at jaw joint function/dental bite. Every cleaning also removes the plaque and tartar build-up which can damage your gums and teeth.

Additionally, your dentists will present you with a comprehensive care plan to include your best path to a long-lasting smile. It includes preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments.

Common preventive care includes:

  • A cleaning and check-up every six months (or more often if you struggle with gum problems)
  • X-ray imaging according to a set schedule
  • Anti-cavity fluoride treatments to supplement the fluoride in your toothpaste and municipal water supply
  • Plastic sealants (particularly for children's teeth) to protect the chewing surfaces of molars
  • Customized mouth guards to protect your teeth during sports

Learn more

Prevention is the way to go. At Progressive Dental, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall will partner with you to keep your smile intact and shining for years to come. Contact your dentists at (734) 930-4022.

By Progressive Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orthodontic  

Improve your smile, improve your oral health and improve your appearance all at once.

Unfortunately, many people make assumptions about us based on the way we look. So if you have a smile that is a bit crooked or misaligned you may feel embarrassed to smile around friends, colleagues, coworkers or fellow students. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall have helped countless patients of all ages get beautifully straight, confident smiles through braces.

Along with the obvious benefit of getting a straighter smile, here are some of the less obvious benefits of getting orthodontic treatment,

Make Chewing Easier

While you might not even realize it, having crooked teeth can make it more challenging to properly chew food. Getting a straighter smile can help make eating everything you love easier, which also means a happier digestive tract.

Prevent Damage

If you are dealing with an overbite, underbite or an all-together misaligned smile then every time you bite down or put pressure on your teeth the force from your jaws isn’t being evenly distributed throughout your smile. This means that some teeth end up taking on more pressure and force than they should. Over time, this leads to excessive wear and tear on teeth, eventually resulting in cracks, chips and fractures.

Reduce Decay Risk

Crooked, twisted or overlapping teeth are also more difficult to keep clean, making it a hospitable environment for food to get trapped between these crevices. By correcting these issues with orthodontic treatment our Ann Arbor family dentists can help you reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

Should I get braces?

Since most people don’t end up with perfectly straight teeth, many of them can benefit from braces. Our dental practice makes it easy to get the orthodontic treatment you need based on certain factors including your age, the type of issues you need to fix and your finances. Each orthodontic plan is individualized to meet your needs. While children as young as seven often benefit from undergoing an orthodontic consultation, you are never too old to get braces.

Are you interested in getting braces for you or your child? If so, Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, can help get your smile where you want it with orthodontic treatment and other dentistry options. Call our office today at (734) 930-4022 to schedule a consultation.

By Progressive Dental
December 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are an efficient and effective way to replace missing teeth. Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall provide patients with dental implants at their Ann Arbor, MI, office to treat this problem.

Dental implants are oral appliances that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. They provide people with a smile that will improve their self-esteem and resolve functional problems.

Missing teeth affect a person's ability to bite, chew and speak, and, in the long run, you may even notice jawbone shrinkage. One of the many advantages of dental appliances is that it prevents this shrinkage, and reinforces the jawbone.

So, what else do you need to know about dental implants?

Your Ann Arbor dentist first places a biocompatible titanium screw in your gums, where the tooth is missing and allows it to fuse with the rest of your jawbone for 3-6 months. You'll need to visit your dentist during those months to ensure all is well and after the implant has bonded, your dentist will insert a screw in the titanium post, put an abutment on the screw and, finally, place a crown that matches the rest of your smile.

You'll walk out of your dentist's office with a healthy rejuvenated smile that can last a lifetime. That's right! If you take care of your dental implants properly, they can last a lifetime. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss daily.

Other preventative measures include maintaining a healthy diet. Avoid sugary food that fuels acid-producing bacteria. The bacterial acid is the cause of decay and gum disease which may lead to serious dental problems.

Are you interested in dental implants? Call the dentists at Progressive Dental, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall, located in Ann Arbor, MI at (734) 930-4022 for more information.

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