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True Relief For TMJ This Season With TruDenta [BLOG]: With Thanksgiving and the holiday season on everyone’s minds, it’s not uncommon to find ourselves under a bit more stress than usual. This time of year is fun, festive, and joyful, of course, but it does demand a lot of extra time, energy, and effort from us. You might be handling it all with ease… or you might find yourself barely clutching to sanity because you’re dealing with chronic pain. Today, our team at Community Shores Dental wants to make sure your upcoming holiday season is pain-free. So we’re devoting the blog to a debilitating condition known as TMJ disorder. This stems from malfunctioning of your temporomandibular joint, the hinges below your ears that connect your skull and jawbone. When it becomes misaligned, it can cause many uncomfortable symptoms. Dr. Sortman and our team in Norton Shores, MI can help you! In today’s blog, you’ll learn more about TMJ disorder and how with TruDenta and our other treatment strategies, you can find true pain relief this season! Can Your Pain Be Traced Back To TMJ? At a glance, the varied symptoms of TMJ disorder can seem unrelated. But the fact is that problems with your jaw joint can result in a concentrated area that is afflicted with pain and tension. Let’s look at some of the more common signs that TMJ disorder is the cause of your discomfort: -Frequent Migraines / Headaches -Earache Pain -Muscle Tension In The Jaw, Face, Neck, & Shoulders -Clicking / Popping In The Jaw -Difficulty Opening Your Mouth / Lockjaw -Clenching Your Jaw / Grinding Your Teeth When you list all the common symptoms together, it makes more sense that they might be connected by jaw trauma of some kind. To know for sure, however, if you’re experiencing TMJ or general problems with your temporomandibular joint alignment, you need to seek the help of a professional. At Community Shores Dental, we have a highly-trained team and the advanced technology to properly diagnose and treat your TMJ issues. You don’t have to suffer from all the tension and discomfort this condition brings with it, especially around the holidays! The Risks For TMJ Disorder No one is immune to TMJ disorder. But there are certain factors that might make you more at risk for developing problems with this joint. You can ask yourself these questions: -Do you have low pain tolerance? -Have you been under a lot of stress lately? -Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth? -Do you suffer from arthritis or other inflammatory conditions? -Are you a women between the ages of 18 and 44? -Have you experienced jaw trauma because of an accident or injury? If you’re able to narrow down all the possible causes of your headaches, migraines, and other disruptive symptoms, you can help us find the right solution for you. In our Norton Shores, MI dental office, we approach TMJ treatment with a series of steps: -We begin with analyzing your bite force and range of motion. -We discuss your headache history. -We perform a muscle and trigger point exam. -We give you a head health questionnaire to determine any hidden issues. Along with that, we can use TruDenta, a two-part system designed to help us determine the cause of your headaches and migraines. We also include a variety of treatment strategies with advanced ultrasound and laser technology to help you start living pain-free! Find True Relief With TruDenta! As Thanksgiving and the ensuing holiday seasons gets closer and closer, your to-do list gets longer and longer. You have enough to worry about without letting painful headaches, migraines, and other TMJ symptoms weighing you down. You can avoid all of that with TMJ treatment at Community Shores Dental! We can use TruDenta to get to the bottom of your pain and help you find relief. The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed, and you can with the right treatment in our Norton Shores, MI dental office. If you think TMJ might be threatening your holiday fun, find answers and relief for a pain-free season. Call Community Shores Dental at 231-366-4182. You can also use our online form. The post True Relief For TMJ This Season With TruDenta [BLOG] appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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Get Family Dentistry That Your Kids Will Love [VIDEO]: Make your life a little easier by visiting Community Shores Dental for family dentistry services in a kid-friendly environment. At our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, we provide video games and balloon animals in our reception area to put smiles on your children’s faces. To learn a little more about how we can help your kid establish a positive association with the dentist, check out this short video with Dr. Sortman For family dentistry and much more, call Community Shores Dental at 231-366-4182. You can also use our online form. The post Get Family Dentistry That Your Kids Will Love [VIDEO] appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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The Simplicity Of Caring For Dental Implant Dentures: If you have traditional dentures, you’ve undoubtedly thought about how nice it would be if you could just turn back the clock and get your chompers back. If you’re interested in ditching the denture adhesives and cleaners and getting easy-to-care-for dental implant dentures, call 231-366-4182 today! Whether you need to replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw or both for a full-mouth reconstruction, we can provide options for dental implant dentures at our conveniently located Norton Shores, MI dentist office. We even offer a form of dental implant restorations called All-on-4 dental implants that are similar to dental implant dentures but only require four strategically placed dental implants to hold a full arch of replacement teeth. In order to have dental implants placed, your jawbone will need to be strong, thick, and dense. But if you’re worried about spending money on getting an evaluation for dental implants only to find out you are not a suitable candidate, never fear! We offer free consultations for all the services we provide, including complex restorative dentistry treatments like dental implants. Even if you are not a good candidate for standard dental implants we may still be able to help you by providing mini dental implants instead. These are smaller in diameter than normal dental implants but are otherwise very similar. We also don’t want patients who are currently without dental insurance to put off getting the treatments they need so we are proud to offer our very own In-house financing options! We’ll help you come up with a payment plan and everything. Unlike many other dental offices, we provide some flexible hours. We close a tad early on Fridays but we keep the standard nine-to-five schedule that most businesses do and we: Open early at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday Stay late until 6:00 p.m. on Mondays and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays Clean Your Dental Implant Dentures Just Like Natural Teeth If you or someone you know has had traditional dentures that are held in place with denture adhesive and suction, you know how much of a pain they can be to take care of. To be cared for properly, most traditional dentures need to be: Taken out and soaked overnight in a special cleaner Brushed after taking them out and before putting them back in Rinsed very thoroughly before being put back in On top of how annoying it can be to clean dentures properly, you also need to remember that they can break easily if you drop them at any point during this process. And that doesn’t even cover the hassle that denture adhesive can present. In contrast, dentures that are held in place by dental implants can be treated just like your natural teeth and do not need to be removed. All you need to do is: Brush them twice a day using toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush Floss between all of your teeth at least once each day Use a mouthwash or rinse if desired or recommended And just like with your natural teeth you should visit Community Shores Dental every six months for a thorough dental cleaning and exam. We’ll clean your replacement teeth thoroughly and check for any issues that may be developing as well. Because dental implants literally fuse to your jawbone (a process called “osseointegration), they provide a sturdy foundation for dental implants. Along with being very strong and easy to care for, they offer many other advantages compared to other tooth replacement options because they: Can last many years or even your lifetime with proper oral hygiene Help prevent jawbone deterioration, helping you avoid a “sunken in” look Provide up to 90 percent of the chewing power of your natural teeth To ensure your treatment is done as precisely as possible, we will plan your procedure using cutting-edge dental technology like our digital X-ray systems. We also offer various amenities to help you relax during your visit, including heated massage chairs in one of our semi-private care rooms. Our team can even provide dental sedation options to help relieve your dental anxiety if you would like. So we can work at your pace, you can also choose to get an extended appointment. Say goodbye to all the special adhesives and denture cleaners and secure your replacement teeth with dental implants from Community Shores Dental! Call 231-366-4182, visit our Norton Shores, MI dentist office in person during our business hours, or use our convenient online form to schedule or ask questions. The post The Simplicity Of Caring For Dental Implant Dentures appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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Could Gum Disease Treatment Help You?: Don’t let periodontal disease creep up on you – contact Community Shores Dental to learn if a gum disease treatment could improve your oral health. We offer a wide range of general dentistry services and much more at our Norton Shores, MI dentist office. To get some sense of whether or not your gums are healthy, take the short quiz below. Give your smile a healthy base with a gum disease treatment from Community Shores Dental. Call 231-366-4182 or use our online form to reach us. Loading Could Gum Disease Treatment Help You? The post Could Gum Disease Treatment Help You? appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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Enjoy No Dietary Restrictions With Dental Implants: If you’re worried that you’ll never be able to enjoy your favorite crunchy or chewy foods again because of your damaged or missing teeth, think again! If you’d like to regain your oral function with the help of strong, beautiful dental implants, call Community Shores Dental at 231-366-4182 to schedule a consultation and learn if you are a good candidate! At our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, we can place and restore dental implants with a variety of options, including: Dental crowns, to completely replace individual pearly whites Dental bridges, to span the gap left by multiple adjacent teeth Dentures, to restore all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw or both for a full-mouth reconstruction All-on-4 dental implants, to give you back a full arch of teeth using just four strategically placed dental implants If you are not a good candidate for traditional dental implants because your jaw is not dense, strong, or thick enough to support them, we may also be able to provide mini dental implants. These work just like their standard-sized counterparts but are a fraction of the size. For your convenience, our dental office is open early and late so you can maintain your normal schedule of going to work and getting the kids to school in the morning. On top of the typical nine-to-five workday you’d expect from most dentists, our office is also open: At 7:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday Until 6:00 p.m. on Mondays Until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays Because we don’t want financial limitations preventing you from getting the dental treatments you need and want, we also accept many payment options. We even work with third-party lenders, like CareCredit, and offer our own in-house financing! Renew Your Love Of Your Favorite Foods With Dental Implants We know how frustrating it can be to no longer be able to enjoy your favorite foods because of dental pain or difficulty chewing. We have heard countless patients explain this predicament and have assisted them in addressing the problem. With our help, you can regain your powerful bite! Whether you’re talking about chewy, crispy caramel apples in the fall or a nice juicy steak using your family’s secret marinade, certain foods just bring back so many memories. Others are go-to sources of nostalgia. Maybe you worked at a movie theater when you were younger and can’t get enough of some freshly popped crunchy popcorn. Or maybe you don’t necessarily associate your favorite food with a certain memory but that’s exactly why they are so important to you. Like a good cheeseburger, for instance – you can get one at just about every restaurant and that itself is a sense of comfort. Or perhaps it isn’t particular foods that you miss, but the freedom of not having to worry about pain or difficulty while chewing. In this case, you could be frustrated about having to turn down dinner invitations because you’re not sure you’ll be able to enjoy your meal out with friends or loved ones. You just miss feeling included. Regardless of which foods you are missing or what specific reasons you have for wanting dental implants, we can help you as long as you are a good candidate for them. Because dental implants literally fuse to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration, they provide a strong, sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. In many cases, patients are able to regain up to 90 percent of the chewing power that their natural teeth used to provide! And because dental implants are so securely held in place by your jaw, you won’t have to worry about a dental crown coming loose or your dentures falling out. You’ll be able to chew, laugh, smile, and even sneeze without worry! On top of the dietary freedom dental implants provide, they also offer many other advantages over other tooth replacement options. One big one is that dental implants do not require any special care. Just maintain good oral hygiene habits and visit us regularly for dental cleanings and your dental implants could last a lifetime! Regardless of which dental implant treatment you receive, we will carefully plan your procedure using advanced technology. We will also improve your visit with various amenities, including dental sedation options. Bite into your favorite foods without fear of difficulty or discomfort by replacing your damaged or missing teeth with dental implants at Community Shores Dental! Call 231-366-4182, use our online form, or swing by our Norton Shores, MI dentist office in person. The post Enjoy No Dietary Restrictions With Dental Implants appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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Give Yourself A Dazzling Hollywood Smile With Dental Veneers: Stop feeling so self-conscious about your imperfect teeth and visit Community Shores Dental to get dental veneers. At our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, we can use dental veneers to cover up your smile flaws, including chips, cracks, and much more! Check out this short video to learn a little more about this great cosmetic dentistry option. Get a sparkling, dazzling smile with dental veneers from Community Shores Dental! Call us at 231-366-4182 or use our online form to book. The post Give Yourself A Dazzling Hollywood Smile With Dental Veneers appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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Scare Off Cavities This Halloween With General Dentistry: Oh sure, your kids may get spooked by the ghouls and goblins roaming around this Halloween, but we know the scariest thing for parents and guardians this holiday is cavities and tooth decay. If you’d like professional tips on keeping your children’s smiles healthy and beautiful this Halloween, call North Shore Dental at 231-366-4182 for general dentistry services and more! For your convenience, Dr. Christopher Sortman, Dr. Kyle Gies, and our caring team of dental professionals treat patients of all ages at our conveniently located Norton Shores, MI dentist office. We provide all the dental treatments that the littlest smiles in your family need! So you don’t have to deal with the nightmare of screwing up your work schedule and your child’s school attendance record, we offer flexible hours. Outside the normal nine-to-five, our office is open: Starting at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday Until 6:00 p.m. on Mondays Until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays If you’d like to get some peace of mind regarding Halloween this year, visit us for tips and general dentistry services! Fight Mouth Monsters With General Dentistry & Oral Hygiene The best way to prevent tooth decay from attacking your children’s smiles is to help them establish good oral hygiene habits from an early age. You know that you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice a day, but your little ones might not. Even when your kids are very young, you can spark an interest in oral health simply by modeling good brushing and flossing techniques. Children frequently want to mimic just about everything their parents do, so by brushing and flossing together, you may just turn out to be their oral health hero! We can also demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques for your little ones at our Norton Shores, MI dentist office. We have the know-how and the experience with children to explain the importance of keeping teeth clean in a way that will engage your kiddos and help them take an interest in maintaining the health and beauty of their smiles. Just as a reminder, here are some basics on what everyone should do for their pearly whites every day: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and after every meal if possible, with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush Floss between each tooth at least once daily Use a mouthwash or rinse if recommended Because your teeth have grooves in them that are so thin not even a single bristle from a toothbrush can clean inside them, you should also bring your children (and yourself) in to see us for a professional dental cleaning and exam every six months. We’ll clean your family’s smiles thoroughly and treat any signs of decay while the issue is still easily managed. But maybe part of why you’re so afraid of Halloween candies damaging your kid’s smiles is because your kiddo’s grins are in such great shape and you don’t want that ruined. Well, we can also help you understand what causes cavities and strategies for avoiding tooth decay. Perhaps the most important thing you should know this Halloween when it comes to preventing dental problems in your children’s smiles is that as long as sugary or acidic candies are present, bad bacteria thrive. You may be surprised to know, for that reason, candies that disappear quickly like chocolate are actually not that bad for teeth if eaten in moderation. The more acidic, sticky, and long-lasting a candy is, the worse it could potentially be for your kid’s smile. Here are some of the worst perpetrators in popular Halloween candy: Hard candies, like suckers, jawbreakers, hard caramels, and Jolly Ranchers Taffy, caramel, licorice, Airheads, and other sticky sweets Lemonheads, Warheads, sour gummies, and other highly acidic candies You can also try various strategies to prevent your kids from binging on Halloween candy. For example, you could hold on to their haul this Halloween and allow them to have candy for dessert after meals instead of letting them snack throughout the day. Anything you can do to keep their sugary, acidic candy intake to a minimum in terms of duration is a plus. To get peace of mind and know you’ve got the stuff to scare away tooth decay and other dental issues this Halloween, call North Shore Dental at 231-366-4182 to get some oral hygiene tips and general dentistry services. You can also use our handy online form or stop by our beautiful Norton Shores, MI dentist office in person to schedule or ask our team questions. The post Scare Off Cavities This Halloween With General Dentistry appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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Make A Big Difference For Your Smile With Simple Tooth Bonding: Don’t stress about doing expensive, time-consuming treatments on your smile when you could get a great result with tooth bonding from North Shores Dental! At our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, we provide a wide array of cosmetic dentistry services. Check out this short video with Dr. Sortman to learn about this fast, effective cosmetic option! Get a better smile with tooth bonding from Norton Shores Dental! Call 231-366-4182 or use our online form to schedule or ask questions. The post Make A Big Difference For Your Smile With Simple Tooth Bonding appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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Relieve Dental Anxiety With Dental Sedation: Maybe you had a bad experience at a dental office when you were younger. Or perhaps you just hate the sounds and smells you associate with the dentist. You could even have financial concerns. No matter the source of your discomfort, we can help relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options at Community Shores Dental if you call us at 231-366-4182. At our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, Dr. Christopher Sortman, Dr. Kyle Gies, and our friendly team of dental professionals understand it’s not simply a matter of “getting over it” if you have dental anxiety. Instead of making you feel judged for your oral health, we will treat you with patience and compassion. We’re here to help you, not make things worse, after all! Dental sedation is a great option for patients that get a little anxious at the dentist, as has been mentioned. But sedation dentistry has many applications beyond that. Here are just a few situations where dental sedation may help: Patients in need of multiple and/or time-consuming dental procedures People with a bad gag reflex Visitors that have very sensitive teeth Patients with special needs that may need help relaxing People with Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, or other conditions that may prevent them from sitting still Visitors in need of potentially uncomfortable procedures that have a low pain threshold So you don’t have to stress about fitting the dental care you need into your already chaotic schedule, we provide flexible hours outside the normal nine-to-five. Our office is open early at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and we also stay late until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. To take any financial anxiety out of the equation, we accept an assortment of payment options. We even offer our own in-house financing for patients that do not have dental insurance currently. Find The Right Dental Sedation Option For Your Dental Anxiety When you visit our Norton Shores, MI dentist office, you will be greeted warmly by smiling faces. Our team is trained to help you feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. We will listen intently to what you have to say so we can provide the most patient-centered experience possible. Because everyone is different, we offer multiple levels of dental sedation that we can even combine in some cases. To help you determine the type and level of sedation that will suit your needs best, we will discuss your health history, dental records, and personal concerns with you. Here are some basics on the four levels of sedation we can provide: Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” takes effect very quickly to produce a mild euphoria and wears off just as fast Oral conscious sedation comes in the form of a pill that we’ll prescribe during an initial consultation and direct you to take about an hour before your appointment so you can arrive completely relaxed; you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your visit IV sedation produces a dreamlike state in a matter of seconds and can help people with moderate to severe dental anxiety relax under our careful administration and observation General anesthesia, the strongest form of dental sedation we offer, is often used for major surgeries and can help even the most phobic patients feel at ease Nitrous oxide wears off very quickly so you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. All other forms of dental sedation we provide will require you to get a trusted friend or family member to do the driving. On top of the various dental sedation options we can provide to help you relax, we also offer a variety of comfort options to improve your visit, including heated massage chairs in our semi-private care rooms. So you won’t feel rushed, we can also provide extended appointments by request. We’ll work at your pace and answer any questions you have as we go! Whether you’re visiting us for a routine dental cleaning and exam or a full-mouth reconstruction, we will do all we can to make your experience with us as pleasant as possible! If there’s any chance of discomfort during a treatment, we will numb the area with an anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing! To treat yourself to a team that will understand your dental anxiety and do everything possible to help you overcome it, call Community Shores Dental at 231-366-4182. You can also book using our online form or visit our Norton Shores, MI dentist office in person to schedule or ask a team member questions. The post Relieve Dental Anxiety With Dental Sedation appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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Veneers: Improve Your Smile, Protect Your Teeth! [BLOG]: Everyone deals with insecurities about their appearance at some point. Even the most genetically blessed among us struggle with feelings of self-doubt or embarrassment. That’s why it’s no secret how valuable it is to feel good about how we look. And there are a number of ways you can reach that level of self-acceptance. You can hit the gym for a few more hours each week and modify your diet. You can try a new hairstyle and color. You can also change up your wardrobe for a more tailored, professional look. Whenever you put in the time and effort to make improvements to your appearance, the benefits are magnified. You look better, and you worked hard to get there. It’s tremendously satisfying! But what about those things you can’t change no matter how much extra time and money you spend at the gym, the salon, or the clothing store? You find the right professional to help you, of course! That’s what Dr. Sortman and our team at Community Shores Dental are here for! We know how important your smile is to you, personally, socially, and professionally. That’s why we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to beautify your smile and boost your confidence. One of the best cosmetic solutions available today are dental veneers, and we’ve used them to help so many patients feel good about the radiant, flawless smile that stares back at them when they look in the mirror! Today, you’re going to find out what makes veneers so transformative and how they not only improve your smile, but protect your teeth for decades! The Transformative Power Of Veneers You’ve probably heard about dental veneers by now, but maybe you still aren’t sure what they are exactly. The idea, and the process, are actually very simple! In our Norton Shores dental office, we use finely crafted veneers made of porcelain that are placed on your tooth to cover imperfections. The super-thin porcelain gives them such a realistic look, yet the material is strong enough to last decades with proper care. In a series of two appointments, Dr. Sortman will carefully prepare your tooth enamel by filing down just enough so that the veneers will bond to your teeth comfortably and proportionately. Sometimes, patients need little to no wearing down of their tooth enamel at all. In these cases, Dr. Sortman would use Lumineers instead, which are very similar to standard veneers, except thinner.   Regardless of type, our patients love the natural look and feel of veneers and how they cover all the flaws that used to make them feel embarrassed to smile! Now that you know what they are, you understand why they can transform a person’s smile so dramatically. But just what kind of flaws are we talking about? Veneers Improve Your Smile By Covering Up Flaws There are so many cosmetic dental problems that veneers can fix! Some of them might be genetic, such as crooked, misshapen, or awkwardly spaced teeth. Other problems come from the passing of time, like stubborn dark stains, discoloration, or a shift in alignment. Once veneers are bonded to your enamel, Dr. Sortman artfully shapes and polishes them so they fit comfortably and feel just like your natural teeth. They can hide the gaps between your teeth, the oddly-shaped tooth that sticks out when you smile, and can even out the jagged outline of your bottom teeth worn down from years of teeth grinding. As if that weren’t amazing enough, because they’re made of porcelain, veneers are like a permanent teeth whitening solution for all those stains on your teeth from years of drinking coffee, wine, and soda. By covering the cosmetic flaws on your teeth, veneers can give you the brighter, whiter, perfectly straight smile you’ve always wished you had! Veneers Protect Your Teeth By Covering Up Damage You might be surprised to know that veneers actually protect your teeth as well as make your smile more beautiful. Despite how incredibly thin they are, veneers are also shockingly strong and durable. By covering up chips and cracks on your teeth, they’re adding a layer of protection so the damage doesn’t get worse and leave your teeth and gums exposed to harmful bacteria that threaten your smile and health. Schedule Your Cosmetic Consultation! Are you ready to improve your smile and protect your teeth for the next few decades with dental veneers? Your smile can be as beautiful as you’ve imagined, but it all starts with your consultation at Community Shores Dental! Call us today at 231-366-4182. You can also use our online form to request an appointment. The post Veneers: Improve Your Smile, Protect Your Teeth! [BLOG] appeared first on Community Shores Dental.
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