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May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out exactly what dental implants can do for your smile?dental implants

Tooth loss doesn’t have to define you and it doesn’t just have to be something you put up with. You deserve to have a healthy smile again and our Kalamazoo, MI, dentist, Dr. Mark Richardson, is here to make that possible. Find out more about dental implants and whether this is the best option for you.

A dental implant is often the best tooth replacement restoration because it actually mirrors a real tooth. While nothing is as good as maintaining your beautiful natural smile, getting dental implants in Kalamazoo can certainly come close. This is because the implant actually acts like tooth roots. It is placed into the jawbone, so it’s meant to function like a real tooth.

Here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy with dental implants:

  • You’ll get a full smile back. This restoration is made to look just like a real tooth and no one will be able to pick out the dental implant from the rest of your natural teeth. The only person who will know that you have an artificial tooth is you.
  • You’ll regain confidence again. You’ll not only stop feeling self-conscious about smiling but you’ll also feel great about your appearance once again when you know you have a full smile to show off.
  • Chewing and speaking are two important components of everyday life that can be restored with implants. You don’t have to deal with tooth loss very long to discover that it can take a toll on your ability to speak properly, as well as how easy it is to chew food. Tooth loss can also make it impossible to get the proper nutrients you need since you may avoid certain hard-to-eat foods. With a dental implant that functions like a real tooth, you won't have to worry about that at all.
  • Once you lose one or more teeth, the jawbone is no longer getting sufficient stimulation it needs from the tooth roots to remain healthy. This leads to bone deterioration and weakness. By getting dental implants as soon as possible, you can prevent serious jawbone loss.

Are you ready to find out if you are the perfect candidate for dental implants? If so, the next step is to call Dr. Mark Richardson in Kalamazoo, MI, to schedule your consultation. Let’s talk about dental implants!

March 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures are the solution of choice when you have missing teeth and lack sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants. Find out how denturesDr. Mark Richardson can help restore your smile with dentures at his Kalamazoo, MI dental office.

Restoring Your Smile with Dentures
Dentures are appliances made of composite resin or porcelain “teeth” and plastic “gums.” In some cases, they’re also designed with metal components. The denture suctions to your gumline or is connected to teeth that are remaining in your mouth. With this new set of teeth, your gums are protected, your smile is beautiful once again and you can chew your favorite foods properly.

Types of Dentures
There are a few different types of dentures to consider when you visit your Kalamazoo dentist. Here are four of the most common choices:

- Full (complete or conventional) dentures that cover an entire row of missing teeth.
- Immediate full dentures that are put in right after tooth extraction (same appointment).
- Partial dentures that can be affixed to existing teeth with metal clasps.
- Implant-supported dentures for patients who have some bone tissue available.

Getting Custom Dentures Made 
A denture is created based on a mold of your gumline. The impression, taken with dental plaster, is sent to a lab for processing. When the denture is finished, you’ll come in to have it sized and adjusted as needed. It may take more than one visit for you to get the perfect fit. Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your new dentures, your gums and your remaining teeth if you have a partial device.

Make a Dentures Appointment Today
Dr. Richardson can design a custom denture appliance for you that will restore your smile and fit comfortably. Call his Kalamazoo, MI office at (269) 343-6907 today to schedule an appointment.

January 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Periodontal disease, which is also referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth including the gums. Dr. gum diseaseMark Richardson, your Kalamazoo MI dentist offers a variety of gum disease treatments. Here are the top five warning signs of periodontal disease.

1. Bad Breath 

Persistent bad breath may be a warning sign of periodontal disease. If you have chronic bad breath, see your dentist right away. Finding out what's causing your bad breath puts you one step closer to getting rid of it. It's important to find out if your gums are the culprits since breath mints won't help -- they are just temporarily covering up the problem.

2. Red Gums

Healthy gums should appear pink and firm. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become bright red or purple. Gum disease results from an infection that causes inflammation. This inflammation process causes discoloration of the gums.

3. Swollen Gums

In gingivitis, the gums become swollen and inflamed. For many individuals with gingivitis, this inflammation is not painful. If the cause of your gum swelling is gum disease, good dental hygiene is the first step to recovery.

4. Bleeding Gums

Blood in the sink? If your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, you may have gum disease. The best way to find out what is causing your gums to bleed is to see your Kalamazoo, MI dentist.

5. Receding Gums

Receding gums are a condition in which the roots of the teeth become exposed. Gum disease is the main cause of gum recession. Periodontal disease destroys gum tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place.

Gum disease can wreak havoc on your health. In your mouth, it can destroy your gums and potentially lead to tooth loss. Say goodbye to gum disease for good! Call Dr. Mark Richardson, in Kalamazoo, MI at (269) 343-6907 today to schedule your dental appointment. We will help you get rid of gum disease once and for all.

November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Though many patients are anxious about going to the dentist, avoiding this important bi-annual appointment isn't the best choice if you tooth painwant to preserve your dental health. The longer you avoid getting help, the worse a dental problem will become over time. Take note of these five signs that you need to see your Kalamazoo, MI dentist Dr. Mark Richardson in the near future (or immediately) for an exam, cleaning or treatment.

1. Intense Toothache
One of the clearest signs that you should visit the dentist is when you have an intense and unbearable pain in your mouth. The pain could be an abscess, decay inside of a tooth or a wisdom tooth that's growing in incorrectly. In all of these cases, it's best to get the issue treated as soon as possible. In fact, you shouldn't wait until the pain is really bad—go to your Kalamazoo dentist as soon as you feel any sensation of pain in one or more of your teeth. 

2. Highly Sensitive Teeth
If a tooth is so sensitive that you avoid drinking or eating hot and cold beverages for long periods of time, that is a sign of a problem that should be looked at by a dentist. Temporary sensitivity is common, but when it's persistent there could be nerve damage or enamel erosion. 

3. Your Teeth Are Badly Discolored
A badly colored tooth is a cosmetic problem that can be fixed in one or two visits to your Kalamazoo dentist. Simple solutions for discolored teeth include professional bleaching treatments, veneers and crowns. The suggested treatment will depend on whether the stain is extrinsic (on the surface) or intrinsic (at an inside layer of the tooth).

4. Your Gums Bleed When You Brush
Gum disease is a condition that affects over half of all Americans according to CDC estimates. An early sign of this problem is bleeding gums. If you see blood when brushing your teeth, make an appointment with Dr. Richardson for an examination.

5. You Haven't Seen a Dentist in Over a Year
The American Dental Association recommends that you see a dentist twice per year. If it's been over a year and you haven't seen a dentist, now is the time. When you go to regular appointments, we can catch dental problems early before they turn into more serious conditions.

Make an Appointment Today
You can relax knowing you're in good hands when you visit the office of Dr. Mark Richardson, your Kalamazoo, MI dentist who has a genuine concern for the long-term dental health of his patients. Call (269) 343-6907 today to speak with a friendly staff member and schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Mark Richardson
August 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Healthy Food  

Didn’t know that what you eat can affect your smile? Learn from your Kalamazoo dentist!

While it seems like a no-brainer that what we eat affects our general health and our weight, did you know that it can also affect the Foodhealth of your mouth? If you don’t often think much about what you eat then maybe it’s time that you did (for the sake of your oral health). From the office of your Kalamazoo, MI dentist, Dr. Mark Richardson, here are just some of the foods you should be adding to your diet to keep your smile looking its best:

Apples: If you can’t reach for your toothbrush during your midday break then reach for an apple. While it won’t be able to do the same job as a toothbrush, it still does a great job of cleaning teeth and removing stains. Plus, apples stimulate salivary flow, which can help wash away food particles and bacteria.

Cheese and dairy products: Dairy products contain a healthy dose of calcium, which our teeth and gums need to stay healthy. As if consuming calcium wasn’t reason enough to grab some string cheese or a glass of milk, the phosphates found in these products can also improve your mouth’s natural pH to make it a less hospitable environment for cavity-producing bacteria.

Carrots: Not only do these crunchy foods stimulate saliva (which we all know promotes a healthier and cleaner mouth) but they also contain Vitamin A, which helps the body absorb calcium better. So the next time you are looking for a smile-healthy treat, opt for some carrots and a refreshing glass of cold milk.

Green Tea: While this isn’t a food, don’t forget that what you drink can also affect your teeth. While black tea might be known to cause stains, green tea has been known to fight cavities. It even contains catechins, which can kill plaque-producing bacteria.

Kiwi: These colorful and yummy little fruits contain a boatload of Vitamin C, which is a great vitamin for keeping your gums looking and feeling their best. While we often focus our attention on our teeth, gum health is just as important. Vitamin C is known for promoting collagen production, and collagen is one of the primary components of gum tissue; therefore, eating kiwis equals healthy gums!

Take care of your smile and it will take care of you for many years to come. Whether you have questions about how to care for your teeth or you just need to schedule your next visit, turn to our Kalamazoo, MI dental office today.

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