Virginia beach Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry Blog - Dr. Michael Folck

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bonding vs. Crowns

Chips and cracks in the teeth are an unfortunate, but all too common dental problem. Luckily, repairing a chipped or cracked tooth is often a relatively simple process. In our Norfolk cosmetic dentistry office, we offer a variety of restoration options for you to consider. Dr. Folck will take the time to discuss all your options and recommend the best choice for your particular needs.

Tooth bonding is a process where composite materials are permanently attached to the surfaces of your teeth and cured with a high-intensity light. Bonding can be performed in a single visit to our Virginia Beach office. Bonding is a great choice to repair small chips or cracks and can be used to protect decayed teeth or close small gaps as well.

Crowns are custom-formed restorations that can preserve the functionality of a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are a better choice for more seriously damaged teeth, including chipped or cracked teeth, or teeth that have been structurally compromised due to decay. While bonding is a permanent alteration to the tooth, crowns that become damaged over time can be replaced. Crowns can be made from a wide variety of materials including gold, porcelain, composite, or metal.

Both bonding and dental crowns are used to treat some of the same dental problems, but the right choice depends on your individual situation. The only way to know which option is right for you is to have a thorough dental examination. With decades of experience, Dr. Folck can help you make the best possible choice.

If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, don’t wait to get it repaired. Call Dr. Folck’s Norfolk dental office today, at (877) 206-3444 to schedule an appointment.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Should I Go to an Orthodontist?

 If you’ve been thinking that you may benefit from orthodontics, or if you believe your child may need orthodontic treatment, you may still wonder if the time is right. At the most basic level, the answer is simple: if you have any question about the alignment of your teeth or of your child’s teeth, a visit to our Norfolk orthodontist is a great idea.

Problems Treated by an Orthodontist
If you are self-conscious about your smile because of crooked teeth, that is reason enough to seek orthodontic care. However, you may not realize that there are many other things that orthodontics can fix, including:
  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Problems with speech
  • Mouth breathing
  • Teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism)
  • Inability to comfortably close your mouth or lips
  • TMD and TMJ symptoms including headaches
  • Constantly biting your cheeks
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Open bite

This is only some of the conditions that can be treated with excellent orthodontic care. Children as young as seven who are beginning to show signs of any of the above should also see our Norfolk orthodontist for an evaluation. Early treatment while the teeth and jaws are still developing may lead to better outcomes. Even if your child does not need early treatment, careful monitoring of his or her teeth will allow for the best treatment when the time comes.

At the Dental and Neuromuscular Dentistry office of Dr. Michael Folk, we customize each dental treatment plan to meet your individual dental needs. The comfortable, spa-like atmosphere in our Virginia Beach office provides a relaxing experience for adults and children alike. We proudly treat patients of all ages from Norfolk, Chesapeake, and the Virginia Beach areas. Please call us today to schedule an orthodontic evaluation at (877) 206-3444.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Beware the Symptoms of Gum Disease

Have loved ones been commenting on your bad breath? Does it hurt to do everyday activities like chew gum or eat food? You could be experiencing the symptoms of early gum disease, which affects more than half of everyone in the United States. It's important that you educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of gum disease so you can prevent it from wreaking havoc on your dental health.

Gum disease in the early stages can:

·         Make your gums red and swollen
·         Give you intermittent-but-persistent bad breath
·         Create extra sensitivity in your gums
·         Make chewing food or gum painful

Anyone with any of the above symptoms would do well to visit a dentist. At the dental practice of Dr. Michael P. Folck, we can come up with a treatment plan to fight the infection, and will help you make necessary changes to your diet and dental habits. Working together, we can restore your dental health.

If you don't visit a dentist, you will begin to experience more severe symptoms:

·         Regular bleeding from your gums
·         Teeth that loosen and are sensitive to touch
·         Your teeth will seem to lengthen as your gums recede?
·         Gaps appearing between your teeth as they shift
·         Changes to your bite or tooth alignment

With the skill and experience Dr. Michael Folck brings to the table, you will have a chance at preventing these symptoms from happening to your teeth. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Folck today, contact our Norfolk dental office by calling (877) 206-3444.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

The Most Effective Whitening Solution For You

You may be thinking about teeth whitening but putting off any decision because you feel confused about the options. And it's true that most tooth whitening treatments, when you research them, can appear confusing. There are different brands different methods, different recommendations by different cosmetic dentists...the whole process can quickly overwhelm.

At the cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Michael P. Folck, we like to keep things a little simpler. All tooth whitening treatments work according to the same principle: when you apply hydrogen peroxide to your teeth for an extended period of time, it removes stains from the top two layers. The higher the levels of hydrogen peroxide, the more stains it tends to remove.

Dr. Michael Folck's Norfolk dental practice offers several whitening solutions:

In-office Zoom! Whitening treatments: Zoom! Whitening is a powerful in-office treatment that only takes an hour to perform. Your teeth can get up to eight shades whiter in a single short office visit.

Take-Home Dental Trays: Unlike the whitening strips you get at a supermarket or drugstore, these dental trays are custom-fitted to your teeth, leaving a much more even whitening result. These trays contain higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide than over-the-counter products.

To learn more about whitening options and decide which would be the best for you, contact our Norfolk dental office through this website or at (877) 206-3444. Dr. Folck serves patients in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the surrounding areas.

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