How to Find Peace at the Dental Office

This article recently ran in the local newspaper. We are proud to serve the Lake Orion community here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry!

How to Find Peace at the Dental Office

When Lake Orion resident Judith Truscott told her dentist that local anesthesia didn’t numb her mouth like it should, he said he understood. He said he’d dealt with patients with similar problems, and everything would be just fine. Judith wasn’t so sure. In fact, she has always been scared of going to the dentist, and her next appointment would be for a root canal. After the procedure, her dentist pushed his surgical mask up, looked at her, and said it had been a long time since he’d had to administer that much anesthetic. Judith responded, “I told you so,” and the dentist flagged her chart for future reference. (more…)

Dr. Greenfield Attends Conference in Florida

Here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we like to know about the most up-to-date technologies and techniques, so that we can give you the best dental care possible. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, and I recently attended a continuing education seminar in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The seminar was hosted by Biomet 3i, and was about Biochemical and Aesthetic Considerations for Achieving Predictable Success with Immediate Loading. With new advances in technology and dental training, the standards for implant placement and aesthetic demands are rising.

I attended this course to learn how to implement new techniques for case selection and use of CT scans in treatment planning. I also wanted to gain a new understanding of biochemical and aesthetic considerations for achieving appropriate primary stability, as well as implant selection and abutment selection. (more…)

The Power of Extreme Enamel

I’m sure you know what the hardest naturally occurring substance in the world is. Diamonds, of course! This seems to be common knowledge, but do you know what the second hardest naturally occurring substance is? I’ll give you a clue. It’s white, protective, and is located in your body.

Any guesses? It’s tooth enamel, of course! It’s true; your tooth enamel is incredibly hard and is an unbeatable protector for your teeth. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry, and I want to tell you all about this amazing stuff.

Tooth enamel is the hard, white substance covering each of your teeth, and it is your smile’s natural defense system. In addition to protecting your teeth, tooth enamel helps to regulate how your teeth feel temperature. It is filled with tiny tunnels that connect the nerve in the tooth to the root. While there is no real substitute for tooth enamel, scientists have discovered ways to promote growth of natural enamel. Eventually, this will make dental fillings and drilling obsolete. Like I said, it’s amazing!

No matter how strong it is, tooth enamel isn’t invincible. After you eat or drink, acids temporarily soften your tooth enamel, making it vulnerable. This allows sugars and other harmful bacteria to stick to the teeth. Fortunately, your saliva is designed to step in and re-strengthen your tooth enamel. This is just one more example of how closely everything in your mouth works together, and how important it is to have regular dental check-ups to make sure that everything is healthy and doing their job.

For more information about the power of your tooth enamel, or to schedule an appointment, please call my office in Lake Orion, Michigan at (248) 693-6213.

Don’t be a Metal Mouth!

The dental world has made great strides in the past few decades. Thanks to recent technological advances, it is now easier than ever to get dental work done and get the results you want. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, and I’m proud to offer my patients quality dental care using the most up-to-date training and technology.

One of the services that I offer right here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry is metal-free dentistry. Although the ADA says that the level of mercury in amalgam (traditional) fillings is safe, my team and I take no chances when it comes to your health. In fact, we believe it’s better both physically and cosmetically that your mouth contains no metal at all.

If you had a cavity when you were a kid, you probably got it filled with a traditional amalgam filling, which were initially developed from a combination of silver, zinc, copper, tin, and mercury. Unfortunately, these fillings can weaken over time, often causing leakage and damage to the tooth underneath. In addition to these problems that can occur from everyday wear and tear, as well as potential toxicity, metal fillings detract from a beautiful smile. (more…)

Looking for things to do with the kids this winter? Take a closer look at the Orion Township Public Library!

With the holidays behind us and still 3 more months of winter ahead I am sure you are scrambling to come up with things to do with the kids and teenagers alike. Did you know that the Orion Township Public Library has a jam packed schedule of free events for kids, teens and adults?

Kids can attend story time, watch movies and hear children’s authors read their new works. Teen have a full range of activities such as computer classes, cake decorating and video game sessions.  Adult book clubs, parenting classes and tax help is also available. There is even an outdoor Snow man, Castle, Fort Making Contest that the entire family can take part in on January 29th!

A 2011 Revolutionary Resolution You Just Might Keep!

Lose weight. Eat healthier. Manage your money better. Spend more time with family, on education, reading… Spend less time in front of the television, computer, smart phone. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, I’m sure you have the best of intentions to make it happen. Truth is, only 30% of women will keep their resolution past 30 days, and most guys won’t last two days. But what if you make a resolution for self improvement, and you don’t have to work at it diligently to make it happen?

Let’s think for a moment about your mouth. (more…)