Clarifications to Our Orthodontic Emergency Protocols

Clarifications to Our Orthodontic Emergency Protocols

We’ve updated the ortho emergency information on our website. If you or your child are undergoing orthodontic treatment we recommend that you bookmark it, download and/or print it, or save it in your phone. You can also request a copy of this information at our office if you need a replacement for the copy distributed when treatment begins. On this page you’ll find essential information on how to deal with routine orthodontic problems: discomfort after orthodontic treatment loose bracket(s) loose or poking wire(s) what constitutes an emergency vs. a routine problem to be fixed during a routine office visit We do schedule our orthodontic “emergency” appointments in the morning and early afternoon and we hold time daily for problems to be resolved. Please always call the office for an appointment should you need our help. We are pleased to be available to you Monday through Saturday in our office to handle routine problems and through our on-call answering service when problems are more severe. If the problem is significant and cannot be addressed with the tips found in the flyer/website, there is always a dental specialist on call after hours. They are able to address major concerns including but not limited to facial or dental trauma, significant pain that is not resolvable with over-the-counter medication or application of wax, and any oral or facial swelling. The on-call doctor will not be able to schedule routine appointments for repair of loose items or other simple issues like poking wires. Please call […]

Detroit Red Wings vs New Jersey Devils TICKET RAFFLE

4 tickets will be given away to a patient at our office! The last day to enter is Tuesday November 21 – The winner will be contacted on Wednesday November 22 What: Detroit Red Wings vs New Jersey Devils When: Saturday, November 25, 7:00 PM Where: Little Caesars Arena (check out the amazing new arena!) How: To be qualified for this raffle you must subscribe to our not-too-often email newsletter. Get special offers, interesting articles, and more! Submit your email below to subscribe. Enter to Win Detroit Red Wings Tickets: About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly and newly renovated office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. Our pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults and are proud to be Preferred Providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen services. The ability to treat all patients with compassion and individuality, including those that may have special needs reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy and customized care options.  We pioneered valued hospital affiliations to allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children’s Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital, when appropriate or necessary, and our specialists are also proud to […]

Deck the Halls with a Dental Appointment this Holiday Break

Consider giving us a call to schedule your upcoming dental or orthodontic visit during your family’s holiday break before you get overwhelmed with a busy holiday schedule! Holiday breaks are always popular times to visit our office as our children are out of school so there aren’t any school notes and missed classes! We try to modify our office schedule to accommodate a maximum number of patient appointments during these times off of school. BUT, BE AWARE – These appointments fill up fast! Be sure to call as soon as possible to schedule your holiday break visits! 586-286-0700 See you soon! About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan have specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly and newly renovated office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. Our pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults and are proud to be Premier Providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen services. The ability to treat all patients with compassion and individuality, including those that may have special needs reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy and customized care options.  We pioneered valued hospital affiliations to allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children’s Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital, when appropriate or necessary, […]

Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan Honored as Detroit’s Top Dentists 2017

Since 1968, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan has carried out its mission to provide high quality, state-of-the-art dental care for children and orthodontic care for patients of all ages. Over the years, we aimed to achieve a reputation for providing comfortable, affordable, and patient-centered care in our family-centered environment. We appreciate every individual who comes to receive our care and we always aim to not just meet your expectations, but exceed them. We are very proud that, in the year 2017, every member of our dental specialisty team of doctors was recognized as among the best in their field. It’s an honor to be included in this list of fine health care providers and we will continue to hone and sharpen our skills with the aim to make this designation each and every year. Inclusion on this list is attained through peer review – it cannot be bought, nor does advertising have any impact on the review process. The Professional Research Services determines the Top Dentists in southeast Michigan through peer-review surveys. Each name put forward to the list is further reviewed for license legitimacy and status with the Michigan State Dental Board and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. We are grateful for the working relationships we have with our community of patients and the other health care providers that we work closely with to achieve the goal of delivering a memorable and enjoyable dental care experience. To the right, see our doctors listed on Hour […]

Halloween Tips and Tricks for Dental Health

One in four dentists don’t hand out anything on Halloween and about 5% of us hand out toothbrushes. But that still leaves approximately 60% of us that are still “cool enough” to give out candy on Halloween! (though, we may give a friendly verbal reminder to brush after eating it as you walk away with a stuffed pillow case) What do we give? If it’s not ADA approved chewing gum, we typically choose chocolate (bonus points for dark chocolate as it has antioxidants and less sugar than typical milk chocolate). Chocolate dissolves fast and doesn’t stick to the teeth like many hard and chewy candies do. This means a faster return to neutral pH (less acid) and easier washing away by saliva. When you choose your sweets, keep this in mind: the shorter time it remains in the mouth, the better. Not all candy is bad Hard, high sugar candies tend to be very concerning as their longer lifespan in the mouth allows a longer exposure of sugar for the bacteria that consume it and secrete acid. Chewy candies are also very risky as they tend to stick to teeth. This can lead to greater plaque accumulation that remains until a child brushes his/her teeth. These types of sweets spend a prolonged amount of time in children’s mouths, wreaking havoc on baby and permanent teeth enamel. They are also more dangerous to any orthodontic appliances already in place as hard or sticky foods are particularly likely to dislodge parts of […]

Half-Price Sealants and Free Orthodontic Evaluations for Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month. To celebrate, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan offers dental sealants at a 50% discount and provides complimentary orthodontic evaluations throughout the month. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation for all children by age 7. Your child’s teeth and jaw development would have progressed enough by that time for your orthodontist to notice any developmental abnormalities of the teeth and jaws. Dr. Ari Thanasas, one of our orthodontic partners, says, “The earlier we detect the problem, the better. A lot of kids are actually in great shape and do not require anything other than monitoring for proper loss of baby teeth and eruption of adult teeth. We are hoping most of the children we see are in this category but many problems are hiding under the gums or maybe a baby tooth is lost too early. Catching these kinds of problems early can prevent more major problems down the road. This is why our goal is to screen every 7 year old.” Dr. AJ Ker, our other orthodontic partner, agrees with Dr. Ari. “This evaluation could save your child a lot of time and discomfort down the line. If treatment is necessary for any eruption or bite problems, we have the ability to educate patients and parents regarding the long term benefits of intervention with the interest of avoiding future permanent tooth extraction, ectopic or abnormal eruption, and jaw or facial asymmetries.” If you or your child hasn’t seen Dr. […]

Football Season Means Mouthguards For Your Athletes

Sports can get pretty intense as kids grow older – both in level of competition but also in level of physical contact. We understand that. Across the United States, sports can vary by season, but football is always in the fall. Have an athlete at home? Concerned about your team’s dental protection? Here are a few considerations as we ramp into school sports season: First of all, dentists recommend it, because dental injuries are the most commonly sustained orofacial injury during sports participation– and it’s mostly preventable! The American Dental Association recommends mouthguards for the following sports: Acrobats Basketball Boxing Field Hockey Football Gymnastics Handball ice hockey Lacrosse martial arts Racquetball roller hockey Rugby shot putting Skateboarding Skiing Skydiving Soccer Squash Surfing Volleyball water polo Weightlifting Wrestling Second, custom-made mouthguards properly fabricated by your orthodontist have been shown to reduce the rate of concussion, head and neck injuries and dental and mandibular injuries. Repeat concussions can compound upon one another. A custom-made or custom-fit mouthguard is especially imperative after a concussion, especially when you consider that a second concussion is four times more likely than the chance of sustaining a first concussion. Mouthguards, properly fitted, prevent concussions from blows to the jaw, a common hit in football. Faceguards and mouthguards prevent about 200,000 injuries every year in high school and college football. Every athlete has 10% chance of sustaining an orofacial injury each season… … and that chance is 60 times more likely for athletes without mouthguards. Thinking it’s an […]

Is The Radiation From Digital X-Rays Safe?

Parents are naturally concerned about radiation when we do radiographs, or X-rays in the dental office. The good news is that digital radiography uses special sensors that have greatly reduced the radiation required to see your child’s teeth properly. You get more radiation from your daily life than from dental X-rays A bit of trivia: a digital dental radiograph provides about .005 mSv (millisievert, the measurement for radiation) of radiation. Day to day, you and your kids are exposed to .010 of radiation! Don’t worry, because there is not a whole lot we can do to reduce or avoid this radiation. But, where is this radiation coming from? From the sun in the great outdoors From the air (some radon gas is out there, coming from the earth) From cell phones, computers and TVs From food (even organic food– remember, it came from earth and was nourished by the sun) From hugging people! We carry a bit of radiation and we pass that on to each other! The benefits of digital X-rays Pediatric dentists rely a lot on X-rays to see and maintain the health of your child’s teeth. Radiographs are useful to us in many ways: Intraoral x-rays (bitewing, periapical) help pediatric dentistry in: Finding cavities between teeth and under existing fillings Finding problematic, impacted teeth (already erupted or only emerging) Looking at the roots of the teeth and the bones around the teeth (bone infections) Checking for gum disease, abscesses or cysts Extra-oral x-rays–Panoramic (Panorex), Multi-slice computed tomography […]

Teeth Grinding Facts and FAQs

Teeth grinding is surprisingly common among children, teens and adults. Called bruxism (from Greek ebryxa, to gnash the teeth), it can be so perplexing and alarming to parents, especially when you are woken up in the middle of the night by the loud, screeching noise– but your child sleeps on. What causes it? Aside from being an unconscious habit, some children grind their jaws to soothe themselves during teething. In the same way, some do it during an earache. Amphetamines (for ADHD) and antidepressants are both associated with increased incidence of teeth grinding. Doesn’t it hurt? No. Bruxing is one of those unconscious habits a child can get, like cheek biting, nail biting and thumb sucking. Your child may grind his/her teeth during the day (diurnal) or at night (nocturnal). When awake, your child probably grinds his/her teeth when angry or studying, completely unaware of doing so! Bruxism often occurs during stressful situations and periods of intense concentration. Point it out as it’s happening and your child can stop it. On the other hand, your child can’t consciously stop bruxing while asleep so this is a more challenging presentation to manage. Can it damage my child’s teeth? Yes, it can. Excessive teeth grinding can wear down tooth enamel and may cause a headache, ear pain, jaw pain. But this is rare in adults, and even rarer in kids and teens. Tooth enamel is more often damaged by acids from juice, soft drinks and other sugary drinks and treats. If your […]

Sealing Out Tooth Decay

Sealing out decay is a terrific way to ensure your child doesn’t suffer a toothache. Kids can often neglect brushing their molars, leading to tooth decay and premature tooth loss and the risk of childhood periodontal disease. The top surfaces of molars are among the hardest surfaces on teeth to clean due to their position deep in the mouth and the convoluted nature of the hills and valleys on their biting surfaces. That’s where sealants come in handy. True to its name, a dental sealant acts as a seal for the grooves in your child’s back teeth, where dental cavities often occur. Sealants shield your child’s teeth from food, bacteria, acids and plaque. Together with a good dental health routine at home and a regular visit to your pediatric dentist, sealants are a huge protective mechanism for your child’s smile. 4 out of 5 instances of tooth decay happen in the molars. They’re hard to clean, and kids so often let their sweets sit there! All that acid and bacteria from sugar and food can wreak havoc fast, if not properly swept away or sealed out. Depending on your child’s teeth condition and habits, your pediatric dentist can recommend applying sealants to the molars and other teeth too, like the ones next to the molars, the bicuspids. Despite their protection, dental sealants shouldn’t replace dental hygiene and fluoride supplements. But they do protect highly vulnerable tooth enamel. Sealants are almost invisible too and do not change the size or shape […]

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