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Dental FAQs in Ann Arbor

Q) Does your office use lasers?

A) Our soft-tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease, perform crown lengthening, harvest and place gum grafts, reduce gum tissue for aesthetics, and do biopsies. You will need no stitches after laser surgery, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser surgery than they do following traditional surgery.

Q) My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?

A) You'll need to first schedule a consultation with Dr. Olsen. He can assess your oral health and discuss options for replacement teeth. In general, you can choose from crown and bridgework, partial or full dentures, or dental implants. As the most natural prosthetic to natural tooth structure, a dental implant offers the most long-lasting, comfortable, natural-looking choice.

Q) My spouse snores at night. Can you help?

A) First, you will need to schedule an appointment. One out of eight people who snore have sleep apnea, a serious medical condition that increases risks of heart attack and stroke. Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Olsen may be able to prescribe an oral appliance to alleviate snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Q) I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?

A) An appointment. Your smile and your goals are unique. We offer a wide range of cosmetic services, and after your consultation, you'll know which services will deliver the smile of your dreams. We offer teeth whitening and porcelain veneers as just a few options to help you achieve the smile you desire.

Q) Are there differences between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and professional teeth whiteners?

A) Over-the-counter whiteners are not as efficient as professional-grade treatments. The whitening kits you buy at the drugstore are not customized to fit the shape of your teeth, making them messy and ineffective. In addition, they typically only whiten two to three shades. With professional whitening you have more options. We have home teeth whitening kits that are custom designed for maximum comfort and efficiency. Each night for a week or two you’ll need to apply our professional-grade whitening gel to the trays, and then wear them at night. Within just a few days, you’ll notice a difference, and by the time treatment is complete, you’ll smile with confidence.

Q) I have chronic headaches. Can you help?

A) Chronic headaches may be a symptom of a misaligned bite, bruxism (teeth grinding), or TMJ disorder. Dr. Olsen will carefully examine your occlusion (bite), jaw, head, and neck to determine the underlying causes of your pain. Oftentimes, we can correct the problem with a custom nightguard. Call our office if you have more questions about headache relief with non-surgical therapies.

Q) What can you do to straighten my smile?

A) Porcelain veneers can correct slight misalignments and gaps, as well as discolorations, chips, and other imperfections. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available today.

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