M. R. Dental PLLC
1075 Woodward Ave A
KingsfordMI 49802
M. R. Dental PLLC |1075 Woodward Ave AKingsfordMI49802 | (906) 774-0220

What We Can Help With

Dental Cleaning

Taking care of your oral health starts with a dental cleaning. During your cleaning, our dentist will check your gums, teeth, fillings, crowns, and other dental restorations to ensure that everything is up to par. We’ll also remove plaque from your teeth and polish them for a stain-free smile. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are dental cleanings important?


Even if you brush your teeth twice every day, you’ll still need a professional to take a look at your teeth. Brushing isn’t enough to stop oral health problems from occurring. During a dental cleaning, we’ll deep-clean your teeth and monitor how well your teeth are doing. 

What is dental scaling?


Dental scaling is a routine procedure for all dental cleanings. Your dentist will clean your teeth with a small, specialized dental tool that is shaped like a hook. Scaling helps remove plaque from your teeth and keep your smile beautiful. 

What should I do between dental cleanings?


To maintain your oral health, we recommend regular flossing, brushing, and rinsing with mouthwash. If you have a unique oral health situation, we may ask you to take additional steps to keep your teeth safe.

Oral Cancer Screenings

If you're concerned that you're at risk of developing oral cancer, let us know. Our dentist will inspect your lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for early signs of oral cancer. If we see any possible signs, we’ll advise you on potential next steps and ensure that you’re informed of all your options. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you check for in an oral cancer screening?


Your dentist will specifically check for swelling, patches of color, ulcerations, and more problems with your mouth. We examine the gums, tongue, inner cheeks, tonsils, roof of the mouth, and more. We may also check outside your mouth for unusual lumps. 

Who is at high risk for oral cancer?


Adults who regularly smoke or drink, have a family history of oral cancer, or have been diagnosed with HPV are at high risk of developing oral cancer. Request an appointment with us if you have any of these risk factors.

Dental X-rays

If it’s been a while since you last had x-rays done, your dentist may request a new set of x-rays. By using our state-of-the-art x-ray equipment, we can inspect your teeth under the gumline. Our dentist will take a look at your x-ray to see tooth root positions, detect bone loss, check for decay, and more. Our x-rays are a vital part of oral health upkeep. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need x-rays?


An x-ray is one of your dentist’s most powerful tools. With an x-ray, we can detect problems that may slip by in a visual examination. That’s why we make sure to keep your x-rays current. 

Should I be concerned about radiation?


We do our best to ensure the safety of our patients. When you are being x-rayed, we’ll follow the proper procedures to reduce your radiation exposure and keep you safe. Our professionals have years of experience working with x-rays, and we know how to minimize your exposure. 

What kinds of dental x-rays are there? 


Most dentists use two types of x-rays: panoramic x-rays and bitewing x-rays. The panoramic x-ray scans the entire structure of your mouth to create one big picture, which shows all of your jaw and teeth. A bitewing x-ray involves the patient biting down on a small plastic tool that holds x-ray film or a sensor. We then take an x-ray of that section of your mouth. 

What are the differences in the two types of x-rays? 


Panoramic x-rays are better for showing a more general, single-image view of your mouth. This allows us to monitor general oral health. Bitewing x-rays are better for honing in on a specific area of your mouth, allowing us to catch smaller issues like root structure, bone levels, cysts, abscesses, and more.


Acidic or sugary foods can wear down your tooth enamel, causing a cavity. If you have a cavity, our dentist can get you back to regular oral health with a filling. We’ll treat your decayed tooth and close up your cavity with a small filling. When we add fillings, we make sure to put your comfort and health first. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of fillings?


The most common type of filling is a composite filling, which is made of a tooth-colored resin and some additives. These are common for treating cavities or reshaping teeth. Other fillings can be made from gold, porcelain, and silver amalgam. There are several differences in durability, price, and aesthetics between all filling types. 

What is the procedure for getting a filling?


First, our dentist will numb the area so you feel no pain. Then we’ll carefully remove any damaged tooth enamel and clean the area to prepare it for the filling. Once we’re sure we’ve removed all tooth decay, we’ll fill the cavity with filling material and shape it to fit the rest of your tooth. 

How do I take care of my filling? 


Luckily, fillings are low-maintenance. Simply follow your usual brushing, flossing, and mouthwash rinsing steps. Make sure to visit the dentist regularly for your checkups.

How long do fillings last? 


Patients who practice good dental hygiene can have fillings that last for years on end. We will also check your filling every time you come in for a regular dental checkup.

Tooth Extractions

If a tooth is too far gone for dental restorations or is growing in an inconvenient place, we’ll have to extract it. Our dentist understands that undergoing a tooth extraction can be a scary process, and that’s why we make sure that you’re always informed about all the possible steps and how to best prepare for extraction. We pride ourselves on our reputation for being a kind, caring dental office. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

In what cases would I need to extract a tooth?


We often extract teeth that have been damaged beyond repair, decayed, overcrowded, or infected. We also remove wisdom teeth that are in the way of your other teeth. 

What should I expect during a tooth extraction?


During a tooth extraction, we numb the local area where we’ll be removing the tooth. Then we’ll remove the gums and bone tissue to get to your tooth and gently take it out. Afterward, we’ll close up the extraction site. 

What is aftercare like?


After tooth extraction, you should rest and relax for 24 hours. Your socket will form a blood clot that will start the healing process. Patients should leave the clot undisturbed while it heals, which means that patients should avoid rinsing, using straws, or smoking. Chew away from your extraction site and eat soft foods during this time. The soft tissue should heal in about two weeks.

Root Canals

When a tooth is badly damaged or infected, we can try to save it with a root canal treatment. When left untreated, an infected tooth can cause an abscess or total tooth loss. During a root canal, our dentist will clean bacteria out of the roots of your teeth and make sure that all infection has been removed. We strive to make the process as pain-free as possible. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What situations would I need a root canal?


You may need a root canal if your tooth is cracked, chipped, has been damaged or infected, or has a deep cavity. Symptoms of a damaged tooth include severe pain when biting, swollen gums, dark gums, and sensitivity. Our dentist will conduct a thorough exam to determine if root canal treatment is necessary. 

What is the process of getting a root canal? 


Before we start with the root canal procedure, we’ll take an X-ray of the infected tooth so we know what areas to treat. After that, we’ll numb the area and prep the tooth by removing any saliva and bacteria. Then we’ll make a small incision to expose your tooth’s pulp and infected tissues. Our dentist will carefully remove the decay and kill any infection. To finish the procedure, we’ll fill and seal the tooth and place a crown on top that protects the tooth and restores your smile. 

What is aftercare like? 


Patients often recover quickly from a root canal. You may experience some discomfort after the treatment, but many patients return to work or school the next day. If you experience severe, lasting pain, let us know and we’ll take a look.

Emergency Dental Services 

Did you lose a tooth or need relief from a painful toothache? We’re here to help. Our emergency dentist can meet with you promptly to fix your urgent dental needs. We work quickly because time is of the essence. 

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What constitutes a dental emergency? 


Missing teeth, chipped teeth, severe gum pain, tooth abscess, lost crown, and lost filling are all dental emergencies that require immediate care. If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, we can help. Our dentist is available at (906) 774-0220. 

If I lost a tooth, how do I preserve it so I can get it to the dentist? 


If you have lost a tooth, your dentist may be able to restore it if you preserve it. Put your tooth in a glass of milk or warm saltwater to preserve it and increase your chances of replacement.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening 

When years of drinking coffee start to show on your teeth, you can still get back to a white, stain-free smile. Our cosmetic dentist builds a personalized treatment for your teeth whitening process, ensuring that you can enjoy brighter teeth and a better smile. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of teeth whitening? 


When you visit a dentist for teeth whitening, we’ll first measure the shade of your teeth and discuss your whitening options. Our dentist will then apply a whitening solution to your teeth, which is often more powerful than at-home treatments. The whitening solutions will lift coffee and food stains from the surface of your teeth. After some time, we’ll rinse off the solution and finish up. 

Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?


Typically, teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not usually covered by insurance, but this varies from patient to patient. Reach out to your insurance company to learn what you’re covered for. 

Can I do teeth whitening with an at-home kit? 


Many stores offer at-home teeth whitening kits, which include strips or pastes that you apply to your teeth. You may have to use the kit regularly for weeks on end to see results. On the other hand, dental offices often have stronger, more powerful whitening agents that may provide faster results.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that sit on top of a heavily damaged tooth to restore the tooth's original size and appearance. A crown will also protect your tooth structure and stop it from degrading further. We can install crowns that match your other teeth’s appearance and will last for years to come.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do dental crowns look natural?


We make every effort to make your dental crown look just like your surrounding teeth. Many modern crowns are made with tooth-colored material that helps them blend in.

What is the process of getting a dental crown?


Before your crown is added, we’ll first have to treat the underlying problems with your tooth. We often add dental crowns after root canals. Our dentist will handle problems with your cavities or infections. Once all your tooth decay is removed, we’ll prepare the tooth for the crown. We may make a series of impressions or set you up with a temporary crown. 

Once your crown is ready, we will ask you to return to the office for placement. Our dentist will put on the crown and adjust for fit. Once we settle on the right fit, it’s time to cement the crown into place with a permanent adhesive. 

How do dental crowns work?


Dental crowns are vital for restoring your teeth to proper function and look after a major procedure. They work by bonding to your natural tooth and protecting it from further damage. Crowns are also important for restoring a natural-looking smile and promoting your self-confidence.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a great way to replace your tooth after it goes missing. During a dental implant, we’ll surgically insert an artificial root and tooth into the empty space. This helps support your jaw bone and prevent bone loss while restoring your smile to its usual look. Our dentists will help care for your dental implant throughout the years, including conducting regular inspections. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of getting a dental implant?


A dental implant sits directly in your empty gum socket. During the procedure, we will make an incision in the gum where the implant will be placed. Then we will insert the titanium tooth root, making sure to add it into the bone where your old tooth used to sit. We will then close the incision and wait for you to heal, which may take several weeks. There will still be a gap in your smile, which we will fix once your bone has healed around the implant post. 

After you have healed, we will then add the permanent replacement teeth and make sure that it fits well and looks natural. Patients who have weak jawbones might need a bone graft to ensure their teeth stay healthy. 

What is dental implant maintenance like?


Taking care of your dental implants is just like taking care of your regular teeth. Simply brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash like you normally would. Make sure to schedule regular checkups so your dentist can monitor your implant. 

Why should I choose dental implants over dentures, dental bridges, etc?


The advantage of dental implants is that they are permanent replacements that feel very similar to natural teeth. They are often more comfortable than bridges or dentures, and they are more stable and long-lasting. Less permanent options can be inconvenient to take care of, and they might not last as long.

Dental Bridges 

Are you missing teeth? One way to restore your smile is to install a dental bridge. A dental bridge helps fill the gap in your smile with artificial teeth and makes your smile look natural again. A bridge also supports better chewing and biting and stops your existing teeth from shifting to fill the gap. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies for a dental bridge?


We suggest dental bridges for patients who are missing one or two teeth and who have healthy surrounding teeth. Dental bridges are often a better solution for those who cannot afford the price tag of implants. 

How do I take care of a dental bridge?


A dental bridge is easy to take care of. Simply follow your regular brushing and flossing routine, and make sure to go to your regular dentist appointments. You will also have to clean under the bridge to ensure no food is stuck there. 

Why should I get a dental bridge? 


Having a blank space between your teeth can cause serious damage over time. Your remaining teeth may drift into the space, and your chewing and biting will be negatively affected. Not to mention that a gap in your smile might affect your self-confidence. We recommend filling in missing teeth as soon as possible. 

Dentures and Partial Dentures 

As an all-ages family dentist, M. R. Dental PLLC can support patients who need dentures. Dentures are a great choice for those who are missing all or some of their teeth. Our dentist can build a custom set of full or partial dentures made uniquely for you. 

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What are partial dentures? 


Like the name suggests, partial dentures are dentures that are designed to replace a section of your teeth, but not all of them. If you have several healthy teeth left, we may recommend partial dentures. 

Why should I choose dentures over other teeth replacement treatments?


Sometimes dentures are a better solution than dental implants or bridges. We often recommend dentures for patients who need a cost-effective, fast solution. 

Dentures are often completed quickly compared to dental implants. They are also low-risk and less invasive than dental implants or bridges, which can be an important factor for elderly patients who may be suffering from bone loss. 

How do I take care of my dentures?


Dentures require ongoing maintenance for the best care possible. Patients should soak their dentures overnight and practice regular denture brushing. Whenever you can, remove dentures after eating and rinse them to remove food particles. 

How will you make my dentures? 


First, we’ll take an impression of your mouth and create a model. Then the dental lab technicians will use that model to build a personalized set of dentures that match your gum line for the best fit possible. We’ll receive the dentures and call you back into the office for a fitting and make any adjustments needed.

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