Hygiene for your children
Hygiene for your children is important as a parent to encourage and assist your child in good oral hygiene. You should help your child with his or her brushing until around the age of 6 years old, and you should help your child floss when their teeth have contact with one another. This is dependent on the child and you should ask your dentist when it is time to start flossing his or her teeth. A good way to encourage your child to brush his or her teeth is to explain why it is important. You want to talk to your child about the sugar bugs in their mouths and how it is important to brush the sugar bugs away so that they have clean and healthy teeth. You also want to try to use the tell-show-do method to get your children brushing the right way. You want to show your child how you brush your teeth using circles and then have them brush their own teeth in the same manner. It is important to get your child in a good brushing routine as early as possible. ACT fluoride rinse for kids is also a good adjunctive rinse to help prevent cavities in kids old enough to spit out the rinse.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist
It is recommended by the academy of pediatric dentistry that you take your child to the dentist at age one. However, we have found in our office that most kids do well seeing a dentist at around 21/2 to 3 years of age. The reason for this is that we find that the kids have a better first experience at the dentist which excites them for their future visits. A good first experience goes a long way in a child’s overall attitude towards their hygiene and going to the dentist.
However, if at any time, at any age prior to 3, you notice something not normal in your child’s mouth or you just want us to take a look, do not hesitate to call. Conditions that may warrant an early visit include bleeding gums, bumps on the gums, stained teeth or if your child is irritable while pointing to their mouth.
At your child’s first visit to the dentist we will make sure that your child is comfortable and will slowly introduce your child to the new environment by using the tell-show-do method. We will evaluate your child for tooth development, facial growth and development as well as evaluate your child’s risk for cavities. If x-rays are necessary, they will be taken at this time. We will also try to give your child a cleaning depending on how he or she is doing.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANINGS AND REGULAR 6-MONTH RECALL VISITS ARE THE BEST WAYS TO PREVENT ORAL DISEASE. REGULAR VISITS ALLOWS US TO DETECT DECAY AND GUM DISEASE EARLIER SO THAT YOUR CHILD DOESN’T HAVE WORSENENING CONDITIONS LIKE ABSCESSES THAT LEAD TO TOOTH LOSS.
Fluoride and its importance
Fluoride is a very important part in maintaining healthy teeth. We offer fluoride to all of our kids as it is a strong anti-cavity agent. We provide fluoride in two different forms. The first form is a foam that is placed in fluoride trays that are placed in your child’s mouth for a total of 4 minutes. The other form is a fluoride varnish that is painted on the teeth. Both forms are very effective in strengthening teeth as well as providing an anti-cavity. Your child will be asked not to consume any foods or liquids for a half hour following treatment because this is the time for maximum fluoride uptake in their teeth.
Fluoride in your water
It is very important for your child to have access to fluorinated water while their teeth are developing. This is actually more important than topical fluoride applied on the teeth at the dentist. The reason it is so important is that the fluoride will actually integrate into the composition of your child’s teeth while they are developing during growth. The fluoride that becomes part of the teeth will cause the teeth to be much more resistant to cavities. Therefore, it is very important for your child to drink fluorinated water. Sources of fluorinated water are city water, bottle water with fluoride for kids, or if your on a well without fluoride you can have fluoride drops prescribed for your child at the dentist.
Dental sealants are very effective in preventing cavities on the top surfaces of your child’s permanent molars. A sealant is a thin layer of material that is placed over the biting surface of the teeth. They work by preventing bacterial growth in the small deep grooves on the molar surfaces. These grooves are very prone to decay because they are difficult to clean. Sealants work best when applied just after the 1st molars erupt, which is around six years of age.
Your Child’s Diet
It is our opinion that a child’s diet is one of the most important factors for the prevention of tooth decay. In fact, a good diet is just as important as brushing and flossing your child’s teeth. Sugary foods and liquids are harsh on your child’s teeth. Bacteria uses the sugar as food. They then produce acid as a result of consuming the sugar. It is the acid that is constantly eating away at the tooth structure that causes a cavity. It is important to minimize the amount and frequency of sugar in your child’s diet to promote good oral health. Encourage your child to rinse with water and/or brush after meals.
Affordable Dental Implants Can Change Your Lifestyle
Just ask 62 year old Estelle Ceuninck from Fraser. “I had struggled for years with a set of upper and lower dentures unable to chew the foods I desired. I couldn’t even drink a glass of water without my lower denture unseating itself. I was also self conscious of the poor smile that I had so I found myself smiling less with nowhere to turn. Now, after an excellent new upper denture and just two implants supporting my unique lower denture, my lifestyle has totally changed. I am more confident in my smile and I can now eat and function with my teeth as though they were my own. Indeed my lifestyle has changed immensely. This procedure was well worth the time and effort and I found it to be uniquely affordable as well.”
Dental implants are a modern day miracle for people needing replacement of diseased, hopeless or missing teeth. Those teeth can now be replaced with strong, natural looking teeth that even your closest friends and family will not be able to detect them up close. Imagine replacing a missing tooth with an implant retained natural looking tooth that will never decay and be there for life.
The loss of teeth can be very devastating for people who take pride in their appearance and smile. A confident smile is lost quickly when teeth are missing or when partial or full dentures look artificial. A smile is an important part of everyday life from having a high self-esteem to making a great first and lasting impression.
There are three main goals when treating people with missing teeth, whether you have one missing tooth or do not have any remaining teeth. The first goal is to improve function so that a high level of comfort is achieved during rest and while eating. The second goal is to achieve a smile that you will be confident; a smile that is very natural. The third goal is to improve your overall health, as today modern dentistry is showing so many correlations between dental health and systemic disease.
If you think that you may be a candidate for dental implants whether you have one missing tooth or are currently wearing dentures, I hope that you find the following information helpful to you or someone you know.
What happens when you lose teeth?
When teeth are present in the jaw bone, chewing creates stress in the bone. Like physical exercise places stress on your muscles keeping them strong, chewing does the same by placing stress on the teeth and ultimately on your jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, the bone is not exercised and it is unneeded, so your bone becomes weak and is lost. Moreover, teeth will shift into the area of the missing tooth. After a period of time, the teeth behind the missing tooth will drift and fall forward. There is a point when the teeth are tipped so far forward that it becomes very difficult to restore without extracting the leaning teeth. This can also disrupt your bite causing jaw pain, cheek biting, and premature wear on your teeth. The picture below shows what happens when a missing tooth is not replaced.
People who are missing all of their teeth will lose bone continually until the jaw bone is very thin and fragile. Over time, a denture will sink into the bone in the chewing areas, which leaves a ditching under the denture for food to collect. At this point, a denture cannot be stabilized and is very uncomfortable to function with. Even areas where a single tooth is lost will loose bone. The bone in those areas can become very thin quickly depending on the area. This is why it is important and the standard of care to place bone grafts in socket sites where teeth are extracted. The bone grafts prevent the bone from essentially folding in and causing the bone to become thin. Keeping the bone thick allows for successful implant placement.
Bone loss is a very slow and predictable process, but it can be prevented with the help of dental implants. Dental implants will exercise the bone to keep it strong and rigid. They will also prevent areas of bone from ditching under a denture. If you do not have enough bone for implant placement, you can have bone added to your jaw to give you adequate width and height of bone for implant placement. This ultimately will stop the bone loss from occurring.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is essentially a special screw in the shape of a tooth root that is placed into your bone. Implants are made from medical grade titanium and often times are coated with synthetic bone. The top of the implant will be at the level of your gums so that you will not see any part of the screw. The implant then goes through a healing period. During this healing period, the implant fuses to the bone to become part of the dentition.
Implants will never decay and have a 30+ year prognosis with 100% success rate in our practice. They also do not require modifying the teeth adjacent to the implant. Implants are very esthetic because they are able to hold your bone, keeping your gums at a natural height. Another advantage is that partial and full dentures can be attached to the implants which keep dentures tightly secured for improved function and cosmetics. Overall, dental implants are very predictable and can greatly improve a person’s way of life.
Click on dental implant restorations link above to learn about crowns, bridges & dentures attached to dental implants.
Types of restorations for dental implants!
There are numerous types of restorations for dental implants; however, I will only review the main types of implant restorations.
The first type is a fixed restoration, much like your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns can be attached to implants to replace one or more teeth or bridges can be fabricated to replacing missing teeth. You can even entertain an option of fixing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth to implants if you do not have any remaining teeth. These restorations are cemented or screwed into place and you will never be able to remove them. They are like having natural teeth and our patients have told us that they often prefer chewing on the implant crowns because they feel stronger.
The other major type of implant restorations are “snap on” teeth. These restorations are reserved for those who want to snap down their partial or full dentures. Special attachments are placed on the top of the implant and the other counterpart is cured to the denture allowing the denture to be snapped into place. This greatly improves a person’s function and appearance as the dentures are kept stable at all times. This is most often the case for lower dentures as they “float” on the ridge without something like implants to hold them in position.
If you have any question regarding dental implants, please feel free to call our office. Live patient testimonials are available as those patients are excited to share their success and experiences with others. Feel free to call and schedule an office visit to see how you can benefit from dental implants.
Following cases designed by Dr. Jim Jostock
The following cases show implants that have been restored in our office. We also surgically placed the implants below in all but one case. You will see anterior teeth replaced by dental implants. Please note the highly cosmetic outcomes.
The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:
– Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
– Clean between teeth daily with floss or an inter-dental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
– Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
– Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes reduce the bacterial count and inhibit bacterial activity in dental plaque, which can cause gingivitis, an early, reversible form of periodontal disease. ADA-Accepted antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes have substantiated these claims by demonstrating significant reductions in plaque and gingivitis. Fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Clinical studies have demonstrated that use of a fluoride mouth rinse and fluoride toothpaste can provide extra protection against tooth decay over that provided by fluoride toothpaste alone.
Achieving healthy smiles requires excellent oral hygiene and regular oral health visits with our dental hygienists. Our dental hygienist not only reviews your health and cleans your teeth, but she also can detect early signs of disease in your mouth. From there she can show you the proper way to promote a healthy environment for your teeth and gums. Your treatment is specifically tailored to your specific situation as everybody has different needs. Different needs require different instruction and maintenance. For example, maybe your gums are receding and causing an increase in tooth sensitivity. In this case, we may recommend an electric toothbrush using a gentle circular massaging motion to firm your gingiva and keep them from further receding. In addition, we may place you on a proven desensitizing agent, MI Paste Plus, or Sensodyne toothpaste which will reduce your sensitivity while eating the food and beverages that you enjoy. Maintaining a healthy mouth is the first step in achieving a healthier, more confident smile.
Are your gums healthy?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a very serious disease as it can result in tooth loss and cause systemic heath problems such as placing you at a higher risk for stroke and heart disease. It is typically a painless disease, but there are signs of the disease that you can recognize.
Six signs of periodontal disease:
*Know that it is NOT normal for your gums to bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth!!!!
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that form into plaques on your teeth. The plaque builds up on your teeth near the gum line constantly throughout the day. The gums become swollen and red, which is the initial sign of infection. This is called gingivitis and this condition is reversible. If the plaques are not removed from the teeth on a regular basis, the bacteria move deeper into the gums progressing into an irreversible disease called periodontitis. It is at this stage when the bacteria eat away at the tissues and surrounding bone that hold your teeth in place. This stage of the disease can be arrested, but if it is not caught early enough it will result in tooth loss. Eventually, late stage periodontal disease will cause pain and your teeth will become loose.
Risk factors for gum disease?
Smoking, diabetes, and family history of gum disease are just a few of the many risk factors for developing periodontal disease.
How do you prevent gum disease and keep your gums healthy?
There are two major ways to prevent gum disease. First, brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis will prevent plaque formation and prevent the bacteria from invading your gums. We recommend brushing twice a day totaling 4-5 minutes and flossing once a day. We often times recommend electric toothbrushes to our patients because it does a very efficient and effective job removing the plaques. In addition, it helps people brush more gently who currently brush too hard. The second major way to prevent gum disease is to see your hygienist and dentist on a regular basis. This purpose is two-fold. First, your dental team will be able to recognize early signs of gum disease and treat it appropriately before irreversible damage occurs. The second reason is that only the hygienist can remove the hardened plaques called calculus or tartar that can form above and below your gums.
How does your dental team diagnose gum disease?
First we will review your dental and medical history. We will then discuss any medications or existing conditions that might affect the health of your gums. We will look and feel your gums followed by periodontal probing to check how much tissue attachment you have surrounding your teeth. Pockets greater than 3 mm are potential areas of gum disease. These are areas that tissue loss has occurred. Finally, we will evaluate your radiographs, which are indispensable to properly diagnose the disease. The proper x-rays are needed to view bone levels and any destruction caused by the disease.
How is gum disease treated?
Gum disease is treated differently for each individual case. The treatment depends on the severity of the disease as well as the location of the disease in the mouth. Treatment includes more frequent cleanings, deep cleanings called scaling and root planning, antibiotic therapy, and tooth extractions just to name a few.
For more questions about gum disease or to have yourself evaluated for gum disease please call our office at (586) 978-8233.
Here are some stunning facts about oral cancer:
More than 35,310 new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancers will be diagnosed in the United States in 2009.
Embarrassingly, dental professionals are ALONE among health professionals who screen for cancer with their hands and eyes.
58% of people who are visually diagnosed with oral cancer will not survive.
27% of all new oral cancers are occurring in young adults with no history of smoking or drinking. Many of these cases stem from HPV(human papilloma viruses), which are also responsible for cervical cancers.
Our goal in our practice is to address oral cancer by early detection using more advanced tests to screen for cancer. As current research is showing this problem has become more and more serious as many other types of cancers have over the years, the American Cancer Society and the American Dental Association advise each patient over 17 years of age to have a comprehensive oral cancer screening, which includes a diagnostic testing aid, twice a year.
WHY? Early detection of precancerous tissue saves lives!!!!!!
In our dental office, we offer Vizilite Oral Cancer Screening which uses a technology that has been proven successful in identifying precancerous and cancerous abnormalities. It is a quick and painless test that is preformed immediately following a regular visual exam. First, you rinse with a cleansing solution and then your mouth is examined using a specifically designed light technology. If a suspicious lesion is detected, it is marked with a blue dye to see if further testing is needed. Vizilite Plus is a way to detect oral cancer before is actually visible in the oral cavity. This test can save lives. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (586) 978-8233 and our friendly staff is happy to help you.
The most important element in designing a new smile for you is proper planning. Whether it is implants, crowns, veneers, braces or another cosmetic procedure, thoroughly planning your smile and visualizing the outcome prior to starting is indispensable for achieving a beautiful outcome.
Smile design by Dr. Jim Jostock – Metal free partial dentures
The first step in planning a cosmetic makeover is excellent communication with you. We must discuss your current smile and determine what changes need to be made in your new smile. Our part in this initial process it to understand your situation along with your expectations and offer you suggestions, possibilities, and options for a new, more desirable smile. At this time we will also discuss limitations if they are present in your particular case so that we are both very clear on what to expect in the final outcome. Remember that we are here for you, and we want to make certain that your expectations are exceeded.
Smile design by Dr. Jim Jostock
Before thoroughly examining you, I always start off by asking a few questions about your current smile. How do you feel about the color of your teeth? How about the shape or size of your teeth? Are your teeth crowded, too pointy, or too long? Do you wear false teeth, and if so, do they look natural? If you wear false teeth, do they fit well or do they slip when you eat or speak? These are all questions that are important to ask yourself if you are not happy with your smile. After listening to you and discussing a few possibilities, we will perform a thorough examination. This may include x-rays, models, photos, etc. depending on your particular situation to aid us in planning for your new smile. In some cases, we may schedule multiple visits to further discuss your case and show you the possibilities in wax prior to starting. There are all types of procedures that are available to you.
Maybe you will be happy with simply bleaching your teeth. There are all types of cosmetic restorations to change the shape, color, and size of your teeth. We can even straighten your smile and change the comfort of your bite with cosmetic restorations. You may have a combination of options such as straightening your teeth with braces and then bleaching them to lighten the color. If your missing teeth, dental implants are often times the best treatment of choice whether it is a single tooth that your are replacing or you are in need of securing your false teeth. As your dentist, I am excited to show you all of the possibilities to help achieve what you are looking for in your smile. Our wish is for you to be confident when you smile.
Cosmetic dentistry offers you an opportunity to improve the way you look. It allows you to change your smile, giving you new lasting first impressions, increasing your overall confidence and self-esteem. My dad and I work hard to listen to your desires and expectations in order to achieve a new smile for you. Smiling and laughing is such an important part of living a happy life, and we hope to help you be comfortable with your smile. Whether you are interested in moving your teeth, changing the shape or length, or whitening your teeth, we are happy to help you in any way we can.
Smile designed by Dr Jim Jostock (MANY MORE CASES BELOW)
Smile designed by Dr Mike Jostock
The pictures below show a younger patient who did not want to have orthodontic procedures preformed. Instead cosmetic crowns were used to straighten her teeth. If you look closely you will see pink porcelain added to some of the crowns to make the smile line appear more symmetrical and esthetically pleasing.
Cosmetic bonding is a conservative procedure that can restore cracked, chipped, and worn teeth. Bonding is also used to make subtle changes to the shape and contour of your teeth. The advantages of cosmetic bonding procedures are that they are inexpensive and very conservative restorations, meaning only small amounts of tooth structure needs to be removed. This procedure typically does not require anesthetic and requires fewer visits than other types of cosmetic procedures. It is important to realize however, that bonding procedures are not long term definitive restorations. Bonding material does not wear as well as porcelain material used in veneers and crowns nor does it hold its color as well over time. As you can begin to understand, bonded restorations are indicated in situations that require subtle changes in your smile or for teeth requiring smaller restorations.
Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are very thin porcelain laminates that go over your existing teeth that can completely change the color and shape of your smile. They range from .2 – .5 mm in thickness, acting as thin covers over the front and edge of your existing teeth. You can change the position, shape and color of your teeth with porcelain veneers. For example, you can straighten a rotated tooth or increase the size of a small tooth. Think of it like a veneer or laminate on your kitchen cabinetry. You can completely change the look of the cabinet by placing a laminate over the old cabinetry. Similarly, you can change the way your teeth look by placing a facing over the front portion of them.
Porcelain veneers are more conservative restorations than crowns in that only subtle amounts of tooth structure are reduced on the front and edge of your tooth. They are extremely color stable and have more longevity than cosmetic bonding procedures. There are a few requirements if you are thinking about veneers. Your teeth must be free of cavities and they should not contain many restorations in them, especially large ones. Your teeth need to be free of any heavy crowding and must be free of gum disease. We also perform a bite analysis to determine the way your teeth fit together in order to design restorations for a long term successful outcome. If you heavily grind your teeth or have a bite that does not fit properly, you may not be a candidate for porcelain veneers.
Cosmetic All-Porcelain Crowns
Cosmetic crowns are all porcelain restorations that circumferentially surrounds the tooth surface above the gums. All porcelain crowns, like porcelain veneers, can completely change your look, smile, tooth color, shape and eliminate some crowding. These crowns are indicated for teeth that require greater changes. They are also indicated in teeth that have cavities, multiple restorations, heavily worn teeth, or teeth that are fractured or weak. They can also mask crowding issues and straighten your smile if braces are not what you want to do. Crowns can also be connected together to make bridges to replace missing teeth in situations where dental implants are not indicated. These crowns are very translucent similar to your natural teeth, allowing light to penetrate through the porcelain. Thus, when you smile in any lighting condition your teeth will look natural. Crowns do require more tooth structure removal than veneers or bonding; however, this is the feature that allows for more change. See the beautiful transformation below!
Smiles Designed by Dr. Jim Jostock
Below: This gentleman had a beautiful outcome after 5 implants, bleaching, cosmetic bonded restorations as well as cosmetic crown and bridge work. He had a severely worn dentition along with multiple missing teeth.
The pictures below show a protective occlusal night guard. It was fabricated to protect the cosmetic restorations during nighttime grinding habits. We recommend this to our patients who have cosmetic restorations placed. These are also indicated for all patients that have grinding habits and show signs of moderate wear on their teeth.
Pre-teatment showing discolored teeth and end to end bite Post-treatment showing a straighter, whiter smile & more ideal biting relationships
For more information regarding cosmetic dentistry, please call our office at (586) 978-8233
Tooth whitening is an inexpensive cosmetic procedure that can have dramatic lasting effects on your smile. By whitening your teeth, you can change your smile from a dull, plain look to a bright, vibrant look in just a short period of time. It is important to note however, that your teeth and gums must be healthy prior to bleaching your teeth.
Actual case using the tray bleaching system
We offer two types of whitening products in our office. Your first bleaching option at our office is the Professional Crest White Strips. We now offer this in our office due to popular demand as it is a less expensive option for tooth whitening. The professional brand of Crest White Strips offers two times the strength as the kits in the stores. The strips are also longer, extending back to your molar regions for full smile whitening. The strips are indicated for persons with white teeth that are looking for subtle changes or touch ups in shade. For best results, your teeth should be straight so that the strips can better adapt to your teeth. However, if you are looking for more dramatic results then custom tray bleaching is the way to go.
Custom tray bleaching is the second option of bleaching that we offer in our office. Using this bleaching system, you can expect multiple shade changes to achieve the whitest possible smile. It involves having impressions taken and custom trays made for your teeth. The trays carry the bleach and allow it to penetrate into all surfaces of your teeth. The trays also hold the bleach in position during bleaching and protect your soft tissue from the bleaching material. It takes approximately 2 weeks of bleaching to achieve multiple shade results and the results are long lasting. Another benefit of tray bleaching is that you can keep your trays and touch up at any time.
For more questions about our bleaching systems or to see if you would be a candidate for bleaching, please call our office and schedule an appointment
Affordable New Laser Treatment for Herpes Labialis (cold sores) and Aphthous Ulcers (canker sores)!!!
Drs. Mike and Jim Jostock are dentists in Sterling Heights, MI, who strive to deliver state of the art procedures and technologies to their patients. As the doctors continue to promote health and wellness, recently they have introduced a new soft tissue diode laser to their practice. One of the most amazing features of the laser is its unique ability to quickly heal damaged tissues.
Dr. Jim mentions, “Our new laser has many new advantages over old technologies, including little to no post operative discomfort as well as painless procedures. Also, the fact that this laser kills 96% of bacteria in its path makes it ideal for healing tissues. We are using the laser to help heal tissues in patients who suffer from gingivitis and periodontal disease. However, after listening to our patients, I think the biggest impact is the laserʼs ability to instantly heal cold sores and canker sores. Only seconds with the laser and the pain is gone!!!”
Herpes Labialis (cold sores) is a very common condition caused by a Herpes virus. It affects most of the population and can be extremely painful during an outbreak. It sits latent in our nervous system waiting for a chance to present itself. There are many triggers, but the most common is a sunburn on your lips. You should wear lip protection at least SPF 15 when you will be in the sun for prolonged periods. Cold sores are often extremely painful, unsightly, and last for several days. They are also very contagious in their early and ulcerated forms.
“We use our laser as a healing device for eliminating pain and shortening healing times associated with cold sores,” explains Dr Jim. “Removing them is a painless procedure that takes 30 seconds to 2 minutes. You will only feel a warming sensation on the skin during the procedure. The pain will be gone immediately and they disappear in 1-2 days after the laser procedure.” Similarly, the laser treats aphthous ulcers (canker sores) the same way. Pain is eliminated immediately after the laser treatment and healing of the ulcer follows quickly.
It is a very affordable procedure that can make a big difference when you need it. For more information, please visit their website at www.jostockdental.com or feel free to make an appointment by calling (586) 978-8233.
Jostock Dental P.L.L.C. has taken a leap in communications to the twenty-first century. They have incorporated a new state of the art computer software system that offers the convenience of confirming your dental appointments in one simple click! This new system, Demandforce, emails or text messages you prior to your scheduled appointments and even sends you a reminder if your overdue for a teeth cleaning. A simple “yes” reply confirms your appointment in the book saving you a phone call.
In the era of a technology based world, the use of smart-phones, daily checking of email, and the ease of merging appointments onto a virtual calendar has made this system very user friendly to a variety of patients at Jostock Dental. A reminder email or text message is sent out two weeks prior to your upcoming appointment, just as the postcards have come through the mail for many years. This gives you a chance to verify the date and time of your appointment, allowing you to make any necessary changes. A few days prior to the scheduled appointment you are sent a confirmation email or text message, asking you to confirm the appointment. This may be a new spin on the confirmation calls you are used to receiving, however in this technology age the convenience of simply replying to an email or text message is much easier and a time saver. This way you don’t need to check your voicemail and return a phone call.
Demandforce also offers the option to schedule appointments online, reschedule missed appointments quickly, and give feedback on visits to the office. This allows you to email the office convenient times for needed appointments and gives the office staff a chance to respond to you quickly. Also, if you are on a “call list” Demandforce will promptly email you when an appointment becomes available, allowing you a chance to get into the office as soon as possible. And yes, for those of you who want to be called for your appointments the friendly staff at Jostock Dental will do that too. If you have any questions regarding Demandforce, please call our office today.
Lumineers at Jostock Dental
Jostock Dental is now offering Lumineers as a new cosmetic dental procedure. Lumineers are a specific brand of tooth veneers that are natural looking and less invasive than traditional veneers. For those that are not familiar with veneers, they are thin porcelain coverings that are cemented over the front sides of the teeth. They can brighten and reshape your entire smile.
Dr Jim says that “Lumineers advertises no shots or grinding down healthy tooth structure. As this may be true for some people, most of us will require a minimal amount of tooth shaping. Lumineers, however, is much less invasive than traditional veneers. Rarely is anesthetic required, but it is needed in select cases.” During your consultation, Dr. Jim will evaluate your teeth to see whether or not you are a good candidate for Lumineers, and if so, he will explain the procedure for your particular smile. If you are ready for your new Lumineers, a picture of your smile will be sent to a dental lab and it will be enhanced to show you what your Lumineers smile will look like prior to starting. This way you can visualize your new smile and approve it before you even start the process. Lumineers has as 20 year track record with their product and their veneers are proven to be successful long-term.
Dr Jim recommends three visits for your Lumineers smile. At the first visit, you will have an opportunity to share your cosmetic concerns and talk about your new smile. Dr. Jim will evaluate your dentition and take the appropriate radiographs and photos. At this appointment the treatment plan and costs will be discussed. At the second visit, you will see your enhanced photo to approve your Lumineers smile. If you approve your smile design, your teeth will be minimally prepared for the Lumineers. An impression will be taken and you will choose the final shade of your Lumineers. At the third visit, your custom Lumineers will be checked for fit and shade. Then they are permanently placed and bonded.
For more information on Lumineers please visit lumineers.com. To schedule an appointment today for a consultation, please call Jostock Dental at (586) 978-8233. Dr Jim says, “We are a father and son dental team, and my dad and I have over 30 years of combined experience enhancing our patients’ smiles. We look forward to meeting you soon and showing you what Lumineers can do for you.”