When I went to University of Michigan, a number of our classes were held at the medical school. For me, it was really good to integrate the idea that dentistry is not distinct from the body. There are a lot of dentists that want to use that as a tool to say, 'Hey if you get your dentistry done you'll be healthy.' I feel like the approach that I take is a little bit different than that, because I don't have an ax to grind, necessarily, with 'Okay. Do dentistry and you'll be healthy.' It is an interplay.
One of the first things that patients notice when I do a comprehensive exam is often times how much I'll actually ask about their general health, because of how much it affects their mouth. It'll tell me things about what I'm going to find when I look in their mouth. The mouth is the front end of the digestive system, and often times there are things that I will ask them questions about their stomach and about their intestines. I can tell, often times, if a patient is diabetic. I can certainly tell if people are smokers. I can tell, often times, if there are other systemic diseases before they've told me about them.
It's a very, very strong interplay between what we find in the mouth and what's going on in their general health. There's, often times, ways in which we can intervene. We actually had a patient that, we've had a number of patients similar to this, but our most dramatic patient was one where I referred her to her cardiologist. I said, 'You really need to get checked out.' She was rushed into an emergency quintuple bypass that week.
General dentistry and restorative dental care is the foundation of achieving and maintaining healthy teeth and gums — and the foundation of our Norton Shores, Michigan, dental practice . Receiving regular cleanings and checkups along with practicing healthy habits will help prevent devastating oral conditions that not only affect oral health but also overall well-being.
Our Norton Shores, MI dentist provides a number of general dentistry treatments including preventive care like professional cleanings and fluoride treatments to restorations like fillings, inlays, and onlays. When you visit Community Shores Dental, you’ll find state-of-the-art general dentistry treatment and a caring staff.
Dr. Christopher Sortman has studied dentistry at University of Michigan Dental School and has completed Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program while serving as Navy dentist.
Preventive dental services for all ages
Everyone — from children to adults — should receive routine cleanings and checkups twice a year. Our Norton Shores, MI dentist and dental staff provide gentle, professional cleanings to remove harmful substances, such as tartar, that can’t be removed by flossing and brushing alone. Scheduling regular cleanings can even help prevent gum disease.
Exams are important, too. During examinations, our dentists will look for signs of tooth decay, bone deterioration, gum disease, and oral cancer and even offer nutritional counseling. By keeping regular appointments, you increase the likelihood of potential problems being detected early on. Early detection of oral conditions often results in conservative treatment that is less time-consuming and costly. We offer preventive services such as fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and can help ward off tooth decay. Dental sealants, another prevention dentistry tool, block out decay.
What about restorative dentistry solutions?
Do you have damaged teeth? The Norton Shores, MI dentist at Community Shores Dental have the right solution for your smile.
Teeth, unlike other parts of the body, cannot regenerate. This means that if a tooth is damaged by injury or a cavity, it cannot heal itself. When a tooth is damaged, it requires a professional restoration to prevent internal infections and in some cases, the need for an extraction. Common restorations include fillings, inlays, and onlays.
When placing restorations, our dentists choose natural looking and biocompatible materials including porcelain and composite resin. These tooth-colored materials restore a tooth to a healthy size and shape while also preventing further damage. Receiving a restoration is minimally invasive and helps keep teeth healthy for the rest of a patient’s life.
Dry mouth solutions
Not all dental practices focus on treating dry mouth, but our Norton Shores, MI dentist at Community Shore Dental understands the oral health dangers of persistent dry mouth . If you suffer from dry mouth, our team will happily help you find a solution. We can prescribe certain products to help alleviate your symptoms and keep your mouth nice and moist. Talk to our team to determine how our general dentistry services can help you treat your dry mouth symptoms.
Gum disease treatments
If you are noticing bleeding gums, tender gums, or chronic bad breath, you may have gum disease. We offer deep cleaning procedures as well as laser therapy to combat infections. Learn more by visiting our page on gum disease treatment.
Athletic mouthguard for children on the go
We can offer your child a custom-designed athletic mouthguard to help protect his or her teeth from injury during play. Our mouthguards can also be made to treat bruxism (grinding or clenching of the teeth). Talk to Dr. Sortman, our Norton Shores, MI dentist about how we can protect your child’s teeth from becoming damaged due to sports or bruxism.
How can I schedule an appointment?
When treating patients, we take family medical history and general health into account to help members of our community enjoy vibrant wellness. Schedule a general dentistry appointment with our Norton Shores, MI dentist and caring staff at your earliest convenience. You can reach us by calling 231-366-4182 or by sending us a message using our online contact form. Either way, Community Shores Dental will be happy to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit.
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