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Dental Implants in Toledo, OH

April 21, 2015

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Thousands of Americans lose their teeth every year. Whether it’s due to tooth decay, facial trauma, or injuries to the mouth, people are subject to tooth loss. A missing tooth can cause pain and frustration, and can lead to embarrassment. Although it may seem like an annoyance and an aesthetic blemish at first, a missing tooth can lead to more serious problems over time if left untreated. Dental Group West, located near Sylvania, Ohio, offers comprehensive tooth replacements in the form of fixed (not removable)  dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

166637352The team of doctors and their support staff at Dental Group West are passionate about providing bright, life like, healthy smiles to every patient who desires this service. We want to ensure that everyone receives the best treatment possible, which is why our office is equipped with the latest dental technology and our staff is current with the latest dental trends. We know that a missing tooth is no laughing matter, which is why we can provide a dental implant solution to effectively restore function and form to your mouth. Implants can last a lifetime, if cared for properly, and can support very natural looking teeth.  It is literally like growing a new, free standing tooth.

What is the Procedure?

When you arrive for your initial comprehensive examination appointment at our Toledo, OH location, we will take the time to assess the environment in your mouth, especially the place or places an implant would potentially work.  If an implant is feasible, the process begins.  Implants consist of three parts; the implant body, placed in the jaw bone, and the abutment head and crown, placed above the gum line.  We entrust the placement of the implant as well as any grafting necessary to our oral surgeon partners whom we’ve worked with for over twenty years.  Once healing is finished, we restore the top of the implant.

Receive the Treatment You Need.

Are you ready to restore your smile? Contact our office today and schedule an appointment with our friendly, attentive staff. We want to help every patient achieve the smile of his or her dreams. We are happy to serve the residents of Toledo, Ohio and the surrounding suburbs.

Makeover Your Smile with Quick and Convenient Cosmetic Bonding in Toledo, OH

March 10, 2015

523877123Minor cosmetic imperfections can have a big impact on the appearance of your smile. Even the healthiest smiles can sustain chips, cracks, discoloration, and decay. If you have tiny defects that keep you from smiling confidently, you should consider the cosmetic bonding solution. Cosmetic bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry option because it can repair teeth with little, if any, effect on the natural enamel and dentin. Cosmetically bonded teeth look and feel just like natural teeth too. If you’re ready to renew your smile, schedule a cosmetic bonding appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West is a trusted cosmetic dentistry, now proudly repairing smiles daily throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.

What Is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding consists of special tooth colored resin, expertly applied to a damaged tooth, and then hardened with a special curing light. Bonding materials are made from high-density modern plastics like composite resin and porcelain. These materials mimic the natural color of your teeth and can be designed to perfectly match the surrounding teeth, making it almost impossible to discern that a tooth was ever damaged at all.

Can Cosmetic Bonding Fix Your Smile?

Cosmetic bonding can be used in several different ways, including:

  • Repair of decayed teeth
  • Repair of chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Elongate shortened teeth
  • Improve the appearance of misshapen teeth
  • Protect tooth roots exposed by receding gums

Toledo Cosmetic Bonding Appointments

Cosmetic bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive of all cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unlike porcelain veneers and dental crowns, cosmetic bonding can be completed in just one visit without any anesthesia required. Get your smile fixed fast; schedule the cosmetic bonding appointment you need with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West is a leading cosmetic dentistry, now proudly renewing smiles daily throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the neighboring areas.

Protect Your Good Health with Non- Surgical Gum Disease Treatment from Dental Group West in Toledo, OH

February 10, 2015

101407297Untreated gum disease can affect more than just your teeth. Although gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, recent studies have also linked gum disease with an increased risk for developing a number of serious health conditions, including: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. Gum disease is not always painful and you may be unaware you have it, until it has already caused significant damage. This is just another reason why it’s so important to have regular dental check-ups. To protect your good health, make a gum disease treatment appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West delivers quality care daily throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Your mouth is full of bacteria that feed upon food particles and saliva. These bacteria can form a sticky and harmful acidic film on your teeth called plaque. Over time, the acid in plaque begins to break down your tooth’s enamel to cause decay. The bacteria in plaque can also infect and inflame your gums, making them bleed and become red and tender. Although plaque can be easily removed by brushing and flossing your teeth every day, it can harden and form another substance called tartar, which can’t be removed by brushing alone.  Tartar sticks much more firmly to teeth and can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. If plaque and tarter accumulate, they will cause the gum disease Gingivitis to take root. If Gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance into a more serious form of gum disease, Periodontitis. Periodontitis creates deep pockets between teeth and gums, causing teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. The bacteria from Periodontitis can also spread to other parts of the body wreaking havoc on your overall health.

Do You Have Gum Disease?

If you are experiencing any of the following gum disease symptoms, you should make an immediate appointment for gum disease treatment:

  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A constant unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Loosened teeth
  • Collections of pus that develop under your gums or teeth

Toledo Gum Disease Treatment Appointments

To treat your gum disease symptoms, the experienced general dentists of Dental Group West may suggest that you have your teeth scaled and polished. In some more advanced cases, root planing may also be required. This is a deep cleaning under the gums that gets rid of bacteria from the roots of your teeth. We will gently scrape away plaque and tartar and polish your teeth to remove marks or stains. If your gum disease has progressed, you may need more than one scale and polish appointment. Either way, our highly qualified dentists will be able to stop gum disease from damaging your health any further. Make your gum disease treatment appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West proudly serves families daily throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and neighboring areas.

When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

January 10, 2015

510041113The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 36,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and the disease will cause over 6,000 deaths. The single greatest factor affecting the oral cancer survival rate is the stage at which the cancer is discovered. Detecting the disease in its earlier stages can mean the difference between life and death. Each time you visit our office, we will examine you to look for signs of oral cancer, as part of your routine dental checkup. Skipping your semi-annual dental appointment means that you’re not getting the oral cancer screenings you need to protect your health. Don’t gamble with your good health. Make your oral cancer screening appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West proudly serves patients of all ages Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can develop in anyone at anytime, but men are twice as likely to develop the disease as women, and the risk for everyone increases with age. The exact triggering mechanisms that cause the changes in DNA that lead to oral cancer is still unknown. However, behavioral factors that heighten the risk for developing oral cancer include:

  • Using any tobacco products
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Poor nutrition
  • Contracting the human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Excessive sun exposure

What are the symptoms of Oral Cancer?

The most common oral cancer symptoms include:

  • red or white patches in or near the mouth
  • a lump anywhere near your mouth or throat
  • mouth ulcers that don’t heal
  • persistent pain in the mouth
  • changes in the tone of your voice
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • sudden unexplained weight loss
  • bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • loosened teeth
  • difficulty moving your jaw or chewing
  • pain or difficulty when swallowing

Oral Cancer Screening Appointments in Toledo, OH

If you, or someone you love, are at a heightened risk for developing oral cancer, make an appointment with Dental Group West for an oral cancer screening today. The experienced dentists of Dental Group West are trusted general dentistry practitioners, now proudly serving families throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and nearby areas.

Effective Holiday Teeth Whitening from Dental Group West

December 10, 2014

118462997Would you like to impress your family and friends this holiday season with a dazzling new smile? If you want a teeth whitening treatment that works effectively the first time, and won’t irritate your sensitive teeth and gums, you should make an appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Their take-home teeth whitening trays are easy to use and can whiten your teeth by several shades before your next holiday gathering. Dental Group West proudly serves patients throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.

Holiday Teeth Whitening Options: Which Is Best?

  • Teeth Whitening ToothpastesTeeth whitening toothpastes can’t deliver on their teeth whitening promise. These toothpastes don’t contain the bleaching agents necessary to whiten your enamel. They can only polish away the shallow surface stains you may acquire during the day. If you do choose to use whitening toothpaste, it’s best to do so as a way to maintain the whitening results of a more effective treatment.
  • Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products– These products can come in many varieties including whitening strips, gels, rinses, or whitening trays. However, it can take many weeks of daily use for these treatments to have the same whitening effects of professional whitening products. Additionally, these products contain harsh chemicals that may irritate your teeth and gums.
  • Professional Take-Home Teeth Whitening– Dental Group West offers a quick and easy professional teeth whitening solution with their take-home whitening trays. These customized trays can be worn at home at your leisure, and will effectively whiten your teeth without causing gum discomfort or irritation.

Holiday Teeth Whitening Appointments in Toledo, OH

In some cases, deep staining and severe discoloration may need to be treated with dental veneers or dental bonding. Only an experienced cosmetic dentist can make that determination. To avoid the frustration of using a teeth whitening treatment that doesn’t work, make an appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West proudly restores smiles throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and nearby areas.

What Can You Do About TMJ Disorder?

November 10, 2014

80720280Have you been experiencing unexplained headaches, earaches or difficulty chewing? If yes, you may be suffering from a TMJ Disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint on each side of your head that connects your jawbone to the rest of the skull. This important joint and its surrounding muscles enable you to open, close and rotate your jaw. Sometimes, this joint can deteriorate or malfunction due to excessive wear from teeth clenching/grinding, arthritis or injury. The restorative dentistry experts of Dental Group West can diagnose and provide treatment for TMJ disorder. Don’t allow your TMJ to get out of control. Make an appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole or Dr. Weisenburger today. Dental Group West proudly serves patients throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg and the surrounding communities.

Signs of TMJ Disorder

  • Pain– Pain in the joint area or surrounding muscles. Usually located just in front of the ear, radiating between the cheek, the ear and the temple.
  • Limited Function– Jaw movement may be difficult. A tight or stuck feeling in the jaw. In more severe cases the jaw may get “locked”, making it hard to open or close the mouth.
  • Unusual Noises– Clicking or popping noises coming from the jaw joint when chewing or moving the mouth.
  • Ear Discomfort– Because the jaw joint sits just in front of the ear, some may experience ear symptoms such as noises in the ear, sensitivity to sound or dizziness.

TMJ Disorder Treatment in Toledo, OH

You may have found it difficult to find the right treatment for your TMJ disorder in the past. But you can find effective treatment to reduce stress on the joint and prevent further damage at Dental Group West. The experienced dentists of Dental Group West can provide immediate relief from TMJ symptoms. Make an appointment with their Toledo office today. Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole and Dr. Weisenburger proudly serve patients throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg and nearby cities.

Choosing Between Dental Implants and Dental Bridges

October 10, 2014

122421420A missing tooth can cause you to miss out on enjoying your life. It can affect your willingness to laugh and smile or eat the foods you love. To replace a missing tooth permanently, you have two basic choices, either a dental bridge or a dental implant. It’s important to get all of the facts before you make such a big decision as permanently replacing a missing tooth. A missing tooth should be replaced to protect your other teeth from moving, and to preserve your bone and jaw structures.The dentists at Dental Group West want to help you restore your smile in the least painful manner possible. Contact their Toledo office today to set up a Sedation Dentistry appointment to replace your missing tooth and restore your smile.

What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a frame with two attached dental crowns and a replacement tooth (pontic) in the middle. The crowns are fitted over the adjacent teeth of the missing tooth. To fit the crowns, the adjacent teeth must be shaved down and the pontic is positioned in the gap over the gums. Besides adversely affecting the adjacent teeth, dental bridges do not replace the missing tooth root which could lead to misalignment among the surrounding teeth and in the jaw bone.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium rods that can be surgically inserted into the jaw to replace the root of the missing tooth. Once the rod is placed, a synthetic but realistic looking prosthetic tooth is attached. During the healing process the jawbone will grow around the implant, cementing it in place. The implant can completely replace the natural tooth in both form and function. Dental implants are more expensive than dental crowns, but are the more natural looking and feeling alternative.

Dental Group West Restorative Implants and Bridges in Toledo, Ohio

Whichever method of tooth replacement you choose, it’s important to go to a dentist that can not only perform the dental work needed, but employs a caring and comfortable approach. The dentists at Dental Group West can help you restore your smile using Sedation Dentistry techniques, which can eliminate the pain and anxiety of restorative procedures. Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole and Dr. Weisenburger proudly serve patients throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg and the surrounding communities.

Your Smile will Dazzle with Porcelain Veneers!

September 10, 2014

186932212There are many things that people wish to accomplish in their smile, and they may be willing to do almost anything to make it happen. Whether someone wants a perfectly aligned smile or a minor chip covered, there are many cosmetic procedures that are capable of making your smile look absolutely flawless. One thing that many people wish for when it comes to their smiles is perfect teeth. Though your smile has collected wear and tear over the years, you are able to reverse the hands of time! Our doctors are able to offer porcelain veneersto their patients in order to achieve the dazzling smile they have been wanting!

One of the wonderful aspects of porcelain veneers is that they are very multitalented. They are able to cover up many flaws you smile, such as misalignments, gaps, stains, chips, and cracks. Another wonderful thing about porcelain veneers is that you are able to have a new smile in a relatively short amount of time, cutting out significant waiting time! A wonderful cosmetic treatment for many reasons, the results for porcelain veneers are unmatched!

The first step to getting your porcelain veneers is a consultation with one of our doctors. They will be able to evaluate your smile in its current state, and determine whether or not porcelain veneers are right for you. You will also have that time to address any questions or concerns about the procedure, as we want you to be comfortable and well-informed throughout the entire process. If you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, we will make impressions of your smile and send them to a dental lab. The lab will make your veneers, and will be made with your smile goals and facial aesthetic in mind. Your natural tooth is prepared by removing a small bit of enamel, making sure there is space for your new smile. When your veneers are ready, they are applied and made permanent with dental resin cement. At the end, you are left with a dazzling smile! If you would like a new smile using porcelain veneers, contact our Toledo, OH dental office today!

Contact our office in Toledo, Ohio today and schedule your appointment with one of our caring and experienced dentists. We are able to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry need you may have! Our patient-centered practice warmly welcomes families from throughout Toledo and the surrounding communities, including Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and more.

Back to School Dental Checkups!

August 9, 2014

shutterstock_149625803Now that school is around the corner, many people are getting prepared to start a new school year. Back to school shopping with tons of notebooks and pens may get you excited about school, but there is one thing you may not be preparing for. There is no doubt you are going to meet a lot of new people and reconnect with old friends when the school year beings again, and you want to make sure your smile is as healthy as possible. With regular dental checkups, you can be sure your smile is in tip-top shape just in time for the new school year.

When you come in for your dental checkup, one thing our doctors will do is evaluate the pocket depth of your gums, looking for any sort of decay, such as gum disease. Should we find signs of gum disease, we will be able to address the situation with nonsurgical procedures to get your smile back on track. We will also take x-rays of your teeth and jaw, making sure there are no underlying issues and that your bite is aligned.

We will also give your fluoride treatments during your dental checkup. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens your enamel, making it harder for bacteria to break it down and cause decay. Fluoride also attracts other minerals, all contributing to a healthier smile! We also offer dental sealants, which are plastic coatings in the grooves of your teeth that prevent bacteria and other particles from falling into the crevices of your molars. If you are ready for your dental checkup and would like help from our doctors, contact our Toledo, OH office today, and we would love to help!

Contact our office in Toledo, Ohio today and schedule your appointment with one of our caring and experienced dentists. We are able to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry need you may have! Our patient-centered practice warmly welcomes families from throughout Toledo and the surrounding communities, including Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and more.

Welcome Summer with a Whiter Smile

June 16, 2014

shutterstock_192589115With summer just around the corner, many people are making sure they look their best for the summer season. Whether it is getting their hair done or they are in the gym getting their bodies ready for the beach, people are making sure they will be able to fully enjoy all the summer has to offer by feeling confident both inside and out. One thing people may be overlooking, however, is their smiles. There is no doubt you will reconnect with old friends and meet new ones this season, and making the best impression is crucial. Our doctors understand their patients wanting to look their best, and that is why they offer teeth whitening to their patients!

We offer at-home teeth whitening to our patients. This form of whitening is extremely convenient for our patients, and it is able to be done in the comfort and privacy of your home. We will provide you with everything you need in order to transform your smile. You will get custom made bleaching trays as well as the bleaching gel. The whitening gel we will provide you with is professional grade gel, so you are sure to receive the best results possible. All you have to do is simply put the whitening gel in the trays, and wear them for the allotted amount of time every day. You will see beautiful results in a week, and full, dazzling results in about two weeks!

With your smile brightened by six to ten shades, there is no doubt your smile will shine as bright as the summer sun this season! If you want to change your smile just in time for summer, make an appointment with our doctors at our Toledo, OH dental office today!

Contact our office in Toledo, Ohio today and schedule your appointment with one of our caring and experienced dentists. We are able to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry need you may have! Our patient-centered practice warmly welcomes families from throughout Toledo and the surrounding communities, including Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and more.

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