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By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
February 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: root canal  

Be on the lookout for these telltale signs that you need a root canal.


While it often gets a bad rap, root canal treatment is an incredibly important dental procedure that is designed to repair and preserve a natural tooth. The goal of our Portage, MI, dentists Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester is to always preserve natural teeth whenever possible, and root canals are a tooth-saving procedure. So, how do you know if you need a root canal? Here are some of the classic warning signs.


A Persistent Toothache

This is one of the classic signs that you need a root canal. When bacteria are free to enter the inside of the tooth, it infects the dental pulp, which contains the tooth’s nerves. This is the “feeling” part of the tooth, which is why you are dealing with persistent and perhaps even excruciating pain. Even if the pain is minor you shouldn’t ignore it. The problem will not go away on its own, and it will require treatment from our Portage, MI, general dentist.


Tooth Sensitivity

Your teeth have never been sensitive before but suddenly you notice one of your teeth is particularly sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. You may notice this when sipping a glass of ice-cold water or a hot cup of coffee. The pain or sensitivity will linger even after you’re no longer drinking or eating anything hot or cold. This is another sign of an inflamed or infected dental pulp.


Discoloration of the Tooth

If an infection occurs inside the tooth this can also cause the tooth to darken or turn gray. This is typically a sign that the tissue inside the tooth has begun to deteriorate. While there are many reasons why you may be dealing with a discolored tooth, it’s still a good idea to turn to our dentist to find out why your tooth is suddenly discolored.


If you are dealing with any of the signs above, it’s a good idea to call our Portage, MI, family dentists right away. For emergency dental needs, we provide same-day appointments for our patients. To schedule an immediate appointment, call Wester Dental Care at (269) 327-1119.

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
November 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry procedures from your dentists in Portage, Michigan can enhance your smile

If you need to improve your smile, you need to discover the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. You can choose one of the many versatile procedures to give you an outstanding smile. Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care in Portage, Michigan offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance your smile.

Many things can damage your smile. Aging, chewing on hard objects like ice cubes, grinding your teeth at night, and other habits can all diminish your smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can give you back the smile you’ve lost.

Consider these popular cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Professional whitening, which can whiten your smile up to 8 shades, and your dramatic results can last up to 5 years. Unlike many-over-the-counter treatments that contain harmful chemicals and abrasive agents, professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.

Cosmetic bonding, which can repair small cracks, chips, and lost tooth structure. This procedure uses composite, a unique liquid resin which can be matched to the color of your teeth. Composite is applied as a liquid, sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth, and hardened with ultraviolet light. The result is a virtually invisible tooth restoration that blends perfectly with your smile.

Porcelain veneers, which can cover up minor and major flaws in your smile including chipping, erosion, cracks, fracture lines, broken tooth structure, discolorations, and other problems. Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling, light-reflective porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They are a beautiful way to enhance your smile.

These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available to give you the smile you deserve. To find out more about these and other cosmetic and restorative procedures, call Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and Dr. Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care in Portage, Michigan today!

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
May 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A white smile can mean a couple of things, healthy teeth, good oral hygiene, as well as an aesthetic smile. It may sound redundant, but the best way to maintain white teeth is by avoiding stains on them, however, sometimes that may not be enough. There are teeth whitening options for pervasive and persistent stains. At Wester Dental Care, P.C. in Portage, MI, Dr. Keith Wester, Dr. Jennifer Sarantos and their courteous and attentive staff strive to help all of their patients understand how to maintain white teeth as well as teeth whitening options that may be available for them.

Teeth Maintenance

The best way to maintain white and healthy teeth is to have a good oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily for the right amount of time and using the correct technique to remove plaque buildup regularly. Flossing to ensure food and plaque does not build up in the hard to reach places. It is also important to use the correct products like antiseptic mouthwash and teeth whitening toothpaste.

Stain Avoidance

Stains on teeth can be on the surface which is usually able to be removed by over the counter whitening products. Or they can be deeper within the microscopic cracks of the tooth. These deeper stains can be persistent and not easily removed. The best way to combat these stains is to avoid them in the first place by limiting things like tobacco use, acidic beverages, strongly colored liquids, or foods with strong natural colorants.

Learn More About Teeth Whitening From The Experts

At Wester Dental Care, P.C. in Portage, MI, we work hard to help our patients achieve the oral care that they need. For teeth whitening, it is important that our patients understand how to avoid stains on their teeth as well as the available teeth whitening procedures that can benefit them. If you are looking to get a whiter smile and want to learn more about maintaining it, call our office in Portage at (269) 327-1119 to set up an appointment today.

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
March 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Should you turn to a dental professional to get a whiter smile?

Want to get a whiter smile? Our Portage, MI, dentists Dr. Keith Wester and Dr. Jennifer Sarantos can help you get a more radiant smile with teeth whitening. If you’ve not had much success whitening on your own you may be wondering if it’s time to consider professional whitening. Here are the top benefits of turning to a qualified dentist for this popular cosmetic dentistry procedure,

A Fully Customized Cosmetic Treatment

Some people are dealing with some serious stains from when they used to smoke. Others have sensitive teeth. Everyone’s smile has different quirks and issues and it’s our job as your Portage, MI, cosmetic dentists to be able to tailor your whitening treatment to your smile and goals. How long the whitening gel remains on your teeth, the strength of the whitening gel and how many bleaching gel applications we perform during your session will all be factors that we will determine during your consultation to make sure you get the results you want.

Visible Results, Fast!

Are you sick and tired of noticing dingy, dull teeth in every photo you take? If so, you may be looking for the fastest way to a whiter smile. We have the answer: it’s in-office teeth whitening. Our whitening system is the easiest and most effective way to get teeth several shades whiter in less than one hour.

You will walk out of the office with a drastically whiter smile and many of our patients get the results they want in a single session. If you have a big event coming up and you want to spruce up your appearance, professional in-office teeth whitening might just be the easiest and fastest way to do it.

Safe, Trustworthy Treatment

When you have a dentist you trust it seems like a no-brainer that you will turn to them with any questions or concerns you may have, from how to remove those yellowing stains to how to address nightly teeth grinding. Having a dentist you can turn to is paramount to feeling comfortable with any and all dental treatments you receive, and the same rings true for cosmetic dentistry.

When you come into our practice for whitening treatment you know you are in safe, capable and well-trained hands. Furthermore, you know the results you’re going to get and the customized care you’ll receive.

If you have a special occasion or important event coming up and you want to wow them with a vibrant smile, then professional teeth whitening can give you the results you’re looking for, quickly. Call Wester Dental Care in Portage, MI, at (269) 327-1119 to schedule a whitening consultation with one of our dentists.

By Wester Dental Care, P.C.
September 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do you wish your smile was whiter? Teeth whitening, offered by your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. Jennifer Sarantos and Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care, can help you brighten your smile.

Why do teeth become dull?

Aging, smoking and stains can make your teeth look dull and yellow. In fact, stains are a common culprit if your smile isn't as bright as it once was. Every time you eat a handful of blueberries, drink a cup of coffee, or consume other dark foods and beverages, tiny dark pigments are deposited in microscopic openings in your tooth enamel.

The tiny pores are smaller than toothbrush bristles, which makes it impossible to remove the pigments simply by brushing your teeth. The longer you eat and drink darkly pigmented foods and beverages, the more stained your smile becomes.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Your Portage dentist whitens your teeth with a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide. The safe, natural chemical breaks apart the pigments in your enamel, leaving your teeth much whiter. It's not unusual to see a three- to eight-shade difference in your smile after whitening. Professional results are much quicker than do-it-yourself whitening. Thanks to the professional-strength hydrogen peroxide solution your dentist uses to whiten your teeth, your whitening session will only take about an hour.

Before whitening begins, your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. Those substances not only increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease but will also affect your whitening results if they're not removed. Hydrogen peroxide doesn't penetrate plaque and tartar. If you don't have a cleaning before you whiten, your teeth may look spotted.

How can I prolong my whitening results?

Whitening results can last for two or three years or even longer. You can keep your teeth white as long as possible by eliminating or limiting stain-causing foods and beverages from your diet. If you can't give up your morning cup of coffee or tea, drinking the beverages through a straw can help reduce stains in your tooth enamel.

Upgrade your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. Jennifer Sarantos and Keith Wester at Wester Dental Care, at (269) 327-1119 to schedule an appointment.