February 15, 2015
Uncontrollable and disruptive snoring keeping you up at night? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that reduces or pauses breathing as you sleep. Although the severity of sleep apnea can vary from person to person, untreated sleep apnea can cause: high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, daytime sleepiness with difficulty maintaining concentration, and cognitive interference. Tolerating these symptoms can have a devastating effect on your quality of life and productivity. Dr. Banda can provide immediate and non-invasive sleep apnea treatment with oral appliance therapy. Make your sleep apnea consultation appointment with Cranbrook Dental Care today. Cranbrook Dental Care delivers quality family dental care daily throughout metro Detroit, MI, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks, Birmingham, and the surrounding communities.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea diminishes breath flow and interrupts sleep patterns. There are three types of sleep apnea: central apnea, obstructive apnea, and a mixture of the two. Central sleep apnea is characterized by a central nervous system failure to activate breathing muscles during sleep, whereas obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by airway collapse during sleep.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
- Loud snoring
- Choking or gasping for air
- Insomnia or restlessness
- Daytime fatigue
- Unfulfilling sleep
- Frequent napping
- Irritability and confusion
- Moodiness or depression
- Sexual dysfunction
The most common form of sleep apnea treatment is CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure). CPAP requires an air machine and a mask to be worn during sleep. However, many patients find CPAP treatment to be impractical because of the many possible side effects including: nasal congestion, bloating, dry skin, runny nose, and claustrophobia. That’s why Dr. Banda offers sleep apnea treatment using oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances look similar to athletic mouthguards. They work by gently moving the jaw and tongue forward and the palate up during sleep. This motion prevents the closure of your airway to control your sleep apnea symptoms. Oral appliance therapy is the least invasive form of sleep apnea treatment, and is most effective for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda today to get the custom oral appliance you need to relive your sleep apnea and snoring symptoms. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly restores smiles daily throughout metro Detroit, MI, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks, Birmingham, and nearby areas.
January 15, 2015
Are you too embarrassed to get the orthodontic treatment you need? Many adults avoid undergoing the orthodontics treatment they need, because they believe such treatments are only for kids and teens. However, there are no age restrictions on a straight and confident smile. You can get the orthodontics treatment you need conveniently, and discretely, with Invisalign clear braces. Invisalign clear braces are made to address the concerns of apprehensive orthodontics patients. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without having to make any changes to your daily routine or busy lifestyle. Best of all, hardly anyone will notice you’re wearing braces at all. To explore the Invisalign difference for yourself, make an appointment with Dr. Banda today at Cranbrook Dental Care . Dr. Banda is a trusted metro Detroit dentist, proudly serving families throughout Bloomfield Hills, MI, Troy, Clarkston, Royal Oaks, Birmingham, and the surrounding communities.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is compromised of a series of clear plastic aligners (braces) which incrementally reposition your teeth. To get you started with Invisalign, Dr. Banda will take detailed impressions of your teeth and send the information to the Invisalign labs. Invisalign will use this to custom design your aligners, which will be sent to Dr. Banda after a couple of weeks. You will start your treatment with the first set of aligners, exchanging out each set every couple of weeks until your treatment is complete. The number of Invisalign clear aligners you’ll need will depend on the severity of your orthodontic problem. Invisalign clear braces are comfortable because, unlike traditional metal braces, they have no brackets or wires to break off in or poke the inside of your mouth.
Why Is Invisalign Different?
- No Brackets or Wires
- No Painful Adjustments
- Conveniently Removable for Eating, Oral Hygiene, or Important Occasions
- Comfortable Custom Fit
- Short 12 Month Average Treatment Time (for adults)
- Nearly Invisible
- Reliable Results
Don’t let another year go by without getting the orthodontic treatment you need. Not only will Invisalign treatment improve your smile and boost your self-confidence, it will also improve your oral hygiene and keep your mouth healthy as you get older. Make your Invisalign consultation appointment with Dr. Banda today. Cranbrook Dental Care restores smiles daily throughout metro Detroit including: Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
December 15, 2014
If it’s been a long while since you’ve visited the dentist, you might be apprehensive about making an appointment for a dental checkup. Dr. Banda wants to help you overcome your dental anxiety so that you can get the preventive dental care you need. To help do this, we have outlined what you can expect during your first dental visit at Cranbrook Dental Care. You can make an appointment with Dr. Banda today for your next dental check up. Cranbrook Dental Care helps families stay healthy throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
Your First Dental Visit May Include:
- Tooth-by-tooth Exam
o Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
o Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
o Check your bite and jaw for problems
o Remove any stains or deposits on your teeth
- Digital X-rays
o Less radiation
o High quality images
- Oral Cancer Screening
o Check for red or white patches or mouth sores
o Check the tissues in your mouth for lumps or other abnormalities
- Periodontal Analysis
o Pocket depth
o Bleeding points
o Gum recession
o Furcation involvement
- Bite Assessment
o Check for excessive tooth wear, tooth breakage, tooth sensitivity, jaw joint pain, and joint noises
The information gathered during your first dental visit will serve as the basis for the treatment your dentist recommends. Remember that regular dental examinations are essential to maintain good oral health and protect your overall health. Don’t delay the dental care you need any longer. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda today for your routine dental checkup. The experienced and compassionate dentists of Cranbrook Dental Care proudly restore smiles throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
November 15, 2014
Unlike other cancers, oral cancer can easily go undetected if you don’t visit the dentist for a regular check-up. An early oral cancer diagnoses could save your life. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda today for your oral cancer screening. The experienced dentists of Cranbrook Dental Care use Vizilite, the leading oral cancer screening system, to check for early signs of oral cancer. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves families throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
- Mouth sore that lasts longer than two weeks (most common symptom)
- Persistent mouth pain
- Lump in the cheek
- White or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
- Sore throat or constant feeling that something is caught in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
- Numbness anywhere in the mouth
- Jaw swelling
- Loose teeth
- Severe toothaches
- Voice change
- Lump in the neck
- Rapid unexplained weight loss
Oral Cancer Risk Factors
- Tobacco and Alcohol– Including cigarette smoking, heavy alcohol use, or the use of both tobacco and alcohol together. Using tobacco plus alcohol poses a much greater risk than using either substance alone.
- HPV Infection – The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (specifically the HPV 16 type) has been linked to a subset of oral cancers.
- Age– Risk increases with age. Especially people over 40.
- Prolonged Sun Exposure– Cancer of the lip can be caused by sun exposure.
- Diet– A diet low in fruits and vegetables may also play a role in oral cancer development.
Oral Cancer Screening in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Regular dental visits are not only essential to maintaining good oral health they can literally save your life. Don’t take a chance with your health; make an appointment with Dr. Banda and the experienced dentists of Cranbrook Dental Care to get the oral cancer screening you need. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves families throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
October 15, 2014
When you think of going to the dentist, one image you might imagine is the dental x-ray. X-rays allow dentists to find cavities, check the health of a tooth’s root and the bone surrounding the tooth, check on developing teeth and monitor the health of your teeth and jawbone. However, when your dentist detects a problem such as a cavity, or other tooth decay, it’s hard to relate that issue clearly to the patient using just the x-ray image. What appears to be a tiny dark blemish in an x-ray image might de-emphasize the magnitude of a particular dental problem. If your dentist doesn’t use the latest technology to diagnose your symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Banda. The experienced dentists of Cranbrook Dental Care use intraoral cameras to diagnose and treat the patients of Cranbrook Dental Care. Call Dr. Banda today to set up your next appointment. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves families throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
The Benefits of Intraoral Cameras
Intraoral cameras are small camera devices, no larger than a dental mirror, with a disposable cover and an attached LED light, that can take both digital still photos and video of the inside of your mouth. These images can be shown on a video monitor inside the treatment room during your visit. If the dentist does detect an issue inside your mouth, they can show you the affected area with an image that can be magnified up to 40 times on a video monitor. As a diagnostic tool, the intraoral camera can be used to find and document dental problems from every angle and in between your teeth. You can see issues involving discoloration of the gums, gum disease, cracked teeth and broken fillings, plaque deposits and cavities next to fillings.
Treatment Using Intraoral Cameras in Metro Detroit
The use of the intraoral camera is beneficial for both you and your dentist. As an educational tool, you become a part of the examination process and can be better informed about your treatment options. Your dentist can keep better documentation for your future care with a tool that gives them better visibility during treatment and image power that rivals a microscope. Most importantly, intraoral cameras aid in the early detection of dental problems. Contact Dr. Banda and the qualified dentists at Cranbrook Dental Care today to set up your next appointment. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves patients throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
September 15, 2014
Many Americans have fears associated with going to the dentist to some degree. Some of those fears are caused by bad experiences from our childhoods, hearing about the bad experiences of others, or perhaps just a dislike of the idea of dental work in general.
But when it comes to the health of your teeth and the availability of quality dental care, there is no better time than the present to visit Dr. Banda at Cranbrook Dental Care in metro Detroit, MI. Ever wonder what people did to treat tooth pain and decay before the advancements in modern dentistry we enjoy today?
Interesting Facts about Dental History
The origins of modern dentistry can be traced all the way back to the Romans and Egyptians. However, the causes of both tooth pain and decay were not known back then. Nor was the importance of oral hygiene and maintenance. Without this basic understanding, the ancients attributed dental problems to demons and evil spirits. Many even believed that holes in teeth were caused by tooth worms.
Our ancestors were just as creative in seeking remedies to tooth problems, including using arsenic and fumigants. The Romans were fond of using urine (for the ammonia) to clean their teeth, while the Egyptians used opium to treat pain. There were also advocates for using wine and vinegar as mouthwash, or brushing your teeth using the twig of a fig tree and a honey and oil paste.
While there is evidence of crude dental tools as early as 7000 B.C, the first record of modern dental procedures didn’t emerge until the middle ages. Some books from this period have written instructions on tooth extraction. Back then, dental procedures were performed by barbers. The same barbers that shaved beards and trimmed hair would also perform surgical procedures such as bleeding, cupping, leeching, and extracting teeth.
It wasn’t until the early 18th century that modern dentistry began to take shape. In 1723 Pierre Fauchard, a French surgeon, published The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth. In the 1800’s the first dental chair, porcelain teeth, orthodontics, ether anesthesia and dental college emerged.
In 1938, the modern toothbrush was invented. In 1950, fluoride toothpaste came to market. The 1980’s brought about the use of dental implants and home teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentistry has only become popular in the last 20 years.
A brief look into our history will show that we are very lucky to be living in the modern era of dentistry. Unlike our forefathers, we have immediate access to hygienic, pain free dental care. You can rest assured that this is the best time, in history, to see your dentist and be proactive about your overall oral health. Take advantage of this access and contact Dr. Banda at Cranbrook Dental Care today to set up your next appointment. We serve everyone throughout metro Detroit including, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Royal Oaks and Birmingham.
August 15, 2014
Something that many people have in common is a fear. Whether it is a fear of snakes or flying, may people live with so many different fears, and it may affect the way they live their daily lives. For some the fear may be slight, but for others, it can be crippling. A fear that many people have in common is a fear of the dentist. Because of this fear, people may delay the much needed dental work they need performed, causing them to live their lives with a deteriorating mouth. Though you may feel as though there is nothing you can do to get over your fear, Dr. Banda is able to help. By offering sedation dentistry at his Bloomfield Hills, MI dental office, he is able to calm the fears of his patients with ease.
Aside from our patients who have a fear of the dentist, sedation dentistry is also able to help those who suffer from TMJ and people who find it difficult to keep their mouths open for extended periods of time. One form of sedation we offer our patients is IV sedation. With this, we will sit down and talk to you, evaluating your anxiety level. This is a very personalized form of sedation, allowing us to administer just the right amount to ensure your absolute comfort. You will receive the sedation intravenously, and you will feel extreme relaxation and absolutely no pain during your dental work. Our doctors will be able to perform your dental work with ease while you sit and rest.
The other form of sedation we offer is oral conscious sedation. This involves taking a prescribed pill or drinking a liquid medication before your appointment. Again, you will be able to unwind while your dental work is being performed, and you will not feel any pain. With both forms of sedation, your vital signs, such as your breathing and heart rate, will be monitored, making sure everything is going smoothly. Another important thing to remember is that you will need a trusted loved one to bring you home after your dental appointment, as the effects of the sedation will still be in your system. If you would like to know more about sedation dentistry and how Dr. Banda can help, contact our office today!
Do you have questions about these services, or do you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Banda or Dr. Steven Hane? Call us today! We are able to take care of all of your general, cosmetic, restorative, and sedation dentistry needs. We are proud to serve patients from across the Bloomfield Hills, MI area, including Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, and Birmingham. We look forward to treating you and giving you a beautiful, healthy smile!
July 2, 2014
Until your child learns how to brush efficiently, he or she may be more prone to developing cavities. Thankfully, there are preventive services that can help young patients protect their teeth. And at Dr. Banda’s office in Bloomfield Hills, we’re happy to offer them at regular checkups and dental cleanings.
Dental sealants protect the chewing surfaces of teeth, especially where there are deep pits or grooves where bacteria and food particles can hide. Sealants are applied as a liquid and then dried until they form a thin plastic layer directly protecting teeth from food or decay-causing bacteria. The entire process only takes about 10 to 45 minutes, depending on how many teeth we’ll be sealing. Once complete, results can last for as long as 10 years.
Fluoride helps teeth by attracting the minerals that strength tooth enamel. A fluoride treatment at our Bloomfield Hills office requires just one quick rinse. In addition to receiving fluoride treatments from us, make sure that your little one is also brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. What’s more, most water supplies in the US contain fluoride. Adding a fluoride mouthwash to your child’s regular brushing and flossing routine will also help your little one enjoy good oral health.
Do you have questions about these services, or do you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Banda? Call us today. We serve patients from Clarkston, Troy, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and the entire metropolitan Detroit area.
June 19, 2014
If you’ve never heard of bruxism, your immediate question might be, “What is bruxism?” In today’s post, we want to talk about what exactly this condition is, what causes it, and how Dr. Banda of Cranbrook Dental Care can help you treat it.
What Is Bruxism and What Causes It?
To put it simply, bruxism is a term that describes a recurring and unconscious struggle with teeth grinding. For many patients with bruxism, it’s caused by stress. What’s more, patients have the most trouble with it while sleeping, when it’s impossible to consciously stop grinding.
Symptoms of bruxism include headaches, earaches, and jaw pain. Other causes of bruxism, besides stress, include misaligned teeth, or a poor posture, poor diet, or poor sleep habits. Patients with bruxism may also display other kinds of biting habits. They may bite their fingernails, for instance, or they might bite the ends of pencils, their lips, or the insides of their cheeks. The condition affects roughly one-third of the population, and it’s more prevalent in women than men.
Over time, the constant pressure and motion associated with bruxism can seriously damage teeth. Bruxism can also contribute to TMJ dysfunction, which has many symptoms in common.
Customized Care for Teeth Grinding
Thankfully, treatment for teeth grinding is possible with a custom-made nightguard from Dr. Banda’s Bloomfield Hills dental office. During a consultation, we’ll evaluate your teeth, tissues, and muscles. Once we know what your needs are, Dr. Banda can help you understand how a nightguard will help you. We can also talk to you about other treatment techniques.
Do need help treating bruxism? Call Cranbrook Dental Care today for an appointment with Dr. Banda. We serve patients from Clarkston, Troy, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and the entire metropolitan Detroit area.
May 23, 2014
Brushing and flossing are two of the most important daily activities you can do. With regular brushing and flossing, you can remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth and your gumline, protecting it from common oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. What’s more, because studies have linked gum disease with health problems in other parts of the body, caring for your smile is another way of caring for your overall health.
So, now that you know how important brushing and flossing are, ask yourself: Are you brushing and flossing correctly?
To give your smile the help it needs, you should brush for about 120 seconds, or two minutes. You should also be sure that you’re dividing your time equally between not only your upper and lower teeth but also the inner surfaces and outer surfaces of your teeth. Hold your brush at about a 45 degree angle and apply gentle pressure as your scrub. To prevent bad breath, gently brush the surface of your tongue.
As for frequency, we recommend brushing at least twice a day, but it’s even better if you can do it after every meal. You should also floss at least once a day to get any leftover pieces of food away from your smile. And for extra protection from gum disease and tooth decay, we recommend using either an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.
Do you still have questions about how to brush and floss correctly? Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Banda’s office in Bloomfield Hills with your questions or to schedule an appointment. We serve patients from Clarkston, Troy, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and the entire metropolitan Detroit area.