General Dentist - Roseville
21055 12 Mile Road
Roseville, MI 48066
(586) 772-0100

Dr. Carl Papa, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., P.C. offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. You can read more on this page about specific services.
 

  • Bonding
  • Cosmetic Contouring
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Excessive or Uneven Gums
  • Cosmetic Fillings
  • Implants
  • Veneers
  • Whitening
  • Sealants
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Extractions
  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Dentures
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Velscope
  • Oral DNA Testing


Your comfort is very important to us. If you do have a problem, please call us as early in the day as possible. This will make it easier to see you the same day.

Medical History: It is important to keep us informed of changes in your health. Your full disclosure of anything that is not normal allows us to treat you with the highest degree of safety.

Infection Control: You should be comforted to know that our office meets or exceeds all infection control recommendations established by the American Dental Association and the government. Everything we use is either sterilized or disposed of after each appointment. Please feel free to question us about any concerns you may have in this area. Our facilities are among the most modern available and we are proud to share them with you!


 

Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a velscope exam for oral cancer, analysis of the bacteria in your gums using a phase contrast microscope, periodontal probing, detection of decay, and radio-graphic interpretation. X-rays will be taken and may include a panorex (complete view of all structures) and bite wings for detection of decay.

Bonding
Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth`s surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened, and then polished for an ideal smile. This procedure usually can be accomplished in a single visit. Read More...

Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Read More...

Teeth Whitening
We offer the very popular Zoom whitening along with custom tray bleaching. We also recommend some over the counter products. Deep bleaching is available for the difficult (tetracycline) cases.

Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco. Read More...

Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. Read More...

Toothaches
Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Read More...

Implants
Our office only places mini-implants.

Mini dental implants are ultra-small diameter (1.8 millimeter width), bio-compatible titanium alloy implant screws, conceived and developed over 20 years ago by a Manhattan dentist, Victor I. Sendax originally created the unique design of this innovative dental product as a transitional device to help support fixed bridge replacements for missing teeth. His novel theory was that mini implants could function free standing by themselves or in combination with natural tooth supports and/or larger conventional type implants. This was a revolutionary concept in dental science.

Additionally, the mini dental implants are FDA approved. When critically needed for support purposes, and where solid bony adaptation (integration) has clearly occurred, mini implants can function as long-term supporting structures rather than as short-term or medium-term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients' jaws for several decades. Further, they're particularly effective in crown and bridge applications, as well as single-tooth replacements.

The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a mandibular denture. There are approximately 30,000,000 people in the United States who are "edentulous" (literally meaning lacking teeth) who struggle daily with prosthetic devices. A majority suffers a great deal of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Also, many denture wearers simply withdraw from any type of social engagement as a result of being compelled to wear them. Moreover, it's not uncommon for family members to complain about a denture wearer's disagreeable breath as a result of food being trapped and decaying under their denture prosthesis. Successful placement of the mini dental implants addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems and concerns.

It's true that what the dental profession calls occlusal forces create dynamic pressures on the human jaw. The jaw is marvelously designed to adequately withstand those forces. It's also true that mankind has been struggling for centuries to come up with some type of metal or metallic element that can efficiently withstand those forces. Most have been outright failures. However, approximately twenty-five years ago some doctors around the world began experimenting with titanium as a potential dental medium. Titanium is an extremely strong metal used in the construction of aircraft and aircraft engines. The metal, in its commercial form, is incredibly strong and durable. The Sendax mini dental implants takes that metallurgical concept to the next level by adapting an industry approved mixture of commercially pure titanium, a small percentage of aluminum, and a tiny sample of vanadium, likewise a malleable metallic element. The result is one of the strongest metals on earth, now commonly referred to as titanium alloy. In fact, extensive tests conducted several years ago by the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Orthopedics revealed that the particular titanium alloy implants used in the IMTEC Sendax mini dental implants are 64% stronger than ones constructed of commercially pure titanium. The bottom line is simple: If a denture patient has sufficient bone mass to create a rock hard placement of the tiny implant, which an experienced dentist can usually determine by an initial examination, the mini dental implants will generally withstand normal occlusal forces just like natural teeth. Fractures are extremely rare, but as is the case with a person's normal teeth, can certainly occur. In those rare instances, a dentist can quickly remove the fractured implant and replace it.

It must be recognized that all implant systems as well as natural teeth are subject to potential failure due to natural causes, including osteoporosis, poor oral hygiene, wear and tear attrition, poor health, heavy, stressful biting habits, and lack of follow-up dental maintenance care. Mini implants similarly do not carry any actual or implied guarantee of longevity. However, the loss of a mini implant is a far less critical event to the patient since it may be replaced at a relatively minimal cost compared to larger conventional implants, and with minimal associated bone or gum deterioration. Case failures involving mini implants are extremely rare.

As with all dental applications, there's a short adjustment period during which time the mini dental implant patient becomes comfortable placing and removing the denture. Typically, this involves removal of the lower denture in the morning, brushing the gums and implant area with an ACCESS curved bristle toothbrush, using the ACCESS Oral Care implant gel and mouth rinse, rinsing the denture itself, then replacing it. The result is a normal day's activity for the patient, including eating, talking, napping, etc. Then, in the evening, the denture is usually removed again, the ACCESS Oral Care system is used, and the mouth is throughly rinsed. The mini dental implant patient then opts to sleep with, or without his or her denture. The result is a fully functioning dental appliance that works, is socially acceptable, and has a comftable fit.

 Velscope                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Our practice invested in a state-of-the art Velscope system. As part of our conventional oral cancer examination, it can literally help us discover potenially dangerous tissue that we might otherwise miss. The velscope exam takes about two minutes as a part of a regular hygiene check-up, involes no pain or inconveniece, and is completely safe. http://www.velscope.com  

Oral DNA testing                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Twenty - first century dentistry has two options for more precise treatment of gum disease than the phas contrast mircoscope. These involve an oral DNA analysis through saliva sample. I have been recommending one or both tests if you have chronic, non-resolved gum issues, heart diease, stroke, or diabetes. The decision will be yours! The tests are My Perio Path which checks for bacteria and positively identifies them. My Perio ID PST identifies you genetically and indicates whether you are at a higher risk for inflammatory diseases. One test is $195 and both are $300. Neither is covered by dental insurance. http://www.OralDNA.com

 Dental Emergencies
Our goal is to help you to minimize the risk of emergency treatment. This is why we commit a generous amount of time designing a Lifetime Treatment Plan that will help you to offset the possibility of unforeseen pain or tooth breakage. Read More...


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