Great Lakes Family Dental Group - Lansing, Michigan
Our East Lansing dentist strives to care for all of your dental health needs. Our desire to offer our patients comprehensive oral health care remains strong — from cleanings and fillings to whitening and veneers to crowns and dentures — we are here to serve you.
For your convenience, a complete list of our dental services with links to additional information is provided below. If you have questions about any of our services or a specific service not listed here, please contact us here or call our office directly at 517.332.2422.
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At Great Lakes Family Dental Group, our gentle professional cleanings will help preserve your teeth and gums. Many of our patients visit us one or two times annually. Routine professional cleanings can help to minimize the risk of tooth decay. Early detection and restoration will minimize the need for more expensive and extensive procedures if they are neglected. If you have not scheduled your next professional cleaning, contact us today and avoid the cost and inconvenience of extensive dental restorations.
In order to maintain a healthy smile, we complete a comprehensive examination of your overall oral health. We provide you with a written assessment and recommendations of our findings and treatment recommendations. Routine digital x-rays will help us monitor the condition of your teeth and identify early signs of decay. Our comprehensive examination will assess the condition of your gums and their position around your teeth. Early detection of periodontal disease can save your smile. We will develop an examination schedule that matches your oral health requirements.
Composite & Amalgam Fillings
Thanks to advanced technology, several dental filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam fillings or tooth-colored composite fillings constructed from glass and resin. Today, most of our restorative solutions are tooth colored due to the improved appearance and the increased strength imparted to the remaining tooth. However, the location, extent of decay, cost , your insurance coverage and personal preference are all factors to consider in choosing filling materials. Our dental assessment will assist in determining whether an amalgam filling or a tooth-colored composite filling will best address your needs.
Our office policy is to see true emergencies on a same day basis. Should you experience an accident or develop a toothache we will do our best to attend to your needs that same day. Dental infections are serious and can be life threatening. Don’t suffer through the pain — contact our East Lansing dentist office immediately for emergency dentistry services. We advise you to call in these situations early in the day if at all possible, this gives us much more latitude to effectively help you.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Devices
Scientific studies have shown that approximately 25 percent to 50 percent of patients with OSA are unable to comply with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), the standard treatment therapy, or do not tolerate it, leaving a large number of OSA patients that dentists can help with OAT.
Enhanced Oral Cancer Screening
VELscope® Vx technology is changing the way oral mucosal examinations take place. The VELscope® Vx handheld device emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue.
When your smile is disfigured by decay, abrasion, chipping or imperfect development, an option that you should consider is porcelain veneers.
Looking to get porcelain veneers in Lansing? If you've been searching for a dentist in Lansing that focuses on veneers and cosmetic dentistry — then Dr. Hopfensperger is the dentist for you. They are qualified cosmetic dentists who have helped many patients get the gleaming smile they've always wanted through veneers.
Porcelain Veneers are a thin, semi-translucent "shell", custom made to fit precisely over an existing tooth. Because veneers are stronger than simple bonding, they are also more resistant to stains and chipping. However, it is important to maintain regular oral hygiene and the visit the dentist regularly for routine cleaning and exams. Porcelain veneers are a more conservative alternative to dental crowns since they require less removal of the tooth's original surface. With porcelain veneers in place, cosmetic dentistry patients can expect straighter and whiter teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
During your initial visit you will discuss the process of placing porcelain veneers and the other options available. Photos and study models may be taken. On your next visit, we remove a very small layer of each tooth's outer enamel. The dentist makes a mold of the teeth and then sends it to a master ceramist who creates customized dental veneers for the teeth. Once the porcelain veneers have returned from the lab, the patient makes a final dental visit to have the veneers bonded to your teeth.
Following the Porcelain Veneers
If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, a mouth guard might be recommended to protect your teeth. Porcelain veneers are quite strong and can withstand considerable force when a patient bites down, but they may fracture or break if used inappropriately. Patients should therefore avoid hard or sharp foods such as biting ice, your fingernails or thread which cause undue stress. Dental veneers should be cared for in much the same way as normal teeth; this includes daily brushing, flossing, and periodic check-ups with a dentist. Given the proper care, porcelain veneers can preserve a smile for decades.
Advances in modern cosmetic dentistry have created many simple, non-invasive teeth whitening solutions.
Teeth whitening in Lansing is a simple, non-invasive procedure, helping to brighten your teeth and rid your smile of any stains or discolorations.
Although there are several at-home teeth whitening options, in-office bleaching can provide noticeable and lasting results with just one visit. teeth whitening has helped thousands in Lansing and millions across the country feel better about their teeth, smiles, and overall appearance.
Teeth whitening has become a part of routine dental care for millions of people. It is a simple way to adjust the color of a few, or all of your teeth. It’s important to note that teeth whitening is effective only when applied to natural tooth enamel. So if you have old crowns, implants, fillings, etc., it will be important to factor in the color and or shade of your restorations in order to match your natural teeth.
Many people choose to replace their out dated restorations with newer and whiter restorations and then whiten their natural teeth to the new, whiter, restorations.
There are many options when evaluating teeth whitening systems.
- Professionally applied in-office dental bleaching (often the most effective)
- At Home bleaching
- Whitening tooth pastes and bleach strips
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
With out question the most popular and effective option is Zoom! Teeth Whitening system that can be applied as an in office procedure by Dr. Hopfensperger and his staff as well as a take home teeth whitening system. Zoom! is extremely effective and you will notice dramatic results.
Keep in mind that teeth whitening is not permanent. Depending on the desired outcome, a touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Why should you consider teeth whitening:
- If you have Fluorosis
- Do you have yellow or stained teeth?
- Do you simply want to brighten your smile?
- Do you want an attractive smile?
- Do you want to gain confidence in your overall appearance?
What does teeth whitening involve?
Typically the procedure from start to finish takes about 90 minutes. Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Hopfensperger recommends a cleaning prior to the procedure, which can take place on the same day or on a prior visit. The Zoom! procedure begins with a short preparation period followed by approximately 45 minutes of bleaching.
While Dr. Hopfensperger often uses Zoom! during dramatic makeovers that involve extensive restoration, it is typically used in more day to day applications in which simple teeth whitening or tooth lightening is the desired outcome.
What does the process involve?
The process involves applying whitening gel which contains hydrogen peroxide that in turn lightens the color of the tooth. The application also involves a safe and non-invasive light which activates and accelerates the gel to achieve a more dramatic result.
Typically the procedure from start to finish takes less than an hour. Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Hopfensperger recommends a cleaning prior to the procedure, which can take place on the same day or on a prior visit. The Zoom! procedure begins with a short preparation period followed by approximately 45 minutes of bleaching.
The at home version of Zoom! Teeth Whitening usually requires two visits. During your initial visit impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays that will be used during the self-application at home.
During your second appointment, the trays will be tested for proper fit, and adjusted if necessary. After the trays are filled with the whitening gel they are worn twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a period as long as two weeks depending on the desired level of whitening.
Cosmetic dentists Dr. Hopfensperger recommends that you consult with them to discuss the pros and cons of the take home or in-office processes. In many cases a combination of the two is appropriate.
It is important to note that most people experience tooth sensitivity during whitening, this is normal and typically subsides shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
Lumineers are porcelain veneers that offer the painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly aligned smile. Your Lumineers dentist, Dr. Hopfensperger can apply these contact lens-thin "smile shapers" to teeth without any grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual. Lumineers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them. Lumineers are contact lens-thin and are placed over existing teeth without having to remove painful tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers.)
Lumineers is the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth. In just 2-3 visits to your Lumineers dentist, you can have a custom-made smile that is clinically proven to last over 20 years and it is completely reversible since your natural tooth structure is still intact! Get your perfect smile today! If you are interested in learning more about Lumineers or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact our Lansing lumineers dentists today.
Direct composite bonding is an excellent option for restoring aging, discolored, worn or failing existing restorations. It in many cases is the most conservative of existing tooth structure. When cosmetic bonding is done with the correct technique, these restorations can rival the appearance of porcelain veneers and at less expense. These restorations are placed in one appointment, sometimes they do not even require anesthesia due to the superficial nature of the preparation.
Root Canal Therapy
A “root canal” is the process of removing the infected and painful nerve of a tooth. Occasionally this may be done for severely broken down teeth as well. This is a great alternative to what would otherwise be an extraction. We work with outstanding specialists for this procedure and they take excellent care of our patients. Without treatment infection and abscesses can form on the tissues surrounding the tooth. Should you have an infected tooth it can be very painful and we will refer you to our Endodontic specialist colleagues at the earliest opportunity, which is often the same day. We have a very special relationship with them and they will take excellent care of our patients.
An electronic pad, known as a sensor is used instead of film to acquire a digital image. After the image is taken, it goes directly into the patient’s file on the computer. Once it is stored on the computer, it can be easily viewed on a screen, shared, or printed out.
Bridges & Crowns
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two bridges for the teeth on either side of the gap. The two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and secure the false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, composite resins, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges can be supported by both natural teeth and implants.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, or simply to improve its appearance. When the crown is adhered into place, it will fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Are you missing one or more teeth and want a permanent replacement solution. If you are considering a dental implant, Dr. Hopfensperger is your resource for implant crowns. An implant crown is a composite reproduction of the lost tooth that is placed over a dental implant or post. The implant crown replicates the original tooth in shape, size, strength, and appearance. When the crown is adhered into place, it will fully encase the entire visible portion of the dental implant.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
If you have lost some or all of your teeth due to gum disease, decay or accidental impact, dentures can dramatically improve your smile. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Our East Lansing dentists may suggest full dentures or partial dentures, depending on how many natural teeth you have lost and the condition of your existing teeth.
We perform certain simple extractions. When we judge you would be best served by a specialist due to the location or other factors, we will refer you to an Oral Surgeon for these services. In some cases, due to severe periodontal bone loss or decay, extraction of the remaining teeth is sometimes the best solution, with either implant replacement or conventional complete dentures.