At Lake Michigan Dental, we are committed to keeping our Grand Rapids dental patients informed about their oral health, common dental issues and the procedures we use for treatment.

Several of the most popular questions our patients have asked us have been included for your convenience below. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to contact us, call us or inquire at your next visit.

We recommend a child be seen between the age of 2 and 3. All the baby teeth should be in by then and the visit can be pleasant.

If the child is seen early, between 2 and 3, the appointment consists of an oral examination. Dental X-rays are usually not taken unless there is a suspicion of tooth decay. A dental cleaning is done when necessary. Early growth and development can be assessed as well.

A great many orthodontic problems are related to growth and development problems or crowded teeth. Growth problems are best dealt with at the earliest possible time. We encourage early consultation since this gives the orthodontist the best chance to treat the child at the appropriate time.

A fluoride containing, children's toothpaste should be used when the child is old enough to spit. Only a pea sized drop of toothpaste should be used.

Yes, silver amalgam fillings have been used for well over one hundred years and have been demonstrated to be overwhelmingly safe.

All materials have advantages and disadvantages. The choice depends on which characteristics are most important. If a great deal of the tooth needs to be replaced a stronger material such as gold or porcelain is quite often the best choice. For smaller fillings generally silver amalgam or tooth colored composite are used depending on appearance considerations.

This is an impossible question to answer in a specific way. There are dozens of dental insurance plans and they differ in the percentages of various services they cover and the maximum dollar amount they pay in a given year. Some services may not be covered at all. We will do everything we can to determine what your specific dental plan covers.

No, bleaching is safe and effective and is both a popular and common cosmetic dental procedure.

It is actually a bleaching process that reverses discolorations of enamel (the outside layer of tooth structure). The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom fitted appliance that slips over the teeth.