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Ellen B. Folbe & Associates

Ellen Folbe, DDS and her colleagues are dedicated dentists providing comprehensive dental services to your entire family in a comfortable and positive atmosphere. From routine cleanings and dental exams to crowns, bridges, cosmetic dentistry and much more, our team takes pride in providing you and your family with careful, professional dental work. Our dentist offices are conveniently located Auburn Hills and Warren, MI.

Let our family protect your family's dental health with gentle, detail-oriented care and help you develop a regimen of oral health to last a lifetime!

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Ellen B. Folbe, DDS

General Dentistry in Warren, Michigan

Our offices provide comprehensive cosmetic and general dentistry services, including teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, veneers, dental implant restorations, periodontal maintenance and much more. Good dental health is a key factor in one's overall sense of well-being, and our goal is help you establish a regimen that will optimize your oral health.

Conveniently Located in Warren and Auburn Hills

Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance. Today's advanced techniques and materials can make a real difference, and the skill, experience and commitment of our practice — using a unique combination of science and artistry — can literally redesign your smile.

The dentists at our office can now correct a wide variety of so-called "permanent" dental problems:



Dental Implants in Warren, Michigan

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

Types of dental implants:





Cosmetic Dentistry in Warren, Michigan

Our offices provide comprehensive cosmetic and general dentistry services, including teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, veneers, dental implant restorations, periodontal maintenance and much more. Good dental health is a key factor in one's overall sense of well-being, and our goal is help you establish a regimen that will optimize your oral health.

Conveniently Located in Warren and Auburn Hills

Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance. Today's advanced techniques and materials can make a real difference, and the skill, experience and commitment of our practice — using a unique combination of science and artistry — can literally redesign your smile.

The dentists at our office can now correct a wide variety of so-called "permanent" dental problems:



Fillings in Warren, Michigan

Our doctors adhere to a strict standard of care for our patients. Both silver and white fillings are placed depending on each individual situation. The doctor will determine what material is recommended when placing a filling. In most cases the doctor will give you an option of silver or white fillings.



Preventive Resins in Warren, Michigan

Our doctors adhere to a strict standard of care for our patients. Both silver and white fillings are placed depending on each individual situation. The doctor will determine what material is recommended when placing a filling. In most cases the doctor will give you an option of silver or white fillings.



Veneers & Lumineers in Warren, Michigan

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly, to help you achieve a beautiful smile!

Will they look like normal teeth?

When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.

How durable are porcelain veneers?

With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. The doctor will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.



Tooth Bonding in Warren, Michigan

Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for some teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misarranged, and is an alternative to veneers or Lumineers.

Considerations

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth.



Lifetime Whitening in Warren, Michigan

"We pride ourselves on the smiles that leave our office. We have developed a program called LIFETIME WHITENING. Please call our office to discuss the onetime $99 enrollment fee and program rules. New and existing patients may be eligible for this exciting opportunity. The doctor will determine if you are a candidate."

Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they've been dreaming of with our simple "whitening" procedure.

Whitening is a safe and easy procedure. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to begin whitening. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower.

We offer three different options; in office whitening, at home one hour per day & at home overnight, depending on your needs. Please call our office to discuss the different options.

Dental whitening can be used to correct many tooth discolorations. These discolorations may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful, "brilliant" smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice. But because of the low cost of treatments, whitening is nearly always worth a solid try.

Not every patient is a good candidate for whitening. We would be happy to discuss with you which cosmetic option is best for you.



Dentures in Warren, Michigan

A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.

An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.

An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).

A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.

The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodonticly treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.



Orthodontics in Warren, Michigan

What is Orthodontics?

The dentist prevents and treats mouth, teeth and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, a dentist helps straighten a person's teeth and correct the way the jaws align. The dentist treats patients for many problems including excessive spacing crowded or overlapped teeth. These problems also can be genetic or inherited. Retainers, traditional braces and ClearCorrect are some methods used to treat these issues.



Root Canals in Warren, MI

Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.

Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!



Oral Cancer Screening in Warren, Michigan

Did you know that...

40 percent of oral cancers are found in patients who do not present with any of the traditional risk factors or any other significant lifestyle risks?

The traditional risk factors of oral cancer include:

This means all patients, regardless of age and lifestyle, need an oral exam that looks closely for abnormal tissue.

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Why Is Oral Hygiene So Important?

Caring for Sensitive Teeth in Warren, Michigan

Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This should not last long, but only if the mouth is kept clean. If the mouth is not kept clean the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive consult with your doctor. They may recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth.

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.

Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.

How to Brush

While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes. Use light pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that you feel any discomfort

When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth.

To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Don't forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.

Next you will clean the biting surfaces of your teeth by using short, gentle strokes. Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. Try to watch yourself in the mirror to make sure you clean each surface. After you are done, rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing.

If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to call the office.

How to Floss

Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces. However, it is important to develop the proper technique. The following instructions will help you, but remember it takes time and practice.

Start with a piece of floss (waxed is easier) about 18" long. Lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the rest of the floss around the middle finger of the other hand.

To clean the upper teeth, hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Do not force the floss or try to snap it in to place. Bring the floss to the gum line then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and down on the side of one tooth. Remember there are two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the upper teeth. Be careful not to cut the gum tissue between the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, turn from one finger to the other to get a fresh section.

To clean between the bottom teeth, guide the floss using the forefinger of both hands. Do not forget the backside of the last tooth on both sides, upper and lower.

When you are done, rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles. Do not be alarmed if during the first week of flossing your gums bleed or are a little sore. If your gums hurt while flossing you could be doing it too hard or pinching the gum. As you floss daily and remove the plaque your gums will heal and the bleeding should stop.


Choosing Oral Hygiene Products

There are so many products on the market it can become confusing and choosing between all the products can be difficult. Here are some suggestions for choosing dental care products that will work for most patients.

Automatic and "high-tech" electronic toothbrushes are safe and effective for the majority of the patients. Oral irrigators (water spraying devices) will rinse your mouth thoroughly, but will not remove plaque. You need to brush and floss in conjunction with the irrigator. We see excellent results with electric toothbrushes called Sonicare and Oral B Triumph.

Some toothbrushes have a rubber tip on the handle; this is used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also tiny brushes (interproximal toothbrushes) that clean between your teeth. If these are used improperly you could injure the gums, so discuss proper use with your doctor.

Fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses if used in conjunction with brushing and flossing can reduce tooth decay as much as 40 percent. Remember, these rinses are not recommended for children under six years of age. Tartar control toothpastes will reduce tartar above the gum line, but gum disease starts below the gum line so these products have not been proven to reduce the early stage of gum disease.

Anti-plaque rinses, approved by the American Dental Association, contain agents that may help bring early gum disease under control. Use these in conjunction with brushing and flossing.


Professional Cleaning

Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is an important part of your program to prevent gum disease. Keep your teeth for your lifetime.

Nutrition

Good nutrition plays a large role in your dental health. Brushing and flossing help to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong however a balanced diet will help to boost your body's immune system, leaving you less vulnerable to oral disease.

How often and what you eat have been found to affect your dental health. Eating starchy foods such as crackers, bread, cookies and candy causes the bacteria in your mouth to feed on it, they then produce acids, which attack your teeth for up to 20 minutes or more. Also foods that stick to your teeth or are slow to dissolve give the acids more time to work on destroying your tooth enamel.

Starchy foods:

Sticky/slow to dissolve foods:

Sticky and starchy foods create less acid when eaten as part of a meal. Saliva production increases at mealtime, rinsing away food particles and neutralizing harmful acids.

Foods such as nuts, cheese, onions, and some teas have been shown to slow growth of decay-causing bacteria in the mouth.