Dental Health Coaching
Welcome to Bechtel Dentistry
Dr. Bechtel believes that the key to good oral health is prevention with an emphasis on education. His goal in every new patient visit is for each patient to come away with a better understanding of what is happening in their mouth. He understands that each patient is unique and uses all available options to satisfy their specific needs.
If you are a prospective patient, interested in what our office has to offer you, or are just curious to see if your insurance plan will cover our care, head to the New Patients page for more information on our insurance information, forms, and a basic overview of what it’s like to receive dental care from Bechtel Dentistry.
At Bechtel Dentistry, we are grateful for the testimonials that our patients share about their experience with us. It is our privilege to help our patients achieve their dental health goals. It’s easy to promote yourself, however the true reflection of our service is reflected in our patient’s comments.
“I appreciate Dr. Bechtel's personalized approach to my overall
dental health and fitness goals.”
“Friendly, comfortable service, a first class experience every time!”
I want to introduce you to a patient in our practice, his name is Jurgen and he came to our practice in 2009 for our Smile Rejuvenation services. In talking with and working with Jurgen we came to an understanding that the primary concern or risk factor that he faced was his Biomechanical risk. That is, that he had worn down and broken down his dentition through excessive use of his teeth. Once he became aware of his risk factors and the consequences of where his oral health was heading, he decided that his ultimate goal was not to end up losing his teeth. So we came up with a plan to rejuvenate what had been destroyed and most importantly address the cause of the breakdown so it did not return. We did this work back in 2012 and 4 years later it is still holding up beautifully. Click below to learn more about Jurgen’s story…
At the beginning of the twentieth century, about three million Americans (approximately 3% of the population) were 65 years of age or older. Fewer than 200,000 were 85 or older. Today (2014) there are about 46.2 million people over the age of 65 in the U.S., of whom over five and a half million are over the age of 85. There are now more people in this country over the age of 65 than there are children under the age of 8, and the proportion of those over the age of 85 is growing at a faster rate than that of any other age group. The number of seniors is projected to reach 92 million by 2060, with 18.2 million age 85 or older.
Your smile is your most important expression. You share your smile with family, friends, and colleagues many times throughout the day. Your smile makes first impressions, puts others at ease, and conveys your happiness. If your goal is to look younger, have whiter teeth, and smile bigger, then you aren’t alone! Cosmetic dentistry is immensely popular. In a matter of a short period of time, you too can look more youthful. Our cosmetic dentistry procedures – Teeth Whitening and Veneers can be performed in just one appointment to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Friends, co-workers, family, even strangers, will tell you that there is something more attractive about you. Dr. Bechtel is ready to design a smile that will make you feel and look the way you’ve always wanted.
Studies show that people who naturally smile more exercise “positive muscles” (those used for smiling) which immediately releases endorphins to the brain. Repeated studies also show that people who feel good about their appearance are happier, more successful, live more productive lives, make 18-20% more income and have lower anxiety and depression.
The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.
We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth). Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.
Caries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease. While caries might not endanger your life, they can negatively impact your quality of life.
When your teeth and gum tissue are frequently exposed to “acidic food or liquids”, like soft drinks, athletic or energy drinks, juices, or candy it may start to eat away at the tooth enamel. Note that it is the increased frequency of sugar intake that puts you at a higher risk of tooth decay. Let us help you develop a plan to take proper care of your teeth by brushing and flossing daily.
Your teeth can expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. For some people just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings.
At some point, we all need restorative help. And when that day comes, you want to know that your dentist has the experience and expertise to truly help your needs. We believe a smile should look and feel beautiful. At Bechtel Dentistry, our highly-trained team of dental professionals provides a wide range of restorative dental care services. Whether you’re struggling with advanced decay, have a damaged or broken tooth, or have gaps in your smile that you want to fill in, we will help develop a plan for you to enjoy good oral health and well-being again. Our restorative dentistry care will improve the appearance of your smile and your smile’s health and comfort:
• Composite Bonding & Filling
• Dentures & Partials
• Crowns & Bridges
• Dental Implants
Periodontal Disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also the most common infectious disease in the world. Research has shown that 35% of adults with teeth between ages 35 to 90 have Periodontitis, 22% have a mild form and 13% have moderate to severe disease.
The risk of Periodontal Disease increases with age. Although many teenagers and children show symptoms of Gingivitis, they are more resistant to developing Periodontal Disease. Some children and teens may develop aggressive forms of Periodontal Disease where bone and tooth loss can occur very rapidly.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea occurs in two main types:
- Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
- Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula), the tonsils and the tongue. When the muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in, and breathing momentarily stops. This may lower the level of oxygen in your blood. Your brain senses this inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so you can reopen your airway. This awakening is usually so brief that you don’t remember it.
Benefits of Invisalign
Let me guess, you had braces in your adolescence and now as an adult you are starting to notice that your teeth have shifted and are not straight anymore and the thought of getting braces again for a couple of years makes you cringe, right? Well relax because we might just have the solution you are looking for.
In our office we utilize Invisalign to move and align teeth. It is ideal for closing spaces between your teeth or fixing minor areas of crowding or unsightly tooth rotations or tipping.
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you.
“Dr. Bechtel and the team are focused on wellness for the whole family”
Dr. Bechtel has dramatically improved and enlarged the office and has hired new and terrific staff. Everyone always is on top of whatever needs attention. As a patient for years, I’ve never had a complaint with any service, recommendation, or result. I can’t say enough good things about thoroughness, use of technology, cleanliness, friendliness of the office, or the feeling I always get that these people are deeply committed to what they do and to doing it the very best it can be. Not pushy. No fear. Comfortable. Straightforward. Competent. Caring. Pleasant.
~ Janet C. from Okemos