Ypsilanti Family Dentistry

Dr. Darren R. Marsh

3020 Packard Rd.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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Why Use Us!

We specialize in beautifying smiles, maintaining your dental health, and helping you improve your appearance. Our experienced and friendly staff takes great pride in keeping your smile beautiful. Our promise to you is that the fillings, crowns, and bridges we create will look as good as or better than the teeth nature gave you. And to make sure we keep that promise, the products we recommend and use are the highest quality and incredibly durable. You can trust your smile with us.

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posted Jan 31, 2013, 12:47 PM by Darren Marsh   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 8:20 AM ]

Periodontitis occurs when inflammation or infection of the gums (gingivitis) is untreated or treatment is delayed. Infection and inflammation spreads from the gums (gingiva) to the ligaments and bone that support the teeth. Loss of support causes the teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Periodontitis is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. This disorder is uncommon in childhood but increases during adolescence.

Plaque and tartar build up at the base of the teeth. Inflammation causes a pocket to develop between the gums and the teeth, which fills with plaque and tartar. Soft tissue swelling traps the plaque in the pocket. Continued inflammation leads to damage of the tissues and bone surrounding the tooth. Because plaque contains bacteria, infection is likely and a tooth abscess may also develop, which increases the rate of bone destruction.


Zirconia Crowns

posted Jan 31, 2013, 12:33 PM by Darren Marsh   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 8:18 AM ]

Durability has been proven through the years in the medical field. In fact, zirconia has replaced metal as the material  of choice in hip replacement surgeries. Zirconia can be used for both anterior and posterior crowns and bridges.

Zirconia is the strongest all-ceramic coping material available today. I don’t know of any contenders on the horizon. In breakage tests in the R&D department at Glidewell Labs, zirconia crowns and bridges easily outperform other all-ceramic restorations. But they still do not have the strength of a typical PFM. Whether this lower strength is clinically significant is a decision for you to make. I can share with you that, from the hundreds of zirconia crowns and bridges I have placed in all areas of the mouth, I have not had a zirconia coping break yet



posted Aug 28, 2012, 3:47 PM by Darren Marsh   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 11:36 AM ]

Dental enamel on the surface of the tooth can not be repaired by our cells.  Acids produced by bacteria wash the calcium of the enamel away causing a cavity.  Cells lining the area surrounding the nerve in the root of a tooth are able to produce more tooth and release antibodies in an attempt to prevent bacteria from harming the nerve.  Brushing and flossing is more effective at preventing gum disease than preventing cavites.  When chewing food is forced into the cracks (pits and fissures) in the top of the teeth.  Brushing and flossing will not remove this food.  This accounts for 80 to 90% of the cavities in children.  In the US dental cavities is the number one chronic disease in children.   Fossil records indicate cavities has been with humans over one million years.  There was in increase of cavities when diets  high carbohydrate (rice) was introduced.

The benefits of Xylitol

posted Aug 24, 2012, 3:00 PM by Darren Marsh   [ updated Feb 1, 2013, 11:37 AM ]

Xylitol is a naturally occuring sugar found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables.  Xylitol is about as sweet as table sugar but contains 2/3 the calories of sugar.  It was discoveed in the 1800s and used as a safe sweetner in Europe for diabetics because it does not affect insulin levels.  In the 1970s it was discovered that xylitol can reduce cavity rates.  It has a  glycemic index of 100.  When consuming xylitol containing products Ca++ ions are absorbed in the digestive system and are released in the saliva. This repairs damaged teeth and helps to prevent cavies.  Cavity causing bacteria are starved in the presence of xylitol.  6 grams is required per day to prevent cavities.  Eating more of less of the product has no benefits.  Xylitol is beneficial for those with  metabolic syndrome and  osteoporosis.  Xylitol-based products are allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the medical claim that they do not promote dental cavities.[21]

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