At The Gentle Dentist located in Shelby Twp., Michigan we treat children and are aware when children have excessive tissue in between their front teeth.  This can prevent the teeth from coming together during eruption forming front teeth spaces.  The excessive muscle attachment thickness should be removed to allow for normal eruption and to prevent the teeth from separating.  This is called a labial frenum attachment.  The laser is used to gently eliminate this excessive tissue without any pain.

Your orthodontist may recommend that this be removed so that the central incisors (front teeth) can come together and look better.  If you have any quesions about this or phone number in Shelby Twp, Michigan is (586)247-3500.

At The Gentle Dentist we provide all services in general, implant, cosmetic, and sedation dentistryWisdom teeth or third molars usually need to be removed if there is not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt.

There are a couple of necessary steps needed to determine if wisdom teeth need to be extracted or if there is a possibility there will be enough room in the mouth for them to erupt and be functional teeth.

  • A panorex x-ray will show the entire jaw including the sinuses, nerve location, jaw joint and teeth position.  This is an important xray used to see the “big picture” where these vital structures are and it exposes the shape of the roots of wisdom teeth.
  • A dental exam by Dr. Antolak is needed to see how much room is in the actual oral cavity.

If it is determined that the wisdom teeth need to be removed then there are options on how the patient is treated. Either local anesthetic is used alone or is used with Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or conscious sedation.  In this video our patient had only local anesthetic used which allowed him to function normally after the procedure.  Only pressure is felt during the procedure but no sharp or dull pain is felt. As you can see there is great attention to detail in reference to the patient’s level of comfort by The Gentle Dentist and team.

During the procedure Dr. Antolak needed to gain access to the teeth and this required some removal of bone that was lying over the impacted teeth.  After the tooth is removed a silk suture is used to close up the wound and to allow for natural healing.  Over a 4-6 month period of time bone will fill in where the teeth were removed.

The ideal time to have wisdom teeth removed is between 17-25 years old because the roots of the lower wisdom teeth aren’t completely formed. As the root tips form they can wrap around the nerve and the risk of post operative numbness is more likely.  In this video it is pointed out where the impacted teeth are located and their proximity to the nerve.

The summer is the best time to have these removed because those in this age group are out of school and they have ample time to recover.

Potential risks in any wisdom teeth removal include numbness, sinus problems.  These are all due to the closeness of the roots to these structures.  Dry socket which is the loss of the blood clot is also possible.  These can be painful but don’t happen on a regular basis.  If a dry socket does develop we have techniques to aide in pain relief Smoking is absolutely the most common reason why the dry sockets develop and complications take place.  Our suggestion is to stop smoking for at least a couple of days before surgery and remain off of them for at least 7 days after.  If that is the case why not just quit completely?… is usually what I say.

In this video that patient’s mother is filming the procedure and she was interested in recording the procedure so others can see and experience what it is like to have their wisdom teeth removed.   The entire procedure took a little over an hour to perform.

If you have questions about wisdom teeth or want an evaluation please call our office at (586)247-3500 or email us at

Providing Dental Services n Shelby Twp. Michigan and in the Sterling Heights area, Dr. Antolak has a wide variety of dental procedures that he is capable of doing including saving teeth that may need to be removed.  The following video shows such a dental procedure.  There is some graphic video present so if you are squeamish about blood than you may not want to watch this.

When a root canal fails you may develop drainage  and swelling at the end of the root and into the cheek area.  The drainage is puss and is a sign of an infection.   This swelling can come from a lack of coverage over the crown of the tooth and bacteria enters the root, contaminates the root canal filling and enters the bone.  It can also fail due to a fractured root,  poor fill or for a number of reasons.

The pressure from the puss will create a hole in the bone and then balloon out the soft gum tissue.  This usually will require extraction and replacement with an implant.  Sometimes under the right circumstance it may be possible to have this dental procedure done to save the tooth.
If you have any questions you can call our Shelby Twp. dental office at 586.247.3500.

at in Shelby Township Michigan we will typically replace broken down root canal teeth with a single tooth implant. In this case you will see an x ray where the front tooth didn’t have a post and it literally sheared off. Without any tooth above the gum line it was not possible to redo the crown.
The benefit if replacing a tooth with an implant is that an implant will be stronger than the brittle root from a root canal tooth. It is necessary to have enough natural tooth above the gum line to properly restore it so that it lasts a long time.
In this video you will see some blood as we show the implant going in and you will see the root of the tooth. A major benefit of an immediate implant is that the implant is placed at the same time as the root is removed so that he didn’t have to go without a tooth in the front.
At the end of the video he is interviewed at his one week follow up and did great. If you have this type of need and are located in the Macomb or Oakland county area of Michigan please give us a call at (586)247-3500.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation Close to 36,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 36,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).

It is obvious that it is a serious problem and one that can be treated more successfully if it is treated at an early enough stage.  Early diagnosis is critical in the success but these cancers aren’t painful in the early stages.  When they get symptomatic when the patient can notice them they have usually metastasised to the neck or lymph nodes.  Your semiannual trip to the dentist is therefore critical since we do an oral cancer exam each time you are examined by Dr. Antolak. 

Oral cancers are mostly found at the side and under the tongue.  They usually appear as a red or white patch which is usually asymptomatic.  If there is any sign of this a brush biopsy or biopsy can be taken which will determine if there is pathology.

Rapid and aggressive treatment is important including surgery to remove the involved area, radiation and chemo therapies.  Radiation and chemotherapy kills off fast replicating cells.  Cancer cells, saliva producing cells, hair follicles, and any other fast growing cells are killed off by the chemotherapy.  Radiation therapy has an even more focused kill so if the saliva glands are in the path of radiation there is a significant reduction in the saliva.  Since saliva provides moisture and natural protection against gum disease and cavities the mouth is prone to more decay.  In addition the bone is prone to infection because the bone cells have a reduced capacity of healing. 

It is critical to seek dental care immediately to remove and fill any teeth that could have problems after the cancer treatment is started.  Dentures will have to be remade or relined to improve the fit.  A poorly fitting denture can create ulcers in the mouth which will be difficult to heal after radiation therapy is completed.

 One of my recent cancer-surviving patients told me that there was not been enough emphasis on the long term effects of radiation treatment on the teeth after the cancer treatment is done.  She wanted it to be known to others how fast dental decay can occur once the saliva glands are irradiated.

If you have questions or need to know what your next step should be please email Dr. Antolak at or call (586)247-3500.

Please remember our Candy Buy Back which takes place on November 2.  We will be paying children $1.00 per pound of candy they turn in.  The candy will be distributed to children in Haiti, Detroit and to the Men and Women in uniform  serving our country overseas.

If you are looking for a Shelby Township Dental Implant Dentist who places dental implants, restores dental implants and has a broad knowledge of dental implant design then you need to look no longer.  Dr. Antolak, has the experience that you need when it comes to helping restore your mouth with crowns, bridges, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. “It is important for us in the profession to respect the time that patients must spend in getting treatment done and that is why it is better to go to a dental professional who can design, place and restore dental implants all in the same office.”   Antolak said.   This way a patient can have many different dental procedures including extractions, surgery , cosmetic and implant dentistry done at one setting under sedation.  This way it maximizes on the patient’s time.  At the Shelby Twp. general dental office located in Macomb County it is amazing what  your smile can look and feel like.

Dr. Antolak is a member of the ICOI, International Congress of Oral Implantology, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.  He can be reached at (586)247-3500 or emailed at

Many of our dental patients in southeast Michigan come with multiple needs and wanted to be treated in very few visits.  Combining cosmetic dentistry, Implant dentistry  under a mild sedation is most beneficial for them. Rather than going to a number of specialists we at The Gentle Dentist in Shelby Towship, Michigan can do this.  The video demonstrates these done on Kathy, a professional who came in with many needs.  This is an outstanding presentation showing the emotional impact of having a beautiful smile and a full compliment of teeth. The smile is the first thing noticed by others and nothing else can compare.

About The Author

Dr. Robert Antolak, DDS graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality and appropriate cosmetic, sedation and general dentistry in the most comfortable and gentle way possible. Because being a dentist has been a lifelong dream, Dr. Antolak has a passion for the profession. He enjoys helping people feel better about their smiles and therefore their self-image with dental implant and cosmetic dentistry. His Dental Practice is located in Shelby Township, Michigan.  For more information visit The Gentle Dentist.

If you are in search of an implant dentist in the Macomb County area – search no longer. 

At office located in Shelby Township. We provide a full range of comprehensive dentistry including implant placement surgery, implant grafting procedures, implant restoration for the patient who wants to have everything done in one location and possibly at one visit.  Using sedation dentistry it is possible not even remember the visit and be very relaxed before you even enter the office.  Dental implants are used for those who have:

  • Loose dentures
  • missing single teeth or
  • sections of missing teeth

It is possible to place an implant surgically and then attach a temporary crown at the same visit so you don’t have to go without a tooth for any extended period of time.   Dr. Antolak is a member of the ICOI implant Academy and has treated many satisfied patients.

Are you tired of going from one specialist to another explaining yourself over and over?  This is not only inconvenient, but it requires a lot of time, paperwork and waiting.  Your time is too important to be going back and forth so why not get all of your care with Dr. Antolak?  He has a completely digital, paperless and green dental office so that you can fill out all of your “paperwork” online.  When you arrive at the relaxing dental office you will sign off and recheck the form you filled out on a tablet computer. 

The use of digital xrays makes the examination process fast and efficient using less radiation.  With the use of digital photography you can be well prepared and informed for the entire process.

As for financing:  We can talk to you about a way to fit this into your budget.  We have several ways to pay for your needed treatment.  For example you can go to  to apply directly. 

Give Dr. Antolak, The original The Gentle Dentist a call at (586)247-3500 or visit the website at

http://www.thegentledentist… is the dental office located in Shelby Twp. for your wisdom teeth removal. Painful wisdom teeth become infected and need removal so see how we do it. call 586.247.3500.  See  what is involved in the extraction process by observing and seeing the rationale behind surgery and what is needed.  There is some blood in this video so if that bothers you then don’t look. 

Dr. Antolak has a lot of experience in surgery so give him a call at 586.247.3500 for your evaluation and to see if you are a candidate for oral surgery.

At located in Shelby township Michigan we place and restore dental implants for those people who are missing teeth and want the best option to replace them.  It is common for Dr. Antolak to place implants on patients in their 80’s and 90’s.  Dental implants are effective in replacing a single tooth or many teeth depending on the situation. This can allow you to eat the solid food you want and not necessarly the soft food you have to eat. 
We can place an implant and restore it with a replacement tooth in as little as a single visit.

Dental implants are an outstanding way to replace missing teeth, to support loose dentures, and to make you feel more confident about yourself and smile.  Dental implants also have myths circulating around that require some clarification.  At www.DentalImplantMythsExposed.comDr. Antolak discusses the problems that these myths cause and is dispelling them for Patients in the Shelby Township, Macomb township, Sterling Heights and Clinton Township Michigan areas.

At  we provide all phases of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and general dentistry for the entire family.  What is necessary with all our treatments is to get the potential patient into the chair.  This may seem obvious, but I can tell you of many who have avoided the dentist because of their intense fear of the dentist.  This fear is typically generated as a young child who had no say so on their care.  The dentist usually hurt them and they just had to endure the pain no matter how intense it was.  Being a child or even as an adult these patients were at the mercy of someone they feared.   After this horrible experience they make an agreement with themselves that they will NEVER, NEVER put themselves in this postion again.   After many years of internally battling with themselves to go to the dentist a situation will present such as a bad toothache or a broken front tooth  and they have no choice but to see the dentist.  And that is when we or other modern caring dentists come into play:

At our office we truly understand these fears and work at a pace appropriate to our patient to create a positive experience.Oral conscious sedation is a great way to have hours of dentistry done in one visit.   With the use of a small sleeping pill taken 1 hour before your dental appointment you will have virtually no memory of the procedure.  If you are:

  • Nervous from similar a bad experiences as described above and said “I will never go back to the dentist again”
  • Have a difficult time with gagging
  • Need a lot of dental procedures done but don’t have the time to return over and over again to get it done.
  • Need multiple procedures such as crown, extractions, root canals and implant placement done and you don’t want to go to multiple dental offices. 
  • The truth is that you don’t have to wait any more.

Dr. Antolak has been providing cosmetic, implant, sedation and general dentistry for the last 22 years so give us a call now for your free consultation at (586)247-3500 or visit our website at  Our office is in Shelby Twp. MI.

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