General & Preventative Dental Care in Birmingham MI
Experience counts when it comes to choosing the right dentist, and Dr. John Sushko has been treating patients in the Birmingham area since 1981. With a 100 percent satisfaction rating from his patients, Dr. Sushko is a proven provider of gentle and friendly dental services.
Because of his substantial post-graduate continuing education, and the high quality of the dental services that he has provided, Dr. Sushko has been recognized as a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a prestigious honor reserved only for the top general dentists in the country.
Cleanings & Checkups
Healthy teeth begin with proper cleaning and routine checkups. In a typical checkup, Dr. Sushko does an examination and takes X-rays if needed. Dr. Sushko will check your teeth for cavities, buildup, gum issues and other problems.
Our hygienists will take good care of you.
Our dental hygienists are experienced and thorough. Proper cleaning of the teeth can prevent a host of dental and medical problems. A professional cleaning is essential not only for the health of your teeth, but also for your general well-being. Our knowledgeable dental hygienists can also give you tips on how to care for your teeth at home in-between visits.
Gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Dr. Sushko performs non-surgical gum treatment to handle mild and intermediate gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria and if the bacteria is not removed from the mouth, the gums become red and swollen, a condition commonly known as gingivitis.
The swelling causes gaps between the gums and teeth and the bacteria goes deep within these crevices. The bacteria increase and the body then starts to fight the infection, leading to bone loss or a condition known as periodontal disease or periodontitis. Dr. Sushko can diagnose the presence and severity of gum disease and prescribe an effective treatment.
Ultrasonic scaling is a new weapon to fight periodontal disease. The scaling device looks like a small wand with a tip that produces ultrasonic vibrations. These vibrations in combination with a flow of water remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from the teeth, gums and mouth. Ultrasonic cleaning is more effective than old-fashioned methods and can remove buildup beneath the gumline and stubborn deposits.
If fillings are needed, Dr. Sushko will first numb the area with a numbing gel or an injection that you will hardly notice. Some shallow fillings can be done without any anesthetic at all. The cavity is then filled with a tooth-colored composite that will perfectly match your natural teeth. No more silver and black fillings like you got on the old days! If the cavity is larger, Dr. Sushko may use an inlay or onlay, a porcelain restoration that will cover the cavity.
Most tooth extractions, including some wisdom teeth removals, can be done in the comfort of our office. Dr. Sushko can handle your tooth extraction with expertise and a gentle hand.
The panoramic X-ray gives the dentist a broad overview of the entire mouth – showing the teeth, upper and lower jawbone, sinuses, and other tissues of the head and neck—all in one X-ray. Otherwise hidden or deep cavities will show up as well as gum disease.
It is also used for evaluating patients:
- with past or present TMJ or jaw joint problems
- requiring full or partial removable dentures, dental implants or braces
- who may have a tumor in the jaw
- who have impacted teeth (especially wisdom teeth) or have had any recent trauma to the face or teeth (e.g. can help identify a fractured jaw)
- who cannot tolerate other types of films