By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
November 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Are your teeth crooked, crowded or gapped? Would you like to straighten them without the use of unsightly metal braces? If so, then Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC in Union has a tooth straightening solution that may be just perfect for you: Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a dental procedure that gradually shifts your teeth into their proper places. It is similar to traditional metal wires except that it uses clear plastic aligners instead of metal wires. The end result is a beautiful, picture-perfect smile you'll be proud to show off.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth into place. You wear each pair of aligners 18 to 22 hours per day for two weeks straight before switching to the next pair. Because each aligner is shaped slightly differently than the last, your teeth are gradually pushed into their proper positions.

What Benefits Does Invisalign Offer?

The biggest advantage that Invisalign offers is the fact that it is nearly invisible. Because the aligners are made out of a clear plastic, no one has to know that you are wearing them except you and your Union dentist.

Invisalign aligners are also removable, which makes them easy to clean and maintain. Simply take them out before eating so they don't get as dirty and then brush and rinse them off as needed.

Invisalign is a fantastic solution for anyone who wants a beautiful smile, who doesn't want to have to wait months to get it. With Invisalign, you can start looking amazing right away.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

If your teeth are crooked, crowded or gapped and you would like to fix them without ruining your appearance in the meantime, Invisalign from Dr. Scheske in Union may be just right for you. Call Dr. Scheske and set up an appointment for a consultation to learn more today. We'd love to talk with you further about this exciting procedure.

By Office of Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
August 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Dental SealantsProtect your child's teeth from harmful bacteria with dental sealants.

The experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate almost 70 percent of American kids have cavities. If this decay isn't treated by a dentist, it can lead to more painful problems. Staying current on appointments with your Union, Missouri family dentist and keeping sugar at a minimum are excellent ways to maintain your dental health, but some people have a genetic predisposition to tooth decay. To keep children's teeth healthy, Dr. Michael Scheske, your Union family dentist, offers an extra layer of protection through the use of dental sealants. 

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants essentially safeguard the teeth against bacteria. While teeth look smooth, they have tiny pits and grooves on their surfaces, and food particles that collect in these areas, leading to decay. The sealant itself is a liquid plastic material, which is "painted" on the teeth at your Union family dentist's office. This material is then hardened with a safe UV light. Sealants are especially useful on molars; their chewing surfaces and location in the back of the mouth make them difficult to clean properly and prone to retaining plaque and acids. Applying the sealant quick, painless and cost-effective, requiring no anesthesia and just one visit to Dr. Scheske, your Union family dentist.

How long do sealants last?

Dental sealants are very durable; it will be between five and seven years before your Union family dentist will need to reapply them. Checking the sealants is also part of each cleaning procedure your child has with Dr. Scheske. 

Are dental sealants new?

Sealants have actually been available since the 1960's, but not all dental offices offer them. Dr. Michael Scheske, your Union family dentist, has done his research and sides with many dental professionals and public health advocates that advocate their use for preventative care. 

Along with good oral hygiene, dental sealants are an excellent investment that can keep your child's teeth healthy for many years to come. Talk to Dr. Scheske's dental team in Union, Missouri to schedule an appointment.

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
June 02, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: ibuprofen   pain management  

Millions of Americans regularly use ibuprofen to manage minor pain and swelling. As with other fields in healthcare, the drug is a mainstay in dentistry especially for post-procedural discomfort. But ibuprofen and similar drugs also have side effects that can lead to serious health problems. So, should you be concerned about its safety?

For most people, ibuprofen is safe and effective — but only if used properly. Like aspirin, ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that reduces pain and inflammation by blocking the effect of substances called prostaglandins, released by injured or damaged tissues. NSAIDs differ in mechanism from pain relievers like steroids or narcotics and don’t have the same side effects, especially the addictive qualities and impaired consciousness potential of narcotics like morphine or codeine. While these more potent drugs are usually reserved for serious injuries or illnesses, NSAIDs like ibuprofen are ideal for mild to moderate pain following routine dental work.

The biggest concern for the use of an NSAID is its tendency to thin the blood, especially if used continuously over several weeks; this can make bleeding control more difficult after an injury. Prolonged overuse has also been linked to erosion of the stomach lining leading to ulcers or bleeding, kidney failure, early miscarriage and repeat heart attacks for patients with cardiovascular disease.

With this in mind, we recommend that adults take no more than 2,400 milligrams of ibuprofen during one twenty-four hour period for short-term pain relief unless otherwise recommended by a doctor. Research has shown that a single 400-milligram dose of ibuprofen is safe and effective for relieving even severe post-operative pain for about five hours in most people. On the other hand, we don’t recommend a NSAID during pregnancy or for people with a history of intestinal bleeding or heart attacks.

Taking into account your medical history and the procedure you’ll be undergoing, we will recommend the best pain management medication for your situation. In most cases, ibuprofen will be an effective means to reduce your discomfort level and, taken properly, will not pose a danger to your overall health.

If you would like more information on dental pain management, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Pain with Ibuprofen.”

By Office of Michael C. Scheske, DDS, PC
May 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals  

Root CanalsOf all of the dental procedures Michael C. Scheske, DDS, PC offers, root canal treatment is one of the most feared. For some reason, many Union residents believe that root canals are very painful. Thankfully, this could not be any further from the truth. Root canals don't cause pain - they take it away.

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure Union residents need when their teeth are infected or decayed on the inside, around the tooth root. This can happen as the result of a tooth chip or crack, deep decay or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of an infected or inflamed tooth can include pain, swelling, sensitivity, discoloration and drainage, but not all infected teeth present symptoms at all.

When Dr. Scheske performs a root canal treatment on a Union resident, the goal of the treatment is to clean out the infection, reduce the inflammation and take away the pain - not cause it. The treatment also fills the tooth to reduce the chances of developing further infection or inflammation in the future.

Thanks to modern anesthesia, having a root canal done should not be any more painful than having a filling placed. Many Union residents are actually surprised to find out how painless root canal treatment actually is. It really isn't painful or uncomfortable.

While some pain and sensitivity after the treatment are normal, these symptoms can usually be treated pretty easily with an over-the-counter pain medication. Plus, they generally subside pretty quickly, unlike the symptoms of an inflamed or infected tooth.

If your Union dentist recommends root canal treatment, there is no need to worry. The procedure isn't complicated, dangerous or painful. Instead, it is simply a routine procedure that dentists such as Dr. Scheske perform all of the time, and it is a procedure that will make you feel better, not worse.

Do you have one or more teeth that need a root canal? If so, call Dr. Scheske to set up an appointment today. You'll be glad you did.

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
February 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

An impacted tooth is a tooth that can't erupt through the gum because it has been blocked or does not have the space to erupt normally. We often hear of wisdom teeth being impacted, but it can happen to any tooth. Sometimes impaction is painless, but it can causes serious oral health problems that may affect the surrounding teeth and gums.Impacted Tooth


Symptoms of an impacted tooth include swelling of the gum, bad breath, and pain around the affected site. You may have difficulty opening your jaw and can even develop a bad taste in your mouth. Impacted teeth can also sometimes cause the surrounding teeth to become misaligned.

If you suspect that your tooth is impacted, visit your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. However, since impaction may sometimes be unnoticeable, your dentist may find the impaction during a routine oral examination before you realize it's there.


When impaction causes pain and infection, your dentist will usually want to extract the tooth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained dentists that specialize in removing impacted teeth since this can sometimes be a more complicated procedure than a normal extraction.

Depending on the type of impaction, the removal of the tooth can take anywhere from five to thirty minutes. Your oral surgeon will discuss anesthesia and sedation options with you so that you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the impacted tooth is removed and the gum has healed, you should not experience any further pain or discomfort.

When to Have Oral Surgery

Many oral surgeons will recommend wisdom tooth extraction before the age of 21 to avoid future problems with impacted wisdom teeth. The surgery is usually less complicated in young adults and the tissues often heal faster. But if your impacted teeth are affecting your overall oral health, your oral surgeon may recommend having them taken out at any age.

If you experience gum pain, earaches, or soreness on one side of your face, ask your dentist to check for an impacted tooth. You may then be referred for oral surgery to remove the impaction. Dr. Michael C. Scheske of Union, MI offers oral surgery to treat a variety of impaction types. Schedule an appointment today to find out if oral surgery is the right option for you.

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