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18540 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
(586) 771-1460

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18540 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, MI 48021

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Dr. Jost has been my family's dentist for the past 25 years. His professionalism and care have been outstanding! I have sent many friends and family to him, and no one has been disappointed. He is gentle, kind, considerate and delivers excellent dental care. -  Bonnie
Clinton Twp, M

Most people say they HAVE to go to the dentist. My husband and I both LIKE to go! After 30 some years, we consider Dr. Jost and his staff part of our family. Whenever we have an "emergency," Dr. Jost makes time for us. To anyone looking for a dentist - give Dr. Jost a try. You won't be disappointed, and your smile will thank you.  Go Red Wings!

- Jeff & Debbie, Centerline, MI

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By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
February 21, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. You have nothing to fear from a root canal with Dr. Peter Jost in Eastpointe, MI, and St. Clair Shores, MI.

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone.

Are you anxious about the procedure?

If our dental treatment causes you anxiety, please let us know. There are several sedation options we can pursue to make this procedure less worrisome. Our goal is to make your treatment as gentle and comfortable as possible.

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. Just call Dr. Peter Jost in Eastpointe, MI, and St. Clair Shores, MI, today. Our office can be reached at (586) 771-1460.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
February 17, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

When was the last time you paid your Eastpointe, MI, family dentist, Dr. Peter Jost, a visit? If you're like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago. We hear the reasons why people neglect regular dental visits all the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, and fear. However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and your overall health as well.

You may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups with your Eastpointe, MI, family dentist aren’t about addressing problems and reacting — they are about cavity prevention. No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food or other debris can get lodged between your teeth, and there is also a chance that food and beverages can wear down your tooth enamel in between visits, making your teeth vulnerable to decay.

In addition to thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat. A deep cleaning twice a year by our team is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, please give your Eastpointe, MI, family dentist, Dr. Jost, a call at (586) 771-1460 to schedule an appointment.


By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
December 14, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

There are sections inside your tooth that can get infected and cause long-lasting pain and irritation throughout your entire mouth. When left untreated, it can cause problems not only in your mouth but even in the rest of your body. It’s important to be able to identify your symptoms and realize when you may need to see your dentist for a root canal. Dr. Peter Jost in Eastpointe, MI, and serving St. Clair Shores, MI, can explain when root canal treatment is necessary and the symptoms that you should be looking out for.

Signs That You May Need a Root Canal

If you’ve heard rumors about root canals being painful and scary, you don’t have to fear any longer! Root canal treatment from your dentist in Eastpointe, MI, and serving St. Clair Shores, MI, is actually designed to rid your tooth of pain, rather than cause it. When the inside of your tooth is infected, a root canal is the only way to clear the infection and get your smile healthy and functional again.

Some common signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Sensitive gums
  • Pain when pressure is applied
  • Pus in between the gums and tooth
  • Redness and tenderness
  • Consistent pain
  • Swollen gums

If you start experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, it’s important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible to determine if you need a root canal. The sooner you receive treatment, the easier it will be treated and the sooner that you’ll be free of any pain you may be experiencing!

Contact Your Dentist Today!

It’s important that you can identify symptoms that indicate that you may need a root canal. Contact Dr. Peter Jost in Eastpointe, MI, and serving St. Clair Shores, MI, to learn more about root canal treatment and how it can save your smile. Call for more information today at (586) 771-1460.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
January 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Don’t let tooth loss affect your appearance. Dental implants can help.

Tooth loss is no joke. Losing several teeth can severely impact your ability to chew certain foods and affect your ability to speak. Over time, problems such as nutritional deficiencies, damaged natural teeth and digestive problems can set in. This is why it’s important to turn to our Eastpointe, MI, dentist Dr. Peter Jost as soon as possible to replace missing teeth. These days, millions of adults are rebuilding their smiles with dental implants. This is because this popular tooth replacement offers some unique and amazing benefits:

Replace All of Your Missing Teeth

Whether you need to replace a single tooth or an entire row of teeth, dental implants can help. Implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium, one of the most durable materials ever made. These implants are then placed into the jawbone by our Eastpointe, MI, family dentist, where they can support everything from a dental crown to your current set of dentures.

Get a Tooth That’s Just Like the Real Thing

We know just how important it is to have an artificial tooth that is as close to your natural teeth as possible, and you won’t find anything better than implants. Implants truly mimic the functionality and look of a real tooth. No one will be able to tell the difference and you’ll be able to comfortably and confidently speak and chew without worrying about your implant. After all, implants are made from the most durable and long-lasting materials, so they are actually stronger than natural teeth in many ways.

Have Your Smile Forever

As long as you practice good oral hygiene your dental implant is designed to last a lifetime. They boast a very high success rate and when they fuse together with bone and tissue, they offer a permanent artificial tooth that you could have the rest of your life. While it can take months to get your new restoration, many of our patients are so glad they did. They now have a strong, confident smile that they can show off for the rest of their lives.

Do you have questions about dental implants? Want to find out if this tooth replacement is right for you? If so, the dental team here at Eastpointe and St. Clair Shores, MI, can easily help you determine the best way to restore your smile. Call us today at (586) 771-1460 to schedule a consultation.

By Peter Jost, D.D.S., P.C.
June 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns are great long-term teeth restorations because they’re capable of correcting an array of teeth issues. Here at Peter Jost, DDS, PC in Eastpointe, MI, your dentist, Dr. Peter Jost, regularly utilizes dental crowns for restoring damaged teeth. But how exactly do crowns restore a damaged tooth?

Restoring Decayed Teeth

Decay is an issue that can impact anyone. It results in various issues including discoloration, extreme sensitivity, and severe pain. Dental crowns aid in strengthening your tooth, improving your smile, and safeguarding your tooth against further decay and sensitivity.

Replacing Worn-Out and Unsightly Dental Fillings

You have a dental filling if you’ve sustained a cavity that was treated by your Dentist Eastpointe, MI. Although dental fillings are very effective, they eventually break down and require replacements. When this happens, you leave your tooth vulnerable to decay once again. If you have replaced a dental filling multiple times, it might be time to consider a more long-lasting and durable treatment such as a dental crown.

Repairing Broken Teeth

Between overly hard foods, accidents, and sports, plenty of people have lost a portion of their tooth. Fortunately, you do not need to live with an incomplete tooth. Your Dentist Eastpointe, MI can easily reshape the affected tooth’s leftover structure and then fit a dental crown over it, making your tooth whole again. As a bonus, your tooth will look like the rest of your teeth.

Replacing Missing Teeth

The same factors that can chip your teeth could also lead to getting a tooth knocked out. Also, improper oral care habits can result in your teeth falling out. Thankfully, you won’t have to suffer the effects of lost teeth by opting for a dental crown combined with an implant or bridge.

Whitening Stained or Discolored Teeth

Not all people have teeth with uniform shades. Some people have that lone discolored tooth due to trauma, untreated decay, or medications. Regardless of the specific reason, a crown can easily correct a stained tooth to ensure that it perfectly matches the shade of your remaining natural teeth.

Interested in What Dental Crowns Can Do For You? Give Us a Call

Book a consultation with your dentist, Dr. Peter Jost, here at Peter Jost, DDS, PC in Eastpointe, MI, by calling (586) 771-1460.

Dr. Jost

Peter Jost, DDS, PC

Dr. Jost is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he received first- rate training in all aspects of general dentistry.  In 1983

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