Saginaw Dental Maintenance and Treatment
Mertz & Bricker Family Dentistry offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. You can read more on this page about specific services.
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes the panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures. Read More...
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Read More...
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Read More...
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco. Read More...
Our goal is to help you to minimize the risk of emergency treatment. This is why we commit a generous amount of time designing a Lifetime Treatment Plan that will help you to offset the possibility of unforeseen pain or tooth breakage. Read More...
What sets us apart.
Dr. Andrea Mertz is a fellow in the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD). This fellowship requires its members to pass an extensive written test after fulfilling over 500 continuing dental education hours. Maintenance of the fellowship means acquiring additional dental education credit hours beyond what is required on a yearly basis. In addition, Dr. Andrea Mertz has two years’ experience in hospital dentistry through her residency and fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; She is especially patient with children and medically challenged adults.
Following graduation from U of M Dental school, Dr. James Mertz obtained an additional two year Master’s degree in the area of Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa School of Dentistry. This master's degree program involved extensive training in crown and bridgework, implants, implant retained dentures and partial dentures. He works closely with orthodontic, oral surgery and periodontal specialists in order to provide maximum esthetic and function of your full mouth restoration.