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Elmhurst Restorative Dentists Explain Why Custom-Fit Crowns Are So Important

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

When it comes time to restore your smile, you absolutely do not want to settle for one-size-fit-all restorations. The truth is that, in order for restorations to be functional and durable, they really need to be personalized to fit the patient’s smile down to the smallest details.

A dental crown or restorations is used to rebuild and repair a tooth after damage due to infection or trauma. When our Elmhurst dentists create dental crowns, we look to the patient’s natural teeth for guidance on the shape, size, and color of the crown.

It is crucial that your restoration is appropriately sized for your smile. When a crown is too large or too small, it can actually disrupt the patient’s natural bite alignment. Poorly sized restorations cause patients to change how they bite and chew; ultimately, this can lead to TMJ dysfunction and pain.

Likewise, an improperly shaped crown can through your whole smile off. When you look in the mirror, you may notice that your teeth are naturally more angular or more rounded. Teeth come in all kinds of shapes, which is why our team looks to your existing smile to guide us during the crown fabrication process. Just like with a poorly sized crown, a poorly shaped crown can throw off the balance of your entire smile.

Finally, it’s important that we shade the crown so that it matches your natural enamel. The ultimate goal is for your dental crown to blend in seamlessly with your existing tooth color. One thing to keep in mind: if you’re interested in lightening your natural enamel, it’s best to do this before we create your crown. Once we lighten your teeth, we can shade your restoration to match your post-whitening smile. Dental crowns and restorations cannot be lightened with topical gels.  

Taking the time to thoroughly pre-plan the design of your dental crown helps to ensure that end up with results that you love. Give our Elmhurst dentists a call to learn more!

Incorporate These Simple Tips From Our Elmhurst Dentists Into Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

When you care for your smile properly at home, you help strengthen your teeth and gums, and help them stand up to the wear and tear of daily life. In this short article, our Elmhurst dentists are talking to you about ways that you can optimize your oral health routine. There are some simple things that you can do to refresh your smile every day!

First of all, your dentist will let you know how often you need to be brushing and flossing your teeth. The general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that patients brush their teeth twice a day and then floss every evening. You should follow the specific directions of your dental team re: daily brushing and flossing.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re brushing your teeth:

You should try to brush your smile for at least two minutes every time that you brush. This is actually a pretty long time! You can set a timer or listen to a two-minute-long song to help keep you on track.

Talk to your dentist about what type of toothbrush is right for you. Did you know that using a toothbrush with too firm bristles can actually cause dental damage? You want to make sure that you use a brush that cleans effectively, while being gentle enough for everyday use. For most people, this means using a soft-bristled brush, but, again, talk to your dentist I for additional guidance.

Additionally, it’s important that you not brush your teeth for at least twenty to thirty minutes after consuming something acidic. During this period of time, your dental enamel is actually softer than it normally is. Brushing too quickly after acid exposure can lead to enamel thinning over time.

If you want to learn more about taking care of your smile at home, our Elmhurst dentists are here to help you in any way we can. Give us a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!

Our Elmhurst Dentist Treat Severe Dental Damage With Modern Technology

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

As with most things in life, it’s markedly easier to avoid oral health issues, rather than correct them after the fact. However, sometimes, despite our best efforts, dental issues pop up anyway. Don’t panic! Our Elmhurst dentists offer a range of treatments to help get your smile back on track after dental damage. Keep reading to learn more!

If you have a tooth that is significantly damaged, down to the dental core, then root canal therapy may be necessary to save your remaining healthy tooth structure. During root canal treatment, our team clears away any infected dental material, as well as blood, tissues, and nerves that reside in the center of the tooth. Then, we fill and restore the tooth with a customized restoration. All of the restorations we use are metal-free and custom-shaded to match the patient’s existing enamel.

Another type of restoration that can transform your smile is the dental veneer. A veneer is an exceptionally thin cosmetic restoration that is used to resurface a patient’s tooth. Veneers are permanently bonded in place, and once they are in place, your existing tooth will look completely different. One major advantage of veneer treatment is that the entire process can be completed in just two to three appointments.

For patients who are dealing with incomplete smiles due to premature tooth loss, our dental team offers tooth replacement treatments to help you rebuild your smile. Dental implants, for example, are permanent, customized replacement teeth that are actually grounded in the patient’s jaw tissue. By using state-of-the-art restorative technology, we help patients achieve smiles that both look great and function optimally.

Our Elmhurst dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have about restorative dental treatment. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team, and to schedule a personal consultation!

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