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Learn More About The Treatments Our Elmhurst Dentists Employ To Restore Smiles

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

When you are dealing with dental damage or infection it can be reassuring to know that there are treatments available to you, and that no smiles are beyond help. In this short article our Elmhurst dentists are going to be reviewing some of the commonly employed restorative and aesthetic treatments that we use to help our patients overcome dental damage. Let’s get started with…


  • Root canal therapy: root canal therapy becomes necessary when a dental infection or fracture makes it all the way to the core of the tooth. Through root canal therapy our team is able to clear away all of the sensitive dental pulp and nerves, leaving only healthy and dentin and dental enamel behind. Then, we are able to sterilize the remaining tooth structure and repair it with a restoration if necessary.


  • Custom crowns: ceramic crowns make exceptional restorations because the material mimics the appearance of natural enamel. Our team is able to use your existing teeth as aesthetic guides to design your crown. The color of your restoration will blend with your existing smile, and we will make the shape of your crown appropriately rounded or angular, depending on how the profiles of your adjacent teeth.


  • Dental implants: if you are dealing with gaps in your smile due to premature tooth loss, dental implant technology will help you achieve the aesthetics you want while simultaneously safeguarding your smile. Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that, like your natural teeth, have roots that extend into the jawbone tissue. Implant roots are simply made of titanium rather than pulp, dentin, and dental enamel! This treatment is truly the closest you can come to growing a brand-new tooth.


Because every one of our patients is unique, restorative treatments plans must likewise be personalized to suit your needs. The best way to get started is to give our Elmhurst dentists a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit a question for our team.  

Are Sugars & Carbs Hurting Your Smile? Our Elmhurst Dentists Can Help You Figure It Out

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

If you are looking to give your oral health a boost, it may be time to assess your diet. Just as some foods and drinks support whole body health, there are particular substances that affect oral health as well.

Today our Elmhurst dentists are going to be talking about one type of food in particular: refined carbohydrates. Keep reading to learn more about how refined carbs can change your smile. Let’s get started!

First, let’s review what we mean by refined carbohydrates; basically, these are carbs that have had the fiber, nutrients, and brans taken out of them. White bread is a refined carbohydrate, for example, while whole wheat bread is less processed. Breads, pastries, and doughs that are made with white flour are all refined carbs.

The reason that we need to be aware of how many sugary and carbohydrate-laden treats we are eating is because the oral bacteria that live in our mouths are able to use these foods and drinks as fuel. In order to minimize the bacterial activity, you can:

  • Limit your carb and sugar consumption
  • When possible, swap out refined carbohydrates for complex carbs
  • Indulge in treats sparingly
  • Try to eat and drink at specific times of the day, rather than snacking and sipping continuously
  • Rinse your mouth with water after you eat or drink
  • If food gets stuck between your teeth, promptly clear it away using gentle floss
  • Do not brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking. It is better to rinse and wait 20 to 30 minutes to brush, because your dental enamel is temporarily softer after acid exposure

If you need any additional guidance about how you can tweak your diet to best support your smile, please feel free to reach out to our Elmhurst dentists. We truly believe that dental care extends far beyond brushing and flossing; we are here to help! 

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