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Elmhurst Dental Implant Dentist Reviews The Top 3 Health Benefits Of These Replacement Teeth

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Treating tooth loss is essential for improving dental aesthetics and helping your smile stay healthy for the long-term. Patients today have a number of tooth replacement options from which to choose. Our Elmhurst dentists are here to give you more information about one tooth replacement treatment in particular: the dental implant. Keep reading to learn more about how dental implants can support optimal oral health.

As you may already know, dental implants are stand-alone replacement teeth. Every dental implant has a titanium root that extends into the patient’s jawbone. The root is then capped with a customized restoration (which looks like a natural tooth).

The dental implant root, because it is made from titanium actually bonds to the patient’s jawbone over time. This helps the patient avoid jawbone deterioration, which is a common side effect of tooth loss. Other tooth replacement treatments, which sit on top of the gum tissue—like traditional dentures and bridges—do not provide this health benefit.

It is also simple and straightforward to care for and clean dental implants, and this can help patients avoid periodontal disease and other oral infections as time goes on. With dental implants, you’ll be able to floss and brush your teeth normally, as well as use mouth rinse if your dentist recommends it.

Finally, dental implants prevent the patient’s natural teeth from shifting along his or her gum line. Once the dental implant is in place, it does not move around or come out, so it is serves as a supportive structure in the patient’s smile.

Dental implants are highly customizable, and they deliver permanent results. This increasingly popular tooth replacement treatment is appropriate for many types of dental patients of different ages.

Our Elmhurst dental implant dentists can help you determine whether these replacement teeth are right for your smile. Give our team a call, or use the Contact Us page on our website in order to get started. Schedule a personal consultation to get all of the information that you need!

Our Elmhurst Dentists Offer Efficient & Convenient Treatment Options To Our Patients

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dental treatment does not need to be lengthy or arduous in order to deliver exceptional results. Today our Elmhurst dentists are reviewing some of the treatments we utilize that are both convenient and efficient. We hope that this information helps you get a better idea of how you can achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of.

One of the most versatile and convenient treatments in dentistry today is dental bonding. During the dental bonding process our dental team applies custom-shaded resin to the patient’s teeth. Once we cure the resin it hardens and bonds to the tooth, and transforms the tooth. Dental bonding is used to correct dental damage, cover discolored enamel, close gaps between teeth, and make misaligned smiles look straighter. This treatment is completed in just one appointment, and requires no post-treatment recovery time.

Dental veneers can likewise help you improve the aesthetics and the structure of your smile in a short period of time. Dental veneers are actually individually crafted thin porcelain restorations. They are bonded to the natural dental structure, and cover the entirety of the visible tooth. Our dental team generally completes dental veneer placement in just two to three dental appointments, making this one of the fastest and most efficient ways to achieve a complete smile transformation.

Professional dental whitening treatment allows patients to minimize existing stains and discoloration to restore the smile to its previous level of whiteness. This comfortable and non-invasive treatment delivers results right away, and, if necessary, the process can be repeated over a number of appointments in order to achieve more dramatic results.

As you can see, patients today have a number of quick and comfortable treatment options. If you want to learn more, or if you have questions for our team, please give our Elmhurst dentists a call.

Elmhurst TMJ Dentist Describes Common Signs And Side Effects Of TMJ Disorder

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Many people think of Temporomandibular Joint problems as merely inconvenient or tiresome. But, the truth is that, when left untreated, TMJ issues can intensify and actually damage your smile and underlying dental structure. Our Elmhurst TMJ dentists strongly encourage TMJ sufferers to seek treatment as soon as they notice troublesome symptoms. Keep reading to learn more about recognizing TMJ issues.

Your temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect your skull to your lower jawbone. Obviously, it is crucial that these joints remain healthy so that you can eat, speak, emote comfortably.

Sometimes TMJ problems occur due to a sudden trauma or accident that affects the jaw are. More frequently, however, TMJ disorder progresses gradually. It may start as little more than a feeling of tightness in your jaw, or a clicking/popping sensation. These symptoms may indicate that your TMJ joint is inflamed and/or slipping out of socket.

Other symptoms of TMJ may be more general, and harder for the patient to associate to his or her jaw joint, specifically. For example, TMJ sufferers are prone to suffering from chronic headaches and even ear pain.

When your Temporomandibular Joints are inflamed or damaged, it may become difficult for you to chew comfortably to fully open your mouth. You may feel like your jaw is “locking” when you try to take a big bite of something.

TMJ problems can intensify over time. Your TMJs can sustain permanent damage, which is why it is so important to seek prompt treatment for TMJ issues, before the disorder progresses. Chronic TMJ problems can even cause your teeth to wear down unevenly, and change your bite alignment.

Please contact our Elmhurst TMJ dentists, by phone or through our Contact Us page if you think that you’re struggling with TMJ issues. We’re here to achieve lasting relief.

Here Are Some Simple Pediatric Care Tips From Our Elmhurst Family Dentists

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Encouraging your child to develop healthy oral hygiene habits now can help him or her maintain a healthy smile for years to come. Our Elmhurst dentists are here with some simple recommendations as you guide your child through the world of dental care. Keep reading to get more information!

Lead by Example

One of the best things that you can do is to be diligent and highly visible about your own dental care routine. When your child sees you maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits, he or she is more likely to follow suit.

Stick to a Schedule

Consistent routine is the key to helping habits stick. Set aside time in the morning during which your child should clean his or her mouth. In order to ensure that your child is brushing for an adequate amount of time (the ADA recommendation is around 2 minutes), set a timer or listen to a song that is 2 minutes long.

Schedule Professional Cleanings

Our dental team is here to be your partner in teaching your child healthy oral hygiene habits. Our dentist takes the time to teach our pediatric patients about the root causes of oral health problems, as well as things they can do to protect their smiles. Plus, it is important for your child to have positive experiences in the dentist’s chair; this makes it less likely that your child will deal with dental anxiety in the future.

Assess Your Child’s Dental Tools

You want to make sure that the toothbrush that your child is using is small enough to fit into the back of his or her mouth—the molars are prone to developing cavities precisely because they are hard to reach. Regarding fluoride in toothpaste: if your child is still swallowing toothpaste he or she should be using a fluoride-free formulation.

Our Elmhurst family dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need. Call our office or use the Contact Us page on our website when you are ready to get started!

Elmhurst Dentist Explains How And Why Tooth Sensitivity Develops

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Dental sensitivity can make it more difficult for you to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks, and to get through your normal daily routine. Sometimes, people experience dental pain and discomfort because they are battling oral health issues like dental cavities or periodontal disease. But what about sensitivity that seemingly develops out of nowhere? Today our Elmhurst dentists are giving you more information about the causes of chronic sensitivity. Let’s get started!

If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, then your dental enamel is not sufficiently protecting the inner layers of your teeth. The dentin and the dental pulp, both of which sit beneath the dental enamel, are more sensitive than enamel; they will produce pain if exposed.

· One reason that dental enamel wears down is due to acid erosion. Citrus fruits, fruit juices, soft drinks, wine, and more contain appreciable amounts of acid. When you eat and drink acidic substances your dental enamel is temporarily made softer, and thus susceptible to thinning.

· Another cause of enamel deterioration is Bruxism, or chronic dental grinding and clenching. Over time, the pressure caused by the tooth-to-tooth contact of bruxism causes dental enamel to wear away.

· Dental sensitivity may originate from the space where the tooth meets gum tissue. When gum tissue recedes, and begins to pull away from a tooth, the tooth root and nerves can become irritated.

In order to combat dental sensitivity, your dentist may recommend that you use topical numbing or pain management formulations. You may also benefit from treatments, toothpastes, or mouth rinses that work to strengthen enamel (usually with fluoride).

With all of the treatments and technologies available in modern dentistry, there is truly no reason to battle dental sensitivity alone. Our Elmhurst dentists are here to answer any questions you may have, and to guide you toward treatments that will meet your needs. Give us a call to schedule a consultation!

Elmhurst Dentist Explains Why Comprehensive Dental Care Is So Important For Patients Of All Ages

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Our Elmhurst dentists provide comprehensive dental treatment for patients of all ages, because we truly believe that comprehensive care is best for the health and appearance of patients’ smiles long-term.

Today we are going to be giving you some more information about what, exactly, we mean by comprehensive dentistry. We hope that this information helps you understand what kinds of dental treatments can help your smile.

When we talk about providing comprehensive care, we’re talking about treatment that…

· Takes into account the patient’s whole health—some people are dealing with ongoing health issues that affect oral health (like diabetes, for example); our dental team is here to help you optimize your oral health in these situations

· Honors the underlying structure of your smile—we believe that the best way to maintain oral health in the long-term is to maintain as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. We provide conservative treatment, and we never put the health of your smile at risk in order to achieve an esthetic result.

· Takes care of your dental needs in one location, as conveniently as possible—we know that all of our patients are busy and juggling different parts of their lives, which is why we offer comprehensive, family dental care. We’re here to help you build a treatment plan that works for your schedule, and to facilitate appointments and treatments for the whole family.

Even if it has been a long time since you have seen a dentist for treatment, please contact our team to schedule a dental consultation. Our Elmhurst dentists are here to help and support you; we’re not here to judge you on your dental past! Give us a call to learn more, or use the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry and your contact information.

Elmhurst Dentist Explains How Misaligned Or Uneven Bites Can Contribute To Dental Problems

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

When many people think about how smiles become damaged, they think about sugary foods/drinks and dental traumas. Undoubtedly, these issues frequently lead to dental damage, however, there are many, lesser-known dental issues that can also wreak havoc on your smile. In today’s short article our Elmhurst dentists are giving you more information about one hidden dental threat, in particular: a misaligned and uneven bite. Keep reading to learn more about the ways that a problematic bite and damage your oral health.

A healthy bite fits together comfortably—when the top and bottom teeth come together, the jaw is able to rest and relax without realigning. A poorly aligned bite may cause you to shift your lower jaw around in order to bite and chew. Additionally, when your jaw is relaxed, when you are sleeping for example, your bottom jaw may slide back and forth in search of a comfortable resting spot.

It makes sense, then, that poorly aligned bites can cause patients to suffer from bruxism, or chronic dental grinding and clenching. Over time, bruxism can cause your dental enamel to thin and wear down; this puts you at increased risk of developing dental cracks and chips as well as cavities.

An uneven bite can also cause one half your smile to wear down faster than the other half. Patients with misaligned bites have to be quite deliberate about how they chew—often this entire process is done unconsciously. As you alter your bite day after day, some of your teeth are put under an unnecessary amount or pressure, and thus begin to wear down.

By improving your natural bite alignment, you can minimize your risk of suffering from many of these oral health issues. Our Elmhurst dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need about your smile in general, and bite health, in particular. Give us a call to get started!

Elmhurst TMJ Dentist Address The Root Causes Of Jaw Pain And Dysfunction

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When most people think of dental health, they think about their teeth. However, the truth is that in order to maintain oral health long-term, you have to take much more into account. One of the most important components of your maxillofacial structure is your jaw health. If your temporomandibular joints are not healthy, it can greatly impact the quality of your daily life, and it can lead to premature dental damage.

In order to protect your TMJ health, our Elmhurst TMJ dentists recommend that you stay aware of some of the ways that jaw joints commonly become damaged.

Bruxism is one of the leading causes of temporomandibular damage. Chronic dental grinding and clenching puts an enormous amount of pressure on your jaw joints. Over time this can irritate the lining of your TMJ, and even cause your joint to come out of alignment. In order to safeguard your smile, you want to make sure that you seek treatment for bruxism as soon as you notice symptoms. You might find that you’re grinding your teeth during the day, especially in times of stress. Additionally, you might be grinding your teeth as you sleep—if you start to suffer from morning headaches, or you feel soreness in your jaw or back teeth, these could be indicative of nighttime bruxism.

Jaw pain can also develop due to misaligned teeth. If a patient’s bite does not come together naturally and evenly, the top and bottom teeth will slide back and forth in order to find a natural, comfortable “at rest’ position. These issues can be corrected through orthodontic treatment or by building up specific bite surfaces with composite bonding or porcelain crowns.

If you think that you’re struggling with TMJ dysfunction, the sooner that you seek proactive treatment, the better your long-term prognosis. Our Elmhurst TMJ dentists can help you get the effective TMJ treatment that you need, so give us a call to learn more!

Elmhurst Dental Spa Therapy Can Help You Get The Dental Treatment You Need

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Our Elmhurst sedation dentists know that dentistry-related fear and anxiety can keep dental patients from getting the treatments that they need to stay well. Because dental anxiety is such a real concern for people of all ages, our dental team offers a number of different sedation treatments to put people at ease.

One thing that sets our practice apart is the fact that we offer Dental Spa Therapy. This relaxation protocol is completely drug-free; it actually uses your body’s natural relaxation response to keep you calm in the dentist’s chair.

Here are some of the components of Dental Spa Therapy; these individual therapies work in concert to achieve results:

· Massage: massage and bodywork help to relax your muscles, and minimize the amount of tension in your body.

· Acupressure: this treatment involves our team applying pressure to specific tension-releasing spots on the body. This therapy is like acupuncture, but it uses pressure rather than needles.

· Chiropractic treatment: chiropractic care is all about adjusting the spine and skeletal structure in order to positively affect the patient’s muscles, bones, nerves, and joints. This treatment is yet another way to minimize the amount of tension you’re holding in your body and promote your body’s ability to heal.

· Aromatherapy: our Dental Spa Therapy space is filled with soothing and relaxing scents; this scents trigger a relaxation response in the patient’s body

· Music therapy: soothing music has a calming effect; you may even forget that you’re in a dental office altogether!

· Holistic medicine: our dental team may also provide you with supplements or holistic remedies designed to minimize your body’s inflammatory response, and boost your immune system.

If you think that you may benefit from Dental Spa Therapy, our Elmhurst dentists are here to give you all of the information and support that you need. Give our office a call, or use our Contact Us page to submit your information and we’ll be happy to get back to you promptly.

Elmhurst Dentist Gives You Information and Tips About How Acid Erosion Damages Smiles

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Every patient wants to maintain a healthy and attractive smile for years to come. Our Elmhurst dentists are here to provide you with the information and support that you need to make strong dental decisions, so that you can protect your teeth and gums.

Today we are going to be talking about one specific threat to your oral health: acid erosion.

Many of the foods and drinks that we regularly enjoy are actually quite acidic. Unfortunately, when are teeth are chronically exposed to acidic substances over a long period of time, our dental enamel can suffer.

Here are some foods and drinks that are known to be acidic:

· Fruit

· Juices

· Soft drinks

· Coffee

· Wine and alcohol

· Pickles

· Tomato products

So, the first thing to know is that when you eat or drink something acidic, your teeth are actually softened and weaker for about 20 to 30 minutes after acid exposure. For this reason, you want to wait at least a half of an hour to brush your teeth after consuming acidic foods and drinks.

In general, it is best to limit your consumption of acidic foods and beverages. It is better to enjoy these things in specific, short periods of time, rather than snacking or sipping throughout the day.

One thing that you can do to minimize acid damage is to rinse your smile with water after eating or drinking. You also want to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water, since this allows your body to produce saliva, which naturally helps to re-mineralize dental enamel.

As always, our Elmhurst dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help you avoid premature acid erosion. Give us a call, our use the Contact Us page on our website when you are ready to get started and schedule a consultation!

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