Teeth Restoration Grayslake, IL

Thinking of Eating Without your Teeth? Think Again!

Teeth Restoration Grayslake, ILWe talk a lot about tooth loss these days. Consumers are presented with tips and tricks for preventing tooth loss as they age because we have come to realize that age is not a factor in tooth loss at all. If one or more teeth become diseased beyond repair or is injured, we talk about the most appropriate way to restore full function. Because dentures are more immediately affordable for many people, this method of tooth replacement remains popular. But it isn’t without specific hazards.

One of the common habits that occur with denture wearers at some point is eating without these new teeth. Dentures that are removable are far too easy to remove. Doing so, though, can lead to more problems than you might imagine. If you are a denture-wearer who routinely eats without your appliances, we encourage you to change your habits so you can avoid unnecessary issues.

The Jaw and Gums

We are not meant to chew with our gums. When we do, the jaw works harder to apply enough force to break food into small particles. With natural teeth, the force of pressure equates to over 200 pounds. The bite force with dentures is only a fraction of that. With no teeth at all, there is very little bite force to speak of, and the jaw must pick up the slack. The increased pressure placed onto gums can create sores and chronic inflammation. Soft tissues may deteriorate over time, and the structure of the jaw itself may also be weakened due to overwhelming stress.

The Digestive Process

Digestion is not a simple process. Multiple organs are involved in the breakdown of food. For the digestive process to run smoothly, each aspect must be functional; and the mouth is the starting point. A major problem of eating without teeth is the insufficient breakdown of food into small, easily digestible particles. Particles that are too large force the stomach to produce more acid and many of these particles remain relatively undigested when they enter the colon. This leads not only to frustrating flatulence but can also encourage bacterial growth in the intestinal tract.

What You Can Do

If you’re not using your dentures when you eat, there is a reason other than neglect. Of course, you don’t enjoy eating if your dentures are slipping and sliding around the mouth. Your Grayslake dentist can help. See how just a few dental implants can stabilize an ill-fitting denture. Call (847) 223-5200 to schedule your visit to Advanced Dental Arts.

Dental Care Grayslake, IL

Have you Seen your Dentist This Year?

Dental Care Grayslake, ILWe are continually reminded that we need to see our dentist for checkups and cleanings twice each year. Seeing that we have passed the halfway point of 2017, now is a good time for yet another reminder. If you haven’t seen your dentist yet this year, now is a great time to schedule a visit. Not only are we at the tail end of summer, but we are quickly approaching the busy holiday season, during which it is difficult to get much of anything done for oneself.

Why is this so important?

Why is it that your Grayslake dentist wants to see you every six months? We have several good reasons. Ultimately, we love helping our patients maintain healthy teeth. We also enjoy assisting them with their cosmetic and functional concerns. At the core of routine dental care, though, is a commitment to disease prevention. During your regular checkups and cleanings, quite a lot is accomplished, including:

  • Oral cancer screening. Indicators of oral cancer can be somewhat subtle during early stages when treatment can be most successful. Your dentist has the high-level training to recognize warning signs through a comprehensive observation of soft tissue.
  • A check on habits. Some of the ways that we inadvertently damage our teeth are through bad habits. For some, it is using tobacco products; for others, it is the nighttime habit of clenching and grinding teeth (bruxism). The list goes on. Through routine observation, it is possible to become aware of the dangers of bad habits and to mitigate those dangers with appropriate care.
  • Digging deeper. You might be able to notice signs of gum disease and may even recognize that you could be getting a cavity. What you can’t see without the help of your dentist is what is happening below the surface. X-rays are a routine part of dental checkups because this imaging informs us of potential problems such as infection in a root canal, or bone loss due to periodontal disease.

And you thought dental visits were all about cavities and gum disease! In our ideal world, all of our patients would hear only the best news during routine checkups and cleanings. By maintaining those six-month visits, this becomes a real possibility for you.

Schedule your exam and cleaning at (847) 223-5200.

Teeth Whitening Grayslake, IL

Brighten up your Summertime Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Grayslake, ILSummertime means family vacations, reunions with loved ones, weddings, and block parties. And what that means is that we want to look our best for the special occasions that may arise without much notice. Most of us are far busier than we ever thought we would be. We neglect those little things that feel pampering, and trade them for other little pleasures, like that morning cup (or pot) of coffee or glass of red wine in the evening. One day, we look in the mirror and wish for a do-over for our teeth.

Do you need a refresher? Contact Advanced Dental Arts for teeth whitening! Our friendly, experienced staff can have you in and out in about an hour, ready to show up and show off a radiant smile.

In-office Whitening for Accelerated Results

Patients of our Grayslake general and cosmetic dentistry practice have the option of accelerating their teeth whitening process with Zoom! or BriteSmile treatment. Each has been developed with the busy person in mind, and each has been formulated for safety, efficiency, and comfort. The two are comparable regarding results (8 to 9 shades). During your consultation, we can help you determine which solution is more appropriate for your desired outcome.

How it Works

The professional whitening process performed in the dental office occurs after a thorough exam of teeth, gums, and soft tissue in the mouth. The last thing we want is to commence with treatment that could ultimately create discomfort due to infection or existing irritation. After confirmation of good oral health, teeth whitening involves:

  • Shielding the gums and lips from whitening gel, so no irritation occurs. We may apply or suggest that you apply, lip balm to add comfort to the process.
  • A gel-based hydrogen peroxide lightening agent is applied to the teeth. We are very careful to touch only tooth enamel, no soft tissue.
  • We direct a small dental light toward the teeth to activate the whitening solution and to enhance absorption into the deeper layers of enamel.
  • You sit back and relax for short bursts of light treatment. The process may be repeated two or three times to achieve optimal lift.

The After-Story

Professional teeth whitening is not a “happily-ever-after” scenario all on its own. To keep that radiance, we suggest that you avoid tobacco products and consume beverages such as coffee and red wine carefully. It isn’t necessary to forego these drinks altogether, but it helps to create a habit of rinsing after consumption.

For in-office whitening or home whitening treatment, call (847) 223-5200.

Dental Veneers Grayslake, IL

4 Quick-Changes Made Possible by Porcelain Veneers

Dental Veneers Grayslake, ILMany people like to change their appearance from time to time. Fashion trends change, and we love to follow them. Today, one of the hottest trends is to renew and refresh the facial esthetic. There are several ways to do this. For some, it is the Botox trend that they follow. For others, it is the trend of bringing new life to the smile. You don’t have to be a trendsetter; you just have to do what needs to be done to feel great about your appearance. One way you can do this is with a smile quick-change.

Porcelain veneers have become increasingly common among adults of all ages as the benefits of this cosmetic treatment have been proven. Veneers are a cost-effective solution to some imperfections. Ultimately, though, it is the lifelike results that are achieved that continue to impress patients. Here, we want to point out 4 specific changes that may be achieved with porcelain veneer treatment.

  1. Tooth color. It is easy to assume that discoloration and staining is a natural consequence of growing older, or even of the foods and beverages you consume. This isn’t always true. There are some ways that tooth color may change. In some cases, these changes to tooth color cannot be adequately resolved with professional whitening. That’s when porcelain veneers come to the rescue!
  2. Tooth size. For the smile to look its best, the proportion is an essential characteristic. The gums and lips and teeth work together to create symmetry from top to bottom and side to side. If teeth are short, their appearance can be lengthened with beautiful porcelain veneers. These jackets are often used to address excessive wear that has resulted in teeth appearing shorter, and also for naturally short teeth.
  3. Tooth shape. Those ultra-pointy canine teeth may stand out a little too much. Porcelain veneers can achieve a more rounded shape. Likewise, the appearance of a tooth or teeth may be made more square or more evenly shaped to blend with surrounding teeth.
  4. Spacing and alignment. A slightly turned tooth may not call for a full course of orthodontics, but it may stand in the way of your confidence. A porcelain veneer may create a straighter appearance. Another common use for veneers is to close excessive space between two teeth.

Are you ready to consult with your Grayslake dentist about porcelain veneers? Call (847) 223-5200.

Pediatric Dentistry Grayslake, IL

Oral Care WhenYou’re On The Go

Pediatric Dentistry Grayslake, ILDuring the summer months, we tend to be on the go more often. It could be a short road trip that leads straight to Grandma’s house, or it may be a lengthy vacation that spans across weeks and several states. Travel naturally takes us away from the monotony of day to day life. That’s the whole point, isn’t it? For the most part, the break from the norm is beneficial. At the same time, the busyness of any summer vacation could mean that oral care falls to the wayside. It doesn’t have to. With a few tips, you can avoid the pitfalls of oral decline.

  1. Remember to feed your mouth. We don’t just feed the body; what we put in our mouth directly affects the oral environment. For instance, if you nosh on cookies and chips on that road trip, you are setting the stage for the plaque. Being on the road doesn’t have to mean that your healthy eating habits disappear! Choose crunchy fruits and vegetables that clean teeth while you eat them, such as celery, pears, and apples. Choose tooth-building foods, too, such as string cheese.
  2. Remember to water your mouth. Hydration is vital to health and wellness. According to research, sipping offers several advantages over guzzling those 8 glasses as quickly as possible. One of them is that the mouth stays cleaner when water washes over teeth every few minutes. Keeping a water bottle with you makes sipping a simple task.
  3. Remember your toothbrush. There are two ways to remember the toothbrush. One: take it with you. When you have a toothbrush handy on a long flight or road trip, you can use it whenever your mouth needs a little refreshing. Mouthwash is great for this as well. Two: keep it dry. Some travel carriers close toothbrush bristles into a small container that gets little air flow. When bristles are moist all the time, they are primed for bacterial buildup.

Summer vacation may take you to all sorts of interesting places. While you’re at it, visit your Grayslake dentist for a checkup and cleaning. Call Advanced Dental Arts at (847) 223-5200.

Dental care Grayslake, IL

Mouthwash is Not a Substitute for Flossing!

Dental care Grayslake, ILMouthwash may be an integral part of your morning and evening brushing routine. There are benefits to this, but it is important to know that mouthwash cannot substitute for flossing. That is not what the product is intended for, nor is it able to provide the same protection.

Benefits of Mouthwash

There are two types of mouthwash. Some are “cosmetic,” formulated to give the mouth a pleasant taste and the breath a nice, minty freshness. This type of mouthwash has no bacteria-killing properties.

Clinical mouthwash products have ingredients that will kill bacteria. Some may also contain fluoride. The objective of this type of mouthwash is to protect oral health by inhibiting plaque buildup. The presence of antimicrobial agents also minimizes the risk of gingivitis.

Doesn’t Flossing do the Same Thing?

Flossing is recommended as a plaque-inhibiting activity. So why not just use mouthwash with therapeutic properties? It is certainly easier than running a string through every tooth each day. The thing is, flossing is a mechanical action against bacteria and the invisible film of plaque that holds them. Because toothbrush bristles cannot reach in between teeth, floss is the most appropriate tool for the job. The contact that is made with the tooth is more successful than simply swishing mouthwash around the mouth for a few seconds.

Flossing is not as Difficult as it Seems

Most people are quite good at remembering to brush their teeth every morning and every night before bed. Not so many are that good at spending the extra couple of minutes it takes to clean in between their teeth, though. Flossing doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and it need not be unpleasant in the least. Floss comes in waxed and unwaxed types, and some products are even flavored to leave a nice taste in the mouth. If the string of floss is the problem, consider using a disposable flossing tool in which the floss is held tightly between two prongs.

Our objective is to help you avoid the ravages of plaque and bacterial infection in the mouth. During your next visit to our Grayslake family dentistry office, talk with us about your flossing practice. We’re happy to demonstrate techniques and work with you to improve this aspect of your hygiene.

 

Pediatric Dentistry Grayslake, IL

There’s More Than One Way to Beat a Cavity!

Pediatric Dentistry Grayslake, ILWhether it is yourself or one of your children who develops tooth decay, the resulting discomfort and need for restorative care are simply no fun.  We like to do all that we can to help our patients avoid the consequences of this common infectious oral disease. One of the best ways we can help you help yourself (and your family) is to explain what is really behind tooth decay. Then, you are better equipped to fight it!

Cavities prevention has long boiled down to a single recommendation: “avoid sugar.” This is still what many of our patients believe. How surprised they are when they do this and still struggle with tooth decay! The reason why avoiding sugar is only part of the cavity-prevention plan is because cavities are caused by acid; more directly, the acidic byproduct eliminated by bacteria. The microorganisms that live in the mouth nosh on sugar residue every chance they get. Here are some ways you can put a limit on their feasting:

  • Eat however many meals you are going to eat in a day, but do not graze all day long. This inhibits your mouth from recovering from the acidity of chewing, and of the foods, you have consumed.
  • If you eat something sticky or chewy, rinse your mouth out or brush your teeth. If any small particles have become lodged, floss!
  • If you need to sip on a beverage throughout the day, make it water. Sugary beverages and even coffee degrade enamel and increase the acidity of the mouth.
  • Don’t just brush every day, floss, too! Flossing isn’t only for the removal of food particles between teeth; this practice also inhibits the formation of plaque, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

For Children

  • Schedule routine dental care by 12 months of age.
  • Do not let your child go to sleep with a bottle, unless it contains only water.
  • Clean new teeth using a soft cloth or infant toothbrush (non-fluoride toothpaste).
  • Rinse your child’s mouth or brush teeth after administering liquid medication. These tend to have a fair amount of sugar.
  • Talk with your dentist about fluoride treatments or dental sealants.

Advanced Dental Arts are proud to offer friendly care to families from Grayslake and surrounding areas. Call (847) 223-5200 to schedule your checkup and cleaning.

Implants? Here’s What You Need To Know About Brushing!

In recent years, the immense value of dental implant treatment has become increasingly evident. Individuals who have lost a tooth have also lost the root that stabilizes it, and this can have a bigger impact on performance and oral health than one would imagine. Replacing the missing root with a biocompatible post allows the patient to continue eating a wide variety of foods with a high degree of functionality and comfort. If you are considering dental implants, your Grayslake dentist wants you to know that brushing is an important aspect of long-term success.

There is no Forgetting

Because inorganic materials take the place of the natural root and tooth, it is easy for patients to become complacent in the area of oral care. The success rate of implants is higher than other methods used to replace teeth – 95% -, but that does not mean that hygiene can be forgotten. Diseases affecting the gums and periodontal ligament could cause implant failure. We’d like to help you avoid this.

An implant post is made from high-quality titanium that integrates into the bone over time. The tissue around that post is alive. Hopefully, it is alive and well. To be alive and well means that no periodontal disease exists because periodontal disease means inflammation around the implant.

Where it all Begins

The term for inflammation around an implant post is peri-implantitis. This condition originates in the gum tissue, usually at the gum line right around teeth, where plaque and tartar can accumulate. Plaque is invisible and has no odor, so it is very discreet and sneaky. This biofilm harbors oral bacteria that deposit acidic residue onto teeth, even artificial teeth, and on to the gums. Early treatment for inflammation is necessary to stop the development of full-blown infection.

When the gums become infected, they recede or pull away from tooth surfaces, including the implant post. The infection spreads inward, where its progression cannot be seen to the naked eye. In time, the integrity of the integrated implant post is degraded, and the implant can become loose.

Peri-implantitis can be prevented in the same way you avoid periodontal disease, by brushing and flossing every day.

Do you have questions about dental implants? Call (847) 223-5200 for a visit to our Grayslake office.

CEREC Is Made for Busy Patients!

Many of us are busier than we care to admit. What often happens is that we go with the flow of our overbooked schedule, thinking we have everything under control, and then something unexpected happens, something like a broken tooth. Dental problems can seemingly arise out of thin air. When they do, we have you covered! Patients of Advanced Dental Arts in Grayslake need not worry about multiple, lengthy dental visits when they choose CEREC for a restored smile.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a technique that is often referred to as same-day crowns. The process of making a crown usually requires about 10 days and two visits to the dental chair. The first visit is all prep-work: gently removing the damaged tooth structure and shaping the tooth for its new appendage. Then, a mold must be made, and that means impressions with thick, goopy material. Because the tooth is now smaller and has been affected by the original damage, it needs to be covered. This is done with a temporary crown, and this is all in the first round of care! After about ten days, it is necessary to return to the dental office to have the temporary removed and the final crown seated and cemented into place, often with several revisions, which could mean a longer visit.

Restorations made with the CEREC process are ready in the same visit, but that is not all. The protocol involves the use of sophisticated CAD/CAM technology, which eliminates the need for messy impressions while also maximizing the accuracy of the model used in the fabrication of the new crown. Using a small camera, we capture digital impressions of the tooth and then send them directly to the software of the CEREC machine. Here, exact specifications are met and carved out of a solid block of dental ceramic. Streamlined, to say the least!

Benefits of CEREC

Patients may initially choose CEREC because they would prefer to complete their treatment without additional visits. However, there is more to this method than same-day care. CEREC restorations have been studied for several years, and continually show excellence in the areas of durability and longevity.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in Grayslake, we would love to have you get to know us. Call Advanced Dental Arts at (847) 223-5200.

 

Are you Telling Yourself Stories about Dental Implants?

dental implants grayslakeYou have lost a tooth, maybe a few. Maybe you’ve been living with dentures that are not meeting your needs; they are slipping or causing sores on your gums, or limiting what you can eat. You’ve heard about dental implants, but you have not made that call to your Grayslake dentist to learn the fine details of this restorative treatment. What’s stopping you? We suspect it may be one or more of these stories . . .

“At my age, why does it matter?”

No one is “too old” for dental implants, just like no one is too old to enjoy their natural teeth. Tooth loss is not a simple aspect of aging; there are several factors that could lead to this problem. Regardless of your age, you need to be able to chew food, and you deserve to eat the variety of foods that appeal to you. You also deserve to speak openly, form all the sounds of speech, and to feel good about your smile. These are reasons to get dental implants, whether you are 40 or 90.

“I don’t deserve such expensive treatment.”

This statement is a clue to the next story that many people tell themselves about implants. But we’ll get to that in a moment. The fact is, you deserve to get dental implants because you deserve to have teeth that function and look good. You deserved the natural teeth that served your needs for all those years and, even if your oral health was not the best. Just like there is no hard-and-fast rule about age, there are also no guidelines that dictate who “deserves” to have a healthy, attractive smile after tooth loss.

“Dental implants cost too much.”

And here we have it, the fear that treatment is just too expensive and you should settle for something more affordable. The fact is, there is no way to replace missing teeth without investment, and there is no way to live with the missing tooth or teeth without some steep consequences. To set this lie straight, about implants being too much, remember that the upkeep of dentures or a bridge typically, over time, extends beyond the cost you would pay for implants.

Don’t buy into the stories you tell yourself about dental implants. Get the facts from a dental team who cares about your overall health and well-being. Call Advanced Dental Arts at (847) 223-5200.