Lumineers Grayslake, IL

LUMINEERS: Is This the Treatment You’ve Been Waiting for?

Lumineers Grayslake, ILCosmetic dentistry is an exciting field due to the many innovations that have taken place over time. There seems to always be something new on the horizon for folks who want to revamp their smile and boost their image. Porcelain veneers, or any veneer treatment, are not new anymore; dentists have been performing this technique for several years now. As such, this is a treatment that is relatively familiar. So familiar, in fact, that the fact that veneer treatment has recently improved may be missed.

Veneers Solve Numerous Problems

There are some cosmetic concerns that are easily corrected with porcelain veneers. By adhering a thin sheath of porcelain to the front surface of a tooth or teeth, it is possible to cover up a gap, an odd shape or stain, chip or several other types of imperfections. In resolving such issues in the smile, veneers have become a valuable cosmetic process for anyone wanting to feel better about their appearance. And yet, there is a tiny drawback.

As many problems as porcelain veneers can solve, this treatment poses a singular challenge that, for some, may be difficult to overcome: permanence. You might think that the longevity of veneers is a good thing, but that isn’t always the case. Many people have a difficult time committing to the maintenance aspect of traditional veneers. If a veneer chips or breaks or wears down, it must be replaced. This is enough to keep a large percentage of interested patients from leaping their best smile. But then came LUMINEERS.

LUMINEER treatment is a no-prep veneer process. No enamel is taken from the surface of the tooth or teeth being covered. This is because the custom covers are made from Cerinate porcelain of which thickness is only about that of a contact lens. Cerinate porcelain has been carefully manufactured for strength to make up for the thin frame of each veneer, so patients need not worry that their results will last any less than they would with standard-thickness veneers. Good oral care continues to be integral to that outcome but is simple enough that most patients have no problem following their dentist’s recommendations.

Are you ready to make a big smile change with little commitment? Contact our Grayslake office at (847) 223-5200 to learn more about LUMINEERS.

Dental Care Grayslake, IL

There are Multiple Paths to Less Sensitivity

Dental Care Grayslake, ILTo have tooth sensitivity means more than you might think. Because we hear about having sensitive teeth, and how to manage tooth sensitivity with a certain type of toothpaste, it is easy for more people to go without the proper diagnosis and treatment for this common condition. Tooth sensitivity is, in fact, a common problem among adults of all ages. Should you experience the telltale discomfort when you consume something that is either warm or cold, know that there are a few different reasons this could be happening. Also, know that appropriate dental care can resolve the issue.

Sensitivity Could Be a Symptom

Because tooth sensitivity has been discussed more or less as its unique problem, one might miss the fact that, by and large, sensitivity is a symptom of something else. A few of the common dental concerns that could lie beneath sensitivity include:

  • Early tooth decay. The formation of a cavity creates an opening through which stimulus has a greater impact on the nerves of a tooth.
  • Tooth erosion. Erosion is different than tooth decay. When enamel erodes, the wearing down of a tooth is more widespread. A cavity is localized, erosion affects a far greater amount of a tooth’s surface.
  • Gum recession. We don’t typically think of tooth sensitivity as a gum issue, but this is often the case. When gums become inflamed, they pull away from the tooth. When space is created between the tooth and gum tissue, nerves at the root of the tooth are more reactive to stimulus.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

When you understand tooth sensitivity as a symptom rather than a primary condition, you are better equipped to care for your oral health. Some of the treatment options to decrease tooth sensitivity include:

  • Small cavities that are causing sensitivity will ideally be treated with simple tooth-colored fillings. Remember, early care is the best care because small fillings take less time and hold up well for many years. The longer a cavity goes untreated, the more effect there is inside the tooth, where extensive damage can occur at the root.
  • Teeth that have eroded may benefit from a dental crown or porcelain veneer. Veneers are typically considered for their cosmetic value, but the extra layer of material over enamel also blunts the sensation to the nerves of the treated tooth.
  • Gum recession also responds well to early treatment, which is usually a deep cleaning referred to as scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning, performed with local anesthetic, removes plaque from the root surfaced and smooths that surface so gum tissue can more easily re-attach.

Do you need help with tooth sensitivity? Call our Grayslake office at (847) 223-5200.

Dental Care Grayslake, IL

Tooth Decay Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Dental Care Grayslake, ILTooth sensitivity can keep you from eating foods that are warm, as well as foods that are cold. So long, popsicle! Take care, steaming piece of pizza! Many people express frustration at the presence of sensitivity. Numerous products exist to help people manage this problem and feel more comfortable to enjoy their favorite foods and beverages. The problem with having options to manage sensitivity is that you might miss the point of this symptom.

When teeth cry out as they come into contact with hot or cold temperatures, it is usually because something is wrong. That something wrong could be tooth decay. The breakdown of healthy enamel happens in steps. When you understand what those are, you realize how much time you have to address the issue of decay before extensive damage – and pain – occur.

  • It is possible to see the demineralization of teeth, but only if you know where and how to look. Usually, it is the teeth at the back of the mouth that lose precious mineral content first, due to the shape of our molars. These teeth have high corners and a deep center. Here, food debris and bacteria become trapped. The more bacteria that accumulate and deposit acid onto the tooth, the more demineralized the tooth becomes. This may present as light brown spots or white spots on enamel. When dental treatment is conducted at this point, enamel may be protected through a deep cleaning and dental sealants, if needed.
  • Enamel breakdown. The accumulation of bacteria and their acidic byproduct continually eat away the surface of a tooth. As a hole develops in the area of acidity, the tooth may become sensitive. This is because there is less of a buffer between the nerves of that tooth and the “outside world.” A small cavity can be repaired with a lifelike tooth-colored filling.
  • Dentin decay. Dentin is the soft substance that sits behind enamel. Here, there are numerous tubules that travel through the tooth. When bacteria reach dentin, they have a more damaging effect on this soft material. Because dentin lies close to the pulp chamber, it may be necessary to cover the tooth with a dental crown after removing all decay.
  • Pulp infection. Bacteria that reach the pulp chamber, the center of the tooth, typically cause infection quickly. It is in the pulp chamber where nerves are housed, which is why pain becomes intense if decay reaches this depth of tooth structure. Decay in the pulp chamber may need endodontic treatment followed by a dental crown.

Why wait for the pain to dictate your dental treatment? Contact our Grayslake office at (847) 223-5200 for friendly family dental care.

Bruxism Grayslake, IL

Are You Caught in the Grind?

Bruxism Grayslake, ILDid you know that more than 30 million people in our country are affected by bruxism? This condition of unconscious grinding and clenching the teeth may develop in children and adults of all ages. Sometimes, the force against the teeth and jaw occurs during waking hours. However, in a good number of cases, bruxism occurs at night when one is asleep.

What does May bring About Bruxism?

There are some potential reasons that a person starts to grind and clench their teeth. Sometimes, the underlying cause is physical (bruxism is related to snoring and sleep apnea). Sometimes it is genetics that leads to this habit, and sometimes it is a matter of psychological stress. Whatever the reason for grinding, it is important to recognize this habit. If bruxism continues, there is a chance that enamel may be damaged to the point of extensive wear or even fracture. Tooth sensitivity may become an uncomfortable problem, and headaches may even occur as a result of chronic stress in the jaw.

Seeing the Signs

As we stated, bruxism is a subconscious habit. That means it is necessary to look for evidence outside of the actual movement of clenching. Some of the symptoms that may result from bruxism include:

  • Persistent tooth sensitivity or pain.
  • Grinding sounds that are heard by others.
  • Changes to the shape of teeth.
  • A feeling of looseness in a tooth or teeth.
  • Chips or fractures.
  • Tension or pain in the jaw, or limited range of motion in the jaw.
  • Chronic headaches or migraines.
  • Severe tooth wear that causes exposure of dentin or tooth roots.
  • Persistent or frequent ear pain.

What to do about Bruxism

If bruxism is suspected, a dental consultation and examination should be scheduled sooner rather than later. Appropriate treatment for bruxism may be multifaceted, including dental treatment such as a custom-fit mouth guard. Additionally, lifestyle habits may be suggested. Some tricks to try include taking a warm bath or shower before bed and avoiding caffeine after a certain time of day.

Lifestyle habits to reduce stress can help bruxism, but these do not substitute for dental care. To get optimal results for tooth grinding and clenching, call Advanced Dental Arts in Grayslake for personal care.

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.