Posts for: October, 2016
Find out the dental issues that could be treated with a dental crown.
Even with all the advancements in dental technology we still often turn to dental crowns to improve the health and appearance of patient’s teeth. If you are dealing with a tooth that recently had a root canal or you have a severely misshapen tooth, then it’s time you called our Worth, IL dentists to find out if dental crowns are right for you.
There are many scenarios in which you may need a dental crown in order to preserve a tooth. Common reasons for getting a dental crown in Worth include:
To Replace a Large Filling
If your tooth has a cavity or crack that affects at least half of the tooth’s width then a dental filling just won’t cut it. If this is the case, our general dentists will replace your filling with a dental crown, which will provide your tooth with better protection.
To Cover a Tooth After a Root Canal
When the inside of the tooth (also known as the dental pulp) becomes inflamed or infected we will need to go inside the tooth to remove the diseased tissue to protect the rest of your tooth. By not getting a root canal you risk needing a tooth extraction in the future. Of course, once the inside of the tooth has been cleaned and hollowed out it can leave the rest of the tooth prone to cracking. To prevent this from happening we can easily protect your tooth by putting a custom crown over it.
To Hide a Severely Unsightly Tooth
While dental veneers and other cosmetic options are available to treat everything from stained to uneven teeth, there are some cases in which the tooth is so malformed or discolored that the best way to actually enhance and improve the appearance of the tooth is to get a dental crown.
To Protect a Worn Tooth
If you are someone who grinds their teeth you may find that your teeth will become worn down much faster. Also, patients with extremely acidic diets or those who have GERD may be more likely to wear away healthy tooth enamel due to the consistent presence of acid. Excessive wear can leave teeth soft and prone to damage, but a dental crown can restore strength and resilience back into the tooth.
If you want to find out whether dental crowns could benefit you then it’s time you called All Smiles in Worth, IL to schedule your consultation. Let’s get you a smile you’ll be proud of.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
Oral appliances run the gamut from night guards and retainers to full or partial dentures. Millions of people depend on them for restoring or maintaining dental health.
Today's user-friendly appliances reflect the latest advances in technology. But that doesn't mean you can simply "place them and forget them." Their longevity depends on taking care of them.
The most important aspect of appliance care is keeping them clean. Although bacteria have no effect on an appliance's materials, they can accumulate on its surfaces and raise the risk your natural teeth and gums will be infected. To reduce that risk you should clean your appliance every day.
The best way is with a countertop ultrasonic cleaner. These units emit high frequency sound vibrations that loosen plaque (a thin film of bacteria and food particles) from even the appliance's tiniest crevices. Most units cost between $40 and $60, and pose less of a scratching risk to the appliance's surfaces than manual cleaning.
If you'd prefer to use a brush, there are some dos and don'ts to follow. You can use a cleaner especially designed for your appliance, but less expensive mild dish detergent or hand soap (with an antibacterial agent) will work too. Don't use toothpaste — most contain an abrasive ingredient for removing plaque from enamel that could leave microscopic scratches on your appliance. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush (but not the one you use for your natural teeth) or one designed for your appliance.
While boiling kills bacteria, the high heat can soften and warp the plastic material in an appliance. This could alter how the appliance fits in your mouth, making them loose and uncomfortable to wear. You should also avoid bleach: it can whiten acrylic or nylon designed to mimic the red color of real gum tissue.
Unless we've advised you otherwise, don't wear the appliance around the clock, a practice that raises the chances of bacterial accumulation. And be sure you also brush and floss your natural teeth every day.
Keeping both your mouth and your appliance clean helps ensure the best oral health possible — and that your appliance will last longer.