Posts for: October, 2017
You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.
Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.
Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.
To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.
We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.
In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.
When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.
If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”
Every single one of your teeth is important and resides in your mouth for a reason. Proper jaw development, clear speech, personal appearance and of course, biting and chewing, depend on a complete set of primary, followed by adult, teeth. Your dentist in the Palos Park area, Dr. Frederick Mueller, and his professional colleagues work as a team to ensure positive oral health outcomes for their patients. Unfortunately, however, tooth loss happens, and so, too, does tooth extraction. Read here about the reasons why a tooth may have to be pulled at All Smiles in Worth, IL.
Preserve your teeth
That's what preventive dentistry is all about. A tooth-friendly diet (low in carbs and high in fiber, calcium and protein), along with routine check-ups and cleanings at All Smiles support your careful brushing and flossing habits.
However, oral injury can irreparably damage a tooth. Sports and auto accidents wreck dental havoc. So can deep decay and infection that creeps up on a weak tooth unexpectedly. Besides damaging teeth above the gum line, roots deteriorate, fracture and loosen when decaying, and the connective tissue--specifically the periodontal ligament--no longer functions as it should. So those teeth must be extracted as your Worth and Palos Park area dentist determines.
Other reasons for extraction
Then, there's wisdom teeth. Five million people have them pulled annually says the American Dental Association. These third molars which appear during adolescence often trouble patients with:
- Decay and gum disease because they are hard to clean
- Impaction, or encasement, in the gums or jaw
- Poor position
- Interference with orthodontic treatment
So when wisdom teeth compromise oral health and function, they have to go.
Finally, some teeth are just in the way of important dental and medical procedures. Baby teeth intruding on orthodontic correction should be pulled, and sometimes, teeth are in the path of radiation treatment for cancer.
Removing a tooth
Most extractions performed by your Worth and Palos Park area dentist are simple extractions. After injecting a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, the dentist rocks it gently back and forth to loosen it in the socket. Then, he or she uses a forceps to pull it free. Most of these extraction sites require a few sutures.
Other teeth need surgical extraction because of their position or state of decay or infection. Other kinds of sedation may be necessary to provide maximum comfort for the patient. Incisions are common, and difficult teeth may be extracted in pieces.
Remember, the staff at All Smiles offers emergency care as needed, including extractions. If you have a severe toothache or sustain an injury to the mouth, contact the office right away for advice and an appointment if needed.
Do all you can
Work hard to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and the professional staff at All Smiles will partner with you on that important task. If you are concerned about the health of a tooth, please contact the office for a consultation. Phone (708) 448-0333.
Today’s healthcare patients are asking questions. They want to know the “why” behind the “what” that their care providers are recommending for their health.
There’s a similar trend in dentistry — and it’s one we dentists encourage. We want you to know the “why” behind your treatment options — because you’re as much a participant in your own dental health as we are. The more informed you are, the better equipped you’ll be to make decisions to maintain or improve your health and the appearance of your smile.
As your dental care partner, it’s also essential we help you develop a long-term care plan based on your needs. There are aspects of dental care that are routine: daily brushing and flossing, an oral-friendly diet, and regular dental cleanings and checkups to assess your oral health. But we also need to think strategically, especially if you have risk factors that could impact your future dental health.
To do this we follow a four-step dental care cycle. In Step 1 we identify all the potential risk factors you personally face. These include your potential for dental disease, which could lead to bone and tooth loss, and the state of your bite and jaw structure that could complicate future health. We’ll also take into account any factors that could now or eventually affect your smile appearance.
Once we’ve identified these various factors, we’ll then assess their possible impact on your health in Step 2, not just what may be happening now but what potentially could happen in the future. From there we move to Step 3: treating any current issues and initiating preventive measures to protect your future health.
In Step 4 we’ll monitor and maintain the level of health we’ve been able to reach with the preceding steps. We’ll continue in this stage until we detect an emerging issue, in which we’ll then repeat our cycle of care.
Maintaining this continuum will help reduce the chances of an unpleasant surprise in your dental health. We’ll be in a better position to see issues coming and help reduce their impact now so you can continue to have a healthy mouth and an attractive smile.
If you would like more information on planning your dental treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Successful Dental Treatment: Getting the Best Possible Results.”