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By All Smiles
February 25, 2020
Category: Oral Health

When the gums become infected, periodontal disease can develop eventually causing tooth loss if not treated promptly. See a dentist right away if you develop signs of periodontal disease, such as receding gums or gums that bleed easily when brushing. The experienced dentists at All Smiles in Worth can develop a treatment plan for restoring the health of your gums and preventing tooth loss.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

Also referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection, which is often the result of plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. Treating periodontal disease right away is essential to stop the infection from spreading to other areas. As the disease progresses, the bone that supports the teeth can become infected and eventually result in tooth loss. Some signs that you might have periodontal disease include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Swollen, tender, or red gums
  • A periodontal abscess
  • Persistent bad breath

See a dentist at our office in Worth, IL, as soon as possible if you have any of these signs of periodontal disease.

Periodontal Treatments

Seeking treatment for periodontal disease as soon as you develop any of the symptoms associated with it can ultimately prevent tooth loss by stopping the infection before it spreads to the bone. Additionally, treatments are available for restoring gum health and repairing lost or damaged gum tissue. Some of the periodontal treatments available at our dental office in Worth include:

  • Gum Grafting: A method for replacing damaged or lost gum tissue by grafting healthy tissue from another area of the mouth.
  • Scaling and Root Planing: A method for deep-cleaning plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line.
  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery: A method for reshaping damaged gum tissue to achieve a more pleasing appearance.
  • Periodontal Laser Treatment: A method that involves the use of laser technology for removing infected gum tissue with minimal shrinkage of the gum tissue.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Don’t ignore the signs of periodontal disease. Seeking treatment right away can stop the infection from spreading and help prevent tooth loss. To schedule an appointment with one of the skilled dentists at our office in Worth, call All Smiles at (708) 448-0333. We also serve Palos Heights, Palos Park, Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge, IL.


4ThingstoDotoKeepYourChildsDentalDevelopmentonTrack

When you’re expecting a new baby, there’s a lot to prepare: outfitting the nursery, stocking up on diapers or choosing a pediatrician. It’s also not too early to consider how to protect your new child’s dental development.

From birth through adolescence, a child’s mouth goes through a whirlwind of growth. Hopefully, it all follows a normal track, but detours can arise like tooth decay or bite problems.

Here are 4 things you can do to keep your child’s dental development on track.

Start oral hygiene before teeth. Daily oral hygiene is essential toward helping your child avoid tooth decay. And don’t wait for teeth to come in—begin wiping their gums with a clean, damp cloth right after nursing. When teeth do appear, switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste and then add flossing as more teeth come in.

Begin regular dental visits. The American Dental Association recommends pediatric dental visits around the first birthday. The possibility of tooth decay becomes a concern around this time as the primary teeth are steadily erupting. Starting earlier rather than later may also help your child adjust to the routine of dental visits that they’ll most likely carry on as they get older.

Control their sugar consumption. Because sugar is a prime food source for disease-causing bacteria, you should keep your child’s sugar consumption as controlled as possible. For example, don’t put a baby to bed with a bottle filled with a sugary liquid (including juice and breast milk)—the constant presence of the liquid during nap time encourages bacterial growth and acid production.

Get an orthodontic evaluation. While we often associate orthodontic treatment with the teen years, it may be possible to head off bite problems earlier. So, see an orthodontist for a bite evaluation when your child is around age 6. If there are signs of a developing problem, certain techniques could help stop or slow them from getting worse, helping you avoid extensive and expensive treatment later.

With a newborn coming, you and your family have a lot on your plate. Be sure, though, not to forget making plans for keeping their teeth and gums healthy.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, 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 “Age One Dental Visit.”


By All Smiles
February 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Smile  

Achieving the perfect smile always requires a little assistance from a dentist. Here at All Smiles in Worth, IL, your professionals, Drs. Mueller, Baran, Hao, and Skirius serve the Palos Heights, Palos Park, Oak Lawn, and Chicago Ridge, IL, areas to help you do just that.

One of the treatments we offer is Invisalign, a transparent orthodontic method that shifts teeth into their proper position, effectively correcting mild-to-moderate cases of overbite, underbite, or crooked teeth. Read on to learn more.

How Invisalign Can Help Your Smile

This alternative to traditional braces is popular because it's virtually invisible and transforms your smile in a matter of months. Clear, removable aligners mean a more conspicuous look, easier oral care maintenance, and not having to eliminate any foods from your diet.

What to Expect from Treatment

First, you'll need to consult with your dentist for a smile assessment and to speak about your end goals. If Invisalign is the best option for your case, digital x-rays, photographs, and impressions are captured and sent to the laboratory where a specialist fabricates your customized aligners. Once they arrive in our Worth, IL, office you'll receive a reminder to schedule your next appointment. During this visit, the dentist will ensure that they fit correctly and comfortably. You will also be instructed to wear each set of trays for two weeks before advancing to the next. For optimal success, you must wear them for 20-22 hours per day.

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you or your teenager is ready to begin orthodontic treatment, consult with one of our dentists to discuss the benefits of Invisalign. For more information about how Invisalign works and any of the other services that we provide here at All Smiles, visit our website. Additionally, please call (708) 448-0333 for appointment scheduling with Drs. Mueller, Baran, Hao, and Skirius in our Worth, IL, office. We also serve Palos Heights, Palos Park, Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge, IL.


By All Smiles
February 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental injuries  
TakeTheseStepstoSaveaKnocked-OutTooth

Even though teeth are resilient, they're not indestructible. An accidental collision involving the face could damage teeth, even knocking a tooth completely out of its socket.

At first, it might seem like the end of the line for that particular tooth. But it doesn't have to be—if you know what to do. But you'll have to act quickly: The longer the tooth is out of its socket, the less chance it will survive long-term.

Here are the steps you should take to save a knocked-out tooth.

Find the tooth. It's important that you locate the missing tooth quickly. When you do, don't handle it by the root end: It still contains delicate periodontal cells that are essential if the tooth is going to rejoin with the ligaments and bone. Use clean water to rinse off any dirt or debris.

Reinsert the tooth. Holding it by the crown and not the root, reinsert the tooth into its empty socket, hopefully within an hour (the faster the better). You want to make sure it's good and snug, so apply a little force when you do this. Place some clean gauze or cloth between the tooth and its opposite on the other jaw, then have the person bite down and hold it in place.

Get immediate dental care. It's preferable to find a dentist as soon as possible (if not, then the nearest emergency medical facility). The dentist will x-ray the tooth to make sure it's positioned properly, and may adjust it further if necessary. They may also splint the tooth to adjacent teeth to help stabilize it until it fully reattaches with the jaw.

Again, time is of the essence—the quicker you can perform the above steps, the better the tooth's chances. Any delay could jeopardize the tooth's ability to reattach, or it could shorten its lifespan.

You can also get guidance on treating a knocked-out tooth and other dental emergencies with a free mobile app developed by the International Association of Dental Traumatology (IADT). Just look in your Android or IOS app store for ToothSOS.

If you would like more information on what to do during a dental emergency, 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 “When a Tooth is Knocked Out.”


OneVisitMayBeAllYouNeedtoRestoreaChippedTooth

As tough as teeth are, life can take its toll on them and sometimes lead to parts of them chipping off. Although it might not affect a tooth's overall health, it can certainly downgrade its appearance.

But we can restore a chipped tooth like new, and it may not require extensive dental work. Thanks to a versatile dental material called composite resin, we can often bring back a tooth's natural appearance in just one visit.

Tooth-colored resins have been around for decades, but their application has been limited due to issues with durability. Recently developed bonding techniques, though, have made them a workable option for restoring mild to moderate tooth defects.

We do this by applying and bonding the composite resin to a tooth to “fill in” the missing portion. While it's often a short process, it does require a thorough understanding of tooth anatomy, function and aesthetics.

We begin with a comprehensive exam to assess the true condition of a chipped tooth. Some dental defects might be better served with a porcelain restoration like a veneer or crown for best results. Still, there are a wide range of defects for which composite resins is a solid repair choice.

Once we've determined bonding is appropriate, we prepare the tooth by first roughening its outer surface and then etching it with an acid solution to increase bonding strength. We then apply a luting agent, a kind of dental cement, also to aid with bonding.

We then begin applying the composite resin in liquid form, one layer at a time. This layering process helps simulate the color depth and shape of the tooth, and to further incorporate strength into the restoration. We're also careful at this point to match the variations of color with those of the surrounding teeth so that it looks as natural as possible.

As we finish each layer, we apply a curing light to harden the resin. We can then polish the finished product and make adjustments for the bite. The end result is a tooth that not only looks whole, but natural and blended with the rest of your teeth. Bonding could truly change your smile in just one visit.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dental restorations, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”