Posts for: June, 2020
Here’s what an achy, throbbing tooth may be trying to tell you.
If you’ve ever dealt with a toothache then you are no stranger to just how painful and annoying it can be. Whether that aching showed up while you were at work or the pain woke you up from a deep sleep, you want to know what may be causing your pain and when to turn to our Worth, IL, dentists. We are here to help.
What causes tooth pain?
There are so many different reasons why tooth pain occurs; however, we’re going to narrow it down to the most common causes. These include,
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- An infected or abscessed tooth
- Inflamed tooth pulp
- A broken or fractured tooth
- Teeth grinding (known as bruxism)
- Impacted tooth (a tooth that only partially erupts through the gums)
In some cases, you may notice pain or discomfort in the upper teeth that actually does not have a dental cause. This is known as referred pain and is typically the result of a sinus infection or nasal congestion.
When should I contact my dentist?
However, if you are noticing pain in or around a single tooth then chances are good that the problem is dental related. Did you know that a toothache is considered a dental emergency? This means that no matter how minor or severe the pain may be, you should still see our Worth, IL, dentist to find out what’s going on. This is because many of the causes above will only get worse if left untreated. By coming in right away at the first signs of pain we can prevent the need for more invasive treatments and can even save your tooth.
If you have a cracked, broken or chipped tooth, or if your toothache is accompanied by pus around the tooth or a fever, these are symptoms that warrant a visit to our office.
All Smiles is proud to provide trustworthy and dependable dental care to people living in Palos Heights, Palos Park, Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge, IL. If you dealing with a toothache you need a dentist in Worth, IL, who can provide you with immediate care. Get dental care for all of your emergency and non-emergency needs by calling us at (708) 448-0333.
You're faced with a decision: replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or another tooth replacement. What should you do? At All Smiles in Worth, IL, your team of four dentists places state of the art dental implants in patients desiring the best smiles possible. Learn the benefits of implants (versus other replacement options) here.
The dental implant
The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that dentists in the United States place more than five million dental implants every year. Why is this number so high? One reason is that tooth loss is prevalent. The other is that dental implants provide the best long-term solution to that oral health problem.
What is a dental implant? It's a titanium screw or cylinder placed directly into the jaw. As the surgical site heals, the bone and implant bond together. Dentists call this osseointegration, and it firmly anchors the implant, making it a true artificial root. After some weeks to months, the implant receives a metal post and crown. In the case of multiple implants, the patient receives a bridge or denture, solving his or her more extensive tooth loss problem.
Better than anything else
Here's why your dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL, recommends dental implants for many patients:
- Dental implants improve jaw size, shape and strength as they integrate with the bone. Other prosthetics, such as a conventional partial denture, just rest on top of the gums and do not exercise the jaw.
- Dental implants optimize biting and chewing, restoring efficient oral function.
- Implant-supported dentures are very stable and do not slip or shift position as you use them. Conventional dentures require re-fitting and often, application of adhesives.
- Dental implants normalize speech.
- Dental implants closely resemble real teeth as they are crafted according to your dentition and your dentist's instructions. No other tooth replacement looks so lifelike.
- Implants are easy to care for. As they remain in your mouth, there's no need for denture soaks or pastes.
- Dental implants require no modification of adjacent teeth. With conventional bridgework, your dentist must prepare the size and shape of natural teeth and attach crowns to anchor the prosthetic.
Ready for a great smile?
You'll be amazed at the many benefits dental implants offer. Call your dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL, for a friendly consultation. We also serve Palos Heights, Palos Park, Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge, IL. Phone (708) 448-0333.
Eating is like breathing: We often do it without much thought. But if you suffer from chronic jaw pain, every bite can get your attention—and not in a good way. What's worse, in an effort to avoid the pain associated with a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) you might make less than nutritious food choices.
But there are ways to eat healthy without aggravating the symptoms of TMD—not just your choices of food, but also how you prepare and actually eat the food. Here are 4 tips that can help you manage eating with TMD.
Choose moist foods in sauces or gravy. A lot of chewing action is intended to mix saliva with tough or dry foods to make them easier to digest. But this extra jaw action can irritate the jaw joints and muscles and increase your discomfort. To help reduce your jaws' work load, choose foods with a high moisture content, or cook them in a sauce or gravy.
Peel foods with skin. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, but their tough outer skin or peel is often hard to chew. Although these parts may also contain nutrients, removing them allows you to gain most of the nutritional benefit of the food while making it easier to chew it.
Cut foods into bite-size pieces. A lot of discomfort with TMD occurs with having to open the jaws wide to accommodate large pieces of food. To minimize the amount of jaw opening, take time to cut all your food portions down into smaller pieces. Doing so can help you avoid unnecessary discomfort.
Practice deliberate eating. All of us can benefit from slower, more methodical eating, but it's especially helpful for someone with TMD. By chewing deliberately and slowly and doing your best to limit jaw opening, you can enhance your comfort level.
Eating often becomes an arduous task for someone with TMD that increases pain and stress. But practicing these tips can make your dining experience easier—and more enjoyable.
If you would like more information on managing TMD in everyday life, 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 “What to Eat When TMJ Pain Flares Up.”
Half of all children will injure at least one tooth before adulthood. That's why we're joining with other health professionals this June to promote National Safety Month. As dentists, we want to call particular attention to potential dental injuries and what parents and caregivers can do to help their child avoid them.
The source for a dental injury usually depends on a child's age and development level. Younger children learning to walk and run are more apt to fall, and may hit their mouth on hard or sharp surfaces. Later on, most dental injuries tend to come from contact during sports play or other physical activities.
Your prevention strategy should therefore adjust to your child's age and activity level. If you have an infant starting to walk, for example, don't allow them to move around carrying a bottle, cup or other hard object that could be a source of injury if they fall. Also, keep an eye out for hard furniture or sharp-edged surfaces as they toddle around.
If you have a highly mobile toddler, discourage them from climbing and jumping on furniture, tables or other hard surfaces. If feasible, pad these surfaces and sharp edges to minimize the force of impact from a collision.
To prevent sports-related mouth injuries in older children and teens, your primary defense is an athletic mouthguard. Mouthguards cushion and absorb much of the force generated during hard sports contact. They should be worn for any physical activity with a potential risk for mouth injury, including practice sessions and informal play like a pick-up basketball game.
A type of athletic mouthguard known as “boil and bite” is readily available in retail sporting goods stores. After purchase, it is softened in very hot water; the wearer then places it in their mouth and bites down to form a permanent impression. Boil and bite mouthguards offer protection, but they can be bulky and uncomfortable to wear.
For a higher level of protection along with a more accurate and comfortable fit, a custom mouthguard created by a dentist is a more desirable option. These are based on a detailed impression of the wearer's bite, so the fit can't be beat. Both types of mouthguard need upgrading periodically in young wearers to accommodate dental development as they age.
Accidents can happen, but there's much you can do to reduce the likelihood of injury to your child's teeth. Protective measures and equipment—as well as a watchful eye—can go far to help them emerge from these active, early years dentally unscathed.
If you would like more information about dental safety, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”
Porcelain veneers have been used for several decades to enhance a dental patient's smile. These thin wafers of color-matched dental porcelain are bonded to the visible surface of teeth to mask chips, disfigurements, discoloring or slight misalignments and gaps. Thanks to the artistry of dentists and dental lab technicians, the average observer often can't distinguish a veneered tooth from a natural one.
Veneers are great—but they're even more life-like and versatile thanks to recent technological advances. Here are a few of these high tech means that can help make your veneers as attractive as possible.
Digital photography. There's a lot that goes into making sure an individual's veneers seamlessly blend in with other teeth. Photographs in digital form that can be transferred electronically to dental labs are invaluable, especially for accurate color matching. A high resolution photograph can also relay an enormous amount of information about a patient's existing teeth including shape, size, length and position.
Computer imaging. We want you to be satisfied with your final veneer appearance. The best way to ensure that—and to relax any jitters you may have over the process—is to enable you to “see” your new smile before your veneers are even made. We can do that with computer imaging software that modifies a current photo of your smile to look as it will be with veneers. It's also a great tool for making changes to the veneer plan based on what you see in the model.
Tryout veneers. We can even take it a step further, by letting you see how your proposed veneers will look like on your own teeth. We do this by creating provisional veneers made of composite materials that we temporarily bond to your teeth. You can try them out for a while (and get others' impressions) until your permanent veneers are ready. And as with computer imaging, tryout veneers can guide updates to your veneer schematics before they're made.
Using these and other advanced techniques can help fine-tune the design of your new veneers to make sure they're the best they can be. They're great tools in achieving our ultimate goal with your veneers—a beautiful smile that everyone thinks is natural.
If you would like more information on the smile-transforming power of dental 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: Your Smile—Better Than Ever.”