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Archive for May, 2012

Tooth Restoration Options

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Taking care of our teeth is usually rewarded with trouble-free dental visits. But even the most fastidious patient can experience a broken tooth or a dental problem with the best treatment resulting in dental crowns.

There are many wonderful options available today to repair teeth without leaving the telltale signs that you have had dental work done. Gold or metal are no longer the only choices for a dental crown. With the option of porcelain being added to a metal crown to give it a more natural appearance or the placement of an all porcelain crown to give a beautiful translucence to a tooth in your smile line, your dentist has an array of options to fit your budget and dental needs.

 Maintaining great dental health is important, and in addition to your own good dental hygiene routine, a professional cleaning twice per year along with a dental exam will guarantee the best dental health available.

For a tooth that has been repaired due to dental decay more than once and is in imminent danger of breaking with additional repair, your dentist might suggest a porcelain onlay to protect the biting surface that absorbs most of the pressure from chewing. For decay in between teeth or near the gum line, a porcelain inlay might work best.

Once it has been determined which restoration is best for you, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing enough of the tooth to allow for the best fit based on the procedure. An impression will be taken that will be sent to the dental lab for fabrication of your new dental crown. Your final restoration will be made to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth making it virtually undetectable.

On your second dental visit, the crown is temporarily placed to make sure it fits comfortably. Your dentist is able to make adjustments to your crown at chairside to make sure of a perfect fit and that you are totally satisfied with its appearance.

After you and your dental provider are pleased with the result, the dental crown is permanently cemented in place, and polished to match the surrounding teeth.

Your new crown does not require any special care. Flossing daily will keep the gum tissue healthy, and brushing twice per day will help keep your new dental crown looking great. Maintaining great dental health is important, and in addition to your own good dental hygiene routine, a professional cleaning twice per year along with a dental exam will guarantee the best dental health available.

Contact our experienced dental team at Ora Dental Studio, serving Chicago IL, to learn more about your options. Call 312-328-9007 to schedule your visit.

Keeping a Healthy Smile During the Retirement Years

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Dentist 60603As you grow older, you might begin to experience some challenges in keeping your teeth and mouth strong and healthy. Our dentist can help you maintain the best possible oral hygiene throughout your retirement years, ensuring a strong, healthy smile.

The Importance of Regular Oral Hygiene

The most important way to keep your smile healthy is to practice diligent oral hygiene. This means daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to the dental office. Regular oral care at home helps in all of the following ways:

  • Removes food particles from the mouth
  • Removes bacterial buildup from the teeth and gums
  • Stimulates the gums to keep them healthy
  • Clears food particles from between the teeth

This kind of diligent, everyday hygiene keeps plaque and tartar from building up on the surface of the teeth. This acidic buildup can dissolve the enamel, creating tooth decay. Plaque and tartar can also build up below the gum line, causing the gums to pull away from the tooth roots.

At your regular dental visits, you’ll have your teeth, gums and other oral tissues evaluated for decay, gum disease, abnormal tissues, or any other problems. Using X-rays and other special tools, your dentist can find and treat problems before they become serious.

Challenges for Older Patients

Older patients can face challenges that make it more difficult to maintain regular at-home hygiene. These can include:

  • Decreased coordination
  • Decreased grip strength due to arthritis or other issues
  • Systemic health problems

Problems with coordination or grip strength can make it difficult to brush and floss efficiently. Systemic problems like diabetes can affect your body’s ability to heal and to fight off infection.

If you have problems maneuvering your toothbrush or floss, our dental team can provide special tools that will make it easier for you. Specially shaped toothbrushes, for instance, require less pressure for effective brushing, and provide a grip that is easier to hold on to. Floss holders make flossing easier even for those with decreased grip or coordination.

If you are having difficulty brushing or flossing, or just want more information about how to keep your teeth healthy as you grow older, please contact our office serving Chicago Illinois 60603.

Dental Implants for Renewed Confidence and Peace of Mind

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Dental decay, trauma or disease can rob us of one or more of our precious assets … our teeth. Faced with this loss, many adults question how this will impact their smile, ability to speak clearly and eat the foods they love. With the availability of dental implants, all of these functions can be restored with the closest thing to having your own teeth back.

A dental implant is a very small device made from titanium that is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Researchers discovered, quite by accident, that titanium has the capability of fusing to bone tissue most successfully. As healing takes place the implant, which is fusing to the bone, will function much like the root of a natural tooth. This provides strength and stability to the final restoration that is permanently cemented to the implant at the conclusion of treatment. 

A dental implant is a very small device made from titanium that is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred.

After placing the implant, your implant dentist will prepare a temporary covering to protect the implant during the healing process, usually four to six months. During this time, as the implant fuses to surrounding bone, it is imperative to keep the area clean and healthy by daily flossing and brushing at least twice per day. As infection is the leading cause of implant failure, commitment to the proper care of the implant site is required.

Smoking and tobacco use must be curtailed before entering into the dental implant process as smoking is another leading cause of implant failure.

Once the healing process is complete, the uncovering can occur. At this time a final restoration is permanently affixed to the implant. Your dentist has been able to perfectly match the shape and shade of the surrounding permanent teeth making your dental implant virtually undetectable.

With your new dental implant, you can eat, speak and smile with confidence. You can enjoy complete peace of mind knowing that your functionality has been restored.  Proper care including daily flossing and brushing along with twice yearly visits to your dental provider for a professional cleaning and exam will allow for a lifetime of smiles.

Contact Ora Dental Studio serving Chicago IL at 312-328-9007 to learn more about dental implants and to schedule a consultation.