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Archive for July, 2012

What is the Success Rate for Dental Implants?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Dental implants are a common dental reconstructive technique used by an implant dentist to restore missing teeth and so preserve a patient’s smile and bite. Having a complete set of teeth not only enhances a person’s appearance, it also has practical benefits when it comes to biting, chewing and even speaking.

Implant treatment involves an implant dentist placing a small titanium support rod into the patient’s gum tissue to connect to the patient’s jawbone. Over a period of time, the titanium fuses with the jawbone to provide strength and stability to the implant, and the titanium pillar is then fitted with a dental crown to finish off the treatment and restore the natural look of the patient’s teeth. 

Having a complete set of teeth not only enhances a person’s appearance, it also has practical benefits when it comes to biting, chewing and even speaking.

Not only does the treatment help to preserve the patient’s biting and chewing capabilities – which can be reduced through missing teeth – it can also help to preserve speech, which can alter naturally due to changes in pronunciation through gaps left behind by missing teeth. Untreated gaps in teeth can also lead to degradation of the jawbone, which can spread and affect otherwise healthy teeth, making them feel loose and further compromise the teeth’s functions.

Unlike dentures, which is another common reconstructive technique, dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth, and the success rate of dental implants is typically very high. Unlike dentures, which can be easily broken or damaged, dental implants can withstand much greater pressures, allowing the wearer to eat the foods they love with much less chance of breakage.

Dental implants can fail, although instances of failure are fairly rare, and those undergoing treatment can expect their dental implants to last for a long time. There are some factors which may affect the success rate of the treatment, such as the position of the implant – upper teeth or lower teeth, as well as the location of the tooth the implant is to replace. The quality and mass of the patient’s existing jawbone, whether natural or grafted bone, can also have a bearing on the implant’s success rate.

All in all, the success rate of dental implants despite these factors falls around the 95% percent mark, and with proper aftercare, there are few reasons why the likelihood of success can’t be raised even further.

To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants in Chicago Illinois, contact ORA Dental Studio at 312-328-9007.

Solutions for a Great Smile Today

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

teeth whitening ChicagoHaving a bright, vibrant smile can give an individual a real confidence boost; it’s no secret that those who are proud of their smile tend to show it off more often and smile more than those whose smile may not be all it can be.

Thanks to the lifestyles we lead, many people’s smiles dull naturally. Teeth can become dull through eating certain foods or drinking dark liquids such as coffee or cola, and smoking; all of which can leave behind stains. Brushing with teeth whitening toothpastes, or investing in home teeth whitening kits can reduce the effects of staining, but for the most effective treatment, it is often best to consult a cosmetic dentist when it comes to considering teeth whitening.

Of course, our hectic day-to-day lives often leave us with little spare time and so this may hinder our efforts in properly restoring our teeth to their natural brightness; and so rather than consult a cosmetic dentist we persist with lesser solutions, such as over-the-counter kits.

However, Zoom! Teeth whitening is a recent innovation designed to offer the best teeth whitening results in a single day, quickly giving you back the confidence of a vibrant smile. In just one day, Zoom! Teeth whitening can deliver results that might otherwise take several sessions to achieve through conventional teeth whitening.

Treatment involves the cosmetic dentist using a laser to agitate a special gel that is placed onto the teeth and reacts to the laser’s light. The agitation of the gel results in a molecular reaction which in turn allows the gel to penetrate into the teeth’s enamel, bleaching away stubborn stains in a matter of minutes to produce the kind of results that other treatments may take months to achieve.

What’s more, unlike other treatments, Zoom! results in little or no tooth sensitivity afterwards – a common issue with conventional teeth whitening treatments. And its effects are long lasting too, with a single Zoom! treatment lasting up to 18 months.

Both safe and effective, as well as actually being good for your teeth’s health by strengthening the teeth’s’ enamel; the entire Zoom! treatment process takes around one hour to complete, and at the end of the treatment you’ll have a dazzling white smile to proudly show off.

To learn more about your tooth whitening options, contact our Chicago IL dental team today!

Bleeding Gums Can Affect More Than Your Smile

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

If you suffer from bleeding gums while brushing your teeth, then you might be wondering what is causing them to bleed. After all, if any other part of your body was to bleed anytime you subjected them to stress you’d be rightly concerned! Imagine if your fingernails or the palms of your hands were to bleed whenever you washed your hands?

Yet many people tend to ignore bleeding gums as little more than an inconvenience.  They shouldn’t. Instead, like they would with an ailment that involves a doctor’s consultation, those suffering from bleeding gums should visit their dentist for advice

If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into a serious oral health concern, far beyond simple bleeding or bad breath, and can even affect a person’s health in other areas.

While slight bleeding may be down to the exerted pressure of brushing, regular bleeding from the gums is typically an early symptom of gum disease, also referred to as gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into a serious oral health concern, far beyond simple bleeding or bad breath, and can even affect a person’s health in other areas.

Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease – a condition which can lead to the loss of teeth, and can affect the structures of the mouth, such as the jawbone. However, more advanced cases of periodontal disease has been suggested as a factor in more serious ailments such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as a factor in some pregnancy complications.

It is important then that bleeding gums be checked by a dentist in order to gauge the cause and severity of any gum disease, and to treat the causes. This may involve little more than some changes to a person’s dental health regime, to a root planing and tooth scaling treatment to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums.

Regular dental checkups are an important element of a good dental hygiene regime, and so it is recommended that patients consult their dentist at least twice a year for screening and remedial treatment where required, in order to ensure any potential problems are dealt with quickly and before they turn into more serious conditions.

After all, who would have thought a little blood in your saliva while brushing could lead to potentially serious health problems? If you’re experiencing regular bleeding gums, contact ORA Dental Studio, serving the 60607 area, at 312-328-9007 and schedule your visit.