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Dental Implants: A Long-Term, Permanent Solution

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Losing a permanent tooth can seem like the end of the world.  However, a consultation with your dentist will reveal how dental implants can restore the joys of eating, speaking and smiling that you thought were history following tooth loss.

A lost tooth can impact many facets of daily living. The bone that held the tooth in place for so long will start to atrophy producing a shriveled appearance in gum tissue. Remaining teeth may drift toward the open space resulting in a malocclusion. Overall health may be put in jeopardy due to the inability to eat the fruits, vegetables, and grains that are needed for a well-balanced diet for life.

All of these obstacles are overcome with dental implants. This little piece of metal can make a world of difference to your peace of mind. You will be able to set aside all thoughts regarding lost teeth because the abilities to eat, speak, and smile are restored as close to natural as possible.  

A consultation with your dentist will reveal how dental implants can restore the joys of eating, speaking and smiling that you thought were history following tooth loss.

The implant is made from titanium, a metal with the properties to fuse with surrounding bone that will allow it to act like the root of the natural tooth. This process, known as osseointegration, will be the basis for the strength and stability for the final restoration that will allow you to once again chew whatever you wish.

Once healed, the implant will be a permanent part of your dental anatomy. The final restoration will be fashioned to match surrounding biological teeth which will make this treatment indiscernible to others.

Your implant dentist will address several factors prior to embarking on the implant process:

  • Overall health will be reviewed, but more importantly current dental health must be addressed. Patients with periodontal disease are not ruled out, but additional treatment may be needed before implants can be placed.
  • Commitment to care throughout the process can make the difference between success and implant failure. Infection is a leading cause for implant failure so daily flossing and brushing to keep the area clean is critical.
  • Tobacco use should be terminated.

Once treatment is completed, the implant and restoration are permanent making dental implants a solution for life. No special care is required!  Daily brushing and flossing along with those twice per year visits to your dentist for cleaning and exam should provide a carefree result you can live with.

Contact our skilled team of dentists at Oral Dental Studio by calling 312-328-9007 to schedule an appointment.


Eliminate Tough Dental Stains with Zoom! Laser Whitening

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Teeth whitening is possibly the safest, quickest and most effective cosmetic enhancement that can be completed in one short appointment.

Tough dental stains that are not removed at your twice yearly dental cleaning can be eliminated with the powerful whitening agents and laser technique employed with the Zoom! teeth whitening system.

Although your dental hygienist is a pro at removing plaque build-up and those pesky stains on top of dental enamel, the cleaning and polishing rendered may not do enough to whiten your smile. Zoom laser whitening can lighten your teeth up to eight shades in one brief appointment.

The advantages to Zoom! are numerous:

  • Your teeth whitening procedure is completed by a dental professional who has been trained to offer you the safest and most effective teeth whitening process available.
  • All safety precautions are taken to ensure the powerful whitening agents will not damage sensitive gum and soft mouth tissue.
  • The changes that take place offer a dramatic difference in about one hour.
  • Zoom! offers take home whitening kits for patients who wish to whiten at their own speed in the privacy of their home. Touch-up kits are also available for use at home if in-office whitening starts to fade.
  • A discussion with your cosmetic dentist prior to whitening will provide all the answers to questions you may have including addressing unrealistic expectations, side effects such as sensitivity, and how often you can whiten. When acquiring whitening kits on the internet or at the corner drug store, there is no one to answer questions about a product or address concerns regarding its use or anticipated results.

The value you receive with whitening speaks for itself. This is a cosmetic procedure that is both economical and non-invasive.

Knowing what contributes to dental stain can help you keep your new smile bright. Beverages like coffee, tea, red wine and cola are the biggest offenders and their consumption should be limited. Foods like tomatoes or blueberries are healthy for your body, but can stain your teeth.

Smoking is another leading cause of dental stain and yellow teeth, not to mention bad breath and the health hazards attributed to tobacco use.

Daily flossing and brushing coupled with twice yearly visits to our experienced team of dentists for cleaning and exam will keep teeth healthy and your new Zoom! smile sparkling.

Improve Smile Symmetry with Lumineers

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

When you look in the mirror, do you imagine how your smile could change if:

  • Your teeth were not stained
  • The gap between your teeth was gone
  • Your teeth were not misshapen
  • Your teeth were not chipped
  • Your teeth were not worn down and uneven

The common denominator in these facts involves making changes to your teeth. All of these issues could be corrected with Lumineers.

Lumineers provide a safe, reversible way to improve your smile symmetry in two brief visits to your cosmetic dentist.

Lumineers are wafer thin coverings that are placed over teeth that require cosmetic repair without undergoing years of orthodontic treatment or similar procedures that are not reversible and require removal of dental enamel to cement in place. 

Lumineers provide a safe, reversible way to improve your smile symmetry in two brief visits to your cosmetic dentist.

Correcting your smile with Lumineers is completed in two easy appointments. Once you have decided that Lumineers is the answer to pave your way to a new smile, your dentist will take dental impressions, match the shade of surrounding teeth and your Lumineers will be fabricated.

On your big day, the dentist will prepare your teeth without the need for anesthetic as there will be no significant amount of enamel removed. The Lumineers will be “tried on” to make sure the fit and coloring provide the appearance you wanted. Upon approval, the veneers will be cemented into place.

Whether you are correcting one or several teeth, the finished product will be delivered with long lasting results. You will see dental stain disappear, crooked teeth appear straight, chipped teeth look whole again, and that gap between teeth you’ve disparaged over is gone.

You are left with a new smile that was achieved in two dental appointments. The procedure was painless, and is permanent, but not irreversible. What that means is that since no amount of dental enamel was removed to place your Lumineers, if you wish to pursue something different in the future, these veneers can be removed and the teeth underneath are intact.

That is not the case with similar dental enhancements. Once enamel or tooth structure has been removed, there is no way to grow it back. So when considering permanent cosmetic dentistry, learn all the facts.

Our team of cosmetic dentists at Ora Dental Studio will be happy to explain all the advantages to Lumineer dental veneers, and how you can achieve your new smile symmetry in minimal time with long lasting results. Call 312-491-9494 to schedule an appointment today.