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Archive for January, 2014

Cosmetic Dentistry: The Art of Beautiful Smiles

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Picture your favorite movie star or celebrity. More than likely, you’re thinking of a person known for their flawless and attractive appearance. Perhaps you envy that celebrity’s seemingly perfect smile. You might even think that person was just blessed with straight, white teeth. Contrary to these beliefs, most people with flawless, attractive teeth have benefited from some form of cosmetic dentistry. Using the very same procedures and techniques available to the rich and famous, your cosmetic dentist can transform your smile, too. The appearance of virtually any smile imperfection can be improved with cosmetic dental procedures. 

While cosmetic dental work certainly has practical applications such as improving the overall health and functionality of teeth, improving a patient’s smile is also an art form.

While cosmetic dental work certainly has practical applications such as improving the overall health and functionality of teeth, improving a patient’s smile is also an art form. When designing your new smile, your dentist will take into account your unique features, the shape and size of your mouth, and the ratio of gum tissue to teeth. Blending state-of-the-art dental care with artistry, your dentist will help you achieve the smile you have always wished for.

During your consultation, your cosmetic dentist will determine the best methods for addressing your smile flaws. For many patients, short one-visit procedures such as laser teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding are the best methods for brightening, whitening, and concealing flaws. Other methods for improving a flawed smile may include replacing old metal dental work with natural-looking white restorations such as porcelain crowns and tooth-colored fillings.

For patients with misaligned and crooked teeth, Invisalign clear braces are an inconspicuous method for straightening teeth over time. Using a series of custom-fitted, clear aligners, patients can enjoy a straighter smile without unsightly metal brackets and ligatures.

Your cosmetic dentist also offers porcelain veneers for a total smile makeover. These wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that closely resemble natural teeth, are bonded over the front of teeth to create a flawless smile that is free of chips, gaps, and stains.

Depending on your needs and the current condition of your teeth, our team will design a plan that meets your needs and produces a smile that you will fill confident showing off. To learn more or schedule your consultation, call our office at 312-491-9494 today.

Don’t Wait Too Long to Extract a Damaged Tooth

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Tooth extractions are not uncommon, especially in a patient’s later years. Although some patients may dread the process, your dentist will work diligently to ensure your comfort while focusing on restoring your oral health when an extraction is needed. Like other parts of the body, teeth are living structures and when a tooth’s vitality is compromised, the best means of restoring a patient’s oral health may require extracting the affected tooth.

Patients may require a tooth extraction for a variety of reasons. In some cases, an extraction may be necessary after an accident that results in a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth. In this instance, the reason for extraction means that the tooth cannot be restored or saved because the damage is so extensive that the interior structures of the tooth such as the root canal and pulp chamber cannot supply the tooth with vital material to stay alive. In other cases, untreated cavities may have compromised the health of a tooth resulting in a tooth’s death.

When a patient is in need of an extraction, it is best to act quickly. Severely damaged and decayed teeth can produce significant pain and discomfort. Furthermore, a tooth with extensive damage or infection can impact the health of oral tissues and the jawbone.

Some patients may prolong an extraction procedure because they fear having an empty tooth socket. Fortunately, patients don’t have to suffer with a missing tooth. A common and natural-looking method for replacing missing teeth involves placing a dental implant into an empty tooth socket. Extremely durable, implants function as permanent replacement teeth. These restorations consist of a titanium rod and a crown. The rod is inserted into the jawbone and functions as the tooth’s root while the crown rests above the gum line and serves as the visible portion of a tooth used for biting and tearing food.

To learn more about extractions and dental implants, call our office to reserve your consultation with our experienced and compassionate dentists.

Dental Crowns: How long is the process?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Placing crowns is a common restorative dental procedure that helps save damaged and decayed teeth from extraction. Dental crowns take a conservative approach to restoring your oral health. When teeth become worn down from decay, wear and tear, and damage from facial injuries, your dentist may recommend a crown to restore the shape and size of your teeth.  When teeth become severely damaged or worn, a crown also restores a patient’s bite to protect teeth from future wear and tear.  

Dental crowns take a conservative approach to restoring your oral health.

A crown is made in a dental laboratory to precisely fit over your existing tooth. Unlike a filling, which only repairs a portion of the tooth, a crown is like a cap that covers the entire tooth above the gum line. They can be crafted from an array of materials including metals and high quality ceramics.

When your dentist determines that you are in need of a crown, your tooth will be cleaned and prepared for placement. In some cases, your tooth may require root canal therapy prior to the placement of the crown so that all of the infection is cleared away. Once the decay and damaged portions of the tooth are removed, your dentist will then take impressions of your remaining tooth and surrounding teeth. These impressions will be used by dental laboratory technicians to build your custom-made crown. Because a crown is made specifically for you, the process will take a few weeks. However, while you are waiting for your permanent crown, you will be provided a temporary one so that you can eat properly.

Once your crown is ready and sent to our dental office, you will return for a second appointment where the permanent, custom crown is placed. At this point, the crown will be bonded to your tooth. In just two office visits, you will leave our practice with your custom restoration and renewed tooth function. With proper care and routine checkups and cleanings, your restoration will last for years.

To learn more about dental crowns, contact Ora Dental Studio at 312-491-9494 to schedule your consultation.