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Archive for July, 2014

Enhance Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Friday, July 25th, 2014

cosmetic dentistry ChicagoThanks to the wonders of cosmetic dentistry, patients no longer have to resign themselves to having less-than-spectacular smiles. Dental treatments can improve a number of aesthetic problems with the smile, such as misaligned, stained, chipped or undersized teeth.

Patients who want to completely overhaul their smiles will benefit from a combination of a number of different cosmetic dentistry interventions, while those who only desire a minor upgrade can choose a single treatment.

Listed below are some examples of treatments that your cosmetic dentist may recommend to help you achieve your smile goals.

  • Porcelain veneers – These handy tooth-shaped shells are sort of the all-in-one of cosmetic dental treatments. They can be used to conceal a variety of flaws, including chips, stains or cracks. A dentist can also place a veneer on a disproportionately small tooth to bring it into the correct proportions with the rest of the smile. Veneers also can create the appearance of proper alignment in a slightly crooked stretch of teeth.
  • Invisalign – If orthodontic treatment is needed to re-position teeth, the clear plastic trays used in Invisalign can straighten the patient’s smile without sacrificing the appearance in the process.
  • Aesthetic tooth and gum contouring – For some patients, irregular gums are interfering with the smile’s appearance as much as flawed teeth are. In these cases, aesthetic tooth and gum contouring can correct the problems. Often, the teeth and the gums must be re-contoured simultaneously to get the desired outcomes. This simple outpatient procedure can be completed in as little as 30 minutes, and often patients need no more than a local anesthetic.
  • Teeth whitening – ZOOM! laser teeth whitening can either be the capstone of a smile makeover or a solitary treatment to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. This in-office teeth whitening system can get teeth up to 10 shades whiter in about an hour.

Patients who are dissatisfied with their smiles should consult with a cosmetic dentist by calling 773-227-6721 to learn more about available treatments that can give their smiles a boost.

Do I really need to get dental check-ups every six months?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

 dentist 60661It can be tempting to postpone dental appointments in order to tend to all of the other obligations that require our attention. However, if you skip out on semi-annual dental check-ups, you may be putting your oral health in peril—even if you’re not experiencing any signs of a problem.

When you see your dentist on a regular basis, the dentist can keep an eye out for any minor symptoms that could evolve into major issues. If the dentist is able to addresses oral diseases in their earliest stages, such as a small cavity, the treatment is much easier on the patient.

Furthermore, a dentist may also be able to detect oral cancer in a more treatable phase by examining your teeth, gums and other oral structures at regular intervals. Oral cancer responds very well to treatments, but unfortunately, in many cases it is not diagnosed until after it has spread and in that case, the prognosis is much poorer. 

When you see your dentist on a regular basis, the dentist can keep an eye out for any minor symptoms that could evolve into major issues. 

Not only do routine dental check-ups address oral diseases earlier, they also involve a bit of prevention that can reduce a patient’s chances of developing a problem to begin with. During those check-ups, patients also get professional cleanings that help to minimize the presence of oral bacteria. Dental hygienists can use specialized instruments to remove the plaque and tartar that remain even after regular brushing and flossing.

Establishing a relationship with a dentist for routine care can also prove helpful in an emergency. If you wait to seek dental care until you have a severe toothache or some other issue, it may be difficult to find a dentist who can schedule you. Plus, that dentist will not be as familiar with your case.

It’s important to see your dentist at Ora Dental Studio every six months, so if you’ve gotten out of that habit, contact our office to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and exam as soon as you can to get back on track.

Halitosis: Prevention and Treatment

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

dentist ChicagoWhether you refer to it by the scientific name halitosis or just call it regular old bad breath, this problem can not only affect your professional and social life, but it may also indicate a serious dental health issue.

A patient typically develops bad breath due to the presence of too much oral bacteria, which can be caused by a number of factors. In order to effectively treat the bad breath, the dentist must first identify the source. After examining your mouth, your dentist should be able to pinpoint the culprit behind your bad breath.

Bad breath is often associated with decay or gum disease, so the dentist will inspect your teeth and gums for signs of those conditions. Upper respiratory tract infections and colds can also cause bad breath, although this is likely to be more temporary.

Patients who have dry mouth may also be susceptible to bad breath because they have less saliva to clear away the oral bacteria.

This problem can also have much simpler causes, like inadequate oral hygiene habits or smoking or other tobacco use. In those cases, stepping up the brushing and flossing or giving up cigarettes can often resolve your bad breath.

Although many patients may turn to products like mouth sprays and mouthwashes to conceal the malodor, that will merely be a temporary fix. To eliminate bad breath for a long period of time,

The first step in keeping bad breath at bay is maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, which also reduces your chances of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Be sure to brush and floss every day and use an anti-bacterial mouthwash if you are prone to bacteria build-up.

Dry mouth that contributes to gum disease can be addressed with artificial saliva products, which can be particularly beneficial for patients who are suffering dry mouth as a side effect of a medication.

If bad breath has been bothering you, consult with your dentist to identify the problem and get effective treatment. You can also work with your dentist to develop a plan to prevent future occurrences of this condition.

Call to reserve an appointment at 312-491-9494 today.