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Do I Still Need General Dental Check-ups Every Six Months if I Wear Braces?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

dentist Wicker ParkWearing braces is a great investment in your oral health and self-confidence. Straight teeth tend to be healthier than misaligned teeth. Additionally, possessing a straight-looking smile adds a surge in self-esteem. With regular visits to your orthodontist, you might be wondering if general dental checkups are still necessary. Our practice recommends that patients who are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment continue to visit a dentist for cleanings and checkups.

The Importance of Dental Cleanings and Checkups During Orthodontic Treatment

While wearing braces is an excellent choice for your future, you will likely encounter some difficulty keeping your teeth clean. This is because food and plaque can become lodged underneath orthodontic appliances like metal wires and brackets. Even if you brush and floss thoroughly, you could still miss hard to reach places. For this reason, regular cleanings are very important to controlling plaque and tartar buildup. During cleanings, our hygienists will remove tartar deposits with handheld tools so that you can reduce your risk for gum disease and other dental health problems.

Even if you brush and floss thoroughly, you could still miss hard to reach places.

Checkups are important, too. During your examination, our team will evaluate the health of your entire mouth and check on structures not visible to the trained eye with X-rays and other diagnostic tools. With advanced technology, our team can detect enamel loss and tooth decay among other potential problems in their earliest stages. For instance, if we detect enamel loss, we may apply a prescription fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth. Early detection is an important component of preventing oral health issues and treating conditions as conservatively as possible so that you can enjoy vibrant oral health.

Our team is experienced and trained to work with patients who are currently seeing an orthodontist for treatment. Even with braces, we can still provide the same high-quality care that you and your family are used to.

For questions or to schedule a cleaning or checkup, call Ora Dental Studio at your convenience.



Which Teeth Can Be Replaced by Dental Implants?

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

dental implants ChicagoAre you evaluating your tooth replacement options? If you have lost a tooth, you are likely wondering which treatment method is best for your needs and your oral health. Since dental implants have become increasingly popular in the past few years, many patients have questions about this treatment option for missing teeth. Dental implants are a biocompatible and permanent solution to lost teeth. Since they are incredibly durable, dental implants can replace any tooth in the mouth—including molars. Our dentist answers a few common questions about implant dentistry.

How are implants different from bridges?

Implants are like bridges in the sense that they replace the visible parts of teeth (the crowns). However, implants have a noticeable structural difference from bridges that involves replacing lost structure below the gums. Starting with a titanium post that is embedded into the jaw, a dental implant essentially replaces a tooth’s root. This creates a sturdy pillar for a prosthetic crown. Once an implant has stabilized and the permanent crown is attached, both the crown and roots of a missing tooth are replaced.

How long do implants last?

Implants can last for a very long time. Some patients enjoy these replacement teeth for the rest of their lives. The reason implants are so long lasting is because the bone surrounding the implant will fuse to the titanium post with time.

How do I care for dental implants?

Unlike removable prosthetics, like partial or full dentures, patients will clean their implants through brushing and flossing. This means that once the implantation process is complete, patients’ oral hygiene routines will remain the same. If a patient has a dental implant, he or she should still come to our office for regular checkups and cleanings to ensure that the gums are healthy and neighboring biological teeth are free of disease.

If you are curious as to whether implants are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists. At your appointment, our team will perform an examination and answer your questions. Call Ora Dental Studio today to reserve a consultation.



Tooth Pain and Poor School Performance: Is there a connection?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

dentist ChicagoDid you know that toothaches could affect your child’s academic performance? According to a recent study conducted in Los Angeles, California that evaluated school performance and dental health, children with toothaches were four times more likely to have lower grades than their peers who had healthy teeth. Tooth pain among children can affect a child’s ability to concentrate along with impairing speech. Offering comprehensive family dentistry, our team encourages parents to schedule regular dental cleanings and checkups.

How Toothaches Affect Academic Performance

A toothache can produce occasional discomfort or a dull, nagging pain that lasts for hours at a time. The most common cause behind a toothache is of course, tooth decay. Tooth pain can distract children from lessons in school and especially affect their concentration during tests and projects. By affecting concentration, children’s grades will suffer. Additionally, oral pain can affect speech, causing children to have difficulty with proper enunciation.

Steps Parents Should Take to Improve their Child’s Dental Health

The most important thing for preventing tooth pain and other oral health problems is for children to see our dentist on a regular basis. Parents should schedule professional cleanings twice a year and an annual examination. During cleanings and checkups, our team will look for signs of enamel erosion, gum disease, and cavities. With preventive measures and regular attention, dental caries can be prevented so that children do not have to suffer with discomfort.

Parents should also teach their children about the importance of oral hygiene. Children over the age of four should be able to brush their teeth without assistance. It is especially important for children to brush their teeth just before bedtime. Snacks and sugary foods should not be consumed after brushing. By placing an emphasis on good oral hygiene, children are more likely to develop healthy habits.