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State-of-the-Art Technology to Enhance Patient Care

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

dentist 60661Advanced technology can make a trip to the dentist far more comfortable and contribute to better outcomes for the patient. Patients should always explore the technology that is being used in the practice to learn about all of the options available to them.

Our dental team uses innovative technology in the following aspects of your care:

Oral disease detection – Oral diseases, like tooth decay, can be treated most conservatively and effectively when they are diagnosed early. With DIAGNOdent, specialized lasers can be used to detect tooth decay in its earliest stages. This tool is particularly useful in identifying cavities that are on hidden tooth surfaces. In some cases, the technology may even be life-saving. The VELScope system can detect oral cancer early, before it has the chance to spread and when it responds best to treatment.

Imaging – Digital x-rays expose patients to 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. Other options, like ICAT CAT scan, offer three-dimensional images that give the dentist a more lifelike view of your jaw, which can lead to more predictable treatment outcomes. Even intraoral cameras and digital photography can provide enhanced views of the teeth from a unique perspective.

Treatment planning – In addition to the imaging technology mentioned above, systems like Nobel Guide can help the practitioner prepare for a surgical procedure more effectively through a digital preview. ClinCheck 3D Treatment Planning can give you a sneak peek at the anticipated results of Invisalign treatment, while Aesthetic Imaging will let you envision the end results of a smile makeover.

Dental procedures – Technology also is an important part of performing the interventions that will help to protect your oral health and enhance your smile. Single tooth anesthesia minimizes the numbing effects on your mouth. Soft tissue lasers offer patients a minimally invasive option for gum contouring, and air abrasion allows for the removal of decayed tooth material with minimal drilling.

Patient comfort – Our practice even wants to give you a chance to enjoy media via the FlexView system, which you can see while reclining in a dental chair.

Technology matters in dentistry. Call our office to speak to a member of our knowledgeable staff to learn about the tools and techniques we use in our practice.



Spaces Between My Front Teeth: Can Lumineers Help?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Lumineers ChicagoVeneers, such as Lumineers, can be used in some cases to close a diastema (gap between the front teeth) much more quickly than orthodontic treatment would take to achieve the same goal. The treatment is completed over two appointments spaced a few weeks apart.

Patients who are interested in exploring this treatment option should consult with our cosmetic dentists to see if it is appropriate in their case.

At the first appointment, one of our cosmetic dentists will gather all of the information needed to determine the design of the Lumineers. A dental impression will be taken and sent to the lab that will be crafting the veneers.

When the Lumineers are ready, the patient returns to the office to have them placed. The appearance of the veneers cannot be altered after they are bonded to the teeth, so the patient must be satisfied with them before they are placed. Additionally, the patient should have any desired teeth whitening to the natural teeth before getting the Lumineers, since the devices won’t respond to bleaching agents.

Lumineers are unique among veneers because they are ultra-thin, about the same thickness as a contact lens. Therefore, the targeted tooth typically will not need to have a significant amount healthy enamel removed to make room for the Lumineer. This also eliminates the need for temporary veneers, which can be inconvenient.

The treatment requires no shots or drilling, so it’s largely painless for patients, and the patient can expect minimal, if any, sensitivity or discomfort after the treatment is completed. Furthermore, Lumineers can be removed if you decide you no longer want them.

In addition to closing gaps, veneers like Lumineers also can conceal chips, dark stains or cracks in the teeth. They can even be used to make a slightly crooked line of teeth look straighter!

Lumineers may be the right treatment to fill an undesired space between your teeth. Come to our office at Ora Dental Studio for a consultation to get more information on these devices.



I’m moving: How should I pick a new dentist?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

dentist south loopOne of the many tasks that must be tackled by someone who has recently relocated is choosing a new dentist. You don’t want to let too much time lapse before doing so if you want to keep up on your schedule of cleanings and exams every six months.

Patients in search of a new dentist should consider the following factors when picking a provider:

Convenience – Ideally the office’s location will be near either your home or your workplace so that you can get there easily for both routine appointments and urgent issues, should they arise. The practice also should offer hours that meet your needs, like evening and/or weekend appointments for people who work 9-5 and have some sort of after-hours procedures for addressing emergencies.

Technology – Does the practice use the most updated technology available, like digital x-rays? The technology found in the practice is likely a reflection of its ability to use cutting edge techniques and interventions to treat your case.

Education and training – Does the dentist have all of the education, licensing and credentialing that you would like? Is he or she committed to staying informed on the latest topics in the field by attending continuing education seminars?

Appearance – While the office doesn’t need to have a breathtaking interior design, it should be clean and tidy. Additionally, you should see all of the staff using appropriate protective equipment, and the instruments should be sterile, as well.

Insurance/payment – Does the practice accept your insurance? If not, what type of payments do they accept?

Recommendations – If friends, co-workers, neighbors or family members can point you in the direction of a provider they know and trust, it can be helpful. Your insurance company or the local or state dental association also may be able to give you suggestions.

After you relocate, be sure to get connected with a dental provider as soon as possible. Getting on board with a practice will benefit you if you experience an emergency of some sort, in addition to keeping you on track with your routine care. Call our office for an initial visit and to get to know our knowledgeable staff.