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Archive for May, 2017

Are Lumineers Permanent?

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Lumineers ChicagoLumineers are dental veneers; they provide a solution to a variety of dental cosmetic concerns. And unlike many porcelain veneers, these are placed without the need to remove dental enamel making the Lumineers procedure reversible.

Veneers are used to treat broken, chipped, or uneven dentition; to make unwanted gaps between teeth seem to close; and as a way to make stained or discolored teeth as bright as you wish.

And all of these treatments can be completed with this least invasive process that you can keep or change as you wish.

The Lumineer process is usually completed in two visits. The advantages of Lumineer veneers over other similar cosmetic enhancements are:

  • No enamel is removed from your dentition allowing your tooth structure to remain strong. And since no enamel is removed, there is no need for anesthetic.
  • Even though there will be a couple of weeks between visits, you will not require messy, uncomfortable temporaries because no enamel was removed from your teeth.

Lumineer veneers are durable even though they are ultra thin; their translucence gives them a more natural appearance. And with the proper dental care they can last decades!

Your cosmetic dentist will only need to make a mold of your teeth to get the process started. The Lumineers lab will fabricate the thin shells that ultimately be used to cover the teeth you wish to enhance.

You will work with your dentist on the shade or brightness of the veneers you wish – if you plan to whiten your teeth, it is always best to whiten before any cosmetic work is done. This will allow your cosmetic dentist to match untreated teeth to the teeth that will receive veneers giving you the most desirable appearance possible.

On the day you will have your Lumineers placed, your dentist will try them on to make sure they are absolutely correct in every way before cementation. When approved, they will be cemented on. No special care is required to keep them looking great.

You will be able to continue to eat all your favorite foods; and since no enamel was removed you won’t have any concerns about sensitivity. Lumineers are so thin, there is virtually no adjustment needed … your speech will not be affected. You will have renewed self-confidence with your new smile that with proper care will last for a long, long time.

Contact our office to find out more about Lumineers!

Congenitally Missing Teeth: Are dental implants an option?

Monday, May 15th, 2017

dental implants ChicagoA congenital disorder, also known as a congenital disease, deformity, birth defect, or anomaly, is a condition existing at or before birth regardless of cause. When it pertains to missing teeth, it basically means that the teeth never formed normally during pregnancy. Dental implants are certainly an option with many factors to address.

The patient may be dealing with the absence of one, several, or all missing teeth. Dental implants are normally not a recommended option until bone maturity has been reached. That is because an implant is surgically embedded in the jaw where a restoration is to be placed. The bone in the jaw is intended to fuse to the implant; in the case of a patient where bone growth is ongoing, the implant would be subject to instability preventing it from developing into a solid base correctly.

With dental implants, the dentist will perform a thorough dental exam including x-rays to determine bone  strength where the implants are needed. If insufficient bone has developed, there are options where  bone can be placed in the jaw with the intent that it will grow to be a substitute for lack of jawbone.

When ready for implantation, the titanium post(s) will be placed in the gum tissue. While healing commences it is intended for jaw bone to fuse to the implant – this process is known as osseointegration.

The patient will be encouraged to keep the implant area as clean as possible to prevent infection; tobacco use is off limits as smoking is a primary cause of implant failure. Once the implanted areas have healed, the implants will have become a permanent part of the dental anatomy.

When implant and bone have fused properly, your dentist can place the cosmetic restoration. It can be one tooth, a bridge, or an entire arch can be permanently affixed to the implants. The restoration has been made to match existing teeth; or in the case of all teeth being absent, your dentist will fashion teeth to compliment your features.

Once the restoration has been placed, the patient will be able to eat all the foods they wish; will be able to speak properly as the tongue will be able to work in tandem with all teeth as designed; and will be able to smile and laugh without embarrassment.

Contact our team at Ora Dental Studio today to discuss your implant options!

How Exactly Do Cavities Form?

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

dentist 60610Dental decay occurs when bacteria produces acids that permeate the protective outer layer of enamel on teeth through to the next layer called dentin … when the nerve is exposed the patient feels discomfort that can become throbbing pain very quickly. A visit to the dentist right away is needed to treat the decay.

Everyone has bacteria in their mouth that lives on teeth. The sugar and carbs from the foods and beverages we consume add to the bacteria. Brushing and flossing can help to remove some of the bacteria, but if not eliminated before it can harden, it becomes plaque.

Plaque buildup contributes to cavity formation and can even escalate into gum disease. There are ways to help control plaque. Some of them are natural like saliva (sometimes called nature’s mouthwash) that helps to flush the mouth. When brushing is not practical, finishing off a meal or snack with a piece of sugar free candy or chewing sugar free gum will help to produce saliva for a natural rinse.

Cavity prevention is doable. There are many decay prevention tools available, but it’s reliant on the patient to do their part. Preventative measures include:

  • Twice daily brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste or gel.
  • Flossing every day to remove what your toothbrush missed.
  • Visiting your dentist every six months for cleaning to remove plaque buildup; and an exam to repair any dental problems that may be present.

Your dentist also offers fluoride treatments to strengthen dental enamel; and for teeth that have never been impacted by decay, sealants can be applied to chewing surfaces where decay often gets its start. Dental sealants are perfect for children, but can benefit adults as well; but this is a preventative option … once a cavity occurs, sealants for a treated tooth are no longer a useful tool.

Dental decay isn’t just inconvenient. Cavities can weaken the tooth’s structure. This can result in a broken tooth that will require additional treatment such as a crown. Or if infection occurs, root canal therapy may be needed to save the tooth.

Other ways to help prevent tooth decay are by watching what you eat and drink (sugary snacks and beverages should be limited); don’t use tobacco in any form; make sure you develop and stick to a daily oral health care regimen; and see your dentist every six months.

Ready to schedule a checkup or cleaning? Contact our team today!