You rotate your tires, change your engine oil, and get yearly safety inspections. Yes, you maintain your car well, but are you also protecting one of your most important personal assets--your oral health? At Lakemoor Dental & Orthodontics/Implants in Lakemoor, Hainesville, and Elk Grove Village, IL, your team of dentists take preventive care seriously, and that includes your oral hygiene habits. Be sure you are doing all you can to preserve your smile.
What is oral hygiene?
It has four important parts:
- In-office care
The American Dental Association (ADA) says children through senior adults should brush their teeth, gums and other oral tissues twice a day. A medium-sized soft brush cleans well and does not abrade gums. Use a fluoride toothpaste (if you are over age six), and rinse well with clear water or with a mouth rinse recommended by your Lakemoor, Hainesville, and Elk Grove Village dentist.
To complete plaque removal, floss at least once a day between teeth and at the gum line. Strand floss is a frequent choice, with small interdental brushes and water flossers gaining popularity. Most people floss at bedtime, but whatever time you choose, just do it consistently every day to reduce the bacteria-laden biofilm which leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and poor systemic health.
Next, eat healthily. Limit processed sugars and carbohydrates, and aim for several servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. Things like whole grain breads and cereals, high-calcium dairy products and low-fat meats, fish, and poultry round out a diet that fosters good oral health. To wash it down, drink water with your meals and through out the day, too. Water increases your mouth's production of saliva which reduces harmful dry mouth and bacteria.
An unbeatable combination
Your final good oral hygiene habit should be regular in-office care at Lakemoor Dental & Orthodontics/Implants. That means a comprehensive oral examination and professional cleaning every six months with X-rays as needed. During your examination, your dentist will check for decay, gum disease, dental bite, and the condition of your fillings or other restorations and cosmetic treatments.
Also, the doctor will perform an oral cancer assessment. It's fast, comfortable and gives you peace of mind that your mouth is free of this often-deadly malady.
As part of your dental visit, your hygienist will scale your teeth, removing plaque and tartar that your home routine misses. Also, she'll polish your teeth to a bright finish with a rotary brush and special toothpaste. This is a great time for you to ask questions about proper flossing and brushing, dental products or other concerns.
In short, your six-month visit complements and completes what you do at home.
Keep those good habits
At Lakemoor Dental & Orthodontics/Implants, we're here to help you have your best possible smile. To schedule your routine appointment, please call one of our three offices. In Lakemoor, phone (815) 363-8888. For the Hainesville location, call (847) 986-6300, and in Elk Grove Village, phone (847) 744-6240.
Root canals are nothing to fear. The procedure for a root canal is similar to having a cavity filled so there truly is nothing to fear. Root canals offer several benefits, as well. They can save a damaged or infected tooth from being extracted so you can keep your natural tooth. Root canals also strengthen damaged and infected teeth so you can resume normal biting and chewing functions with those teeth. At Lakemoor Dental, Dr. Sima Patel, Dr. Thuan Nguyen, and Dr. Rusty Fitton are your dentists in Elk Grove Village, Lakemoor, and Hainesville, IL for root canals.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is performed to remove infected and damaged areas inside a tooth and its root. This helps prevent infection from spreading to other teeth and allows the problem tooth to be restored. The procedure is similar to filling a cavity. Infected pulp inside the tooth and its root is removed. The interior of the tooth is then cleaned and filled in with dental filling to strengthen it. Your Elk Grove Village, Lakemoor, and Hainesville dentists at Lakemoor Dental can determine if your tooth can be preserved through root canal treatment.
Root canals offer multiple benefits. They preserve damaged and infected teeth that would otherwise need to be pulled out. They also stop the spread of infection to other teeth. Root canals strengthen teeth weakened by damaged or infection and they restore normal biting and chewing functions in those teeth. Further, by restoring tooth functioning, root canals protect surrounding teeth from the extra wear and tear they endure when compensating for infected and damaged teeth too weak to function normally.
The procedure for root canals is not much different than having cavities filled so they really are nothing to fear. Additionally, there are many benefits to having root canals when needed, including saving and restoring damaged and infected teeth. To find out if a root canal is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, Dr. Nguyen, or Dr. Fitton by calling Lakemoor Dental at (847) 744-6240 for the Elk Grove Village office, (815) 363-8888 for the Lakemoor office, or (847) 986-6300 for the Hainesville office.
A gapped smile ruins more than personal appearance. Your oral function and the health and position of neighboring teeth changes, too, and not for the better. If you have lost one or more teeth because of decay, abscess or oral trauma, you likely can replace them with dental implants. Sturdy, attractive and natural in function, dental implants bring smiles back to their best form. Dr. Rusty Fitton, your dental implant dentist at Lakemoor Dental in Elk Grove Village, Lakemoor and Hainesville, IL places these wonders in healthy patients for long-lasting smiles.
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That's what older teens and adults enjoy when they receive dental implants. Made of a biocompatible titanium screw, a metal alloy abutment and a realistic porcelain crown, the single tooth implant closes a smile gap and actually improves the strength and size of underlying gum tissue and bone.
How can a dental implant improve those hard and soft tissues? The answer lies in osseointegration, a natural process where the titanium implant and the jaw bone in which it resides actually bond together. Dr. Fitton places the implant into the jaw during a simple in-office surgery. After some weeks of healing and integrating, he reopens the site and bonds on the abutment post and crown.
As the patient uses the new implant, the physical forces of chewing and biting strengthen the bond, ensuring the most stable dental alignment and oral function possible. With dental implants, the individual experiences no slippage and no facial changes common to traditional bridgework and dentures. In fact, Dr. Fitton may use multiple implants to support bridges and full/partial dentures as needed.
Caring for dental implants
As a dental implant expert and member of the Advanced Dental Implant Studies Group, Dr. Fitton will evaluate your oral health and jaw structure carefully before recommending implant placement. If you qualify and when the procedures are complete, he'll advise you to brush and floss as you normally do and to avoid tobacco usage. Additionally, he'll want to see you every six months for exams and hygienic cleanings. In short, with routine care, your dental implant will last--probably for the rest of your life, states the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
No more gaps?
It's possible with state-of-the-art dental implants from Lakemoor Dental. If you'd like to learn more, why not arrange a personal consultation with our implant dentist? We have three locations to serve you. In Elk Grove Village, call (847) 744-6240. In Lakemoor, phone (815) 362-8888, and in Hainesville, phone (847) 986-6300.
Do you suffer from pain in one or more of your teeth? Tooth decay is one of the most common dental issues, affecting more than 90 percent of adults at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The dentists Dr. Sima Patel, Dr. Thuan Nguyen and Dr. Rusty Fitton at Lakemoor Dental in Lakemoor, Hainesville and Elk Grove Village, IL, share some information on tooth decay and treatment options, including root canals.
What causes tooth decay?
Your mouth produces a bacteria-laden film called plaque every day. Although plaque can't be seen, it makes your teeth feel rough. Eating foods that contain sugar or that include carbohydrates that can be converted into sugars is a key factor in tooth decay. The bacteria/sugar combination creates acids that attack your tooth enamel and damage the structure of your teeth, causing decay.
When should cavities be treated?
Have you ever ignored a toothache, hoping the pain was a temporary problem? Unfortunately, the longer you wait to treat tooth decay, the more extensive decay becomes. If it isn't stopped, your entire tooth can be destroyed. Treating tooth decay promptly helps protect and preserve your smile.
How is tooth decay treated?
Treatment of tooth decay depends on the extent of the decay. Many cavities can be treated by removing the decayed portion of the tooth and filling it with a tooth-colored composite resin filling in our Lakemoor, Hainesville or Elk Grove Village offices. If you have a large cavity, an inlay or onlay may be needed. These porcelain restorations are made in dental laboratories and are molded to fit your tooth. Inlays are used when decay doesn't extend past the cusps, or edges, of the teeth. Onlays must be used when decay reaches one or more cusps of your teeth.
If decay is extensive or a nerve in the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected, you may need a root canal. Root canal therapy is similar to the filling process. Your dentist removes the infected dental pulp. After the pulp is removed, your tooth is cleaned. Tiny files are used to shape the small canals that reach from the top of your teeth to the roots. Adding a flexible rubber-based filling seals the tooth, while a crown adds strength and stability.
Are you concerned about a toothache? Schedule an appointment with Lakemoor Dental by calling (815) 363-8888 for the Lakemoor, IL, office, (847) 986-6300 for the Hainesville office or (847) 744-6240 for the Elk Grove Village office.
There is nothing to fear about root canals. Find out more about this commonly performed dental procedure.
Hearing your dentist tell you that you need a root canal may fill you with anxiety, but there is truly nothing to fear. Arm yourself with all the information you need to understand your upcoming procedure so that you can get through it easily and stress-free.
Q. What is a root canal?
A. This endodontic procedure is necessary when the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, is either infected or damaged. The dental pulp can be affected by severe decay, infection or trauma. Once the damage reaches the pulp, your endodontist will recommend having a root canal.
Q. Do I need a root canal?
A. It can be difficult to know when you might need to come in for a root canal, which is why going in for your six-month checkup can protect your smile and detect issues when they are still easy to fix. Common symptoms that might warrant a root canal include,
Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
Persistent or severe pain, particularly when chewing
Tooth pain that keeps you up at night
An abscess that develops around the affected tooth
Q. What should I expect from my upcoming procedure?
A. Root canals are a common practice. While many people worry that it might be rather time-consuming and invasive, it is no more complicated than getting a cavity filled.
The purpose of the procedure is to remove the affected dental pulp. Your general dentist will drill through the hard outer layers of enamel until we reach the internal part of the tooth. From there, your dentist will carefully remove the diseased tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth if an infection is present. Once treated, we will use special materials to rebuild the tooth from the inside out. Most teeth treated with a root canal will also need a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth from further damage.
Q. Is the procedure painful?
A. Most people worry that a root canal will be painful. Everyone’s heard stories! But keep in mind that many people needing a root canal are dealing with pretty unpleasant and chronic dental pain. The purpose of the procedure isn’t to instill more pain, but to actually eliminate the source of the pain. Plus, a root canal is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.
Contact your Dentist
Still have questions about root canal therapy? Need to schedule your next dental appointment? Then it’s time to call your dentist today. We would be happy to answer all of your dental questions.
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