Find out why dental fillings are placed and why they are important.
One of our dentists just discovered a cavity during your last dental checkup. What now? Well, it’s certainly a good thing that you came in. We know that hearing you have a cavity is disappointing; however, treating this issue is a quick and easy fix. In fact, it’s one of the most common issues we treat in both children and adults. Of course, after one of our Elk Grove Village, Lakemoor, and Hainesville, IL dentists Dr. Sima Patel, Dr. Thuan Nguyen or Dr. Rusty Fitton removes the cavity we will often need to place a dental filling.
So cavities don’t come in just one size. After all, if left untreated or unmonitored, decay can continue to get worse and spread to more areas of the tooth. A cavity isn’t something to go ignored, even if it’s minor, and it requires immediate dental care. Once our general dentist has removed the decayed areas of the tooth we will apply a dental filling to build up and restore these spots.
Some dental damage can also benefit from a dental filling. If you have a minor chip, crack or fracture then this moldable tooth-colored dental resin can be applied to the tooth to fill cracks and fractures and to protect the tooth from further damage or weakening. Even the smallest chips and cracks in a tooth may not seem like a big deal and it may go ignored; however, this can weaken the overall structure of the tooth over time. This is why filling these areas as soon as possible is key to a strong, healthy smile.
Of course, the same material used to fill a cavity can also be used to enhance and improve the appearance of a tooth. That’s right; a dental filling also has cosmetic benefits, as well. If you have small discolorations, gaps between teeth or uneven teeth (often due to teeth grinding) then this resin can be applied, shaped and hardened to these areas of the tooth to improve its appearance.
Do you have questions about getting a dental filling in Elk Grove Village, Lakemoor, and Hainesville, IL? Is it time to schedule your next dental checkup with us (remember, you should be coming in every six months)? If so, don’t hesitate to reach out to Lakemoor Dental today.
Does your family need a family dentist? Your Elk Grove Village, Lakemoor, and Hainesville, IL, family dentists are here to help.
What can your family dentist do for you?
- Bridges: Bridges are custom-made oral appliances that can conceal dental gaps, and help restore proper bite and chewing functions. They are also economic. They can be used instead of dental implants to conceal dental gaps.
- Fillings and Dental Bonding: In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your family dentist will apply an etching solution on the tooth surface, then apply a composite resin that matches the color of your teeth. The composite is molded to the right shape and hardened with a curing light.
- Crowns: A dental crown is a porcelain cap that covers unaesthetic teeth, like cracks, dents, and chips, and reinforces week teeth. When your tooth is severely decayed and large portions of it are removed, your Elk Grove Village, Lakemoor, and Hainesville family dentists use a dental crown to preserve whatever remains of your natural tooth.
General Dental Care:
Here are a few tips to stay healthy:
- Visit your dentist for bi-annual dental appointments to maintain your oral health.
- Avoid eating hard candies and sugary food.
- Eat fruits and vegetables that'll help avoid cavities.
- Brush your teeth twice a day by spending two full minutes brushing your teeth and tilting your brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you remove as much food debris as possible.
- Floss your teeth before bed to preserve your crowns and natural teeth.
- Drink plenty of water to remove food debris.
- Use fluoride-containing products like toothpastes and mouthwash.
For more information on what your family dentists can provide you and your family, you should contact your Elk Grove Village, Lakemoor, and Hainesville, IL, family dentists today!
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.
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