Dentist Blog

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
October 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

You may not be aware of how common gum disease is for adults. Gum disease that goes undetected can lead to severe risks in other aspects of your health like a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Remain persistent with your regular dental visits and fight gum disease with your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists, Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla of Hidden Lakes Dental Care.

What Is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease stems from untreated dental plaque which is likely a result of poor dental hygiene. Plaque begins to form when harmful oral bacteria and remaining food bits aren't removed from the teeth and gums. Over time, residual plaque will solidify into tartar, which can only be removed by your dentists in Bolingbrook, IL.

Signs of periodontal disease include the following:

  • inflamed, tender, or bleeding gums
  • bad breath
  • increased tooth sensitivity
  • tooth decay
  • pus between your teeth and gums
  • any change in the way you bite 
  • loose teeth
  • exposed tooth roots or receding gums

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

If you know you are more genetically prone to gum disease, maintaining proper oral hygiene will lower your chances of developing periodontal disease. You can also try:

Brushing your teeth with the correct technique removes food particles that may be lodged between your teeth or gums. Be mindful of your tongue as well because harmful oral bacteria can settle there.

Flossing your teeth means cleaning those hard-to-reach spaces that your toothbrush can't always get to. Floss helps remove any additional plaque along the gum line as well.

Rinsing with a mouthwash is that an extra step you should consider after brushing and flossing to further ensure clean teeth.

Uphold regular dental visits help because periodontal diseases can be easily overlooked by an untrained eye, so it's important to keep up with your professional dental cleanings.

Save Your Teeth and Gums

If you have any questions or concerns relating to gum disease, you may want to visit your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists, Dr. Bachinski and Dr. Petrilla. Schedule an appointment at Hidden Lakes Dental Care by calling our office at (630) 759-0077.

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
September 23, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Partial Dentures  

Missing teeth don’t only affect your confidence but can have an impact on the overall health of your smile. If you’re only missing a portion of your teeth, partial dentures may be the best solution to restore your smile. Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla of Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, can explain the different types of partial dentures and how they can help you!

Partial Dentures and Your Smile

When you’re missing sections of your smile, your dentists in Bolingbrook, IL, will recommend partial dentures as a way to make your smile full again while keeping the teeth you still have. There are two main types of partial dentures that your dentist can offer to you.

The first type is transitional partial dentures. These are fairly inexpensive and serve as a placeholder until your gums heal. Once your gums heal, your dentist can install dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement option.

The next type of partial dentures is removable partial dentures. This is held together by metal and is designed to sit on your gums and fill in the gaps in your smile. These are totally removable and should be removed before bed.

It may take some adjusting to get used to your new partial dentures, but once you’ve adapted, you’ll be able to smile with confidence once again. Partial dentures look totally natural and will blend perfectly into your smile. Dentures are easy to clean, and you should brush and clean them daily with a denture cleanser. This will help keep your dentures last for years and will help keep your smile looking dazzling.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

If you’re missing teeth, partial dentures may be the best solution to fill in your smile. Contact Dr. Bachinski and Dr. Petrilla of Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, to learn more about partial dentures and how they can restore your smile. Call today at (630) 759-0077.

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
May 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Dealing with a slightly chipped, discolored, or misshapen tooth? If so, you may feel a bit embarrassed by your smile. The good news is that through a simple cosmetic treatment known as dental bonding, your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla can help you find a renewed confidence in your smile.

What is dental bonding?

Do you know the tooth-colored resin that is used to fill cavities? Well, that same resin can also be used to correct very minor defects in the shape, color, or size of a tooth. This composite resin is moldable, making it easy to shape over small chips, cracks, and discolorations. It can even be used to fill gaps between teeth. Bonding is a great solution if you are dealing with small imperfections that may not warrant the time and expense of crowns or veneers.

How does bonding work?

Our Bolingbrook, IL, dentists will first choose the appropriate shade for the resin that will blend in with the rest of the tooth. Next, we will apply a liquid over the tooth to rough up the surface. This will make it easier for the bonding resin to stick to the tooth.

Then the resin is applied in layers, shaped, and trimmed to give the desired effect. Once the resin is perfectly shaped to the tooth, we will use a special light to harden the resin to match natural tooth enamel. Once the resin is permanently bonded to the tooth you will not even notice it.

Is bonding right for me?

Keep in mind that bonding is a conservative, non-invasive, and inexpensive cosmetic dental treatment that can be used to correct minor imperfections in a single tooth. It can improve the size or shape of a tooth or hide small discolorations. If you only need to make subtle corrections to one or two teeth, then dental bonding may be right for you.

If you have questions about the cosmetic treatments our Bolingbrook, IL, dentists offer, then call us today at (630) 759-0077 to learn more or to sit down with Dr. Bachinski and Dr. Petrilla and find out if dental bonding is right for you.


By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
April 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: clear braces   Metal Braces  

If you struggle with crooked or misaligned teeth, you may be wondering what form of treatment works best. Both clear braces and metal braces have different benefits and it’s important to pick the one that works best with your lifestyle. Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, are here to help you understand the differences between clear braces and metal braces and answer any questions you may have about what will work best for you!

Metal Braces

When you think of braces, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely traditional metal braces. There’s a reason that they’re so well known and popular, and that’s because they’re a proven reliable and effective form of braces that help you get the smile that you deserve.

Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and consist of metal bands and brackets that wrap around your teeth. A thin, metal wire connects all the brackets and helps to slowly and gently guide the teeth into the correct position. You can even customize your braces by changing up the colors of the elastics around the brackets to show your style and personality.

Clear Braces

Unlike metal braces, clear braces aren’t actually attached to your teeth. Clear braces are clear aligners that you wear throughout the entire day. You’ll take your aligners off to eat, drink, brush, and floss but wear them even while sleeping. Your dentist in Bolingbrook, IL, will fit you for these custom aligners, and every few weeks, you’ll switch to a different pair that will help to guide your teeth into the position they should be in.

Clear braces are practically invisible and no one will need to know you’re straightening your teeth unless you tell them. You’ll have to see your dentist every six to eight weeks to ensure that the process is going as planned and for any adjustments that need to be made.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

It’s time to get the straight smile you’ve always wanted. Contact Dr. Bachinski and Dr. Petrilla at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, to learn more about the differences between clear and metal braces and which one is best for your lifestyle. Call (630) 759-0077 today!

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
December 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out why so many people are turning to implants to replace missing teeth.

While losing a tooth as a child was an exciting rite of passage, it’s definitely a stressful and unexpected experience as an adult. Unfortunately, losing teeth as an adult is far more common than you might think. The good news is that our Bolingbrook, IL, dentists Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla offer the next best thing to real teeth: a dental implant. Here are some of the benefits of getting an implant,

Prevent Bone Loss
One of the biggest side effects of tooth loss is that the jawbone also starts to deteriorate right away. This is because there is no longer a tooth root there to keep the bone healthy and strong; however, by placing a dental implant into the jawbone, this can stimulate the jawbone in the same way as real tooth roots. By placing a dental implant as soon as possible after tooth loss, you can prevent bone damage from happening altogether.

Enjoy a Long-Lasting Smile
Who doesn’t want a smile that will last a long time? If you’ve dealt with tooth loss, it’s even more important that you find a tooth replacement that will stay put. This is why dental implants have become so popular. Implants function like real teeth, which means that once our Bolingbrook, IL family dentists place the implant and it fuses together with the jawbone it is strong enough to last decades. Depending on when you get your implant, you could have this tooth for the rest of your life.

Eat What You Want
Love to eat? Who doesn’t? Of course, when you are missing one or several teeth, it can make it very challenging to eat certain foods or to chew properly. The good news is that implants are about as durable as real teeth, which means that once your implant is complete you can enjoy eating whatever you want without ever having to worry about your implant. The implant can handle your jaw’s powerful chewing forces just like your natural teeth.

Prevent Misalignments
By filling gaps in your smile as soon as possible after tooth loss not only do you get to enjoy a full smile again but also you prevent the rest of your natural teeth from shifting into these open gaps. If you leave gaps in your smile you will see that your teeth slowly drift into these spaces as the jawbone also changes shape. Prevent further gaps between teeth by replacing your missing tooth or teeth immediately.

Whether you have questions about getting dental implants from our Bolingbrook, IL family dentists or you are ready to take the next step to restoring your smile, please call Hidden Lakes Dental Care today at (630) 759-0077 to schedule a consultation with us.

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