Posts for: December, 2017
The holidays are a season for giving. At this time of year, lots of us spend hours rushing around, looking for the perfect gifts for people we care about. But sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, it doesn’t hurt to step back and think about yourself a little. If a better-looking smile has been on your list but you haven’t taken the first steps, the holiday season might be the right time to give yourself a gift.
Many smile problems, like discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, can be resolved with veneers—wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom-made just for you: They can have a pearly luster to match your existing teeth, or be Hollywood-white for a dazzling red-carpet smile. In just a few visits to the dental office, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted—and a whole new look for the New Year.
If damaged or missing teeth are what’s bothering you, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of good options for replacing them. If the tooth’s roots are still in good shape, a crown or cap could be the answer. This is a sturdy replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth that not only looks great, but also functions well in your bite—and can last for years to come.
If teeth are missing or can’t be saved, we offer several options for replacement, including fixed (non-removable) bridgework and dental implants. A tried-and-true method for replacing one or more missing teeth, bridges are firmly supported by healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. These teeth must be prepared to receive the bridge by having some of the tooth’s surface removed.
Dental implants are today’s premier option for tooth replacement. In this high-tech system, a root-like titanium insert, placed directly into the bone beneath the gum, forms a solid anchorage for the visible part of the replacement tooth. Implants look and feel completely natural, and can last for many years. Plus, they don’t require any work to be done on nearby teeth.
What kind of smile makeover is right for you? Just ask us! We will be happy to take a look at your smile and recommend a treatment plan. And in this season of generosity, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than a bright new smile.
You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”
Do you have gaps in your smile you wish you could simply snap your fingers and close? If so, you could benefit from dental implants, which permanently replace your missing teeth and provide a natural appearance. How can dental implants help you? Find out more about these dental restorations and how they work with Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even a whole row of teeth. Dental implants stand apart from other tooth replacement options because they also replace the tooth’s root. The implant itself has to main parts: the fixture, which is implanted into the jawbone underneath the missing tooth, and the prosthetic, which fits over the fixture to replace the tooth. An abutment holds the two main pieces together.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A good candidate for this procedure has a committed at-home oral care routine. Additionally, patients should be in good dental health with no teeth decay or gum disease. A missing tooth can cause a process called bone atrophy, which causes the breakdown and degradation of the bone underneath the missing tooth due to lack of stimulation. A good candidate should have an adequate amount of bone left in their implant site to securely support the implant.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, a single tooth and multiple tooth replacement, or even implant-supported dentures remain permanently in the mouth. This allows you to eat the foods you love, care for your teeth normally, and smile without worrying about your restorations coming loose or falling out.
Dental Implants in Bolingbrook, IL
If you think dental implants may be for you, consulting with your dentist is the best way to confirm that this procedure is best for your smile. In some cases, other tooth replacement options may be better suited to your smile. However, implants can benefit many patients in many different situations.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Bachinski and Dr. Petrilla at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 759-0077 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Are you tired of those stained, chipped, slightly crooked or—in a word—unattractive teeth? We have an effective solution for you: cover them with life-like porcelain veneers.
As the name implies, a veneer is a thin layer of dental porcelain custom-made to match your tooth’s shape and color and permanently bonded to the outside enamel. With its translucent, light-reflective quality similar to tooth enamel, dental porcelain looks completely natural. Veneers are well suited for minor to moderate imperfections, and can even be used to correct slight gaps between teeth.
We begin the process by performing a comprehensive dental exam to begin planning the exact shape and color of your new veneers. We can now do much of this planning with computer imaging, which may also give you the chance to see how your veneers will look on you after treatment.
We often will also need to prepare the teeth to accommodate the veneers when we bond them. Although the alterations shouldn’t be anywhere near as extensive as with a porcelain crown, we will still often need to remove some of the enamel layer so the veneer won’t look bulky. Even though we’ll remove as little as possible, if needed it will still permanently alter your teeth—so they’ll require some form of restoration from then on.
Once we’ve prepared the teeth, it’s then time to create the veneers. This is typically done by a dental laboratory technician through a manual process that may take several weeks. Increasingly, though, equipped dental offices are now able to generate their veneers in-house with computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) milling technology.
Once the veneers are ready, they’re bonded securely to the teeth with a detailed process that helps ensure they’ll endure biting and chewing forces for a long time. Still, you’ll need to avoid biting into hard objects or using your teeth for such things as cracking nuts. If you have a clenching or grinding habit, we may also recommend you wear a night guard to prevent excessive forces against not just your veneers but your teeth as well.
By taking good care of them, your new veneers can give you many years of service. Most of all, they can transform your embarrassing appearance into a smile you’re proud to show.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”