30Oct

If you are one of the many dental patients suffering from tooth loss, our Orland Park dental implant dentists are here to help you restore your smile. Implant technology delivers exceptional results that are completely customizable. Keep reading to learn more about how dental implants are designed, and how we use them to improve patients’ smiles.

Every dental implant is made of three different parts—the implant root, the abutment, and the restoration.

  • The implant root is crafted from titanium, and embedded in the patient’s gum tissue. The implant root takes the place of the natural tooth root. Titanium has the ability to bond with natural bone tissue, so this piece establishes a strong foundation for the rest of the replacement tooth.
  • The abutment sits on top of the titanium root, and it serves as a somewhat flexible connector piece between the rigid titanium screw and the crown.
  • The final component of the dental implant is the restoration that sits above the gum tissue. This part looks just like a natural tooth, and it is actually sized, shaded, and shaped to blend with the patient’s existing teeth.

Once your dental implant is complete, and the surrounding oral tissues have healed, you’ll be able to jump back into your normal routine, and eat and drink all of your favorite things.

Individual dental implants can be used to replace single teeth; in lieu of prostheses like bridges. Additionally, our team uses implant roots to anchor larger prostheses like dentures; this can be hugely beneficial for patients who are suffering from rampant tooth loss.

No matter how, specifically, you use dental implant technology, you’ll benefit from the stability this technology provides, as well as the oral-health boosting byproducts of dental implants.

Our Tinley Park dental implant dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have about tooth replacement technologies, including dental implants. You can reach our team by phone, or through the Contact Us page on our site. 

16Oct

In order to take care of your smile for the long-term, you need to pay attention to habits or chronic conditions that may be taking a toll on our smile. One very common condition that can damage your oral health is called bruxism. In this short article our Orland Park dentists are going to be reviewing some facts about bruxism, and relevant treatments.

So, what is bruxism? In the dental world, we use the term bruxism to refer to chronic dental grinding or clenching. Some people experience episodic bouts of bruxism, especially in times of stress. Other patients deal with bruxism constantly, many people even grind or clench their teeth at night while they are asleep.

If you suffer from bruxism, you may notice some immediate issues like:

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction and jaw pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Headaches, and neck/ear pain

Over time, if bruxism is left untreated, you may develop additional oral health problems, such as:

  • Teeth that worn down with blunt edges
  • Chronic TMJ disorder that affects jaw function
  • Increased instances of broken and chipped teeth
  • Shifting bite and dental alignment

Because bruxism can develop for a number of different reasons, it is crucial that our Tinley Park dentists discover the root cause of grinding and clenching in order to build a comprehensive treatment plan. Sometimes bruxism patients benefit from undergoing orthodontic treatment so that the patient’s top and bottom teeth come together in a healthy way. Dental restorations and bonding can also help to refine the patient’s bite. We also craft protective oral appliances for bruxism patients to wear at night in order to improve TMJ issues and protect the teeth from enamel-on-enamel damage.

If you notice signs of bruxism in your own life, it’s time to reach out to a dental professional for an evaluation. As always you can contact our Orland Park bruxism dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page.

02Oct

Improving the appearance of your smile is completely achievable with state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry. Our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists offer a range of treatment options to fit your life. Today, we’re going to be comparing some of these aesthetic solutions, so that we can better understand how various treatments compare to Invisalign. Let’s get started!

To quickly review: Invisalign is an orthodontic system that is used to straighten and perfect smiles. Rather than moving teeth with metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that fit snugly over the patient’s natural teeth.

As you would imagine, Invisalign can help you achieve a number of aesthetic goals, including:

  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth
  • Improving bite problems, like overbites, underbites, and crossbites
  • Widening the smile so that it looks better balanced

While Invisalign is used to actually move natural teeth, there are other aesthetic treatments that will make a patient’s smile look straighter and more perfected by resurfacing the patient’s teeth.

Dental bonding uses composite resin to resurface natural enamel, and build up parts of the patient’s smile in order to make it look straighter and seamless. Aesthetic patients love this treatment option because it is affordable, and it can be completed in just one appointment.

Another option is to transform your teeth with dental veneers. Veneers are exceptionally thin porcelain restorations that are then attached to the patient’s existing dental structure. Every veneer is shaped, sized, and colored to blend with the patient’s smile. Once in place, veneers are durable, attractive, and easy to live with. It generally takes two to three appointments to complete dental veneer treatment.

When evaluating your treatment options, you want to think about which aesthetic solutions will fit your timeline, budget, and long-term dental goals. Our Orland Park cosmetic dentists are here to help you through every step of this process.

 

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