29May

When it comes time to improve, or even transform, the appearance of your smile, you want to make sure that you end up with the perfect results for you. In order for this to happen, it’s crucial that you maintain open and honest communication with your dental team. When our Orland Park cosmetic dentists fully understand your dental goals, we are able to tailor treatment to fit your needs! 

The first step in any aesthetic treatment process is a thorough consultation with our dental team. At this point, we’ll talk to you about your existing smile, and get a better idea of what kinds of changes you may want to make. We’ll also review the existing health of your smile. Sometimes patients have existing oral health problems that need to be addressed before we can move forward with cosmetic treatment. If this is the case for you, we’ll help you choose an effective restorative treatment option.

Here are some common aesthetic dentistry complaints, which patients want to address:

  • Dark or discolored dental enamel
  • Damaged teeth (chips, cracks, uneven edges)
  • Large gaps between teeth (either due to dental misalignment or tooth loss)
  • Disproportionally short or narrow teeth
  • Crooked or crowded smiles
  • Poorly textured enamel (teeth that have deep pits and grooves, for example)

As you choose the right treatment option for you, you’ll consider a number of factors, including timeline, type of post-treatment maintenance and upkeep, and cost. You’ll also review, with our dental team, the aesthetic effect that you can expect from any given treatment. Professional dental whitening, for example, minimizes stains on your natural enamel, so you existing dental enamel will remain visible. Treatment options like dental veneers and bonding, on the other hand, cover existing enamel with fresh and clean materials (in this case, porcelain and composite resin, respectively).

In our office, no aesthetic treatment plan is “one-size-fits-all.” The best way to get started improving your smile is to give our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists a call—we look forward to speaking with you!

15May

We know that, for many people, it can seem an overwhelming task to stay up to date with their professional dental cleanings and treatments. This is a busy world!

Regardless, timely and regularly scheduled dental will help you stay healthy, and avoid more costly and painful oral health issues down the road. That is why our Orland Park dentists strongly encourage our patients to seek out treatment when necessary, and as suggested by their dental team.

When you come in for a professional cleaning and assessment, our team is able to screen your smile for signs of developing damage or infection. This is perhaps one of the most important things that happens at semi-annual appointments. When our dentist is able to identify and treat oral health problems in their earliest stages, he minimizes your risk of suffering from costly secondary issues down the road.

Of course, during your dental cleaning our team will also clear away any plaque and tartar that has accumulated since your last appointment. Did you know that when plaque is left to sit on a patient’s teeth, it hardens and calcifies into something called tartar? Tartar is full of bacteria, and it is super difficult to remove, so you can imagine how damaging it can be if left to fester. Our team is able to get rid of tartar using professional technologies and techniques—we’re essentially helping to give your smile a clean slate, which you will then work to maintain until your next appointment with our team.

Finally, at every semi-annual appointment you’ll undergo an oral cancer screening. Because oral cancers often progress asymptomatically, professional assessments are indispensable for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

If you’re one of the many dental patients who has fallen behind on professional dental care, we want to encourage you to get back in the dentist’s chair! It’s never too late to get back on track. Give our Tinley Park dentists a call to learn more, and to schedule a personal consultation!

01May

If you’re dealing with dental sensitivity, that you already know how problematic, and, frankly, annoying, this issue can be. If you’ve ever wondered why teeth become sensitive in the first place, our Tinley Park dentists are here with some information that you may find useful. Keep reading to learn more about how dental sensitivity develops, and what you can do to protect your smile.

The dental enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth, and, among other things, it is designed to protect your teeth from sensitivity. Because dental enamel does not contain nerves, it is not irritated external factors, like foods, drinks, and changes in temperature. So, if you’re experiencing dental sensitivity, this is clear indicator that the move vulnerable layers of your tooth—the dentin and the dental pulp—are exposed.

This may happen because your dental enamel has thinned over time. Habits like bruxism, as well as acidic substances can all thin the enamel over time.

You may be dealing with sensitivity because your gum tissue is pulling away from your tooth. Receding gum tissue leaves the base of the tooth, and thus sensitive nerves, vulnerable and exposed. In many cases, receding gums are caused by periodontal disease. However, you may also be applying too much pressure as you brush your teeth, which is damaging your gums.

There are a number of specially formulated toothpastes and mouth rinses that can help to numb sensitive nerves. Additionally, treatments that fortify your enamel will minimize your risk of suffering from sensitivity in the future. Your dentist may also recommend that put a protective coating of resin over your enamel, to act as a buffer between external irritants and our natural tooth.

When you come in to meet with our Orland Park dentists we will assess your smile in order to pinpoint the root cause of your sensitivity. Then, we’ll build a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

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