08Jan

In order to maintain a healthy, attractive, and strong smile, it is crucial that you combine at-home oral hygiene with professional care. The general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so. As you will see, these appointments are important for a number of reasons. Keep reading to learn more from our Orland Park dentists!

The first step in the process is to assess your smile for any signs of damage and illness. For example, we’ll screen your mouth for signs of:

  • Cavity development
  • Failing or aging crowns and restorations
  • Diseased or infected gum tissue, indicating periodontal disease
  • Cancerous tissues

This assessment gives us a comprehensive view of the current state of your smile, so that we can make treatment recommendations moving forward. It also allows us to collaborate with you to optimize your at-home dental hygiene routine.

After the assessment phase, it’s time for us to clean and refresh your smile. We’ll get started by clearing away newly developed plaque and calcified tartar. Tartar is actually plaque that, having been left to sit undisturbed, has hardened and bonded to the tooth structure. Because tartar is a calcified material, it takes a professional cleaning to clean it off your smile.

Once these harmful substances are out of your mouth, our team will polish your teeth and give your mouth a final rinse; these steps help to brighten smile, and give you a boost!

By completing professional cleanings on a regular basis, you’re able to minimize bacterial build-up over time, and help your smile stay healthier, longer. However, if you have fallen behind on your schedule of professional treatments, our Tinley Park dentists are here to help you get back on track. Please don’t think that it’s too late to achieve a smile you love!

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.

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