Bolingbrook Dental Care Blog
Cavities don't have to be an unavoidable fact of life. Good oral hygiene is the key to reducing your risk of tooth decay. Drs. Rani Seeth, Alina Huff, Tabasam Akbar and Sheila George, your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care, explain why oral hygiene is so important.
Brushing keeps your smile bright and healthy
Brushing doesn't just keep your teeth sparkling and your breath fresh. It also removes plaque, a transparent film that collects on your teeth. Bacteria found in plaque combines with sugar in the foods you eat to produce acids. These acids attack your tooth enamel and cause cavities. If you don't remove plaque, it eventually hardens and forms a deposit called tartar that's responsible for gum disease.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is a simple, inexpensive way to remove plaque and prevent painful tooth decay and gum disease. A quick swipe of the toothbrush isn't enough to rid your mouth of plaque. If you want to make sure that your mouth is plaque-free, brush for at least two minutes. Concentrate on brushing each tooth individually, and don't forget to brush the backside of teeth too.
Flossing is an important part of every oral hygiene routine
Brushing removes plaque from the surface of teeth, but what about the areas between teeth? Toothbrush bristles can't reach those spaces, but floss can. Flossing once per day removes plaque and food particles stuck between teeth. If you can't reach your back teeth with string or tape floss, buy small flossing picks that make the job easier.
Don't forget to brush your tongue
Your tongue has plenty of nooks and crannies that make it the perfect hiding place for bacteria. Unfortunately, if you brush your teeth but don't brush your tongue, the bacteria on your tongue eventually move on to your teeth. Brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth is the best way to reduce bacteria in your mouth. If you avoid brushing your tongue because you tend to gag, try using a tongue scraper instead of a toothbrush.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will help you keep your smile healthy. If it's time for your next checkup, call Drs. Seeth, Huff, Akbar and George, your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care, at (630) 739-5500 to schedule an appointment.
No one looks forward to surgery, but sometimes, oral surgery is the best way to treat a dental problem. Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, Dr. Sheila George and Dr. Tabasam Akbar, your Bolingbrook, IL dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care share a few reasons why you may need to have oral surgery.
You're getting dental implants
Dental implants are placed in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. During the procedure, your dentist creates a hole in the jawbone and places the titanium implants inside. Implants, which look like tiny screws, are capable of bonding to your bone. They offer an excellent way to replace your natural tooth roots and provide a sturdy foundation for a dental crown that will be added to the top of the implant.
Not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth
Many people don't have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth, which can result in pain and nerve damage. If your teeth have erupted naturally, they can be easily extracted, but if all or part of them remain trapped beneath your gums, oral surgery is necessary to remove the tooth.
You have an infection at the root of a tooth
Root canals are used to remove infected or inflamed pulp at the center of your tooth. In most cases, root canal treatment puts an end to your pain, but in some cases, the pain doesn't go away. The problem can occur if the very end of your root is infected. During oral surgery, the tip of the root is removed, in addition to inflamed tissue surrounding it.
You have a problem with your bite
Orthodontic treatment can be very helpful if your upper and lower teeth don't fit together properly, but oral surgery may be needed if the misalignment is severe.
Are you concerned about a dental problem? Call your Bolingbrook, IL dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care, at (630) 739-5500 to schedule an appointment.
A perfect smile doesn't usually come naturally. Many celebrities, for example, have cosmetic dental work done at some point in their careers to give them the million-watt smile associated with Hollywood's elite. The difference in their earlier projects can be quite striking. In many cases, these A-listers owe their white, brilliant, even smiles to veneers. Two thousand miles away, veneers also offer our patients at Bolingbrook Dental Care a chance to have a brand new and beautiful smile. Learn more about how Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, Dr. Sheila George and Dr. Tabasam Akbar use veneers to give their patients the smile they've always dreamed of having.
What are veneers?
Made from porcelain materials, veneers are dental restorations that are crafted one by one in a laboratory to fit directly over the front of the wearer's corresponding natural teeth. After your veneers are designed, your Bolingbrook dentist affixes each veneer to the teeth with a strong bonding cement. Veneers are extremely thin - about half the width of a dime - and translucent, resulting in a realistic facade that covers a myriad of cosmetic issues, which are discussed below.
How can veneers fix my smile?
Most people have at least one cosmetic flaw in their teeth they'd like to repair. While other dental restorations and cosmetic procedures only resolve one problem at a time, veneers uniquely cover up any and all flaws with one simple installation. Discolorations, crookedness, gaps, chips, odd or unevenly-shaped teeth - all these problems are eradicated once your Bolingbrook dentist has designed and placed your veneers.
If you're wondering about veneers for yourself, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and discuss your cosmetic dentistry goals. Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL is committed to helping each of our patients achieve the best dental health and appearance possible!
Digging into tooth replacement options for your missing tooth or teeth may seem difficult or confusing. However, with dental implants, you can replace your teeth permanently and restore your smile to what it was before your missing teeth. Find out more about dental implants with your dentist at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.
Facts About Dental Implants
- Dental implants are permanent. Thanks to their design, dental implants integrate permanently into the bone in which they are placed. Successful and permanent integration is crucial in providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. While the replacement tooth may need maintenance over the years, the implant itself will last a lifetime.
- Dental implants help restore your smile aesthetically and functionally. One of the most obvious benefits of dental implants is the full, gap-free smile they provide. However, they also restore the biting surface of a tooth which, in some cases, can help relieve the symptoms of conditions like TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Implants can also help reverse the side effects of missing teeth like sagging facial skin. Implants also provide the stimulation the jawbone requires to stay healthy and prevent bone atrophy.
- Dental implants are versatile. Dental implants can replace one, many, or all of your teeth. However, an implant for every tooth is not always necessary. For example, replacing all of your teeth requires the help of only four to six implants which hold an implant-supported denture in place. Replacing three teeth in a row requires only two implants on either side to anchor down the bridge.
- Dental implants are a natural-looking tooth replacement option. A dental laboratory customizes each replacement tooth which will eventually cover your dental implant. The lab also takes the restoration’s color into account, carefully matching it to your natural teeth. This ensures a natural look which will blend in with your smile flawlessly. Your implants will feel, function and look just like natural teeth.
Getting Dental Implants in Bolingbrook
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, Dr. Avanti Sanghavi and Dr. Tabasam Akbar, at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 739-5500 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!
One of the most common dental myths is that braces are solely used to straighten crooked teeth. While bite problems like crowding do affect tooth alignment, so that some teeth may overlap or protrude from the gums, orthodontic treatment is also used to address structural problems with the jaw, which in addition to affecting how the teeth look, can also cause other problems like headaches and TMD (temporomandibular disorder, also commonly referred to as TMJ).
Orthodontics Treatment in Bolingbrook
Although braces are most commonly associated with the early teenage years, when developing bite problems are easier to manage, the need for orthodontic treatment can develop at any age, with many adults finding themselves needing this treatment. The dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Illinois treat a broad range of patients for everything from an overbite to missing teeth from a traumatic injury.
There are a few types of bite problems (also known as malocclusions) that may require correction with braces such as:
- Excessive spacing
- Open bite
- Abnormal eruption
- Protrusion (overjet)
- Deep bite (overbite)
- Front teeth crossbite
- Back teeth crossbite
Signs That Your Child May Need Braces
Every case is different, and the need for correction with braces depends on the severity of the problem. Some of the most common signs that you or your child may need orthodontic treatment include:
- Early or delayed loss of baby teeth
- Trouble chewing and swallowing
- Crowding or overlapping teeth
- Shifting in the jaw
- Popping, cracking, or snapping sound when moving the jaw
- Protruding teeth or jaw
- Abnormal spacing
- Poor/non-alignment between the upper and lower jaw
Contact a dentist in Bolingbrook
Braces improve the function and cosmetic appearance of the teeth, and the entire face as a result. For more information about orthodontic treatment for children and adults, contact Bolingbrook Dental Care by calling (630) 739-5500 to schedule an appointment today.
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