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By Bolingbrook Dental Care
February 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Have your old fillings crumbled over time? Don’t be distressed—it’s bound to happen. While your old silver fillings served you well, there are new options available from Dr. Prabha Singh, Dr. Alina Huff, and Dr. Rani Seeth here at Bolingbrook Dental Care of Illinois to resolve this issue.

The latest development in restorative dentistry, tooth-colored fillings are a great option, especially if your fillings are towards the front of the mouth. This will make your smile more appealing without the distraction of shinning metal fillings—read on to learn the advantages of this new restorative option.

So, What Exactly Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Made of resin-based materials, tooth-colored fillings are used to fill in dental cavities after removal of dental decay or old metal fillings. Depending on how much of the tooth needs restoration, the procedure may be accomplished in just one visit. However, if a large volume of tooth material must be replaced, a section can be made outside the mouth and later bonded to the tooth.

The best way to decide if tooth-colored fillings are right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of the dentists here at our Bolingbrook office.

What Tooth-Colored Fillings Can Do for You

In addition to their ability to fix issues such as tooth decay, tooth-colored fillings provide a number of advantages, including:

  • They bear an uncanny resemblance to natural teeth, thus creating a seamless smile
  • They are easily molded to match the structure of the surrounding teeth
  • They are durable, fracture-resistant, and able to withstand chewing pressure

Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call

With the help of tooth-colored fillings, you can restore your natural tooth function and regain the ability to chew food and speak to others with complete confidence. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, contact Bolingbrook Dental Care today by dialing (630) 739-5500.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Braces  

Braces are key when it comes to improving a variety of dental issues, including poorly aligned jaws, crooked, crowded, and missing teeth, and/or bad bite. Drs. Rani Seeth, Prabha Singh, and Alina Huff provide their Bolingbrook, IL, patients with much needed orthodontic care to repair these issues.

More About Orthodontics

Orthodontics deals with jaw-and-teeth-alignment corrections. Children ages 7 to 14 are the typical clients because their facial structures are still developing, contrary to adults who need additional procedures because their faces have already fully developed structurally.

There are three types of braces used at your dentist's Bolingbrook office:

  • Conventional braces which use metal strips or bands.
  • Metal or plastic brackets cemented to teeth.
  • Llingual braces which are brackets attached to the back teeth.

Orthodontic Procedures

Orthodontic procedures, called orthodontia, are complex. The dentist performs a full examination. They'll check teeth visually and perform an x-ray on your head and mouth to ensure there aren't any urgent issues that need to be dealt with immediately.

You'll have custom braces made for you and visit your dentist regularly to have braces adjusted. This will go on until teeth are in their proper position and afterwards, your dentist will give you a retainer. This ensure teeth remain in the proper position.

What do braces improve in your oral health?

Aesthetic

Braces are more advanced today than they used to be, making them more lightweight and easier to wear. The dental adjustments improve a person's smile, eliminating gaps in teeth and making them straighter.

Hygiene

When you use braces to fix dental issues, you improve your oral health hygienically. How? When crooked teeth are repositioned, this decreases the amount of food debris that gets stuck between teeth. Properly positioned teeth are easier to clean. Flossing and brushing aren't tedious and, when done right, protect your teeth against decay and gum disease.

Other functions

Braces also improve a person's ability to speak properly, bite and chew food and prevent jawbone erosion that may occur due to misaligned teeth.

For more information about braces and orthodontics in Bolingbrook, IL, call Bolingbrook Dental Care at (630) 739-5500!

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
September 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants are the most innovative and successful tooth replacements available today. At Bolingbrook Dental Care, Drs. Seeth, Huff and Singh offer them to patients who need to rebuild their smiles after tooth loss. Learn how they might help you.

FAQs about dental implants from Bolingbrook Dental Care

What is a dental implant, and how is it different from a traditional bridge or partial?

A dental implant is a complete tooth replacement--from root to crown. Its titanium screw or cylinder resides right in the jaw. Because human bone adheres to titanium through osseointegration, the bond between implant and jaw is very hard to break.

Regarding traditional tooth replacements, no such bond exists. Instead, the prosthetic rests on the gums and cannot improve the jaw bone's size and density as a dental implant can.

Who can receive dental implants from Bolingbrook Dental Care?

If your oral and overall health is good, you probably can. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and gums and look at your jaw bone with x-rays. If your bone is thin, Dr. Huff, Sing, or Seeth can augment it with special donor bone or other materials.

When can I use my new tooth?

A dental implant has three parts: the implant itself, a metal abutment and a porcelain crown. The implant site must heal fully before the dentist attaches the abutment and crown. Typically, osseointegration takes several weeks to months.

Are dental implants hard to care for?

No, they aren't. Brush and floss carefully every day, and see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Good oral hygiene practices keep implant sites healthy, avoiding an infection called peri-implantitis.

Can implants support dentures?

Yes, they can. Full dentures usually rest on four to six implant devices.

Your wonderful smile

Dental implants from Bolingbrook Dental Care can restore it to you. Please call the office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Singh, Huff or Seeth. They'll fill you in on all the details. Phone (630) 739-5500.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
October 29, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantMissing teeth can cause various issues, both with your teeth and the level of self-confidence you feel about your appearance. In the past, filling in the gaps in your smile would mean sacrificing healthy teeth to hold a bridge or wearing a denture. Luckily, you can now replace one or more missing teeth with a standalone dental restoration called a dental implant. Read below to learn more about implant dentistry, and if you are interested in the procedure, please contact Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, and Dr. Fatima Quadri at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.

How does a dental implant work? 

Implant dentistry takes advantage of the body’s natural healing abilities and places the implant directly into the jawbone below a missing tooth. As the implant site heals, the bone grows around it, anchoring it naturally into place, and allowing it to become a permanent part of your smile. After the healing process, which takes several months, your dentist will reopen the implant site to attach the prosthetic tooth to the implant, completing the process and filling in your gap.

Types of Dental Implants 

Dental implants do not require the help of other teeth to stay in place, making them a truly versatile porcelain restoration.

  • Single Tooth Implants: Single tooth implants stand alone and replace a single missing tooth. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, single tooth implants do not require the surrounding healthy teeth to help them remain in place.
  • Multiple Tooth Implants: Multiple tooth implants replace several teeth at once, using a prosthetic similar to a dental bridge with two or more replacement teeth held in place with implants on either side.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Traditional dentures use gravity or suction to stay in place, making them susceptible to falling out or shifting while eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures remain permanently anchored into the mouth, eliminating this problem and giving you a natural-looking tooth replacement solution.

Implant Dentistry in Bolingbrook, IL 

If you are considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, a consultation with your dentist can help you decide that this is your best treatment option. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, and Dr. Fatima Quadri at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 739-5500 to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
February 25, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Few of us can escape the fate of yellowed teeth. The substances we consume discolor the enamel over time--plus the enamel becomes teeth whiteningthinner as we age, allowing more of the yellow dentin beneath to show through.

The good news is, this type of staining can be reversed with professional whitening treatments from your Bolingbrook, IL dentist at Bolingbrook Dental Care. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today, and it's extremely safe and effective when performed by a qualified dental professional.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is achieved with a peroxide-based bleaching agent that lifts stains out of the tooth's surface, helping you:

  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Show off your smile with pride
  • Take years off your appearance

A single whitening treatment may suffice for mild yellowing or minor stains. If you need to lighten your teeth by several shades, multiple visits may be needed.

While it's safe for most people to have their teeth professionally whitened, attempting to whiten teeth at home often results in negative side effects, such as chemical burns and uneven shading. Your Bolingbrook dentist will plan your treatment to deliver the results you want safely.

When Is Teeth Whitening Not Recommended?

Professional teeth whitening is effective for many people, and helps to brighten teeth that have yellowed over time. However, certain types of staining do not respond well to whitening treatments.

  • Brown or gray stains: Teeth that are severely discolored, or stained a shade other than yellow, will not respond well to standard teeth whitening treatments.

  • Stains inside the tooth: Internal discoloration can be caused by certain medications and trauma to the tooth. These stains will not be affected by bleaching agents applied to the surface of the teeth.

  • Restorations: If your front teeth have been treated with crowns, bridges, composite fillings, or other dental restorations, whitening will not deliver results on these areas.

If your teeth are not likely to respond to whitening treatments, don't despair--there are always solutions to help you improve the look of your smile, such as veneers or dental bonding. Consult with your Bolingbrook dentist to find out what your options are to achieve a brighter smile.

Family Dentist in Bolingbrook, IL

Whitening your teeth can boost your self-confidence, reverse effects of aging, and make you happier with your appearance. To find out if teeth whitening is the best way to improve your smile, contact Bolingbrook Dental Care at (630) 739-5500 or request your appointment now.