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By Bolingbrook Dental Care
March 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

There are several specialties within the field of dentistry, and oral surgery is one such example. At Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, Implant.IL, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, and Dr. Fatima Quadri routinely perform oral surgery or refer patients to specialists. A few of the various types of oral surgery are discussed in this post.

Extraction

One of the most common oral surgery procedures is extraction, commonly known as pulling teeth. Although tooth extraction is less prevalent than it was in decades past, it continues to be a solution when other restorative procedures aren't possible, such as after a severe accident or breakage from advanced decay. Some of your Bolingbrook dentist's patients who require orthodontics will need to have specific teeth extracted in order to make space for the shift in alignment. The large molars known as wisdom teeth, located in the far corners of the jaw, may also need to be removed in order to prevent infection or other dental problems from developing.

Dental implant placement

In order to secure your dental implant, a metal post must be placed during a brief oral surgery procedure. Your Bolingbrook dentist will make an indentation in your jawbone where the implant's post will go; it will take a few months before the bone regenerates around the post to anchor it in place. Most patients, especially those who are nervous about the prospect of oral surgery, are surprised at the ease of the procedure and the resulting healing.

Corrective surgery

If the face or jaw has sustained trauma from a car wreck or other accident, reconstructive surgery may be needed in order to restore proper function and appearance. People with jaw-related issues, such as TMJ, may also need to have corrective surgery if conservative methods do not bring relief.

For all of your dental needs, the team of dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care is here for you. Contact our office in Bolingbrook, IL, for an appointment today!

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
January 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Oral surgery is any procedure that helps treat infections, relieve pain, restore function, or improve an individual's appearance.

Oral Surgery Procedures with your Bolingbrook, IL, Doctor

  • Dental Implants: People suffering from tooth loss may opt for dental implants. The advantages of dental implants are they prevent deterioration of your bones by providing support, they have a high success rate, 95 percent, compared to other dental restorations, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
     
  • Jaw Correction: Protruding chins, crooked, buck teeth, or misaligned teeth are good candidates for maxillofacial surgery. Your Bolingbrook doctor realizes that not everyone's jaws grow at the same rate (one comes in larger than the other). Jaw surgery moves jaws into their proper place and corrects upper facial feature problems. Your doctor may insert small fixation screws, or plates, to correct the alignment issues.
     
  • Extraction: You need a tooth extraction due to trauma and/or overcrowdedness, among many reasons. It's a simple in-office procedure where your dentist will examine the severity of the situation, extract the tooth, or whatever is left of the natural tooth and stitch the extraction area. An anesthetic will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth, so no need to worry about pain.
  • Denture Fatigue: Patients who have worn dentures for a prolonged period of time, may start experiencing gum and bone tissue. This occurs due to wear and tear over time. In some cases, jaw correction surgery, mentioned above, may be necessary. You may also need bone grafts, soft-tissue manipulation and jaw realignment.

Your doctors Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, and Dr. Fatima Quadri can help with common oral surgery and jaw surgery. For more information on the various types of oral surgeries your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists can provide, just call (630) 739-5500.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Must fillings be obvious and well, ugly? In times past, dark amalgam restorations were a dentist's only choice to fill a cavity. Today, modern fillingsdentistry offers cosmetic fillings. Long-lasting, bonded right to tooth structure and seamlessly beautiful, cosmetic fillings from your team of dentists at Bolingbrook, IL, strengthen and beautify teeth for many additional years of service. Here's what Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff and Dr. Fatima Quadri offer their patients at Bolingbrook Dental Care.

What causes a cavity?

Oral bacteria does. Carbohydrate food residues, or plaque, stick in the cracks and crevices in chewing surfaces and between teeth. Plaque, which hardens into tartar, contains Streptococcal microbes which eat away at tooth enamel. The resulting hole is what dentists call a cavity. Undiscovered and unrestored, cavities worsen, leading to abscess and tooth loss.

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that tooth decay is a frequent problem for children and adults in the United States. While preventive dentistry practices at home and in the office help avoid this destructive process, patients must be vigilant about their oral health no matter their ages so they retain excellent oral function and complete attractive smiles for life.

Treating a cavity

Enter the dental filling. When Dr. Seeth, Dr. Huff or Dr. Quadri discovers decay through visual exam and/or X-ray, she treats it with a cosmetic filling. Typically, cosmetic fillings require less enamel reduction than their amalgam counterparts do. These naturally-colored restorations also are more flexible than metal fillings.

Types of cosmetic fillings

There are three basic kinds: composite resin, porcelain and glass ionomer. Each material has its own unique application and features a discreet appearance.

Composite resin fillings are crafted from the same material used in bonding treatments (which repair small defects such as chips and gaps). Your dentist prepares the site by removing the decayed enamel. Then, she layers in the acrylic and glass blend and cures each layer with a dental light. This technique ensures a strong bond to the natural tooth structure. After adjusting for proper bite, your composite filling is polished and virtually vanishes from sight.

Porcelain fillings repair larger cavities, particularly on molars. Also called inlays and onlays, these porcelain partial crowns lie within or over the cusps, or corners, of a large tooth.

Finally, glass ionomer fillings restore lingual or buccal decay--that is, on the tongue-side or the cheek-side of a tooth. Made of glass and sustained-release fluoride, these restorations resemble your natural tooth enamel and help make it stronger, too.

Your renewed tooth

Modern fillings last for years, particularly when you brush, floss and eat a tooth-friendly diet. When you next come to Bolingbrook Dental Care, inquire about these amazing restorations. Call today to get on the schedule: (630) 739-5500.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
May 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Get the smile you’ve always wanted with a simple and clear orthodontic treatment.invisalign

Both teens and adults are discovering that they can finally close gaps in their smiles, fix crowded and overlapping teeth and a variety of other misalignments without ever having to wear metal braces. Our Bolingbrook, IL, family dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth and Dr. Alina Huff, are here to explain why you are never too old to get that straighter smile and how Invisalign could help.

Invisalign is one of the most popular clear aligner systems used to straighten teeth and you’re about to find out why. With Invisalign, you will never need to wear metal brackets or wires on your teeth. Instead, our Bolingbrook dentist will provide you with a series of custom-made aligners that are specifically designed to shift your teeth around until you achieve the results you want.

One of the most common questions we hear is, “How does Invisalign work?” It seems like a fair enough question because it is sometimes hard to imagine that these clear aligners are all that’s needed to fix a crooked smile. We are here to explain what goes into getting Invisalign treatment and how it could give you the straighter smile you want.

Getting Invisalign

You will come in for a consultation where we will examine your smile and talk to you about your treatment goals to make sure they align with what Invisalign can offer. After all, this invisible orthodontic system can handle a variety of mild to more serious misalignments but it won’t be able to tackle all dental issues.

Once we deem you the perfect candidate we will map out your treatment plan and take images of your teeth to get the proper measurements. Of course, there are no messy and unpleasant putty molds taken of your smile. Instead, we will take a quick 3D image of your teeth and upload it to the computer.

Through special computer software, we will be able to map out each individual tooth movement to figure out which teeth need to move and just how much they will shift during the course of your Invisalign treatment. Once these movements have been mapped out they will be sent to an Invisalign-approved dental lab, where they will take time fabricating each unique aligner to fit your mouth.

Not only are aligners made from thin, flexible plastic rather than irritating and unpleasant metal but also these aligners are trimmed to fit your gumline so they will always offer a perfect and comfortable fit. Invisalign offers a discreet and more comfortable way for many older teens and adults to finally get the smile they’ve always imagined without those awkward months of metal braces.

If you are interested in getting Invisalign in Bolingbrook, IL, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our dental team to find out if your smile is right for clear braces. Turn to Bolingbrook Dental Care for all of your dental needs.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
March 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you lose a tooth or two, what's the difference? Frankly, your smile experiences a big difference as teeth drift to fill the gap and as bone dental implantsand gum tissue recedes. That's why you should explore today's most efficient, long-lasting and realistic tooth replacement: the dental implant. Placed by your caring team at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, dental implants close those unattractive and unhealthy smile gaps, solving your tooth loss problem.

The story of dental implants

Dental implants have gained tremendous favor and popularity over the last thirty years. In fact, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that both dentists and patients recognize that implants closely resemble real teeth.

How can this be? The answer lies in the natural affinity human bone has for the metal titanium, the main component of the dental implant. Inserted into the jaw during an in-office procedure, the titanium implant and the jaw bone immediately start adhering to each other through a process called osseointegration. It creates an exceptionally strong bond between the jaw and the artificial tooth.

Are dental implants right for you?

They work well for many people as long as their oral health and bone density are good. To check yours, your Bolingbrook dentist will inspect your teeth and gums and take digital X-rays and other imaging. Then, the procedure can begin.

The procedure

Most implant treatments require only local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, the dentist opens the gums and creates a small opening in the bone. She then inserts the titanium implant screw and sutures the area closed.

As the implant site heals, the bond between the device and the bone strengthens. Sufficient healing time is critical to success; so your dentist allows for adequate osseointegration.

When you return to Bolingbrook Dental Care, your doctor will re-open the site and attach a metal alloy extension post (abutment) and customized porcelain crown to the implant. Then, your procedure is complete.

Additional facts

Most research statistics show that dental implants succeed and stay in place more than 90 percent of the time. The biggest threat to longevity is poor oral hygiene; so if you receive one or more dental implants, or if your dentist recommends implant-supported dentures or bridgework, dedicate yourself to keeping implant sites clean.

Your hygienist will show you the best way to clean your prosthetics, but of course, basic rules apply:

  1. Brush twice daily.
  2. Floss around your implants once a day to remove plaque.
  3. Visit Bolingbrook Dental Care every six months for a professional cleaning and examination.
  4. Stop smoking.

A complete smile

It can be yours with dental implants from Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. For your one-on-one consultation with one of our four outstanding dentists, call the office at (630) 739-5500.