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By Bolingbrook Dental Care
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Would you neglect your car or house insurance premiums? Well, the same philosophy applies to regular dental checkups. They provide checks vital to your oral health. Let your dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, provide your preventive care. Drs. Seeth, Singh, and Suresh keep tabs on your smile so you look good and thrive.

When you see your Bolingbrook, IL, dentist

Expect a hygienic cleaning and complete oral exam. That's right; two professionals at Bolingbrook Dental Care will see you--your hygienist first, followed by Dr. Seeth, Dr. Singh, or Dr. Suresh.

Your hygienist will update your medical history and examine your mouth. She'll take X-rays--bitewing or full mouth as needed. This digital imaging reveals decay between teeth and evaluates your bone structure. She also measures your gum pockets, or sulci, an important indicator of your periodontal health.

Next, comes to your teeth scaling and polishing. This gentle cleaning removes germ-filled plaque and tartar from between and around your teeth. These residues cause tooth decay and gum disease, both leading reasons for tooth loss in the United States, reports the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Finally, your dentist comes in for your oral exam. She inspects all your soft and hard tissues, looking for:

  • Problems with the dental bite, alignment, and jaw joint dysfunction
  • Dental decay
  • Signs of periodontal (gum) disease
  • Deterioration of fillings, crowns, bridges, or other restorations
  • Oral cancer

Then, your dentist will share her findings with you and recommend any restorations needed.

A word on oral cancer screening

The American Cancer Society says that about 53,000 Americans will receive an oral cancer diagnosis this year. About 10,000 of these individuals will not survive beyond five years. Because early detection positively impacts the outcome of oral cancer, these simple in-office screenings provide peace of mind for both you and your dentist who wants the best in oral health for you and all her patients.

Every six months

Come to Bolingbrook Dental Care soon for your routine check-up and cleaning. Your dentist recommends a six-month schedule for most patients. Call us today for an appointment with Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Prabha Singh, or Dr. Manju Suresh in our Bolingbrook, IL, office at (630) 739-5500. 

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
December 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health

How dental checkups from your dentists in Bolingbrook, Illinois can help you enjoy a healthy smile. 

If you are brushing and flossing regularly, that’s excellent! It’s only natural to wonder if you really need to visit your dentist for regular checkups. The answer is, YES! Your dentist and dental hygienist spot problems that you may not know about. They can help keep small dental issues from becoming more serious dental problems. The dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, Illinois are experts at helping you enjoy a healthy smile.

Regular checkups are recommended every six months to one year, and your dentist may also recommend x-rays at regular intervals too. Dental x-rays help your dentist see structures hidden by gum tissue, including tooth roots. With x-rays, your dentist can diagnose and treat periodontal disease, abscess, tooth decay, and other dental conditions.

X-rays are an important part of regular dental checkups, but the clinical dental exam is just as important. Your dentist will perform a visual examination of your teeth, gums, and other areas, checking for evidence of decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.

After the examination and x-rays, your dentist will recommend future treatment, including how often you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned. If you have healthy gums, you may only need dental cleanings every six months or every year. If your dentist has found evidence of periodontal disease, you will benefit from more frequent supportive periodontal therapy appointments every three to four months.

Future treatment may also include restorative services including fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, and other procedures. If you are missing teeth, dental implants, dental bridges, or dental appliances might be part of your treatment plan. If you have a healthy smile, your dentist can recommend cosmetic dentistry procedures including teeth whitening, veneers, or dental bonding to give you an outstanding smile.

Comprehensive dental treatment begins with regular dental checkups. When you schedule a dental checkup, you are helping to ensure the continuing health and beauty of your smile. To find out more about the importance of regular dental checkups, call the dentists of Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, Illinois at (630) 739-5500, and protect your smile!

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
June 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Teeth that are crooked or that don't fit together correctly make you feel less confident in your appearance. These kinds of dental issues also make it harder to keep your teeth clean. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. For this reason, visiting a dentist can help you improve your smile and oral health. If you need orthodontics services in Bolingbrook, consider scheduling an appointment with us. Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Prabha Singh and Dr. Manju Suresh provide a variety of orthodontic options at Bolingbrook Dental Care. Read on to learn about the services we offer.

Braces

If you have crooked teeth or teeth that don't fit together properly, consider getting braces. Braces straighten or move your teeth into the correct position, improving how your teeth appear and function. They do this by placing pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them to the correct position. Braces are an option for children, teens and adults. They're made from metal, plastic or ceramic. Treatment typically lasts between one and two years.

Different Kinds of Braces

Traditional braces include brackets, wires and rubber bands. Other braces my be clear or white so that they are more difficult to detect. You can even get braces that are positioned behind the teeth.

Some people who need braces may be good candidates for clear, plastic aligners. These are clear, removable braces. Check with our dentists in Bolingbrook to determine which option is best for your specific needs.

Schedule Your Appointment

Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook can help you with a variety of issues regarding crooked or overcrowded teeth. Our orthodontic services can improve your appearance and help you enjoy better oral health. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists by calling 630-739-5500.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
May 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Are you considering living with a gap in your smile rather than replacing your lost tooth? You shouldn't—even one missing tooth can change your appearance, inhibit oral functionality, and make life more difficult. Instead, dental implants offered by your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists, Drs. Rani Seeth, Alina Huff, and Prabha Singh of Bolingbrook Dental Care will help you avoid these common tooth loss consequences.

The Consequences of Tooth Loss

As soon as you lose one or more teeth, you may experience:

  • Concerns About the Way You Look: A gap in your smile, whether it's large or small, may affect your confidence and self-esteem. If you feel uncomfortable with your new smile, you may find yourself avoiding social situations, or you might decide not to apply for the new job that you really want.
  • A Change in Tooth Alignment: It's common for other teeth to shift after tooth loss. Unfortunately, as your teeth move, they may begin to overlap, affecting the alignment of your smile. Drifting teeth affect your appearance, complicate teeth cleaning, and can even change your bite in some cases.
  • Difficulty Eating: Biting, grinding, tearing, and chewing food can become challenging after tooth loss. If you stop eating certain foods because chewing has become too difficult, you may face nutritional deficiencies that can threaten your health.
  • Wear and Tear: Chewing on one side of your mouth only may seem like a good idea after tooth loss. Unfortunately, this practice can cause abnormal wear and tear on the teeth you use when you chew.
  • A Weaker Jawbone: Your teeth roots play an important role in the strength of your jawbone. Without constant stimulation from the roots, the bone may begin to shrink. If shrinking is significant, the bone may not be able to support your teeth, and they may begin to loosen.

Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile

Dental implants are small titanium posts that serve as the roots for your new teeth. After the posts are implanted in your jawbone, they are topped with dental crowns that replace the visible parts of teeth.

Before you receive your new crowns, the posts must bond to your jawbone, a process that usually takes three to six months. Crowns are made from an impression of your mouth taken during a visit to the Bolingbrook dental office.

Dental implants create brand new teeth that are firmly attached to your jawbone. They feel just like natural teeth and don't alter your biting power. Implants also keep your jawbone strong, improve your appearance, and prevent your teeth from shifting.

Don't let tooth loss change your smile forever! Call your dentists in Bolingbrook, IL, Drs. Seeth, Huff, and Singh of Bolingbrook Dental Care, at (630) 739-5500 to schedule your appointment.