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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
January 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out the do’s and don’ts so you can best prepare for your upcoming oral surgery in Bolingbrook.

Oral SurgeryIf you’ve just scheduled your upcoming oral surgery in Bolingbrook then you probably have a lot of questions and thoughts swimming through your head. Before you stress yourself out over your procedure, your Bolingbrook dentist offers up some advice on what you should and shouldn’t do before your oral surgery so you can feel a little more at ease.

Setup a Consultation

Before any surgery we will want to sit down and discuss your upcoming procedure. During this time we will discuss what medications you can and can’t take prior to your procedure. We will also discuss any concerns you may have about your procedure and talk you through the entire process, making sure to address any questions you have. Also, we will discuss your sedation options to find the proper sedative to make your procedure pain-free.

The Night Before

The night before your oral surgery you need to make a plan as to who is going to drive you to and from the surgery. You won’t be able to drive yourself. Even if you’ve had surgery in the past you never know what new side effects you may experience from the anesthesia. So play it safe and bring someone along to drive you home after your procedure.

You may also need to refrain from eating the night before. We will give you specific details about when you need to stop eating (we usually recommend that you don’t eat any food after midnight). However, if you have certain health conditions like diabetes, we will discuss with you whether you can eat breakfast before surgery. We will also ask you to stop taking certain medications the night before, unless they are safe for your surgery.

Plan Your Diet

After surgery you will only want to stick to soft foods to prevent irritation. Also, you will want to stay away from foods that are spicy or acidic, which can also affect the gums. Opt for nutritional shakes like Ensure that will give you the nutrients you need without worrying about chewing. This will be particularly helpful if you’ve just had a tooth extraction. Also, refrain from drinking through a straw until your mouth has completely healed. Using a straw creates a vacuum inside of your mouth, which puts pressure on the stitches and can cause excess bleeding.

Call Bolingbrook Dental Care Today!

Of course you may still have questions about your upcoming procedure, and your Bolingbrook dentist is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call us any time before or after your oral surgery if you have any concerns or questions. Our goal is always to make this procedure as easy as possible for you.

Are you a patient of Bolingbrook Dental Care? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!