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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 dentistry 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.
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 and 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.
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.
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:
- Brush twice daily.
- Floss around your implants once a day to remove plaque.
- Visit Bolingbrook Dental Care every six months for a professional cleaning and examination.
- 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.