Posts for: March, 2018
Let’s help you figure out how you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.
We know that not everyone is confident in or happy with their smiles; however, most people just go about life offering up close-lipped smiles and shying away from social gatherings and conversations as a result. There’s no reason to hide your smile from the world. Our Chicago, IL cosmetic dentist, Dr. Hartej Sood, is here to tell you the many ways your smile could benefit from cosmetic dentistry.
If you want a straight, more symmetrical smile but certain flaws are preventing you from having it, then porcelain veneers could be the cosmetic restoration you’ve been waiting for. These extremely thin, custom-made porcelain shells are bonded to the front of each tooth to hide everything from chips and stains to misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, and other minor misalignment issues.
Sometimes all those years of smoking or coffee drinking finally catch up with you (or your smile, at least). If your once brilliant teeth are now dull and yellow and you want a quick, fast, and effective way to get a visibly whiter smile then in-office whitening is the cosmetic treatment for you. You may even be able to get your smile five shades whiter (or more!) in just a single one-hour session.
Sure, most people think of dental crowns and think that they are only used to protect damaged teeth or a tooth after root canal treatment, but you can also choose to get dental crowns to cover a cosmetically flawed tooth. In this instance, it’s ideal for a tooth that has extensive and severe discolorations or is malformed or badly misshapen. A crown can easily cover the tooth to hide the imperfections and to give you a more attractive smile.
Sometimes you are only dealing with minimal flaws in your smile and you don’t want to undergo more extensive cosmetic dentistry. We completely understand. That’s why dental bonding is a fantastic option for someone who has small cracks, chips, gaps between teeth, and discolorations. During bonding, our Chicago dentist will apply a moldable tooth-colored material (also known as composite resin) to the tooth, shape it and then harden it permanently to the tooth with a dental laser.
Has one or more of these cosmetic treatments piqued your interest? Want to find out if you are the perfect candidate? Then let’s sit down and talk about your options. Call our Chicago, IL dental office today.
You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.
It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.
We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.
It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.
We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.
Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.
Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”