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By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileCosmetic dentistry has helped numerous patients experience a smile renewal—even after years of coping with their smile imperfections. Cosmetic treatments can reduce the appearance of spaces between the teeth, change their color, smooth out ridges, and add stability. Find out how Dr. Hartej Sood, a dentist serving patients in Chicago, IL, can add vitality and newness to your smile.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
One specialty offered at many dentist offices is cosmetic dentistry. Its focus is on beautifying, restoring, recoloring, and rearranging the teeth so that the patient has a better-looking (and feeling) smile. Some patients only need a minor treatment, while others may require a full smile makeover. The demand for cosmetic dentistry has been strong since ancient times in human history when people tried to fix their smiles using stones, shells, and bones. Thankfully, the technology has advanced significantly since then.

Common Treatments
When you visit your Chicago, IL, dentist for a cosmetic consultation, you’ll have an X-ray taken along with a visual examination of your smile. Based on this exam, which should only take about 30 minutes to an hour, Dr. Sood will recommend the best way to improve your smile. These are some of the most common treatments:

  • Veneers, to cover imperfections.
  • Crown Restorations, to secure and strengthen damaged teeth.
  • Dental Implants, to replace missing or loose teeth.
  • Dentures, to replace a full row of teeth.
  • Gum Surgery, to reduce the appearance of a “gummy” smile.
  • Invisalign Braces, to update the positioning of the teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry Has Many Benefits
Statistics published by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) shows that there’s a consistent demand for cosmetic procedures. If you’re still unsure if cosmetic dentistry is the right choice for you, consider these benefits:

  • A nice smile can inspire you to be more social and improves your overall appearance.
  • When your teeth are more favorably aligned and closely placed, they give you better support when chewing.
  • Many cosmetic treatments are quick and easy. Some only require one relatively short dental visit.

Improve Your Smile
Take some time to explore the various benefits of having your Chicago, IL, dentist fix up your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Call (773) 327-0011 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sood today!

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
January 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldBoostYourJawboneHealth

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsHow dental implants from your dentist in Chicago, IL, can help you regain your smile

Have you lost your smile because of missing teeth? Are you tired of having large gaps because of missing teeth? If so, you need to discover the benefits of dental implants! Your dentist, Dr. Hartej S. Sood, in Chicago, IL, offers dental implants that will replace your missing teeth, fill in the large gaps, and help you regain your smile.

Dental implants are popular, and for good reason. They provide the most natural-looking, fully-functioning tooth replacement available today. They offer benefits that other tooth replacement methods like dental bridges, removable partials, and dentures can’t provide. Consider these amazing benefits:

  • Dental implants look just like natural teeth; the dental implant crown is made of light-reflective materials that closely resemble tooth enamel.
  • Dental implants are completely stable; they won’t ever move because they are surrounded and embedded in bone.
  • Dental implants are easy to maintain; you can just brush and floss them with your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are permanent; they resist stains and will never decay. They can last a lifetime. with proper care.

Dental implants also help you maintain bone, because your body will produce more bone to fuse with the dental implants. This means a firmer jawline and more youthful facial contours for you.

You can replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth with dental implants. You can also provide a strong foundation for a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants. No matter how many teeth you have lost, you can regain your smile with dental implants.

When you choose dental implants to replace lost teeth, you are choosing the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

If you need to regain your smile, choose the best, dental implants! Find out more about the benefits of dental implants by calling your dentist, Dr. Hartej S. Sood, in Chicago, IL. Call now and get started on your new smile!

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
December 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldHelpYouAvoidBoneLoss

Not long ago, the most affordable option for total tooth loss was a removable denture. Dentures, prosthetic (false) teeth set in gum-colored acrylic plastic bases, can effectively restore function and appearance. But the appliance continues to have one major drawback: it can accelerate bone loss in the jaw.

Like other living tissues, older bone cells die and become absorbed into the body (resorption). Normally they're replaced by newer cells. The forces generated when we chew our food travel through the teeth to stimulate this new growth. This stimulus ends when we lose our teeth, and so cell replacement can slow to an abnormal rate. Eventually, this causes bone loss.

Removable dentures can't provide this stimulation. In fact, the pressure generated as they compress the gums' bony ridges can even accelerate bone loss. That's why over time a denture's fit can become loose and uncomfortable — the bone has shrunk and no longer matches the contours of the dentures.

In recent years, though, a new development has been able to provide greater support to dentures while at the same time slowing or even stopping bone loss. We can now support dentures with dental implants.

Implants are best known as individual tooth replacements: a titanium metal post replaces the root, while a life-like porcelain crown attaches to the post to replace the visible tooth. In addition to providing a longer-lasting alternative to removable dentures, implants provide a very important health benefit: they improve bone density because they mimic the function of natural teeth. Bone cells are naturally attracted to the titanium; they adhere to the titanium post and are stimulated to grow through the action of chewing, increasing bone density and securing the implant's hold in the jaw.

Using the same technology we can support removable dentures, or even full fixed bridges. Rather than rest directly on the bony ridges, a denture can make a secure connection through a coupling system with just a few strategically placed implants. We can also permanently attach a full bridge by fastening it to a few implants with screws.

Not only do we eliminate the pressure from dentures compressing the gums and bone tissue, we can actually stimulate bone growth with the implants. Although more costly upfront than traditional dentures, unlike traditional dentures which must be replaced every five to seven years, long-lasting implants may be more cost-effective over the long-run.

If you would like more information on implant-supported tooth replacement, 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 “New Teeth in One Day.”

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
July 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss happens, but you don’t have to deal with gaps in your smile forever.dental implants

You never imagined that you would lose a tooth as an adult, but it’s happened. Now what? While you might wallow in the fact that you’ll never have your tooth back it’s more important that you have Chicago, IL, dentist Dr. Hartej Sood who can help you restore your smile. We offer a wide range of tooth replacement options but nothing comes as close to a real tooth as a dental implant does.

How does a dental implant function like a real tooth?

It might be hard to believe that an artificial tooth could come close to the real thing, but dental implants can. An implant is a small metal post or screw that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. The implant creates a strong, stable foundation from which to support a dental crown. Don’t worry; no one will see the implant. It will be nestled within the jawbone where it will function just like real tooth roots.

Why do people choose dental implants?

Yes, there are other options out there for getting a full smile back including dentures and dental bridges. So, why choose dental implants in Lincoln Park, Chicago? Dental implants offer a variety of unique benefits for its wearer. Some of these benefits include:

A natural look

Implants are the closest you can get to a natural tooth so it will both look and function just like a real tooth.

Long-term restoration

We know that once you finally have a full smile back that all you want to do is keep it as long as possible. Unfortunately, most tooth replacements will need to be replaced eventually. An implant could end up lasting the rest of your life with the proper care, though the dental crown on top of the implant may need to be replaced.

Restored chewing/speech

Tooth loss can affect your ability to chew certain foods. You may also notice that your tooth loss has caused a speech impediment. To restore both of these everyday habits the best option is a dental implant since it’s the next best thing to having a real tooth. You’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods again without worrying about your smile, either.

Have we piqued your interest? Are you ready to get dental implants from our Lincoln Park, Chicago restorative dentist? If so, the very next step is to schedule a consultation with our dental team to make sure you are right for implants. Book your next appointment today.