One of the advantages of dental implants is that you can care for them as you would your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, which have to be removed for cleaning, you can brush your dental implants just like your other teeth. One common question people have about implants has to do with flossing. Is flossing necessary—and safe—for a dental implant?
Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine, and you shouldn’t skip your implant when you are flossing the rest of your teeth. There may be additional space between your implants and gums compared with your natural teeth, so be sure to get into that area with your floss. You can use regular floss or your dentist may recommend a special kind of floss that is easier to use with dental implants. This kind of floss is attached to a firm handle so that it is easy to get under the implants.
Your Chicago dentist at University Associates in Dentistry will help you learn how to keep your dental implants in top condition, so that they look and feel healthy. To find out more, call our practice today at (312) 704-5511.
If you have several missing teeth, you may think that dentures and bridges are your only treatment option, but in reality, dental implants could be the right solution for you. Your dentist can help you weigh the pros and cons of different treatments and pick the best one for your needs. Here is a look at some of the options for restoring your smile when you are missing multiple teeth.
For many years, removable dentures were the only option for people with several missing teeth. Dentures consist of a row of artificial teeth site on a base designed to mimic gum tissue. They sit on top of your gums to create the impression of natural teeth. Dentures are a cost-effective choice, but they also have several disadvantages. They have to be removed for cleaning, they can slip when you are eating and talking, and your jaw and gums will shrink, causing a poor fit and giving your face a sunken appearance.
If your missing teeth are in a row, a dental bridge is an option for treatment. Bridges are usually supported by the natural teeth on either side of the appliance, which can use those teeth to become weaker. Ultimately, you can lose those teeth as well. Although bridges are more stable than full, removable dentures, their disadvantages have seen them fall out of favor with dentists.
Dental-Implant Supported Bridge
The gold standard in replacing multiple missing teeth is a dental implant-supported bridge. This bridge consists of a row of artificial teeth than that are supported on each end with a dental implant. The screw portion of the implant fuses with the bone in your jaw so that the bridge looks and functions like your natural teeth. There are no special diet or cleaning techniques required, and your natural teeth won’t be compromised since the implant fully supports the bridge.
Don’t let missing teeth make you uncomfortable about showing your smile. Dental implants from University Associates in Dentistry will restore your confidence without the downside of other restorations. To make an appointment with a dentist in Chicago, call (312) 704-5511.
When you get a dental crown or any dental restoration, like a dental implant, one of your first questions may be how long you can expect your restoration to last. Some restorations can last indefinitely, depending on the aftercare procedures that you follow.
Watch this video to learn about the lifespan of dental restorations, including crowns, veneers, and implants, and the things you can do to extend their lives. Practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly are essential for preserving your treatment.
If you have missing teeth or tooth damage, make an appointment at University Associates in Dentistry to find out what treatments are available to you. To schedule a dental consultation in Chicago, call (312) 704-5511.
For some people, going to the dentist means one thing: fighting with their gag reflex. Although some people don’t give the idea of gagging at the dentist a second thought, for others, a sensitive gag reflex can make it difficult to get dental care and may cause anxiety during dental appointments. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a victim to your gag reflex. There are things you can do to make getting dental care more comfortable and to avoid gagging during treatment. Start by talking to your dentist. These tips will also help.
Bring a Distraction
Your gag reflex is part physiological response and part psychological trigger. If you’ve experienced problems with gagging in the past, your anxiety about it happening again makes you more likely to gag. Using a distraction can prevent you from concentrating on gagging so you’re less likely to experience it. Holding a stress ball to squeeze during your appointment can help, as can bringing headphones and listening to music. Before your appointment, you can even practice self-hypnosis techniques so you can calm yourself down and avoid gagging.
Don’t Swallow Saliva
It’s normal to worry about saliva building up in your mouth or spilling out when you’re getting dental care. Many patients try to swallow their saliva during dental appointments to avoid embarrassment, but doing so is likely to make you gag. Your dentist can use a suction wand to clear out saliva from your mouth periodically when it gets in the way, so you don’t have to worry about it when you’re getting care.
Resist Mouth Breathing
When your mouth is open, it’s natural to default to breathing through it, but doing so will only make you more likely to gag. Breathe through your nose instead to reduce your gag reflex. Concentrating on breathing through your nose may also help to distract you from gagging.
The team at University Associates in Dentistry is committed to making every patient comfortable during treatment, whether he or she comes in for a general dentistry check-up or extensive cosmetic dentistry care in Chicago. Schedule your dental consultation today by calling (312) 704-5511.
Most people are used to getting x-rays when they see the dentist, but digital x-rays are not your grandparents’ imaging. When using digital x-rays, your dentist can get a clearer picture of what is happening in your mouth instantly, without waiting for photos to develop. They will also know right away if an image is not clear, so that it can be taken again immediately. With traditional x-rays, dentists don’t know if their pictures are adequate until after they have been developed. Still, myths about digital x-rays make some patients wary. Here is the truth behind some of these common misconceptions.
Myth: Digital x-rays are more uncomfortable than traditional x-rays.
The process of getting digital x-rays performed is virtually identical to the process you’re used to with traditional x-rays, except that you will be able to see the images pop up on a screen immediately. The sensor used in the mouth for digital x-rays is thinner and smaller than the one used for traditional x-rays, and it has rounded edges. If you notice any difference, it may actually be that you find digital x-rays to be more comfortable.
Myth: Digital x-rays produce lower quality images than film x-rays.
Dentists have adopted digital x-rays because they produce better images, not worse ones. Through digital imaging, dentists can zoom in on problem areas and enhance different parts of an image for a better view of different parts of your mouth. This means digital x-rays are significantly more useful for your dentist than film.
Myth: Digital x-rays are more expensive for me.
For dentists, digital x-rays save money, since they don’t need to lose treatment time to the developing process, nor do they have to spend money on a dark room and chemicals for developing film. This savings is something that patients get to enjoy as well. Although every insurance plan is different, there is no reason to think that digital x-rays are priced at a premium.
At University Associates in Dentistry, we are committed to harnessing the very latest technologies to improve care with everything from general dentistry to dental implants. To learn more about our dentists in Chicago, call (312) 704-5511.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants are a popular way to restore your smile and reclaim your confidence. Although dental implants used to involve multiple appointments and many months of care before they were fully functional, now you can get a new smile in a single day with All-on-4 implants. This revolutionary solution for people with multiple missing teeth delivers fast, natural results that you’ll love to show off.
All-on-4 implants work using only four implant posts to secure an entire row of teeth. Your dentist can strategically place the posts where you are missing teeth and then attach a set of prosthetic crowns to the posts. Over time, the posts will fuse with the bone in your jaw, so your implants feel, look, and act like natural teeth, without the need for the kind of special care that dentures require.
University Associates in Dentistry provides All-on-4 dental implants in Chicagoland alongside our other general, cosmetic, and restorative treatments. To schedule an appointment for a dental consultation, call (312) 704-5511.
If you need dental restorations, such as veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays and many other fillings, the CEREC system means you can get your treatment in a single appointment. This technology has changed the way dental restorations are used, allowing for faster care and better patient outcomes.
Watch this video to see how the CEREC system works. Your dentist can customize veneers and other restorations to match your smile perfectly using the CAD/CAM system, and he or she can them mill them right in the office, so you can get your restoration without multiple appointments.
CEREC is just one of the technologies we use at University Associates in Dentistry to provide the most advanced, cutting-edge care for our patients. To make an appointment with a dentist in Chicago, please call (312) 704-5511.
Like lots of other colonists, George Washington had dental problems. Although he did try to keep his teeth healthy with tooth powders, pastes, and brushes, he began to lose teeth early in his adult life, and by the time he was sworn in for his first term as President, he had just one natural tooth remaining. Modern dental implants weren’t available then, and so Washington tried a number of different denture configurations.
You can get to know George Washington’s dentures when you watch the accompanying video. Over the years, he had false teeth made from ivory, copper, silver, and brass. He even used a lead and tin alloy, which undoubtedly wasn’t good for his overall health.
Along with our compassionate, personalized care, University Associates in Dentistry is known for offering our patients the very latest in dental technology. Our dentists celebrate new technological advancements because they bring greater comfort and health to our valued patients. As an example, our patients no longer have to dread the sounds and sensations of the dental drill. Our exciting alternative is laser dentistry!
Unlike dental drills, dental lasers don’t produce heat, pressure, or vibrations. This results in a far more comfortable experience for our patients, particularly those with dental phobias. Our dentists can use these gentle lasers to treat tooth decay, reshape gum tissue, remove lesions, and perform biopsies. This technology typically allows patients to use less anesthetic, and it can reduce the risk of swelling, bleeding, and post-operative pain.
University Associates in Dentistry welcomes dental consultation requests from new and current patients. Call (312) 704-5511 or check out our website for more information on laser dentistry or our other high-quality dentistry services in Chicago.
Self-confidence starts with a great smile. Many cosmetic dentistry options are available to give you the beautiful smile you deserve. Dental bonding is one of the treatments your dentist might suggest. The bonding material blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth—no one will know the difference!
What Dental Bonding Is
Dentists can shape and shade a composite resin material to apply to a tooth. This process is known as dental bonding. The composite resin is a special mixture of glass and plastic that’s safe for use in human dentistry.
What Dental Bonding Can Fix
Dental bonding is actually useful for both general and cosmetic dentistry purposes. Patients with tooth decay, for instance, can get the decayed material removed. The dentist will then apply composite resin to create an aesthetically pleasing filling. The composite resin is a great alternative to traditional amalgam fillings, which are far more visible. Dental bonding is also useful for repairing teeth that have minor chips and cracks. (Teeth with severe damage will likely need a crown instead.) Composite resin bonding can also address cosmetic concerns like these:
Asymmetrical shape of the teeth
Gaps between teeth
Teeth that look too short
How Dental Bonding Is Performed
If your dentist determines that dental bonding is right for you, you’ll probably be able to have it done in the same appointment. Little preparation is needed. If the dentist is using the composite resin as a filling for a cavity, he or she will first apply a local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort. Anesthetic is rarely necessary when dental bonding is done for cosmetic reasons alone. The dentist will start by etching the tooth. This creates a roughened surface, which allows the composite resin to stick to it better. The dentist then applies a conditioning liquid, followed by the composite resin. He or she will carefully mold the resin until it’s in the right shape before hardening it with a laser. The material will be further trimmed and polished until the desired results are achieved.
Dental bonding is one of the many cosmetic dentistry services we offer here at University Associates in Dentistry . From missing teeth to discolored teeth, we can treat it all in our modern, high-tech office. Call (312) 704-5511 to schedule an appointment for cosmetic dentistry services in Chicago.