Family Dental Center
By Family Dental Center
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health

A healthy smile takes more than luck. You must keep good oral hygiene habits. Do you? At Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL, our team of four dentists stress the importance of routine at-home and in-office care. These practices are your best insurance against decay, gum disease, tooth loss and problems with systemic health.

Prevention is best

Take care of your smile now, and reap the benefits of healthy teeth and gums for life. This takes is a prevention mindset. At Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL, our dentists stress preventive dentistry services such as:

  • Six-month cleanings and check-ups
  • Digital X-rays according to a regular schedule
  • Plastic sealants to protect molars from decay
  • Fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel
  • Oral cancer assessments for every adult patient

What else can you, as the patient, initiate and follow through with? The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry recommends these at-home guidelines:

  1. Remove toxic plaque by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. Use a fluoride toothpaste and soft brush. Spend a full two minutes brushing--gently! Floss around each tooth, including your molars. Practice makes perfect with flossing skills.
  2. Use an antimicrobial or fluoride mouth rinse for protection against decay and periodontal problems.
  3. Pay close attention to your gum tissue. Report bleeding and areas of redness, puffiness, and tenderness to your Glenview, IL, dentist. These are signs of gum disease which impact both oral and overall health when left untreated.
  4. Drink water with your meals and through the day, too.
  5. Consume a high-fiber, low-carb diet. Avoid soda pop, and limit highly pigmented foods and beverages, such as coffee, because they stain your teeth.
  6. Wear a mouth guard if you play sports and a bite guard while you sleep if you clench your teeth.
  7. Inspect your teeth, gums, and tongue. Look for sores that do not heal, pimples on the gums, cracks in fillings and crowns, and dark spots on tooth enamel. Report them to your dentist.
  8. Do not smoke or chew tobacco. Both cause oral cancer, accelerate gum disease, stain tooth enamel and give you bad breath.
  9. Use good tools. When your toothbrush looks worn, replace it. Pick a flossing product you can use easily and consistently.

It's so important

Home oral hygiene habits are particularly critical during the current COVID-19 crisis. Our dentists remain at Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL, for your pressing dental needs. Contact us with any questions, and we'll see you soon! Phone (847) 998-1281.

By Family Dental Center
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

It strikes without notice and sometimes at the most inconvenient hours. Sadly, the pain can be one of the worst you can ever experience in your life. The pain also does not fade away on its own. Massaging it may not even work. What are we talking about? A toothache.

The problem with a toothache or tooth pain is that the source can sometimes be challenging to pinpoint. However, if your tooth pain is due to an accident, trauma, or infection, it’s best to check in with your emergency dentist here at Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL, to prevent further complications.

What Exactly is a Toothache?

A toothache occurs when the nerve found in the root of your tooth or the teeth around it becomes irritated, decayed, infected, or injured. Eventually, this will lead to tooth loss, but only after you suffer from almost excruciating pain. The pain doesn’t always come from the tooth—it could likewise radiate from your jaw or other surrounding areas in your mouth.

Without proper oral hygiene, there could be uncontrollable bacteria growth in your mouth. This may result in dental decay, gum disease, or both, which may cause you pain. All of this pain can be avoided with proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist at least twice every year.

Symptoms and Causes of Tooth Pain

If a toothache can give you so much pain, it is important to be aware of its symptoms and causes. The most common you can experience is a dull or sharp pain inside or around the tooth. It is likewise possible that some symptoms may not even start from the tooth, but may be brought on by infection, shingles, sinusitis, or a similar disease.

People who experience toothache commonly complain of jaw pain as well. Pain can be short or long depending on the stimulus. When inflammation increases, severe pain can be expected. This could cause the pain to travel to your ears, cheeks, and other surrounding areas. Other common symptoms include:

  • A painful sensation when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Bleeding around the gum and infected tooth area
  • Swelling of the jaw and tooth area
  • Trauma or injury to the affected area

What Could Cause Your Toothache?

As earlier described, it is brought upon by the inflammation of the nerves in the root of the tooth or the pulp. The common causes of this type of inflammation are:

  • Dental cavities
  • Gum diseases
  • Abscess of the tooth
  • Infections
  • Tooth trauma
  • Abnormal bite
  • Tooth eruption during early childhood
  • Bruxism or grinding of the teeth

The actual cause of the toothache though can only be determined through a dental exam conducted by your emergency dentist in Glenview, IL. This will likewise ensure that you receive proper treatment to alleviate the pain caused by the toothache.

For Dental Advice or Emergency Help, Reach Out to Us

Call (847) 998-1281 to schedule your consultation with one of our emergency dentists here at the Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL.

By Family Dental Center
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

How your dentists in Glenview, IL, can restore your smile

If you need to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth, you need to know about all of your tooth replacement options. After all, thanks to superb dental materials and advanced techniques, there are more tooth replacement options today than ever before! Read on to learn about how the dentists here at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, use several different tooth replacement options to restore patients' smiles.

Available treatment options

One of the most popular tooth replacement options today is dental implant treatment. Dental implants are popular for many reasons. For instance, they offer a completely natural look that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They also function just like natural teeth, giving you strong biting and chewing functionality. Furthermore, dental implants are permanently surrounded by bone, so you never have to remove them and they never move around. This stability and convenience makes implants an excellent choice for just about everyone.

Dental bridgework is another common variety of tooth replacement. A dental bridge consists of prosthetic teeth, known as pontics. These pontics take the place of your missing teeth. To install a dental bridge, the teeth adjacent to the space receive dental crowns, and the pontics are cemented onto the crowned teeth for support. Dental bridges provide an increased surface area for chewing, and they look very natural.

Partial and full dentures are another great, budget-friendly choice for tooth replacement. They should be removed when you sleep and when you clean them every day. Dental appliances are custom-made to fit your smile, making them comfortable, natural-looking, and able to provide years of tooth replacement performance.

Interested? Give us a call

Tooth replacement is one of the most important decisions that you can make, so don’t make it alone. To learn more about tooth replacement options and which is the right choice for you, call the dentists of Family Dental in Glenview, IL, at (847) 998-1281. Call now!

By Family Dental Center
December 30, 2019
Category: Oral Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is a medical term that refers to jaw correction surgery, and here at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, Dr. Alex Figueroa is your expert in oral surgery. Along with Dr. Michael Cullinan, Dr. Sean Cullinan and Dr. Randi Smulson, he corrects smile problems for long-term oral health, functionality, and personal appearance.

Orthognathic surgery changes a lot

A complete examination at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, tells you and your dentist if oral surgery is in order. Problems your dentists typically see in children, teens, and adults are:

  • Improper occlusion (crossbite, underbite, overbite, and openbite)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance
  • Protruding upper or lower jaws
  • Receding chin
  • Congenital and acquired defects
  • Damage from oral trauma such as an auto accident, fall, or sports injury
  • Problematic swallowing

Additional issues may be inefficient biting and chewing, speech problems, headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and snoring, as well as an inability to properly open and close the jaws.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) states that the jaw must finish growing before jaw surgery can happen. That means both boys and girls should be in their late teens before the oral surgeon attempts many corrective procedures.

Dentures and braces

Long-time denture patients have special challenges in terms of oral function and personal appearance. Through the pressures of wearing dentures for many years, people may experience excessive wear on the jawbones. This is commonly called denture fatigue. As such, these individuals may require bone grafting procedures to build up the jaw for better denture fit and improved facial contours.

Orthodontic correction may be an adjunct to oral surgery. Braces can improve or maintain the bite correction begun by a variety of procedures.

Do you need jaw correction surgery?

If you do, you'll be in the best of hands. The professional team here at Family Dental at Glenview will be with you every step of the way from evaluation and consultation to surgery and recovery. We want your smile to look great, function well, and last a lifetime. Call us today for an appointment to learn more: (847) 998-1281.

By Family Dental Center
November 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Caring for your teeth is important, but it is just as important to care for your gums as well. After all, unhealthy gums can begin receding and lead to tooth loss, both of which are signs of periodontal disease, a condition that can lead to wide-ranging detrimental effects to both your dental and overall health. Fortunately, the dentists at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, are here to help keep your smile in top shape!

 

Signs of Periodontal Disease

There are several signs and symptoms that can be an indication of possible periodontal disease. If you have any of the signs of periodontal disease, your Glenview dentists can make a formal diagnose and discuss periodontal treatment options. Signs of possible periodontal disease include:

  • Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
  • Gum sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Missing or loose teeth
  • Major toothaches
  • Chronic bad breath

 

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when the gums have become infected by bacteria that has been lingering on the teeth for a while. Brushing and flossing daily are important aspects of a good oral hygiene routine and can help maintain gum health. However, it is also important to regularly visit your Glenview dentist for professional cleanings to remove the plaque and tartar that can't be removed with regular brushing and flossing at home. Removing plaque and tartar buildup is also essential to maintaining healthy gums and preventing periodontal disease.

A good oral hygiene routine that promotes healthy teeth and gums and helps prevent periodontal disease should include:

  • Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice daily
  • Flossing between teeth at least once per day
  • Scheduling dental cleanings every six months
  • Minimizing consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar
  • Avoiding or stopping the use of tobacco products

 

Oral Surgery Options

Maintaining good oral hygiene can prevent the development of periodontal disease, but treatments are available for restoring gum health if it does occur. Oral surgery options for treating periodontal disease or other periodontal concerns include:

  • Gum lift — Lifting or reshaping gums that are excessive or uneven to create a more pleasing appearance.
  • Gum grafting — Grafting healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth to another area where gum tissue is damaged or missing.
  • Scaling and root planing — Cleaning teeth below the gum line to help infected gums heal and reattach to a clean tooth surface.
  • Periodontal flap surgery — Cleaning “pockets” of bacteria below the gum line so gum tissue can be reattached to the teeth.

 

Concered? Give Us a Call

Several periodontal treatment options are available for restoring gum health and improving the appearance of gums affected by periodontal disease. For periodontal treatment, contact Family Dental's Glenview office by dialing (847) 998-1281.





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