Family Dental Center
By Family Dental Center
October 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When you have bright, healthy teeth, the world sees you as personable and capable. Does this sound far-fetched? Well, actually, it's true. cosmetic dentistryThe American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has researched American adults, finding that your smile aesthetics projects who you are to the world. If you'd like to show off your best smile, the team at Family Dental in Glenview, IL can help. They offer a menu of cosmetic dentistry services that's second to none. One or more treatments could deliver your great new look.

First, get a smile analysis

Your cosmetic dentist in Glenview will examine your teeth and gums, looking for any health problems needing correction before addressing your aesthetic smile goals. If all is well, the doctor will discuss those goals with you to get a picture of how you want your teeth and gums to change.

You, as the patient, should be specific. Do you want brighter tooth enamel? What about tooth alignment--is your smile crooked or gapped? Do small chips and cracks detract from your appearance? Our dentists will suggest treatment options executed singly or over time as your schedule and budget allow.

Rest assured that your treatment plan will make sense for your unique needs. In other words, it will be completely individualized for your best smile.

Offered cosmetic treatments

Professional teeth whitening Family Dental offers Zoom 2 Whitening, a one-hour, in-office procedure that changes tooth color by up to eight shades. Using concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel and laser light to activate the process, Zoom 2 Whitening removes stains from coffee, tobacco and dark foods from deep in tooth enamel. Results last indefinitely with oral hygiene at home, regular cleanings at Family Dental and occasional touch-ups.

Composite resin bonding Using a mixture of glass particles and tooth-colored acrylic, your cosmetic dentist in Glenview repairs small chips, gaps, uneven tooth length and more. He or she gently prepares the enamel surface with a fine sandpaper and etching liquid. Then, the doctor adds the resin, hardening each layer with a special curing light. After achieving the desired shape, the dentist polishes the tooth to a high gloss.

Porcelain veneers Also called dental laminates, these whisper-thin shells of dental ceramic cover the cheek side of teeth marred with small flaws such as chips, dark stains, gaps and cracks. Veneers are custom-made in a dental lab according to the dentist's specific instructions. To ensure a good bond, the dentist removes a small amount of tooth enamel and takes oral impressions. A permanent enhancement, porcelain veneers take just two appointments to design and place.

Invisalign and conventional orthodontics Family Dental offers a full-range of braces for people of all ages. Our dentist delivers precise bite correction and teeth straightening for beautiful smiles that are healthy and fully functional, too.

Find that great smile

There's more to cosmetic dentistry at Family Dental in Glenview, IL. Please call the office today for your personal consultation: (847) 998-1281.

By Family Dental Center
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When your smile needs a little improvement, bonding and reshaping offer a simple, low-cost solution. Your Glenview, IL, dentists at Family dental bonding, dental reshapingDental explain how dental bonding and reshaping works and discuss several ways you can benefit from the service.

What is dental bonding and reshaping?

Small amounts of tooth enamel are removed during the reshaping part of the bonding and reshaping process. Removing enamel can change the shape or length of teeth and also correct small imperfections. During the bonding portion, a flexible composite resin is added to the teeth to repair damage or improve appearance. The material is cured with a hardening light, then polished in our Glenview office.

When are bonding and reshaping used?

Dental bonding and reshaping is an excellent option if you have:

  • Chips and Cracks: Even small chips at the bottom of teeth can affect your appearance. If the chipped surface is rough, your tooth may also cut your tongue or lips. Eliminating annoying chips and small cracks are easy with bonding and reshaping.
  • Shape Issues: If a few of your teeth are pointed or look a little crooked or uneven, you may be a good candidate for bonding and reshaping. Bonding can also add length to teeth that are a little too short.
  • Overlapping Edges: Overlapping tooth edges affect your appearance and also trap plaque, the sticky bacterial film that causes cavities. When the edges are removed, you'll be happier with your smile and will also reduce your tooth decay risk.
  • Discolorations: Teeth whitening isn't an option if your tooth is darker due to a stain deep inside it. Applying bonding material to a discolored tooth helps it blend in with your smile.
  • Bite Problems: Orthodontic treatment may be the only option for severe bite issues, but contouring and reshaping offers a simpler solution for mild bite issues.
  • Gaps Between Teeth: Adding a little bonding material to your teeth closes up slight gaps.

Would you like to improve your smile with dental bonding and reshaping? Call Family Dental in Glenview, IL at (847) 998-1281 to schedule an appointment.

By Family Dental Center
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The jaw is important to oral health. With an improper bite, good health can suffer. Corrective jaw surgery can help patients to improve jaw correction surgerytheir exterior appearance and to use their jaw more effectively. Oral surgery from the dentists at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, may be the answer.

About Jaw Correction Surgery

For individuals who get chronic headaches or ear pain, have trouble chewing or swallowing food or spaces between the teeth when the mouth is closed, jaw correction surgery may be recommended. Also known as orthognathic, this Glenview oral surgery procedure is used in order to correct both minor and major dental problems or irregularities. It mostly is used to correct function issues relating to speaking, chewing or breathing.

Dr. Cullinan’s approach to jaw surgery will depend on each individual and their needs. For lower jaw surgery, the rear portion of the jaw is separated from the front portion. This is where the teeth actually support and allow for the lower portion of the jaw to move forward and backward. An oral surgeon uses screws or plates to reposition the bone. Oftentimes with this oral surgery, the teeth will need to be wired for up to 6-7 weeks.

With upper jaw surgery, the two parts are separated so that the tooth-bearing part of the jaw can move freely. Much like lower jaw surgery, screws and plates are used in order to fasten the jaw into its new position. Some patients may even need some bone added or removed. This surgery type will use a bite guide so that bite alignment is restored after surgery.

To learn more about oral surgery from Family Dental in Glenview, IL, such as jaw correction surgery, schedule an informative consultation today by calling 847-998-1281 today.

By Family Dental Center
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing a tooth, whether due to decay, trauma, or extraction, can be a traumatic, painful experience resulting in loss of confidence due to dental implantsthe gap left behind. However, it is important to consider tooth replacement options as soon as possible to restore your smile. Learn about the most effective, permanent tooth replacement option available, dental implants, with Family Dental in Glenview, IL.

How can dental implants help me? 
Dental implants do more than just fill in your smile’s gaps. While implants replace a missing tooth, they also replace its root, allowing the bone underneath the gumline to receive the stimulation it requires to remain healthy and avoid atrophy. This is because the implant lies within the bone itself, surgically placed by your dentist during your implant procedure. This stimulation helps prevent the side effects of tooth loss, including bone atrophy, sagging facial skin, and even premature aging.

How do dental implants work?
Dental implants have three main parts: the fixture, the abutment, and the prosthetic. The fixture is a small, screw-like post which your dentist implants into the bone. The abutment fits into the fixture to hold the prosthetic in place. The prosthetic is a dental crown customized especially for you to ensure it will fit seamlessly into your smile. During the healing process, the bone begins healing around the fixture, a process called osseointegration. Eventually, the fixture becomes a permanent part of your smile and a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic replacement tooth.

Dental Implants in Glenview, IL 
A good candidate for dental implants should be in good general and dental health with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Patients should have minimal bone atrophy in the area of their missing tooth or teeth. Those with significant bone atrophy may require a bone graft procedure before placing their actual implants. Your implant can last a lifetime with proper care.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Family Dental in Glenview, IL. Call (847) 998-1281 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Family Dental Center
March 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Many of you have probably considered teeth whitening treatment. There are numerous over the counter products for teeth whitening, but many of these can cause more harm than good in the long run. For example, most whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that can damage your teeth by rubbing your natural tooth enamel away. A better choice is to see a professional in the Glenview, Illinois area like Dr. Sean Cullinan who can safely whiten your teeth and keep you aware of options for keeping your teeth white as long as possible. Your smile is an investment, and products like whitening strips and toothpaste don't whiten and protect your teeth the way a dentist can.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sean Cullinan, DMD in Glenview, IL

Before considering a teeth whitening procedure, you should have Dr. Cullinan conduct a thorough examination to determine the health of your teeth. If you have any cavities, they will need to be filled before whitening your teeth to prevent negative complications. At this step, Dr. Cullinan will also determine if you are extra sensitive to the whitening material. Bear in mind that not all teeth can be whitened, and the minimum age for a whitening procedure is 10 years old.

Things you should know:

  • Procedure: Once Dr. Cullinan determines it is safe to proceed with whitening your teeth, he'll first apply a protective solution to your gums. After that he'll put the whitening gel on your teeth. Depending on the condition of your teeth, the gel will stay on from anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Typically, you'll need to make several visits to complete the whitening of your teeth.
  • Side Effects: You might experience sensitivity in your teeth after a whitening procedure. It's a good idea to avoid hot or cold foods right after you have your teeth whitened.
  • Care: As you continue to see Dr. Cullinan for additional teeth whitening sessions, avoid foods that can cause stains such as red wine or dark sauces like soy sauce. If you smoke, this is a great time to quit!

Remember, while you may be tempted to use over the counter products, products like whitening strips and toothpaste can never deliver the long-lasting white teeth available from a professional.

If you live in or are visiting the Glenview area of Illinois, contact Dr. Sean Cullinan at Glenview Family Dental for a consultation on your new, whiter smile.





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