There is a branch of dentistry that specifically deals with oral maxillofacial surgery and treatments. It is focused on correcting dental ailments using surgeries of the mouth, including the jawbone, gums, soft-tissues, and teeth. If you’re having a dental concern or emergency, an oral surgery procedure may be required to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Find out if you can benefit from one of these procedures when you visit Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL, for a consultation.
Dental Extractions (Wisdom Teeth)
One of the most commonly performed oral surgeries is tooth extraction. It is always best for a dentist to perform this procedure to ensure that bone tissue is preserved and that there is minimal bleeding. A dentist will also minimize the chance of an infection after a tooth is removed. Tooth extraction is reserved for cases when all other treatment options have been exhausted.
Some patients have ill-formed jaws that protrude unnaturally and don’t allow for normal eating and speaking. In this case, oral surgery can adjust the jaws so that they sit more naturally and comfortably. Your Glenview, IL, dentist can add screws or plates when needed to ensure proper jaw flexibility and movement. Patients who struggle with jaw pain due to TMJ disorder may need oral surgery to get relief.
Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease that affects approximately 47 percent of Americans according to the CDC. It is caused by poor oral hygiene (particularly a lack of regular flossing around the gumline), and it may be related to genetics. Oral surgery may be needed to remove diseased tissue from under the gums to give the bone tissue a chance to regenerate and heal. Bone grafting is also a surgical option for patients who have lost a significant amount of bone density and gum tissue.
Another common oral procedure is the placement of dental implants. The dentist drills a small hole into the jaw to make room for a titanium device that looks like a screw. This is a relatively minor dental surgery that helps patients who want to permanently replace missing teeth.
After a short exam, your dentist will let you know if an oral surgery procedure will help improve your smile. Call (847) 998-1281 today to schedule a visit to Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL.
Discover the unique and wonderful benefits that dental implants can offer you.
When it comes to handling tooth loss it’s important that you weigh all the options to determine the best approach for replacing your missing tooth (or teeth). Our Glenview, IL, dentists understand just how important finding the right tooth replacement is.
There is a reason many of our adult patients are turning to dental implants to restore their smile. After all, they offer some advantages that other tooth replacements can’t. Dental implants are tiny metal posts that our Glenview, IL, general dentist will place into the jawbone where the roots of your missing tooth once were.
That’s right; dental implants actually replace tooth roots. They even function just like them. Of course, the metal implant isn’t the part that people will see. We will have to place a dental crown over top of the implant to complete the restoration.
How can dental implants improve my oral health?
Sure, dental implants will fill that gap in your smile with a restoration that looks and feels just like a real tooth (no one will be able to tell that you have an implant) and yes you will feel more confident in your new and improved appearance, but there are also some health benefits that dental implants can also offer you:
Prevent Bone Loss
This is one of the biggest benefits to getting dental implants. While other tooth replacement options will give you back a full smile, they can’t actually prevent bone loss. One complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. The jawbone deteriorates because it is no longer getting the proper amount of stimulation it needs from all of the roots of the teeth. To combat this, we will place the implant into the jawbone. This will not provide the bone with the stimulation it needs to maintain its strength and density.
Prevent Teeth from Shifting Around
If you don’t treat your tooth loss, over time the rest of your smile will begin to shift into those open spaces between teeth. This can lead to crowding, uneven spacing, crookedness and other misalignment issues that can only be corrected through orthodontic treatment.
Here in Glenview, IL, our dental team is ready to help get your smile back on track, no matter whether you want to get dental implants or in-office teeth whitening. Our cosmetic and emergency dentists are here to make sure you get the care you need, so don’t hesitate to call Family Dental Center for the care your smile deserves.
Is your smile is as healthy as it could be? Let’s find out!
We are human, so at some point along the way we are going to fall flat when it comes to properly caring for our smiles. Maybe you fell asleep before you could floss your teeth or you drank more sodas in a week than you care to admit; however, as long as you know how to care for your smile the majority of the time, this is what really adds up. Our Glenview, IL, family dentists are here to provide the ultimate tips for keeping your smile healthy and happy.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Nothing is more important than making sure you are brushing at least twice a day (ideally, after mealtimes) and flossing once a day. Brushing in the morning when you first wake up and then again right before bedtime can greatly reduce plaque buildup.
How long do you need to spend brushing your teeth? This is also a very important factor. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer then set a timer yourself for about 2 to 3 minutes. This is how long you should be brushing each time you do.
Use the Proper Technique
What benefits can brushing and flossing possibly have if you aren’t doing it right? Proper form and technique are everything. Be gentle when brushing all surfaces (you don’t need to scrub or press down in order to remove plaque). Short, gentle strokes are all it takes. Remember to brush the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth and leave floss to take care of the spaces between teeth. Before you finish, brush your tongue and roof of your mouth to fight bad-breath germs.
Whether you are dealing with dry mouth or you are prone to cavities, there are many factors that may warrant needing mouthwash or a medicated rinse in order to reduce the bacteria responsible for decay and gum disease. While over-the-counter mouthwashes only serve to temporarily hide bad breath, our Glenview dentists can recommend a proper mouthwash that will help promote an all-around healthier smile.
Manage Bad Habits
Do you use your teeth instead of scissors to rip apart plastic packaging? Do you grind your teeth at night? If you said “yes” these are habits that you need to not just be aware of but also know how to address to protect your teeth for the long run. Teeth should never be used for anything other than chewing food or speaking. Don’t use your teeth as tools, which could seriously damage them. If we suspect that you grind your teeth, we may recommend getting a custom night guard to wear while you sleep to protect teeth from excessive wear and tear.
If you ever have questions about your oral health or about the dental services we offer here in Glenview, IL, don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly, caring dentists. Turn to Family Dental for your smile needs.
Periodontal disease runs in your family. You worry that you may have it and that you could lose teeth and develop systemic health problems. Calm your fears because while gum disease pervades the adult population across the US, it can be uncovered and treated. Just trust the expertise of your Glenview, IL, dentists at Family Dental.
What is periodontal disease?
A progressive and potentially destructive oral health problem, periodontal disease attacks the gums and underlying jaw bone. Related to inflammation and infection from oral bacteria found in plaque and tartar, gum disease often has no symptoms. However, as it worsens it causes:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding, puffy, reddened gums gums
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Bone recession
In addition, various systemic diseases seem linked to gum disease--conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, dementia, cardiovascular disease and more. Your gum health definitely impacts your oral and overall well-being.
Diagnosing gum disease
Your Glenview dentist can see the signs of periodontitis on routine oral examination. Besides visual inspection, the dentist gently probes the gum tissue to measure pocket depth. Gum pockets are the spaces between the teeth and gums. A healthy measure is one to three millimeters, but anything deeper is diagnostic for periodontitis.
Also, the dentist does digital X-ray screening to view tooth roots and underlying jaw bone. This tells the doctor how extensive the damage is and helps formulate the proper treatment plan.
Who gets gum disease
The American Academy of Periodontology reports that many factors contribute to gum disease. Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common. However, there are others:
- Gender (more men than women)
- Bruxism (teeth clenching)
- Poor nutrition
Your dentist in Glenview can help
If you have mild gum disease, or gingivitis, a routine hygienic cleaning followed by diligent brushing and flossing at home should clear up the problem. However, if gingivitis has progressed, your dentist will do a deep cleaning.
Also called scaling and root planing, this thorough, in-office treatment uses handheld tools and ultrasonic cleaners to remove deposits of plaque and hard tartar from between teeth and below the gum line. Your doctor may instill antimicrobial medication as well to heal infection and help the gums to reattach to tooth roots.
Have your healthiest mouth
Both your dental and your gingival health are vital to your smile and to your systemic well-being. So why not arrange a check-up and cleaning with your friendly dental team at Family Dental in Glenview, IL? Call today (847) 998-1281.
Oral surgery can help you protect your smile and relieve painful conditions. Our Glenview, IL, dentists, Dr. Sean Cullinan, Dr. Stella Haralampopoulous, and Dr. Alex Figuero, share a few reasons that you may need oral surgery.
You have impacted wisdom teeth
Ideally, wisdom teeth should erupt from the surface of the gums with no problem. While some lucky people in the Glenview area have absolutely no issues with their wisdom teeth, others face pain, infections and other unpleasant symptoms when the teeth are blocked by bone and gum tissue. Whether the teeth are completely blocked, or impacted, or partially impacted, oral surgery is needed to remove them. You'll be restricted to a soft diet for about a week following your surgery, but can soon resume your regular diet.
You have a condition that affects your jaw
A misaligned jaw may affect your appearance, cause pain and damage to your teeth and gums, and make it difficult to chew or speak clearly. During surgery, the alignment of the jaw is corrected. Orthodontic treatment may also be needed in addition to surgery.
You want to restore a lost tooth with a dental implant
If you choose dental implants to replace a missing tooth, you'll need an oral surgical procedure to place the titanium posts in your jawbone. Dental implants fuse to your jawbone and replace natural tooth roots. They're combined with a dental crown to create a brand new tooth that feels very natural.
Your dentures have worn down your gum tissue or bone
Wearing removable dentures for many years can occasionally cause loss of bone or gum tissue. Bone grafts may be used to restore lost bone, or you may need soft tissue manipulation or jaw realignment, depending on the nature of your problem.
Whether you think you may need oral surgery or are concerned about a cavity or other dental problem, the dentists at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, offer expert treatment and compassionate care. Call Dr. Cullinan, Dr. Haralampopoulous, and Dr. Figuero at (847) 998-1281 to schedule your appointment.
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