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Posts for: January, 2015


A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.

We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?

Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.

When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?

In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.

So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.

If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Family Dental Center
January 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  

What you eat (and how often you eat it) is a major factor in the ongoing battle to prevent tooth decay. High levels of sugar or similar carbohydrates in your diet could encourage the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay. Constantly sipping on acidic beverages like sodas or sports drinks can lead to enamel erosion.

You may be well aware of the kinds of foods that contribute to tooth decay. But did you know some foods can actually protect us from this damaging disease? Here are 4 kinds of foods believed to inhibit tooth decay.

Cheese. This food formed from milk is rich in calcium and has a stimulating effect on saliva. By eating a little cheese after a sugary snack, the increase in saliva can help neutralize the acid produced by the bacteria feeding on the sugar; the added calcium will also strengthen tooth enamel.

Fibrous plant foods. Beans, peanuts and leafy vegetables are rich in fiber and many require vigorous chewing. This in turn stimulates saliva flow, which as previously noted helps to neutralize high levels of acid.

Black and green teas. Beverages brewed from these plants are rich in polyphenols and flavonoids, providing an antioxidant effect on cells. Black tea also contains fluoride, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.

Chocolate. There’s some evidence that cocoa (from which chocolate is derived) may have some properties that inhibit tooth decay. But there is a catch — this evidence is based on unrefined cocoa, without the addition of any sugar. The high levels of sugar in processed chocolate negate this effect. Sorry chocolate lovers!

Of course, any of these and similar foods (like cow’s milk) should be considered complements to a comprehensive prevention approach that includes daily oral hygiene, limits on sugar and acidic food consumption and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

If you would like more information on preventing tooth decay, 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 “Nutrition & Oral Health.”

By Family Dental Center
January 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out what makes these dental implant manufacturers’ products superior.

For those dealing with tooth loss, the most important step you can take is to replace your missing tooth or teeth. While some Dental Implantspatients are completely satisfied with dentures or a dental bridge, there are others who want a more stable and durable option like dental implants. However, as your Glenview dentist, our goal is to continue to provide our patients with the best treatment options. This is why we offer Straumann and Zimmer implant systems, because we believe these dental implants offer the best quality.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are truly the only real way to replace missing teeth. The implant consists of a small metal screw, an abutment post and an artificial tooth. We first surgically embed the tiny titanium implant into the jawbone. Over the course of a couple months the tissues surrounding your implant will start to grow around it and fuse with the metal to provide a sturdy foundation from which to hold your dental crown. Then an abutment is placed over the implant to act as a secure connector between the implant and the crown. Once this is complete we will attach the artificial tooth to the abutment.

Straumann Dental Implants

Straumann is one of the leading brands in the dental implant world, offering patients oral prosthetics that restore smiles and increase aesthetics. Straumann offers a variety of different kinds of implants to fit any patient’s needs. Both the Morse and CrossFit style dental implants are designed to offer secure and durable bonding between the abutment and the implant itself. Straumann dental implants also heal quickly and integrate seamlessly with oral tissue.

Zimmer Dental Implants

What makes Zimmer dental implants so unique is the minimally invasive surgical procedure required to offer you a new smile. Furthermore, Zimmer puts all implants through rigorous testing to make sure they last. What you are left with is a dental implant that looks just like a natural tooth and improves your oral health.

We offer a variety of different dental implants at our Glenview dental office and we pride ourselves on providing only the best quality dental products to our patients. If you want to find out if dental implants in Glenview are right for you, then give us a call today to schedule an initial consultation. We would be happy to sit down and talk to you about our implant systems and how they could help your smile.