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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
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
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover all there is to know about getting dental crowns in Glenview.

Our Glenview, IL dentists at Family Dental are able to accomplish a lot with dental crowns. Whether you are looking to revive damaged dental crownsor severely decayed teeth or you have a malformed or discolored tooth, dental crowns are here to the rescue.

Crowns are a versatile restoration with countless benefits. While there are many different types of crowns, we know that our patients appreciate having a crown that looks and feels as much like a real tooth as possible. That’s why we offer ceramic crowns, which are still resilient and strong but also look like natural teeth, so no one will even know that you are wearing a crown.

What should I expect when I get a dental crown?

After your consultation, where we determine that your smile can benefit from getting a dental crown, there are several steps that need to happen before you can get your new restoration.

Step 1: We will need to take impressions of your mouth. After all, how can you get a custom-fitted crown without us first knowing the shape and size of your teeth? Impressions are the best way for the dental lab to know the exact specifications and measurements to create a crown that fits properly.

Step 2: In order for the crown to fit we will also need to shave off some enamel from your tooth. Anesthesia is administered to the area prior to removing the enamel, so you won’t feel a thing. Since enamel has to be removed we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it from damage while your permanent crown is being made.

Step 3: It can take up to a week (and sometimes more) to get your new crown. Once your crown has arrived you will come back in to have it cemented over your old tooth to improve the health and look of your smile.

Family Dental in Glenview, IL is here to make sure that your smile always looks great. Whether you need a dental crown to replace a damaged tooth or you want to get a whiter smile fast, we are here to help you achieve your smile goals.