Restorative Dentistry Chicago, IL
Your mouth has many important responsibilities. Taking care of it is essential for ensuring that it can perform its responsibilities properly. To care for your mouth, it is important to brush and floss daily as well as having your mouth cleaned and examined at least twice a year. Neglecting any part of your oral hygiene routine, even only occasionally, can significantly increase your risk of developing severe oral health issues. If you do develop an oral health complication, Medhat Dental Excellence and Artistic Smiles Family Dental Care can help with restorative dentistry.
Dental fillings are a common treatment for restoring teeth affected by cavities. They essentially fill in the cavities, preventing bacteria from hiding inside and causing destruction. There are two types of fillings, amalgam and composite resin. Amalgam fillings are the well-known silver fillings. These fillings are incredibly strong, making them perfect for back teeth. Composite resin fillings are known as tooth-colored fillings because the material matches the color of your natural teeth. These fillings are perfect for teeth visible when you smile. More info on Tooth Filling.
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace one to three missing teeth. Your replacement tooth, or pontic tooth, is set between two dental crowns. The crowns anchor the bridge into place on the healthy teeth on both sides of the gap in your mouth. Bridges are commonly made from ceramic, which enable them to blend in with the rest of your smile. More info on Dental Bridges.
A dental crown is a cap that is designed to cover the entire visible surface area of a damaged tooth. The crown protects a damaged tooth, preventing further damage, protecting against infection, and restoring strength. Crowns can be made from several materials, including metal and ceramic. While metal crowns are the strongest, ceramic crowns are the most popular because they blend in with the rest of your natural teeth, enhancing the beauty of your smile.
Reasons for Choosing a Dental Crown
Dental crowns can correct a variety of problems that you might be experiencing with your teeth:
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Bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.
Here's How it Works
The dentist prepares the tooth surface so the bonding material will adhere. Once it has been applied, the dentist will shape it so it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth.
This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns so it chips more easily; eventually it may require replacing.
Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it.
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When faced with tooth loss, it is essential that those teeth be replaced as soon as possible. Dentures are a common restoration for replacing missing teeth that have been used for hundreds of years. Modern dentures look much more natural and feel much less bulky than their original counterparts. They are a removable prosthesis that replaces an entire arch of teeth, or sections of missing teeth, that sits directly on your gums.
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Gum disease is a serious, progressive, oral health issue that affects your gums and the supporting structures of your teeth. It can cause gum recession, loose teeth, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Treatments for gum disease depend on the severity of your condition but range from minimally invasive to surgical. Treating gum disease as soon as possible is essential for stopping its progression, preventing serious complications, and allowing your mouth to heal. More info on Gum Disease.
While saving damaged teeth is always the preferred option, it is not always possible. When your teeth are severely damaged or decayed, and cannot be fixed with dental crowns, the best course of action is to extract them. Following the extraction of your affected teeth, we can then provide you with the best replacement option to meet your needs. More info on Multiple Tooth Extraction.
When teeth are faced with significant damage or decay, these issues can allow bacteria to enter inside. Once inside the teeth, bacteria begin multiplying and irritating the soft tissue, called pulp. This causes irritation, inflammation, and severe pain. In the event of a tooth infection, we can perform root canal therapy. This treatment removes the infected pulp from the tooth and cleans and shapes the canals inside before sealing the tooth and applying a dental crown. More info on Root Canal Therapy.
Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for gum disease. This procedure is a deep cleaning of your teeth that involves cleaning all surfaces of your teeth. Scaling is the scraping of all visible surfaces of your teeth, with special attention paid around and just below the gum line. Root planing is the cleaning of your tooth roots. We remove all buildup and smooth the tooth roots, preventing new bacteria from accumulating. This treatment is performed to eliminate bacteria and relieve the irritation and inflammation of your gums, allowing your mouth to heal. More info on Scaling and Root Planing.
With restorative dentistry, we can give you back your oral health, your smile, and your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Medhat Dental Excellence and Artistic Smiles Family Dental Care today at (773) 774-4611 North Milwaukee Ave Location
(312) 726-5204 North Wabash Location.
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