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Find out how this clear orthodontic system could give you a straighter smile.
Who says that the whole world has to know that you have braces? Our Des Plaines, IL, family dentists Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' certainly don’t think so. If you are an older teen or adult who is dealing with crooked or a misaligned smile, find out if Invisalign is the right treatment option.
What is Invisalign?
With traditional braces, metal or tooth-colored brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth and connected through wires to apply pressure to the teeth to shift them around; however, Invisalign uses a very different system. Instead of sporting brackets and wires, Invisalign offers up a set of ultra-thin transparent aligners that fit over your teeth. Each aligner is custom-made based on measurements that our Des Plaines, IL, dentists take of your teeth.
What problems can Invisalign fix?
Invisalign is able to tackle a variety of issues including:
- Gapped teeth
- Open bite
If you are dealing with mild-to-moderate alignment issues chances are good that Invisalign could straighten your smile and correct these problems.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign treatment?
As with any dental treatment, there are certain factors that can affect your candidacy for Invisalign. Your age is one factor that will play a role. While you are never too old to get a straighter smile you may be too young for Invisalign.
In order for Invisalign aligners to fit properly we will need to make sure that your teeth have fully developed. Aligners will not be effective on teeth that are still growing. This is why Invisalign isn’t right for children or young teens; however older teens and adults of all ages can be great candidates for Invisalign.
The dental issues you wish to correct with Invisalign will also determine whether or not this is the right orthodontic treatment for you. The problems above are the most common issues that Invisalign can treat but if you aren’t sure whether your smile could benefit from Invisalign come in for a consultation so we can determine if this is the most effective method for you.
Are you interested in getting Invisalign in Des Plaines, IL? Want to find out if this is the right approach to fix your crooked smile? If so, call Suburban Family Dental to schedule a consultation with our dentists!
Extractions are usually considered a last resort, but if a tooth becomes irreparably damaged by trauma or tooth decay, an extraction is sometimes the best option for your overall oral health. Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise, dentists at Suburban Family Dental, offer a range of general and emergency dental services for children and adults in Des Plaines, IL.
Tooth Extractions in Des Plaines, IL
In addition to cases of trauma or tooth decay, there are a few other situations commonly require tooth extractions:
- Decayed or impacted wisdom teeth
- Crowding/to make room for orthodontic treatment
- Primary (baby) teeth
- Severe cracks or fractures
How Do You Know if a Tooth Needs to Be Extracted?
If you are experiencing pain or signs of an infection, schedule an appointment to see the dentist as quickly as possible. A dental exam and X-ray are usually performed to determine the extent of damage. A dental exam will be necessary to evaluate your symptoms and determine the best form of treatment, but here are a few additional signs that you may need to have a tooth extracted:
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw
- Intense pain when biting or chewing food
- Red and swollen gums around the tooth
- Loose tooth
- Advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
Types of Extractions
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is typically the first course of action, assuming that there is enough tooth structure to hold with forceps, in which case the tooth is simply removed without an incision. A surgical extraction is necessary when a tooth is impacted (trapped below the gum and unable to erupt properly), or if the tooth breaks at the crown and an incision is needed to remove the root. In some cases, a tooth may break or fracture during a simple extraction, making a surgical extraction necessary.
Dentist in Des Plaines, IL
For more information about emergency dentistry services and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact Suburban Family Dental by calling (847) 640-0778 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dziubyk or Dr. Grise today.
Missing teeth harm more than your self-esteem. While that's important, your oral health and function are even more so. At Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL dental implants mimic real teeth in every way: performance, appearance and maintenance of jaw bone integrity. Read here how Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr Lorelei Grise' place these tooth replacements and how they improve their patients' smiles.
When you lose teeth...
There are a number of difficult consequences:
- A smile gap
- Gum and bone deterioration at the extraction site
- Reduced bite height (the vertical dimension of your face when your teeth come together)
- Shifting of neighboring teeth toward the empty space (they weaken as they drift)
- Poorer chewing, biting and speaking
- Premature facial aging with substantial tooth loss
With all of these disappointing side effects, patients must consider the best tooth replacement options available to them. Fortunately, most healthy adults qualify for innovative dental implants which are stable, can last for decades and actually improve jaw bone size and strength. Plus, they realistically close smile gaps, giving patients the beautiful smiles they deserve.
How implants work
A simple oral exam, and X-rays tell your Des Plaines dentist if dental implants are right for you. Good oral health is a must as is a jawbone which is sufficiently dense to support the implant device.
Made of biocompatible titanium, the implant device inserts into a small hole created in the jaw. Dr. Dziubyk or Dr. Grise' then allow several weeks of healing time before covering the implant with a metal alloy extension post and customized porcelain crown.
How long does healing take? Actually, the sutured gums heal very quickly. However, osseointegration takes several weeks to months. What is osseointegration? It's the bonding process between the jaw and the implant.
With osseointegration, human bone wraps around titanium, having a natural affinity for it. The resulting bond is very strong and actually gets even stronger over time.
Interestingly, implants are very versatile. The dentist can place multiple implants to anchor multi-tooth bridges and partial or even full dentures. So, this modern technology gives both dentist and patient a wide range of tooth replacement possibilities.
Keeping your implants healthy
Caring for implants is as easy, and as important, as caring for natural teeth. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Twice a day should do it, says the American Dental Association, but you also must floss around implant sites to keep them free of plaque, tartar and their associated bacteria.
Additionally, avoid tobacco in all forms. Smoking in particular burns gum tissue around implants and can deteriorate the jaw bone. An infection called peri-implantitis resembles gum disease and can cause implant failure.
Arrange your implant consultation
And, see about filling those smile gaps. At Suburban Family Dental, we love our patients to have their best smiles ever. So call today, won't you? (847) 640-0778.
How dental crowns from your dentists in Des Plaines can make your smile stronger
Damaged and broken teeth can keep you from eating the foods you love. They can also keep you from looking your best. In fact, damaged teeth can cause problems chewing, which in turn can cause problems with your digestion, affecting your general health. You may have even stopped smiling because you are embarrassed by your damaged teeth.
It’s time to restore the health and beauty of your teeth and your smile. The answer is dental crowns! Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL want to share how dental crowns can help you and your smile.
Teeth are strong, but they can still suffer damage from everyday wear-and-tear, tooth trauma, and other factors. Dental crowns restore the strength of your tooth by covering the entire visible area of your tooth above the gumline. A dental crown is like a protective glove surrounding your tooth and holding it together. Some of the reasons you might need a dental crown include:
- Age-related wear and chipping
- Breakage from an accident or injury
- A broken or leaking dental filling
- A tooth that has had a root canal
You may also want a dental crown to enhance your smile. Fortunately, modern dental crown materials offer both strength and beauty. You may choose to cosmetically enhance your smile because of teeth that are:
- Restored with large, old, crumbling metal fillings
- Discolored or stained from medications, tobacco or coffee
- Pitted or have enamel defects due to genetics
At Suburban Family Dental, they offer several choices of material for your crowns including:
Full porcelain, which provides the most natural-looking crown available; porcelain reflects light just like your natural teeth, providing a beautiful addition to your smile. You can even have your porcelain crown created and placed all in one appointment thanks to CAD/CAM Same Day Crown technology available at the office.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal, a PFM crown, which provides both strength and beauty; these crowns are created in a dental laboratory, so they require at least two appointments.
You can also choose conventional full gold, which is strong but not as natural looking. The choice is yours. To find out more about how a dental crown can restore your tooth, call Dr. Dziubyk and Dr. Grise' at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL today!
The signs of aging aren't just apparent in your face, but also in your smile. After years of wear and tear, teeth can become dull or damaged. Porcelain veneers offer a simple way to turn back time and improve your smile. Des Plaines, IL, dentists Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' of Suburban Family Dental explain how veneers work.
Veneers conceal stains and imperfections
Porcelain veneers are designed to hide the small flaws that can affect your smile. They consist of a very thin layer of porcelain attached to the fronts of your teeth. Veneers are made from an impression of your teeth to ensure that they look and feel natural.
Porcelain veneers offer versatility
Because veneers conceal issues with the appearance of teeth, they can be used to correct many minor imperfections, including:
- Changes in Tooth Color: Whether one tooth has changed color, or you would like to lighten your entire smile, porcelain veneers offer a very effective solution. Porcelain closely resembles natural tooth enamel and is available in many shades of white.
- Damage: Chips and cracks can occur if you've experienced a blow to your face or bitten into a very hard object. Although minor chips and cracks may not affect the structure of your teeth, they can be unattractive. Veneers hide damaged teeth, improving the uniformity of your smile.
- Imperfections: Sometimes teeth aren't completely smooth or straight. Veneers hide uneven surfaces and improve the appearance of crooked or oddly shaped teeth.
- Gaps: Do you dislike the gap between your front teeth? Getting rid of slight gaps between teeth is easy with porcelain veneers.
Veneers don't require extensive dental work
Unlike crowns, restorations that require filing down your teeth, veneers don't require extensive dental work. In fact, only a very small amount of tooth enamel is removed to ensure that the veneers fit properly. After the enamel is removed, we'll make an impression of your teeth in our Des Plaines office, then send it to the dental laboratory that will make your veneers. About two weeks later, you'll return to be fitted with your brand new veneers.
Enhance your smile with porcelain veneers! Call Des Plaines, IL, dentists Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' of Suburban Family Dental at (847) 640-0778 to schedule your appointment.