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A beautiful smile has been proven to enhance your confidence and self-esteem. However, not everyone was born with the perfect smile. If you have an overbite, crowding of the teeth, too much space in between your teeth or missing teeth, then you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. With orthodontic treatments, teeth are moved into proper alignment by placing continuous, gentle forces in a carefully controlled direction with an orthodontic appliance.

Here are a few things you should know about malocclusions (bad bites) and orthodontics:

  1. Causes. In many cases, bad bites are simply inherited. Malocclusions can also be caused by skeletal growth problems, and in these cases, early intervention with orthodontics can make a big difference. Acquired bite problems can be caused by trauma, thumb sucking and any premature loss of teeth.
  2. Options. Nowadays, there are many different options available for those that require orthodontic treatment. In addition to traditional braces, which are applied to the front of the teeth, there are now braces that can be attached to the back of your teeth. Another popular option is clear orthodontic aligners, an alternative system to traditional braces that use a sequence of clear, removable and custom-fitted trays to gradually straighten your teeth.
  3. Age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should be evaluated for orthodontic problems no later than age seven, as early detection and action helps to avoid more difficult treatment later in life. One out of every five orthodontic patients today is an adult, so remember that it is never too late.
  4. Time. While treatment time will vary, you can expect it to range from one to three years, depending on the severity of the problem. However minor tooth movement may take as little as six months.
  5. Maintenance. Remember that once your treatment has concluded, the work is not done. We will often recommend that you wear a retainer for a prescribed period of time to maintain your new, straight smile.

If you would like more information about orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Suburban Family Dental
April 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Root Debridement Therapy Let your Des Plaines, IL dentist help you regain healthy gums through this effective periodontal treatment.

No one wants to deal with the pain and frustration of gum disease. Bleeding, inflamed gums can make it difficult to even brush comfortably. However, if you are suffering from earlier forms of gum disease don’t just ignore your condition. Your Des Plaines, IL dentist can easily and effectively treat your condition before it gets worse.

What is root debridement therapy?

Sometimes referred to as root planing, this periodontal, deep-cleaning therapy is used to treat and stop the progress of gum disease. The goal of this therapy is to remove tartar buildup and to treat the infected tissue to return gums to a healthier state.

Why do I need root debridement therapy?

If your Des Plaines, IL dentist examined your smile and noticing signs of gum disease like bleeding gums, inflammation or tartar buildup, then chances are good that we will recommend that you have this periodontal therapy to help treat and heal your gums. If root debridement therapy is not performed, these earlier forms of gum disease can progress into more serious conditions, which can lead to tooth and bone loss.

What should I expect during my root debridement therapy?

This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia to eliminate any discomfort; however, some patients may be able to have this procedure done with only a topical anesthesia.

Once the anesthesia is in effect, we will use specialized tools and ultrasonic scalers to remove calculus, bacteria and plaque from the root surface, which is below the gumline. We will also perform root planing, which removes any buildup on the surface of the tooth, as well.

After the tartar and plaque have been removed your teeth are more resistant to buildup, which means that gums will heal and become healthy and pink again over time.

How often should I see my Des Plaines, IL dentist for root debridement?

A lot will depend on how long tartar stays off of your teeth and gums. If your Des Plaines, IL dentist notices buildup, then we will recommend that you have root debridement again. Some patients will require maintenance treatments if they are more prone to developing tartar buildup or if their oral hygiene isn’t well maintained.

If you suffer from gum disease then you want to do everything possible to stop this illness from progressing and damaging your smile. If you want to find out whether root debridement therapy would be right for you, then schedule a dental visit with your Des Plaines, IL dentist at Suburban Family Dental.


Chewing tobacco is a known cause of oral cancer, yet many a Major League Baseball player has been seen walking onto the field with a round tin visibly poking out of his back pocket. That was before this year. Recognizing the influence big-leaguers have on their young fans, MLB players agreed to a new contract that limits their use of chewing tobacco and their ability to carry it around their fans. The 2012 season is the first to be played under the new rules, which were championed by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

One player who used smokeless tobacco heavily is Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The former Padres slugger earlier this year endured 14 hours of surgery to remove a cancerous growth from the inside of his right cheek and graft a nerve from his shoulder to replace a facial nerve damaged by the tumor. This was Gwynn's second cancer surgery in less than two years.

When it comes to oral cancer, the importance of early detection can't be stressed enough. Unfortunately, this form of cancer is not usually detected until a late stage so the overall survival rate is poor, with only 58% surviving five years after treatment. Yet when oral cancer is detected while a lesion is small, survival rate exceeds 80%. That's why an oral cancer screening is always part of your dental check-up or regular cleaning appointment at this office.

During this screening we will examine your face, neck, lips, mouth, tongue and the back of your throat for any suspicious lesions (sores or ulcers) or lumps. Of course, if you notice any unusual lesions, or color changes (white or red patches), anywhere in your mouth that do not heal within two-three weeks, please come in to see us as soon as possible. And if you need help kicking a tobacco habit, we can advise you on how to get it.

If you would like more information about oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”