We offer a variety of services for the highest quality dental care for our patients. We encourage you to learn more about what we provide and how we can help. If you have any questions, please contact us by calling (773) 583-4455. We're always happy to hear from you!
Invisalign are clear orthodontic braces with brackets and wires. Normally, patients move to the next set of Invisalign usually after about 3 weeks. The number of Invisalign aligners will depend on the individual patient and the orthodontic problem. The Invisalign aligners are generally fairly comfortable. They can cause be some discomfort or mild Pain when a new Invisalign aligner is placed as it exerts pressure on the teeth to move them. Unlike traditional metal orthodontic braces, there are no brackets to come off or wires to break and poke.
Ceramic brackets are made of composite materials. They are very strong and generally do not stain. Adults like to choose ceramic because they "blend in" with the teeth and are less noticeable than metal. The ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire on to the ceramic brackets are often white or clear.
In Office Bleaching
In office bleaching uses chairside bleaching procedure and may require more than one office visit. In this procedure, the dentist applies either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and laser or special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent.
At Home Bleaching
Home whitening is now as effective as dental office treatments, in addition to being less expensive and more convenient. It's now possible (in almost all cases) to achieve "dental office" quality teeth whitening, from the comfort of your own home.
Dental veneers are custom-designed ceramic that can be used to cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing and chips or cracks. Dental veneers create a bright and white smile with beautifully aligned and shapely teeth. Translucent ceramic quality veneers provides a more natural look than what’s been available in the past.
Dental implants are a restorative dentistry options that allow patients to replace missing teeth with ones that look, feel, and perform like their own. During the first step of this procedure, is to surgically place a titanium screw or post in the patient's jaw. After the gums have healed around the embedded post, a replacement tooth is attached to the top of it. Dental implants are a vast improvement over conventional dentures. They're more stable and user-friendly than many other teeth replacement options, and because the posts that secure dental implants in place are integrated into the jaw, they also help prevent bone loss and gum recession. However, some medical circumstances – including radiation therapy in the mouth area, and diseases such as diabetes -- lower the success rate for implant dentistry. For that reason, patients must undergo a rigorous screening process before they may proceed with implant dentistry.
Periodontal (Gum) Diseases
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. There is a very shallow v-shaped crevice called a sulcus between the tooth and gums. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line in the sulcus, where they cause the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket: generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket. Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis.
Some factors increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:
- Tobacco smoking or chewing
- Systemic diseases such as diabetes
- Some types of medication such as steroids
- Some types of anti-epilepsy drugs
- Cancer therapy drugs, and some calcium channel blockers
- Bridges that no longer fit properly
- Crooked teeth
- Fillings that have become defective
- Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives
Several warning signs that can signal a problem:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures