Posts for: January, 2015

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 26, 2015
Category: Implants

Are you ready to visit Advance Family Dental Care to have your chipped, broken or missing teeth replaced and to restore that beautiful smile once again? If so, dental implants might be just the right procedure for you! Dental implants are durable, long-lasting and easy to maintain, and they look and feel natural too. Learn more about getting dental implants in Napervile process.

Dental Implant1. Consultation

The first step towards achieving a beautiful, gap-free smile is visiting one of the friendly professionals at Advance Family Dental Care to ask about Naperville dental implants. The dentist will hear your concerns, explain the benefits and the risks, and answer any questions that you may have so that you can make an informed decision together.

2. Examination

Next, the dentist will examine your mouth to find out the current condition of your teeth and your jaw and to make sure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. The dentist will determine if your jaw is strong and thick enough to hold implants as well as whether or not you might need other dental procedures.

Dental Implants3. Sedation

Once the dentist has approved you for dental implants and you are ready to begin the procedure, the dentist will help you relax and get comfortable with sedation. Talk to your Advance Family Dental Care about your sedation options ahead of time if you have a strong preference for a particular technique.

3. Procedure with Temporary Teeth

Creating your new teeth takes time, so at your initial appointment you will likely receive the implants and a set of temporary teeth while your jaw heals. You will never have to go without teeth, but you likely won't have your permanent set right away.

4. Permanent Teeth Placement

Once your jaw has had time to heal, you will return to the office a second time to have your permanent teeth placed. If you would like to skip this step, ask your dentist about the possibility of having the procedure done in one sitting.

5. Routine Care and Maintenance

Once your dental implants and your permanent teeth have been placed, all that is left to do is to enjoy your beautiful new smile! Brush, floss and rinse your teeth just like you normally would, and be sure to visit Advance Family Dental Care regularly to make sure that your Naperville dental implants--and all the rest of your teeth--remain in good shape. Then, smile! You look great!

Are you a patient of Advance Family Dental Care? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!


By Advance Family Dental Care
January 26, 2015
Category: Invisalign
Tags: braces   Invisalign   orthodontics   Dentist   Clear Braces  

Find out how this popular clear orthodontic treatment can straighten teeth.

InvisalignIf you’ve been thinking about how a straighter smile could improve your appearance, there has never been a better time than now. With the New Year in full swing it’s a great time to consider your orthodontic options. No matter how young or old you are, there is no age limit on when you can opt for braces, and with clear options like Invisalign in Naperville, you can easily conceal your braces to the public, while also getting the smile you have always wanted!

How can I get a straighter smile with Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of a series of customized clear plastic aligners that are made just to fit your smile. These aligners look very similar to the whitening trays you may see in your local drugstore; however, they can do so much more. When you wear these aligners they will slowly shift your teeth into the proper position, as determined by your Naperville dentist. Unlike with traditional metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t have any wires or brackets that need to be tightened in order to move teeth.

Every two weeks, you will put on a new set of aligners in your series to help your treatment progress. Your Naperville dentist determines how Invisalign moves your teeth before your Invisalign trays were fabricated to design an effective treatment plan for straightening your smile. This means that Invisalign controls both the force of shifting teeth and the timing of the force. Each phase in your treatment will move only certain teeth at a time as determined by your dentist.

How long will my Invisalign treatment in Naperville take?

You should wear your Invisalign retainers about 20 to 22 hours of the day to ensure that you are getting the most effective treatment. However, you should remove your aligners before eating and brushing and flossing. Everyone’s length of treatment will vary based on the severity of a patient’s case; however, most adults only wear their Invisalign for about one year. Teen patients’ length of treatments will fluctuate, so talk to your Naperville dentist to find out more.

Call Advance Family Dental Care Today!

If you are interested in getting a straighter smile this year, then talk to your Naperville orthodontist about whether Invisalign would be an ideal option for you and your smile needs. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Are you a patient of Advance Family Dental Care? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!


By Advance Family Dental Care
January 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
ToothTraumaDoesntHavetoMeanToothLoss

Tooth decay and other oral diseases aren’t the only dangers your teeth face — accidental injuries also pose a risk. Fortunately, much can be done to save injured teeth, if you act quickly.

Dental injuries where part of the enamel crown has chipped off are the most common. Even if only one tooth appears damaged, adjacent teeth and bone might also have been damaged internally. Most chip injuries can be repaired either by reattaching the broken crown or with a tooth-colored filling or veneer. If the damage has extended into the inner tooth pulp then a root canal treatment might ultimately be necessary.

Teeth that have been knocked loose from normal alignment (dislodged) or where the entire tooth with its root has separated from the socket (avulsed) are rare but severe when they occur. It’s imperative to see a dentist as soon as possible — even more than five minutes’ of elapsed time can drastically reduce the tooth’s survivability. Dislodged teeth are usually splinted to adjacent teeth for several weeks; we would then carefully monitor the healing process and intervene with endodontic treatment (focused on the tooth’s interior) should something unfavorable occur.

With the possible exception of a primary (baby) tooth, an avulsed tooth should be placed back in the socket as soon as possible. This can be done by someone on scene, as long as the tooth is handled gently, the root not touched, and the tooth rinsed with cold, clean water if it has become dirty. If no one is available to do this, the tooth should be placed in milk to avoid drying out the root, and the patient and tooth transported to a dentist immediately. Once in the socket, the treatment is similar as for a dislodged tooth with splinting and careful watching.

The damaged tooth should be checked regularly. Your body’s defense mechanism could still reject it, so there’s a danger the root could be eaten away, or resorbed. Some forms of resorption can’t be treated — the aim then is to preserve the natural tooth for as long as possible, and then replace it with a life-like restoration to regain form and function.

If you would like more information on the treatment of injured teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth.”


By Advance Family Dental Care
January 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental erosion  
TestYourKnowledgeAQuizonDentalErosion

1. What is dental erosion?
a. tooth decay; b. dissolving of tooth enamel by acids in food or drink; c. destruction of tooth material by wear; d. attacks on teeth by bacteria

2. Which of these drinks does not cause dental erosion?
a. orange juice; b. cola drinks; c. water; d. energy drinks

3. Soda sweetened with artificial sweeteners does not cause dental erosion.
a. true; b. false

4. Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic food or drinks may make erosion worse.
a. true; b. false

5. Waiting after consuming acidic foods or drinks allows time for your saliva to neutralize the acid and add calcium back to the enamel in your teeth.
a. true; b. false

6. How long should you wait before brushing after consuming acidic foods or drinks?
a. 10 minutes; b. 20 minutes; c. 30 minutes to an hour d. eight hours

7. Loss of tooth surface material due to dental erosion is reversible.
a. true; b. false

8. People who suffer from bulimia, a psychological condition in which they frequently induce vomiting, often develop severe dental erosion from stomach acid.
a. true; b. false

9. What is the meaning of a low pH value?
a. high pH means high acidity; b. low pH means high acidity; c. neutral pH means high acidity; d. none of the above

10. Properties of a beverage that define their likelihood to erode your teeth are its acidity and its buffering capacity (resistance to being neutralized by saliva.)
a. true; b. false

11. Cola beverages, sports and energy drinks, and fruit juices have a low pH and high buffering capacity. What other factors determine their likelihood of causing dental erosion?
a. acid concentration; b. drinking them more frequently; c. swishing them around in your mouth; d. all of the above

12. How can you reduce dental erosion from the beverages you drink?
a. drink acidic beverages only at mealtimes and not all day long; b. drink beverages with added calcium; c. sip drinks through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth; d. all of the above

Answers: 1b, 2c, 3b, 4a, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9b, 10a, 11d, 12d

How did you score on our quiz? We hope you gained some information that will help you reduce dental erosion and preserve your teeth’s vital protective enamel.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about acid erosion of teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Dental Erosion.”


By Advance Family Dental Care
January 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
ThreeThingstoKnowAboutCrownsBeforeYourRestoration

Today’s crowns, the visible part of a tooth replacement system, can effectively mimic the shape and color of natural teeth. But not all crowns are equal — so it’s best to be well-informed before you undergo a restoration on your natural teeth such as a single crown or bridgework — or if you need a crown on a dental implant that replaces a missing tooth.

To give you a starting point, here are 3 things to keep in mind about crowns as you consider a dental restoration.

Material composition. Most crowns in years past were made of a precious metal, most notably gold. What it lacked in appearance, it made up for in performance and durability. In recent years, dental porcelain has become the popular choice because of its ability to mimic the appearance and translucent color of natural teeth. Today’s porcelains are much stronger and are used more frequently for back teeth than in years past. A common recommendation for back teeth is a hybrid crown using metal and porcelain. Metal is incorporated beneath the porcelain in this type of crown to create a strong foundation and is also used along biting surfaces for strength. Porcelain is used in the more visible areas for esthetics.

The dental technician’s level of artistry. Most dentists sub-contract crown fabrication to dental laboratory technicians who may have varying levels of experience and artistic ability. A highly skilled technician can produce a crown that blends seamlessly with the patient’s remaining natural teeth.

Take a “test drive” of your future smile. Although we as dentists adhere to certain aesthetic principles, beauty is ultimately subjective — “in the eye of the beholder.” The final product must meet your expectations and level of comfort. If available, then, consider wearing temporary “trial smile” crowns as a preview of your new smile while your permanent set is under construction. This allows you to “try out” your future smile ahead of time, so you can make recommendations and sign off on the final set before it’s finished.

Undertaking any dental restoration is an important life step, both for your health and appearance. Being well-informed — especially about the crowns that you and others will see — will help you make wise choices that lead to a satisfying outcome.

If you would like more information on crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.




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