Posts for: April, 2015

Cosmetic DentistryFind out more about cosmetic dentistry and how it could give you the smile you want.
 
While some people are lucky enough to have the perfect smile, many of us have to work a little harder to obtain it. If you are looking to improve the look and feel of your smile, then it’s time to find out how your Naperville cosmetic dentist could help. 
 
Dental Bonding and Contouring
 
If you are looking for an easy, painless and cheap way to improve tiny little flaws in your smile, then bonding and contouring may be all your need. Are you dealing with any of these issues?
  • Small cracks or chips
  • Stains
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
If you are looking to hide stains and change the overall shape of your teeth, then dental bonding and contouring can help. By shaving off minimal amounts of enamel and using a tooth-colored resin to reshape and mold the tooth, we can easily hide small imperfections.
 
Teeth Whitening
 
Looking to get a significantly brighter smile in under an hour? If so, professional in-office whitening can get some smiles up to 10 shades whiter in just one session. We use Boost by Ultradent, which requires no additional tools - no lasers and no light - to activate. This quick and easy process typically takes only 45 minutes, with 3 whitening applications in all. That means you can get whitened and get on with your day, and fast!
 
Dental Veneers
 
If you want to hide more obvious chips, cracks, stains, crookedness, overlapping and gaps between teeth that dental bonding can’t fix, then turn to dental veneers. These thin porcelain shells are permanently applied to the front of teeth to hide common dental problems.
 
Furthermore, this procedure is non-invasive and doesn’t require anesthesia. However, the enamel will have to be removed before the veneers can be applied, so this procedure is not considered reversible.
 
Dental implants
 
If you are dealing with tooth loss and want a permanent solution to your dental woes, dental implants promise a realistic, durable replacement that can last you a lifetime. Dental implants act as tooth roots, holding an artificial tooth permanently in place. This is the only tooth loss treatment that offers a new tooth that looks and feels just like a real tooth. However, keep in mind that getting dental implants requires several surgeries and may take up to a year to finish.
 
Now has never been a better time to give your smile that brilliant makeover since your Naperville cosmetic dentist is offering a variety of specials on dentures and Invisalign. Furthermore, new patients can get a regular cleaning, 4-bitewing X-rays, and an exam for only $79*. So, what are you waiting for? Schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care today.
 
*Without Insurance

By Advance Family Dental Care
April 22, 2015
Category: Oral Health
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If you have ever had halitosis (bad breath), you know it can cause you to feel self-conscious and embarrassed. And while the odor is typically a primary concern, determining what is causing it is a task we can assist you with resolving. This is especially true when you experience bad breath outside of those times when you've just consumed pungent foods and drinks such as coffee, garlic or raw onions. For example, it is quite a different scenario to have family members, friends, co-workers or even total strangers consistently complaining or using body language to denote your bad breath. If the later best describes your situation — and be honest with yourself — then you need a thorough dental exam to discover the ultimate cause (or causes) of your halitosis. This is especially important because so many people are unaware that there can be numerous oral and/or general health concerns triggering their bad breath.

Most unpleasant mouth odors arise from the more than 600 types of bacteria found in the average mouth, with several dozens of these bacteria being the primary culprits for producing foul odors. And while food particles left between teeth can be key contributors to bad breath, the tongue or more specifically, the back of the tongue, is the most common location. Dry mouth is another cause for bad breath, as evident by the dreaded morning breath we all experience from mouth breathing as we sleep. Bad breath is also caused by certain medical conditions such as liver disease, lung infections, diabetes, kidney infections or failure and cancer.

The good news is that we can work with you to develop an effective treatment for your bad breath. And if necessary, we can work with your physician on a total treatment plan should your condition be due to health conditions outside your mouth. However, if your bad breath originates in your mouth, we may recommend any or all of the following to return your mouth to optimal oral health:

  • Oral hygiene instruction to learn the proper ways to brush, floss, scrape your tongue and use mouthwashes
  • Denture hygiene instruction for proper cleaning and maintenance of both full and partial dentures and bridgework
  • Periodontal (gum) therapy that includes professionally cleaning your teeth (scaling), smoothing your teeth's root surfaces (root planning) and possible antibiotic therapy
  • Removal of tooth decay where large, open cavities (caries) are present
  • Repair of broken fillings
  • Removal of wisdom teeth (third molars) with gum flaps
  • Treatment of yeast infections (candidasis)

To learn more about the causes and treatments for halitosis, read the Dear Doctor article, “Bad Breath — More Than Just Embarrassing.”

Ready To Take The Next Step?

If you want to address your own concerns with bad breath, contact us today to schedule a consultation for an examination and treatment plan. You will find yourself smiling and laughing more once you are confident you have a clean, healthy mouth.


By Advance Family Dental Care
April 21, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: DIAGNOdent   Cavities  

DIAGNOdentWhile most cavities form in the surface of the tooth, they don't always. Thanks to the effects of fluoride, which hardens the tooth's enamel, cavities can actually begin to form underneath the tooth's surface, where they are more difficult to detect, and thus, less likely to receive treatment by a Naperville dentist at Advance Family Dental Care.

Many Naperville dentists struggle when trying to determine whether a suspicious spot in a tooth's surface could be a sign that a cavity is forming underneath. Dentists don't want to ignore hidden decay, allowing it time to spread, but they also don't want to open up a tooth unnecessarily. Thankfully, there is an exciting new technology that makes the process of finding hidden cavities much easier: DIAGNOdent.

What is DIAGNOdent?

DIAGNOdent is a pen-like device that your dentist at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville can use to more accurately detect if you have hidden cavities. DIAGNOdent is convenient, easy to use and very accurate, making it an excellent tool for dentists.

How Does DIAGNOdent Work?

DIAGNOdent scans the tooth's surface with a laser beam in order to detect the amount of laser fluorescence within the tooth. If the tooth does not have hidden decay, no light will be reflected back to the instrument. If the tooth does have decay, more light is reflected. Dentists can tell if a tooth has internal decay or not simply by reading the numbers that the DIAGNOdent offers.

What are the Benefits of DIAGNOdent?

DIAGNOdent provides accurate, reliable results so dentists can diagnose and treat with confidence. It is safe, noninvasive, quick, easy and painless. It is even small and portable for the dentist's convenience. Both dentists and patients love DIAGNOdent.

Whether you visit your Naperville dentist for a routine check-up or for a more advanced procedure, you want to know that the results the dentist tells you are going to be accurate. Go to the dentist you can count on to give you the best care possible: your Naperville dentist at Advance Family Dental Care.


By Advance Family Dental Care
April 14, 2015
Category: Oral Health
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While the prevention and treatment of tooth decay has improved dramatically over the last half century, it continues to be a major health issue, especially for children. One in four children 5 and younger will develop some form of the disease.

Although tooth decay in children stems from the same causes as in adults — the presence of decay-causing bacteria in plaque, unprotected teeth and the right mix of carbohydrates like sugar left in the mouth — the means by which it occurs may be different. We even define tooth decay differently in children as Early Childhood Caries (ECC), “caries” the dental profession’s term for tooth decay.

ECC highlights a number of cause factors specific to young children, such as: continuous use of a bottle or “sippy cup” filled with juice or other sweetened beverages; at-will breast-feeding throughout the night; use of a sweetened pacifier; or regular use of sugar-based oral medicine to treat chronic illness.

If you noticed sugar as a common denominator in these factors, you’re right. As a primary food source for bacteria, refined sugar is a major trigger for the disease especially if it constantly resides in the mouth from constant snacking or sipping. In fact, it’s the primary driver for a particular pattern of decay known as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD). This pattern is specifically linked to sleep-time bottles filled with juice, milk, formula or other sweetened beverages, given to an infant or toddler to help soothe them through the night or during naps.

All these factors cause a cycle of decay. To interrupt that cycle, there are some things you as a parent should do: perform daily hygiene with your child to reduce decay-causing bacteria; reduce the amount and frequency of carbohydrates in the diet, particularly sugar; and protect the teeth by having us apply fluoride or sealants directly to the teeth.

Early tooth decay could affect your child's oral health for years to come. With a little care and vigilance, you improve your chances of avoiding that encounter.

If you would like more information on preventing tooth decay in children, 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 “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”


By Advance Family Dental Care
April 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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If you don't like your smile when you look in the mirror, or feel self-conscious because your teeth are discolored, there are a variety of whitening procedures that can help you obtain the smile of your dreams.

Choosing the Right White: With strips, trays and toothpastes all claiming to be the best tooth whitening systems, it can be hard to choose how to whiten your teeth. Our office can help you decide the best approach based on your individual needs, time constraints and budget. Whiteners may not correct all types of discolorations.

Whitening in Our Office: This procedure is called chair-side or professional bleaching and may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour. We use an in-office whitening gel that is professionally applied to your teeth and activated by a light source, giving you significantly whiter teeth in less than an hour. Typically, teeth with a yellowish hue respond best to whitening.

Whitening Your Teeth at Home: If you are an adult who practices good oral hygiene and doesn't suffer from periodontal disease, our office can help you decide whether an at-home whitening system, or having your teeth whitened in our office best meets your needs. If you decide to go with an at-home system, you will wear a custom-made whitening tray that looks like a thin, transparent night guard. You fill the tray with a mild whitening gel and need to wear the gel filled tray for a specified period of time each day (per our office's instructions). This procedure must be continued over a period of time that generally extends from 2-4 weeks.

Whitening Products Found in Stores: If you are considering over-the-counter whitening products we can also recommend products that will offer you the best results. Whitening toothpastes that have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance contain special chemical or polishing agents that generally provide some stain removal effect.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss any questions that you may have regarding teeth whitening. Read more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”




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Naperville, IL 60563
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