Posts for: September, 2015

By Advance Family Dental Care
September 24, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  
SleepinginDenturesDontDoIt

Maybe you don’t like to be without teeth — ever. Or maybe you get a little forgetful sometimes. Whatever the reason, if you’re wearing your dentures to bed at night, we have one message for you: Please stop!

Sleeping in dentures can have serious health consequences. A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research found that nursing home residents who wore their dentures to sleep were 2.3 times more likely to be hospitalized or even die of pneumonia as those who did not sleep in dentures. But how can wearing dentures at night more than double your chances of getting a lung infection?

As the study noted, pneumonia-causing bacteria can readily be moved from the mouth to the lungs simply by breathing. And dentures that are not removed at night can become breeding grounds for all kind of bacteria and fungi (such as yeast). That’s what makes them potentially dangerous.

Another condition often seen in people who wear upper dentures continually is called denture stomatitis, which is characterized by a red, inflamed palate (roof of the mouth) that has been infected with yeast. The yeast microorganisms can also infect cracked corners of the mouth, a condition known as angular cheilitis. Moreover, it has also been shown that people who sleep in dentures have higher blood levels of a protein called interleukin 6, which indicates that the body is fighting an infection. Need we go on?

Wearing dentures is supposed to improve your quality of life, not reduce it. So promote good health by taking your dentures out at night, and sticking to a good daily oral hygiene routine:

  • Remove and rinse your dentures after every meal.
  • Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft toothbrush or denture brush and dish soap, liquid antibacterial soap, or denture cleanser (but don’t use toothpaste — it is too abrasive).
  • Store your dentures in water or a solution made for this purpose.
  • Brush your gums and tongue every day with a soft toothbrush (not the same one you clean your dentures with).
  • Rinse your dentures in clean water before you put them back in your mouth.

If you would like any more information on dentures and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Advance Family Dental Care
September 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you looking for a tooth replacement solution that is durable, dependable and that looks and feels completely natural? If so, look no further than dental implants from Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville. The gold standard among tooth replacement options, Dental Implantsdental implants offer an impressive number of benefits thanks to their unique and sturdy design.

Titanium Screw

The foundation of the dental implant, the titanium screw is used to securely attach the rest of the dental implant directly to the jawbone. This allows for a solid and reliable hold that can easily stand up to everyday use. While dental implants can be made out of materials other than titanium, titanium is strong and generally accepted well by the body.

Abutment

The abutment is the middle part of the dental implant and the part that connects the titanium screw and dental crown together. The abutment can be made out of a variety of materials, including zirconia, titanium and stainless steel. It is not visible once the dental implant process is completed.

Dental Crown

Lastly, the dental crown is attached to the abutment to provide a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing surface. The dental crown can be made out of a number of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal, silver and gold. Choose a tooth-colored porcelain dental crown, and no one even has to know that your teeth are actually dental implants from Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville instead of your own.

Creating a new tooth that looks, feels and functions just like your original teeth can be tricky, but it is possible. If you have one or more teeth that need to be replaced, choose the durable, dependable and lifelike option. Choose dental implants from Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville.


By Advance Family Dental Care
September 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health
NoGleeinToothGrinding

Sure, it’s big news when celebs tweet selfies from the dental office… if you’re still living in the 20th century. But in Hollywood today, it’s harder to say who hasn’t posted snaps of themselves in the dentist’s chair than who has. Yet the pictures recently uploaded to Twitter by Mark Salling, the actor and singer who regularly appears as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the popular TV series Glee, made us sit up and take notice.

“Getting my chipped tooth fixed. Also, apparently, I’m a big grinder,” read the caption. The photo showed a set of upper front teeth with visible chips on the biting surface. What’s so special about this seemingly mundane tweet? It’s a great way of bringing attention to a relatively common, but often overlooked problem: teeth clenching and grinding, also called bruxism.

Although bruxism is a habit that affects scores of people, many don’t even realize they have it. That’s because the condition may only become active at night. When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern.

Sometimes, mouth pain, soreness and visible damage alert individuals to their grinding habits; other times, a dental professional will notice the evidence of bruxism during an exam or cleaning: tooth sensitivity and telltale wear and tear on the chewing surfaces. Either way, it’s time to act.

Bruxism is most often caused by stress, which can negatively impact the body in many ways. It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications. Sometimes, simply becoming aware of the habit can help a person get it under control. Common methods of stress reduction include exercise, meditation, a warm bath or a quiet period before bedtime; these can be tried while we monitor the situation to see if the problem is going away.

If stress reduction alone doesn’t do the trick, several other methods can be effective. When bruxism is caused by a minor bite problem, we can sometimes do a minor “bite adjustment” in the office. This involves removing a tiny bit of enamel from an individual tooth that is out of position, bringing it in line with the others. If it’s a more serious malocclusion, orthodontic appliances or other procedures may be recommended.

When grinding is severe enough to damage teeth or dental work, we may also recommend a custom-made night guard (occlusal guard), which you put in your mouth at bedtime. Comfortable and secure, this appliance prevents your teeth from being damaged by contacting each other, and protects your jaw joints from stresses due to excessive grinding forces.

Whether or not you have to smile for a living, teeth grinding can be a big problem. If you would like more information about this condition, call our office to schedule a consultation for a consultation.


By Advance Family Dental Care
September 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Invest in dental implants to keep your smile looking beautiful for decades to come.

Convenience and realistic appearance make dental implants the obvious choice for restoring your smile, for both dentists like Dr. Piroozdental implants Zomorrodi and patients alike. Compared to other restorations, however, dental implants are still relatively new. Many patients that visit Advanced Family Dental Care in Naperville, Illinois, 60654 have questions about what sets dental implants apart, and Dr. Zomorrodi answers them here.

The denture routine

Removable dentures and partial dentures have been around for hundreds of years, and for the majority of that time, they were among the few options for people who needed one or more of their teeth replaced. Dentures have long since had a reputation for living up to their nickname of "false teeth" - many patients disliked how different they looked from natural teeth and found a comfortable fit hard to achieve. Still, when comparing costs between dentures and implants, many people wonder why there is a discrepancy in their costs.

While dentures and partials are usually cheaper, your Naperville dentist in ZIP code 60654 will tell you that you tend to get what you pay for. Dentures require a great deal of routine and commitment on the patient's part: frequent removal, cleaning, soaking, and repositioning. Dentures can also make eating more difficult and in some cases, certain foods have to be completely avoided. Handling dentures frequently also puts the porcelain teeth at a greater risk for breakage. Your Naperville dentist will also need to resize dentures as the jawbone that supports them loses its stability.

Why is an implant the better choice?

As Dr. Zomorrodi will tell you, the upfront cost of dental implants is generally higher than that of dentures. But when factoring in their convenience, durability and promotion of your oral health, they become invaluable. Once the post of the implant has been placed, your jawbone grows around it, which provides the support that was once bolstered by the roots of your teeth. The top of the implant, known as the crown, also gives the teeth on either side of it something to butt up against. You'll also be amazed at how well the implant replaces a natural tooth, giving you the freedom to eat, talk, and smile without hassle. Regular dental checkups at Advanced Family Dental Care, located at 1567 North Aurora Road, Suite 135, Naperville, IL 60654, and practicing good oral hygiene techniques keep your implants in good repair. 

With proper care, your dental implants last a lifetime. Start your journey to low-maintenance and high-quality restorations by calling your Naperville dentist today!


By Advance Family Dental Care
September 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
WhatyoucanExpectifYoureUndergoingImplantSurgery

If you’re considering different options for tooth replacement, dental implants are likely high on your list. Implants have a proven reputation for both durability and life-like appearance that can restore mouth function and revitalize your smile.

There is one aspect concerning implants, however, which gives people pause — the surgical procedure required to place the implants in the jawbone. If you’re leery about undergoing this procedure we can put your mind at ease — for most patients implant surgery is a minor, pain-free process with little discomfort afterward.

While there are variations in style, implants generally have two major components: a titanium post that’s implanted into the jawbone and a permanent life-like crown that’s affixed 6 to 12 weeks after implant surgery. Titanium is the metal of choice because of its affinity with bone cells; over time bone will grow to and attach itself around the implant, a process known as osseo-integration. The metal post is normally spiral in shape, allowing it more surface area for bone to adhere to.

In the beginning of the procedure we administer local anesthesia to fully numb the area before proceeding. After accessing the bone through tiny incisions in the gum tissue, we create a small channel in the exposed bone. A surgical guide may be used to prepare the precise location for the implant with a series of drilling sequences that increases the channel until it matches the implant size. While this takes place, you should only feel a mild vibration and a little pressure from the drill.

The implants are then removed from their sterile packaging and placed immediately into the prepared site. The gum tissues are then sutured into place with self-absorbing sutures. Most people have only mild discomfort after the surgery that can be managed with a prescription-strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen. We may also prescribe antibiotics and other care instructions to ensure successful gum tissue healing.

With proper planning and precise implant placement by skilled hands, implant surgery is an easy and uneventful procedure. And, with your new crowns in place, your new, beautiful smile will make the experience a distant memory.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Surgery.”




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1567 N Aurora Road, Ste 143
Naperville, IL 60563
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