Posts for: January, 2016

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   diabetes  

Today, dental implants are an increasingly popular option for replacing lost teeth — an issue faced by many older Americans. It’s not hard to see why these high-tech prosthetic teeth are preferred: They look, “feel” and function just like natural teeth… and with proper care they can last the rest of your life. Unfortunately, many people who could benefit from implants also face an additional health problem: diabetes, a metabolic disease that can affect many different parts of the body, sometimes severely.  Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to nerve and tissue damage, and may adversely impact your oral health. So if you have diabetes, does it mean you won’t be able to get dental implants? 

The short answer is no — but there are some considerations that diabetics (and their health care providers) need to keep in mind. For example, it has been demonstrated that wounds in diabetics tend to heal more slowly, and are more prone to infection than those in non-diabetics. Also, people with diabetes sometimes experience a chronic inflammatory response, which can eventually lead to tissue damage or other problems.

Because the placement of dental implants requires minor surgery, dentists and researchers have questioned whether people with diabetes are good candidates for implants. Now there’s encouraging news: Several recent studies have come to the conclusion that many diabetics can indeed undergo an implant procedure without undue risk.

One key consideration is how well an individual can control his or her blood glucose levels. Researchers have found that diabetics with good blood glucose control, those with poor glucose control, and non-diabetics all have similar implant success rates (above 95%). However, in diabetics with poor glucose control, more time may be needed for the jawbone to heal in the area where the implant procedure was done. That doesn’t by any means rule out the placement of a dental implant — but it does mean that special considerations apply to individuals in this situation.

So if you are considering an implant procedure but have trouble controlling your blood glucose levels, ask us how we can help. Just remember that in most cases, having diabetes doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. If you have additional questions, contact us or schedule an appointment.

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Our main focus as your dentist is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and functional. But there’s another important aspect of care — your teeth’s appearance. It’s not just a superficial concern: your smile can have a profound effect on your self-image, as well as your personal and professional relationships.

This is the realm of cosmetic dentistry: served by both specialists and general dentists, it focuses on altering your teeth’s appearance with treatments as basic as teeth whitening or as comprehensive as dental implants. The goal, however, is the same: a new, more attractive smile.

In a way, cosmetic dentistry begins with you and oral hygiene. The twin tasks of brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque not only lowers your risk for tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, they also improve the appearance of the tooth surface. There are, however, circumstances where otherwise healthy or repaired teeth may need extra cosmetic attention due to chipping, misshape or staining. In these cases, a truly cosmetic approach may be necessary.

One approach is to cover a tooth’s blemishes. Veneers, for example, are thin, layered pieces of dental porcelain shaped and colored like natural teeth that are bonded to the outside of an unattractive tooth. In other cases, a tooth may require a life-like porcelain crown that completely covers it to gain the same effect.

Missing teeth, of course, pose a different challenge, but here there are a wide range of solutions: dental implants, fixed bridgework or removable full or partial dentures. Advancements in dental materials and techniques can produce new teeth that are so life-like and natural that they’re imperceptible from the real thing.

 These and other measures like orthodontics can all be used to turn a smile you find embarrassing into one you’re confident to share with the world. It begins, though, with both you and us taking a good, close look at your current smile — a smile analysis, if you will.

After assessing both your current needs and your expectations for change, we can develop an appropriate treatment plan. It might be quite simple or with multiple treatment stages, but it will be the best plan for you. Through cosmetic dentistry we have the means to help you achieve a new, more confident smile.

If you would like more information on the many ways to transform your smile, 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 “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

While there’s usually a period of months between implant placement and the permanent crown, a new technique known as same-day tooth replacement installs both the implant and a temporary crown during the same visit. But be advised — it does have its risks and isn’t for everyone.

Successful same-day replacements require special attention during the three phases for implants: the removal (extraction) of the existing tooth; placement of the implant in the bone; and attachment of the crown, the visible tooth, to the implant. The tooth extraction lays the foundation for the entire process; the extraction procedure must be performed carefully to avoid undue damage to the socket. In addition, if infection or disease has compromised the site, an implant may not be possible immediately.

The implant must then be placed in the bone so that it’s stable and immovable. All implants stabilize with time as the bone grows and adheres to them, but we need greater stability for a same-day tooth replacement when an extraction is performed.

Our last consideration is positioning the implant so that the attached crown blends in naturally with the surrounding gum tissue and adjacent teeth. We must place it at the proper depth below the gum tissues so that the crown appears to emerge from them in the proper tooth length.

Taking extra care during all these phases, including the angle of crown attachment, will increase our chances of success. We still run a risk of implant damage or failure, however, from biting forces before the implant fully integrates with the bone. This means avoiding chewy foods and other situations that might increase the force on the implant. We may also use a temporary crown that’s slightly shorter than adjacent teeth so it won’t make full contact with the opposing tooth.

If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for a same-day tooth replacement, see us for a detailed examination. After reviewing your needs, we’ll be able to discuss with you the risks and benefits for a new look in one day.

If you would like more information on same-day tooth replacement, 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 “Same-Day Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 13, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Bonding  

There are many reasons our patients feel their smiles can be improved. Even with an overall healthy mouth, people often feel their teethDental Bonding just don’t look as straight, white, or evenly shaped as they wish. If this sounds like you, ask your Naperville dentists at Advance Family Dental Care about bonding. Bonding is one of the most cost-effective and straightforward cosmetic dental procedures that can lead to big changes in your happiness and self-esteem.

What is Bonding?

Bonding is the process of applying tooth-colored material to create slight changes in the shape or color of the teeth. A bonding procedure uses the same composite material used in fillings for a strong, natural-looking result. It can be used to improve a variety of flaws in the color, position, or shape of teeth, including:

  • Stains or streaks
  • Fractured or chipped teeth
  • Slight gaps
  • Uneven surfaces
Many patients choose bonding for a fast, convenient, and non-invasive way to improve the look of their smile. It can fill in gaps, ridges, or jagged edges, cover unsightly stains, and change the shape of your teeth--leading to an immediate improvement in your self-esteem.

Care of Bonded Teeth

The composite material used in bonding can stain from contact with substances such as tea, coffee, wine, and cigarette smoke. It’s generally a good idea to avoid these substances as much as possible for at least 48 hours after your procedure. Brushing and flossing regularly and keeping up with your twice-yearly cleanings will help keep your newly improved teeth bright and clean.

Visit Your Naperville Dentist

Are you ready to try a quick procedure that can create lasting changes in your confidence? Ask your Naperville dentists at Advance Family Dental Care about changing the look of your teeth with bonding.

A brighter, more beautiful smile is closer than you think. To find out how tiny changes can create a huge boost in confidence, request your appointment at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville or call (630) 357-2332 today.

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Implant Dentistry  

A missing tooth not only affects your appearance; it can also have a negative impact on your jaw and your health. Your teeth are an integral part of your jaw. Although you might not think that one tooth would make much of a difference, that missing tooth can cause several problems. Luckily, your Naperville dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, can help you avoid these issues by placing an implant in your Missing Teethjaw that acts as a replacement tooth. Without the implant, you may experience the following problems.

Your bite changes

The loss of even one tooth can affect your bite, which is the way your teeth come together when you chew. The teeth around the opening may shift and start to drift into the opening after you lose a tooth, changing your bite.

After tooth removal, the opposing tooth in your upper or lower jaw no longer makes contact with another tooth when you chew. That tooth may then start to shift, which can cause alignment problems in your bite. If bite problems are severe, you might develop temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), a painful condition that affects the joints and muscles of your jaw.

Jaw muscles become tense

A missing tooth can cause instability in your bite. When this happens, it's more difficult for your jaw muscles to control your bite when you chew. As the muscles struggle to compensate for the missed tooth, they may become tense, which can cause headaches. A trip to your Naperville dentist can begin the process of replacing your tooth and correct bite problems. During the first step of the dental implant process, titanium posts are placed in your jaw. These posts will later hold an enamel crown that looks just like a natural tooth.

Bone loss occurs

The section of bone that held your tooth in place will begin to shrink after your tooth is removed. As your jawbone shrinks, your facial appearance may change, particularly if you've lost more than one tooth. Because a tooth implant fuses to the surrounding bone, it helps prevent bone loss in your jaw.

Interested in implant dentistry in Naperville? Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi can help you evaluate your options. Call today to learn how dental implants can restore your smile and protect your jaw.

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1567 N Aurora Road, Ste 143
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 358-9899
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