Posts for: July, 2016

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Wearing braces isn't just for teenagers — straightening teeth can be just as viable a need when you're an adult. For example, it may be necessary to first move teeth away from an empty tooth socket before you obtain a dental implant or other restoration.

But braces could have complications, especially if you have periodontal (gum) disease. These infections caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, inflame and weaken gum tissues and erode supporting bone. It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups.

Braces can make this more difficult: it's harder to brush and floss effectively through the hardware of brackets and wires, which can give plaque a chance to build up. Patients susceptible to gum disease are more likely to have re-infections while wearing braces. The hardware can also cause enamel to come in prolonged contact with acid, which can dissolve its mineral content and open the door to tooth decay.

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that can accomplish tooth movement while minimizing infection flare-ups for people with gum disease. Aligners are a series of customized clear plastic trays worn over the teeth, with each succeeding tray incrementally moving the teeth further than the preceding one. After wearing one tray for a specified time period, you then switch to the next tray. The teeth gradually move to the desired new position over the course of the aligner series.

This option is especially advantageous for gum disease patients because the trays can be removed temporarily for brushing and flossing. There are also other benefits: we can hide a missing tooth space with a temporary false tooth attached to the aligner; and, they're nearly invisible so it won't be obvious to others you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Not all orthodontic situations benefit from this alternative, while some cases may call for a combination approach between aligners and braces. But in the right setting, clear aligners are a good choice for not only obtaining better teeth position, but also helping you avoid a new encounter with dental disease.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatments for adult teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Advance Family Dental Care
July 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Metal mouth is a nickname of the past when you choose to get clear braces in Naperville.

Invisalign

Crooked, crowded or gapping smiles can affect your appearance and your self-esteem (not to mention, it can make cleaning teeth much harder). If you want to get a straighter smile, but think you are too old to sport metal braces, then you need to talk to our Naperville dentist Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi about Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-fitted trays (known as aligners) that fit over the top or bottom set of teeth to help move your teeth to correct common dental problems. This includes crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, crowding and a variety of different malocclusions like overbites and underbites.

How does it work?

Our Naperville dentist, Dr. Zomorrodi, designs each aligner in your treatment plan so that they move specific teeth a certain amount until your smile becomes straighter. Each aligner is worn for about 20-22 hours each day for two weeks, after which they are replaced with the next set in the series. Each new set will fit tighter to provide the right amount of controlled force to move your teeth.

What are the benefits?

When you get clear braces you know you’ll enjoy getting the same results you would with traditional braces without other people noticing your clear aligners. This means you can enjoy talking to those around you, or conducting a presentation for work, without feeling self-conscious about your treatment.

These clear, plastic custom-made aligners are also notoriously more comfortable than traditional braces. The metal can be irritating to gums and once the brackets are applied to your teeth they are permanently attached until the treatment is over. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, can be removed during mealtimes and while brushing and flossing. This not only makes it more comfortable but also more convenient.

Adults who opt for Invisalign will also enjoy a shorter treatment plan than with traditional braces. The average length of treatment for Invisalign is about one year for adults.

Contact Your Naperville, IL Dentist

Many older teens and adults looking to correct common dental malocclusions and problems can benefit from what Invisalign has to offer. To find out if you are a good candidate for treatment, schedule a consultation at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL to see how Invisalign could help you.

 


By Advance Family Dental Care
July 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
EvenCelebritiesLikeJenniferLawrenceArentImmuneFromBadBreath

Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.

Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?

In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.

As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.

And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.

Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.

Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”

If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”


By Advance Family Dental Care
July 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to discover if these tooth restorations are right for you?

Tooth loss may seem like a terrible situation but it doesn’t have to be a bad word. After all, dental technology now makes it easier than dental implantsever to get back your smile without other people even knowing that you have a restoration. If you’ve been weighing your treatment options then you may want to talk to your Naperville, IL dentist Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi about whether dental implants are appropriate.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you determine whether getting dental implants in Naperville is a good option for you:

Are you in good health?

This means that both your oral and general health are superb. Your smile should be free of cavities, infection or gum disease. Your jawbone should also be strong and healthy enough to support a dental implant. Those with a deteriorating jawbone may need bone-grafting surgery prior to getting implants.

Your general health should also be in tip-top shape. It’s best if you aren’t dealing with chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease, but if you are we will want to make sure that these conditions are being properly managed prior to getting dental implants.

Are you an adult?

Children and teen mouths are still developing and until they have fully grown dental implants are not the right option. Once the jawbone has fully developed then a patient can choose to get dental implants. Why? Because implants are placed directly into the jawbone where they fuse with the implant. This could stunt the full development of a still growing jawbone.

Are you a non-smoker?

Not only is smoking a terrible habit for your smile but it can also cause a host of issues for someone looking to get a dental implant. First and foremost, smoking affects blood flow through the body, which impedes healing. Smokers are more likely to experience implant failure than non-smokers. If you want dental implants then it might be time to ditch the habit.

Do you have a strong immune system?

Those with compromised immune systems and those currently undergoing aggressive treatments like radiation therapy or chemotherapy will want to wait until their treatment is over before considering dental implants. The healthier you are the faster you will heal and the more smoothly your treatment will go.

Dental implants have been giving so many people back their smiles and it could do the same for you. If you are ready to find out if dental implants are the right choice then schedule your consultation today. Call Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL.


By Advance Family Dental Care
July 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   dental injury  
TheTimeIntervaltoReplantaKnockedOutToothCanAffectitsLongevity

Contrary to what you might think, a knocked out tooth doesn’t inevitably mean tooth loss. Time is of the essence — the shorter the interval between injury and replanting the tooth, the better the tooth’s long-term survival. The longer the interval, on the other hand, the less likely the tooth can survive beyond a few years. That phenomenon is due to the mouth’s natural mechanism for holding teeth in place.

The tooth root maintains its attachment with the jaw bone through an intermediary tissue known as the periodontal ligament. Tiny fibers from one side of the ligament securely attach to the tooth root, while similar fibers attach to the bone on the opposite side of the ligament. This maintains stability between the teeth and bone while still allowing incremental tooth movement in response to mouth changes like tooth wear.

While the ligament fibers will attempt to reattach to a replanted tooth’s root, the longer the tooth is out of the socket the less likely the fibers will fully reattach. An “ankylosis” may instead form, in which the root attaches directly to the jaw bone without the periodontal ligament. In this situation the body no longer “recognizes” the tooth and begins to treat it like a foreign substance. In all but the rarest cases, the tooth root will begin to resorb (dissolve); at some point (which varies from patient to patient) the attachment becomes too weak for the tooth to remain in place and is lost.

Ideally, a knocked out tooth should be replanted within 5 minutes of the injury (for step-by-step instructions, refer to The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries available on-line at www.deardoctor.com/dental-injuries). Even if you pass the 5-minute window, however, it’s still advisable to attempt replanting. With a subsequent root canal treatment (to remove dead tissue from the inner tooth pulp and seal it from infection), it’s possible the tooth can survive for at least a few years, plenty of time to plan for a dental implant or similar tooth replacement.

If you would like more information on treatment for a knocked out tooth, 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 “Knocked Out Tooth.”




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