Posts for: May, 2018

By Advance Family Dental Care
May 30, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryShowing off your best smile is an achievement which can boost your confidence and increase your self-esteem. However, getting your smile to the state you want it often requires help from your cosmetic dentistry and their expertise in dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile. Which cosmetic density procedures are best for you? Find out with Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Crowns and Bridges: Porcelain dental restorations like crowns and bridges are often a crucial aspect of cosmetic dentistry and reworking your smile. A dental crown fits over a damaged tooth to protect it against daily wear and tear and stabilize large fillings, all while improving the appearance of the tooth it covers. A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth above the gum line by anchoring onto the two surrounding natural teeth using dental crowns.
  • Invisalign: Orthodontic treatment can truly renew your smile and overhaul your appearance. While traditional braces require that you compromise your look with metal brackets and wires throughout treatment, Invisalign’s clear aligner trays allow you to straighten your teeth in style, without the world knowing. You can also remove the trays to brush and eat, ensuring your treatment process is as easy as possible.
  • Veneers: Dental veneers cover the surface of the teeth to rework their appearance. Made of porcelain, veneers can subtly tweak a tooth’s appearance, changing its length, width, color, or shape, or completely change the appearance of the tooth altogether. Veneers are a powerful cosmetic dentistry tool and can provide dramatic results.
  • Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is one of the fastest and easiest ways to give your smile a boost. This non-invasive technique uses chemical reactions between the whitening gel and your teeth’s stains to break down the stains at the molecular level. This process occurs right in your dentist’s office and takes only about an hour.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth. However, unlike other teeth replacement options, implants also replace a tooth’s root, allowing your Naperville dentist to permanently and effectively fill the gaps in your smile, overhaul your look, and provide increased functionality to your teeth.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry in the Naperville, IL area, please contact Dr. Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care. Call (630) 358-9899 to schedule your appointment today!


By Advance Family Dental Care
May 27, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  
WhatsCausingYourThrobbingToothache

There are few more painful experiences than a toothache. You can't ignore it: it's as if your mouth is screaming for relief.

But while the throbbing pain can tell you something's wrong, it may not be clear exactly what's wrong. There's more than one possibility — it could be with the tooth itself, the gums around the tooth or a combination of both.

In the first case, a toothache could be a sign of severe tooth decay within the tooth's innermost layer, the pulp. The pain you feel comes from the nerves within the pulp under attack from the infection.

For this level of decay there's one primary way to save the tooth and stop the pain: a root canal treatment. In this procedure we remove all the infected and dead tissue from the pulp and fill the empty chamber and root canals with a special filling. We then seal and crown the tooth to prevent further infection.

Another source of toothache happens when your gums have become painfully inflamed due to infection. This is usually caused by periodontal (gum) disease, triggered by a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces known as plaque. In this case, we must remove all plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from tooth and gum surfaces, including on the roots. Your gums can then heal and return to health.

But your situation could be more complex. Untreated tooth decay can advance to the roots and subsequently infect the gums. Likewise advanced gum disease can pass the infection from the gums to the root and into the pulp.  For such cases you may need a specialist, either an endodontist specializing in root canal issues or a periodontist specializing in the gums.  They can better diagnose the origin and extent of the problem and offer advanced techniques and treatments to deal with it.

It's possible in these more complex situations your tooth has become diseased beyond repair and must be replaced. It's important, then, that you see us if you experience any significant tooth pain, even if it seems to go away. The sooner we diagnose and begin treating the cause of your pain, the better your chances of regaining your dental health.

If you would like more information on treating dental disease, 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 “Confusing Tooth Pain.”


By Advance Family Dental Care
May 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Good oral hygiene is one of the main pillars of wellness in general. However, understanding the elements which contribute to a good oral hygiene routine can help you keep your teeth healthy and clean for years to come. Does your daily dental routine make the cut? Find out with Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL.

What is a good daily oral hygiene routine?
Good dental hygiene begins at home with a strong daily routine. No matter your risk of teeth decay, age, or dental condition, you should brush your teeth twice daily. Always brush right before bed and at least one other time during the day. In addition to brushing twice a day, you should floss at least once, ensuring to reach up and underneath the gumline to clear out bacteria and plaque in areas your toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach. You should also see your dentist regularly for routine dental examinations and professional dental cleanings.

How often should I see my dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist at least twice a year. At these regular visits, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and oral tissues to search for abnormalities. Simple procedures like fillings or even root canals may occur during your appointment if necessary. More extensive treatments like crowns or bridges will require additional appointments. A professional cleaning removes decay-causing tartar, which brushing and flossing cannot remove. Your regular dental appointments allow your dentist to find and treat issues early, using less invasive procedures than those required for more advanced decay or gum disease.

Keeping Good Oral Hygiene in Naperville, IL
In addition to a good at-home oral care routine and regular dental examinations and cleanings, there are some other steps you can take to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Avoid eating sugary foods and drinks. If you do partake in these treats, brush and floss your teeth afterward to ensure that the sugars do not remain on the teeth. Eat foods high in calcium to help strengthen your teeth from the inside out.

For more information on good oral hygiene or regular dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 358-9899 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Zomorrodi today!


By Advance Family Dental Care
May 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: celebrity smiles   retainer  
MargotRobbieKnowsAGreatSmileIsWorthProtecting

On the big screen, Australian-born actress Margot Robbie may be best known for playing devil-may-care anti-heroes—like Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn and notorious figure skater Tonya Harding. But recently, a discussion of her role in Peter Rabbit proved that in real life, she’s making healthier choices. When asked whether it was hard to voice a character with a speech impediment, she revealed that she wears retainers in her mouth at night, which gives her a noticeable lisp.

“I actually have two retainers,” she explained, “one for my bottom teeth which is for grinding my teeth, and one for my top teeth which is just so my teeth don't move.”

Clearly Robbie is serious about protecting her dazzling smile. And she has good reasons for wearing both of those retainers. So first, let’s talk about retainers for teeth grinding.

Also called bruxism, teeth grinding affects around 10 percent of adults at one time or another, and is often associated with stress. If you wake up with headaches, sore teeth or irritated gums, or your sleeping partner complains of grinding noises at night, you may be suffering from nighttime teeth grinding without even being aware of it.

A type of retainer called an occlusal guard is frequently recommended to alleviate the symptoms of bruxism. Typically made of plastic, this appliance fits comfortably over your teeth and prevents them from being damaged when they rub against each other. In combination with stress reduction techniques and other conservative treatments, it’s often the best way to manage teeth grinding.

Orthodontic retainers are also well-established treatment devices. While appliances like braces or aligners cause teeth to move into better positions, retainers are designed to keep teeth from moving—helping them to stay in those positions. After active orthodontic treatment, a period of retention is needed to allow the bite to stabilize. Otherwise, the teeth can drift right back to their old locations, undoing the time and effort of orthodontic treatment.

So Robbie has the right idea there too. However, for those who don’t relish the idea of wearing a plastic appliance, it’s often possible to bond a wire retainer to the back surfaces of the teeth, where it’s invisible. No matter which kind you choose, wearing a retainer can help keep your smile looking great for many years to come.

If you have questions about teeth grinding or orthodontic retainers, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Grinding” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”


By Advance Family Dental Care
May 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth loss  
ToothLossAHealthRiskforOlderAdults

Tooth loss is a problem that affects many seniors—and since May is Older Americans Month, this is a good time to talk about it. Did you know that more than a quarter of adults over age 75 have lost all of their natural teeth? This not only affects their quality of life, but poses a significant health risk.

According to a study in The Journal of Prosthodontics, significant tooth loss is associated with increased risk for malnutrition—and also for obesity. If this seems like a contradiction, consider that when you have few or no teeth, it’s much easier to eat soft, starchy foods of little nutritional value than it is to eat nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables.

That’s just one reason why it’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. There are several ways to replace a full set of missing teeth including removable dentures, overdentures, and fixed dentures.

Removable dentures are the classic “false teeth” that you put in during the day and take out at night. Dentures have come a long way in terms of how convincing they look as replacement teeth, but they still have some disadvantages: For one thing, they take some getting used to—particularly while eating. Also, wearing removable dentures can slowly wear away the bone that they rest on. As that bone gradually shrinks over time, the dentures cease to fit well and require periodic adjustment (re-lining).

Overdentures are removable dentures that hook onto a few strategically placed dental implants, which are small titanium posts placed in the bone beneath your gums. Strong and secure, implants prevent the denture from slipping when you wear it. Implants also slow the rate of bone loss mentioned above, which should allow the denture to fit better over a longer period of time. But overdentures, too, are not meant to be worn all of the time.

Fixed dentures are designed to stay in your mouth all the time, and are the closest thing to having your natural teeth back. An entire row of fixed (non-removable) replacement teeth can usually be held in place by 4-6 dental implants. Dental implant surgery is an in-office procedure performed with the type of anesthesia that’s right for you. After implants have been placed and have integrated with your jaw bone—generally a period of a few months—you can enjoy all of your favorite foods again without worry or embarrassment.

If you would like more information about tooth-replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.




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