Posts for: January, 2020

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Today’s technologically advanced dentures aren’t your grandparents’ “false teeth.” Now made with superior materials and processes, you could almost forget you’re wearing them. But don’t let that cause you to leave them in for the night: While it may seem like a harmless thing to do, wearing dentures 24/7 may not be good for them or your health.

For one thing, around the clock denture wearing could worsen bone loss, already a concern with dentures and missing teeth. The forces generated when we chew on natural teeth stimulate new bone growth to replace older bone cells. When teeth go missing, though, so does this stimulus. Even the best dentures can’t restore this stimulation, so bone loss remains a risk.

And, dentures can accelerate bone loss because of the added pressure they bring to the bony gum ridges that support them. Wearing them all the time deprives the gums of any rest, further speeding up the pace of bone loss. Losing bone volume not only affects your overall oral health, it will gradually loosen your dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear.

Another problem: You may clean your dentures less frequently if you don’t take them out at night. Lack of cleaning can encourage bacterial growth and lead to disease. Studies show that people who don’t take their dentures out at night have more dental plaque accumulation, gum inflammation and higher blood counts of the protein interleukin 6, indicating the body is fighting infection.

And that’s not just a problem for your mouth. Continuous denture wearing could make you twice as likely to develop life-threatening pneumonia as someone who routinely takes their dentures out.

These and other concerns make nightly denture removal a good practice for your health’s sake. While they’re out, it’s also a good time to clean them: Manually brush them for best results (be sure you’re only using regular soap or denture cleanser—toothpaste is too abrasive for them). You can then store them in clean water or a solution designed for dentures.

Having said all that, though, there may be one reason why wearing dentures at night might be beneficial—it may help prevent obstructive sleep apnea. If you have this condition, talk to your dentist about whether wearing your dentures at night has more advantages than disadvantages. And, if bone loss created by wearing dentures is a concern, it could be resolved by having implants support your dentures. Again, discuss this with your dentist.

Taking care of your dentures will help increase their life and fit, and protect your health. And part of that may be taking them out to give your gums a rest while you’re resting.

If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: medicine  

The red, scaly rash suddenly appearing on your face doesn’t cause you much physical discomfort, but it’s still embarrassing. And to make matters worse treating it as you would other skin ailments seems to make it worse.

Your ailment might be a particular skin condition known as peri-oral dermatitis. Although its overall occurrence is fairly low (1% or less of the population worldwide) it seems to be more prevalent in industrialized countries like the United States, predominantly among women ages 20-45.

Peri-oral dermatitis can appear on the skin as a rash of small red bumps, pimples or blisters. You usually don’t feel anything but some patients can have occasional stinging, itching or burning sensations. It’s often misidentified as other types of skin rashes, which can be an issue when it comes to treatment.

Steroid-based ointments that work well with other skin ailments could have the opposite effect with peri-oral dermatitis. If you’re using that kind of cream out of your medicine cabinet, your rash may look better initially because the steroid constricts the tiny blood vessels in the skin. But the reduction in redness won’t last as the steroid tends to suppress the skin’s natural healing capacity with continued use.

The best treatment for peri-oral dermatitis is to first stop using any topical steroid ointments, including other-the-counter hydrocortisone, and any other medications, lotions or creams on it. Instead, wash your skin with a mild soap. Although the rash may flare up initially, it should begin to subside after a few days.

A physician can further treat it with antibiotic lotions typically containing Clindamycin or Metronidazole, or a non-prescription, anti-itch lotion for a less severe case. For many this clears up the condition long-term, but there’s always the possibility of relapse. A repeat of this treatment is usually effective.

Tell your dentist if you have recurring bouts of a rash that match these descriptions. More than likely you’ll be referred to a dermatologist for treatment. With the right attention—and avoiding the wrong treatment ointment—you’ll be able to say goodbye to this annoying and embarrassing rash.

If you would like more information on peri-oral dermatitis, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Wondering what the benefits are of getting dental implants?

Are you currently researching your options when it comes to how to replace missing teeth? If you said “yes” then chances are good that you’ve come across information about dental implants. Implants are a great option for many healthy adults who are missing anywhere from one tooth to an entire row of teeth. The implant replaces the roots of your teeth and provides a long-term option for adults who want to get full smiles back. Here are some of the benefits of getting dental implants from our Naperville, IL, dentist Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi.

Implants look and function like real teeth

One of the major reasons so many adults are turning to implants is because they are the closest you can get to real teeth. The implant is covered with a realistic-looking dental crown that is made to blend in with the rest of your smile. Furthermore, because the implant replaces the roots of the tooth and fuses together with the jawbone it actually behaves like a real tooth (and feels just as stable, too!).

Prevent bone loss

When a tooth falls out or needs to be extracted, the jawbone around the tooth begins to deteriorate. This is because the tooth roots provide the stimulation that the jawbone needs to produce new bone cells. By placing a dental implant into the jawbone this stimulates new bone growth and prevents bone deterioration.

Implants can last a long time

Since implants function just like natural teeth it should go without saying that they are built to last. The implant is made from durable titanium that fuses together with the jawbone. Once this osseointegration is complete the implant could last you the rest of your life. Of course, you will want to maintain good oral hygiene and keep your implant clean and healthy if you want it to last.

They are cost-effective in the long run

While implants are a bit more expensive upfront than other tooth replacement options they could actually be quite cost-effective. Once the implant is placed in the jawbone this part of the restoration should never need to be replaced. While the dental crown will need to be replaced every few years, with the proper care a crown could still last up to 10 years or longer. Other tooth replacement options will usually need to be replaced, adjusted, or realigned every few years, but not dental implants.

If you are dealing with tooth loss in Naperville, IL, it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to for the very best care. Call Advance Family Dental Care today at (630) 357-2332 to find out if dental implants are right for you.

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Would you like to know more about ultrasonic cleanings from your Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL?

Professional dental cleanings are an important preventative measure to care for teeth. The dentist ensures the removal of plaque, a sticky film on teeth, and tartar, dental calculus. Plaque and tartar normally accumulate over time, and if it's not removed, serious health issues like periodontal disease can plague the soft oral tissue. To combat this issue, ultrasonic cleanings can eliminate plaque and tartar, leaving you refreshed and with a brighter smile.

So, what is an ultrasonic scaler?

Ultrasonic scalers are machines used to clean teeth. Electromagnetic forces cause the tiny tip of the hand-held wand to vibrate rapidly. The vibrations effectively remove plaque, calculus, and stains.

A small stream of water and/or antibacterial mouthwash is used to cool the ultrasonic scaler's tip and wash away debris. In a process called cavitation, the vibrating tip breaks water into millions of tiny bubbles, which eliminates bacterial cell walls.

Ultrasonic cleanings at our Naperville office are both quick and effective at removing plaque and tartar deposits from under the gum line. Furthermore, this method can successfully eliminate stains caused by coffee and leave you with a rejuvenated smile.

Ultrasonic scalers have small tip which is great for people who have sensitive tissue and, if you're worried about discomfort, your dentist can applying a topical anesthetic, or use conscious sedation, to make it more convenient for patients.

Interested? Give us a call today

If you would like to learn more about ultrasonic scalers and what they can do for you, then don't hesitate to contact your Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, by dialing (630) 357-2332 today! An ultrasonic cleaning can put your smile on the right track.

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  

Dental implants are all the rage—and for good reason: They’re incredibly “tooth-like,” both in appearance and function. They also have a stunningly high success rate: More than 95% of implants still function after ten years. This means out of thousands of implants installed each year, only a handful fail.

But although that’s an amazingly low number, they’re still failures for real people who’ve suffered a loss. If you’re considering dental implants the chances of that being your experience are quite low. But it could still happen.

Here’s a few things you can do to make sure your implants don’t fail.

Stop smoking. Of the small percentage of implant failures, an inordinate number are smokers. A smoker’s chances of implant failure are roughly double those of non-smokers. Smoking, and to some degree any tobacco use, can make your mouth an unhealthier place: Not only can it increase your dental disease risk, but it can interfere with the healing process after implant placement and increase the chances of early failure.

Manage your health. Diabetes and similar systemic conditions can interfere with the healing process too, which could impact your implant attachment to bone. Diabetics thus run a slight risk of implant failure—but actual failures mostly involve patients who don’t have good control of their symptoms. If you’re a diabetic, properly managing your condition will lower your risk of implant failure to nearly identical that of someone without diabetes.

Treat gum disease. Implants in themselves are immune to disease—but the underlying bone that supports them isn’t. A gum disease infection could eventually weaken and diminish the implant-bone attachment. If this happens around an implant, its stability can be severely compromised. The best strategy is to prevent gum disease through daily, thorough brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing dental plaque. And if you see any symptoms like gum swelling, redness or bleeding, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Your implants could serve you well for decades. Just be sure you’re doing the right things to ensure their longevity.

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 Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”

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