Posts for: September, 2021

By Advance Family Dental Care
September 25, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
HowCelineDionOvercameHerSmileObstacle

For over three decades, Celine Dion has amazed audiences and fans with her powerful singing voice. Best known for her recording of "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song for the movie Titanic, Dion has amassed global record sales topping 200 million. In her early singing days, though, she struggled with one particular career obstacle: an unattractive smile.

The Canadian-born performer had a number of dental defects including crooked and discolored teeth, and—most prominent of all—abnormally large cuspid or "canine" teeth (located on either side of the four front incisors). They were so noticeable that one Quebec celebrity magazine gave her the unflattering nickname "Canine Dion."

This isn't an unusual problem. Since human canines are already the longest teeth in the mouth, it doesn't take much for them to stand out. Our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors needed these large, pointed teeth to survive. But with the evolution of agriculture and industry, canine teeth have become gradually smaller—so much so that when they're abnormally large, they don't look right in a smile.

So, what can be done if your canines embarrassingly stand out from the rest? Here are some of the options to consider.

Reduce their size. If your canines are just a tad too long, it may be possible to remove some of the enamel layer in a procedure called contouring. Using this technique, we can reduce a tooth's overall size, which we then re-shape by bonding composite resin to the tooth. It's only a good option, though, if your canines have an ample and healthy layer of enamel.

Repair other teeth. The problem of prominent canine teeth may actually be caused by neighboring teeth. When the teeth next to the canines are crooked, the canines can appear more prominent. Alternatively, other teeth around the canines may be abnormally small. Braces or clear aligners can correct crooked incisors, and applying porcelain veneers to smaller teeth could help normalize their length.

Apply dental crowns. In some instances, we can reduce the canines in size and then bond porcelain crowns to them. This is the option that Dion ultimately chose. The natural teeth are still intact, but the crowning process transforms them into properly proportioned, life-like teeth. There is, however, one caveat: The alteration to these teeth will be permanent, so they will need a crown from then on.

Besides crowning her canine teeth, Dion also underwent other dental work to straighten and whiten her other teeth. As a result, this superstar performer now has a superstar smile to match and so can you if your teeth are less than perfect. These or other cosmetic enhancements can give you the look you truly desire. All it takes is an initial visit with us to start you on the road to a transformed smile.

If you would like more information about various cosmetic solutions for your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”


By Advance Family Dental Care
September 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
4TipstoGettingtheDentalCareYouNeedEvenonaTightBudget

If your budget gets squeezed, cutting non-essential expenses can be a wise move. But think twice before lumping dental care into that category—postponing dental visits or treatment could put your long-term dental health at risk.

True, dental treatments can get expensive, so it's tempting to let a routine visit slide or put off treatment for an obvious problem. But dental problems usually don't go away on their own—rather, they worsen. When you do get around to treatment, you'll pay and endure more than if you had tackled the issue earlier.

The key isn't cutting out dental care altogether, but to sync your limited financial resources with your dental needs. Here are 4 tips to help you do that.

Focus on the long-term. Twice-a-year cleanings and checkups are the minimum investment you should make toward good dental health. Besides lowering your disease risk, these appointments are key to a long-term care plan. By evaluating your on-going health and assessing your personal risk for dental disease, we can formulate a plan that addresses current problems and prevents future ones.

Take care of your mouth. The single most important thing you can do to protect yourself against destructive dental diseases is to practice daily oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing removes dental plaque, the bacterial film on teeth most responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. You can further boost healthy teeth and gums by eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals.

Restore teeth temporarily. We may be able to treat or restore affected teeth with temporary materials that give you time to prepare financially for a more permanent solution later. Durable but low-cost materials like resin bonded glass ionomers for repairing decayed teeth, or a partial denture to replace teeth can get you by until you're ready for a crown or dental implants.

Manage your costs. There are different ways to minimize your dental expenses or spread them out over time to make it easier on your budget. You may be able to lower expenses with dental insurance or a dental savings plan. Your provider may also have payment plans that allow you to finance your fees over time.

If you would like more information on affordable dental 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 “Cost-Saving Treatment Alternatives.”


By Advance Family Dental Care
September 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Your dentist in Naperville, IL, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi of Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, offers many services that will help you improve your smile. One of these treatments or restorations may be the perfect option for you.

Tooth-colored fillings

No one has to know that you had a cavity, thanks to tooth-colored fillings. The fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material tinted to match common tooth shades. In addition to blending in with the color of your teeth, composite resin fillings bond to teeth, strengthening them.

Invisalign

From fillings to orthodontic treatment, dental treatments have become much more subtle over the years. Invisalign, a discreet alternative to metal braces, straightens your teeth and corrects mild to moderate bite problems. During your treatment, you'll wear a series of clear, removable aligner trays that fit over your teeth. Every two weeks, you'll begin wearing a new set of trays. Each tray is designed to exert gentle pressure necessary to realign your teeth.

Tooth restoration

Missing teeth affect your appearance and ability to chew and can even lead to speech difficulties. During your visit to the Naperville, IL, dental office, your dentist may recommend one or more of these restoration options:

  • A Bridge: Bridges replace one or two missing teeth and consist of artificial teeth attached to crowns that are cemented onto supporting teeth.
  • Dentures: Dentures replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Thanks to advancements in denture technology, today's dentures look and feel more natural than ever.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants offer the next best thing to growing new teeth. Small titanium posts placed in your jawbone bond to the bone and become your new roots. They're paired with dental crowns to replace the visible parts of your teeth. Once both parts are connected, you'll have fully functioning teeth that offer excellent biting power.

Teeth whitening

Have you been feeling a little self-conscious about your smile? Teeth whitening offers a simple, inexpensive way to get rid of stains that dull teeth. Your dentist applies a professional-strength whitening gel that bleaches away stains, leaving your teeth noticeably whiter.

Would you like to enhance your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure or service? Call your Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Zomorrodi of Advance Family Dental Care, at (630) 358-9899 to schedule your appointment.


By Advance Family Dental Care
September 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
DentalHygieneandCareCriticalDuringCancerTreatment

After months or even years of radiation or chemotherapy, the words "cancer-free" is music to your ears. Your joy and relief, though, may be tempered by the toll these treatments can take on the rest of your body—including your mouth.

Both of these treatments can destroy healthy tissue along with targeted cancer cells. If the focus has been on the head and neck regions, they could damage the salivary glands to the point that they won't produce adequate saliva flow.

A lack of saliva can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. Saliva buffers and helps lower oral acid levels that soften and erode enamel and increase the likelihood of tooth decay. Saliva also supplies antibodies that fight disease-causing bacteria. Otherwise, bacteria—and the risk for disease—can rapidly grow.

If these or other scenarios occur, you may experience dental damage, even tooth loss. Fortunately, we can restore an injured smile in various ways, including dentures, bridges or dental implants. But we should also attempt to limit the potential damage by taking steps to prevent dental disease during cancer treatment.

The most important of these is to brush and floss daily. Everyone should practice these hygiene tasks to remove disease-causing dental plaque, regardless of their health status. But because some natural disease-fighting mechanisms in the mouth may be disrupted during either radiation or chemotherapy, it's even more important if you're a cancer patient.

It's equally important to maintain as much as possible regular dental visits during cancer treatment. Dental cleanings provided during these visits remove any residual plaque and tartar (hardened plaque), which further lowers your disease risk.

Your dentist can better monitor your overall dental condition during frequent visits and provide as much treatment as you can tolerate. They can also enhance your protection against disease by prescribing antibacterial mouthrinses, fluoride applications or products to boost saliva production.

Some teeth and gum problems may be unavoidable; in that case, you may need post-treatment dental care to restore your oral health as needed. But caring as much for your dental health as you're able during cancer treatment could help you realize a better outcome.

If you would like more information on dental care during cancer treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Advance Family Dental Care
September 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you unhappy with your gummy smile? Crown lengthening is a procedure offered by your Naperville, IL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi of Advance Family Dental Care, which can improve your appearance.

Are you a good candidate for crown lengthening?

During your visit to the Naperville, IL, dental office, your cosmetic dentist may recommend crown lengthening if:

  • You're concerned about your appearance: A gummy smile won't affect the health of your teeth but it certainly can make you feel self-conscious. When gum tissue extends too far, your gums are the first thing people notice about your smile. Crown lengthening removes excess gum tissue, revealing more of your teeth.
  • You're oral and general health is good: Your gums must be healthy and free of gum disease before crown lengthening treatment. Your teeth will also need to be in good condition. Any dental issues must be treated before your dentist can work on your gums. You'll also need to be in good general health if you're thinking about changing your appearance with crown lengthening.
  • You have realistic expectations: Your dentist will show you how much gum tissue can be safely removed during crown lengthening. It's important to discuss your expectations for the procedure with your dentist.

What happens during crown lengthening?

Before crown lengthening begins, your cosmetic dentist injects a local anesthetic into your gums. The anesthetic numbs your gums, ensuring that you feel no pain during the procedure. Using a scalpel or laser, your dentist carefully removes excess gum tissue and reshapes the gums around your teeth. The entire procedure usually only takes about an hour.

You may leave the office with sutures and a protective dressing over your gums. Sutures are removed about a week after the crown lengthening procedure, while the dressing may remain on your gums for one to two weeks.

Most people only experience mild pain, which can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications and ice. You'll need to brush your teeth carefully to avoid irritating the gums while they heal and avoid eating hard foods.

Transform your smile with crown lengthening! Call your Naperville, IL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Zomorrodi of Advance Family Dental Care, at (630) 358-9899 to schedule your appointment.




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