Are you missing a tooth and it has left you feeling self-conscious when talking or smiling? Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss – mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. Today, adults and seniors who are missing teeth, or need teeth extracted, can have them replaced with a fully-functional, natural-looking dental prosthetic, or dental implants.
Dental implants give a person a full smile, ensuring proper dental health while boosting self-confidence. Besides appearances, the top benefits of dental implants include:
Durable – Patients who follow a regular oral hygiene regimen can expect their implants to last a lifetime.
Natural Appearance – Dental implants look and feel like a natural tooth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
Improved Oral Health – Unlike dental bridges, dental implants do not increase tooth decay or sensitivity because the implant seamlessly integrates into your jawbone.
Improved Self-Esteem – Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Smile with confidence once you receive a dental implant from Dr. Kim at Northwest Implant Dental Spa. Our staff will evaluate your needs, explain the process of receiving a dental implant, and ensure you’re comfortable and happy with the finished product. Call our dental office to make an appointment for Chicago dental implants by dialing (847) 629-4875.
We know we should floss at least once a day, if not twice, but not everyone knows the right way to do it. Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where periodontal disease often begins.
While flossing seems like a straightforward process, there are dentist-recommended techniques that ensure you’re giving your teeth and gums the best cleaning possible. Use this step-by-step guide on how to properly floss your teeth:
- Wind 18″ of floss around your middle or index fingers of each hand, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.
- Holding the floss tautly, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth.
- Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Remember never to snap the floss into the gums.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- As you move from one tooth to the next, unroll a fresh section of floss from the finger of one hand while rolling the used floss onto the finger of the other hand. Use your thumb as a guide.
- As you move from tooth to tooth, use clean sections of floss.
If you haven’t flossed recently, your gums may feel sore or bleed. Not to worry, after about a week of consistent flossing you’ll remove the built-up bacteria, and your gums will start to feel better. If you are still uncertain about how best to floss your teeth, you should speak with a dentist specializing in teeth implants in Chicago for tips and suggestions.
Confidence begins with a smile – a healthy smile. And that starts and ends with your dentist. Think about it, just as we need to take care of our bodies, our teeth need plenty of TLC too. While some people are lucky enough to be born with teeth that never seem to need any dental work outside of regular cleanings, plenty more people require routine care, including fillings, dental implants, and root canals.
Most people are familiar with fillings, and root canals are pretty straightforward, but what exactly are dental implants and prosthetics? Allow us to explain. Dental implants aren’t as scary as they may sound. They are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss and biting irregularities.
Comprised of three main parts — implant, abutment, and crown — tooth implants are designed and fitted to look and function like a regular tooth. At Northwest Implant Dental Spa, every patient receives a custom, titanium abutment built specifically for their tooth implant. With our computer-aided design and manufacturing technology, we offer our patients crowns made from the sturdiest, most reliable materials, including cubic zirconia, porcelain, and stainless steel.
People who have lost teeth often feel self-conscious when they smile or talk. No one should feel this way. With Chicago dental implants from Dr. Kim at Northwest Implant Dental Spa, you can smile confidently and feel great knowing you have a beautiful, healthy smile.
Have you recently gotten your first cavity and you’re worried about the procedure? That dental procedure, known as a dental filling, is used to repair minor decay or fracture to a tooth; for more severe cases other types of restorative dental treatment, such as a dental crown or implant, may be necessary.
Concern about the pain caused by treating a cavity may cause you to put off treatment, but that can make the problem much worse. The process of filling cavities is a relatively simple and straightforward one that can be done right at your dentist’s office, typically in under an hour.
Knowing what to expect during and after treatment will help ease your concerns and hopefully relieve some of your anxiety. Before starting, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and parts of your mouth. Besides a small pinch of the needle, you shouldn’t experience any physical pain during the procedure itself. Next, the dentist will remove the damaged parts of the tooth. Finally, the filling material is applied to the area to fill the cavity.
Though cavity fillings don’t hurt, you can expect some tenderness and soreness during the first few days after you get a tooth filled. Call your dentist in Wheeling, IL, if the discomfort persists for more than a week.
Want a snack that tastes yummy and is good for your teeth? Try cheese! Cheese, a source high in calcium, has been found by a recent study published by the Academy of General Dentistry in the U.S., to fight off cavities and give you a healthier mouth. The research found that subjects who ate cheese saw a drop in pH levels in their mouths; lower pH levels help fight plaque, both fighting cavities and protecting enamel.
Cheese is high in casein phosphate, a chemical that lowers the acidity in your mouth making it more resistant to decay. Because cheese stimulates saliva, which cleanses the teeth, it helps to keep the acidity in the mouth low. Additionally, cheese forms a protective film around the teeth keeping them safe from acid.
The higher the pH levels on the surface of teeth, the more teeth are protected against dental erosion, which causes cavities and leads to fillings. However, not all cheese is good for you. You’ll want to avoid highly processed cheeses and anything you can squirt out of a can.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should swap out your toothbrush for some aged cheddar. Instead, pair your favorite cheeses with other tooth-healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Also, visit your dentist in Wheeling, IL, for regular cleanings and checkups.