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By Lynch Dental Center
March 17, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Discover the benefits of getting dental crowns and bridges for your smile.

Accidents happen! Yes, even to your smile. Whether you are dealing with extensive decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, your dentist at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL, is here to tell you how getting dental crowns and bridges could turn your smile around.

What are crowns and bridges?

These fixed dental restorations are custom-made just for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance while a dental bridge is used to fill gaps and replace one or more missing teeth.

Why might I get a crown?

A crown is a very versatile restoration that can be used to protect a tooth from further damage. A tooth weakened by decay, infection, or trauma can often benefit from getting a crown. A crown will surround the tooth and provide a stronger and more durable outer layer of protection.

A crown may be recommended if you have a cracked, fractured, or broken tooth, if you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored, or if you just underwent root canal therapy.

When are dental bridges needed?

A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge, which contains false teeth, will be fused with the crowns to anchor the artificial teeth in the middle.

Dental crowns and bridges offer an array of benefits, from treating tooth loss and filling gaps left behind by missing teeth, to protecting teeth from further damage and improving the aesthetics of your smile. 

Do you want to know more about dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, all you have to do is call Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL. You can reach our office at 312-263-3235 for our Chicago office, and 708-366-6411 for our River Forest, IL, office.

By Lynch Dental Center
December 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
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Hannah Bronfman, well-known DJ and founder of the health and beauty website HBFIT.com, took a tumble while biking a few years ago. After the initial pain and bruising subsided, all seemed well—until she started experiencing headaches, fatigue and unexplained weight gain. Her doctors finally located the source—a serious infection emanating from a tooth injured during the accident.

It's easy to think of the human body as a loose confederation of organs and tissues that by and large keep their problems to themselves. But we'd do better to consider the body as an organic whole—and that a seemingly isolated condition may actually disrupt other aspects of our health.

That can be the case with oral infections triggered by tooth decay or gum disease, or from trauma as in Bronfman's case. These infections, which can inflict severe damage on teeth and gums, may also contribute to health issues beyond the mouth. They can even worsen serious, life-threatening conditions like heart disease.

The bacteria that cause both tooth decay and gum disease could be the mechanism for these extended problems. It's possible for bacteria active during an oral infection to migrate to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. If that happens, they can spread infection elsewhere, as it appears happened with Bronfman.

But perhaps the more common way for a dental disease to impact general health is through chronic inflammation. Initially, this defensive response by the body is a good thing—it serves to isolate diseased or injured tissues from healthier tissues. But if it becomes chronic, inflammation can cause its own share of damage.

The inflammation associated with gum disease can lead to weakened gum tissues that lose their attachment to teeth. But clinical research over the last few years also points to another possibility—that periodontal inflammation could worsen the inflammation associated with diseases like heart disease, diabetes or arthritis.

Because of this potential harm not only to your teeth and gums but also to the rest of your body, you shouldn't take an oral injury or infection lightly. If you've had an accident involving your mouth, see your dentist as soon as possible for a complete examination. You should also make an appointment if you notice signs of infection like swollen or bleeding gums.

Prompt dental treatment can help you minimize potential damage to your teeth and gums. It could also protect the rest of your health.

If you would like more information about the effects of dental problems on the rest of the body, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Link Between Heart and Gum Diseases.”

By Lynch Dental Center
December 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Want to know the clear difference when it comes to getting Invisalign instead of braces?

When people consider the different orthodontic treatment options out there many of them are intrigued by Invisalign and how a completely clear system could shift their teeth into the perfect alignment; however, one question that our River Forest, IL, dentists Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch often hear is “how does Invisalign work?” No, it’s not magic (even though it might seem like magic). Here’s how these aligners straighten teeth.

How Invisalign Works

Instead of using interconnected brackets and wires to shift teeth into place, Invisalign uses a set of completely clear aligners that look similar to retainers and cover over the teeth to shift them into place. Of course, for treatment to work, you will need to wear your aligners for most of the day (aim for 22 hours), only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss. You will also change your aligners every two weeks for a new set. Depending on the type and extent of your dental issues, Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 9 months to one year.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

First, you will want to come in to see our dentist for a consultation to determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you. Our dental team has received specialized instruction to be able to provide Invisalign treatment to older teens and adults living in and around River Forest and Chicago, IL, with this unique orthodontic treatment.

During the beginning stages, our dentist will take digital scans of your teeth, which will be uploaded onto the computer to map out every tooth movement that will need to occur during your treatment. From this data, an Invisalign dental lab will create custom-fitted aligners, which will control the force and timing of the force to shift teeth little by little with every set of aligners. Invisalign can handle a wide range of dental problems including,

  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

Are you interested in turning to our River Forest and Chicago, IL, dental team for Invisalign? If so, call our office at (312) 263-3235 to schedule a no-risk consultation.

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One day, you lose one… followed by another…and then another. And then, after years of dental disease, you finally lose all your remaining teeth.

But between the first tooth lost and the last, years or even decades could pass. Individuals in the past caught in this downward spiral often decided the cost of continually upgrading their restorations with each lost tooth was simply too much. Instead, they opted at some point to have their remaining teeth extracted, even relatively healthy ones, to make way for full dentures.

That's still an option you might one day want to consider. Today, though, you have another alternative: With the help of dental implants, you can easily update your restorations with gradual tooth loss and keep more of your natural teeth longer. And keeping them longer is often the best scenario for maintaining optimum oral health.

Most people are familiar with dental implants as single replacements for individual teeth. It's a straightforward application. A dentist imbeds a titanium metal post into the jawbone at the missing tooth site, to which they later attach a life-like crown.  Over time, the titanium post attracts new bone growth, resulting in enhanced durability for the implant, while also helping to reduce the bone loss that typically occurs after losing teeth.

But implants can also be used to support more traditional restorations like bridges or partial dentures. When used in that manner you only need a small number to support a restoration for multiple teeth, a much more affordable method than an individual implant for each tooth. And with planning and forethought, earlier installed implants could be incorporated into the next phase of restoration.

This helps make the process of updating restorations more manageable and affordable, while also prolonging the life of your remaining teeth. And should the time come when you lose all your teeth, implants can support a full fixed bridge or a removable denture. Including dental implants in your ongoing treatment strategy can pay dividends toward maintaining your best oral health.

If you would like more information on the many applications for 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 “Replacing All Teeth But Not All at Once.”

By Lynch Dental Center
November 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Tooth loss can have a significant impact on your appearance and your self-esteem. If you are missing a tooth, speaking, smiling, and laughing with others can make you feel uncomfortable.

Tooth loss can occur as a result of severe decay, gum disease, or trauma. If you are missing a tooth, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch of Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL or Chicago, IL can help. The dentists at this practice can treat your tooth loss with dental implants, which is the most convenient and natural-looking treatment option.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants in River Forest, IL, consist of a titanium implant drilled directly into your jaw and fuses to your jawbone. Your dentist will place a crown on the implant that looks like your natural tooth.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

The most common treatments for tooth loss are partial dentures or dental implants in River Forest, IL Dental implants provide more benefits than partial dentures, making them the better option.

  • Natural appearance: Partial dentures often have metal brackets to hold the denture in place, and the metal is often visible. Dental implants are drilled directly into the jawbone, and metal brackets aren't necessary. Unless you tell them, nobody will know you have a dental implant.
  • They are permanent: Partial dentures need to be removed at night before you go to sleep. Also, you will need to replace your partial every five years. Dental implants are permanent. The implant will fuse to your jawbone and never need to be removed.
  • Easy cleaning: Partial dentures need to be soaked and scrubbed daily. Caring for dental implants is much easier. You brush the implant the way you do your natural teeth, making cleaning the implant simple.
  • No food restrictions: Certain foods can damage partial dentures and need to be avoided. Dental implants in River Forest, IL, fuse to the jawbone and are strong and sturdy; therefore, you can eat anything you want.

What Is the Dental Implant Process?

During your consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and the health of your gums. They will also take x-rays to ensure you have enough bone to hold the implant securely. If you don't, your dentist will need to perform a bone graft before placing the implant.

The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area so that the implant can be drilled into the jawbone. When the implant is placed, you will need to wait four to six months for the implant to fuse to the bone.

When the implant has healed completely, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth so the crown can be placed.

If you are thinking about getting dental implants, contact Dr. Lynch, Dr. Lynch, or Dr. Lynch of Lynch Dental Center. To reach our River Forest, IL office, call (708) 366-6411. To contact our Chicago, IL office, call (312) 263-3235.





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