High school graduation marks the end of childhood and the beginning of young adulthood. Do you have a graduate in your family? If so, this is the ideal time to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning. Many graduates will be moving away to attend college, and an oral exam and cleaning now can help ensure that they will embark on this next phase of life in good oral health.
Is your graduate ready for the barrage of camera snaps? Long after graduation day, pictures of your graduate beaming in cap and gown will be on display. A professional teeth cleaning may be just what is needed for a camera-ready smile. The dental hygienist will use an electronic polishing tool to remove many stains from the teeth for a sparkling smile.
What’s more, the dental hygienist uses special tools to get rid of plaque and tartar that can cause bad breath, a common concern among teens and young adults. Bad breath is primarily caused by poor oral hygiene habits, and the hygienist can check to see if your teen’s oral hygiene routine has been too lax—and offer pointers if needed. It’s never too late to form better brushing and flossing habits, especially if your graduate will soon be living away from home!
A dental exam will reveal tooth decay or gum disease, problems that will only get worse if not taken care of. Another reason why dental exams are important at this time is that wisdom teeth—or third molars—generally appear between ages 17–21. Although these teeth sometimes come in without any problem, many wisdom teeth become impacted and must be removed, so it’s important to monitor them during regular dental checkups.
Take time to schedule a dental exam and cleaning so your graduate can march into a bright future armed with a big smile and the best oral health.
If you have questions about teen oral health concerns, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.
That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!
Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.
Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”
One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.
Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”Â Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
If you have misaligned teeth or bite issues, you may have considered orthodontic care to straighten your smile. However, if the thought of traditional metal braces and their obvious appearance has held you back from pursuing treatment, you may be able to straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign. But what can Invisalign do for you? Are you a good candidate for this treatment? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Center with locations in River Forest and Chicago, IL.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which, instead of using traditional metal brackets and wires, uses clear, plastic aligner trays worn in the mouth to straighten the smile. Though Invisalign is effective in its results, its appearance is subtle and discreet, meaning you will not have to compromise your look to get the smile you want.
Can Invisalign help my smile?
Dentists recommend Invisalign for patients who want to straighten their smile or address their bite issues. Common uses for Invisalign include treating:
- misaligned teeth
- overcrowded teeth
- under crowded teeth
- open bite
What can I expect during Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign’s aligner trays come in a series, the number of which depending on your treatment plan and the severity of your orthodontic issues. Treatment length usually averages about a year. Patients wear the trays for 22 hours a day, removing them to eat and perform their daily oral care tasks like brushing and flossing. You will wear each tray for two weeks before replacing it with the next tray in the series.
Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment in River Forest and Chicago, IL
Invisalign's removable design allows patients to eat the foods they love and brush and floss as they would have before braces. This treatment provides the same results as traditional metal braces and can help most patients who require orthodontic care. If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, a consultation with your dentist can help you determine if this is the best treatment for you.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Center with locations in Chicago, IL, and River Forest, IL. Call (312) 263-3235 to schedule your appointment in Chicago or (708) 366-6411 to schedule your appointment in River Forest today!
Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.
Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.
The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.
Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.
Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.
Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.
These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.
If you would like more information on smile transformations with 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 “Matching Teeth & Implants.”
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may have daydreamed about restoring the appearance of your smile and filling in the gaps. With dental implants, you can do just that, permanently replacing your missing tooth and its root to restore function and appearance to your teeth. What is a dental implant and how can it benefit your smile? Find out with Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Care with locations in River Forest and Chicago, IL.
Do I need dental implants?
Dental implants benefit patients in many situations involving missing one or more of their teeth. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth in a row, or even an entire row of teeth using an implant-supported denture. Implants stand on their own, allowing the patient to replace, for example, two teeth in a row on one side of their mouth and a single tooth on the other to close the gaps in their smile and ensure their jaw functions properly when it comes to eating and speaking.
What can I expect from the dental implants process?
Dental implants require several appointments with your dentist. Implants are designed to last a lifetime with the proper care. Undergoing the process once allows you to enjoy a full, beautiful smile for years to come. The process will begin with your dentist placing the implant, and there will be a waiting period. This healing time ensures that your implant fully integrates into the jawbone. The second phase of your implant process begins after fully healing from implantation and involves securing the dental crown onto the implant.
Dental Implants in River Forest and Chicago, IL
If you think you can benefit from dental implants, a consultation with your dentist is the first step to a new you. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Care with locations in Chicago, IL, and River Forest, IL. Call (312) 263-3235 to schedule your appointment in Chicago or (708) 366-6411 to schedule your appointment in River Forest today!
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