It is important to undergo an oral cancer screening regularly. After all, the earlier any type of cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat. Here at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL, any one of our dentists, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, or Dr. Frances Lynch, can perform an oral cancer screening for you—read on to learn more.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
There are several factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing oral cancer, including:
- Heredity / genetics
- Long-term tobacco use
- Moderate-to-heavy alcohol consumption
- Frequent sun exposure
- Exposure to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16)
- Being middle-aged or older
Signs of Oral Cancer
Several signs and symptoms are associated with oral cancer. Accordingly, it is crucial that you see one of the experienced dentists at one of our offices in River Forest or Chicago right away if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms around the mouth:
- White patches
- Red patches
Tissue samples can be taken from suspicious areas to test for the presence of cancer cells. If cancer is present, then an individualized treatment plan can be developed for you.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Screenings are extremely important for the early detection of oral cancer. Early detection can lead to a better prognosis when the cancer is caught before it has had a chance to progress. Additionally, early detection allows for treatment to begin sooner, which is helpful in stopping the cancer from spreading. Oral cancer screenings can be performed as part of your regular dental checkup.
During an oral cancer screening, your dentist will examine all areas of the mouth, including the lips, gums, and top and bottom of the tongue. Oral cancer is most commonly diagnosed in adults age 40 years or older. However, increasing numbers of young adults are now being diagnosed with oral cancer due to the spread of HPV16. Therefore, it is important for adults of all ages to regularly undergo an oral cancer screening.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
To schedule a screening with one of the dentists at our office in River Forest, call Lynch Dental Center at (708) 366-6411. Screenings can also be performed at our office in Chicago, reachable at (312) 263-3235.
Dentists around the world routinely remove diseased or damaged teeth every day. While some extractions require surgery, many don't: Your family dentist can perform these simple extractions, usually with little complication.
The term simple doesn't necessarily mean easy—as we'll note in a moment, it takes a deft and experienced hand to perform this type of extraction. The term in this case refers more to the type and condition of the tooth: The tooth roots are relatively straight and reside in the bone at an accessible angle. There are otherwise no meaningful impediments to removing it straight out.
The idea of “pulling a tooth” out of the jaw isn't the most accurate way to describe the procedure. A tooth is actually held in place within its bony socket by the periodontal ligament, a tough, elastic tissue between the tooth root and the bone that attaches to both through tiny fibrous extensions. The best method is to first loosen the tooth from the ligament's tiny attachments, for which experienced dentists can develop a certain feel. Once released from the ligament, the tooth will usually come free easily from its socket.
Not all teeth, though, can be removed in this manner. Teeth with multiple roots like back molars, and without a straight trajectory out of the socket, can have a complicated removal. Other dental conditions could also prove problematic for simple extraction, such as brittle roots that might fragment during removal.
For these and other complications, your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for the tooth extraction. But even with the surgical component, these more complicated extractions are relatively minor and routine—millions of wisdom teeth, for example, are removed every year in this manner.
If you have a tooth that needs to be removed due to disease or injury, your dentist will first determine the best way to remove it and will refer you, if necessary, for surgical extraction. And whatever kind of extraction you undergo, the dentist performing it will make sure you remain pain-free during the procedure.
While tooth preservation is usually the best course for long-term dental health, it's sometimes best to remove a tooth. If that should happen, your dentist will make sure it's done with as little discomfort to you as possible.
If you would like more information on dental extraction methods, 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 “Simple Tooth Extraction?”
The hallmarks of a healthy and beautiful smile typically include white, perfectly shaped, and correctly aligned teeth. But what if you lack one or all of these qualities? Fortunately, you can have all those qualities and more with dental veneers. Veneers are basically very durable, thin shells that can cover your teeth’s front area to conceal a variety of imperfections.
At Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL, your dentists, Drs. John Lynch, Sheila Lynch, and Frances Lynch offer porcelain veneers that closely mimic the natural sheen and look of real teeth to give patients gorgeous and authentic-looking smiles.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Veneers can offer a wide array of benefits, which makes it one of the most popular and versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments available today. You can even use them with other cosmetic procedures such as in a smile makeover for example. Specifically, veneers can offer the following benefits:
- Conceal noticeable discoloration, which includes intrinsic stains
- Mask tiny chips and cracks
- Hide minor misalignment
- Close slight gaps or spaces between your teeth
- Enhance the look of unusually shaped, worn, or small teeth
Can I Get Dental Veneers?
To figure out if you’re an ideal candidate for dental veneers, your dentist at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL, will assess the condition of your teeth and discuss how veneers can help your smile. Take note though that if you have severely uneven or crooked teeth, your dentist might suggest orthodontic treatment before you can get dental veneers.
The Dental Veneers Procedure
After your initial consultation and fitting, you’ll come back to the clinic and your dentist will examine the color, shape, and fit of your custom-made dental veneers. This is to ensure that they fit correctly and look perfect. Your dentist will then give your teeth a thorough cleaning to prevent bacteria from being trapped in between the veneers and your real teeth and then causing decay.
Next, the surface of your teeth will be resurfaced using a grinding device to make them a bit rougher so that the veneers will stick better. The veneers will then be attached to your teeth using dental cement and “baked” under ultraviolet light to speed up the drying process. You now have a smile that you can truly be proud of.
Interested in dental veneers to improve your smile?
Call our Lynch Dental Center office in Chicago, IL, at (312) 263-3235 or our River Forest, IL, office at (708) 366-6411 to book your appointment with one of our dentists, Drs. John Lynch, Sheila Lynch, or Frances Lynch today.
Are you truly pleased with your smile? If you're like many Americans, you may feel embarrassed by the worn color of your yellow, dull teeth. Fortunately, here at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago IL, your dentists offer professional teeth whitening, an in-office or at-home service that brightens teeth by several shades in a single treatment. Led by Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch, read on to learn how our team can rejuvenate your smile with this popular cosmetic dentistry option.
How dental stains happen
When you consume highly pigmented foods and beverages, your tooth enamel literally absorbs the dark colors, and when combined with the passage of time and poor oral hygiene, it is inevitable that unattractive organic matter will accumulate on your enamel. Furthermore, even the best brushing and flossing habits won't remove this material, and neither will retail mouthwashes or whitening toothpastes.
Unfortunately, surface, or extrinsic stains, eventually become intrinsic stains, reports Dentistry IQ. Stubborn discolorations permanently change how you look and feel when you smile.
Would you like to rejuvenate your smile?
Professional teeth whitening is today's most sought-after cosmetic dentistry treatment, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Economical and quick, whitening is available as an in-office treatment, accomplished in just one hour by your dentist here at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL. Conversely, you can choose convenient at-home whitening if you would prefer to brighten your smile on your own time. Both use hydrogen peroxide gel to lifts stains right out of the enamel matrix.
In-office whitening takes just one visit and brightens teeth by many shades, up to eight, in fact. At-home whitening applies a less concentrated peroxide gel via custom-made acrylic trays. These snugly-fitting trays place the gel right where it's needed for a prescribed length of time every day for a week. Results are just as spectacular as the in-office version.
Maintaining a beautiful smile
After you complete your whitening, you can maintain your new look indefinitely by:
- Brushing twice a day for a full two minutes, as endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA)
- Flossing once a day to remove plaque and keep your gums healthy
- Receiving whitening touch-ups as necessary at Lynch Dental Center
- Limiting the intake of coffee, tea, and colas
- Buffering acidic foods with cheese or bread
- Quitting all tobacco products
- Seeing Dr. Lynch twice a year for a check-up and cleaning
Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today
Cosmetic dentistry is booming, and the results from teeth whitening prove why. Please contact the team at Lynch Dental Center for a friendly evaluation. Phone our River Forest office at (708) 366-6411, or for the Chicago location, dial (312) 263-3235.
How do you know if you have periodontal (gum) disease? Sometimes your gums will tell you—when they’re red, swollen or bleed easily.
But your gums can also look and feel healthy while a gum infection still brews below the gum line. In this case, a regular dental visit could make the difference. Even without overt signs of infection, we may be able to detect gum disease with a slender metal instrument called a periodontal probe.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that most of the time arises from dental plaque. This thin film of bacteria and food particles accumulates on tooth surfaces, especially because of poor or non-existent oral hygiene. A continuing infection can weaken gum tissues and cause them to pull away or detach from the teeth.
Normally, there’s a slight gap between the gums and teeth. But as the infected gums pull away, the gaps grow larger and deeper, forming what are known as periodontal pockets. They become filled with infection that soon spreads to the root and bone and increases the risk of tooth loss.
These pockets, though, could be the means for detecting a gum infection with the help of the periodontal probe. During a dental exam we gently insert the probe, which has millimeter depth markings etched on it, between a tooth and its adjacent gums. While a depth of 1 to 3 mm is normal, a probe measurement of 4 to 5 mm could be a sign of an early stage infection. A reading of 7 to 10 mm, on the other hand, may indicate more advanced disease.
Along with other factors, periodontal probing can be quite useful identifying both the presence and extent of a gum infection and then how to treat it. The goal of any treatment is to remove plaque and tartar (calculus) deposits that sustain the infection. But probing, along with other diagnostic methods like x-rays, could point to deeper infection below the gum line that require more extensive methods, including surgery, sometimes to access and remove the disease.
Achieving the best treatment outcome with gum disease often depends on finding the infection early. Periodontal probing helps to make that discovery more likely.
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