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By Lynch Dental Center
January 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  
TwoMajorCausesforImplantFailureandHowYouCanPreventThem

Dental implants are a reliable way to replace teeth. More than 95% of implants survive ten years after their installation, and many of these could conceivably continue for decades.

But that still leaves a tiny few that don't reach the ten-year mark. Some fail early because the implant didn't integrate fully with the bone to create a durable hold. But others fail later—usually for one of two major causes.

Some failures occur due to over-stressing of the implant from abnormally high biting forces, usually because of teeth grinding. People who have this involuntary habit generate excessive force as they grind their teeth, which can damage implants (as well as natural teeth). To reduce this force, a patient's dentist can fit them with a biteguard they wear in the mouth to prevent teeth from making solid contact with each other during a grinding episode.

Fortunately, teeth grinding isn't that prevalent among adults—but that can't be said about the other major cause for implant failure: periodontal (gum) disease. This is a bacterial infection caused by dental plaque, a thin, bacterial film that accumulates on teeth. The implant itself isn't affected by the infection, but the gums and underlying bone supporting the implant can be.

Implants are most in peril from a form of gum disease called Peri-implantitis, which spreads deeper into the gum tissues around implants faster than infections around natural teeth. That's because implants lack the gum attachment of real teeth, which supply a collagen barrier that slows the spread of infection. Peri-implantitis can quickly infect the supporting bone and eventually weaken its connection with the implant.

Because of its aggressiveness and speed, we must diagnose and treat peri-implantitis as soon as possible to limit any damage to the support structures around an implant. If you notice any swollen, reddened or bleeding gums, you should call your dentist as soon as possible for an examination.

And in light of this potential danger to your implants, you should also strive to prevent gum disease through daily oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth, including around your implants, removes harmful plaque buildup. This daily habit and regular dental cleanings will help you avoid a costly gum infection and ensure your implants are there for years to come.

If you would like more information on 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”

By Lynch Dental Center
January 06, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant   bridgework  
CouldaDentalBridgeBeaBetterChoiceThanImplants

What a difference forty years can make: Dental bridges once occupied the top spot for choices to replace missing teeth until the arrival of dental implants in the 1980s. Today, dental implants are the gold standard for dental restoration.

But although bridgework may have lost “first chair” in the orchestra of restorations, it's still a viable option. In fact, it can be the best option in certain situations.

Bridges consist of a series of porcelain crowns fused together like fence pickets. The center crowns, known as the pontics, “bridge” the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. The crowns on each end, the abutment teeth, crown the natural teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge.

Bridges are effective and durable, but with a major downside: To accommodate the abutment crowns, we must reduce the size of the natural teeth to which they'll be attached. This alteration can weaken those teeth's structure and require them from then on to have some form of restoration. They're also at higher risk for tooth decay.

Implants, on the other hand, don't require this alteration, and may also be more durable than bridges. Why then consider a bridge?

Price can be a factor: Implants may be more expensive, especially involving multiple teeth. Keep in mind, though, that this only compares the initial cost: Because implants have a 95% or more ten-year success rate, with further evidence they could potentially last for decades, they may actually cost less in the long-run than bridge restorations that have a higher chance of being replaced sooner.

But the prime reason is that some dental situations aren't suitable for dental implants. For instance, implants require a certain amount of bone for proper placement, so people with extensive bone loss may not be able to acquire them. Health conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or a compromised immune system can also complicate implant installation. A bridge in these cases may represent a better alternative.

With the help of your dentist, you'll need to consider your individual situation, dental and financial, in deciding between an implant or a bridge. And, if a dental bridge is your best option, it will be a solid choice for restoring your missing teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on various dental restoration 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 “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Lynch Dental Center
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

If you had a dental emergency, what would you do? For excellent first aid advice, call your dentist in River Forest, IL, and Chicago, IL. The team at the loop locations of Lynch Dental Center will advise you on stabilizing your problem and get you the prompt treatment you need. Count on the expertise and compassion of Drs. John Lynch, Frances Lynch, and Sheila Lynch.

What is a dental emergency?

It's an urgent medical condition involving your teeth, gums, soft tissues, and facial bone structure. There may be frank bleeding, loss of structural integrity, extreme pain, and other pressing symptoms.

Dental emergencies require fast and accurate treatment from your dentist at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL. The loop location offices are fully equipped and staffed to stabilize your symptoms and restore your mouth to full function and normal appearance.

Examples of dental emergencies and first aid interventions include:

  • Cracked or knocked out tooth Put the fragments in a sealed container to bring to the office for repair with composite resin. For a completely avulsed tooth, rinse it and place the roots into the socket. Hold the tooth in place, or put it between your gums and cheek. Get to Lynch Dental Center for replantation. Inside Dental Assisting affirms successful placement and long-term survival of a lost tooth if the patient is treated within the first hour of his or her trauma.
  • Lost filling, crown, veneer, or orthodontic appliance Bring it to the office. In the meantime, cover any rough surfaces with orthodontic wax available at your local drugstore.
  • Toothache (and drainage) If you have a displaced tooth, a large cavity, or a dental abscess, you may develop a throbbing toothache. Ice your jaw if it's swollen (10 minutes on and 10 off). Rinse your mouth with salt water and take over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain.
  • Bleeding Apply direct pressure for 15 to 20 minutes. If the blood loss continues, go to the hospital for emergency treatment.
  • Broken or displaced lower jaw This injury causes extreme pain and could obstruct your airway. Go to your hospital ER as soon as possible for medical treatment.

Stay calm and call us

At Lynch Dental Center, our professional team is dedicated to your oral health, particularly if you have an emergency situation. Put our phone number in your contacts, and call us when a pressing dental matter arises. Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch, or Dr. Sheila Lynch will help you. Count on compassion and accuracy. We have two loop locations. In Chicago, IL, phone (312) 263-3235. In River Forest, call (708) 366-6411.

By Lynch Dental Center
December 29, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Ever bite down and hear a cracking noise? A weak tooth succumbs to the pressures of biting and chewing. Whether you have a large filling, untreated decay, abscess, or poor shape and size, a porcelain crown could restore that tooth. At Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and Rain Forest, IL, your dentists use crowns to complete and strengthen smiles. Just ask Drs. John, Sheila, or Frances Lynch if you qualify.

You have 32 teeth

And, you should keep them all for life. Every one of them is important. However, sometimes extractions threaten tooth loss. To avoid the jaw bone changes and negative smile appearance caused by extraction, consider restoring your tooth with a dental crown.

Today's dental crowns are very lifelike in color, shape, and durability. In fact, modern porcelain flexes with the forces of biting and chewing and is highly fracture resistant. Also, your Rain Forest IL dentist ensures your tooth is a good candidate for this restoration through careful examination and X-ray imaging. In other words, if Dr. Lynch recommends a crown, you can count on a healthy, beautiful smile for many years.

The crown procedure

Your dentist will shape and size your tooth so it receives its crown properly. Depending on the location of the tooth, you may wear a temporary crown until your permanent one returns from the dental lab. When it does, Dr. Lynch will remove the temporary one and bond the new one over your tooth with a light-sensitive, permanent cement.

Our Chicago and Rain Forest, IL, patients enjoy crowns that blend excellent functionality with superior smile aesthetics. Unlike old-style metal crowns, porcelain crowns are virtually indistinguishable from your other healthy teeth. So, you can smile, laugh, speak, and eat with total confidence.

Crown benefits

1. Your tooth will look and feel brand-new. Few patients experience dental sensitivity after their crown procedures, and if it does happen, it typically resolves quickly, reports News-Medical.net.

2. You treat your crowned tooth just like your others. Brush and floss daily, and keep up with your six-month cleanings and check-ups with your dentist in Chicago or Rain Forest, IL.

3. Be gentle with your restoration. Chewing ice cubes, taffy or your pencil eraser can compromise the integrity of your crown.

4. Expect to have your crown last for 10 to 20 years or even more.

5. Crowns support multi-tooth bridges, cover teeth spared by root canal therapy, and restore dental implants as well.

6. Porcelain is highly biocompatible.

7. ShareCare reports that crowns are very common because they present an excellent solution for teeth with multiple fillings or substantial amounts of missing enamel.

Contact us

At Lynch Dental Center, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch, and Dr. Sheila Lynch offer the finest crown restorations. To learn more, call for a consultation with one of these expert dentists. Look good and feel just great with a sparkling dental crown. Phone (312) 263-3235 for our Chicago, IL, office. For the River Forest location, call (708) 366-6411.

NoTimeforaMakeoverTryTheseOne-VisitSmileEnhancementsBeforetheHolidays

Despite your best intentions to plan ahead, the holidays have sneaked up on you. And what good intentions you had: presents to buy, halls to deck, parties to throw. Perhaps you even aspired to a little something for yourself to prepare for all the festivities—a more attractive smile!

But, alas, the calendar bell tolls and it tolls for thee—and now you have little time for any major work on your smile. But fear not! Although a full makeover might not be possible right now, there are a few smile enhancements you can get in a single dental visit. And that might be just what you need for a “merry” smile this holiday season.

Here then are three things you can do to get a little smile pizzazz right before the holidays.

Dental cleaning. The main purpose for a dental office cleaning every six months is to prevent disease by removing any plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) you might have missed during daily hygiene. But ridding your teeth of yellowing plaque deposits followed by a bit of polishing can also improve your smile appearance. You can do your dental health and your smile some good with a dental cleaning before the holidays.

Teeth whitening. A whitening procedure can turn a dull, yellowed smile into a bright and beautiful one. Although you can use a whitening kit at home, you can enjoy better results with a trained dentist. A professional whitening tends to last longer, and there's more control over the level of brightness. With a fine-tuned whitening, we can help you get a smile that's subtly natural or Hollywood dazzling.

Bonding. You might think repairing a chipped tooth requires veneers or crowns that could take weeks to get. But we may be able to rectify mild to moderate dental flaws in just one visit with dental bonding. This technique uses a dental material called composite resin that's applied in layers to a tooth in paste-like form. After shaping, it's then hard-cured with a special light to produce a durable finish that looks and feels like a normal tooth.

These simple one-visit procedures could make a big difference in your smile and your confidence this holiday season. Now, about that smile makeover…sounds perfect for a New Year's resolution!

If you would like more information about improving your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Repairing Chipped Teeth.”





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