Posts for category: Dental Procedures
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”
Your smile helps you eat, speak, express emotion and tell people who you are inside--your personality, in other words. At Lynch Dental Center, Drs. John, Sheila, and Frances Lynch understand the value of a great smile and offer innovative ways to make it the best it can be. For patients needing orthodontic treatment, the dentists offer Invisalign clear aligners in their Chicago and River Forest offices. Smooth, removable and invisible, Invisalign appliances are the ultra-modern way to create great smiles quickly and discreetly.
Invisalign and your smile
Many people--both teens and adults--qualify for Invisalign aligners. In fact, literally millions have worn these custom-made, crystal-clear appliances since their inception and FDA-approval in the late nineties.
What makes Invisalign so popular? First of all, this inventive orthodontic system works, and it works more quickly than traditional metal, ceramic or lingual braces. With Invisalign, expect a beautifully straight, healthy and easy to clean smile in about a year. Whether you have bite problems, spacing issues, such as gaps and crowding, tooth rotation or tipping or other issue, likely Invislaign can help you.
Dr. Lynch in River Forest, IL, will tell you if you are a candidate after a complete oral examination, digital X-rays and photos and a three-dimensional scan. Computer imaging and design processes will show you how your smile will change as you wear the 18 to 30 aligners typical of any patient's treatment plan.
As you progress through your care plan, you'll check in at Lynch Dental Center to receive more aligner pairs and for a quick check on how your smile is progressing. It's very important to follow Dr. Lynch's plan exactly; be sure to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day, says Animated-teeth.com.
Invisalign aligners are completely removable for meals, brushing, flossing and special events such as job interviews. Because they are so thin and smooth, they do not abrade or irritate oral tissues the way conventional wire and bracket braces do. Also, Invisalign patients can eat any healthy foods they like because they remove their appliances during meals. Finally, brushing and flossing is easy, and the appliances clean up with a mild toothpaste, soft brush and water.
A new smile
It can be yours when you qualify for treatment with Invisalign. Would you like to come to Lynch Dental Center for a one-on-one consultation with one of our dentists? Then, call us today, won't you? Reach our Chicago office at (312) 263-3235. For the River Forest location, phone (708) 366-6411.
Dealing with a less-than-perfect smile? Veneers have you covered!
It’s amazing how much our smiles affect not just our appearance but also our confidence. If your smile could use a little cosmetic spruce thanks to discolorations, chips, gaps between teeth, and other issues then it’s time to turn to our River Forest, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch to find out how dental veneers can transform your smile.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that are designed to look just like real tooth enamel. They are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide common imperfections while also improving the color, shape, and alignment of your smile. Veneers are common among Hollywood stars, as this simple restoration can help you achieve a straighter and more ideal smile quickly.
What’s involved in getting dental veneers?
There are several stages involved in getting dental veneers; however, the treatment process is fairly simple. Most patients will get veneers in just 2 or 3 visits. Here’s what’s involved in getting veneers,
Consultation: Our River Forest, IL, cosmetic dentists will need to perform an oral exam and take X-rays of your mouth to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough and strong enough to support veneers. We will also sit down and discuss your treatment goals to help determine whether dental veneers are right for you.
Tooth preparation: In order to get veneers, we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth. This will ensure that there is room for the veneers to fit without it looking bulky or unnatural. This step can usually be performed without the need for local anesthesia. After teeth have been prepped then we will take impressions of your mouth.
Fitting the veneers: It will take at least a week for a dental lab to create your veneers, so our dentist will decide whether or not we will need to place temporary veneers over your teeth in the meantime. Once your veneers have been made you will come in so that we can check the look and fit before bonding them to the front of your teeth using a special dental resin.
Lynch Dental Center in River Forest and Chicago, IL, is dedicated to providing you with the cosmetic treatment you’re looking for to get the smile of your dreams. If you are ready to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you then call our office today to schedule your no-risk consultation.
Tooth decay is as relentless as it is destructive, and it makes little distinction between age, gender, ethnicity or social status. Although risk levels vary from person to person, we’re all potentially in the crossfire for this harmful disease. Getting ahead of it early could save your teeth.
Tooth decay begins with oral bacteria. While feeding on dental plaque that accumulates on the teeth, bacteria multiply and produce acid as a by-product. Too much acid softens and erodes tooth enamel, which enables decay to advance deeper into the tooth.
If it isn’t stopped, decay can eventually infect and weaken the roots and bone, and ultimately lead to a lost tooth. By stopping it as early as possible before it reaches the inner pulp and root canals, we can greatly limit the damage.
Regular dental care is crucial for early detection. Here’s how we can stay ahead of developing decay during dental visits.
Visible inspection. There are visible signs a trained dentist may notice that point to tooth decay. Besides an already formed hole or cavity, we might also pick up on other unusual appearances like white spot lesions: these slight blemishes often occur in the areas of contact with other teeth, which we can treat with topical fluoride.
X-rays. This tried and true diagnostic tool has been a mainstay of dental care for nearly a century. The images they produce can indicate decay as darker spots or areas on or within the tooth that may not yet be visible to the eye. And with advances in digital processing and more streamlined equipment, we can effectively do this with a very low dosage of radiation exposure.
Advanced technology. We’ve developed other means for better disease detection that complement x-rays and visual inspections. Specialized microscopes and lasers are now important tools for analyzing suspected areas of early decay.
Even if decay gets a foothold we can effectively stop it and restore a tooth with a root canal treatment or a similar procedure. The best outcome, though, is to not allow this destructive disease to get that far. With dedicated oral hygiene and regular dental visits that uncover early decay, chances are good your teeth can remain healthy for a lifetime.
If you would like more information on fighting tooth decay, 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 “Tooth Decay: How to Assess Your Risk.”
There are several reasons why dental implants are so popular. Perhaps the most important, though, is their longevity: if maintained properly implants can last for decades. However, they’re not indestructible—certain mouth conditions could put them at risk for early failure. But if you address emerging problems early, you may be able to prevent that unfortunate outcome.
Your implants may be in danger, for example, if you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit. This occurs when a person involuntarily and repeatedly bites down on their teeth when not chewing or speaking. Usually triggered in adults by high stress, teeth grinding can subject both natural teeth and implants to damaging levels of force. Over time this can cause bone loss around an implant and weaken their support. It could also cause a direct break in an implant.
But there are ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of teeth grinding. One effective way is a custom-made bite guard you wear while you sleep. Made of hard plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other, reducing the amount of force generated.
A more prominent problem is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by built-up dental plaque on tooth surfaces. This can trigger inflammation, a normal defensive response that when it persists for an extended period of time can damage tissues and supporting bone. It can also cause a specific form of gum disease related to implants called peri-implantitis, in which the tissues that support an implant become infected and weaken, leading eventually to possible implant failure.
If you have implants, then, you should brush and floss daily to prevent gum disease, as well as see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. And if you notice anything like reddened, swollen or bleeding gums, see your dentist immediately. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better the outcome for your implants as well as your overall health.
Dental implants can give you years of great service and can prove to be well worth the cost. But you’ll have to stay on your guard against gum disease and other mouth conditions that could endanger them down the road.
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.”