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By Lynch Dental Center
October 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out why so many people are turning to our team for dental implants.

If you are missing one or several teeth, it’s comforting to know that you have options. If you are looking for a restoration that is as close as you can get to a natural tooth, then you’ll want to talk to Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch of Lynch Dental Center about dental implants in River Forest, and Chicago Loop, IL. A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replaces the whole tooth from the crown to the roots. Dental implants offer some unique benefits including:

Teeth That Stay in Your Mouth

While some tooth replacement options require you to take them out at night, dental implants in River Forest, and Chicago Loop, IL, aren’t one of them. These restorations naturally bond together with bone and tissue, which means that you never have to worry about removing them at night or having to soak them or clean them in special solutions. These false teeth stay firmly in place and will never move around when you talk or eat.

A Strong Jawbone

Did you know that the jawbone begins to lose density and shape with untreated tooth loss? Did you know that the only way to stop the jawbone from losing density is by placing dental implants? You want to prevent subsequent bone loss due to missing teeth, and they have helped many patients protect and preserve their bone health by getting dental implants right away after tooth loss.

A More Youthful Appearance

It’s no surprise that having a full smile rather than gaps in your smile is going to boost your appearance, but did you know that it might take years off your face? Not only does a full, attractive smile make you look younger, but also implants help to support the facial muscles that may lose some support after tooth loss. By supporting the facial muscles implants prevent sagging and premature wrinkles.

Love Eating Again

Who doesn’t love to eat? Unfortunately, people who are missing teeth often dread mealtimes. If this sounds like you, know that dental implants can fully restore your bite and make chewing as easy as it was with your natural teeth. Don’t dread mealtimes any longer. Implants can help you rediscover your love for food!

Are you interested in getting dental implants in River Forest, and Chicago Loop, IL,? To schedule an implant consultation, call Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch of Lynch Dental Center at (312) 263-3235 or (708) 366-6411.

YourDecayedToothMightNeedaDifferentKindofRootCanalTreatment

Advanced decay doesn't necessarily mean it's curtains for an infected tooth. Millions of teeth in that condition have been saved by a tried and true procedure called root canal therapy.

Although they may vary according to the complexity of a case, all root canal procedures share some similarities. After numbing the tooth and gum areas with local anesthesia, the procedure begins with a small hole drilled into the tooth to access the infected pulp and root canals, tiny passageways inside the root.

The dentist then uses special instruments to clear out infected tissue from the pulp and canals, followed by thoroughly sanitizing the resulting empty spaces. This is followed with filling the pulp chamber and root canals with a rubber-like substance (gutta percha) to seal the interior of the tooth from further infection. Later, the dentist typically crowns the tooth for further protection and support.

Root canals have become the standard treatment for teeth with advanced decay. There are, however, some circumstances where performing a root canal isn't a good idea. For example, a previously root-canaled tooth with a crown and supporting post. A dentist would need to fully disassemble the restoration to gain access into the tooth, which could significantly weaken it.

But there may be another option if a standard root canal is out of the picture: a surgical procedure performed by an endodontist (a specialist in interior tooth treatment) called an apicoectomy. Instead of drilling through the tooth crown, the endodontist accesses the tooth root through the adjacent gum tissue.

Like a traditional root canal, the procedure begins by anesthetizing the tooth and surrounding gums. The endodontist then makes a small incision through the gums to expose the diseased tissues at the tooth's root. After removing the infected tissue and a few millimeters of the root tip, they place a small filling to seal the end of the root canal against infection and suture the gum incision.

This is a specialized procedure that requires the state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques of an endodontist. But it does provide another possible option for saving a diseased tooth that might otherwise be lost.

If you would like more information on treatments for 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 “Apicoectomy: A surgical Option When Root Canal Treatment Fails.”

By Lynch Dental Center
September 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Cleaning  

Routine teeth cleanings at the dentist’s office are important for maintaining better oral health. Dental hygienists have the skills, training, and tools to clean the teeth more thoroughly than is often possible at home. Professional cleanings are also the only way to remove tartar buildup from teeth. Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch, the skilled dentists at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL, provide teeth cleanings and other services to help you maintain a healthy mouth.

Components of a Teeth Cleaning

There are several components to having your teeth professionally cleaned. The first step is to conduct an oral exam to assess the health of oral tissues, such as the gums. The dental hygienist will begin cleaning the teeth next. Different tools can be used to clean the teeth, such as various metal instruments or an ultrasonic scaler. The tools are used to scrape away plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Once the teeth are cleaned, they are gently polished with a soft brush and special gel.

Benefits of Teeth Cleanings

Scheduling routine teeth cleaning about once every six months has many benefits. An experienced dentist at our River Forest, IL, dental office can determine how often you need routine cleaning.

One of the primary benefits of professional teeth cleaning is that the dental hygienist can clean your teeth more thoroughly than you can at home. The hygienist has tools that can get into small or challenging areas, such as around the molars, that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss.

Another benefit of professional cleaning is that it is the only way to completely remove tartar buildup. Tartar, or calculus, forms when plaque hardens on the teeth. One of the reasons it cannot be cleared off the teeth by brushing and flossing is that tartar bonds to tooth enamel. Another reason it is difficult to remove is that it can form below the gum line, where brushing and flossing cannot always reach.

A significant benefit of routine teeth cleanings is that they lead to better oral health, especially when combined with an effective at-home oral hygiene routine. Regular cleanings can help prevent serious oral health issues, such as decay or gum disease, from developing.

Finally, good oral health has been linked to better overall health. Oral bacteria can make their way to other areas of the body and increase the risk of developing certain health issues, such as cardiovascular disease. Routine teeth cleanings can reduce your risk by clearing away harmful oral bacteria.

Routine teeth cleanings promote better oral health and can even contribute to better overall health. For teeth cleaning and to see a dentist in River Forest, IL, schedule an appointment with Dr. John, Dr. Sheila, or Dr. Frances by calling Lynch Dental Center at (708) 366-6411. Our Chicago office can be reached at (312) 263-3235.

TakeItFromTaylorSwift-LosingYourOrthodonticRetainerisNoFun

For nearly two decades, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has dominated the pop and country charts. In December she launched her ninth studio album, called evermore, and in January she delighted fans by releasing two bonus tracks. And although her immense fame earns her plenty of celebrity gossip coverage, she's managed to avoid scandals that plague other superstars. She did, however, run into a bit of trouble a few years ago—and there's video to prove it. It seems Taylor once had a bad habit of losing her orthodontic retainer on the road.

She's not alone! Anyone who's had to wear a retainer knows how easy it is to misplace one. No, you won't need rehab—although you might get a mild scolding from your dentist like Taylor did in her tongue-in-cheek YouTube video. You do, though, face a bigger problem if you don't replace it: Not wearing a retainer could undo all the time and effort it took to acquire that straight, beautiful smile. That's because the same natural mechanism that makes moving teeth orthodontically possible can also work in reverse once the braces or clear aligners are removed and no longer exerting pressure on the teeth. Without that pressure, the ligaments that hold your teeth in place can “remember” where the teeth were originally and gradually move them back.

A retainer prevents this by applying just enough pressure to keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. And it's really not the end of the world if you lose or break your retainer. You can have it replaced with a new one, but that's an unwelcome, added expense.

You do have another option other than the removable (and easily misplaced) kind: a bonded retainer, a thin wire bonded to the back of the teeth. You can't lose it because it's always with you—fixed in place until the orthodontist removes it. And because it's hidden behind the teeth, no one but you and your orthodontist need to know you're wearing it—something you can't always say about a removable one.

Bonded retainers do have a few disadvantages. The wire can feel odd to your tongue and may take a little time to get used to it. It can make flossing difficult, which can increase the risk of dental disease. However, interdental floss picks can help here. ¬†And although you can't lose it, a bonded retainer can break if it encounters too much biting force—although that's rare.

Your choice of bonded or removable retainer depends mainly on your individual situation and what your orthodontist recommends. But, if losing a retainer is a concern, a bonded retainer may be the way to go. And take if from Taylor: It's better to keep your retainer than to lose it.

If you would like more information about protecting your smile after orthodontics, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

By Lynch Dental Center
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Everyone wants straighter teeth. But spending years with metal braces can often be difficult, especially for older children and adults. Invisalign invisible braces offer a smart alternative to metal braces without all the hardware. Visit Dr. John, Frances, and Sheila Lynch at Lynch Medical Center in Chicago or River Forest, IL if you have questions about invisible braces or you're ready to book an appointment.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a temporarily invisible appliance that is molded to fit the patient's teeth and slowly straighten them over time. The appliance can be removed when necessary. Plus, it's made of a translucent material that is hard to detect with the naked eye.

Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional braces that is flexible and less conspicuous. However, it may not be the best solution for every patient. The dentists at Lynch Medical Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL are happy to examine your teeth and let you know if Invisalign invisible braces are a smart course of action for your teeth. 

Invisible Braces vs Metal Braces: Pros and Cons

Invisible braces are great for those who want a winning smile but don't like the appearance of metal braces. They are great for simple orthodontic problems such as overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, or bite irregularities. However, more complex problems may be better addressed with traditional braces.

While more noticeable than Invisalign braces, metal braces offer more control to the orthodontist in manipulating the growth of your teeth. Therefore, they tend to offer faster results, especially when it comes to serious problems.

But, Invisalign braces can be just as effective at treating common conditions that impact a person's teeth. It's a great solution for those who want to achieve the perfect smile and don't mind being patient. Both Invisalign and metal braces have come a long way and either is a viable option for straightening your teeth. But Invisalign offers a flexible, unobtrusive way to see the results you want without some of the hassles of metal braces.

Come see us at Lynch Medical Center in River Forest, Il if you have any lingering questions about Invisalign invisible braces, or if you're ready to schedule an appointment. Drs. John, Frances, and Sheila Lynch will be happy to examine your teeth and let you know if Invisalign is right for you. Contact us by phone at (312) 263-3235 for our Chicago office or (708) 366-6411 for our office in River Forest, IL.