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If you suffer frequent sinus infections, you might want to see a dentist. No, really—your recurring sinusitis might stem from a decayed tooth.
Tooth decay can start as a cavity, but left untreated can advance within the tooth and infect the pulp and root canals. If it reaches the end of the root, it can cause the root tip and surrounding bone to break down.
A severe toothache is often a good indicator that you have advanced tooth decay, which can usually be stopped with a root canal treatment. But a decayed tooth doesn't always produce pain or other symptoms—you could have a “silent” infection that's less likely to be detected.
A symptomless, and thus untreated, infection in an upper back tooth could eventually impact the maxillary sinus, a hollow air-filled space located just above your back jaw. This is especially true for people whose tooth roots extend close to or even poke through the sinus floor.
That “silent” infection in your tooth, could therefore become a “loud” one in the sinuses causing chronic post-nasal drip, congestion and, of course, pain. Fortunately, a physician or an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist might suspect a dental origin for a case of recurring sinusitis, a condition known as maxillary sinusitis of endodontic origin (MSEO).
Antibiotic treatment can clear up sinusitis symptoms short-term. It's unlikely, though, it will do the same for a dental infection, which may continue to trigger subsequent rounds of sinusitis. The best approach is for a dentist, particularly a specialist in interior tooth disease called an endodontist, to investigate and, if a decayed tooth is found, treat the source of the infection.
As mentioned earlier, the solution is usually a root canal treatment. During this procedure, the dentist completely removes all infected tissue within the pulp and root canals, and then fills the empty spaces to prevent future infection. In one study, root canal therapy had a positive effect on alleviating sinusitis in about half of patients who were diagnosed with a decayed tooth.
If your sinusitis keeps coming back, speak with your doctor about the possibility of a dental cause. You may find treating a subsequently diagnosed decayed tooth could alleviate your sinus problem.
If you would like more information on how your dental health could affect the rest of your body, 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 “Sinusitis and Tooth Infections.”
From tooth decay to sporting accidents, losing your teeth is never a pleasant experience. Although your permanent teeth may not have been so permanent after all, you can replace them with durable and natural-looking dental implants. Dental implants might be the solution to restore your smile!
At Lynch Dental Center in Chicago, and River Forest, IL, your new smile will be reconstructed with high-quality materials and the latest dental technology. Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, or Dr. Frances Lynch, will create your dream smile. Call us if you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants
Dental implants are used to replace broken or missing teeth. Implants get their name from the way they are fixed into the jaw. A metal screw attaches to the jaw where the bone will grow over it. This screw is the foundation for the connecting rod. Implants are famously sturdy because the foundation mimics the natural root of a tooth. The rod connects the root to a crown that completes your smile with a brand-new artificial tooth. Your Chicago, and River Forest, IL, dentists can apply the implant with a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are the most convenient option for tooth replacement because they never have to be removed when you eat or clean them. With the proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Implants replicate natural teeth with a strong root and custom crown that is made to match the size and shape of your existing teeth. The implant can be just as strong as a natural tooth once fully healed.
Maintain your health
Choosing dental implants is the best way to maintain your oral health because of their long-lasting reliability. They prevent infections, abscesses, and the rest of your teeth from shifting.
If you want to learn more about dental implants call your dentists at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, or Chicago, IL. To make an appointment at our River Forest, location call 708-366-6411, or 312-263-3235 for our Chicago, office. Dental implants can transform your smile and boost your confidence, schedule an appointment with us, today!
“Orthodontic treatment” and “braces” almost seem like synonymous terms. But while braces certainly are orthodontic, it isn't the only tool in an orthodontist's toolkit.
A good example is a device is known as a Herbst appliance. It's used in situations where the upper jaw is outpacing the growth and development of the lower jaw during childhood. If not corrected, this could cause the top teeth to protrude abnormally beyond the lower teeth.
The Herbst appliance gently and gradually coaxes the lower jaw to grow in a more forward direction, thus “catching up” with the upper jaw. The top part of the device consists of two metal tubes hinged to small elastic bands, which are cemented to the cheek side of the upper back teeth (molars), one on either side of the jaw.
Two smaller tubes are attached in like fashion to the lower teeth, and then inserted into the larger tubes. As the lower jaw moves, the smaller tubes move within the larger to create pressure that gently pushes the jaw forward. Over time, this can sync the growth progress of both the upper and lower jaws, and reduce the chances of a poor bite.
For best results, a Herbst appliance is usually placed to coincide with a child's most rapid period of jaw growth, usually between 11 and 14. They could be placed as early as 8 or 9, however, in situations where the front teeth are already protruding well beyond the lips. In any event, the goal is to positively influence the growth of the lower jaw to alleviate or at least minimize the need for future orthodontic treatment.
As a fixed device, there's no need for a child or parent to tend to it as with other methods, like orthodontic headwear worn in conjunction with braces. A Herbst appliance can, however, alter the normal sensations associated with eating, swallowing and speaking, which may take a little adjustment time for the child. Wearers will also need to be extra vigilant with daily brushing and flossing because of a higher risk of tooth decay.
These, though, are minor inconveniences compared with the benefit of improved bite development. As such, a Herbst appliance could be a positive investment in your child's dental future.
If you would like more information on interceptive orthodontics, 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 “The Herbst Appliance.”
Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that can straighten your smile without appearing clearly or detracting from the look of your natural teeth. Invisalign is an alternative solution to braces that offers a more cosmetically pleasing way to align your teeth.
At Lynch Dental Center, our doctors can fit you with an Invisalign plan that straightens your teeth in the most discrete way possible. Our highly qualified dentists in the Chicagoland area have offices in Chicago, and River Forest, IL. They work with you to design your custom Invisalign corrective molds.
How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?
You can create the perfect smile with Invisalign by incrementally shifting your teeth with aligners. Traditional braces work by tightening your teeth with a metal wire. Invisalign works similarly, except the metal is replaced by clear molds. These clear aligners fit comfortably over your teeth to gradually move them into a straighter position. Every few weeks your Chicago, IL, dentist will have a new mold for you which will bring the teeth closer to alignment. This process is repeated until you have reached your desired results.
The plastic Invisalign is made from is completely safe, sturdy, and BPA-free. With proper care, they will cause no problems with your existing teeth. Also, because they are removable, you won't have to risk breaking them while eating or brushing your teeth. In fact, all of your normal routines will remain the same because Invisalign is removable and convenient. In a few short months, you will have straight teeth.
The Invisalign Procedure
The Invisalign procedure is less invasive than the procedures for braces or veneers. Your dentist will start by taking a mold of your teeth to build the custom Invisalign aligners. Incremental adjustments are made on new aligners and over time your teeth will be straight. Compared to veneers or braces, Invisalign requires no extra apparatus to go directly on your teeth. With braces, each of your teeth must have a metal bracket. Veneers even require you to shave off some tooth enamel to apply correctly.
Talk to your dentist to see if Invisalign is right for you. Lynch Dental Center could dramatically boost your confidence with the aesthetically pleasing corrective dental procedure. Call us today at our Chicago, office at 312-263-3235. Or try us in River Forest, IL, at 708-366-6411.
Celebrities’ controversial actions and opinions frequently spark fiery debates on social media. But actress Dakota Johnson lit a match to online platforms in a seemingly innocent way—through orthodontics.
This summer she appeared at the premier of her film The Peanut Butter Falcon missing the trademark gap between her front teeth. Interestingly, it happened a little differently than you might think: Her orthodontist removed a permanent retainer attached to the back of her teeth, and the gap closed on its own.
Tooth gaps are otherwise routinely closed with braces or other forms of orthodontics. But, as the back and forth that ensued over Johnson’s new look shows, a number of people don’t think that’s a good idea: It’s not just a gap—it’s your gap, a part of your own uniqueness.
Someone who might be sympathetic to that viewpoint is Michael Strahan, a host on Good Morning America. Right after the former football star began his NFL career, he strongly considered closing the noticeable gap between his two front teeth. In the end, though, he opted to keep it, deciding it was a defining part of his appearance.
But consider another point of view: If it truly is your gap (or whatever other quirky smile “defect” you may have), you can do whatever you want with it—it really is your choice. And, on that score, you have options.
You can have a significant gap closed with orthodontics or, if it’s only a slight gap or other defect, you can improve your appearance with the help of porcelain veneers or crowns. You can also preserve a perceived flaw even while undergoing cosmetic enhancements or restorations. Implant-supported replacement teeth, for example, can be fashioned to retain unique features of your former smile like a tooth gap.
If you’re considering a “smile makeover,” we’ll blend your expectations and desires into the design plans for your future smile. In the case of something unique like a tooth gap, we’ll work closely with dental technicians to create restorations that either include or exclude the gap or other characteristics as you wish.
Regardless of the debate raging on social media, the final arbiter of what a smile should look like is the person wearing it. Our goal is to make sure your new smile reflects the real you.
If you would like more information about cosmetically enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Space Between Front Teeth” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”