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By Lynch Dental Center
January 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental VeneersDealing 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.

By Lynch Dental Center
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to find out how these long-term restorations could replace your missing teeth?

Dental ImplantThere is a reason so many people are turning to these small metal restorations after tooth loss. After all, they are the closest thing you can come to real teeth because they act just like tooth roots and provide a stable foundation to support a false tooth or teeth. Sure, nothing beats a natural smile, but when tooth loss occurs it’s a real comfort to know that our River Forest and Chicago, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch can help you get your smile back on track.

Here are some of the amazing benefits of getting dental implants:

The Next Best Thing to Real Teeth

We know you never wanted to lose a permanent tooth but isn’t it comforting to know that dental implants are as close as you can get to natural teeth? They look and even function just like the real thing. The secret lies in the fact that an implant is an artificial tooth root, which means that when it’s surgically embedded in the jawbone it will become a permanent structure within your mouth to support the false tooth (or teeth).

Bolster Your Appearance (and Confidence)

We all know that gaps in your smile can make you feel rather embarrassed by the way you look. Your appearance is important when it comes to how confident you feel. Your smile should make you feel self-assured, not embarrassed. By getting a full smile back thanks to dental implants you’ll also enjoy a boost to your self-esteem.

A Lifelong Restoration

While dental bridges and dentures will need to be realigned, refitted and replaced every few years, this same situation doesn’t apply to an implant. Once the metal post is placed within the jawbone and naturally fuses together with bone and tissue, you can rest assured that with the proper oral care and hygiene in place that you could have this new tooth for the rest of your life.

Preserve the Jawbone

One serious and inevitable complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. The only way to prevent bone loss is to place a dental implant because it is the only tooth replacement that functions as a tooth root, providing the jawbone with the perfect amount of stimulation it needs. The sooner you turn to your River Forest and Chicago restorative dentists for a tooth replacement the sooner they can stop bone loss from occurring.

Are you interested in learning more about getting dental implants? Do you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment? If so, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Lynch Dental Center. We have dental offices in both River Forest and Chicago, IL.

By Lynch Dental Center
March 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you perfected your Mona Lisa smile due to a few cosmetic issues with your teeth? Thanks to cosmetic bonding, you can change thedental bonding little things you don't like about your smile. Our River Forest and Chicago, IL, dentists, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch Dental Center, explain how bonding works and how it's used.

Bonding is a simple procedure

Cosmetic bonding involves adding composite resin, a flexible mixture of powdered glass and plastic to your teeth, to correct minor flaws or repair damage. Before we apply the bonding material, we'll etch your tooth lightly and apply a conditioning liquid that will help the material adhere to your teeth. After the composite resin is shaped, it's exposed to a curing light that hardens it.

Cosmetic bonding is a versatile solution

During your visit to our River Forest or Chicago office, we may recommend bonding if you're concerned about an imperfection in your tooth enamel. Chips, cracks, and uneven surfaces can all be concealed by adding a little composite resin to your tooth. In some cases, bonding can even be used to reattach small chips. If the broken part of your tooth is large, you'll probably need a crown instead.

Is one of your teeth darker or a little speckled? Discoloration can occur if you took the antibiotic tetracycline as a child, experienced a tooth injury, were exposed to too much fluoride or took certain chemotherapy medications. Because composite resin is tinted to match common tooth shades, your tooth will blend right in after bonding.

Bonding can completely transform a tooth. It's an excellent solution if a tooth is too short, pointed, crooked, or has an unusual shape. Bonding is often combined with reshaping, a procedure that changes the shape of a tooth by removing very small amounts of tooth enamel.

You may be reluctant to share your smile with the world if you have gaps between your teeth. Filling slight gaps with bonding is a simple solution that can significantly improve your smile.

Thanks to cosmetic bonding, you'll find plenty of reasons to smile. Schedule an appointment with Drs. John, Sheila, or Frances Lynch at Lynch Dental Center by calling (708) 366-6411 for the River Forest, IL, office or (312) 263-3235 for the Chicago office.

By Lynch Dental Center
February 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

The most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated each February 14th. It’s a time when many look forward to giving (and receiving) cards, flowers, and other tokens of love. On special days like this, it’s natural to want to look your best—and many surveys rank a person’s smile as his or her most noticeable (and appealing) physical feature. But what if you are unsatisfied with your smile?

Don’t worry! Today, cosmetic dentistry can resolve smile problems as never before. Here are some popular and effective dental treatments that can quickly brighten up your smile.

Tooth Whitening
In just one visit, dull or stained teeth can often be lightened by up to 10 shades! How? We use special bleaching solutions that are applied safely, under our careful supervision, in the dental office. You can’t use these concentrated solutions at home. But if you‘re not in a rush, we can prepare custom-made take-home bleaching trays and whiteners that are safe for home use. The same results can be achieved, but the process may take weeks instead of hours. After months or years, depending on lifestyle factors (like whether you smoke or drink coffee, red wine, etc.) your teeth can have whitening treatment again.

Cosmetic Bonding
Small chips, cracks, or other minor irregularities can be quite noticeable in an otherwise flawless smile. Fortunately, these problems can often be resolved with a treatment called cosmetic bonding. In a relatively simple in-office procedure, we can apply tooth-colored bonding material to restore teeth to better appearance. Layers of high-tech bonding material are built up and cured with a special light to form a tough, natural-looking tooth surface. Bonding isn’t as long-lasting as some other types of restoration, like veneers or crowns, but it’s an easy and inexpensive way to resolve some smile problems.

Professional In-Office Cleaning
Remember that feeling you get after your regular checkup? Your mouth feels squeaky-clean, your breath is fresh and you’re ready to show that sparkly smile. So why wait until your next routine appointment? You can schedule a hygiene visit any time. We will remove plaque from your teeth, check your gums for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and make sure you’re on track for good oral health. If any problems are found, we’ll take care of them right away. And if you have questions about cosmetic procedures, it’s the perfect time to ask. A professional cleaning can help your smile look (and feel) great.

If you have questions about brightening up your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Lynch Dental Center
October 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Do you feel like your smile just drags your appearance down? Do your teeth cause you to have a drop in self-esteem? If so, you can veneersimprove your smile in just a few dental appointments with dental veneers. This effective dental restoration can help overhaul your smile completely or simply correct a few teeth. What can dental veneers do for you? Find out with Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch at Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL.

What is a dental veneer? 
A dental veneer fits over the front of the tooth to provide a new appearance. The veneer is made from porcelain, which closely mimics the natural teeth’s light-reflecting qualities, color, and general look. Your dentist will help match your new veneer to your existing natural teeth to ensure that they blend in with your smile subtly and naturally. Your dentist will prepare the tooth before placing veneers. This process includes removing a very thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth.

How is a dental veneer made? 
A dental laboratory designs, creates, and finishes a dental veneer especially for your tooth. The laboratory creates each veneer separately, requiring enough time to do so. The process usually takes about two weeks, though can be longer or shorter depending on certain circumstances. Your dentist will prepare the teeth and take an impression of your mouth at one appointment, allow time for the laboratory to create the veneers, then schedule a second appointment to place the final restorations. In between the two appointments, your dentist may place temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth from damage.

Dental Veneers in Chicago and River Forest, IL 
For more information on dental veneers, please consider a consultation with Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch at Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL. Call (312) 263-3235 to schedule your appointment in Chicago, IL and (708) 366-6411 to schedule your appointment in River Forest, IL today!