The Buffalo Grove IL Dentist
Our Buffalo Grove dentists combine years of experience and skills developed both in dental school and continuing education courses to provide the most up to date treatment. We will use the newest proven technologies and advanced dental techniques, to transform your smile into a brilliantly shining showcase. You would be surprised how much of a difference even simple procedures can make on your appearance, confidence, and your overall self-image. Whether you want brighter teeth or a smile that’s more complete, Drs. Morris and Spina our dentists in Buffalo Grove are ready to help you with all your dental needs. Please visit our smile gallery to view examples of our restorations.
Our top priority is to provide you with the highest level of service and quality dental care. In order for you to maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend to your personal oral hygiene routine. Taking proper care of your teeth at home can help you prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay from developing.
It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss or use a water flosser daily to prevent the build-up of plaque and tooth decay. You can use products containing fluoride to help strengthen teeth. Some patients require more visits than twice a year. This will be dependent on your hygiene and periodontal health. Some that require periodontal maintenance may alternate with a periodontist or be seen 3 or 4 times a year in our office to maintain your highest level of oral health.
Also, keeping a balanced diet and reducing the number of snacks you eat can contribute to good oral health. Eating too many snacks filled with sugar can put you at a greater risk for tooth decay. If possible, drink a glass of water after every meal to wash down these sugars if brushing your teeth isn’t an option after food intake.
We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
Fillings and Restorations (Inlays/Onlays)
Since we not only want to make your teeth healthy, but also look good, we do not work with silver/mercury fillings. However, since we do see many people come in with them already in, we can replace them. Silver and mercury based fillings break down due to wear and recurrent decay. As they wear and fatigue over time, they may cause fractures in the teeth. For these reasons, along with a few others, we use porcelain inlays and onlays. These are tooth colored restorations which can conservatively replace larger portions of a natural tooth. This creates fillings that are not only unnoticeable, but also strengthen weakened teeth better than other materials. The resin cements we use also contains fluoride, which helps prevent any decay in the future. At times, gold restorations are appropriate. These options will be discussed as part of your diagnosis and treatment plan.
Teeth requiring smaller restorations are repaired with composite resins, commonly called bonding. These conservative restorations replace tooth structure missing due to decay or old fillings that no longer adequately restore the tooth. These bonded fillings are tooth colored and are barely noticeable. Teeth with larger areas of decay or larger fillings that need to be replaced are often treated with inlays. An inlay is a restoration made of porcelain or gold and fabricated in a laboratory. These restorations are recommended when a larger portion of the tooth is missing and a filling will not be strong enough to adequately restore the tooth. When a cusp is missing, an onlay may be recommended. During the fabrication of the inlay, a temporary restoration is placed. The treatment time for an inlay/onaly is typically two to three weeks.
The procedure only takes a few minutes per tooth, but offers years of protection. Dental sealants are a tooth-colored acrylic coating brushed onto the surface of the tooth. Its purpose is to seal the deep grooves, and acts as a barrier, to protect enamel from damaging plaque and acids. It’s almost like weather proofing your teeth against decay.
A denture is a restoration that replaces all of your teeth as well as missing oral structures such as bone and gingival tissues. After a person loses their teeth, the jaw shrinks, leading to a sunken in look. A denture will replace these structures, providing the support needed to provide a normal facial appearance. Dentures can be placed immediately after extraction , (Immediate Dentures), as a replacement to a current denture that no longer fits well, or attached to dental implants for support, (Overdentures). Dentures require relining every so often to ensure a proper fit. They need to be replaced every 8 to 10 years. Due to the changing support from the bone and soft tissue beneath a denture, dental implants are often required to provide better support for dentures.
A bridge is a restoration used to replace one or more teeth that are missing. They attach pontics (replacement teeth) to the adjacent natural teeth. Bridges are very aesthetic and with proper home care likely to replace your missing teeth for several years. The procedure is similar to that of a crown, differing mainly in the amount of teeth prepared, and can be applied in two ways.
Permanent or fixed involves either placing crowns on, or directly bonding artificial teeth to the adjacent teeth.
Removable bridges (also called “removable partial dentures”) use the adjacent natural teeth to support a prosthesis. These restorations often have clasps that hold the restoration in place. Removable partial dentures can be used for long or short term replacement of missing teeth.
Your teeth work together for everyday things like eating and speaking, and missing teeth, can make it difficult to do these things. They can also alter your facial structure, making you seem older. Having bridges can not only restore your dental health, but also your appearance and confidence.
Major dental problems caused by accidents, diseases or time come in all shapes and sizes. Crowns are dental restorations that replace the visible part of the tooth. They can be made of several materials – porcelain, gold or a combination of both. Crowns are indicated for teeth that are severely broken down from decay, teeth with fractures, old restorations that have worn out and also for cosmetic purposes. Crowns are also indicated after root canal therapy. In some cases crowns are recommended to be replaced because decay forms at the margin between the tooth and the restoration.
Crowns are typically completed in 2 to 4 appointments. The first appointment is for the preparation of the crown and placement of a provisional or temporary crown. The second appointment is for impressions and the crown is fabricated in a laboratory and delivered at a third appointment.
Our office prides itself on the quality of our work. We use the best materials and laboratories to create your restorations.
If all other options have been exhausted, and a tooth is beyond repair it might mean an extraction. Sometimes an extraction is necessary when a tooth is severely decayed or broken enough that it cannot be repaired. Other times it could be a positioning problem, but no matter what the reason removing a single tooth can greatly impact your dental health. It can affect your ability to chew, your jawbone, and even cause your other teeth to shift.
In order to avoid these complications that come with an extraction, our dentists in Buffalo Grove, Drs. Morris and Spina will discuss alternative options, as well as the replacement of the tooth before referring you to a surgeon.
Oral Cancer Screening
Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early. To learn more about oral cancer, please click the image below to open, Oral Cancer: Knowing the Facts.