Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dental Implants and your smile-Crystal Lake Dentist

Dental Implants and your smile
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create  subsequent problems. Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth.

Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is Considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or “crown” or a set of replacement teeth.

Dental Implant

Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more or even all of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.
Are there different kinds of implants? 
There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Your dentist will know which implant is the right one for you.
Do I have enough bone?
It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone or soft tissue to create a strong, healthy esthetic result, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone  and gum deficiency. Your dentist will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.

Will this take a long time?
Good news. Some implants can now be restored immediately. Advances in treatment protocol have greatly shortened the time for placement and final restoration in many cases. Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation; your dentist will be able to give you an approximate timetable.
Whom should I consult for my implant treatment? 
Your general dentist is your first resource for this service. The key is the implant dentist’s training, experience and credentials. This includes general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists and oral surgeons who perform the surgical and/or restorative procedures.

Statistics on tooth loss
69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. More than 20 million people in the U.S. are missing all of their natural teeth, and more than 100 million are missing between 11 to 15 teeth. Although teeth are lost for a number of reasons including trauma, orthodontic treatment, and removal of third molars (wisdom teeth), most teeth are lost because of periodontal disease or dental caries (decay). 80 million teeth are extracted annually, 50 million of which should be treated. 1 out of every 200 people between the ages of 20-39 are missing all of their natural teeth, 1 out of every 20 people between the ages of 40-59 are missing all of their natural teeth and 1 out of every 4 people 60 and older are missing all of their natural teeth.

Dr. Neal answers all of your questions about Dental Implants at Crystal Lake Dental Associates.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Veneers-Crystal Lake Dental Associates

Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Veneers

dental veneers before and after

Dental veneers are another fantastic tool used in cosmetic dentistry to help create that perfect smile. Unlike crowns which cover the whole tooth, dental veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are just bonded to the front of your teeth.
Porcelain itself it a fairly brittle material but the bonding process adds additional strength to a veneer leaving you with a beautiful, durable and completely natural looking tooth. Dental veneers take on the appearance of enamel and provide the means for a truly remarkable cosmetic restoration.
Although porcelain has amazing crushing strength it doesn’t react well to twisting so once you have had a tooth or your teeth veneered you need to avoid foods that will require any kind of gnawing or twisting action.
Dental veneers have a variety of uses with veneers being used as an alternative to tooth whitening, braces, crowns and other cosmetic dentistry techniques. Porcelain veneers can be used to disguise discolored or chipped teeth, close gaps, straighten teeth, assist with realignment and reshape your smile.
Veneers have a distinct advantage over dental crowns in that there is less or no tooth ground down prior to the veneer being bonded to the tooth. In addition, veneers tend to be more aesthetically pleasing providing you with an even more natural appearance.
Given the nature of a veneer, in that it is bonded to the front of your tooth, veneers are only one of any use for cosmetic restorations of front teeth.
Getting a veneer is so easy and a great alternative for those hate the dentist chair. An initial visit will involve your cosmetic dentist taking an impression of your teeth and you may require some minor contouring work. The second visit may be purely for the veneer to be bonded into place providing you with an instant and fantastic looking result.
With teeth that are too damaged for a veneer you can use a veneer in conjunction with a crown to obtain a perfect finish.

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Dr. Neal answers all of your questions about Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Veneers at Crystal Lake Dental Associates.

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Born in the Midwest. Married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Attended Maine West High School, Harper Jr College, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois.