A Dental Bridge in One Visit

A patient needing a dental crown placed on a damaged tooth or one who needs to have a bridge constructed may anticipate waiting a while to have their procedure completed. A crown is a porcelain cap that can be cemented onto a tooth that has been given root canal treatment or just had a deep cavity. A bridge is a way to replace one or more teeth that have been extracted or lost due to an accident or cavities.

Options for a Bridge

A lost tooth can be replaced by an implant which is a metal post fused with the underlying bone that has a crown attached to it. If that isn’t feasible, a replacement tooth can be manufactured and attached by metal fasteners to the teeth on either side of it.

Multiple teeth can also be replaced this way with crowns attached to new teeth implants on either side of the open area. Having a bridge created and put in place used to be a process that took weeks to finish. However, with new technology, single and multiple tooth replacement using crowns can be accomplished in far less time.

These procedures can be accomplished in one day at the Bucktown Chicago Dentist thanks to their CEREC system. Instead of taking impressions that are sent out to a lab the replacement teeth are designed with the help of three D photographs and CAD/CAM technology in the office and can be placed into use that very day. The system creates the crowns to the necessary specifications using the 3 D photographs to approximate the shape of the restoration. Then the CAD/CAM refines the model and the crowns are carved out of porcelain by a machine right in the office.

The Wicker Park Dentist should be contacted if you have been considering replacing teeth or having new crowns placed over older, damaged teeth. Just call the office and you could be leaving with your new teeth the day of your first appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry Is Important for Many Reasons

We all need to see the dentist on a regular basis to make sure those small cavities don’t grow into a full root canal procedure. But there are other things available for more cosmetic purposes that can be important both to your health and personal confidence.

The Cosmetic Dentist in Wicker Park and Bucktown has done what would be called cosmetic procedures for patients in the past but those patients have gotten more than just a superficial improvement to their teeth. These procedures can also help repair damage that has happened over the years to teeth and make them last longer and perform better than they have in years.

Cosmetic Procedures and Their Benefits

Teeth Whitening. Not only can a good professional cleaning whiten teeth, it can remove harmful plaque and tartar which will prevent the development of gum disease. According to the ADA, both the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and The American Association of Orthodontists found most Americans want to whiten their teeth. The best way involves having a whitening agent used by the cosmetic dentist in the office to whiten your teeth. At home agents may be applied improperly and hurt the patient’s gums. Once whitened, patients are more interested in keeping them stain free and healthier.

Tooth Implants. Replacing a broken tooth will not only improve the smile but also keep the underlying bone stronger and healthier.

Veneers. A damaged tooth can be saved by placing a ceramic covering over it called a veneer and give that person back both their smile and a tooth that will perform better.

Crowns. A more involved replacement procedure than veneers, a crown can be attached to a fractured tooth to help with chewing and keeping the underlying bone structure intact.

All of these procedures can be performed by Dr. Anast and Associates at Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry. Please contact them today and get on the road to not only a brighter but healthier smile.

The Minimal Approach to Improving Your Teeth

Most people that want to improve their smile will come to the cosmetic dentist in Wicker Park with no firm idea on what is available and what may be best for their particular needs. In the case of patients with teeth that are crooked, have spaces, or are misaligned; straightening their teeth with Invisalign® or braces can be considered. If that will take too long for their purposes, the use of veneers may be what they will prefer. Veneers are a much more minimalist approach but they still provide long lasting results.

The Indications for Veneers

Veneers are ceramic coverings that can be affixed to teeth and give them a whiter and straighter look. They are made from a mold of your teeth taken by the Wicker Park dentist and they will be permanently attached to the teeth with a bonding agent. The veneers will require that the teeth being worked on will be smoothed down by removing some enamel. This may make it a problem for some patients that have too little enamel on their teeth so another process will have to be considered.

A crooked tooth, or a couple of teeth, in need of having a space closed or realigned are all indications for getting veneers. They will greatly improve the patients smile and increase their confidence in social situations. They are less expensive than a tooth implant or getting a crown, so if there is enough tooth available, they can be used to repair a tooth with a fracture as well.

Caring for Veneers

Veneers being made from ceramics look just like teeth, but that also means that they can be stained like teeth. Avoiding drinking a lot of coffee and tea will help the veneer wearer keep their new smile looking great for years to come. Dr. Anast will be glad to discuss veneers and other options for ways to improve your smile and self-confidence. Contact our office today and set an appointment to get your smile back.

Finding Everything You Need Close to Home

One of the most attractive aspects of living in the Wicker Park area is the overall convenience of this part of Chicago. There is of course easy access to the Loop and a multitude of other public transportation options that get the residents to work.

With so many night life establishments, stores, and boutiques opening up the last decade or so; there are many reasons to stay put and not worry that you are missing out by not spending all of you time trekking downtown looking for something to do or somewhere to go. The benefits of this up and coming area even include finding a dentist nearby for all of your dental needs.

Wicker Park and the Surrounding Area

Traveling East from Humboldt Park and South of Bucktown will land the nearby resident in the Wicker Park area. Finding a dentist nearby is an easy chore for residents from Logan Square and Chicago Park as well. The convenient placement of the Wicker Park Dentist to these many neighborhoods is similar to the convenient placing of the Loop. Plenty of those who value this kind of convenience will certainly appreciate a dentist that will not require a trip downtown.

The Kimberly Smiles General and Cosmetic Dental Studio is every bit as thorough in what they offer as the name suggests. General Dentistry such as cleanings and six month checkup access is available as is the many newer dental advances in cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, implantation, and crowns. Braces and the clear alternative Invisalign can also be given by the Wicker Park Dentist after an informative evaluation is conducted to see which process will be best for your particular situation. If you want to come to a dentist closer to home, contact our office today.

Cavities Are Said To Be a Disease

In 2001, The National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Management of Caries (cavities) Throughout Life identified caries as an infectious, communicable disease. Contrary to belief, naming “caries” as a disease isn’t as surprising as might first be thought.

Cavities are an infection that comes from acid forming bacteria found in plaque that, in the presence of sugar, attacks the tooth structure reducing the minerals of the tooth. The cavity is in part evidence that this breakdown has occurred. The overall goal for the patient and the local dentist in the Wicker Park, Bucktown area is to detect these problems early as well as maintain proper oral care.

Plaque and Ways to Reduce It

Just like many other bacteria carrying substances, plaque will never be totally disinfected of it. It is a biofilm that harbors the bacteria and they interact with sugars from food. Proper oral hygiene including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, rinsing with mouthwash, and flossing will reduce the plaque that holds this bacteria. Unfortunately, the bacteria will always return, especially after eating, so there is no escaping it. The effects of plaque include reducing the whiteness of the teeth and helping to create tartar. Left alone plaque can cause not only tooth decay, but gum disease as well.

A checkup every six months at the Wicker Park General Dentist office is a great way to both find any cavities and reduce plaque by a professional cleaning ridding your teeth of any tartar as well. Cavities can be found during check-ups and any painful spots can be x-rayed and repaired to prevent as much damage as possible to the teeth.

If cavities have been causing you pain contact the local dentist at Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry today and stop this disease in its tracks. They are available for appointments and emergency dental services.