Same Day Dental Care Has its Place in the Community

Any Chicago area dentist knows that the world is far from perfect and that can sometimes lead to emergencies. And even in the cases on non-emergencies, there are other less dire problems still may require same day dental care. The patient should always contact the office whenever one of the following problems arises.

What Constitutes an Emergency?

A tooth that hurts and shows swelling in the gum that might indicate an abscess is forming.

Bleeding from the gums, tongue, or lips from a mouth injury.

A cracked or lost tooth.

Something caught between the teeth that can’t be removed.

Any of these situations is worth a call to the Wicker Park Dentist’s office. In the first case, the abscess could lead to a more serious infection, so it will require immediate attention. The bleeding from the gums, tongue, or lip also may lead to infection without proper care. If it is after hours, an emergency room at the hospital should be visited.

Cracked or lost teeth should be seen as soon as possible too. The lost tooth should be wrapped in a damp cloth. The patient can also attempt to put it back in the socket to preserve the tooth until the dentist is seen. If a sharp object has become lodged between teeth carefully use floss, but only floss to dislodge it.

Other Same Day Procedures

  • Replacing a crown that has fallen off
  • Making a new tooth or bridge for missing teeth
  • Dentures in a day

All of these can be accomplished in a single day for the patients at the Wicker Park Chicago Dentist. Please contact the office whenever an emergency or even a less serious but still hurtful event has occurred. Visit with Dr. Anast and discuss the same day dentistry options that you can receive immediately or by later appointment.

Root Canal-Therapy for Your Tooth

The words “root canal” usually don’t make people happy at the Wicker Park Chicago Dentist. That may be in part to how it has been described to them by others in the past. There are certain ways to look at root canal treatment that can allay the fears of our patients – the best thing that can be said is that it is going to save a tooth. That is the goal of all root canal therapy, repairing a tooth and making it fully functional for years to come.

Root Canal Indications

The main indication that a patient needs root canal is the pain in the tooth. There is a lot of pain because the root canal is a space inside the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels. The nerves from the cavity that come into contact with food particles as well as hot and cold drinks are there to let you know something is wrong.

The area containing the canal – the pulp – is the softest of the three substances that make up the tooth and, if the cavity has gotten this far, the discomfort will increase. The other indications that this procedure needs to be done are swelling and possibly an abscess may develop and be seen on the gum near the affected tooth.

The procedure will be to eliminate the damaged enamel and dentin that rests above the pulp and then to get into the canal and remove the pulp. Then the area will be rinsed out and a cap will be placed on the tooth.

A second visit will be needed to fill the tooth permanently and possibly fit the tooth for a crown. It literally is therapy for the tooth because once it is fitted with a permanent filling or a crown the pain will disappear and the tooth will perform as if nothing had happened.

This procedure is available at the Bucktown Dentist for any patient that has had a cavity or injury lead to an infected root canal. Please call the office and start on the road to a pain free fully functioning tooth today.

Invisalign and the Competition

There have been advancements in orthodontics – the branch of dentistry that works improves the alignment of teeth in the last twenty years. Improperly aligned teeth are seen many times at the Wicker Park Cosmetic Dentist office. The use of metal braces is still available and may be the best realignment solution for certain patients, but there are also alternatives that have come along mostly in response to the metal braces being a source of embarrassment to the wearer.

Alternatives to Traditional Braces

One of the first changes made to braces was to offer them in ceramic form. These braces are more costly than metal braces but may also break in spots because the ceramic material isn’t as strong as metal. Treatment length is also longer with this option and because they are larger in size they may damage other teeth if they come in contact with them.

The latest solution to realign teeth is to use a number of clear braces over the course of a year or more. Invisalign® was the first to offer this alternative in the late nineties. Since then there have been other companies including Clear Correct founded in 2006 that follow the same approach. Some are even offered by mail order, but consultation with a professional is always superior to that option.

Are Clear Correct and Invisalign the Same?

Both offer clear retainers that move the teeth into realignment over a fairly long time, usually a year to two years. Invisalign trains their dentists and creates the treatment plan along with these professionals. Clear Correct doesn’t offer any training to their dentists. Invisalign also offers the addition of Smart Force attachments to some cases which will attach the aligners to other teeth and gain more pressure which will align the teeth better.

The Wicker Park Cosmetic and General Dentistry has received training and has had many satisfied patients using Invisalign®. If you are considering braces for yourself or teen contact the office today for an evaluation to see if this is your best option.

Gum Contouring May Reveal a Better Smile

The Bucktown Chicago Dentist has performed many procedures on their patients’ teeth to improve their smile. From whitening to tooth implantation to placing veneers on discolored teeth, we have made sure our patients have left the office with a much better sense of confidence in their appearance. Cosmetic Dentistry sometimes can improve a smile by adjusting the patient’s gum line instead of working on teeth.

Gum Contouring Surgery

There are a few conditions that are improved by gum contouring surgery. Treating what is called a “gummy smile” which is usually due to the teeth not protruding far enough from the gums and making them look small. Other problems that lead to the opposite effect of showing too much teeth due to receding gums would make increasing the amount of gum tissue the preferred option offered by gum contouring surgery. This recession may have been caused by periodontal disease.

Improving a Gummy Smile

The cosmetic dentist can make the teeth look larger and more natural by reducing the amount of gum tissue by exposing more of the teeth that have not grown out far from the gum line. There are other procedures that can achieve this as well. Adding veneers to smaller teeth may help the gums look less obvious. Sometimes, a tooth that has been fractured requires the removing of some gum in order to repair the tooth. A new crown will be placed on this tooth to make for a more natural look when this procedure is completed.

The Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic Dentist in Wicker Park will carefully explain all the details involving gum line lift surgery if you have a gummy smile. There are many happy patients that are glad they took that first step by investigating what it will take to improve their gummy smile so please call and set up an appointment today.