Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

How Should a Dental Office Perform?

The prospect of visiting a dental office, whether it’s the first time or the one hundredth, does make some people nervous – mostly due to the uncertainty of what they may be told about the treatment that they will need. However, the anxiety that just about everyone experiences when going to the dentist can be reduced by careful consideration of choosing the right dental office that can meet the needs of you and your family.

What to Look for in a Dental Office

An article in Future of Personal Health came up with five good starting points for choosing the right dental office that include: up to date technology, a friendly staff, and a clean modern office.

Up to Date Technology

The best technology available is what should be at the top of any analyst’s list. The better the technology, the better the dentist will have in finding what is wrong with your teeth and supply you with the best solutions available to combat the problem.

Continuing Education

Improvements in technology make getting a continuous education important too. Having the best equipment is a plus, but the ways these machines can be used to their best advantage may change with new research.

Clean Modern Office

The appearance of the office must speak to the cleanliness of the dentist and their staff. You will probably want to see some attention paid to some warmth in the décor to let you know the staff cares to keep the office from appearing too sterile and possibly too intimidating.

The Wicker Park Dentist’s office has these very qualifications and all your questions about the office can be discussed with Dr. Anast and our team. We want the new patients here to be sure that we are not only up to date with all the new dental procedures but also that we have their comfort and peace of mind as our top consideration.

Dental Implants to Replace Multiple Teeth

Many patients that have lost a tooth to an injury have opted to get a dental implant. This is a crown attached to a piece of metal placed by the Wicker Park Dental implant dentist into the jawbone of the patient. This tooth is made of ceramic or a resin that looks like any other tooth in the patient’s mouth. They last a very long time.

That is why they are also used if there are a number of teeth missing in a row. One approach to having multiple implants involve having two implants on either side of the missing teeth space and use them as anchors for a permanent bridge.

Partial Bridges and Implants

Partial bridge implants are the same as regular implants. They are pieces of metal usually titanium, placed into the jawbone and allowed to set until the metal fuses with the bone. It takes many months for this to occur. Then the patient will have a permanent crown attached to each implant and they will anchor a partial bridge with other crowns attached over the area in between the two implants. This may be better for a number of reasons.

A regular bridge that is attached to permanent teeth requires the permanent teeth to be shaved down to make them accept the metal attachments required to hold the removable bridge. Besides compromising healthy teeth, this type of bridge may slip while the wearer is talking or chewing. That doesn’t happen with the permanently anchored bridge using implants.

Dr. Paul Anast at Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry will discuss these options with you if you have lost a single tooth or a number of teeth that can be corrected by dental implants. Please call the office and schedule an appointment today.

Dental Hygiene Tips

One of the best ways to keep smiling is to keep brushing and follow all the recommendations on dental hygiene from the American Dental Association. Here at the Wicker Park Dentist, we have plenty of experience with patients that have not followed these rules to the letter and may need a little refresher course for what is the best way to keep those dental appointments ending happily.

Brushing and Flossing Daily – The Cornerstone of Dental Hygiene

First the most common sense hygiene tip is easily remembered – brush for 2 minutes 2 times a day. The ADA even has an infographic that brings this message home. You have heard that you need to brush twice a day, but what is the best way to brush? Place a small amount of toothpaste on a soft brush about the size of a pea and brush up and down at a forty-five degree angle.

The horizontal method of brushing across the teeth may be done very aggressively and that may make patients feel they are doing a good job, but it will reduce the chance of cleaning between the teeth and stimulating the gums which is also important. Brush the inside of the teeth by putting the brush in a vertical position and be sure to reach back to those molars.

Flossing between the teeth should be done at least once a day and taking care to go around the base of the teeth can reduce plaque buildup at the gum line. Once you have finished with the beginning chores of brushing and flossing, it’s time to rinse with an ADA approved mouthwash with fluoride. This will also reduce plaque – the number one enemy of your teeth, especially when combined with sugary drinks and food. One way to also reduce plaque buildup is to reduce those unhealthy drinks and food from your diet.

The General Dentist in Wicker Park Chicago will be glad to help keep those teeth in good working order with check-ups and cleanings if necessary. In the meantime, follow the two by two rule every day and keep on flossing.

Emergency Dental Procedures that Can Save a Tooth

If all you had to do about your teeth is clean and floss and visit the General Dentist in Wicker Park two times a year, life would be pretty uncomplicated as far as your teeth would be concerned. But it isn’t and when accidents happen that involve the mouth and teeth, contact Dr. Anast’s office to get immediate help from your emergency dentist. The most common dental emergency that needs immediate attention involves the loss of a tooth or teeth. Here are some actions that you should take when this or another dental emergency takes place.

What Are Considered Dental Emergencies?

Here is a list of what the ADA considers a dental emergency and how best to proceed when they happen.

Knocked out tooth: If it is an adult’s tooth, keep it moist possibly by placing it back in the socket avoiding the root or keep it in your mouth with some milk and head to the dentist. A child’s tooth needs the same treatment unless it’s a baby tooth. Visit the dentist in that case to make sure the whole tooth has come out.

Cracked Tooth: Rinse with warm water and call the dentist. A cold compress on the face at the site of the tooth can be used to keep the swelling down.

Bitten tongue, lip, or cheek: Be careful, especially with the tongue. It has a large blood supply so place a compress on the wound and if bleeding doesn’t stop, see the dentist or go to an emergency room.

Toothache: Rinse and floss. If it still hurts call the dentist, but don’t place an aspirin on the tooth as that may actually burn the tooth or gum.

Caring for your teeth can reduce the emergencies from happening. Avoid using your teeth to cut through things, and always floss and brush to avoid cavities from developing into emergencies. When they do arise in the Bucktown, Wicker Park, and Logan Park area contact Dr. Anast for immediate help.

The Best Uses for a Dental Crown

The normal repair of a tooth with a cavity is to fill it with dental amalgam or a composite resin. There can be teeth that have become too damaged by the cavity or that have cracked and will need another treatment plan. These teeth, along with others, will be better cared for by placing a crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage. A crown is also used to cover a metal post placed in the jaw as part of a tooth implant procedure.

What Is a Crown and What Is It Made Of?

A crown is a cap that can be cemented by the Wicker Park Dentist over a tooth that can be saved because it has enough structure available for this procedure. Crowns can be made of the following materials: Gold, porcelain or ceramic material, and a combination of porcelain applied to a metal base. The crown may also be used to go over stained or discolored teeth unless veneers are a better option.

The oldest and still considered the best option can be the gold crown. It lasts the longest and won’t damage other teeth that come into contact with it. Gold unfortunately doesn’t look at all like a natural tooth so when a crown is needed to repair a more visible tooth than say a molar ceramic crowns are used. These can be purely ceramic or a ceramic cap attached to some metal and cemented in place. The metal may be visible so they are usually placed near the back of the mouth.

The placement of crowns is an important part of the Bucktown area dentist’s practice. They will save a tooth which is the better option than extraction. If you have a problem tooth that you would prefer to keep contact The Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry office and discuss this option with Dr. Anast.

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.