Enamel erosion causes teeth to be yellow

Enamel erosion

When your teeth are yellow no matter how much you brush, it may be that you have lost your tooth enamel. Enamel erosion or abrasion is the thinning out of the enamel coating over your teeth. The average tooth has about 2 millimeters of enamel on the chewing surfaces and 1.5 mm on the front… Read more »

Do you have a jagged smile?

jagged smile

You may have many ways of describing your jagged smile, none of which include the terms “uniform” or “symmetrical.” Instead, you think of it as uneven, up-and-down, and more, as a result of teeth of varying lengths that don’t lend themselves to beautiful consistency. While you may assume you’re stuck with the jagged smile nature… Read more »

Does your Dentist Listen To Patients?

listen to patients

Are you tired of doctors that don’t listen to patients. When you want to make changes to your smile, you may have a clear vision for what you want to see after your work is completed. Our office recognizes the value of seeing cosmetic care as a collaborative experience. When you come in for a… Read more »

Enjoying Modern Cosmetic Improvements With No-Prep Veneers

Cosmetic dental improvements

What can no-prep veneers offer someone who wants to make cosmetic changes to the way they look when they smile? While traditional veneers are already remarkably slim, they require the removal of enamel in order to fit properly on a person’s teeth. No-prep veneers, like conventional porcelain veneers, can hide chips and cracks, stains, and… Read more »

Sodas and cosmetic dentistry

Sodas and cosmetic dentistry

Do sodas and other acidic beverages affect cosmetic dentistry? After you receive cosmetic dental work, you can feel excited to share your improved smile with everyone. People who make esthetic improvements to their teeth can feel a boost in their confidence levels, and that confidence can have personal and professional benefits. Even if you elect… Read more »

Smile changes with age

Smile changes with age

While you can certainly limit the effects of aging by keeping up with a healthy diet and lifestyle, smile changes with age are inevitable over time. With that said, should you assume that your teeth will become less bright, and look less healthy, over time? Your smile can certainly be affected over the years if… Read more »

Crown maintenance

Crown maintenance

While some dental work is purely focused on making your smile more attractive, there are procedures your dentist will perform to restore – and protect – a vulnerable tooth. Placing a dental crown will address a problem with a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity, or by physical harm. A porcelain crown can… Read more »

Planning Major Dentistry

Planning major dentistry

When patients are ready to make real improvements to their smile and dental health, they can explore how cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontic dental work can help. When planning major dentistry, search for a well trained and experienced dentist that can provide you with a treatment experience that leads to a healthy smile. For many patients,… Read more »

Smile transformation

Smile transformation

How many procedures will it take to make your current smile match your ideal smile? If you think about each issue affecting your smile – issues that can include discoloration, wear and tear, or congenital flaws – you may fear a long and involved cosmetic treatment process. You can be relieved to learn how your… Read more »

Securing A Dental Bridge

securing a dental bridge

Receiving a permanent restoration to replace a lost tooth will give you back your complete smile, and make it easier to practice routine dental functions. A dental bridge can be permanently secured without oral surgery, allowing you to address a gap created by tooth loss. Your dental bridge is held in place with two dental… Read more »

Fully Recovering From TMJ Troubles

Recovering From TMJ

Do you frequently find yourself struggling with discomfort along your jaw, or even pain when chewing? If so, have you considered that it could be related to temporamandibular joint dysfunction, or as it is more commonly called, TMJ? Jaw problems can lead to recurring pains that impact your daily life, as well as limitations to your dental… Read more »

Working With You To Restore Your Incomplete Smile

Restore your smile

Modern prosthetic dental work can provide patients who have suffered tooth loss the chance to have their complete smile back. The restorative treatment you undergo can supply you with replacement teeth that look remarkably like your natural teeth, while also being durable and secure enough to improve your dental function. One important advancement in the… Read more »

Life-Like Crowns

life-like crowns

Do you need a teeth makeover? Cavities create urgent problems for teeth, and should be dealt with as soon as possible. With prompt care, it is possible to minimize the damage caused by decay. Unfortunately, many people will not realize they have a problem until they need more substantial care. While dental crowns are effective… Read more »

Better Oral Hygiene Advice

better oral hygiene

It’s no secret that prevention is the best dental medicine, and most people realize that their daily hygiene routine is the cornerstone of that prevention. However, many people also lack in certain areas of their hygiene routine, and that can leave their smiles vulnerable to chronic issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, such… Read more »

Avoid tooth loss

Avoid tooth loss

We all want to avoid tooth loss. Compared to dental health care in the past, today’s methods have made many common dental problems much less of a hassle. For example, instances of tooth loss are dramatically lower than they used to be thanks to restorative measures that help patients repair and rebuild compromised tooth structure…. Read more »

At home teeth whitening

At home teeth whitening

When you visit a store, you’ll likely see a number of products offering at home teeth whitening. However, in order to receive dramatic results that last, you should see the dentist for a professional solution. We can provide at-home teeth whitening that can brighten your smile by multiple shades.

TMJ Headaches

TMJ Headaches

Did you know that almost half of all headaches are really TMJ headaches? If you have chronic headaches, this can have a negative impact on your overall quality of life. Instead of living with the discomfort or trying to get through it with over-the-counter pain relievers, why not seek out the root cause? Often, persistent… Read more »

Chipped tooth

Chipped tooth

Do you have a chipped tooth? The chipping or cracking of a tooth can cause a permanent change to the way you look when you smile. Dental injuries can be so frustrating because teeth fail to heal from harm, and because that harm can have such a big impact on your overall appearance. What you… Read more »

Do you want a new tooth?

Do you want a new tooth?

Are you missing something in your smile? Do you want a new tooth? We can replace missing teeth with removable dentures or even dental bridges, but over time your jawbone could continue to break down. Fortunately, we have an advanced treatment option that can help preserve your jawbone tissue. How do dental implants preserve your… Read more »

Preventing Gum Disease

fail to prevent gum disease

Preventing gum disease is similar to preventing most other dental issues. Keep your teeth and gums clean with regularly good hygiene and preventive dental care, and you can avoid allowing oral bacteria enough time to infect your gums. However, while gum disease is highly preventable, it only takes one small mistake for oral bacteria to… Read more »

Tooth Bonding

girl with tooth bonding

You may have more options for improving your smile’s appearance than you realize, and in many cases, those options are as minimally invasive as they are effective. For instance, with cosmetic tooth bonding, your dentist can successfully improve a number of different smile issues without having to permanently change your tooth structure. Today, we take… Read more »

Strong teeth

Strong teeth

Your teeth are the most used parts of your body. Therefore, they need to be strong in order to successfully accomplish their duties without being worn down or damaged. They also need to remain strong enough to repel harmful oral bacteria and food particles that could lead to tooth decay. Today, we take a look… Read more »

Fix your smile

fix your smile

Do you know easy it is to fix your smile? Patients who want to improve their smiles but have several different cosmetic concerns to address often fear that the only way to regain their confidence is to undergo multiple, perhaps extensive, dental treatments. Fortunately, many of them are surprised to learn that they can enjoy… Read more »

Why do I need a root canal?

Why do I need a root canal?

Restorative dental treatments are typically designed with three main goals in mind – to stop the damage or decay from progressing, restore your bite’s function, and preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. In most cases, all three can be achieved with a minimally invasive, custom-designed treatment such as tooth filling. However, in more… Read more »

Professional teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening

If you’ve ever tried an over-the-counter teeth-whitening product, then you might already recognize that the biggest benefit of professional treatment is that it works. Unlike OTC options, professional teeth-whitening is comprised of highly potent but safe whitening gel that effectively breaks up stains while brightening your teeth. In addition to better results, however, bleaching also… Read more »

Replacement teeth choices

Choosing Replacement teeth

There are many types of replacement teeth, which one is perfect for you? Like all dental restorations, a dental bridge is tailored to your unique needs and preferences. The highly lifelike dental prosthesis is made to replace a lost tooth in a way that restores your smile’s appearance and your bite’s function without being obvious…. Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry in Chicago

If you are not a dentist and you aren’t really familiar with any of the treatments, jargon, or clinical details associated with dentistry, then you may feel at a loss. You know that you would really love a better smile but trying to explain what it is that you dislike about your smile or the… Read more »

Address Tooth Loss

Address tooth loss

What happens to your mouth if you don’t address tooth loss? The most obvious effects of tooth loss are the way the missing teeth affect your smile’s appearance. Though less obvious, your bite’s function also suffers due to the imbalance. In most cases, a custom-designed bridge, partial, or complete denture can easily address those concerns…. Read more »

Bruxism Treatment | 3 Things It Might Include

Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism is the chronic grinding of your teeth, often at night, and for many patients, it can be the source of numerous forms of discomfort and dental health symptoms. Fortunately, patients can typically save their smiles with bruxism treatment with help from their dentist. Today, we take a look at what that treatment might include,… Read more »

Do you need to take a tooth out?

Take a tooth out

Like all dental treatments, tooth extraction is typically a customized procedure that your dentist only recommends when absolutely necessary. Because the treatment involves removing a tooth, however, it can be more complex than other procedures, and in many cases, require further treatment to restore and preserve the rest of your smile. Today, we examine a… Read more »

Most Common Causes of TMJ Disorder?

common causes of TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder, is more common than you may realize. However, many patients who experience it don’t realize that their chronic jaw pain (and other related symptoms) is caused by the disorder. Therefore, they don’t realize that an examination from their dentist could be their best option for finding relief… Read more »

A root canal is needed

a root canal is needed

If your dentist tells you that you need root canal treatment, then you may not immediately think that it’s something to celebrate. After all, the goal of continuous hygiene and dental care is supposed to be to help you avoid serious dental issues and the need for extensive treatment to address them. However, if your… Read more »

Tooth Fillings

Lady seeking tooth fillings

The principles behind many of today’s most advanced dental treatments haven’t changed much over the years. The materials, technology, and techniques have just become significantly more advanced. For instance, when it comes to treating cavities, tooth fillings have long been the best way to save teeth. Today, however, the materials used to fill cavities and… Read more »

Can Veneers Really Straighten Crooked Teeth?

Straighten Crooked Teeth

There are many different issues that custom-designed porcelain veneers can address, but not many patients realize that they can straighten crooked teeth. The beauty of porcelain veneers is that they can completely reinvent the appearance of your teeth by replacing the blemished tooth structure on their front surfaces. This means the highly lifelike shells of… Read more »

My teeth are wearing down | Chronic bruxism

patient with bruxism

Teeth Wearing Done due to Night-time grinding, chronic bruxism My teeth are wearing down? Bruxism, clenching or gnashing of teeth is common to everyone.  Although everyone has some wear, the amount of structural loss varies dramatically.  Tooth on tooth contact and the subsequent loss of tooth structure or volume is called attrition.  Tooth attrition can… Read more »

Bleeding Gums

bleeding gums

Some dental health issues are only obvious once you know you have them. Until then, the symptoms may not seem serious, especially if they don’t include pain in and around a tooth. For instance, if you notice a small amount of blood mixed in with your saliva when you brush and floss your teeth, you… Read more »

Benefits of Dental Implants

Benefits of Dental Implants

For patients who’ve suffered tooth loss, there are many benefits to dental implants. Dentists often recommend replacing lost teeth with an appropriate number of dental implants. One of the most significant reasons why is because implant posts are the only way to replace the roots of your lost teeth, which used to rest within your… Read more »

How Tooth Bonding Works

How bonding works

Part of the beauty of modern cosmetic tooth bonding is its simplicity. The procedure involves simply bonding tooth-colored composite resin to a specific area of your tooth, then shaping, hardening, and polishing it to match your tooth’s natural appearance. Cosmetic tooth bonding works by concealing or rebuilding blemished tooth structure, but its simplicity is only… Read more »

Dental Crown Problems

modern dental crowns

Today’s dentistry is an art form. In addition to ensuring your good oral health and bite function, modern restorations also help preserve your natural tooth structure prevent further issues from developing. For instance, dental crowns, which are often crafted from highly lifelike dental porcelain, can be fashioned according to precise measurements of your tooth. A… Read more »

Tooth Colored Fillings

tooth colored filling material

One of the biggest reasons why tooth colored fillings are so popular is because, as they’re name suggests, they blend in with teeth to remain completely discreet. Since cavities are the most common dental health issue, most patients appreciate being able to deal with them without having to deal with the metal appearance of traditional… Read more »

Improve my smile

How long do veneers last?

Wanting to improve your smile’s appearance is one thing, but knowing how to do it is another. For instance, you might think that addressing your multiple cosmetic concerns would be a complicated process. However, with porcelain veneers, patients can often enjoy complete smile makeovers with only a single procedure. If you’re considering veneers to improve… Read more »

Dental Emergency Recommendations

Dealing with a dental emergency

The good news about modern preventive dental care is that you can largely avoid the most common and destructive dental health issues, like cavities and gum disease. However, even the most advanced dental care can’t always help you prevent an emergency situation. If your tooth is significantly damaged, compromised, or knocked out of its socket,… Read more »

Dentures supported by implants

Dentures supported by implants

Dentures are one of the oldest forms of dentistry. Today, dentures are designed and crafted with such realism that they’re usually undetectable when in place. However, even the most advanced dentures lack something that your healthy, natural teeth rely on—the support of a root, or anchor, held securely within your jawbone. Today, we examine how… Read more »

Better Dental Hygiene

How to Be Better at Dental Hygiene

It’s no secret that good hygiene is the key to a lifetime of good dental health. However, despite a lifetime’s worth of experience, many of us don’t do as good of a job at keeping our smile’s healthy as we should. Today, we examine a few of the commonly overlooked tenants of a good hygiene… Read more »

How To Avoid Cavities?

Avoiding cavities

  Cavities impact nearly all of us, as only between 1% and 2% of the populous are immune to dental caries. When one forms, we can provide a natural looking solution, such as a tooth-colored filling or a ceramic dental crown. However, you can learn how to avoid cavities. With the right steps you can… Read more »

Preventing Gum Disease

Preventing Gum Disease

One of the more widespread dental health issues among adults today is gum disease. As a progressive issue that goes through several stages of severity, gum disease can be a bigger threat to some people’s smiles than it is to others. Typically, the difference lies in how successful you are at preventing gum disease, or… Read more »

Types of veneers and guidelines for choosing the right one for you

Types of veneers

So you have decided to get veneers to improve your smile. Do you know the different types of veneers available? With one or more custom-designed porcelain veneers, you can completely transform your smile without needing extensive dental treatment. In fact, in addition to their highly lifelike appearance, their ability to preserve your healthy teeth is… Read more »

What Can Tooth Bonding Actually Do?

What Can Tooth Bonding Do

When your tooth exhibits the type of cosmetic blemish that can’t be erased with teeth-whitening, improving your smile might seem challenging. However, in many cases, cosmetic tooth bonding can successfully fix tooth blemishes almost as quickly and conveniently as teeth-whitening. Bonding is the process of using tooth-colored composite resin to correct issues with your tooth’s… Read more »

Simplifying Complex Smile Makeovers

Smile Makeover process

Smile improvement is an important part of today’s professional dental care. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is a significant motivating factor for visiting your dentist. For many patients, so is being proud of their smile’s appearance. Depending on the nature and extent of your cosmetic smile concerns, however, improving it may seem complicated. Fortunately,… Read more »

More Questions About Dental Implants

How many teeth can implants replace

Increasingly more patients are experiencing the significant benefits of choosing dental implants to replace their lost or extracted teeth. Yet, for those who have missing teeth and have not yet chosen to replace them with dental implants, there may still be many questions about why implants are the best option. Today, we take a look… Read more »

Makeover Your Smile

Makeover Your Smile

How many imperfections does your smile exhibit? Noticeably stained, oddly spaced, slightly crooked, or otherwise unsightly teeth are common concerns, and sometimes, your teeth may suffer from more than one of these imperfections at once. Do you want to makeover your smile? When your smile’s confidence is under siege by severe or multiple cosmetic flaws,… Read more »

Raising the gum line

raising the gum line

Much of cosmetic dentistry focuses on the size, shape, and appearance of your teeth. Yet, your smile’s appearance is also significantly affected by the shape and appearance of your gum line. For instance, even if your teeth are perfectly healthy, excessive or uneven gum tissues that cover a disproportionate amount of your tooth structure can… Read more »

Sensitive Tooth

sensitive tooth

Do you have tooth sensitivity? Does it hurt to chew, drink hot or cold beverages, or to brush? About 1 in 8 people complain to their dentists about sensitive teeth. Adults between the ages of 18 and 44 are 3.5 times more likely to have sensitive teeth than older adults, and women are 1.8 times… Read more »

Tooth cavity

Tooth cavity

Do you think that you may have a tooth cavity? You hear the term “cavities” so often that, eventually, the weight of the word can lose some of its gravity. However, if you develop one, then the seriousness of what a cavity is and what it means for the future of your oral health can… Read more »

Are You Missing Something in Your Dental Hygiene Routine?

Dental hygiene routine

The good thing about dental hygiene these days is that keeping your smile healthy is simpler than it’s ever been. For instance, brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride-enhanced toothpaste, along with flossing every day with tooth-friendly floss, can be enough to keep plaque from clinging to your teeth. However,… Read more »

Is This Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Is tooth extraction necessary

When you’re faced with substantial dental treatment, such as tooth extraction, you may wonder if it’s really the best treatment or if an alternative option may be better for your oral health. At our office, providing expert second opinions is one of the many things that sets us apart, and for patients facing tooth extraction,… Read more »

A Sure Way to Prevent Cavities

Prevent Cavities

There are very few sure things in life. For instance, even when you take excellent care of your teeth, you could still be at risk of cavity development, especially if you let up in your routine once in a while. Still, with consistently good hygiene and a strict schedule of preventive dental care with your… Read more »

Address your teeth grinding habit

Teeth grinding habit

Experiencing frequent headaches can be frustrating, inconvenient, and – of course – uncomfortable. One reason some patients will experience regular discomfort is because of TMJ disorder. When you have issues with your jaw joints, the discomfort can reach your neck, your face, and your head. If you grind your teeth as a result of TMJ… Read more »

Receiving A Second Opinion Concerning Dental Work

Receiving A Second Opinion

Second opinion dental appointments can help in many circumstances. Seeking out the input of an expert in cosmetic dental work can help you develop a clearer picture of how you can enjoy remarkable smile improvements. You can also seek another qualified perspective if there is some uncertainty on how to proceed to address a situation…. Read more »

Fix bad breath

Fix bad breath

There are many recommendations for fixing bad breath but many people don’t know them. Are you afraid to stand to close to people when you speak for fear that they may smell your breath? Have you tried every dental hygiene product on the market, but still can’t get rid of it? While everyone deals with… Read more »

Signs That You Need to Visit the Dentist

you probably need a dentist

The trouble with most dental health issues is that, unlike a small cut or the common cold, problems with your oral health don’t typically resolve themselves. Dental diseases are usually progressive, and protecting your oral health depends on prompt action to halt the disease and repair any dental damage. When trouble does occur, many patients… Read more »

Why take out wisdom teeth?

Why take out wisdom teeth?

Why do we take out wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the most frequently problematic types of teeth. By the time many people reach their late teens and early twenties, they’ve already begun to grow their last four molars. Unlike the other 28 permanent teeth, third molar extractions are done frequently… Read more »

Smile Problems?

Smile problems

Do you have smile problems that you have considered fixing? Your smile is a valuable asset, and as one of the most dominant features of your face, you’re probably more willing to show your smile when you’re proud of how it looks. Unfortunately, good dental hygiene isn’t always enough to preserve your smile’s appearance, and… Read more »

Toothache causes

Toothache causes

Do you have a toothache? Do you know the causes of toothaches? Given their role in everything from processing your food to enunciating your words, your teeth go through a lot every day. Though they’re the covered in the most resilient substance your body produces (enamel), your teeth are not indestructible. If you haven’t already,… Read more »