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    A Look at the Treatment Process with Dental Bridges

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth by using adjacent healthy teeth as anchor points. Bridges can restore the look and function of your smile for aesthetic and health reasons.  Talk to your dentist if you are concerned about missing teeth and to find out if you are a candidate for a dental bridge.

    Preparing Abutment Teeth
    Your dentist first prepares the teeth that will act as anchor points, called abutment teeth. They will be fitted with dental crowns that hold the pontic, or fake tooth, between them. The dentist will use a drill to remove the outer portions of the tooth’s enamel. This shapes the teeth so they can receive crowns.

    Taking Dental Impressions
    Once the abutment teeth have been prepared, a dental impression is taken. This is the model from which the crowns and pontic will be constructed. The impression shows how your jaws fit together and the space to be filled. An impression ensures the crowns and pontic are the right shape and size for your mouth. If your bridge will be tooth-colored, the shade of your teeth will be recorded.

    Placing a Temporary Bridge
    A temporary bridge will be affixed to the abutment teeth while your permanent bridge is fabricated. Although temporary, it will protect your teeth and gums while you wait. Your dentist will tell you how to care for your teeth and the temporary bridge.

    Securing the Permanent Bridge
    When your permanent bridge arrives, the temporary bridge will be removed and your permanent bridge cemented into place over the abutment teeth. It may take several dental visits to ensure the fit and feel of your bridge is correct, and it may only be temporarily cemented into place during this time. Once you and your dentist are sure your bridge fits and functions correctly, it will be permanently cemented into place.

    Are you interested in a dental bridge or other tooth replacement options? Call Art of Modern Dentistry at (312) 361-0683 to explore your options with one of our dentists. Visit our website for more information on our Chicago practice and to learn more about your dental health. 

    What Smoking Can Do to Your Smile

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Smoking is not only hazardous to your general health, but also damaging to your teeth and gums. Smokers are far more likely to suffer from periodontal disease and tooth loss than non-smokers.

    In this video, you’ll see how periodontal disease puts your teeth at risk. You’ll learn that smoking contributes to periodontal disease by reducing saliva production. Smoking also damages the body’s natural immune response, making it easier for periodontal infections to take hold. Even if you receive periodontal treatment, continuing to smoke can inhibit your gums’ ability to heal and fight off future infection.

    Learn more about how to maintain healthy gums and teeth with the help of your dentist at Art of Modern Dentistry. Our staff can help you learn how to change your lifestyle to establish mouth-healthy habits for life. Visit our website to learn more about our practice or call us at (312) 361-0683 today!

    Why You Should Choose a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child's Dental Care

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your child’s early experiences with the dentist will be most beneficial if you visit a professional who has experience working with children. Pediatric dentists not only care for children’s teeth, but also understand children’s thoughts and concerns. Visiting a pediatric dentist ensures that your child will get the right dental care and the compassionate attitude that he needs.

    Children Have Special Dental Needs
    The primary teeth lay the foundation for lifelong dental health. Pediatric dentists know that although primary teeth will fall out, decay or misalignment can influence and damage your child’s permanent smile. Establishing healthy teeth and good dental habits early is essential for a bright and healthy smile later in life. Taking your child to a pediatric dentist ensures that the specific dental needs of your child’s growing mouth are met.

    Children Need Patience and Understanding
    Your child’s first dental visit can shape their opinions about dentists for the rest of their life. You can help to make their first dental experience a positive one by taking them to see a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists have the experience, compassion, and patience to help your child through any worries or questions they may have. Your child will be soothed and talked through every aspect of their dental health to ensure they are comfortable during their visit.

    Children Need Help Establishing Healthy Habits
    Education is vital when establishing healthy habits. Your child’s pediatric dentist will take the time to show them how to floss and brush properly for healthy teeth and gums. The dentist will make sure dental procedures and oral care are explained in terms your child can understand. When your child understands their own dental care, they will be more likely to want to brush and visit the dentist to keep their smile bright and healthy.

    Schedule your child’s first dental visit with the dentists at Art of Modern Dentistry today by calling (312) 361-0683. We offer pediatric, general, and cosmetic dentistry procedures for the entire family. Visit us on the web to read more about your child’s dental care. 

    To Learn More About Your Dental Care, Visit The Sites Below

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A great smile is healthy from the inside out. Call Art of Modern Dentistry at  (312) 361-0683 to schedule your next dental appointment. From pediatric to cosmetic dentistry, our dentists provide every dental service you need in the Chicago area. Check out our locations and learn more about your dental health by visiting our website today! Click on the resources below to learn more about your dental care options.

    • Severe tooth decay and infection can threaten your oral and overall health if left untreated. Find out more in this article on Livestrong.com.
    • Take a look at this root canal aftercare information to help with your recovery from this dental procedure.
    • Whiter teeth can greatly enhance your wedding-day smile. Learn more about tray-based and in-office tooth whitening options available from your dentist on MedicineNet.com.
    • Dental veneers can address chips, cracks, or even spacing issues that affect your teeth to ensure that your smile is bright for your big event. Find out more about veneers by reading this article from EverydayHealth.com.
    • After your root canal, your dentist will place a crown over your tooth for added strength. Find more information about dental crowns on the Colgate website.

    Planning the Right Dental Treatment to Make You Camera-Ready for Your Wedding Day

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Your wedding day is sure to be filled with laughter and smiles, all of them caught on camera. A bright, healthy smile can make you feel younger, look more vibrant, and give you the confidence to share the happiest day of your life with the world. Find out how the dentists at Art of Modern Dentistry can ensure your special day will be filled with plenty of beautiful smiles:

    Healthy Teeth
    First and foremost, your dentist will work with you to ensure your smile is healthy for your wedding day. A healthy smile starts from the inside out, so you will receive a full dental exam and cleaning. This will remove superficial stains, plaque, and tartar, so with every flash of the camera, you’ll know your teeth are in the best shape possible.

    Beautiful Teeth
    If you are concerned about the look of your teeth, there are a number of cosmetic dental options you can discuss with your dentist. Tooth whitening can achieve a brighter smile either in one office visit or with take-home trays provided by your dentist. If you’re worried about broken or chipped teeth, talk to your dentist about veneers or dental bonding for a confident wedding-day smile. These procedures can give you a confident smile in only one to two dental visits.

    Straight Teeth
    A straighter smile has never been easier to achieve than with the Invisalign system, available at Art of Modern Dentistry. If you begin treatment early, you can see the final results before your wedding day. Also, since the aligners are clear and removable, you can have a stunning smile for your ceremony and reception without interrupting your orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is the comfortable and effective solution of choice for many adults who want straighter teeth and a healthy smile.

    Find out how your dentist can help you smile brightly for the camera on your big day by calling Art of Modern Dentistry at (312) 361-0683. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry options in Chicago for adults and children seeking healthy smiles. Find out more about our affordable dental services by clicking on our website today. 

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