Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Online Dental Education Library Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums...

Dentist Office
...We diagnose and treat patients based on what their needs are NOT based on what an insurance plan may or may not cover...

New Patients
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Our Lombard Place Office
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Testimonials
...After a few years my entire family chose to be his patients...

Dental Staff
...Hence we have a highly trained and dedicated staff whose only job is to educate and assist our patients to thoroughly understand all of their treatment options and costs associated with their treatment...

Invisalign
...There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description...

Orthodontics
...Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them — that make them appropriate for teens in some situations...

Dental Implants
...Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants are preferred by doctors and patients alike...

Patients on Blood Thinners Require Precautions Before and During Oral Surgery
...There are indications, for example, that drugs classified as blood thinners could cause complications for patients undergoing oral surgery...

Orthodontic Headgear: What It Is and Why It May be Needed
...But occasionally we see more complex-looking devices being worn by young orthodontic patients: thicker wires that extend outside the mouth, with straps that may go behind the neck or over the chin...

What Braces? Why Lingual Braces May Be a Good Option?
...Look for a dentist who is confident in offering lingual braces as an option to their patients...

Cosmetic Questions to Ask to Get You on the Right Path to a Better Smile
...We’ve come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure...

Invisalign Provides a Subtle Option For a Professional to Straighten Teeth
...The wear pattern on the tabs tells patients and doctors how much the aligners are worn...

Brushing and Flossing Hard to Do? Consider Your 'Power' Options
...According to one recent study orthodontic patients were able to remove up to five times the plaque between teeth as those who used only a manual toothbrush...

Dental Implants Fill the Gaps In Your Smile
...The dental implant has been around for decades and offers patients: lasting beauty natural speaking and eating freedom from dentures longevity and stability a success rate as high as 98 percent (according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry) Placement of a Dental Implant The dental implant fills an empty tooth socket with an artificial root made of titanium, and it completes a smile above the gum line with a perfectly designed and crafted crown...

3 Questions to Answer Before Your Smile Makeover
...Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood...

Taking Care of Oral Health Crucial to Quality of Life for HIV Positive Patients
In the early Eighties, dentists began noticing symptoms among a few patients that indicated something far more serious...

Teens Benefit Most from A Temporary Solution to Missing Teeth
... If you would like more information on tooth replacement solutions for younger patients, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

Antibiotics Could Help Ensure your Implant Surgery is Successful
... For other patients with low to moderate risk for infection, there's vigorous debate on administering antibiotics before implant surgery...

Reduce Sugar Consumption - for a Healthier Mouth and Body
...That's why for decades dentists have instructed patients to limit their intake of sugar, especially between meal snacks...

Bonded Retainers Provide a Less Noticeable Option for Keeping Teeth Straight
... To prevent this patients wear an orthodontic appliance known as a retainer...

Antibiotics Before Implant Surgery Could Lower Infection Risk in Some People
... But infection risk is quite low for most healthy patients...

A Pediatric Dentist Could be a Great Choice for Your Child's Dental Care
...Both can treat juvenile patients — but a family provider sees patients of all ages while a pediatrician or pediatric dentist specializes in patients who haven't reached adulthood...

3 Common Sources of Fluoride You Might Not Know About
In the early 1900s, a Colorado dentist noticed his patients had fewer cavities than the norm...

A Teen with a Missing Tooth May Need to Wait on a Dental Implant
...We don’t recommend implants for younger patients because even a teenager’s jaws haven’t yet reached full maturity...

Sealants Could Protect Your Child's Teeth From Future Problems
...Two studies in recent years reviewing dental care results from thousands of patients concluded sealants could effectively reduce cavities even four years after their application...

Adult Orthodontic Treatment
There are more and more adult orthodontic patients these days, and it's not hard to figure out why...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...They aren't recommended for patients with certain conditions, like teeth grinding...

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS)
...The benefits they offer some orthodontic patients could even be called groundbreaking...

Types of Braces
For the vast majority of orthodontic patients, wearing fixed appliances (commonly called braces) will be a major part of treatment — and those braces, for the most part, will be the familiar silvery-metal type...

Orthodontic FAQs
...In the case of younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary...

Crowns & Bridgework
...Removable Bridgework For those patients who have lost all their teeth, but have not lost significant bone, a fixed bridge (permanent non-removable teeth) may be the treatment of choice...

Nitrous Oxide
...In fact, many patients report a feeling of well-being during this type of sedation...

Oral Systemic Connection
...Numerous studies have shown that patients with severe periodontal disease are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
... Related Articles Periodontal Flap Surgery Most surgical patients are surprised by how comfortable the experience of flap surgery is and how painless it is afterward...

Ultrasonic Cleanings
...Many patients prefer ultrasonics to other types of scaling, possibly because it requires the clinician to use less force than a hand scaler to get the same effect...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
... Anticoagulants are among the more widely used pharmaceuticals today, particularly for heart patients...

Facial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery
... Severe facial trauma is often a critical condition, since over 60% of these patients also have serious injuries in other parts of the body...

Oral Cancer Screening
...But today, younger people form the fastest-growing segment among oral cancer patients...

Wisdom Teeth
...The extraction (removal) of one or more third molars is a relatively common procedure, performed on some 5 million patients every year...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... A growing body of evidence now indicates that far fewer patients need to take this preventive step than was previously thought...

Oral Cancer
... While most oral cancer patients are smokers, the fastest-growing segment of newly diagnosed cases is young, non-smoking adults...

Air Abrasion
...Will routine dental procedures be performed with patients noticing no vibration or pressure...

Cone Beam CT Imaging
... Orthognathic Jaw Surgery and Temporo-mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disease: Patients benefit when the specialists who treat these conditions can evaluate their anatomy with the three-dimensional perspective that cone beam CT provides...

Digital X-Rays
... Advantages of Digital X-Rays Besides minimizing radiation exposure, digital x-rays offer numerous advantages to dentists and patients alike...

Intra-Oral Camera
...Prior to the development of this technology, some patients found it challenging to understand problems such as dental decay and periodontal disease...

Laser Dentistry
...Not only are they more exact in the amount of material they remove, but they eliminate the noise and vibration of the dental drill, which is uncomfortable for some patients...

Same-Day Crowns (CAD/CAM)
... Related Articles Creating In-Office Dental Restorations With Computers Once upon a time, dentists — and patients — needed to wait weeks for a dental laboratory to make crowns and other dental restorations...

Fixed Dentures
...Doctors and patients alike prefer fixed over removable dentures because they: Look, feel and function just like natural teeth Don't slip when you eat or talk Prevent bone loss in the jaw Last a lifetime How It Works Dental implants serve the same purpose as the roots of natural teeth: anchoring the replacement teeth to your jawbone...

Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth
...The reality is that most patients experience no pain during the surgery and very little discomfort afterward...

Root Canal Treatment
...For many patients, the worst is already over...

Endodontics
...Here's what to expect: First, you will receive anesthesia (usually a numbing shot) — and for many patients, the worst is now over...

Orthodontics
...In fact, about one in five of today's orthodontic patients is an adult...

Periodontal Therapy
...That is why dental professionals are always on the lookout for early signs that patients may not notice...

Technology
...Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients...