By Bucktown Dental Associates
April 11, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
dental implants It’s safe to say you don’t know the ins and outs about dental implants. It’s okay, not many people do, which is why we cover such topics on our blog.
Are you missing a tooth or more? Maybe this post is for you. We have listed some common dental implant questions and answers that may help you make your next decision.

Who needs dental implants in Bucktown?

Primarily, dental implants are meant to take the place of a natural tooth. If a tooth has fallen out due to trauma or decay, there should be something taking its place. Tooth replacement is meant to stop other teeth from gravitating towards the spot.
Plus, dental implants are permanent. That’s why many patients want to undergo this procedure.

What types of dental implants are available at Bucktown Dental Associates? 

There is more than one dental implant? Yes, it’s true. While some dentist offices don’t utilize different techniques and placements of dental implants, Bucktown Dental Associates understand that patients have different preferences when it comes to treating tooth loss. Here is a list of available dental implant materials:
  • Dental implant crowns (link to page)
  • Immediate implant placement (link to page)
  • Implant dentures (link to page)
  • Mini implants (link to page)

Would I be considered a good dental implant candidate?

Yes, you need to be a good dental implant candidate, which means not everyone fits the profile. If you don’t know where you stand, here are a few things we will look at:
  • Do you understand the importance of oral hygiene?
  • Do you brush and floss your teeth each day?
  • Do you visit the dentist on a regular basis?
  • Do you want a prosthetic dental device that is permanent?
If you responded yes to the above questions, then you may be a good dental implant candidate. What does “may be” mean? Without a proper exam of your teeth and jawbone, we can’t honestly determine the right treatment for you.
Please call our Bucktown Chicago dentist office for a consultation. The main line is (773) 530- 3781.
By Bucktown Dental Associates
January 07, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening   Bucktown  
teeth whitening bucktownIt’s that time of year. You see the twinkling Christmas lights and fluffy, white snow. Don’t you wish your teeth glimmered and looked as white as snow? They can with Zoom whitening in Bucktown. For Chicagoland residents, Dr. Yasser Elseweifi, Bucktown dentist, offers in-and-out-office whitening treatments. Check it out below!

Laser Teeth Whitening

Laser teeth whitening is the in-office teeth whitening treatment you can find at Dr. Elseweifi’s practice. And it is one of the most patient-requested whitening systems. Laser teeth whitening can only be done by a licensed dentist. There are multiple benefits to consider:
  • Laser teeth whitening takes only 30 minutes. You can have it during your lunch time.  
  • It’s safe and effective
  • Whiten up several shades—in one visit

Whitening for the DIY People

Some people like to try the at-home remedies, such as baking soda, but it’s better to work with the most effective whitening products. No more messy whitening strips or glop in an ill-fitted bleaching tray. With at-home whitening products provided by Dr. Elseweifi, you get custom bleaching trays. You can sit back and whiten your teeth on your own time, in the comfort of your home. Dr. Elseweifi only needs to get impressions of your teeth, and you will be on your way to a whiter smile!
Are you looking to brighten up the new year with a whiter smile? Talk to Dr. Elseweifi about teeth whitening in Bucktown. Call for an appointment and get a teeth whitening for just $73! That’s a deal. Maybe even a great last-minute stocking stuffer?
November 15, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Enjoy Life with Implant Dentures

denture stabilization with dental implantsMaria (not the real patient name) came to Bucktown Dental Associates with several denture problems. She had a loose bottom partial denture and a top full denture that kept falling every time she spoke. She could not enjoy eating or feeling comfortable in social gatherings. Sound familiar? Maria is diabetic and had advanced gum disease associated with the remaining bottom teeth.

Dr. Elseweifi’s plan was to make a removable implant denture for the lower jaw. Denture stabilization in the bottom jaw was to be achieved using mini dental implants. A mini dental implant is a small diameter dental implant with a diameter less than three millimeters (3mm). Dental implants are particularly useful in the lower jaw where less bone is available to retain a removable denture. The patient could not get the top dental implants at the same time. Therefore, an upper full denture was planned.

Denture procedures were started before teeth were extracted. At the time of teeth extraction, four mini dental implants were placed in the lower jaw. Dental implants were placed in the previously healed areas of the lower jaw without any gum incisions. The entire surgical procedure took 40 minutes, including extraction and placement of dental implants. The new lower denture was then modified to hold into the dental implants using a soft reline. This step allowed the dental implants to heal (attach to the bone) without early pressure caused by the denture.  After 4 weeks, attachments were added to the inside of the lower denture to hold into the mini dental implants and securely retain the denture.

Mini dental implants Implant dentures using dental implants

Maria left the office with a secure lower implant denture. Together with a beautiful upper denture she now enjoys food and can chew without pain or discomfort. She plans to have dental implants placed to hold the top denture.  In her last follow up visit, Maria said that she can eat, speak, and smile with confidence. 

September 13, 2013
Category: Dental implants

Implant Supported Denture

Securing Dentures with Dental Implants

implant supported denture & overdentureIn the old days, missing teeth would have only been replaced with a partial denture or full denture. Recently, implant supported dentures come as the first choice for teeth replacement.

What is an implant supported denture?

An implant supported denture (also called implant denture, overdenture or implant overdenture) is secured by two or more dental implants and is very different from those dentures used by your parents or grandparents.

A conventional full denture simply rests on the gum. It often needs a mild adhesive for retention. A conventional partial denture rests on the gum but is also held to the teeth by attachments called clasps. Implant supported dentures are held in place by dental implants (titanium roots) anchored in the jaw. Simply, the implant denture is snapped in for a secure fit and snapped out for easy cleaning and care.

An implant supported denture has many advantages. First, the implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. Therefore, they preserve the jawbone and appearance of the face. Second, the implants provide a better foundation to support the denture and securely hold it in place. This is particularly useful in the lower jaw where bone is not enough to hold conventional dentures. Finally, implant dentures significantly increase chewing strength compared to conventional dentures.

There are many alternatives for implant supported dentures (overdentures):

Bar-retained dentures: A full denture is retained by a metal bar that is attached to two to five implants. The implant denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place. 

Ball-retained denture:A full denture is retained by attachments that connect to the implants. Each implant has a ball-shaped ("male" attachment) that fits into a socket ("female" attachment) on the denture.

Mini implant retained denture: A full denture or a partial denture is retained by attachments that connect to small diameter implants called mini implants. Mini implants provide the least cost for implant dentures. They are particularly useful where bone is not enough to accommodate standard size implants.

The type of implant supported denture you need is determined based on bone availability, general health and cost. Dr. Elseweifi will examine you and discuss all options.

July 10, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Digital denturesDigital technology was brought to complete and implant dentures. CAD/CAM is now used to automate the making of removable dentures. The objective of this technology is reduce the number of visits to only two; thus, accelerating the process for the patient and reducing dental office cost.


In a conventional denture procedure, records, such as impressions and bite records are taken over several visits. A trial denture is then used to review fit and esthetics with the patient before the denture is finalized and delivered. In a digital denture procedure, all denture records are captured at the first visit. A computer then creates a virtual denture that is milled into a final denture. The denture is delivered to the patient in the second visit.


Manufacturer of digital dentures claims many advantages for the procedure. First, the CAD/CAM technology creates a precise-fitting denture. Second, a permanent digital records can be kept and used to produce duplicate dentures. Third, a special denture material is used that eliminates bacteria. Digital technology can be used for complete dentures, immediate dentures, and implant overdentures.


Digital dentures are new and have no long-term clinical success. They require training and acceptance by dentists. In addition, esthetic try-ins of digital dentures, even though are possible, are not done routinely with digital dentures. Trying in dentures is important to verify esthetics of teeth, support of lip muscles, and phonetics.


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