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May 19, 2015
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The main objective of dental treatment is to save teeth. However, tooth extraction is sometimes necessary. When a tooth is extracted, the bone and gum surrounding the extracted tooth often shrink very quickly.

What Happens after Tooth Extraction?

About 40% of alveolar height and 60% of alveolar width is lost within 6 months after tooth. The bone shrinkage causes collapse of the alveolar ridge, loss of width and height of bone, and a defect that may interfere with future tooth replacement by a bridge or a dental implant.

  • If a bridge is planned, the defect often causes esthetic failure and compromises the final results.
  • If a dental implant is planned, it is best to place the implant at the time of tooth extraction (immediate implant placement). Otherwise, the bone shrinks, causing a defect in width and height of the alveolar ridge. This can prevent tooth replacement with a dental implant. Often these cases require bone grafting (ridge augmentation) before an implant is placed. These problems can be prevented by a procedure called socket preservation or ridge preservation.
                                            Socket preservation after tooth extraction  

What is Socket Preservation?

Socket preservation or ridge preservation is a procedure to reduce bone shrinkage after tooth extraction. Reducing bone shrinkage preserves the alveolar ridge. Socket preservation at the time of tooth extraction can save you the need to have a more invasive procedure in the future to rebuild the lost bone structure around the extracted tooth.

How is Socket Preservation Done?

The tooth is carefully and atrumatically extracted. The socket is filled with a bone graft or a bone substitute. The graft is covered by a membrane, which is sutured in place. The bone graft is remodeled and replaced by the patient’ own bone. Both the bone graft and membrane allow the extraction socket to heal with little if any bone shrinkage. This saves the patient from the need for extensive ridge augmentation to facilitate restorative dentistry. The following post operative was actually taken immediately after the tooth was extracted. Notice that the socket looks full of bone.  

By Bucktown Dental Associates
November 12, 2014
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The most important thing for any dentist is to ensure all patients are relaxed, comfortable and anxiety-free.

relaxing before your dental appointmentDo you find yourself nervous and jittery before your upcoming dental appointment? Perhaps you’ve cancelled multiple times already and you’re thinking about backing out. Before you do, please consider these options for calming your dental phobia. After all, while dental checkups aren’t always the most fun, they are extremely important for finding and treating dental problems. Early detection is key to maintaining a healthy smile. Therefore, your Bucktown dentist is offering some helpful tips that other patients have used to quell their dental fears:

Learn deep relaxation and breathing techniques. When people panic, their breathing becomes labored and shallow, making the whole dental visit a stressful event. Next time, download deep relaxation podcasts before your upcoming visit so that you have something soothing to listen to. Distractions are always a good way to keep your mind off your checkup.

If the thought of having someone chatting into your headphones while you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair makes you antsier, then consider listening to calming, gentle music instead. Create a dental playlist before your upcoming appointment so you’re not spending time searching for the right music. We recommend soothing instrumental music rather than music that’s going to rev you up. After all, if you can make your experience feel more like a day at the spa then a dental visit, we’ll bet you’ll be a happy camper.

Call your dentist if you have any concerns or questions. It’s important that you feel comfortable with anyone who is taking your health in his hands. We want you to feel at ease with us so we can help you with your dental fears. That means calling us when you need to so we can ease your worried mind.

Talk to us beforehand about establishing a “stop” signal. This will help you feel in control during the procedure and also let me know when you are feeling uncomfortable. Let’s come up with a “stop” plan before your next dental visit.

If these tips sound all well and good but haven’t worked for you in the past, then talk to us about sedation dentistry in Bucktown. We understand that for some the fear is pretty deep rooted. In these cases, the only way to fully relax is with sedation. We offer oral sedation (anti-anxiety medications) and inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide), which allows patients to fully relax during their visit without uncomfortable side effects. If you have questions about sedation dentistry in Bucktown before your next visit, give us a call today. Sedation could help abate your dental fears.

October 21, 2014
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Beautiful Smile. Less Time. Clear Braces for Adults


Fast orthodontic braces

Are you one of many adults who want straight teeth but feel stuck because you do not want to have the metal-mouth look of braces?

Modern orthodontic techniques have improved significantly over the last 20 years. Now, there are effective and safe orthodontic techniques that fit adult lifestyle. These orthodontic techniques include clear aligners, such as ClearCorrect, and clear braces (invisible braces), such as Cfast. Combined with the skill, experience, and education of the dentist, patients can now get impressive results with less discomfort and in a short treatment time.

Clear aligners:

Clear tray-style aligners such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect are great cosmetic orthodontic techniques. They are clear and almost invisible. However, they have few major disadvantages:

1-    Clear aligners - ClearCorrect need compliance as they do not work unless worn 22 hours a day.

2-    Clear aligners - ClearCorrect are not effective for achieving significant tooth movement,

3-    Clear aligners - ClearCorrect often take much longer to work compared to regular braces. 

Clear Braces

Modern clear orthodontic braces such as Cfast are virtually invisible. Cfast braces are highly resistant to staining and discoloring that can be caused by coffee or tea. The Cfast braces technique utilized tooth-colored titanium wires. The titanium wires are secured to the braces using stain-resistant clear elastics. Collectively, the Cfast braces components disappear in the mouth.

How is orthodontic treatment fast?

Orthodontic wires normally produce friction when tied to braces. Modern orthodontic braces produce far less friction with wires. The minimalfriction of Cfastbraces makes teeth move much faster. In addition, orthodontic Titanium wires, because of their flexibility, allow teeth to move faster compared to the traditional stiff stainless steel wires. The flexibility of titanium wires also causes little or no discomfort during treatment. 

June 20, 2012
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dental health in summarMaintaining good oral health is a year-round pursuit, but with each season comes a new set of precautions. A time for barbecues, visits to the ice cream truckand sugary sodas, the summer season puts people at added risk for cracked teeth and cavities. Therefore, you should take extra care when chewing hard food including popcorn, nuts, ice, meat, and candy. Remember that a cracked tooth may take several hours
or days to show symptoms. In the case of a dental emergency such as hot and cold sensitivity or general tooth pain, patients are advised to contact our office 

Beyond summer foods, you should protect your teeth while swimming, biking, and playing sports. For many team sports, It is good to invest in a mouth guard to protect against injuries; mouth guards come in many different sizes and colors, making
them more appealing to children. In the event of a damaged or broken tooth, rinse
out carefully clean the area around the tooth; then call us right away and apply a cooling compress if needed. 

Swimming, while also placing children and adults at risk for chipped or broken teeth, presents additional challenges. The chlorine and other chemicals common in swimming pools can be harmful to teeth, so it is recommended to have a drink of chlorine-free water or use mouthwash after swimming. 

To further improve dental health, there are certain measures that you should take all year round; daily flossing, brushing twice a day, and using fluoride toothpaste can improve both teeth and gum health. But even with good home hygiene you should not miss your six month professional cleanings and checkups. 

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By contactus
May 23, 2012
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There’s more to a healthy mouth than just a pretty smile. 

Gum (periodontal) disease, also called periodontitis,  is a chronic bacterial infection affecting the gums and bone supporting the teeth. As the disease destroys gum tissue and bone, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. 

Researchers have found that periodontitis can be associated with other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Likewise, pregnant women who have periodontitis may be at increased risk for delivering pre-term and/or low birth weight babies.

It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no pain or discomfort. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and gum examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. 

You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Given the potential link between periodontitis and systemic health problems, prevention of periodontitis may turn out to be an important step in maintaining overall health.