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Do You Need a Dental Filling?

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When you develop tooth decay, Dr. Isaac Qureshi at Smiles of Elgin Dental Care removes the decayed part of the tooth and uses restorative material to fill it in. This is called a dental filling. Some people are unclear of what this means and ask Dr. Isaac Qureshi “Do I Need a dental filling?” If a person find out that they have a cavity. A dental filling preserves the function and integrity of your tooth while protecting it against further decay. Below are the two most common types of dental fillings:

Silver Amalgam: This type of filling contains a combination of copper, mercury, silver, tin, and zinc with mercury making up about 50 percent of the mixture. It has been available for many years and remains the most popular. Although silver amalgam fillings can last for a lifetime, some patients don’t like the way they look in their mouth. Rarely, mercury fillings have come loose and caused an infection.
Ceramic Fillings: Many people prefer ceramic fillings because they blend in well with the natural tooth color and are more aesthetically pleasing. Other benefits of ceramic fillings are durability and resistance to staining. Since these types of fillings are somewhat bulky, Dr. Isaac Qureshi may need to remove some of your tooth enamel to ensure that they fit properly.
Fillings made of gold or glass are also a possibility, but they are not as common due to the cost of materials and difficulty of placing them in the mouth.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Your Dental Filling Options

Dr. Isaac Qureshi always discusses your options for filling material before he fills in a cavity. It’s important to him that you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type so you can make an informed choice. We have found that patients at Smiles of Elgin Dental Care are increasingly turning to composite fillings because they blend in so seamlessly. You don’t have to worry about others seeing a mouth full of metal when you smile or speak. Others are perfectly fine with the traditional types of dental fillings. Whatever your choice is, we are happy to honor it.

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    Thinking to Get Dental Implants

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    As much as possible if  every one would want to control on to the health of every tooth in the mouth, it is not possible to do that. Every person can lose his tooth or teeth for a count of reasons, and when he does, a replacement is in order. The teeth hold very important functions in the mouth and when they are lost, these things are highly compromised. First is aesthetics, a person loses the right to smile that his overlook is majorly altered. Second is speech, because there are certain sounds that are produced with the contact of the upper and lower teeth or the front teeth and the tongue. Third is masticatory function, because the teeth allow a person to cut through and grind food to be able take it into his system. Fourth is facial integrity, because the teeth hold the person’s bite and its absence results to the collapse and the loss of facial integrity.

    When a person loses his teeth it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to replace it, and dentists have long resolved edentulism through removable dentures and dental crowns. Nowadays, however, the loss of a tooth or a few teeth can already be resolved through dental implants. An implant, often made of titanium metal, appears as a screw. It is embedded within the jaw bone to replace the roots of a tooth so that they may be installed with a crown. In terms of cost,dental implants are so much more expensive than removable dentures and crowns, but covering such cost proves a good investment because of the following reasons:

    – Due to the stability afforded by osseointergration, the prosthesis is more retentive and more functional so replacing lost teeth better than any other type of prosthetic. When the titanium metal has completely fused with the bone, the strength of the implant on the bone is increased, mimicking the functionality and strength of the natural tooth. This increases efficiency of the masticatory function; improving one’s dining experience and capacity to obtain proper nourishment for the body.

    – When the implants are embedded in the bone, it replaces the roots of the natural teeth and above it, a crown can be installed. With proper planning and tissue preparation, the emergence profile of the crowns can be properly set so that you achieve superb aesthetic results that best mimics the true appearance of the natural teeth in the mouth.

    – Since the dental implants support the crown on its own, there is no need to utilize a healthy tooth to hold the crown or bridge. This properly preserves tooth and the health of the mouth because you replace tooth without compromising health. Also, it is ideal even for distal free end cases, where the space is at the most posterior portion of the jaw.

    – In the case of removable dentures that are no longer retained properly in the mouth because of low bone support, the dental implants can offer some retention to improve the functionality of the dentures. Implants can be placed at areas where sufficient bone is left so that it can properly support the loose prosthesis.

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      How to Counter Gum Disease?

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      Approximately 50 percent of all adults have gum disease by age 30, with that figure jumping to 75 percent by age 65. Unfortunately, most people are unaware that they have gum disease because its early symptoms are usually not noticeable. By the time Dr. Isaac Qureshi of Smiles of Elgin Dental Care diagnoses your gum disease, it may already be in the advanced stages. Many patients ask us at this time “How to counter gum disease?” Favorably, there is time to do this.

      Indications You May Have Gum Disease

      Gum disease is caused by inflammation, which in turn is caused by a build-up of bacteria. You may still develop gum disease even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly. Because of this, it’s important to know the symptoms so you can receive treatment for gum disease as early as possible. These include:

      Blood on your toothbrush or piece of dental floss
      Sores in your mouth that take a long time to heal
      A receding gum line
      Teeth that feel loose
      Redness or swelling of the gums
      Chronic halitosis (bad breath) despite regular brushing and use of mouthwash
      Your risk of developing gum disease increases if you smoke, clench your teeth, are pregnant, or lead a high-stress lifestyle.

      Gum Disease Treatment

      If you already have gum disease, the best way to reverse it is by undergoing scaling and root planing with Dr. Isaac Qureshi. This process, which is also called deep cleaning, removes plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as shrinks gum pockets. This is especially important because gum pockets attract bacteria that causes more plaque and tartar to develop. Before he starts the deep cleaning procedure, Dr. Isaac Qureshi will examine your mouth to make sure that an undiagnosed dental condition isn’t responsible for your gum disease.

      When it comes to gum disease, prevention is the best form of treatment. Some things you can do at home are to brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss after meals, and use antiseptic mouthwash. Coming in for your bi-annual dental check-ups with Smiles of Elgin Dental Care is also important. This gives us the opportunity to detect gum disease before it causes long-term damage.

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        How To Take Good Care Of Your Dental Implants

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        implantsSince our teeth serve as a very important aesthetic function, cosmetic dentistry has become quite important for the practice. Dentists can recommend cosmetic dental treatments such as dental implants to their patients who has broken or missing teeth. Teeth implants can also be prescribed to patients who have other concerns like teeth stains, discoloration, malpositions and rotations.

        There are various restorative choices for teeth restorations and replacements. There are removable prosthetic devices such as dentures, dental crowns and bridges. However, dental implants specifically guarantee a long-term replacement for teeth.

        Benefits of Implants

        Implants are the most in demand treatment next to dental restorations because of the efficiency and convenience. Remember that a dental implant is a replica of the tooth’s root made of materials that are biocompatible. An implant is designed to copy your teeth’s natural feeling and is fully functional and prevents further tooth decay or trauma to your mouth.

        Dental implants and their benefits:

        • Prevents periodontal disease
        • Promotes good oral health
        • Encourages healthy living like quitting smoking
        • Helps you commit to healthy habits by having a good oral hygiene and a routine trip to your dentist

        Maintenance

        Taking good care of your dental implant is important for your oral health. With proper care and a frequent visit to your dentist, your dental implant will last for a long time.

        Here are a few tips to consider:

        • Brush and floss thoroughly the area where your teeth implants are
        • Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash
        • Schedule thrice a year visit to your dentist
        • Avoid toothpaste that contains abrasive ingredients like baking soda as it can remove the glaze on your implants

        Dental implants are the most recommended option compared to removable prosthetic devices. Implants encourages good oral health and a healthy lifestyle. Dental implants can last a lifetime so follow your dentist’s instructions and keep your regular dental appointments.

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          What Happens During Oral Surgery

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          It’s common to feel slightly anxious when you learn that you need oral surgery. In most cases, people feel nervous because they don’t know what to expect or they imagine the procedure will be painful.

          At Smiles of Elgin, your comfort is our priority. Whether you’re having a tooth extracted, an oral tumor removed, dental implants installed, or another procedure, you can depend on the expert knowledge of your oral surgeon. You will know exactly what is happening and be provided with ongoing pain relief appropriate to your procedure.

          Qualifications of an Oral Surgeon

          An oral surgeon is one of the most highly trained and skilled of the dental specialists. Four to six additional years of specialized training in oral surgery is required after completing four years of dental school. This advanced training consists of learning how to diagnose and treat disorders of the craniomaxillofacial complex. The American Dental Association recognizes oral surgery as one of nine dental specialties.

          Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

          Extraction of wisdom teeth is one of the most common types of oral surgery. Not everyone gets wisdom teeth, but those who do usually have them attempt to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. It’s common to get all four wisdom teeth, although some people only have less. Wisdom teeth present a problem for most people because there isn’t enough room at the back of the jaw for them to come through properly. That means they must be removed.

          When wisdom teeth get trapped in the jaw due to lack of space, they can damage other teeth, cause an infection, or even cause a tumor to develop. Your oral surgeon first determines the degree of impaction and then begins to plan for your wisdom teeth extraction surgery. We provide you with aftercare instructions once the surgery is complete so you can heal quickly at home.

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