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Do You Need a Dental Filling?

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860 Summit St. #134 Elgin, IL 60120

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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    How to Counter Gum Disease?

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    860 Summit St. #134 Elgin, IL 60120

    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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      What can I expect when I come in for a teeth cleaning?

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      There are different kinds of dental procedures available in the office which is done by your dentist and each of this procedure is done to attain a certain goal. These treatments can either be restorative or preventive. Restorative dental procedures are therapeutic and corrective so they are performed to treat all dental issues; preventive dental procedures, on the other hand, are performed to avoid the further effects of oral diseases to one’s mouth.

      One example of a preventive dental procedure is teeth cleaning or also called dental cleaning, dental scaling or oral prophylaxis. This dental procedure involves cleaning the surface of the teeth removing hardened dental plaque.

      Here’s what you can expect when you come in for your dental cleaning:

      Patients are always recommended to visit their dentists or dental hygienists for their routine cleaning for at least twice a year. But there are cases which your dentist will ask you to visit every week, or by three to four months – this only applies to those who have a bad condition of gum disease.

      Buildup at the subgingival space is not always cleaned and maintained properly with brushing and flossing. Your dentist will use a scaler to scrape your gum’s deeper areas. The time it will take for a teeth cleaning procedure always depends on the condition of your oral health. But usually, teeth cleaning can run up for about 15 to 30 minutes (scaling included through all the teeth). If the patient’s condition is somewhat severe, more thorough scaling is required by the dentist. For these cases, teeth cleaning procedures can run up to an hour or two, especially where there is a heavy staining of the teeth.

      During the teeth cleaning procedure, your dentist will start scaling through the subgingival space and may touch or cut some damaged tissues. Bleeding may occur and this should be normal, so do not be alarmed. The pain should be gone after a while, usually as soon as the cleaning procedure is completed or a few hours after your appointment.

      If a normal teeth cleaning is still not enough to restore your teeth and gums back to it’s original form, more invasive procedures will be suggested by your dentist. Deep cleaning involves a more invasive access into the gums, where much of tartar and plaque have collected and hardened. When your tooth roots and bone are affected, a surgical procedure involving some gum reduction may be required so that your dentist can plane the roots. To remove a hardened plaque in the root of your tooth, more gums will be reduced so that the infected area can be thoroughly cleaned.

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        How to Choose a Dentist

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        When it comes to selecting a new dentist, many people only consider their insurance network and location of the clinic. While both of these factors are important, it’s essential that the dentist you choose can meet the oral health needs of everyone in your family. To determine the answer to this question, start by reading the doctor profiles on the dental clinic website or search the Internet for patient testimonials.

        Three full-time dentists are on staff at Smiles of Elgin. They are Dr. Isaac Qureshi, Dr. Jianjan Hao, and Dr. Oded Gargir. Dr. Qureshi holds a master degree in public health and a doctorate degree in dental surgery. He completes several continuing education classes each year to ensure that he is up-to-date on the most recent advances in dental surgery so he can serve you better. Dr. Qureshi also volunteers at free dental clinics for patients with no insurance who cannot afford regular dental treatment.

        Dr. Hao is an American Board of Orthodontics Diplomat. This is something that only one-quarter of practicing orthodontists ever achieve. Prior to joining the staff at Smiles of Elgin, Dr. Hao taught several dental courses at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He enjoys working with patients to help them achieve their most beautiful smile.

        After graduating from Northwestern Dental School, Dr. Gargir ran his own practice for more than two decades. His specialties at that time were oral surgery and prosthetics. In addition to being on staff at Smiles of Elgin, Dr. Gargir works for the Lake County Health Department providing dental services to people in the public health system.

        What Services Does the Dental Clinic Offer?

        All dental offices offer routine cleaning and patient education, but today’s families demand more than that. Our clinic also offers these services:

        • Cosmetic Dentistry
        • Orthodontia
        • Dental Surgery
        • Restorative Dentistry
        • Infant Oral Health Care
        • Periodontal and Endodontic Disease Treatment

        Our dentists understand that just going to a dental clinic can cause some patients anxiety and fear. We make your appointment as comfortable as possible by offering sedation options and explaining procedures you need in language that is easy to understand.

        What Do Other People Say About the Dentist?

        When you’re going to a new dentist, it’s only natural that you want to know the experiences that other people have had with him or her. We are happy to post verified reviews from several places around the Internet directly on our website. The feedback we have received has earned us an overall five-star

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