How Well Do You Understand Your Dental Insurance Plan?

With the majority of the calendar year still ahead of us, it is the perfect time to make sure you understand your dental insurance benefits. A common mistake that we see patients make is waiting until the last couple months to “cash in” on their covered preventive dental visit. Not only does this mean a patient has probably waited too late for proper routine care, but the visit may reveal additional treatments that need to be performed when there is not enough time in your covered plan to complete them. Many restorative dental treatments need multiple visits to complete, including dental crowns, implants and bridges. (more…)

Dental Care With A Sensitive Gag Reflex

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O'Fallon IL Comfortable Dental TreatmentsIf you gag easily, going to the dentist can be a major source of dread and anxiety. While we all have a natural gag reflex, some people have one that is more sensitive than others. A gag reflex is essentially your body’s natural response to regurgitate a potential obstruction in the throat to prevent choking.

When something touches the glossopharyngeal nerve fibers behind the nasal cavity at the very back of your mouth, the brain sends signals to “gag” and get the object back up. It is designed to be a protection mechanism. However, when these pharyngeal nerve fibers are overly sensitive, it can be problematic – especially in the dental chair. (more…)

Custom Mouthguards and Concussion Prevention

indexYou may be aware of how an athletic mouthguard can prevent knocked out teeth and mouth lacerations during sports, but did you know that it is a small piece of equipment that can also prevent concussions? In any given sport season, approximately 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion. According to the CDC, 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur yearly. It has become a concern that has gained widespread attention, even from the White House. President Obama took action to raise concussion awareness during his recent presidential term.
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Hide Your Smile Flaws For Good

box2For many of us, it is the small imperfections in our smile that bother us the most. Whether it is a small chip, a gap or a discolored tooth, you don’t have to settle for a self-conscious smile. One of the most popular and life-changing solutions in cosmetic dentistry is dental veneers. Within two short visits, veneers can transform your flawed smile into one that you can forever be proud of. (more…)

Could Cavities Be Contagious?

box2As parents, you work hard to help your children prevent cavities. You make sure they are brushing and flossing regularly and you limit their intake of sugary foods and drinks. However, did you know that the bacteria that causes tooth decay can actually be shared from person to person. That’s right; cavities are contagious. (more…)

Sleep Apnea FAQ’s

box4Sleep apnea can be a very disruptive condition that puts both your health and quality of life at risk. Surprisingly, it is a sleep disorder that can a qualified dentist can actually treat in many cases. Here are a few basic questions that patients have regarding sleep apnea and whether or not a dentist can help. (more…)

How Mouth Breathing Can Impact Oral Health

Soft Touch Dentistry LogoIs your child a mouth breather? While you may think this is a temporary habit or harmless tendency, chronic mouth breathing can compromise your child’s smile health as well as their facial development. There are many reasons why your child may choose to breathe through his or her mouth instead of their nose. Common culprits include chronic nasal obstruction, in which the body automatically reverts to mouth breathing when the nose isn’t bringing in enough oxygen. Some kids are mouth breathers all day long, and others resort to this form of inhalation during sleep. Either way, it is important to address this habit before it causes serious issues. (more…)

5 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

3There are many reasons that may cause you to lose a tooth, or multiple teeth. Whether you lost a tooth due to injury, gum disease or severe decay, the demand to replace it remains the same. Neglecting to replace just one missing tooth (despite its location in the mouth) can cause adjacent teeth to shift and lead to bone loss in your jaw. Those are only added to the fact that your smile aesthetics can suffer as well as your diet if you have multiple missing teeth. Now that you understand how important it is to replace a missing tooth, it is time to decide which dental restoration to choose. Patients can choose between dentures, partials or bridges. However, it is what you choose to secure these dental restorations with that matters most. Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement, with remarkably high success rate. They can replace a single tooth or a full mouth of teeth by anchoring a denture in place. (more…)

Smile For Your Health

box2Cosmetic dentistry can make subtle or dramatic improvements in your smile, depending on which procedure you choose or the severity of your concerns. Unfortunately, many people stifle their desire for cosmetic dentistry due to its elective nature or fear of investing in something that isn’t truly necessary. However, cosmetic dentistry is about more than vanity. In fact, if you have gaps, discoloration, chips or other unsightly issues in your teeth, you may be holding back your smile entirely. By refraining to show your pearly whites, you are actually missing out on some major health benefits of smiling. There’s certainly nothing vain about improving your health and well-being.

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Lumineers Versus Veneers

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box2If you are aiming for that brilliant Hollywood smile, you may be considering lumineers or veneers from a talented cosmetic dentist. Lumineers and veneers are two distinct cosmetic dental procedures that address the same problems and provide similar results. They can both correct smile flaws such as stains, discoloration, gaps, cracked teeth, chipped teeth, and misshapen teeth. Lumineers and veneers can make dramatic and quick improvements to your smile. However, it can be confusing to understand which one is best for you.

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