Root Canal Therapy: Heroic Not Horrific

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Woman in Dentist Chair Awaiting a Dental Procedure O'Fallon ILThere’s no doubt that root canals have gotten a bad reputation in dental care. This is unfortunate. While root canals have long been misperceived as a painful and dreaded dental procedures, this endodontic therapy is actually quite heroic. Root canals save dying teeth – and that deserves some positive recognition! (more…)

Benefits of Metal-Free Fillings

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Woman Discussing Dental Procedure with Dentist O' Fallon IL Approximately 91 percent of U.S. adults aged 20–64 had dental caries in permanent teeth in 2011–2012, according to CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. While we would love to discuss ways to prevent dental decay, it is also important to talk about how we repair these cavities once they’ve formed. Your options for repairing a decayed tooth is not what they were several years ago. Amalgam (metal) fillings used to be the standard of care, but dentists are now using a much more preferred filling material. Composite resin, known for its “tooth colored” properties has replaced the traditional silver filling for both children and adults. (more…)

Smile Makeover Versus Full-Mouth Reconstruction

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Up Close Pic of Young Couple SmilingWhile most people come to the dentist for a single procedure, there are times in which multiple dental services are needed at one time or in subsequent stages. You may be familiar with the terms “smile makeover” and “full-mouth reconstruction,” as these are two of the most extensive dental services offered at most practices. Both a smile makeover and a full-mouth reconstruction are designed to make multiple changes to a person’s smile. However, they have some distinct differences as well. (more…)

Is Your Child’s Snack Good For Their Teeth?

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Child in Dentist Chair O'Fallon ILSnacking is commonplace for kids. In fact, children of all ages like to graze throughout the day. Since their bodies are growing, it is no wonder they feel the need to fuel up more frequently than adults. Are you giving your children healthy snack options? What is good for their body may not always be good for their teeth.

Here are three quick questions to ask yourself when your child utters those familiar words, “I’m hungry. Can I have a snack?”: (more…)

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

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Healthy Teeth and Gums O'Fallon, IL Did you know that by taking care of your mouth, you are also protecting your heart? While the details and evidence are still being pursued, the research showing the correlation between gum disease and heart disease is quite strong. To understand this, it’s important to learn the shared effects that periodontitis (gum disease) and heart disease have on the body.

Inflammation: Gum disease begins with an inflammatory process within the gum tissues. When determining a patient’s risk for heart attack, a physician can look at the level of CRP (or C-reactive proteins) in the blood. High amounts of these inflammatory proteins are present in those with gum disease as well as those with heart disease. (more…)

The Power of a Smile: What’s Holding You Back?

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O'Fallon IL Smile MakeoversDo you know the power behind a smile? Studies have shown the remarkable impact that a smile can have on your personal well-being, your social acceptance, your health and so much more. In fact, social scientists have uncovered research studies that show that genuine smiles help you deal with negative emotions better, recover from grief more easily and be happier overall. Smiles portray positivity and warmth and can even boost your immune system and lower your stress levels. So what is holding you back from smiling more and gaining these powerful benefits? For many, it is the way their smile looks that makes them smile less or even hide their smile.

If you aren’t tapping into the power of your smile due to teeth imperfections, cosmetic dentistry can help. It may not be as time-consuming, painful or costly as you may think. In fact, a large majority of cosmetic dental procedures can be performed in 1 to 2 office visits. With the use of sedation dentistry and modern office amenities, your smile enhancement can feel more like a trip to the spa than the dentist. (more…)

Reasons Adults Choose Invisalign

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Dentist near Belleville IL Offering InvisalignInvisalign is a revolutionary smile-straightening treatment that continues to gain popularity with adults. Instead of metal braces, adults can wear a series of clear, nearly invisible aligners to comfortably move their teeth into ideal position over a set period of time. Invisalign ranks high in effectiveness as well as patient satisfaction.

Here are some top reasons you may choose Invisalign as an adult for your crooked or imperfect smile:

You had braces as a child or teen, but didn’t wear your retainer. Unfortunately, a large number of orthodontic patients forgo wearing their retainer as early as 12 to 18 months after their braces come off. This commonly results in shifting teeth and a return of orthodontic concerns as an adult. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to wear metal braces again. Those who wore braces in the past and need corrective treatment now can achieve excellent results with Invisalign. However, you should know that after treatment, you will need to be diligent about wearing a retainer to maintain your straight smile. (more…)

The Ideal Candidate for Invisalign

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O'Fallon IL Cosmetic DentistInvisalign is one of the newest and most innovative options in orthodontics. Using this clear aligner system, adults and teens can straighten their smile without wearing metal brackets, bands and wires. There are countless advantages of choosing Invisalign, but this treatment option is especially ideal for certain patients.

You may be a great candidate for Invisalign if you:

Have a high-profile career or a job that requires public speaking. In such cases, wearing traditional metal braces may not be a smart option for you. The nearly invisible design of Invisalign allows public officials, salespeople and other career-oriented adults to remain successful and confident in their job while undergoing orthodontic treatment. (more…)

Should You Go ‘Au Naturale’ With Your Toothpaste?

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O'Fallon IL Family DentistThe desire to “go organic” is a prevalent one. People are seeking out more natural food choices, skin care products, household cleaners and much more. If you are concerned about what you are breathing in or putting on your body, you may also be wondering about what you are using to clean your teeth. Toothpastes come in all varieties, including All-Natural options. Is it right for you? Here are some helpful tips on the benefits of an all-natural toothpaste as well as what you should never skimp on. (more…)

Sleep Bruxism: What’s Your Risk?

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O'Fallon IL Bruxism TreatmentAccording to Mayo Clinic, bruxism is defined as a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism during the night, it is called sleep bruxism. If that term doesn’t ring a bell, you may be more familiar with the phrase “nighttime teeth grinding.” They are one in the same. While this sleep habit can be quite disturbing to your bed partner, it can be eve more harmful to your dental health.

Your nightly teeth grinding habit is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. It can wear down your teeth, causing sensitivity, chips and cracks. But sleep bruxism is also commonly associated with TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Problems within your jaw joint can be quite uncomfortable, and even impact your quality of life. Sufferers may experience tension headaches, jaw stiffness, jaw pain and other bothersome symptoms. (more…)