General Dentistry in Woodridge, IL


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Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination


An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities.  Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.

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Cleaning


Dental instrument removing plaque and tartar

A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.


Custom Mouth Guards


Custom Mouth Guards

Many sports require athletes to use a mouth guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth, and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.

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Scaling and Root Planing


Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.


Root Canal Treatment


Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected.  When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection.  Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function.


Extractions


Extraction tools

A tooth that can not be saved with restorative procedures may need to be removed. Before removal of the tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and surrounding ligaments and tissues with a gentle rocking motion. Once it is loose, it is gently removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.

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Frequently Asked Questions About General Dentistry

How often should you visit a dentist?


The American Dental Association recommends that everyone visit the dentist at least once every six months, although patients with certain oral health conditions like gum disease may require more frequent visits.

What happens if you haven’t been to a dentist in years?


We understand that you might feel anxious if it’s been a while since your list visit to the dentist, but we want you to be comfortable at our office—we don’t care how long it’s been since you’ve seen a dentist, we’re just happy that you’re here now! You’ll receive the same dental cleaning and a comprehensive exam as any other patient, then we’ll take x-rays to identify cavities and other areas of concern.

What is included in a dental cleaning?


During a dental cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth to prevent tooth decay. First, an ultrasonic device loosens large areas of tartar, then a tool called a scaler removes any remaining deposits. Your teeth are polished to remove surface stains and make it harder for new plaque deposits to collect, then your teeth are flossed and you’re given a fluoride treatment.

Is a root canal painful?


Despite its reputation, a root canal is no more painful than getting a cavity filled. Modern techniques and local anesthesia make it a pain-free procedure.

How long after an extraction can I get a dental implant?


In some cases, your dental implant can be placed at the same time as your extraction, but in most cases, you will need to wait 3 to 6 months, which gives your jaw time to heal.