This is why visiting one of our dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL every six months for routine cleanings is so very important. Preventive dentistry ensures that you don’t have to face serious or potentially damaging dental problems down the road. Of course, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may be dealing with gum disease:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Gums that suddenly start bleeding more often
- Receding gums (teeth will appear longer than usual)
- Sore or tender gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Pus within the gums (usually in more advanced stages of gum disease)
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Discomfort when chewing
Causes of Gum Disease
While bacteria are always present in our mouths, it’s our job to brush and floss every day to keep plaque buildup down. Of course, if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene, then the plaque that remains on your teeth and along the gum-line can harden into tartar. Once plaque turns into tartar, only a professional cleaning done by our general dentists or hygienists can remove it. If you don’t come into our office for routine dental cleanings, this tartar will begin to irritate and inflame the gums.
Different Stages of Gum Disease
There are three stages of gum disease:
- Advanced periodontitis
Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. If we catch it during this stage, the condition can be treated and reversed. Of course, if you wait to seek treatment then you may be faced with more advanced stages of gum disease. Through treatments such as scaling and root planing, and good at-home care, we can help you manage your gum disease symptoms, prevent tooth and bone loss, and keep gums healthy.
Call Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL area today if you are dealing with any of these symptoms. If caught early enough it can be treated and reversed, and the gum disease can be managed.
Are you unhappy with your smile? Spacing and bite issues not only affect the way you look but also impact your ability to chew and speak. The Romeoville and Naperville-Plainfield, IL, dentists at Valley View Dental explain how you can benefit from orthodontics.
Why is orthodontic treatment important?
A straighter smile can boost your self-esteem and help you feel more confident when you meet new people. Orthodontic treatment also offers important oral health benefits. Braces are frequently recommended if you have a bite problem. "Bite" refers to the way your upper and lower teeth meet. When your teeth don't fit together perfectly, you may experience a variety of problems, including enamel erosion, cuts in your mouth, gum disease, headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Braces gradually realign your teeth, improve your appearance and correct your bite.
What issues can be corrected with orthodontic treatment?
Braces are an excellent option if your teeth overlap or if there are large spaces between them, but they also offer the ideal way to treat overbites and underbites. Overbites occur when your top teeth protrude over the bottom teeth, while the opposite problem occurs if you have an underbite.
Orthodontic treatment is also very effective in correcting open bites and crossbites. When you have an open bite, you'll notice that some of your upper teeth don't touch your lower teeth when you close your mouth. A crossbite occurs when you have alignment problems with both your upper and lower teeth. Braces are also a good choice if your teeth have shifted as you have gotten older.
What types of braces are available in Romeoville and Naperville-Plainfield, IL?
Traditional braces use wires attached to metal or ceramic brackets to reposition teeth. Adjusting the wires gradually changes the position of your teeth. Lingual braces work the same way, but the wires and brackets are attached to the backs of your teeth.
If you prefer a less noticeable orthodontic option, you may want to consider Invisalign. The system uses a series of clear aligner trays to realign your teeth instead of the usual wires-and-brackets method. The removable aligners are custom designed for you in our Naperville-Plainfield or Romeoville offices and are worn for one week before being replaced with a new set.
Orthodontics can give you the smile you deserve. Call Valley View Dental at the Naperville-Plainfield, IL, office (630) 904-5600 or the Romeoville, IL, office (815) 372-0100 to schedule an appointment.
Dental fillings provide an important way to protect teeth damaged by tooth decay, but they aren't the only treatment dentists offer. The dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL Area, discuss a few other procedures that will improve your smile.
Dental bonding is used to repair small chips or cracks in teeth and cover discolorations. The treatment may also be used to lengthen teeth or improve their shape. Your dentist applies a flexible, tooth-colored material called composite resin to your teeth during bonding treatment, then hardens the resin with a curing light.
Larger chips and cracks can be concealed by applying dental veneers to your teeth. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that cover the fronts of teeth only. They're often used to whiten teeth, conceal small imperfections and improve the shape of teeth. They can even close small gaps between teeth.
Is your tooth broken or in danger of breaking? Crowns can restore and protect your smile. These hollow restorations fit over the top of teeth and help strengthen them. The cosmetic dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL area may recommend a crown if your tooth has been weakened by extensive tooth decay, or if you've had a root canal procedure. Crowns also prevent cracked teeth from breaking, restore teeth that have already broken, lengthen teeth and cover discolorations and flaws.
Braces straighten teeth and also improve the way your teeth fit together. Traditional metal or ceramic braces use a series of wires and brackets to gradually reposition teeth. If you're looking for a less obvious straightening solution, you may prefer to improve your smile with Invisalign. The Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligner trays to move your teeth into the proper position.
Gum disease treatment
Gum disease, a common problem, can lead to tooth loss if it isn't treated promptly. Treatment involves a deep cleaning to remove tartar and bacteria from below your gums, allowing them to heal.
Could you benefit from any of these treatments? If you're concerned about a tooth or it's time for your next dental checkup, call Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL Area to schedule your appointment.
Don’t let a dental emergency catch you off guard. Know exactly what to do in this situation.
A dental emergency doesn’t have to be stressful. We understand that a true emergency is enough to make anyone panic, but know that you can always turn to our Naperville-Plainfield and Romeoville, IL, emergency dentists for the care you need when you need it. Find out more about the most common types of true dental emergencies and when you should come in for treatment.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency occurs when a tooth has broken, cracked, loosened or been knocked out. Of course, having a restoration like a dental crown fall off or break also requires immediate care. If you have braces that have become damaged and the brackets or wires have come off, this is also an emergency that needs to be addressed. A toothache may not seem like a big deal but it’s warning you of a more serious dental issue that must be treated as soon as possible.
Many dental emergencies can be avoided with the proper safety provisions like wearing a mouthguard while playing sports or staying away from crunchy foods that could damage your braces or not chewing on ice, which can break or fracture a tooth.
What should I do?
All of the above situations warrant an immediate trip to see one of our Naperville and Romeoville urgent care dentists for treatment. If you are in doubt, always call us. We would be happy to talk about the symptoms you are experiencing and whether you should come into our office right away or just make an appointment. Don’t just ignore the problem as ignoring it could be the difference between saving a tooth and losing it.
How do I handle my discomfort in the meantime?
Depending on the dental problem you are dealing with, you may also notice facial swelling or pain and tenderness near the injury. You can manage some of these symptoms by applying a wrapped ice pack on the swollen side of your face for up to 15 minutes at a time. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever or oral analgesic to numb the area. Of course, these are just temporary solutions and they won’t treat the underlying issue. Only we can get your smile back to the way it was!
Now that you know how to handle your dental emergency, you’ll know when it’s time to call Valley View Dental in Naperville-Plainfield and Romeoville, IL, for the urgent and compassionate dental care you need.
There are so many things you can be doing to make sure that your child maintains a healthy smile.
Seeing your child grow is certainly an amazing experience. You get to enjoy their first tooth, their first steps and their first words. Of course, many first-time parents are unsure about the steps to take to keep their child’s developing smile healthy for life. Our family dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL area offer up some tips for protecting your child’s teeth from cavities and other issues.
Practice Good Hygiene
When they are little it probably goes without saying that you will be brushing your child’s teeth for them until they able to do it themselves, typically at around six or seven years old. Just like you would as an adult, your child’s teeth need to be brushed twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Opt for a child-size soft-bristled toothbrush and us only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure to get all surfaces of their teeth. If your little one’s smile already has two neighboring teeth then you’ll want to start flossing to remove plaque and food from between these teeth.
Consider Dental Sealants
If your child is at risk for developing cavities, our Romeoville, and Naperville - Plainfield, IL general dentists might recommend dental sealants to protect their back teeth from decay.
These tooth-colored coatings are painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth to seal out decay from the many nooks and crannies found in back teeth. Since back teeth are more susceptible to decay, as they are often more challenging to brush, we often recommend that once children’s back teeth start to erupt that they get dental sealants.
Routine Dental Visits
One surefire way to make sure your child maintains a healthy smile is to visit us every six months for routine care. These routine visits are essential if you want your child to have healthy teeth and gums for life. During these visits, we can remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas and get your child’s smile perfectly clean.
We can also check for any dental issues like decay or gum disease before they become a serious problem. We can run x-rays to make sure that the bones are healthy and everything is developing properly. We can also determine whether orthodontic treatment might be a good option for your child.
Here at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL area, we take pride in providing patients of all ages with the dental care they deserve. Nothing is more important than a healthy smile. Don’t you agree?
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