If you are missing some or all of your teeth, dentures can restore your smile. There are many other things dentures can do for you, as well. For instance, with multiple teeth missing, there is less support for the facial muscles. When the facial muscles are not properly supported, the cheeks begin sagging. Dentures help support sagging facial muscles to lift the cheeks and give you a more youthful appearance. The dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL explain how you can benefit from dentures.
Types of Dentures
There are several different types of dentures. The two primary types or full and partial. Full dentures replace a full row of missing teeth, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain. The different types of full dentures include immediate dentures, conventional full dentures, and Implant-supported overdentures. Types of partial dentures include transitional partial dentures and removable partial dentures. The dentist can advise you as to which type of full or partial dentures are needed in your particular situation.
Benefits of Dentures
There are several benefits associated with wearing dentures. The dentists at Valley View Dental can help you decide if dentures are right for you based on specific benefits. Some of the benefits of dentures include:
- Replace missing teeth and restore your smile.
- Restore normal tooth functioning, such as biting and chewing.
- Improve speech by correcting tongue placement when speaking.
- Support facial muscles to restore the normal contours of the face.
- Improve self-confidence by regaining a full smile.
Whether you wish to restore your smile or regain a more youthful facial appearance, dentures can do so much for you. To learn more about the benefits dentures can offer you, schedule an appointment with one of the experienced dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL.
Good oral hygiene habits can help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease. The dentists at Valley View Dental, serving Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL, share a few tips that will help you keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Choose dental products that improve your oral health
The products that you use on your teeth play an important role in maintaining your oral health. Nearly all toothpastes contain fluoride, a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, reducing your cavity risk. If you're not sure if the toothpaste you use contains fluoride, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the package.
Spend a few minutes reading mouthwash labels the next time you visit the store. Products that contain fluoride and kill bacteria in your mouth offer the highest level of protection.
Perfect your technique
Do you use a good brushing technique when you brush in the morning and evening? For best results, tilt the head of your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use gentle pressure to clean your teeth. Prevent gum damage and enamel erosion by choosing a brush with soft bristles. Soft bristles are just as effective as harder bristles at removing plaque and are safer for your gums.
At least once each day, unroll an 18" length of floss and remove the plaque that collects between your teeth. Use gentle up and down strokes to dislodge the plaque. It's also important to floss around the base of your teeth. Fold the floss into a "U" shape and carefully clean the area between your teeth and gums.
Make time to visit the dentist
Tooth decay and dental problems can occur even if you follow a good oral hygiene routine. During your twice yearly visits to our office, we'll examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay and other oral health issues and clean your teeth. Although brushing and flossing remove plaque, it's ineffective in getting rid of tartar, a hard substance that can cause gum disease. Our hygienists use special instruments to carefully scrape away tartar. After your visit, your teeth will look and feel cleaner and brighter.
Reduce your tooth decay risk with good oral hygiene. If it's time for your next dental appointment, call the dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL.
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.
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