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?
If you've been considering self-improvement in the new year, have you thought about cosmetic dentistry? This branch of dental medicine blends health and art to restore beauty and function to your teeth. At Valley View Dental, serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL area, we have a staff of skilled cosmetic dentists who want to help you achieve your dental health goals. Here are a few of the cosmetic dental procedures we offer.
Looking for a quick and easy cosmetic dentistry solution? In-office teeth whitening may be exactly what you need. In less than an hour, the skilled staff at Valley View Dental will have your smile looking up to eight shades brighter. This procedure doesn't take long, but the results are well-worth it - many patients go a year or more before needing another whitening treatment.
A chipped, gapped or broken tooth can be a distraction from an otherwise nice smile. The cosmetic dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL area can fill in those unsightly spaces with a bonding material that is carefully matched to the rest of your teeth. The material starts out soft and pliable; after it's sculpted it into place, it is hardened to become a strong and functional part of your dentition.
Perhaps the most dramatic of all cosmetic dental procedures, veneers from your cosmetic dentist have the ability to transform discoloration, crookedness and misshapen teeth into a Hollywood-worthy smile. Tiny sections of porcelain are made to fit over the front of the teeth, masking any and all cosmetic flaws.
These are just a few of the services our team of talented cosmetic dentists offers in Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL area. Contact the Valley View Dental office closest to you to set up a consultation today!
Could nearly invisible braces be the right choice for you and your smile?
Now that you are an adult the idea of getting braces might seem silly, but you may be surprised how many adults are wearing braces nowadays. With amazing options available like Invisalign, it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to our dentists at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL area to finally fixed crooked teeth and gaps in their smile.
It’s really not surprising that Invisalign has gained such popularity over the years, with its ability to fix common dental issues with a series of clear, hard-to-see aligners. Instead of wearing metal braces that could irritate your gums and soft tissue, patients that get Invisalign will enjoy the comfort of flexible, custom-made aligners that are made specially to fit their teeth.
Plus, Invisalign is able to fix everything from overbites and underbites to crossbites and open bites. These clear retainer-like trays make it possible to finally fix these common dental issues and get the smile you want without the whole world knowing you have braces. Invisalign offers a lot of benefits so it’s easy to assume that it’s right for you but our Romeoville and Naperville - Plainfield, IL area general dentists will need to address these questions first before determining whether Invisalign is the best course of action:
What issues do you need to fix and how serious is the problem?
This is the biggest factor to consider. While Invisalign is able to tackle more difficult issues if the patient actually needs an orthodontic treatment that can shift the jaws into alignment or perform more complicated tooth movements then Invisalign may not be the right option.
How old is the patient?
Invisalign is a fantastic option for adults and older teens who want to finally fix their teeth but don’t want everyone around them to notice. Of course, children and young teens are not usually the best candidates for this treatment. Why? Because their teeth and jaws are still developing. Plus, older teens and adults may feel more self-conscious about wearing braces, which is why Invisalign can be a great option.
Are you fully dedicated to your Invisalign treatment?
It might seem easy to say yes if all you want is a straight smile but it’s important to acknowledge that Invisalign aligners, despite the fact that they are removable, should be worn for around 22 hours out of the day. In fact, they should be on your teeth any time you aren’t eating, drinking, brushing or flossing. Sometimes a retainer will need to be worn after your treatment is over. It’s important that if you do get Invisalign that you are ready to follow your treatment plan.
Turn to the dental experts at Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, and the Naperville - Plainfield, IL area to get your Invisalign treatment today. We offer a full range of dental services to our patients.
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