Tooth pain should not ever be ignored—even when it is only mildly uncomfortable. In fact, it’s best to have a dentist identify the source of the discomfort as early as possible. It could be an object lodged in the soft tissue of the mouth, or it could be the beginning of tooth decay. Either way, it’s important to visit Valley View Dental, a dental office serving Romeoville, Montgomery-Oswego, and Naperville-Plainfield, IL, for an official diagnosis and treatment.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Tooth Pain
Dental pain can be excruciating, making it almost impossible to eat, speak, and relax. Many patients try to ignore the pain because they are anxious about visiting the dentist. But waiting could cause problems that require more extensive treatments or cause tooth extractions that could have been avoided. Patients who experience tooth pain may have to call Valley View Dental, a dentist office serving Romeoville, Montgomery-Oswego, and Naperville-Plainfield for emergency dentistry, but it’s better to seek these treatments before the discomfort becomes unbearable.
Cures for Tooth Pain
The treatment for your tooth pain will depend on the diagnosis, but in most cases, the pain is due to tooth decay, a dental abscess, or a tooth that has been broken or knocked out of position. The solution may be root canal therapy, which eliminates infections and stabilizes the affected tooth. Another solution may be a crown, which covers and protects the outside of a vulnerable tooth. Patients who are experiencing pain due to gum disease may need periodontal therapy. A wisdom tooth that is emerging abnormally could press against another tooth, causing pain. In that case, a wisdom tooth extraction may be the ideal treatment.
Preventing Tooth Problems
Tooth pain can be avoided if you update your dental care habits. Here are some ways that you can prevent problems in the future:
- Have your teeth checked at least two times per year for cavities, which can be easily treated.
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste your dentist recommends to fortify the enamel.
- Floss daily to avoid the possibility of gum disease.
Monitor Your Smile and Get Help When Needed
Make the health of your smile a top priority and see a dentist at the first sign of pain. Call Valley View Dental, serving Romeoville, Montgomery-Oswego, and Naperville-Plainfield, IL, today for a checkup and treatment.
Get rid of dental stains with the help of professional in-office whitening.
A yellow, stained smile can really take a toll not just on your appearance but also your self-confidence. If you find yourself hiding your smile or not smiling for photos or around company then our Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield, and Montgomery-Oswego, IL, dentists have just the thing to turn your smile around. Find out how professional whitening can finally give you the brighter results you want.
What makes professional in-office teeth whitening different?
There are many ways in which to whiten your smile and remove stains; however, the kind that is right for you will really depend on the severity of your stains and the results you are looking to achieve. Of course, if you’ve tried over-the-counter whitening kits and whitening toothpaste and you aren’t getting the results you want then you may want to turn to professional in-office teeth whitening.
In-office teeth whitening offers the strongest and most effective whitening gel you can find. This whitening gel contains a highly concentrated amount of the active ingredient (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) to ensure that the gel doesn’t have to remain on teeth that long in order to get the results you want. Plus, in-office teeth whitening is the only way to not just remove surface stains but also to actually whiten and alter the shade of your teeth to get a more radiant smile.
How do in-office teeth whitening treatments work?
Before treatment begins, our dentist will need to clean your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. Once teeth are cleaned, we will place a dental dam in the mouth. This dam will serve two purposes: to protect gums and soft tissue from the bleaching gel and to reveal the teeth so it’s easier to apply the gel.
Next, we will paint the gel over your teeth and leave it on for about 15 minutes. In some cases, a dental laser may also be directed over the teeth to activate and speed up the whitening process. Once the 15 minutes is up, we will remove the whitening gel from your teeth and then apply a fresh, new layer. One whitening session often consists of 2 or 3 whitening gel applications, and in about one hour you could have a smile that is multiple shades whiter.
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If you want to get professional teeth whitening then it’s time to turn to the dental team at Valley View Dental. We are committed to providing comprehensive dental care to the Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield, and Montgomery-Oswego, IL, areas. Call us today to learn more about how whitening can help you.
Find out how a clear orthodontic system could finally give you that straight smile.
We know that having a straight smile is important to many people. A smile is one of the first features a person notices about you and if you are in the professional world, having a healthy beautiful smile is important. Of course, we know that wearing metal braces for a year or more certainly won’t do anything to help your professional career, but our Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield, and Montgomery-Oswego, IL, dentists are here to tell you how Invisalign could give you the results you want without wearing metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign has been around for a while, so it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if you told us that you have already heard of it. After all, countless teens and adults have turned to Invisalign to fix everything from gaps between teeth and crookedness to crowding and other common dental malocclusions (“bad bites”). This revolutionary system doesn’t turn to metal brackets and wires to move teeth, but rather clear, nearly invisible aligners.
How does it work?
These clear aligners are made from thin, flexible medical-grade plastic, so they easily blend in with your teeth when they are worn. You will receive multiple aligners in your treatment plan and the number of aligners you receive will depend on the severity of the dental issues you are treating with Invisalign. For example, those with more severe malocclusions will require more aligners in order to achieve the ideal results than someone with more minor issues.
Each aligner is custom made not just to fit over your teeth but also to shift certain teeth into the proper position. Aligners are designed to move teeth a designated amount based on the treatment plan that our general dentists will map out earlier during the consultation phase. Each aligner is worn for two weeks. After those two weeks, you will swap out those aligners with the next set in your series.
In order to ensure that you get the results and that your treatment goes according to plan, you’ll also want to make sure that you wear your aligners as much as possible. This means only removing your aligners before eating, drinking (except water), brushing, or flossing. Aim to wear your aligners around 22 hours out of the day.
Valley View Dental is proud to serve the Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery-Oswego, IL areas. If you are interested in finding out whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Find out if the changes you are experiencing in your gums could be warning signs of periodontal disease.
While most people don’t know it, a lot of people are dealing with some degree of gum disease. Whether you have begun to notice that your gums bleed when you floss or they are persistently puffy and inflamed, there are many signs that should tell you that it’s time to visit Valley View Dental serving Romeoville-Bolingbrook, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery-Oswego, IL for care.
What is gum disease?
Did you know that plaque is responsible for the development of gum disease? This clear, sticky substance that sits on the surface of your teeth and gum is just teeming with bacteria, and the amount of plaque buildup only increases if you are someone who eats a lot of sugary foods and drinks. If plaque isn’t fully removed through at-home brushing and flossing then the plaque will only harden into tartar.
Once tartar starts to build up around the gumline it can cause the gums to swell and look puffy. You may also notice that flossing often causes your gums to bleed. These are usually the very first signs that you may have gingivitis, the very early stages of gum disease; fortunately, if you turn to our Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery general dentist as soon as you notice these issues, the gum disease can actually be reversed.
What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?
Along with inflamed and bleeding gums, you may also notice other symptoms, particularly if you leave gum disease untreated. These symptoms include,
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, tender, and swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when chewing, brushing, or flossing
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
Who is at risk for gum disease?
Anyone can develop gum disease; however, there are certain risk factors that can increase your odds of developing this chronic gum condition if you aren’t careful. If you are a smoker or if you consume any tobacco products this can greatly increase your chances of gum disease. Other risk factors include:
- A family history of gum disease
- Misaligned teeth (e.g. crowding; crooked teeth)
- Certain medications
If you are at risk it’s important that you pay extra attention to any changes in your gums and that you seek professional dental care as soon as possible.
Gum disease doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your oral health. Nip this problem in the bud as soon as possible so that you don’t have to face long-term complications. Call Valley View Dental today to make an appointment with one of our amazing dentists. We are proud to serve the Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL, areas.
At Valley View Dental, serving Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL your dentist expertly places restorations that bring smiles back to full function and natural-looking aesthetics. If you have a tooth that is deeply decayed, cracked or just poorly shaped, you can repair it with a dental crown. Custom-made to fit over remaining healthy tooth structure, a dental crown covers and protects a less than perfect tooth, avoiding extraction and distressing smile gaps. Do you need a crown?
The details on dental crowns
Dental crowns have been around for generations. Currently, your dentist has several materials they can choose from to craft a crown. All-porcelain is the most lifelike, and gold is the most durable, but whatever it's made of, your dental crown will lengthen your tooth's life span, depending on how well you take care of your mouth and whether or not you grind your teeth, say dentists at the Cleveland Clinic.
The treatment process
Your Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery dentist does a complete oral exam and digital X-rays to be sure a crown is the proper restoration for your situation. If it is, you'll receive some locally-injected medication to numb the area around the tooth so you're fully comfortable. Then, the dentist will remove the damaged enamel and shape the remaining structure. They will take oral impressions to ensure accurate fit and bite for your restoration.
The oral impressions accompany the doctor's treatment plan and are sent to a trusted dental lab for fabrication of your lifelike restoration. While you wait the week or so for your crown to return from the lab, you wear a temporary crown to keep your smile functional and attractive.
Then, when you come back to Valley View Dental, the doctor removes the temporary and installs the permanent crown with special bonding adhesive. The bite and fit are adjusted to optimize your oral function.
Taking care of your crown
It's as simple as brushing twice a day and flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends, and you should come to Valley View Dental every six months for an examination and hygienic cleaning. That's it. With good care, your crown will last for at least 10 years or more.
In addition, you should know that your dentist often uses dental crowns to support either side of fixed bridgework to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. Dental crowns also cover and protect today's premiere tooth replacement--the dental implant.
So now you know
You may not have to extract that sickly tooth. Contact Valley View Dental serving Romeoville, Naperville - Plainfield and Montgomery, IL for a consultation, and learn if a dental crown could improve your oral health, function and appearance. We have three locations to serve you.
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