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AntibioticsCouldHelpEnsureyourImplantSurgeryisSuccessful

If you're considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, you'll need to undergo a minor to moderate surgical procedure (depending on the number of implants) to install them. Depending on your current health status and medical history, you may need antibiotics before or after the procedure to help ensure a successful outcome.

Although implants have a high success rate (over 95%), they can still fail — and bacterial infection is a major culprit. Installing implants requires surgically accessing the bone through the gum tissues; you may also need other invasive procedures like tooth extraction or bone or gum tissue grafting. These disruptions to the soft tissues can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream.

In certain individuals, this can increase infection risk not only around the implant but also in other parts of the body. You may be at higher risk, for example, if you have serious health problems like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, a weakened immune system, you use tobacco or you're over or under normal weight. The American Dental and American Heart Associations both recommend antibiotics before dental implant surgery as a preventive measure against infection if you have a prosthetic heart valve, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant or some congenital heart conditions.

For other patients with low to moderate risk for infection, there's vigorous debate on administering antibiotics before implant surgery. There are some side effects to antibiotic use, ranging from diarrhea to allergic reactions, and an increased concern in general to the developing resistance of many infectious agents due to the prevalent use of antibiotics. Many dentists and physicians are becoming more discriminate in the patients for which they prescribe antibiotics before surgical procedures.

It really comes down, then, to your particular case: not only the specific procedures you need but also your general health. After weighing these factors against the possible benefits for protecting your health and improving your odds of a successful outcome, we'll recommend whether antibiotic treatment for implants is right for you.

If you would like more information on the role of antibiotics in dental procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
February 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Don’t let damaged or missing teeth negatively impact your oral health.

While we know how frustrating it can be to end up dealing with a damaged tooth or tooth loss, know that our Barrington, IL, dentists, Drs. crown bridgeDouglas, Chase, and Connor Pennino are here to make sure that you get the restorative dentistry you need to achieve a healthy, confident smile. Crowns and bridges are just two of the most common dental restorations we place. Here’s what they do and how they can help you:

 

What is a dental crown?

A crown or dental cap is a hollow tooth-shaped restoration that is custom-made to fit over a tooth all the way to the gumline. It is cemented into place and designed to create a protective barrier around a natural tooth structure that has been damaged or compromised. Our Barrington, IL, dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if,

  • You have a weak tooth
  • You have a cracked or fractured tooth
  • You have to undergo root canal treatment
  • You have severe decay and a dental filling that can’t support the tooth
  • You have a severely malformed, misshapen, or discolored tooth
  • Your tooth has been excessively worn down over time by teeth grinding
  • You are getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
  • You are getting a dental bridge to treat your tooth loss

 

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge’s purpose is to replace a missing tooth and fill in its gap so as to prevent the rest of your natural teeth from shifting out of place. A bridge, just like a crown, is custom-made to fit your smile. It is made up of two crowns that sit on either side of a false tooth, also known as a pontic. The crowns are placed over healthy teeth that sit on both sides of the gap, allowing the false tooth to fill the gap and restore your smile.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

No matter whether you are dealing with dental issues or you just need to schedule a routine cleaning, turn to the smile experts at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL. We would be happy to talk to you about the different services we offer—just call (224) 655-6384 if you are a new patient, or (847) 381-6222 if you are an existing patient.

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
January 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
J-LosUnluckyBreakChippingaToothonStage

Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.

“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”

With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.

But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.

For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.

For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!

Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.

Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.

If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
January 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: TADs  
AnchorageDevicesEnableGreaterPrecisionDuringOrthodonticTreatment

As a basic orthodontic appliance, braces are what allows us to move teeth into better positions to improve a person’s bite. In certain cases, though, this treatment application gets a little assistance from Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) to improve accuracy and reduce treatment time.

Braces take advantage of our teeth’s natural ability to move. Teeth are held in place within the bone by the periodontal ligament, an elastic tissue that attaches to the teeth with microscopic fibers secured by a hardened substance called cementum. The periodontal ligament is constantly remodeling in response to changes in the mouth. As pressure is placed on a tooth, new bone, ligament and cementum are formed on the “pulling” side of the tooth; on the other side, the bone and ligament dissolve (resorb), allowing the tooth to move in that direction.

Braces allow this natural process to occur with controlled forces applied by thin flexible wires threaded through the small brackets attached to the front of the teeth and then affixed or “anchored” to other teeth. By attaching the teeth to the other teeth by wires running through all the brackets, “anchorage” is created to allow teeth to be moved where the dentist wants them to go. By adjusting the tension on the wires, we can apply light but constant pressure on the “unanchored” teeth to move them into a new desired position.

Teeth we do not want to move are referred to as the anchorage for teeth we do want to move. If, however, the situation calls for more precise isolation of teeth to be moved, TADs can be very useful. TADs are mini-implants imbedded in the bone to serve as anchorage at strategic locations in the mouth. In this way, the group of teeth to be moved receives forces that are applied through the additional anchorage provided by the TADs. That “tension” or “pressure” is applied only to them and not to adjacent teeth that should not move. This increases efficiency for tooth movement and helps reduce the treatment time.

TADs can be placed using local anesthesia and with little discomfort, and are removed when orthodontic treatment is completed. Although the procedure is pretty straightforward, it does require collaboration between orthodontist and surgeon to ensure correct positioning.

In the end, TADs increase our ability to control the forces that move teeth during orthodontic treatment. This lessens discomfort for the patient and helps ensure the end result — a more functional bite and a transformed smile.

If you would like more information on the use of TADs and other orthodontic appliances, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “What are TADs?

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth WhiteningIsn’t it time that you enjoyed a whiter smile?

Whether you’re about to walk down the aisle or you are getting ready to tackle that important job interview, one thing is certain: how you look matters. You want to feel confident in your appearance and one simple way to do this is to turn to teeth whitening to refresh your smile and remove dental stains that affect all of us. Find out how our Barrington, IL, cosmetic dentists Drs. Douglas, Chase and Connor Pennino can get your smile several shades whiter.

Thorough Results

When you get a whitening product from your local drugstore they are all the exact same strength; however, everyone has different needs and goals when it comes to whitening treatment so not everyone will get the amazing results they were hoping for with at-home whitening. Plus, applying the whitening strips or gels yourself can sometimes lead to uneven results, with some teeth looking brighter than others. Luckily, when you turn to our Barrington, IL, dentists you get beautiful, even results.

Fast Treatment

We also know that you don’t have a lot of free time to waste and that sitting at home with whitening trays or strips for an hour each night just isn’t possible. If you are looking for the quickest and easiest way to a whiter smile then you can’t get faster results than in-office teeth whitening. A standard in-office whitening session only lasts about one hour and often times one session is all that’s needed to get the results you want.

A Safe and Effective Cosmetic Procedure

There are some patients who are a little hesitant to turn to teeth whitening because they already have some tooth sensitivity and worry that whitening could make it worse. While it’s true that whitening can cause some tooth sensitivity both during and after your treatment, we can also customize your whitening treatment to fit your needs. This means that we will monitor your whitening the entire time to reduce your chances for tooth sensitivity while still helping you achieve the look you want.

Feel More Confident

Nothing can wreck your self-esteem faster than having a stained and yellow smile. As a result, you may find yourself avoiding certain social situations or hiding your smile from those around you. With professional whitening you’ll feel a newfound freedom and confidence in your smile. In fact, those who feel more confident about their appearance also experience more personal and professional success.

If you are ready to get a more radiant smile then it’s time to turn to the cosmetic dental team at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL. Let’s sit down and find out if teeth whitening is the right way to brighten your smile and boost your appearance.