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Posts for: May, 2017

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
May 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let tooth loss have the final say when it comes to the health and appearance of your smile.dental implants

Whether you’ve just recently lost a tooth or this is a situation that you’ve been facing for some time, there are still many things you can do to restore your smile for the long run. Our Barrington, IL, dentists, Drs. Douglas and Chase Pennino, are here to tell you about dental implants and how they are the best option for replacing missing teeth.

How do dental implants work?

There is a reason so much people have turned to implants to replace their missing teeth; after all, implants are the closest thing you can get to real teeth. How? Implants are the only restorations that actually replace tooth roots. While tooth roots may not be visible, they are still an important part of your smile. In fact, they help keep not only your tooth but also your jawbone healthy and strong. Without it, the jawbone would begin to breakdown. This is why replacing your tooth roots are an important part of the process and the reason why dental implants are often the ideal solution for tooth loss.

How is the implant placed and where?

In order to get dental implants in Barrington, IL, you will have to undergo a procedure to place the dental implant. During your procedure, we will place the dental implant underneath the gumline. Afterward, we will give your mouth a couple months to heal. During that healing period, a pretty amazing thing will occur: when the jawbone and tissue heal they will heal around the implant and fuse together. Now you have a restoration that is permanent and as close to real tooth roots as possible.

Once this phase is complete, we will apply the abutment and dental crown over top to fully restore the tooth. This process will take several months and potentially up to one year to complete, depending on how many teeth you need to replace and how quickly your mouth heals; however, once this process is over, you’ll be left with a restoration that could last you the rest of your life.

Everyone wants a healthy smile. Even if you are dealing with tooth loss this doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a full, healthy smile. Dental implants can help make this possible. Call Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, today to learn more.


JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”


BeSuretohaveThese3EssentialsCoveredBeforehandforVeneerSuccess

For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.

Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.

True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.

An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.

The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”