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By Douglas Pennino, DDS
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Sure, a broken dental implant may have you freaked out, but it can be implants

A dental implant is one of the most durable and long-lasting restorations you can get, and no other restoration looks or functions like a real tooth the way implants do. Once you go through the lengthy treatment process you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful new restoration. Of course, problems can occur during the implant treatment process and even after and it’s important that you turn to our Barrington, IL, dentists, Drs. Douglas, Chase and Connor Pennino, right away when it does.

In most cases, when we talk about a dental implant breaking we are talking about the dental crown, the restoration that is cemented over top of the implant. While the implant is made from titanium and naturally fuses together with the jawbone this means that the implant itself could last the rest of your life if you care for your smile properly. Of course, a dental crown isn’t designed to last forever.

Sure, a crown is made from a durable tooth-colored material like porcelain or ceramic but it doesn’t mean that it can’t break or fall off. Unlike the implant, which lies underneath the gums where it’s part of the jawbone, the crown is more exposed to damage. If you cracked or damaged the dental crown or if the crown fell off it’s important that you call our Barrington family dentists right away for care. If the crown just fell out it can be cemented back into place; however, if the damage is extensive we may need to replace the crown with a new one.

In many cases, a dental crown is attached to the implant by a piece known as an abutment. The abutment’s sole purpose is to be able to connect the dental crown, which sits above the gums, with the implant that lies under the gums. In some cases, a direct blow or trauma to the mouth could lead to the abutment breaking or becoming damaged. If this happens it’s important that you seek dental care right away.

Do you want to find out if dental implants are right for you? Do you want to talk to us about some of the other dental services we provide? Then call Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL, to schedule your next visit with us.

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When your smile is less than perfect, crowns and bridges can help. Barrington, IL, dentists Drs. Douglas and Chase Pennino explain how restorative dentistrycrowns and bridges can restore your smile.

Crowns restore, protect and improve your smile

Versatile crowns can be used in several ways. They protect teeth that are in danger of breaking, including cracked, fragile or weak teeth. Teeth can naturally become weaker as you age, but may also become more fragile if you have recently received a large filling or had a root canal. Hollow crowns slip over teeth after they've been reduced in size and prevent fragile teeth from fracturing. Crowns are made of materials that are tough enough to stand up to the wear and tear of chewing and biting, such as porcelain, resin, and porcelain fused to metal.

When your tooth has fractured, crowns offer the ideal restoration option. Although there might not be much left of your tooth, you can be assured that your new crown will look completely natural. Crowns are made using an impression of your entire upper or lower jaw to ensure that your restoration will match the length of nearby teeth and fill the gap in your smile perfectly.

Do you have a tooth that looks out of place in your mouth? Crowns offer a simple way to improve the appearance of pointed, crooked, twisted or bumpy teeth. They also cover discolorations and uneven surfaces.

If you've recently had a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you'll need to visit our Barrington office to receive a crown to complete the implant process. The crown is attached to the implant, the part of your new tooth that replaces your tooth roots.

Bridges replace missing teeth

Bridges are an excellent solution if you've lost one or several teeth. Crowns anchor one or more artificial teeth and hold your bridge firmly in place. Bridges not only improve your appearance but also making eating easier and prevent your teeth from drifting. If you don't fill the gap in your smile, your teeth may eventually shift and overlap. Overlapping teeth not only look unattractive but make it difficult to clean your teeth thoroughly.

Protect and improve your smile with crowns and bridges. Call Barrington, IL, dentists Drs. Douglas and Chase Pennino at (224) 655-6384 to schedule an appointment.

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 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.