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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
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Patient Education
Online Dental Education Library Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums...

Welcome to Our Blog
...With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice...

X-Ray Radiation Exposure is Much Less than Daily Environmental Radiation
...But despite its obvious benefits, it’s still a form of released energy that exposes patients to a certain amount of radiation...

KOR Whitening System
... During the whitening process nearly all patients experience only low to typically no teeth sensitivity...

Crowns can now be made In-Office with the CAD/CAM System
...As it continues to innovate, you’ll see more and more dentists investing in the new technology for their patients...

Consider These Tips to Reduce Your Dental Visit Anxiety
...Dentists, however, have been trained to work with fearful patients to reduce their anxiety levels...

Be Wary When Considering Botox Treatment for TMD
... As to side effects or other complications, Botox injections have been known to cause pain in some cases rather than relieve it, as with some patients developing chronic headaches after treatment...

Dental Staff
...Both have been a positive and amazing addition to the office and our patients trust and value their skills...

Dental Office
...All of our patients will receive an email, text or phone call confirming your newly scheduled reservation...

Implant Restoration
...The dentists at Pennino Family Dentistry have the expertise to evaluate prospective implant patients and to place custom-fabricated dental implants and lifelike restorations, such as porcelain crowns, for well-functioning, no-gap smiles...

Changing Antibiotic Use Today will Help Ensure Their Effectiveness Tomorrow
... Patients also play a role in the better use of antibiotics...

Disclosing Agents Show Plaque You've Missed When Brushing and Flossing
...Dental hygienists use them to show patients where they're missing plaque when brushing and flossing, but you can also use them at home to see how you're doing between dental visits...

New Patient Specials
.../ All offers valid to new patients only...

Teeth Whitening 2
... During the whitening process nearly all patients experience only low to typically no teeth sensitivity...

Same Day Crowns 2
... Related Articles Creating In-Office Dental Restorations With Computers Once upon a time, dentists — and patients — needed to wait weeks for a dental laboratory to make crowns and other dental restorations...

Regular Flossing not Your Thing? Try an Oral Irrigator
...An oral irrigator makes it easier to floss and reduce plaque buildup, a perennial problem for orthodontic patients...

Cemented or Screwed: Which Implant Crown Attachment is Best for You?
...The cement may also cause gum inflammation and potential bone loss in sensitive patients...

3 Reasons for Why It's a Smart Move to Invest in Dental Implants
...Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists...

Could Your Metal Allergy Keep You From Obtaining Dental Implants?
...In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied...

Implant-Supported Dentures Could Contribute to Better Bone Health
...In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws...

Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
Many patients would immediately say that they are doing a good job of taking care of their teeth, but many don’t know that they may be in the early stages of dental or gum disease...

Invisalign
...There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description...

Signs You May Need a Tooth Extracted
... Contact Us Today! If you think you need a tooth extraction and want to consult your doctor to see if the tooth is beyond saving, then you should call Pennino Family Dentistry's Barrington office today! New patients can call (224) 655-6384 and existing patients can call (847) 381-6222

No Need to Fret Over Implant Surgery
...Don’t be—this procedure to embed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients...

Replacing a Missing Tooth isn't Just About Improving Your Smile
...While many options exist (from removable dentures to fixed bridges) the choice most preferred by dentists and patients is the dental implant...

NSAIDs Could be Just as Effective as Narcotics Managing Dental Pain
Like other healthcare providers, dentists have relied for decades on the strong pain relief of opioid (narcotic) drugs for patients after dental work...

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
... 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...

Antibiotics Could Help Ensure your Implant Surgery is Successful
... For other patients with low to moderate risk for infection, there's vigorous debate on administering antibiotics before implant surgery...

Invisalign for Adults
...There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description...

Crowns & Bridgework
...Removable Bridgework For those patients who have lost all their teeth, but have not lost significant bone, a fixed bridge (permanent non-removable teeth) may be the treatment of choice...

Nitrous Oxide
...In fact, many patients report a feeling of well-being during this type of sedation...

Oral Systemic Connection
...Numerous studies have shown that patients with severe periodontal disease are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
... Related Articles Periodontal Flap Surgery Most surgical patients are surprised by how comfortable the experience of flap surgery is and how painless it is afterward...

Ultrasonic Cleanings
...Many patients prefer ultrasonics to other types of scaling, possibly because it requires the clinician to use less force than a hand scaler to get the same effect...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
... Anticoagulants are among the more widely used pharmaceuticals today, particularly for heart patients...

Facial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery
... Severe facial trauma is often a critical condition, since over 60% of these patients also have serious injuries in other parts of the body...

Oral Cancer Screening
...But today, younger people form the fastest-growing segment among oral cancer patients...

Wisdom Teeth
...The extraction (removal) of one or more third molars is a relatively common procedure, performed on some 5 million patients every year...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... A growing body of evidence now indicates that far fewer patients need to take this preventive step than was previously thought...

Oral Cancer
... While most oral cancer patients are smokers, the fastest-growing segment of newly diagnosed cases is young, non-smoking adults...

Air Abrasion
...Will routine dental procedures be performed with patients noticing no vibration or pressure...

Cone Beam CT Imaging
... Orthognathic Jaw Surgery and Temporo-mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disease: Patients benefit when the specialists who treat these conditions can evaluate their anatomy with the three-dimensional perspective that cone beam CT provides...

Digital X-Rays
... Advantages of Digital X-Rays Besides minimizing radiation exposure, digital x-rays offer numerous advantages to dentists and patients alike...

Intra-Oral Camera
...Prior to the development of this technology, some patients found it challenging to understand problems such as dental decay and periodontal disease...

Laser Dentistry
...Not only are they more exact in the amount of material they remove, but they eliminate the noise and vibration of the dental drill, which is uncomfortable for some patients...

Same-Day Crowns (CAD/CAM)
... Related Articles Creating In-Office Dental Restorations With Computers Once upon a time, dentists — and patients — needed to wait weeks for a dental laboratory to make crowns and other dental restorations...

Fixed Dentures
...Doctors and patients alike prefer fixed over removable dentures because they: Look, feel and function just like natural teeth Don't slip when you eat or talk Prevent bone loss in the jaw Last a lifetime How It Works Dental implants serve the same purpose as the roots of natural teeth: anchoring the replacement teeth to your jawbone...

Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth
...The reality is that most patients experience no pain during the surgery and very little discomfort afterward...

Top Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
...Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants are preferred by doctors and patients alike...

Root Canal Treatment
...For many patients, the worst is already over...

Endodontics
...Here's what to expect: First, you will receive anesthesia (usually a numbing shot) — and for many patients, the worst is now over...

Periodontal Therapy
...That is why dental professionals are always on the lookout for early signs that patients may not notice...

Technology
...Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients...