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End Of Year Dental Visit

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As 2016 draws to a close you might be thinking about how you can make the most of your dental insurance. Unused benefits and deductible do not roll over into the New Year, so take advantage of them now! Oral health is extremely important, so make it a priority to schedule an appointment with Private Dental Services to round out 2016 with a happy, healthy mouth.

Wisdom Teeth Surgery

If your third set of morals comes in crooked, crowded, or otherwise misaligned you will need wisdom teeth surgery. Wisdom teeth surgery takes about 45 minutes to complete and does require some recovery time due to swelling and minimal pain. There is no better time than right now to have your wisdom teeth surgery. Take advantage of your remaining dental insurance and take the winter break to recover from the procedure. Private Dental Services’ Dr. King provides his patients with excellent extraction services. As his patient you will feel comfortable and satisfied with his care.

Teeth Whitening

There’s no better way to start the New Year than with a brilliant, white smile. A professional teeth whitening from Private Dental Services can give you all the confidence you need to enter 2017 the right way. A teeth whitening is also a fantastic gift for someone you love. Though many insurance plans do not cover teeth whitening treatments it is definitely something worth looking into. Schedule a teeth whitening for you or someone you love with Private Dental Services.

Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency is usually unexpected, but sometimes it can be anticipated. Have you been suffering from a toothache for the past two months? Make an appointment now to get it checked out. Fillings and crowns need replacing? Do it before the year ends. Don’t let a potential emergency turn into an actual one before the year is up. Use your dental insurance while you still have it and get those teeth problems checked out before it renews. Make an appointment with Private Dental Services to get all your teeth checked before the New Year.

One of the greatest things about the New Year is it gives us a fresh start. Don’t take those bad habits from 2016 into 2017. Start the year off right with a commitment to oral health with Private Dental Services (and use up that dental insurance). Our schedule is filling up fast so make an appointment with us as soon as possible.

 

Straighten Your Smile

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Everyone deserves a smile they are proud of. Some of us are lucky to have teeth that are naturally straight and white. Others are not as fortunate, but there are solutions! Dentistry has advanced so significantly that you can now easily achieve your best smile. Private Dental Services offers several different treatment options to give you the smile you deserve. Our skilled staff and advanced treatment options are sure to give you a smile you feel good about. Here are some of the methods to achieve a smile you are proud to show off to the world.

Traditional Braces

Braces are one of the most popular methods of straightening teeth. Braces are an orthodontic treatment used to align and straighten teeth and correct a “bad bite.” Braces can correct teeth that are protruding, crowded, unevenly spaced, or otherwise misaligned. Braces not only correct the look of one’s smile but they actually make one’s mouth healthier. It is harder to clean your teeth when they are not aligned correctly and a “bad bite” can interfere with chewing, speaking, and create abnormal wear to tooth enamel. Braces are an aesthetic and practical solution to straighten your smile.

Veneers

Instead of using braces to straighten teeth, many people choose to have veneers placed over their existing teeth to create the kind of smile they desire. Veneers are custom-made porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to create a beautiful smile made just for you. Veneers are often the preferred choice for people whose teeth have large fillings or are discolored and unattractive. Veneers give you the ability to literally create your own smile.

Dental Implants

Unfortunately, some people lose their teeth entirely. This loss takes an immense physical and emotional toll on someone, however it can be remedied. Dental implants allow patients who have lost teeth to regain the ability to eat and give them a smile they can be proud of. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing and are the foundation on which replacement teeth can be erected. Dental implants are a great solution to missing teeth, returning your ability to smile and chew.

Private Dental Services understands the importance of a great smile and we want to make sure you have one! To every problem we have an advanced and effective solution. Call us today at (312) 818-2369 for your free consultation and get on a path toward a smile you love.

Pregnancy And Oral Health

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Pregnancy takes a huge toll on the body and your teeth are no exception. Taking care of your body and health are never as important as they are now. The unique importance that oral health has on you and your growing baby cannot be underestimated. Visiting Private Dental Services, your go-to dentist in the West Loop, should be a priority once you find out you are expecting. However, there are some things you can do and look out for on your own. Here are four things to pay attention to while pregnant.

  1. Pregnancy gingivitis – During pregnancy some women may find they are prone to pregnancy gingivitis, which is a milder form of the gum disease but still important to prevent and treat. Watch out for this condition—your gums will appear red, tender, and sore.
  1. Diet – Your baby’s teeth will begin to develop between the third and sixth months of gestation, so it is particularly important to pay attention to your diet during this time. Vitamins A, C, D, protein, calcium, and phosphorus should all be consumed during this period
  1. Morning sickness – Unfortunately, morning sickness is a reality for many pregnant women and there’s really nothing you can do about it. You can, however, protect your teeth from stomach acid by rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water.
  1. Postpartum – Paying close attention to oral health should not end after the birth of your child, in fact you now have another person’s mouth to look after. Baby teeth usually begin to appear about six months after birth. Clean your newborn’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping their gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. Tooth decay can occur as soon as your baby’s teeth come in so it is very important to keep the area clean.

Your dental health during pregnancy is extremely important, for both you and your new baby. Visiting your dentist in the West Loop should be an essential part of your pregnancy check-up routine. When booking your appointment with Private Dental make sure to let them know what stage of pregnancy you are in and any new medications you are on.

Let Private Dental Services help you maintain oral health before, during, and after the birth of your baby. Maintaining oral health is essential to healthy life.

Courtesy of Mouth Healthy

 

The Life Of Teeth

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Most of our body is formed by the time we are born. It grows and develops overtime but for the most part everything is there. Teeth are the exception. Teeth go through all sorts of interesting stages. From the teething baby, to the first lost tooth, through braces, wisdom teeth, and eventually decay, teeth have a lifecycle all their own.

Let’s take a look at the life of teeth.

Newborn

We are born with no visible teeth, but they’re there, growing beneath the gums. Teeth begin forming just six weeks after conception, and by the time we’re born our incisors have formed beneath the gums with the rest on the way. Occasionally babies are born with an impacted tooth but usually teething doesn’t begin until two to three months old. The first teeth to come in are those central incisors and they make their appearance starting at 5 months. Newborns should see a dentist before their first birthday.

Baby Teeth

Baby teeth aren’t just for chewing; they are important placeholders for adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely the place for a permanent adult tooth will also be lost. Baby teeth begin to fall out between the ages of 6 and 7. The root of these teeth dissolves as the pressure from permanent teeth greatens. Eventually the root is so far gone that it no longer anchors the tooth to the bone and thus falls out. Meet Tooth Fairy. A permanent tooth will replace the gapped-grin in about 6 months time.

Adolescent and Teen Years

This is a really important time for teeth and oral health in general. Start healthy habits early by brushing twice a day and flossing once. Dentist visits should also increase to every 6 months. Two things often happen in this age span: braces and wisdom teeth. Teeth that are crooked, crowded, spaced or otherwise irregular will often be corrected with braces. Molars also come in around this time, with your first two sets fitting in with relative ease. The third set, known as wisdom teeth, are a different story. These days, our jaws aren’t large enough to accommodate that third set of molars. Wisdom teeth can become “impacted” which means they are wedged in sideways between jawbone and molars, causing pain, crowding, and even infection. They are removed to prevent pain and further trauma. If you think your wisdom teeth are impacted make sure to contact Private Dental Services right away.

Older Teeth

Teeth are not immune to time. Enamel wears down, cavities multiply, tooth decay occurs, and periodontal disease is a common threat. In short, teeth age. However, dental hygiene has improved over the years; the tools and techniques have advanced so far that if you take care of your teeth well enough you don’t have to lose them in old age.

Part of that dental care routine includes habitually visiting a dentist. Private Dental offers both general and cosmetic dentistry services. From biannual cleanings, to extractions, braces, and implants, Private Dental Services can treat all your dentistry needs. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Courtesy of NPR 

 

 

What You Should Know About Gum Disease

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Did you know that gum disease is a major cause of adults losing teeth? Gum disease also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround your teeth and support them.

Causes of Gum Disease

  • Illnesses can affect the condition of your gyms. This can include cancer or HIV, which will interfere with your bodies immune system.
  • Medications have the ability to affect oral health. Some medications can lessen the flow of saliva in your mouth, resulting in losing that protective effect on teeth and gums.
  • Hormonal changes, this can occur during pregnancy, menopause, puberty, and menstruation. Hormonal changes tend to make the gums more sensitive, making it easier for gum disease to develop.
  • Smoking, which makes it harder for gum tissue to repair itself.
  • Family History can also be a factor that contributes to the development of gum disease.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits can result in gum disease. These bad habits could be anything from not brushing properly, not flossing on a daily basis, and more.

Warning Signs

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that have pulled back from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Change in the fit of partial dentures
  • Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Permanent teeth that are separating

What Should You Do?

If you are experiencing any of the above warning signs, contact your dentist immediately. The sooner you let your dentist know, the better. The goals of treatment are to promote reattachment of healthy gums to teeth, reduce the swelling, reduce the risk of infection, reduce the depth of pockets, and to stop disease progression. Treatment options will vary on the severity of the stage of gum disease. Options will range from nonsurgical therapies that will help to control bacteria to surgery to restore tissues.

Here at Private Dental during your comprehensive oral evaluation of your mouth, you will receive a gum disease evaluation. During the evaluation, we will check your gums and the bone surrounding the teeth for signs of periodontal disease. Call today to request your appointment (312) 733-1020.