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By ProCare Family Dental
August 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gummy Smile  

Everyone's smile is different, but, do you find yourself hiding yours? Many are not aware that cosmetic dentistry is equipped to treat a gummy smile. Get in contact with Dr. Perry Danos, of ProCare Family Dental, in Morton Grove, IL, to discuss what is possible for your specific case.

What Can Be Done?

A gummy smile, called excessive gingival display, generally refers to a smile that exposes more than two millimeters of your gums, gingiva. If you have one, you're well aware of it. Studies cited by the New York times show that participants began to take notice of the gum tissue at three or four millimeters.

Treatments vary depending on both the underlying cause and on how much of your gums are visible when you smile. To more thoroughly understand your own specific situation, you should consult your Morton Grove dentist.

A common cause is a gingival overgrowth, which is treated through a procedure called a gingivectomy. What it usually involves is the removal and shaping of excess gum tissue to expose the crown of the teeth. Also known as crown lengthening for this same reason.

If an overgrowth of your upper jaw, your maxillary bone, is the culprit, surgery may be required to perform a similar removal and reshaping of excess bone. Or even a combination of both procedures may be recommended if too much gingiva is exposed.

Your upper lip may also be hyperactive, or too short, resulting in a gummy smile. The former may be addressed with Botulinum Toxin (BT), botox, but only on a temporary basis. Necessitating return visits about every six months. For both, more permanent results may necessitate surgery.

What Should You Do?

Smile. Because the smile you've been dreaming of is within your reach. Take the first step and call Dr. Danos, your Morton Grove, IL dentist, at (847) 965-6223.

By ProCare Family Dental
August 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

There are several ways dental crowns can help you smile. They can strengthen teeth that are weak or damaged, protect teeth from further wear and tear, and restore tooth functioning. Dental crowns can also give teeth with cosmetic issues a flawless new appearance. Dr. Perry Danos, the experienced dentist at ProCare Family Dental & Orthodontics in Morton Grove, IL can have dental crowns custom made for you and explain how to properly care for them.

How Dental Crowns Help Your Smile

Dental crowns can help your smile in so many ways. They are hollow caps that fit over the natural teeth, completely encapsulating them inside. Dental crowns function like a protective shell keeping teeth safe inside so they do not sustain further damage. Crowns also give weak and damaged teeth a strong, new exterior so they are able to perform normal biting and chewing functions again.

Another way dental crowns can help your smile is to improve its appearance. Dental crowns can conceal a variety of cosmetic imperfections, including chips, cracks, stains, and discolorations. They can even improve the look of teeth that are slightly crooked or oddly shaped. Since dental crowns look just like natural teeth, all anyone will see is a flawless new tooth once the crowns are in place.

Dental crowns can also fill in the gaps caused by tooth loss. They can be placed over dental implants to replace individual missing teeth. Dental crowns can also be used to hold bridgework or fixed dentures in place. Whether you would like to restore function, beauty, or both to your smile, dental crowns can help. The skilled dentist at our office in Morton Grove can have dental crowns custom made for you.

Caring for Dental Crowns

Although they are extremely durable and can last indefinitely with proper care, there are several do’s and don’ts when it comes to caring for your dental crowns. You do want to care for them just the same as you do your natural teeth. That means developing an effective oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing and flossing daily. Scheduling regular dental exams with teeth cleanings is also essential.

Some other things you can do to protect your dental crowns including wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports or similar activities and wearing a nightguard if you tend to grind your teeth while sleeping. Some things to avoid include certain habits that can damage your dental crowns over time, such as biting your nails or chewing on pen caps. It is also best to avoid foods that are hard or sticky as they could also damage your dental crowns.

Dental crowns serve many purposes, from strengthening and protecting teeth to improving their appearance. When you care for them properly, your dental crowns could last for years, possibly a lifetime. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Danos to find out if you are a candidate for dental crowns by calling ProCare Family Dental & Orthodontics in Morton Grove, IL at (847) 965-6223.

By ProCare Family Dental
May 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

The most common reasons why your tooth may be bugging you.

A toothache can certainly make it difficult to sleep through the night, accomplish work, or just get through your daily routine. It’s amazing just how much pain can radiate from something so small. For better or worse, teeth let us know when there is a problem. If you are dealing with a toothache, it could be considered a dental emergency that our Morton Grove, IL, dentist Dr. Perry Danos should treat immediately.

Your toothache could be the result of:

A Cavity

Decay is the most common cause of a toothache. When the decay has broken through the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth this usually leaves the nerves of the tooth exposed, which results in pain. A cavity doesn’t always cause pain, which is why it’s so important to keep up with routine checkups with your dentist here in Morton Grove, IL, every six months. Since a cavity will continue to grow it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible for treatment.

Gum Disease

About half of American adults have some form of gum disease, says the CDC; however, if you don’t realize that you have gum disease the infection will continue to get worse, causing the gums to recede. Over time this can lead to tooth sensitivity and pain. If you also notice a pimple-like bump on your gums (known as an abscess) then you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.

A Broken Tooth

A sudden toothache that gets worse when putting pressure on the tooth through chewing or biting can often be caused by a cracked or broken tooth. A tooth doesn’t have to be visibly chipped or cracked to be damaged. While tooth enamel is incredibly strong, everything from using teeth to pop off a bottle cap to biting your nails can damage a tooth.

During the pandemic, we want your family to know that if you need emergency dental care during this time that our Morton Grove, IL, dentist and his team are still providing emergency dentistry for toothaches, damaged teeth, and more. For an appointment please call ProCare Family Dental & Orthodontics at (847) 965-6223.

By ProCare Family Dental
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants give people a marvelous way to replace missing teeth. Marvelous--really? It's true because implants fully replace missing teeth from roots to crown. At ProCare Family Dental & Orthodontics in Morton Grove, IL, Dr. Perry Danos expertly places dental implants, recreating natural smile looks and function. You could be a dental implant patient, too.

What implants do

A dental implant is made of a titanium root placed in the jaw, a metal post and a porcelain crown. Multiple implants replace multiple teeth, too, if a bridge or denture is your oral health need. Either way, the titanium device bonds with the bone through osseointegration, a gradual mingling of bone cells with the roughened surface of the implant itself.

A few months after the dental implant surgery at his Morton Grove office, Dr. Danos re-opens the surgical site and bonds the post and crown in place. Treatment timelines vary according to each patient's customized treatment plan.

The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA) says the vast majority of dental implant procedures succeed, and the implants themselves stay in place for decades. Patients say they truly cannot distinguish between their implants and their natural teeth.

Qualifying for dental implants

Dr. Danos does a complete dental exam and three-dimensional bone scans to determine if you have adequate jaw bone structure to accept the implant screw.

You must be in good general health, and it helps to be a non-smoker as cigarettes cause peri-implantitis, a stubborn infection similar to gum disease. If all is well, you will undergo the brief oral surgery with nothing more than local anesthetic.

Long-term benefits

The list of dental implant benefits is long and includes:

  • Youthful facial appearance as jaw bone health and size is maintained
  • Efficient biting and chewing (enjoy your menu favorites)
  • Clear speech
  • Simple oral hygiene--just brush twice a day and floss according to your hygienist's recommendations
  • A complete, beautiful smile with no gaps, shifting teeth, or slipping dentures
  • Outstanding self-confidence in how you look when you smile, laugh, and speak

A dental implant consultation

It's the best way to map a tooth replacement strategy. At ProCare Family Dental & Orthodontics, Dr. Perry Danos and his team will show you how dental implants can remake your smile. For an appointment, call us at (847) 965-6223.

By ProCare Family Dental
October 24, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

While the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation have contributed to rising cancer survival rates, they can still have an adverse effect on the rest of the body. That includes the mouth: these treatments can damage healthy tissues like the salivary glands. The decrease in saliva flow increases the risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

While overcoming cancer is certainly the patient’s main health priority, it’s important for them to tend to their oral health. The best approach often involves a three-way partnership between patient, dentist and family caregivers all doing their part to keep the patient’s teeth, gums and mouth healthy during cancer treatment.

Here’s what each “partner” can do to protect a cancer patient’s oral health during treatment.

The dentist. To minimize dental disease odds, patients should enter cancer treatment with their teeth and gums in the best shape possible. Before beginning treatment, then, the dentist can assess their oral health status and recommend a treatment plan for any existing disease or condition. The dentist can also monitor a patient’s oral health during the treatment period.

The patient. Patients can do the most to protect their oral health by removing disease-causing plaque buildup with daily brushing and flossing, as well as maintaining their regular schedule of dental cleanings (if possible). They should also attempt to reduce dry mouth, a potential consequence of cancer treatment, by consuming more water and using saliva boosters like Xylitol-sweetened gums and mints. A nutritious diet is also important for protecting oral health.

The caregiver. Many cancer patients depend on family or friends to aid them during treatment. One of the best things a caregiver can do is act as a liaison between the patient and their medical and dental providers. When it comes to oral health, caregivers should be on the alert for any mouth changes including tooth pain, gum swelling or bleeding, foul breath and other signs of disease.

Focusing on oral health can be a daunting challenge for patients during their fight with cancer. But with help from their other partners, they can come out of this fight with their teeth, gums and mouth in good health.

If you would like more information on oral care during cancer treatment, 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 “Oral Health During Cancer Treatment.”