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Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants – The Best Solution for Missing Teeth

February 13, 2018

Filed under: Dental Bridges,Dental Implants,Restorative Dentistry — atriumfamily @ 3:43 am

Dental BridgeSo you had to have one or more of your teeth pulled, the question now is “what is the next step?” You can have a gap in your mouth, or you can restore your smile. You won’t find a dentist who will tell you to just live with the gap in your mouth. There are many problems with this. At Atrium Family Dental, we care about our patients and advise them to do what is best for their health while also working with their budget. Keep reading to find out why our New Lenox dentist advises patients to find a restorative dentistry treatment to resolve their missing teeth.

Dental implants vs Dentures

April 25, 2013

Filed under: Dental Implants,Dentures,Restorative Dentistry — Tags: , , — atriumfamily @ 8:53 am

As we age, many of us may lose a tooth or two to some accident or dental complication. While there is little we can do to save the tooth, there are things available to us that can restore the function and aesthetics of our smile. Here we discuss the positives and negatives of two possible solutions if you lose a tooth –  dental implants and dentures.

Dentures are sets of false or fake teeth that you place on the space of the missing tooth using some dental adhesive. Dentures require a much shorter time span to prepare compared to dental implants and less time in the dentist’s office. Dentures work best for people who have fragile gums or a weak jaw. However, the problem with dentures is that despite dental adhesives, there’s still the chance that dentures can become dislodged from your mouth which can be an embarrassing experience. You also can’t use dentures to bite into hard foods as they may break. Dentures also feel somewhat unnatural and can make speaking clearly difficult.

The Many Advantages of Dental Implants

January 31, 2013

Filed under: Dental Implants,Restorative Dentistry — Tags: — atriumfamily @ 4:52 pm

Why would you need dental implants? There are many different reasons and equally as many different ways a person can lose a tooth or several teeth at once. It can be brought about by an accident, it can also be of old age, and one of the more likely causes, poor dental hygiene and maintenance of oral health. If it does reach the point that you lose your teeth, there are still options available for you so that will still have that presentable smile and get the function and bite you once had with a complete set of teeth.

If Dental implants are right for you, then there are many ways it can benefit you and your lifestyle in a truly positive way. First off, dental implants are attached securely making it feel like they are real teeth. This gives you a boost of confidence so that you are not uncomfortable about having missing teeth and you still have a great smile.  Secondly, missing teeth, especially if you lose the ones at the front of your mouth, will definitely affect your speech. You will sound a bit difficult to understand.  Dental implants will not only restore your smile but also clear speech.

3 Ways to Get a Great Smile for Back to School

August 27, 2012

Just in time for back to school, Atrium Family Dental, your New Lenox dentist, shows you 3 ways you can get a great smile!

1. Whitening

Zoom Whitening can help brighten your smile up to 8 shades whiter! Come in for an appointment and we’ll give you a celebrity-worthy smile that’s sure to impress everyone, from your boss, co-workers and friends to a new date.

2. Dental Implants 

If you’ve lost a tooth, a dental implant could be your ideal way to restore your smile and your self-confidence. Replacing a lost tooth isn’t just done for aesthetic reasons – adjacent teeth may crowd into the empty space, ruining your bite and your smile.

What to Do after a Tooth Extraction

August 2, 2012

Filed under: Dental Bridges,Dental Implants,Dentures,Restorative Dentistry — Tags: , — atriumfamily @ 3:00 am

After a tooth extraction (removal) has been done by one of our dental health experts at Atrium Family Dental, your New Lenox dentist,  it is essential to take correct care of the site to avoid infection, control bleeding and allow the gum tissue to heal well enough that it can easily accept a denture or dental implant.

Here’s what to do after you’ve experienced a tooth extraction or a wisdom tooth extraction for a happy, healthy smile:

1. You might experience tenderness after a tooth extraction – over-the-counter painkillers can easily help you with the discomfort or you might ask your New Lenox dentist for prescription painkillers if you find the discomfort to be too much.

2. Cold compresses can help keep the pain and swelling down after a tooth extraction but be sure not to overdo it.

3. It’s very important that you do not touch the extraction site, chew around the location or smoke at all. We suggest that you consume a great deal of fluids so that the site can remain moist.