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Posts for: May, 2014

By Osmanski Dental
May 27, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

It's not just your teeth that are on display when you smile; it's also your gums. For a smile to look appealing, there needs to be a frame of healthy pink tissue to set off those pearly whites. But just as there can be cosmetic issues with teeth, the shape or condition of the gums, too, can create an aesthetic problem. If you feel the appearance of your gums is in any way detracting from the appeal of your smile, we can help with a variety of in-office surgical procedures.

Here are some common cosmetic gum problems — and possible solutions:

Problem: Too Much Gum Tissue. A smile can look “gummy” when excessive gum tissue covers more of the enamel surface of a tooth's crown (upper portion) than normal.
Solution: Crown Lengthening. This is a procedure in which gum tissue (and rarely but sometimes a small amount of bone tissue) is removed to expose more tooth surface.

Problem: Not Enough Gum Tissue. Sometimes your gums can shrink down (recede), exposing some of a tooth's root — which is more yellow than the enamel surface of the tooth.
Solution: Gum Grafting. There are various grafting procedures that can be used to cover exposed roots by moving gingival (gum) tissue from one site in the mouth to another. Sometimes laboratory-processed donor tissue can even be used to minimize the surgery.

Problem: Uneven Gum Line. This means that some teeth are covered by more gum tissue than others, which can make a smile seem off-kilter.
Solution: Gum tissue can be recontoured (reshaped) for a very pleasing effect with either conventional surgery or the newer dental laser technology.

All of the above procedures can be performed at the dental office — usually with only a local anesthetic (numbing shot). In fact, for laser surgery you may need only a topical anesthetic gel. An examination is required to determine whether conventional or laser treatment is in your best interests. Whatever your cosmetic gum surgery needs may be, the procedures are routine and predictable — and they can work wonders for your smile!

If you have any questions about cosmetic gum surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Gummy Smiles” and “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”

May 23, 2014
Category: Holidays
Tags: Memorial Day  

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid.  They have earned our undying gratitude.  America will never forget their sacrifices.  

President Harry S. Truman

McHenry County Dental Society's
Staff Appreciation at Pinstripes 

Every year, the doctor's in the dental society host a staff appreciation event for their employees.  This year was at Pinstripes in South Barrington.  Food, Bowling, Bocce, Raffles and Fun was had by all!   Thank you to Pam, Kristi, Sharon and Ellen for all your hard work and service to our patients at Osmanski Dental.   

By Osmanski Dental
May 12, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”

In a few short weeks high school graduations will be underway all over the country, and even in our town of Crystal Lake. To applaud our hardworking seniors, we recently posted a special offer—free teeth whitening.
What’s the Difference Between Store-Bought and In-Office Whitening Treatments?
There is a big difference. Over-the-counter whitening products give you results on a smaller scale. With professional whitening, Crystal Lake graduates can reveal whiter smiles.
Since graduation is getting closer, you don’t have a lot of time to worry about whitening strips and toothpastes. They may reveal a slight difference within the first few days, but it won’t be a big change from your normal tooth shade.
How Does the Teeth Whitening Special Work?

All our high school senior patients can get a whitening treatment as long as they've completed a dental checkup in the last six months. If you take great care of your teeth and visit your dentist twice a year, you have a free teeth whitening procedure in the bag!

Check your mailbox for a letter we mailed out to all our high school graduates.  If your a patient of our office and are graduating high school, but did not receive a letter, please give us a call.  We will set you up with a whitening appointment before you walk across that stage to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Hats off to the graduating class of 2014!

Contact Osmanksi Dental at (815) 459-8650 for more information.