Crystal Lake, IL Dentist
77 E. Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

Q: What's the difference between a "crown" and a "cap"?
A: These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. 
The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".

Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?
A: Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting "white" or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they "bond" to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. While fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, "white" fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.

Q: What are dental implants?
A: People often refer to a dental implant as a replacement tooth, but it is actually a metal post or appliance that replaces the patient's tooth root or roots.  Once the artificial root or roots are in, replacement teeth are put in place and thus anchored firmly to the bone by the implant.  The patient's new teeth look, feel and work just like natural teeth.  There are several types of dental implants suited to various dental conditions.

Q: If I have a tooth extracted, do I really need to replace it?
A: When you lose your teeth, you gradually lose the bone that supports the teeth.  As this bone shrinks, problems with a lack of support lead to increased discomfort, mobility, and sharp, painful ridges and sore spots.  the tongue also enlarges to accommodate the space.  When bone is lost, the incident of numbness to the lower lip or even fracture of the jaw increases.    In addition, this progression will affect our ability to provide the treatment we could have before so much bone loss.

Q: My front teeth have spaces and have never looked good.  Is there an easy to correct this?
A: Today with beautiful, natural looking porcelain veneers we can easily make dramatic cosmetic changes to removes spaces, fix cracked teeth, do minor tooth straightening, and change the color of your teeth.  In many instances, little or no tooth structure needs to be removed to create the smile of your dreams.

Q: Is tooth whitening safe for your teeth?
A: Bleaching procedures are safe and approved by the American Dental Association.  Bleaching does not wear away any tooth structure or make a tooth more susceptible to staining.

Q: If periodontal disease is such a problem, why doesn't it hurt?
  Periodontal problems can become quite serious and extremely advanced without any pain whatsoever.  That is why it is so important to be attentive to the warning signs - bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, swollen gums, receded gums, teeth changing position, pus or swelling around gums - to name a few.  There are many types of conservative periodontal treatment which would include a series of nonsurgical gum treatments.  Even when surgery is required, it often is needed only in a few areas of the mouth and results can be greatly enhance by nonsurgical preparation.