Posts for: October, 2019
Learn more about dental implants and how they could replace your missing teeth.
If you are currently dealing with tooth loss, then Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe here at Granville Dental, LLC in Granville, IL, can talk to you about your treatment options. Today, one of the most popular choices are restorative dental implants. Read on to learn more about dental implants and whether they could be right for you!
What is a dental implant?
While we don’t see the roots of our teeth, they are still necessary for general tooth support and overall oral health. Therefore, when a tooth falls out or is extracted, the implant is designed to replace the missing tooth roots. An implant is a metal titanium post that is placed within the jawbone where over the course of 3-6 months the bone and implant will naturally fuse together. Once this occurs, the implant is designed to last decades.
Who is a good candidate for restorative dental implants?
No matter if you are missing one, two, several or an entire row of teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Those dealing with tooth loss caused by gum disease, cavities, or injury can all benefit from implants, for they fill the gaps in your smile with the next best thing to real teeth.
Implants both act and feel like a natural tooth. Even current denture wearers can talk to our cosmetic dentist about receiving dental implants, which can support your dentures and ensure that they don’t move or shift around when talking or eating.
Since you will need to undergo surgery in order to receive a dental implant, our dentist will need to make sure that you are in good health. This means going through your medical history and determining if there are any preexisting or chronic health problems that could impact your recovery process or treatment.
We will also perform an oral exam and take X-rays to check the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. It’s important that we check the health of your jawbone to make sure that it is strong enough to support an implant.
Interested? Give us a call
If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth in Granville, IL, then it’s time to talk with a dentist you trust to find out if restorative dental implants are right for you. Schedule a consultation with Granville Dental today by calling (815) 339-6888.
Preventative care is extremely important when it comes to your child's teeth. Choosing family dentists like Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe in Granville, IL, and serving Oglesby, IL, is the first step to ensuring your child's teeth are protected against decay and gum disease. Sealants, a liquid coating applied onto chewing surfaces of teeth, are effective in preventing cavities.
"Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by 'sealing out' plaque and food," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The most important or most susceptible areas to decay and cavities are pits and grooves in teeth. And while brushing, flossing, using fluoride-containing, and maintaining a healthy diet may help reduce the chances that your child will develop a cavity, sealants provide teeth with that added barrier that prevents bacteria from infiltrating teeth through those accessible crevices, and breaking down teeth.
Sealants, which were actually were developed about 50 years ago, became more common in the 1970's. Today, sealants are a common dental practice for adults and young children.
Those hard-to-reach molars and children's difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene while so young, makes their teeth targets for bacteria.
Your dentist serving Granville and Oglesby, IL, applies dental sealants in a few simple steps:
- Your family dentist first cleans the surface of your teeth.
- Then he etches, roughens, the tooth surface using a chemical substance. This allows the sealant to adhere more properly on the tooth surface.
- After applying the sealant, a special light source is directed on the sealant to harden it.
- The process is repeated again and need re-application every five to 10 years.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental sealants for your child, please don't hesitate to reach out to your Granville, IL, family dentists, serving Oglesby, IL, Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe , today!