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By Robert Dawe, DDS
November 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Millions of Americans will deal with some degree of tooth loss every year. Whether as a result of gum disease or other issues like trauma or a sports injury, over 40% of adults over age 30 in the United States are missing at least one tooth, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite the fact that tooth loss is not reversible, there are a number of options Dental Implantsavailable to help restore your smile and oral health. The family dentists at Granville Dental, LLC, Dr. Robert Dawe and Dr. Evan Fielder, recommend dental implants for healthy adults suffering from full or partial tooth loss in Granville, IL.

Dental Implants

Implants restore a missing tooth in two stages: the implant, a small titanium screw that acts as the root, and the cosmetic crown. Like other restorations, implants restore function and aesthetics after tooth loss, but they also protect your oral health by preventing bone loss in the gums, one of the side effects of tooth loss and a major factor in gum (periodontal) disease. Implants help to secure the crown in place so that once it is in, it looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. Implants can also support a set of dentures if you are suffering from full tooth loss. In that case, a few implants would be needed to secure the dentures on your upper or lower jaw.

Because the implants need to fuse with the existing bone tissue in the gums in order to stay in place, you must have sufficient bone density to support the implant. Dental implants also require rigorous oral hygiene care at home, and regular visits to your family dentist (every six months) for preventive and follow up care.

Find a Family Dentist in Granville, IL

You don't have to settle for a damaged smile or live with tooth loss. For more information about dental implants, contact Granville Dental, LLC in Granville, IL, also serving Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and La Salle areas by calling (815) 339-6888 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dawe or Dr. Fielder today.

By Robert Dawe, DDS
May 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

A yellowing smile can be embarrassing, but our Granville, IL, dentists can help.teeth whitening

While whitening toothpastes and at-home kits can certainly help prevent new dental stains from forming, they aren’t exactly as effective at removing preexisting stains as one might hope. If you have noticed that your smile has lost its luster, don’t worry; our Granville, IL, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Robert Dawe and Dr. Evan Fielder, can help fix this issue.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand how stains happen. While it’s normal for your smile to fade throughout the years, certain things like smoking or consuming certain dark foods or drinks (e.g. red wine; coffee) can make your smile fade even faster.

How?

Well, tooth enamel is porous, which means that these stains can penetrate the outermost layers of the tooth where it’s impossible to just scrub the stain away with regular brushing. While a stained smile doesn’t necessarily mean that your smile is unhealthy, most people aren’t happy with the way their smile looks.

Luckily, teeth whitening can change all this. The professional whitening gel that our Granville dentist uses contains a high percentage of active ingredient. The two main active ingredients found in whitening products are carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. Both of these agents work by going in and breaking up the stain molecules within the outer layers of the tooth.

Since the whitening gel used in in-office whitening contains a significantly higher percentage of the active ingredient this means that we won’t have to leave the gel on your teeth nearly as long in order to achieve optimal results. In-office teeth whitening is one of the fastest ways to get a brighter smile and to remove stubborn, deep-set stains.

Furthermore, professional teeth whitening can have you walking out of our office in under an hour with a smile that’s several shades whiter. Many patients can even get the results they want after just one in-office whitening session. Now, how’s that for fast?

Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening treatment in Granville, IL? Want to turn to our dental team to give you the smile you just can’t wait to show off? Then schedule your consultation at Granville Dental to find out how our cosmetic services could benefit your smile.