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If you're considering getting an implant, you'll most certainly have questions for Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski of Miswak Dentistry in Ukraine Village, Chicago. You might be wondering how a dental implant compares to a real tooth. Let's look at some of the differences between implants and natural teeth. 

It should be noted that one of the primary goals of implant dentistry is to try to provide the same form and function as your natural teeth. However, with that in mind, know that an implant is not a tooth. An implant does not decay and does not have dental pulp or periodontal membrane-like teeth. 

An implant won't always work in every case, but they do have some great advantages when they are called for.  

Some advantages of an implant: 

  • Often last for decades without needing to be replaced 
  • Create a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing tooth 
  • Don't require surrounding teeth for support 
  • Do not decay like natural teeth 
  • Can be fixed or removable 
  • Can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth 

 

There are downsides to implants where natural teeth win out. The disadvantages of implants include: 

  • Higher cost compared to traditional dentistry 
  • It's a surgical procedure that requires a period of healing afterward 
  • Fracturing of fixtures and loosening of screws can occur (only in about 5% of patients) 
  • Since there is no cushion between the implant and the bone, the fracturing of crowns and bridges is more common with implants than with natural teeth, though this is rare. 

It's best to speak with Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski about your options regarding implants. Let us know what you want to achieve and we'll work with you as best we can to accomplish that. And don't hesitate to contact Miswak Dentistry in Ukraine Village, Chicago for further questions about the procedure. Call 773-661-0330.

The best type of whitening for your smile depends on what you are hoping to accomplish. Talk with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL, to figure out what your smile goal is!

Whitening Toothpaste

This is certainly the easiest method of whitening, but will brushing alone produce your whitest smile? Probably not. Whitening toothpaste use chemicals and abrasives to remove some surface stains caused by foods, beverages, and smoking. They can also be used to maintain the appearance of your teeth after professional whitening. However, toothpaste alone cannot change the natural color of your teeth or penetrate the surface of the tooth to remove deeper stains. Whitening toothpaste usually takes several weeks to produce results. Be sure to choose a product with a seal of approval from a reputable dental association and carefully follow the instructions for use.

Whitening Strips and Gel Trays

Whitening gels can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. These peroxide-based gels are stronger than the formulas used in toothpaste.

Strips come coated with the whitening gel and work when pressed to your teeth for a specified amount of time. One difficulty here is making sure each tooth is completely covered by the strip so that even whitening takes place. Tray and gel whitening systems provide a mouthguard-like appliance that is filled with whitening gel and applied to your teeth, again for a specific period. Because one size does not fit all, stock trays can be ill-fitting and lead to problems with gums and soft tissue. You can talk to our team about a custom-fitted appliance and whether gel whitening is your best option.

Some users find gel products cause tooth and gum sensitivity and even enamel damage. These over-the-counter gel products will not work on caps, veneers, crowns, or bridges, and there might be underlying conditions in your natural teeth that will make the use of these products ineffective. Please talk to us at your next visit if you are interested in whitening at home, so we can advise you on how to achieve the best and safest outcome.

Office Treatment

Professional whitening makes use of a gel with a higher concentration of peroxide and should only be provided by a member of our team at our office. This process is generally faster, more effective, and longer-lasting. We take care first to examine your teeth for pre-existing conditions such as cavities and gum disease that could cause problems. We protect your gums when the gel is applied in-office and monitor the procedure. We can assess the whitening progress and suggest further treatment if needed. Custom mouthpieces can also be an option if you would like to use a whitening gel at home. A personally molded tray will fit your teeth perfectly and allow a more precise application of the peroxide gel.

Some teeth are not good candidates for normal whitening procedures at home or in-office. If you have dark stains caused by trauma, drugs such as tetracycline, discoloration due to root canals, or darker dental bonding, crowns, or other prosthetics, please talk to Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL about other possible solutions. Call us today at (773) 661-0330.

By Miswak Dentistry
February 17, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your front teeth? Dental veneers are widely used to improve the appearance of front teeth and are a much more conservative option than a full dental crown. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of staining, large gaps, large fillings, chipped teeth, or overall shape. Veneers are a thin covering over the front and biting end of the tooth used to restore the beauty of a smile. Over the years Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village) has helped many patients who opted for veneers and now have the confidence to smile again. Just schedule your appointment today with Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski.

Dental veneers are made in a lab from long-lasting porcelain materials. The shade can be chosen to any desired color to whiten the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are usually placed on the anterior, or front teeth, where the chewing forces are not as hard as the back teeth. The process of placing veneers is relatively easy, requiring only two dental appointments. In some cases, only one appointment is needed. It depends on the fabrication process.

The first appointment is to “prep” the teeth and takes an impression to be sent to a lab to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are fairly conservative in the preparation as it requires a small amount of space to be created on the face (front), bottom, and sides of each tooth to allow space for the veneer to be placed and look natural. You will leave the office with temporary veneers for the next week or two while the permanent veneers are being made.

The second appointment is to place the veneers and make minor adjustments if needed. What a difference it makes in the appearance of the teeth! If you’re interested in learning more, give Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village) a call today! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski, call (773) 661-0330.

By Miswak Dentistry
December 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

If you are looking to straighten your teeth without the embarrassment of wearing traditional metal braces, then Invisalign in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL might be the best option. Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski of Miswak Dentistry are ready to answer your questions about why more people choose clear aligners over metal braces. Here are some of the most common reasons:

No Restrictions on What You Eat

In most cases, you can continue to eat whatever you like when you choose clear aligners. When you wear metal braces, you have to pay special attention to what you eat. Certain foods can bend or break the wires. And, you don't need to worry about food getting caught in your braces when you choose Invisalign in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL.

Practically Invisible

Clear aligners aren't nearly as noticeable as metal braces. In fact, they're virtually invisible. Since the aligners are made from clear plastic, people won't notice them when you smile. If you don't want others to know you're undergoing treatment to straighten your smile, Invisalign gives you that privacy.

No Permanent Teeth Discoloration

Many people experience teeth discoloration after their dentists remove metal braces – especially where the doctors placed the metal brackets. With clear aligners, there is no need to worry about permanent discoloration after you're finished with your treatment. Since you can remove the aligners during treatment, you can continue with a normal brushing and flossing routine.

Other Benefits

One of the biggest disadvantages of metal braces is visiting your dentist multiple times to get the wires tightened. When you choose Invisalign, Dr. Riyal or Dr. Kaminski will give you multiple sets of aligners during the course of your treatment. Although the doctors will want to check on your progress, you won't need to see them as often if you're wearing metal braces.

If you want to see the benefits of a straighter smile faster than you would with metal braces, then schedule an appointment or call Miswak Dentistry at (773) 661-0330 today. Dr. Riyal or Dr. Kaminski and the team are ready to answer your questions about Invisalign in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL.

By Miswak Dentistry
November 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Dental veneers in Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village) are a standard treatment Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski use at Miswak Dentistry to correct imperfections with your teeth. Today, veneers are a durable and aesthetically-pleasing treatment for people with dental stains, gaps, worn-down or misshapen teeth. Here are some frequently asked questions about veneers to help get you started.

Can Veneers Restore My Smile?


Porcelain veneers are a proven and widely-used treatment dentists use to restore the smile of people with cracks, gaps, chips, or discolored teeth. In just a few visits, many people who haven't smiled in years because they're embarrassed by their teeth find they can't stop smiling.

What are Veneers Made From?


Most veneers in Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village) that Dr. Riyal and Dr. Kaminski of Miswak Dentistry use today are made from porcelain. However, some are made from resin composite materials. Porcelain is the preferred choice of dentists and patients since it resists stains better than resin veneers. Additionally, porcelain has light-reflecting properties, which are similar to natural teeth.

Do Dental Veneers Have Limitations?


Almost all dental restoration procedures have limitations. For example, before dentists can fit patients with veneers, they must remove a small layer of enamel. This can make teeth more sensitive to anything hot or cold. Additionally, people with gum disease or failing teeth are not good candidates for veneers.

How Difficult Is it to Care for Veneers?


Practicing good oral hygiene and using the proper toothbrush and toothpaste is all it takes to take care of your veneers. Dentists recommend you use a soft toothbrush and avoid toothpaste with harsh abrasives. Additionally, some of your teeth may be at risk of tooth decay if they're not protected by porcelain veneers.

To learn more about how veneers in Chicago, IL (Ukrainian Village) can restore your smile and your confidence, schedule an appointment with Dr. Riyal and Dr. Kaminski at Miswak Dentistry by calling (773) 661-0330. Our dental team is ready to answer all your questions about veneers and how this simple but effective treatment works.





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