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By Miswak Dentistry
August 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers  

Find out why so many people are turning to dental veneers to enhance their appearance.

Who doesn’t want a smile that they feel confident showing off? Curious about the cosmetic benefits of turning to our Ukrainian Village, Chicago cosmetic dentists Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski for dental veneers? Here are the top 4 reasons why people say “yes” to this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Get an Instantly Whiter Smile With Veneers Ukrainian Village

While yellow stains respond wonderfully to teeth whitening treatment, even this powerful system can’t treat all stains. If you have deep internal stains caused by certain medications, health conditions, or even smoking, then you’ll be relieved to find out that our Ukrainian Village dental team can provide dental veneers to help you achieve a whiter smile. Each veneer is custom-made based on your own cosmetic goals, so if you are looking to hide stained teeth and get a smile that’s several shades whiter, veneers can help.

Get Straighter Teeth

Do your lower front teeth overlap one another? Do you have a gap between your front teeth that you would love to get rid of? Most adults have slightly crooked teeth that make them feel self-conscious, but not enough for them to consider wearing braces. The good news is that veneers provided by your Ukrainian Village dentist could give you a straighter smile without ever needing to wear braces.

Make Teeth Stronger

While veneers are a purely cosmetic treatment, we can’t ignore the health benefits that some patients experience with veneers. Veneers are made from an incredibly strong, medical-grade porcelain. This porcelain layer is bonded directly to the front of the tooth, which provides it with a protective barrier. This means that veneers could make your teeth stronger while also reducing tooth sensitivity.

Your New Smile is Stain Resistant

Another reason many people turn to our dentists for veneers is that these restorations are made from stain-resistant porcelain. This means that once you get your new teeth you don’t have to worry about them developing stains. Of course, you will still need to practice good oral hygiene and limit certain dark foods and drinks; however, you never have to worry about your new smile fading.

If you are interested in getting dental veneers here in Ukrainian Village, Chicago then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our dental team here at Miswak Dentistry. Call Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski today at (773) 661-0330 and get one step closer to a smile you love.

By Miswak Dentistry
August 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Need a dental crown? Here’s what this tooth-shaped restoration can do for your smile.

Sure, dealing with decay or a broken tooth can be distressing, but luckily our Ukrainian Village, Chicago dentists Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski are here to help. Dental crowns tend to be the most popular restoration used to strengthen and restore a tooth after injury, decay, or an infection. Wondering how your smile could benefit from a dental crown? Talk to Miswak Dentistry today.

Protect Your Smile

A dental crown is a hollow cap that is made to look like the crown of a tooth, and it fits completely over the visible portion of a tooth where it is then bonded permanently in place. A crown protects a tooth and provides a strong, resilient barrier around it, which is particularly important for preventing further damage to a tooth. If you are dealing with a cracked, broken, or severely decayed tooth, then your Ukrainian Village Dentist may recommend a crown.

Say Goodbye to Tooth Loss

If you are planning to get a dental bridge or an implant to replace one or two missing teeth, you may not realize just yet that a dental crown will also play an important role in replacing your missing teeth and restoring your smile. After all, a dental bridge won’t be able to stay firmly in place without the help of dental crowns for support, and an implant isn’t complete without a crown cemented over the implant.

Make Chewing and Speaking Easier

Whether you are missing a tooth or you have a damaged tooth, we all know that this can make it more difficult to talk or chew properly. If you haven’t gotten the problem corrected as soon as possible, then you may also face nutritional deficiencies from not being able to eat the foods you need to sustain a healthy body. By placing a crown over the damaged or loose tooth, our dental team can redistribute weight evenly among your mouth so you can bite and chew with full confidence.

Have questions about getting a dental crown? Want to discuss your restorative dentistry options with one of our Ukrainian Village, Chicago family dentists? If so, then call Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas at Miswak Dentistry at (773) 661-0330 to schedule a consultation with us.

InterceptiveOrthodonticsStoppingPoorBitesBeforeTheyDevelop

Approximately 4 million tweens and teens are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment for a poor bite (malocclusion) that can cost their families thousands of dollars in braces or clear aligners. But treatment doesn't always have to follow this track: Found early, many malocclusions can be corrected or minimized before they fully develop.

Known as interceptive orthodontics, this particular approach to bite correction often begins as early as 6-10 years of age. Rather than move existing teeth, interceptive orthodontics focuses instead on redirecting jaw growth and intervening in other situations that can cause malocclusions.

For example, a child's upper jaw may not be growing wide enough to accommodate all incoming permanent teeth, crowding later arrivals out of their proper positions. But taking advantage of a gap during early childhood that runs through the center of the palate (roof of the mouth), orthodontists can increase jaw width with a device called a palatal expander.

The expander fits up against the palate with “legs” that extend and make contact with the inside of the teeth. With gradually applied pressure, the expander widens the central gap and the body naturally fills it with new bone cells. The bone accumulation causes the jaws to widen and create more room for incoming teeth.

Another way a malocclusion can develop involves the primary or “baby” teeth. As one of their purposes, primary teeth serve as placeholders for the future permanent teeth forming in the gums. But if they're lost prematurely, adjacent teeth can drift into the vacant space and crowd out incoming teeth.

Dentists prevent this with a space maintainer, a thin metal loop attached to the adjoining teeth that puts pressure on them to prevent them from entering the space. This spacer is removed when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.

These and other interceptive methods are often effective in minimizing the formation of malocclusions. But it's often best to use them early: Palatal expansion, for example, is best undertaken before the central gap fuses in early puberty, and space maintainers before the permanent tooth erupts.

That's why we recommend that children undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6 to assess their early bite development. If a malocclusion looks likely, early intervention could prevent it and reduce future treatment costs.

If you would like more information on interceptive orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Interceptive Orthodontics.”

By Miswak Dentistry
July 18, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
LadyGagaWasntBornThisWay

Sometimes, looking at old pictures can really bring memories back to life. Just ask Stefani Germanotta—the pop diva better known as Lady Gaga. In one scene from the recent documentary Five Foot Two, as family members sort through headshots from her teen years, her father proclaims: "Here, this proves she had braces!"

"If I had kept that gap, then I would have even more problems with Madonna," Lady Gaga replies, referencing an ongoing feud between the two musical celebrities.

The photos of Gaga's teenage smile reveal that the singer of hits like "Born This Way" once had a noticeable gap (which dentists call a diastema) between her front teeth. This condition is common in children, but often becomes less conspicuous with age. It isn't necessarily a problem: Lots of well-known people have extra space in their smiles, including ex-football player and TV host Michael Strahan, actress Anna Paquin…and fellow pop superstar Madonna. It hasn't hurt any of their careers.

Yet others would prefer a smile without the gap. Fortunately, diastema in children is generally not difficult to fix. One of the easiest ways to do so is with traditional braces or clear aligners. These orthodontic appliances, usually worn for a period of months, can actually move the teeth into positions that look more pleasing in the smile and function better in the bite. For many people, orthodontic treatment is a part of their emergence from adolescence into adulthood.

Braces and aligners, along with other specialized orthodontic appliances, can also remedy many bite problems besides diastema. They can correct misaligned teeth and spacing irregularities, fix overbites and underbites, and take care of numerous other types of malocclusions (bite problems).

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids get screened for orthodontic problems at age 7. Even if an issue is found, most won't get treatment at this age—but in some instances, it's possible that early intervention can save a great deal of time, money and effort later. For example, while the jaw is still developing, its growth can be guided with special appliances that can make future orthodontic treatment go quicker and easier.

Yet orthodontics isn't just for children—adults can wear braces too! As long as teeth and gums are healthy, there's no upper age limit on orthodontic treatment. Instead of traditional silver braces, many adults choose tooth-colored braces or clear aligners to complement their more professional appearance.

So if your child is at the age where screening is recommended—or if you're unhappy with your own smile—ask us whether orthodontics could help. But if you get into a rivalry with Madonna…you're on your own.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”

By Miswak Dentistry
July 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: loose tooth  
WeNeedtoActQuicklytoSaveYourLooseTooth

If you're an adult, your teeth shouldn't wiggle—not even a little bit. If you have a loose tooth, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid losing it permanently.

Loose teeth usually happen because of one of two kinds of bite-related trauma. One is known as primary occlusal, which usually happens when the periodontal (gum) structures that help secure teeth encounter higher than normal biting forces. This is usually due to a clenching or grinding habit.

The other and more common kind is secondary occlusal: This happens when the periodontal structures and supporting bone are in a weakened state, usually because of gum disease. In this condition, even normal biting forces can cause damage to a tooth's gum attachment and result in looseness.

To stop a loose tooth from becoming a lost tooth, we'll need to take these immediate steps.

Treat any underlying disease. If a gum infection is the culprit, our first priority is to stop it from doing any more damage. The main treatment for gum disease is to remove dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that's the usual cause for the infection. Depending on how much the infection has advanced, this could take several sessions to bring it under control.

Reduce abnormal biting forces. If teeth are loose from abnormally high bite forces, there are a few things we can do. One is to selectively reshape the biting surfaces of teeth so that they receive less force while biting. Another approach is to minimize the effect of teeth grinding with an occlusal guard worn in the mouth: Its slick plastic surface prevents teeth from making solid contact while biting.

Splint loose teeth to secure them. We can secure loose teeth by splinting them to more stable teeth with metal strips or other means. Splinting is often done in conjunction with the aforementioned treatments, and is usually temporary until the tooth regains its periodontal attachments. Sometimes, though, it may be necessary to permanently splint a weakened tooth.

A loose tooth isn't necessarily destined to be lost. But we'll have to act quickly—if you have a loose tooth see us as soon as possible to determine how best to save it.

If you would like more information on saving loose teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treatment for Loose Teeth.”





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