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By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
December 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant SmileLearn more about this popular tooth replacement and how it works.

Are you wondering whether or not dental implants are the right approach for restoring your smile after tooth loss? If you are a healthy adult who is missing one or more teeth, dental implants might just be the perfect solution for filling those gaps and improving your oral health. Read below to learn more about how dental implants can replace your missing teeth for life, and call Decatur, IL, dentist, Dr. Carol Cunningham, if you are interested in undergoing treatment.

 

What’s so special about dental implants?

Well, actually there are a lot of unique benefits that this tooth replacement can offer adults that are dealing with tooth loss. First of all, dental implants are the closest you can come to natural teeth in both comfort and stability. Secondly, their versatility allows them to be used to replace a single missing tooth, an entire row of teeth, or anything in between. Plus, dental implants stay put, so you don’t have to worry about them shifting or moving around when talking and eating.

 

How do dental implants work?

The secret to dental implants lies in the fact that they are designed to function just like real tooth roots. For this to happen, you will visit our Decatur, IL, office to have the implant placed into the jawbone (this will require minor surgery). Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, we will give your mouth up to six months to heal. During this time, the jawbone and gum tissue will heal around the implant, melding with it to become a strong and durable unit from which to support a false tooth.

Once the implant and the jawbone are one, we will continue the treatment process by cementing a dental crown onto the implant. The crown will also need to be customized to fit your smile, given that, while your implant won’t be visible when you smile, the dental crown will be. Our goal is to create the most realistic dental restoration possible so that the only person who knows you have a dental crown is you.

 

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

There are several factors to consider before deciding whether or not you are right for dental implants. You could be an ideal candidate for an implant if you are a healthy adult with a strong jawbone who is looking for a long-term solution to replacing one or more permanent teeth. If you want to find out if dental implants are right for you then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with us!

At the Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL, we believe that everyone deserves to have perfect smiles regardless of damage or tooth loss. If you are an adult who is looking for the best way to replace missing teeth, then call our office today at (217) 422-7448.

By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Are you interested in getting veneers?veneers

Your dentist understands the importance of having a beautiful smile. Dr. Carol Cunningham at Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL assess your teeth to make sure there aren't any serious problems like cavities. If there are cavities, she will need to clean them out and seal them.

Afterwards, she will remove some enamel off the surface of your teeth and place the porcelain veneers, which are basically thin shells. The veneers will fit evenly along your teeth because they are custom made and the enamel removed makes way for them.

The veneers you decide to have placed are a great way to conceal unappealing issues:

  • They hide stained and/or discolored teeth, which aren't attractive anymore because of poor habits like smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking tea or coffee, and eating heavily pigmented foods. Even some antibiotics, such as tetracycline, may cause teeth to become discolored.
  • Another issue people suffer from and want to conceal is mishappened teeth like worn or chipped teeth, uneven surfaces, crooked teeth, uneven spacing, like overcrowdedness, and irregularly shaped teeth.
  • Veneers are also great for concealing dents, cracks and fractures, and grooves on the surface of your teeth that may have been caused by trauma.

While the process is simple and non-invasive, removing enamel is a permanent decision. So make sure you speak to your Decatur dentist.

Also, keeping up with your healthy oral regimen will help keep your smile intact for as long as possible. So brush twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Make sure to brush for two whole minutes and angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Flossing should also be a part of your dental care. Floss at least once before bed and don't miss your bi-annual checkups with your dentist.

If you're interested in veneers and have questions for Dr. Carol Cunningham, then call you Decatur, IL, dentist today! Your smile and health are important.