Caring Dental Smiles Blog

October 21, 2017
root canals Chicago

Why do I need root canal therapy?

Root canals help to save a biological tooth that might otherwise be at risk for extraction due to extensive decay or injury. Specifically, root canals involve removing pulp material that is exposed to the oral cavity due to tooth damage in order to prevent infection of the pulp. It is always preferable to attempt to save a biological tooth rather than have it extracted, so root canals can be valuable tools for your dentist to use to optimize your oral health. In performing a root canal, the dentist will first numb the site using a local anesthetic. Patients may also […]
August 15, 2017
dentures Glenview

Chipped Denture: What are my options?

Damage to your dentures can occur while chewing; you can accidentally bump your teeth resulting in a chip or break; or you might drop your denture. Whether you totally break or just chip your denture, you have options. Your first best choice would be to call your dentist for an appointment. But if this isn’t an immediate possibility, knowing what to do can allow you to make the best out of a bad situation. Never use a commercial glue on your dentures. Take the time to acquire a denture repair kit if you need to do something quickly or carry […]
June 12, 2017
emergency dentistry Chicago

Are you prepared for a dental emergency?

You probably only think about the dentist when you have a toothache, or your six month visit is approaching. But a dental emergency can happen to you, a family member, a co-worker, or anyone at any time. While the average person is not trained in emergency dentistry, having basic knowledge can help salvage a tooth and save time, money, and discomfort. Being prepared is an important key … post the name and number of your dentist in a prominent place. Dental emergencies don’t always occur during dental office hours, so knowing the contact information for your after hours emergency provider […]
April 15, 2017
dental crowns

Why would I need a porcelain crown?

Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged by decay or trauma, or which have been treated with root canal therapy. The crown keeps the tooth intact and functional. Porcelain crowns are used when you prefer a more natural-looking restoration, such as for front teeth. Uses for Porcelain Crowns Dental crowns are generally used for restorations, though in the past they have also been used for cosmetic reasons. If your tooth has been seriously damaged due to decay, or if it has cracked as a result of trauma or because it’s been treated with large fillings, […]