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What is Periodontal Disease?

A common question that the dentists answer at Smiles of Naperville is “What is periodontal disease?” Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a common oral health issue in adults. When plaque remains in your mouth, it sticks to your teeth and forms bacteria. The bacteria causes the plaque to harden, which eventually leads to tartar development. Once tartar has formed, it is difficult to remove from the teeth by brushing and flossing alone. Even when you are successful, it normally returns by the next day. Eating foods with a high concentration of sugar increase the risk of plaque and [...]

2016-02-21T16:44:30+00:00February 21st, 2016|Dental Treatments|

Types of Dental Fillings

It’s important for your dentist at Smiles of Naperville to fill a cavity right away to preserve the integrity of your tooth. When it comes to the types of dental fillings used, today’s patients have more choices than ever. The most common materials used for dental fillings include: Metal/Silver Amalgam: This was the treatment of choice to fill cavities for many years and is still popular with dentists and patients. This filling material consists of 50 percent mercury and a smaller percentage of copper, silver, tin, and zinc. Fillings are quite noticeable with this type of material, which is why [...]

2016-02-07T16:39:26+00:00February 7th, 2016|Dental Treatments|

What is a Dental Sealant?

At Smiles of Naperville, we recommend dental sealants to prevent your child from becoming part of the 70 percent of Americans with diagnosed tooth decay by age 19. The treatment is sometimes appropriate for adults as well. If you’re a new parent or we have told you that you need this treatment, you may be wondering, “What is a dental sealant?”   Applying a dental sealant is pain-free, fast, and simple. For our pediatric patients, we explain what a sealant is and how it helps to keep their teeth healthy and free of cavities. Your child’s dentist places sealants on [...]

2016-01-21T20:06:56+00:00January 21st, 2016|Blog|

What is a Composite Filling?

In decades past, the only choice people had when they needed a cavity filled was for the dentist to use silver amalgam filling material. As a dental patient today, you are fortunate to have the option to receive a composite filling instead. That is because many people expressed concerns about the potential dangers of having metal fillings present for the rest of their life. Others felt that traditional metal fillings were unattractive and wanted a better option. If you are just hearing about this dental treatment, you may be asking yourself, “What is a composite filling?” A composite filling, also [...]

2016-01-07T20:04:48+00:00January 7th, 2016|Blog|

What is Fluoride Treatment?

Despite the fact that fluoride is naturally present in water and many foods, most American children still don’t receive enough of it. Unfortunately, this can have devastating consequences on their developing teeth. Without enough fluoride, your kids are at a greater risk of developing tooth decay at an early age. At Smiles of Naperville, our dentists recommend fluoride treatments twice annually at your child’s routine cleaning and check-up. This can start as early as six month before any teeth have erupted. Ideally, all children should receive regular fluoride treatments until they are 16 years old. Understanding the Process If you [...]

2015-12-22T20:02:36+00:00December 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Teeth Whitening That Works

When you feel self-conscious about the color or shade of your teeth, you may be hesitant to smile at all. Unfortunately, stained teeth are common as people age due to using ineffective toothpaste, smoking, eating dark colored foods, drinking coffee and soft drinks, and taking certain medications. If you have tried to improve the appearance of your teeth to no avail, you may want to consider professional teeth whitening at Smiles of Naperville. We guarantee that we offer teeth whitening that works. How the Process of Professional Teeth Whitening Works Before one of our dentists performs this procedure on you, [...]

2015-12-08T14:20:07+00:00December 8th, 2015|Blog|

How Do Dental Implants Work?

A dental implant acts as an artificial tooth root to hold your replacement teeth in place permanently. They contain small titanium rods that your dentist at Smiles of Naperville inserts into your gums and jawbone. Once your mouth has healed sufficiently from receiving the artificial roots, your dentist attaches your new dentures to them. Dental implants are popular because they offer many benefits over traditional removable dentures. In spite of this, most patients don’t completely understand the process. One of the most common questions they ask is, “How do dental implants work?” The Dental Implant Procedure Before your dentist can [...]

2015-11-24T19:27:18+00:00November 24th, 2015|Blog|

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you’re unhappy with some aspect of your smile, you may be considering undergoing a cosmetic dentistry procedure to enhance it. Most patients are aware of some of their options to change the way their teeth look, but not all of them. You may even wonder “What is cosmetic dentistry?” If so, you’re not alone. That is a common question that we hear at Smiles of Naperville. Cosmetic dentistry is any procedure that a patient voluntarily undergoes to enhance the appearance of his or her teeth and smile. Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures at Smiles of Naperville If you are interested in [...]

2015-11-12T19:10:05+00:00November 12th, 2015|Blog|

How Much For Teeth Whitening?

How Much For Teeth Whitening? There are many reasons why professional teeth whitening is such a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. While the process is simple, it can dramatically change a patient’s appearance. Brightening the teeth by several shades makes for a more attractive smile as well as greater confidence. After people understand the benefits, the next thing they want to know is “How much for teeth whitening?” As with most elective procedures, there is a wide variation in cost depending on the specific services you choose. Professional Teeth Whitening for as Low as $100 The cheapest form of teeth whitening [...]

2015-10-26T23:25:19+00:00October 26th, 2015|Blog|

What is Restorative Dentistry?

If one of the dentists at Smiles of Naperville has told you that you need a restorative dentistry procedure, you may not be entirely clear on what that means. If so, you're not alone. "What is restorative dentistry?" is a common question that we hear from patients. According to the American Dental Association, restorative dentistry is the process of restoring the teeth, gums, and jaw to a healthy state in order to preserve long-term oral health. You may require one or more procedures if you meet the following criteria: You experience pain when biting and chewing food You desire to [...]

2015-10-04T16:26:25+00:00October 4th, 2015|Blog|