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What is a Dental Cap?

One of the most common questions patients ask at Smiles of Naperville is "What is a dental cap?" A dental cap, also called a crown, is typically constructed from porcelain and placed on top of a tooth for a variety of reasons. Ceramic and metal also make attractive options, although they may not be as durable. A cap is a permanent dental prosthetic that remains in place indefinitely or until you request to have it removed. When you practice good oral hygiene and don't put undue stress on the cap, it can last for more than a decade before needing [...]

2015-09-17T14:38:13+00:00September 17th, 2015|Blog|

Understanding General Dentistry

It used to be that you only went to the dentist twice a year for a check-up. In the past few decades, dentists nationwide have added such services as cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and restorative dentistry, leaving many to wonder, "What is general dentistry?" General Dentistry Services at Smiles of Naperville Dr. Prasad Gonavarum and his staff help patients experience optimal dental health with regular dental exams and cleaning in addition to several other services. We recommend that both adults and children come in for a professional cleaning every six months. In addition to polishing, we scale the teeth to ensure [...]

2015-09-11T13:28:17+00:00September 11th, 2015|Blog|

Difference Between Inlays & Onlays

If you have a large cavity that Dr. Prasad Gonavarum is unable to fill using traditional materials, he will likely suggest that you receive an inlay or onlay. This procedure is also appropriate for patients who have one or more teeth that appear darker than the others due to tooth decay. If you want to replace old metal fillings or don’t want to get a dental crown, inlays and onlays make a great alternative. How Are Inlays and Onlays Different from Each Other? Dr. Prasad Gonavarum will recommend placing an inlay if you have decay or a cavity on a [...]

2015-08-28T10:00:19+00:00August 28th, 2015|dental tips, Dental Treatments|

What is Teeth Bonding?

Teeth bonding is the process of applying a filling material, or composite, to one or more teeth to disguise minor cosmetic issues like cracks or staining. Dr. Prasad Gonavarum matches the color of the composite to the natural shading of your teeth as closely as possible. Over the past several years, the materials used for the teeth bonding process have become more durable than ever. If you are considering enhancing your smile with a cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth bonding is a fast, non-invasive, and pain-free way to go about it. How it Works After Dr. Prasad Gonavarum layers the bonding [...]

2015-07-21T10:00:33+00:00July 21st, 2015|Dental Technology, Dental Treatments|

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns can be thought of as a kind of “helmet” for your teeth.  There are two main parts of your teeth, the root and the enamel.  The root, as it sounds, is like that of a tree, the part of the tooth which keeps it in the bones of your jaw.  The enamel is the white part of the tooth which your normally see, and it is a protective coating over the tooth defending against bacteria & acid attacks.  When this top layer is worn through, cracked, or chipped, usually the solution is to replace it by using a [...]

2015-06-29T04:35:21+00:00June 29th, 2015|Blog|

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening doesn’t have to be an expensive choice. You may ask yourself, “how much for teeth whitening?”, but it really depends on where or from whom you’re getting it. Obviously, your dentist is going to have the latest and greatest products and procedures, which will provide lasting results, but it may not always be the most cost-effective choice. On the other hand, if you go to your local big-box retailer and pull one of the popular products off-the-shelf, you’ll probably get something that may lighten the color of your teeth, or perhaps just lighten your wallet. When it comes [...]

2015-06-29T01:46:40+00:00June 29th, 2015|Blog|

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Our teeth allow us to do different things in the different activities that we do every day. Mostly, it helps us to chew our food, helps us to speak and maintain our facial structures. Keeping our mouth and teeth healthy can prevent disease, tooth infection and aesthetic dysfunction from occurring in the future. Every one of us is born with beautiful and healthy teeth so it is just rightful for us to take good care of them. We should abstain from any food or beverage that might wear out the color of our teeth and its structure. These foods and [...]

2015-05-22T13:42:47+00:00May 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Different Kinds of Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the many dental innovations available in the market, used to replace ones missing teeth. They are made from biocompatible materials and are surgically affixed to ones jaw bone. Dental implants serve as tooth roots to support and stabilize a reconstruction. Oftentimes they are used to anchor dental crowns, bridges and even dentures in place. There different kinds dental implants based on how they are attached to ones jawbone, the surgical procedure they were placed and the implant material. Based on their jaw bone attachment: Endosteal implants – They are surgically implanted within the patient’s jaw [...]

2015-05-12T05:56:17+00:00May 12th, 2015|Blog|

6 Tips to have a brighter smile

Who doesn’t like to have a whiter teeth and a beautiful smile like the ones in television and magazine ads? I know most of you do! Each one of us wants whiter teeth basically because it helps us look cleaner and healthier looking. The question we should ask ourselves: “How do we achieve the smile that we want?” Here are 6 tips to have a brighter and healthy-looking smile: 1. Use toothpaste that is rich in fluoride to whiten your teeth and keep them healthy-looking. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. 2. Eat more water-rich fruits (apples and [...]

2015-04-18T02:28:54+00:00April 18th, 2015|Blog|

Achieving whiter teeth fast

A lot of people wanted to have that bright, white smile just like their favorite Hollywood stars. They wanted to look good and at the same time feel good about themselves. Often times, people would equate having whiter teeth to being more attractive, younger and more successful. There are many products available in the market which promises to give you that bright, white smile you have been dreaming of. There are teeth whitening products or treatments you can use in the comforts of your home while there are those that can be done only in-office. Among these options, you might [...]

2015-03-31T14:03:31+00:00March 31st, 2015|Blog|
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