Are dental implants really necessary? Why they may be exactly what you need

Are dental implants really necessary? Why they may be exactly what you need

It wasn’t that long ago when dental implants were a novelty. These days, they seem to be the norm.

A report from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry shows that around three million people in the U.S. now have at least one dental implant. And that number grows annually by 500,000!

Why are implants so popular?

Dental Implants: What are they and why are they so popular?

Dental implants are made of titanium metal and act as an artificial root. When you lose a tooth, an implant is placed in the pocket where the root of the tooth used to be.

Having an artificial root serves two purposes:

  • It acts as an anchor for the dental crown that fits over it
  • It keeps the jawbone strong

When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone starts to shrink in that area. If you’ve had all of your teeth extracted, the entire jaw bone will shrink.

Missing only one tooth may not seem like a big deal. However, once the bone begins to recede, it starts to expose the roots of the adjacent teeth. This can result in an increased risk of decay and periodontal disease, an inflammatory disease affecting the soft and hard tissues supporting the teeth.

As the bone shrinks in patients who lose teeth, it can change the structure of the lower half of the face.

This is one of the reasons dental implants are so popular. They help keep the mouth healthy and smile looking natural – a great confidence boost.

Signs you may need a dental implant and how to tell if you’re a good candidate

How do you know if you need dental implants?

Here are a few of the signs that one or more implants might be necessary:

  • You’re missing one or more teeth, or are told you need an extraction
  • You have a severely cracked or broken tooth
  • Your dentures/partials don’t fit very well
  • Your jawbone is receding

Does having one or more of these signs automatically make you a good candidate for an implant placement procedure?

Not necessarily. To be a good candidate, good overall health is necessary. Additionally, you need to have a fairly healthy mouth and plenty of bone to support the implant post. However, even if you’ve lost some bone, a surgeon can build it up sufficiently with a bone graft.

What to expect in the dental chair and how to care for your implant at home

From start to finish, this form of treatment takes approximately three to six appointments. These include:

  • Tooth extraction
  • Bone graft
  • Placing the implant post into the jawbone
  • Taking an impression for a crown to fit over the post
  • Delivering the permanent crown

These steps are necessary to give the body time to heal and for the implant to integrate into the bone (osseointegration).

Once the crown has been delivered, you’ll need to care for your implant and crown just as you would for real teeth.

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Besides great homecare, regular dental visits are imperative when receiving implants. Professional cleanings every three to six months are largely necessary. At this time, a checkup on the jawbone’s health and on implant stability will be conducted.

Dental Implants Cost: Why we believe that they are worth every penny

Dental implants have a 95%-98% success rate. That’s incredible – and one of the reasons why we think people should invest in them.

But there’s still one thing that tends to hold people back: the cost of dental implants. However, getting a dental implant can actually save money in the long run.

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By preventing jawbone degradation, implants keep the rest of the teeth and bones healthy and in good shape. Dental implants can help maintain the shape of the mouth, helping to retain your confidence.

At Meyer Dental, we want to do all that we can to help our patients get the highest quality of dental care. Therefore, we offer a variety of payment options, including 2 – 5% savings offers and interest-free payment plans for up to 12 months.

These payment options aim to remove some of the financial burden when considering implants so that you are able to invest in a wonderful smile for a lifetime!

Do you have any questions or concerns about whether dental implants are right for you? We can help! Call us at 847-827-6290 or email us and we’ll be happy to discuss all the options available to boost your confidence and health.

Think Snoring is Not a Health Concern? Think Again

Think Snoring is Not a Health Concern? Think Again

For as long as anyone can remember, snoring has plagued the nights of countless sleepers across the globe.

Despite its reputation as merely being a nuisance, snoring can sometimes be a symptom of greater issues.

What are these issues and how can they be treated?

That’s what I’m here today to discuss. Here’s everything you should know about snoring’s greater health implications and how they can be treated by a sleep apnea dentist.

What Can Snoring Be a Sign Of?

Snoring can be more than just an annoying noise that prevents your spouse from falling asleep.

One of the most common problems that can provoke snoring is sleep apnea, which can be a potentially serious issue. It causes your breathing to repeatedly start and stop, often inducing snoring.

Sleep apnea comes in various forms.

  • Obstructive sleep apnea – This causes the throat muscles to relax.
  • Central sleep apnea – This occurs when the signals from your brain aren’t working correctly with the muscles that control your breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome – This means you have both of the above forms working in tandem.

While anyone can develop sleep apnea, men are most prone. This is especially true for men over 40, overweight men, and men with a family history of Sleep Apnea disorder.

People with unusually sized tonsils, tongues, or jaws also have a higher risk of developing this condition. Other than snoring, it can also cause waking up with a dry mouth, morning headaches, and insomnia.

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Not everyone with sleep apnea snores, while not everyone that snores has sleep apnea.

Snoring may also be the result of obesity, allergies, and smoking. Therefore, even if you don’t have sleep apnea, it’s important to get your snoring checked out. Chances are, there’s some larger reason for it that should be pinpointed and taken care of.

Snoring isn’t always a long-term problem, it may be as simple as a side-effect of a medication you’re taking. Many common over-the-counter medicine and prescriptions are known to relax the throat muscles, which causes snoring.

What is the Best Sleep Apnea Treatment?

If you think you might have sleep apnea, I highly recommended making an appointment with us, as soon as possible.

Untreated sleep apnea can result in depression, diabetes, heart failure, and a number of other unsavory conditions.

On a personal level, the excessive snoring caused by sleep apnea can create tension in your personal life, as nobody wants to sleep next to a chronic snorer.

But you may be asking yourself, what’s the relationship between a sleep apnea and dentist?

That’s an easy one.

Oral Appliance

One of the most common snoring treatments are oral appliances. My team and I can provide you with a device suited specifically to fit your unique case.

Most devices are designed to shift the jaw and tongue, in order to open the throat and airways. These devices are to be worn while you sleep. Hence, you won’t have to worry about walking around with one on, which may be more uncomfortable emotionally than physically. These devices are designed to fit your jaw size, and be comfortable!oral slee appliance for snoring and sleep apnea

Surgery

Oral appliances are great for moderate cases of sleep apnea, but more extreme cases might require more elaborate treatments, such as surgery. The extensiveness of the surgeries varies on a case-to-case basis, but this is only if oral appliances and other methods don’t do the trick.

Changes in Sleeping Habit

Before getting oral appliances, you might even try changing your sleeping habits. Sleeping habits affect our day to day lives more than we acknowledge, sometimes altering your sleeping pattern can cure some of the less severe cases of sleeping apnea.

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Click here to read more about lifestyle changes for snorers and sleep apnea patients.

CPAP Machine

Another common sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP machine, which is an external device you wear while sleeping. It pumps air through your nose and, as a result, the air pressure keeps your respiratory system open for smooth breathing. A lot of patients find they wake up feeling better rested, and more refreshed after using a CPAP machine.

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We Believe… in Having the Best Sleep Possible

Sleep is precious.

It both relaxes us and energizes us.

For some of us, it might even be the best part of the day.

That’s why my team and I want to make sure your sleep remains just that: sleep.

No one wants to be constantly woken up at night, which can be more irritating than never falling asleep at all.

If you’re an excessive snorer, we can help evaluate your situation and find a solution specifically suited to your unique case.

Depending on how severe your case is, we can provide you with oral appliances that will help open up your airways and stop your snoring.

Snoring may seem like nothing more than a funny noise, but it can be a sign of a larger issue at hand, sometimes leading to long-term health problems . Before it reaches this point, come see us and we’ll take care of it.

Do you have any further questions regarding snoring or sleep apnea? Feel free to send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to answering your questions!

Crowded teeth isn’t only a cosmetic concern

Crowded teeth isn’t only a cosmetic concern

Taking care of your teeth can be one of the more challenging aspects of keeping your body healthy.

Most people know enough to brush twice a day and floss after every meal, but other than this, the teeth remain mostly an enigma to the average person.

One of the most common yet least known about issues is crowded teeth.

While crowded teeth might sound like merely a cosmetic problem, it can actually wreak havoc in your overall health in a variety of ways.

Today, I’m going to delve into what you need to know about crowded teeth, so your oral hygiene can continue to be in tiptop shape.

What are crowded teeth and how do you get them?

Crowded teeth, also referred to as malocclusion, simply means that your teeth are misaligned, which results in a variety of issues depending on the person. Because the teeth are crowded, they begin growing in abnormal directions due to lack of room.

For most of my patients, crowded teeth are an inherited trait. It depends on a person’s jaw and teeth size. However, there are a number of ways to develop crowded teeth on your own, many of which occur as a child.

I recommend parents to keep an eye out for pervasive thumb-sucking and refrain from prolonged pacifier and bottle usage, all of which could all result in the misalignment of teeth in children. It’s also possible for poorly fitted dental fillings, retainers, and braces to cause crowded teeth, hence why it’s important to see an experienced dentist.

What are the consequences of crowded teeth?

When the teeth are packed together, it becomes difficult for your toothbrush or floss to reach certain places. This allows bacteria and plaque to go unattended, resulting in stains and tar buildup.

Malocclusion can cause

  • frequent tongue biting
  • speech problems
  • for younger children, new teeth to grow where they shouldn’t
  • teeth are harder to clean, making them susceptible to plaque buildup and gum disease
  • can result in a TMJ disorder

When you have a TMJ disorder, it means there’s great pain in the joints and muscles that operate your jaw, resulting in a myriad of painful symptoms

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What is the best crowded teeth treatment?

While minor misalignments in the teeth are relatively normal, moderate or severe deviations can cause pain and should be treated.

Braces

One of the most common techniques in modern orthodontics for treating crowded teeth is braces, which use a metal wire to realign the teeth.

Tooth Removal

Sometimes, in cases of extreme overcrowding, the removal of certain teeth can help get the rest of the teeth back on track.

Some teeth don’t need to be entirely removed. Instead, they can be reshaped or adjusted, which creates the desired room for the rest of the teeth to flourish. In rare cases, surgery is required in order to reshape or shorten the jaw, but only if there’s extreme misalignment.

Clear Aligners or Invisalign®

Clear braces is a form of orthontics that’s attractive to adults and teens because they are nearly invisible. The smooth, clear material is custom made in the lab and designed to fit snugly on your teeth, so there is no discomfort or unsightly metal brackets.  It can be easier to brush and floss during your treatment, as compared to traditional ortho, for better oral health.

Click here to read more about Invisalign.

Which of these is best for you?

I recommend making an appointment with us and getting a personal diagnosis. Crowded teeth can be spotted during a routine exam, although x-rays are sometimes required to get the most complete picture.

Treatment itself is about a six-month to two-year process, although it can go longer. Treatment for children and adolescents is easiest, as their bones and teeth are more malleable than an adults’.

We… believe in making your life easy

My team and I know you have a lot on your plate.

Worrying about your teeth can sometimes fall to the bottom of the pile when it comes to your many responsibilities.

That’s why we go out of our way to make sure something like crowded teeth is diagnosed and treated in the most efficient way possible.

For parents, be sure to remember to take preventative measures with your children, as their behavior at a young age can affect their oral health for years to come.

As always, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible. If there’s a problem, we can fix it before it gets worse. If there’s no problem, then that’s even better. Either way, you’re in good hands with your local Mount Prospect dentist.

Do you have any further questions regarding crowded teeth? Feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Not only do we love working on teeth, but we love talking about them, too!

Sinus Headache or TMJ Migraine: How to tell the difference

Sinus Headache or TMJ Migraine: How to tell the difference

We’ve all had bad headaches from time to time. The pain can be so intense that you can’t seem to imagine anything worse.

And then you have a migraine episode that seems to take the pain to the next level. In addition to the pounding headache, your cheeks and teeth seem to ache, too.

Unfortunately, some people have headaches like this on a regular basis. They’ve tried to treat it with over-the-counter remedies, but these can just be Band-Aid solutions.

tmj-disorder-jaw-pain-relief-tom-meyer-dentist-des-plaines-chicagoThe reason for this is because painkillers aren’t treating the main source of the problem – which could be structural or mechanical.

The above symptoms – the pounding head, achy teeth, and tender cheeks – aren’t signs of a typical headache. They could be signs of a sinus headache or a TMJ migraine.

In order to successfully treat the problem, we have to identify the root cause. First we need to discern the difference between these types of head pain.

Sinus Headache vs. TMJ Migraine: Which one do you have?

Many patients with TMJ disorder, short for temporomandibular joint disorder or simply TMD, experience pain on a regular basis. The pain can be chronic and debilitating.

Some might point to this as the difference between a sinus headache and a TMJ migraine. That’s not necessarily the case though.

Sinus headaches aren’t limited to when you have a cold or sinus infection. The sinus inflammation and congestion of allergies often lead to regular headaches.

That’s why it can be so confusing for people to identify what kind of headache they’re dealing with.

Let’s take a moment to take a more in-depth look at the symptoms caused by TMJ pain versus sinus pain.

Sinus headache symptoms

  • Pain in the cheeks, forehead, and brow
  • feeling of pressure or fullness along the cheeks, forehead, nose, and brow
  • Stuffy, congested nose (a runny nose may or may not be present)
  • Your upper teeth ache
  • The pain gets worse if you lay down or lean forward
  • Fatigue

TMJ headache and migraine symptoms

  • Pain in the jaw joints, cheeks, forehead, back of the head, and/or neck
  • Tight facial muscles, particularly those of the cheeks and jaw
  • Restricted movement of your jaw – you can’t open your mouth very wide or it locks
  • Muscle spasms in your jaw or cheeks
  • Eye pain
  • Ear pain and/or ringing in your ears
  • There’s a clicking noise in your jaw joint(s)
  • Your teeth don’t always seem to fit together properly

Are there similarities between the two types of headaches? Absolutely, but upon further investigation, you can start to notice some differences.

Once you know what kind of headache you’re dealing with – it’s much easier to treat.

We believe you shouldn’t have to suffer with chronic headaches

When you have a headache due to allergies, a cold, or a sinus infection, it’s best to talk to your physician. They can prescribe antibiotics for an infection and offer suggestions for dealing with your cold symptoms.

Your doctor can also prescribe an oral allergy medication, nasal spray, or allergy shots.

And what about the patients who struggle with migraines or headaches caused by a TMJ disorder?

They should see a TMJ dentist.

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As a neuromuscular/TMJ dentist practicing in Chicago and Mount Prospect, my family dental practice offers  a variety of treatment options for patients with headaches.

For instance, I might suggest orthodontic treatment to a patient who has a misaligned bite. When their bite is out of alignment, it puts strain on the muscles of the jaw, head, and neck. That, in turn, causes pain.

Other people find relief with orthotic devices. We even have the option to perform treatments that stimulate and relax the jaw and facial muscles.

I also make it a point to show patients what they can do at home to reduce their symptoms.

See a TMJ dentist if you suspect you suffer from TMJ migraines

A physician can help if you have certain types of headaches and migraines. However, you should see a neuromuscular dentist if you want to treat a TMJ migraine.

In many cases, I’m doctor number four or even doctor number eight in a patient’s journey of finding relief. I often hear how I am the unexpected specialist for their migraine or headache because I am a dentist.

Neuromuscular dentists have extensive knowledge of head and neck anatomy, and of what makes the teeth, jaw joint, and muscles work in harmony.

We focus on treating patients with TMJ and obstructive sleep apnea. Many of us  do so while also offering family and cosmetic dental care. We have invested our resources into learning even more about how to successfully treat TMJ disorder from an interesting and valuable angle: the teeth.

When a patient with TMJ migraine of headache comes into my practice, I discuss all of their symptoms and do a thorough exam.

After studying the patient’s case, I will then develop a treatment plan that will fit their needs the best. My ultimate goal is to tackle the underlying cause of their condition, not just their symptoms.

If you have chronic headaches, don’t hesitate to see a TMJ dentist. It may very well be the solution you’ve been looking for!

Dr.Thomas Meyer, DDS, MICCMO – Dentist Mount Prospect

 

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth? Your Questions Answered

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth? Your Questions Answered

Have you considered getting your teeth straightened but still aren’t 100% sure if you should invest in it?

You’re not alone.

I’ve met a lot of people who like the idea of a straighter smile but hesitate to take action.

They aren’t sure what kind of braces to get. They’re concerned that the process will take too long. And they worry that it will be difficult to talk and eat, not to mention how hard it might be to practice good homecare.

Those questions and concerns are perfectly valid. Investing in orthodontics is a major commitment of both time and money.

To help you determine what course of action is best for you, I thought I’d answer some common questions we hear regularly in our Mount Prospect dental office.

Life with Invisalign – How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth and Other FAQs

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?

Typically, Invisalign is 50% faster than traditional braces. The average adult can be out of treatment within 12 months.

Of course, some cases are more difficult than others and require more time. Some people wear Invisalign aligners just as long as people in traditional braces.

When you have an Invisalign assessment, we’ll be able to determine how long your course of treatment will need to be.

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

This question requires more than a “yes” or “no” answer.

Each person is unique and has their individual needs.

People who have jawbone issues – like a crossbite, overbite, or underbite – are usually better candidates for traditional braces.

Many patients, though, respond well to the Invisalign process.

Here’s a little preview of how Invisalign works.

How Will the Invisalign Aligners Impact My Daily Life and Speech?

You’ll need to wear the aligners most of the day. In fact, the only time you should remove them is to eat or to brush and floss your teeth.

While the aligners aren’t super bulky, they will take some getting used to. However, it doesn’t take long before you’ll be talking like normal. Some people even forget they’re wearing them.

Do You Want a Healthy, Straighter, Gleaming Smile?

The next question you need to consider when making this decision is: Do you want to feel confident about your smile? how long does invisalign take

That may seem like a silly question. After all – who doesn’t want a nice smile? Let me assure you – you are worth the investment.

You have to look beyond the cosmetic components of orthodontics and look at the practical ones.

For example, straighter teeth make it easier to brush and floss, thereby reducing the risk of decay and gum disease.

That alone justifies the Invisalign cost for many.

We Believe You Deserve a Beautiful Smile and Want to Give You a Free Gift

My dental team and I believe that everyone deserves to have the smile they’ve always wanted.

That’s why, when my patients invest in Invisalign treatments this summer, they will receive a complimentary home whitening kit.

The kit includes custom-made trays that will perfectly fit your now-straight and beautiful teeth, Zoom whitening product and thorough in-office whitening instructions.

This kit will ensure that you not only get a straight smile, but that you have a bright one as well.

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Together, we can ensure that you get the brilliant, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

If you’re interested in achieving your best smile ever, I invite you to contact my office. My team and I will be happy to explain all about the cosmetic dental procedures that we offer and how you can benefit from them.

Are you ready for a different dental experience?

Make an Appointment