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

maloccolusion can cause

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!

How Much Do Same Day Dental Crowns Cost?

How Much Do Same Day Dental Crowns Cost?

My primary goal as a family dentist in Mount Prospect is to get people out of pain and do all I can to ensure that my patients are at their optimal oral health. When patients are confronted by a cracked tooth, for instance, it’s important that they are given affordable and long-lasting options.

If one or more teeth are affected by chips, decay, cracks or other types of damage, same day dental crowns, also known as one-visit crowns, are the ideal solution.

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But I also understand that cost is a major factor in people’s decisions when it comes to restorative dentistry.

That’s why I want to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the treatment plans I recommend and their cost.

In this article, I’m going to answer a question my team and I hear a lot: How much do dental crowns cost? I’ll delve into the different types of crowns, as well as whether insurance will help with the cost or not.

What’s the difference between a single-visit dental crown in Chicago and a lab fabricated one?

The clear difference between the two is the time.

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Traditional crown fabrication is as follows

  • An impression is taken of the tooth.
  • The impression is sent to a dental lab.
  • The dental lab fabricates the custom crown.
  • The patient comes back a few weeks later to have the crown cemented.

Sometimes, there is an error in fabrication and the crown doesn’t fit as well as it should. When this happens, a new impression is taken and sent to the lab. The patient then has to come back for yet another crown fitting appointment.

Most of these steps are eliminated when a patient has a single-visit crown procedure

Dental labs typically have dozens, if not hundreds, of projects they’re working on at once.

A same day crown is made in a single visit.

At our Mount Prospect dentist office, we use a software program called CEREC® . After preparing the tooth for a crown, we use the CEREC scanner to take an image of the tooth. This is a 3D image of the tooth, as well as the structures surrounding it.

Then, the CAD/CAM software makes a 3D model of the crown. An onsite milling machine is then used to turn a piece of porcelain into a permanent crown based on that model.

CEREC is an accurate system that creates extremely well-fitting crowns. It also saves our patients a lot of time. They don’t have to wait for the lab to make the crown, and they don’t have to sit through dental impressions either.

Cost of Same Day Crowns

Now, you may be thinking – due to the advanced technology, the tooth crown cost must be a lot more than a lab fabricated one.

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Actually, in our office, the dental crown cost is the same across the board. Crown fees range from $1475 to $1775 whether you get a same day crown or a lab fabricated crown.

The fee range depends on the materials used to fabricate the crown. Some patients are not the ideal candidates for all-porcelain dental crowns due to the amount of tooth structure they’ve lost. In these cases, it’s often best to have a lab make a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.

Will insurance help pay for a dental crown?

Our Mount Prospect and Chicago patients who have insurance will find that most insurance companies pay between 50% and 80% of the crown cost.

It depends on the insurance company and the plan you or your employer has with them.

We want everyone to invest in their dental health whether they have insurance or not. That’s why we have a number of payment options that can make the dental crown cost more affordable.

We believe… that every patient deserves the convenience of single visit crowns

When I prescribe a dental crown, you can be sure that there’s a good reason for it.

A dental crown can restore a damaged tooth, but it also protects the tooth.

If a patient has a cracked tooth, they shouldn’t wait until the tooth breaks before they decide to get a crown. Placing a crown before the damage has done can actually protect the tooth from even more damage.

We can keep the crack from progressing, which can prevent fracture or even damage to the nerve.

We believe that providing the best dental care for my patients includes recommending treatments that can prevent further damage.

To add to the preventative aspect of restorative dentistry, we want you benefit from the convenience of advanced dental technology. We’re truly happy to be able to offer same day crowns to our patients.

There is less time in the dental chair involved. Therefore, less time away from work and drive time to see us for multiple appointments. It’s convenient, to say the least.

Are you in need of a dental crown? Take action immediately

If you need a dental crown, don’t wait too long to treat the tooth. Taking action sooner rather than later can save you from pain, further damage, and cost.

Do you have questions about same day dental crowns? Send us an email with all of your questions!

My team and I look forward to offering some clarity so that you can make the most informed decisions about your dental health.

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.

free teeth whitening with invisalign

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?

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Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Wednesday, May 16
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines IL 60016

  • Do you have a lack of saliva?
  • Do you have trouble swallowing?
  • Do you take medications?
  • Do you miss eating certain foods?
  • Are you skipping meals because it is difficult to chew?
  • Do you have arthritis?
  • Do you have diabetes?

At our upcoming workshop at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines, I’ll be sharing many simple solutions to maximize your dental health and in turn your overall health.

These include the importance of managing dry mouth and how missing teeth can impact your health and confidence, amongst other topics pertinent to seniors’ oral health.

My goal is to show you that there are simple solutions to your dental needs and concerns.  Here’s a preview of what I’ll discuss. I hope you’ll be able to make this free event!

Dental Health for Seniors – Why We Need to Work Together to Manage Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the bane of many seniors. In fact, the majority deal with it on a daily basis. It’s uncomfortable and makes eating and talking difficult.

And yet, I find that many people who come to my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office haven’t had this issue addressed. One of the main reasons this happens is because it’s often overlooked by the patients themselves or their caretakers.Happy elderly couple having breakfast in kitchen, smiling at camera.

Chronic dry mouth is an issue that should be addressed immediately. Xerostomia (dry mouth) can lead to significant health problems, including:

  • Dental caries and increased plaque
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Inflammation of the gums and mucosa
  • Difficulty speaking, eating, and swallowing
  • Painful tongue and taste disorders
  • Burning and stinging sensations in the mouth
  • Difficulty wearing dentures due to lack of lubrication from saliva

This is one of the main topics I’ll be discussing at my Simple Dental Solutions workshop. I’ll explain why seniors suffer with dry mouth (medications!) and I’ll also outline simple, refreshing ways to overcome symptoms.

Missing Teeth or Ill-Fitting Dentures Can Impact a Senior’s Overall Health and Confidence

Another topic I’ll be discussing at the workshop is missing teeth and dealing with ill-fitting dentures.

Studies have shown just how impactful losing a tooth can be on a person’s self-esteem.

Just because a person is in their golden years doesn’t mean that they aren’t affected by aesthetics. We should all be able to feel great about the way we look – at any age. woman-foy-dentures

Beyond our confidence level, we have to think about our health.

Losing a tooth can lead to jawbone recession. There’s nothing holding the jawbone in place or providing vital nutrients to it. When that happens, the jawbone shrinks. This can make eating and talking difficult.

What’s Wrong with Traditional Dentures?

Many seniors have expressed that they cannot stand wearing their dentures.

Traditional dentures can have a tendency of making people look older. For some, they are the answer to missing teeth. But for the advantages they offer (i.e. biting and chewing), dentures lack one important quality. They do not stimulate the jawbone. They offer no help to reduce the look of aging.

Essentially, the jaw ignores traditional dentures and continues to regress. The result of jaw bone resorption is the “sunken” appearance of the mouth and the chin.

At the Simple Dental Solutions Workshop, we dive into  how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ can give you back your youthful appearance and teeth that let you talk, eat, laugh, and smile  – knowing they are secure.

We Believe That All Seniors Deserve the Very Best in Dental Care

You can come to the Des Plaines Frisbie Center anytime between 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM to learn how you can eat, drink, and smile better with dentures and how to relieve health concerns such as dry mouth.

Afterwards, there will be a chance for you to ask questions. We are happy to discuss dental options for you that tailor to your specific and personalized goals.

We will have light breakfast treats and refreshments available for all to enjoy.

Will You Join Me for My Simple Dental Solutions Workshop?

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I hope to show seniors why they deserve the best dental care available. I want to show you that everyone at my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office commits daily to improving the health of those in our community.

There will be a lot of great information presented at this workshop. It will be informative and helpful. But most of all, it’ll be fun.

Please RVSP by calling our office at 847-827-6290, or emailing email@meyerdentalgroup.net, or just stop by!

 

Dr. Tom Meyer, D.D.S., F.I.C.C.M.O – Dentist Mount Prospect

 

 

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