How long does it take to get a Dental Crown?

How long does it take to get a Dental Crown?

Dr. Tom Meyer, cosmetic dentist in Mt Prospect, explains the process of getting a dental crown!

Your dentist gave you the news….you need a dental crown. The last time you had one, you had to wait for 2 weeks for the crown to be created in a lab and had the hassle of trying to chew with the temporary one. You have questions about crowns, such as, have crowns changed since you got your last one? How long does it take to get a dental crown? Are there differences in the quality of crowns? How do you find the right dentist to do your crown? Understandably, you are hesitating to get your crown because you want more clarity and answers to your questions.

Getting dental crowns at other dentists can be a long process with multiple visits, as well as inconvenient and uncomfortable. At Meyer Dental Group, we believe that getting a crown should be straight forward, pain free and with minimal appointments.

How can Meyer Dental Group help?

In your pursuit of a better quality of life, you deserve assistance from Dr. Tom Meyer who: 

  1. Has 25+ years of dental experience, including dental implant/dentures solutions
  2. Is a Mastership Member of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics
  3. Is a Member of the American Dental Society 

Dr. Tom Meyer has enjoyed practicing dentistry in the Chicago area since 1993. He proudly continues to provide excellent care to the community as his father did the generation before him. With over 25 years experience as a dentist, he has treated hundreds of patients with safe crowns and uses the most cutting edge technology for diagnosis and treatments. 

Dental crowns are used to restore chipped, damaged, or missing teeth. They are also used when there is a dental emergency, a root canal, or when decay in a tooth has reached the point where there is more filling than tooth. Your tooth is reshaped to accept a crown which is a replica of your tooth that fits over what remains of your tooth, or they can be placed on a dental implant. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic. At Meyer Dental Group, we only use the safest materials to provide strong quality crowns.

Meyer Dental Group in Mt. Prospect offers the “One-Day Crown”

Typically, dental crown treatment involves two visits for the patient. At the first appointment, the dentist obtains a mold of the tooth to send to the lab to create the crown, and then prepares the tooth for the crown. The patient is fitted with a temporary crown and usually returns two weeks later to receive the permanent crown.

The good news is that technological advances now make it possible for technologically advanced dentists to do your crown in one visit! As a Cerec-certified dentist, Dr. Meyer has the training, experience and the Cerec equipment to create the permanent crown in less time – and on the first visit! The one day crown (or same day crown) eliminates the need for a second visit and the challenges of sensitivity and poor chewing which can occur with the temporary crown in between visits all in Mt. Prospect.

Getting a crown at Meyer Dental Group:

  • no return visits for crown placements – walk in and walk out with it all complete
  • no getting numb (injections) again at a second visit
  • relaxation time in a massage chair while your crown is milling  🙂
  • no sensitive temporary crowns

The process is simple at Meyer Dental Group to get your one-day crown

  1. Let’s figure out what you need.
  2. Experience a quick and easy visit.
  3. Enjoy getting your new permanent crown on the same day!

Don’t waste your time any longer!

  • Stop hesitating to get the crown you know you need
  • Forget about waiting 2 weeks for your crown
  • Don’t worry about toxic materials
  • Avoid chewing on a temporary crown
  • Ditch the two-visit crown

Make the choice that puts you first!

  • Go ahead with getting your dental crown
  • Enjoy not waiting 2 weeks for a crown
  • Relax knowing your crown is safe
  • Chew right away on your permanent crown
  • Enjoy your same-day single visit crown

Trust Meyer Dental Group to give you fast, easy, and safe dental crown options!

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Fountain of Youth – Custom Dentures in Chicago

Fountain of Youth – Custom Dentures in Chicago

Struggling to find the right fit when it comes to dentures?

Finding the right set of dentures can be a challenging process. You may have had previously poor experiences with ill-fitting, uncomfortable, and unstable dentures that become more of a hindrance to your life than a benefit. To add an extra layer of frustration, the cost of dentures in Chicago can be incredibly high and inaccessible.

Getting dentures should not be uncomfortable, confusing, and excessively expensive. At Meyer Dental Group, we believe this process should be enjoyable, positive, and affordable with Fountain of Youth Dentures (FOY)®.

In your pursuit of stronger, reliable dentures you will receive proactive support from Mount Prospect dentist Dr. Tom Meyer who:

  1. Has 25+ years of dental experience, including FOY® Denture solutions
  2. Is a Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Cosmetic Dental Studies
  3. Is a Member of the American Dental Society

What are (FOY) fountain of youth dentures®?

This amazing breakthrough in denture technology not only improves the fit and function of your dentures, it also helps make you look younger by supporting your face like your natural teeth; reducing lines and wrinkles across your face.
To learn more about the advantages of Fountain of Youth® Dentures, consultation prices, and details, read on.

How Fountain of Youth Dentures® boost your quality of life:

Traditional dentures have garnered a bad reputation for being uncomfortable, ill-fitting, and a headache to clean. They are also known to limit what you can eat — say good-bye to some of your favorite foods!
FOY® Dentures are designed with breakthrough neuromuscular technology that provides the following benefits:

Better fits your unique mouth shape
Supports your face for a more youthful appearance
Prevents facial pain and discomfort
Allows you to eat, laugh, sing and smile without worry
Gives you a full, beautiful smile
Come both in floating and dental implant options

The road to a healthier smile is easy:

1. Book your FREE Comprehensive Consultation ($520 value)

2. Experience personalized treatment

3. Enjoy a stronger smile

 

Your Complimentary Consultation

  • Overview of the difference between FOY® Dentures and traditional dentures
  • Description of the development of personalized FOY® dentures
  • Explore FOY® options available to best suit your needs
  • CBCT Scan / x-ray to determine optimal treatment
  • Clinical intra-oral and extra-oral photos for treatment planning
  • A treatment plan package when treatment is desired

Forcing yourself to stick with an uncomfortable, unflattering set of dentures can come with serious setbacks that can harm your overall systemic health:

Feeling self-conscious
Poor oral health
Facial disfiguration
Limited self-expression
Advanced aging appearance

By pursuing a more robust and reliable smile with FOY® Dentures, you can:

  1. Boost your self-esteem
  2. Save money on future dental work
  3. Enhance your appearance
  4. Express yourself with pride
  5. Enjoy all your favorite foods!

A better quality of life and greater systemic health is within your reach. Don’t hesitate to give yourself a life where you can express yourself and share in meaningful moments to the fullest. With the help of Mount Prospect dentist Dr. Tom Meyer and your new FOY® Dentures, you can achieve exactly that and enjoy life in new, invigorating ways.

Get a beautiful smile with invisible braces at a Mount Prospect dentist

Get a beautiful smile with invisible braces at a Mount Prospect dentist

Would you like to have a beautiful smile with straight teeth?

Have you looked in the mirror for many years and wished you had straight teeth and a better smile? Are you envious when you see people on television with perfect teeth? Do you feel self-conscious when you smile and you’re finally ready to do something about it? There are many dentists and orthodontists in your area. How do you choose the right dentist or orthodontist to help you? There are so many braces options too. Visible braces, invisible braces, invisible aligners, which one is right for you?

You also wonder how long the process takes, how much it costs, and how much pain is involved. Do you feel confused and worried about making this decision?

Making decisions about getting braces shouldn’t be overwhelming, confusing, and time-consuming! 

At Meyer Dental Group, we believe that finding the right braces solution for you should be clear, simple, and fast. Dr. Tom Meyer has over 25 years of experience, including orthodontic treatment. Dr. Meyer is trained and experienced in providing his patients with SureSmile and Invisalign invisible braces. He has years and years of experience and happy, confident smiling patients who are enjoying their straight teeth. Because he wants patients to have an affordable solution for teeth straightening, he also has payment options available for invisible aligners.

SureSmile and Invisalign invisible braces are transparent, removable braces which are designed to straighten your smile and let your confidence shine through! They are designed using advanced software which ensures that they fit comfortably and provide the exact tooth movements needed for your new smile. They are custom-made for your teeth using 3D scanning technology right in the dentist’s office and are clear plastic replicas of your that fit over your teeth. Once printed and delivered, they exert slight force which gradually moves your teeth into their new straighter position. The software design and the digital lab that creates the aligners accurately ensures that just the right amount of pressure is applied at the right time to the right tooth. 

 

You will make regular visits to see Dr. Meyer for a new set of aligners that will continue the pressure that straighten your teeth. The process can be much faster than traditional braces. Because there are no wires and metal brackets, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods and enjoy participating in your favorite sports activities. Unlike the old metal wire braces, aligners don’t catch on your food and are unlikely to cause pain and headaches. For the shortest time to achieve your new smile, you will wear your invisible aligners for 20-22 hours a day, so even at night while you sleep. 

 

Besides gaining a beautiful smile, you will experience other benefits from having straight teeth. Teeth which are crooked or crowded are harder to clean which increases your risk of cavities. They also place you at greater risk for gum disease and tooth loss. Crooked teeth can cause wearing away of tooth enamel, so straightened teeth will also improve your bite, which allows for better chewing, and less wear of your enamel.  All in all, after you have had your aligners, you will be more confident with your smile, and your oral health will improve as well.

 

The best part is no one knows you have braces!

Dr. Meyer makes it easy to get your new smile with these 3 steps:

  1.     Make an appointment to talk about your options
  2.     Move forward after getting to see your new smile plan 
  3.     Enjoy your new self-confidence with a beautiful smile

Call us today to make your appointment!

 Aren’t you tired of:

  •       Hiding your smile
  •       Feeling insecure and self-conscious
  •       Being confused about all the options
  •       Wasting precious time not liking your smile
  •       Worrying about cost “surprises”

 Why not move forward and:

  •         Get the smile you’ve always wanted
  •         Feel confident and happy
  •         Know the facts about your options
  •         Know the timeline
  •         Find an affordable straight teeth solution!

 

Trust Dr. Tom Meyer with making your braces experience easy and your smile beautiful! 

 

3 Best Ways to Fix Spacing in Teeth

3 Best Ways to Fix Spacing in Teeth

You’ve been taking good care of your teeth over the years. You’ve flossed, brushed, and done everything your dentist, Dr. Tom Meyer, recommended to keep your teeth clean and white.

For the most part, you love your smile – except for the gap between your front teeth.

Spacing in your teeth may be small, but can still make you feel self-conscious. It can be caused by missing teeth, teeth shifting, thumb-sucking as a child, gum disease, or overgrown frenum (the tissue above the two front teeth).

Fortunately, there are several treatments to fix spacing in teeth. But since treatment options vary in cost and effectiveness, it can be tricky to decide which procedure is best for you.

Why Do You Need to Fix Spacing in Teeth?

Besides its effect on your confidence, widely spaced teeth may also affect your oral hygiene. Teeth gaps tend to trap food particles, which trigger bacteria and plaque build-up in your mouth. If unchecked, this may weaken your gums and teeth, causing complications such as periodontitis, tooth decay, and gingivitis.

Gaps between teeth can also result in a misaligned bite. This can make chewing difficult and painful, as well as cause pain in the jaw and ear. Worse still, chewing difficulties may force you to swallow large chunks of food, which can cause digestive problems.

How Can You Fix Spacing in Teeth?

Depending on the complexity of your situation, the following treatments are available to fix spacing in teeth in Chicago:

1. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to fix spacing in teeth. Your Chicago dentist will shape and apply a tooth-colored resin material on the affected spot. They’ll then harden it with a special light to secure it in place.

A dental bonding procedure can be completed in a single dentist visit. It doesn’t involve the removal of the enamel, making it a reversal procedure.

Although this procedure is simple and economical, it has a few drawbacks. The composite material may stain over time and cause tooth discoloration. It’s also not as durable as other teeth restorations as the bonding material may break and chip off several years down the line.

2. Veneers

If you’ve discolored and/or chipped teeth that also have gaps, veneers may be your best treatment option. They’re ceramic or porcelain shells that the dentist places and bonds over your teeth to cover gaps and other imperfections.

Veneers are a great option because they do not stain and they are far more permanent than bonding. The color and shape can be custom designed to look and feel more natural.

3. Braces and Invisalign

For more severe cases of teeth spacing, you may need to see Dr. Meyer to prescribe you the right braces or Invisalign.

Both techniques restore your teeth to their ideal position and improve your smile while promoting proper function.

Braces use metal brackets to restore your teeth to their normal position while Invisalign utilizes a set of clear plastic trays. A complimentary in office consultation can help you decide which option would be your best way to go.

As such, seeing an Invisalign dentist like Dr. Tom Meyer may be more appropriate if you want to fix teeth spacing.

Where Can You Fix Spacing in Teeth in Chicago?

Spacing in teeth can compromise your oral hygiene, cause bite issues, and even trigger digestive complications. On top of that, it can affect your confidence and leave you smiling less.

Thankfully, you can fix spacing in teeth and take control of your smile with Meyer Dental Group. Our qualified and experienced dentist prioritizes patient care and comfort. Whether you’re looking to repair a crooked smile or get a full mouth reconstruction, we’ll find a solution that helps you smile more confidently.

Call us today at 1-847-827-6290 or schedule an appointment here.

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Eating with Traditional Dentures – Common Problems We Hear At Our Mount Prospect Dental Office

Eating with Traditional Dentures – Common Problems We Hear At Our Mount Prospect Dental Office

Are you struggling with eating while wearing dentures? You’re not alone. Many people have problems eating with traditional dentures.

It’s my goal to help you find a denture solution that can help you chew, drink, talk, and look better.

We believe… that dentures should enhance life.

Denture technology has changed a lot in the last few decades. There are options outside of traditional dentures.

In fact, you can get the smile you never had with Fountain of Youth® dentures – a denture option that can give you a non-surgical facelift and can help you eat better.

 

eating with dentures

3 common problems when eating with traditional dentures

Adjusting to eating with dentures may take some time. While they are a good replacement to your natural teeth, they may not feel the same as natural teeth would.

1. Foods may not taste the same

When you first start wearing your dentures, you may notice that some foods don’t taste the same as you remember. Apart from the fact that your sense of taste changes as you age, your denture can affect the overall taste of food too.

Dentures cover your upper palate, which is essential for proper taste and smell. You may find yourself reaching for the salt if foods don’t seem as flavorful as they once did.

Also, not cleaning dentures thoroughly can cause a bad taste to linger in your mouth. Dirty dentures may make food taste odd or different than what you are used to.

It’s useful being aware of this change of taste because it can contribute to a change in appetite. Alternatively, you could end up indulging in overly sweet or salty foods to satisfy your cravings.

Overeating sweet or salty foods may cause sickness and can lead to various other health issues, like heart problems or diabetes.

Keeping your dentures clean and minimizing the use of denture cream may help to reduce taste changes. You could also look into implant supported dentures.

2. Having a hard time chewing

Having a hard time chewing when you’re new to dentures is not surprising. You can’t feel them as well as your natural teeth.

To get used to them quicker, it may be beneficial to:

  • Avoid sticky food
  • Chew slower
  • Take smaller bites of food
  • Chew with both sides of your mouth.

3. Food stuck in your dentures

Food can get stuck in your dentures, causing pain and irritation. If food gets stuck in your palate, it will uncomfortably rub against the roof of your mouth and gums.

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush instead of toothpicks may be useful in getting rid of food particles. Toothpicks can cause damage to your denture, so it’s best to avoid them.

An overnight denture-cleaning liquid treatment may be helpful to further eliminate bacteria. It’s important to continue flossing and to take proper care of your oral health in order to keep food particles and dirt at bay.

 

eating with dentures

Fountain of Youth® dentures – a new denture solution

Investing in Fountain of Youth® dentures may be a great solution to these problems as they are more comfortable than traditional dentures and easier to use daily. They fit better, making it easier to smile, chew, and talk.

FOY® Dentures can even make you look younger by reducing:

  1. Jowls (drooping cheeks)
  2. Turkey neck (wrinkled, sagging skin on the neck)
  3. Signs of aging. 

You can’t ignore these problems

While these problems may seem like minor nuisances, they can lead to severe consequences and reduced self-confidence. Being unable to comfortably eat or drink may make you more vulnerable to illnesses. Proper nutrition is the key to feeling healthy. Not worrying about dentures all the time can help lead to a better quality of life.  

eating with dentures

FOY® Dentures


Questions about dentures? Contact our office at (847) 827-6290 or set up a free informational appointment. We’re here to help!

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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.

Woman suffering from swollen gums and should be checking for oral cancer. For Des Plaines dentist and Mount Prospect dentist Dr. Tom Meyer's blog

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.

funny dental crown

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.

one day crowns miller

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.

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