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.

 

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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.

 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

11th Annual Patient Appreciation Party

11th Annual Patient Appreciation Party

Thank you to all who were able to join us at our Patient Appreciation Party!
A big thank you to all who were able to join us for our 11th Annual Patient Appreciation Party! We hope you had a great time and had a chance to mingle with other patients.

We can’t thank you enough for the support and the written comments we received during the party. Hope you enjoy some of the photos taken by our wonderful photographer, Theresa.

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Thank you!

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How to Fight Excessive Dry Mouth: Mount Prospect Dentist Explains

How to Fight Excessive Dry Mouth: Mount Prospect Dentist Explains

There are health problems that many people ignore without a second thought. From migraines to acid reflux, we all have symptoms that we classify as “normal” or passable.

One of the health problems that I see patients shrug off is excessive dry mouth, medically known as xerostomia. At first, this may seem like a small problem that may just be a symptom of a hot day or acute dehydration, but what many patients here in Des Plaines and Mount Prospect may not know is that excessive dry mouth can have major dental health consequences if not addressed.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

Before I get into what you can do to treat dry mouth, let me discuss what causes it. Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva produced by the salivary glands to keep the mouth wet.

The reasons for poor salivary gland function can vary. Causes include:

  • Medication: Hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs can include dry mouth as a side effect. Some common medications that often cause dry mouth include antihistamin es, decongestants, medications used to treat ADHD, and pain medications. If you are experiencing chronic dry mouth, check the side effects of any medication you are taking.
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Use: Drinking, smoking, and using chewing tobacco are three big causes of dry mouth.
  • Cancer Therapy: Chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatment can cause major damage to salivary glands and prevent them from producing enough saliva.
  • Nerve Damage: Nerve damage in the head and neck in particular can contribute to dry mouth.
  • Health Conditions: This category is fairly broad, but it includes diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune diseases, HIV or AIDS, and snoring.
  • Recreational Drug Use: Marijuana, stimulants, and methamphetamine can cause xerostomia.
  • Snoring: Snoring, as well as breathing with your mouth open, are also significant causes of dry mouth.

How to relieve xerostomia and why it’s important

Your mouth needs saliva; it’s important for maintaining the health of your teeth and mouth. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay because it washes away bacteria and food. It also assists in swallowing.

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

Relieving the symptoms of chronic dry mouth is possible

  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Suck on sugar-free hard candies
  • Avoid mouthwash containing alcohol
  • Drink water throughout the day
  • Quit tobacco use
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Get a humidifier to add water vapor to your room while you sleep
  • Try to breathe through your nose
  • Use clinical treatments such as Neutrasal

“What option is best for me?”

infographic: list of ways to relieve chronic dry mouth symptoms
For many patients, the cause of their dry mouth is a required medication. In a situation like this, I like to suggest NeutraSal, a prescription rinse treatment that mimics saliva.

Why I recommend NeutraSal

NeutraSal is proven to relieve symptoms and supports overall dental health.

  • Reduces discomfort caused by dryness in the mouth
  • Lowers the mucus accumulation in the mouth

NeutraSal comes in single-use packets of powder that you mix in water to create an oral rinse. Depending on the situation of your dry mouth, I may prescribe you to rinse 2 or more times a day.

We believe… you should seek treatment for dry mouth, don’t just ignore it

Chronic Dry Mouth Workshop – Details TBD

Dry mouth is a condition that must be solved on a case-by-case basis. By being informed and knowing what treatments are available, you can make lifestyle modifications or share with us your concerns.

I plan to host a workshop dedicated to patients currently with xerostomia sometime in March. Details are still in the works for the date, time and place. If you’re interested in attending, please stay tuned on our Facebook or our Instagram for the event details.

In the meantime, I’ll be glad to discuss with you any lifestyle modifications you can do to decrease the dryness in your mouth or if NeutraSal is right for you.

Make an appointment at our Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dental clinic online or call us today.

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

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Halloween Dental Survival Candy Guide

Halloween Dental Survival Candy Guide

With Halloween fast approaching, there’s no denying that costumes and decorations are exciting, but candy and sugary treats can wreak havoc on our teeth. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

But as your Des Plaines and Mount Prospect dentist, I understand it’s Halloween. Kids especially need to satisfy their sweet tooth. That’s why we put together this Halloween survival guide to help you and your little ones navigate through this sugar laden holiday.

How Halloween Candy Damages Your Teeth

Sugar is sticky. On our teeth, it becomes a tasty meal for bacteria. Bacteria eat sugar and turn it into a mildly acidic substance.

Over time, this creates a horrible environment for your teeth. That’s when cavities start to develop. Even without the sugar, some candies can still break teeth or cause damage.

However, not all sugar is created equal. You can still enjoy candy here-and-there without risking damage to your teeth. Just keep in mind which types of candy to avoid, and we can help you make it to Thanksgiving without any problems.

Sorting out the Truth on Treats- the good, the bad and the ugly

Chocolate

dark-chocolateLuckily for chocolate lovers: the darker, the better.

The cacao compound found in chocolate, CBH, hardens your tooth enamel, making your teeth more resistant to cavities and sensitivity. It’s best to look for dark chocolate with 75% cacao content or higher and with less than 6-8 grams of sugar per serving.

I’d say dark chocolate is one of the best candy options for Trick or Treat during Halloween.

Candy Bars with Nuts

If a candy bar has nuts, it already has more nutritional value than most others. Nuts contain high levels of protein, vitamin E, and other nutrients.

But what about teeth?

Nuts can help break up the sticky portions of candy bars. This means less sugar makes it onto your teeth. They also help scrub the sugar from your teeth. Although, a candy bar with nuts is no excuse to avoid post-candy brushing.

Gummy Candy

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Gummy candy is also very sticky and difficult to clean off from our teeth no matter how well we brush.

Sugar from gummy candy works its way into the deep crevices on our teeth which leads to increased risk for cavities and long-term damage. No one wants a toothache the night before Thanksgiving.

Hard Candy and Lollipops

First of all, hard candies can break your teeth. This fact alone makes them one of the worst candies to have kicking around after Halloween.

Hard candies and lollipops sit in our mouths for a long time giving the sugar plenty of time to settle onto our teeth. It’s tempting to consume these candies compulsively while sugar and bacteria wreak havoc.

I suggest brushing your teeth and flossing as soon as possible after eating hard candy or lollipops to avoid acid damage.

Sour Coated Candy

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Their acidic property accelerates the damage caused by bacteria which can make your teeth more vulnerable.

Gummy candy with a sour coating? That’s probably the worst candy for your teeth. Avoid sour candy as much as possible.

Extra candy? Drop them off at our Packages4Patriots Candy Buy Back!

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Every year we work with Packages4Patriots to collect uneaten, unopened Halloween candy for our US troops.

We will be collecting candy the week of Halloween during regular business hours. Children are welcome to drop off candy anytime in exchange for $1 per pound and a goody bag including a toothbrush and toothpaste! Any candy donations from adults who would like to find a good home for their unused candy this Halloween will gratefully be accepted as well.

All collected candy will be given to Packages4Patriots who puts together care packages around the holidays and throughout the year to send to the men and women overseas bringing smiles to those who have set out to protect our country!

This program has been very successful in the past year and we hope that 2017 is the best yet!

Let us know if you have questions regarding our Dental Halloween Survival Guide or Halloween Candy Buy Back!

Dr. Tom Meyer, DDS, FICCMO
dentist Mount Prospect, dentist Des Plaines

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