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.

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!

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.

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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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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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Children’s Dental Health Month: Dr. Tom’s Tips for Kids and Their Parents

Children’s Dental Health Month: Dr. Tom’s Tips for Kids and Their Parents

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Though the month is nearing its end, there’s still plenty we can do to promote dental health.

It is my goal to educate kids and parents help make next checkup a cavity-free one. I hope that these tips will lead to exceptional dental health for years to come.

If any of them are new to you or your kids, make sure to exercise patience. After all, you’re both developing a new habit – and we all know how long those can take to form!

10 Dental Tips to Remember or to Start

Here are some steps you can take to improve your children’s dental health during Children’s Dental Health Month.

  1. A child should see a dentist by the time they’re two years old to prevent cavities.
  2. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle, unless it’s full of water. Milk or juice can lead to baby bottle tooth decay.
  3. How long should you help your children brush their teeth? My rule of thumb: Help them brush until they’re able to tie their shoes alone.
  4. Make sure everyone in the family brushes their teeth for two minutes twice a day. Provide your children with fluoridated toothpaste. Make sure they use it whenever they brush.
  5. Floss at least once every day.
  6. Avoid giving your children sugary drinks, such as juice and soda pop.
  7. If you do give your kids sugary drinks as a treat, never put them in a sippy cup.
  8. Get your kids into my Mount Prospect and Des Plaines dentist office for sealants. It’s a great way to prevent decay.
  9. The deep cracks in the back teeth are hard to clean. Sealants form a protective barrier that prevents bacteria from getting into them.
  10. If you have an active child, we should make them a mouthguard. Wearing a guard while participating in sports can cushion blows. Without them, a hit to the mouth could result in broken teeth, injuries to the lips, and even jaw fractures.

Dentistry for Kids – Why Your Child Needs Regular Dental Checkups

Dental home care is important for everyone in the family. But it is only one piece of the puzzle. Another important part is setting up regular dental cleanings and examinations with Dr. Tom Meyer in Mount Prospect.

Dentistry for kids is vital to their overall dental health – not just now, but into the future.

A bi-annual checkup is the perfect way to make sure your child’s smile remains healthy. During this check-up they can receive an expert teeth cleaning from a skilled dental hygienist to achieve a high level of cleanliness.

Professional cleanings can get rid of built up plaque and tartar that you wouldn’t be able to clean yourself with a toothbrush. These cleanings can help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and other problems that can pop up from poor dental hygiene.

This could save you the time and cost of getting fillings or having other procedures done.

We can also offer you diagnostic tests with our arsenal of advanced dental technology. These tests are an excellent way to ensure you do not have any serious health concerns.

For example, diagnostic testing such as DIAGNODent laser therapy and digital x-rays can help us detect cavities and Vizilite screening can help catch oral cancer before it becomes a serious risk.

It’s always better to discover it sooner rather than later.

Other dental concerns we look for at our Mount Prospect dental office:

Monitoring a child’s dental health every six month allows me to be proactive. I can catch decay earlier, which means the treatment will be easier on your child.

I can see if their teeth are forming properly and evaluate whether they’re coming in the way they should. If not, we can take steps to care for your child’s needs sooner rather than later.

We want our younger patients like Anna’s future visits to be as stress and cavity free as possible. It starts with forming preventive habits early! 📖 Read Dr Tom’s top 10 tips for kids and patients on how they can keep their smile in tip-top shape for years to come. *Link in the bio*👧🏽👧🏼🧒🏻🧒🏼 #ChildrensDentalHealthMonth #NCDHM . . . . . #dentalhygiene #chicagoland #chicagomoms #chicago #cavities #chicagokids #chicagolife #bestofchicago #yelpchicago #desplaines #desplainesil #mtprospect #mountprospect #teethdecay #thursdayfeels #chicagohealth #chicagowellness #mountprospectil #dentalhealth #dentist #chicagodentist #bestofchicagoland #chicagoburbs #dentistmtprospect

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If a child doesn’t receive the treatment they need, they could end up with bigger issues down the road. These issues can be more costly and can possibly lead to discomfort or pain. It’s so much better to catch and treat dental issues early.

We Believe… Your Child Deserves the Very Best

As parents, we want to take care of all of our child’s needs.

At Meyer Dental Group, you can be rest assured that we will treat your child as if they were our own. We believe that every child deserves the very best health and dental care. It is the goal and mission of every single person on my dental team to provide dentistry for kids in a kind and caring manner.

Has your child seen a dentist in the past six months? If so, is their next cleaning scheduled? Regular dental examinations and cleanings are vital to your child’s health. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Dr. Tom Meyer – dentist Mount Prospect

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