Replacing Old Fillings in Elk Grove

There are generally two reasons why people might consider replacing their old amalgam fillings: they don’t like the way the fillings look, and/or they are concerned about the mercury content in amalgam. Most experts believe the quantity of amalgam in a filling is too small to create health problems, but beyond the unattractive look of a mouth full of metal are other concerns. When there are temperature changes, metal can expand and contract, causing cracks and fractures in teeth. If you have interest in possibly replacing your amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite materials, your Elk Grove dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, encourages you to read on.

Layering Composite Materials for Better Filling Results

Since the 1990’s, over 30 shades of composite materials have been utilized for fillings and other restorations. The availability of these materials has turned fillings into a restorative procedure with a cosmetic dentistry slant. Fillings that blend in with the (more…)

Skokie Dentist Explains Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns have a long history dating back to the Etruscans, in the 8th to 5th century B.C. The earliest crowns were made out of materials ranging from ivory to human teeth, but gold eventually became the standard.  You may assume that tooth-colored porcelain crowns are relatively new in dentistry, but as early as the late 1700’s, denture manufacturers discovered that porcelain jacket crowns could be fashioned out of hollowed out dentures. A variety of materials have been utilized in dentistry for crowns, in an effort to attain both cosmetic continuity and restorative functionality. Your Skokie dentistry, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will talk more about two of the most common dental crown materials, though his practice preferences include  lithium disilicate (e.max) and zirconia (lava) crown materials.

Gold Dental Crowns

Gold crowns have a long history and many advantages that still make them one of the most popular materials in dental restorations. With gold, there is no danger of chipping which can sometimes be seen with porcelain. Gold is extremely hard, but also forgiving when it comes to the wear of opposing teeth during chewing. However, they are not a good choice in cosmetic terms, and certainly would not be the top choice for your more visible teeth. However, Dr. Engelberg replaces many full porcelain crowns to gold because of  dark lines at the gumline that can sometimes develop and become a concerning side effect to patients.  (more…)

Libertyville Dentist Explains Ways Your Teeth Can Make You Look Younger

Embracing the aging process is a part of life. We can’t hold onto our youth forever. There are certain natural processes the body goes through that we cannot fight. Still, there are simple things that we can do with our appearance to prevent looking older. Some of these procedures include cosmetic and restorative dental work. Your Libertyville dentist, Dr. Brent A Engelberg, will explain two common dental procedures that can take years off of your appearance.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a simple and non-invasive procedure that can turn stained, dulling teeth into true pearly whites. Various types of whitening are available through dentists. In-office teeth whitening like Zoom! and Boost! are expedient whitening procedures that are performed by your dentist. Bleaching gel and laser light are utilized to brighten and whiten your teeth up to ten shades. At-home whitening includes customized trays and professional level bleaching gel that you can administer at home. Imagine whitening your teeth while you do the dishes, walk on the treadmill, or even sleep? Various types of whitening are safe and effective for your teeth, and will likely make you look several years younger. (more…)

A Quiz on Tooth Structure from Your Vernon Hills Cosmetic Dentist

Understanding what a healthy set of teeth should be comprised of can be a good way to grasp what cosmetic dental work might be right for you. Your Vernon Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, would like to see how much you know about the structure of your teeth. Try your hand at the following quiz:


Q1. True or false – Natural teeth are comprised of four different types of tissue.

Q2. True or false – Tooth enamel begins white, but stains and dulls over time.

Q3. True or false – Dentin is a solid, nearly impenetrable material.

Q4. True or false – Dental bonding is the process of painting substitute tooth enamel onto dentin to keep cementum and dental pulp safe. (more…)