Can Gum Disease Change the Appearance of Your Smile?

Gum DiseaseGum disease starts with a combination of poor oral hygiene and genetic propensities. When you don’t go for regular dental cleanings, you will begin to have a heavy plaque and tartar buildup, even if you brush twice a day. Once tartar collects at your gumline, the irritation, inflammation, and bacterial infiltration will otherwise be known as gingivitis (AKA early gum disease). Gum disease can’t be cured, but it can be treated. If not, you may start to see changes in the way your gums and your smile appear. Your Vernon Hills dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will discuss the ways that gum contouring might help in this situation.

Gum Contouring

When your gums recede as a result of severe gum disease (periodontitis) your teeth can appear larger and change the normal look of your smile. This can be very disconcerting and even embarrassing.  There is more than just an aesthetic issue at hand, however. As gum tissue shrinks back from teeth, your roots can be exposed to infection, and you are at risk for root canal procedures, abscesses, and tooth loss. Your Vernon Hills dentist will first want to make sure that your gum disease has been treated. Once the bacterial infection is under control and periodontal pockets are reduced, a gum contouring procedure might be recommended to give your renewed smile the beautiful frame it deserves. (more…)

Dental Bonding Quiz from Glencoe Cosmetic Dentist

TrueOrFalseBlocksCosmetic dental procedures can be multi-faceted, which is great for people that have multiple cosmetic needs. Chipped, misshapen, crooked, or discolored teeth can all be virtually erased with this popular procedure. What surprises many people is that dental bonding is a fairly simple and non-invasive treatment for flawed teeth. Dental bonding can usually be completed in just one office visit with your Glencoe cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg. Try this quiz on dental bonding.

Questions

Q1. True or false – Bonding is flawless from a far, but up close, the material will be clearly whiter than the surrounding teeth structures.

Q2. True or false – Bonding consists of discs of thin material placed over the surface of your teeth.

Q3. True or false – Dental bonding does not require anesthesia. (more…)

Veneers Versus Whitening: Which One is for You?

ConfusedCertain dental situations require one obvious fix. Other issues might have multiple possible solutions that you can talk over with your dentist. If you have severe discolorations, you may be wondering whether whitening will be enough for you, or if you might want to opt for veneers on your most visible teeth. Having many cosmetic dental options is a blessing in this day and age. Your Skokie dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, is happy to help you figure out the best plan of action to achieve the smile of your dreams.

Teeth Whitening

The great thing about whitening your teeth is that it is a non-invasive and reasonably fast way to take years off of your appearance. A white smile gives you a youthful, vibrant look. Whitened teeth will increase your confidence and can even lead to more success in work and relationships. We can offer you two options: whitening in the office that is done by your Skokie dentist with bleaching gel and a laser light. You can also be fitted for an at-home whitening kit where you will use trays on a daily basis for two weeks or so to achieve dramatic brightening. Suppose you’ve tried this and haven’t had the desired results, however?

Porcelain Veneers

While more of a commitment than whitening, porcelain veneer procedures can be completed in as little as two appointments with Dr. Engelberg. Your cosmetic goals will be determined at your consultation. Color, shape, and any concerns you have will be addressed in advance. Your customized veneers will be fabricated by a highly skilled ceramist. When you come in for your next appointment, your teeth will be lightly shaved so that your new veneers will adhere strongly to teeth. When the bonding is complete, the veneers can be shaped for a flawless look. Beyond discolorations, veneers will cover over any flaws such as slight fractures, chips, gaps, or overlaps. (more…)