Posts for: January, 2018

By River Forest Dental Studio
January 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
DontBreakItLikeBeckham

During his former career as a professional footballer (that's a soccer star to U.S. sports fans) David Beckham was known for his skill at “bending” a soccer ball. His ability to make the ball curve in mid-flight — to avoid a defender or score a goal — led scores of kids to try to “bend it like Beckham.” But just recently, while enjoying a vacation in Canada with his family, “Becks” tried snowboarding for the first time — and in the process, broke one of his front teeth.

Some fans worried that the missing tooth could be a “red card” for Beckham's current modeling career… but fortunately, he headed straight to the dental office as soon as he arrived back in England. Exactly what kind of treatment is needed for a broken tooth? It all depends where the break is and how badly the tooth is damaged.

For a minor crack or chip, cosmetic bonding may offer a quick and effective solution. In this procedure, a composite resin, in a color custom-made to match the tooth, is applied in liquid form and cured (hardened) with a special light. Several layers of bonding material can be applied to re-construct a larger area of missing tooth, and chips that have been saved can sometimes be reattached as well.

When more tooth structure is missing, dental veneers may be the preferred restorative option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They can not only correct small chips or cracks, but can also improve the color, spacing, and shape of your teeth.

But if the damage exposes the soft inner pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. In this procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is removed and the tooth sealed against re-infection; if a root canal is not done when needed, the tooth will have an increased risk for extraction in the future. Following a root canal, a tooth is often restored with a crown (cap), which can look good and function well for many years.

Sometimes, a tooth may be knocked completely out of its socket; or, a severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted (removed). In either situation, the best option for restoration is a dental implant. Here, a tiny screw-like device made of titanium metal is inserted into the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. Over time, it fuses with the living bone to form a solid anchorage. A lifelike crown is attached, which provides aesthetic appeal and full function for the replacement tooth.

So how's Beckham holding up? According to sources, “David is a trooper and didn't make a fuss. He took it all in his stride." Maybe next time he hits the slopes, he'll heed the advice of dental experts and wear a custom-made mouthguard…

If you have questions about restoring damaged teeth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma and Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Children's Dental Concerns and Injuries.”


By River Forest Dental Studio
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Say goodbye to dental imperfections and hello to a beautiful smile with veneers.veneers

Are you dealing with discolorations in your teeth that don’t respond to teeth whitening treatment? Do you hate that your teeth look tiny and worn down due to years of teeth grinding? If you said “yes” to these questions, or if you are dealing with other cosmetic issues with your smile, then our River Forest, IL, cosmetic dentists Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John Hartmann are here to tell you how dental veneers can help.

If you lack confidence in your smile because it’s misshapen, discolored, or misaligned then chances are good that you want to turn to cosmetic dentistry to enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence. Our River Forest, IL, dentist can provide you with personalized cosmetic dentistry to meet your needs and help you solve the aesthetics problems you are having.

Whether you just wish your smile were a little straighter or years of teeth grinding has left you with small, uneven teeth, let our dental team in River Forest, IL, restore your appearance with veneers. Each veneer is uniquely crafted to cover the entire front surface of a tooth. These custom restorations are even matched to the shade of your smile so you always get restorations that are natural and realistic.

Before veneers can be placed we will need to prepare your teeth first. To make room for your veneers we will remove a minimal amount of enamel from the front of your teeth so that your final results look natural and not bulky.

Don’t worry, though; tooth preparation isn’t painful and can often be performed without needing anesthesia if you don’t experience tooth sensitivity. We will also take molds of your mouth to provide an outside lab with the exact measurements and replicas of your teeth and gums so they can create veneers that are perfectly fitted to your smile.

Once your veneers have been made and sent to us, you will come back in so that we can check the look and fit before bonding them to the front of your teeth with resin and a dental laser. Once the veneers have been bonded they can last up to twenty years or more with proper care.

Are you interested in getting dental veneers in River Forest, IL? If so, then it’s time you scheduled a free dental implant consultation to find out if you are the ideal candidate for this treatment. Call the experts at River Forest Dental Studio today.


By River Forest Dental Studio
January 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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You don’t have to be a dental professional to appreciate a beautiful smile. Likewise, you’ll also know when something’s not quite right with one.

Such can be the case when a tooth fails to erupt properly, causing most or all of the crown to remain below the gum line, a condition known as impaction. Upper canines (or “eyeteeth,” for their location in the arch under the eyes) are especially susceptible to impaction: located on either side of the lateral incisors, which are on either side of the central incisors (the two center front teeth).

The upper canines are important both for function and appearance. Working with their lower counterparts they help cut through food as we chew, so you lose some of that efficiency when they don’t erupt properly. Impacted teeth are susceptible to abscesses and cysts, and can impinge upon and damage the roots of other teeth. And just as importantly, their absence also disrupts the smile as nearby teeth tend to move or “drift” toward the open space.

Rather than remove the impacted canines as is often done with back teeth, it may be more advantageous for both function and appearance to “coax” them into full eruption. This requires first pinpointing their exact location below the gums using x-rays or cone beam 3-D imaging.

If the teeth are in reasonably good position we must first prepare them for orthodontic treatment by surgically exposing the crown from the gums and bonding a small bracket to it. We then attach a small gold chain to the bracket that extends outside of the gums when we suture them back into place. The chain is attached to orthodontic hardware that exerts pressure on the impacted tooth for several months to “pull” it out into the arch.

This procedure has the best chance of success if undertaken before the end of jaw development in early adulthood. Otherwise, it may be better to remove the impacted canines and replace them with dental implants, followed by orthodontic treatment of other teeth to restore their proper position and bite relationships. In either case, your impacted upper canines don’t have to be a problem — we can restore both your mouth function and your smile.

If you would like more information on impacted teeth and treatment options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Exposing Impacted Canines.”




Gina Piccioni, D.M.D. and John G. Hartmann, D.D.S.

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio

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