Posts for: July, 2015

By River Forest Dental Studio
July 30, 2015
Category: Oral Health

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
July 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental specialists  

Hopefully, you’ve developed a long-term care relationship with your family dentist. Better known as a general dentist, these professionals are the central players in maintaining your oral health, and your first stop when you have a problem with your teeth or gums.

But there are times when a particular dental situation calls for a specialist, a dentist with additional training (as much as three years or more in their area of specialty) and the equipment and advanced techniques for your particular need. Here, then, are some of the other kinds of dental professionals your general dentist may refer you to if you need specialized care.

Periodontist — From the Latin peri (“around”) and dont (“tooth”), this dentist cares for the supporting structures of the teeth, particularly the gums and bone. Besides treating advanced cases of periodontal (gum) disease, they’re also adept at reconstructive and cosmetic gum procedures or the placement of dental implants.

Orthodontist — Although known commonly as the “braces” doctor, orthodontists have a much wider concern: the interaction and alignment of teeth and jaws. With a keen understanding of growth and development, orthodontists can employ a number of treatments, including braces, to bring teeth into better positions that will improve function and appearance.

Endodontist — Teeth damaged from disease or injury may need treatments that involve the interior of the tooth — the pulp and root canals. While your general dentist can perform basic root canal treatments, an endodontist has the added knowledge and equipment to treat more difficult cases.

Prosthodontist — As with a prosthetic limb that replaces a lost arm or leg, prosthodontists specialize in replacing lost teeth (prostho means “artificial”). Prosthodontists can skillfully create functional, life-like dentures, as well as natural tooth and implant crowns to replace portions of visible teeth.

Oral Surgeon — These dentists are skilled in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of conditions involving the head and neck (the “maxillo-facial” region). They often work in consultation with general dentists and other specialties for treating complex mouth conditions. Besides tooth extraction and other dental procedures, oral surgeons can also surgically correct jaw alignment or treat trauma to the face and neck area. They also place grafts to stimulate bone growth for future implants.

If you would like more information on how dental specialties can benefit your health, 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 “The Dental Universe.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
July 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Find out more about our cosmetic offerings and which ones could improve the look of your smile.

Looking to give your smile a little makeover? Then answer some of these questions from the office of your River Forest dentists Drs. Dental ImplantsGina Piccioni and John Hartmann to determine which cosmetic dentistry is right for you:

Q. Are you missing one, several or all of your permanent teeth? If so, here are some cosmetic dental options in River Forest that could help you regain your smile:

Dental Bridges

If the rest of your teeth are healthy and strong then a dental bridge may be all you’ll need to replace your missing tooth or teeth. A dental bridge contains two crowns, which are cemented over the tooth directly next to the gap. Between the two crowns is a false tooth or teeth that will be used to fill the space where your permanent tooth or teeth once were. Dental bridges usually require two visits to your River Forest dentists in order to custom-make the dental crowns.


For those looking for a fast, painless and inexpensive way to replace most or all of your teeth, dentures can’t beat. Dentures are made up of a plastic gum-like base that contains a set of false teeth. Dentures can either be removed or cemented into place and usually require two visits to create your dentures and properly fit them to your smile.

Dental Implants

While it takes several months to get dental implants, they are the closest option to natural teeth. Implants act as tooth’s roots, holding a dental crown permanently into place. This treatment requires two surgeries and multiple visits to your River Forest dentists to get your new tooth or teeth.

Q. Looking to hide stains and discolorations? Then consider these cosmetic options:

Teeth Whitening

The simplest way to get a whiter smile is to get a one-hour teeth whitening from your River Forest dentists. In one whitening treatment, we can get teeth up to ten shades whiter using a professional grade whitening gel and a laser to activate the gel. Teeth whitening is ideal for those with external stains caused by cigarettes, aging and consuming certain stain-producing foods and drinks.

Dental Veneers

For those who have severe or internal stains that teeth whitening just can’t fix, dental veneers are the next best option. By cementing thin shells of porcelain to the front of your teeth, your River Forest dentists can hide minor imperfections such as severe stains. This treatment only requires two dental visits and minimal tooth preparation prior to the application.

Q. Want to get rid of chips and cracks in your teeth? Find out which cosmetic dentistry in River Forest is the best treatment for you:

Tooth Reshaping and Contouring

If you are dealing with small cracks or chips then this non-invasive cosmetic procedure is all that’s needed. Your River Forest dentists will shave down your enamel to change the shape or length of your tooth. This procedure is often accompanied by reshaping, in which we apply a dental resin over the tooth to hide stains and minor flaws.

For those with more severe stains, cracks, chips, gaps between teeth and overlapping dental veneers may be a better choice.

The best way to find out which cosmetic dentistry is right for you is to schedule a consultation. Call River Forest Dental Studio today!

Learn more about cosmetic dentistry here.

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

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio