Posts for: February, 2016

By River Forest Dental Studio
February 26, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: First Dental Visit  

Here are some things you can expect when you visit your River Forest dentist.
If you’re currently asking yourself whether your child should start taking regular trips to the dentist, then most likely it’s the perfect time! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see their dentist by their first birthday or when the first Child's First Dental Visittooth erupts. If your child has just celebrated his first birthday it’s time to get him an appointment to see Drs. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John Harmann in River Forest.
Your child may already be asking questions about his upcoming visit. If this is the case, let him know what to expect so there are no surprises.
What will happen during my child’s first dental visit?
The first visit is really about establishing rapport. After all, we want your child comfortable coming to our office. Plus, the sooner you can get your child in for regular cleanings and exams the more relaxed and commonplace visiting the dentist will become. We will sit down and talk with both you and your child and get to know more about your child’s medical history.
What will we discuss during my child’s dental visit?
We will talk about how to care for your child’s mouth and erupting teeth. We will also talk about ways you can prevent cavities, how to use fluoride to keep teeth healthy, healthy dental development and even eating habits. Also, if you have any questions now is the best time to address them.
Will there be a dental exam?
We will take a quick look at your child’s mouth; however, we often do this while the child is sitting in the parent’s lap so they feel comfortable. We will also make sure your child isn’t dealing with any cavities or signs of decay. If we notice any stains we may also do a light cleaning.
Again, if you have any questions about your child’s oral health, this first visit is the best time to address them. We want your child to have a healthy smile, and parents are a major component to promoting good oral health.
Schedule your child’s first appointment at River Forest Dental Studio. We can’t wait to get to know your little one!

By River Forest Dental Studio
February 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how a dental implant will replace your missing tooth.

A dental implant is a great option for patients looking for the best long-term solution to replacing one or more missing teeth. Nothing is worse than losing a tooth but when you turn to your River Forest, IL dentists Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John Hartmann you can get the next best thing to a real tooth. You may already know that the implant is the part that fuses together with the jaw bone to become Dental Implantsartificial tooth roots but what do you actually know about the restoration itself? Find out now!

While the implant is the part that no one will notice as it will be hidden within the jawbone, the dental crown is the part that everyone will see. Therefore, you want a dental restoration that looks as natural as possible. Your cosmetic dentist in River Forest, IL will attach a special structure known as an abutment to the top of the implant. This piece is designed to connect the crown securely to the implant.

While the implant itself is designed to last a lifetime a dental crown may need to be replaced at some point. This is why it’s so important to maintain those six-month dental checkups with your general dentists in River Forest. Through these routine visits, we can determine when a crown will need to be replaced.

The process for getting a dental crown for an implant is really no different than getting a crown for a damaged tooth. The crown will be custom-made to fill the gap where your tooth once was. The crown will also be matched to the shade of your teeth so that it looks just like a real tooth.

River Forest Dental Studio is here to restore your smile no matter your age. Turn to our dental care experts in River Forest, IL for all of your oral care needs.

By River Forest Dental Studio
February 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how professional teeth whitening could make your day even more memorable.
Weddings are often considered one of the most important days in a person’s life. Don’t let the only white in the room be the wedding teeth whiteningdress. It doesn’t matter if you are the bride or the groom, professional teeth whitening is perfect for everyone when it comes to brightening smiles before a special occasion. Before you say “I do” to the one you love, say “I do” to your River Forest dentists Drs. Gina Piccioni and John Hartmann about teeth whitening.

What is teeth whitening?

The purpose of teeth whitening is to lighten the color of your teeth and remove external stains and discolorations. While you can also get at-home whitening treatments, if you are looking to brighten your smile before you walk down the aisle, then you’ll want to get professional whitening from your River Forest dentists.
In just one 45-minute session, we can get some smiles up to eight shades brighter. Even though one session can often get the results you want, some patients love getting subsequent whitening treatments every few months to maintain their results.

How is teeth whitening performed?

We will first evaluate the health of your smile to make sure no gum disease or cavities need to be treated beforehand. Once we’ve deemed your smile right for professional whitening, you will then schedule your whitening session. When you come in for your treatment, we will first clean your teeth. This will help to remove any buildup or food that could be causing your stains. Once this is complete we can start whitening.

During in-office whitening we can use a stronger bleaching gel than any at-home system, so you’ll get more radiant results faster. We will first apply a substance that will protect the gums during your treatment, and then the whitening gel will be painted on the teeth.
Some whitening treatments require a laser in order to activate the gel. We will tell you if this step is required. If you are interested in continuing with teeth whitening at home we will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth to create your whitening trays. These custom-fitted trays will allow the bleaching gel to cover more areas of your smile to give you better results.

Is the big day coming up? Luckily, teeth whitening takes less than an hour to complete. Get a radiant smile when you choose teeth whitening in River Forest. Call the dental experts at River Forest Dental Studio to schedule your whitening session.

By River Forest Dental Studio
February 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.

By River Forest Dental Studio
February 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

You may think an office cleaning is mainly cosmetic — giving your teeth that polished look and you that pleasant, “squeaky clean” feeling. But your dental hygienist is doing more than making your teeth look great during your cleaning session — they’re also providing a valuable service keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Here, then, are 3 things your dental hygienist is doing during a cleaning session that protects your health.

Removing disease-causing plaque. An office cleaning produces more than a fresh and clean smile. Your hygienist is manually removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) in hard to reach places or where it has built up despite your best efforts at brushing and flossing. This built-up plaque is a ready source of bacteria producing acids, which give rise to both tooth decay and gum disease. And for actual occurrences of the latter, plaque removal is an important part of the treatment to restore your gums to a healthy pink.

Checking for signs of dental disease. As your hygienist cleans your teeth, they’re also looking for abnormalities in the mouth’s soft tissue — lumps, bumps, sores, or swelling — that may indicate something more serious requiring further examination. They’re also assessing your overall gum health, probing any areas that might indicate gum disease. And, of course, they’re looking for cavities, softened enamel or other signs of tooth decay.

Helping you improve your oral hygiene. As proficient as they are, a dental hygienist can only do so much to help prevent dental disease; the rest — daily brushing and flossing — is on your shoulders. But you’re not completely on your own, because your hygienist is your best personal hygiene training partner: not only can they assess how well you’re doing in your daily regimen, but they can also give you expert advice and tips on improving your brushing and flossing performance.

If you would like more information on the role of your hygienist in your dental care, 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 “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

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

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio