Monday, January 15, 2018

When to Visit an Emergency Dentist in Chicago

Dental EmergencyThere is only so much that an individual can do to prepare for a dental emergency. No matter what preventative measures one takes, there is always the chance of an accident damaging the teeth. In other cases, an infection can suddenly cause incredible pain in certain teeth and require emergency treatment. If someone falls and chips a tooth, it is crucial to seek professional treatment right away.

Available when you need emergency treatment

Since most people cannot plan for dental emergencies, the only time that an emergency dentist is not needed is for routine appointments and teeth cleanings. While we perform those and recommend scheduling them twice a year, we know how critical it is to be available for patients when they need help.
Thus, we always leave room in the schedule to help patients when they call and recommend you do so at the first sign of an emergency. In fact, adding our phone number to your phone contacts is a good idea since you never know where you will be when the emergency occurs.

Types of emergencies

Very often, dental emergencies are the type of things that no one can ever expect to happen. For example, we receive calls from parents who have rushed to the school after a child breaks a tooth on the playground. We help people that had a tooth knocked out while on a ski trip, taken care of patients whose crowns suddenly fell out in the middle of a birthday dinner, made time for patients who woke up with a toothache and much more.
These are just a few of the examples of how we have helped patients over the years but it all comes down to availability. We are here when patients need us so that regardless of what the emergency is or when it happens, they can get the help they need as quickly as possible.

What is a true dental emergency?

A lot of times people are afraid to call in an emergency because they are not sure if they are overreacting. The best thing to do is simply call our office, explain the situation and at that time, we can assess whether it is a true emergency and requires immediate care or if it would be okay to schedule an appointment in the next week.
In most cases, we have found that if patients are calling because they think it is an emergency, it actually is one. Some signs that there is an emergency requiring urgent help are:
  • Bleeding from the mouth that is persistent and does not stop after biting down on gauze
  • Dental pain that makes it too difficult to eat
  • Teeth being cracked or chipped
  • Teeth getting knocked out
  • Physical damage to the structure of the face or mouth
In these situations, visiting the emergency room at a local hospital in Chicago will not do a lot of good. They provide incredible care but are trained to treat the body, not the mouth, teeth or gums. As such, they can perform triage and prescribe pain medication but will ultimately refer patients to a dentist.
In our opinion, it is far better to visit an emergency dentist in the first place because that means receiving treatment faster and speeding up the recovery process. If you are suffering from a dental emergency, do not delay in calling Mitchell Dental Spa at (312) 948-8807. Let us know what is happening so that we can provide the urgent treatment you need to recover.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Dental Fillings Are Essential After Treating Cavities

Dental FillingsWe complete dental fillings every single day at Mitchell Dental Spa. They are the single most used procedure, with everyone from children to grandparents needing to get cavities repaired at some point. When you come in for dental fillings we believe that you should leave with one and an assurance that the tooth will not easily experience decay again.
To accomplish this task, we will carefully remove all the decay and then work to remove any of the enamel that the decay may damage. Finally, we will fill the hole that has been created, also known as the cavity.

When are dental fillings needed?

Many of our patients, except our young ones, know that decay is due to bacteria in the mouth which forms a thin film of plaque over the teeth. When one introduces sugary or starchy foods to the teeth, this bacteria secrets acid. The acid eats at the tooth until cavity forms. What most people do not realize is that the teeth actually fight against decay.
In fact, the teeth are able to make minor repairs to themselves using calcium and phosphate in the saliva, water, and fluoride. It is only when the tooth cannot access any of these essential minerals, after multiple assaults by the acids on the enamel, that the bacteria is able to create a cavity and a need for dental fillings.

Dental filling technology

When it comes to dental fillings, we are always interested in improvements in technology that will make them better for patients. If you remember, it was not that long ago that most fillings were made of metal which made it obvious which teeth previously had cavities. We now offer white dental fillings that allow us to inexpensively repair more prominent teeth while also giving the patient the clean white look that he or she wants.
The science behind dentistry continues to evolve. In 2012, the University of Maryland Dental School came up with a new cavity filling system that fills the cavity, but also to kill any residual bacteria that may survive the cleaning. The treatment may also help the tooth regrow some of the lost tissue in the fight against the bacteria. The use of silver nanoparticles, in addition to ammonia, makes the primer, the bonding agent, and the filling itself help to kill off any bacteria.
While this particular method remains in clinical trials, it is an example of the kind of innovation being tested in laboratories across the country with the goal of making dental work less necessary. If we are able to help the natural order of enamel in re-growing and regenerating itself, combine that with a system that kills all bacteria, and provide you with the means to avoid cavities in the future, it will be a huge accomplishment for the dental world. In our dental office in Chicago, we will continue to watch as this new technology develops and to provide you with the best possible dental care.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening

We provide teeth whitening that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile. This is a simple procedure that can make a dramatic impact on how you look because people associate bright teeth with youth and good health. Both men and women have reported that a beautiful smile is one of the most attractive qualities anyone can have. White teeth are an important aspect of any beautiful smile, so having this treatment can also have a positive impact on your social interactions.
Teeth whitening continues to grow in popularity and there are numerous products on the market that can help. Many are sold in the drugstore and on television, making it difficult for most people to know which product to use. Before heading to the store, there are a few things about whitening teeth that people need to know. First and foremost being that store-bought products will hardly make a difference to the shade of the teeth.

Professional teeth whitening is more effective than whitening teeth with a store-bought solution. Here is why:

The solution itself
Whether whitening teeth at the dentist or at home, one must apply a whitening solution to the teeth. These solutions contain some type of peroxide. The peroxide and the overall chemical makeup of the solution change from product to product. Most of what is sold in the store will only remove the surface stains on teeth.
Our solution, however, will penetrate the enamel and start the process of oxidization. This is where the molecules inside of the teeth begin to reflect less light and appear colorless. As a result, the smile will be bright, white, and beautiful.
The process
When whitening the teeth at our dentist office, we will ensure the patient has complete and total comfort. If the patient whitens teeth at home, you can use whitening strips, which may or may not slip out of place. The other option is whitening trays. When you have trays made by a dentist, they will fit securely and the process will be comfortable.
When a patient buys the whitening solution from the store, he or she will be purchasing trays that are a general size to fit everyone. This size increases the likelihood that the trays will slip out of place and the solution will leak into the mouth. This can be entirely unpleasant and is avoidable by visiting the dentist.
When you visit us for a teeth whitening, we will examine your teeth and gums to ensure that you do not have any small cracks, chips, cavities, or infections. If you do, we will want to treat them first so you do not experience any discomfort or sensitivity when the whitening solution is placed on your teeth.
When you whiten your teeth yourself, this is not an option. Also, some people overuse the solution and erode their enamel in the process. This can lead to long-term sensitivity, which is also avoidable with help from our dentist office.
To improve the appearance of your teeth, call us at (312) 948-8807 and schedule your whitening appointment today.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Reason for Teeth Whitening and the Science Behind It

Teeth whitening is one of those conveniences that have become an integral part of how people improve their appearance today. It was not always so convenient or so easy to get your teeth whitening done. Today, you have the choice of going to see us and having your teeth whitening done by us in the office, or buying a solution from the local pharmacy and doing it yourself. Regardless of what method you chose, it has never been easier or as inexpensive to get your teeth whitened.

An efficient solution

With the number of products that can discolor teeth, it is important to consider teeth whitening as a potential treatment option. Regular beverages such as coffee, tea, soda and wine, all stain teeth. Even with proper oral hygiene and brushing, people still experience teeth staining.
Fortunately, teeth whitening is an easy and efficient process with professional supervision. People who attempt to whiten teeth without professional supervision or services can actually cause more damage to their teeth and increase the chance for other health risks.
Did you know that teeth whitening is actually a chemical process? Most people who whiten their teeth have no idea how the process happens or that the peroxide solution used is designed to make the smallest of changes in your enamel's natural organic chemical makeup. It is important for you to be aware that when you are whitening your teeth you are not just dyeing the outside of the tooth with a whiter paint, rather you are actually causing the tooth itself, from the inside out, to look whiter with a chemical process known as oxidization.

A chemical process

The peroxide is quickly absorbed into the tooth enamel, where it works to release free radicals that make the tooth more colorless, and hence they appear to be whiter. Our solution is stronger and more effective than what you can purchase from the store so the results that you see will be far more dramatic.
The reason we point this out is that there are many over the counter whitening solutions available, and we would recommend two things if you are going to use one of them. First, we would advise that you consult with us before starting the process regardless of how you are going to be whitening your teeth. Very often, there are minor challenges with your teeth, like a small cavity, for example, that can be exasperated or irritated by the peroxide in the teeth whitening solution.
We can prevent you from feeling discomfort with a simple checkup, and by correcting these issues before they become a problem. Secondly, we recommend that you always follow professional advice as to how frequently you should whiten your teeth. Overly frequent use of teeth whitening products can lead to sensitivity, among other problems.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Visit the Dentist to Keep Teeth Healthy

Dental Appointment
By visiting the dentist you can stay in excellent oral health. Our office is modern and comfortable, however, we know that the dentist office probably not your ideal spot for relaxing, reading magazines, and catching up on all the celebrity gossip. In fact, most people would prefer to avoid ever having to visit the dentist, and sadly many people do avoid coming in until they have some kind of a dental emergency.
We will tell the patient that the only way to reduce the number of times he or she comes in with an emergency situation is to have a strategy for preventative oral care. This usually involves coming in to see us at least twice per year for a teeth cleaning that allows us to identify and treat any potential problems before they become serious. Coming in for a well-visit is far more enjoyable than having to come in with a severe toothache.

Dental Office Visits

As a dentist, we can clean an individual's teeth at least twice per year and determine if there are any dental health risks before they get worse. If we find any signs of dental health issues, we will eliminate the issue during the appointment or schedule another one to do so. When patients come in for a wellness checkup, we will also take X-rays to see if there are any issues below the gum line as well.
During these visits, we can also go over a patient's oral hygiene routine and bring up areas that the patient needs to focus on, which ultimately will improve oral health. The patient needs to make sure to follow these steps as these practices will reduce the potential for both toothaches and dental emergencies. For both are two of the main reasons why people come in to see us, outside of regularly-scheduled visits.

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies happen quite frequently and can range from a kid knocking out a tooth during soccer practice to severe infection. There is really no way to predict accidents that cause a dental emergency. However, regular teeth cleanings and exams will ensure that a patient's teeth are strong and more likely to withstand the damage.
As a dentist, we provide preventative care to reduce the likelihood of a future emergency or at least minimize the damage in the event of an accident. If an individual does get in an accident and damages his or her teeth, however minor, we recommend calling our office right away so that we can then advise the individual on the course of action. We may be able to even suggest ways to reduce discomfort.


In a sense, toothaches do fall under the broad categorization of a dental emergency, and they are among the most frequent reasons why people seek out medical attention for their teeth. As a dentist , we always recommend contacting us as soon as a toothache develops, since there could be a number of underlying causes that could be triggering the pain. By examining it right away, we can identify the problem and treat it before the infection spreads further.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When to Visit a Sleep Apnea Dentist for an Oral Appliance

Sleep Apnea
If you think you have sleep apnea, it may be time for you to visit a sleep apnea dentist for an oral appliance treatment. When you do not have enough adequate sleep, you may feel fatigued, weak, and agitated. The lack of sleep can also lead to a weaker immune system. We can help you to combat all of these negative aspects of sleep apnea at our Chicago office.

When should I visit a sleep apnea dentist?

People that go to bed every night at a reasonable hour, yet still wake up feeling exhausted, may have sleep apnea. When an individual has sleep apnea, different factors like jaw placement or extra throat tissue work together to block the airway. This blockage of the airway causes snoring and persistent waking, even when the individual does not realize it.
Sleep apnea is frustrating, but it is also dangerous to overall health. When someone has sleep apnea, he or she is more at risk for stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, low blood oxygen levels, and obesity among many other negative diseases and disorders. Sleep apnea can even lead to an early death. People who think they may be experiencing some side effects of sleep apnea, need to visit a sleep apnea dentist to get fitted for an oral appliance that will help.

What is oral appliance therapy from a sleep apnea dentist?

The most commonly used treatment for sleep apnea is oral appliance therapy. These appliances are also commonly referred to as sleep apnea mouthpieces. The oral appliance looks like a mouthguard or retainer but fits more comfortably. The oral appliance works to help realign the jaw and teeth. It can also help hold the tongue in place, so it does not fall toward the back of the throat, creating an airway obstruction. As needed, our oral appliances can also keep soft tissues in the back of the throat from falling out of place during sleep. This treatment is far more convenient than wearing a loud and bulky CPAP machine.
The oral appliance therapy at our sleep apnea dentist office can reduce and eliminate the side effects of sleep apnea. It can also help to alleviate any discomfort associated with TMJ disorders. The mandibular advancement device oral appliance is mainly used to move the jaw forward as the individual sleeps. The tongue re-training device is another less commonly used option since it is a splint used to hold the tongue in place. These are the two most common types of oral appliances used in sleep apnea treatment. They both work to keep tissues and jaw position from obstructing the intake of oxygen.
Once you receive your oral appliance, and we ensure it fits properly at our sleep apnea dentist office, you will immediately notice a difference in how you feel when you wake up. Receiving enough oxygen at night allows you to sleep without waking and to wake up refreshed. It also leads to a healthier lifestyle overall. Visit Mitchell Dental Spa today to learn more about the benefits of wearing an oral appliance.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

What You Should Know About the Different Types of Dentures

Partial Dentures
Dentures, a common apparatus used as a replacement for missing teeth or any associated loss of functionality, come in different types selected based on the needs of an individual. You may require a complete or partial set of dentures or another replacement such as an implant or a bridge. As all of the options listed above have different associated costs, functions, and appearances, it is important to know which type of denture is appropriate for your needs before making a decision.

Options for replacing missing teeth

The costs associated with each type of tooth replacement vary on location and the specific type of denture one requires. Complete dentures replace an entire set of teeth, whether that be the entire lower jaw, upper jaw, or entire mouth. Partial dentures are best for replacing a few missing teeth and will not be the same as a full denture replacement. Also, partial dentures may be more affordable than a bridge. A dental bridge is one false tooth, or as many as three false teeth, that we anchor to neighboring natural teeth.
Lastly, a more permanent solution is an implant - a prosthetic tooth that we attach to the jaw with a metal anchor and place in the jaw bone. Higher quality dentures will cost more than lower quality ones and a complete set may cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. However, dentures are still more affordable than dental implants or bridges.

Finding the right functionality

In addition to the cost of the replacement, it is important to consider the function of each type of denture. The ease of speaking, eating, and the comfort and fit of each type of denture may vary. Custom complete dentures may require some practice eating and speak as one becomes accustomed to the denture. It is important to start slowly with soft foods and increase in difficulty with time. Patients may find that speaking is also difficult at first, but with practice, this should become easier. The comfort of dentures will also increase over time.
It is important to visit us early and often when wearing new dentures so that they can be realigned to increase comfort. Additionally, it may be necessary to wear dentures overnight to identify which areas of the mouth are most irritated. Properly cleaning dentures is another important aspect of functionality, but remains the same for both partial and complete dentures. When not worn, they should be kept in a container of water or denture cleaner. Further, they should be cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush.
One of the major advantages of complete or partial dentures is their appearance. Dentures can often be visibly indistinguishable from natural teeth. As the majority of our patients are concerned with the appearance of tooth loss, restored confidence is often a large benefit of either partial or complete denture as they spare people from this situation. If this is you, make sure that you properly research different types of dentures before making a decision about which type would be best. We can help you with this decision process.