Learn more about dental implants and how they could replace your missing teeth.
If you are currently dealing with tooth loss, then Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe here at Granville Dental, LLC in Granville, IL, can talk to you about your treatment options. Today, one of the most popular choices are restorative dental implants. Read on to learn more about dental implants and whether they could be right for you!
What is a dental implant?
While we don’t see the roots of our teeth, they are still necessary for general tooth support and overall oral health. Therefore, when a tooth falls out or is extracted, the implant is designed to replace the missing tooth roots. An implant is a metal titanium post that is placed within the jawbone where over the course of 3-6 months the bone and implant will naturally fuse together. Once this occurs, the implant is designed to last decades.
Who is a good candidate for restorative dental implants?
No matter if you are missing one, two, several or an entire row of teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Those dealing with tooth loss caused by gum disease, cavities, or injury can all benefit from implants, for they fill the gaps in your smile with the next best thing to real teeth.
Implants both act and feel like a natural tooth. Even current denture wearers can talk to our cosmetic dentist about receiving dental implants, which can support your dentures and ensure that they don’t move or shift around when talking or eating.
Since you will need to undergo surgery in order to receive a dental implant, our dentist will need to make sure that you are in good health. This means going through your medical history and determining if there are any preexisting or chronic health problems that could impact your recovery process or treatment.
We will also perform an oral exam and take X-rays to check the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. It’s important that we check the health of your jawbone to make sure that it is strong enough to support an implant.
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If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth in Granville, IL, then it’s time to talk with a dentist you trust to find out if restorative dental implants are right for you. Schedule a consultation with Granville Dental today by calling (815) 339-6888.
Preventative care is extremely important when it comes to your child's teeth. Choosing family dentists like Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe in Granville, IL, and serving Oglesby, IL, is the first step to ensuring your child's teeth are protected against decay and gum disease. Sealants, a liquid coating applied onto chewing surfaces of teeth, are effective in preventing cavities.
"Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by 'sealing out' plaque and food," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The most important or most susceptible areas to decay and cavities are pits and grooves in teeth. And while brushing, flossing, using fluoride-containing, and maintaining a healthy diet may help reduce the chances that your child will develop a cavity, sealants provide teeth with that added barrier that prevents bacteria from infiltrating teeth through those accessible crevices, and breaking down teeth.
Sealants, which were actually were developed about 50 years ago, became more common in the 1970's. Today, sealants are a common dental practice for adults and young children.
Those hard-to-reach molars and children's difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene while so young, makes their teeth targets for bacteria.
Your dentist serving Granville and Oglesby, IL, applies dental sealants in a few simple steps:
- Your family dentist first cleans the surface of your teeth.
- Then he etches, roughens, the tooth surface using a chemical substance. This allows the sealant to adhere more properly on the tooth surface.
- After applying the sealant, a special light source is directed on the sealant to harden it.
- The process is repeated again and need re-application every five to 10 years.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental sealants for your child, please don't hesitate to reach out to your Granville, IL, family dentists, serving Oglesby, IL, Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe , today!
When it comes to fillings, silver is out and tooth-colored is in! Tooth-colored fillings aren't just more attractive, but they offer several important advantages for your teeth, as well. Here at Granville Dental, LLC, in Granville, IL, your family dentists, Drs. Robert Dawe and Evan Fiedler, offer fillings for patients in the entire Oglesby, Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, and LaSalle areas—read on to learn more!
How tooth-colored fillings can help your smile
Tooth-colored fillings can:
- Improve the Appearance of Your Smile: No one will be able to tell that you have any fillings, thanks to the natural appearance of tooth-colored fillings. The fillings are made of composite resin, a flexible material that's tinted to match common tooth shades.
- Protect Your Teeth: Fillings require removal of a ring of healthy tooth structure around the decayed portion. Although this step is necessary, the more healthy structure that is removed, the weaker your tooth becomes. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings only require removal of a small amount of healthy structure.
- Strengthen Your Teeth: After your Granville dentist adds the soft composite resin, he uses a curing light to harden the material. As the resin hardens, it bonds to your tooth, strengthening it.
- Reduce the Risk of Cracks: Like all metals, silver amalgam expands and contracts when it's exposed to hot and cold temperatures. Over time, constant expansion and contraction can eventually crack teeth. Cracks increase the risk of fractures and new decay in the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings remain the same size when you eat and drink hot and cold beverages and don't crack teeth.
- Prevent Color Changes: After a while, silver amalgam fillings may make teeth look darker, particularly if the filling is large. Composite resin fillings won't change the color of your teeth.
Give us a call
Protect and enhance your smile with tooth-colored fillings! Call your Granville, IL family dentists, Drs. Robert Dawe and Evan Fiedler, at (815) 339-6888 to schedule an appointment.
Finding the time to schedule an appointment with the dentist can be a struggle for busy adults. But getting to the dentist for the initial appointment is only the first step in many cases, depending on the type of work that needs to be done. But you don't have to put off necessary dental work or repairs due to lack of time thanks to single visit (also known as same day) crowns. Single visit crowns use modern digital technology to make it possible to design and fit dental crowns onsite in a single appointment. Dr. Robert Dawe and Dr. Evan Fiedler, the dentists at Granville Dental in Granville, IL offer same day crowns and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry services.
If your dentist determines that you need a dental crown to repair a badly decayed, fractured, or cosmetically damaged tooth, the process usually involves digital imaging and software so that the dentist can prepare the crown in the office while you wait.
In addition to saving time and money by reducing the number of dental visits, single visit crowns have a number of additional benefits including:
- Taking digital images to design the crowns using CAD/CAM software instead of using a physical impression to create the mold makes the process less invasive
- Eliminate the need for temporary crowns
- Use natural looking and modern materials
- Strong and durable
- immediate relief and care in dental emergencies and accidents
Find a Family Dentist in Granville, IL
For more information about single visit or same day crowns, contact Granville Dental in Granville, IL and serving the Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and La Salle, IL areas by calling 815-339-6888 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dawe or Dr. Fiedler.
Dental sealants help protect your teeth from decay by preventing bacteria from becoming trapped in the small crevices on the surface of teeth. Brushing does not always completely remove trapped bacteria, a presence which can eventually contribute to the development of tooth decay. Sealants are used to cover crevices on the surface of teeth so that bacteria cannot become trapped in the first place. At Granville Dental in Granville, IL, Dr. Robert Dawe and Dr. Evan Fiedler are your family dentists for dental sealants! They are proud to serve the surrounding areas of Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and La Salle, IL.
How Sealants Help
There are pits, grooves, and crevices on the surface of the teeth, particularly on the molars. Food particles and bacteria can easily become trapped in these areas. Since they are so small, brushing does not always remove all the trapped bacteria. As bacteria lingers in the crevices on teeth, plaque can form and eventually lead to the development of tooth decay.
Dental sealants help prevent tooth decay by sealing the pits, grooves, and crevices in teeth so that there is nowhere for bacteria to become trapped and hidden. Sealants form a protective coating over the surface of teeth, and they are especially beneficial to children, although they can be applied to both youth and adult teeth. Children with dental sealants are much less likely to develop cavities than children without them. Your Princeton area family dentists at Granville Dental can help you decide if sealants are right for anyone in your family.
How Sealants are Applied
Sealants are most often applied to the molars, due to how the large chewing surfaces of these back teeth contain many crevices that can attract bacteria, and are thus vulnerable to decay. To apply sealants, the teeth are first cleaned, after which the sealant material is then brushed onto the surface areas of vulnerable teeth. Once applied, the sealants are cured with a special light to help them dry and harden faster. As sealants dry and harden, a smooth protective barrier forms across the teeth. Sealants can potentially last for several years before being reapplied.
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Sealants are a highly effective method for protecting the teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Sealants can be easily applied to vulnerable teeth right in your dentist’s office. To learn more about how sealants can help, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dawe or Dr. Fiedler, your Princeton area family dentists, by calling Granville Dental at (815) 339-6888.
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