Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Types of Teeth

The Downtown Dental offices in Chicago want our patients to feel included and confident in their oral health decisions. Different types of teeth serve distinct functions and encounter specific problems, so patients should be aware of the terms dentists use to describe them.


Typically, children grow twenty teeth and adults grow thirty-two, which are evenly distributed between the jaws. Most adults have had a few teeth removed. The four flat teeth in the front of each jaw are called incisors. They are the first teeth to emerge in children and are the most important for forming speech. To the sides of the incisors are a single pair of cuspids, which are also called canines or eyeteeth. They are sharp and used for piercing. Due to their location at the transition from the front of the jaw to its sides, these teeth are especially important for jaw stability.


The teeth on the sides of the mouth are wide and used for chewing. They are made up of raised cusps with indentations in between. Per jaw, adults have two pairs of premolars, which have a single root. Behind them are three pairs of molars, including the wisdom teeth, which are furthest in back. Lower molars have two roots, while upper molars have three.


Downtown Dental LLC operates its Loop office at 25 E Washington St, Suite 1921, Chicago, Illinois, 60602. Call 312-782-8862. The River North office is at 676 N Michigan Ave, Suite #3500, Chicago, IL, 60611. Call 312-274-3333. Visit Downtown Dental online.


 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Mouth Guards

If you play contact sports, such as baseball, basketball, and hockey, our doctors at Downtown Dental LLC hope that you’re wearing a mouth guard. Imagine what it would be like if you suddenly lost one or two of your front teeth. Your smile, speech, and chewing abilities would all be affected. Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face, or jaw. We provide patients with custom-made mouth guards to best suit their needs.


For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit Downtown Dental LLC for a custom mouth guard fitting. A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of your mouth and your mouth only. The thinness of the custom mouth guard also allows for easy breathing and easy communication, which is important when you’re calling shots on the field or the court.


If you have questions or concerns about mouthguards, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.downtown-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Downtown Dental LLC in Chicago, IL, call 312-782-8862. 

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Parents may not realize, but giving an infant a sugary drink at nap or nighttime is harmful because, during sleep, the flow of saliva decreases, allowing the sugary liquids to linger on the child’s teeth for an extended period of time. This can lead to baby bottle tooth decay and our doctors at Downtown Dental LLC would like you to know the dangers of this condition.


Baby teeth are placeholders for permanent teeth, so it is important to keep their gums healthy from birth. If teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth, and perhaps damaged adult teeth. Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. This is why it’s important to clean your infant’s gums with a warm washcloth after each feeding.


If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.downtown-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Downtown Dental LLC in Chicago, IL, call 312-782-8862. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Halitosis Causes and Treatment

Millions of bacteria live in the mouth, particularly on the back of the tongue. In many people, they are the primary causes of bad breath, also known as halitosis. The mouth’s warm, moist conditions are ideal for the growth of these bacteria. In between professional cleanings from Downtown Dental LLC, you can treat bad breath by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using a tongue scraper to eliminate odor-causing bacteria on the tongue.


Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem and can be caused by a variety of things. Diet, medication, poor oral hygiene, and diseases or conditions such as diabetes, GERD, lactose intolerance and gum disease are just a few. Bad breath odors vary, depending on the source or the underlying cause. The treatment of bad breath depends on its cause. If you suspect you have bad breath, review your oral hygiene habits.


If you have questions or concerns about halitosis, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.downtown-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Downtown Dental LLC in Chicago, IL, call 312-782-8862. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Apicoectomy

The doctors of Downtown Dental perform many root canals to save and repair teeth that are badly damaged or infected.  During a root canal a dentist removes any inflamed or infected tissue, and thoroughly cleans the root canal system. In about 90% of cases, the tooth heals and doesn’t require further treatment. When an infection won’t go away or the canals become re-infected after root canal treatment, our doctors can perform an apicoectomy.


An apicoectomy is also called a root-end resection and is performed to remove damaged tissue and seal a tooth’s root from any further infections.  The procedure involves a small incision in the gums, followed by removal of any infected tissue and finally the end of the root tip itself.  A root-end filling is placed there to act as a seal, preventing reinfection. The gum is sutured, and most patients only feel slight discomfort or swelling during healing.  If you have a tooth infection lingering after a root canal gone wrong, please contact us to discuss your treatment options.


To learn more about the apicoectomy procedure and all the services we offer, visit downtown-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Downtown Dental LLC in Chicago, IL, call 312-782-8862.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pediatric Dentistry

Downtown Dental is proud to serve professionals and their families, and we want them to know it’s just as important for their children to have regular dental visits.  A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled when the first baby tooth appears, or around the child’s first birthday.  Baby teeth eventually come out, but their growth and development is important for overall oral health for the child and the development of their adult teeth.


Baby teeth should be brushed and cared for like adult teeth, and it’s important to monitor their growth and development.  Missing any tooth for too long can change the development of surrounding teeth and compromise the structure of the jaw bone, but regular checkups can keep a child’s tooth development right on track.  Our dentists are skilled and experienced in administering dental care to children.  If your child has seems nervous about seeing a dentist for the first time, we recommend going through a brushing routine with them at home, and talking about the dental visit before you arrive.  Once we get your child’s oral health off to a great start, we offer a full range of services for child patients including dental cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants.


To learn more about pediatric dental care and all the services provided at our practice, visit downtown-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Downtown Dental LLC in Chicago, IL, call 312-782-8862.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Thank You for Your Continuous Reviews!

Here at Downtown Dental LLC, our staff appreciates feedback from patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Though this patient decided to remain anonymous, we’d still like to thank them for this positive review and for being a dedicated patient.  If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


"Just had the best dental care I've ever experienced in my 30+ years. Knowledgeable, quick, painless, efficient, friendly, clean, exceptionally modern - all with a great view. I absolutely love this place and the people that work here. Truly a top-notch dental office with a focus on customer satisfaction. Fantastic. (How often do you hear someone say their dental experience was fantastic?!) Highly recommended! Go get your cleaning today!"


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.downtown-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Downtown Dental LLC in Chicago, IL, call 312-782-8862.