Advanced Dental Technology Available at University Associates in Dentistry

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At University Associates in Dentistry , we pride ourselves on delivering excellent care using the very latest in dental technologies. By embracing advanced technology, we’re able to offer our patients more precise and effective care than ever before. From dental implants to cerec, are just some of the advanced dental technologies we offer at our Chicago practice:

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Laser Dentistry
The introduction of lasers into dental care has revolutionized treatment. By using lasers, dentists can use less anesthesia and improve patient comfort. Lasers can cut through both hard and soft tissue without vibration or pressure, making treatments more comfortable.  Dental lasers  are great for gum procedures, since they minimize bleeding. After treatments, patients who underwent laser dental treatments usually have less swelling and pain, which reduces the need for pain medications.

Digital X-rays
Digital X-rays produce precise images that help your dentist make decisions about your treatment. Unlike traditional film, digital X-ray images are available to view chairside, so you and your dentist can examine them together. This translates into more efficient visits and more collaborative treatment planning. At University Associates in Dentistry, you never have to worry about X-ray radiation, as we use a thyroid shield with every patient and digital x-rays emit lower radiation than film.

Ceramic veneers, onlays, and crowns are favored cosmetic dentistry treatments because they deliver such natural results. However, the problem with ceramic devices is that they frequently require multiple visits to be fabricated and fitted, since the devices are often crafted off-site. Now, with the CEREC system, your dentist can create your ceramic dental restoration right in the office, so you can get great results in a single visit. In just an hour and a half, you have a natural looking smile: no temps, no second visit.

At Chicago’s University Associates in Dentistry, our cutting-edge care will help you get the best dental care possible. We provide a range of  restorative and cosmetic dentistry options  and are sure to have the right treatments for you. To make an appointment, please call (312) 704-5511.  

Why You Should Get a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

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Multicolored Toothbrushes

Going shopping for a toothbrush can be overwhelming. There are so many different options that it can be next to impossible to guess which toothbrush is the best one for you. For starters, you should opt for a toothbrush that fits well in your hand with a head size suitable for your mouth. Beyond the general fit, the next biggest concern is the bristles.

It may seem like hard bristles are the best choice for getting your teeth clean. After all, hard bristles let you put more pressure on your teeth as you scrub the plaque from the surface. However, hard bristles cause gum recession, tooth sensitivity, break down the natural enamel and gum bleeding. A soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended for getting your teeth clean, as it doesn’t cause the same problems that hard bristles can.  

For help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and more, make an appointment with a dentist at University Associates in Dentistry. Call our Chicago office at (312) 704-5511 for an appointment and to learn more about our services, including dental implants and denture replacement.

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious risk for both your dental health and overall health. Gum disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, bone loss, and even heart disease. Although restorative dentistry treatments can be used to correct some of the side effects associated with periodontal disease, not all damage is reversible, so prevention is even better. Here are some things you can do to control your risk of developing periodontal disease:

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Control Diabetes
Diabetes and periodontal disease are two sides of a vicious cycle. Diabetes increases the risk of periodontal disease, while the inflammation associated with periodontal disease makes diabetes more difficult to control. If you have diabetes, reduce your risk of periodontal disease by working with your endocrinologist to get your blood sugar in check. You should also discuss your diabetes with your dentist so that he or she knows that you have an increased risk of periodontal disease.

Stop Smoking
Smoking is devastating for your dental health. In fact, it is one of the biggest risk factors associated with gum disease. Cigarettes trigger gum inflammation and poor oral health, which lead to periodontal issues. If you develop  periodontal disease  while smoking, it is essential that you stop right away. Smoking can make your periodontal disease progress faster, and it can interfere with treatment.

Maintain Good Oral Health
One of the most powerful things you can do to lower your risk of periodontal disease is to brush and floss two times daily to clean plaque and bacteria off your teeth. You should also see your dentist for preventive exams and cleanings twice annually.

If you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums, you could be developing periodontal disease. Fortunately, University Associates in Dentistry can help. We offer scaling and root planing, dental implants, dentures, and other restorative treatments to help you reclaim your smile. Make an appointment at our  Chicago dental office  by calling (312) 704-5511. 

A Closer Look at TMJ

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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can cause chronic pain that may interfere with your ability to chew, speak, and even sleep. What causes TMJ? This video explains.

TMJ is triggered by a bite issue that forces the jaw joint out of its socket. The muscles around the jaw work to hold the socket in place, which causes muscle fatigue and tenderness. Patients who have TMJ tend to clench their teeth as they sleep, which exacerbates the problem. Chronic jaw pain and headaches are the result.

If you’re suffering from TMJ pain, schedule an appointment with University Associates in Dentistry in Chicago. A simple orthotic device may be all that is needed to ease the pain. Find out more about all of our services, including dental implants, by calling (312) 704-5511. 

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