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By Willow Ridge Dental Group
March 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Almost anyone can benefit from orthodontic care, however, some people are reluctant to sport the look of braces. Luckily, Invisalign gives Invisalignyou the results of traditional braces without the hassle of metal brackets or wires. Learn more about Invisalign, how it works, and what it can mean for your smile by reading below, and for personal treatment, contact Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL!

How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays to place steady pressure onto the teeth at predetermined areas. This pressure moves the teeth into their corrected positions and realigns the bite to give patients a functional, beautiful smile. The process takes about a year, during which patients wear each tray in the series for about two weeks before swapping it out for the next aligner.

What can I expect from Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatment is simple—just wear each tray for two weeks before replacing it with the next tray in the series. Remove the trays at meal times, as well as during your daily oral care routine. Patients should wear the aligner trays about 22 hours a day to ensure that treatment goes according to plan. Some patients may need small, tooth-colored bumps placed onto certain teeth. These bumps help your aligner trays better move teeth along their route.

How do I care for my Invisalign trays?
Always remove your trays before eating or brushing and flossing. Give the trays a quick rinse with water after removing them and before reinserting them to keep them clean—that’s it! Caring for your trays adds only a few seconds to your oral care routine and allows you to straighten your smile in the simplest way possible.

What Invisalign from our Naperville office can treat
Invisalign can correct many orthodontic issues, including:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Undercrowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 420-2800 to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
BobbyBonesDancesHisWaytoDentalDamage

The long-running hit show Dancing with the Stars has had its share of memorable moments, including a wedding proposal, a wardrobe malfunction, and lots of sharp dance moves. But just recently, one DWTS contestant had the bad luck of taking an elbow to the mouth on two separate occasions—one of which resulted in some serious dental damage.

Nationally syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones received the accidental blows while practicing with his partner, professional dancer Sharna Burgess. “I got hit really hard,” he said. “There was blood and a tooth. [My partner] was doing what she was supposed to do, and my face was not doing what it was supposed to do.”

Accidents like this can happen at any time—especially when people take part in activities where there’s a risk of dental trauma. Fortunately, dentists have many ways to treat oral injuries and restore damaged teeth. How do we do it?

It all depends on how much of the tooth is missing, whether the damage extends to the soft tissue in the tooth’s pulp, and whether the tooth’s roots are intact. If the roots are broken or seriously damaged, the tooth may need to be extracted (removed). It can then generally be replaced with a dental bridge or a state-of-the-art dental implant.

If the roots are healthy but the pulp is exposed, the tooth may become infected—a painful and potentially serious condition. A root canal is needed. In this procedure, the infected pulp tissue is removed and the “canals” (hollow spaces deep inside the tooth) are disinfected and sealed up. The tooth is then restored: A crown (cap) is generally used to replace the visible part above the gum line. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.

For moderate cracks and chips, dental veneers may be an option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells made of translucent material that go over the front surfaces of teeth. Custom-made from a model of your smile, veneers are securely cemented on to give you a restoration that looks natural and lasts for a long time.

It’s often possible to fix minor chips with dental bonding—and this type of restoration can frequently be done in just one office visit. In this procedure, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to fill in the parts of the tooth that are missing, and then hardened by a special light. While it may not be as long-lasting as some other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can produce good results.

If you would like more information about emergency dental treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor articles “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries” and “Knocked Out Tooth.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
February 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
3Age-RelatedDentalProblemsandwhatyoucandoAboutThem

Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.

Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.

Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.

Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.

Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.

You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.

If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: toothache  
YourToothacheisTellingyouSomethingsWronginYourMouth

A toothache might mean you have tooth decay—or maybe not. It could also be a sign of other problems that will take a dental exam to uncover. But we can get some initial clues about the underlying cause from how much it hurts, when and for how long it hurts and where you feel the pain most.

Let's say, for instance, you have a sharp pain while consuming something cold or hot, but only for a second or two. This could indicate isolated tooth decay or a loose filling. But it could also mean your gums have receded and exposed some of the tooth's hypersensitive root surface.

While over-aggressive brushing can be the culprit, gum recession is most often caused by periodontal (gum) disease. Untreated, this bacterial infection triggered by accumulated dental plaque could eventually cause tooth and bone loss, so the sooner it's attended to the better.

On the other hand, if the pain seems to linger after encountering hot or cold foods and liquids, or you have a continuous throbbing pain, you could have advanced tooth decay that's entered the inner pulp where infected tooth nerves are reacting painfully. If so, you may need a root canal treatment to remove the diseased pulp tissue and fill the empty pulp and root canals to prevent further infection.

If you have this kind of pain, see a dentist as soon as possible, even if the pain stops. Cessation of pain may only mean the nerves have died and can no longer transmit pain; the infection, on the other hand, is still active and will continue to advance to the roots and bone.

Tooth pain could also indicate other situations: a cracked tooth, an abscess or even a sinus problem where you're feeling the pain radiating through the teeth. So whatever kind of pain you're feeling, it's your body's alarm signal that something's wrong. Promptly seeing your dentist is the best course of action for preserving your health.

If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, 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 “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental VeneersDental veneers are a great option when it comes to cosmetically improve the appearance of your teeth. Installing them doesn’t require any major modifications to your existing teeth, but they still provide significantly better results compared to other cosmetic treatments. See dentists Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL to discuss veneers.

Treating Your Smile with Veneers
When you smile, do you hesitate to show all of your teeth? Do you feel compelled to cover your front teeth with your fingers when you’re laughing or speaking to other people? If so you may be a good candidate for veneers. They are dental devices that lay on top of your damaged or discolored teeth, making them look white, straight, and well-shaped. Veneers can also close up small gaps.

Why Are Veneers Preferred?
Dental crowning is a treatment that is very similar to veneers, except crowns require a lot more dental material to be removed. Crowns are also not appropriate for fixing several teeth in a row. Veneers are preferred because they can be easily attached and shaped by your Naperville, IL dentist without too much work. Porcelain is the material that’s commonly used for veneers because it is versatile and easy to integrate with any smile for a very natural look.

A New Smile, a New Lease on Life
Don’t underestimate the impact of renewing your smile with veneers. After years of living with a smile that you feel less than proud of, this cosmetic treatment can really provide you with a major confidence boost. It can also help rejuvenate your social life and professional career. Take the time to schedule a consultation—your dentist will work closely with you to give you an idea of what your smile will look like after it is restored with veneers.

Consult a Veneer Dentist
You might just learn that porcelain veneers are the ideal way for your dentist to improve the way your teeth look. Call 630-420-2800 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Jeffrey Onik or Dr. Connie Onik at their office in Naperville, IL.