Is a root canal specialist your best choice in Chicago, IL?

By Dr. Theodore M. Siegel | November 1, 2016 Best Root Canal Specialist in Chicago IL

A root canal can save your natural tooth, when the only other alternative would be extraction. The need for root canal therapy may develop gradually, or an acute toothache and abscess could happen fast. The team at Big Smile Dental hopes you never have this experience. However, it doesn’t hurt to give a little thought, in advance, to whether a root canal specialist in Chicago, IL is your best choice in that situation. The endodontist An endodontist is a dentist who has taken at least two years of training, beyond dental school, focused entirely on diagnosing dental pain and performing…

How affordable are braces in Chicago?

By Dr. Theodore M. Siegel | How affordable are braces in Chicago

Let’s face it, no one wants crooked teeth. Modern options for straightening teeth have become more comfortable, more efficient, and less noticeable than ever before. However, cost is naturally a concern for smart consumers. As you think about how affordable braces are in Chicago, you might want to take into account these considerations. Compared to other options Braces and orthodontic alternatives like Invisalign shift teeth into straighter positions. They are really the only way to correct misalignment. However, porcelain veneers are a great way to disguise minor misalignment in teeth that show when you smile. (Since they don’t move teeth,…

The science and art of cosmetic dentures in Chicago, IL

By Dr. Theodore M. Siegel | Cosmetic Dentures Chicago IL

Missing teeth cause you to miss out on a lot – enjoyable meals, confident smiles, and a youthful appearance. Correctly-designed dentures made of premium materials restore a great deal of chewing function. They also take years off your face. Let’s take a look at some of the ways great-fitting cosmetic dentures reverse signs of aging for Chicago, IL patients. The aging effect of ill-fitting dentures The bony ridge is the rim of the jaw where dentures sit. This ridge shrinks over time, without stimulation from tooth roots. Eventually, dentures have to settle deeper into the jaws. Then: Folds form in…

Finding the best emergency dentist in Chicago, IL

By Dr. Theodore M. Siegel | Chicago, IL - Finding the best emergency dentist in

It is no fun to search for a dentist when you wake with a swollen face, a toothache becomes unbearable in the middle of an important meeting, or a pick-up game ends with a knocked-out tooth. Ideally, finding the best emergency dentist in Chicago, IL starts with developing a healthy relationship in advance. Here are some points to consider. Calming influence – Meeting new people involves an element of stress for most of us, at the best of times. It is probably the last thing you want to do in the middle of a dental emergency. When your regular dentist…

Better health with Invisalign clear braces in Chicago, IL

By Dr. Theodore M. Siegel | Better health with Invisalign clear braces in Chicago

Did you know that an ounce or two of plastic can improve your health? The appeal of Invisalign clear braces is usually associated with enhanced appearance. Yet patients in Chicago, IL are also experiencing wellness benefits from this innovative teeth straightening technique from Dr. Theodore Siegel at Big Smile Dental. Keep it clean Invisalign straightens teeth with a series of removable plastic aligners. You take the aligners out to eat a well-rounded diet and chew thoroughly, which aids in digestive health. Then you brush your teeth and floss normally, to avoid tooth decay. Gateway to the body Straight teeth indirectly…

Are cosmetic teeth a viable alternative to porcelain veneers? Dentist in Chicago compares

By Dr. Theodore M. Siegel | cosmetic teeth a viable alternative to porcelain veneers

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Cosmetic teeth are popping up on TV and the internet. They are marketed as instant veneers, party teeth, or novelty teeth. In reality these gadgets bear no resemblance to quality cosmetic treatment from a reputable dentist. Dr. Theodore Siegel compares porcelain veneers to cosmetic teeth, to help patients in Chicago make informed decisions. Similarities . . . kinda, sorta, not really Veneers are thin shells of porcelain with the luster of healthy, natural tooth structure. They are precisely designed by a dentist and fabricated at a professional dental lab…

Get pain relief and save your tooth with an emergency root canal procedure in Chicago

By Dr. Siegel | July 20, 2016 Pediatric dentist in chicago

While root canal procedures don’t cause pain, pain is associated with the part of the tooth’s structure known as the root canal. Confusion arises when people use root canal to mean the therapy that gets you out of pain. You may find yourself needing emergency root canal treatment for much-needed relief. About the root canal Your teeth are layered. The first layer is the hard, white enamel. The second layer is the yellowish, softer dentin. The third layer is the pulp, which contains tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. The roots make up the lower two-thirds of the tooth under the…

Dentist in Chicago helps pediatric patients get off to a good start for lifelong health and beauty

By Dr. Siegel | July 19, 2016 emergency-root-canal-chicago

Dental decay is not only among the most common oral health problems affecting children, but it is among the most common chronic childhood conditions in general. On the other end of the age spectrum, it’s estimated that almost one-third of seniors aged 65 and older have untreated dental caries. With so many multi-generational households, it’s important to turn to a pediatric dentist in Chicago who understands the unique needs of patients through every stage of life, and how dental care – early and often – influences lifelong oral and overall health. The littlest patients Ideally, the dentists at Big Smile…

Chicago area dentist warns of the dangers of periodontal disease

By Dr. Siegel | May 10, 2016 Dangers of periodontal disease chicago

Dentists recommend brushing and flossing daily, but many people don’t follow that advice. The dangers of not caring for your teeth can cause serious health problems. Bacteria can build up in the plaque on the teeth and cause disease. The bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums and cause them to bleed when brushing. The condition is called gingivitis, and in the early stage, it is confined to the gums. The teeth are secure in their sockets and no other bone or tissue damage has been done. Periodontitis is the condition that develops when gingivitis goes untreated. The inner layer…

A Chicago dentist explains the dental implant surgery process

By Dr. Siegel | April 4, 2016 Dental Implant Surgery Chicago

Dental implants are one of the top requested dental procedures to restore a missing tooth, or to help stabilize dentures. Implants restore teeth from the roots to the crown. There are other ways to restore teeth, but the results are not always permanent, and may have other detrimental effects. In the cases of bridges and crowns, the bone mass of the jaw deteriorates because of lack of stimulation from tooth roots. This affects the lines of the face as the bone disappears. The implant itself is a small titanium rod that replaces the tooth root, and serves to transmit the…

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