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Dental Bonding: Process & Benefits

Dental Bonding In Chicago Il

The Big Smile Dental team knows that your smile isn’t quite the same as any other smile. Neither is your budget or schedule. That’s why Dr. Theodore Siegel is the dentist Chicago families in the Avondale and Logan Square areas trust for a broad range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, personalized to meet their needs. Dental bonding is an example. Versatile, economical, and efficient, dental bonding helps to keep smiles looking naturally attractive.  What is Dental Bonding? Dental Bonding is an economical cosmetic dentistry alternative. The bonding material is a composite resin – a mixture of strong and durable tooth-colored plastic, finely ground glass for its … Continue reading

Teeth Grinding Treatment (Bruxism)

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Even though bruxism (teeth grinding) is typically viewed as an extremely annoying habit, it is also generally seen as a harmless bad habit. Nothing could be further from the truth (than the bit about it being harmless, that is) because grinding your teeth – over time- can severely damage both teeth and jaws. Bruxism can also transform your bite relationship. The habit of grinding teeth causes abrasion to the chewing surfaces… an abnormal wear and tear, which will prematurely age and loosen teeth. This, ultimately, opens the door to more problems such as hypersensitive teeth. In addition, Bruxism can lead … Continue reading

Dry Mouth

Mouth Treatment

Did you know that saliva is one of the human body’s natural defenses against plaque? You see, saliva acts to rinse your mouth of harmful materials such as bacteria that can cause cavities and other dental problems. Just an interesting bit of trivia… There is a fairly common condition that is caused by diminished saliva production. Some call this disorder Xerostomia, which is just as difficult to say as it is to spell. Others refer to this disorder as Dry Mouth, because the latter rolls off the tongue much easier and it is also much more self explanatory. This disorder … Continue reading

Dealing With an Abscessed or Infected Tooth?

Dealing With an Abscessed or Infected Tooth

Tooth decay causes damage to the core of a tooth, called the pulp. When this happens, the pulp can get infected and swollen, and pus may build up near or in the jaw bone. When left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause other serious health problems such as destruction to surrounding tissue and bone. The most common form of treatment for an abscessed tooth is a root canal, which involves removing the infected tissue, cleansing and sealing the canal of the tooth and then restoring the tooth with a crown or a cap. An Abscessed Tooth Makes a Toothache Sound … Continue reading

Tips For Choosing Dental Floss Types

Dental Floss

There are several floss types you can use as a part of your daily dental care routine. Manufacturers have developed several dental floss flavors, textures, colors and materials to suit the varying taste preferences of individuals as well as to meet the standards of dentists. Which types of dental floss you choose depends on the way your teeth are aligned as well as your personal preferences. Using the right dental floss daily is important to the overall health of your teeth and gums. If you aren’t sure what types of floss you should use, talk to your dentist. He or … Continue reading

Are Water Picks Good For Your Teeth?

Water Picker

When water picks first hit the market in the 1960’s, many people felt they were the answer to everything from dental cavities to gum disease. While they cannot create the perfect teeth and gums, there are benefits to using them for most individuals. The first thing to keep in mind is that water picks are not meant to replace daily brushing and flossing. What is a Water Pick? Water picks are basically dental irrigation tools similar to the ones used by dentists. They aim a stream of pulsating water or some type of dental rinse such as mouthwash into the … Continue reading

Sterilization of ‘tools’ used in a dental office

Sterilized Dental Instruments

In dentistry, sterilization of the invasive tools and instruments used is very important. Tools which are commonly sterilized include those such as detectors, mouth mirrors, pliers, elevators, dental scalars and tips. Medical technicians who are involved in the sterilization of the dental equipment and tools usually keep record of them, the chemicals which are used and the maintenance of the equipment as well. Unless the tools and dental equipment are properly sterilized, a variety of saliva and blood-borne pathogens can easily travel from patient to patient. Here are some of the ways in which tools used by a dentist are … Continue reading

Choosing a Toothbrush

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Choosing a toothbrush can be a daunting task. When you start shopping, you’ll be confronted with dozens of styles, shapes, and sizes, all promising to clean your teeth like never before. If you have seen the latest advertising these days, toothbrushes can do everything from brightening your smile to improving your social life. The truth is simpler. The most important factor in properly caring for your teeth is how often you brush, not what you brush with. After choosing a toothbrush, you should use it two to three times a day, and more often if possible. You also need to … Continue reading

Look no further than your Chicago dentist for effective sleep apnea treatment

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Oral appliances available at the dentist’s office are not limited to night-guards for teeth-grinding or mouth-guards for protection while playing sports. When properly fitted by the Big Smile Dental team, an oral appliance can effectively and comfortably treat a serious medical condition affecting upwards of 18 million Americans: obstructive sleep apnea. The Dentist: On the frontline of sleep apnea If you’re like a lot of people, you are seeing the Big Smile Dental professionals at least every six months for checkups and cleanings, whereas you may only see your family doctor for the annual visit. The dentist may be the … Continue reading

Migraine Relief In Chicago: Causes Of Headaches Could Be Found At The Dentist!


If you suffer from frequent headaches, how do you know the causes of headaches aren’t something you could be easily curing at the dentist? Learning the type of headache you suffer from is often a key factor in determining the root causes of headaches. The three major types of headaches are tension headaches, sinus headaches, and migraines. Why Do Causes Of Headaches Matter? You may not really care what the causes of headaches are when you’re suffering from one. Instead, you often just want it to go away! Well, depending on what kind of headache it is, there’s a great possibility … Continue reading

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