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Replacing Missing Teeth – What Are Your Options?


Replacing missing teeth is crucial to your dental health. If you have missing teeth, you can have difficulty chewing, talking, and even breathing properly. Missing teeth can also lead to a shift in the location of your remaining teeth, which can lead to problems with your bite and even pain in the mouth and jaw due to improper alignment. Missing teeth also affect your appearance; your cheeks may appear more sunken and you’ll probably find yourself covering your mouth to hide any embarrassing gaps in your teeth. But how do you go about replacing missing teeth? Quite frankly, you can’t … Continue reading

Did You Know That Bulimia Nervosa Affects Oral Health?

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Many of the behaviors associated with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, cause changes in the mouth. Examples of these behaviors include self-induced vomiting, the use of diuretics and laxatives, or binge eating. Eating disorders are known to cause severe digestive and general health problems… and oral health is affected as well. For example, bulimia nervosa may result in poorly fitting braces and fillings. Repeated episodes of vomiting are common with those suffering bulimia nervosa disorders. Vomiting releases harmful stomach acids which wear away tooth enamel. Over time these acids will lead to gingivitis and severe tooth decay. … Continue reading

How long do teeth whitening procedures take?

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Although many of us consider teeth whitening as a tool for better appearance, getting your teeth whitened actually does wonders to your self-confidence and enhances your personality. If you are looking for whiter teeth, there are usually two options: professional in-office treatment and at-home whitening treatment. Most people do both. No matter which method is used, it is best to consult a professional dentist first. Professional in-office treatment is done in the dental office, and a color change is noticed immediately. Your dentist may start by cleaning the stains and tartar from your teeth prior to the treatment. The pre-treatment … Continue reading

Fluorosis Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment


Fluoride is a healthy compound that promotes strong teeth and has the ability to fight cavities and other dental problems… in normal doses. It can be found in safe drinking water, and ADA approved toothpaste, but exposure to too much fluoride can result in fluorosis. In addition, this dental problem may be caused by toothpaste or rinses that contain fluoride if they are accidentally swallowed, or if left to sit on the teeth too long.  What does Fluorosis do, anyways? While fluorosis does not greatly affect your health, it can create concerns with appearance as the related problems are aesthetic, … Continue reading

Finding the best emergency dentist in Chicago, IL

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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 sees emergency situations … Continue reading

Improve and Elongate Your Short Teeth with Veneers

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If you are always worried about your short teeth, then you should consider seeking the help of Big Smile Dental in Chicago. With their wide expertise in dental procedures and treatment tools, they will help you achieve a great smile and better facial appearance.  When you visit the dental office with the issue of short teeth, the first thing to be distinguished is whether you have short or short-looking teeth. After a proper examination, if your dentist shares the same sentiments as you, he or she will proceed by helping you with porcelain veneers. Thin shells or coverings fitted onto … Continue reading

Keeping Chicago kids smiling: What to do for dental pain

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Childhood is about fun and games, smiles and laughter – at least, it should be. Unfortunately, even young teeth aren’t immune to toothaches, and they can wipe the smiles off of those little faces in a heartbeat. Dental pain can take a toll on your child’s mood, behavior, and even learning ability. According to a study conducted by the Ostrow School of Dentistry, children with tooth pain are four times more likely to have below average grades. How can you help your little one? Firsts things first Call us right away. If it is an emergency, we will strive to … Continue reading

How does the cost of Invisalign® Compare to Braces?

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Invisalign® is a unique patented technology, but perhaps the best part about it is that its cost is not very different from traditional metal braces. Some people believe that Invisalign® treatment costs more than traditional braces, while others believe just the opposite. However, the truth may lie somewhere between the two extremes. The overall cost of either treatment primarily depends on the complexity of the case, and the length of the treatment required to correct the problem. There are a few other factors that influence the cost of treatment, as well. The skills and experience of the cosmetic dentist are … Continue reading

Picture perfect smiles from your Chicago celebrity cosmetic dentist

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The ugly tooth of the matter Everywhere you look, from the television screen to the pages of the local paper, you see the picture perfect faces of celebrities smiling back at you. They always seem to have smiles as white as winter snow, bright as the summer sun and lovely as spring flowers. It just doesn’t seem fair when your teeth are as yellow, broken, and mismatched as a pile of fallen autumn leaves. Why are some people blessed with dazzling pearly whites? In truth, they aren’t. They have discovered a well-hidden secret, called Big Smile Dental. Okay, to be honest … Continue reading

Stay in the loop: Learn about the latest technology in dentures for Chicago patients

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Dentures sound like old news. They’ve been around since the beginning of dentistry, yet they remain one of the most popular dental appliances. You might think we would have a better solution by now. In fact, we do – but they have the same name. Today’s dentures have little in common with the uncomfortable and unattractive appliances you might remember grandma wearing.  What’s new in the world of dentures? Better materials – Dentures are made from resin, but that doesn’t mean they have to look like plastic. If you are envisioning a frighteningly fake smile better suited to a Halloween costume … Continue reading

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