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By Ovation Dental
February 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth? Find out whether dental implants are the right choice.dental implants

Do you have unsightly gaps in your smile due to tooth loss? Do you feel embarrassed to smile in public? Has eating dinners out become a source of humiliation rather than a wonderful pastime? Our River Forest, IL, dentist, Dr. Courtney Villari at Ovation Dental prides herself on providing the very best when it comes to treating tooth loss. Find out more about dental implants and why they may just be the best solution for you.

They are Durable

Sure, there are dental bridges and dentures for replacing missing teeth, but no dental prosthetic is as strong or resilient as a dental implant. Since the purpose of the implant is to take the place of missing tooth’s roots you know that this restoration is going to hold its own. Plus, it naturally fuses together with the jawbone, which no other restoration can. Once the implant and the jawbone are one you can trust that your implant isn’t going anywhere.

They Strengthen the Jawbone

Your jawbone can begin to deteriorate once tooth loss occurs. If you don’t treat your tooth loss as soon as possible the jawbone will begin to recede. Besides a change in the strength and appearance of the jawbone it can also affect the shape of your face, causing your cheeks to cave in and other issues that could prematurely age you. But getting dental implants from our River Forest general dentist means that you can preserve the jawbone.

They Can Last a Lifetime

Unlike dentures or dental bridges, which are only meant to last a few years before needing to be replaced, the metal implant itself is designed to last several decades, if you maintain good oral health. No other tooth replacement can offer the same longevity that dental implants can.

They Restore Speech and Chewing Function

If you are a current denture wearer or you are just having trouble eating some of your favorite foods due to gaps in your smile, you need to read further. By replacing these teeth with the next best thing you can ensure that the next time you go to speak to colleagues or sit down to a lunch with friends you can feel confident saying or eating whatever you want when you have implants.

If you are missing one or more teeth then dental implants may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL, is dedicated to giving you back the smile you know and love. Don’t let missing teeth stand in the way of that beautiful smile. Turn to us for a consultation and find out right away if dental implants could help revive your oral health.

By Ovation Dental
December 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

Find out the many benefits to choosing laser dentistry in River Forest.

When you think of visiting your River Forest, IL dentist, Dr. Courtney Villari, and you consider the popular dental instruments used, you laser dentistrymay not immediately think of a laser; however, lasers have a wonderful place in modern dentistry. They are precise, often less invasive and boast shorter healing times. There are many uses for laser dentistry to improve your smile.

Lasers are used in a variety of different ways including:

  • To remove decay
  • To resurface a tooth to make it easier to bond with (an important step for both dental bonding and dental veneers)
  • To clean out a tooth and kill bacteria during root canal treatment
  • To detect cavities
  • To reshape the gums (e.g. gummy smiles)
  • To whiten teeth
  • To treat gum disease and kill bacteria that lie in the pockets below the gum line
  • To treat canker sores

The possibilities are endless when it comes to what laser dentistry can do for you. Plus, they offer a variety of advantages over the traditional dental tools you may be used to:

  • Less chance of needing anesthesia: Since lasers are more accurate than a drill, they don’t cause as much vibration as traditional tools. This may mean that you won’t need anesthesia for some treatments as you would if we were using a dental drill.
  • Less bleeding: Again, precision coupled with less invasive incisions means that there will be less bleeding, tenderness and swelling after your procedure. Plus, lasers can also cauterize these regions to reduce post-operative bleeding.
  • Tissue preservation: With traditional tools, which aren’t as precise, we may have to remove more tissue (even healthy tissue) during certain dental treatments. However, if you use laser dental treatments, less tissue will need to be removed due to better accuracy.
  • Fast healing: Since there are fewer post-operative side effects, you’ll also notice that healing times are quicker. Unlike with more traditional methods, often times patients who undergo laser dentistry don’t need stitches.

Are you interested in finding out what laser dentistry can do for you? Then it’s time you called Ovation Dental in River Forest to schedule your next visit with Dr. Villari.

By Ovation Dental
October 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out all that dental crowns could do to improve the health of a damaged tooth.

You probably already know about dental crowns, after all they have been around for a long time; fortunately, advancements in dental dental crownstechnology have made it possible to get a dental crown that looks just like a real tooth. From the office of our River Forest, IL dentist, Dr. Courtney Villari, find out more about dental crowns and when your smile could benefit from them.

Whether your tooth has been damaged due to a sports injury, accident or infection, these damaged and weakened teeth can easily be revived with the help of a dental crown. These tooth-shaped caps are designed to fit over your tooth and are custom made to go over the damaged tooth to make it strong and resilient again. Since the crown encases the portion of the tooth that is visible, it will act as a protective barrier and also improve the overall appearance of a tooth.

While dental crowns are often placed over broken, fractured or cracked teeth, they can also be used to cosmetically enhance a misshapen, discolored and unsightly tooth. Plus, since a dental crown is made to look just like a real tooth, no one will even know that you have a dental crown.

While there are a variety of different materials that can be used to create a dental crown, many patients in River Forest choose porcelain or ceramic crowns, which are designed to match the shade of your teeth so that they blend right into your smile. Of course, each type of dental crown is made to cater to a full range of personal needs, so don’t hesitate to talk to us about which crown is right for you.

Turn to Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL to get the restorative and cosmetic dentistry you need to achieve the smile you’ve always longed for. Don’t let dental imperfections or damage stand in your way. Give us a call today and schedule your consultation.

By Ovation Dental
April 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has proven that achieving the perfect smile is easier and faster than ever. One of the most drastic veneersways to improve your smile is with dental veneers. In only two dental visits, you can transform your smile and boost your confidence. Find out more about veneers with help from your River Forest, IL dentist.

What are dental veneers? 
Dental veneers are paper-thin shells of porcelain. Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire tooth, veneers only affix to the front of the teeth to mask their imperfections. Veneers are resilient and durable, lasting many years with the proper care. Veneers are non-invasive and do not require surgery or recovery time. Your dentist places veneers over a series of only two dental visits, dramatically changing your smile in a short amount of time. 

What do veneers repair? 
Veneers mask aesthetic imperfections of the teeth, including:

  • chips
  • cracks
  • small gaps
  • small misalignments
  • staining
  • yellowing

Veneers last up to 20 years before requiring replacement. Though veneers are versatile, they cannot necessarily replace orthodontic treatment. Patients with heavily misaligned teeth or bite issues might need more aggressive treatment like braces.

Placing Veneers 
Traditional veneers usually require two dental visits. At your first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth by shaving off a tiny portion of enamel. However, other options like “no-prep” veneers do not require preparation. If veneers are made from porcelain, a dental laboratory creates the restorations by hand, customizing each one based on a mold of your mouth. Porcelain veneers require a second appointment to place them onto the teeth since the lab needs time to fabricate the restorations. If the veneers are made from composite materials, your dentist molds the veneer directly onto the teeth, cutting out the laboratory step.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Courtney Villari, DDS at Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL. Call (708) 689-0419 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment for veneers today!