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By Ovation Dental
December 30, 2015
Category: Dental
Tags: dental implannts  

Dental implants offer a permanent way to replace lost teeth. Dr. Courtney Villari, your River Forest, IL, dentist at Ovation Dental, explains how implants work.

What are implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are implanted in your jaw. During the first part of the process, your dentist drills a hole in dental implantsyour jawbone and places the implant in the hole. Your jawbone begins to grow around the implant over the next three to six months in a process called osseointegration. You won't be able to see the implant during this stage because it will be covered by gum tissue.

When osseointegration is complete, the implant will be just as strong as a natural tooth root. If the bone under the missing tooth isn't deep enough or strong enough to support an implant, your dentist will recommend a bone graft to improve the quality of the bone. This step can add several months to the process.

The next steps

Your dentist will uncover your implant and add an abutment during the next stage of treatment. An abutment is a post that connects the implant to a crown. The crown looks just like a natural tooth and is made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. When the abutment is added, you will be given a temporary crown and return to your dentist's office weeks later to receive the permanent crown.

What are the advantages of implants?

Implants offer several advantages that bridges and dentures don't. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option, which means that you'll probably never have replace an implant. Bridges and dentures usually must be replaced several times over the course your lifetime. You'll be able to bite and chew all of your favorite foods when you choose an implant. With dentures, your biting power will be decreased, making it difficult to chew hard foods.

Think dental implants are the perfect solution for you? Call Dr. Courtney Villari,your River Forest, IL, dentist at (708) 689-0149 and make an appointment today. Improve your smile with this superior tooth replacement option!

By Ovation Dental
August 17, 2015
Category: Dental
Tags: Fillings  

FillingsHave you ever had a cavity filled? If it was done even in the recent past, you may have dark metal fillings taking up space on several of your teeth. At Ovation Dental in River Forest, Illinois, Dr. Courtney Villari only uses tooth-colored resin fillings for cavities. They offer a much more attractive option than traditional metal, or amalgam, fillings. Are there other advantages to this material? Learn about them here.

What are amalgam fillings?

Amalgam has been the standard material for filling cavities for many years. Amalgam fillings are sometimes called "silver" fillings; while they do have silver in them, they also contain tin, copper and mercury. The latter comprises about 50% of the mixture; it is the only material that can properly bind the other metals together before they harden. Dental experts have determined that amalgam fillings do not expose the body to high levels of mercury; in fact, the exposure from fillings is less than the intake from the daily environment or the food we eat. However, some people believe that no level of mercury is considered "safe" and steps should be taken to eliminate our exposure if possible.

What are resin fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings may also be called composite, resin or white fillings. They are made up of finely ground glass particles and synthetic materials that, when combined together by your River Forest dentist Dr. Villari, match the color of your teeth.

What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?

When it comes to aesthetics, there's no comparison. White fillings aren't noticeable against the teeth, so your smile looks perfect and unblemished. In years past, tooth-colored fillings have been considered to be weaker than amalgam, but advancements in dental technology have strengthened the properties of resin, even making it comparable to metal. They also bond more easily to the tooth structure. And since one of the ingredients in the resin material is fluoride, your fillings will actually be fighting decay as they blend into your teeth!

If you'd like your dental work to be a well-kept secret, ask your River Forest dentist Dr. Villari about receiving resin fillings at your next appointment.

By Ovation Dentistry
April 16, 2015
Category: Dental
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

Laser DentistryThe dental professionals at Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL are happy to offer their patients laser dentistry. This is a technological advancement that makes it easier for dentists to resolve common dental concerns in patients of all ages. Learn how laser dentistry can solve your dental problems and get you back to good oral health. 

What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a new dental treatment option that utilizes laser technology to eliminate bad tissue in the mouth or make necessary modifications to the teeth or gums. The traditional tools that dentists use to treat patients, such as drills, scalpels and scrapers, are replaced by the laser. Anesthesia is usually not necessary. The laser is programmed to make specific adjustments that treat, improve and eradicate common dental concerns.

What Does It Treat?
There are a few common dental concerns that can be addressed with a laser treatment by a dentist at Ovation Dental in River Forest IL. Lasers provide solutions for cosmetic, periodontal and general dental problems: 

- Adjustments to crowns or veneers.
- Removing the bacteria that cause cavities.
- Gums that are too large or long.
- Gum disease (periodontitis).
- Tooth whitening treatments.

Sometimes a fear of traditional dental tools prevent patients from getting the help that they need. Laser dentistry helps relieve patients of those concerns.

Safer and More Effective
Because scalpels and cutting aren’t necessary, laser dentistry is considered a much safer way to resolve dental problems. In the case of cavities, tooth decay and periodontitis, the laser is precise and very effective at targeting bad tissue while preserving the good tissue. Lasers also provide a clean cut when adjusting gum tissue or fixing the length of a tooth. Additionally, laser dentistry is a pain-free treatment, so it is appealing to patients with dental anxiety. 

Call Ovation Dental
If you have a fear of the dentist, you can relax knowing that a more comfortable and effective modern solution is available at Ovation Dental. Call the River Forest, IL office at (708) 689-0419 to talk to a dentist about laser dentistry. 

By Ovation Dental
January 27, 2015
Category: Dental
Tags: Inlays   Onlays   Cavities  

Has your dentist recommended an inlay or an onlay to repair a cavity? Courtney R. Villari, D.D.S. of Ovation Dental in River Forest wants you to know what they are and why you may need to have an inlay or an onlay.

What are Inlays and Onlays?

A dental inlay is similar to a traditional filling. It fits inside the top of the tooth. A dental onlay is larger than an inlay and goes over the top inlaysof the tooth. Both inlays and onlays can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, ceramic, amalgam, and porcelain. They are kind of the step between a filling and a dental crown. They can be referred to as a "partial crown."

Why would I need an Inlay or an Onlay?

There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend an inlay or an onlay.

  • You have a moderate to severe deep or large cavity.
  • You have a cavity that extends into a flossing area.
  • You have a cavity between two teeth.
  • It is needed to save the function of the tooth and will leave more healthy tooth behind.
  • The tooth is too damaged for a filling, but not enough that it would require a crown.
  • It can help you maintain your normal chewing.
  • They are stronger and more durable than a filling, lasting longer.

What will happen?

An inlay or an onlay is usually completed in two office visits. You and your dentist will discuss which option is best for your needs. You will also discuss what material will be used to make the inlay or onlay. On the first visit, you will be fitted with a temporary inlay or onlay. On the second visit, you will be given the permanent inlay or onlay.
Rest assured your dentist will recommend an inlay or an onlay when that is the best treatment option for you. In River Forest, Dr. Villari will provide you with the best possible experience. Call Ovation Dental today at (708) 689-0419 to make an appointment.