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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!

By Ovation Dental
February 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Painless Dentistry  

If you feel anxious even thinking about sitting in the dentist’s chair, you are not alone. However, did you know there is a way to face your fear and have your dental work done painlessly? Painless dentistry is available for all levels of anxiety. Your River Forest, IL dentist, Dr. Courtney Villari at Ovation Dental, can help you quell your anxiety and get the dental work you need.Sedation Dentistry

What is sedation dentistry? 
Many patients are scared of the dentist, whether due to the dental drill or just the environment. Sedation dentistry uses the help of medication administered to an anxious patient to allow them to relax and go through their procedure comfortably. While often called “sleep” dentistry, sedation dentistry usually does not involve the patient being asleep at all. Your River Forest dentist administers the sedation medication in the form of oral tablets, an IV or inhaled gas.

What are the different levels of sedation dentistry?

  • Minimal sedation: Minimal sedation, the lowest level of sedation dentistry, allows the patient to relax while being completely awake and alert.
  • Moderate sedation: Moderate sedation relaxes the patient a little more. Your words may slur and you probably will not remember some or all parts of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation: During deep sedation, the patient might be asleep, but is awakened easily.
  • General anesthesia: The heaviest form of sedation dentistry, general anesthesia puts the patient completely to sleep and they remain asleep until the anesthesia wears off.

The different levels of sedation depend on your personal anxiety levels, pain threshold and the extent of the dental work you require. While there is always a risk when undergoing anesthesia, sedation dentistry is generally very safe with high success rates. People with certain conditions should not undergo sedation dentistry. Consult with your dentist to determine if and which level of sedation dentistry is right for you.

For more information on painless or sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Courtney Villari, DDS at Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL. Call (708) 689-0419 to schedule your appointment today!

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
November 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Brushing  

Like coloring inside the lines and sharing arts and crafts supplies with our classmates, brushing our teeth correctly is something most Tips for brushingof us learn in the halcyon days of pre-school. Or is it? While most of us (hopefully) spend some quality time with the toothbrush at least once a day through the course of our lives, the reality is that obtaining the optimal clean for our teeth consists of a little technique beyond a few basic horizontal strokes between rinses.

Following a few basic steps can help to ensure that you are making the most out of every tooth brushing and flossing session.

Schedule Regular Dental Screenings and Check Ups

Ever wonder how your dentist always seems to know when you’ve been skipping the floss, no matter how good your teeth seem to look to the naked eye? The same can go for brushing. Skipping the floss and poor brushing techniques will lead to bacterial and plaque buildup between the teeth and underneath the gum line that will ultimately show up on your gums by way of inflammation and gingivitis (early gum disease). Talk to your dentist about the best toothbrush model and size for your teeth and gums, and get some tips on the best brushing techniques.

Technique Technique Technique

While brushing the teeth straight across may seem effective, using this method can fail to get in between the teeth and under the gum line, where the food and plaque buildup that you’re targeting with the brush are going to hide. A gentle, circular motion (think of how an electric toothbrush moves) will help the bristles of the brush reach the difficult to reach spots between each tooth.

Get Back

Most people don’t think about brushing the back of the teeth, but a gentle scrub of the back of the teeth can help to target food particles that rinsing and regular brushing might miss.

Don’t Forget the Gums

A (very gentle) brush of the gums can also help to remove buildup that regular brushing can leave behind.

Dental Care in River Forest, IL

To learn more about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact Ovation Dental today at (708) 689-0419 to request a consultation for a dental check up and oral cancer screening.

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.

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