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Preventive Dentistry in Lincoln Park , IL

Solid preventive care is the foundation for your oral and overall health. Good at-home hygiene habits, in combination with professional cleanings, can keep your smile free from decay and other oral health issues like gum disease. Regular exams allow us to monitor your oral health so you can address any minor concerns before they become larger, more costly, and more invasive issues.

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Diagnostic & Prevention

We get it, it can be a bit too easy to put off your bi-annual dental exam and we don't blame you, life gets busy! But remember, skipping your appointments can cost even more time and money in the future. Coming in twice a year allows us to catch small issues before they become time-consuming, expensive problems. Regular check-ups only take about an hour and we assure you that we will make it a comfortable process. Let's keep that smile of yours healthy with our excellent preventive services.

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Cleaning & Hygiene

Regular teeth cleanings and hygiene appointments are the foundation of preventive dental care. During your cleaning, we will thoroughly cleanse your teeth and gums, removing any plaque or debris from every surface in your mouth. You’ll even be able to reverse minor stains to keep your smile bright and beautiful. We recommend scheduling routine cleanings and exams every six months for most patients.

However, good oral hygiene shouldn’t stop when you leave our office. Keeping up with your at-home brushing and flossing routine is equally as important as attending professional cleanings, and is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Use a fluoride-rich toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time; and don’t forget to floss! Flossing at least once every day, ideally before going to bed, helps to get rid of food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone.

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Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are safe, quick, and comfortable. Using the latest technology, we can create crisp, high-resolution images of your mouth’s structure, so we can make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans. Digital x-rays use only a fraction of the radiation as traditional film x-rays, so you can rest easy. Most patients receive updated bitewing x-rays every year, but we may recommend additional imaging in case of a dental emergency or if we find an oral issue that we need to investigate further.

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Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to keep dental decay at bay. A simple, non-invasive procedure, fluoride treatments help to keep your enamel strong. After your cleaning, we’ll apply a fluoride-rich varnish or gel; we may ask you to refrain from eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes. Fluoride helps kickstart a process called “remineralization,” which restores essential minerals like calcium and phosphates to your teeth, keeping your enamel hard and resistant to acids, like those that cause tooth decay.

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Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a great way for patients to protect their teeth from decay. Dental sealants are often recommended for children, but can still be a great option for patients of all ages. Plus, dental sealants can provide protection for your teeth for years after being applied.

Applying dental sealants is a quick, non-invasive procedure that utilizes a dental resin that is applied to the molars. The uneven surface of molars, which are located in the rear of the mouth, are filled with grooves where plaque and bacteria can flourish. After application, the resin is cured with a UV light, causing it to harden into a powerful barrier between your teeth and the foods, drinks, acid, and bacteria that lead to decay.

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Dental emergencies can be painful, stressful experiences, but we're here to help. If you're experiencing a dental emergency, the first thing to do is take a deep breath and keep calm. Then, give us a call to find out if you need immediate care. Dental emergencies can be anything from a knocked-out tooth or dental work to a persistent toothache. If you're unsure if what you're experiencing qualifies as a dental emergency, it's better to be safe than sorry, so get in touch with us right away so you can get the care you need when you need it.

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Periodontal Care

When left untreated, gum disease can have serious effects on your oral and overall health. Gum recession, bone loss, and even tooth loss can occur without proper treatment, so scheduling regular checkups for treatment is essential. Our team can keep gum disease from compromising your smile through a variety of periodontal treatments, such as deep cleanings (also known as scaling and root planing). If your gums are inflamed or bleed easily, if you have persistent bad breath, sensitive teeth, or notice any changes in your bite, get in touch with us today. We'll schedule a consultation to get your smile back on a healthy path.

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Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety doesn't have to stop you from getting the care you need for your smile. We're happy to offer sedation options, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy painless, stress-free dental care, no matter the complexity of your treatment. If you're interested in our sedation options, get in touch with us today, and we'll find out what option will work best for you.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are a part of every preventive visit, and are a quick way to fortify your peace of mind. Through consistent exams, we can catch oral cancer early on, which gives us a better chance at treating it before it spreads. A routine oral cancer screening can even save your life!

Your dentist in Chicago will examine your gums, tongue, and the rest of the soft tissues in your mouth, keeping an eye out for lesions and other abnormalities like lumps and discolorations. If there is anything that concerns us, we may recommend getting a biopsy, which will be analyzed by a specialist to determine the cause of the abnormality. Regular oral cancer screenings allow us to identify any potential problems before they become major issues.

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Night Guards

Unconscious teeth grinding and clenching, known as bruxism, is a common issue that tends to happen at night while patients are asleep. However, night guards can help patients alleviate symptoms of bruxism by creating a barrier between your teeth that protects them from grinding-related damage. Depending on the severity of the case, night guards can be made from several different materials with varying degrees of softness.

To get fitted for a night guard, you will receive digital scans of your teeth and gums that we will use to custom-craft a mold that will then be sent to the lab. Your night guard will be created to match your exact specifications and measurements for a perfect fit. Night guards ease tension in your jaw, alleviating the painful headaches and preventing dental damage caused by clenching and grinding. Night guards can keep your smile healthy and help you get the restful sleep you need.

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Sports Guards

Sports guards are worn over the teeth, and are specifically designed to protect your mouth from oral trauma caused by high-impact sports. Many sports put players at risk for dental injuries caused by collisions to the mouth, face, or head, but a custom-fitted sports guard can help protect you from chipping, cracking, or knocking out a tooth. Tailored to fit your unique smile, sports guards are both comfortable and durable, so you can play the sports you love without missing a beat.

A sports guard is essential if you’re an athlete who plays football, basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, mountain biking, or if you participate in any other activities that put you at risk for injury due to falling, body contact, or flying objects.

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TMJ/TMD Treatment

Does your jaw click or pop when you open your mouth? Do you regularly experience soreness, tension, or find it hard to enjoy your favorite foods? You may have a form of TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Fortunately, there are a variety of minimally invasive treatments that can provide you with the relief you deserve. Don't live with jaw pain; get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you alleviate your TMJ/TMD so you can get back to living life with a smile.

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What Are Some Examples of Restorative Dentistry?

Some common examples of restorative dental treatments include dental fillings that repair mild to moderate dental decay and dental crowns that cover fractured teeth. Other restorative dental treatments are dental bridges, implants, dentures, onlays and inlays. Compost bonding and veneers are sometimes used as restorative dental treatments.

Is Restorative Dentistry Worth It?

Yes, restorative dentistry is worth it for various reasons. First, it restores full functionality to mutilated teeth so you can comfortably chew and bite your food to enjoy your favorite meals. It also restores the tooth’ structure and provides a platform for your tongue to rest on when pronouncing certain words, resulting in fluent and coherent speech.

Restorative dentistry is also great for aesthetics. Severely cracked or chipped teeth can be a huge eyesore and can make you less attractive, locking out opportunities to meet new friends and romantic partners. Dental restorations reverse these disfigurements for a beautiful smile that increases your appeal.

Another reason why restorative dentistry is worth your time and money is it prevents further damage and future dental complications. For instance, applying pressure on a cracked tooth while biting only widens the crack. The crack creates a hiding spot for bacteria to proliferate, leading to dental decay. If left unchecked, the entire tooth becomes compromised and deteriorates completely.

What Is the Difference Between Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry?

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry are closely related but different nonetheless. The former specializes in improving the overall appearance of the teeth and gum, while the latter is about restoring the appearance and functionality of damaged or disfigured teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry is more aesthetic-centric and pays little thought to the teeth's overall functionality and structural integrity. The goal is to make the teeth and gums appear as visually pleasing as possible. Examples of cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, and dental bonding.

Restorative dentistry is etched in restoring the tooth's structure, which sometimes coincides with its appearance. However, unlike cosmetic dentistry, the focus is to ensure the damaged teeth hold up to bite pressure and are healthy enough to withstand bacterial infections and corrosive substances as natural permanent teeth would.

What Is the Goal of Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry aims to restore the full functionality of worn-out or severely damaged teeth. In doing so, patients can enjoy their meals and speak coherently as they would with their natural teeth. Dentists will decide the best type of restorative treatment, depending on the nature and severity of the damage.

What Are the Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Procedures?

Improves Appearance
Cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of your smile, making you more attractive. Your smile is one of your most noticeable features, and a beautiful smile is sure to score you some social points and improve how people perceive you.
Confidence Boost
Cosmetic dental treatments give you a more beautiful smile, making you more confident and eager to interact with others. This confidence boost is especially advantageous in social situations since it allows you to be yourself and feel comfortable in your skin.
Short Recovery Time
Unlike most dental procedures, cosmetic procedures usually have a short recovery time. This means you can resume your usual diet and routine sometimes immediately after treatment. However, always follow the dentist’s instructions for the best results.

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What is cosmetic dentistry and how can it improve my smile?

Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on enhancing the appearance of your teeth, gums, and overall smile. Unlike general dentistry, which primarily addresses oral health and function, cosmetic dentistry is all about improving the aesthetics of your smile.At Diversey Dental Studio, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services designed to transform your smile. These can include teeth whitening to brighten discolored or stained teeth, dental veneers to conceal chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth, dental bonding to repair minor imperfections, and orthodontic treatments like Invisalign to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth.

Is cosmetic dentistry right for me?

If you're unhappy with the appearance of your smile, then cosmetic dentistry is likely a great option for you. Cosmetic dentistry is designed to address a wide range of aesthetic concerns, so there's usually a treatment that can help, regardless of the specific issues you're dealing with.

The best way to determine if cosmetic dentistry is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodriguez at Diversey Dental Studio. During this appointment, she'll thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, discuss your aesthetic goals, and provide personalized recommendations on the treatments that could benefit you most.

What cosmetic dentistry treatments does Diversey Dental Studio offer?

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry are closely related but different nonetheless. The former specializes in improving the overall appearance of the teeth and gum, while the latter is about restoring the appearance and functionality of damaged or disfigured teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry is more aesthetic-ceAt Diversey Dental Studio, we offer a comprehensive suite of cosmetic dentistry services to help our patients achieve their dream smiles. Some of the key treatments we provide include:

- Teeth Whitening: We offer both in-office and take-home whitening treatments to safely and effectively brighten discolored or stained teeth.
- Dental Veneers: These thin, custom-made shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to conceal chips, cracks, discoloration, or other imperfections.
Dental Bonding: Using a tooth-colored resin material, we can repair chips, cracks, or gaps in your teeth to restore their appearance.
- Orthodontics:- For patients with misaligned or crooked teeth, we provide clear aligner treatments like Invisalign to straighten your smile discreetly.
Gum Recontouring: We can reshape uneven or excessive gum tissue to create a more balanced, aesthetically pleasing smile.

No matter your specific cosmetic concerns, Dr. Rodriguez and our team will work closely with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses your needs and helps you achieve the beautiful, confident smile you deserve.

How can I schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Diversey Dental Studio?

If you're interested in exploring the world of cosmetic dentistry and how it can enhance your smile, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodriguez at Diversey Dental Studio. Getting started is easy - simply call our office at (847) 738-7659, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in booking an appointment.

During your consultation, Dr. Rodriguez will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth and gums, discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns, and provide personalized recommendations on the best cosmetic treatments to achieve your desired results. She'll also take the time to answer any questions you may have, ensuring you feel fully informed and confident in your decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is preventative dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is a proactive approach to oral healthcare that focuses on maintaining good dental health and preventing the development of various dental problems. This branch of dentistry encompasses a range of services and practices aimed at keeping your teeth and gums healthy, rather than just addressing issues after they arise.

At the core of preventative dentistry is the idea that it's better to prevent dental problems before they start, rather than waiting until a more extensive and costly treatment is required. By implementing simple, routine measures, preventative dentistry empowers patients to take an active role in preserving their oral health for the long term.

Why is preventative dentistry important?

Preventative dentistry is essential for maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile throughout your lifetime. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings allow your dentist, Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez at Diversey Dental Studio, to identify and address potential issues before they escalate into more serious problems.

By catching things like cavities, gum disease, or enamel wear in their earliest stages, preventative dentistry makes treatment more effective and less invasive. This not only saves you time and discomfort, but it can also significantly reduce the financial burden of extensive dental work down the line.

Beyond the immediate benefits, preventative dentistry also plays a crucial role in your overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to a variety of systemic health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. By prioritizing preventative care, you can help minimize these risks and maintain a higher quality of life.

How often should I visit the dentist for preventative dentistry?

The general recommendation for preventative dental visits is to see your dentist twice a year, or every six months. This allows Dr. Rodriguez to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, perform professional cleanings, and identify any potential problems early on.

However, the exact frequency of your dental visits may vary depending on your individual oral health needs. Factors such as your risk of dental disease, the condition of your teeth and gums, and your personal oral hygiene habits can all influence how often you should visit the dentist.

During your regular check-ups, Dr. Rodriguez will work closely with you to determine the optimal schedule for preventative care. Some patients may require more frequent visits, while others may be able to maintain good oral health with annual check-ups. The key is to work closely with your dentist to develop a preventative dentistry plan that's tailored to your unique needs.

What preventative dentistry services does Diversey Dental Studio offer?

At Diversey Dental Studio, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive suite of preventative dentistry services to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Some of the key preventative services we provide include:

- Routine dental exams and cleanings
- Dental sealants to protect against cavities
- Fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel
- Oral cancer screenings
P- atient education on proper brushing, flossing, and other oral hygiene practices

By combining these preventative measures with the latest dental technologies and techniques, Dr. Rodriguez and her team are dedicated to helping you keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come. We encourage all our patients to take an active role in their oral health through regular preventative care.

If you have any other questions about the importance of preventative dentistry or the services we offer at Diversey Dental Studio, please don't hesitate to call us at (847) 738-7659. We're here to help you achieve and maintain the confident, healthy smile you deserve.