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What to Know about Dental Sedation

It’s understandable that some of our patients experience anxiety or fear about dental treatment. Trips to the dentist aren’t as pleasurable as, say, spending an evening with friends or enjoying a warm cup of coffee and a good book. Your comfort and relaxation are important to our team of Chicago dentists and support staff. We have resources available to make your dental visit less anxiety-inducing. We can’t promise that your dental visit will be as enjoyable as a spa appointment or finding the perfect pair of jeans, but you should not be in pain at any point during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is an umbrella term for medications that relax and calm you during dental treatment. The sedation dentistry techniques that we employ are safe and effective, and may be suitable if you:

  • have a fear of needles or drills
  • have had a bad experience with another dentist
  • suffer from general anxiety
  • put off necessary treatment because you are nervous
  • need lengthy or extensive treatment in one visit
  • have a sensitive gag reflex

Sedation dentistry is sometimes called “sleep dentistry,” but this term is somewhat misleading. You will not be asleep during your treatment, but the medication will put you in a very relaxed, sleep-like state to prevent you from feeling discomfort. Some patients have described feeling sleepy or groggy during and right after treatment with sedation medications.

Only Qualified Professionals May Offer Sedation Dentistry Techniques

Not every doctor is able to offer sedation dentistry techniques. According to the American Dental Association, dentists must have special training in sedation techniques, medications and equipment in order to practice sedation dentistry. Dentists must also be trained to properly analyze a patient’s medical history to ensure that the use of sedative techniques is appropriate and safe in each case. The Illinois State Dental Society requires Chicago sedation dentists to meet certain educational requirements to become licensed to provide conscious sedation or general anesthesia to patients.

You Have Options

In general terms, sedation dentistry helps you attain and maintain a relaxed, safe and pain-free state through the use of medication. There are different ways to administer the medication. Medication can either be:

  • taken orally (currently the most common technique)
  • through inhalation (e.g., “laughing gas”)
  • administered through injections

The technique used in your case depends on your preferences and level of comfort.

Oral Sedatives

If you have chosen to take oral sedation medication, you will need to take it approximately 30 minutes prior to your appointment to give the medicine time to take effect. You will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. Once at our office, you will feel extremely relaxed and perhaps a little tired. You will be able to respond to our dentists’ verbal directions, but you will have very little recollection of your visit after it is over.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is more commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” and it is great if you suffer from mild to moderate dental anxiety. We will slip a mask over your mouth and you will breathe in the nitrous oxide, which will put you in a relaxed conscious state. We can adjust the delivery of the laughing gas as needed during your appointment, according to your level of anxiety.

IV Sedation

The last option is intravenous (IV) sedation which is delivered via injection directly into the blood vessels in the hand or arm. If you are very anxious around needles, we don’t recommend this option, and will suggest one of the alternatives.

To learn more about how we can make your dental appointment a calm and relaxed experience through sedation dentistry, please contact Lincoln Park Smiles at (312) 337-1665, or by sending us an email.

Brighten Your Smile in Time for Spring

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The first official day of spring is nearing, and bringing with it feelings of fresh, new beginnings. Spring is the perfect season to think about rejuvenating your appearance and pampering yourself. If you are feeling motivated to make over your smile, our Chicago cosmetic dentists, Drs. Jack Manikowski and Karina Zaygermakher, have a few ideas for you to consider.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening treatment improves the color of your teeth and adds a sparkle to your smile. There are two types of teeth whitening treatments: at-home and in-office. DIY at-home kits are usually cheaper; however, for many of our patients, these products don’t produce the desired results (and some can even be harmful to the teeth). We offer in-office teeth whitening treatments, which are quick, convenient and effective.

During an informative consultation, we will work with you to determine the root cause of your tooth discoloration, which will help us to come up with a plan that targets your individual needs. Depending on your ideal cosmetic outcome, we may recommend one treatment or a series of several sessions.

White Fillings

Old silver or metal fillings can draw attention from an otherwise beautiful set of teeth. Silver and metal are outdated and should be replaced with a more contemporary material. Replacing old fillings with white fillings will eliminate the cosmetic eyesore of metal and can brighten up the overall appearance of your smile. Our cosmetic dentistry Chicago office uses white or tooth-colored filling material that blends in beautifully with the surrounding teeth. If we are replacing a silver or metal restoration, we will color-match the acrylic resin filling to the exact shade of your natural tooth. The filling material will also mimic the translucent quality of natural tooth enamel.

Porcelain Veneers

If you want dramatic, high-wattage results, we may recommend a set of porcelain veneers. Veneers are small pieces of natural-looking porcelain that slip over the surface of the teeth to conceal dental imperfections and make your smile look like a movie star’s. We can place porcelain veneers to improve the symmetry of the teeth, hide chips or small cracks and permanently whiten or brighten a dim-looking smile. At our office, we refer to veneers as the “gold standard” of cosmetic dental treatment because of their versatility and effectiveness.

If you’re interested in learning more about these smile-brightening options, please contact our cosmetic dentists in Chicago by calling (312) 337-1665 or sending us an email.

Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Relationship?

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Sleep apnea, a condition where the breathing ceases involuntarily, affects more than 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you’ve probably experienced certain undesirable side effects, like loud snoring, drowsiness during the day and low libido. If you’re in a relationship, your significant other may also be silently (or not-so-silently) suffering.

Need proof? A few years ago, the National Sleep Foundation conducted a survey in which more than a third of respondents admitted their partner’s disruptive sleep habits affected the quality of their relationship.

Our Chicago sleep apnea team, Drs. Jack Manikowski and Karina Zaygermakher, has heard from numerous patients about the ways that sleep apnea affects relationships. If you relate to the scenarios described below, we encourage you to contact us today to explore your treatment options.

Your Snoring Bothers Your Significant Other

Chronic snoring is one of the markers of obstructive sleep apnea. You may not realize you snore incessantly, but your partner probably does! A study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reported that spouses of snorers woke up nearly as many times during the night as the snorer (average of 21 times compared to the snorer’s 27 times). Researchers in Finland found that half of bed partners of snorers reported that they were disturbed every night or almost every night by their partner snoring. One third of the partners described relationship problems stemming from chronic snoring.

However, there is hope: researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., found that once a snorer participating in their study received treatment, their spouses experienced a surge in their quality of life.

Your Gasping or Choking Worries Your Significant Other

It’s also common for someone with sleep apnea to involuntarily choke or gasp during their sleep. Normally these noises indicate some sort of emergency, so choking or gasping can be disruptive and ruin a good night’s sleep for your partner.

Your Mental Function Has Declined

Without enough quality sleep, you may feel sluggish throughout the day, and have trouble focusing, demonstrate poor judgment or experience memory loss or mood swings (all of which can affect your relationship).

You Want to Sleep During the Day

If you’re repeatedly failing to get a good night’s rest because of sleep apnea, you probably feel drowsy and ready for a nap during the day. This may cause disagreements with an active partner who wants help with errands, taking care of the children or simply companionship.

You Have a Reduced Libido

Surprisingly, another side effect of sleep apnea is a low libido. A survey from the National Sleep Foundation found that 17 to 23 percent of respondents noted an effect of disruptive sleep habits on their sexual relationships and cited being “too sleepy” to be intimate.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, make a promise to yourself (and your significant other!) to do something about sleep apnea. Contact Lincoln Park Smiles today to speak with Drs. Manikowski and Zaygermakher about sleep apnea.

Your New Year’s Dental Resolutions

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January is traditionally a time to make resolutions for the upcoming year. Many people choose to make health-related resolutions or goals. There’s no reason to exclude your dental health from your New Year’s resolutions! Here are some ideas to get you started, from our Chicago dentists, Drs. Jack Manikowski and Karina Zaygermakher:

Quit Smoking

Smoking has serious consequences to your overall health and your oral health! Smoking puts you at risk of bad breath, yellow teeth and gum disease. Ask your primary doctor for some smoking cessation tips or aids.

Improve Your Diet

A well-balanced diet is important for maintaining a strong immune system and protecting your body from common oral disorders (including periodontal disease). The antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts help protect your body against bacteria and inflammation. Raw fruits and vegetables (e.g., carrots, apples) are also good for cleaning the plaque off your teeth and keeping your breath fresh.

Refine Your Hygiene Habits

Regular brushing and flossing are essential to protecting your teeth from plaque build-up and helping you maintain optimal oral health. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Make sure to brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces and chewing surfaces of all of your teeth. Brush your tongue, too. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, and use an ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride. Follow the ADA’s handy guide to brushing.

Flossing cleans areas where a toothbrush cannot reach. Floss at least once a day. If you have problems handling the slippery dental floss, explore your options with a wooden plaque remover, dental pick or pre-threaded flossing aid. Follow the ADA’s handy guide to flossing.

Whiten Your Teeth

If you’ve noticed that your smile has lost its sparkling-white luster, try a teeth whitening treatment. Our cosmetic dentists will diagnose the source of your tooth discoloration (common culprits include the consumption of tea/coffee/wine, smoking and the effects of aging) and recommend the teeth whitening approach that will best meet your needs. If you find an over-the-counter bleaching product or device, check with our dentists before using it to make sure it won’t harm your gums or mouth.

Straighten Your Smile

Have you been postponing orthodontic treatment because you’re worried about the appearance of traditional metal brackets and wires? The Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligners that gently and gradually move your teeth into the correct alignment. Your Invisalign aligners will be custom-designed and crafted for your teeth.

For more ideas about how you can improve the health and beauty of your smile in 2014, please contact Lincoln Park Smiles by calling (312) 337-1665 or sending us an email.

Don’t Be a Grinch about Your Dental Care

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Stay vigilant about your dental care during the holidays with tips from Chicago cosmetic dentists Jack Manikowski and Karina Zaygermakher.

Holidays just wouldn’t be the same without extravagant meals, cookie exchanges and champagne toasts. The end of the year is filled with merriment, but it’s also a prime time to become lax about dental health and hygiene. Stay vigilant about your dental care throughout the holiday season by following these tips from our Chicago cosmetic dentists, Drs. Jack Manikowski and Karina Zaygermakher.

Brush and Floss Regularly

Make sure you’re brushing twice a day to fight off decay and prevent gum disease. If you really want to embrace the holiday spirit, pick up a new cinnamon or peppermint-flavored toothpaste (with fluoride, of course!). Stay on top of your daily flossing, too. Here’s a bonus tip for gift-givers: new toothbrushes make excellent stocking stuffers!

Make Smart Choices about Sweets

Holiday feasts are laden with sweet and savory treats and temptations. Try to practice moderation and stay conscious of your indulgences so you don’t overdo it – too much sugar is bad for your teeth and your waistline. When you’re staring down the dessert tray, avoid chewy, sticky treats like caramels and candy canes; instead, enjoy sweets such as Christmas cookies, gingerbread men and chocolate kisses.

If you can, enjoy your sweets and treats right after a meal, instead of mindlessly snacking or grazing throughout the day. Also, brush your teeth after you finish. If you can’t get to a toothbrush right away, swish some water around, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum.

Schedule a Dental Appointment in January

Schedule an appointment for a thorough professional exam and teeth cleaning in January to start 2014 off on the right foot, and plan out additional dental visits and treatment for the year. Our dentists will look for signs of inflammation or disease that could threaten the health of your smile, and immediately begin treating any areas of concern. They will also make recommendations tailored to your dental needs and goals (e.g., replace old silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings, explore Invisalign treatment options).

Gift Yourself a Smile Makeover

If you are unhappy with an aspect of your smile, give yourself a gift to remember for years to come: a smile makeover. Drs. Manikowski and Zaygermakher use leading-edge techniques to improve the overall balance and harmony of your smile. Depending on your unique needs, your smile makeover could include a combination of teeth whitening, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, Invisalign and/or gum recontouring. An effective smile makeover blends artistry and science to produce beautiful, natural-looking results.

If you would like more recommendations for dental care during the holidays, or if you want to set up a smile makeover consultation, please contact Lincoln Park Smiles by calling (312) 337-1665 or sending us an email.

Get The Smile You Want in Just One Appointment with Lincoln Park Smiles ‘Same Day Smile’ Treatment

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Get that brilliant smile you yearn for in just one appointment …

At Lincoln Park Smiles in Chicago we offer Same Day Smile treatments to patients who need to correct a damaged tooth or teeth and the best part is, we can do it in just one appointment! Our crown treatment will have you in and out of the office in no time allowing you to continue with your busy schedule without having to undergo several treatments to achieve that brilliant smile you may desire.

Get a royal smile with a crown…

A crown is a type of dental restoration treatment which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. They are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth, a tooth is damaged or decayed but may be used for any other oral health problem. During this procedure the damaged part of the tooth is removed and replaced with a permanent prosthetic cap. This technique strengthens and protects teeth from further damage, and can also improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen teeth. Crowns can be used to:

  • Strengthen teeth that have suffered from extensive damage
  • Reinforce teeth that have undergone root canal treatment
  • Attach to dental implants as a prosthetic tooth replacement

Crowns are a restorative treatment that is natural looking, stain resistant, durable and will help you regain your smile and confidence. Someone’s smile is often one of the first things people notice on a person’s face, so if you are feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious about your smile let crown dentistry help you regain your confidence.

How can you do it in just one appointment?

Here at Lincoln Park Smiles we use innovative technology to complete our treatments as quickly and efficiently as possible. We understand that our patients have busy schedules and time is always of the essence which is why we have adopted modern and innovative technology to help achieve the results you want in the time that works with you bets.  Unlike traditional restorations that can take weeks and multiple appointments to complete, our CEREC technology allows our dental professionals to design, mill and install restorations in just one day. CEREC or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a dental restoration product that allows us to produce a ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies, including 3D photography and CAD/CAM. This CEREC technology is what allows us to restore your teeth in a single sitting, rather than the multiple sittings required with earlier techniques.

Why choose crowns as the treatment for your missing tooth…

Not only do our crowns treatments offer a quick fix to your dental needs but there are other benefits for using crown treatment as an idea solution for your dental health. Dental porcelain can be sculpted to closely replicate the look of natural tooth enamel, while providing desirable strength and resilience. Porcelain crowns are an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth, this is because a crown essentially replaces the entire external portion of the tooth down to the gum level. Crowns are not limited to simply replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better esthetic appearance for patients. They are also an option for people who grind and clench their teeth so much that the original structure of their teeth has been compromised; through a combination of a dental implant treatment with a crown your damaged teeth can be restored.

Maintaining your crowns…

Maintaining porcelain crowns is no trouble at all, it’s actually quite simple. Similar to your natural teeth, crowns require routine brushing with non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste along with regular flossing. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Jack and Dr. Karina to assess the crowns shortly after they’re placed, this way he can review the work and see how your mouth is reacting to the crowns. At this time your crown will more than likely feel comfortable in your mouth and the appointment may not seem necessary however, this follow-up appointment is an important part of your future oral health. Dr. Jack Manikowski will assess the rest of your mouth and determine how well your crown is fitting in with your oral environment. During this appointment we will also evaluate the rest of your mouth as a general checkup to determine your overall oral health.

What are my other treatment options for tooth loss?

Want a permanent solution to your missing or damaged tooth? Dental implants are the answer! They are titanium screws that act as a replacement for your natural tooth root. These devices are highly biocompatible with your natural jaw bone material, and form a permanently solid foundation for prosthetic tooth replacements. After we have completed our implant surgery we will cap the implant with a crown or bridge to restore your smile. At Lincoln Park Smiles we also offer cosmetic dentistry options such as teeth whitening, veneers, Invaslign, and smile make overs as treatment options to work towards a straight and brilliant smile. Depending on your current level of oral health Dr. Jack Manikowski will make an assessment and prescribe the most appropriate treatment for your dental needs.

Recent studies show that one third of Americans are unhappy with their smiles. Our Same Day Smile treatment will help you smile with confidence knowing that your crown fits in naturally with your other teeth. To achieve the smile you desire and in just one appointment our Same Day Smile treatment may be the solution for you. Dr. Jack and Dr. Karina will assess your mouth and look at the best treatment options for you to achieve the smile you want in the most effective and efficient way possible.

What Constitutes A Dental Emergency and What Should I Do If I Have One?

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Sudden or chronic aching, tooth loss, and oral traumas are just some of the dental emergencies that will require immediate attention…

Failure to take appropriate action on a dental emergency issue can increase the risk of permanent damage to your teeth, bacterial infection in your gums, tooth loss and the necessity for extensive treatment in the future. At Lincoln Park Smiles in Chicago we are here for you in your time of need and in the case of dental emergencies we do the best we can to you as soon as possible to rectify the problem in your mouth.

How do I know I have a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can result from a variety of things, however, if you are experiencing unusual pain or discomfort or a have faced an oral trauma we recommend you get in contact with us as soon as possible. Some other dental emergencies are as follows:

  • A tooth that has been knocked out
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • An extruded (partially dislodged) tooth
  • A lost filling or crown
  • Soft tissue injuries to your tongue, cheeks or lips

Whether you’re dental emergency has affected a cosmetic tooth or natural your natural teeth both can be detrimental if not treated and a simple call to our office can determine the severity.

How fast do I need to contact my dentist?

Urgency is dependent upon the emergency however the sooner you can inform your dentist of your ailment or otherwise the better. If your tooth has been knocked out it is important to see a dentist within 30 minutes if applicable as this time is crucial. This can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth! It is important to pick your tooth up by the crown (never the root) and gently rinse it with milk. The best solution would be to keep the lot tooth in the missing spot however if this is too painful or not possible we recommend placing it in milk. Milk is good for storing lost teeth because cells from the root surface don’t swell up and burst as they do when placed in water. It contains proteins which keep a constant acid to alkaline ratio, anti-bacterial substances as well as sugars to keep cells growing.

If you are experiencing dental pain, Lincoln Park Smiles offers 24 hour emergency dental service as we understand that even 30 minutes could mean the difference between your natural tooth and a prosthetic tooth.

Treatments we offer to treat dental emergencies…

Correct treatment will be determined dependent upon your particular emergency and after a full mouth assessment has been performed so that Dr. Jack Manikowski can resolve your emergency. At Lincoln Park Smiles we offer cosmetic and restorative dental treatments such as; crowns, implants, veneers and many more that may be used to treat your dental emergency. We understand that during dental emergency patients will experience some or a lot of oral pain which is why we ensure that all patients are approached with compassion, dignity and respect. We pride ourselves on informing our patients about their treatment options and their associated costs before commencing any treatment. And by providing virtually pain free treatments to increase patient comfort and overall outcomes.

Just because you don’t have an emergency doesn’t mean you don’t have to get a checkup…

General dental appointments should always be a part of you yearly calendar to ensure you are maintaining good oral health and to prevent any future emergencies. At Lincoln Park Smiles our general care is conducted in a caring, tender manner that allows any threats to your oral health to be tackled before they cause extensive damage and trauma to your oral and overall health. Regular maintenance of your smile can help avoid lengthy restorative treatment in the future. At Lincoln Park Smiles we believe that prevention is far better than a cure, which is why it is so important to visit our practice every six months for an oral health examination and a professional clean.

During your regular checkup we can determine your level of oral health and work to avoid dental emergencies while treating any problem areas and potential oral health threats. A common problem found during regular checkups is gum disease which if caught early can avoid lengthy procedures in the future. Did you know that gum disease can cause severe health risks such as:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease

To help keep your body healthy and your mouth healthy we recommend you keep on top of your oral health with regular checkups and preventive at-home methods. A healthy dental hygiene routine reaches beyond brushing and flossing every day. It is also important to consider the foods you consume and the beverages you drink. Beverages like tea, coffee, wine and soda all have negative effects on your teeth. The corrosive effects of wine, soda, coffee and tea can lead to cavities and weakened enamel.

At Lincoln Park Smiles in Chicago we understand the frustration and fear involved with dental emergencies and will work towards a fast and comforting solution as soon as possible to ensure your oral health is maintained. A dental emergency needs to be treated urgently and should not be left to worsen without medical help, we recommend patients call or contact us as soon as possible to evaluate the severity of the emergency and the best course of treatment for you. It is important to note that general checkups and preventive methods for your oral hygiene, while they do not guarantee that you will not develop future dental problems, they are habits that can help reduce the chance of gum disease and other common oral health problems that may lead to future dental emergencies.

If you have any concerns about a dental emergency or our other treatment options please don’t hesitate to call 312 337 1665 or contact us.

Subtle Dental Treatments Raise Patient Self-Confidence

Subtle Dental Treatments Raise Patient Self Confidence Subtle Dental Treatments Raise Patient Self Confidence

Making small changes to your teeth can not only enhance your smile, they can also boost your self-confidence considerably…

The smile is one of the first things you notice about a person, as it is often incredibly hard not to notice a smile. At a cursory glance, a smile can reveal a person’s personality, mood, emotions and attitudes. There are qualities that many of us find attractive in smiles such as straight teeth, color, pink gums and symmetry. Variations in these esthetics can cause teeth to appear unattractive and in turn can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. At Lincoln Park Smiles in Chicago, Illinois, we offer a range of dental treatments to subtly enhance your smile so you can regain your self-confidence and the smile you deserve.

Invisalign discreetly fixes your smile without anyone being the wiser…

Are you looking to straighten your teeth without it being obvious you are receiving treatment? Invisalign is a virtually ‘invisible’ orthodontic option for fixing minor malocclusions (misaligned bites) and crooked teeth. During the treatment you will receive a series of plastic aligners that each reveals a stage by stage template of your dental transformation. These aligners are created using some of the most advanced technology available to digitalize your treatment plan, meaning you can see the results before you even start the treatment.

Straighter teeth not only look more esthetically pleasing, they also give you plenty of reasons to smile…

Many adults experience minor malocclusions and crooked teeth that can be easily addressed with treatments like Invisalign in no time at all. The design of Invisalign also adds the benefit of discreetly and ‘invisibly’ straightening your teeth over time, so that your straighter smile is not as obvious or noticeable. Invisalign aligners are completely removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink and to maintain your regular oral hygiene habits.

Don’t wait another moment between treatments with our Same Day Crowns…

Teeth are used to gnaw and mash food into a digestible paste so that the body can take sustenance. When our teeth break and wear away, food and bacteria can get inside and infect the fragile tooth pulp. Some common treatments for treating cracked or worn down teeth are fillings, dental crowns and root canal therapy, which work to clean and prevent further decay to the tooth when it is experiencing severe dental problems. Usually treatments take a few appointments to complete but at Lincoln Park Smiles our Same Day Crowns provide a convenient transition from old fillings and complications to new and fully functioning porcelain crowns.

Same Day Crown protection allows many benefits for a full smile…

Dr. Jack will assess your oral condition during the one appointment so you can ensure that any damage is seen to efficiently and quickly as possible. Our porcelain crowns are made in-house so we can clean the tooth, create a digitalized version of it through our scanning technology and have our machines create one to be fitted correctly. If you have received a root canal treatment a Same Day Crowns can reduce the risk of exposure and protect your natural tooth.

Veneers blend seamlessly over your natural teeth and no one will know the difference…

Subtle changes in your teeth, such as craze lines, blemishes, intrinsic staining (deep set stains) and fractures, may appear small; however these conditions can greatly hinder the effect of your smile. Porcelain veneers are perfect for these types of imperfections because they will retain as much of your natural tooth as possible, whilst giving you a smile with a blemish free appearance. Color-matched to match your other teeth, porcelain veneers are fashioned into a thin porcelain shell, a mirror image of your original tooth, bonded to your natural tooth. Porcelain is a strong durable material and will function just like your other teeth.

Find a reason not to smile with a mouth full of shaped and color-matched teeth…

One of the best qualities about the porcelain veneers are that they can be filed and polished down to make your teeth appear symmetrical. A mouth full of symmetrical teeth will appear more pleasing to the eye, will allow your occlusion (bite) to fit together better and will evenly distribute pressure when you are eating. The porcelain veneers will be matched to the shade of your teeth, however many patients often get teeth whitening treatments before they have their porcelain veneers treatment. These patients usually wish to have a whiter smile, as well as cover their tooth blemishes and by getting a tooth whitening treatment prior to a porcelain veneer, we can color-match the veneer to the newly whitened teeth.

A few shades lighter can make a huge difference with Teeth Whitening treatments that actually work…

Teeth Whitening treatments help lighten your teeth and are better left to professionals to perform. The discoloration of your teeth is called intrinsic stains and these stains are caused by consumption of staining substances (without proper oral hygiene) over a period of time. These are substances such as:

  • Tobacco
  • Black Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Coffee
  • Red Wine
  • Refined Sugar
  • Acidic foods
  • Certain medications

Our dedicated staff at Lincoln Park Smiles can diagnose the source of your tooth discoloration and select the best teeth whitening treatment to suit your teeth.

At Lincoln Park Smiles in Chicago, Illinois, even the most subtle change can make a huge difference to your smile and your oral health…

Dr. Jack Manikowski, also known as ‘Dr. Jack’ by his patients, understands the impact teeth have on everyday life, not only esthetically, but also functionally, socially and personally as well. Those patients, who suffer low self-esteem due to mild to severe aesthetic tooth damages, may need options that will subtly change their smile. Even the smallest adjustment can make the biggest change in your smile and self-confidence. Our team of professionals at Lincoln Park Smiles, are here to make sure you receive the best treatment possible, with optimum comfort and quality care.

Uninterrupted Sleep is Essential for dental health and well-being

Uninterrupted Sleep Essential for Health and Well Being Uninterrupted Sleep is Essential for dental health and well being

Did you know that too little, too much and/or interrupted sleep can have a terrible effect on your dental and bodily health?

Sleep is essential for our survival, it allows us to recharge our ‘batteries’ and take a break from our busy schedules and hectic life styles. Unfortunately, with the availability of night time television/entertainment, work-related deadlines and internet downloads sleep can seem like a secondary priority most of the time. Getting the correct amount of sleep is crucial to keeping your body healthy and happy, at Lincoln Park Smiles located in Chicago, Illinois, we find that quality sleep is just as important. Conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring can ruin what sleep we allow ourselves to receive.

Ensure quality sleep every night by achieving all stages in the sleeping cycle…

During sleep, the body goes through five stages:

  1. Light sleep: This is the beginning of the sleep cycle and is a transition period from being awake to sleeping. The brain  starts to produce very slow brain waves called theta waves and this sleep usually lasts 5 to 10 minutes
  2.  Sleep Spindles: This is stage two and lasts around 20 minutes. The brain begins to produce bursts of rapid, rhythmic brain wave activity which is referred to as sleep spindles, your heart rate will begin to slow and your temperature will decrease
  3. Light to very deep sleep: this transition period allows the brain to send very slow brain waves known as delta waves
  4. Delta Sleep: This period lasts around 30 minutes and you are unlikely to dream during this sleep. The delta brain waves send “good” chemicals into the body and are the lowest level of brain wave activity.
  5. Dreamtime/rapid eye movement (REM): At this stage you will experience rapid eye movement and dreaming. During this stage your muscles will become relaxed and your brain activity will increase. This stage is usually reached after 90 minutes of sleep and can last up to an hour, after which your body will revert to stage two spindle sleep and begin the cycle again.

These stages of sleep allow your body to recover and improve from the day’s activities and each stage is important in this process. Adults need around 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep a night which will allow at least three to four cycles of sleep. Children between the ages of 5 and 18 need between 8.5 to 13 hours sleep, allowing for three to five cycles a night.

Sleep is a way of allowing the body to reboot and should be a relatively quiet experience which means common sleep obstructers like snoring are not meant to occur…

Getting enough sleep is important and doing so consistently is even better for your health. Quality sleep always trumps quantity and if you are experiencing sleep obstructions like snoring it is more than likely you are not getting the sleep you deserve. Did you know that snoring effects over 18 million American’s nationwide? That means that over 18 million people are unable to get all of the benefits that uninterrupted sleep provides.

Snoring is caused by vibrations in your pharynx (throat) which is located behind your tongue and is usually a result of mouth breathing during sleep. There are factors that heighten the risk of snoring such as:

  • Being overweight
  • Being male (they have a higher risk)
  • Middle aged individuals
  • Sleeping on your back
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications
  • Sickness and blocked noses

Once you identify the cause for snoring, actions can be taken to improve your condition. At Lincoln Park Smiles we can perform an assessment to discover the underlying reasons why you might be snoring during a consultation.

Long-term snoring could be considered as a warning sign for obstructed sleep apnea (OSA) and it is important to see a professional for a diagnosis…

Obstructed sleep apnea (OSA), also known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, is a condition that offers repeated episodes of interrupted sleep caused by complete or partial blockages to the throat. This results in breathing complications and causes the body to react instinctively by waking you from whatever stage of sleep you were experiencing. These interruptions can happen sporadically or consistently through the night without waking you up from your sleep. In some instances, such as complete blockages, the body will fully wake you from sleep. These interruptions do not allow you to complete cycles of sleep and if they occur consistently throughout the night it is unlikely that you will leave stage two of sleep.

If you wake up feeling exhausted or drained and go through the day feeling unable to concentrate, lethargic, restless and have headaches, sore throats and fatigue then these are the warning signs that you are not getting the sleep that you deserve. Seeing a professional to assess the cause of your sleep obstruction is essential to regain proper sleeping patterns, reinvigorate your body and sense of wellbeing.

At Lincoln Park Smiles in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Jack Manikowski and his dedicated team of professionals offer snoring and sleep apnea solutions…

Dr. Jack Manikowski, also known by his patients as “Dr. Jack”, find that many of his patients experience symptoms associated with OSA and his understanding of the oral region allows him to diagnose causes from both a dental and logical perspective. Diagnosis of causes for OSA can be difficult, but at Lincoln Park Smiles we offer advanced oral appliance therapy to both treat the symptoms and underlying causes of OSA, which has been proven to significantly reduce or solve snoring habits.  Depending on the underlying cause of your OSA or snoring we will determine the type of oral appliance therapy option which should be recommended from our variety of options. With our busy lifestyles we need to be sure that when we have the time to sleep, it is time well spent.

Do you think you are not getting the sleep you deserve? Receive a diagnosis and discuss your solutions today.

Why Dental Implants Are the Best Tooth Replacement for Your Oral Health

Dental Implants Are the Most Beneficial Tooth Replacement for Your Oral Health

Why Dental Implants Are the Best Tooth Replacement for Your Oral Health Why Dental Implants Are the Best Tooth Replacement for Your Oral Health

There is no dental restorative treatment that is as effective as dental implants. Why?

Dental implant treatment is a comprehensive treatment. Dental bridges and dentures only restore your teeth whereas dental implant treatment replicates your tooth and tooth root. Not to mention the fact that dental implants are permanent and healthy.

How is an implant healthy?

The implant is made from biocompatible titanium. This means that after the implant is surgically inserted into your jaw, your jaw is far less likely to reject the foreign material. In fact, what your jaw will do is grow around the implant creating a strong support for a prosthetic tooth. Titanium alloy implant technology has been used for over 30 years, because it works.

Your Oral Health and Dental Implants…

One of the reasons that dental implants are the best tooth replacement for your oral health is that by replacing the tooth root you are helping retain strong jaw bone density.

When you lose a tooth, bone in your jaw dissolves away and it does not come back. At least not naturally, you can get bone grafts, but bone grafts are often painful exercises.

The problems of a missing tooth can snowball: a missing tooth can cause loss of jaw bone density. A lack of jawbone density will place stress on the remaining teeth. This will likely cause your remaining teeth to become weakened and damaged.

This can lead to gum disease. Do you know what gum disease can do to the rest of your body?

What Gum Disease Can Do To Your Body and Why It’s Important to Combat It Early…

Before we get to the rest of the body, let’s take a look at what gum disease can do to your mouth. When gum disease advances from gingivitis to periodontitis it can cause bones, gums and tissue that support teeth to be destroyed. Eventually, you’ll need teeth extracted, and since tooth loss has occurred because of weakened bone structure it makes getting dental implants difficult.

Difficult but not impossible. If you have suffered tooth loss as a result of a loss of jawbone density, it could—depending on your overall oral health—to perform a bone graft. Once a bone graft is successfully completed, you would then be able to have the dental implant procedure.

Did you know that there a number of serious illness that have been linked to gum disease?
But we should be more specific. When we say gum disease we don’t mean that you’re going to have serious health issues if you get gingivitis. Gingivitis is curable with regular oral hygiene routine and a deep scale and clean from a dentist.

When we say that gum disease has been linked to a number of serious illnesses we are talking about periodontitis. Periodontitis has been linked to:

  • Heart attacks/cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease

Gum disease is a prevalent oral hygiene problem; something like a third of all adults in the U.S. will suffer from one form of gum disease or another. This is just one of the many reasons why it is so important to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine: brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Visiting the dentist regularly is also important.

A dentist can clean your teeth in a way that brushing and flossing cannot. Also, by regularly visiting the dentist you significantly reduce the risk of serious oral health issues arising. For example: regular trips to the dentist (about 2 visits a year) could be the difference between needing a normal filling and having to get root canal treatment.

You shouldn’t think of regular dental check-ups as an optional extra, but as just one part of your oral hygiene routine.

How Lincoln Park Smiles can Help Restore Your Smile…

There is no better restorative treatment for missing teeth than dental implants. They are the complete package: the implant itself acts as a tooth root and the prosthetic tooth attachment (usually a crown or bridge) mimics your natural teeth.

Not replacing a missing tooth has consequences other than gum disease:

  • Teeth on either side of the gap can twist in an attempt to cover the gap
  • Your bite could become misaligned. This can lead to various neuromuscular dental issues
  • Jaw bone material and gum tissue can begin to deteriorate
  • Your face will change as a result of your jaw bone deterioration

Jaw bone material deteriorates rather quickly, so it is important that you seek appropriate restorative dental treatment as soon as possible.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

Okay, so we’ve discussed the doom and gloom side of not getting dental implants. What about the benefits?

There is no better substitute for your natural teeth than dental implants. In fact, the only thing better than a dental implant for your oral health is your natural tooth. Some of the benefits of dental implants:

  • They help retain bone structure and gum tissue
  • Reduce the risk of TMD and other neuromuscular issues
  • Unlike a dental bridge, adjacent teeth don’t need to be shaved down
  • Dental implants look, feel and function just like your natural teeth
  • They can decrease stress exerted on the surrounding teeth

Not only all of that but because dental implants are permanent they are not only good for your health but for your wallet too. In a study that was published in June of 2013 it was found that, overall, dental implants are the most long-term cost effective restorative treatment. The study went on to say that in the last three years the demand for dental implants has risen. This rise in popularity is due to the strong, sturdy and solid nature of dental implants.

If you are looking for the best restorative dental treatment for missing teeth, then you are looking for dental implants.

For more information on dental implants, or to book an appointment at our dental practice in Lincoln Park, please contact us today.

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