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By Dental Pointe
March 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Are your teeth a little dull or yellow? Your Naperville, IL, dentists at Dental Pointe, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Querishi and Dr. Poornima Gangaji, can help you brighten your smile with teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening benefits

Whitening is an excellent, inexpensive solution if your teeth have become dull due to aging, using tobacco products, or eating or drinking foods and beverages that contain dark pigments. Your dentist uses a hydrogen peroxide gel that whitens your smile by bleaching your tooth enamel. The entire whitening process takes just 60 to 90 minutes in our Naperville, IL, dental office.

Whitening results usually last two to three years at a minimum, although you can extend your results by avoiding tobacco products and limiting the amount of darkly pigmented foods and beverages you consume.

Professional teeth whitening offers these advantages:

  • Enhanced Self-Esteem: It's not unusual to feel a little self-conscious due to a dull or stained smile. Teeth whitening boosts your self-esteem and may help you feel more confident in social situations.
  • Improved Career Prospects: Like it or not, people judge us on our smiles. In fact, almost 50 percent of people surveyed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry said that a smile was the feature they remembered the most after meeting someone new. When you want to make a good impression, a bright, white smile is a must. Whitening your teeth just may help you land an exciting new job or promotion.
  • A Younger Appearance: Duller teeth are often associated with the aging process. Unfortunately, your teeth can become dull and stained even if you're still fairly young, particularly if you enjoy coffee, tea, red wine, or cola. Whitening your teeth is a simple way to look younger and more refreshed.
  • Noticeable Results: If you've ever been disappointed with an over-the-counter teeth whitening kit, you may wonder if professional whitening can really help your smile. Although both drugstore and professional whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, your dentist uses a stronger form that's more effective in quickly removing stains. Most people notice a three- to eight-shade improvement in their teeth after professional whitening.

Renew your smile with teeth whitening! Call your dentists in Naperville, IL, Dr. Seeth, Dr. Querishi, and Dr. Gangaji of Dental Pointe, at (630) 333-9571 to schedule your appointment.

By Dental Pointe
January 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Could your smile benefit from oral surgery?

There are many reasons why our Naperville, IL, dentists Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Querishi, Dr. Poornima Gangaji may recommend getting oral surgery. Surgery may be used to treat infections and diseases, remove teeth or even replace missing teeth. If you are wondering whether you could benefit from oral surgery, here are the top oral surgery procedures we perform here in Naperville, IL,

Remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth cause problems for most patients once they come in. That’s because our jaws are often too small to accommodate these final set of molars, which usually appear during our teen years or twenties.

If wisdom teeth are impacted, which means that they don’t fully erupt through the gums, this can increase your risk for infection, damage to neighboring teeth, decay, and gum disease. In order to protect the health of your smile, our Naperville, IL, general dentists will recommend having your wisdom teeth extracted.

Treat Knocked-Out Teeth

We see a lot of injuries, particularly in patients who play sports. If you or your child has incurred a traumatic injury to the mouth that has led to a knocked-out tooth, it’s incredibly important that you come into our office right away. Some knocked-out teeth can even be saved if treated within 30 minutes to one hour after the injury.

Get a Dental Implant

If you are missing one or more permanent teeth but you are otherwise healthy, then our dental team may recommend getting dental implants to restore your smile. A dental implant functions just like a real tooth. Of course, if order to get a dental implant you will need to undergo surgery to place the metal post into the jawbone where it will then support a false tooth or multiple false teeth, depending on how many teeth you need to replace.

Do you have questions about the services our Naperville, IL, family dentists offer? Wondering if it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed? Whatever the case might be, call Dental Pointe at (630) 333-9571 to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to discuss your dental options with you.

By Dental Pointe
September 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Once a tooth has been compromised by tooth decay, the damaged structure of the tooth should be removed and filled with a dental filling to restore it. Here at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, our dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Querishi, and Dr. Matthew Manious, regularly use fillings to save decayed teeth and restore their original function and appearance.

What Exactly is a Dental Filling?

After tooth decay has taken root inside a tooth, left untreated, it will continue damaging more of the tooth structure and cause pain. A dental filling is the most practical solution for repairing this damage and keeping bacteria from accessing the tooth further. Dental fillings are fabricated from various materials and utilized for restoring any tooth.

What Materials Are Dental Fillings Made Of?

  • Composite Dental Fillings: Crafted from resin composites, these are the most popular fillings because they look the closest to natural teeth. Also known as tooth-colored dental fillings, the resin material used is malleable and soft, so they can be easily shaped to precisely fit a cavity. The final result will be colored to exactly match your tooth.
  • Gold Dental Fillings: These are very durable and long-lasting. While they don’t match the shade of natural teeth, they’re still used today, most particularly on molars because of their ability to withstand pressure.
  • Amalgam Dental Fillings: Although these are still used today, fewer and fewer dentists use them because patients don’t like their dark appearance, which easily stands out inside the mouth. Amalgam is a combination of metal alloys, hence, the dark color.
  • Porcelain Dental Fillings: More commonly known as inlays and onlays, these are typically preferred when there’s not enough tooth structure left. Inlays are used inside the teeth, while onlays are used outside the teeth. They also preserve more tooth structure when compared with a crown and help make the weakened tooth stronger.

What’s The Dental Filling Procedure Like?

To start, your dentist in Naperville, IL, will ensure your comfort by applying a local anesthetic on your tooth and its surrounding area. Next, the decayed structure will be removed, while making sure to leave as much of the healthy, real tooth structure intact. The cavity is then cleaned thoroughly, dried, and filled with a dental filling. Once it hardens, your dentist will make some adjustments to it to ensure that it will feel and look just like your real tooth.

Need More Information or Have Questions About Dental Fillings? Contact Us

Dial (630) 333-9571 to set an appointment here at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, with your dentist, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Querishi, or Dr. Matthew Manious, today.

By Dental Pointe
September 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Broken Braces   Bracket  

Did you break your braces in Naperville, IL, and can not get to the orthodontist? Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Querishi, and Dr. Matthew Manious offer some tips on how to fix your braces while you wait for your appointment at Dental Pointe Family Dentistry and Orthodontics below:

Assess the damage

Why did your braces break? Knocks in the mouth through sports activity can damage your braces, as well as hard and sticky foods. Your braces are made of metal. This means that the brackets have the potential to cause lacerations in the soft tissue of the mouth. Thus, it is vital to repair your braces as soon as possible at our Naperville office. As always, take care to brush and floss daily to prevent complications from sticky food.

Sharp wire

Take care to cover any sharp edges of the wire with tweezers with dental wax. Perhaps the wire is broken and is protruding from the end of the teeth. If so, cover and fold those ends as well. You can also trim the small pieces of wire to protect from cuts in the mouth. If you need to, try to move the wire to a more comfortable position in your mouth.

Loose brackets

Wire protruding from brackets can interfere with chewing, talking, and other everyday activities. You can cut this wire with a pair of nail clippers, taking care not to swallow the metal. If one of the braces brackets have come off, contact your Naperville orthodontist as soon as possible to have the bracket reinstalled onto the tooth.

Damaged wire

Sometimes dental wire bends because of the consumption of hard foods. They catch onto the wire, pulling it out of place. If the dental wire is pulled way out of place, consult your specialist. If you are in the Naperville, IL, area, contact Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Fariha Querishi, and Dr. Matthew Manious at Dental Pointe Family Dentistry and Orthodontics at (630) 333-9571 to schedule an appointment.

By Dental Pointe
August 13, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Family Dentist   Dentist   Cavity   Cavities  

Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!

A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your Naperville, IL dentist for the answers you need.Cavity - Family Dentist Naperville, IL

What is a cavity?

Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in sizes and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.

What causes cavities?

A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.

The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.

What are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:

  • Dental pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A black stain on your tooth
  • A hole in your tooth
What complications can arise if left untreated?

If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:

  • Chronic or severe dental pain
  • An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
  • Pain or problems chewing food
  • An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth

If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.

Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today.

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