General Dentistry Services In Westmont, IL
Smiles of Westmont provides several dental services to meet simple and complex needs.
Our experienced dentists offer implants to replace missing or broken teeth. These implants are made with durable material that appears just like your natural teeth. The implant will attach to your bone and acts as a root for the crown which is also attached to the implant and fills in the space between the missing tooth and the natural teeth.
Smiles of Westmont also provides crowns, which often cover teeth that have had root canals. Crowns may also be placed over teeth that have been cracked or chipped to protect the remaining part of the tooth. These crowns can be metal, but are often tooth colored and very subtle. Depending on the severity of the cavity, a crown may also be placed over a tooth after a filling.
Bridges are pieces of dental hardware that “bridge the gap” between missing teeth and often have an implant connected to them to fill empty space. Bridges also provide support for natural teeth that are next to missing teeth to prevent crowding or shifting. Our dentists will custom fit bridges for your gums, teeth, and jaw.
If you have a chipped tooth, discolored enamel, crooked teeth, or teeth with uneven edges, veneers can be installed to fill in gaps, create symmetry, and correct or brighten your smile. Veneers are small pieces of porcelain that are placed over part or all of a tooth. Veneers can be used on one or several teeth, and Smiles of Westmont will custom design your veneers to fit your needs and smile.
Invisalign is quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional braces and we have this product available at Smiles of Westmont. Invisalign provides clear trays, called aligners, which fit over your teeth to gradually straighten and shift teeth into the correct position, eliminating crowding, crooked teeth, and uneven spacing. There are various stages of this straightening process in which you will change out the trays for each stage. Not only are these nearly invisible compared to braces, they can also be easily removed while eating to avoid food getting stuck in them. You can also easily clean them to prevent bacteria buildup.
We also provide partial and full dentures to replace decayed, cracked, or damaged teeth. Smiles of Westmont will remove any teeth that are being replaced with dentures and provide temporary dentures while the gums heal. Then you will be fitted for the permanent dentures, which are custom made for your gums and the dentures will be put in and adjusted. Our dentists will educate you on care for your dentures and what to expect during the adjustment period while you get used to eating and speaking with dentures.
Exam & Cleaning
Smiles of Westmont provides dental exams and cleaning, which is recommended every six months. We will use specialized tools to remove all plague and tarter, brush the teeth with a professional brush, floss the teeth, and examine your teeth and gums for any potential problems. If needed, a follow up appointment will be scheduled to complete any other dental services you need.
If your teeth are dull, yellow, or stained, we provide professional in-office teeth whitening to restore a bright, confident smile. Trays are placed over your teeth for about 30 minutes. Multiple appointments may be needed to achieve the level of whitening you’re looking for.
Our dentist office in Westmont also provides mouth guards, for those who grind their teeth at night and athletes who participate in contact sports. There are various types available depending on whether they will be used at night or during sports, and there are options to fit over braces as needed.
Gum Disease Treatment
Smiles of Westmont also treats gum disease, both in early and advanced stages. We provide surgical and non-surgical treatment methods as needed and customize our treatment to your specific needs. Our dentists focus on prevention, and in most cases, gum disease can be avoided with diligent dental hygiene practices and regular dental exams.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
In snoring and sleep apnea, the tongue and soft palate collages in the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway, causing airflow to stop. The airway muscles collapse and the oxygen levels drop. The patient wakes up out of deep sleep gasping for air and vital organs as the brain and heart suffers lack of oxygen. This can cause health hazards that include fatigue, blood pressure issues, stroke, congestive heart failure, and heart attack.
Treatment includes the use of a CPAP machine, along with changing your diet and losing weight. If you have nasal allergies, these may be contributing to your sleep apnea or snoring and treating them effectively may be the solution. Other options include an oral appliance, which fits over the teeth while you’re sleeping, supporting the jaw and keeping the airway open. Our dentist will discuss the treatment options that might work for you and help you begin a plan to manage or potentially cure your sleep apnea.