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Chicago Dentist Explains Dental Implant Recovery Time

April 2, 2013

OlderMalePatientWe have spoken in previous blogs about the details of dental implant retained dentures. They are among the most versatile, reliable, and attractive options for restoring missing teeth. The basics have been highlighted: titanium rods designed to function as tooth root replacements are implanted through your gum tissue and into your jawbone. Prosthetic tooth replacements are attached to these biocompatible posts and you’re good to go. Well, after recovery, that is. Many patients have that in their list of top questions: how long will long will recovery take if I undergo this surgery? Your Chicago dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you more about what to expect in terms of healing from dental implant procedures.

Easier Than You Think

First and foremost, if you are in good general health, depending upon the number of implants and location of the posts, dental implant placement should be a reasonably comfortable procedure for the majority of patients. If it is only a single implant placement in an area with healthy jawbone tissue, you may be able to get by with very little or even no downtime. If bone and/or gum grafting is necessary in your case, you may be looking at a slightly longer recovery process. Your dentist will give you specific instructions as to just how easy you should take it following your surgery. Read more »

Are Dental Implants Right for You? Part I

December 7, 2012

That missing tooth might not seem like a big deal, but it has the potential to cause serious health problems. Gaps in your smile encourage your remaining teeth to shift, leading to misalignment, worn enamel, and an increased chance of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and a range of issues with your TMJs. Your Arlington Heights dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, answers some commonly asked questions about dental implants, the latest development in tooth replacement technology.

What are Dental Implants?

As opposes to dental bridges and dentures that only replace the portion of the tooth above the gum (referred to as the crown of the tooth), dental implants replace the entire root and crown structure of a tooth. Dental implants are comprised of three distinct parts:

1)      The Implant. An oral surgeon inserts the implant into the jaw. The implant fully integrates with the surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration.

2)      The Abutment. The portion screws into the implant and serves as the support structure for the prosthetic restoration. Read more »

The Straight Scoop on Invisalign from Your Deerfield Dentist

November 30, 2012

Here’s an alarming truth: crooked, gapped, and protruding teeth can ruin your smile in more ways than one. First, awkwardly spaced or shaped teeth detract from the beauty of your smile and can make you appear older or in poor health. Second, crowded and overlapping teeth can cause a teeth cleaning nightmare and create an environment conducive to gum disease and tooth decay. Today, your Deerfield dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, wants to discuss your options for correcting the appearance and health of your smile through orthodontic therapy.

All About Fixed Metal Braces

For years, fixed metal braces consisting of a bracket and wire mechanism were the only option for straightening your teeth. Braces have the major advantage of being able to correct severe misalignment and bite issues. Read more »

What to Expect at Your First Dental Visit with Chicago Dentist, Dr. Engelberg

June 13, 2012

At our Arlington Heights dental office, we believe patient satisfaction should be a main priority in dental care. You will notice the difference authentic customer service makes from the start of your first visit to Arlington Heights Smiles. Chicago dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg takes the time to become thoroughly familiar with our patient’s dental health. You can expect that your first dental visit will focus on diagnosing your dental issues and developing treatment plans for your optimal oral health.

Thorough Dental Consultations with Arlington Heights Dentist

Your first dental visit with our Arlington Heights dentist includes a thorough consultation with Dr. Engelberg. Digital radiography, computer graphic representations, and other dental checkup findings all take part in providing you with comprehensive information about your oral health. At you dental consultation with Dr. Engelberg, you can discuss restorative dentistry options for missing teeth or cracked teeth, cosmetic dentistry services for stained teeth, smile gaps, or other image issues.

Dental Treatment that Considers Your Financial Needs

We take pride in individualizing your treatment plan to not only meet your dental health needs, but also fit your budget. You can speak with our financial team to work out options for maximizing your insurance benefits. We will work diligently to get you the dental health care you need.

Chicago Dentist Establishes Trust

A firm believer in authentic patient relationships, Dr. Engelberg takes time to get to know his patients, personally. We are interested in your desires for your smile, your previous experiences with dental care, and your oral health goals. Additionally, since many dental health conditions translate into overall health symptoms, Dr. Engelberg is interested in your total health as well.  For example, you may find that your chronic headaches are related to a misaligned bite. Read more »