Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Want To Learn More About Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

February 11, 2016

engelbergreconstructionHow do you feel about the appearance of your smile? If you feel uncomfortable with the way your smile looks, but know a single procedure won’t be enough to help, talk to our team. We can provide full-mouth reconstruction to address multiple cosmetic and restorative concerns. Want to learn more about full-mouth reconstruction?

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Can Dentists Print Up Gum Tissue?

July 22, 2015

3D PrinterHave you ever seen a 3D printer in action? For a pretty penny, you can get your hands on one, but the technology still has a long way to go as far as how much you can do with such a printer. Eventually, we are heading down a road to where 3D printers will be household items. “I lost the TV remote again!” you might say to your significant other. “Do you want me to print you a new one?” they would reply back. In addition to household conveniences, this technology will be very helpful to medical professionals such as dentists.

3D Printing in Dentistry

The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have recently published a report chronicling a breakthrough application in 3D printing for the dental industry. Periodontal tissue and craniofacial tissue engineering will allow Read more »

Barrington Dentist Talks About Full-Mouth Reconstruction

March 27, 2013

CloseUpGumsBarrington dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg is genuinely dedicated to helping his patients achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. For some patients, a varied combination of preventive, general, restorative, cosmetic, and high-tech dental treatments are necessary to help them achieve a smile they can be proud of. When a combination of dental work is required in order to transform a patient’s smile, we sometimes refer to it as a smile makeover. However, you may also hear the term full-mouth reconstruction.

It Is What’s Inside that Counts

Think of your mouth as any structure you might pass by when you’re driving. Buildings, bridges, even cars themselves need a foundation to build upon. Your smile is the same way. The front of a building may be what you see, and what makes an impression on you. The color and shape of a bridge you drive over will lead you to a judgment of whether or not that bridge has been well cared for over the years. But what’s underneath and inside these structures is at least as important as the parts you see. It is the same way with your mouth. Read more »

An Actual Case by Dr. Engelberg Published in Inside Dental Technology

August 7, 2012

As a proponent of continuing education, Dr. Brent Engelberg leads Total Advantage Live classes, in which he and professional ceramist, Brad Jones, FAACD, teach other dentists their methods for optimal fabrication and placement of porcelain veneers and dental restorations.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation Highlighted in Dental Publication

One of Dr. Engelberg’s most recent cases involving full-mouth rehabilitation was so innovative, that an article and case study were published in this month’s Inside Dental Technology. The article, titled “Achieving Aesthetic, Additive Full Mouth Reconstruction,” describes Dr. Engelberg’s conservative dentistry methods which improved not only the patient’s dental health, but also his image. Watch Arlington Heights Smiles patient, Mark, describe why he chose Dr. Brent Engelberg to perform his full mouth rehabilitation in the video below.

Evaluating Occlusion for Optimal Results

Mark (pictured top right) is a businessman whose high-stress lifestyle had taken a toll on his teeth. Compounding on the fact that his teeth were not perfectly aligned, his stress contributed to teeth grinding and jaw pain issues. Dr. Engelberg assessed Mark’s TMJ disorder issues by evaluating the joint vibration of his jaw. This helped our Chicago cosmetic dentist better understand Mark’s bite issues and how to correct them. Dr. Engelberg also took photos to compare Mark’s bite to the rest of his facial symmetry. This helps our cosmetic dentist determine specifications for occlusal equilibration and cosmetic dental work.

Minimally Invasive, Conservative Dentistry

Using the additive reduction model, Dr. Engelberg was able to develop a blueprint for dental restorations that fit perfectly with Mark’s bite. This additive restoration technique allowed Dr. Engelberg to perform the necessary adjustments with little to no tooth structure removal.

High-End Dental Restorations

High quality materials are also vital to the success of full mouth rehabilitations. Our Chicago restorative dentist chose lithium-disilicate material because of its durability as a ceramic crown. In addition, smoother lithium-disilicate crowns are less likely to wear down the tooth structure of opposing teeth unlike some harder crown materials. Dr. Engelberg replaced the failing posterior crowns with these high-end dental restorations, and improved Mark’s smile with porcelain veneers that met his expectations of a realistic-looking smile makeover.       Read more »

Less Lost Teeth in This Year’s Stanley Cup Finals

June 13, 2012

After the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup last night, hopefully the coveted trophy made up for what they lost: teeth. The National Hockey League is no stranger to violent dental injuries. A sport known for passionate players that consider fist fights a part of the game, hockey may rival gum disease as the number one reason for adult tooth loss (not really). However, you may be surprised to find that almost half of all sports injuries are facial injuries, including knocked out teeth, chipped smiles, and broken teeth.

Knocked Out Teeth Not Uncommon for Hockey Players

According to Dental Product Shopper, during this year’s Stanley Cup finals, Duncan Keith, player for the Chicago Blackhawks, had seven teeth knocked out when a puck hit him in the mouth. Tooth loss in hockey games is so common there is a term for the phenomena, called “spittin’ chiclets.” Fortunately, the Kings’ team dentist says dental injuries are becoming less common in recent years. His quote in Dental Product Shopper says “The game hasn’t gotten any less physical; if anything it’s gotten more physical.” Instead, the team dentist attributes reduced knocked out teeth to better mouth protection.

Prevent Dental Emergencies with Mouthguards

Our Arlington Heights dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg encourages athletes to wear mouthguards to prevent the signature hockey player look and avoid dental emergencies. Tooth trauma can range from knocked out teeth, a broken tooth, or biting through your lip or tongue. Mouth protection prevents your teeth from crashing together and cushions blunt force to your smile. At our Arlington Heights dental office, we offer custom-fit mouth guards that feel comfortable while keeping your smile safe.

Dr. Engelberg is well versed in helping hockey players, and other patients with dental injuries restore their dental health. Using restorative and cosmetic dentistry, our Chicago dentist was able to help one patient regain his smile after a stray hockey stick fractured three of his teeth. Combining dental bonding, porcelain veneers, crowns, and orthodontics, Dr. Engelberg was able to create a natural-looking, durable smile.

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Chicago Celebrity Smile Quiz

April 19, 2012

Do you envy the flawless smiles of the rich and famous? Celebrities are famous for their illustrious smiles. Did you know that most celebrities weren’t born with perfectly aligned, white teeth? More than likely, your favorite actor or musician’s smile is the handiwork of a talented cosmetic dentist. Can you guess what type of cosmetic dentistry celebrities have received? Feel free to take Arlington Heights Smiles’ celebrity dentistry quiz to test your knowledge.

1.       What cosmetic dental procedure gave Regis Philbin a smile makeover?

A.      Teeth whitening

B.      Clear braces

C.      Cosmetic bonding

D.      Porcelain veneers

2.       Which of these celebrities have received professional teeth whitening?

A.      Britney Spears

B.      Demi Moore

C.      Catherine Zeta-Jones

D.      Simon Cowell

E.       All of the above

3.       Which of these celebrities does not have porcelain veneers?

A.      Hilary Duff

B.      Miley Cyrus

C.      50 Cent

D.      Drew Barrymore

4.       Which cosmetic dental procedure(s) improved George Clooney’s smile?

A.      Gum lift

B.      Porcelain veneers

C.      Crown lengthening

D.      All of the above Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Raises Awareness for National Facial Protection Month

April 13, 2012

When you’re playing sports or involved in physical activity, the last thing you probably think of is a traumatic facial injury. Blunt force to the face or mouth can knock out, chip, dislodge, or fracture your teeth. Facial trauma can also lead to TMJ dysfunction and malocclusions. Facial injuries are traumatic and normally very painful. In light of National Facial Protection Month, Dr. Brent Engelberg provides some helpful recommendations for protecting your face.

Mouth Guards Protect Your Teeth and Gums

Did you know that about 30% of facial injuries are related to physical activity such as contact sports? In fact, four million teeth are extracted every year because of traumatic injury. In many cases, wearing a mouth guard when playing sports will significantly reduce the likelihood of damage to the teeth, jawbones, and gums during an injury.

Mouth guards come in a variety of shapes and styles. Many types of mouth guards are flexible and mold to each set of teeth. Varieties of mouth guards can be found in supermarkets and sporting good stores. Dr. Engelberg encourages patients to wear mouth guards when playing sports such as football, hockey, soccer, and basketball. Even some non-contact sports can result in facial injuries. Mouth guards are also useful during activities such as riding horses or rollerblading. Read more »

Buffalo Grove Full-Mouth Reconstruction, Restoration, and Rehabilitation

March 29, 2012

This patient has undergone full-mouth rehabilitation by Dr. Engelberg.

Leading Arlington Heights cosmetic dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg helps his patients from across the greater Chicago area achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. To do this, Dr. Engelberg often uses a combination of preventive, general, restorative, cosmetic, and high-tech dental procedures and treatments. Today, Dr. Engelberg wants to discuss what happens when a combination of dental work is needed to truly transform a patient’s smile and how the terms full-mouth reconstruction, full-mouth restoration, and full-mouth rehabilitation can be defined.

What is Full-Mouth Reconstruction?

This patient has undergone full-mouth rehabilitation by Dr. Engelberg.

Full-mouth reconstruction restores natural function to the mouth with dental crowns, dental bridges, and/or dental implants. Most dentists use the terms full-mouth reconstruction and full-mouth restoration interchangeably.

At times, a patient’s full-mouth reconstruction/restoration case requires more than just restorative dental measures. Often, Dr. Engelberg will use preventive and general dentistry to ensure that the patient’s teeth and gums are in optimal health before he begins restoring his or her smile. Read more »

Janet’s Story: Smile Makeover and Full-Mouth Rehabilitation

January 30, 2012

If Chicago cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg wanted to show a patient case that best portrayed his skills and expertise, this would be it. To put it simply, Janet’s smile makeover and full-mouth rehabilitation was among the most complex of dental cases that can be treated, and Janet knew Dr. Engelberg was the man for the job.

Arlington Heights Smile Makeover and Full-Mouth Rehabilitation

Janet describes her pre-smile makeover teeth as “little and [having] a funny shape.” Even if this description doesn’t sound that bad, Janet hid her smile and was very self-conscious about her teeth. Even after trying teeth whitening to brighten the shade of her not-so-pearly whites, Janet was still not happy with the state of her smile.

As it turns out, Janet’s dental problems ran much deeper than just cosmetic. Janet had a bad bite. In fact, Janet will honestly tell you that she had “no bite” because her teeth were so misaligned. Thanks to a bad bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching) habit, Janet’s teeth were worn down (hence their tiny appearance) and no longer functioned properly enough to fit together comfortably. Read more »

Live an Active Lifestyle and Keep Your Smile Safe

September 28, 2011

When participating in sports- contact or not- ranging from boxing, to swimming, to football, to bike riding, to hockey, and everything in between, it’s important to protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard.

During physical activities, you put yourself at risk for suffering and injury, and facial and dental injuries are among the most common. You could chip or break a tooth, loose a tooth (or teeth), have your tooth bite through your lip or tongue, and the list goes on and on.

Fortunately- although nothing about being injured is very fortunate- you don’t have to go to work or school the after a dental injury looking like you lost the game.

Cosmetic dental bonding is a great solution for both children and adults in the case of a dental injury. This natural-looking, solid restoration process is applied in single dental visit, making it a convenient and lasting option for patients. During the bonding process, Dr. Brent Engelberg, a cosmetic and restorative dentist in Arlington Heights, Illinois, will apply the composite resin bonding substance to your tooth, tint it to match your natural tooth structure and surrounding teeth, and sculpt it to the desired shape and position.

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For patients who suffered a minor crack or chip, cosmetic bonding is the ideal treatment. If a tooth is beyond the point of repair or if the tooth was lost completely when the injury occurred, Dr. Engelberg may suggest porcelain veneers, a dental bridge, or dental implants for equally natural and durable treatment options.

Whether you’re an active adult who participates on your office softball team or you’re a youngster running around on the soccer field, taking care of your smile is important at all times- especially when there’s a higher risk for an injury. Call Dr. Engelberg’s dental office at (847) 259-6988 if you need immediate treatment for your injury or for more information about protective mouthguards.