It is common for children to be scared of the dentist, but the friendly dentists at My Smiles Dentist offer a welcoming atmosphere for children, and a good experience, and most importantly, a positive relationship with the dentist.
If your child is particularly anxious, nitrous oxide or laughing gas can make the appointment run smoother by helping our dentists to carry out the procedure more efficiently. It is a gentle way that calms nerves and has no side effects apart from feeling drowsy. It is commonly referred to as laughing gas because patients often get the giggles.
We encourage building healthy oral hygiene habits early on, meaning you should schedule your child’s first dental visits at about the age of 3.
My Smiles Dentist offers a comprehensive paediatric service including fluoride treatments, checkups, cleaning, fillings, and orthodontic evaluations for young children. By booking regular checkups, your child will have a healthy smile.
Even with good oral hygiene, many will experience the need for a filling to seal against decay or repair a damaged tooth.
White fillings are designed to treat:
- Cracks, and
- Protect roots in cases where the gums have receded
Being easy to sculpt, white fillings are even used to close gaps and change the length and shape of existing teeth. We can colour-match white fillings (also known as composite fillings) to camouflage with your existing tooth enamel.
No Drilling Option
New developments in dentistry mean that patients now have access to pain-free, no-drill and no-injection options that solve existing tooth decay. Traditionally, fillings require patients to undergo local anaesthetic injections to numb the area before the decay can be drilled out and the cavity filled. Now, this revolutionary new technique can treat patients with early-stage decay painlessly, and can be completed in as little as 20 minutes.
If you want to know if no-drill dentistry is right for you, visit our My Smiles Dentist and chat to one of our friendly dentists.
Many consider dentures as old school, but dentures available today fit far more comfortably as they are lighter and more durable than ever before. Often made from acrylic material, dentures are one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth especially amongst edentulous and senior patients. Apart from offering an aesthetic and cost effective solution, dentures are a straightforward solution to teeth replacement.
Two kinds of dentures are available:
- Full dentures: These replace all the missing teeth and can be worn on the upper and lower jaw.
- Partial dentures: These dentures fit against remaining teeth to replace those that are missing, and they prevent the remaining teeth from shifting into the gaps. These can be worn on the upper and lower jaw.
There are a variety of dentures available depending on your needs. Book a consultation today to learn more about the different types of dentures where our dentists will be able to advise you on what is available, and recommend the best solution depending on your individual needs and expectations.
We can also help you repair your dentures or order you a new set. If you would like to know more about dentures and whether they are the right option for you, please contact us today.
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment, and one of the most effective methods of saving a decaying or abscessed tooth. Patients generally approach our My Smiles Dentist for root canal therapy when they notice certain symptoms such as sensitivity, chipped teeth, or swelling of the gums.
Root canals are sometimes needed for a cracked, injured or tooth with a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling. When tooth damage impacts the soft dental pulp within the tooth, root canal therapy is often required. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp and bacteria from the pulp chamber in the tooth in order to save it. After the pulp is removed, the tooth is disinfected and sealed. This dental procedure will alleviate any pain and prevent reinfection. So your teeth are protected for the future, it is recommended to have a crown to prevent any premature wearing down of the tooth as the risk of fracturing increases after a root canal.
Here’s what you can expect when getting a root canal:
- Xray: If our dental clinic suspects that a root canal is necessary, we will take x-rays to gain a better understanding of the type of decay on the tooth and the extent of the damage.
- Anesthetic: A local anesthetic is required if the procedure is going to go ahead.
- Procedure: During the root canal, any old fillings or decay are removed from the tooth. Then the tooth canal is smoothed and hollowed. Finally, we make an incision in the tooth and the infected pulp is taken out.
- Filling : Since the root of the tooth is now exposed, it is refilled to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth.
Root canals don’t have to be traumatic, our dentists at the My Smiles Dentist are equipped with the latest technology and know-how to help you make the best choice for your needs
Crowns and bridges are frequently used to repair and protect badly damaged teeth, or replace missing teeth. A crown is a custom-crafted tooth-like cap (crown) that fits over a damaged tooth to restore strength and function. Thanks to advances in technology, crowns mimic the shape of real teeth and can be colour-matched to suit your smile.
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth, restore chewing function to the bite, and create an even smile. Permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth, a bridge consists of two anchoring crowns or dental implants joined in the middle by a pontic (a fake tooth or section of teeth). A conventional fixed bridge consists of crowns that are fixed to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. It uses remaining teeth to support the new artificial tooth or teeth. False teeth are rigidly attached to these crowns. An enamel-bonded bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework to which the artificial teeth are attached. Resin is then used to bond with supporting teeth.
Bridges are extremely durable and made to look as natural as possible, so they can often be colour-matched to your existing teeth.
If you have damaged or missing teeth, speak to one of our My Smiles Dentist to see if a crown or bridge can improve your smile.
There are many situations that call for emergency dental care, from an intense toothache, a cracked tooth or to more extreme cases as a result of a tooth having been knocked out.
When you are caught with a sudden toothache or damaged tooth, you want the ease of mind knowing that your regular dentist is there to help put you on the road to recovery.
Most fractures cannot be avoided because they happen when you least expect them. However, you can reduce the risk of breaking teeth by trying to eliminate clenching habits during waking hours, chewing hard and sticky foods such as pork crackling and candy.
If you think you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist if a night guard or a splint will be of use to you. Individuals who have problems with tooth wear or “cracked tooth syndrome” should consider wearing a night guard while sleeping. This will absorb most of the grinding forces.
Within twenty-four hours of your call, our dentists in joliet and des plaines will be able to assess your emergency and take the required steps.
At My Smiles Dentist, we offer emergency dental treatments for:
- Cracked teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Root canals
- Sudden swellings
- Knocked out teeth
Need emergency dental care? Call our My Smiles Dentist on 815-722-1444/224-443-4988
Sleep dentistry offers a terrific alternative for patients that find dental treatments unbearable, or want to have multiple treatments completed in the one sitting.
Are you really asleep during this type of dentistry?
No, patients will be in a dream-like state, but conscious and responsive.
Who would benefit from sleep dentistry?
- Patients who find the most benefit from sleep dentistry tend to have:
- Busy schedules
- Reduced thresholds to the sounds, smells and sensations of dentistry
- Sensitive teeth and/or gums
- Anxiety around dentistry
- A strong gag reflex
- Small mouths, and
- A poor response to local anaesthesia
What treatments can be completed with sleep dentistry?
Almost all forms of restorative and cosmetic procedures can be completed using sleep dentistry. We find that patients undertaking this type of dentistry elect to have several treatments done in the one sitting.
What are the benefits of sleep dentistry?
Sleep dentistry offers:
- Safety – it is an established practice that has been done for years
- Comfort – patients will be relaxed and pain-free throughout the procedure
- An amnesiac effect – patients rarely remember the procedure
- Convenience – a range of restorative and cosmetic procedures can be grouped together and done right in our clinic, so there’s no need for a hospital referral
- A smoother recovery – patients are often able to go home 30 minutes after their treatment
- Affordability – this type of treatment is inexpensive
Whether you’re time-poor or just dislike dental procedures, sleep dentistry is the perfect option to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. For more information, speak to one of our dentists in joliet and des plaines at our My Smiles Dentist.
Laser dentistry offers some of the most comfortable outcomes for patients during their soft tissue treatments.
Used since the 1990s, lasers work by causing a reaction with the soft tissue of the gum to vaporise it.
Laser dentistry can be used to:
- Expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Remove muscle attachments that limit movement
- Perform biopsy treatments
- Treat infections
- Reshape the gum line
- Remove overgrown and inflamed tissue
Benefits of laser dentistry:
- Greater patient comfort
- Improved healing response
- Reduced trauma during treatment
- Reduced bleeding and swelling
Day to day dental care and maintenance involves many procedures, such as fillings, creating and maintaining dentures, providing crowns and bridges, to name a few. We also offer the latest in advancements in oral health treatment such as Laser Dentistry – this technology assists us to help remove wisdom teeth, treat infections and remove inflamed tissue.