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By Dr. Brian Gniadek
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth that are weak, worn down, or damaged cannot properly perform normal biting and chewing functions. There can be pain, sensitivity, dental crownsand discomfort when attempting to bite and chew food. In such cases, a dental crown might be needed. Dental crowns restore and strengthen weak and damaged teeth so they can resume normal biting and chewing functions. Dental crowns also conceal cosmetic concerns, such as cracks, chips, or stains. At Dr. Brian Gniadek and Associates, Dr. Brian Gniadek is your Lindenhurst, IL dentist for dental crowns.

What is Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a protective cap placed over teeth that are weak and damaged. The crown acts as a shell, completely encapsulating the damaged tooth and protecting it against further damage. Once in place, the dental crown takes on the work of biting and chewing and other regular functions. The damaged tooth will remain protected inside the dental crown and any previously experienced pain, discomfort, or sensitivity should subside.

A dental crown can also be placed over teeth with cosmetic concerns, such as stains, discolorations, chips, or cracks. The crown gives the tooth a new exterior free of cosmetic flaws. Dental crowns can be made from several different materials, such as porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain is a popular choice because it closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. Porcelain can be color matched to the surrounding teeth so the crown readily blends in. Once in place, the crown will look just like a natural tooth.

Benefits of a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are needed when a tooth needs to be strengthened and restored. They are also needed for improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic concerns. Whether you need a dental crown for restorative or cosmetic reasons your Lindenhurst dentist, Dr. Gniadek, can help you decide if a dental crown is the right choice for you. Dental crowns offer multiple benefits and can address the following restorative and cosmetic concerns:

  • Strengthen weak, worn down, or damaged teeth
  • Restore normal biting and chewing functions
  • Conceal cracks, chips, stains, or discolorations
  • Correct the shape of teeth that are misshaped
  • Fill in gaps from missing teeth when placed over a dental implant

A dental crown can be needed for several restorative and cosmetic purposes. To find out if a dental crown is needed in your situation, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gniadek, your Lindenhurst, IL dentist, by calling Dr. Brian Gniadek and Associates at (847) 265-9070.

By Dr. Brian Gniadek
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you wondering whether this oral prosthetic is the best way to replace your missing teeth?dentures

We know that for adults, tooth loss can be a serious and upsetting situation. After all, you thought your smile would last you the rest of your life. There are so many reasons why adults lose permanent teeth but the most important thing is that you turn to our Lindenhurst, IL, dentist, Dr. Brian Gniadek, for treatment as soon as possible.

We offer a variety of tooth replacement options, but if you are looking for a fast, simple and inexpensive option then dentures could just be exactly the restoration you need. There are two main types of dentures: partial and complete. If you have to have all of your teeth extracted or if all of your teeth have fallen out then complete dentures will be the best option. If you still have healthy natural teeth left then partial dentures will be a better choice.

Full dentures are removable and use natural suction to stay in place while partial dentures are often fixed in place by using healthy natural teeth to support the false teeth. To determine whether you need removable or fixed dentures, our Lindenhurst general dentist will need to make sure that your remaining teeth are strong enough to support the restoration.

Of course, as with any restoration, there are pros and cons to consider. The pros of getting dentures are that they can give you new teeth quickly and they are one of the most inexpensive ways to replace missing teeth. We know that some patients are on a budget or just don’t want to undergo invasive procedures in order to get their tooth replacement. If this is the case, then dentures may be the best approach.

However, a major con is that a lot of people assume that dentures will function just like real teeth. Even though dental technology has come a long way to providing a restoration that looks similar to real teeth dentures will not function the same way. It will take some getting used to when you first start wearing your new teeth; however, if you get lower dentures you may find that they don’t stay in place as well as upper dentures do.

If you are considering lower dentures but hate the idea that your new teeth might shift and move around when chewing, speaking, or biting, then you may want to talk to us about getting dental implants to support your dentures. While the process will take longer and it will be more expensive, implants are designed to last a long time and can support your dentures so they stay firmly in place.

Do you have questions about getting dentures in Lindenhurst, IL? Do you want to chat with us about your tooth replacement options? Then schedule a consultation with Dr. Gniadek today.

By Dr. Brian Gniadek
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How your Lindenhurst, IL, dentist can help your smile with dental implantsdental implants

Dental implants are not just a restorative procedure that can beautify your smile, but it's vital for providing your jawbone with the necessary strength. Dr. Brian Gniadek is here to help and advise you!

What's a dental implant?

If you're suffering from tooth loss, it's vital to deal with this problem as soon as possible. Tooth loss can lead to the deterioration of your jawbone without the support it needs. If you decide to get a dental implant, here's what you need to know about the process:

  • A local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo the procedure.
  • Your dentist will insert a titanium post into the jawbone. The titanium post acts as the new tooth root and is biocompatible.
  • The doctor will then close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months, while the process of osseointegration takes its full course.
  • When you return, your Lindenhurst dentist will insert an abutment and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

  • Implants can have a high success rate, reaching 95 percent, compared to other dental restorations.
  • They can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.
  • They are used to fill a single gap in your teeth, a few gaps, or all of your teeth.
  • Dental implants look natural and can give you a beautiful smile.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.

If you have questions or concerns, contact your Lindenhurst, IL, dentist Dr. Brian Gniadek today! Call (847) 265-9070.

By Dr. Brian Gniadek
January 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking for a way to replace missing teeth? Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are dental implantsextremely versatile, which makes them a great option for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Brian Gniadek & Associates in Lindenhurst, IL offers dental implants to their patients. Here are some reasons why dental implants are so versatile.

A Single Missing Tooth

Losing one tooth can cause a host of problems for your smile, from structural changes in the face to a deteriorating jawbone. To prevent these problems from happening, it's important that you replace your missing tooth as soon as possible. A dental implant is made up of a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone. Once the area of the dental implant has healed, the dentist caps the titanium post with a dental restoration.

Multiple Missing Teeth

When you are missing multiple teeth, chewing and speaking can be difficult. Having missing teeth can also make you look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced. Dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth or used to support a complete set of upper and/or lower dentures.

Add Stability to Restorations

Dental implants can be used to add to the stability of existing dental appliances, like dental bridges and dentures. One or more dental implants can stabilize a dental bridge. Partial dentures may require multiple implants, but the implants will make them stable. If the dentures are supported by dental implants, they won’t slip or slide, thus improving comfort and preventing embarrassing situations.

How long do dental implants last?

While other dental restorations - crowns, bridges, dentures - are effective, they all will eventually require repair or replacement. But dental implants from your Lindenhurst dentist are designed to last decades, even a lifetime, with proper care and regular checkups. Their longevity is due in part to the unique way they are permanently implanted into the jawbone, providing unprecedented stability to the whole implement. Not only do they look like natural teeth, they are cared for in the same way. Regular brushing, flossing and twice-yearly cleaning appointments are all you need to keep your new restorations bright, shiny and functional for years to come.

Having missing teeth is embarrassing and it can put you at risk for severe oral health problems. You don't have to live with missing teeth. If you need dental implants, call Dr. Brian Gniadek & Associates in Lindenhurst, IL today to schedule your consultation. Dental implants will help restore your smile!

By Dr. Brian Gniadek & Associates
July 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Before tooth loss defeats you find out how dentures might be able to help.

If you are missing several or even all of your permanent teeth, do not lose hope. Your Lindenhurst, IL dentist Dr. Brian Gniadek has the denturessolution you’ve been looking for that will be easy to achieve and easy on your wallet.

What are dentures?

This oral prosthetic contains several artificial teeth that are attached to a plastic, gum-like base. Dentures are then attached to the mouth using metal clasps. There are two main types of dentures: partial and complete.

By the name alone, you may already be able to tell when these dentures are used. Partial dentures are designed for those who have several missing teeth, but still have some healthy teeth left. Complete dentures are used for those with total tooth loss.

What are the benefits of choosing dentures?

If you are dealing with tooth loss, you may find yourself staying away from social activities or nixing many of your favorite foods because it’s just too challenging to eat. But why restrict yourself so heavily when you can enjoy all the benefits of having teeth again when you get dentures in Lindenhurst, IL? Here are only some of the benefits you’ll enjoy:

  • You’ll have a full smile again. No need to worry about smiling in public or fear talking to those around you. You now have a full smile to show off. Not to mention, having a full set of teeth will also make it easier to speak. After an adjustment period with your dentures, you’ll realize that speech is restored.
  • Your budget won’t take a hit. Many people want to treat their tooth loss, but worry about the expense. Fortunately, dentures make it easier for many patients on a strict budget to get the smile they need without it heavily impacting their finances.
  • Dentures are just that easy to clean and care for. In fact, when it comes to keeping your dentures clean just treat them as you would your natural teeth and brush them twice a day and floss daily. We can also provide you with more thorough care instructions so that your dentures last for years.

Don’t you owe it to yourself to get your smile back? Then turn to our Lindenhurst general dentist Dr. Brian Gniadek & Associates to find out if dentures are right for you.