Pure Dental Spa Blog

The Rise of Cracked Teeth During COVID-19

September 25, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 5:16 am

Believe it or not, our team is busier than ever despite the outbreak of COVID-19, but unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in cracked teeth. This is not a coincidence, and there are dentists across the country who are experiencing similar patterns.
There are two main factors contributing to the uptick in cracked teeth at our West Loop dentist.

Slouching While Working from Home

As an unprecedented number of Americans continue to work from home, they may not have the same desk setup that they had in the office. More people are working from couches, beds, chairs, or random nooks in their kitchen where they may be hunched over, curving their spine.
So, what does this have to do with our West Loop or Bloomingdale dental office? The nerves in the back and the neck lead to the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. Working remotely can lead to teeth grinding during the night, resulting in cracks or chips.

Lack of Restorative Sleep

Another reason we are seeing an increase in cracked teeth is the fact that restorative sleep for many is lacking right now. Restlessness and overall insomnia can trigger your body’s flight or fight response and lead you to clench your jaw, ultimately leading to an unexpected crack.

Overcoming These Issues

Make sure to set up a proper work-from-home station at home if you will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. If you feel yourself slouching, take a 5- or 10-minute break from working, stand up and walk around.
Consider a protective nightguard if you grind your teeth at night. You can also try taking a bath and soaking in Epsom salt for an extra relaxation technique. Your body needs rest to get through each day.

Contact Pure Dental Spa for More Information

If you suddenly crack a tooth or you notice that you aren’t sleeping as well as you once did, please reach out to our dentist in West Loop and Bloomingdale to see how we can help. Rest assured that we are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep our patients and staff safe during this time.

Understanding Porcelain Veneers

August 31, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 6:33 am

Feeling self-conscious of your smile may cause you to constantly monitor your facial expressions. This is no way to go through life. Thankfully, one common solution for many patients who feel self-conscious of their smile is porcelain veneers. If you’ve been looking for a way to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, look no further than veneers.

Start by Planning

Like most things in life, planning the shade and type of veneer that you will be getting is a great place to start! Your initial visit for veneers at Pure Dental Spa will consist of discussing your available options and answering any lingering questions that you may have. While porcelain is one of the more common materials for this procedure, you can also opt for veneers made from composite.

Preparation

The next step is preparing your teeth to take the veneers. Our team will work to remove a thin layer of your tooth’s natural enamel to make room for the new addition(s) to your smile. We can use a local anesthesia if it will make you feel more comfortable, but it is not a mandatory part of the procedure.

Temporary Veneer Placement

Once the details are sorted, we will then place temporary veneers on the teeth we will be working on. This is a temporary step that helps make your teeth more aesthetically pleasing before the veneers are placed.

Final Veneer Placement

The last and final step is placing the veneers that were custom-made for your smile. We use a strong bonding material to keep your veneers secured in place.

One of the best parts about veneers in Chicago is that they are custom-made for your needs. Our team at Pure Dental Spa is happy to help you feel confident about your smile once again. Contact us today to schedule your reservation.

Are TMJ and Bruxism the Same?

August 17, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 10:25 am

Many patients often ask our dentist in West Loop and Bloomingdale if TMJ and bruxism are one in the same. While they both have an impact on your smile, they aren’t the same. TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD, involves pain due to the improper functioning of the joints and muscles that attach the lower jaw to the skull. While bruxism may develop as the result of TMJ, bruxism can also make TMJ worse.

Defining Bruxiusm

Those who suffer from bruxism grind their teeth on a consistent basis without realizing it. The grinding typically occurs at night but may also occur during the day. Underlying stress is often a common factor in the development of bruxism. Our dentist in West Loop may suspect bruxism in patients if they notice abnormal wear and tear, significant enamel wear or overall tension or pain the jaw or ears. The specific cause of bruxism is difficult to pinpoint, but stress, anxiety or the misalignment of the teeth. Left untreated, bruxism can cause damage to the tooth enamel or even cause the loss of a tooth.

Defining TMJ Disorder

There is a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that is similar to a sliding hinge in your mouth. This joint is responsible for connecting your jawbone to your skull. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include pain in the ears, face or jaw, tension in the neck or shoulders, persistent headaches and teeth grinding.
Because the symptoms of bruxism and TMJ are so similar, patients are often concerned that they are suffering from both. While they are often related to one another, it’s important to schedule a reservation with our dentist in West Loop or Bloomingdale to ensure you get the treatment that you need. Contact us to get started!

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

July 28, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 9:53 am

Getting into an oral health routine is a great way to ensure your mouth looks and feels its best. However, don’t forget that you need to switch out your toothbrush every so often to ensure it’s as effective as when you first opened it. The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush at least once every 3-4 months, however, if you notice that your bristles are frayed, it’s a good idea to change it sooner than that. Here is some more important information from our dentist in Bloomingdale.

Why a 3-Month Interval?

Both manual and electric toothbrushes become worn out over time. As you press on your toothbrush to create force, it will cause the bristles to become pushed out and frayed. This makes the toothbrush less effective at reaching plaque and decay, so swapping your toothbrush out for a new one will help restore its effectiveness.

What If I Don’t Change It?

In the case that you don’t change your toothbrush at regular intervals, you may be doing more harm than good. A worn toothbrush head can cause damaged gums and wear away at your enamel. The bristles may also house germs that can damage your mouth, especially if you have recently been sick. Plus, simply put, an old toothbrush isn’t as effective at reaching plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop recommends setting a recurring reminder on your phone that repeats every 3 months. This is an easy way to stay on top of your oral health. If you have additional questions about changing your toothbrush, feel free to reach out to us at Pure Dental Spa today.

Can I Go to the Dentist During the Coronavirus?

June 11, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 9:00 am

COVID-19 is continuing to disrupt the lives of citizens across the globe, but that isn’t preventing our team at Pure Dental Spa from providing you with quality dental services! Yes, we are fully operational during this time, but we have taken many different precautions to keep our staff, our community and our patients safe not only right now, but in the future as well. From emergencies to general dentistry in Bloomingdale and West Loop, we remain steadfast in our commitment to our patients.

Dental Emergencies

First and foremost, don’t hesitate to contact us in case of a dental emergency. If you aren’t sure what qualifies as a dental emergency, we’ve outlined some common dental emergencies below:

  • Severe throbbing in the mouth or jaw
  • Mouth-related trauma
  • Sudden tooth loss
  • A bacterial infection that results in pain and swelling
  • A tooth fracture
  • Potential infections relating to wisdom teeth

When in doubt about what constitutes a dental emergency, we’re happy to help answer your questions.

Precautions

We are taking the sanitization process extremely seriously not only during coronavirus but always! All surfaces are cleaned and disinfected between appointments and we practice social distancing. Face masks are required while inside of our office and we get rid of all disposable tools immediately after use. Any tools that aren’t disposable are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and we are extending appointment times to help maintain social distance.
We are monitoring all guidelines from the CDC on a daily basis and will continue to make changes to keep you safe! From general dentistry in Bloomingdale and West Loop to dental emergencies, we’re committed to your smile.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 8:57 am

Did you know that tooth decay is referred to as the second most prevalent human disease, only beat out by the common cold? Failing to swiftly and properly treat tooth decay may result in pain, illness and even the loss of teeth. Despite the severity of tooth decay, there isn’t one sole preventative measure that you can take to protect your smile, rather, preventing tooth decay consists of multiple measures on a consistent basis. Here are some tips on preventing tooth decay from our dentist in Bloomingdale.

Symptoms

Let’s first delve into the symptoms of tooth decay so that you know what to be aware of. The specific signs and symptoms of decay are dependent on the extent and the location of the issue. Common signs include:

  • Unexpected toothache with no real cause
  • Pain when biting down
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Holes or pits in your teeth
  • Pain when eating something hot or cold

Steps to Add to Your Routine

  • One of the easiest ways to stay on top of potential decay is by visiting the dentist at least once every six months. Visit our dentist in Bloomingdale on a regular basis: Our professionals are able to swiftly recognize decay and recommend treatment options to combat it.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day to reduce your risk of developing a cavity.
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods like fruits and vegetables to increase the flow of saliva which helps rinse away built-up food particles.
  • Consider dental sealants: These are basic plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surface of the back of your teeth. This seals off grooves in the teeth that have the potential to hold bacteria and plaque. Sealants can last for several years but should be checked often to ensure they are still effective.
  • Floss: We can’t emphasize enough the effectiveness of flossing. Take a few minutes each night after brushing your teeth to floss; this will help get rid of bacteria that your toothbrush alone cannot reach.

We are open and actively treating our patients in the most effective and safe way possible. Schedule your reservation with us, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Common Causes of Dry Mouth

May 21, 2020

Filed under: Community,News — puredental @ 10:31 am

Dry mouth is a frustrating sensation that many people can cure by simply taking a sip of water. However, did you know that suffering from constant dry mouth is a problem that many Americans face on a daily basis? This condition is known as xerostomia; some causes of it aren’t troublesome, but it can be cause for concern in some cases. Here are some causes of dry mouth from our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop.

Medication

The daily medication that you take may result in persistent dry mouth. Certain medications that treat anxiety, depression, allergies and high blood pressure are known to cause dry mouth. Medications such as muscle relaxers and painkillers are also known to cause dry mouth. The pharmacologic effects result in a decrease in saliva production and result in overall dehydration. To combat this, make sure to drink plenty of water. If possible, talk to your doctor about switching to a medication that doesn’t result in dry mouth.

Dehydration

One of the most common causes of dry mouth is overall dehydration. Simply not drinking enough water can result in your mouth feeling overly dry. Thankfully, this frustrating problem can be easily fixed by drinking more water. As a general guideline, healthcare professionals recommend drinking eight 8-ounce cups of water every day. Make sure to stay hydrated each and every day!

Nerve Damage

If you have been involved in an accident that resulted in nerve damage, dry mouth could be a side effect. There are certain nerves located in and around your head and neck that control your saliva production. If these are damaged, your mouth could become naturally dry.

Age

As you get older, you may find yourself experiencing dry mouth increasingly often. Our bodies change as we age; plus, if you have been taking medication on a consistent basis, this could increase your chances of suffering from dry mouth.

Alcohol & Tobacco Use

Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop recommends cutting down on alcohol and tobacco use to reduce the chance of developing dry mouth. Because alcohol is a diuretic, it very quickly leads to dehydration. After a night out drinking, consuming enough water to help combat your body’s dehydration is key to feeling better. Additionally, the nicotine found in tobacco naturally reduces the flow of your saliva.

How Dry Mouth Impacts Oral Health

Dry mouth is more than an inconvenience and an uncomfortable sensation. Your mouth needs to have the right amount of saliva to protect its enamel. Excessive and persistent dry mouth can result in gingivitis, tooth decay and infections.

Treating Dry Mouth

Besides drinking more water, dry mouth can be treated by chewing sugar-free gum, brushing using fluoride toothpaste, and even using a humidifier in your home. Make sure to contact our dentist in Bloomingdale or West Loop if your dry mouth isn’t improving, we are always here to help!

The Benefits of Veneers

May 5, 2020

Filed under: Community,News — puredental @ 10:33 am

Having a smile that you are thoroughly proud of is the best accessory that you can have. If you aren’t currently happy with your smile, our West Loop dentist is happy to provide you with a multitude of options to improve it. One way to do so is through veneers, a cosmetic treatment that can be placed in one appointment! In order to prepare your teeth for the veneers, we will roughen the surface of your natural teeth to create a secure surface for the veneers to bond to. The end result will be a new smile that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing!
Here are some specific improvements that veneers can bring to your smile.

Improve Yellowed Teeth

The potential for your teeth to become stains is never-ending. Coffee, tea, and wine are only a few examples of stain-causing substances, so if you are embarrassed by the color of your teeth, veneers are a great option for you.

Fill Unwanted Gaps

Whether you had braces when you were younger or you simply never took the measures to fill the gaps in your smile, don’t overlook the power of veneers. Our West Loop dentist can easily place veneers to help bridge the gap between your natural teeth.

Strengthen Tooth Enamel

Enamel naturally decreases over time and once it is gone, it can’t be restored. Veneers are an added layer of protection over your natural teeth and can help protect your enamel.

Change the Length of Your Teeth

If you excessively grind your teeth, they may have lost some of their natural lengths. Bruxism, the technical term for grinding teeth, could turn your teeth into small stubs. Instantly improve the appearance of your shortened teeth. However, it’s important to simultaneously look into a solution for grinding your teeth so you don’t wear out your veneers faster.

Improve the Appearance of Your Teeth

Some people have small ridges on the upper and lower front teeth referred to as mamelons. If you feel self-conscious about these ridges, veneers will instantly cover them.
There are a variety of situations in which our West Loop dentist recommends veneers. If you’re interested in exploring how veneers can benefit your smile and your self-confidence, please reach out to our team at Pure Dental Spa today!

How We’re Responding to COVID-19

April 22, 2020

Filed under: Community,News — puredental @ 2:50 pm

Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop is taking the necessary precautions in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Our services are deemed essential during this time and we are doing everything in our power to continue helping patients who need it!

Treating Dental Emergencies

While our office is temporarily closed for elective procedures, we are continuing to provide emergency services on a weekly basis. Closing our doors temporarily allows us to save more personal protection equipment (PPE) for hospital workers who are dealing with patients experiencing life-threatening illnesses.
Examples of dental emergencies include a severely cracked tooth, a dislodged tooth, trauma from an accident, severe swelling or bleeding, gum or pulpal abscesses, or a severe infection. If you have specific questions about what constitutes a dental emergency, feel free to call our office and we can provide you with more information.

Sterilizing Our Office

Nothing is more important than the safety of our staff, our patients and our community. While dental offices do produce aerosols, we utilize tools such as a negative pressure evacuation system that reduce aerosols by 90 percent. To help reduce the risk of infection, we are using medical-grade wipes to sanitize all surfaces after an appointment. We are also utilizing tools and reducing aerosols by utilizing dry shields and air filtration units. There are barriers on all surfaces and we thoroughly sterilize equipment between appointments. We use steam under pressure, dry heat, or heat and chemical vapor to properly clean the instruments.
Remember, dentists are local businesses, too! You can help us by referring friends and family to our practice and scheduling appointments once we are open again. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

How Do I Know When I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

March 10, 2020

Filed under: Community — puredental @ 2:00 pm

You’ve likely heard of friends or family members talking about their experience getting their wisdom teeth out, but how do you know exactly when to schedule the reservation with our West Loop dentist? Like most things in life, there isn’t an absolutely perfect time to get your wisdom teeth removed, as we understand that there are many activities going on in your life. However, ensuring that you get your wisdom teeth out before they cause you too much pain and disrupt other areas of your mouth is important.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

First, let’s consider what wisdom teeth are. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that most people develop in their teenage years. The majority of the time, wisdom teeth come in sets of four, however, some people may have fewer (or none at all). Wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding in the mouth and grow in at an angle, ultimately pushing the other teeth in the mouth into the wrong position. They’re considered to be impacted if they have yet to break through the surface of the soft tissue. However, when they erupt, they can make you susceptible to bacteria to enter, causing infections or tooth decay.

Start with X-Rays

To determine whether or not you have wisdom teeth, our West Loop dentist will take x-rays to get a full view of your mouth. This allows us to see if/how your wisdom teeth are coming in. If necessary, we will set up a reservation for you to get your wisdom teeth removed at an ideal time so they don’t disrupt other areas of your mouth. As the roots further develop and the bone becomes denser, the healing process can get more complicated and painful.

The Procedure Itself

Some wisdom teeth are easier for our West Loop dentist to remove than others. It depends on the position of your wisdom teeth in your mouth. Rest assured that we have the sedation dentistry techniques available to help ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. During the first 24 hours following your appointment, it’s normal to experience bleeding and facial swelling. It’s important that you eat soft foods such as oatmeal and soup to help your mouth heal, as you won’t be able to chew on hard objects. We will prescribe you an antibiotic and pain medication so the recovery process goes smoothly. Avoid drinking out of a straw to ensure you don’t develop a dry socket.
Our team at Pure Dental Spa is happy to answer further questions about the process! Please contact us today for more information.

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