Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Itasca, IL

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Getting the answers to some of the most common and sought-after questions about dental care shouldn’t have to be a difficult task. This is why we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked dental questions asked by our dentistry patients. Here, we will provide greater insight, so you can feel more knowledgeable about your oral health and the future of your smile.

How often should I visit the dental office?

It is necessary that you visit the dental office every six months or twice each year. These visits allow your dentist to examine your mouth in its entirety so that there are no indications of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease that need to be addressed. Also, with regular cleanings, you can ensure that your smile remains healthy year-round.

Do I really need to change my toothbrush every 3 months?

It is strongly advised that you switch out your toothbrush every 3-4 months because of the bacteria and germs that can accumulate on the bristles. If you are sick with the flu or strep throat, you will need to make the swap much sooner. Viruses can live on the bristles for extended periods, so if you continue to use your brush, you run the risk of reinfection.

Will my cosmetic dentistry results look natural?

Yes! Our team at Hamilton Lakes Dentistry is trained and experienced in providing cosmetic dental care that produces natural-looking results. Whether you’re receiving veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, or one of our other many options, we take the time to ensure that your new smile not only looks beautiful but also helps you to feel more confident in your appearance.

Does undergoing dental treatment with a soft tissue laser hurt?

No. The use of a soft tissue laser makes periodontal treatment much easier and more comfortable for patients. The concentrated beam of light works quickly to target the bad oral bacteria, and it minimizes the potential for bleeding and swelling. And because it sterilizes the area as well, it reduces the chances of infection once completed with treatment.

Can you treat my chronic jaw pain?

Yes, we will be happy to treat your chronic jaw pain. If you’re suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD), we can evaluate your oral and facial anatomy to determine if you need an occlusal splint or BOTOX injections. It may be necessary that you receive both. Many physicians and dentists refer patients to our dental office, so you can trust that your jaw is in the best of hands.

I’m having difficulty breathing while asleep. Can you treat sleep apnea?

Sleep-breathing disorders are a common occurrence with millions of people in the U.S. experiencing symptoms. If an at-home sleep test is necessary for a formal diagnosis, we can provide it to you. We can also administer sleep apnea treatment in the form of custom-made oral appliances, such as Serena sleep, Herbst, and Somnomed.