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By Today's Dentistry
May 08, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Learn about veneers from your Chicago dentist.cosmetic dentistry

Want a great smile? Veneers can give you the Hollywood smile you've always wanted. Veneers are custom-made, porcelain shells which are bonded to the front of teeth. Dr. Mark Gamalinda at Today's Dentistry in Chicago, IL, offers dental veneers to his patients. Here are some reasons to consider veneers.

#1- Cover Crooked Teeth
If you have slightly crooked teeth you can achieve a straighter smile porcelain veneers. Dental veneers are used as a solution for crooked teeth. These porcelain, custom-made shells fit over the teeth changing their length, shape and size. 

#2- Fix Gapped Teeth
Have gaps in your smile? For some people, having gaps in their smile can affect their self-confidence and self-esteem. It is possible to fix gaps cosmetically through the use of porcelain veneers. 

#3- Restore Chipped Teeth
Have chipped teeth? Chipped teeth are unattractive and can have a negative impact on your self-esteem and self-confidence. Dental veneers are used as a solution for chipped teeth. Dental veneers will make your teeth look whole and healthy again.

#4- Whiten Your Smile
Have stained teeth? Veneers change the outside appearance of your teeth. These porcelain shells will give you a whiter smile that lasts for many years. Foods and beverages will not stain your veneers as they do your natural teeth because unlike enamel, porcelain isn't porous.

#5- Look Years Younger
Want to look younger? Your teeth play an important role in defining how young or old you look. Porcelain veneers will restore your smile and make you look and feel years younger. Who doesn't want to look better — or younger? These porcelain shells make imperfect smiles look flawless.

Say goodbye to that less-than-perfect smile. Don't wait another minute - call Today's Dentistry at 773-334-1801 right now to schedule a consultation in Chicago, IL. Dental veneers can improve your smile- and your life.

By Today's Dentistry
February 24, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Veneers have helped countless celebrities, professionals and everyday people achieve star-quality smiles. Just about any aesthetic veneerscomplaint that a dental patient has can be addressed with this fast and effective cosmetic treatment. Find out the benefits of veneers—it is a dental procedure offered by Dr. Mark Gamalinda of Today's Dentistry in Chicago, IL, that can cover many different cosmetic issues.

Common Cosmetic Issues
Every patient’s set of teeth is different—they come in various sizes, shapes, contours and shades. One purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to take the current “canvas” that is your smile and turn it into a masterpiece. Here are a few of the most common cosmetic issues that patients need help with:

- Large gaps between their teeth.
- Minor misalignments.
- Tooth staining that can't be removed with whitening products.
- Teeth that are broken, jagged or too small.
- One tooth that sticks out from the rest in some way.

One Procedure Fixes Them All
All of these cosmetic concerns and more can be resolved with veneers. A veneer is a covering that sits atop the natural surface of the tooth giving it a newer, brighter and younger appearance instantly. Instead of waiting months or years for other restorative treatments, you can have your new smile in about a few weeks when you visit Today’s Dentistry in Chicago. 

A Happier Smile with Veneers
When you see how much the look of your smile improves with veneers, you might wish you had them installed years ago. They look natural in every way, including the shape, color, size and how they match the contour of your gumline. Maintain good brushing and flossing habits to keep your new smile looking great year after year. Most importantly, see your dentist every six months for professional cleanings and checkups.

Find Out More About Veneers
If you have a cosmetic issue that you think can be fixed with veneers, make time to meet with Dr. Gamalinda of Today's Dentistry. Call his Chicago, IL, office at (773) 334-1801 today to schedule an appointment.

By Today's Dentistry
January 09, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Dental Emergencies  

It's important to know what to do when you're faced with a dental emergency. Dr. Mark Gamalinda, your Chicago, IL emergency dentist, shares a few tips on handling dental emergencies.

Blows to the mouth

Blows to the mouth can knock out, loosen or break teeth, or cut your face or mouth. If you experience any of these problems, follow these guidelines:

  • Knocked Out Teeth: If it's possible, you can try to place the tooth back in the socket after you rinse it with water. If you can't easily place the tooth back, it's important to kee the tooth moist. You can place it in a small sealed container filled with milk or your saliva. You'll want to visit your Chicago emergency dentist as soon as possible, as reimplantation of the tooth is most likely to be successful if you receive dental treatment within an hour.
  • Loose Tooth: If your loose tooth has moved out of position, avoid chewing on the tooth or putting pressure on it until you're able to see Dr. Gamalinda.
  • Broken or cracked tooth: Broken or cracked teeth can be very painful, plus those jagged edges can tear your cheeks or lips. Use over-the-counter medications to decrease the pain and a cold compress to reduce swelling. Visit your dentist as soon as you can.

Dental abscesses

Blows to the mouth aren't the only cause of dental emergencies. An abscess caused by an infection in the pulp at the center of your tooth can threaten the health of your tooth if you don't receive prompt treatment. An infection in your tooth can cause pain. A root canal treatment may be needed to stop the infection and eliminate your pain. If you are dealing with severe tooth pain, it's important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible.

If you experience any of these emergencies, contact Dr. Gamalinda, your Chicago, IL emergency dentist immediately. Call (773) 334-1801 to schedule your appointment.

By Today's Dentistry
October 06, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Andersonville, Edgewater, & Chicago, IL area dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.Dental Implants

How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time. 

Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.

Contact your Andersonville, Edgewater, & Chicago, IL area Dentist

Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Andersonville, Edgewater, & Chicago, IL area dentist to schedule an appointment.