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By Today's Dentistry
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

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.