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April 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your wisdom teeth have just started to come in you may be wondering whether it’s worth having them removed.wisdom teeth

Even once our permanent teeth come in as children we still have to wait until our late teens or early twenties to gain this last set of teeth. These teeth are known as wisdom teeth. Chances are pretty good that you know someone that has had their wisdom teeth removed. In fact, most people will need to have them extracted at some point. So, how about you? Our Dolton, IL, dentist Dr. Mustapha Hotait offers up a little more information into why wisdom teeth should be removed.

Do wisdom teeth always need to be removed?

Not necessarily. There are some patients whose wisdom teeth erupt in the proper position and don’t cause any issues. In this case, there is no reason to extract them. Of course, in the majority of people, their wisdom teeth are impacted (where the teeth only partially emerge through the gums), grow in crooked and could increase your chances of gum disease, infection and cavities. When our Dolton, IL, general dentist determines that your wisdom teeth could pose a problem for your oral health, then you’ll greatly benefit from having your wisdom tooth extracted.

When should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

There is no ideal age for when you should have your wisdom teeth out. This decision is all yours; however, it is a good idea to come in for an evaluation to determine what might happen if wisdom teeth remain or if removing your wisdom tooth could be a benefit to your oral health in the long run. Ideally, if you do want to have your wisdom teeth removed, the earlier the better (younger patients heal a bit quicker with fewer complications than patients who are older).

Are your wisdom teeth starting to come in? Are you wondering whether these molars need to be removed? Then it’s time you sat down with our Dolton, IL, family dentist to learn more about the treatment process and whether it’s the best option for your oral health. Call Dolton Dental today!

January 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canals  

What your dentist in Dolton wants you to know

If you are wondering if you need a root canal, you probably have many questions about this procedure. Just about everyone has an root canalsopinion or a story about root canals, but you deserve to learn the facts. Dr. Mustapha Hotait at Dolton Dental in Dolton, IL wants to help you learn the truth about root canals. Some frequently asked questions and answers about root canal therapy are listed below.

What is a root canal?

A root canal, also called an endodontic procedure is a treatment to remove dead or diseased tissue from inside your tooth. Root canals will remove pain, while still allowing you to keep your tooth.

How is a root canal performed?

Dr. Hotait will cut a small opening in the top of your tooth. Using ultra-thin instruments called files, he will remove the diseased tissue, nerves and blood supply from inside your tooth. Then he will place a sedative material inside your tooth, allowing the tooth to calm down and the pain and pressure to subside. At your next appointment, he will fill your tooth with an inert material and permanently seal your tooth with a small filling.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

You may feel throbbing pain if your tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods or beverages, however, you may not feel any symptoms at all. Only your dentist can tell for sure if you need a root canal. He will do a series of vitality tests and take x-rays of the roots of your teeth to determine if you need a root canal.

If you think you may need a root canal, you should seek out the services of an expert. Call Dr. Hotait at Dolton Dental in Dolton, IL. He is standing by to help you and your smile. Find out more about what root canal therapy can do for you by calling today!

By Dolton Dental
September 28, 2016
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Dental Implants Help Restore Function to Your Bite

Your smile is one of the first things that someone notices about you, and a missing tooth or multiple teeth can put a damper on that first impression.  Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss.  By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability to eat all the foods they love without struggling to chew.  Dental implants can also stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain facial features.  With a visit to your dentist in Dolton, you can find out if you are a candidate for this smiling saving procedure. 

Your Dolton Dentist Explains How Implants Work

Strategically placed, dental implants can be used to support permanent bridges, eliminating the need for a denture.  Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the tooth where the root normally is contained.  They are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge.  In some cases, dental implants can also be used to attach dentures.
Dental implants today are virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.  The appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone.  Implants are typically placed in one sitting, but require a period of osseointegration, which direct anchorage of the implant root and the bone of the jaw occurs.
Osseointegrated implants are the most commonly used and successful type of dental implant, taking anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal.  Once healed and anchored, your dentist in Dolton can complete the procedure with the placement of a crown.  As soon as the implant has anchored with the jawbone, artificial prosthesis may be attached and the process is completed.  If osseointegration does not occur, the implant may fail.

Advantages of Dental Implants

If you, like millions of adults, have lost one or more teeth, then you understand the unpleasant consequences that accompany tooth loss. Missing teeth result in an older appearance, discomfort, inconvenience and an overall less active lifestyle. 
Since implants are securely attached, you gain confidence to eat what you like, speak clearly and freedom from embarrassment. Other benefits of implants include:
  • Improved Appearance: Dental implants look and feel just like your own teeth.
  • Improved Comfort: Implants are securely anchored, so there is no slipping as there is with dentures. This eliminates some of the key inconveniences of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation, and pain.
  • Improved Health: Dental implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face retains its natural shape.  
  • Durability: Implants are strong and can last a lifetime with proper care. 
  • Convenience: Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent, eliminating the inconvenience of removing your dentures. With implants, you can brush and care for your teeth just as you would your natural teeth.  
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants.  If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth, it’s possible to continue to live confidently with dental implants from your dentist in Dolton at Dolton Dental. They look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, and unlike conventional restoration solutions, implants can last a lifetime. 

As the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight, Maria Menounos, an independent filmmaker, actress, and co-host of daily entertainment news program Extra, has made a huge splash in the world of entertainment journalism. However, she is also an avid ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, a cause that is very dear to her heart because her father is a diabetic.

Her father's illness taught Menounos and her family about the importance of maintaining good general and dental health. This included a diet packed with fruits and vegetables, many of which they raised themselves. According to Menounos, they also ate little-to-no junk food. These habits still help keep the busy celebrity journalist fit and smiling with beautiful, healthy teeth.

Speaking of her smile, Menounos openly discusses her oral health in her interview with Dear Doctor magazine. She has had no major dental enhancements — not even braces — but does occasionally brighten her smile with tooth whitening. She also feels that her teeth are healthy due to the sealants she had as a child.

We could not agree more with Maria! Sealants for the tiny grooves in teeth known as “pits and fissures” are something that every parent or caregiver should consider for their children. The enamel of newly erupted teeth is more permeable, meaning that the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth can damage these teeth more easily, making them more susceptible and less resistant to decay. The good news is that dental sealants help protect teeth until the enamel has matured. Because of sealants — along with fluoride, good hygiene, and better nutrition (including less sugar consumption), tooth decay has been dramatically reduced.

If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. During this private consultation, we will also discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you or your children. However, to learn more about dental sealants now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.” And to read the entire interview with Maria Menounos, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Maria Menounos.”

By Dolton Dental
March 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health

When he isn’t among the ten players vying for position on the basketball court, Cole Aldrich of the New York Knicks sometimes lets his dangle behind one ear. Mason Plumlee, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, slips his snugly inside one of his socks during off times. Other players can be seen at timeouts gnawing on them nervously, or tucking them into spandex waistbands. But when the whistle blows, they go into the mouth before the players get on the court.

We’re talking about protective mouthguards, of course. According to a recent story in the New York Times, only a handful of basketball players wore them regularly a few years ago. Today, more and more are wearing them, both in practice and during games. What’s the reason for the change?

Partly, it’s the result of better design and improved construction; today’s mouthguards are more comfortable and better-fitting than ever. Part of it comes from mounting evidence that they work: Research studies have consistently demonstrated the benefits of wearing a mouthguard — not only to protect the teeth, but also to reduce the risk of concussion. And partly, it stems from the growing acceptance that safety is an important aspect of all athletic activity.

If the pros are doing it — shouldn’t you be too? While you may think that only contact sports (such as football) are risky, the fact is that “non-contact” sports like baseball and basketball account for the majority of dental injuries. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends you wear a mouthguard when you participate in activities like handball, soccer, surfing and weight lifting — as well as boxing, skydiving, martial arts and “extreme sports” — whatever that may mean to you.

What’s the best kind of mouthguard? It’s the one that you actually wear, of course! And the most comfortable and best-fitting mouthguard is the one that’s custom-made for you by your dentist. Sure, you can pick up an off-the-shelf mouthguard at a big box store; but it can’t offer you the same level of protection and comfort you’ll get from a mouthguard that is made from a model of your own teeth. Custom-made mouthguards from your dentist are reasonably priced — and by preventing dental trauma, they can save an untold amount of hurt… both to your body and to your pocketbook.

So take a tip from the pros: Get a custom-made mouthguard, and wear it every time you play. But when you’re done playing… how about putting it away in a case?

If you would like more information about custom-made athletic mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”

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