Dental Services in Bridgeport Chicago, IL
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Our goal is to be the most comprehensive dental services provider in the Bridgeport area of Chicago, IL. From general and cosmetic dentistry to prevention and dental hygiene, we do it all. Below are some of the services that we offer within our office:
Crowns and Fixed Dental Bridges
For patients with a damaged tooth that cannot be filled for whatever reason, a crown is often the answer. Crowns cover a damaged tooth like a cap, protecting the tooth underneath from further damage or breakage.
When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected and the patient does not want an extraction, a root canal is often the answer. A root canal is a procedure used to remove the nerve and pulp from the inside of a tooth. After the removal, the tooth is cleaned and sealed, which prevents food or debris from causing further pain or tooth damage.
If a tooth is beyond repair by filling, installing a crown, or performing a root canal, it is time to consider an extraction. After a localized anesthetic is applied, the dentist will gently loosen and remove the decayed tooth. If the patient desires, the removed tooth can sometimes be replaced with an implant or fixed bridge.
Deep teeth cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, are meant to remove excess plaque and tartar from a patient’s teeth and gums. Deep cleanings differ from normal dental cleanings in that the dentist will first administer local anesthesia before cleaning the teeth as well as the root surfaces, also known as root planing. This smoothing of the root surface to remove plaque and tartar helps to return the gums to a healthy state.
Bridgeport Family Dental Center is equipped to handle any kind of dental emergency. Our knowledgeable staff is ready and willing to take care of dental issues such as toothaches, chipped or broken teeth, a partially dislodged (extruded) tooth, or removal of objects caught between teeth. Call quickly for emergency dental issues. Waiting can increase the risk of permanent damage.
For our younger patients, Bridgeport Family Dental Center can provide a Proof of School Dental Examination Form to turn in to school authorities. It is complete with Oral Health Status and Treatment Needs. Please notify staff upon arrival if a school form is needed and we will have it ready upon your departure.
Routine Checkups and Cleanings
Bridgeport Family Dental Center recommends a routine checkup and cleaning every six months. Regular dental visits give patients a chance to get a quick jump on any potential future problems as well as allow the dentist a chance to go over proper oral health care practices. Call or email us today to set up an appointment.
Fluoride Treatments and Sealants
Fluoride treatments are used as a preventative measure to avoid tooth decay. Fluoride is applied to the patient’s teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish foam.
Dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the patient’s back teeth. The premolars and molars are the most common location of tooth decay. Applying sealant to those teeth is an effective preventative measure.
Dental X-rays are used to show dentists’ potential problems in a patient’s mouth not easily seen with the naked eye. Cavities, wisdom teeth, and bone loss all show up via X-ray and cannot be seen by simply looking.
Digital X-rays are faster and easier to work with than traditional X-rays since they can be sent, viewed, recorded, and saved on a computer. In addition, digital X-rays are immediately viewable, making diagnosis and treatment faster overall.
Dental implant restorations are designed to restore the function and structural integrity of a missing tooth. If the structural integrity of a tooth has been compromised by either a cavity or external trauma, a dental implant restoration may be the answer. Once in place, restorations allow patients the use of what is basically a replacement tooth.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers change the color, shape, size, or length of a damaged tooth. Porcelain is used more commonly used than its counterpart, resin composite material, because it resists stains better, and requires removal of less of the tooth surface for placement.
CEREC Dental Crowns in 1-Day
The CEREC software system is a cutting edge method of allowing patients the ability to get porcelain crowns in one appointment. Normally, crowns take at least two appointments to complete. With the use of CEREC, patients have a better overall dental experience due to less chair time, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and bridges, and fewer shots. Click here to read more about our technology.
Onlays and Inlays
Dental onlays and inlays are indirect restorations (cemented restorations) that are made up of gold, porcelain, or cured composite resin. Inlays are fitted into a cavity and cemented into place. Onlays are also fitted into place and cemented, but go one step further by extending to replace the cusp of the tooth. Both restorations maintain strength as well as conserve healthy tooth structure and are conservative options for repairing teeth.
Tooth Colored Dental Fillings
Traditionally, dental fillings were filled with substances like amalgam that had a metallic look. They were and are still functional, but not very aesthetically pleasing. Currently, our dentists and dentists everywhere favor a more tooth-like material (composite resins and porcelain) that mimics the color of the patient’s actual tooth. Still functional and more natural in appearance, this type of filling is a good alternative for teeth that are seen by others when a patient speaks or smiles.
We offer a professional teeth whitening service at Bridgeport Family Dental Center. While there are several do-it-yourself whitening agents available over the counter, they are not nearly as safe and effective as professional cleaning with our whitening service and can damage teeth if not careful. Our office whitening service protects tooth enamel and gums while removing discoloration and restoring that brilliant smile.
Complete Dentures and Removable Partial Dentures
Dental dentures are designed to replace missing teeth. There are two denture options, complete and partial. Complete dentures are for when all teeth (top, bottom, or both) are missing, but the denture is not permanently attached to the gums. Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth or fill in gaps between existing teeth. One big difference between complete and partial dentures is that partial dentures are held in by the surrounding teeth.
Bridgeport Family Dental Center takes pride in educating our patients on the benefits of proper dental hygiene. Topics like plaque removal, brushing, and flossing techniques are all covered by our knowledgeable staff. We believe educated patients make better dental hygiene decisions and offer advice and information on these and other topics of interest for dental patients.
Nighttime Mouthguards and Athletic Mouthguards
Losing teeth to sports injuries, teeth grinding, or other traumas can be avoided through the use of protective dental mouthguards. At Bridgeport Family Dental Center, we offer our patients, custom-fitted mouth protectors, because of their ability to best protect your teeth in a comfortable, minimally invasive way.