Northbrook Dental Group Blog

How Dentists Prepare Teeth for Dental Crowns

February 2, 2024

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3D model of dental crown

Dental crowns are vital for a healthy smile, whether you’re a king or not. They resemble natural teeth and are used to cover misshapen or badly damaged teeth. Crowns can be made of materials like porcelain, metal, or ceramics. Typically, the process requires two appointments, each lasting a few hours and spaced about two weeks apart. If you have an upcoming dental crown appointment, here’s what you can anticipate during the procedure.


Broken Bridges: What Causes a Dental Bridge to Fail?

January 18, 2024

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A closeup of a hand holding a dental bridge

So, you’ve just gotten a dental bridge for your smile. You’re likely pretty happy to have your full grin back. That said, don’t act carelessly – your new restoration will stop working otherwise. You’d then have to spend time and money on a replacement. As for what causes a dental bridge to fail, just let your Northbrook dentist explain things. Here’s a helpful primer on bridge failure, its causes, and some great ways to prevent it.


Direct Bonding or Not? A Guide to Your Smile Transformation

December 18, 2023

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a man smiling with healthy and bright teeth

Do you notice certain dental flaws in your smile every time you look in the mirror? These can range from chips and cracks to stains and small gaps between your teeth. If you’ve been wanting to improve your pearly whites to show off your dream smile, then direct bonding might be the solution you’re looking for. Keep reading to learn about this cosmetic dental treatment and how it can benefit your grin.


5 Holiday Foods That Are Bad for Your Smile

November 20, 2023

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Close-up of a single candy cane on a white background

There are all kinds of tasty foods that are served during the holidays, but while you’re enjoying the season, you need to make sure that you aren’t putting your smile at unnecessary risk. Many of the foods associated with this time of year could end up damaging your teeth and gums if you’re not careful. To help you avoid dental issues during the holidays, your preventive dentist is here with a list of 5 foods that can cause problems for your grin.


Chipped Trauma: 6 Steps to Follow if You Break a Tooth

October 10, 2023

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Injured tooth next to an emergency kit and a dental mirror

No one can plan for a dental emergency so it pays to be prepared. There are plenty of ways you might sustain an injury, whether you fall and knock your jaw or take a blow to the face during a rousing game of football. Often, these occurrences lead to a chipped tooth which can be both painful and anxiety-inducing. Hopefully, you won’t ever find yourself in such a circumstance but just in case, we’ve put together a few pointers for you. It can’t hurt to know what to do in an unexpected situation. Keep reading to learn 6 steps to take if you’ve just broken a tooth.


It’s Been a While Since My Last Dental Appointment; Will My Next Cleaning Hurt?

September 13, 2023

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Woman has curious expression

If you’ve put off seeing the dentist for a while, you might be wondering about whether your upcoming appointment will be uncomfortable. The short answer is it shouldn’t be. However, there are some factors that can complicate the process. Here’s what you should know about what to expect at your first appointment back and a few tips for keeping the experience as pleasant as possible.


5 Reasons to Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings

August 29, 2023

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Digital model of a tooth-colored fillingTooth decay is the most common chronic condition affecting Americans, despite being preventable. 92% of adults have suffered at least one cavity. Traditionally, amalgam fillings are used to treat decay, but now there’s another solution. Tooth-colored fillings provide unmatched benefits for your oral and general health. Here are 5 reasons to choose white fillings to treat cavities.


How Much Enamel is Removed for Veneers?

July 27, 2023

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Dentist holding veneer by woman’s toothThere are more options than ever before to address common aesthetic flaws with cosmetic dentistry. However, porcelain veneers continue to rank among the most popular services. They can provide the dramatic improvement you desire, but your dentist must remove a small amount of enamel. While it is the hardest substance in your body, your enamel will not grow back if your veneers are removed. It’s normal to have concerns about altering your teeth permanently, but there’s no reason to worry. Here’s how much enamel your dentist will need to remove.


The Do’s & Don’ts of Dental Implant Care

June 15, 2023

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An older man happy with his new dental implants

Once you’ve gotten dental implants, it’s easy to think the hard part is over. After all, your new teeth are durable and won’t suffer from tooth decay. However, the reality is that implants need regular maintenance to work well. They’ll end up failing earlier than they should otherwise. Luckily, your Northbrook dentist is here to keep that from happening. To that end, read on to learn the proper care tips for dental implants.