Dental crowns renew the strength and structure of failing teeth. If you have a tooth with a large crack or multiple fillings, or you think you have a deep cavity or even an infection, talk to your Naperville general dentist, Dr. Joon Sun. Her years of experience in all phases of restorative, preventive and cosmetic dentistry will benefit that worrisome tooth and get it solidly functional and attractive again.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped cover that beautifies and strengthens a tooth injured by oral trauma, decay, infection or congenital malformation. Dental crowns also support artificial teeth in a conventional bridge, and dentists use them to restore dental implants, the most popular and durable tooth replacement option.
A tried and true restoration, the porcelain crown was first developed and placed back in 1903, says the American Dental Association. Since then, research and millions of placements have perfected the art and science of dental crowns.
Beautiful and realistic dental grade porcelain is the most popular crown material. However, dentists also use porcelain fused to metal combinations to craft crowns. If you need a crown, Dr. Sun will help you decide what material will prove best for the location of your tooth and for your family budget, too.
The treatment process
To evaluate your tooth for a crown, your Naperville general dentist will visually inspect the tooth and the gum tissue. She'll also use digital X-ray imaging to examine the tooth below the gum line and to look at your jaw bone.
With a decision made to go ahead with the restoration, Dr. Sun will inject the area around the tooth to numb it and then proceed to remove the decayed and damaged enamel. If warranted, she'll perform root canal therapy to remove infected interior pulp. However, most crown procedures do not require this treatment.
After removing the damaged portions, Dr. Sun will shape the tooth so the crown fits snugly. Oral impressions show the dental lab how to custom-fabricate the restoration. Typically, the dentist places a temporary crown to protect the shaped tooth while the lab makes the permanent crown.
When you return to White Eagle Family Dentistry, Dr. Sun will remove the temporary crown and permanently bond the new one in place, making minor adjustments to achieve perfect fit and bite. With twice daily brushing and flossing at home and six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Sun, your crown should last for a decade or even more. To improve longevity, wear a mouth guard to cushion your teeth if you habitually clench or grind them.
Find out more
Your tooth can be stronger, more beautiful and last for years with a dental crown from your general dentist, Dr. Sun. Call her Naperville office today for a consultation, and get your questions answered. Phone (630) 978-9005.
You can get a bright white smile with the help of teeth whitening in Naperville, IL, from White Eagle Family Dentistry. Sometimes it seems that no matter how well you take care of your teeth, they look stained. This can be due to aging, tobacco and certain foods and beverages. If you feel that your teeth are looking less than their best, at-home teeth whitening may be the answer.
About Teeth Whitening in Naperville
Teeth whitening is a process where a bleaching solution is applied to the teeth with a custom fit tray to whiten discolorations. Discoloration can be caused by medications or trauma in the most severe cases. Using these custom-fit trays at home will yield whiter teeth in just 10 to 14 days. The type of whitening that is chosen for you will determine how often you apply the solution.
The teeth may need to be touched up a few applications, a few times a year. To maintain the whitest shade possible, avoid tobacco, tea and coffee in excess. Also, a regular brushing and flossing routine will help teeth look and feel their best too.
At-home teeth whitening uses peroxide, which breaks down and allows oxygen to enter the enamel and the dentin, which dissolves stains. The tooth structure remains the same while the teeth become lighter. Tooth whitening is safe and effective.
Teeth whitening in Naperville, IL is just a phone call away. Call our dental office today in order to schedule a comprehensive appointment at 630-978-9005. We can discuss the many options available to whiten your discolored teeth and how to get started. A simple smile makeover is just around the corner. We at White Eagle Family Dentistry can’t wait to help give you a white smile once again.
Are you ready to learn more about a nearly invisible system that will straighten your teeth?
As an adult with a crooked smile, you may just think that you are too old to fix your teeth, but this is simply untrue. Our Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Joon Sun, has helped countless adults get a straighter smile without even having to wear metal braces. That’s right! You don’t have to wear metal braces in order to get a smile you can be proud of. What you are looking for is Invisalign treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a unique and clear approach to fixing certain alignment issues. Instead of the bracket-and-wire alternative, this orthodontic system uses custom-made aligners. These aligners look similar to mouthguards except they are made from clear plastic and each aligner is specifically made to fit your smile, so they will fit rather snugly around the teeth so they are less noticeable.
How does Invisalign work?
When you come in for your consultation and treatment planning, our Naperville general dentist will use special computer software to map out your treatment plan. This includes what teeth will need to shift, how much each tooth will have to move and how much each aligner will move teeth around.
From there, impressions will be taken of your smile and sent to an Invisalign-approved lab that will design your aligners. The controlled force that these form-fitted aligners offer is all that’s needed to move teeth around.
What should I expect when wearing Invisalign?
Each aligner is only worn for about two weeks at a time. Obviously, the more often you wear them every day the faster your treatment will go. It’s recommended that you wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours out of the day. Since aligners are removable this can be a major reason a lot of adults choose to get Invisalign, but it’s important to note that wearers should only be removing aligners prior to eating and drinking or before your oral routine.
If you are interested in finding out whether your smile could benefit from Invisalign, then call White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, today to book your next appointment with us.
Not sure if your oral care routine is good enough or falling flat? Find out now!
While caring for your smile can often feel as simple as brushing your hair or showering, you may be surprised to discover that your oral care routine isn’t up to snuff. If our Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Joon Sun, has detected more plaque and tartar buildup during your last visit, then it’s time to figure out what you should be doing every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and problem-free.
One of the best things you can do for your teeth and gums is brush regularly. By regularly, we mean at least twice a day. Make sure to brush the front and back surfaces of your teeth, as well as the gum line and your tongue, which harbors quite a bit of bacteria responsible for bad breath. While a lot of people brush twice a day, most are not brushing as long as they need to get a thorough, effective clean. Make sure to set a timer for a minimum of 2 minutes, and start brushing those teeth!
While brushing is great for removing plaque and food from the front and back of your teeth, your toothbrush won’t be able to get in between teeth as effectively. Floss is able to dislodge food, bacteria and plaque from tight crevices between teeth and along the gumline. Flossing once a day is all you need to do in order to keep teeth and gums clean.
Your Dental Tools
While the toothbrush you choose to use (manual versus electric) is completely up to you, there are some rules you should follow. For one, your toothbrush won’t last forever. If you have an electric toothbrush, you’ll want to replace the toothbrush head every three to four months, or once the bristles splay out. If you have a manual toothbrush, then you’ll want to just toss it and purchase another one. You will also want to toss that toothbrush head after an illness.
Most people know that sugar isn’t good for them, and while enjoying the occasional brownie or ice cream cone won’t hurt you, you will certainly want to limit your sugar consumption if you value your oral health. You wouldn’t believe how many cavities our Naperville general dentist sees, and this problem can be avoided by staying away from sweets, sodas and sports drinks.
If you need to schedule your six-month cleaning or are concerned about changes in your oral health, then call White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, today. We are here for you and your family’s smile every step of the way.
Discover the wonderful ways Invisalign works to straighten your crooked smile.
Even as an adult you may have wished that you could get rid of that gap between your front teeth. Or perhaps the bottom front teeth seem to overlap a bit more than you would like. Of course, the idea of wearing braces sounds less than appealing, which is why our Naperville, IL, family dentist Dr. Joon Sun is happy to offer Invisalign.
Could Invisalign work for me?
It’s entirely possible that it can if you are looking to make simple changes to the position of your smile. Invisalign is able to tackle a whole lot more problems than you may think including,
- Spacing issues
- Bite problems (e.g. overbites; underbites)
- Other alignment issues
Invisalign is able to address everything from mild to severe dental problems, but it won’t be the ideal way to perform more complicated tooth movements or to reposition jaws (ultimately, only traditional braces can effectively handle these cases).
How does Invisalign work?
Instead of bonding metal brackets to the front of your teeth, Invisalign uses several sets of clear aligners that are each custom made to shift certain teeth around to improve the alignment of your smile. Each aligner is uniquely molded to fit your mouth and our Naperville, IL, dentist will map out your entire treatment plan prior to getting your aligners. You’ll be able to see these subtle changes over time as you continue to swap out your aligners for new ones.
How long will I wear Invisalign?
You will wear your aligners every day. The more often you wear them the better. If you keep taking your aligners off, you’ll find that your treatment time may take much longer. It’s recommended that you wear aligners for about 22 hours out of the day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush, or floss your teeth.
The length of treatment will vary, depending on the severity of your symptoms. It can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months to complete. The average adult who gets Invisalign will often wear it for a year. For teens, this treatment time is comparable to wearing traditional braces.
Whether you have questions about Invisalign or just want to find out if it’s right for you, call White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, today to schedule your next consultation with us.
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