cosmetic dentistry  Chicago, IL

Cosmetic Dentistry

A beautiful smile is one of the most sought after cosmetic features in the world. People from all backgrounds and professions want a bright, straight smile, and we are here to help turn that desire into reality. Whether through minor adjustments or major treatment plans, our cosmetic dentistry practice aims to improve your smile and help you build confidence in the way your teeth look.

Bonding  Chicago, IL

Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a relatively easy and non-invasive way to correct a wide variety of dental problems including:

  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Lighten discolored teeth
  • Widen teeth to eliminate gaps or spaces
  • Lengthen teeth which appear too short
  • Create a natural shape to congenitally mis-shaped teeth

Cosmetic bonding requires very little advance preparation and a minimal amount of enamel is removed during the process. Cosmetic bonding is a conservative approach to smile makeovers. It is often done when the scope of the makeover is limited. Its effects are similar to porcelain veneers but porcelain retains its color and shape better over the years.

Your teeth will be gently shaped so that the bond will hold well. Dr. Bloom will select a composite resin color that matches the color of your tooth. The putty-like resin is then applied to the tooth, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. The entire Cosmetic Bonding procedure takes between 30 and 60 minutes for each tooth (when decay is not being treated) and can be completed in just 1 office visit.

Cosmetic bonding generally lasts up to 10 years, but may require some minor repairs over that time. You may brush and floss your bonded teeth just as you do your natural teeth.

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Dentures  Chicago, IL

Dentures

If you have many missing teeth, you may be a candidate for partial or fulldentures. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that improve chewing and speech and restore sagging face muscles to their natural shape.

There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial. A denture that replaces all teeth in an arch is called a complete denturea partial denture replaces missing teeth and uses your remaining teeth to keep it in place..

A person’s first complete denture can be made using either conventional methods or  using“immediate denture” methods.  For a conventional denture, all the patient’s teeth are removed and time is allowed for the  gums to heal, after which the dentures are fitted. For  the “Immediate ” procedure, the back teeth are removed, the denture planned and fabricated, and the full denture is delivered on the day the front teeth are removed.. Dr. Bloom will analyze your dental situation to determine which type of denture is best for you.  Replacement dentures are made the conventional way, as there are no extractions to consider.

The complete denture process, including extraction and fitting, generally takes about 4-8 weeks, depending on healing. Dr. Bloom will give you instructions on how long to wear your dentures at first and how to care for them.

A “snap-denture” is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. The “snap-denture” has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

In contrast to the grip provided by these snaps, a regular full denture rests on the gums, it is not supported by implants and tends to fit less firmly in the mouth.

Snap-dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular full dentures tend to be less stable there. Upper full dentures tend to be stable on their own and don’t need the extra retention from implant snaps.  Severe gaggers are candidates for implant snaps for their upper denture.  If you have dentures that are in good condition but you want them to stay in place better, Dr. Bloom can evaluate if your jaw can receive implants and your existing denture converted into a snap-denture.

While a a snap-on denture is removable, some people with no natural teeth prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. If you have no teeth, then 8-12 implants can be used to support bridgework and your dentures can be a thing of the past.  Dr. Bloom will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

Over 29 years experience… For the smile you’ve always wanted, contact Dr. Bloom today.

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Denture Partials  Chicago, IL

Denture Partials

A removable partial denture is an optimal solution for patients who may be missing one or more teeth in a particular area of their mouth. Removable partial dentures are attached to a gum-colored base which may have a metal framework that helps to hold it in place against the surrounding teeth. These dentures serve to replace missing teeth, restore functionality, and generally improve oral health. When a tooth is lost, and the gap isn’t immediately filled, it can lead to the neighboring teeth to shift; this can create a significant change in your bite and can even cause long-term damage to your gums and jaw bone.

Removable partial dentures are a less invasive method to replace and restore missing teeth than alternative solutions. While they are more cost-effective and less invasive than implants, removable partial dentures require frequent, lifetime upkeep and maintenance. Because these partial dentures are removable and essentially rest on your gums, they need to be frequently cleaned, just like your natural teeth. By cleaning your dentures regularly, you keep your gums healthy and your dentures looking as good as new.

To begin treatment, we will determine if removable partial dentures are the best option for you. Factors such as oral hygiene, the location of the missing tooth gap(s), bone strength, and long-term viability for dentures all determine your treatment plan. Our team will start by taking dental impressions of your teeth which will serve as the mold used to create your dentures. Next, we will review the size, shape, and coloring of each replacement tooth to recreate your natural smile. Once these are determined, we send the molds to a dental lab which creates a mock-up partial denture for you.

During a fitting appointment with our team, we will have you test out the mock-ups to check how they fit, look, and feel in your mouth. This is the time you and our team will make adjustments to the fit or color of the teeth before sending the mock-ups back to the lab for alterations. Remember, your absolute honesty is needed as your feedback shapes the final removable partial denture you will be receiving. Once the final changes have been made to the mock-up, the lab will custom build your dentures. After we receive the final design, your last fitting session will be to make small adjustments for comfort, bite, or fit which can all be made in-house by our team.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction  Chicago, IL

Full Mouth Reconstruction

We usually recommend complex full-mouth rehabilitation when patients have multiple problems in their mouths. We help people who are suffering from gum disease, discoloration, tooth decay, crooked teeth, and other problems, usually all at the same time.

Before we start your rehabilitation, we will need to do a thorough examination with X-rays to determine what treatments you will need. Since every mouth is different, we create a treatment plan just for you.

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Porcelain Crowns  Chicago, IL

Porcelain Crowns

Getting porcelain crowns is the best way to have a very natural looking smile. They are used when simply filling in a tooth is not an option. There are times when they decay is so bad that we just have to use a porcelain crown. We also use them with severely damaged teeth or teeth that have already had multiple fillings. Porcelain crowns are attached right to your teeth so that they can function, even when you bite something really hard! There are several types of porcelain crowns so it is important to discuss which type is best for you with your dentist.

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Smile Makeover  Chicago, IL

Smile Makeover

A smile makeover uses cosmetic dental procedures to make you proud of your smile. We perform teeth whitening, along with other cosmetic procedures like veneers and tooth implants.

Each smile makeover is different. We start by doing a thorough examination and decide what each patient wants and needs. We look at the color of your teeth and how they are all lined up. We check to see if there are any missing teeth or if any are cracked, chipped, or broken.

Our goal is to give you a healthy and happy smile.We want you to have a bright smile, along with teeth that line up correctly and are aesthetically pleasing. We work with our patients to ensure their happiness. We will do whatever we can so that, when you leave our office, you will be completely happy with your smile.

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Veneers  Chicago, IL

Veneers

Porcelain veneers can make dramatic changes to your smile. They are wonderful solutions for correcting a wide variety of aesthetic problems you may have with your smile, including:

  • Chipped, damaged, or broken teeth
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Discolored fillings
  • Worn teeth

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. They can be applied to just one tooth or multiple teeth, depending on the amount of correction you desire. Porcelain veneers can even be used to straighten teeth that would normally require braces.

Dr. Bloom can use porcelain veneers to change the shape, color and/or size of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can usually be applied to your teeth in 2 to 3 visits. During your first visit, you will discuss with Dr. Bloom the corrections you would like to make to your smile and Dr. Bloom will evaluate your teeth. After determining if porcelain veneers are right for you, Dr. Bloom will schedule your first porcelain veneer appointment.

During your second visit, Dr. Bloom will remove a small amount of the front of your teeth so that the porcelain veneers fit seamlessly over your teeth. In some situations, your teeth will not need preparation at all. He will then take an impression of the teeth and send the impression to a dental lab for your porcelain veneers to be created. The dental lab will then create the porcelain veneers and send them back to Dr. Bloom who will fit and then bond them permanently.

Your new veneers will make an immediate difference in how you smile. Porcelain veneers are easy to care for and you can brush and floss them just as you do your natural teeth.

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