Dental Implants – Springfield IL – An Overview

Dental implants are prosthetic devices that are placed into the jaw to replace a missing tooth. Losing teeth can have devastating effects. It results in lack of confidence while smiling and affects social interactions in general. Lost teeth can also have detrimental effects on long term oral and medical health. Missing teeth often lead to selection of easily chewable foods, hence deprivation from some of the healthiest foods.

dental implants in springfield ilDental implants provide a biocompatible surface to secure a cosmetic tooth and provide long term stability. Dental implants restore the natural smile as well as confidence of a person.

Dental implants are basically used for two purposes:

  1. An anchor for an artificial tooth replacement for single or multiple teeth
  2. An anchor to support another removable dental prosthesis such as dentures or crowns.

Most of the dental implants are made of pure or grade-five titanium. Grade-five titanium contains 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium and is stronger and more fracture resistant than pure titanium.

Some Benefits of Dental Implants:

  1. Carry out normal life: Dental implants are fixed in place so you do not have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out while swimming, skiing or any other activity.
  2. Improves looks: Dental implants improve your facial features and feel just like your normal teeth.
  3. Improves speech and comfort: Dental implants are more comfortable than removable dentures.
  4. No alteration: In the case of dental implants, adjacent teeth are not altered.
  5. Normal chewing: They reduce the stress exerted on the adjoining teeth as it absorbs most of the load present with normal chewing.
  6. No noise: They are free from any wobbles or annoying clicks that you may get in dentures.

Dental implants are the excellent and permanent solution to the problem of lost teeth. Dr. VanderMolen and Advanced Dental Care of Springfield are your best choice for Dental Implants.  We have the experience you need! Contact us at (217) 717-4551 or

Dental Implants a Superior Alternative

Tooth loss can make a distinct difference in your smile. Patients have many options for replacement including bridges, but Dental Implants provide the most natural alternative.

Dental implants can be the solution to all such problems as they

  • Replace one or more teeth.
  • Remain fixed in the specific site of placement.
  • Do not drop down or click like dentures.
  • Are extremely natural looking.
  • Function just like natural teeth.
  • Have a success rate of 95%.
  • Have no detrimental effects on adjacent healthy teeth.

Dental implants are unique in the way they fuse with the jawbone, as they are able to derive complete support from the jawbone instead of deriving support from the neighboring teeth. They last longer than other tooth replacement options. In addition, they keep the bone strong, saving you from sunken cheeks due to tooth loss and bone loss.

Call Advanced Dental Care of Springfield at (217) 717-4551 for an appointment with Dr. VanderMolenand get the information you need to decide if dental implants are right for you. You can also attend one of our Free Dental Implant Seminars!

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The Importance of Properly Cleaning Your Fastbraces®

What Are the Consequences of not cleaning Fastbraces® properly?

Maintenance of oral hygiene is mandatory, and should be practiced diligently. A clean mouth is especially important since the sites for food entrapment increase with the installation of orthodontics. Your dentist will give you the directions of care and the consequences if the Fastbraces® are not adequately clean.

• Bad breath – You don’t even have to ask an individual to smile to notice an unclean mouth. The breath can reveal the truth easily. Food particles that have not been removed from the Fastbraces® and the teeth can undergo putrefaction, which is perceived as foul odor.

• Dental decay – The chances of dental decay increases with a decrease in oral hygiene. The food debris stuck between the teeth and braces become the source of nutrition for decay-causing bacteria. Hence, by the time your braces are removed, you may end up with new cases of decay or cavities.

• Gum irritation – The areas where the components ofFastbraces® are exposed to the gums must be kept clean. There is a greater tendency for deposition in such sites. Prolonged periods of contact with food debris lead to swollen gums, which can bleed easily. There can be other serious consequences like pocket formation (loss of attachment of gums from teeth) if oral hygiene is neglected.

• White spots – If you do not brush your teeth properly while having orthodontic treatment, you may have unpleasant white spots on your teeth, occurring because the part of the teeth to which the brackets were gluedretains the original white color and the rest of the area gets duller due to demineralization.

For help in maintaining clean teeth and Fastbraces®, call (217) 717-4551 and schedule an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen. Our team at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield will give you the help you need to maintain your beautiful smile.

Custom Dentures: What You Should Know

What are Custom Dentures?

Custom dentures are specifically made according to your needs. When a denture is made for you, you are able to get a denture with a perfect fit, increased functionality, and a natural smile. Color, shape, or size of the teeth can be adjusted in order to achieve the most natural look.

Benefits of custom dentures-

  1. Comfort and functional efficiency – Custom dentures are much more comfortable and efficient than standard dentures, in part due to the special materials used in fabrication. The material is pliable and can be adjusted within the mouth until the patient is satisfied with the performance of the denture. The dentures have a soft lining material for more comfort in biting and chewing. Custom dentures on a lower arch have great retentive capacity due to the strong grip on the arch.

The shape of the teeth is specifically customized for the patient’s bite, increasing functional efficiency.

  1. Custom Dentures Feel and Look Natural- Custom dentures can turn your dream of wearing a dazzling smile, into reality. The custom dentures are unique in their personalization feature. Dr. VanderMolen can continue to alter the look until the patient is contented.

The material used in the fabrication of custom dentures makes the teeth look naturally white. Used on the porcelain prosthetic teeth, it mimics the enamel of natural teeth by reflecting light just as natural teeth do.
If you have lost your natural teeth, and are in search for a comfortable yet beautiful substitute, custom dentures could be the perfect choice for you. Call (217) 717-4551 for an appointment with Advanced Dental Care of Springfield. Dr. Matt VanderMolen will help you get your desired results!

Dental Veneers: An Overview

Dental Veneers, also referred toporcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are thin shells of restorative material that are placed over the outer surface of the teeth. They serve two purposes – beauty enhancement and protection of mildly damaged teeth. They are a simple solution for cosmetic problems. If the teeth are, slightly damaged, dental veneers can be applied to protect them from further damage. This way, extensive and expensive cosmetic or restorative treatment procedures can be evaded.

Dental veneers can fix a variety of problems such as:

  • Discoloration or staining of teeth.
  • Gaps between teeth.
  • Misaligned, asymmetrical shaped, uneven, or crooked teeth.
  • Fractured or chippedteeth.
  • Wearing away of the layer of enamel.

Dental Veneers require a rather simple procedure that can be done in as little as 1 – 2 visits.

Our team at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield has the experience to deliver you the high quality care you deserve. To find out more about porcelain dental veneers, give us a call at (217) 717-4551 and book a consultation Dr. Matt VanderMolen.