Sedation Dentistry for Multiple Dental Treatments

When you are considering dental treatments, you want your dentist to not only offer you experience and quality but also the maximum level of comfort with as little pain as possible. Often people avoid dental treatments all together because they are worried about the amount of pain involved. Some avoid procedures that will require multiple visits because they do not have the time or money. Sedation dentistry can eliminate pain during procedures, decrease office visits and allow your dentist to work quickly and efficiently.

Sedation keeps a person in a state of relaxation. If you opt for sedation during your dental procedure you will remain conscious throughout the process; you will be able to answer basic questions about your level of comfort. The sedation medication will reduce your anxiety, uplift your mood, and block pain receptors. You will feel light pressure in place of discomfort. You will be totally relaxed and calm during the entire procedure.

Many dental procedures are time-consuming and can require several appointments. If you have a complicated restoration, you may be weary of the long procedures and return visits. It can be difficult to schedule multiple appointments. Sedation dentistry allows many off these multi-visit procedures to be completed in a single visit. This can save time and money for the patient by reducing the number of clinic visits, time off of work and recovery time.

Many dentists find sedation dentistry beneficial as it raises their level of productivity and reduces the stresses that come with many dental procedures. Because you will be more relaxed during sedation, it is easier for the dentist to complete their work accurately and at a faster pace. 

To learn more about sedation dentistry, call our friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield at 217-717-4551 for an appointment with Dr. Matt VanderMolen. Our expert team will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Dental Implants: A Natural Alternative to Dentures

Are you one of the thousands of people wearing dentures which do not fit correctly? Dentures which have not been fit properly can cause discomfort. While many are happy with the look and feel of their dentures, there is a long-lasting, more natural looking alternative. If you are wearing dentures at the moment and would like a change, dental implants may be right for you. 

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is fixed into the jaw bone and acts as a foundation to support dental prosthetics. When implants are installed, your dentist will drill small holes into the jawbone, and position small, threaded rods made from titanium. When the process has been completed, the dental implants will be tightened and fixed into place so that they will not move. Dental implants are positioned where teeth are missing so that they can act as a foundation for a dental crown or bridge which can be attached to the threaded rod.

There are many benefits of using dental implants. Most importantly, they form a firm foundation for affixing permanent replacement teeth. Because the teeth are permanent, eating and speaking become easier. Dental implants firmly rooted in the jaw, look, and act just as your natural teeth. Titanium rods do not cause allergic reactions and are therefore a great option to those who have sensitivity to those materials. While implants can cost more then dentures, the long-lasting, durable and natural look of them makes them worth the investment. You will smile, eat, and speak as naturally just as if you had all of your original teeth.

If you have poorly fitted dentures, lost or damaged teeth and would like to know more about how dental implants can benefit you, make an appointment by calling Dr. Matt VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at 217-717-4551.

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Porcelain Veneers: Four Things to Know

4 Things You Should Know About Porcelain Veneers

If you have tooth discoloration, crooked, or poorly spaced teeth, porcelain veneers can provide an effective solution. Veneers are thin layers of ceramic that are glued to the tooth surface and can change the size, shape, and color of your tooth.

A few things to know about porcelain veneers:

1. Porcelain veneers can create an entire smile makeover.

Because veneers are glued to your tooth surface, they can completely refurbish imperfect teeth and make your teeth look naturally beautiful. Chips and gaps can be corrected with the help of veneers. Veneer placement is easy and does not require surgery, so it is easy to get your dream smile.

2. Porcelain veneers can usually be placed within a week.

The installation of porcelain veneers is simple. The first step is preparing the natural teeth which are going to be capped. The tooth material is reduced to make space to accommodate the veneer. An impression is created from a mold and sent to a lab for a custom set of veneers. Your dentist will match the shade of your porcelain veneers to that of your existing teeth. Once fabricated, your dentist can attach them to your teeth in just one visit. 

3. Porcelain veneers can whiten and straighten the appearance of your teeth.

Veneers can be used to cover teeth that have become dark or that have been stained by food, smoking or improper care. Because the veneers are porcelain, they will not stain, creating a lasting smile that will stay sparkling white. Minor alignment issues can also be corrected with the assistance of veneers, creating that perfect smile without using braces.

4. Porcelain veneers must be maintained.

While veneers are strong enough to endure regular eating activities, you should still avoid chewing on ice, nail biting, and grinding of teeth. Hard surfaces can cause veneers to get chipped or cracked. Broken veneers need to be removed and replaced.

To learn more about how veneers can leave you with a natural looking, beautiful smile, call the friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-717-4551. Make an appointment with Dr. Matt VanderMolen today.

Operation Gratitude Was a HUGE Success

We recently received this letter from Operation Gratitude regarding our contribution with the Candy Buyback we did last year.

Included in the letter was a quote from one of the servicemen that received a package from our contribution. He said, “It’s Christmas morning over here in Kuwait, and your box is the only present I got to open today and let me tell you – I was all smiles and teared up a couple times with what those wonderful, beautiful kids wrote.”

You can read the rest by clicking on the image, but in a nutshell, it was VERY MUCH appreciated.

THANK YOU again for helping make our involvement in this event such a huge success!

Candy Buyback 2013 Thank You Letter