There’s a unique feeling of ease and assurance that comes from knowing you’re in good hands. At Lakeview Smiles in Chicago, IL, we provide that feeling every day with an extensive range of general dentistry services delivered by our highly skilled and experienced dental professionals.
Your smile matters to us, and so does your dental health. Call today to schedule an appointment!
Cleanings & Exams
Our cleanings and exams are the cornerstone of our preventative approach to dental health. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to perform comprehensive oral assessments, ensuring we catch potential issues before they become serious problems.
After a meticulous cleaning to remove stubborn plaque and tartar, our dentists will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth, checking for any signs of disease or decay. We also conduct oral cancer screenings for early detection, making these routine visits an integral part of your health regimen.
Fluoride treatment is a simple yet highly effective preventive measure for maintaining optimal oral health. This professional treatment involves the application of a high-concentration fluoride varnish, gel, or foam onto the teeth. This is a significantly stronger dose than the fluoride found in your everyday toothpaste or mouthwash. The fluoride works by hardening the enamel on your teeth, making them more resistant to acid attacks from bacteria and sugars in your mouth, thereby preventing tooth decay.
Sealants are a highly effective yet often underutilized tool in preventive dental care. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surface of the back teeth, specifically the molars and premolars. The sealant quickly bonds into the grooves and depressions of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the tooth enamel.
This simple and non-invasive procedure is particularly beneficial as the grooves in your molars and premolars can be deep and difficult to clean with regular brushing, making them prone to plaque build-up and decay. The sealant acts as a barrier, preventing food particles and bacteria from settling into these grooves. Sealants are primarily recommended for children and teenagers, as they are most susceptible to cavities in the furrows of their molars, but adults can also benefit from them.
Nightguards are an essential aspect of preventive dentistry, especially for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. This protective device, which is custom-made to fit your teeth, shields your tooth surfaces from the damaging effects of grinding or clenching while you sleep. Not only does a nightguard reduce the risk of wear and tear on your teeth, but it can also help alleviate jaw discomfort, headaches, and other symptoms associated with bruxism. Furthermore, it can prevent more serious conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which can develop over time due to unaddressed bruxism.
At our dental office, we offer personalized nightguard solutions that are comfortable and highly effective in preventing nighttime teeth grinding. Our dentists are trained to accurately diagnose your needs and design a nightguard that is perfect for your unique dental profile. Visit us today to learn more about our nightguard services.
Mouthguards are a vital accessory often overlooked in maintaining oral health. Serving as a protective shield, they are specially designed to safeguard your teeth, gums, and jaw during physical activities. Custom-made by our dental professionals, these devices provide superior fit and comfort compared to over-the-counter alternatives. The process involves taking an exact impression of your teeth to ensure optimal protection and precise fit. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard can significantly lessen the severity of dental injuries, saving you from costly procedures and discomfort.
Remember, preventive measures today can help maintain your dental health for the future. Don’t hesitate to ask us about getting a mouthguard custom-made for you or your child during your next visit.
At our practice, we understand that temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can significantly impact your quality of life, leading to discomfort while eating and talking. That’s why we offer comprehensive TMD treatment to alleviate pain and enhance overall oral function.
Our team is highly trained in diagnosing and treating TMD using the most advanced and effective treatment options. We will take the time to understand your symptoms, perform a thorough examination, and develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. This could range from non-invasive therapies such as physical therapy, oral appliances, and stress management techniques to more advanced interventions if necessary. We aim to provide lasting relief and help you return to the everyday activities you enjoy without the hindrance of jaw discomfort.
Signs of TMD may include jaw pain, headaches, neck aches, and a locked jaw. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Lakeview Smiles, we’re not just about smiles; we’re about overall health—and that includes getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that interrupts your breathing while you sleep. These pauses in breathing can occur hundreds of times per night, greatly disrupting your sleep and potentially leading to a range of health issues. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when throat muscles relax and block your airway during sleep.
As oral care professionals, we are uniquely positioned to help identify and manage sleep apnea. The condition is often associated with teeth grinding and other oral health concerns that we can spot during regular check-ups. When we suspect sleep apnea, we will work closely with sleep physicians to get a definitive diagnosis.
Once diagnosed, we offer several dental-based treatment options to help manage sleep apnea. For milder cases, we may recommend lifestyle changes, like weight loss, exercise, and reducing alcohol and tobacco use.
For moderate to severe sleep apnea, we offer oral appliance therapy. This involves the use of a custom-fitted oral device that you wear while sleeping. The device adjusts the position of your lower jaw and tongue, helping to keep your airway open.
Dental emergencies can be frightening and uncomfortable. That’s why we offer prompt, compassionate emergency care.
Upon arrival, we quickly diagnose the issue, alleviate discomfort, and provide the necessary treatment to resolve the emergency. Whether it’s a severe toothache, abscess, lost filling, or cracked or broken teeth, our team has the expertise to address your situation quickly and with the utmost care.
Proper Prevention Home Care
At Lakeview Smiles, we strongly believe that prevention is the key to a vibrant, healthy smile. We commit to equipping you with the knowledge and tools necessary to care for your oral health at home, helping you to take proactive steps toward maintaining your dental well-being.
Listed below are some practical tips that we’d like to share:
- Brushing techniques: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently brush your teeth at least twice a day. Always brush in a circular motion, ensuring that you cover all areas of your teeth – front, back, and chewing surfaces. Remember, the goal is to thoroughly clean your teeth without causing any damage to your gums or enamel.
- Flossing routine: Incorporate daily flossing into your routine. It’s not only about dislodging food particles stuck between your teeth but also about reducing plaque build-up and preventing gum disease. If you’re unsure about the correct flossing technique, we’re more than happy to guide you.
- Oral health products: Not all oral health products are created equal. We can advise you on the best products for your unique dental needs, from fluoride toothpaste to mouthwash and dental floss.
- Dietary impact: What you eat greatly affects your oral health. Limiting sugary drinks and snacks, consuming calcium-rich foods, and drinking plenty of water can improve your dental health. A balanced diet plays an essential role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
While these home care practices are essential, remember that they do not replace professional dental care. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings at Lakeview Smiles ensure that any potential issues are detected and addressed early. We are here to support you on this journey to achieve and maintain your perfect smile.
Your Journey To Exceptional Oral Health Begins Here
When you choose Lakeview Smiles, you entrust your dental health to a team of caring professionals. Our exceptional expertise, genuine compassion, and unwavering commitment to patient satisfaction make us the top choice for general dentistry in Chicago, IL. We are here to help you preserve, protect, and enhance your precious smile.
Your journey to exceptional oral health begins here at Lakeview Smiles. Schedule your appointment today, and let’s make your smile shine!