How Your Chicago Hyde Park Dentist Can Help You

Advanced Dentistry

Our clinic performs a wide variety of services to help you get the smile you deserve. By leveraging today's advanced techniques and technology, Chicago dentist Dr. Louis Kaufman and our amazing staff can restore your beautiful smile to help you maintain your youthful appearance. Whether you need to get a tooth filled, have crooked teeth, or need a complete Chicago smile makeover, we can offer a treatment plan that's right for you. Read below to learn more about some of the procedures we offer.


Dental Implants

Chicago dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.

The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.


Mini Dental Implants

3M™ (MDI) is a minimally invasive, affordable dental implant procedure that can provide the denture stability you’ve always wanted – without the costs and time associated with full-size implant treatment.

What are MDI Implants?

The MDI System consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and the retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball, and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micromobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.

Smaller than full-size implants, mini dental implants are inserted to retain and stabilize your lower dentures.

3M™ MDI mini dental implants:

  • Typically do not require an incision in the gums
  • Cost significantly less than full-size implants
  • Can often be placed with a 2-hour appointment

Common Questions

Is the MDI Mini Dental Implant placement painful?

No, MDI mini dental implants are placed with a local anesthetic. Unlike full-size implants, MDI implants are usually placed without making an incision in the gum.

Will I have pain after the MDI implant placement?

You should feel very little discomfort, if any, after placement. Generally, any discomfort you do feel will go away within 48 hours. Over the counter, pain relievers are usually adequate. If needed, your dentist can prescribe a pain medication that will control the discomfort, which you should take as directed.

How long does the procedure take?

MDI mini dental implants can be placed, and your denture fitted, in about 1 ½ to 2 hours.

What will my first day feel like?

Your dentures will feel stable and secure. Though there may be some mild discomfort, you should not experience any excessive bleeding. You may eat when you’re hungry, but avoid excessively hard or sticky foods for a period of time recommended by your dentist.

How do I take out the dentures?

Place your thumbs under each side of the lower denture rim.
Push both sides up at the same time. You can also use your tongue to assist in the removal.
Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.
3M™ MDI Mini Dental Implants also recommends using an ACCESS™ toothbrush, which has been specifically designed to clean your implants while gently stimulating the surrounding gum tissue.

How do I put in the dentures?

You must first clean and remove any food and bacterial debris from the ball of the implants and O-ring features. This prevents inflammation of the gums by plaque, which could be forced into the O-ring fixtures and cause improper seating and problems with retaining the dentures in your mouth. Grasp the denture with both hands and lightly seat it, so that you are feeling the O-rings resting above the ball head of the implants. Press down firmly and equally on both sides, until the denture snaps into place.

What if I have trouble putting in the denture?

Always remember that the implants and the dentures must be absolutely clean. You might need to use a lighter touch to rest each implant over its corresponding socket. When you push down on both sides of the denture, make sure you do so equally. If you still have difficulty, you may need another person, like a spouse or family member, to help you get the feel for placing the denture.

What about care and maintenance?

Recommends the ACCESS™ toothbrush for brushing and cleaning the implants and O-rings. In addition, ultrasonic cleaners are ideal for ensuring that the metal housings are free from food impaction and debris.

Either mouthwash or 50-50 peroxide-water mixes are good solutions for the ultrasonic cleaner. You can also use a Waterpik® to rinse out the implants and O-rings. Do not use effervescent cleaners, as they might cause the O-rings to deteriorate.

If the dentures do not remain securely in place, contact your dentist to discuss your problems. Your dentist will perform the appropriate checkup and determine the condition and maintenance of your gums, the implants, and the O-rings.

How long will mini dental implants (MDI) last?

MDI Mini Dental Implants can last as long as full-size implants if cared for properly. Regular visits to your dentist are recommended for long-term success.

What happens if an MDI implant fails?

Your dentist may choose to place another MDI implant in another site.

What is the cost to have mini dental implants done?

Typically, the cost to have mini dental implants done will range from $2,800 to $5,000*. Compare that to full-size implants – which can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $30,000* – and you will see that mini dental implants can provide a cost-effective option to stabilize loose dentures.

*Prices will vary by type of case and location. Based on a mandibular denture case.

Are MDI mini dental implants covered by my insurance?

As with most elective dental procedures, insurance coverage varies widely. If your insurance company does not cover dental implants, ask your Hyde Park dental implant provider about payment plan options.


Sleep Apnea

Using oral surgery to help sleep apnea seeks to remove the excess tissue in the throat that is vibrating and blocking the upper air passages. One surgical procedure is an Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). This procedure involves removing the excess tissue from the upper mouth and throat. This procedure in performed in a hospital under general anesthesia.

Maxillomandibular advancement is another type of procedure used to assist with sleep apnea. This procedure involves the upper and lower part of the jaw. In this procedure, the jaw is moved forward from the rest of the facial bones. This allows more room behind the soft palate, thereby reducing the obstruction.

Finally, a Tracheostomy is a last ditch effort when other treatments have failed. This involves the surgeon inserting a tube in your throat so you can breathe. It is covered during the day but opens at night while you sleep. All of the aforementioned surgeries are routine and very safe.


Sleep Disorder

Do you keep someone awake at night with your snoring? Are you experiencing fatigue, sleeplessness, and even breathlessness? These could be warning signs that abnormal breathing is not taking place during sleep. Of course, lack of sleep affects those around us due to the loud noise snorers make and loved ones endure.

There are many dental and medical conditions that lead to snoring, including being overweight, having a small retruded jaw, using sedatives, allergies, consuming alcohol before retiring, or having airway obstruction such conditions as enlarged tonsils or adenoids. However, studies show that many times snoring can be a serious disorder called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20 to 30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don't remember it, and many believe they are getting a good night's sleep when, in fact, they are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.


Periodontics

Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile—it can cause loss of teeth and, eventually, if left untreated, serious health problems. Called gingivitis in its early stages, periodontal disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) that attack your mouth’s soft tissues.

Early warning signs of the disease include red, swollen, bleeding gums. If caught early, we can help you reverse the damage or, if detected late, we can use one of many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore your mouth to a healthy, beautiful state.


NuCalm

NuCalm uses four components that work together to bring the body to a deep state of calm. It is administered as soon as you sit in the chair and takes about 3 minutes. You will feel the relaxation effects in 3-5 minutes.

  1. First you chew on tablets that are designed to relax you by counteracting adrenaline. The proprietary formula is only available in the NuCalm system and includes structured, nutrient-sourced building blocks that rapidly create a natural relaxation response.
  2. Microcurrent stimulation patches are placed behind each ear. Research shows this helps facilitate the relaxation response.
  3. Noise-dampening headphones are used to deliver proprietary neuroacoustic software, layered with soothing music, to bring your brainwave pace to the pre-sleep stage (8Hz -12Hz per second).
  4. Black-out glasses are used to negate visual stimuli and help maintain the NuCalm relaxation state.

The combination of these four components provides you with a powerful and effective relaxation experience, especially during dental procedures. The more stressed or anxious you are, the more profound the NuCalm effect will be.

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