May 20th, 2020
The use of mini dental implants (MDIs) is on the rise. MDIs are about the diameter of a toothpick (1.8 to 2.9 millimeters with lengths between ten to 18 millimeters) and are primarily used to secure loose upper or lower dentures or partial dentures.
MDIs are particularly useful for patients who suffer from osteoporosis or otherwise aren't well enough to get the bone grafts sometimes required by traditional dental implants. Their diminutive size also allows them to replace smaller teeth where the placement of a dental implant isn't feasible or called for.
Some of the benefits of MDIs include:
- The procedure is quicker and less invasive – Since MDIs don’t require the cutting of gum tissue or sutures, Drs. Angela Paros, Amer Atassi, Eric Young, Alexander Katsnelson can place the implant quickly, resulting in a shorter healing process. MDIs go directly through the gum tissue and into the jawbone.
- Lower cost – MDIs run in the range of $500 to $1500, whereas traditional dental implants can cost around $4,000.
- Less risk of surgical error – Since MDIs don't go as deep into the tissue or jawbone, there is less risk of surgical error, like hitting a nerve or sinus cavity.
- Can be used in thinner areas of the jawbone – Since MDIs don't require as much gum tissue or jawbone, they can be used in thinner areas of the jawbone, where a traditional dental implant would require a bone graft.
Although there are many advantages to MDIs, they aren't for everyone or every situation. There are some drawbacks, especially when it comes to their durability and stability. MDIs also haven't been studied nearly as much as dental implants.
Whatever your situation, it's best to speak with Drs. Angela Paros, Amer Atassi, Eric Young, Alexander Katsnelson about your options, and whether an MDI or a dental implant would work best for your specific case. Schedule an appointment at our Romeoville, IL office to learn more.
May 13th, 2020
Parents want the best for their teens and often ask us about the perks of Invisalign Teen clear aligners compared to traditional braces. Invisalign treatment is a style of braces that skips the usual metal and wires, and uses a clear, thermoplastic material to create removable aligners instead.
Aligners are custom-made for each patient and replaced every two weeks to attain gradually straighter teeth.
Is Invisalign treatment as effective?
As long as your child wears the aligners as directed, the answer is yes: they are just as effective as traditional braces. A small blue spot on the back of each aligner will fade after two weeks of proper wear. This enables Drs. Angela Paros, Amer Atassi, Eric Young, Alexander Katsnelson to tell whether the child is wearing the aligners.
Can Invisalign aligners be removed?
The recommended amount of time to wear Invisalign aligners is at least 20 hours a day. They can be removed for up to four hours per day to eat, brush teeth, play sports, or play musical instruments. This makes brushing and flossing easier and helps maintain good oral hygiene!
How long does treatment take and what is the cost?
Each patient is different. Drs. Angela Paros, Amer Atassi, Eric Young, Alexander Katsnelson can determine how many months your child may expect to wear the series of aligners after a consultation.
Typically, your teen will wear Invisalign clear aligners about as long as traditional braces The cost is also similar to that of other traditional braces; however, there is no set fee. The cost will depend on your child’s unique orthodontic needs.
Invisalign Teen treatment has had remarkable success, and patients love having straighter teeth without the embarrassment of metal braces. As your son or daughter becomes more confident, the patient will actually be more likely to keep up with the treatment and complete it sooner.
Speak with Drs. Angela Paros, Amer Atassi, Eric Young, Alexander Katsnelson today to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign Teen treatment. Give our Romeoville, IL office a call!
April 29th, 2020
Feeling apprehensive or guilty for not visiting a dentist in over a year is common, but coming back to receive dental care is easier than you may think. Our dental team at High Point Dental Group provides caring, non-judgmental, personalized service, and knowing this you can truly feel at ease making your first appointment back.
During your first appointment back, we will focus on three prominent dental issues including gum disease, cavities, and wear and tear by utilizing a full mouth series of X-rays, a hygiene appointment, and a comprehensive exam.
The full mouth series of X-rays are taken every three to five years, or as needed. A full mouth series may be a panoramic X-ray and bitewings (a set of four that checks for cavities) or a set of X-rays that views the entire anatomy of every tooth. The set of X-rays will depend on your individual needs.
Your hygiene appointment will begin with a review of your medical history, personal concerns and questions, and an evaluation checking for any infection. After any necessary diagnoses are made, the appropriate level of cleaning is proposed and completed if time allows.
A comprehensive exam serves as a review of what the hygienist has already covered. Drs. Angela Paros, Amer Atassi, Eric Young, Alexander Katsnelson will again review your medical history and dental concerns, and confirm any periodontal diagnosis. An evaluation of any decay, breakdown or broken fillings, or areas that are at risk for future problems will also be reviewed.
After the appointment, a team member at High Point Dental Group will review any recommended treatments, payment options, insurance coverage, and scheduling. The time spent at your first visit back is an important step in the right direction, and we are committed to making this visit as comfortable and easy as possible! Come see us in Romeoville, IL.
April 22nd, 2020
Drs. Angela Paros, Amer Atassi, Eric Young, Alexander Katsnelson and our team are excited to offer Invisalign Teen, a clear alternative to braces that’s just for teens! With Invisalign Teen, we are able to straighten your teen’s teeth without the hassle, discomfort, and embarrassment of traditional braces.
Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are virtually invisible. What's more, they are removable, which means your child is free to eat anything they choose, as well as brush and floss with ease! And best of all, Invisalign Teen uses no wires or metal to straighten your teen's teeth.
Invisalign Teen aligners are made from a lightweight plastic material and fit precisely on the teeth. Invisalign Teen has become a popular treatment here at High Point Dental Group because it helps our younger patients achieve a straight, beautiful smile without their friends noticing.
Our team at High Point Dental Group is aware that most teens today have a busy lifestyle, and sometimes, they tend to lose things, including their retainers or aligners. But with Invisalign Teen, if your child happens to lose an aligner, let Drs. Angela Paros, Amer Atassi, Eric Young, Alexander Katsnelson and our team know as soon as possible and we will have the aligner replaced.
For more information on Invisalign Teen, please give us a call at our convenient Romeoville, IL office today!