Monday, 27 June 2016

Friday, 24 June 2016

Dental Crowns

Restoring a Tooth with a Crown

A tooth may be broken or worn down to the extent that it can no longer be restored with a regular filling. The tooth is then restructured by placing a crown over it. We use only the best quality materials that are durable and look natural. You will not be able to tell the crown is not your actual tooth.

Pebblewood Dental 
Mark Mendiola, DDS & Larissa Navarro, DDS 
1550 North Route 59, Suite 148 
Naperville, IL 60563 
(630) 369-6222 
PebblewoodDental.com

Friday, 17 June 2016

A Guide to Sedation Dentistry

If the thought of seeing your dentist gives you chills every six months, an anesthetic may be the solution. Sedation dentistry uses a combination of techniques, ranging from nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" to general anesthesia, to relax a patient during surgeries or otherwise uncomfortable appointments. For even the most severe dental phobias, there is no longer a reason to avoid the dentist altogether.
Settings that Practice Anti-Anxiety

The dental office has long been the most common setting for routine dental procedures that use sedation and anti-anxiety techniques. These techniques can be used for any type of dental procedure depending on the needs of the patient. Ultimately, your fears and phobias can be managed so that you can receive the dental care you require no matter where the treatment takes place.
Are You a Candidate for Sedation?

Your overall health, as well as physical and mental conditions you may be battling at the time, are important to be able to safely undergo certain types of sedation ñ especially in the dental office. Certain of these conditions may require clearance from a physician: cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes and respiratory diseases should all be addressed prior to a given type of sedation. Your dentist will take a thorough medical history and physical assessment before proceeding, and if need be, recommend a product like Colgate® Total®  Advanced Deep Clean to get home care on the right track. He or she may also ask you to receive medical clearance from your physician.

To read the entire article written by James Burke Fine DMD, please visit Colgate.com

Pebblewood Dental 
Mark Mendiola, DDS & Larissa Navarro, DDS 
1550 North Route 59, Suite 148 
Naperville, IL 60563 
(630) 369-6222 
PebblewoodDental.com

Friday, 10 June 2016

Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you have been experiencing problems with a tooth, you may wonder, "Do I need a root canal?" Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, are performed when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected and inflammed due to dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth or an injury to the tooth, according to the American Dental Association. During the procedure, a dentist uses a drill to remove both the nerve and pulp and seals up the tooth to protect against further damage. Only your dentist or a dental specialist called an endodontist, can determine whether a root canal will adequately treat your problem. Here are a few possible symptoms of the need for a root canal and some steps for dealing with them.

General Possible Symptoms
The most common symptom that may indicate the need for a root canal is tooth pain, according to the American Association of Endodontists. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to severe; it may lessen or intensify throughout the day, or it may get worse only when you bite down on the tooth. Some patients experience prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids. Your gums may also feel tender and swollen near the problem area.

First Steps
If you notice any of the above symptoms, contact your dentist right away. Explain your symptoms by phone to a staff member, who may arrange for you to come in right away or may recommend emergency care depending on the severity of your symptoms. To soothe the pain and alleviate swelling, apply an ice pack to the outside of your jaw. 

To read the entire article written by Rebecca Desfosse, please visit Colgate.com

Pebblewood Dental 
Mark Mendiola, DDS & Larissa Navarro, DDS 
1550 North Route 59, Suite 148 
Naperville, IL 60563 
(630) 369-6222 
PebblewoodDental.com

Dental Sealants for Children

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about the importance of dental sealants as a preventive dental treatment for your children!


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Pebblewood Dental 
Mark Mendiola, DDS & Larissa Navarro, DDS 
1550 North Route 59, Suite 148 
Naperville, IL 60563 
(630) 369-6222 
PebblewoodDental.com

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Dental Care for Seniors

Specific Attention for Our Seniors

Signs of age affect more than just our bodies. Our teeth also bear the years of significant use. Wear and tear from what we consume, such as tobacco and caffeine, will turn white teeth darker and stained. Fillings may loosen, or teeth may have fracture lines – both conditions allow decay to set in. Decay must be removed and fillings replaced. Gum disease, which is a major problem in seniors, needs to be kept in check. Certain medications are known to reduce saliva flow, which can have a detrimental effect on your teeth. We can remedy all of these problems with regular check-ups before they seriously affect your health and well-being. 

We advise that if your gums become inflamed or bleed when brushing, or if you have loose teeth, you need to contact us immediately.


Pebblewood Dental 
Mark Mendiola, DDS & Larissa Navarro, DDS 
1550 North Route 59, Suite 148 
Naperville, IL 60563 
(630) 369-6222 
PebblewoodDental.com

Friday, 3 June 2016

When Surgical Extraction of Teeth is Necessary

You want to keep your teeth for a lifetime, but circumstances can arise that prompt your dentist to recommend removing a tooth for the good of your dental health. And although many of your teeth are easily removable, it's occasionally more complicated, and requires a more involved procedure. Here's why the surgical extraction of teeth may become necessary, and how your dentist differentiates these procedures from others.

Why Can't a Tooth be Saved?
The American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site suggests teeth are usually removed due to trauma, disease or crowding. When a tooth cannot be repaired with a filling or a crown because of an accident or extensive decay, an extraction may be your best recourse. Teeth that aren't supported by enough bone due to periodontal disease are also candidates for removal, according to Warren Dentistry, necessitating the use of a gum-protecting toothpaste like Colgate TotalÆ Clean Mint following extraction. Infected (abscessed) teeth that don't respond to root canal treatment may need to be taken out, as well.

Keep in mind it's not unusual for an orthodontist to recommend an extraction or two before orthodontic treatment begins because of crowed teeth. Similarly, wisdom teeth are frequently extracted because of the awkward position in which they grow behind your molars.

To read the entire article written by Donna Pleis, please visit Colgate.com

Pebblewood Dental 
Mark Mendiola, DDS & Larissa Navarro, DDS 
1550 North Route 59, Suite 148 
Naperville, IL 60563 
(630) 369-6222 
PebblewoodDental.com

Stress & Oral Health

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about Stress and your Oral Health!


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Pebblewood Dental 
Mark Mendiola, DDS & Larissa Navarro, DDS 
1550 North Route 59, Suite 148 
Naperville, IL 60563 
(630) 369-6222 
PebblewoodDental.com