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By Carol Stream Dental Associates
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Dental VeneersHow veneers from your dentists in Elgin and Carol Stream, IL can remake your smile

Do you wish you could remake your smile? Do you want your smile to be whiter or your teeth to have a better shape? You will be happy to know that you can remake your smile into the smile you’ve always wanted. The answer is porcelain veneers! Your dentists at Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates want to share the benefits of porcelain veneers. They have two convenient office locations in Carol Stream, and Elgin, Illinois to help you renew your smile.

When you choose porcelain veneers, you will enjoy benefits like these:

A naturally-beautiful look; that’s because porcelain has the unique ability to reflect light, just like natural tooth enamel, so your veneers will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth

Long-lasting beauty; that’s because porcelain repels stains, so your new veneers will stay dazzling for years, even if you drink coffee or smoke

Quick results, that’s because porcelain veneers only require between two and three appointments, including a consultation, so you can have a new smile in a short period of time

Porcelain veneers are also a conservative choice because little to no tooth surface is removed. Your dentist will only remove enough tooth structure to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.

Porcelain veneers can change the size, shape, and color of your teeth, hiding aesthetic problems like these:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fracture lines and breaks
  • Blotches and discolorations

You can even change the look of poor tooth alignment by cosmetically hiding tooth overlap and closing small gaps in between your teeth.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates patients, please visit the Porcelain Veneers section on the Smile Gallery page at

If you want to remake your smile, the best choice to give you the best possible smile is porcelain veneers. Don’t settle for an ordinary smile, when you can remake it into an extraordinary one! Get started on your uniquely beautiful smile by calling the dentists at Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates, with offices in Carol Stream, and Elgin, Illinois. Call today!

By Carol Stream Dental Associates
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

What your dentists in Elgin and Carol Stream, IL want you to know.root canal

Tooth pain can be scary. You may find yourself wondering what to do next. Do you need the tooth removed? Before you consider removing the tooth, remember that you will need to replace it with something, a bridge, partial or an implant. Why not keep the tooth in place with root canal therapy? Root canal therapy is the state-of-the-art way to get rid of dental pain and still keep your tooth.

Your dentists at Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates want to share the signs and symptoms of when you might need a root canal. They have two convenient office locations in Elgin, and Carol Stream, Illinois to serve your dental needs.

You may need a root canal if you have a tooth that is:

  • Badly damaged from an injury
  • Severely traumatized from an accident
  • Deeply decayed to the inner layers of the tooth

Your tooth has several layers including:

  • Enamel, the outer layer
  • Dentin, the middle layer
  • Pulp, the inner layer, where the blood supply and nerves are located

If you have damage or decay that has penetrated as far as the dentin, you may only need a filling. However, if damage or decay has penetrated into the pulp, you may need a root canal. When damage or decay reaches the pulp, you may experience the signs and symptoms of needing a root canal. You need to pay attention to:

  • Pain that increases after you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Stabbing or aching pain after you bite down or chew foods
  • Pain that radiates into your jaws, face, or head

You may also notice some visual signs including:

  • A red or white bump in your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage, bleeding, or pus coming out of your gums

Only your dentist will know for sure if you need a root canal. Your dentist will use state-of-the-art digital x-rays and vitality and temperature testing to diagnose your tooth pain and determine if you need a root canal. For more information about root canal therapy and how it can help you, call the dentists at Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates, with offices in Elgin, and Carol Stream, Illinois. Call today and get relief from your tooth pain!

By Carol Stream Dental Associates
April 26, 2018
Category: dentist
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Find out if you are truly doing everything you can to keep your teeth and gums problem-free.oral hygiene

The last thing you want to deal with is decay or gum disease; however, perhaps your oral hygiene isn’t quite up to par. How are you supposed to ward away these common issues if you aren’t giving your teeth and gums the daily TLC they need? Our Elgin and Carol Stream, IL, dentists are here to offer up some helpful advice on what constitutes good oral hygiene.

Take Care of Teeth Grinding

While you might not realize you are doing it, you could be grinding or clenching your teeth together while you sleep (or even during the day). Unfortunately, teeth grinding can put excessive pressure on teeth and lead to wear and tear, and even cracks or fractures. To prevent this from happening, it’s important that you turn to our Elgin and Carol Stream general dentist to get a custom-made night guard to wear while you sleep to protect your teeth.

Brushing and Flossing are Your Best Friends

Are you brushing at least twice a day? Are you flossing daily? Be honest with yourself when you consider these questions. While you don’t have to admit your answers to anyone you should recognize whether or not you are providing your teeth and gums with the proper cleaning they need each and every day. If you don’t brush and floss daily then plaque will build up on teeth and along the gumline and eventually lead to cavities and gum disease.

Visit Your Dentist

Even if you aren’t dealing with any issues you should still visit us twice a year for routine exams and cleanings. Not only can we thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from spaces you might not have been able to reach effectively on your own but we can also detect problems right away, which means that you’ll be less likely to deal with oral health complications.

No matter whether you are dealing with a toothache, need a professional cleaning or you just want to schedule a cosmetic consultation with us, call Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates today to meet your needs.

By Carol Stream Dental Associates
February 22, 2018
Category: dentist

It’s never too early to consider what pediatric dentistry can do for your child’s oral health.oral hygiene

There are so many exciting milestones that you get to enjoy when you see your child grow and develop: their first steps, their first words and their first tooth. Of course, even before their first tooth comes in you should be thinking about ways to keep their gums healthy and free of bacteria. Our Elgin, IL, pediatric dentists and our expert dental team are here to tell you how you can keep your child’s developing smile healthy.

Start ‘Em Young

While most parents will tell you that they understand the importance of pediatric dentistry, many don’t know where to begin. Before your child’s first tooth comes in (usually around their first birthday), you should be wiping their gums with a soft, damp cloth after each feeding to prevent bacteria from forming along the gumline.

Once teeth begin to erupt you should start brushing them every day. Always use a child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles. At this point in time, you’ll only be brushing with water. Do not use toothpaste. You won’t start incorporating toothpaste into their routine until they turn 2 years old.

Visit the Dentist

Just as it’s important to start your child’s oral care routine as soon as possible it’s also important that you know when to start visiting our Elgin, IL, children’s dentists for care. By the time your child turns 1 year old or by the time their first tooth comes in (whichever happens first), you will want to schedule an appointment with us. This visit is the best way to get your child acclimated to visiting the dentist. While we will do a quick oral exam to check the health of their gums and any teeth that have erupted, the most important part of this visit is getting to know your child and establishing rapport.

We will also answer any questions you might have about how to care for your child’s smile. Everything from the type of toothbrush to use to how much toothpaste is appropriate to when you can let your little one starting brushing their teeth on their own can be addressed during these visits. We are here to provide you with all the answers you need. Once your child comes in for their first dental visit, if everything looks good then they won’t need to come back in for another six months.

A Healthy Diet

It’s important that children of all ages are getting the proper nutrients and vitamins they need to grow up healthy and strong. What your child eats could also greatly impact the health of their teeth and gums. Avoid sugary drinks and foods and opt for a diet that is diverse in lean proteins, low-fat dairy, fibrous veggies, fruits, and whole grains.

Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates offers two convenient dental locations in Elgin and Carol Stream, IL to serve you better. No matter whether you have questions about your child’s oral health or you need to schedule their routine checkup, don’t hesitate to call us today with any questions about pediatric dentistry.

By Carol Stream Dental Associates
November 28, 2017
Category: dentist

Pediatric dental treatments help keep your child's smile strong and healthy. The pediatric dentistry specialists at Carol Stream and Elgin pediatric dentistryDental Associates in Elgin and Carol Stream, IL, discuss the benefits of a few common treatments.


Even very young children can experience cavities. Fillings restore teeth after tooth decay has been removed, allowing your child to use the tooth normally. Depending on the location of the teeth and your preferences, silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin fillings may be used.


It only takes a second for your child to fall and chip a tooth. Bonding repairs chips and small fractures, restoring the function and appearance of teeth. During the painless treatment, flexible composite resin is applied to the damaged tooth, then hardened with a curing light. Bonding can also be used to cover teeth discolored by tetracycline use or alter the shape of teeth.

Topical Fluoride

Acids attack and weaken tooth enamel, increasing your child's risk of tooth decay. Fluoride, a natural mineral, remineralizes and rebuilds weak areas of enamel. Although fluoride is found in many toothpastes, fluoride treatment contains a higher concentration of the mineral. Applying fluoride topically to teeth offers added protection against cavities.


Plaque, the sticky bacterial substance responsible for tooth decay, collects in pits and grooves in your child's molars. Unfortunately, the pits are so small that toothbrush bristles can't reach them. Sealants fill in pits and grooves with a plastic coating, preventing plaque buildup and cavities. The application of sealants only takes a few minutes in our Elgin or Carol Stream office.

Root canal therapy

Root canal therapy saves at-risk teeth that have become inflamed or infected due to decay or an injury. Parents sometimes wonder if it's worth saving baby teeth, since they'll eventually be replaced by permanent teeth. Baby teeth save a place for permanent teeth and help guide them into position. If baby teeth are lost prematurely, permanent teeth may not be able to erupt normally, which may cause bite and appearance issues.

Does your child complain of tooth pain or other dental issues? Pediatric dentistry treatments can help protect his or her smile. Schedule an appointment with the pediatric dentists at Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates by calling (847) 888-8282 for the Elgin office or (630) 289-8899 for the Carol Stream office.

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