What to Expect
At Lakeshore Dental we have a warm and friendly atmosphere. With our small office feel you won’t feel you’re getting lost or that we are too busy or too big.
No matter what we add to our practice in the way of technology or staff, we’ll never get away from providing individualized attention. We value our ability to spend ample time with each patient and to get to know them well.
Things You Should Know
We generally run on time, so you shouldn’t expect to need to wait if you are on time. Patients typically wait less than 15 minutes at any given appointment.
We do our best to get to know each patient. You can expect that we’ll:
Putting You At Ease
We hope to minimize your fears, because we understand that dentistry can be intimidating for some. We are aware that many of you come to us having had bad experiences previously.
By maintaining your comfort level is a top priority. We accomplish this by talking you throughout your procedure, evaluating your body language and giving you the opportunity to stop or take breaks at any time, as necessary.
Have Insurance or Finance Concerns?
We work with nearly every dental insurance company. We also offer complimentary benefits checks for every new and existing patient.
With our insurance benefit checks we will help you to know up front exactly what your out of pocket costs will be. If you need complex or ongoing dentistry and have a treatment plan, we’ll go over things with you personally and in detail to ensure you understand the entire process and what your insurance will pay over the course of treatment.
We offer CareCredit financing and can discuss payment plan options in complex cases.
Still have questions? Give us a call to learn more about how we can help.
Why Is Dental Hygiene So Important?
Periodontal disease is a common problem. If you experience bleeding when you brush or floss, you may have gum disease. Research has shown that most adults have some form periodontal disease (gum disease) – but many don’t know it. Part of the challenge is simply getting people to accept that they have gum disease. Proper dental hygiene can prevent this, and can minimize the impact of the disease.
To treat it properly, a thorough dental history, a comprehensive dental and periodontal exam, diagnosis and x-rays are required.
You might be surprised to learn that gum disease:
- Doesn’t hurt at first.
- Starts to hurt when it’s TOO LATE.
- Could be lingering without symptoms.
- Puts you at risk for losing teeth.
Another common problem is tooth decay. If left unchecked it can lead to cavities and the necessity for root canals over time. Regular checkups and good oral hygiene are still your best defense against tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Who Needs to See A Dentist?
School-aged kids need routine dental care. With this demographic, our primary concern is prevention of cavities and teaching good habits and attitudes about dental health.
Teens have the same concerns, but also may begin to be concerned about crooked, uneven teeth or a bad bite. This cannot be helped by prevention, but we can make recommendations and refer you to an orthodontist.
Adults, beginning in their late 20s to 30s, should be thinking about gum disease. Adults can still get cavities, but gum disease becomes critical to prevent at this time in life.
We begin accepting kids by age 4 or 5. Some journals advocate taking your child to see a dentist earlier. If you notice something that needs treatment, or if you feel you’d like your children to be seen at an earlier age, we can refer you to a pediatric dentist to best meet the needs of your youngest family members.
Dental hygiene is critical at all ages. Call us to schedule routine checkups.
Cosmetic Dentistry Changes Lives
At Lakeshore Dental we realize that cosmetic services have the power to change lives. When a patient commits to a treatment plan to address a cosmetic issue it has a big impact on their life – and we’re proud to be a part of that. We are committed to offering the best service possible for these restorative procedures.
Most crowns are covered by dental insurance. You may need a crown if:
- You have a large amount of tooth decay.
- You’ve had a root canal.
- You’ve fractured part of a tooth.
- You have a large filling that’s gone bad.
A crown will completely cover of your tooth to protect it from further decay or fracture. Read more>>
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are similar to crowns except that they are not as invasive. We won’t need to drill or file down as much of your natural tooth with an inlay or onlay. It’s a more conservative option.
Inlays and onlays are appropriate options in the same types of cases as crowns,. Read more»
Most bridges are covered by dental insurance. You may need a bridge if you are completely missing a tooth. In this case we crown the teeth on either side of your missing tooth, and place a bridge in the middle – a false tooth that is connected to real teeth with crowns on either side.
Placing a bridge is a process which requires 3-4 appointments. We’ll need to:
- Pull the tooth to be replaced (unless you’re already missing the tooth)
- File the teeth on either side of the missing tooth
- Place temporary caps
- Take impressions
- Place your bridge
Think a bridge might be the solution for you? Read more»
Although silver fillings are a viable material, white fillings are preferred now because they:
- Are aesthetically pleasing.
- Are typically covered by dental insurance.
- Don’t carry a stigma of health risk.
White fillings are a great option for small cavities.
We offer three different options for those who are interested in bleaching:
- An at-home treatment.
- take impressions.
- make a bleaching tray.
- have the patient wear the bleaching tray for 30 minutes twice a day at home for two weeks.
- An in-office treatment.
- put a coating on your gums to protect them.
- retract your lips.
- place gel on your teeth for 15 min.
- Kor Deep Bleaching System.
Kor Deep Bleaching System is our top of the line procedure. It is more expensive, but you’ll get a better result. It is An at-home treatment for two weeks followed by an one hour in-office treatment.
You may experience sensitivity in your teeth, or burning on your gums during treatment. You may want to follow up with a booster at home after a year or so.
Bleaching is considered a cosmetic procedure and is usually not covered by dental insurance. We will work with you to make this procedure affordable. Interested in learning more about teeth whitening? Call 773-761-7442 to ask about our specific procedures, or to schedule your appointment.
Thinking About Dental Implants?
You’ve probably heard about them in the media. Or perhaps you know someone with implants.
Thinking About Dental Implants?
You’ve probably heard about them in the media. Or perhaps you know someone with implants.
Dental implants are a great thing – and being able to offer them right here in the office is becoming the standard of care within general dentistry.
The long term results are better for patients with implants than with other options. Not only that, but with implants you can:
- Avoid seeing a dental surgeon
- See reduced costs
- Do it all in one place
You’re probably a candidate for dental implants if you have:
- Missing teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
Implants Bring Great Results
Implants replace your natural tooth with something that looks and functions like a natural tooth. We can replace just one or several teeth, and we can even clip a denture to two or more implants in order to prevent dentures from slipping and moving around.
Some of the positive changes people experience after having implants include:
- Knowing that they look better.
- Teeth don’t have to be drilled or filed as heavily as with a bridge.
- Surrounding teeth last longer because more natural tooth is retained.
- The implant itself lasts longer than a bridge.
Simple and Painless
For an implant procedure, you’ll be given Novocain and shouldn’t feel anything. Although it may sound scary, placing an implant is a simple procedure and only requires a maximum of a couple days of healing time. In fact, implants are similar in invasiveness and recovery to what you experience with any regular dental procedure.
When implants can be placed immediately into the space where a tooth has been removed it can help eliminate the need to come to the office for multiple procedures and the need to visit multiple providers.
Call 773-761-7442 today with your questions about dental implants.
Who Benefits From Dentures?
“Dentures are a last resort,” says Dr. Sawyer. When the patient has just a couple of teeth, or has many teeth that are broken down, fractured, decayed or loose. Dentures are a great option. They can help you live a rewarding life, eat more easily, and enjoy your appearance.
We recommend implants for our patients who need dentures. This works to anchor the lower denture and keep it from moving and slipping – the major complaint of denture wearers.
Get An Immediate Denture
If you need dentures, we’ll make sure you walk out with teeth at every step of the process. Our process is to:
- Make your denture first
- Remove your bad teeth when your denture is ready
- Place your denture immediately
We find that in end, people are happier with dentures than without them. If you think you are a candidate for dentures, call today for more information.
Emergency Dental Services
There is never a right time to sustain a dental emergency. A dental emergency can include injuries from sporting activities or other accidents that may affect your jaw or teeth in the form of a toothache, chipped tooth, or tooth loss etc. When a dental emergency takes place, the faster you access an emergency dentist near you, the higher the possibility of saving your tooth through emergency dental care.
When Do You Need Emergency Dental Services?
An emergency would be an issue needing immediate attention for due to pain or injury.
You might require emergency dental care if you suffer from any of these conditions:
Lost Temporary Crown
Fortunately, losing a temporary crown is not a dental emergency. We primarily use them as space holders until the permanent restorations are ready. Even in the span of 2 weeks, the adjacent teeth can start to shift into the area created during the crown preparation. A temporary crown maintains space for the permanent crown, along with providing some chewing function and protection for the underlying tooth. If you lose a temporary crown, call our office and we will see you as soon as possible (typically the same afternoon/ following day). Remaking or recementing a temporary crown only takes about 20 minutes and usually does not require any anesthetic. Your teeth will not move significantly in the one to two days between losing your crown and having it replaced at our office. If it happens over the weekend and you are having excessive discomfort you can place the temporary crown back on the tooth with toothpaste or by purchasing temporary cement from your local pharmacy. We will then see you our next office day.
If you experience tooth pain or discomfort, see your dentist as soon as possible. This can be a sign of a larger issue that needs urgent attention. If this occurs after hours pain can generally be managed by alternating Tylenol and Ibuprofen. (Please only take medications that you know you are able to take).
Swollen Jaw Relief
A swollen jaw can be caused by a range of issues, from trauma to infection, and can require an emergency dentist visit. Avoid excess stress on the jaw from chewing gum or hard foods. Moist heat applied to the outside of the cheek, near the jaw joint, can also alleviate pain. If you are able to, taking an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication can also be beneficial.
Lost Filling and Crown Repair
When you lose a filling or crown that covers a tooth, it can be quite a painful experience. Our emergency dental care is here to help alleviate the underlying issue. If you lose a filling or crown, or it becomes loose, call our office to schedule the earliest possible appointment. If this occurs after hours a temporary fix is available. Most Walmart or Walgreens locations sell temporary cement and temporary filling material. This is a great option to get you through the weekends and evenings.
Abscess or Infection
When you develop unexpected infections, it can lead to pain and loss of sleep. Our goal is to always help our patients maintain their oral health. If you notice swelling or pimples on your gums you should contact your dental office immediately. If this is an after hours emergency you may need to consider seeking care at an ER. Infection is not something you want to ignore.
Accidents happen, and sometimes they affect our teeth. If a tooth is broken, chipped, becomes loose, or is knocked out, our team is here to help!
If there is bleeding apply pressure to the area with a clean towel or gauze. Remember mouth injuries typically produce more blood, so don't panic. If the injury extends to the lips or cheeks and may require stitches, seeking care at the ER is a good idea. It is often necessary to have an x-ray to check the health of the tooth, and this may require follow up at a later date.
For any other medical or dental emergencies, call 911 immediately to find the care you need. Please remember this information is generalized. Do not take any medications in excess or if you know you have allergies to them.
Why Choose Us?
Knowing where to proceed with emergency dental treatment is crucial. At Lakeshore Dental Associates, you can trust our team to provide the best emergency dental care to you in the most comfortable environment. Our emergency dental care incorporates convenient timings, serve walk-in patients, and offers same-day emergency dental treatment whenever possible. We extend multiple payment options and provide the most affordable dental care to our patients.
If a dental emergency is neglected, it can result in permanent damage and severe dental health problems. When you are uncertain about an emergency, contact us at 773-761-7442 right away for a suggestion on whether emergency dental treatment is required.