Don’t Let Anxiety Keep You From Getting Implants

Posted on July 23, 2021

Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety. They’ll tense up just thinking about an ordinary exam; the idea of a more complicated procedure, like a dental implant, can send their stress level through the roof. Sedation dentistry from David Rice DDS in Elgin can get them through it.

Dental implants are actually a rather straightforward procedure. A titanium post (the actual implant) is inserted into the jaw, where it gradually fuses with the bone. Once that happens it becomes a solid foundation for an artificial tooth.

Placing the titanium post may be rather straightforward, but for some patients, the thought is almost unbearable. Sedation can get them through it.

We offer four types:

  • Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a hundred years. It is safe and effective.
  • Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescribed sedative an hour or so before the procedure. The patient remains awake, but in a deep state of relaxation. They’ll someone to escort them to and from our office.
  • IV Sedation. As the name implies, this is administered intravenously. Most patients stay awake during IV sedation, but in a much deeper state of relaxation than with oral conscious sedation. An escort is required for this, too.
  • General anesthesia. This most powerful level of sedation puts you completely under.

A dental implant from David Rice DDS in Elgin can make a huge difference in your life, and sedation dentistry can help. We’ve treated patients from all over Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

Posted in Dental Implants, Implant Supported Dentures, Sedation Dentistry

Treating Gingivitis

Posted on July 16, 2021

In its mildest form, gum disease is called gingivitis. It is easily treatable at David Rice DDS in Elgin, but since gum disease is progressive, prompt treatment is definitely in order.

If you’re diagnosed with gingivitis your first reaction might be one of alarm. After all, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adult Americans. The good news is that gingivitis is easy to treat, and can usually be reversed within a few weeks.

After Diagnosis

We usually like to begin gingivitis treatment as soon as possible. There are several things we can do in the office, but a big part of the treatment is making sure you establish a good flossing and brushing routine and stick with it.

  • Thorough cleaning. The first thing we’ll want to do is give you a thorough cleaning. Cleanings involve removing all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and beneath the gumline. Tartar is hardened plaque that can only be removed with special tools.
  • Examination. The dentist will inspect the positioning of your teeth and dental work. Sometimes their positioning can make it harder to get all the plaque from the surfaces of your teeth when you brush at home. We may recommend certain repairs that will make your brushing and flossing more effective.
  • Brushing and flossing. We’ll review both your technique and schedule. Floss at least once a day and brush at least twice, and for two minutes. We’ll also schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor progress of the treatment.

At David Rice DDS in Elgin we treat gum disease on a regular basis. We’ve seen patients from all over Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne, who also come to us for dental implants and much more. Please call our office to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

Posted in Dental Health, General dentistry, Gum Disease

Transform Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted on July 9, 2021

If you have never liked the appearance of your smile, we have good news! With cosmetic dentistry from David Rice DDS in Elgin you can improve it.

There is no reason why you should go through life being unhappy with the way your teeth look. Cosmetic dentistry is a range of dental procedures that can transform your smile. And that, in turn, can give your self-confidence a real shot in the arm.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any of the following:

  • Teeth whitening. Who wouldn’t like a brighter smile? Teeth whitening is a quick and easy way to make the color of your teeth lighter and more pleasing. Professional whitening is more effective than any available over-the-counter product.
  • Porcelain veneers. Thin shells of medical-grade ceramic are custom-made to fit over the front of your teeth. They can mask chips, cracks, or gaps between teeth. They’re even good for strengthening teeth with worn enamel.
  • Dental implants. While not cosmetic, strictly speaking, dental implants are lifelike replacements for missing teeth that look and function like natural teeth.

Any one of these procedures can improve your smile. Put two more or more of them together and you have a complete smile makeover!

Cosmetic dentistry from David Rice DDS in Elgin can give a big boost to your self-esteem. We’ve improved the smiles of people from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne, who also some to our practice for general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Get A Fabulous Smile With Porcelain Veneers

Posted on July 2, 2021

Porcelain veneers from David Rice DDS in Elgin are a versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment that can improve any smile.

Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front of your teeth. Veneers are custom-fitted for each tooth. Once they are in place, your smile will be as near to perfect as possible!

With porcelain veneers, you can:

  • Cover chips and cracks in teeth. Chips and cracks can diminish any smile. Veneers can cover them with a completely natural appearance.
  • Cover gaps. If there are little gaps between any of your front teeth, veneers are in ideal solution.
  • Restore worn enamel. Tooth enamel can wear away, and unfortunately will not replace itself. Once a veneer is bonded to the tooth it becomes a new protective layer.
  • Enjoy increased confidence. Nothing beats a perfect smile to boost your self-esteem. As a bonus, veneers are low-maintenance and stain-resistant. You’ll still need to brush and floss, though!

Porcelain veneers from David Rice DDS in Elgin can give you a fabulous new smile. We’ve put them on people from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne, who also come to us for dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers

Biting Power and Dental Implants

Posted on June 25, 2021

Artificial teeth supported by dental implants look and function like natural teeth: so much so that many patients can’t tell the difference between the implant and their natural teeth. These state-of-the-art implants are available at David Rice DDS in Elgin.

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw. What makes them so effective is how well they fuse with human bone, a property that was discovered in the 1950s. Implants are noncorrosive and biocompatible.

A single dental implant can support one replacement tooth. Several can support a dental bridge or a full dental arch.

Implants and Bone Stimulation

An unfortunate consequence losing natural teeth is that the bone around it begins to deteriorate. It happens because the missing tooth root is no longer there to stimulate the bone through biting and chewing action.

Because a dental implant simulates the missing tooth root promotes good bone density. At the same time, implant-supported replacement teeth provide near-normal biting and chewing power: up to about ninety percent. With implant-supported teeth you can eat the foods you’ve always loved, without a second thought.

At David Rice DDS in Elgin we specialize in dental implants. We offer our patients single tooth implants and All-On-4 implant-supported dentures, and have placed them in patients from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

Posted in Dental Implants, Implant Supported Dentures, Restorative Dentistry

Teeth Whitening Like Magic!

Posted on June 18, 2021

Have you ever wished you could snap your fingers and transform your smile, as if by magic? Sorry, we can’t do that at David Rice DDS in Elgin. But we can do the next best thing!

With our professional-grade teeth whitening services, we can dramatically brighten your smile in a single office visit. Imagine! You walk into our office for your scheduled appointment, with teeth that have grown dull and yellow over the years. When you leave you’re flashing a brilliant new smile.

We use a special, carefully selected treatment. If you’re one of the millions of people looking for the quickest way to whiten your smile, with results that can really last, it may be just what you’ve been hoping for.

On the other hand, some people like to control the process themselves. For them, we also offer a take-home whitening kit that allows you to proceed at your own pace. The results may take a little longer to achieve, but they are also quite dramatic.

At David Rice DDS in Elgin teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. We’ve brightened smiles of people all over Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

The ADA: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

Posted on June 11, 2021

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This post from David Rice DDS in Elgin is about the American Dental Association. You have probably seen the ADA seal on toothpaste and floss—but what else do you know about this dental association?

The ADA’s self-proclaimed mission is to improve the level of public oral health by supporting the dental industry through not-for-profit federal, state, and local chapters. It was founded in 1859 and is run by its members, which currently total over 160,000.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is not an endorsement of a product per se, but rather is a confirmation of the assertions made by said product. Companies who want the ADA seal for a product must submit proof of rigorous scientific testing. Once submitted, the ADA re-tests the product to further verify results. There are currently over 300 products with the ADA certification.

At David Rice DDS in Elgin we recommend buying only dental products with the ADA seal! People from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne come to us for dental implants, complete general and family dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Beating Horrible Halitosis

Posted on June 4, 2021

Elgin lowest price teeth bleachingBad breath is no fun at all, but there are things you can do to combat it. If bad breath is an issue for you or a loved one, talk to us about it at David Rice DDS in Elgin.

Common, garden-variety bad breath is caused by the things we eat and drink. Food debris builds up on the teeth and forms plaque, which is bacterial. The best defense against it is brush and floss after every meal.

Foods containing garlic, onions, and other strong flavorings are in a class by themselves. Food particles can actually get into your bloodstream, and from there to the lungs. Once it does, it’s on your breath every time you exhale. You’ll have to wait it out.

Other common causes of bad breath:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Diets high in sugar
  • High protein or Low Carb diets
  • Smoking

These all involved ordinary bad breath. Digestive issues, like acid reflux, can also affect the breath. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can also cause it, since saliva helps to keep the mouth clean by washing away food debris.

Health Conditions

Bad breath can actually be a warning sign of a more serious health condition. If you have chronic bad breath even though you brush, floss, and even use mouthwash, be sure to tell your doctor. It could indicate a blood disorder, or liver and kidney problems. It isn’t common, but it could even be an indication of cancer.

At David Rice DDS in Elgin our services include general and family dentistry. People from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Please call to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Overcome Dental Phobia And Achieve A Beautiful Smile

Posted on May 28, 2021

dental implants conscious sedation ElginFor millions of people, the mere thought of going to the dentist sends their anxiety level through the roof. This emotion can range from anxiety to outright phobia, and can be so intense that some people avoid the dentist entirely. At David Rice DDS in Elgin, we can help with sedation dentistry.

To be blunt, skipping the dentist due to fear is a bad idea. If you don’t see the dentist for regular checkups, you are putting your dental health at risk. Healthy teeth and gums are important at every stage of life, and study after study has shown the link between your dental health and your overall health.

There are a lot of reasons people stress out just thinking about the dentist. For some, it may stem from a prior bad experience. Fear of pain may be involved, as well as a fear of anesthesics and possible side effects.

Whatever the reason, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get the treatment they deserve. We offer four types:

  • Nitrous Oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a hundred years and is highly effective. It works quickly and wears off quickly.
  • Oral conscious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative an hour or so before the appointment. It puts you in a deeply relaxed state, though you remain conscious. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.
  • IV Sedation. As the name implies, this is administered intravenously. It is a powerful sedative and you’ll need a ride to and from our office.
  • General Anesthesia. Our strongest option, you are completely under and monitored throughout the procedure. You need an escort.

At David Rice DDS in Elgin, we want our patients to have a positive experience. If you cope with anxiety or phobia, ask about sedation dentistry. People from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne come to our practice for general and family dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

Posted on May 21, 2021

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This blog post from David Rice DDS in Elgin focuses on professional teeth cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already brush and floss every day at home.

The answer is yes: both are important, because they work together to maintain your dental health.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate, even when you brush and floss every day. When plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

At David Rice DDS in Elgin our services include complete general and family dentistry, with a focus on your dental health. People from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne also come to our practice for cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:

847-741-2353

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois
60123

 

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