Signs and Signals You Could Have Gum Disease

Gum disease affects thousands of Americans each year. In fact, many people have gum disease, without realizing it until serious complications occur. Did you know, gum disease left untreated can lead to tooth loss, tissue loss, and even bone loss? Well, it’s true! That is why oral hygiene is vital to protecting you against this… Read more »

The Advantages of Each Type of Tooth-Whitening System

Have you noticed the amount of beautiful white smiles wherever you go now? No, it’s not because everyone magically started brushing flawlessly twice daily, but rather mostly due to the revolutionary teeth-whitening systems that have come along. Some of the treatments are so effective they can produce extremely noticeable results in as little as one… Read more »

An Extracted Tooth Can Be Replaced by a Bridge

If you’ve had a tooth extracted due to severe decay or damage, it can significantly hinder your ability to chew food and talk. If the tooth is not replaced in a timely manner, it could cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment in response to the void. To prevent this from happening, your… Read more »

2 Ways your Diet Impacts oral Health

It may not be the most obvious connection in the world, but the truth of the matter is that your diet has a very big – and tangible – effect on your oral health. There are two significant ways that your diet impacts your oral health, and we’re going to look at those today. Sugary… Read more »

When You’ll Need Crowns

Crowns are one of the most frequently-used options in the cosmetic dentistry world. They can fix many problems, and serve a lot of purposes. So when you’re looking for a way to restore your smile, you’ll likely end up considering crowns at some point. Let’s look at a few examples of when you’ll need crowns…. Read more »

You Don’t Have to Wait for a Whiter, More Radiant Smile

A healthy, radiant smile is no accident. It involves building good oral hygiene habits and having regular professional dental cleanings to maintain those pearly whites. Diligent daily brushing and flossing keep your teeth and gums looking their best. At the dental office of Thomas Bell, DDS located in La Grange, Illinois, Dr. Thomas Bell and our… Read more »

A Bridge Might Be Called for to Replace a Badly Decayed Tooth

A large cavity that goes unrepaired can spread to extremely compromise the tooth. Sometimes the decay is so severe that a dentist cannot even restore the tooth with a root canal. In a case like this, we might recommend extracting the badly decayed tooth so it can be restored by a bridge. A bridge is… Read more »

A Toothache Is a Dental Emergency

There are a few different things that can cause a toothache. The most common cause is severe tooth decay that is compromising the sensitive interior of the tooth. However, there are also less obvious things that could be causing your toothache. Regardless of the underlying cause, a toothache is a dental emergency that should not… Read more »

We Can Restore a Badly Cracked Tooth With a Bridge

A crack in one of your teeth that also comes with a significant amount of pain is often a sign that the interior of the tooth has been badly damaged. In some cases, the damage to the pulp and root of the tooth is so extensive that needs to extract the tooth rather than attempt… Read more »

What to do About Gingivitis

You’ve probably heard about gingivitis but do you really know what it is? Do you know what causes it or what it does to your teeth? Do we know how to treat the problem, or even better, know how to prevent it? If you’re interested in learning more about this issue, please read on. Gingivitis… Read more »