Dr. Donald L. Bennett

Repairing and Rebuilding Smiles with Dental Restorations in Chicago

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Whether you’re a busy executive or an individual just trying to get ahead of your demanding schedule, the last thing you need is infected, damaged, or missing teeth impacting your smile and overall quality of life.

At Lake Dental Care, Dr. Donald Bennett and his dedicated team utilize their skill and passion for helping others to provide restorative dentistry and dental restorations that are as beautiful as they are strong. In addition to our convenient office location and minimal wait times, our Chicago dentist offers procedures designed to help you get back to normalcy once more.

Whether you need quick tooth repair with composite fillings or complete tooth replacement with dental implants, at Lake Dental Care, we have the modern treatments, technology, and prime materials to meet all your restoration needs. Call us today to schedule your consultation!

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Our Services for Convenient and Comprehensive Dental Restoration

At Lake Dental Care, we have extensive knowledge in repairing smiles to their best health, function, and beauty. Because of this, Dr. Bennett and his team can provide a wide variety of restoration treatments and procedures, all designed to rejuvenate your smile.

Our available treatments for dental restoration include:

  • Dental Implant Placement and Restoration
  • CEREC ® Same-Day Crowns
  • Porcelain Fixed Bridges
  • Full & Partial Dentures
  • White, Composite Fillings
  • Invisalign® Clear Aligners
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Tooth Extractions

For those in need of single to multiple tooth replacement, Dr. Bennett performs the entire dental implant process, from tooth extraction to implant placement, and affixing your customized restoration. You have the benefit of receiving every step of your implant treatment at our office from a dentist and team you trust.

Why Choose Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth?

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Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth because they not only restore one to all lost teeth in a smile, but they also replace teeth completely from the root to the crown. With an average success rate of over 95% in healthy patients, it’s hard to overlook them as an ideal option for tooth replacement.

Implants are titanium posts that serve as artificial tooth roots once surgically placed in the jawbone by Dr. Bennett. The titanium used for implants are biocompatible, meaning natural bone and tissue accept them and fuse to the posts in a process called osseointegration.

Because implants become part of your jawbone, they provide essential chewing stimulation once more, helping preserve jawbone structure, facial features, and neighboring teeth. When crowns, bridges, and dentures are supported by dental implants, there is the concern that your appliance will slip or become dislodged.

Restorations Supported by Implants: What’s the Difference?

Traditional restorations use adhesives, natural suction, or surrounding healthy teeth for support. Implant-supported restorations are just that, supported and attached to dental implants.

We provide the following implant-supported restorations, each completely customized to your functional needs and smile aesthetics:

  • Porcelain crowns for replacing a single missing tooth
  • Porcelain fixed bridges for replacing one to several missing teeth in a row
  • Partial & full dentures for restoring multiple to all missing teeth in your smile

Implant-supported restorations do not slip, shift, or become dislodged. This means that you can smile with renewed confidence and peace of mind.

What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?

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Treatment will begin with Dr. Bennett and our team analyzing your current oral health to determine whether implants are best for you. After a detailed discussion, and a thorough evaluation of your current oral health, medical history, and lifestyle habits, our dentist will then create your treatment plan. This involves where your implants will be placed, which restoration they’ll support, and whether your treatment plan requires any surgeries, like a bone graft, to be performed first.

Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Bennett may place several posts at once or recommend more than one procedure to complete your implant placement. Every implant surgery we perform is conducted with precision and skill, utilizing strategic planning and extensive experience.

Once placed in your jawbone, natural tissue and bone need to fuse around your implant(s), and this takes time. Osseointegration and healing are essential steps to ensure your implants remain successful and strong throughout your lifetime.

After several months, we’ll invite you back to our Chicago practice to affix your crown, bridge, or denture restoration to your implants. Once attached, you’ll be able to speak, chew, and smile just as you would with a natural, healthy smile.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Because dental implants must fuse with bone and gum tissue to be successful, a full and healthy jawbone is essential for holding your implant posts in place. Lasting treatment also heavily relies on a good foundation of oral and overall health.

Young and mature adults who are healthy and willing to invest in the longevity of their smiles are often ideal candidates for dental implant treatment. To find out if you’re eligible, schedule your consultation with Dr. Bennett today!

7 Benefits to Consider When You Choose Dental Implants

Because of their ability to replace missing teeth and their roots completely, dental implants provide many benefits. Some of the most notable include:

  1. Stopping further jawbone weakening and bone loss
  2. Keeping healthy teeth in place
  3. Preserving natural facial features and structure
  4. Providing smile aesthetics that are nearly flawless and natural-looking
  5. Restoring chewing and speaking abilities while promoting proper digestion
  6. Looking, feeling and acting almost identical to healthy, natural teeth
  7. Standing the test of time with proper dental care and oral hygiene

White, Composite Fillings

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When a tooth is damaged due to injury, trauma, or decay, fillings are often the best way to restore the tooth’s natural structure. Dr. Bennett and his team proudly provide enamel-colored composite fillings for rebuilding teeth discreetly and sealing off cavities effectively once we have removed the decay from your smile.

The white composite materials we use molds to the shape of your tooth, and the shade we choose helps your filling blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.

How Will I Know When I Need a Filling?

If you’re experiencing any kind of tooth pain, discomfort, or sensitivity, chances are you may need a filling. Our dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled.

During your exam, we evaluate the status of your tooth and anything that looks out-of-the-ordinary will be looked at further. We may obtain an entire image of your mouth using x-ray technology to get a closer look at the tooth in question and decide if a filling is the best course of action for your smile.

If it’s determined there’s more extensive damage to your tooth, you may need a crown to restore it properly.

What Are Dental Crowns?

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Crowns are fixed restorations designed to restore a damaged tooth to its original shape, size, look, and feel. They’re permanently cemented on teeth that have cracked, extensively decayed, or otherwise been damaged.

Although they sometimes can extend down to the root, crowns fundamentally replace the outer structure of the “crown” or biting surface of a natural tooth.

When placed, crowns completely encase the portion of the damaged tooth that sits above the gum line. Crowns are custom-made to fit over each tooth, making them a favorable and reliable treatment.

3 Reasons You’d Need a Crown

Part of the reason why crowns are so popular is their versatility. Crowns are used to address, correct, and finalize many other treatments.

  • Damage & Wear- Chips, cracks, or fractures can expose the soft inner dental tissues to infection. When repaired with a crown, dental function, health, and beauty are restored.
  • Root Canal Therapy- When infection is removed from the root, crowns are used to seal off and protect the tooth structure. With a customized crown, your tooth can function normally and look natural.
  • Dental Implants- For patients in need of single tooth replacement, an implant-supported crown restores a missing tooth completely.

How Dental Crowns Benefit Your Smile

Crowns restore the strength, functionality, and appearance of a damaged tooth. After placement, you’ll be able to chew once again without risking further damage.

Crowns protect the vulnerable part of the tooth by physically holding it together and shielding it from damage, wear, or infection.

Why We Choose Same-Day Crowns

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Whether you’re experiencing debilitating pain from a dental infection or trauma or you’ve recently undergone a root canal, the last thing you want is to wait two weeks for your permanent crown restoration. By using our innovative, in-office technology, and the CEREC® system, we can produce reliable and beautiful same-day crowns in as little as an hour without compromising quality.

With CEREC, we can design, mill, and construct your new porcelain crown during your appointment. This means that your emergency treatment, root canal therapy, or crown placement procedure can be completed within a single office visit!

5 Reasons Why We Recommend CEREC Same-Day Crowns

Whether your needs for a new crown are simple or more complex, same-day crowns offer many benefits, some of which include:

  1. Quick, comprehensive, and convenient treatment
  2. Effortless crafting of your dental restoration
  3. Milled crowns can preserve more of your existing tooth
  4. No messy dental impressions are required
  5. Same-day crowns are strong, long-lasting, and natural-looking

What if Teeth Can’t be Saved with Just Restorations?

When the pulp chamber containing the inner nerves, soft tissues, and blood vessels of your tooth becomes infected, treatment with root canal therapy is needed to try to save your natural tooth whenever possible.

Depending on your needs and several factors, we may be able to save your natural tooth with root canal therapy. If severe decay or infection has corrupted the tooth, extraction may be the better option. If tooth removal is the best course of action, we can also discuss your options for tooth replacement and create a personalized treatment plan that aligns perfectly with your restoration needs.

I’ve Been Told I Need a Root Canal - Should I Be Worried?

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While the idea of having a root canal may be intimidating, the truth is root canal therapy is a straightforward, predictable procedure. It is designed to save your afflicted tooth, helping to better preserve your overall oral health. Typically, the procedure feels more like you’re getting a simple filling.

Root canal treatment is necessary when the inner pulp chamber becomes infected. If not appropriately addressed, the infection can spread to other areas of your smile as well as your body.

When the diseased tissues are removed, pain is relieved, and the health of your smile remains intact.

Tooth Extractions for Preserving Overall Oral Health

In some cases, extraction may be the best option for protecting and improving overall oral health. Unless the extracted tooth was a wisdom tooth, we suggest replacing it as soon as possible. Prolonged tooth loss can lead to other dental health concerns, which can significantly impact neighboring teeth, your jawbone, facial features, daily eating and speaking, and even digestion.

When teeth are so severely damaged, infected, or decayed that they’re unsalvageable, it’s often more proactive to perform extraction and discuss replacement options with dental implants immediately afterward. This allows for your treatment to follow a timeline that is predictable, convenient, and ideal for preserving your oral health while alleviating pain or discomfort.

Our dentist also performs extractions as part of a larger orthodontic treatment plan to help eliminate overcrowding and impacted teeth, increasing the chances of successful treatment with Invisalign for a better bite and more symmetrical smile.

Achieving Smile Uniformity with Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dental services will help you regain oral health without compromising aesthetic goals. If you are experiencing tooth pain or have missing teeth, schedule an appointment with the professionals at Lake Dental Care today!

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