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By Dr. Herman Salzberg DMD
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownsHow dental crowns from your dentist in Palatine, IL, can strengthen your smile

If you are wondering whether dental crowns are right for you, the answer is yes! Dental crowns are right for you if you have damaged teeth and want to strengthen your smile. They are also right for you if you want a beautiful, brilliant smile that lasts. Dr. Herman Salzberg in Palatine, IL, provides dental crowns that will enhance your smile.

Badly damaged teeth can make you fearful of causing more damage when you chew. Dental crowns cover the entire visible surfaces of your teeth, above the gumline. When you bite down, the biting stress is spread out, which prevents damage. Dental crowns are the right choice to make if you want a strong smile!

Dental crowns will make your smile stronger, and they will also make your smile more beautiful. That’s because today’s crowns are made of lifelike, light-reflective materials like porcelain. The translucent quality of porcelain closely resembles tooth enamel, so your dental crowns will look completely natural and absolutely beautiful. Dental crowns are the right choice to make if you want a beautiful smile!

Dental crowns are the right choice if you have teeth that are:

  • Broken, chipped, or cracked
  • Worn down or eroded
  • Aging, weakened, or brittle

Porcelain is a common crown material that provides aesthetic beauty and the most natural look. You can also choose porcelain fused to a metal underlay. The metal makes these crowns stronger than pure porcelain, but not as natural looking because they won’t appear light reflective. Dr. Salzberg can help you decide which is the best option for your smile.

The truth is dental crowns are the right choice for just about everyone who wants a stronger, more beautiful smile. Don’t settle for a damaged smile. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Herman Salzberg in Palatine, IL. He can help your smile so call today!

By Palatine Dental
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant Combat your tooth loss with the next best thing to real teeth: dental implants.

Are you an adult who is missing one or more permanent teeth? If so, we are glad that you are taking the next step to figuring out what dental treatment will best restore your smile. After all, untreated tooth loss is serious business with long-term ramifications. Our Palatine, IL, restorative dentist Dr. Herman Salzberg is here to tell you how this seemingly simple metal restoration could do wonders for your tooth loss.

Enhance Your Appearance

We all know that tooth loss of any magnitude, whether it’s just a single tooth or several, can greatly impact the look of your smile. Luckily, dental implants are designed to not just function but also look just like a real tooth. In fact, there is no restoration that most closely resembles a natural tooth the way a dental implant can. No one will even be able to tell that you have a dental implant, but you’ll certainly know that you have a beautiful, full smile that you can’t wait to show off.

Eat All of Your Favorite Foods Again

We know that tooth loss also has a major impact on what you can and can’t eat and it’s not uncommon for our Palatine, IL, general dentist to detect nutritional deficiencies in those with tooth loss. After all, when it’s difficult to chew food it’s also difficult to get the proper nourishment and nutrients your body needs to function properly; fortunately, a dental implant acts just like a real tooth and can fully restore chewing and biting.

Enjoy a Long-Lasting Smile

After dealing with tooth loss the last thing you want to deal with is having to replace your new teeth every few years. This is what makes dental implants different. This small metal post is surgically placed into the jawbone. It’s made from extremely strong titanium, which means that once the restoration has been successfully implanted it is designed to last the rest of your life (as long as you maintain good oral hygiene). While the crown that’s placed on top of the implant may need to be replaced, the implant itself should never need to be.

Promote Good Bone Health

A complication of tooth loss is bone loss, in which the jawbone deteriorates over time. While other oral prosthetics can replace missing teeth they can’t prevent bone loss. The only restoration that can do this is a dental implant. This is because an implant functions just like tooth roots so when it’s placed into the jawbone it provides the bone with the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and strong.

We know that losing a tooth is upsetting but our Palatine, IL, dentist Dr. Herman Salzberg is here to get your smile back on track. We would be happy to sit down with you to discuss the different treatment options available to you and to see if your smile is right for dental implants.


Your front teeth are the stars of your smile — so it makes perfect sense to replace them if they’re missing. But is it really necessary to replace a largely unseen back tooth with an implant or bridgework?

The answer is an unequivocal yes. Your individual teeth are an interactive part of a dynamic mechanism that enables you to eat, speak and smile. They’re highly adaptable and can move incrementally to accommodate mouth changes — especially when one of them is lost.

Back teeth not only help us chew food efficiently, they also ease some of the pressure from front teeth as we chew. Our efficiency while chewing suffers when they’re missing; other teeth will wear faster and tend to move out of position, “drifting” into the space left by the missing tooth. And without their stimulation during chewing, new bone may grow at a slower rate to replace older bone, reducing bone volume over time.

So, whether visible or not, replacing a back tooth is the best course to take to prevent these adverse consequences. Your two best options are fixed bridgework or dental implants, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Bridgework has been the traditional method for replacing one or a few missing teeth: they’re long-lasting if cared for properly, have a life-like appearance that blends well with other teeth and are a good option when implants aren’t. But they require extensive altering of the anchor teeth (those used on either side of the bridge to secure it) and they’re highly prone for trapping food between them and the gums, increasing the risk of disease.

Dental implants are easily maintained and their installation doesn’t affect adjacent teeth as with a bridge. They’re also durable with a 95% success rate after ten years. On the other hand, the installation process can take several months and visits, and they require a certain amount of bone mass for proper placement and so aren’t ideal for certain patients.

Regardless of its location, if you have a missing tooth or one that may need to be removed, you should visit us for a complete examination. From there we can tell you how your mouth has been impacted by the missing tooth and which replacement option is best for you.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing Back Teeth.”

Dentists often recommend bone grafting to ensure the success of dental implants. And it is likewise common for people to squirm a bit at the thought. Bone graft? That sounds serious. And maybe a bit, well, unappealing. These feelings are completely understandable. After all, this may be something you've never had to consider before. But there's no reason to worry. Here’s why:

  1. Bone grafting is not new or experimental. It is actually a very routine part of the implant process, as well as other types of oral and periodontal surgery. And it is very successful when performed by an experienced doctor.
  2. Bone grafting materials are processed for safety. The grafts used — whether synthetic or from a natural source, such as cow or human bone — have been specially treated for medical use.
  3. Only a small amount of this bone-grafting material is needed. Once placed in the site of the missing tooth, it serves as a helpful scaffold your body uses to build more of its own bone in that spot.
  4. Your implant will be more ideally positioned and may work better. It needs a good, strong foundation with which to fuse. But when teeth are lost, this supporting bone is often lost, too. This loss is often unpredictable and bone grafting limits the change that occurs. In fact that's one of the main benefits of replacing missing teeth with implants: they help prevent bone loss just as a natural tooth does.
  5. Your implant will look so much better! Think about it: Your original tooth was supported to a certain height by the underlying bone. If that bone is now gone, the replacement tooth is going to be much longer because of the missing bone height. It may not look quite right without that additional support.

So if you want the best-looking and best-functioning implant possible, have no fear of bone grafting. And please contact us to discuss any of your concerns, or schedule an appointment for an implant consultation.

You can read more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Can Dentists Rebuild Bone?