Answers to Your Dental Prosthodontics Questions

Have you considered dental prosthodontics as an avenue to restore your smile, boost your self-esteem, and improve your ability to confidently eat and speak? You probably have many questions to ask when you meet with Dr. Abraham Stein at his office in Skokie, IL. After you call to make your appointment, why not read through our answers to the most-asked prosthodontics questions?

Q: What is dental prosthodontics, anyway?

The easiest way to understand dental prosthodontics is to look at the roots that make up the word “prosthodontics.”

If “prostho-” reminds you of the word “prosthesis,” you are on the right track.  A prosthesis is something attached, as in a prosthetic arm or leg. The second part of prosthodontics, “-dontics,” simply refers to the teeth. This means that dental prostheses are additions or attachments to the teeth. Therefore, prosthodontics is the field of dentistry dedicated to the fabrication and placement of artificial teeth.

Q: What are some examples of dental prosthodontics?

Dental prosthodontics is an umbrella term that encompasses several possible treatments. For instance, Dr. Stein regularly places dental implants, a safe, popular teeth replacement method. In fact, he has placed more than 1,500 implant-supported dentures during his career as a practicing prosthodontist.

Other treatments that fall under the category of dental prosthodontics include:

  • Dental crowns: Dental crowns cover damaged teeth. They provide stabilization, function, and aesthetic appeal.
  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can last many years with proper care.
  • Dentures: All types of dentures, from full to dentures supported by dental implants, fall into the prosthodontics category. Today’s denture varieties can be truly beautiful and extremely lifelike. If you are missing a full arch and have uncomfortable dentures, discuss other denture types that might be more appropriate.
  • Dental Bridges: A dental bridge spans the smile gap created by one, two, or sometimes three missing teeth. At our office, Dr. Stein places traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and implant-supported bridges.

Q: Is a prosthodontist a dentist?

The short answer? All prosthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are prosthodontists. That’s because a dentist can only become a prosthodontist by undergoing additional education after graduating from dental school.

Dr. Stein is a great example. After receiving his dental degree, he completed specialized prosthodontic residency training. He has continued to stay on the leading edge of the field and has received honors from the American College of Prosthodontist Awards.

Q: How do I know what kind of dental treatment I need?

Without a thorough examination, you might not be sure if prosthodontic treatment right for you. Dr. Stein can help you understand which types of procedures make sense for your goals and unique case.

Q: Are dental prostheses available for patients of all ages?

Dental prostheses are most frequently considered by patients who have permanent adult teeth. However, some younger patients with tooth damage or severe decay may want to talk with Dr. Stein about certain treatments, such as dental crowns. If you aren’t sure if you’re a candidate for dental prosthodontics, Dr. Stein can help you decide.

Contact Us to Learn More

Our team would be pleased to talk with you further about the field of dental prosthodontics. Please call (847) 676-3500 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile!

5 Reasons Aesthetic Dentistry Is So Popular

There is little doubt that aesthetic dentistry treatments are on the upswing. In fact, many current and new patients of Drs. Abraham Stein and Zachary Weiss contact the office at (847) 676-3500 to specifically discuss cosmetically improving their smiles. Why? Although everyone’s case is unique, check out five of the top reasons that aesthetic dentistry has risen in popularity among individuals of all ages.

Boost in Social Media and Online Sharing

From seniors in high school to senior citizens, Americans love their social sharing. It is common to see individuals taking selfies or images with their friends wherever they go. Not only are they snapping pictures for their own benefits, but they are posting them immediately online, sending them via text, or uploading them through apps.

This type of constant social sharing has led men, women, and teens to think more about the way their teeth look when they smile. Plus, job seekers with professional social media accounts often want to ensure that their images look as attractive as possible. This leads many patients to their local dentist in Skokie, IL to talk about aesthetic dentistry treatments including teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Wide Range of Available Treatments

Cosmetic dentistry options run the gamut from single-visit procedures to long-term treatments that require extensive planning, as in the case of smile makeovers. Many patients are surprised by the expansive selection of aesthetic possibilities they can consider. Although not every individual will be a candidate for every procedure, most patients can work with a cosmetic dentist to find an appropriate treatment for their smile goals.

Myriad Professional Development Opportunities

Career-minded professionals seeking new job opportunities routinely ask their dentists about cosmetic treatments. Why? They know that having a more perfect, gleaming smile will boost their confidence. What could be better than a dash of improved self-esteem before a high-powered, important interview? It could mean the difference between hearing “You’re hired!” or “We’ll consider you for future roles.”

Even professionals who are satisfied with their current jobs may choose cosmetic dentistry as a way to feel better in general. This may be the first time in their lives that they can afford to take care of their teeth and gums the way they want.

Desired Confidence Infusion

Having higher confidence is linked to everything from being able to make better life choices to just walking taller in general. Simply undergoing a routine dental bonding procedure to fix a discolored or slightly imperfect tooth can have a major impact on a patient’s attitude. This type of confidence infusion can have wide-ranging positive effects, especially if an individual has lived for many years embarrassed about their smile.

Longer Life Expectancy

Thanks to significantly improved health and nutrition, men and women are enjoying an unprecedented life expectancy. Not surprisingly, many patients are treating themselves to cosmetic dentistry options when they are well into their 70s, 80s, and even beyond. No one is too old to discuss smile enhancement choices with their local dentist.

Affordable Aesthetic Dentistry in Skokie, IL

If you have considered aesthetic dentistry treatments in the past but were not sure how to get started, please contact Drs. Stein and Weiss. Appointments are available by calling (847) 676-3500. Our team is excited to welcome you to our practice and offer personalized care for your revitalized smile!

Teeth Whitening: Cosmetic Dentistry at Its Brightest

teeth whitening smile on woman

When you think of cosmetic dentistry treatments, you may immediately think of porcelain veneers and dental bonding. However, professional teeth whitening is perhaps one of the fastest growing, most requested types of cosmetic dentistry services requested by Skokie, IL patients. Find out if teeth whitening is suitable for your needs by contacting Drs. Abraham Stein and Zachary Weiss by calling our practice at (847) 676-3500.

Why Teeth Whitening?

What makes teeth whitening from a dentist such an attractive choice for patients who have fallen out of love with their smiles? Consider these following advantages:

  • Immediacy: Teeth whitening products that you receive from a dentist are much stronger and safer than the ones you can find at your local store. This means they offer faster results, which is perfect if you want a dazzling smile for an upcoming event.
  • Consistency: A big complaint about over-the-counter teeth whitening products is that they may provide highly inconsistent results. One tooth could be noticeably whiter than others, or all the teeth could wind up being different shades.
  • Safety: Most patients do not tell their dentists when they try over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions and products. They take a chance whenever they use a product because they do not have a dentist’s approval on their side. Worse yet, plenty of individuals try do-it-yourself teeth whitening “tricks” which can cause long-term problems. Dentists only use the safest teeth whitening treatments because they know the whiteners will not harm patients’ teeth.
  • Cost: Although over-the-counter teeth whitening boxes and strips cost less to purchase, their performance is typically subpar. Patients often try box after box before finally coming to their dentist for reliable, predictable results. In other words, they spend much more when they could have saved by coming to the dentist first.

Physical and Psychological Advantages to Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

Can having a whiter smile actually have practical, concrete advantages for a patient? Many patients who get teeth whitening through their dentists report numerous benefits, such as:

  • They feel more confident in social situations.
  • They worry less about the way they look in pictures.
  • They take better care of their teeth to maintain their new, bright smile.
  • They feel more attractive overall, especially during special events or at celebratory occasions.
  • They begin to consider other ways to improve their smiles, such as with restorative dental implants or dental crowns.

Candidacy for Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is an ideal treatment solution for many patients, but it may not be the right choice for all candidates who have stained or discolored teeth. For instance, individuals whose teeth are stained brown or gray due to long-term use of antibiotics will not respond to teeth whitening. The same is true for patients whose teeth have “gone dark” after suffering a trauma. In those cases, a different cosmetic dentistry treatment such as placement of porcelain veneers may produce desired results.

However, patients whose teeth have yellowed because of normal aging and food or smoking stains may be prime candidates for teeth whitening. In all cases, underlying untreated conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay should be addressed before undergoing teeth whitening treatments.

Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry in Skokie, IL

Interested in finding out if teeth whitening is the best cosmetic dentistry treatment for your oral health goals? Contact us at (847) 676-3500 to arrange for a visit with Drs. Stein and Weiss.

We’re here for you.

Dr. Abraham E. Stein

4711 W. Golf Rd, Suite 912
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 676-3500

Located at the corner of Skokie Blvd and Golf Rd., adjacent to the Double Tree hotel

Providing Dental Care For the Communities of:

Skokie, Evanston, Des Plaines, Wilmette, Niles, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Northfield, Winnetka

Convenient Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: Call for hours

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  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • America Dental Association
  • American College of Prosthodontists

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Hear what your neighbors are saying about us.

Dr. Abraham E. Stein

From start to finish, a fabulous experience (sounds like an oxymoron when talking about "dental visits", but actually true). From stepping in and encountering a superbly run front desk and incredible dental hygienist (whom I have seen for 20+ years), great dental assistants, and of course the master himself -- Dr. Stein. He has done amazing things to my 65+ year-old choppers such that they are in the top tier of my peers. Need I say more?

Paul Ringel, M.D. Skokie, IL Dental Patient October 20, 2017

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