Full Mouth Restoration: Improve Your Quality of Life

Some patients dwell on the financial cost or potential discomfort of undergoing multiple restorative treatments at our Skokie, IL dental office. While it is completely normal to sometimes fixate on these aspects of dental care, it is important to not lose sight of the real reason you are undergoing treatment at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry — to restore your quality of life.

If you are experiencing difficulty chewing and speaking due to severe dental problems and/or tooth loss, a full mouth restoration can restore oral function while helping you regain the confidence to smile again. Here are just a few of the quality of life issues you can resolve by undergoing full mouth reconstruction under the skilled hands of Dr. Abraham Stein.

Regain Clarity of Speech

The teeth, especially our anterior teeth (incisors) are critical for speech function. The teeth help control airflow while we speak. When the tongue strikes the back of our teeth or the roof of the mouth, that contact aids with diction. If you have lost teeth, you probably have noticed that certain consonants are harder to enunciate. Over time, your palate may partly adjust, but there is no replacement for teeth or artificial teeth like dental implants.

Our Skokie clinic offers three speech-improving treatment options that can be included in your customized full mouth restoration plan.

  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Bridges

All three of these prosthetics replace missing teeth. By providing a surface for your tongue to rest against while speaking, you can regain clarity of speech. Dr. Stein will help you decide which restoration will work best for you. In general, dental implants replace individual missing teeth, dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, and bridges replace multiple neighboring teeth.

Regain Oral Function

Decayed, chipped, or missing teeth can seriously impede chewing function. For some individuals, eating may become frustrating or even painful. Individuals who have missing or damaged teeth on one side of their mouth tend to rely on the healthier half of their mouth when chewing. This can cause premature wear on the remaining natural teeth.

Individuals who have a full set of molars in correct alignment generally have what is referred to as a good bite balance. An even bite balance applies pressure evenly across the molars, thereby allowing for efficient chewing. When individuals have poor bite balance, they are at higher risk for choking and jaw pain.

Dr. Stein can perform any of the following procedures to restore proper oral function as part of your full mouth restoration.

  • Composite (tooth-colored) fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Inlays
  • Onlays

Depending on your oral needs, you may require one or more of these treatments. Filings, inlays, and onlays “fill in” the areas vacated by decay. Often, the areas of decay are on the top of the molars. By removing decay and reinforcing the strength of your tooth using composite fillings, inlays, or onlays, you can enjoy restored chewing function. Dental crowns may be needed if your tooth is severely damaged or severely decayed. A dental crown (which can be used in conjunction with a dental implant) provides a strong chewing surface.

Regain Your Youthful Smile

The third quality of life benefit is often considered the most powerful. Individuals who seek the restorative benefits of a full mouth restoration often have noticeable dental blemishes, such as discolored, chipped, or missing teeth. When mapping out your customized treatment plan. Dr. Stein will keep your cosmetic goals in mind. While your friends and family may not notice that you are able to chew and speak with ease, they will be sure to complement the appearance of your new and youthful smile.

Schedule Your Full Mouth Reconstruction Consultation Today

Meet with Dr. Stein to discuss all of your restorative needs. He is welcoming new patients. Call the Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry today: 847-676-3500.

Need Dental Implants? Choose a Prosthodontist

couple smiling after visiting prosthodontists“Prosthodontist” may sound like a mouth-full, but these dental specialists get their name because of their unique training and skills. (Fun fact: “Prostho” essentially means replacement, and “dentist” means teeth, so these are the replacement teeth experts.) Prosthodontists attend at least three years of advanced education after completing dental school to learn more about restorative dentistry treatments for the mouth and jaw. They are highly accomplished in areas of cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns, bridges, dentures, and yes – dental implants! Today, we’re discussing why choosing a “prosthodontist near me” for dental implant treatment can give you increased peace of mind that you or your loved one will be in capable, experienced hands. Read on to learn more!

Dental implants are the gold standard in restoring lost or missing teeth, and prosthodontists are the experts in dental implants. By choosing Dr. Abraham Stein at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, you can rest assured that your dental implant procedure will be completed with a superior level of skill and precision. Dr. Stein has performed thousands of implant procedures and can help you restore the full, functional smile you deserve. For more information on our services, or to speak with Dr. Stein one-on-one, schedule a consultation by calling us at 847-676-3500.

So, what are the benefits of receiving treatment from a prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists have advanced training and experience.

Prosthodontists are recognized dental specialists focused on restorative eprocedures. While your general, family dentist is your key resource for minor restorative procedures such as fillings, or preventive care, prosthodontists have completed an advanced education to give them increased skill and knowledge when it comes to restoring damaged or lost teeth. It’s similar to visiting a dermatologist for a skin issue: they have advanced training and experience seeing many patients with skin issues. Though your primary care doctor could offer their own recommendations, you can gain peace of mind that you’re receiving an experienced perspective by seeing a specialist.

Prosthodontists use innovative dental technology.

Prosthodontists, like Dr. Stein, often have additional dental technology and tools that general dentists may not. At the Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, we have a non-invasive tool that takes the guesswork out of analyzing a dental implant. The Osstell IDx can perform a quick scan to tell if your implant is fully integrated into the jaw bone, or if more time is needed before a crown or bridge can be attached. We also use cone beam imaging which allows us to quickly and comfortably create a 3D image of a patient’s face, mouth, and jaw structure. This aids our team during an implant procedure, and helps the dental lab technicians create the perfect crown, bridge, or dentures that will fit your smile.

Prosthodontists perform dental implant procedures regularly.

In addition, patients who may have complex oral health issues (such as bone loss in the jaw or other similar conditions) can benefit from seeing a prosthodontist who has successfully completed treatments in patients with similar issues.

How can I find a prosthodontist near me?

If you are facing tooth loss, choose a prosthodontist to help you recover your full, functional smile. If you’re looking for a “prosthodontist near me,” consider The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry! Dr. Stein can explain more about his approach to dental implant treatment and can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Contact us today!

What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure

A tooth implant can offer unparalleled restoration in the event of tooth loss. While the benefits of dental implants are great, many patients may face worry or anxiety about the actual placement procedure. Today, we’re talking about common tooth implant placement steps, including preparation for the procedure, as well as healing and recovery. Read on to learn more about how our dentists, Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss, approach implant treatment in Skokie, IL.

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Dr. Stein is Skokie’s All-on-4® Expert

bearded man eating a red apple after all on four implants were placedModern prosthodontics offers more natural and stable smiles than ever before for patients who have suffered extensive tooth loss. Our Skokie, IL practice offers All-on-4®, a full teeth replacement technique that utilizes the stability of titanium dental implants. Depending on your lifestyle and smile goals, as well as your oral health, All-on-4® may be a more attractive option than traditional dentures that rest on top of the gums. Our team, including Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss, help Chicago-area patients regain confidence in their smile after tooth loss. We can help you, too!

If you’re looking for full-mouth tooth replacement treatment in Chicago, IL, it’s important to choose a prosthodontist who can create not just functional dentures, but ones that make you proud to smile. When it comes to All-on-4® treatment, there’s no better choice than Dr. Abraham Stein. Dr. Stein has completed over 1,500 All-On-4® immediate load implant cases during his career. His extensive experience places Dr. Stein in the top 1% of dentists in the country for the All-On-Four® treatment option. Choose the best when it comes to your smile: choose The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Contact our practice today to schedule your All-on-4® consultation today.

A Closer Look at All-on-4®

All-on-4® is a full tooth replacement treatment similar to full dentures; however, All-on-4® utilizes the support and strength of dental implants to anchor replacement teeth on both the top and bottom jaws. Just like full dentures, qualifying patients must have no remaining teeth (or a dentist or oral surgeon must remove any remaining teeth. Dr. Stein then places four titanium implants into both jaws to provide permanent support that prevents slipping like traditional dentures. Once implant placement is complete and the mouth has healed, our team designs and places custom prosthetic teeth to mimic a very natural-looking and fully-functional smile.

Candidacy

All-on-4® is a popular option for those who are looking for a stronger alternative to traditional dentures. However, we want to make sure that every patient receives a successful treatment. Determining the right patients for this procedure includes examining each prospective candidate’s:

  • Oral health history
  • Medical history
  • List of prescribed medications
  • History of tobacco use

Poor gum health can lead to implant failure, so treating and eliminating any present gum disease is crucial before treatment can begin. Systemic health conditions that could alter your mouth’s ability to heal, such as diabetes, should also be discussed with Dr. Stein. Additionally, any past or upcoming radiation therapy near the jaw could be a barrier to receiving implants.

Benefits of All-on-4®

When it comes to teeth replacement, All-on-4® treatment provides so many aesthetic and restorative benefits, including:

  • No more “slipping” dentures
  • Immediate teeth replacement for qualified candidates
  • Fewer dietary restrictions when compared to traditional dentures
  • Confidence and comfort when eating and drinking
  • Improved digestion thanks to stronger chewing abilities
  • No more denture palate over the roof of the mouth which could alter speech

Overall, All-on-4® functions a lot more like your natural teeth than traditional dentures.

Contact Us for All-on-4® Treatment in Skokie, IL

If you’re ready for a dependable and aesthetic alternative to dentures in the Skokie area, reach out to The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry! Dr. Stein’s experience means you will be in capable, experienced hands, giving you greater peace of mind during your treatment. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

Porcelain Veneers for a Full Smile Makeover

woman discussing porcelain veneers with dentist

You may think that porcelain veneers are a treatment reserved for celebrities, but so patients of Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss are choosing porcelain veneers to create the smile of their dreams. The art of porcelain veneer design has improved drastically so that veneers no longer look opaque and overly-white but extremely life-like: your smile, but elevated! Below, learn more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment from The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry.

When opting for veneer treatment, choosing a skilled cosmetic dentist is incredibly important. Veneers are an investment; don’t trust just anyone to design your new smile! For the highest level of precision and care in the greater Chicago area, choose Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss. Our Skokie, IL practice is proud to serve patients from around the area and can give you peace of mind that you’ll love your new smile. Call us at (847) 676-3500.

Are veneers right for me?

Veneers are essentially a cover over your natural teeth. Made from medical-grade ceramic, veneers conceal a number of cosmetic flaws such as:

  • Chips in the enamel
  • Visible fracture lines
  • Gaps or uneven spacing
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Deep discoloration
  • Misshapen and under-sized teeth

What can I expect?

Once you discuss treatment options with Dr. Weiss or Dr. Stein and determine that veneers are the best fit for you, our team will perform a thorough examination, looking for any signs of decay or gum disease. This is because teeth and gums must first be healthy before veneers can be placed. (This ensures that not only is your oral health taken care of, but that the effects of your new smile last as long as possible.)

Then, impressions and images will be taken of your smile to help our dental lab professionals create veneers that fit your mouth. A custom-shade analysis by your dentist allows you to control the color of your new smile. After a couple weeks, your new custom-made veneers should be ready to place.

Dr. Weiss or Dr. Stein will first prep each tooth to create a receptive surface for the permanent dental bonding agent. Each veneer is applied with the bonding and cured with a special dental light that instantly creates an extremely strong bond between the veneers and enamel.

Before beginning treatment, patients should understand that traditional porcelain veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic solution. The amount of enamel removed during the placement process is significant, and teeth are considered too vulnerable afterwards to not be protected by the veneer layer. (Because, unfortunately, once enamel is removed it cannot be replaced.) However, today, many minimal-prep and no-prep veneers require just a few millimeters of enamel removal: thinner than a fingernail! Some of these treatments are reversible, and are a great option for patients desiring to cover minimal cosmetic flaws.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers are not a forever treatment, but they do last a long time. Most patients discover that veneers hold up through day-to-day chewing, speaking and biting for up to 15 or 20 years. Routine dental cleanings and appointments, along with diligent at-home brushing, can help extend the lifetime of your treatment.

Where can I receive high-quality cosmetic dentistry care in Skokie, IL?

Pictures are worth a thousand words. To see case studies of some of our smile makeover patients, visit our Smile Gallery. Then, call The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry to schedule your cosmetic consultation. We can help you create a more beautiful smile through professional whitening, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers.

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

Cosmetic Dentist in Skokie

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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