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How to Avoid Toothaches

By Dr. Bilski
August 23, 2019 Category: Toothache

How to Avoid Toothaches Have you ever been out of town and experienced a toothache? Its not uncommon for this to happen if you are not regularly visiting your dentist. There is also not too much you can do about it while you are out of town either. However, if it is an extreme circumstance, you may have to go to the emergency room, which will end up costing you lots of time and money. An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure Preventative care is the number one goal of combating a toothache. It is important to regularly attend your dental visits and get your cleanings, fluorides, x-rays, oral cancer screenings, and sealants, in order to prevent a toothache. By regularly going to the dentist, we can catch the signs of issues that lead to toothaches such as cavities or tooth sensitivities. If you are hesitant about going to the dentist because of your dental insurance coverage, or lack of it, we offer the Bilski Dental Savings plan, which is often a better choice than some insurance

What Dentists Fight

By Dr. Bilski
August 16, 2019 Category: Gum Disease, Cavities

What Dentists Fight- Cavities and Gum Disease All dentists know that to the most common issues people have with their teeth and overall oral health is cavities and gum disease. Our goal as dentists is to keep your mouth as healthy as possible so that your total health will benefit from your oral health. However, we do see many patients who get cavities and or gum disease. Gum Disease Gum disease is a common but harmful disease that, if not properly taken care of, can lead to infection, tooth loss, and other issues. Gum disease can be identified by bleeding, swollen, red, and even receding gums. Cavities Cavities are a result of execs bacteria forming on your teeth. These bacteria eat away at your teeth, causing holes to develop, which can also lead to tooth loss, infection, and pain. How We Combat Gum Disease and Cavities A typical healthy patient should go to the dentist at least two times a year, every six months. However, if we notice signs of gum irritation or cavities, we

Free Dental Insurance Evaluation

By Dr. Bilski
August 08, 2019 Category: Free Dental Insurance Evaluation

Free Dental Insurance Evaluation in Independence, Ohio Dental insurance or the lack of it is one of the biggest reasons that people dont go to the dentist regularly. But total dental health is an extremely important part of a healthy lifestyle. That is why at Bilski Family Dentistry, we offer any means we can to help our patients afford dental care. Free Evaluations Help You Make the Right Choice We provide free dental insurance evaluations to our patients who either have dental insurance or are thinking about getting it. Our knowledgeable staff will sit with you and lay out all of your options so you can see which coverage is best for you and your family. Many types of insurances will only cover so much or come at a cost that is too expensive for what you are getting. The Bilski Dental Savings Plan In addition to our evaluations, we also offer three Bilski Dental Savings plans that are often a much better value than most insurances. These plans are geared toward kids, adults, and

No Dental Insurance No Problem

By Dr. Bilski
August 02, 2019 Category: Savings Plan

No Insurance? No Problem with the Bilski Dental Savings Plan! One of the biggest reasons that people avoid going to the dentist is not because they are scared of the chair, but because they are afraid of what the visits will do to their wallet. Dental insurance can be expensive, and many people dont prioritize their dental health over other things that they want or need. This is why we have recently updated our Bilski Dental Savings Plan. The Bilski Dental Savings Plan There are many insurance programs and savings plans out there, but weve come up with something that really helps our patients save! Instead of having one blanket savings plan, we offer a three-tiered savings plan. The Kids Plan The kids plan is $22 a month for children 13 years old and younger. This includes two cleanings a year and one fluoride, x-ray, and oral cancer screening per year. The Adult Plan The adult plan is $26 a month for anyone14 years old and over. This plan also includes two cleanings a year and

Are You Using the Right Toothbrush?

By Dr. Bilski
July 26, 2019 Category: Toothbrushes

Are You Using the Right Toothbrush? What kind of toothbrush are you using? Is it the best type of toothbrush for your teeth, gums, and overall mouth health? Many people dont know that the toothbrush they are using could actually be causing problems like gum loss! Manual Toothbrushes If you are using a manual toothbrush, it is important to know that you are using it in the right ways. A manual toothbrush can be a sufficient way to keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but it can also be the cause of some issues such as gum loss. Brushing too hard with a manual toothbrush can cause your gums to bleed and recede. Likewise, using a manual toothbrush with bristles that are hard can also lead to gum loss. That is why you need to use a toothbrush with soft bristles if youre going to be using a manual toothbrush. While shopping for a manual toothbrush, it is also important to make sure you get one with the right amount of rows. For adults, we recommend a manual toothbrush with three or four

Neglecting Dental Health Leads to Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

By Dr. Bilski
July 19, 2019 Category: Gum Disease

Neglecting Dental Health Leads to Gum Disease and Tooth Loss A healthy mouth is one of the best indicators of a healthy body. Generally speaking, if you have healthy gums, teeth, and bones, youre doing what you need to be doing. However, if you arent taking care of your mouth, it can lead to some detrimental issues, including gum diseases and tooth loss. What Gum Disease Can Look Like This may seem like an extreme case, but it happens more often than you would think. This patient was terrified at the thought of going to the dentist, so they avoided it for many years. Once they finally realized they needed to come in because of loose teeth, it was far too late. We were able to take a piece of gauze and take these teeth out of the patients mouth without Novocain or procedures or anything like that! Their teeth and bones literally just came right out of their mouth. This was a result of neglecting proper care for their teeth and mouth and lack of dental visits. This is a photo of the

Should I Get Dentures or Dental Implants?

By Dr. Bilski
July 12, 2019 Category: Dentures, Dental Implants

Should I Get Dentures or Dental Implants? Dentures Candidates for dentures are individuals who have total edentulism, which means that they have no teeth at all. Millions of Americans have missing teeth, and about three-quarters of the population of the United States is missing at least one to two teeth. Dentures are not a replacement for your teeth, but they are a solution for people who have no teeth. There are always options for our patients who do not have teeth from dentures to dental implants, and it is all about what you want. When it comes to patients who choose dentures, they usually have no issues with the upper set of dentures. The upper set can stay in place very easy with little to no issue with chewing due to your saliva keeping them in place. However, many people have trouble keeping their lower dentures in place. They often have a hard time chewing and even talking because their lower set of dentures will pop out of their mouth completely. Dental Implants Vs. Dentures The

Don't Ignore Your Toothaches

By Dr. Bilski
July 05, 2019 Category: Toothache

Dont Ignore Your Toothaches! Have you been experiencing a toothache that is persistent, painful, or debilitating? There could be a number of causes for this toothache but only one way to know; going to the dentist! Though it may not always be a serious issue, sometimes a simple toothache can be life-threatening. What Could Cause a Toothache? Adult toothaches can stem from a bad bite, a cracked tooth, dying nerves, infection, or Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Diagnosing an adult toothache used to be a difficult job for dentists because it was almost like trial and error. Nowadays, we have great technologies that allow us to narrow down the causes so we can quickly find the problem. It is important to go to the dentist as soon as you notice the toothache because ignoring it wont work. There has never been a toothache caused by a cavity or cracked tooth that healed itself. When you come into the dentist with a toothache, we will work with you, ask you questions about your symptoms,

What Should I Do if My Child has a Toothache?

By Dr. Bilski
June 28, 2019 Category: Children, Sealants, Toothache

What Should I Do if My Child has a Toothache? If you have a young child, you know how energetic they can be. At the same time, you know when something is wrong. If they are complaining about their mouth or tooth hurting, you should take it seriously because it could be a serious problem. What Causes Children to have Toothaches? At Bilski Family Dentistry, we often see young children who are complaining about a toothache, and after we take a look, we find that they have a decayed baby tooth. This decay is painful for your child because it exposes the nerves in the more sensitive layers of your childs teeth. This can also lead to infection, which can cause even more painful problems. In most cases, we have to extract the tooth, which is no fun for the kids, or the parents, or the parents wallets, especially because it can all be prevented! Another reason your child may have a toothache could be that their roots have dissolved. This is natural as children grow; however, the gum is so

The Benefits of Molar and Bicuspid Implants

By Dr Bilski
June 14, 2019 Category: Dental Implants

Molar and Bicuspid Implants If we have to extract a tooth, it is usually because of tooth decay, infection, fractures, or accidents. Sometimes we have to sacrifice the original tooth. The cost of risk vs. rewardof trying to save natural teeth, in the long run, is sometimes not a good economic choice. Why Implants Might be a Better Choice The alternative would be to take those teeth out and place implants. Usually, without disease, we can extract a tooth and put an implant in the bones. We place the implants and allow them to integrate or heal. During the healing period of about four months, you where temporary teeth until your implants have completely healed so we can place The most common teeth that we do dental implants for are the molars and bicuspids, the smaller teeth in front of your molar. This is because these teeth are used for chewing and will wear more, collect more bacterial, and are harder to brush. A Patient Example This patient came in knowing she had to have one

Denture Implants Help Keep You Comfortable

By Dr. Bilski
June 13, 2019 Category: Dentures, Dental Implants

Denture Implants Help You Keep Comfortable A common problem many denture patients have is keeping their lower set in their mouth. It is easy to keep the upper dentures in either with an adhesive or with your own saliva. But when it comes to the lower dentures, it is hard to keep them in place because of your tongue and your jaw are always moving. This causes the lower dentures to detach and even fall out of your mouth ever so often. This can cause you to be self-conscious of your teeth when youre eating or out in public, and all you want is for your teeth to stay in place! If youve lost your teeth and have to deal with this discomfort for 25 to 30 year period, lower dentures just do not work. We always say at best; we can make you unhappy with a removable plate. Lower Denture Implants However, there is another option for patients who have lost many of their lower teeth. At Bilski Family Dentistry, we offer dental implants that will attach to your current dentures. This is called a

Custom Made Protective Mouth Guards, Independence, Ohio

By Dr. Bilski
June 07, 2019 Category: Sport Safety,

Custom-Made Protective Mouth Guards, Independence, Ohio Sport Safety Its important to make sure you or your child is protected when they are playing sports! Athletes are more prone to injury than other students whether its a head injury, a broken bone, etc. We all know the importance of wearing a helmet in baseball or football, but not everyone constantly wears their mouth guards, especially during practice. Mouth Injury: Basketball Player This patient is a high school basketball player who took an elbow to the face, causing one of her front teeth to be pushed back. This injury caused soft tissue damage meaning the lips, and the gum pushes the tooth back. To fix this injury, we had to physically pull the tooth forward and push it up to re-align it with the others. The wire is just a normal orthodontic wire that we splint together. She had to wear this wire for six to eight weeks. Then we take it off to see what has happened with the tooth. Root Canal and Veneers for a Football

Bilski Family Dentistry Has Invisalign in Independence, OH

By Dr. Bilski
May 17, 2019 Category: Invisalign

Bilski Family Dentistry Has Invisalign in Independence, OH As dental technologies advance, we have more options to treat patients. One of the most revolutionary technologies we have at Bilski Family Dentistry is Invisalign, also known as clear aligners. What are Clear Aligners? Clear aligners are one of the best alternatives to traditional wire braces. They are made out of acrylic, a plastic that we vacuum form over these models. This clear retainer fits right over your teeth and gradually repositions your smile over a period of a few months. The duration of the treatment depends on the patients teeth and how well they follow the regimen. What are the advantages of Clear Aligners? One of the biggest advantages of clear aligners is obviously that they are not obvious! As the retainer is clear, you wont be able to notice it like you would with traditional braces. Another benefit of the clear aligners is that you can remove the retainer whenever you need or want to. Though you are supposed

Sealants Are One of the Best Ways to Prevent Cavities

By Dr. Bilski
May 10, 2019 Category: Sealants, Cavities

Sealants Are One of the Best Ways to Prevent Cavities Why Everyone Should Get Sealants Sealants are a great way to protects against cavities. They are easy, affordable, discrete, and they can save you a lot of money as opposed to getting a cavity filled or a root canal. We often recommend sealants to any patients but especially children. It takes about a minute or so for each tooth, and we apply the sealant to molars or premolars. Sealants can reduce the chance of cavities by 80%. Its statistical, its been measured, and tested over time. Sealants Are Affordable Another great thing about sealants is that they are covered by most insurances, but if you dont have insurance, they are still extremely affordable. Typically, in our practice sealants could be anywhere from 30 to 40 dollars. If you come in with our dental savings plan because you dont have insurance, you can save 25%. We really believe in it so we try to keep the cost as low as we can. Its expensive to get fillings, especially

How Provance Saved a Veteran’s Smile

By Dr. Bilski
May 03, 2019 Category: Provance

How Provance Saved a Veterans Smile At Bilski Family Dentistry, we are proud to serve our veterans by helping them maintain or even giving them healthy and beautiful smiles! In one particular patient, we were able to completely reinvigorate this veterans smile with our state of the art Provance technology with the help of our partner Csapo Dental Arts in Fairview Park, Ohio. Veteran Who Needed a Smile Makeover As you can see in the photo tothe right, this gentleman had a severe case of Amelogenesis imperfecta, which is a tooth development disorder. This disorder causes improper development of tooth enamel making it really easy for the patient to wear out his teeth. Why We Chose Provance This patient thought that he was going to come in and get dentures or implants. He thought we were going to have to extract every single one of his teeth. But, upon taking x-rays, we found that his roots were actually pretty stable. Instead of extracting his teeth, we were able to give him his

What is Provance and How It Can Transform Your Smile

By Dr. Bilski
April 26, 2019 Category: Provance, Smile Makeover

What is Provance and How It Can Transform Your Smile Provance is a system developed by Csapo Dental Arts Lab in Fairview Park which areacrylic composite materials ortooth binding colors, any call you want, in one delivery system. Before Provance was developed, you had to go through an accreditation program through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. You have to pass a test, and you have to do six front teeth and place with plastic acrylic. But, this process just took way too long, so we werent going to do it. Instead, Csapo Dental Arts Lab and Bilski Family Dentistryworked back and forth to develop Provance. They finally got a patent on the system, and now it is easier than ever to deliver these beautiful smile makeovers! How Provance Works Provance allows us to restore your teeth without drilling, without Novocain, and theyre made out of acrylic which is half the price of porcelain! So, you get a great smile, with no pain, no drugs, and you save money and time! There is

Provance Veneers for Special Cases

By Dr. Bilski
April 19, 2019 Category: Provance, Veneers

Everyones teeth are different, whether you have an underbite, spacing in between your teeth, or youre still on your way to getting braces. Whatever the case, not all dental procedures are best for everyone. For example, we had this young man come in after wrestling around with his brother. As you can see in the photo below, not only does he have half of his front tooth missing but he does over a deep bite. Typically, with a broken tooth such as we see here, we would want to cap it with a veneer. However, because of this patients deep bite, its very difficult to make a final restoration veneer of a crown bond. Provance Veneers Instead, we use a technique called Provance, which is an acrylic final long term restoration cap. This is worked really nice for this young man and its also half the price of porcelain! Moreover, this patient also needed to have braces. Now that would usually be a problem if he had a typical porcelain veneer. But, the best part about the acrylic cap is that

The Importance of Your First Molar and Ceramic Implants

By Dr. Bilski
April 12, 2019 Category: Dental Implants

One of the first test questions on every dental exam is which tooth is the most commonly extracted tooth. However, the first molar is not only the most frequently extracted tooth but also the most drilled, filled, root canal, broken, crowned, and bridged tooth! If something has happened to your first molar, have you thought about fixing it with a ceramicimpant? Why Is the First Molar Worked on So Much? The reason the first molar is always needing dental attention is that we use our first molar for about 50% to 70% of our chewing, depending on how you bite. Where is My First Molar? The location of the first molar is about two teeth in front of the very back teeth, upper and lower. If you dont have your wisdom teeth anymore, you count two teeth forward, and it is that big chunky molar. Thats the number one guy or gal that is breaking all the time! Using Ceramic Implants to Fix Your First Molar In this particular situation, we have a patient who has fractured her first molar. We removed

Why You Might Want to Choose Ceramic Implants

By Dr. Bilski
April 05, 2019 Category: Smile Makeover, Dental Implants

At Bilski Family Dentistry, we want to provide our patients with as many options to give them the smile of their dreams. In order to do so, we offer many different materials for the various services and products we provide. One example of this is our variety of dental implant materials. Ceramic Implants A very popular dental implant material we offer is ceramic implants. This is an alternative to the standard titanium and metal options. Many of our patients who choose ceramic implants are concerned with metal toxicity, so they opt for a metal-free implant. If you are concerned about titanium and titanium ions leaching into your bone, this is an excellent option for you! Our ceramic implants are made with Zirconia. They integrate better than metal. Its a one-piece unit that is implanted. Then we wait for about four to eight weeks and then go ahead and begin restoring the tooth. However, ceramic implants are best for patients with only one or two teeth needed to be implanted. If

Get a Smile Makeover with Dental Implants

By Dr. Bilski
March 29, 2019 Category: Smile Makeover, Dental Implants

Get a Smile Makeover with Dental Implants Do you have a smile that you feel needs a lot of improvement, but youve never done anything about it because youre nervous or other doctors have told you they cant help you? Then you need to come to Bilski Family Dentistry where we go the extra mile to make sure you get the smile youve always wanted. Dental Implants for Cosmetic Dentistry An increasingly popular option many of our patients choose to fix their smile is a dental implant. This is because dental implants are an excellent alternative to bridges, dentures or partial dentures. An Example of a Patient Who Got Dental Implants: Our patient had been to other dentists before and was told she was not a candidate for dental implants. She then came to our practice for diagnostic work, and we found out that she was a candidate. We had to do a little bit more work with her. For this particular patient, we had to implant 12 of her front teeth, but it is worth it in the end when we see how

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