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Fox Moor Dental Clinic
2246 Ogden Ave
Aurora, IL 60504

(630) 820-2100
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By Brian J O'Donovan D.D.S.
September 18, 2017
Category: Dental

Do you desire to avoid a decline in your oral health and its systemic health consequences? Of course, you do, and here's how you can: preventaive careseek routine preventive care from your dentist in Aurora, IL, Dr. Brian O'Donovan. Dr. O'Donovan and his team work hard to keep smiles healthy and overall well-being strong and vibrant. Have you had your routine check-up?

The heart of preventive dentistry

It's a passion for smiles that look good, feel good, function well and impact the entire body positively. But, without diligent oral hygiene habits at home and six-month check-ups and hygienic cleanings at Fox Moor Dental Clinic, your chances for tooth decay, gum disease, misaligned dental bite, poor smile aesthetics, tooth loss and more increase dramatically.

Did you know that 28 percent of all adults in the US ages 35 to 44 have untreated cavities? Also, did you know that there are 125 health conditions affected by unhealthy teeth and gum? Both statistics come from the American Dental Association, a group of dentists specializing in research on the latest dental techniques and on strategies to optimize oral health. This group, along with your Aurora dentist, believes that you can improve these numbers. Here's how.

Brush, floss and get your check -up

Everyone from youngsters on up should brush twice a day with a soft brush and quality toothpaste. Flossing once a day is important, too. What's the point of at-home care? It removes bacteria-filled plaque and tartar which cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Additionally, Dr. O'Donovan wants to see his patients twice a year for check-ups and hygienic cleanings. Your friendly hygienist removes plaque your toothbrush and floss miss, and exams spot problems before they become expensive and difficult to treat.

The dental examination includes:

  • Visual inspection for decay and gum disease (including periodontal probing to assess gum pocket depth)
  • Digital X-rays to check for hidden decay and to visualize roots and bone structure
  • A quick and comfortable oral cancer screening
  • Assessment of restorations such as crowns and fillings
  • Bite assessment

Also, Dr. O'Donovan will recommend a course of treatment to keep your smile bright and strong. A common recommendation for children is application of plastic sealants. Sealants are thin plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of molars to avoid tooth decay.

In addition, your dentist will tell you what restorative work you require, and he'll ask you if you'd like to enhance your smile appearance with teeth whitening or other aesthetic services as appropriate. Step by step, the care plan keeps your oral health on track.

Prevention is best

Don't allow accumulated oral health issues to impact your finances, appearance and overall well-being. Come to Fox Moor Dental Clinic in Aurora, IL for your semi-annual exam and cleaning. Call for an appointment: (630) 820-2100.

By Brian J O'Donovan D.D.S.
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental

Damaging your teeth increases your risk of tooth loss. Applying a crown to a damaged tooth offers an effective way to restore and dental crownsstrengthen weak teeth. Aurora, IL, dentist Dr. Brian O'Donovan explains how you can benefit from crowns.

When are crowns used?

Crowns are used to restore damaged teeth and also prevent fragile teeth from becoming damaged. They may be recommended if:

  • You Broke a Tooth: Whether a tooth broke when you bit into a nut or other hard food, or you were injured in an accident, crowns restore broken teeth. A broken tooth is not only unattractive but also makes chewing difficult.
  • You Had a Root Canal: Root canals save inflamed or infected teeth by removing the pulp. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth becomes weaker. If the tooth isn't covered by a crown, it may be more likely to break.
  • You Have Significant Tooth Decay: If tooth decay is extensive, your cavity may be too large for a traditional filling. Using a crown instead offers a better restoration method.
  • Your Teeth Are Brittle: Teeth can become brittle due to aging or a genetic disposition. Applying crowns to brittle teeth means that you won't have to worry about them breaking.
  • Your Tooth Cracked: Biting into hard objects can cause teeth to crack. Cracks increase the risk of a tooth fracture or a cavity. Any crack, no matter how small, creates an opening in your tooth through which bacteria can enter. Covering your tooth with a crown helps you avoid cavities and painful breaks.
  • You Lost a Tooth: Crowns restore lost teeth when they're used in dental bridges and dental implants.

How do crowns help?

Crowns, also called caps, fit snugly over teeth. Whether they're made of porcelain, resin or other materials, they're designed to absorb the extreme forces you generate when you bite. They also cover cracks and hide cosmetic imperfections. The first steps of the crown process involve preparing the tooth and making an impression of your teeth that will be used to create your crown in a dental laboratory. We'll make a temporary crown for you in our Aurora office and ask you to return for your permanent crown in about two weeks. Permanent crowns are attached with dental cement and feel completely natural.

Keep your teeth strong with dental crowns! Call Aurora, IL, dentist Dr. Brian O'Donovan at (630) 820-2100 to schedule an appointment.

By Brian J O'Donovan D.D.S.
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: Dental Sealants  

Brushing and flossing are the most important tools in the fight against cavities and tooth decay. But for young children learning proper dental sealantsbrushing and flossing techniques, adequately cleaning the entire surface of each tooth can be challenging, even if they brush every day. When combined with sugary snacks and drinks, children are especially vulnerable to tooth decay. Dr. Brian O'Donovan, a dentist in Aurora, IL, advises parents to consider dental sealants to help reduce the risk of cavities in young children.

Reduce Your Child's Risk of Cavities with Dental Sealants in Aurora

Think of dental sealants as a type of dental umbrella. Commonly used on molars and premolars, they are made of a thin plastic coating that is bonded directly to the chewing surface of the tooth, creating a flatter, smoother base for easier cleaning. A smoother chewing surface minimizes the amount of food and bacteria that can stow away in the grooves and nooks of each tooth, which can be hard to reach with a toothbrush, especially for the back teeth. The sealants create a buffer between the acids and bacteria that would otherwise attack the tooth.

Who Should Get Dental Sealants?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all children between the ages of 6 - 11 should have sealants to protect the molars from decay. And it's easy to see why. The American Dental Association estimates that dental sealants can help to lower the risk of tooth decay in children by as much as 80%. In most cases, sealants will last for several years and can be applied in a short visit to the dentist. Although they are appropriate at any age, dentists recommend getting them as early as possible to prevent cavities, and the costs and additional dental work required once a cavity actually develops.

Find a Dentist in Aurora

For more information on tooth decay and cavity prevention, contact Fox Moor Dental Clinic by calling (630) 820-2100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. O'Donovan today.

By Brian J O'Donovan D.D.S.
March 20, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: root canals  

Find out why getting a root canal is really nothing to worry about.root canals

It seems as if TV shows just love to depict frighteningly humorous skits of people dealing with painful root canals, but our Aurora, IL, dentist Dr. Brian O’Donovan is here to tell you that there really is nothing to worry about. Sure, those shows might get a nervous chuckle out of you but if you need a root canal you’ll be happy to hear that it really is no big deal.

It’s Doesn’t Hurt

It’s a dental procedure. How can it not hurt? We know that dental tools may look intimidating at times but the purpose isn’t to hurt you. People that need a root canal will often come into our office because they are suffering from a toothache. They don’t know what’s going on and our Aurora, IL, general dentist is quickly able to detect decay, trauma or an infection that could be affecting the health of that tooth.

Where is the pain coming from? It’s coming from an inner structure known as the dental pulp. It’s screaming out to let you know that something isn’t right. At this point, the best option is to remove this source of pain. Before a root canal, we will numb the area so you’ll actually enjoy a reprieve from that chronic, nagging dental pain. Plus, once the procedure is over, you won’t have to worry about that toothache anymore.

Root Canals Save Teeth

This procedure gets a bad reputation but it’s really a pretty amazing treatment. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the infected or irritated dental pulp, disinfect the inside of the tooth, seal the canals to prevent infections in the future and to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. I think we can all agree that there is nothing as important as having all of your natural teeth. While dental prosthetics have come a long way in replacing missing teeth, why go through all of that time and trouble when a simple root canal could potentially save your tooth?

If you are experiencing dental pain this is a warning sign that something isn’t right. Don’t ignore this symptom. Instead, turn to Fox Moor Dental Clinic in Aurora, IL, right away to get the proper dental care you need.

By Brian J O'Donovan D.D.S.
January 06, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: Veneers  

Some patients have to wait years and go to many dental appointments to get the beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted. If waiting that long simply isn’t an option for you, talk to your dentist about dental veneers. With veneers, you get a big difference in the appearance of your smile with a very small procedure that can be completed in about two or three appointments. Learn more about veneers from your Aurora, IL dentist.Dental Veneers

What Is a Veneer?
A veneer is a covering placed over the surface of a tooth to make it look more attractive, whiter and more naturally shaped. It’s commonly made of porcelain, which is a very tough and durable material that resembles natural tooth enamel. The veneer resists staining and fixes a number of common cosmetic problems, including chipping, gaps and ridges in the teeth.

What Will Happen at the Veneer Appointment?
When it’s clear that veneers can help your smile, the next step is to get your teeth prepared for them. The preparation process involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth to make room for the veneer and ensure a proper bond. Since a veneer is as thin as a contact lens, less than a millimeter of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth so that a proper veneer can be made. At the final appointment, the veneer is bonded and shaped to perfection.

How Long Will this New Smile Last?
Veneers are a wonder of cosmetic dentistry not just because they give you a big difference in your smile with a small procedure, but also because they are long-lasting. Once a porcelain veneer is bonded, it can last for as long as 20 years—maybe even longer. It’s important to treat your veneers with as much TLC as your other teeth to keep them looking great for as long as possible.

How Do You Care for Veneers?
The veneer has a strong bond to your tooth, but you have to keep it clean and free from plaque buildup to ensure its ongoing health and resilience. Brush around all surfaces of the tooth and floss between the teeth daily. Avoid biting hot foods (or drinking hot beverages) with your veneers as much as possible and drink less sugary beverages. One of the most important things to remember after you get veneers is to keep up with twice-yearly appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Contact your Aurora, IL Dentist

Veneers can give your smile a makeover that you never imagined was possible, and it only takes one small dental procedure to make a big difference. Call your Aurora, IL dentist for a veneers appointment today.

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