Skilled and Comprehensive Dental Restorations in Orland Park
Having a healthy smile can positively impact your quality of life. Whether you have a few missing teeth or a growing cavity, you need a dental team you can trust to deliver the quality treatment you deserve. Dr. Kenneth Coffey and our in-house prosthodontist, Dr. Christopher Coffey, provide customized dental restorations and quality restorative treatments. We’re proud to serve the Orland Park, Palos Heights, Homer Glen, and surrounding communities.
By combining natural-looking and safe materials with skilled service and innovative technology, we can help repair and rebuild your smile! Call Distinctive Smile Design to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one today!
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Smile Restoration Solutions from Distinctive Smile Design
When visiting us for restorative care, you know your needs are met with precision and skill in a compassionate environment. Dr. Kenneth Coffey has been treating the dental and oral health needs of individuals since 1987. In addition to our many years of experience, Dr. Christopher Coffey is a board-certified prosthodontist. This means he has the knowledge and skill to provide specialized care, such as placing and restoring dental implants.
Our available treatment for smile restoration includes:
Why Restore My Smile with a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists specialize in dentistry that focuses on restoring oral and dental health as well as rebuilding the entire smile as a whole. This means delivering treatments that help promote your smile’s health, appearance, and function all at once.
With his advanced training, Dr. Christopher Coffey understands how oral structure impacts function. He can tailor restorations to give you an optimal bite, strengthen teeth, and prevent common oral health problems. He has all the training of a general dentist with special training in dental appliances.
Depending on your individual needs, our prosthodontist can design crowns, bridges, and dentures that are comfortable and suited to your unique bite. All restorations you receive in our dental office are designed to support your oral health while also promoting a beautiful smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of body-safe titanium posts that serve in the place of missing tooth roots once surgically placed in your jawbone. After placement, implants posts fuse with natural tissues and bone, allowing them to become a permanent part of your smile. Dental implants are incredibly versatile, and with the correct number and placement, they can support anything from a single tooth to a complete arch of teeth.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Before planning your treatment, our dentists take the time to make sure dental implants are right for you. You must be in good oral and overall health for the implant placement procedure, and your jawbone should be strong enough to support your implants.
In case your jaw has weakened or shrunk due to prolonged tooth loss, Dr. Christopher Coffey can perform a bone graft. This procedure involves adding bone material to your jaw to help greater your chances for successful implant treatment. Our practice offers the highest quality of brands for dental implants, those which include Nobel®, Straumann®, and Biohorizon®.
The Implant Process Explained
Having our team perform your implant placement means getting treatment from a professional who has the experience to do so with precision and skill. Receiving dental implants typically takes several months, but the results can last a lifetime!
Below are some of the most common steps you will likely undergo during your implant treatment.
Planning: To begin, our dentists evaluate your jawbone and overall oral health using our digital and panoramic x-ray and 3D scanning technology. These advanced tools allow us to gain precise information about your teeth, gums, roots, jaws, and facial structures. If dental implants are right for you, we work with you to plan your treatment. If necessary, we also include your bone graft or sinus lift procedure in your treatment plan.
Placement: Dr. Christopher Coffey uses his experience and innovative surgical guides to place your implants carefully and with precision. Depending on your needs, you may have multiple posts placed at once, or our dentist may recommend more than one procedure to complete placement.
Healing: After placement, your gums need several months to heal and fuse to your implants properly. This healing period is necessary to make sure your implant posts will be stable enough to withstand daily chewing forces.
Completion: Once properly healed, we invite you back to our Orland Park office to attach your custom restoration to your implants. With your new teeth in place, you can speak, smile, and chew just as you would with natural teeth!
How Many Teeth Can Implant Restorations Replace?
Once the dental implant heals, it will be used as the foundation for a myriad of restorations. At Distinctive Smile Design, we can restore one to all missing teeth in your smile with the following prosthetics:
- Porcelain Crowns for restoring a single missing tooth with one dental implant.
- Fixed Bridges designed to replace two or more missing teeth in a row. Our bridges can either use surrounding natural teeth for support, or two or more implant posts.
- Partial Dentures, which can replace multiple teeth lost in your smile.
- Complete Dentures designed to restore all teeth missing in the upper or lower jaws, or both.
Depending on your denture needs, Dr. Christopher Coffey can provide you will a newly rebuilt smile using the All-On-Four implant method. This technique helps you achieve a new, full smile quickly using custom overdentures and just four dental implants. Our prosthodontist can also provide complete smile restoration with full-arch fixed dentures.
How Can Composite Fillings Restore My Teeth?
White fillings help restore structure and appeal after wear, damage, and areas of decay have been removed. Our composite fillings are designed to fit into small spaces and bond well with natural enamel. As a result, they preserve more of your tooth while providing a tight, long-lasting seal of protection.
At Distinctive Smile Design, we use high-quality composite fillings to deliver the best possible results. Typically, our dentists will examine your teeth for signs of tooth decay, damage, and wear. This helps us determine where fillings will work best in your smile.
How Do Porcelain Crowns Work?
When your teeth are fractured, broken, or too weak to withstand daily use, dental crowns can provide full protection. Dr. Christopher Coffey precisely shapes each crown to complement your bite while maintaining your natural smile.
Our dental crowns are custom-made to fit over the damaged tooth, stabilizing it and protecting it from decay or further damage. Distinctive Smile Design provides crowns of high-quality porcelain and ceramic materials, crafted to resemble your natural tooth in both color and appearance.
7 Reasons You Might Need a Crown
Crowns are effective in addressing a wide range of dental concerns, and their durability and longevity make them a popular choice when repairing a damaged tooth.
Here are seven reasons a crown might be right for you:
- You have a severely decayed tooth
- Your tooth is broken or cracked
- You want to improve your bite or alignment
- You need to complete your dental implant
- Your tooth has a huge filling that makes it vulnerable
- Your tooth requires strengthening after root canal therapy
- Your teeth are worn, misshapen, or small
Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. This procedure is a standard treatment that can be done at our office. We also work closely with a trusted oral surgeon who performs tooth removal for complex cases.
In most cases, teeth that are broken or damaged through decay can be fixed with a crown, filling, or other dental treatments. Sometimes, however, the damage is too extensive to repair, so extraction is the best choice to help restore your oral and dental health.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
There is a close connection between your oral and overall health. Your smile is home to both helpful and harmful bacteria. To keep the disease-causing bacteria from entering the rest of your body, a strong routine of oral hygiene and visiting our office every six months for essential care is essential.
Oral health also plays a role in certain systemic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Those with diabetes are often more susceptible to several oral health conditions, including dry mouth, tooth decay, and gum disease. The toxins found in gum disease may be linked to stroke, cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, low-birth-weight babies, and preterm births.
What Can I Do to Keep My Gums Healthy?
To keep your teeth, gums, and the whole body healthy, we recommend the following:
- Provide our dentists with your complete health history, including any underlying illnesses or medication use.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily to help clear plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that often gets stuck between your teeth and under the gums.
- Visit us twice a year for exams and professional cleanings to help alleviate any problems and detect oral issues in their early stages.
- Eat a well-balanced diet to help you maintain a healthier immune system.
- If you smoke, talk to our dentists about options for quitting.
Get the Dental Care You Need in Orland Park!
No matter the state of your smile, our team at Distinctive Smile Design is here to help! Dr. Kenneth Coffey and Dr. Christopher Coffey are proud to offer skilled restorative dental care tailored to your individual needs.
We are excited to help you enjoy the perfect smile you can be proud of. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and take the next step to a healthier and functional smile!
CALL US: (708) 403-7888 REQUEST APPOINTMENT