Common Procedures

Regular Exams and Dental Cleaning

Regular dental exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular exam, Dr. Nallasamy will:

  • Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
  • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
  • Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
  • Our hygienist will perform thorough teeth cleaning

Your regular exam and cleaning will take about 45-60 minutes. Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, in which we will clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface. Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions you may have about your oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your family dentist every six months to ensure that your oral health stays healthy.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay. A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or zirconia. Dr. Nallasamy will discuss all the options available for that particular tooth and will guide you to make the right decision.

Crowns or dental onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed. Once the crown is placed, your Lake Villa dentist will check to ensure that it is fitted properly and will make any necessary adjustments.

Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures in Lake Villa are given to patients where all of the natural teeth are missing. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in the spaces where permanent teeth are missing. Dentures are made of different materials. Dr. Nallasamy will discuss various options that are available for you and will help you to choose the right one. All of our patients are unique and we create one-of-a-kind dentures that feel good and look natural. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well. Searching for “dentures near me?” Schedule a consultation today!

Extractions and Socket Preservation/Bone Graft

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or have long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a painful wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

After extraction of permanent teeth, the bone that previously supported the tooth melts away as it doesn’t serve a purpose anymore. When this bone fades away, gaps form between the teeth, or the teeth can move out of alignment. This is why a socket preservation is typically performed at the same time as the tooth extraction itself. A socket or alveolar ridge preservation procedure involves placing a bone graft into the socket, where the tooth once was. This graft can be made of synthetic materials, bone from other animals (such as cows) or human bone. After putting the graft in the socket, the dentist usually covers it up with a collagen membrane, then sutures the opening to keep it closed. As your Lake Villa family dentist, we can work with kids, teens, and adults who need a tooth extraction, from wisdom teeth removal to removing decaying teeth.

FillingsTraditional dental restoratives, or dental fillings, are most often made of silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this traditional dental material makes it useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth. Newer natural-looking dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.

There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct dental fillings are fillings placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include silver amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, and veneers. They are used when a tooth has too much damage to support a filling but not enough to necessitate a crown.

Root Canals

If your tooth has a diseased nerve, a special dental procedure called Root Canal Treatment (RTC) can save the tooth. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the nerve tissue (pulp) and can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form resulting in pain, swelling or even pus drainage in the mouth. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.

Root canal treatment can be completed in as less as one visit or may take few visits to complete, depending on the severity of the infection. During RTC, the dentist removes the affected tissue and cleans the space that was previously occupied by the nerve tissue and seals it. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth has extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. They usually appear in the late teens or early twenties, but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease. Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier as well as shorten the recovery time after your visit to your Lake Villa dentist.

In order to remove a wisdom tooth, your family dentist first needs to numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Since the impacted tooth may still be under the gums and embedded in your jaw bone, your dentist will need to remove a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth. In order to minimize the amount of bone that is removed with the tooth, your dentist will often “section” your wisdom tooth so that each piece can be removed through a small opening in the bone. Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction, healing time varies. Your Lake Villa dentist will share with you what to expect and provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.

If you’ve been searching the internet for a “dentist near me” in order to find the best dentists in Lake Villa, you can rest easy knowing that Dr. Nallasamy is experienced, caring, and ready to provide you with general dentistry treatments, root canals, and more.