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Everyone at Advanced Dental Care is committed to making you smile!

No matter your dental care needs, our caring, compassionate staff is here to not only give you a beautiful, healthy smile, but also to make your experience relaxing and enjoyable. Yes, you really can relax during your next trip to the dentist!

We offer a full range of dental care services to help you either maintain an already healthy smile or to finally get that beautiful smile you can't wait to show off. From routine maintenance and check-ups, to custom dentures, dental implants, crowns, veneers and Fastbraces, which can straighten a crooked smile in just a few short months,we can help your smile.

Plus, if you're like many of our patients, are scared of the dentist and have put off critical dental care because of this fear, we can help! Through sedation dentistry (we've heard many patients call it a miracle!) you can reverse years of neglect or have multiple procedures performed in just one visit, all while you're relaxed and completely comfortable.

To learn more about how Advanced Dental Care can help you get a beautiful, healthy smile you're proud to show off, call our office at (217) 546-3333 and let us show you how we can make you smile!

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08/13/14
Replace Missing Teeth and Support Bone Structure with Dental Implants

How can dental implants support facial bone structure?
 
Tooth loss is a common occurrence as age increases. Many people do not know that losing teeth can affect your facial bone structure, as bone around a missing tooth tends to deteriorate. Preventative maintenance and regular dental visits can help to prevent tooth loss, but many still find themselves with missing teeth. Dental implants can replace your missing teeth and restore your natural smile.

A Missing Tooth Affects the Facial Bone

When teeth fall out naturally, become damaged from trauma, or are removed for health reasons the jawbone is affected. Pressure on our natural teeth during eating and chewing provide healthy stimulation to the underlying bone which helps keep it strong and healthy. When teeth are missing, this pressure is not maintained and the bone can start to deteriorate. With dental implants, the jawbone will maintain the stimulation it needs and maintain its natural strength.

A Dental Implant Mimics a Real Tooth

A dental implant acts just as a real tooth does in function and design. Since each tooth has a specific role for eating, the loss of even a single one can affect your ability to chew. Replacing a missing tooth helps maintain the dental arch structure of your mouth and your chewing ability.

Not only do teeth function in eating, but they maintain the placement of your facial features as well. When teeth are lost, movement takes place beneath the skin that can alter the look of your mouth and face. Dental implants can prevent this movement while maintaining your outer appearance.

Dental implants, though not true teeth, provide the most natural alternative in both form and function.

Dr. Matt VanderMolen is the dental implant specialist you can trust for all your replacement needs. For more information about how dental implants, contact Advanced Dental Care of Springfield at 217-546-3333. We look forward to working for you!

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08/04/14
Sedation Dentistry for Multiple Dental Treatments

When you are considering dental treatments, you want your dentist to not only offer you experience and quality but also the maximum level of comfort with as little pain as possible. Often people avoid dental treatments all together because they are worried about the amount of pain involved. Some avoid procedures that will require multiple visits because they do not have the time or money. Sedation dentistry can eliminate pain during procedures, decrease office visits and allow your dentist to work quickly and efficiently.

Sedation keeps a person in a state of relaxation. If you opt for sedation during your dental procedure you will remain conscious throughout the process; you will be able to answer basic questions about your level of comfort. The sedation medication will reduce your anxiety, uplift your mood, and block pain receptors. You will feel light pressure in place of discomfort. You will be totally relaxed and calm during the entire procedure.

Many dental procedures are time-consuming and can require several appointments. If you have a complicated restoration, you may be weary of the long procedures and return visits. It can be difficult to schedule multiple appointments. Sedation dentistry allows many off these multi-visit procedures to be completed in a single visit. This can save time and money for the patient by reducing the number of clinic visits, time off of work and recovery time.

Many dentists find sedation dentistry beneficial as it raises their level of productivity and reduces the stresses that come with many dental procedures. Because you will be more relaxed during sedation, it is easier for the dentist to complete their work accurately and at a faster pace. 

To learn more about sedation dentistry, call our friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield at 217-546-3333 for an appointment with Dr. Matt VanderMolen. Our expert team will be happy to answer any of your questions.



07/28/14
4 Things You Should Know About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers: Four Things to Know

If you have tooth discoloration, crooked, or poorly spaced teeth, porcelain veneers can provide an effective solution. Veneers are thin layers of ceramic that are glued to the tooth surface and can change the size, shape, and color of your tooth.

A few things to know about porcelain veneers:

1.    Porcelain veneers can create an entire smile makeover.

Because veneers are glued to your tooth surface, they can completely refurbish imperfect teeth and make your teeth look naturally beautiful. Chips and gaps can be corrected with the help of veneers. Veneer placement is easy and does not require surgery, so it is easy to get your dream smile.

2.    Porcelain veneers can usually be placed within a week.

The installation of porcelain veneers is simple. The first step is preparing the natural teeth which are going to be capped. The tooth material is reduced to make space to accommodate the veneer. An impression is created from a mold and sent to a lab for a custom set of veneers. Your dentist will match the shade of your porcelain veneers to that of your existing teeth. Once fabricated, your dentist can attach them to your teeth in just one visit. 

3.    Porcelain veneers can whiten and straighten the appearance of your teeth.

Veneers can be used to cover teeth that have become dark or that have been stained by food, smoking or improper care. Because the veneers are porcelain, they will not stain, creating a lasting smile that will stay sparkling white. Minor alignment issues can also be corrected with the assistance of veneers, creating that perfect smile without using braces.

4.    Porcelain veneers must be maintained.

While veneers are strong enough to endure regular eating activities, you should still avoid chewing on ice, nail biting, and grinding of teeth. Hard surfaces can cause veneers to get chipped or cracked. Broken veneers need to be removed and replaced.

To learn more about how veneers can leave you with a natural looking, beautiful smile, call the friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333. Make an appointment with Dr. Matt VanderMolen today.




07/21/14
5 Things You Should Know About Preventative Dentistry at Home

Preventative Dentistry: What can I do Between Visits?

5 Tips for Good, Preventative Dentistry at Home
Between regular dental visits, it is essential to maintain your oral health. Preventative oral care does not only happen at your dentists office. In fact, the majority of your dental care will occur at home, between visits.  

Here are a few things to know about preventative dentistry at home:

Brushing and Flossing is Key. It seems basic enough, but maintaining a daily brushing and flossing routine at home is the best way to prevent further dental problems from developing. If you need help with your technique, talk to your dentist to see how you can better care for your teeth on a daily basis.

Maintaining a healthy diet is important for overall dental health. Eating nutrient-rich foods can help build strong bones and tissues while preventing dental problems from occurring down the road. It is also important avoid foods high in sugars, which can encourage tooth decay and gum disease.

Start at-home preventative care early on. Brushing and flossing should be taught to infants as soon as they develop teeth. By ingraining this daily routine into young minds, it helps set them up for a lifetime of strong and healthy teeth. This will also make their first dental visits easier and help reduce any anxiety that may develop over visiting the dentist in the future.

Ensuring that older children and teens have good brushing habits is essential. Remind them that spending 2 minutes brushing twice a day increases their dental health exponentially.

Stopping smoking can greatly improve your oral health. Not only does smoking cause teeth to turn yellow, but it can lead to gum and periodontal diseases. Gum disease causes the weakening of gums and can eventually lead to the loss of teeth in affected areas.  

Overall health and dental health are related. There are many ways in which health problems can cause and be caused by poor dental health. By maintaining a regular exercise routine, minimizing drinking and keeping any other health problems at bay; you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.

If you need help establishing your at-home oral care routine, or have questions about preventative dentistry, call Dr. VanderMolen at (217) 546-3333 and schedule a visit. The friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield - Your preventative dental care specialists!




07/14/14
Dental Implants: A Natural Alternative to Dentures

Are you one of the thousands of people wearing dentures which do not fit correctly? Dentures which have not been fit properly can cause discomfort. While many are happy with the look and feel of their dentures, there is a long-lasting, more natural looking alternative. If you are wearing dentures at the moment and would like a change, dental implants may be right for you.
 
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is fixed into the jaw bone and acts as a foundation to support dental prosthetics. When implants are installed, your dentist will drill small holes into the jawbone, and position small, threaded rods made from titanium. When the process has been completed, the dental implants will be tightened and fixed into place so that they will not move. Dental implants are positioned where teeth are missing so that they can act as a foundation for a dental crown or bridge which can be attached to the threaded rod.

There are many benefits of using dental implants. Most importantly, they form a firm foundation for affixing permanent replacement teeth. Because the teeth are permanent, eating and speaking become easier. Dental implants firmly rooted in the jaw, look, and act just as your natural teeth. Titanium rods do not cause allergic reactions and are therefore a great option to those who have sensitivity to those materials. While implants can cost more then dentures, the long-lasting, durable and natural look of them makes them worth the investment. You will smile, eat, and speak as naturally as if you had all of your original teeth.

If you have poorly fitted dentures, lost or damaged teeth and would like to know more about how dental implants can benefit you, make an appointment by calling Dr. Matt VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at 217-546-3333.
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07/07/14
Benefits of Night Guards and Sports Guards

If you or your children have participated in any action sports, you have probably used, or seen sport guards. Dental guards can also be used at night. In either case, the purpose is the same, to protect the teeth from damage. Mouth guards are not just for children, they are used in dentistry for those of all ages. If you are at risk for certain dental problems, your dentist may recommend a custom night or sports guard for you.

Night guards are most commonly suggested for those who grind their teeth at night, a condition called bruxism. A night guard can help alleviate sore and tense muscles that develop from consistent grinding. These tense muscles can result in tension headaches, popping and clicking jaws, and ringing in the ears.

Grinding can create teeth that are prone to decay. Wearing a mouth guard can help protect the tooth enamel, which can wear down over time from grinding pressure. For many patients with bruxism, wearing a night guard offers a better nights rest.

Sports guards are used for those participating in high-contact sports. Football, hockey, soccer, and rugby are a few sports that generally require mouth protection. These help prevent serious damage to the teeth and gums during a hit. The guard is made of a material that absorbs force, meaning they can reduce the impact to the entire skull, and could help prevent a brain injury as well.

While some mouth guards can be purchased over the counter, a dentist can provide you with a custom fit guard. Your dentist will create a mold of your mouth and send the impression to a lab. This ensures you have an accurate fit that will not fall out of your mouth or loosen over time.

Occasionally, long-term use of store-bought dental guards can lead to pain and dental issues. Because they are made of a cheaper material, they need to be replaced often.

Professionally fit mouth guards can help with minor bite adjustments, and they will be created from a material that is the correct density for your bite. This ensures that your teeth are given proper support where they need it, preventing pain from long term use.

To learn more about the benefits of wearing a sport or night guard, contact Advanced Dental Care of Springfield at 217-546-3333 today. Dr. Matt VanderMolen will protect your smile for years to come. 



06/30/14
The Benefits of Preventative Oral Care

If you want a beautiful, healthy smile, preventative oral care is essential. Between daily oral hygiene routines at home and regular checkups with your dentist, proper preventative care can save you time, pain, and money.

It cannot be stressed enough: daily brushing and flossing are crucial for maintaining a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing keep particles from gathering between your teeth, keep bacteria at bay, and help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Making basic oral care a part of your daily routine can prevent the need for costly dental procedures down the road.

Dont skip on your regular dental checkups and cleanings. During your cleaning, your hygienist will attend to any of those spots you may miss during your daily routine and inform you of the areas you need to pay more attention to at home.

Your dentist is trained to catch serious dental issues. Early diagnosis and treatment for periodontal disease will ensure you have fewer office visits to the dentist down the road.

Your dentist can also determine which, if any, oral issues for which you may be at higher risk and can establish a plan to minimize your risk. The bottom line is preventative oral care will save you time and money. If you allow your teeth to become unhealthy, they may require expensive and painful procedures.

Many dental health plans cover preventative care visits with your dental office. One study found that many people are not taking full advantage of their health plans. We will work with you to establish a comprehensive preventative oral care plan that will ensure a healthy smile for years to come. Make an appointment with Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today. Call 217-546-3333.



06/23/14
Gaining New Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry

Many people feel self-conscious about their smile. If you have a crooked smile, missing or discolored teeth, you may be trying to find ways to cover up that smile in public. Why shy away from those work functions and social outings? Consider cosmetic dentistry, and be on your way to a whole new you, with a beautiful smile you cant wait to show off!

There are several types of cosmetic dental procedures that can help give you the smile you have always wanted. Some of the most common are teeth whitening, crowns, dental bonding, and veneers

If you have stained or discolored teeth, professional teeth whitening systems can be provided to you by your dentist. Whether it is an in-office procedure where you see same-day results, or a take home set custom molded for your mouth, your teeth can become several shades whiter in no time. Unlike the over-the-counter whitening kits, dental offices can use a stronger concentration of the whitening chemical, and they have staff properly trained to apply it. For you, this means faster and safer results.

If you need to fill gaps between your teeth, or want to change the color of your teeth, you may want to consider dental bonding. Dental bonding can also be used to fill cavities in a way that makes the tooth look healthy and natural, without any of those embarrassing metal fillers. Dental bonds use a tooth-colored material and are one of the quickest and easiest methods of tooth restoration in cosmetic dentistry.

However, dental bonds are more susceptible to chipping and staining than some other cosmetic options. If you have a habit of chewing on hard objects, eating or drinking staining foods, you may want to consider veneers or crowns.

Dental Crowns are often used when teeth are cracked, decayed, or damaged. They fit over the existing tooth and work to strengthen your tooth while improving the way it looks. In most cases, crown installation occurs over a few office visits, although new technology is allowing for crowns that can be installed in just one visit.

Your teeth will be reduced to make room for the cap, and a mold will be created of your smile. If youll be receiving your crown over the course of two visits, while your mold is sent to a lab for crown fabrication, you will be fitted with a temporary crown. On a subsequent visit, your dentist will cement your crown into place. Crowns can last for many years with proper care.

If youll be receiving your crown in one visit, it will be fabricated and placed all in one visit to the office.

Veneers are similar to crowns, but only cover the front area of the tooth. Veneers are created out of porcelain and can be used to fix a variety of cosmetic issues including discolored, crooked, or uneven teeth. Veneers are very resistant to staining, so they are a great long-term option.

To gain back your confidence with a brand new smile, contact Dr. Matt VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today! 217-546-3333



06/17/14
Repairing Your Smile with Dental Bonding

Do you have decaying or chipped teeth? Are you embarrassed to show off your smile because of minor cosmetic flaws? Dental bonding is a common cosmetic dental procedure that can help repair unsightly and damaged teeth.

Dental bonding is a quick and easy procedure that can be done in office with little advanced preparation. Your dentist will first prepare a plastic adhesive that is gently shaped and polished to match the contour of your existing teeth. The adhesive is composed of a composite resin that is matched to the color of your natural teeth. Unless you are filling a cavity, you will not require anesthesia; the procedure is normally painless. Once you begin the bonding process, your tooth will be roughened. A liquid will be applied to prep for the resin adhesive. Then the adhesive is applied and shaped to fit naturally with your other teeth. The flexible material is hardened under an ultraviolet light or laser. Your dentist will then do any remaining shaping or trimming needed and polish the bond. The entire procedure can be completed in less than an hour per tooth.

There are many reasons you may be considering dental bonding, as it has a variety of applications. Most commonly, bonding is used to repair decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth. When teeth are decaying, resins can be used to fill cavities. Even if you do not have tooth decay, you can use dental bonding to change the look of discolored teeth. Bonding resin can even be shaped to close gaps, and lengthen, smooth or change the overall shape of the tooth. Occasionally, dental bonding is done to protect the base of a tooth when gums have begun to recede.

To learn more about how dental bonding can improve the appearance of your smile, contact Dr. Matt VanderMolen today. Call 217-546-3333 to schedule your consultation at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield.



06/09/14
Caring for Your Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most common types of tooth replacement used in dentistry today. After receiving dental implants to replace broken or missing teeth, there are a few guidelines you should follow to ensure a speedy and comfortable healing process. Creating a proper aftercare routine will help you maintain your implants for years to come.

It is incredibly important to maintain proper oral hygiene following dental implant surgery. Your dentist may give you a special mouthwash to use a few times each day. Salt water washes can speed the recovery in the healing area and may be recommended a few times each day. Regular brushing and flossing is encouraged for the entire mouth, including the healing areas. Start very gently in tender areas and increase pressure gradually. Daily oral maintenance will keep surgical areas from becoming infected and painful.

Immediately after surgery, you can expect light bleeding and swelling to occur. Apply ice packs around the neck and face to reduce swelling and blood flow to the area following the general rule of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Biting down on gauze can also help to stop bleeding near the surgical site. If blood flow cannot be stopped, or lasts for a few days, contact your dentist immediately.

Your dentist will send you home with pain management instructions. Often all that is needed is over-the-counter pain medication. Most dental implant surgeries cause minimal pain and tenderness for a few days. Depending on the specifics of your surgery, you may be given prescription pain meds or antibiotics.

Avoid disturbing the surgical site as much as possible during healing. Spitting, rinsing and using a straw should also be avoided to ensure that clots remain in place. Physical exercise can increase blood flow, and is not recommended for the first few days after surgery.

Dr. Matt VanderMolen will give you detailed instructions for proper after-care following your dental implant surgery. Contact the friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333, to learn more today.



06/02/14
Fastbraces: Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Will I Be Able To Maintain My Oral Hygiene Properly With Fastbraces?

Fastbraces is an orthodontic procedure which takes, as little as 3 months to one year to complete. In this period of time, the recipient of Fastbraces should go about brushing and flossing in the normal way as a part of Preventative Dentistry. In fact, it is just as easy to maintain oral hygiene with the braces as it is without. If this is a concern for you then there is no need to worry. The main aim is to ensure that the outcome of Fastbraces improves your overall facial appearance.

Dental Hygiene with Fastbraces

Once the braces have been fitted, it is just the matter of keeping them clean and the surrounding teeth as well as a way of ensuring that the teeth look white and you dont suffer from bad breath. If you arent meticulous with brushing and flossing then you cant expect your teeth to stay healthy and clean. Dr. VanderMolen will be able to give you all the information and advice you need to get the best possible results with your Fastbraces.

Orthodontics Improve Future Dental Hygiene

Normally, smile improvement is the main reason why the majority of patients seek orthodontic treatments. At the same time by straightening the teeth it becomes easier to keep teeth clean in the future, delaying or preventing the decaying of teeth and diseases of the gum and even tooth removals. Straightening your teeth with Fastbraces, therefore, is an investment in your future oral health.

If you would like advice on how Fastbraces could affect your oral hygiene, do not hesitate, call Dr. VanderMolen at (217) 546-3333 today, to make an appointment to discuss the procedure and its effect on your health and well-being.



05/27/14
Implant Dentistry: Preserving Natural Dentition

Implant Dentistry: Preserving Natural Dentition

Preserving natural dentition

Dental implants have become one of the most comfortable and effective means of tooth replacement. The use of dental implants has become widespread because of the excellent aesthetic and functional properties they offer. Among the numerous benefits of dental implants, the most important is the preservation of natural dentition, or the natural array of the teeth.

When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone loses support from the tooth and can undergo resorption, or bone loss. When a dental implant is placed into the same socket as the missing tooth, it provides support for the jawbone, helping to prevent unnecessary bone loss.

Tooth loss also creates an imbalance in the dental occlusion. The teeth that are near the missing tooth become functionally compromised. The rest of the teeth can drift, causing unnatural gaps between them. Food particles and debris can get trapped in these gaps and become difficult to remove. Trapped food particles can lead to tooth decay, gum disease or more serious dental problems if they are not treated correctly. Proper oral hygiene can become difficult when teeth lose their natural alignment, thus increasing the chances of periodontal disease. Dental implants can prevent these problems by providing a natural, functional replacement for the missing tooth.

In some other options for teeth restoration, such as bridges, the integrity of neighboring teeth can be adversely affected. This is mainly due to the fact that they derive their support from the adjacent teeth. The periodontal ligament and the bone of the adjacent teeth used as support have to bear extra stress which, over time,weakens them. This can eventually lead to loss of support teeth. Dental implants are inserted directly into the bone so they do not require support from the neighboring teeth. They function independently and look similar to your other teeth, leaving you with a natural, healthy smile.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Dr. Matt VanderMolen and our staff would be happy to answer your questions. Call and make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today, 217-546-3333.





05/19/14
Keeping Current with Checkups as an Adult is Necessary

Keeping Current with Checkups as an Adult is Necessary

Preventative Dental Checkups Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Parents should develop a regular dental care routine for their children, including regular visits to the dentist. Once we reach adulthood, regular checkups are often overlooked.  Many of us think that we will maintain a healthy smile as long as we practice good oral hygiene. While good at-home-care is essential for a healthy mouth, regularly visiting your dentist is an essential part of preventative dentistry for both children and adults. 

Dental Visits Are Not Just for Emergencies

Only visiting the dentist when you have a problem or dental emergency is not good practice. Keeping your teeth healthy requires routine cleaning and evaluation. There could be more substantial issues developing with your teeth and gums that only your dentist will be able to notice.  Early signs of periodontal disease and alignment issues can be detected well in advance during a routine visit to the dentist. No one should wait until they experience pain to visit the dentist.  Without regular check-ups,tooth decay and gum disease can lead to costly procedures and additional appointments.  These can often be avoided all together if they are caught early enough. Preventative dental appointments help keep your mouth and body healthy.

Teeth Change as We Age

Throughout our life, our body goes through many changes.Many of us work hard to keep fit through regular exercise and a balanced diet.While we clean and floss our teeth daily in our own homes, we are unable to get the deep clean and plaque removal that a dentist can provide over the long term. Deep cleaning and plaque removal help to prevent the development of cavities which, if not detected early, can result in much more expensive and invasive procedures.

Periodontal disease is very easy to detect by a dentist, but not so simple to diagnose by someone without training. Early detection will result in fewer treatments, and in turn, less money spent. To avoid developing serious dental issues, be sure to schedule checkups and annual exams with your dentist.

If you have been putting off those regular check-ups you should act now by calling Dr. Matt VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today - 217-546-3333.





05/12/14
Restorative Dentistry

5 Things You Should Know About Restorative Dentistry

5 Things You Should Know About Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry works to address dental problems associated with diseases and structures of the teeth. Many patients seek restorative or cosmetic dentistry when they are missing a tooth. From filling cavities to dental implants, here are a few things you should know about dental implants and restorative dentistry.

There are many types of restorative dentistry. While simple fillings are a well-known restorative procedure, there are numerous other types of restorations available which can replace or repair a broken tooth. Crowns, bridges, implants and dentures are just a few of the common solutions available.

Restorative dentistry can improve your overall health. If you have missing or misshapen teeth, there are gaps and irregular spaces for bacteria and food to collect. This can deteriorate the health of the mouth by encouraging tooth decay and gum disease. Missing teeth can cause strain on existing teeth and allow them to fall out of alignment.

Dental implants are a very effective way to replace teeth. Dental implants are nowadays, a common procedure where a metal post is attached to the jaw bone and a natural looking crown is then attached to this post. Implants have little to no physical complications and if taken care of properly, can last a lifetime.

Dental implants may be more costly than other replacement options, but last longer. It's true what they say, you get what you pay for. While dental implants are a substantially higher investment then dentures or other replacement options, they offer durable and long lasting results. The cost of implants will vary greatly depending on numerous factors. Talk with your dentist today to find out more about the exact costs and payment options.

Restorative dentists are not all the same.   It is important that you choose a dentist qualified and experienced in restorations and implants if you want to maintain a natural looking smile.  Not all products and procedures are treated the same.  Ask your doctor which oral restorative methods and products they use, ask for before and after photographs, and what type of experience they have in the procedures they are recommending for you.

If you are looking for a dentist with experience in restorative dentistry and dental implants, call Dr. Matt VanderMolen at 217-546-3333. The friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield will be happy to answer all of your questions and help schedule a consultation today.





05/05/14
Repairing a Chipped Tooth with Dental Bonding

Repairing a Chipped Tooth with Dental Bonding

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, you will be happy to know there is a safe and easy solution. You no longer have to live with unsightly, damaged teeth. Dr. Matt VanderMolen provides dental bonding and other cosmetic dentistry services at Advanced Dental Care in Springfield IL to help make your smile something you cant wait to share.

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding involves the placement of a plastic-based adhesive which cosmetically fixes flaws in the teeth. The adhesive is colored, shaped,and polished to match the contour of your natural teeth. The entire procedure is quick, easy, and painless. Anesthetics are rarely needed for dental bonding procedures. If you have several teeth that require dental bonding it may be necessary to schedule multiple visits to the dentist; the process requires approximately 30 minutes per tooth. 

The Dental Bonding Process

Dr. VanderMolen will perform a general cleaning of your teeth and gums before proceeding with the dental bonding process. A special tool is used to roughen the outer surface of any teeth requiring bonding. A conditioning solution will then be spread to help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The bonding material, which has been shaped prior to the procedure,is applied on top of the conditioning solution. For long-lasting effects, the bond is then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser.

Precautions

If you practice good oral hygiene techniques, such as brushing and flossing twice a day and regularly visiting your dentist for check-ups, your dental bond will remain in good condition for many years. However, there are a couple of precautions to take after the procedure.

The material used for dental bonding is not quite as strong as tooth enamel; you should try to avoid biting on hard objects such as the tops of pens, ice cubes or your own fingernails as this can result in a chipped or lost dental bond. For the first 48 hours following the procedure, the resin used in the tooth bonding is particularly susceptible to discoloration. In order to prevent staining your new smile, avoid drinking liquids such as wine, coffee,and tea. Smoking can also discolor dental bonds and should be avoided.

If you have a chipped or cracked tooth and are interested in learning more about how dental bonding can give you back your natural smile, call Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333 to schedule an appointment today. 





04/28/14
Sedation Dentistry: Saving You Precious Time

              Sedation Dentistry

Many dental patients are afraid of going to the dentist because of they're scared of possible injections, pain,anxiety, or long, tiring appointments required to complete some dental procedures. They can be especially fearful when multiple dental treatments are required to complete a specific treatment plan. As a result, many simply neglect their dental health instead of going through with their appointments.

Fortunately, with sedation dentistry, many of these problems caused by fear and anxiety can been solved. Sedation dentistry focuses on helping the patient feel comfortable and relaxed so that whatever treatments are recommended, even multiple treatments, can be completed within a single appointment to the dental office.

If you are one of these people that suffers from dental phobias, find it difficult to miss a lot of work, or are a busy parent, you can maximize your appointment time with sedation dentistry.

If you are afraid of dental injections, pain during treatment, or noise of the machines found in most dental offices and have been neglecting your teeth, you no longer have to fear. Sedation dentistry can calm your fears and concerns. Dr. VanderMolen will sedate you in his dental office and you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the whole dental procedure. Many patients even say they don't remember their visit at all!

No mater your reasons for neglecting your oral health, you shouldn't neglect your teeth simply because you are afraid of going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry can solve all your concerns. Make an appointment by calling Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at (217) 546-3333.

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04/21/14
The Big Question: Are Fastbraces® Safe?

Fastbraces is a unique innovation in the field of orthodontics. This new concept is different from traditional braces with respect to the time consumed in the completion of the treatment.  Fastbraces is popular due to its fast and safe technology.

Fastbraces are able to bring about tooth movement in a shorter duration because the tooth movement takes place as a whole; the root moves along with the crown instead of initial tipping movement of the crown and subsequent tipping of the root.

If you are an ideal candidate for Fastbraces, there is no reason for you to be in doubt regarding how safe Fastbraces are. People with TMJ disorders, extreme malocclusion or bite problems are not recommended to undergo this type of treatment. Some people have the fear that their tooth roots may become loose due to bone loss caused by excessive force by Fastbraces. As a matter of fact, there are no such complications related to Fastbraces. The orthodontic forces are applied to the teeth in an absolutely controlled manner. Dr. Anthony Viazis, the orthodontist who developed Fastbraces, has tested them through thorough research and has treated his patients successfully for almost 20 years. Dentists certified to administer the Fastbraces treatment are required to complete comprehensive training to ensure that the technique is used correctly and that you received beautiful results.

Not only are Fastbraces safe, they offer numerous other benefits to the patients:

-Less discomfort than traditional braces
-Since the braces are worn for a shorter time period, it is much easier to protect the teeth from decay and maintain good oral hygiene
-Reduced number of visits to dental office- this leads to reduced fuel and reduced number of days off from work or school.

Fastbraces is a smart and safe choice of treatment for crooked teeth. Just call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen to find out if you are a candidate for this innovative system. Your dream smile is only few months away!

Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield.



04/14/14
The High Costs of Neglecting Your Teeth

The High Costs of Neglecting Your Teeth

Its true; many Americans are neglecting their teeth.  With limited dental coverage provided by insurance companies, many visit the dentist only when a serious problem arises.  However, skipping your regularly scheduled dental check-ups can result in long-term costs to your health and your bank account. Preventative Dentistry is essential to a healthy mouth and body.

If you are waiting until you are in pain to visit the dentist, you are waiting too long.  A small cavity may not cause pain until it has reached the root of the tooth.  A relatively cheap and quick procedure to fill a cavity can prevent the need for a root canal, removal or implant which can cost thousands of dollars per tooth.  During your regular dental visits, you will also be screened for signs of oral cancer. A recent study found that oral cancer is now the most expensive type of cancer to treat, with the average annual costs at almost $80,000 per year.  The problem with most oral cancers is that they are uncovered so late in the disease that treatment is extremely difficult;early detection is the key to combating the treatment costs.

It is a fact that good oral hygiene is essential to overall health.  Poor dental care can lead to all sorts of other health issues, including the number one killer in America:Cardiovascular disease.  Oral bacteria build up when teeth are neglected and have been linked to clogged arteries and stroke. Another type of heart disease, endocarditis, has also been linked to bad dental hygiene.   Heart disease alone costs over 300 billion dollars in health costs each year in the U.S.  

In addition to visiting Dr. VanderMolen regularly for cleaning and check-ups, there are steps you can take on a daily basis to increase your oral health; regular brushing and flossing, a healthy diet low in sugar and avoidance of tobacco products.

It's never too late to take control of your oral care.  Contact Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at (217) 546 - 3333, and set up an appointment.  Dr. VanderMolen can provide you with a custom assessment analyze your risk factors and get you back on track to better health.





04/07/14
Implant Dentistry: Preserving Natural Dentition

Implant Dentistry: Preserving Natural Dentition

Preserving natural dentition

Dental implants have become one of the most comfortable and effective means of teeth replacement. The reason for the wide-spread use of dental implants in restorative dentistry is the excellent set of aesthetic and functional properties of dental implants. Among the numerous benefits of dental implants, the most important is the preservation of the natural dentition.

After the loss of a tooth, the surrounding bone undergoes resorption (bone loss) extensively due to lack of support. A dental implant placed in the same socket holds the bone and prevents undue loss.

Loss of a tooth creates an imbalance in the dental occlusion. The tooth present opposite to the missing tooth becomes functionally compromised. There can be a drifting of the rest of the teeth causing gaps between them and the tight contacts open up. Food particles and debris can get trapped in these gaps and become difficult to remove. Eventually, the teeth undergo decay and might even progress to the stage of loss of vitality if treatment is not done in the right time. Proper oral hygiene in such circumstances becomes difficult, thus increasing the chances of periodontal disease. Dental implants can prevent these problems by providing a functional replacement for the missing tooth.

If crowns and bridges are utilized as an option for teeth replacement, the integrity of neighboring teeth can be affected adversely. This is mainly due to the fact that they derive their support from the adjacent teeth. The periodontal ligament and the bone of the adjacent teeth have to bear extra stresses which in due course of time weaken them and, at times, even lead to their loss. Dental implants are inserted directly into the bone so they do not require support from the neighboring teeth. They function independently and naturally similar to every other tooth in the dentition.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Attend one of our monthly implant seminars. For details and dates, please contact us at (217) 546-3333.

Dr. VanderMolen has the answers you need.  Call and make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care today, (217) 546-3333.





03/31/14
5 Important Facts about Cosmetic Fillings

5 Important Facts about Cosmetic Fillings

No longer do you have to worry about unsightly metal fillings! Cosmetic, tooth-colored fillings are now readily available to keep your smile looking natural thanks to materials that mimic the tooth's natural color and translucency, making them practically undetectable.

Here are 5 important facts about Cosmetic Fillings that make them a great option for replacing unsightly metal fillings:

1. Tooth-Colored Fillings Offer Superior Aesthetic Properties

Tooth colored fillings are composed of a composite resin which can easily be matched to your natural tooth color and as a result the filling is almost seamless, making it virtually undetectable on all teeth. Thanks to the fact that most people wont be able to tell you have cosmetic fillings; these fillings are often preferred over the traditional, unsightly, metal fillings.

2. Cosmetic Fillings Chemically Bond To The Tooth

For silver amalgam fillings, the tooth has to be cut and shaped to ensure the filling remains intact within the cavity. Improper tooth preparation can lead to the filling being dislodged. In comparison, with cosmetic fillings little tooth preparation is required because it bonds to the tooth chemically. This means the natural tooth structure is preserved, resulting in a stronger, healthier tooth.
 
3. The Physical Properties Of The Resin Are Close To Those Of Natural Teeth

One of the problems with metal fillings is that it is rigid and not very pliable. This can cause problems such as breakage of the tooth or filling itself. The composite resin used in cosmetic fillings on the other hand, flexes like a natural tooth does. As a result, there are fewer chances for the disintegration or breaking of the filling. Overall, when the physical properties of the filling match those of the tooth, the expected longevity, and durability of the filling increases.

4. Cosmetic Fillings Are Versatile In Utility

As with traditional metal fillings, cosmetic fillings are used to fill cavities in both front and back teeth. However, because of their natural, tooth colored appearance, they can also be used to treat chipped teeth or correct gaps in teeth. They can also be used to conceal pits or discolorations on the teeth.
 
5. No Negative Effects On The Body

Today's composite resins used in cosmetic fillings are completely safe and produce no harmful effects on the surrounding tissues. While there is considerable debate as to the safety of traditional amalgam, metal fillings, most cosmetic fillings are biocompatible and as a result, there is no fear of toxicity.

Are you looking to replace unsightly metal fillings with natural-looking cosmetic fillings? Call Dr. VanderMolen and Advanced Dental Care at (217) 546-3333 for an appointment today! Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield.





03/24/14
Fastbraces: An Updated Orthodontic Treatment

Fastbraces: An Updated Orthodontic Treatment

Changing Orthodontic Trends

Fastbraces is an updated orthodontic treatment used to move the teeth to a straight and final position in a shorter period of time. Dr. VanderMolen offers the Fastbraces Technology to his clients and with good reason. He believes primarily in helping people achieve a straight and beautiful smile without having to deal with the ultra sensitiveness that is commonly associated with the traditional metal braces.Most patients are able to have these braces removed in less than a year,leaving the dentist office with a perfected smile. Patients often tend to prefer this updated form of dental technology because it allows them to conveniently straighten their teeth at a faster pace, months rather than years.

There are many benefits associated with the Fastbraces. Not only do the straighten the teeth fast and efficiently, they are also an affordable solution for patients who have crooked or imperfect teeth and want to improve their smile not just for the moment but for the rest of their lives. The design of these braces is actually different from the traditional braces because it uses a triangular shape bracket and wiring that can be activated by heat. The traditional braces have a different shape and often take up to two years to completely improve the teeth.

Dr.VanderMolen of Advanced Dental Care of Springfield knows that  Fastbraces are better than conventional braces because as soon as these braces are applied to the teeth, they begin working on shifting the teeth into position.  Fastbraces move the root and tooth together saving treatment time.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth fast and effectively, contact Dr. VanderMolen at the Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333, for a consultation to see if Fastbraces are right for you.





03/20/14
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Be sure to watch ABC 20 at 6:30am on Saturday, 3/22 for Dr. VanderMolen's feature on dental implants and ways to improve your smile!

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03/17/14
Implants Help to Reduce Bone Loss

Implants Help to Reduce Bone Loss

 

When a tooth or teeth have been lost, it creates a space in your mouth that can create problems for the whole of your mouth structure. The presence of teeth helps to create a shape for your face. Once teeth are lost or removed over time, the face starts to take on a sunken appearance. The overall rigidity and structure of the skin are both maintained by the teeth. Smile Restoration techniques, including Dental Implants can help in restoring a more youthful smile.

Dental implants are fixed and fused into the jaw-bone and serve as anchors that support the new teeth and also prevent bone loss. Bone needs to be stimulated so that it can stay healthy. Whether a single implant-supported tooth is required, or a number of teeth, the dental implants will fuse to the bone, so stabilizing and stimulating it so that no more bone loss takes place.

Bridges and dentures do not stop bone loss on their own

As more teeth fall out, the jawbone starts to atrophy more noticeably and the face will appear sunken. The loss of bone makes a persons face look older than his or her real age. Bridges and dentures, which are used commonly as substitute teeth, do not stop this loss of bone.

Dental implants are an important dental advancement as they are firmly anchored in the jawbone,without having to depend on neighboring teeth. They act quite naturally and enhance healthy bone. Once a lost tooth has a replacement in the form of a dental implant, the fusion that takes place between the implant and the bone offers stability in the same way as a natural tooth.

Dental Implants provide stability

Bridges and dentures certainly do help you to chew and eat food, but dental implants go just one step further, as they are placed into and are fused with the jawbone.This offers stability and prevents bone loss and atrophying that normally occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants really do help to allow your face to retain a more natural shape.

If you are worried about bone loss and would like to know more about the benefits of dental implants, then arrange an appointment by calling Advanced Dental Care today at (217) 546-3333.

You can also attend one of our informative seminars held regularly in the Springfield area.  There is no cost or obligation to attend.  Click here for more information on our Dental Implant Seminars.





03/10/14
Periodontal Disease: 5 Essential Facts You Should Know

Periodontal Disease: 5 Essential Facts You Should Know

What do you need to know about Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a very common oral problem faced by almost 75% of the worlds population in varying degrees of severity. Most of the forms of periodontal disease are easily preventable with appropriate oral hygiene measures.

1. Do Not Ignore Bleeding Gums When Brushing!

The earliest sign of periodontal disease is swollen gums with bleeding while brushing. Soft food deposits that are not brushed out accumulate around the teeth and within the gums to cause irritation and swelling. Swollen gums bleed easily from the bristles of a toothbrush while brushing.

2. Periodontal Disease Can Lead to Tooth Loss

Weak and swollen gums are the initial signs of bone loss. Once the gums get weakened, the underlying bone starts to disintegrate,thereby causing loose teeth due to inadequate support. If left untreated, you may lose even a healthy tooth that doesn't have any decay to periodontal disease.

3. Most Cases of Bad Breath are Related to Periodontal Disease

Bad breath can have serious effects on ones self-confidence and social interactions. Periodontal disease has been reported as one of the most common causes of bad breath. Accumulation of food deposits and their further hardening causes the formation of tartar. This tartar irritates the surrounding gums and initiates the destructive stages of periodontal disease. The bacteria that causes bad breath thrives comfortably on teeth covered with tartar. A good oral hygiene regimen and periodontal treatments can reverse these issues and help eliminate many cases of bad breath.

4. Periodontal Disease May Be Related To Various Systemic Diseases

According to recent studies, periodontal disease has shown a close association with systemic diseases like diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer's disease, or cardiovascular disorders. While having a healthy mouth certainly no guarantee of good health the early detection and prevention of periodontal disease will definitely give your body the best chance to maintain good health.

5. Periodontal Disease Can Be Reversed and Prevented!

Periodontal disease is a serious condition,but it can be treated with appropriate curative measures like scaling and root planing. With the help of routine dental check-ups, the disease can be diagnosed and treated at its initial stages, preventing excessive damage to both gums and teeth.

Regular Preventative Dentistry check-ups, at least twice a year, can help prevent Periodontal Disease from occurring. Together with your dentist, you can determine whether your oral hygiene practices are adequate enough to keep your gums and teeth healthy, and can catch any signs of trouble before they become larger issues.

Is it time for a dental checkup for you and your family? Make an appointment by calling Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at (217) 546-3333. 

Click here for more information on the general dentistry services available at Advanced Dental Care. Let us help you get on track to a healthy smile today!





03/03/14
Restorative Dentistry for an Improved Smile

Restorative Dentistry for an Improved Smile

Repairing missing, broken, or damaged teeth

Restorative Dentistry, performed by Dr. Matt VanderMolen, focuses on repairing teeth that are missing or have become damaged or broken. The purpose of restorative dentistry is to bring the teeth back to a healthier condition while at the same time, also improving the smile. There are many procedures offered by Advanced Dental Care of Springfield that qualify as restorative dentistry and two of the most popular  cosmetic dental procedures include dental implants and dental crowns.

Dental implants are permanent, artificial teeth that are made to look and function exactly like a natural tooth. The implants are anchored directly onto the jawbone to ensure they are sturdy and strong. Dr. VanderMolen will carefully examine the teeth to determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants and he will then customize the implants for each individual patient. The end result is ultimately healthier gums, teeth, and a beautiful smile to be proud of.

Dental crowns are used to repair teeth that have been damaged but are not missing. A dental crown is used to replace cracked or damaged teeth and is designed to match the color of the natural tooth. The crown is placed over the tooth with cement to ensure longevity and strength. Dental crowns can be easily placed onto the teeth and will instantly improve their appearance and the strength.

To restore your natural teeth and improve your smile, contact Advanced Dental Care at (217) 546-3333 to discuss the Restorative Dentistry procedures that are right for you. Come see us today and be on the way to the beautiful smile you have been longing for.





02/24/14
Oral Care for Teens: What Parents Need to Know

Oral Care for Teens: What Parents Need to Know

We all have that desire to show off a lovely smile, but what we do not want are stained teeth, bad breath, decaying teeth, tooth loss or gum disease, whether as a teenager or an adult. All of these can be prevented at just about any age through the use of Preventative Dentistry procedures.

However, the teenage years are often the time when teeth are neglected the most. A busy teenager has a social life to enjoy, examinations to take and a future to think about. With little time to free up while experiencing the excitement of growing up, dental visits and serious oral health care sometimes become less of a priority.

Failing to implement good dental care practices while in the teenage years can be very bad for future oral and dental health. In the long run, this could destroy a smile and break the teenagers long term confidence, especially in social situations.

Points of importance for a teens dental care

- We recommend that your teen brushes and flosses his or her teeth at least two times a day. If they want to maintain a better smile, a brush following each meal will add that freshness to the face.

- Teenage diets should be packed with nutrients that will build up and maintain the health of permanent teeth. This means only consuming moderate amounts of starchy or sweet food to avoid the development of any dental cavities and other gum problems.

- Hormonal changes throughout puberty can contribute to the development of minor periodontal disease by increasing the blood flow circulating around the gums. This leads to a rise in sensitivity in the gums which, when irritated by food or liquids, become inflamed, feel painful to touch and sometimes turn a red color.

- Smoking, which is often started in the teen years, causes stained teeth, loss of teeth, gum disease, bad breath and mouth cancer. If smoking and drinking take place together, this can elevate the chance of mouth cancer development.

- The greatest number of dental accidents and the resultant injuries take place between 13 and 17 years age, while playing sports. In some sports such as basketball and baseball a mouth guard should be used to protect the teeth from accidental injury.

- Visiting the dentist should be promoted and monitored by parents, who should also emphasize dental health when bringing up teens by ensuring that dental checkups are regular and their teeth are assessed for periodontal disease.

- There are many ways that your dentist can help your teenage son or daughter to improve their self image by offering teeth shaping cosmetic procedures. Click here for more information on these services.

Personal image and what other people think about us are far more important in teenage years than in any other part of our lives. Different types of cosmetic dentistry options are available for teens who would like to enhance their appearance and personal image and they are not always too complicated or expensive.

If you would like advice on how you could help your teenage child's oral hygiene, do not hesitate, call Advanced Dental Care at (217) 546-3333 today, to make an appointment. We would love to see you at our office.





02/17/14
Fastbraces®: More Common Myths

Fastbraces: More Common Myths

Changing Orthodontic Trends

Fastbraces are offered by Dr.VanderMolen as a way for patients to straighten their teeth at a fast pace. Many patients are not completely aware of the Fastbraces technology and therefore they end up choosing traditional braces because of their lack of knowledge of this updated and advanced technology. There are some common myths that can and should be addressed so that patients can stay informed and understand the options that are available to them.

Some people believe that the teeth need to be removed with Fastbraces, and this is entirely untrue. In fact, Dr. VanderMolen uses advanced technology to ensure patients can achieve a straighter smile without having to have teeth pulled.

It is a common misconception that orthodontists are the only ones who can perform the Fastbraces dental procedure.  Dr. VanderMolen has been trained and certified in the Fastbraces technology. Fastbraces is the brand name of the treatment method and the company provides extensive training to those dentists certified to offer this orthodontic treatment.

There are patients who avoid even discussing the option of Fastbraces because they think that since it is an updated and advanced form of dental technology, the cost will also be higher.Again, this is just another myth. In fact, the cost of Fastbraces is considerably lower than the traditional braces. Not only are patients able to straighten their teeth in less time, they are also able to do so at a more affordable rate, without having to spend a fortune.

To learn more about Fastbraces and how you can improve your smile rapidly, contact Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333, for a consultation.





02/10/14
Custom Dentures: What Makes Ours Different?

Custom Dentures: What Makes Ours Different?

What makes Dr. VanderMolen's Custom Dentures different?

Dentures are artificial and removable replacements of lost teeth. Generally, they are made from a special combination of light metals and plastics. In most cases,plastic dentures are designed to rest on the gums while metal dentures are meant to be supported by the other natural teeth anchored in the gum.

Dentures are a common solution to dental problems and they are often cheaper than other options available; this is especially true where most or all teeth need replacing. Dentures also require daily maintenance; they need to be removed often and cleaned thoroughly to help in the prevention of diseases and other infections.

There are many types of dentures available that look and feel artificial.  You might be wondering what separates Dr.VanderMolen's custom dentures from the rest. The answer lies in their extremely natural appearance and experience.  This is because they are custom made and handcrafted according to each clients personalities, gender, age and their physical appearances. Dr. VanderMolen will do everything possible to ensure that his clients smile remains as natural as possible.

The highly trained denture technicians at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield receive specific and detailed instructions to handcraft all dentures with tissue color matching the clients natural gums and facial complexion. To make the dentures appear youthful and more natural, a very modern and special technology known as Facelift Dentistry and Smilelift are used.

The dentures are composed of acrylic teeth consisting of three layers which serve to make the dentures appear as natural as the real teeth. To avoid that common, unnatural look, Dr. VanderMolen's dentures are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and natural shades to cater for each and every client. The materials involved are made using the latest technology.  The final product is not only light weight but extremely durable as well.

These dentures are also injection-molded, heat and pressure cured to reduce the sizes of the pores in the denture material. This creates a final product with a great polish which is also resistant to staining. The injection molding process also makes it difficult for plaque and bacteria to grow, eliminating foul smells and reducing the likelihood of a bacterial infection.   On top of all of that, Dr. VanderMolen's dentures come with a twelve month guarantee!

To learn more about these natural custom dentures, call the friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield at (217) 546-3333 to set up an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen. Well have you on your way to a smile you'll love!





02/03/14
Dental Crowns Provide a Quick and Durable Fix to Unsightly Teeth

Dental Crowns Provide a Quick and Durable Fix to Unsightly Teeth

Improving Your Smile Has Never Been Easier

Whether or not you've been contemplating dental crowns for some time now or if you've just been informed that this is an option to beautify your smile, the reality is that dental crowns may just be the fast and durable fix that you are looking for.

While dental veneers provide a wonderful looking exterior, dental crowns go a step further offering both great aesthetics and increased durability. Crowns look nearly identical to and function in the same way that natural teeth do. The main difference is that dental crowns must be adhered to a tooth that has been sanded down, but the end result is incredibly natural in both look and feel.

Having dental crowns placed will require that you visit a cosmetic dentistry practice that is knowledgeable in making and placing quality dental crowns. Dr.VanderMolen has the expertise in cosmetic dentistry you need to get the best results. The amount of time needed to complete a dental crown procedure will depend on how many crowns are to be made and placed, plus it will also depend on the state of your oral health. If you are dealing with problems such as gum disease, Dr. VanderMolen will likely want to address your gums issues prior to fitting crowns. This is because certain diseases, both oral and otherwise, can cause complications. But, if you are in reasonably good health your dental crown could be completed in as little as a day.

Advanced Dental Care provides state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry techniques and services in the Springfield area, including quick and durable dental crowns. Dr.VanderMolen, along with the staff at Advanced Dental Care, are ready to help you renew your smile through a little cosmetic dentistry that will have you leaving with a vibrant new smile, call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment.





01/27/14
Caring for Your Teeth After the Braces Come Off

Caring for Your Teeth After the Braces Come Off

Your treatment is over!  Continue to take good care of your smile to make sure it lasts a lifetime!

When Fastbraces or other orthodontics are first removed, most people feel a sense of freedom and relief.  However, it is very important to maintain your oral hygiene routine after the braces have been removed.  To maintain your new smile, a lifetime of good, preventative oral care will be required.  If you choose not to follow oral care recommendations provided by your dentist or orthodontist, or do not wear your retainer if applicable, your teeth can revert back to their original location.  After having spent so much time, money and effort on straightening your teeth, why not maintain them for years to come?

Most importantly, maintaining a daily brushing and flossing routine is essential for a healthy mouth.  Preventing tooth decay, bacteria and plaque buildup will reduce the chances that teeth will have issues in the future.  A good oral hygiene routine will increase confidence and keep your smile beautiful. It is also important to schedule regular visits to your dentist for check-ups and cleanings. Your doctor may take digital X-rays as well to examine the teeth further and ensure they are maintaining their new positions. 

In the past, retainers were worn for a short period of time after braces were removed.  In recent years, dentists and orthodontists have realized that continuing to wear a retainer on a regular basis can make all the difference in keeping your straightened smile secure.  If a retainer is recommended for you, be sure to follow your dentist or orthodontists instructions on how and when to wear it for the best result.  It is also very important to keep your retainer clean. Plaque and bacteria can build up on the appliance causing oral problems such as bad breath.  Some popular cleaning methods include vinegar washes, denture cleaner and a simple brushing with toothpaste.

For tender gums following braces removal, rinsing the oral cavity with warm or hot salt water can alleviate soreness and swelling. Sometimes the gums may be sensitive to flossing, as it is difficult to fully clean them with braces on, the salt water rinse should help firm the gums back up and have them healthy in no time.

Dr. Matt VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield can assist you with any of your post-braces needs and create a customized plan for your oral care.  Call to schedule your appointment today, at (217) 546-3333Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care.





01/20/14
Cosmetic Dentistry Benefits Seniors Too

Cosmetic Dentistry Benefits Seniors Too

Cosmetic Dentistry Benefits All Age Groups

Cosmetic dentistry is most commonly performed on those in their 20s-50s, but this age range is not indicative of who can have this type of dental work done. Most cosmetic dental procedures are within your reach, if you are a healthy senior.

As a senior, your smile mean so much to yourself-confidence, so why not keep your teeth looking fresh and pearly with cosmetic dentistry. It's no secret, that a glowing smile at any age is universally pleasing. But, there are many more options out there for seniors to maintain and even improve their smile to a youthful radiance.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures available to seniors include crowns, porcelain dental veneers, and teeth whitening. Dental implants and crowns provide more of a functional update, while also improving the aesthetics.

Visit Advanced Dental Care to discover what cosmetic dental procedure is right for you. Dr. VanderMolen will check your overall oral health and discuss which options would suit you best.

If you live in the Springfield area, Advanced Dental Care is the cosmetic dentistry office of choice. Dr. VanderMolen works with patients of all ages and is in-tune with the specific cosmetic and general dental needs of seniors. Call (217) 546-3333 today to make your impression on the world a youthful one. Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care.

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01/13/14
Cosmetic Dentistry: Repairing Worn Teeth

Cosmetic Dentistry: Repairing Worn Teeth

Restoring Worn Down Teeth

Tooth wear is a very common natural phenomenon that occurs as we age. The constant grinding of teeth against each other due to biting or swallowing is responsible for attrition or the wearing down of teeth. Reduction in the length of the teeth and chipping off from the sides can occur. Due to the loss of tooth structure, the nerve endings may be exposed causing sensitivity. This process can be severe in individuals who have bruxism (involuntary grinding while sleeping). Worn-down teeth create an uneven smile line; cosmetic dentistry can restore the aesthetics of the smile.

To prevent further damage from teeth grinding, nightguards are often recommended. These are fabricated from the impressions of the patients teeth. They prevent the tooth-to-tooth contact while sleeping and thereby help in prevention of further wear and tear as well as the jaw pain that can result from grinding and clenching during sleep.

Dental bonding can be a cosmetic treatment option in mild cases of wear of front teeth.  Composite resins are used for this technique.These do not have enough strength to withstand heavy loads so they cannot be used for back teeth. Dental bonding can be a cost-effective way to enhance the smile and hide worn areas.

Dental crowns are an extremely durable and highly aesthetic treatment option. These are suitable for both front and back teeth. The most common type is a porcelain crowns that covers the entire tooth. Dental crowns serve as a great solution for teeth that have lost vitality (when attrition reaches the level of pulp which is the innermost part of the tooth).

Dental veneers are thin layers of tooth-colored material that are cemented to the prepared tooth surface. They are commonly made of porcelain for durability and a natural look. An advantage is that only a very small amount of tooth surface needs to be removed to make room for the veneers.

Now, there is no need to get upset about your worn-out teeth. Call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr. Matt VanderMolen. His team will work to remove the worn-out look and bring a youthful smile to your face!

Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care.





01/07/14
How to Manage Pain with Modern Sedation Dentistry

How to Manage Pain with Modern Sedation Dentistry

A certain amount of discomfort is inevitable insome dental procedures, but it is rarely noticed because of the careful dentalcare procedures followed in modern dentistry. Dr. VanderMolen takes exceptionalcare when undertaking dental procedures with his patients. He understands that some people just hate to go to thedentist and are worried about the possibility of pain or are simply uncomfortable sitting in the chair.

To take those fears away and make your wholevisit a pleasant and relaxed experience, Dr. VanderMolen can use sedation toensure a comfortable and rewarding treatment. Relaxation is his aim and an anxiety-freepatient is the result. Sedation dentistry allows essential treatments in the easiest and most comfortable way.

How can sedation keep your anxiety away?

Dr. VanderMolen uses the most gentle and advanced sedation dentistry techniques at Advanced Dental Care. You will be conscious throughout the procedure but will be pleasantly relaxed all the time. If you were afraid of going to the dentist to receive much needed treatment then this technique will put you into such a relaxed state that it will relieve your fears.

You will be better able to tolerate any discomfort that might take place throughout the procedure. The idea is for the patient to be completely sleepy, but still able to talk and reply to questions,although there might be some slurring of speech. Sometimes the patient may not be able to recall what has taken place afterwards.

Dr. VanderMolen uses sedation as it puts his patients at ease while completing their course of treatment and they feel so much the better for it. For a patient who has been delaying urgent dental treatment through fear, he can put an end to that by ensuring that your dental appointment is the best one you have ever experienced.

Some people put off going to the dentist because they are busy people who are worried about the length of time it can take to complete a procedure. With sedation, the normal time in the chair tends to be reduced, as the dentist is able to complete what is needed with less distraction. This is the perfect way to save time as well as come out smiling with cared for teeth.

If you have made an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen for a dental procedure, don't hesitate to ask him about the benefits of using sedation. He will only use the type of pain management that is most suitable for your procedure and your level of pain tolerance. Above all, he will ensure that you are thoroughly relaxed throughout your dental experience. For more information about sedation techniques, call Advanced Dental Care of Springfield at (217) 546-3333 today.





12/30/13
Common Dental Health Issues for Teens

Common Dental Health Issues for Teens  

There are a number of common dental concerns that occur in teens. From oral hygiene issues to crooked and crowding teeth, from cavities to wisdom teeth pain, preventative care and early detection can make these common problems much easier to deal with and solutions faster for your teen.

Lacking the proper knowledge on preventative oral care is an issue many teens face. It is vital that they understand the importance of good oral health and how it is vital for their overall health. Developing good habits of brushing and flossing on a twice daily basis will greatly reduce the likelihood of cavities and plaque building up around teeth and gums.  Lack of proper brushing and flossing can lead to tooth decay, cavities, gum diseases or more serious dental issues.  Furthermore, poor oral hygiene has been linked to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in America.  

Cavities are one of the most common concerns among teens.  The good news is that cavities can be prevented through good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing, and incorporating a healthy diet.   Avoiding sugary foods and drinks such as candies or soda pop will also help with cavity prevention and can improve overall gum and tooth health. 

Common orthodontic concerns that occur in teens such as teeth growing irregularly, crowding, crooked or gapped teeth are often treated with braces. Fastbraces can be a great solution for your teen for a shorter treatment than traditional braces!  See Dr. VanderMolen for more information and to see if Fastbraces is the treatment for you! 

Some teens may be uncomfortable with the appearance of their smile if there are spaces, crowding, crooked or chipped teeth. This can affect their overall self-esteem.  Additionally,misplaced teeth can make it more difficult to clean properly, which may result in problems later on.   If the problem does not require orthodontic treatment, there are many cosmetic dentistry options such as veneers, bonding and crowns that can help your teen find their beautiful smile and the self confidence it brings.

Wisdom teeth often cause problems for teens as this is a common time for the wisdom teeth to begin to emerge. Wisdom teeth generally require being removed as they can cause pain and problems to molars.  Wisdom teeth which are not removed can also contribute to diseases of the gums.

Regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups will help teens maintain a healthy, happy smile and will remind them of the importance of oral health. Call Dr. VanderMolen at (217) 546-3333 for an appointment. Our friendly professional staff at Advanced Dental Care is ready to get your teen on the path to beautiful healthy teeth! 





12/23/13
Tips for Keeping Your Teen’s Fastbraces Clean

Tips for Keeping Your Teens Fastbraces Clean

Helping Your Teenager Keep Their Fastbraces Clean

It's common for teens to sometimes be a little lax in their day-to-day dental care, but the negative effects of not keeping upon this regular cleaning can be exacerbated if Fastbraces or other orthodontics devices are involved.

While orthodontics help improve and perfect a smile, if not cleaned daily issues such as gum inflammation, discoloration of teeth and halitosis may present themselves. Good oral hygiene is all it takes to keep your teen's mouth in a good state of health.

To assist your teen in preventing painful gum inflammation you should remind them to clean their teeth after eating and brush and floss at least twice a day. You may want to pick up some Braces Floss Picks for your teen. These special flossers work well to remove debris that has become lodged in and around the braces and teeth. They are also small enough that your teen can carry them around in their purse, wallet, or backpack inconspicuously and use whenever needed.

With any type of braces, discoloration could be an issue. The enamel that is covered by the brackets will maintain the same color of the tooth as the day they were placed. If your child is consuming a lot of stain inducing drinks such as tea, coffee, and dark colored soda without brushing afterwards they may be at risk of discoloring their teeth to a degree that they will not match the enamel on the underside of the brackets when removed. Encouraging your teen to brush, or at the very least rinse, after each meal or drink is an easy solution.

Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, is a common ailment when the mouth not cleaned correctly or regularly. For a teen it can be mortifying to realize they have bad breath and aren't able to remedy it, so buying individual use mouthwash packets is a great way to help your teen keep their breath fresh on the go. To keep halitosis from becoming a chronic problem you should remind your teen to brush and floss thoroughly in the morning and before bed.

Dr.VanderMolen and team at Advanced Dental Care can help your teen develop a good oral hygiene regimen to keep their teeth clean and healthy.  Call (217) 546-3333 today for an appointment.





12/16/13
Fastbraces: Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Fastbraces: Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

 

Will I Be Able To Maintain My Oral Hygiene Properly With Fastbraces?

Fastbraces is an orthodontic procedure which takes, as little as 3 months to one year to complete. In this period of time, the recipient of Fastbraces should go about brushing and flossing in the normal way as a part of Preventative Dentistry. In fact, it is just as easy to maintain oral hygiene with the braces as it is without. If this is a concern for you then there is no need to worry. The main aim is to ensure that the outcome of Fastbraces improves your overall facial appearance.

Dental Hygiene with Fastbraces

Once the braces have been fitted, it is just the matter of keeping them clean and the surrounding teeth as well as a way of ensuring that the teeth look white and you don't suffer from bad breath. If you aren't meticulous with brushing and flossing then you can't expect your teeth to stay healthy and clean.Dr.VanderMolen will be able to give you all the information and advice you need to get the best possible results with your Fastbraces.

Orthodontics Improve Future Dental Hygiene

Normally, smile improvement is the main reason why the majority of patients seek orthodontic treatments. At the same time, by straightening the teeth it becomes easier to keep teeth clean in the future, delaying or preventing the decaying of teeth and diseases of the gum and even tooth removals. Straightening your teeth with Fastbraces, therefore, is an investment in your future oral health.

If you would like advice on how Fastbraces could affect your oral hygiene, do not hesitate, call Dr. VanderMolen at (217) 546-3333 today, to make an appointment to discuss the procedure and its effect on your health and well-being.





12/11/13
Options Available in Cosmetic Dentistry

Options Available in Cosmetic Dentistry

I'm interested in changing the shape of my teeth. What options are available?

If you have crooked teeth or you wish your teeth were more attractive; changing their shape is possible with a number of different cosmetic dentistry treatments. Smile enhancement procedures are common, safe and easy. A change of shape can be achieved by these popular methods:

Crowns

A crown is a dental restoration in which the whole tooth is capped or covered. The crown is fabricated from materials like porcelain. Crowns can cover many problems including cracked or otherwise compromised teeth.

To attach the crown, the tooth has to be prepared. It is trimmed down to create space needed to accommodate the crown. Once preparation is over, impression of the prepared tooth is taken and the cast made out of it is sent to the lab for crown fabrication. Finally, the dentist glues the crown to your prepared tooth.

Veneers

Veneers are thin layers of restorative material that are adhered to the teeth to change their shape or to obscure discoloration. They are a treatment of choice for people with dental problems like mild to moderate fluorosis, small gaps and shape adjustments. Veneers cover only the outer or the facial surface of the teeth. Most commonly, the upper front teeth are veneered as they are the most prominent teeth while smiling.

Some amount of tooth reduction is required but lesser than the extent required for crowns. Once the teeth are trimmed down, the impression is made and the casts are sent to the lab for fabrication. The finished veneer is adhered to the prepared tooth surface.

Bonding

Bonding is one of the simplest and less expensive types of dental restoration which can be used to modify the shape of the teeth. A tooth-colored resin material is used for dental bonding.

The teeth are etched to allow the resin to bond. A coat of resin is applied and cured with curing light. Layer by layer application is performed meticulously by the dentist to give the teeth the desired shape. Finally, finishing and polishing is done for a smooth glossy surface.

You can trust Dr. VanderMolen to help you get the perfect smile you are looking for. For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact us now at (217) 546-3333. We can help you smile confidently in no time.





12/02/13
Tips for living with Fastbraces

Tips for living with Fastbraces 

Daily routines and the kinds of food you will eat will likely change once you have the Fastbraces treatment.  Following some common tips for living with Fastbraces will help make the transition easier. 

Eating soft foods, especially during the first few days wearing your new Fastbraces, will reduce tenderness in gums and swelling in the mouth. Hard raw vegetables, hard candies, sticky foods such as licorice, tough meats and bagels should be avoided.  It is also important to abstain from chewing on non-food items, such as pens,fingernails or other objects. Hard foods and foreign items can cause damage to the brace hardware.  Damaging your Fastbraces will lead to an extended period of treatment and could be expensive if you need to return to the dentist between scheduled visits to have repairs made.  Damaged Fastbraces can also be painful to deal with. 

You may experience mild to moderate discomfort which can last up to several days.  Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water can help to alleviate tenderness. To create a salt water mix, add one part salt to eight parts water and mix together until salt has dissipated. This treatment can be repeated several times each day.

Once your Fastbraces are in place, brushing and flossing become more important.  Keeping food particles and plaque from building up is vital to successful treatment. Special floss for braces can be purchased at a local pharmacy or provided to you by your doctor.

Should a band or wire break, try to bend the wire to a secure location that does not cause pain. Call Dr.VanderMolen to see if you need to be seen right away or if you can wait until your next scheduled appointment. 

If you are participating in sports, you need to first check with your Dentist to see if any special guards might be required to protect your hardware. 

At Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, the friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions about living with Fastbraces If you are interested in straightening your teeth fast and effectively, contact Dr. VanderMolen at  Advanced Dental Care, (217) 546-3333, for a consultation to see if Fastbraces are right for you.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth fast and effectively, contact Dr. VanderMolen at the Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333, for a consultation to see if  Fastbraces are right for you.





11/25/13
Tips for Keeping Your Teen’s Fastbraces Clean

Tips for Keeping Your Teens Fastbraces Clean

Helping Your Teenager Keep Their Fastbraces Clean

It's common for teens to sometimes be a little lax in their day-to-day dental care, but the negative effects of not keeping up on this regular cleaning can be exacerbated if Fastbraces or other orthodontics devices are involved.

While orthodontics help improve and perfect a smile, if not cleaned daily issues such as gum inflammation,discoloration of teeth and halitosis may present themselves. Good oral hygiene is all it takes to keep your teen's mouth in a good state of health.

To assist your teen in preventing painful gum inflammation you should remind them to clean their teeth after eating and brush and floss at least twice a day. You may want to pick up some Braces Floss Picks for your teen. These special flossers work well to remove debris that has become lodged in and around the braces and teeth. They are also small enough that your teen can carry them around in their purse, wallet, or backpack inconspicuously and use whenever needed.

With any type of braces,discoloration could be an issue. The enamel that is covered by the brackets will maintain the same color of the tooth as the day they were placed. If your child is consuming a lot of stain inducing drinks such as tea, coffee, and dark colored soda without brushing afterwards they may be at risk of discoloring their teeth to a degree that they will not match the enamel on the underside of the brackets when removed. Encouraging your teen to brush, or at the very least rinse, after each meal or drink is an easy solution.

Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, is a common ailment when the mouth not cleaned correctly or regularly. For a teen it can be mortifying to realize they have bad breath and aren't able to remedy it, so buying individual use mouthwash packets is a great way to help your teen keep their breath fresh on the go. To keep halitosis from becoming a chronic problem you should remind your teen to brush and floss thoroughly in the morning and before bed.

Dr. VanderMolen and team at Advanced Dental Care can help your teen develop a good oral hygiene regimen to keep their teeth clean and healthy.  Call (217) 546-3333 today for an appointment.





11/18/13
Common Dental Health Issues for Teens

Common Dental Health Issues for Teens  

There are a number of common dental concerns that occur in teens. From oral hygiene issues to crooked and crowding teeth, from cavities to wisdom teeth pain,preventative care and early detection can make these common problems much easier to deal with and solutions faster for your teen.

Lacking the proper knowledge on preventative oral care is an issue many teens face. It is vital that they understand the importance of good oral health and how it is vital for their overall health. Developing good habits of brushing and flossing on a twice daily basis will greatly reduce the likelihood of cavities and plaque building up around teeth and gums.  Lack of proper brushing and flossing can lead to tooth decay, cavities, gum diseases or more serious dental issues.  Furthermore, poor oral hygiene has been linked to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in America.  

Cavities are one of the most common concerns among teens.  The good news is that cavities can be prevented through good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing, and incorporating a healthy diet.   Avoiding sugary foods and drinks such as candies or soda pop will also help with cavity prevention and can improve overall gum and tooth health. 

Common orthodontic concerns that occur in teens such as teeth growing irregularly,crowding, crooked or gapped teeth are often treated with braces. Fastbraces can be a great solution for your teen for a shorter treatment than traditional braces!  See Dr. VanderMolen for more information and to see if Fastbraces is the treatment for you! 

Some teens may be uncomfortable with the appearance of their smile if there are spaces, crowding, crooked or chipped teeth. This can affect their overall self-esteem.  Additionally, misplaced teeth can make it more difficult to clean properly, which may result in problems later on. If the problem does not require orthodontic treatment, there are many cosmetic dentistry options such as veneers, bonding and crowns that can help your teen find their beautiful smile and the self confidence it brings.

Wisdom teeth often cause problems for teens as this is a common time for the wisdom teeth to begin to emerge. Wisdom teeth generally require being removed as they can cause pain and problems to molars. Wisdom teeth which are not removed can also contribute to diseases of the gums.

Regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups will help teens maintain a healthy, happy smile and will remind them of the importance of oral health. Call Dr. VanderMolen at (217) 546-3333 for an appointment. Our friendly professional staff at Advanced Dental Care is ready to get your teen on the path to beautiful healthy teeth!





11/11/13
Options Available in Cosmetic Dentistry

Options Available in Cosmetic Dentistry

I'm interested in changing the shape of my teeth. What options are available?

If you have crooked teeth or you wish your teeth were more attractive; changing their shape is possible with a number of different cosmetic dentistry treatments. Smile enhancement procedures are common, safe and easy. A change of shape can be achieved by these popular methods:

Crowns

A crown is a dental restoration in which the whole tooth is capped or covered. The crown is fabricated from materials like porcelain. Crowns can cover many problems including cracked or otherwise compromised teeth.

To attach the crown, the tooth has to be prepared. It is trimmed down to create space needed to accommodate the crown. Once preparation is over, impression of the prepared tooth is taken and the cast made out of it is sent to the lab for crown fabrication. Finally, the dentist glues the crown to your prepared tooth.

Veneers

Veneers are thin layers of restorative material that are adhered to the teeth to change their shape or to obscure discoloration. They are a treatment of choice for people with dental problems like mild to moderate fluorosis, small gaps and shape adjustments. Veneers cover only the outer or the facial surface of the teeth.Most commonly, the upper front teeth are veneered as they are the most prominent teeth while smiling.

Some amount of tooth reduction is required but lesser than the extent required for crowns. Once the teeth are trimmed down, the impression is made and the casts are sent to the lab for fabrication. The finished veneer is adhered to the prepared tooth surface.

Bonding

Bonding is one of the simplest and less expensive types of dental restoration which can be used to modify the shape of the teeth. A tooth-colored resin material is used for dental bonding.

The teeth are etched to allow the resin to bond. A coat of resin is applied and cured with curing light. Layer by layer application is performed meticulously by the dentist to give the teeth the desired shape. Finally, finishing and polishing is done for a smooth glossy surface.

You can trust Dr. VanderMolen to help you get the perfect smile you are looking for. For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact us now at (217) 546-3333. We can help you smile confidently in no time.





11/04/13
Tips for living with Fastbraces

Tips for living with Fastbraces 

Daily routines and the kinds of food you will eat will likely change once you have the Fastbraces treatment.  Following some common tips for living with Fastbraces will help make the transition easier. 

Eating soft foods, especially during the first few days wearing your new Fastbraces, will reduce tenderness in gums and swelling in the mouth.  Hard raw vegetables, hard candies, sticky foods such as licorice, tough meats and bagels should be avoided.  It is also important to abstain from chewing on non-food items, such as pens, fingernails or other objects. Hard foods and foreign items can cause damage to the brace hardware.  Damaging your Fastbraces will lead to an extended period of treatment and could be expensive if you need to return to the dentist between scheduled visits to have repairs made.  Damaged Fastbraces can also be painful to deal with. 

You may experience mild to moderate discomfort which can last up to several days.  Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water can help to alleviate tenderness.  To create a salt water mix, add one part salt to eight parts water and mix together until salt has dissipated.  This treatment can be repeated several times each day.

Once your Fastbraces are in place, brushing and flossing become more important.  Keeping food particles and plaque from building up is vital to successful treatment.  Special floss for braces can be purchased at a local pharmacy or provided to you by your doctor.

Should a band or wire break, try to bend the wire to a secure location that does not cause pain. Call Dr. VanderMolen to see if you need to be seen right away or if you can wait until your next scheduled appointment.

If you are participating in sports, you need to first check with your Dentist to see if any special guards might be required to protect your hardware.

At Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, the friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions about living with Fastbraces  If you are interested in straightening your teeth fast and effectively, contact Dr. VanderMolen at  Advanced Dental Care, (217) 546-3333, for a consultation to see if Fastbraces are right for you.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth fast and effectively, contact Dr. VanderMolen at the Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, 217-546-3333, for a consultation to see if Fastbraces are right for you.





10/29/13
Kids Earn Cash AND Help The Troops At The Same Time

This Halloween, Dr. VanderMolen and the team at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield are quite literally putting their money where their mouths are. They're participating in a program called the Halloween Candy Buyback, which gives trick-or-treaters the opportunity to exchange some or all of their Halloween haul for cash. The collected candy will then be sent to Operation Gratitude in California where it will be sorted and repackaged and then distributed to troops serving overseas.

The candy buyback program is the brain-child of Dr. Chris Kammer and is expected to send 60,000 care packages this year. Last year, the program shipped 127.5 tons of candy to the troops!

Any type of candy will be accepted, so don't worry about separating out the chocolate from the hard candies.  The folks at Operation Gratitude will go through the trouble of separating the chocolate candy from the non-chocolate and these will be shipped during the cooler month of the year.


Each child is eligible to receive $1 per pound, up to a five (5) pound limit, for all unopened, uneaten candy.
 We also encourage the children to draw pictures and/or write letters or notes to include in the packages to our troops.

Dr. VanderMolen and team will be collecting the candy on Friday, November 1st,the day after Halloween, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, and again on Saturday, November 2nd from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at (217)546-3333 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AdvancedDentalCareSpringfield.



10/28/13
Fastbraces: What to Do if a Wire Breaks or a Bracket Comes Loose

Fastbraces: What to Do if a Wire Breaks, a Bracket Comes Loose

If you have Fastbraces, it is normal to have some concerns about how to handle accidental breaking. What if a wire breaks or a bracket comes loose?  These are some common questions you may have when first wearing Fastbraces, as the experience is new.

A wire or band may break, or come loose, occasionally when eating sticky or very hard foods. Certain foods can also weaken the materials used in your Fastbraces, making them more vulnerable to breakage. Avoiding sticky and hard foods is generally recommended by Dentists to help prevent this from happening.  Not only can these foods cause damage, they can also make your Fastbraces hard to clean.  Taking a preventative approach, maintaining oral care, and following your Dentist's recommendations will help make sure your Fastbraces are effective and problem-free.

Sometimes, even with the best care, a wire may still break.  When this happens it is important to call Dr. VanderMolen's office right away to determine if you need to be seen.  It may be an issue that can wait until your next appointment. Generally, if the break is caused from a non-food item, you may need to make an appointment right away. Your Dentist may have provided a wax when your Fastbraces were put on. This wax can be used on a broken wire to prevent the wire from rubbing into your gum.  This is a great way to prevent pain and further damage until you can have a repair done. Never try to cut the wire; wait until you can be seen by the Dentist. If you have a sore or develop tenderness as a result of a wire, try using a salt water rinse for relief. If a bracket has come loose, you will need to see the Dentist immediately. Your Dentist will need to repair the broken bracket and may even need to replace it.

For effective, comfortable and safe treatment, choose Fastbraces. Call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr.VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care, certified Fastbraces provider.

Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care.





10/21/13
Fastbraces: Good Oral Hygiene Is SO Important During Your Treatment

Fastbraces: Good Oral Hygiene Is SO Important During Your Treatment

Fastbraces and Oral Hygiene

Practicing good oral hygiene is important for everyone, but becomes even more crucial while wearing braces.  If you are wearing Fastbraces, maintaining a healthy oral cavity should be a top priority. Follow your dentist's instructions carefully to ensure you not only have a straight smile, but a healthy one as well.

The brackets and wires of Fastbraces create new spaces in which food can become trapped. It is important to clean your Fastbraces properly after each meal. When food is left between the braces and the teeth, it can permanently stain your enamel. Eventually, left behind food particles can lead to tooth decay. Spotting can also result from poor oral hygiene.  When particles are left behind, they can sometimes react with the metal in the braces, and the natural bacteria in your mouth, causing a bleach-like effect that can leave permanent spots on the teeth.  Another potential problem that can result from improper oral hygiene is the decalcification of the teeth. 

Brushing and flossing are a crucial component of oral hygiene, and the results are well worth the effort. Special floss for braces can be purchased at the local pharmacy or provided to you by your dentist. Brushing after each meal and flossing daily is ideal, but at least twice each day is the minimum recommendation. If a toothbrush is not available after a meal, rinsing out your mouth with water will help eliminate some of the food particles until the teeth can be properly brushed.

There are certain foods that should be avoided during the treatment period. Sodas and most sweets promote tooth decay, and sticky or chewy foods can be difficult to clean.  Most hard foods that could break wires should also be avoided, such as nuts.  While wearing braces, slicing up hard fruits and vegetables, such as carrots or apples, before eating will ease the impact on the teeth and help avoid breaking wires.

One benefit of wearing Fastbraces is that they have a shorter treatment time compared to traditional braces. This can reduce the likelihood of tooth decay, staining and spotting by lessening the amount of time food and plaque can build up between the hardware.

For effective, comfortable and safe treatment, choose Fastbraces. Call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr.VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care, certified Fastbraces provider.

Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care.





10/14/13
Dental Implants: A Popular Dental Treatment

Dental Implants: A Popular Dental Treatment

Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jaw bone surgically. They provide an excellent means of tooth replacement. They are usually made out of titanium and titanium alloys. The success of dental implants lies on the level of osseointegration (fusion of implants to the jaw bone); thus good oral hygiene and bone density are essential.

Dental implants are one of the latest innovative developments in dentistry and are gaining popularity day by day. Some reasons for their increasing popularity are:

-High Aesthetic Appeal

A dental implant cannot be distinguished from a natural tooth easily because it gives the impression of growing out of the gums naturally. The growing popularity of dental implants is due to their excellent aesthetic properties. To look great and feel confident is what everyone looks for while opting for any type of tooth replacement.

-Superior In Function

Apart from looking natural,dental implants give a natural feel as well. They function independently similar to any other tooth in dentition. The biting forces on the implant are directed to the jaw bone directly without affecting the adjacent teeth.Patients have stated that they feel extremely comfortable while chewing with dental implants. This is mainly due to their enhanced efficiency compared to dentures. Dental Implants are the superior option for smile restorations.

-Highly Durable

When compared to dentures,dental implants are highly durable and long-lasting. Dentures need replacement after about 5 years whereas implants do not need to be replaced once they are taken up by the jaw bone. They can last for a lifetime with good oral hygiene and preventative dental maintenance.

-Renders Confidence

Many people with dentures become self-conscious while smiling. This is because sometimes dentures can be loose and snap down creating an extremely embarrassing situation. Such incidents are less than ideal, for certain. On the contrary, dental implants are secure and natural feeling and can boost the self-esteem.

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Attend one of our monthly Dental Implant Seminars. For details and dates, please contact us at (217) 546-3333 or Click Here.

Dr.VanderMolen has the answers you need. Call and make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care today, (217) 546-3333.





10/09/13
5 Tips to Increasing Your Dental Health

5 Tips for Increasing Your Dental Health

Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile, but even more important is having healthy, problem-free teeth and gums.  By following a few basic tips, you can maintain optimal dental health.

Keeping teeth clean is the most important step to maintaining dental health.  Make sure to clean gums and entire oral cavity.  Regular brushing and flossing are critical to keeping both teeth and gums clean and healthy. Brushing and flossing remove particles that can become trapped in between teeth.  This can lead to plaque build up and gum disease.  The standard recommendation is to brush and floss at least twice a day.  Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging teeth and gums, or follow your Dentist's suggestions.  Using too hard of a toothbrush can remove enamel from your teeth, leaving them unprotected and vulnerable to decay.  Flossing will help eliminate small particles from in between the teeth and keep your gums strong.

Regular visit to your Dentist for cleaning and x-rays is recommended every six months. Regular dental exams can help prevent existing problems from becoming worse, and help identify any potential future problems.  Preventative maintenance will not only help maintain a healthy smile, but it can also save you thousands of dollars down the road.  Developing a regular routine will make visiting your dentist a positive experience.

Maintaining a healthy diet is also important to your oral health.  Be sure to eat healthy foods and avoid too many sweets.  Reducing the amount of sugary snacks will help prevent cavities and decay.

Fluoride is beneficial to the enamel on your teeth. If you do not have fluoride added to the water where you live, try an enhanced toothpaste to increase the strength of your teeth.

Cigarette smoking and other tobacco use can cause yellowing of the teeth, and diseases of gums. Avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco will not only benefit your lungs and health, but it will help to maintain your beautiful white smile.

If it is time for a dental checkup for you and your family, make an appointment by calling Dr. VanderMolen and Advanced Dental Care today at (217) 546-3333.  Click here for more information on the general dentistry services available at Advanced Dental Care.





09/30/13
Implant Dentistry for the Preservation of Teeth

Implant Dentistry for the Preservation of Teeth

Improving a Smile with Implant Dentistry

Implant dentistry is commonly referred to as restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry. One of the most common procedures is dental implants. Dental Implants restore teeth that are missing or have been damaged beyond repair. The implants operate as replacement teeth and are usually made out of ceramic material with a titanium root to ensure strength and durability for the patient. Dental implants are designed to match perfect and with natural teeth and they are also personalized for each patient so that they fit comfortably.

Tooth restoration is performed by Dr. VanderMolen for patients who have damaged and broken teeth. Dental implants help improve the condition of the teeth and gums because if teeth are missing, the gums are exposed, thus resulting in a greater chance of infection and gum disease. After the implants are placed, both bone and gum are preserved. Patients can be proud of their new smile.

Dr. VanderMolen will consult with each patient who is interested in implant dentistry. He will examine the teeth and the jawbone to get an idea of what is exactly going on inside the mouth of the patient and to create a customized treatment plan. Dental implants are an improvement when compared to dentures, which are often considered uncomfortable and may even slip out of the mouth. The dental implants feel completely natural and they are a permanent solution, which means that they likely will not need to be replaced.

If you are considering implant dentistry, call (217)546-3333 for an appointment or attend one of our No Cost/No Obligation Dental Implant Seminars. The staff at Advanced Dental Care will have you loving your new smile in no time!

Click here for more information on the services available at Advanced Dental Care.

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09/23/13
Fastbraces and Oral Hygiene

Fastbraces: Good Oral Hygiene Is SO Important During Your Treatment

Fastbraces and Oral Hygiene

Practicing good oral hygiene is important for everyone, but becomes even more crucial while wearing braces.  If you are wearing Fastbraces, maintaining a healthy oral cavity should be a top priority. Follow your dentist's instructions carefully to ensure you not only have a straight smile, but a healthy one as well.

The brackets and wires of Fastbraces create new spaces in which food can become trapped.   It is important to clean your Fastbraces properly after each meal. When food is left between the braces and the teeth, it can permanently stain your enamel.  Eventually, left behind food particles can lead to tooth decay.  Spotting can also result from poor oral hygiene.  When particles are left behind, they can sometimes react with the metal in the braces, and the natural bacteria in your mouth, causing a bleach-like effect that can leave permanent spots on the teeth.  Another potential problem that can result from improper oral hygiene is the decalcification of the teeth.

Brushing and flossing are a crucial component of oral hygiene, and the results are well worth the effort. Special floss for braces can be purchased at the local pharmacy or provided to you by your dentist.  Brushing after each meal and flossing daily is ideal, but at least twice each day is the minimum recommendation.  If a toothbrush is not available after a meal, rinsing out your mouth with water will help eliminate some of the food particles until the teeth can be properly brushed.

There are certain foods that should be avoided during the treatment period. Sodas and most sweets promote tooth decay, and sticky or chewy foods can be difficult to clean.  Most hard foods that could break wires should also be avoided, such as nuts.  While wearing braces, slicing up hard fruits and vegetables, such as carrots or apples, before eating will ease the impact on the teeth and help avoid breaking wires.

One benefit of wearing Fastbraces is that they have a shorter treatment time compared to traditional braces. This can reduce the likelihood of tooth decay, staining and spotting by lessening the amount of time food and plaque can build up between the hardware.

For effective, comfortable and safe treatment, choose Fastbraces. Call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr.VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care, certified Fastbraces provider.

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09/16/13
Bad Breath: Health Problems and Prevention

Bad Breath: Health Problems and Prevention

What are the health problems associated with bad breath and how can it be prevented?

Bad breath is an oral problem that often cannot be noticed by the patient himself. The patient comes to realize about his bad breath when his family members or friends comment about it. Bad breath can be due to many causes and it can also act as an indicator or symptom of other medical conditions.  Regular dental checkups can help you avoid the associated oral health problems.

Some health problems associated with bad breath:

-Gum disease- Improper brushing leads inadequate elimination of food particles from between the teeth. These food particles allow the build-up of plaque on the tooth surface and the gum lining. Persistent neglect in maintenance of oral hygiene causes irritation of gums and subsequent inflammation. This can be perceived as bad breath and bad taste.

-Decayed teeth- Decayed teeth with cavities serve as a storehouse for food remnants and are not accessible by bristles of the toothbrush for removal. The food particles undergo putrefaction within the cavity and become the source of bad breath.

-Fungal infections- There are chances of fungal infection in the mouth if there is persistent bad breath.

-Dry mouth- also called xerostomia. Our saliva flushes out the dead cells in our mouth. If the saliva produced is decreased, the flushing action gets lowered. Hence, the dead cells undergo disintegration generating bad breath. Dry mouth is a sign for a number of health problems like salivary gland disorders. It can be found in people with habit of mouth-breathing and is a common side effect of certain medications.

-Respiratory tract infections- Individuals with infections like sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia or post-nasal drip often have bad breath.

-Metabolic disorders- There are few metabolic disorders like gastro esophageal reflux (GER) that cause bad breath due to regurgitation (reverse flow of acid within the stomach). Problems related to kidney and liver may also be the cause of foul odor.
 
Ways of prevention of bad breath

Bad breath should not be taken lightly as it is associated with so many health problems. For preventive measures or treatment of halitosis (bad breath), the underlying cause has to be determined. If any health problem is the causative factor, you should be referred to a general physician for the rest of the treatment plan. If it is related to your oral health, your dentist will be the best person to deal with it.

Whatever may the case be, you can follow some simple rules for good Oral Hygiene to keep bad breath at bay.

1.       Brushing- For good oral hygiene it is essential to brush your teeth twice daily, preferably with fluoridated toothpaste.Scrape your tongue with a scraper to remove all the food particles trapped on the surface of the tongue.
2.        Flossing- Floss daily to remove the food debris stuck in between the teeth and also areas that are inaccessible for the bristles of the toothbrush.
3.       Mouthwash- Use of chlorhexidine mouthwash can be of great help for those with bad breath as the antibacterial action washes off the bacteria and there is a feeling of freshness in your breath.
4.       Diet control- Paying attention to small details of your diet will help you in the long run. Avoid onion and garlic. Try chewing peppermint for fresh breath.
 
If you are upset with your bad breath, call (217) 546-3333 for a free consultation with Dr. VanderMolen. His team at Advanced Dental Care will guide you to get the healthy mouth and gums you have been waiting for!



09/09/13
Dental Implants Offer a Superior Alternative

Dental Implants Offer a Superior Alternative

If you are wearing dentures at the moment and you would really like a change, dental implants may be right for you.  Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care can offer you this innovative, permanent alternative.

You don't have to be one of the thousands of people who are living with dentures which do not fit well, and therefore cause continual discomfort. Dentures have served a purpose for many decades for those people who have had to endure tooth loss with its accompanying problems of eating and speaking. If you are looking for more natural looking and feeling teeth, there is now an option where permanent dental implants can be installed to replace traditional dentures.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is fixed into the jaw bone and acts as a foundation to support dental prosthetics. At the time that the implants are installed, Dr. VanderMolen will drill small holes into the jawbone, and put into position small, threaded rods made from titanium. When he has completed this process, he will tighten the dental implants so that they will not move. The dental implants will be positioned where teeth are missing so that they can act as a foundation for a dental crown or bridge which can be firmly fixed into place.

There are great benefits when using dental implants as a substitute for dentures. The most important is that they form a firm foundation for affixing permanent replacement teeth. Once this has been added, then eating and speaking occur with far more confidence. Dental Implants, firmly rooted in the jaw, look and act as natural teeth.

Less Chance of Allergic Reactions with Titanium Implants

Materials used in dentures can sometimes cause allergic reactions in their recipients,but titanium dental implants do not cause the same sorts of responses, even though they are embedded firmly into the jawbone. This means that more people can use dental implants to replace those teeth that have been lost. Over time their true worth will be revealed as you will smile, eat and speak as naturally as if you had all your original teeth.

If you have lost teeth and would like to know more about how dental implant procedure can benefit you, make an appointment by calling Dr VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at (217) 546-3333.

Take advantage of our FREE Dental Implant Seminars held regularly in Springfield.  For more information CLICK HERE.




09/02/13
The Fastbraces Difference

The Fastbraces Difference
 
There are other quick systems out there.  What makes Fastbraces better?

Fastbraces are orthodontic braces with cutting edge technology. This unique treatment produces results in much less time than traditional braces. Apart from being fast, they are safe for your teeth.

How Fastbraces are better than other quick systems:

      -Lifetime satisfaction commitment
Fastbraces are the only braces that provide the patient a Lifetime Satisfaction Commitment, by which you will be ensured that you have your teeth in a straightened form throughout your life.

      - Strong and unique triangular bracket
The brackets used in Fastbraces are unique due to their triangular shape that moves both the root and the tooth at the same time. These brackets have been found to be stronger than other braces systems.

      - Retention period
During the retention period, you will be asked to wear the retainers only at the night time in the first year and then for a period of 20 minutes daily.  Many other quick systems need a permanent fixed retainer or longer wear times per day.

      - Movement of crown and root of the tooth together
Fastbraces carry out the treatment rapidly due to application of a special principle wherein the crown and the root of the teeth are moved together, instead of in stages. Many of the other quick systems rely only on the movement of the crown without affecting the position of the root. In such cases, there is always a higher possibility for relapse. Traditional braces carry out the movement of the crown first and then the roots are moved into the new desired positions. That is why most traditional braces treatments take no less than 2 years to complete.

      - More comfortable for the patient
According to the experiences shared by various patients, Fastbraces are more comfortable than other quick systems. The archwire is made out of nickel-titanium alloy and that contributes to the comfort of the patient. The specialty of this wire is that it is activated by the heat of the oral cavity. There are no undue stresses on the teeth.

      - Less Expensive
Fastbraces are a less expensive alternative to traditional braces.  The short treatment time mean fewer visits as well. Click here for a comparison.

For effective, comfortable and safe treatment, choose Fastbraces. Call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr.VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care, certified Fastbraces provider.



08/26/13
Full Arch Replacement

Dental Implants: Full Arch Replacement

Full arch replacement is a lifetime dental solution

Dentistry has become so advanced in the 21st century that losing teeth is not as disabling as it used to be. There is no need to have the mouth measured fora full set of dentures as there are options available that can transform your mouth and fill it with a full set of permanently fixed teeth. This is referred to as full arch tooth replacement and offers the additional advantage of keeping the shape of the face intact as well as allowing full use of the teeth.

A fixed bridge is secured permanently into the mouth on dental implants. This allows the person to

-Eat as if the teeth were real
-Have a life long stable solution to teeth loss
-Keep the shape of their face intact
-Maintain bone density
-Have natural looking teeth.
 
There are a number of stages involved for installing a full arch tooth replacement and each plan and procedure involved is specific to the individual's situation. It is therefore necessary to be examined by a dentist so that an individual plan for treatment can be organized.

The first stage involves installing dental implants, which replace the tooth roots that have been removed. Five dental implants are put in place and temporary teeth are attached which allow the patient to eat normally while the permanent fixed bridge is being prepared for installation.

The second stage proceeds when the dental implants have healed completely and fused with the jawbone. This then allows the fixed bridge to be installed securely. This type of full jaw replacement normally requires 2-3 visits to the dentist to have the fixed bridge attached.   

Once the fixed bridge has been installed and secured by the dental implants, the new teeth will look almost the same as normal teeth.

There are numerous advantages over the traditional removable dentures, particularly when it comes to premature aging when bone is lost around the face and lips. Additionally, the comfort level of the full arch tooth replacement is far superior to removable dentures.

If you have an interest in discussing this life changing procedure, contact Advanced Dental Care and Dr. VanderMolen.

Call (217) 546-3333 today.
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08/19/13
Sedation Dentistry - Steps

What Steps do I Need to Take to Prepare for My Sedation Dentistry Visit?

Many people feel uneasy at the thought of visiting a dentist. Most of them have an idea that the procedures done by dentists are painful and also feel a bit embarrassed to show the dentist their oral condition. But with the advancement of medical technology, dental surgeons now use very easy methods to sedate their patients before performing dentistry on them. One question many patients will have is "What steps do I need to take to prepare for my sedation dentistry visit?"

Firstly you should discuss with your dentist what type of sedation you will be given. There are many forms of sedation dentistry including inhalation sedation and oral sedation. It is important to understand that sedation is not only about putting you to sleep, but is only a part of the entire process. Methods used for sedation dentistry only make you feel drowsy and relaxed You should talk to your dentist about any concerns and fears you have during consultation.

You should to prepare yourself mentally as well as physically before you walk in for sedation. You should relax yourself and have a good night's sleep.

There is nothing to fear in sedation dentistry. You will not feel any pain during the procedure. The important thing to do is to select the right sedation dentist.You should see what experience the dentist has in this type of dentistry and approximately how many procedures he has performed up to now. You should not be afraid to ask your sedation dentist questions about the areas you have doubts about and how you should prepare for the procedure.

Dr.VanderMolen is the sedation dentist you can trust for all your dental needs.  If you are anxious or fearful of the dentist, sedation dentistry could be the best option for you.  For more information about this and all our other services, contact our office at (217) 546-3333.  We look forward to working for you!



08/12/13
Fastbraces: Safe, Quick, and Comfortable

Fastbraces: Safe, Quick, and Comfortable

Fastbraces short treatment sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal?

Fastbraces technology evolves around a unique concept in the field of orthodontics. Fastbraces have been named so because they are able to correct misaligned teeth from about a year to sometimes as little as 3 months. Traditional braces carry out tooth movement in two phases. The first phase is meant for the movement of the crown of the teeth alone. In the second phase, the roots of the teeth acquire the new desired positions. It takes almost two years for the completion of the whole process. Fastbraces, on the other hand, can do the same work in a shorter span because the crown and the root of the tooth move as a unit to the new desired position.

Most of you may be apprehensive about having the mouth full of metal throughout the span of treatment. Fastbraces are extremely comfortable when compared to the traditional braces. The bracket and the wire used in the treatment procedure are quite different from the ones used in conventional braces.

The brackets used are triangular in shape with the slot at a raised level and a distinctive elbow shape. The triangular shape has its own significance as it increases the distance between two brackets. The increase in distance leads to enhancement in flexibility. The wire used in Fastbraces is made out of nickel-titanium alloy and has the unique property of shape memory. It is activated from the heat of the oral cavity and a single wire is enough to bring about the tooth movement

The new version of Fastbraces, Fastbraces Clear, consists of ceramic braces and is meant for those who give prime importance to aesthetics. While using Fastbraces Clear, there is no metal on display.

When you have so many options to straighten your teeth, why should you settle for conventional? Call (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen, Springfield's first and only certified Fastbraces provider. Get Fastbraces: safe, quick and comfortable!



08/05/13
Missing Teeth, Missing Nutrition

Missing Teeth, Missing Nutrition

A normal, healthy adult mouth has a complete set of 32 teeth. Each type of tooth has its own great role to play in the health and nutrition of an individual.  If teeth are missing congenitally or due to any other reason like dental decay or trauma, the overall health can be influenced detrimentally without the proper preventative care.

Our teeth break down the food that we eat into smaller pieces that are easy to digest. If we have missing teeth, our food may not be chewed adequately which can lead to digestion issues. The nutrients within the food cannot be extracted completely if it undergoes incomplete or improper digestion. Besides, undigested foods form an excellent source of nutrition for bacteria inhabiting colon causing problems. All these symptoms can, in turn, take their toll on the overall health of a person.

There can be a profound psychological impact of missing teeth on an individual. One may have to avoid foods that used to be his/her favorites. This leads to depression and frustration and the person starts experiencing a reduced quality of life. Harder-to-eat foods like nuts, some type of meats and tough fruits are the ones that are mostly avoided. When one avoids such healthy foods, nutrition can be adversely affected.

Missing teeth should never be dealt with lightly. Dental implants are one of the best solutions for teeth replacement. They look and function like natural teeth. An important fact about dental implants is that they act as an independent unit. They do not derive support from neighboring natural teeth.You can chew almost anything and relish all your favorites without hesitation.They are the type of tooth replacements with highest chewing efficiency especially compared to removable dentures. Dental implants will help you eat healthy and stay healthy!

Why should you suffer due to missing teeth? Just call Advanced Dental Care at (217) 546-3333 for an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen and get your missing teeth replaced with dental implants! For more information, consider attending one of our Free Dental Implant Seminars!



07/29/13
Sedation Dentistry – after

Sedation Dentistry: After the Sedation Has Worn Off

What can I expect after the sedation has worn off?

Oral conscious sedation is a form of Sedation Dentistry that aims to support the patient in their dental care process. This is particularly important for those patients who suffer from stress and anxiety prior to a dentists appointment. Oral conscious sedation (OCS) relieves anxiety, and you can then face dental appointments with greater confidence.

These medications are perfectly safe and prescribed to reduce anxiety and assist patients to relax. Often, patients are so relaxed that they fall into a casual sleep throughout the procedure. However, while the dental procedure is being completed, the patient is very carefully monitored for an anxiety-free outcome.

How Will I Feel After The Procedure?

Sedation Dentistry offers a relaxing and pain-free experience.  You will be sedated at the level you need to be unaware of the treatment. After your procedure you will awake refreshed and with little to no memory of the procedure.  Dr. VanderMolen offers a comfortable and friendly environment, so you will feel safe and secure while you get the dental care you need. 

If you have questions about Sedation Dentistry, do not hesitate, call Dr. VanderMolen at (217) 546-3333 today, to contact our office and make an appointment for a discussion about the benefits.  Dr. VanderMolen is the experienced Sedation Dentist in Springfield you need to take care of all your needs.  Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care.



07/19/13
Smilelift technology: How can I benefit?

How Can I Benefit from SmileLift Technology?

A youthful smile is the key to an attractive personality. As age progresses, our teeth wear down due to regular tooth-to-tooth contact while chewing or swallowing. This process results in the development of shorter clinical crowns which do not support the lips or cheeks fully, giving you an aged look. There can be an uneven smile line because of the crooked or worn teeth. Through Smilelift technology, the teeth are reshaped in such a way that the signs of aging get masked and you get a radiant and youthful face. Dental veneers and dental crowns and custom dentures are the most popular techniques used for Smilelift.

The benefits of Smilelift technology include:

- The procedure is painless and non-invasive unlike cosmetic or plastic surgery which can be quite expensive.

- Your new youthful smile through smile lift technology boosts up your confidence level.

- Your stained teeth or discolored teeth can be completely concealed.

- The reduced lengths of the teeth due to wearing are corrected. The increased length supports the lower lip.

- The upper parts of the teeth are thickened to eliminate the wrinkles around your mouth. The upper lip gets a fuller look.

- The gaps in between the teeth are rectified so that there are no black spaces when you smile.

Smilelift technology can also help those who have a gummy smile. Gummy smile can be due to high upper lip or if the gums cover the teeth in such a way that the teeth appear shorter in length, thereby, making the smile unsightly. Those who feel shy to smile due to extra display of gums can surely find smile lift technology extremely beneficial. Dental lasers are often used to address such problems.

If you desire a new youthful and vibrant smile through Smilelift technology, call (217) 546-3333 to schedule an appointment with Dr. VanderMolen. His team at Advanced Dental Care will help you achieve your dream smile!

Click here for more information on all the services available from Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, including Cosmetic dentistry procedures.



06/12/13
Implant Dentistry: Preserving Natural Dentition

Dental implants have become one of the most comfortable and effective means of teeth replacement. The reason for the wide-spread use of dental implants in restorative dentistry is the excellent set of aesthetic and functional properties of dental implants. Among the numerous benefits of dental implants, the most important is the preservation of the natural dentition.

After the loss of a tooth, the surrounding bone undergoes resorption (bone loss) extensively due to lack of support. A dental implant placed in the same socket holds the bone and prevents undue loss.
 
Loss of a tooth creates an imbalance in the dental occlusion. The tooth present opposite to the missing tooth becomes functionally compromised. There can be a drifting of the rest of the teeth causing gaps between them and the tight contacts open up. Food particles and debris can get trapped in these gaps and become difficult to remove. Eventually, the teeth undergo decay and might even progress to the stage of loss of vitality if treatment is not done in the right time. Proper oral hygiene in such circumstances becomes difficult, thus increasing the chances of periodontal disease.  Dental implants  can prevent these problems by providing a functional replacement for the missing tooth.

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04/26/13
Why Should You Select Advanced Dental Care?

At Advanced Dental Care, you are important to us as a person - not just as a patient. Knowing each individual well helps us develop a personal, customized course of treatment that's right for you.

You can rest assured that your concerns will be listened to and every one of your questions answered. We will always explain the treatments we recommend for you,why we recommend them, any possible alternatives, the positives and negatives of each, the amount of time involved to complete the treatment process, and of course the fees involved.

We also make sure will feel completely relaxed and at home.  You'll know exactly what is going on at all times so there are no surprises. Once your treatment begins, you will find our warm and caring staff and the gentle caring manner of the doctor will keep you comfortable and relaxed at every visit.

The following are just a few of the services we offer:

    Complete oral exams, including exams for oral cancer and low radiation digital x-rays
    Teeth cleaning
    Smile whitening
    Tooth colored fillings - mercury-free
    Beautiful cosmetic techniques to fix chips, cracks and stains
    Sealants to prevent decay
    Natural looking crowns and bridges
    Youthful looking dentures and partial dentures
    24 hour denture repairs in most instances
    Implants
    Nonsurgical care and laser treatment for gum disease
    Sedation Dentistry




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