General Dentistry Services
Dr Paul Chaiken at North Dental Professionals provides general, cosmetic and emergency dental services to patients of all ages.
The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
A laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. With a laser teeth cleaning, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find laser teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter and pain-free.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Dental X-rays have come a long way. Todays dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. Intraoral photography is another alternative to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a 35mm or digital camera.
Getting the “shot” can cause anxiety for many patients. One of the most innovative advances in dental technology used by Dr. Chaiken is the STA System of computerized anesthesia delivery. By using the computerized STA System, anesthetic is delivered at precisely controlled rates such that patient discomfort can be virtually eliminated. It also allows us to comfortably provide your care without having to “numb” your tongue and lips. It works instantly and is highly predictable for even patients who have a hard time getting numb.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Although dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including stainless steel, gold and silver, nothing looks better than a porcelain dental crown. Porcelain dental crowns match the natural color of your teeth and are virtually undetectable by the naked eye. And because they're metal-free, porcelain dental crowns are an excellent option for patients with metal allergies. Best of all, porcelain crowns don't just look beautiful – they're long-lasting, too!
Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, dental bridges are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth. Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape in tact.
There are three types of dental bridges: 1) traditional dental bridges, 2) cantilever dental bridges, and 3) Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth, which is held in place by a post-like structure called a dental abutment. Cantilever dental bridges are used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth. Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal framework and cemented to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and are less invasive than other options, such as dental implants. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last up to 30 years.
A mouthguard, or orthotic, is frequently used to treat dental problems like TMD, snoring, sleep apnea — and to protect your teeth during sports. Every mouthguard is carefully crafted by a dental lab based on impressions we take of your mouth and teeth, then precisely configured to fit your teeth and line up your bite. Best of all, it does all this with minimal impact on your ability to eat and speak.
Like your mouth itself, mouthguards need routine maintenance. If you have any questions about your mouthguard, or are experiencing any discomfort from wearing it, please give us a call.
Root Canals (Endodontics)
Are you scared to go to the dentist to hear that dreaded word - root canal? Let us put your mind at ease. Root canals are a painless procedure that will preserve your tooth and keep your tooth structure from becoming damaged due to infection and bacteria. The treatment involves the removal of any infectious bacteria that have the potential to cause an inflammatory response in your body. Once the tooth has been cleaned, the canals of the tooth will be filled and sealed in preparation for your tooth’s final restoration, whether it be a simple filling or crown. Contact Dr. Chaiken today and let him help you put an end to the days of avoiding the foods you love and say good-bye to dental pain forever!
Using dentures to replace missing teeth is not only great for your oral health; it's a great way to look and feel younger! Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and either resin or porcelain replacement teeth, dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be your best option. Partial dentures, which can be either fixed or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.
The process of getting dentures may take a few months and several dental visits. In some cases, however, same-day dentures are also possible. With same-day dentures, the dentures are created right in the dentist's office instead of at an offsite laboratory. Same-day dentures aren't for everyone, though. If your dentures require a lot of customization, same-day dentures may not be right for you.
Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance. With regular wear and tear, your dentures can last 5-7 years. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. Regular denture relines involve resurfacing the base to ensure that your dentures fit and function perfectly. If you break your dentures, it's critical to bring them to your dentist for professional denture repair. Home denture repair kits can cause more damage and be even more costly to fix.
Being a father of two beautiful daughters, Dr. Chaiken realizes the importance of pediatric dental care. At North Dental Professionals, we try to make it FUN to go to the dentist. Dr. Chaiken and our team place a strong emphasis on developing positive dental experiences for all of our patients. We are able to accomplish this by maximizing quality time and proper behavioral management skills. Typically within a few minutes we are able to gain the trust and alleviate the apprehension of a child as well as their parents.
Your child’s health and safety are our primary concern. We believe that good oral hygiene habits started early in life, last a lifetime and stress the importance of good brushing and flossing techniques as well as the use of fluoride to strengthen the enamel. We recommend placing sealants for the prevention of cavities and will discuss all aspects of nutrition with you and your child. We also fabricate sports guards to protect your child’s teeth during physical activities. We use digital radiography that reduce radiation by 90% making x-rays safe for your child. When necessary to treat a cavity, we use mercury-free fillings to restore teeth.
Gum Disease Treatment
Did you know that gum disease is a silent disease – you may have it and not even know it! Your gums are just as integral to a beautiful smile and luckily, Dr. Chaiken and the staff at Dental Care of Northern Chicago are fully qualified to examine, diagnose, and treat an array of periodontal (gum) diseases.
Gum disease is one of the most common overlooked chronic diseases in the U.S. today. It is a serious bacterial infection that can enter your bloodstream and travel throughout your body. It has been linked to system conditions such as diabetes, pre-mature babies, heart disease, pancreatic cancer, and stroke.
Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, is caused when plaque builds up around the base of teeth. This plaque is composed of food deposits and bacteria; eventually it will cause the gums to become red, swollen, and tender. Fortunately, gingivitis is treatable and can be reversed with a combination of professional cleaning and diligent care at home.
When gingivitis is left untreated, the disease may progress into a more dangerous stage called periodontitis. Gum disease is diagnosed as periodontitis once the infection and inflammation begin to affect the bone and ligament structures that support the tooth. Over time, periodontitis can cause dangerous abscesses, or weaken the teeth so that they loosen and fall out. If you have gum disease, you can brush all you want, but it will not go away until a dentist or hygienist removes the bacteria with specially designed instruments.
Many people think that if they if they brush their teeth twice a day and see a dentist twice a year they will not develop gum disease. Certain risk factors, such a medications and medical conditions make some people more susceptible to gum disease than others. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or have become swollen or tender, you may have gingivitis or periodontal disease. The attentions of a dentist are critical, as periodontal disease will not get better or go away on its own. Please contact us today to schedule a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums.
Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks, or even by breathing cold air. The pain can be sharp, sudden, and shoot deep into the nerve endings of your teeth. It is generally caused when the underlying layer of your teeth -- the dentin -- becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the tooth roots). The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth's nerve center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow the stimuli -- for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food -- to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.
Causes of sensitive teeth can result from conditions involving brushing too hard, tooth decay, cracked teeth, recession at the gum line, grinding your teeth, aging, and gum disease. Contact Dr. Chaiken to have him evaluate the source of your sensitivity. Treatment may include something as simple as the use of a over the counter “sensitive teeth” products, procedures that bond desensitizing medicaments to seal the tubules of the dentin or the correction of bite (occlusal) discrepancies. Proper evaluation is the first step to solving your problem and comfort is just a phone call away!
Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
When you eat, food begins to be break down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing -- even mouthwash -- merely covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods pass through your body.
Bad breath can also be a warning sign of gum disease. Bacteria causing plaque build up can produces toxins in the mouth which irritate gums and can damage your jawbone. Other dental causes of bad breath include dental caries (cavities), yeast infections and poor fitting dentures or partial dentures.
There are medical conditions and diseases that may be the cause of bad breath. These include respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems. In addition, the medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque. If the plaque is not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.
Go ahead, pucker up and get ready to kiss with confidence! Dr. Chaiken and his team will do a thorough evaluation to find the cause of your bad breath and get rid of it, once and for all!
At North Dental Professionals, all oral surgery procedures are performed using modern anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Unlike many other dental practices, we are able to perform common oral surgery procedures including wisdom teeth extractions and biopsies of suspicious looking lesions. For many patients, the convenience of one-stop dentistry is their favorite thing about coming to Dr. Chaiken’s office. You can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your dental care is being managed by only one group of people who work together to bring you the best treatment possible.
You deserve a bright, clean, natural-looking smile without worrying. Experience sedation dentistry at its best with Dr. Paul J. Chaiken, general dentist in Chicago and Skokie who understands the needs of people who fear the dentist. We do our best to help you feel at ease while you receive your much needed dental treatment.
We offer stress-free dentistry through a range of sedation options including inhalation sedation, oral premedication, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Your comfort and safety is insured with our licensed medical anesthesiology partners in attendance. You'll know that the dental work was done, but have little memory of how it happened.
No more cold feet and backing out of dentist appointments because you're afraid of the pain. Sedation dentistry at North Dental Professionals is the help you need to relax so that important treatment can be completed without worry.
You will be amazed at how much dental work can be accomplished while you are sedated. We can restore years of neglect in just one or two visits. We can replace broken crowns, fix bridges, repair chipped teeth, heal painful gums, whiten discolored teeth and more. It will go so quickly, even the busiest schedule can accommodate the work you need done.
Call Dr. Chaiken today at (773) 774-1272 to schedule an appointment. Our friendly, informative staff can answer any questions you may have. For your convenience, you may also request an appointment using our online form.
If you've been told you need a dental filling, you're not alone: 92% of Americans have had at least one cavity. Dental fillings are the tried-and-true treatment for treating cavities – and they come in a variety of options to suit every need. Dental fillings can be made of silver amalgam, composite, porcelain and even gold. Amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for more than a century and are still the most common and cost-effective type of dental filling. But composite fillings, which are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass composite, are quickly becoming the preferred dental filling due to their natural appearance and durability. The type of dental filling used is determined by a number of factors, including size and location of the cavity, as well as your budget.
Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect it! We are here to help. Dr. Chaiken has extensive experience treating all types of dental trauma. Whether your emergency involves a painful or broken tooth, lost crown or cavity, swelling in your face or gums, or broken dentures and partials, we encourage you to contact our office and have Dr. Chaiken get rid of your problem! We offer 24 hours per day, 7 days per week emergency coverage for our patients.
Dr. Chaiken realizes that the dental needs of patients change over time. Dr. Chaiken knows that working with seniors requires an understanding of many complex medical and dental aspects of aging. Often elderly patients experience the discomfort of such things as dry mouth, tooth loss, ill fitting dentures and partials, and the inability to adequately brush their teeth due to arthritis or compromised eyesight. At North Dental Professionals, we take our time to form a thorough diagnosis and understand the goals of our patients. We understand the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. We have seen how medical problems can cause dental problems and how dental disease can complicate medical health. We help patients restore their smiles with crowns, bridges, veneers and fillings and use state of the art techniques to fabricate traditional dentures as well as implant retained dentures. We make comfortable and attractive dentures which make you look good, feel good, and allow you to enjoy eating your favorite food. So go ahead, bite into that apple, grab for the corn on the cob and enjoy the foods you love to eat with comfort and confidence!