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By Sathya Medanaga, D.D.S.
January 28, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Root canal therapy could preserve your natural smile and prevent extractions.

A root canal is one of the most common procedures that our Lisle, IL, dentist Dr. Meda Naga performs. A root canal is usually recommended when the dental pulp is inflamed or infected. The dental pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Once decay, bacteria or traumatic injury has affected the health of the pulp the only way to save the tooth is to remove the pulp.

When is a root canal needed?

Even though the dental pulp is hidden beneath the hard protective layers of the tooth this structure can still become damaged. If decay damages the outer layers this can allow bacteria to get inside the tooth and affect the pulp. Furthermore, an infection or injury to the tooth can also damage the pulp. The only way for our Lisle, IL, dentist to preserve the tooth is by removing the dental pulp and sealing the root canals to prevent future infections.

How do I know that I need a root canal?

The unfortunate part is that you may not know that you need a root canal. That’s because symptoms don’t usually appear until much later, which means that you could have an infected or inflamed dental pulp but not know until the problem has become more advanced.

So, how are you supposed to know when a problem is occurring? Simple. You need to visit your dentist every six months for checkups. Just because you aren’t experiencing symptoms doesn’t mean that you don’t have a problem. Our dental team can pinpoint even the subtlest changes that could indicate an affected dental pulp. This is why routine cleanings should never be missed, no matter how healthy your smile might seem.

Of course, you should also schedule an immediate appointment with us if you experience,

  • A severe and persistent toothache
  • Dental pain that gets worse when biting down, chewing or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Sudden, lingering tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen, tender gums around the tooth
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • An abscess, a pimple-like bump that develops on the gums (a sign of infection)

Meda Dental has offices in Lisle and Naperville, IL, to make getting the immediate dental care you need even easier. Call us today at (630) 416-8080 or (630) 352-4141 if you need to schedule a routine cleaning or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

By Sathya Medanaga, D.D.S.
October 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dr. Sathya Medanaga at Meda Dental in Naperville and Lisle, IL offers her patients with bridges and crowns. Dental crowns and bridges dental-crownscan restore your smile, even if it is badly damaged from decay or trauma.
 

Dental Bridges

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They can restore your smile and your self-confidence by giving you a great-looking smile people will notice. Unlike partials, you never remove a dental bridge because it’s permanently cemented onto the adjacent teeth.

You should consider dental bridges if you:

  • Are missing one or more teeth
  • Want to enjoy a full, beautiful, natural-looking smile
  • Want to restore your full chewing function
  • Want the convenience of permanent tooth replacement that you don’t have to remove


Crowns

Dental crowns cover the entire visible surfaces of your teeth above the gumline. They protect your teeth from strong pressure and force when you chew, preventing breakage and loss of tooth structure. Crowns can also make your smile more beautiful. Porcelain is a popular crown material that reflects light, making it virtually identical to tooth enamel. You can also choose porcelain-fused-to-metal, known as a PFM crown. PFM crowns combine the cosmetic beauty of porcelain with a metal underlay for added strength.

You should consider dental crowns if your teeth are:

  • Broken, fractured, or cracked from dental trauma
  • Badly decayed, with significant loss of tooth structure


Caring for Your Smile

Here are some tips on how to care for crowns and bridges:

  • Brush twice a day using a soft-bristled brush in circular motion.
  • Floss at least once before bed.
  • Visit our family dentist twice a year for biannual dental cleanings.

If you have any questions about crowns and bridges, make sure you contact our Naperville and Lisle, IL, dentist, Dr. Sathya Medanaga today. Call (630) 416-8080 for the Lisle office, or (630) 352-4141 for the Naperville location.

By Sathya Medanaga, D.D.S.
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Find out if this clear orthodontic system could fix your crooked smile.

While getting braces during childhood certainly has its benefits, we also know that this isn’t possible for everyone. That's why Dr. Meda invisalignNaga, your dentist in Lisle, IL, never wants anyone to get discouraged by the idea that they are too old for braces! Adult patients can benefit from this treatment, and with the amazing advancements of dental technology today, we now offer subtle and nearly invisible ways to get a straighter smile without others noticing.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign utilizes a set of customized clear thermoplastic aligners to fit over teeth like mouthguards and help them move into the proper alignment. Invisalign does not contain any wires, brackets, or metal, making them comfortable, easy to wear, and very discreet.

How do I know that Invisalign is right for me?

While the only way to truly find out whether your smile could benefit from Invisalign is to visit our Lisle, IL, general dentist for an evaluation, there are certain factors that can help you determine whether you could be a likely candidate. Some of these factors include...

The issues you want to fix

This is the most obvious factor when it comes to deciding whether Invisalign is right for you. While Invisalign is great for handling more mild and moderate issues it isn’t the most effective strategy for treating more severe cases that require the shifting of jaws or more complicated tooth movements. Invisalign is great for handling,

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Cross bites
  • Open bites
  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor crookedness or overlapping

There is Invisalign for kids called Invisalign First, which is for growing jaws.

Your dedication

When it comes to any orthodontic treatment, it’s important for us to gauge how dedicated you are to following through with the process. Since Invisalign aligners can be removed, it is often very tempting to remove them whenever you feel like it. However, it is essential that you wear your aligners for about 20-22 hours each day if you want the treatment to be successful. Only remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

Interested? Give us a call!

Meda Dental has practices in Lisle and Naperville, IL, to provide more families throughout the Chicagoland area with comprehensive dental care. From dental cleanings for the whole family to getting Invisalign treatment, we offer it all. Call us today to schedule a consultation: dial (630) 416-8080 for the Lisle office, or (630) 352-4141 for the Naperville location.

By Sathya Medanaga, D.D.S.
February 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentist  

Find out the advantages of having a family dentist that you can turn to in both Lisle and Naperville, IL.

Nothing is lovelier than seeing your family smile. Of course, regularly witnessing this requires prioritizing proper dental care for each family dentistmember of the family. To assure that your household is full of healthy smiles, our family dentist in both Lisle and Naperville, IL, Dr. Sathya Medanaga, is here to help. Here’s what you can enjoy when your entire family comes to our office for dental care:

Promote Better Oral Health

When you have a dentist you can trust, you are more inclined to come in for checkups and cleanings when you need to. You may also be more likely to call us or visit our office if any issue arises. Having a family dentist means that you have someone who can care for your entire family’s health all of the time. This also equates to,

Easy appointment scheduling for the whole family: Whenever possible, we can try and organize cleanings for your entire household on the same day, making it so that so you don’t have to come into the office more than you need to.

Urgent care when you need it: Accidents happen and isn’t it a comfort to know that our dentist is available whenever you need help? Call our office and we will make sure that you take top priority. Dental emergencies are stressful enough—let us make it easier to get the problem fixed.

Quality preventative care: Our goal is to provide you with the preventive care you need to reduce your risk for developing cavities, gum disease, and other common dental problems. By coming in twice a year for cleanings, the whole family can maintain good oral hygiene and health.

Tailored treatment: We understand how important it is for each and every one of our patients to feel heard and understood. We also know how important it is for us to know everything about our patient’s health and medical history. Here at Meda Dental, we cater to your needs and really get to know you and your health so that we can provide safe and effective care time and time again.

Give us a call!

If you are living in Lisle or Naperville, IL, and want a family dentist that everyone can turn to for routine checkups, cosmetic treatment, restorative dentistry, or orthodontics. then call Meda Dental today to schedule an appointment: (630) 416-8080 for the Lisle office, or (630) 352-4141 for the Naperville location.

By Meda Dental
October 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Learn about crowns and bridges from your Lisle, IL dentist.

A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, crowns or bridges may be your bestDental Crowns option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.

What Is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges?
A crown is a whole covering, commonly made of porcelain, metal or ceramic material, that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. It is bonded on top of a healthy rooted tooth that needs strengthening and protection. A bridge is a device that uses two crowns to fill in a gap in the smile from a missing tooth. The crowns cover the two adjacent teeth, called abutments. The center of the bridge called a pontic, is a false tooth that is designed to fit in with the rest of your smile.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth have to be healthy to support it. A dentist must examine the inside of the tooth using X-rays to confirm that the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns.

Who Needs Bridges?
Someone who has one or two missing teeth and wants a reasonably secure and semi-permanent solution may benefit from bridges. The bridge is needed to help make it easier to process food, maintain the structure of the jawline and give the patient a smile to be proud of. The abutment teeth have to be healthy enough to support a crown. Generally, a good candidate for a crown will likely also be a good candidate for bridgework.

How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can last for between five to 15 years or even longer if you take care of your teeth. But no worries, because when the time comes your dentist can redo the crown or bridge and give you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.

Contact your Lisle, IL Dentist
Call your Lisle, IL dentist to find out if a crown or bridge can help give you a better smile. These two restorative treatments can help fix a number of common dental problems.





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