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Dental Services in Palos Park, IL

Dr. Sheehan and his staff provide a complete range of general dentistry services in the Palos Park, Palos Hills, and Palos Heights area. Learn more about our dental services and procedures here and please feel free to contact us with any questions. If you are in need of a service you don’t see listed here, please ask! We do all of this and more.


 

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Dental Cleanings / Exams

One of the most important steps in maintaining good dental and oral health, aside from daily brushing and flossing, is having regular professional dental cleanings and exams. We advise our healthy patients to schedule two dental cleanings per year in order to keep their teeth, gums, and other areas of their mouth healthy.

Regular cleanings get rid of the build up of plaque and tartar that can develop even if you maintain excellent brushing and flossing habits. Regular cleanings and exams can help cut off gum disease, tooth loss and periodontal disease before it begins a problem and can identify more serious problems at the earliest stages.

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Restorations

Nobody likes cavities! But most of us will get them periodically over the course of our lifetimes, no matter how well we brush and floss at home. Bi-annual cleanings and exams can help identify cavities, if they exist, early on before they are painful or cause deep damage to your tooth or its root.

So, even if you don’t feel any tooth pain, don’t put off your next cleaning and exam.

Some people are more prone to cavities than others, so even if you have impeccable home dental habits and regular cleanings, you may still get more cavities than someone who doesn’t have as consist habits as you do. If you know you are prone to cavities, Dr. Sheehan can talk to you about extra steps you can take to protect your dental health.

Taking care of cavities as soon as they are identified is an important step in maintaining dental health. When Dr. Sheehan fills cavities, he first removes the decayed tooth material. This material is filled with bacteria, so it is important to make sure all of the cavity has been removed. Once the area is clear of decayed matter, Dr. Sheehan uses a filling material to fill the hole created by digging out the cavity. The filling material also seals the interior of the tooth from being subjected to more oral bacteria. This will help prevent further decay.

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Implant Restorations


Missing teeth can cause facial deformities, make it difficult to eat foods we enjoy, and make our gums and bones more susceptible to infection. For both cosmetic and medical purposes, we suggest that missing teeth be restored with dental implants, which are able to anchor either fixed or removable replacement teeth.

While the process of getting a dental implant can take multiple visits and can require that you adapt your eating and dental hygiene practices while the implant solidifies, we find that our patients are generally very happy with the results of their dental implants.

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Cosmetic Dentistry, Crowns, & Veneers

Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile and we are committed to delivering you that smile at Sheehan Dental. We offer a number of services aimed at improving the appearance of your teeth:

Tooth-colored fillings
> Repairing chipped teeth
> Orthodontics and Invisalign®
> Porcelain crowns
> Porcelain veneers
> Teeth whitening
> And more!

Learn more about our cosmetic dentistry treatments here: Cosmetic Dentistry

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Invisalign®

Do you want straighter teeth but have held off because you don’t like the look of metal braces? If so, Invisalign® may be a great choice for you. You can read more about Invisalign® on our website or request a free consultation with Dr. Sheehan.

Learn more about Invisalign here: Invisalign Dentistry.

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Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease is no joke. If left untreated, the bones that hold the roots of your teeth (and therefore hold your teeth in place) will decay and you will lose your teeth. But if you see us regularly and before the situation gets too serious, we can perform non-surgical periodontal therapies that can stop and even reverse the march toward periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease happens when regular plaque and tartar and their associated bacteria are not regularly cleaned from the teeth and they cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. Early stages of gingivitis can be reversed with brushing and flossing (at least two times a day!) and regular dental cleanings (at least twice a year).

If gingivitis is not properly treated, it leads to periodontitis: the gums begin to pull away from their natural position and allow bacteria and plaque to spread below the gum line. If periodontitis is not treated, the gums, bones, and other tissues that hold teeth in place is destroyed.

One way to stop or even possibly reverse the progression of periodontal disease is to have a deep cleaning, also referred to as scaling and root planing. We do this procedure in our offices, as it is non-surgical. In some cases, Dr. Sheehan can also prescribe medications to assist the efficacy of a deep cleaning.

If you notice that your gums bleed easily when brushed or flossed, you may be in the initial stages of periodontal disease. Your first step is to get a regular cleaning and exam. The doctor can investigate the extent of gum damage and chart a course of treatment for you before things progress beyond the point at which non-surgical methods can work.


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