Category Archives: Dental Office

Gum Health: An Early Warning System

The relationship between your bones, gums, and teeth is collaboration at its best. When all three work in harmony, life is good. Any challenge can be confronted and mastered, if you have your health. But when this harmony is disturbed, the structure of your lifestyle is undermined.
As you age, your gums and teeth will reflect both what happens to you, and how you react. Those who understand oral health will start with understanding the gums. Because without strong gums, healthy teeth will be the victims of instability.
Patients often wonder why we poke around so much. We take intricate measurements of your gums to evaluate. We hear often that we are more thorough than our patients have ever experienced! The threats to gum health are displayed by the most minute changes. The numbers that we call out during our routine evaluations sound mysterious, but are the early-warning signals that save potential pain, time, and expense. We wish to show you how to keep your teeth and gums at their best.
Periodontitis is a gum disease that affects the periodontium, or the tissues that surround your teeth. The bone and tissue should fit tightly. But if there is loss, or a diminishing of this bone and tissue, dangerous pockets can form that are difficult to clean. They allow bacteria to grow and increase the chance for infection. A pocket reduction will solve the immediate threat, and prevent any further deterioration.
The threat begins with the microorganisms and bacteria that grow on the surface of the tooth. The body fights against these organisms by the tissue receding, and next, the bone. Periodontitis is diagnosed by examining the gum tissue with a probe and by evaluating x-rays to see bone loss. Gingival sulcus is the space between a tooth and the surrounding tissue. In gum disease, this pocket is deepened. Sadly, this condition causes the greatest loss of teeth for adults.
Age and wear increases these pockets. So to best slow deterioration, to keep gums and bone as a great foundation for the teeth so cared for, visit us regularly:
1. Track the fit of your gums, and detect gingivitis before it turns into periodontitis. During a periodontal exam, we examine the depth of space between your tooth and gum, examine the color and texture of your gums, and also see how much plaque build-up is present.
2. Receive Periodontal charting during check-ups, which is the process of organizing your teeth and gum health. Ideal pocket depth is less than 4 mm, which means no risk for periodontal disease.
3. Know what is normal for you. Each person has a different skin tone and condition for health. Observe your own mouth to know quickly any variations.
4. Brush correctly. Some patients damage their gums by continually pushing upon them so they recede by wear. Let us show you the best techniques to keep the teeth clean without any repetitive threats that happen with the best intensions!
5. Floss regularly to keep the space between your teeth clean, and to exercise your gum tissue. Like a muscle, the right exercise strengthens, whereas the wrong, or careless activity, will weaken. A few simple maintenance techniques will make all the difference!
6. Obtain treatment early for any issues that do arise. Gums are like an early-warning system for problems that only escalate in seriousness, and do not go away. Though the body is an amazing healer, when it comes to gums, help is needed, especially the longer you live.

 

Everyone has gum concerns, especially as the years pass. If you are young, the habits that you form now will pay off greatly for an enjoyable future! If you are older, consider the condition of your gums as indicative of your journey. Taking care of this very special collaboration continues to be your health guide like a map to where you most wish to go.

Arnold K. Chernoff, DDS, http://www.chernoffdds.com/

The Boost and Advantage of a Whiter Smile

Nothing impresses more than a dazzling smile. Many choose to whiten teeth for special occasions like weddings or job seeking. Others have jobs dealing with the public where first impressions are critical. After all, we don’t see ourselves except in the mirror. But we know how we feel, and we know how people react to us.
Confidence attracts. Those who feel good, and radiate a positive attitude, have more choices in business and romance, thus with greater chances for success. It is impossible to feel good about ourselves if we are ashamed to smile—or if we feel that our smile does not enhance either our expression or the impression we make. After all, we smile for two reasons: to show our enjoyment and to engage the other person. Having white teeth will inspire us to both smile more, as well as feel the reaction of those rewarded with our dazzling smile. White teeth says conscientious, healthy, prosperous—qualities people want around them—qualities we wish not only to project, but to live.
Though the condition of our teeth is not a reflection of our intelligence, or even competence, others perceive that it is. We are judged even unconsciously by others. If our smile delights, we set the positive tone for communication.
We’ve written a lot in this blog about the health aspects of keeping teeth and gums cared for. Oral health is a barometer of total health. But we can’t underestimate the psychological side of how our smile affects our confidence. It is more important than the outfit, than the handshake (unless too wimpy), than the hairstyle (unless outrageous), than any opening phrases we may say (unless obnoxious). If we want to make a great impression, we have to feel our best.
To whiten teeth is a simple process that takes from one week to three months, depending on the technique. Some patients are more sensitive to the various treatments than others. New advances increase both the duration and the comfort of the process. In our office, we are certified in traditional treatment, as well as employing the state-of-the-art. For example, KöR Whitening takes just a few weeks of wearing a molded tray at night to hold the whitening gel. In their new method, oxygen from the gel is absorbed deep into the tooth, dissolving the stain molecules. Once receiving the treatment, easy home maintenance, any staining food will have no effect. The results are permanent.
This is a small time investment for such a big result in our attitude. If we wish to feel and perform at our best in any pursuit, if we deal with others, we can always use advantages within our grasp. Whitening our teeth is an easy one to accomplish—something that can have a major impact upon our relationships and businesses—by a small effort.

Arnold K. Chernoff, DDS, http://www.chernoffdds.com/

Evanston Dental Office

Dental Office in Evanston

A dental emergency can be an alarming experience. It’s often painful and in some cases, accompanied by unsightly consequences that can make it uncomfortable or embarrassing to go to work or socialize. At Arnold Chernoff DDS, compassionate care is the defining value of our Evanston dental office, where we strive to accommodate patients in urgent need with flexible scheduling options.  During a dental emergency, we know that your number one priority is getting your dental problem corrected. Our staff will make every effort to get you in for treatment as immediately as possible.

A dental emergency may leave you feeling a bit rattled, so when you walk into our Evanston dental office expect to be put at ease and made comfortable by our warm and friendly staff. At Arnold Chernoff DDS, we strive to provide every patient with the individualized attention they deserve.  Prompt, professional, personalized care is our specialty so you can be assured our skilled practitioner will assess your dental emergency, make the proper diagnosis and determine the best course of action to alleviate your symptoms and restore your smile to mint condition. Whether it’s a broken or lost tooth, crown, bridge, or denture, we take any issue compromising your oral health seriously. Our state-of the-art facility is outfitted with the latest dental technology ensuring there is no problem too big or small for our capable team to handle. At Arnold Chernoff DDS, we care if you feel comfortable with the appearance of your smile so we treat any issue compromising the aesthetic appeal of your teeth with the same level of urgency as any other dental emergency.

When you choose Arnold Chernoff DDS, you are choosing among the best in the field of dentistry. That’s due to the skill and experience of our team, the innovative technology at our disposal, and most important, because of our compassionate approach to dental care. We take the time to build a trusting rapport with every patient so we can provide the best dental care possible; in an emergency, that really matters. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

 

636 Church Street
Evanston, Il 60201
(847) 282-4771

Instrumental Innovation

Dental science races ahead with new materials, instruments, and techniques. But most adults still experience anticipation anxiety before making dental appointments. Perception lags behind reality, as the reasons for such reluctance have actually evaporated! Our series on innovation continues with facing the most feared, yet least understood, aspect.

FEATURE: “The Worst is Over”

Advancement in instrument technology can sooth your deepest dental visit fears. Perhaps it is the sensation of the drill that is your most dreaded. Dr. Chernoff describes how such perceptions will change based on new developments. He proves that the anxiety about drill sound or vibration is much worse than reality. He can transform your trepidation about procedure as he transforms your oral health; Dr. Chernoff provides the latest in techniques, skills, and understanding.

If the drill is your biggest dread, and you are in need of dentistry, rest assured that not only is the worst over, the unpleasantness barely exists. Modern technology is moving in leaps and bounds with some of the most important advances in the dental drill.

Dr. Chernoff beams with pride as he describes the advances in drill technology. He recites the manufacturers’ names, the way patients might recite movie titles! Dr. Chernoff describes how “today’s advanced precise instruments are 100 times faster than their previous generation! They have speed and features of air and light that allow the drill to perform like a warm knife in butter.”

When a fear is not addressed, it remains a fear. When the cause is revealed and solved, the fear goes away. Most adults at one time or another experience dental anxiety: and the biggest reluctance is to face the dreaded drill. The sound, the vibrations, the sensations, are remembrances of past hours in the chair. It seemed like it would never end, and finally, the cavity was filled and the satisfaction of hoping not to do it again was overwhelming.

That perception may have been earned in the past, but today the situation should be the opposite! With major advances in high speed drills, accurate and pin-pointed application, greatly minimizes. The inconvenience and pain repercussions of NOT getting the tooth repaired is far worse, and that difficulty will have implications for the rest of your life!

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Exemplary X-rays

Imaging technology leads the innovations that have transformed dentistry. The development of X-rays launched a quiet revolution. Then, imaging innovation took another leap when it evolved from film to digital capability. With increased diagnostic accuracy and treatment precision, Dr. Chernoff describes how this impacts those needing dental services. This is one of the factors to help alleviate dental anxiety.

Every bright healthy smile is supported by technology which is on the forefront of medicine. Each development increases the accuracy of diagnosis and speeds the dental treatment time.

X-rays are the best way to see inside the bone and teeth. Many conditions can not be treated effectively without using this tool. The technology was first applied to dentistry around 1902 when one image took about 25 minutes! The speed increased, but basically stayed the same for 80 years: the dentist placed a small negative X-ray on a light box to evaluate. A series of X-rays was needed to cover the entire mouth, and the detail was marginal.

About thirty years ago, a French dentist, Dr. Francis Mouyen, introduced the use of digital radiography to produce filmless dental images. Developments in software expanded accuracy to a level not dreamed of! When analyzing, the dentist can now consider different angles, views, and varying amounts of detail. Records are easily shared, compiled, and stored. This quiet revolution has made a major difference in the quality of dental services.

Because X-rays increase diagnostic efficiency, treatment is more accurate. This is one of the ways that today’s dentistry improves the patient experience, and eases dental anxiety.

When making a big decision, most adults start with a Google search. Choosing a dentist is a big decision, as it necessitates a long-term relationship that affects health, well-being, and appearance. We are judged by our smiles. And we judge the professionals that nurture that smile by first checking on the internet for who is available, and what is said about them.
In the last few years, a greater and greater percentage of our new patients find us by research of homework on the web. Google ratings matter to help searchers find resources, keywords direct the needy, and reviews become decision-making tools.
The importance of what reviewers say actually does not represent the total reality of patient opinions. Many happy patients have busy lives and don’t take the time to write reviews. Though it only takes a few minutes to do, it takes a mindset to realize its importance—both for matching other patients with good resources, and for the survival of those good resources.
Many who actively write reviews are social media participants. They enjoy the reviewer community and realize the value of such contribution. The more dental offices depend on this resource for new patients, the more sensitive dentists and potential patients become to how it influences.
Your opinion matters and creates a ripple effect. When you write a review, you help another with dental needs become matched to a good resource. With the prevalence of corporate dental offices, the individual practitioner, who gives personal care, becomes more treasured. And you ensure that the personalized dental team is always there for you. It is a triple-win because our dental practice can sustain a healthy momentum, the searcher discovers a provider to last, and you can voice your experience while helping others. As dental professionals, we find our greatest gratification in improving lives through our care, skill, and judgement. Your response also influences our focus. Thank you if you have written a review. If not, please contribute here with:
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Located conveniently, our comfortable Evanston dental office provides comprehensive care with personal attention and conscientiousness. We will help you discover the best options for your dental needs, and combine state-of-the-art treatments with a warm, family-oriented, environment. Dedicated to preventative oral health and restorative dental techniques, we help you with your dental diligence. It is your easiest way towards overall health.
Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080

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Your Dental Care Decision

Health combines circumstances with choices. This series of articles are to share information that help you choose the best dental options for your situation. Our mission is to enhance the appearance, comfort, and function of your teeth. You direct the process as we help you achieve a higher level of self-esteem, quality of life, and well-being.

Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080

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Transform Teeth Troubles

Knowing what to do in case of potential teeth troubles can mitigate their inconvenience. Solutions to most illnesses or accidents can restore the patient back to normalcy quickly.
Located conveniently, our comfortable Evanston dental office provides comprehensive care with personal attention and conscientiousness. We will help you discover the best options for your dental needs, and combine state-of-the-art treatments with a warm, family-oriented, environment. Dedicated to preventative oral health and restorative dental techniques, we help you with your dental diligence. It is your easiest way to overall health.

 

Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080

 

A Team Approach to Dentistry

Although each of Dr. Chernoff’s team members have a unique background, all come together with a united vision, values, approaches, and attitudes. Working as a harmonious team, they find their greatest gratification in helping each patient attain the greatest oral health.

But being healthy in today’s society is time consuming and expensive without shortcuts. Diet, exercise, and healthcare all demand attention. One of the fastest and easiest ways to maintain overall health can start with oral health.

 

To help you with the basic knowledge needed to keep your oral health at its best, we publish a series of helpful tips in short articles. These give you a simple guide to reveal options, save time, money, and effort. They help you easily do your dental diligence and we hope you find them helpful.

NEW FEATURE FROM THE STAFF: A United Vision

“After years of practicing dedicated dental care, I continually find gratification by influencing many lives. And, each day offers me even greater opportunity to serve. Yet, equal gratification comes from working with the loyal and just-as-dedicated staff. When so focused on patient needs, it is important to stop and realize that one of the best reasons I enjoy dentistry is sharing with those who work harmoniously side-by-side. Formally introduced here, I hope that this glimpse conveys the warmth, commitment, and the expertise of these very special professionals that I am proud to have as colleagues.”

Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080

 

A Holistic Approach

Being healthy in today’s society is time consuming and expensive without shortcuts. Diet, exercise, and healthcare all demand attention. One of the fastest and easiest ways to maintain overall health can start with oral health.

To help you with the basic knowledge needed to keep your oral health at its best, we publish a series of helpful tips in short articles. These give you a simple guide to reveal options, save time, money, and effort. They help you easily do your dental diligence and we hope you find them helpful.

Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080

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Implant Options Expand

Being healthy in today’s society is time consuming and expensive without shortcuts. Diet, exercise, and healthcare all demand attention. One of the fastest and easiest ways to maintain overall health can start with oral health.
To help you with the basic knowledge needed to keep your oral health at its best, we publish a series of helpful tips in short articles. These give you a simple guide to reveal options, save time, money, and effort. They help you easily do your dental diligence and we hope you find them helpful.
Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080