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By Louis Sertich, DMD
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Want to beautify your smile? Your Merrillville, IN, can help you! Tooth-colored fillings, crowns, and veneers can make a serious difference cosmetic dentistryand restore confidence.

Tooth-colored Fillings:

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teeth

Dental Crowns:

A dental crown is made out of porcelain or ceramic. Unlike veneers, however, crowns don't just cover the front of your teeth. They're caps that fit over the unattractive, decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns can even be used to replace a missing tooth when your Merrillville dentist installs a dental bridge over your gums.

There are three steps to getting your unsightly tooth capped:

  • Step 1: Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth and begin drilling to file down the tooth. This is done to reshape the tooth so it fits under the crown. If there isn't very much natural tooth to begin with, your dentist will use a filling material to build up whatever exists of the natural tooth.
  • Step 2: A crown is designed at a laboratory using impressions taken of your teeth. The impressions are taken digitally or with the use of a putty-like material and are used as a guide so that laboratory technicians can mold a crown that'll fit perfectly over your tooth.
  • Step 3: The permanent crown is cemented over the tooth using a specific type of cement or resin.


Veneers are used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged.

Here are some things veneers can help with:

  • Stained teeth or discolored, due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco or even antibiotics containing tetracycline.
  • Mishappened teeth like crooked, worn or chipped teeth and irregularly shaped teeth.

For more information, call your Merrillville, IN, dentist today!

By Louis Sertich, DMD
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are dealing with significant tooth loss, we have a simple solution that could help.dentures

Is tooth loss getting you down? Is it affecting everything from your social life to your ability to enjoy your favorite foods? Then it’s time you talked to our Merrillville, IN, dentist about whether dentures could help you achieve that full smile.

So, what are dentures exactly? Chances are pretty good that you know what dentures are but perhaps you aren’t entirely sure how they work. This removable set of artificial teeth sits on a foundation that is made to look just like natural gum tissue. Dentures are designed to sit on the gums and jawbone to help your new teeth stay in place. There are different kinds of dentures available in Merrillville, including:

Partial dentures: These dentures may be removable or fixed in place (also referred to as dental bridges) and are used to replace multiple missing teeth. This is the best option for someone who still has some healthy teeth remaining.

Full dentures: This complete set of dentures uses suction to rest on the gums and bone and they are removable, which means that you should take them out every night before bed. These dentures are ideal for someone dealing with total tooth loss.

Implant-supported dentures: Whether you aren’t exactly happy with your dentures or you really just want a more long-term solution to replacing your missing teeth this may be an ideal alternative for you.

Implants are placed into the jawbone during a simple in-office surgical procedure. The jawbone and tissue are given months to heal and during this time the implant and bone will fuse together to offer a stable and permanent foundation from which to support your dentures.

We know that with any new restoration that it can take some time to get used to your new teeth. The more often you wear your dentures the easier the transitional period will be for you and the faster you’ll get used to wearing them.

If you are someone in Merrillville, IN, who is dealing with tooth loss and wants to get their smile back on track then it’s time you called Merrillville Dental Center. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options to help you. Schedule a consultation with us today!

By Louis Sertich, DMD
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If you have ever put off or considered putting off going to the dentist out of fear that the cure is worse than the disease, you are not alone. root canalRoot canal therapy is an especially feared and misunderstood procedure that causes needless stress and anxiety in people of all ages. But putting off going to the dentist for regular check-ups and preventive treatment (the American Dental Association recommends every six months) or when symptoms develop will do more harm than good. The dentists at Merrillville Dental Center, Dr. Louis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp offer root canal therapy and other general and cosmetic dentistry services.

Root Canal Therapy and General Dentistry in Merrillville, IN

A root canal is performed when the pulp ( the network of nerves and tissue inside each tooth) becomes inflamed or infected, which usually occurs when bacteria gets into the pulp in a cracked or broken tooth, or through severe tooth decay. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Signs of infection and inflammation around a tooth or between the gums
  • You have experienced trauma from a fall, sports injury, or another forceful impact to a tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness around the gums
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Dark spots and discolorations on a tooth
  • Difficulty chewing or when pressure is applied to the tooth

Only a dentist can determine whether a root canal is necessary to repair a damaged tooth. But if your dentist decides that you do need root canal therapy, don't worry. Contrary to popular belief, it is actually not very different from getting a cavity filled in terms of pain and discomfort levels, and will actually save your tooth from pain and more invasive dental treatments in the future.

Find a General Dentist in Merrillville, IN

Pain can be a sign of tooth decay or an infection, which can put your tooth and oral health at risk. If you are experiencing pain or other signs of a dental problem, don't hesitate to seek help. For more information on the benefits of root canal therapy and other restorative dental treatments, contact Merrillville Dental Center by calling (219) 755-0045 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sertich or Dr. Kamp today.

By Louis Sertich, DMD
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you fondly remember the days when you took your healthy smile for granted? After tooth loss, it's not unusual to feel a little depressed denturesabout the change in your appearance. In addition to concerns about the way you look, you may also find it harder to eat or even speak clearly. These changes don't have to be permanent, thanks to partials or dentures. With the help of our Merrillville, IN, dentists, Dr. Louis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp, dentures can change your life.

Why it's important to replace your lost teeth

Your diet has probably changed significantly since your teeth were extracted. Without teeth, it's hard to chew fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry. Unfortunately, if you limit your diet to soft foods only, you may not meet your nutritional needs, which can increase your risk of illness. Replacing your teeth with partials or dentures allows you to once again eat the foods you need to stay healthy.

Do people suddenly have trouble understanding you? Losing all or some of your teeth can have a dramatic impact on your speech. Luckily, dentures provide a simple solution to speech problems. A full smile is also good for your mental health. When you don't feel self-conscious about your missing teeth, you may be more likely to interact with your Merrillville friends and neighbors and participate in activities.

What type of dentures do I need?

Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, you may benefit from:

  • Full Dentures: Full dentures are the ideal choice if you've lost all of your teeth. The dentures replace the teeth in your upper and lower jaw and rest against your gums. Each row of teeth is mounted on a pink base that resembles gum tissue. Full dentures are used after your mouth has healed fully from a tooth extraction.
  • Immediate Dentures: Unlike full dentures, you can begin wearing immediate dentures as soon as your remaining teeth are extracted. Wearing these dentures right away may make the adjustment process easier. Because your mouth will change as it heals, frequent adjustments will be needed to ensure that the dentures fit properly.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures replace a section of missing teeth. These removable dentures are held in place by small hooks that slip over your natural teeth.

Ready to improve your smile with partials or dentures? Call our Merrillville, IN, dentists, Dr. Sertich and Dr. Kamp, at (219) 755-0045 to schedule an appointment.

By Louis Sertich, DMD
June 15, 2017
Category: Dental Care

A tooth can become cracked due to an injury or from using your teeth inappropriately (like opening a bottle top). In some cases, it’s not cracked toothimmediately obvious that there’s a problem requiring dental assistance. Here are a few of the signs you should look for a cracked tooth and information on how a general dentist at Merrillville Dental Center, P.C. in Merrillville, IN can help.

Pain When Eating
One way to know that a tooth may be cracked is feeling pain when you bite down on your food—especially something crunchy. In many cases, a cracked tooth happens because of biting down on something hard, like a jawbreaker candy. After a crack forms, it gradually becomes more and more painful when you chew on that tooth. This is because the inner layers are being exposed to the outer elements. They need to be protected to avoid a major dental issue.

Because a cracked tooth may cause the enamel to weaken, it can become discolored over time. If you notice that one tooth is getting darker than the others, that may be a sign of a crack in the enamel. In some cases, that discoloration may be irreversible, which is why it’s important to see your Merrillville as soon as you see a change in the appearance of the tooth.

A Visual Check
Sometimes a crack in the tooth is visible to the eye. Take a close look at the tooth in the mirror under a bright light and inspect it carefully for a hairline fracture. The line may be more visible if it has been stained by food or drink. 

Get Help
Of course, the best way to identify whether a tooth is cracked is to see a dentist for an exam and X-rays. Treatment in the early stages is best. Your general dentist can fix many cracked tooth problems with root canal therapy, crowns or dental bonding. Call (219) 292-7807 in Merrillville, IN, today to schedule a visit with Dr. Louis Sertich or Dr. Timothy Kamp.

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