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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.

Discoloration
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.

By Louis Sertich, DMD
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Lost Teeth   Dental Implants  

Despite the fact that it is a common problem that affects over half of all Americans over the age of 30 according to the American Dental Association (ADA), tooth loss is something that most people don't really worry about until it happens, either through an accident, or as the result of gum (periodontal) disease. Whether you are missing several or even just one tooth, it can have an impact on your oral health as well as the cosmetic appearance of your smile. The dentists at Merrillville Dental Center, Dr. Louis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp, advise qualified adult patients to consider dental implants to restore a smile damaged by tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Merrillville, IN

Traditional tooth replacement options like dentures and crowns and bridges replace the cosmetic portion of a missing tooth, making it possible to eat and speak clearly after tooth loss. They also do a very good job of restoring or even improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile. But there is a lot more to tooth loss than meets the eye. It may not be visible when we smile, but a tooth's root plays a critical role in maintaining oral health and the stability of the remaining teeth. Once a tooth falls out, the surrounding bone tissue begins to erode. From shrinking gums to inflammation and infections, bone loss is a major side effect of tooth loss. Dental implants are the only restoration option that restores the root, which helps to maintain healthy bone tissue and permanently anchor the cosmetic crown in place. Dental implants are a good option for adult patients with sufficient bone density in the gums to support an implant, and who are also in good general health.

Contact Your Dentist in Merrillville, IN

Missing teeth do not have to ruin your smile or oral health. For more information on the benefits of dental implants, and to find out if they are the right tooth replacement option for you, contact Merrillville Dental Center by calling (219) 292-7807 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sertich or Dr. Kamp today.

By Louis Sertich, DMD
February 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you aren’t visiting your dentist regularly this could spell trouble for your smile.dental visits

There are so many excuses for why you might not visit our Merrillville, IN, general dentists, Dr. Louis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp, as often as you should. Perhaps your schedule is hectic or you have some anxiety surrounding the dental chair. Whatever it is it shouldn’t stand in the way of visiting us for routine visits. We are here to make these visits easy so that you don’t have to deal with procedures in the future. Here are the many reasons preventive dental appointments are crucial to healthy teeth and gums.

Detect Problems Early

Nothing is worse than staying away from our Merrillville dentist so long that once you come back you are faced with multiple cavities, gum disease or other issues. By coming in every six months we can detect potential problems early on. Prevention is key to a healthy smile. Between our thorough physical exams and annual x-rays, we can discover issues when they are often reversible or simple to treat.

Prevent Complications

Dental problems don’t typically go away on their own without the proper treatment. Decay will continue to progress until it affects the inner structures of the tooth. Gum disease will continue to destroy healthy gum tissue and lead to bone and tooth loss. To prevent smaller issues from turning into full-blown problems, it’s important that you visit us regularly.

Screen for Oral Cancer

While oral cancer may not be a disease you think about too frequently, it can be life threatening when ignored or not detected soon enough. How else will you detect oral cancer if you don’t come in for your routine dental exams? Since most symptoms don’t start to appear until cancer has progressed, it’s important that you keep up with your appointments. Screenings are painless and take only a couple minutes. And the biggest benefit is that it could just save your life.

Get a Clean Smile

Even the most meticulous oral care routine may still leave plaque on teeth. After all, it can be challenging to get your toothbrush into every nook and cranny. Plaque quickly hardens into tartar if it isn’t removed. Since tartar can lead to gum disease and other issues, it’s important that it isn’t allowed to stay on teeth. Of course, tartar can only be removed with the special dental instruments we use.

Don’t forget to schedule your next routine dental cleaning in Merrillville, IN. Call Merrillville Dental Center today and get your smile back on track.

By Louis Sertich, DMD
December 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how dentures could bring your smile back to life.

Tooth loss of any magnitude can be devastating for both your appearance and your health. Fortunately, our Merrillville, IN dentists, Dr. denturesLouis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp, make it easy to get the restoration you need to replace missing teeth and to get your smile back. Find out more about dentures and whether they are right for you.

What are dentures?

By now you probably know what dentures are. These removable oral prosthetics are designed to replace your missing teeth and tissue, and they are an easy and inexpensive way to replace most or all of your teeth. There are two types of dentures to choose from in Merrillville: partial and complete. As you are probably able to guess, partial dentures are recommended if you are only missing some teeth while complete dentures are used to replace all of your teeth.

How do I get dentures?

When you come into our office we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether dentures are the right choice for you. Since dentures are made to fit your mouth we will have to take impressions of your mouth. If any teeth need to be extracted due to severe decay or damage, they will need to be removed first before you can get dentures. While immediate dentures can be placed over the gums right after an extraction, you must wait until your gums have fully healed before you can get conventional dentures.

The impressions that we take of your mouth will help the lab design dentures that are specially made just for you. It can take up to a week or more to get dentures made. Once they are complete you will come back in to have them fitted and adjusted.

There is an adjustment period when it comes to wearing dentures, but we would be happy to discuss ways to make the denture-wearing process easier. Obviously, the more often you wear them the easier it will be to get acclimated to them. If you find that dentures are causing irritation or gum soreness we may need to adjust them so that they fit better.

If you’ve been contemplating getting dentures in Merrillville, IN, then what are you waiting for? Let’s find out if this is the proper tooth replacement for you. Call Merrillville Dental Center today!

By Louis Sertich, DMD
October 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out whether these common dental restorations could improve your smile.

You've probably heard about dental crown and bridges before, but haven’t necessarily needed them. If you’ve recently gone in for your dental crowns, dental bridgessix-month cleaning and our Merrillville, IN, dentists, Dr. Louis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp have mentioned that you might need a crown or a bridge, you might learn more about these restorative treatments now.

Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetics that are fixed in place to restore everything from a damaged tooth to a missing tooth. A crown is a dental cap that is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. A dental crown is pretty versatile and can be used for a variety of different things, but it is often placed over a tooth that is damaged or weak.

As you may be able to tell, a damaged tooth is not often strong enough to stand on its own, but a dental crown can protect it from further damage. Our Merrillville, IN, dentists may recommend a dental crown if you have any or a combination of the following:

  • You need to protect a decayed, broken, weak or fractured tooth
  • If you need to replace a large filling where there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure remaining
  • You have to hide a tooth that is seriously misshapen or discolored
  • You want to protect and cover a tooth after root canal therapy
  • A dental bridge needs support
  • A dental implant needs covering

If you are someone who is dealing with one or more missing teeth, then you may be advised to get a dental bridge. After tooth loss, it’s important to fill the gaps made by missing teeth before the rest of your natural teeth start to shift into that space, which can cause a serious misalignment.

Two dental crowns are used to support a dental bridge, so it's important to have healthy neighboring teeth that will be strong enough to reinforce the dental crowns. The crowns are cemented into place on both sides of the gap, while a false tooth is attached to the crowns to replace your missing tooth (or teeth).

Whether you are interested in crowns and bridges or need to schedule a routine cleaning in Merrillville, it’s time you turned to the dental experts that can give you a smile you’ll be happy with. Call Merrillville Dental Center today at (219) 292-7807.





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