When teeth are dark or grey it can affect a person’s confidence when smiling. Teeth whitening options for a new cosmetic smile are available at our dental office in Westmont, IL. One of the simplest methods of getting a whiter smile is by using a mild bleaching agent such as carbamide peroxide in a tray, sitting on your teeth for several minutes to a couple hours over the period of several days.
Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile. It is one of the first things that many people see when they meet you. It reflects your confidence and can portray success especially when you are in a face-to-face customer service type of profession.
Dr. Kathryn Kennedy, DDS in Westmont, IL has been providing dental porcelain veneers for her patients for years.
When you get a cavity, there are a few options for restoring your tooth. If it is a small cavity, you can do a “filling”. If it is larger, you can do an inlay or onlay restoration that involves taking an impression and having a lab make the restorative material that rebuilds your tooth. Similarly, if a larger portion of the tooth is missing, then you usually suggest a crown for a tooth.
INLAYS AND ONLAYS
When a tooth has a larger size restoration needed or a larger portion of the cusp of the tooth is missing, we may recommend an inlay or more commonly, an onlay porcelain restoration. You can think of these restorations are “conservative crowns”. There is less drilling than placing a crown and it preserves much of the original tooth structure.
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
When you think of the term “caps” you may think about Hollywood movie stars getting their teeth “capped” so they can have a beautiful smile. Well, a cap is essentially a porcelain crown that is put over a tooth. When a tooth fractures, is chipped, or has a root canal treatment, often a crown is one option to restore it.
When a patient is missing all or just several teeth, we discuss the option of dentures or partial dentures. While this is the easiest option to replace a tooth and possibly the least expensive, we will also discuss the option that includes dental implants for a more natural feeling restoration to improve your chewing and lip support.
Prior to doing a dental implant, Dr. Kennedy will sit down with you and review your x-rays, bone health, medical condition and options when looking to restore your mouth. Single tooth implants are becoming the standard of care these days as people chose to not drill down the adjacent two healthy teeth to put a bridge in its place, especially when it concerns the front teeth.
HYGIENE AND EXAMS
Whether you need a routine check-up or feel that it’s time for a comprehensive overhaul, we have the technology to provide complete care for all ages. Our new patient exam will give us an opportunity to get to know you, find out your goals for your oral health are long-term, and evaluate your current status.
Nobody likes having a toothache! That’s why we at Dr. Kathryn Kennedy’s dental office in Westmont, Illinois are keenly aware that when you have a toothache emergency, you’d like to get in right away! We typically schedule patients such that we can squeeze in a patient into the schedule for a true emergency. With COVID-19 new protocols, we do request as much notice as possible so that we can best serve you properly. Your health and safety, as well as that of our staff is critical, especially today.
Whether you call it endodontics or root canals, it isn’t something people typically look forward to having done. Because we have a 3D cone beam x-ray, we are able to measure and identify more accurately the shape, the number, and the length of the canals in a tooth, giving us a distinct advantage when it comes to treating a tooth completely and with precision.
Dr. Kennedy provides both general dentistry as well as comprehensive orthodontics. After providing orthodontic services for many years, Dr. Kennedy found that one of the major motivators for getting braces for young adults was crowding in the front six teeth. Because of that, she took courses in a process called FastBraces®. By focusing primarily on making sure the front six upper and lower teeth are in alignment, we can shorten the time needed to accomplish significant esthetic changes in a short time.
Prior to doing an impression for any mouthguard, it’s important to make sure that all your dental work is completed prior to fabricating it so it will still fit into the future. This is especially important if you are planning on having braces or dental implants in the near future. Secondly, since there are numerous types of mouthguards, it’s important to understand what its purpose is and the final objective.
331 W. 63rd St.
Westmont, IL 60559
We're located at the corner of 63rd and Williams,
one block west of Cass Ave.
331 W. 63rd St.
Westmont, IL 60559
We're located at the corner of 63rd and Willaims, one block west of Cass Ave.