Which dental insurances do you take?2018-01-01T16:58:55+00:00

We accept all dental PPO insurances and work hard to maximize the use of your benefits! Dr. Haque is “in-network” specifically with Delta Dental and Guardian.

Do you offer payment plans?2018-01-01T16:59:56+00:00

We do offer convenient monthly payment plans through Care Credit, a third party financing company. Through Care Credit, we offer 6 month and 12 month deferred interest payment plans (no interest if balance is paid within the payment plan). There are also extended low-interest payment plans. We essentially help you find a payment plan that fits within your budget! Visit our Financial page for more information.

What should I do if I suffer from “Halitosis” or Bad Breath?2018-01-01T17:08:23+00:00

Bad breath, or also known as Halitosis, is one of the factors that could affect your social and business life and it could also impale your well-being by being conscious and embarrassed every time you talk to someone. It is often caused by bacteria buildup in one of your teeth. Here are some other causes:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tooth Decay
  • Mouth infections
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Xerostomia or Morning breath
  • Systemic Diseases

Halitosis can be prevented easily if you follow what your dentist advises you to do. Your dentist may recommend you to:

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly for more than 2 minutes or so
  • Floss in between your teeth to remove food particles that got stuck
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcoholic liquor
  • Use a tongue scraper to remove food substance buildup on your tongue
  • Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash
  • Drink water to prevent dry mouth
  • Schedule your routine cleaning and check-up with your dentist twice a year to prevent buildup of bacteria in your gum pockets

Always talk to your dentist about what would he/she recommend to you to reduce and eliminate traces of bad breath which impales your oral health.

How often should I brush and floss?2018-01-01T17:10:22+00:00

Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease.

Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, and the use of other dental aids.

Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

  • Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
  • Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  • Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.

Flossing – Flossing every day is the best way to diminish bacteria build-up in between your teeth and gumline. It does not only help you clean the spaces, but it removes plaque which hardens on your teeth tarnishing down your gums, teeth and jaw bone.

Here are some recommendations by your dentist on how to floss correctly:

  • Use enough floss: Cut off a piece about 18 inches long. Wrap most of the floss around with your middle finger or the index finger on your one hand.
  • Slide between each tooth: Carefully slide the floss between each teeth creating a zigzag motion. Be careful not to let the floss cut off between teeth.
  • Make a “C”: Form a C shape with the floss as you are wrapping it around the tooth. Carefully pull the floss after from the gemlike to the top of the tooth.
  • Reach the other side: Also, remember to floss the other side of your tooth.

As long as you follow these techniques, the type of floss you’re going to use doesn’t matter.

How do I know if I’m suffering from periodontal disease?2018-01-01T17:11:45+00:00

Many people don’t know that they’re suffering from periodontal disease. Most of them are not aware because in its early stages, periodontal disease is usually painless. Unlike tooth decay, which manifests by giving you discomfort, it is very viable to have periodontal disease without any symptoms. Usually regular trips with your dentist will help detect if you’re suffering from any periodontal problem.

Periodontal disease usually starts when plaque, is left in between your teeth and gums. This produces acids which inflames your gums and destroys your bone. Brushing and flossing after eating will ensure that plaque removed and therefore will not cause any periodontal problems in the future.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:

  • Reddish gums
  • Gums that bleed often
  • Bad Breath
  • Pus that formed between the teeth and the gums
  • Discomfort

Observing a proper hygiene and regular dental visits can help reduce risks of developing oral problems like periodontal disease and tooth decay.

How often should I visit my dentist/dental hygienist for my routine exam and cleaning?2018-01-01T17:13:09+00:00

Your dentist or your dental hygienist would often recommend to their patients that they should have their teeth examined and get cleaned for at least twice a year.

Having your teeth checked by your dentist regularly are important in preventing future dental and periodontal problems. During your visit, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and examined for cavities. In addition to your dental examination and visit, there are other things that your dentist will check and monitor to aid you in preventing and detecting dental problems and also to maintain your dental health. These includes:

  • Reviewing your medical history: Your dentist will review your current medical condition or what medications are you taking to further identify the condition of your overall health.
  • X-Rays examination: This will give your dentist an insight if there’s any tumor or cyst growth that have occurred.
  • Screening of Oral Cancer: Your dentist will check your gums, throat, tissues, face, neck, lips and tongue for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Possible Periodontal Disease: Your dentist will check your gums for any signs of gum disease.
  • Tooth Decay: Your dentist will check every tooth surface if there are any signs of decay.
  • Examine the condition of your dental appliance: Checks if there are any wear outs of your dental appliance: crowns, bridges, fillings, etc.
  • Plaque Removal: Your dentist will mostly remove hardened plaque on every tooth surface.
  • Give you a walkthrough on what to do to maintain your oral hygiene

Dental Examination and Dental Cleaning involves a lot of process. We, at Oak Brook Smiles, are very firm that we can provide you the best service for your oral health.

Is amalgam/silver filling considered safe?2018-01-01T17:14:08+00:00

Many years ago, an issue with the safety of amalgam/silver fillings have been a concern for people who are interested with this dental restoration. Amalgam is considered dangerous because of its mercurial content along with other metals, copper, silver, tin and zinc. Many of the dentists uses this blended metal more than 100 years. It was a health controversy because the vapor from the mercury can cause multitude of health problems.

According to the ADA (American Dental Association), 76% of dentists use silver with mercury to fill their patient’s teeth. ADA also says that silver fillings are safe and that studies have failed to look for any connection between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder.

There are alternatives to silver fillings, these are tooth colored fillings, porcelain and gold fillings. We would advise that you talk these options with your dentist to find out whats best for you.

What are my options if I have an old and stained filling?2018-01-01T17:15:15+00:00

Many of us have fillings in our mouth way before when we were still young. As time goes by, these fillings could become stained and possibly get dark. Not only they are unattractive, they can also be defective. When a filling is worn out, the filling may open and allow bacteria and food debris to get in our tooth and can cause tooth decay.

Whenever you had your dental check-up or routine cleaning every year, your dentist will evaluate each tooth with a dental filling to see if they are worn out or it needs a replacement. There are many dental filling options that you can choose from:

Composite Fillings – These type of fillings are applied to your tooth so that it matches your tooth’s color making it unnoticeable. They are well suited for use in your front teeth or any visible part and are the best ways to improve your oral health and your beautiful smile.

Crowns or Caps – These type of restoration are used when one of your tooth is severely damaged and cannot be repaired with a filling or any types of restoration. A crown is a tooth covering that wraps your entire tooth surface restoring it to its natural shape and size. It also helps protect and strengthen remaining tooth structure and can be made of gold, porcelain, silver or any other materials.

Inlays and Onlays – These type of restoration are custom made fillings. They can be created by either composite resin, porcelain or gold and are made by a dental laboratory and attached by a dentist. They are usually best for the posterior chewing surfaces of your teeth and are used to repair teeth that have big and defective fillings or been damaged by decay or trauma to the face.

Porcelain veneers – These type of restoration is used in the front teeth. Veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that are individually crafted and placed on the tooth surface of your front teeth. They are a great option for fixing discolored and slightly crooked teeth. They are also used if you have spaces in between your teeth. Veneers are very stable, looks natural and does not stain. This makes veneers a very popular option for restoring an old filling.

There are various options available to restore an old filling. These restorations will help your teeth be strong and will last long to be able to carry out its functions aesthetically and naturally.

What is the connection of heart disease and other medical ailments with periodontal disease?2018-01-01T17:18:59+00:00

Many people are not that aware that they already have periodontal disease which affects your overall health. Periodontal disease or gum disease is one of the most common oral infections which results to the losing of one’s teeth.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and is often called gingivitis. It usually begins with the buildup of plaque around your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque produces harmful toxins and acids which irritates and soften the tooth and its surrounding gums and could eventually destroy the jaw bone that supports the teeth. When periodontal disease is not treated, it could lead to losing your teeth and much worse, oral cancer!

There are various studies that have looked into the connection of having gum disease and possibly having some very serious systemic diseases. These studies says that people with gingivitis are at a greater risk of systemic disease and causes oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel to the major organs and eventually would start an infection in that area. Scientists’ research suggests that oral bacteria in the blood stream could:

  • Increase chances of stroke
  • Increase the chance to develop heart disease
  • Worsen the health of those who have some diabetes or respiratory tract infections
  • Increase a woman’s risk of having a preterm, low-weight infant

Researchers conclude that there are still many studies to conduct to understand the connection of periodontal and systemic disease, but research tries to manifest that infections in the mouth can wreak havoc throughout our whole body.

To make sure that you’re gums are healthy and is periodontal free, make sure to visit your dentist twice a year for your routine dental checkup and exam. Also observe proper flossing and brushing which removes plaque and tartar buildup.

How do I get started?2018-01-01T17:19:57+00:00

We want to find out exactly what your dental concerns and goals are in order to offer you the best possible solutions for your specific situation. Following your initial consultation and a complete dental physical, Dr. Haque will put together a customized presentation for you with detailed treatment options. You get to choose the treatment that fi ts within your budget, fulfills your dental goals, and allows you to eat and smile again with confidence!

Why choose Oak Brook Smiles?2018-01-01T17:21:16+00:00

At Oak Brook Smiles we are devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using state-of-the-art procedures and technologies that will result in a long-lasting smile. Unlike many offi ces, we perform the entire implant restoration process from start to fi nish (www.oakbrooksmiles.com), and patient care is our number one concern. With the Cone Beam 3D CT scanner (www.oakbrookicat.com), patients are exposed to less radiation and receive more precise treatment. We feel so confi dent in the quality of our implants that we back up each procedure with a five-year guarantee. To help you achieve your treatment goals, we offer numerous financial options including no interest plans for up to 24 months!

How many implants are needed for a full arch restoration?2018-01-01T17:22:43+00:00

As few as four or as many as ten, depending on your procedure. At Oak Brook Smiles, we provide implant services from screw-retained dentures to multiple individual replacements.

Will the implants look natural?2018-01-01T17:23:38+00:00

Your new porcelain replacement teeth will look, feel and function like normal teeth, and since implant treatment is the only solution that prevents bone loss, the long term aesthetics will be superior to any other treatment option.

What is single tooth replacement?2018-01-01T17:24:21+00:00

When a patient is missing only one tooth, an implant and crown can be placed in the empty space. It’s the best option for a natural-looking tooth. Neighboring teeth remain untouched, minimizing future complications, and the jawbone will be kept strong and intact.

What are the benefits of dental implants?2018-01-01T17:25:39+00:00

If you’re missing teeth, implants give you the ability to chew again confidently, maintain your jaw bone and have a stable structure strong enough to support a bite. Dental implants replace the root of a tooth and are much stronger than a bridge or a partial denture. They can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or restore an entire smile.

Dental implants:

  • Have excellent cosmetic results.
  • Restore your smile and confi dence.
  • Look and function like real teeth.
  • Are permanent, requiring no night time removal.
  • Do not suffer hot and cold sensitivity.
  • Preserve bone structure by replacing the tooth root.
  • Are never loose and uncomfortable.
  • Allow you to eat the foods you love without worry.
What exactly is a dental implant?2018-01-01T17:26:28+00:00

It’s a procedure that replaces damaged or missing teeth with artifi cial teeth that look and function like real ones. Instead of resting on the gum line like removable dentures or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Composed of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone, dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises like false teeth and never decay like fixed bridges.

What is your cancellation policy?2018-01-01T17:27:19+00:00

We ask that you give us a 24 hour notice prior to cancelling a dental visit. You will be charged the price of service for a cancellation.

What are my options if I have discolored or stained teeth?2018-01-01T17:28:38+00:00

Nowadays, white teeth is a common aesthetic concern of many patients. They are looking for many ways to achieve a whiter and brighter smile. Having a whiter teeth not only boosts your confidence whenever you talk to someone, may it be sales talk, business meetings, etc but also it could signify that you are properly taking care of your teeth.

Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dental treatment which whitens your teeth, enhancing your smile. Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are also available but not that effective than the professional treatments. This procedure is not support by the American Dental Association.

Our teeth turns to yellow as we grow old. This is due to the enamel of our teeth wearing away. There are also various factors that can yellow one’s teeth, these are:

  • Drinking dark-colored beverages like coffee, tea, hot choco, wine, etc.
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Certain medications like antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline.
  • Facial Trauma
  • Age Factors
  • Genetics

It is very important to have the color of your teeth be evaluated by your dentist to know if you are a candidate for this procedure. Usually tetracycline and doxycycline stains are harder to whiten, your dentist may offer you some other options like dental veneers or crowns to cover those stains.

Since this treatment can’t guarantee to last long, a dental visit may be needed in every several years to keep your smile brighter.

What are the uses of porcelain veneers and how can they make my smile beautiful?2018-01-01T17:29:21+00:00

Porcelain veneers are porcelain shells that are used to cover the front teeth. They usually last long and is resistant to stains which makes them a very sought-after dental restoration to restore and boost ones smile. This dental restoration can be used to restore this cosmetic conditions:

  • Stained teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Space between teeth

Usually this dental restoration may take you from one to two visits. Dentists usually create dental veneers from a mold of your teeth which is then sent to a dental laboratory where the appliance will be made. Your dentist will start with shaping of your the front surface of your teeth. Then, the veneers are carefully placed and bonded on your teeth surface with some special bonding glue after which it will be exposed to a special light to harden the bond. To sum it all up, veneers are an excellent dental restoration that can improve and give you a wonderful smile.

What is a full-arch procedure?2018-01-01T17:31:08+00:00

When all teeth are missing or in the condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution. Other dental appliances can also be anchored to the implants for a stable result.

Denture wearers:

  • Throw away your dental creams and adhesives.
  • Stop gagging on your food.
  • Taste your food again.
  • Give your tongue some extra room.
  • Open up your palate.
  • Sleep with your teeth in.
What are some options if I have missing teeth?2018-01-01T17:31:47+00:00

If you’re missing a tooth, it’s important to have them replaced with an alternative as soon as possible. It just doesn’t affect your looks, but it can also impact your oral health. Your teeth were designed to help you chew, speak and smile. When one of your teeth are missing, it is difficult to maintain these activities. For example, you lose one of your back teeth, after some time it will begin to shift and could result to making your face look older. Luckily, missing teeth can be replaced.

These are some options your dentist may suggest if you have missing teeth:

  • Removable Bridges: This type of treatment is a good solution to replace one or more teeth, most especially in more complex dental situations where other replacement options are not possible. It is usually created with a tooth-colored and an artificial tooth which is combined with metal clasps that is hooked on the natural teeth beside it. Removable bridges are the cheapest option other than fixed bridges, dentures, and dental implants, but it is also least pleasing when it comes to the aesthetic part. This is due to the metal clasps on the appliance are often impossible to conceal.
  • Fixed Bridges: This kind of bridge is made mostly of porcelain or composite and is attached and cemented permanently to a natural teeth adjacent to the missing tooth area. The advantage of this dental appliance is that it is fixed and is well-built. The disadvantage of this appliance is that in order to create a fixed appliance, two healthy and natural teeth will have to be crowned to hold the bridge in place.
  • Dentures: This restoration is used when all of the natural teeth are missing in one dental arch. Dentures are removable artificial teeth that are made closely to look like a natural teeth.
  • Dental Implants: Implants are a great way to replace one or more teeth. They are also better in supporting dentures. An implant is an artificial root that is placed into the jawbone to restore a natural tooth. It is a stable and durable dental appliance and are the most better looking among the options, but are the most expensive one.

These type of appliances can last for more than a year, so it is vital that you choose the type of treatment that is best suited for you, your budget and lifestyle.

What if I don’t have dental insurance?2018-01-01T17:32:27+00:00

For patients who do not carry traditional dental insurance, we offer our Dental Savings Plan! With this membership-based plan, you are eligible for a 20% discount on ALL your dental services including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, whitening, and more! We even offer some complimentary services such as a Periodic Exam, Bitewing Xrays, and an Oral Cancer screening. Visit our Financial page for more information.