Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dentist Oak Lawn, IL | Root Planing and Scaling

Hearing you have periodontal (gum) disease, is never ideal. Many adults currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums daily.

Your mouth is full of bacteria. This bacteria, along with saliva and food particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless film or plaque on teeth. Brushing paired with regular flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form tartar that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.

Your dentist can removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots.  In some cases a laser may be used to remove plaque and tartar. This procedure can result in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort compared to traditional deep cleaning methods.


Why is it Done?

Root planing and scaling is done when gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have hard mineral deposits (tartar) on them.

If you maintain good dental care after the procedure, the progression of gum disease should stop. And your gums will heal and become firm and pink again.


Root planing and scaling can introduce harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. Gum tissue is also at risk of infection. You may need to take antibiotics before and after surgery if you have a condition that puts you at high risk for a severe infection or if infections are particularly dangerous for you.

Root planing and scaling is a simple procedure that can work very well to stop gum disease. Brush and floss regularly afterward. Proper oral hygiene is the key to avoiding dental pitfalls.

For more information on root planing and scaling contact Dr. Bartz at (708) 430-4440 or visit our website at

Dr. Bartz also welcomes patients from Chicago, Orland Park, Burbank and Palos Hills.

Porcelain Veneers for that Hollywood Smile | Oak Lawn, IL

Porcelain veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. But dental veneers can also be placed over the surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, spacing, discoloration and chips or cracks.

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

▪ Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
▪ Teeth that are worn down
▪ Teeth that are chipped or broken
▪ Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
▪ Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Veneers offer the following advantages:
▪ They provide a natural tooth appearance.
▪ Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
▪ Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
▪ The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
▪ Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

Porcelain veneers do not require any special care. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing as you normally would. Veneers generally last between 5 and 10 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.

Dental Crowns for Aesthetics and Function | Oak Lawn, IL

A dental crown is a dental restoration that is used to replace an old filling or broken tooth to improve the function of your teeth.

The two main signs that indicate an individual needs a dental crown are:

▪ Cracks in the teeth are main indicators that one needs a dental crown. Deep cracks in teeth allow for plaque and bacteria to build up inside the tooth which can lead to infection and permanent tooth loss.
▪ Chipped tooth- Chips are a major sign of weak and decayed teeth that should be examine immediately. If the chip was not caused by some kind of accident, the chip is most likely due to some damage that can only be fixed with a dental crown.

Ten advantages of restorative Dental Crowns:
1. Natural Looking – Porcelain and composite Dental Crowns have the look and feel of natural teeth.
2. Durable – Last up to fifteen years depending on their care.
3. Stain Resistant – Made from porcelain
4. Cosmetic – Improve the look of broken, cracked or discolored teeth
5. Non-slipping – Dental Crowns are cemented or anchored in place
6. Protection – Dental Crowns protect the tooth from further decay
7. Restorative – Restores full function of your damaged tooth
8. Comfort – Stable and do not irritate gums like partial dentures.
9. Speech – Missing teeth and dentures can affect speech. Dental Crowns replace the missing teeth and do not slip around, making speech sound more clear.
10. Confidence – Damaged, discolored or missing teeth causes confidence issues. Dental Crowns help to make your smile beautiful again.

Dental crowns are the solution to enhancing and improving your oral hygiene. If you are suffering for cracked or chipped teeth, there is a very high possibility that you could benefit from a dental crown.

If you think you could benefit from a dental crown or any other cosmetic or restorative procedure, call Bartz and Bartz Dental today at 708-430-4440. Visit the website at