Missing Teeth Problems Fixed with Dental Implants

If your missing teeth have been causing you problems, call or click and schedule a no obligation dental implants consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan can determine if you are a good fit for dental implants, even if you have been missing teeth for years.

Unlike dentures, dental implants are surgically placed on or in the jawbone. Once the area or areas have healed, Dr. Valcarenghi will place artificial crowns over the top of the posts. Dental implants are just as strong as your natural teeth and can last for the rest of your life if you stick to good oral hygiene habits. Although you can’t get cavities in your new dental implants, you can still get gum disease.

The main issue for dental implants is enough bone, especially if you have been missing teeth for a while. However, if you do not have enough bone, it can be rebuilt, just like your gums.

These days there are many options for people who have been told that they are poor candidates for missing teeth including bone and tissue grafting. Dr. Valcarenghi can harvest your own bone or use bone substitutes to hold your dental implant posts. There are also other dental implant procedures available including All-On-Four, which avoids bone grafting. With computer guided dental implant placement and CT scans you could be the perfect candidate for dental implants.

Just like the old saying, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” your jawbone will shrink if it isn’t exercised properly. The roots of your teeth help stimulate the jaw by chewing, talking, and just being. If you lose a tooth, your jawbone will shrink from disuse. Even a single missing tooth can cause bone shrinkage.

If you have been considering dental implants for missing teeth, call or click and schedule a no obligation dental implants consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dental implants will improve the quality of your life and your self-confidence.

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Lumineers® for a Breathtaking Smile

Lumineers® could be the answer if you are unsure about porcelain veneers. Lumineers® can give you a new smile instantly and can permanently whiten and straighten your teeth without being invasive.

Lumineers® are minimally invasive and don’t require permanent removal of the enamel on your teeth. Traditional porcelain veneers are more aggressive and can cause permanent damage to your natural teeth, as the enamel must be removed to make way for conventional porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers will give you a beautiful smile; however, they require a small amount of enamel to be removed. You may also need to wear temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent set. Traditional porcelain veneers may also require an anesthetic to minimize sensitivity and pain.


Lumineers® are the painless way to place veneers without shots or drilling, and because Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi custom makes each veneer, you can be assured that your grin will look healthy and natural. Lumineers® also come with a limited lifetime warranty giving you confidence with your overall results.

Time Factor

Sometimes you may need several appointments for conventional porcelain veneers. With Lumineers®, you can have your new pearly white grin in as little as two dental appointments.

The Process

During your Lumineers® consultation Dr. Ivan will determine if you are a good fit, if you are, a mold or impression will be taken to custom make your new veneers. Dr. Ivan will also pick a shade that best matches the color of your natural teeth.

During your second dental appointment, your Lumineers® will be custom designed and checked for fit and color. Once prepared, your new veneers will be placed using special cement that is bonded with a laser or light.

If you have crooked, yellowed, broken, stained, or chipped teeth talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can come up with a solution. Call for a no obligation Lumineers® appointment today

Blood Thinners and Oral Surgery

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Blood thinning medications are helpful in regulating your body to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other serious issues. However, if you are scheduled for oral surgery, it is vital that our oral surgeon is aware of all medications you are using.

How Blood Thinners Work

There are two types of blood thinners. The first type works to prevent blood clotting. Medications ranging from aspirin to Plavix fit into this category. The other type of blood thinners work to prevent blood from coagulating; Coumadin or warfarin accomplish this.

What Our Oral Surgeon Should Know

When you have your oral surgery consultation appointment, be sure to share with us any medications you are taking. We need to have your complete medical history to ensure your safety and proper treatment. Our dentist might also ask you the purpose of each medication you are taking to better understand any side-effects or other medical issues that could affect your oral surgery.

Steps to Take Before Surgery

Never stop any medication without consulting your doctor. Depending on your medical history, your doctor might suggest specific blood tests before having oral surgery. Communication is key, both between you and your primary physician, and between you and our office. If your treatment requires additional medication to be taken, ask about potential drug interactions.

Steps to Take to Minimize Oral Bleeding

Bleeding resulting from oral surgery can occur, but each patient will have different results. The most effective way to minimize oral bleeding is to firmly apply pressure to the area for up to 30 minutes. Gauze is recommended for applying gentle pressure to stop bleeding. Depending on the oral surgery procedure, we may ask you to refrain from drinking hot liquids and rinsing your mouth for the first day. We suggest avoiding rough or sharp foods that might cut your mouth.

Prior to having any oral surgery, it is important that our experienced surgical team has a thorough knowledge of your medical history. This enables us to find the best possible solutions for your needs, while ensuring your safety.

If you have any questions about medications and oral surgery, contact our office.

Men: Here’s What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

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Cosmetic Dentist ElmhurstMen, dental examinations and treatment are important for you, too. Did you know according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), by age 72 men lose an average of 5 teeth? That number jumps to 12 if you are also a smoker. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your mouth healthy. Follow these tips and you can beat the odds stacked against men and their oral health.

The Basics

Men are more likely than women to suffer from periodontal, or gum, disease. Men also have a higher risk of developing oral cancer and throat cancer, and men tend to lose more teeth than women. A poll conducted by the AGD found that 45% of men who responded felt there was no need for them to visit the dentist. This is a troubling statistic for a group more prone to oral health issues. A visit to our office can help us identify problems early.

Risk Factors

Certain medications can directly impact your teeth. Others can cause side effects such as dry mouth, which decreases saliva. Saliva is important in keeping your teeth’s enamel strong. Smoking or chewing tobacco, including smoking electronic cigarettes, have been linked to increasing your risk of developing oral cancer and other oral health issues. If you play sports, especially football or hockey, get fitted with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from extensive damage. You should avoid or limit energy drinks and sports drinks, as these contain acids and sugars that can lead to decay.

Periodontal Disease

Men are at a higher risk for developing periodontal, or gum, disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of hardened plaque on teeth and gums. This buildup, known as tartar, can inflame your gums. Studies have linked periodontal disease to increasing your risk for strokes, heart attacks, diabetic complications, and more. If your gums are red, bloodied, or sore, you should make an appointment to see us. Our experienced, professional dental team will assess your gum health and work to find a treatment for you.

Take These Steps at Home

A visit to our office will provide you with a complete dental examination and cleaning, but you should also practice good oral hygiene each day at home. This starts by brushing your teeth twice each day, for two minutes each time. When you brush, use an appropriate toothpaste. Ask our team if you are not sure what kind of toothpaste is best for you. Make sure you are also using dental floss. Taking care of your teeth at home will make your next visit to see us easier.

Men, your teeth are important so take good care of them. Practice good brushing and flossing habits at home. Reduce your risk of developing decay and oral disease by cutting back on sugary or acidic drinks, avoiding tobacco and smoking, and keeping our office up to date on any medications you are using. Get into the habit of coming to our office regularly, your smile depends on it.

For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next dental examination, please contact our office.

Oral Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

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Dentist in ElmhurstOur expert dentist wants to remind patients that our office offers thorough oral cancer screenings as part of our comprehensive dental health services. Like with every form of cancer, early diagnosis can have a profound impact on the success of your treatment. Regular screenings are your first line of defense against oral cancer and our doctor is here to help.

In your screening, our doctor will check your lips, tongue, gums, mouth, and throat for any abnormalities that could be or become cancerous. We will give careful consideration to any symptoms you may be experiencing. If you have experienced any oral cancer symptoms for more than a week without improvement, schedule an appointment and tell your dentist immediately. Symptoms that could indicate oral cancer include:

  • Ear pain
  • Unexplained mouth bleeding
  • Mouth sores that don’t heal
  • White or red patches in your mouth
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Lumps or swellings in or around your mouth
  • Sore throat without other sinus symptoms
  • Sensation of something caught in the back of your throat
  • Pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue

One adult American dies of oral cancer every hour. Though anyone can develop oral cancer, some factors can increase your risks. Some of the most common risk factors include: genetic predisposition, prolonged sun exposure, unhealthy diet, and excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. Oral cancer is more common in men than women. Patients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) are at increased risk. Users of tobacco in any form are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-users.

Whatever the cause, the success of treatment depends on the size, type, and stage of the cancer. Early detection can play a critical role in your successful recovery. When found in early stages, oral cancers have an 80 – 90% survival rate. The primary reason for this is that early detection leads to earlier treatment. Oral cancers that are found in early or precancerous stages can often be removed and require less invasive procedures to treat. Later stages of cancer are likely to be larger and more complex and often have spread far beyond your mouth.

We are accepting new patients. If you would like more information about oral cancers and oral cancer screenings, call our office for a consultation.

Breaking News: Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi Joins the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

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Ivan Valcarenghi Chicago Cosmetic DentistElmhurst, IL: Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry, has joined the American Academy Of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), a “brother” organization to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Dentists are on the front line to evaluate, screen and treat patients for the potentially life-threatening problem of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sleep disorder in which there is airway blockage. Subsequent health problems, such as increased hypertension, stroke and even death can occur.

Signs and symptoms can be subtle, such as snoring, excessive daytime yawning and sleepiness, easily falling asleep once inactive, decreased productivity, and impaired judgment, or more profound symptoms such as hypertension, stroke and even death can result. Patients may exhibit restless movements (Restless Leg Syndrome), moderate to severe snoring, periods of breathing cessation followed by gasping for air.

Dentists, in coordination with sleep specialists, whom are trained to help patients with this serious health risk can help patients obtain preliminary evaluation and even home testing as well as can offer oral appliance treatment for slight or moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. For any questions, please call Dr. Valcarenghi at 630-834-8088 or visit www.drivansmiles.com.

Improve Your Life with Cosmetic Dentistry

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist 23Did you know that 1 in 4 adults avoid smiling due to the condition of their mouth and teeth? If you’ve been hiding your smile in photos and in your day-to-day life, it’s time to consider our cosmetic smile solutions. Our practice is equipped to help you achieve your dream smile. Strong, healthy teeth need to be both functional and beautiful. Cosmetic dentistry, when done properly, will allow for a proper occlusion (bite) and can treat bruxism (grinding), TMD (TMJ), and other problems related to function.

Our goal is to give you a smile that you are proud to show off. Each vastly skilled member of our team has a background that includes years of education, training, and cosmetic dentistry experience. We are dedicated to working with you to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

We know that every smile is different, so our solutions are customized to fit your individual needs and your personal smile goals. We schedule ample time for every appointment in order to give you our undivided attention for a personalized visit. Our training and skills in cosmetic dentistry makes our team and office the ideal choice to be your patient-oriented cosmetic dental practice in your community.

There are many benefits to receiving cosmetic dental solutions, such as:

Improved Self-Esteem
Cosmetic dentistry can drastically enhance your overall appearance. Not only will you feel and look better, you will enjoy greater self-assurance. Choosing to utilize our cosmetic dentistry procedures can provide you with the look you’ve always wanted so you can smile with confidence again.

Improved Oral Health
While cosmetic dentistry helps to improve your smile, it also contributes to your oral health. Even with the best dental care, if your teeth are chipped or cracked, they are more prone to developing cavities. Fixing these problems will ensure your mouth is as protected as possible, preventing further problems from arising.

Improved Overall Appearance
Age can have an effect on the appearance of your teeth. Restoring the look of your smile through cosmetic dentistry can make your entire face appear younger.

Cosmetic dentistry is an ideal solution for many people. If you are looking to improve your self-esteem, dental health, or overall appearance, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you. If you would like more information or to schedule a cosmetic consultation, contact our office today. Your dream smile awaits.

A Sweet Treat for Your Smile

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Chicago IL Cosmetic DentistDid you know that some types of sugar can be less detrimental for your teeth than others?

The biggest nutritional factor impacting your oral health is sugar. Refined sugars and other refined carbohydrates cause most of the build-up of plaque and plaque-forming bacteria inside the mouth. This build-up is the primary cause of both tooth decay and periodontal disease. Because of this, diets high in refined sugars create a significantly increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

The sugars in fruit work differently in your mouth than refined sugars do. Fruit sugars come as a package deal with fiber, which is a major game changer. Fiber stimulates increased saliva in your mouth. Saliva is your first line of defense against the acids that cause tooth decay. Since the fiber that accompanies the natural sugars in fruit creates more saliva, more acid is neutralized and fewer food particles remain on your teeth after eating.

When you’re deciding what kind of sweet snack you want to have, consider the benefits of fruit’s natural sugar and fiber combination. Regular professional dental care can help offset the negative effects of those occasional refined sugar indulgences.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Don’t hesitate to call us to schedule your next dental appointment or forward this email to a friend who may benefit from meeting us.

Help Us Stop Cancer Before it Starts!

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Cosmetic Dentist in ElmhurstDid you know that regular screening can allow Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi to identify and treat oral cancers even before you develop any symptoms? In an oral cancer screening, Dr. Valcarenghi will use his expert training and technology to check your mouth for any abnormal or potentially pre-cancerous cells, as well as any actual cancerous growths. Once identified, Dr. Valcarenghi may recommend a biopsy to be certain whether cancer is present.

Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, can occur in any part of the mouth, such as in the lips or gums, the surface of the tongue, or the roof and floor of the mouth. A person suffering from oral cancer may experience mouth ulcers, swelling, lumping or thickening of the skin in any part of the mouth, or patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue. Pain in swallowing, jaw pain or stiffness, sore throat and loosening of teeth are also symptoms of oral cancer.

Oral cancer is typically caused by unhealthy habits such as smoking, chewing, or sniffing tobacco, consuming alcohol, unhealthy diet, or excessive exposure to sun and certain chemicals. People with GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) digestive condition and those who have undergone radiation treatments of the head or neck areas are also at a high risk for developing oral cancer.

Oral cancer can be diagnosed by various examinations such as biopsy, endoscopy, or imaging tests. If found, receiving proper treatment is imperative. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 9,570 people will die of oral cancers this year alone. That’s about one person every hour!Let us help you prevent oral cancer by scheduling an oral cancer screening.

As with any form of cancer, early detection and treatment plays an essential role in ensuring that oral cancer can be stopped before it fully takes hold. For more information or to schedule an oral cancer screening, please call Ivan Valcarenghi, D.D.S. today.