General Dentistry Oakbrook Terrace, IL
George Rivera, DDS is proud to offer a full range of general dentistry services. These services help keep your oral health in good condition and include fillings, root canals, crowns, gum care, and much more!

Additional Services:

  • Airway Dentistry
  • Microscopic Dentistry
  • Cambra
Preventative Dentistry Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Preventative Dentistry

We know and understand the importance of good preventative care. Part of this includes brushing and flossing your teeth properly.

Good dental preventative care is really important to ensure a healthy mouth, including your gums and teeth.

It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily to help remove plaque and food particles that get stuck to your teeth. It is recommended that you brush your teeth for two minutes (or longer), though most people rush through this time. You need to make sure that you reach every side of each tooth, including the inside and outside. To help keep your breath fresh, you should also brush your tongue. Then, you can begin flossing.

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Cleanings And Exams Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Cleanings And Exams

Having a dental practice perform a checkup and regular cleaning gives a preventive approach to dental care. These general dentistry treatments help prevent problems with your teeth, gums and jaw bones, or they catch and manage problems before they worsen. During your visit, our doctors will take a picture of the current standing of your dental health and what would be needed to keep your oral hygiene in its best state.

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teeth whitening services Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Teeth Whitening

A common request we receive is how to make a smile whiter and brighter. This is a relatively simple and quick treatment option that can be performed periodically. Certain foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth. Additionally, the process actually rids the teeth of plaque and tartar that tend to lead to dental problems.

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fillings Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Fillings

Composite fillings act as a dentistry solution for problems such as tooth decay or cracks. A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. This procedure is also utilized for cosmetic improvements of the smile by fixing any discoloration or reshaping any disfigured teeth.

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root canals Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Root Canals

Root canals are needed when decay and bacteria spread for too long without treatment. At a certain point, this decay makes it to the pulp inside the tooth. This pulp includes nerves, therefore infection generally causes a lot of pain. Since this is happening on the inside of the tooth, you won’t necessarily see the damage. Instead, you could feel it through pain and notice other signs that include bleeding, swelling and bad breath.

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extractions Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Extractions

An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the removed tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area.

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Sleep Apnea Services Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Sleep Apnea Services

There are some devices that can be helpful with sleep apnea. They help patients by keeping their airways open at night. There is also a procedure that can be performed if you have extra tissue in your throat. It reshapes your throat so that you can breathe much better.

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Dental Implants Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Dental Implants and Implant Restoration

When you have missing teeth, an alternative solution to dentures is dental implants. While dentures are removable, dental implants provide permanent new teeth to restore your mouth’s function and appearance. Dental implants tend to offer a successful and lasting solution to the loss of some or all of your teeth.

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Anesthesia Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Anesthesia

The most common type of anesthesia used is a local anesthesia. This prevents pain in a specific part of a patient’s mouth. This works by blocking the nerves to that area. We often use a topical anesthesia before using local anesthesia. This helps to numb the area before we inject the local anesthesia. This is most often used for cavities.

There are some patients who require more anesthesia so we also offer sedatives. These are most effective if they are given before the procedure but they can be given during it. There are different types of sedatives. Some are inhaled as a gas though there are some in pill form. Some sedatives need to be given intravenously.

There are times when a patient needs more anesthesia for a procedure, whether they are anxious or the procedure is painful. General anesthesia can be used in those cases where a loss of consciousness is required.

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iTero Scanner Oakbrook Terrace, IL

iTero Scanner

One of our newest pieces of equipment is our iTero 3D scanner. It allows us to take images of your smile. We can also use it to show you the results you can get with Invisalign®, which is invisible braces.

One of the benefits of collecting images with our scanner is that you won’t have to get impressions made, which can be quite unpleasant. You won’t have to deal with the unpleasant taste of the material. Instead, the scanning process is quite comfortable, and you can breathe normally during the procedure.

The procedure is also safe because there is no radiation. Instead, it uses a laser to form the images.

Our iTero 3D scanner allows us to ensure that your Invisalign® aligners or retainers fit perfectly in your mouth. After taking the images, we can get you fitted and started with your new aligners faster than if we had to make an impression.

Our iTero 3D scanner is also fast. We can see your smile and the results instantly. It allows us to discuss in one visit both your smile and what results we hope to achieve. We can also use this time to talk about recovery and what you should expect through the whole process of fixing your smile.

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