Morikado, DDS, PC
Kent K. Morikado, DDS, PC
637 E Golf Rd # 205
Arlington Heights , IL 60005
(847) 593-6485 fax
From routine cleanings and fillings to bruxism devices, Kent K Morikado, DDS is equipped to handle all your dental needs. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
- Dental Implants
- Tooth Colored Fillings
- Tooth Whitening
- Children’s Dentistry
- TMJ Treatment
- Root Canal
- Gum Treatment/Therapy
Before the development of dental implants, dentures and bridges were the only way to replace missing teeth. Implants have revolutionized the way we replace teeth that have been lost. Simply put, an implant is an artificial tooth root that can support a crown to replace the missing tooth
Implants are used to replace single or multiple teeth that have been lost. Patients with absolutely no teeth have been successfully restored to having a full set of teeth. The implant-restored teeth have very high success rates. In fact, it is one of the most predictable services we provide in dentistry today.
Most, but not all patients are candidates for implants. The implant process is straightforward and logical. The final results are so well designed; they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.
Types of implants
- Single tooth replacement: front and back teeth
- Multiple teeth replacements: A series of individual teeth or bridges can be used to replace multiple missing teeth.
- Completely missing all teeth in one or both arches (upper or lower jaws): Implants have been used successfully to completely replace all missing teeth.
Steps for these procedures include:
- Radiographic and physical evaluation of the missing tooth site.
- Implant placement: If sufficient bone is available an implant is placed in the bone.
- Healing: A healing period of a few months follows.
- Impression: An impression of the implant is taken and a crown is fabricated.
Total time to get your replacement tooth is about 3-4 months, taking about 4-5 appointments.Crowns/Veneers
Crowns (caps) and veneers are placed on teeth to restore the tooth to proper function and appearance. Various materials are available today. For crowns, ceramic porcelain, zirconium or gold is typically used. The porcelains (tooth colored crowns) are very esthetic and look like natural teeth. Gold has the best fit, least amount of tooth reduction and longevity, but is not esthetic and usually reserved for back teeth.
Veneers are thin laminates of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They are typically used to restore chipped, decayed, worn or discolored teeth. Veneers can also be used to correct open spaces between teeth and in smile enhancement.
Veneer procedures are similar to crown procedures. Tooth reduction is minimal and in some cases may not be necessary. Veneers placed in enamel are very strong, have a predictable outcome and are long lasting.
The treatment involves two appointments. Tooth reduction and an impression are made during the first visit. A temporary crown/veneer is fabricated and the patient is scheduled to return in about 2-3 weeks. The restoration is then cemented on the tooth the second visit completing the treatment.
Tooth colored fillings have gained in popularity over the years. In the past silver amalgam fillings dominated the type of fillings most patients received. Dental materials have improved and evolved to the point today where we routinely place tooth colored fillings. The fillings are as durable as silver amalgam, but do not stain the teeth dark gray or black. Replacement of old silver amalgam or metal fillings with tooth colored fillings is common. The appearance of your teeth without all the metal fillings is quite dramatic.