General Dentistry in Chicago, IL

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You have found your dental home. Welcome to Lakeview Smiles!

As your general dentists, we are your partners in dental care. Our goals are to help you keep your natural smile healthy and strong, restore any existing dental damage you may have, and aid you in reaching your cosmetic goals.

Here are just some of the treatments we commonly employ at Lakeview Smiles:

The American Dental Association recommends that patients complete professional dental cleanings at least twice a year. When you schedule your first appointment with our dental team, we will perform a complete dental cleaning and analysis, which includes:

  • A thorough oral exam, during which we check the health of your teeth and gums
  • An oral cancer screening to spot any signs of cancerous tissues
  • A professional dental cleaning to remove bacterial plaque and calcified tartar

No matter how long it has been since you have visited the dentist, it is never too late to reclaim your oral health!

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Why do so many people choose Lakeview dentist Dr. Lee for general dentistry?

Many Different Dental Options

Our dental team offers an impressive variety of dentistry treatments to suit all of your dental needs. We provide preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services as well as tooth replacement treatments. Lakeview Smiles is your one-stop-shop for high-quality, comprehensive dental care. We even have an oral surgeon and periodontist on staff, so that you don't need to run around to different offices in order to restore your smile.

Convenient Payment Plans

When it comes to paying for dental treatment, our office makes it easy for you to get the care you need exactly when you need it. We not only accept a wide number of insurance plans, we also work with CareCredit and Springstone financing plans.

Welcoming, Homey Environment

Our friendly dental team will put you at ease; you can relax in our calm, inviting office before your treatment begins (try some of our complimentary snacks and drinks!). Then chill out by watching a movie as we restore your smile—you can also take advantage of our workstation to charge your phone get online.

We are happy to offer flexible, extended appointment hours so that you do not have to take time off of work in order to get the treatment you need. Think of our dental office as your home base for dental care and a healthy smile.

Air Abrasion

Our dental team is happy to offer quite, comfortable air abrasion treatment to our patients. This air-powered dental tool removes dental material from the teeth; this is a much-preferred alternative to traditional dental drills.

Bridgework

Bridgework replaces a missing tooth (or multiple consecutive teeth) with a crown that is anchored to two crowns on either side of it. The natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth will be filed down and capped with high quality crowns.

In between these restorations we attach an additional crown, which fits neatly into the patient’s smile, replacing the missing tooth.

Cleaning and Oral Exams

In order to keep your smile bright and healthy, it is crucial that you complete professional dental cleanings, as recommended by your dentist. Most people require professional dental cleanings at least twice a year.

When our dental team completes a dental cleaning we start with a thorough oral examination. We evaluate the health of your smile, searching for signs of cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. Then your dental hygienist will clean the bacterial plaque and tartar from your smile using an ultrasonic scaler and/or manual dental instruments.

Don’t skip professional dental cleanings; get rid of dangerous oral bacteria before they take root in your mouth and harm your smile!

Cosmetic Bonding

Our dentist uses dental bonding to correct dental cracks and chips, discolored dental enamel, and minor spacing irregularities. During the dental bonding process our dentist applies a tooth-colored dental resin to the damaged tooth (or teeth). We then cure this resin so that it bonds with the enamel and becomes hard and durable. This process generally takes only one dental appointment to complete.

Cone Beam CT Imaging

Cone Beam CT imaging takes traditional X-rays to the next level; this technology creates a comprehensive, interactive 3-D virtual model of your mouth. Our dental team uses Cone Beam imaging to identify hidden dental problems and thoroughly plan complicated dental procedures.

Dentures

If you are missing multiple teeth, dentures can help you reclaim a healthy, whole smile!

Full and partial dentures are replacement teeth that sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. Each denture has a base, which is made of dental resin and designed to look like natural gum tissue; the replacement teeth of the denture are grounded in this base. Dentures will stay in place, because the denture base is custom-fit to suction on to the patient’s gum tissue and jawbone ridge.

Depending on your needs you may benefit from full dentures, partial dentures, or implant-supported overdentures (which are held in place with strategically placed dental implants).

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays deliver clear, informative diagnostic images to our dental team—allowing us to identify and treat dental problems in their earliest stages. Importantly, digital technology reduces the patient’s exposure to radiation by up to 90% when compared with traditional X-rays. Discover the safe, fast way to get the diagnostic dental images you need.

Emergency Dental Care

If you suffer a dental trauma, our dentist is here to give you the immediate restorative care that you need. We even offer same-day CEREC crowns for exceptionally fast dental repairs.

Inlays and Onlays

When a tooth is too damaged to be restored with a filling, but too intact to require a full dental crown, our dentist may use an “indirect filling” instead: these are called inlays or onlays.

An inlay is placed within the bounds of the existing dental cusps. An onlay, on the other hand, covers one or more of the tooth’s dental cusps. The inlay/only placement process is very similar to receiving a full crown, except that our dental team is able to preserve more of your natural dental structure.

Laser Dentistry

Innovative laser dentistry enables our dental team to identify and treat dental problems more efficiently than ever before. Using laser dentistry our team pinpoints small spots of dental decay before they take over the tooth. Laser dentistry is also hugely effective for treating gum disease (without surgery), and removing cancerous and diseased dental matter.

Oral Cancer Screening

This crucial examination allows our dental team to screen your mouth for any signs of cancerous tissues. During the oral cancer screening our dental team will assess your lips, tongue, gums, and inner cheek tissues. Early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer greatly improves your long-term prognosis.

Pediatric Dentistry

We provide the preventative and restorative dental treatments that kids need to maintain healthy smiles. From semi-annual dental cleanings, to sealants, to cavity elimination, our dental team is here to provide pediatric dental care in a comfortable, kid-friendly environment.

Periodontal Treatment

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adult dental patients. This disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the gum tissue. Over time gum disease will intensify—spreading to the connective tissues in the mouth, as well as teeth, and even bone tissue.

Our dental team will remove the plaque and calcified tartar that plagues your smile, so that your gum tissue can begin to heal and regenerate. Laser periodontal treatment actually seals your gums as we eliminate your diseased tissue, which promotes the healing process.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy refers to a set of restorative dentistry treatments that our dentist uses to cleanse and restore severely infected teeth. When a cavity moves through the outer layers of the tooth, and reaches the dental pulp and root, root canal therapy is often necessary. Without root canal therapy, the infected tooth will become more damaged: ultimately resulting in tooth loss, gum disease, and bone deterioration.

During root canal therapy, our dentist will begin by administering an anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Then, our dental team uses precise dental instruments to clear the infected, dead pulp and roots from the inside of the tooth. Finally, the entire tooth is disinfected, filled with biocompatible material, and sealed with dental cement.

This entire treatment protocol can be completed in just one appointment, and most patients report that it is as comfortable as having a conventional filling!

Sealants

Dental sealants are thin layers of transparent plastic resin that our dentist applies to a patient's back teeth in order to protect the dental enamel from decay. Dental patients, especially children, are most likely to develop cavities on their back teeth. That is because these teeth have deep pits and grooves, which are prone to accumulating plaque and tartar.

When our dentist applies a sealant, she protects these pits and grooves from the harmful effects of bacteria and oral acid. This entire treatment process takes just minutes to complete and is completely painless.

Smile Makeovers

Our dental team can completely transform your smile using the latest techniques and technologies in dentistry. When you meet our dentist we'll discuss what types of dental treatments may be appropriate for you.

The first step in any smile makeover is to ensure that the patient's mouth is healthy. If you do require some preliminary restorative dental work, we can repair your smile using CEREC crowns, root canal therapy, dental implants, and more.

Our dentist will then move on to perfecting the appearance of your smile. We can lighten your teeth with professional whitening treatments, dental bonding, and veneers/LUMINEERS. Treatments like Invisalign and LUMINEERS will make your smile look straighter and more seamless. We offer a wide range of innovative cosmetic dentistry services; together we will find the perfect combination of dental treatments for your smile.

TMD Evaluation and Therapy

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are very common among adult patients, but they often go undiagnosed. If you are suffering from head/neck/jaw pain, clicking/popping noises when you move your jaw, or limited jaw movement, you may be suffering from TMD.

Your temporomandibular joints connect your lower jaw to your skull. When these joints become inflamed or damaged, you may experience pain, soreness, stiffness, popping/clicking, and a "locking" sensation when you attempt to open your jaw.

Our dental team is here to assess your TMJ and pinpoint the underlying cause of your TMD problems. Then we will recommend a treatment strategy to suit your specific needs.

Tooth-colored Fillings

When you have a cavity removed from your tooth, our dentist will then repair the resultant hole with a filling. It used to be that fillings were made of a mixture of metals—these are called amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings appeared dark and metallic on the tooth surface, and were prone to shrinking over time.

That is why our dental team offers natural looking, white fillings. Composite resin and porcelain fillings are durable and blend seamlessly with a patient’s natural dental enamel. Composite fillings also require very little healthy enamel destruction during the placement process—this allows us to preserve as much of your healthy tooth as possible!

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Your third set of molars, which sit in the very back of your mouth, are colloquially referred to as your wisdom teeth. These teeth can cause all sorts of problems as they try to emerge (usually in the patient's late teenage years, or early twenties).

Wisdom teeth that do not full emerge are prone to infection (as they are very difficult to keep clean). This can lead to tooth loss, periodontal disease, and even gum tissue deterioration. Wisdom teeth that are able to emerge, or partially emerge, are often susceptible to cavities. Emerging third molars also put pressure on your other teeth, causing your smile to become crooked and misaligned.

In order to help you avoid these unpleasant dental problems, our dental team performs wisdom tooth extraction. During this procedure, our dentist will remove any problematic third molars: those that are compacted, and those that have emerged.

Our office does offer sedation services for those patients who require them. When you meet with our dentist, we can discuss what type of sedation treatment may be appropriate for your wisdom tooth extraction.

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