Do you need a nighttime mouth guard?

Do you often wake up in the morning with a sore or a painful jaw? Do you hear a popping sound when you open and close your mouth? Does your tongue have small indentations in it? If the answer is yes to any or all of these questions, then you may be suffering from teeth grinding, also called bruxism. In the United States, bruxism affects about 30 million to 40 million children and adults. Sure, occasional teeth grinding may be more of a nuisance than cause for alarm, but the truth of the matter is, if you do it on a regular basis, it can seriously damage your teeth and affect your oral health. Teeth grinding can occur for several reasons, including anxiety, stress, an abnormal bite, missing teeth and even sleep apnea. While some grinding does occur in the daytime, the most common and difficult to control is bruxism that happens while you sleep. Regardless of why you grind your teeth, the condition can be prevented with the use of a night guard. Wearing a night guard plays a vital role in the treatment and prevention of conditions caused by teeth grinding.

Man smilingFor those who suffer from bruxism, the constant clenching of your teeth puts pressure on the muscles, tissues and other structures of your jaw. These can cause headaches, earaches, jaw pain and muscle soreness.  However, there are serious dental conditions that can arise from bruxism.

Teeth grinding can cause the outer layers of enamel to wear away, thereby exposing dentin and creating tooth sensitivity.  Teeth grinding can also advance the aging of your teeth or loosen them.  Constant grinding may even wear your teeth down to little stumps and cause dental fillings to fall out.  Bruxism may also cause or worsen temporomandibular joint problems and disorders (TMJ).  Like all other joints in the body, the temporomandibular joint is prone to inflammation and other chronic joint problems.  Teeth grinding puts pressure on the joint that can lead to irritation and failure of the joint itself.

Wearing a nighttime mouth guard is your best defense against the harmful oral effects of teeth grinding.  It protects your teeth from the trauma of clenching and prevents the molars from grinding together.  Before you choose a mouth guard, you need to know your options. There are three different types of mouth guards.  The first, called stock mouth protectors, are pre-molded and ready to be worn.  They are low-cost and can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and department stores.  However, since these are preformed and come in a ready-made size, they do not offer any flexibility to fit each person’s mouth and offer little to no protection. They also tend to be very clunky and esthetically unappealing.  For these reasons, dentists do not recommend them.

Woman smilingThe second type of mouth guards, known as boil and bite mouth protectors, can also be purchased at many sporting goods stores and may give you a slightly better fit than stock mouth protectors.  These mouth guards are made from thermoplastic material that is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure (hence the name “boil and bite”).  However, these mouth guards, while better than stock do not offer anything close to a custom fit.

The third and best option of mouth guards are custom-fitted mouth protectors. These are individually designed and fabricated in a dentist’s office.  First, your dentist will make an imprint of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over this impression model using special material.  Because of this special material and the time and work that goes into making it, this mouth guard offers the greatest fit, comfort and protection.

You may have many questions about which mouth guard is most suitable for specific needs.  Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. While it may seem easier and cheaper to buy a ready-made mouth guard at your local sporting goods store, a professionally made appliance customized to your fit your mouth precisely is your best bet for optimum protection and relief. You may think that teeth grinding doesn’t seem to cause much damage in the moment, but over time, it can affect your teeth tremendously. The right mouth guard will make a world of difference in protecting your teeth and preventing further damage.

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Transforming Your Smile With Dental Veneers

A beautiful smile is one of your most important assets. This simple and universal expression has a power beyond measure. In the absence of words it can communicate your most positive emotions. It radiates your personal warmth and inspires the confidence and trust of those around you.

Because a smile illuminates your face and highlights your features more than any other gesture, an attractive smile contributes to a positive self-image. According to dental surveys, many people believe that being secure about the appearance of their smile helps them in both their social and professional interactions.
Although some people have a naturally pleasing smile, there are many who feel theirs requires improvement. Fortunately, thanks to advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry, there are many options available today to transform and perfect the look of one’s smile.

One of the most esthetic and conservative means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile is the placement of dental veneers. Offering a relatively quick avenue to a dramatic and highly satisfying smile improvement, dental veneers are thin facings that are individually custom designed and bonded to the visible surfaces of the front teeth. Beyond taking very few visits, dental veneers are appealing because they require the removal of very little tooth structure. In many situations they are an excellent alternative to full coverage dental crowns for modifying the size, shape and color of the front teeth as well as perfecting the overall appearance of your smile.

If you are interested in improving the look of your smile with dental veneers you will first see your dentist for a smile makeover consultation. At this visit the dentist can assess the overall health of your teeth, the surrounding tissues and jawbones, and begin the process of analyzing your smile. If you have not had a complete dental examination in the recent past it will be recommended that you have one done. This is so that any decay, gum disease, infections, or other dental problems can be addressed before beginning cosmetic care.

Dental veneers may improve the appearance of front teeth that are:

  • Stained or discolored
  • Slightly crowded or misaligned
  • Peg shaped or undersized
  • Have spaces or gaps between them
  • Minimally chipped, fractured, or worn down

Depending on a variety of factors, dental veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite resin materials. Your dentist will decide with you which material best suits your needs and budget. When done correctly, both materials are capable of producing a beautiful result.

Porcelain veneers are typically fabricated from what is known as dental grade porcelain. A very durable material, porcelain has an inherent translucency that gives it a remarkable ability to create the most life-like and naturally appearing tooth surface. Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant and will not darken from richly colored foods or habits like cigarette smoking. Although they are ultra thin and inherently brittle, once bonded to the teeth these veneers are very strong. Porcelain veneers are most often fabricated in a dental laboratory and take just a couple of visits from start to finish. They are generally more expensive and more difficult to repair than composite veneers, but if they are cared for properly will last longer and require less maintenance.

While porcelain veneers are fabricated from an impression and outside of the mouth, composite resin veneers offer the possibility of being directly sculpted onto one or any number of teeth in a single visit. Made from the same materials as white fillings, composite resin veneers are also capable of creating naturally appearing and absolutely brilliant smiles. However, since composite resin is a more porous material than glazed porcelain, these veneers can be more susceptible to staining or chipping.

Since cosmetic dentistry is both an art and a science your dentist will consider many factors to determine the type, shape, and size of the dental veneers most suited to your case. Achieving facial harmony and balance is of paramount importance. Your smile improvement expectations and goals will play a significant role in the treatment plan.
Once your new dental veneers are permanently placed you can begin to enjoy the beauty of your improved smile. Your veneers can be cared for just as you care for your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and routine dental care are important. Your dentist may advise you to avoid toothpastes that are overly abrasive, as well as certain foods that may damage your veneers. A mouthguard or nightguard may be suggested in situations where the front teeth may be exposed to potential injury from sports or grinding and clenching habits.

Transforming your smile can impact both your life and your outlook. Considering the array of cosmetic concerns that dental veneers are able to address, it is no wonder they have become such a popular choice for cosmetic smile makeovers.

If you want to learn more about dental veneers and how they can help you transform your smile, please don’t hesitate to contact Forever Dental today!

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Complete Care Dental is becoming Forever Dental

Patients, Family and Friends,

When we launched Complete Care Dental nearly 8 years ago at Archer (4450 South Archer Avenue), we had a wonderful goal in mind: provide compassionate care in a safe and comfortable environment, and make each of our patients feel like a family member. We’ve grown our patient base, staff and doctor list over this time as well, and have been able to offer more services, better hours, and even better care over these 8 years.

In November 2014, we expanded to a second Chicago location, known as Belmont (5738 West Belmont Avenue). With this expansion comes even more services, more staff, and more hours for our patients.

Today, we are taking this to the next step. Since starting, we’ve always felt we could do better with our name. Going forward, Complete Care Dental will be known as Forever Dental. You can already see the new logo and branding at our Belmont location, and you will soon see this at Archer. You will see it on our signs, our business cards, and our flyers. And, of course, our website!

Thank you!

Dr. Reshma Dhake and the Forever Dental team


P.S. What do you think of our new logo?

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Introducing the new!

Website, 2007-2013, from 2007 to mid 2013

Back in 2007, we released the first Complete Care Dental website. It was modern, state of the art, fast, and designed with the latest website features in place.

The world has changed since 2007. Smartphones and tablets have taken over. More than half of our website visitors reach us by phone or tablet, and most of our patients carry smartphones with them.

Complete Care today, on a mobile device today, on a mobile device

We decided 6 months ago to rebuild our website from the ground up. The new version would be fast, mobile-friendly, and built with modern tools. And now, 6 months later, We are happy to release the new! This new website will let us keep the website current, write new and interesting articles about keeping your smile healthy, and allow us to communicate with you in ways we haven’t been able to in the past.

You may experience a few rough edges, so please help us out! If you discovered anything missing or broken, please contact us, email us, or call us.

The Complete Care Dental Family

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Be a champion like the Blackhawks, but don’t end up with their teeth!

Blackhawks Stanley CupStatistics show that each year more than 3.5 million children, 14 years of age and younger suffer injuries while playing sports or participating in recreational activities, and many of these injuries involve the teeth, mouth and face. Using any mouthguard for protection is step in the right direction.

However, “off the shelf” mouthguards may be uncomfortable making it harder to breath easily and therefore being discarded or used less frequently. The dentist can custom build a mouthguard, fitted to your teeth and gums, providing maximum comfort and extra protection. Call us to learn more about a custom-made sports mouthguard for your child.

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A confident smile will change someone’s day

Give them a smile: a happy, friendly, and genuine smile. Go ahead, flash it; its contagious, it’s infectious, It’s the universal expression of happiness. A simple smile can change someone’s day.

Some people are a little nervous about smiling. They don’t think their smile looks good, or they think that smiling makes them look unprofessional or vulnerable. No matter how professional, intelligent, or “together” you think a serious face makes you appear, people almost always respond better to a smile.

We all know of someone we consider to have an “infectious” smile. Infectious smiles always start with confidence. If you’re not 100% confident in your smile, we’re here to help.

While our first concern is keeping your teeth and mouth as healthy as possible, we have the tools and the training to make sure you have a smile that gives you confidence and a smile that you’re excited to share with others.

We’re more than happy discuss with you the many options available to help you achieve a smile worth sharing and a smile that will change someone’s day –including your own.

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Dr. Reshma Dhake’s volunteer efforts featured in the Chicagoland Dental Society Magazine!

Complete Care Dental‘s own Dr. Reshma Dhake was featured in the May/June 2012 CDS Review, the Chicagoland Dental Society‘s member magazine.

Download “Volunteers wanted”

Congratulations Dr. Dhake!

*The CDS Review, the official publication of the Chicago Dental Society, is the original source of the article.

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Spread Halloween cheer and support the troops and local schools!

Run, Walk or Cheer With Us!

We are a proud sponsor of the Uno 5K Carrera del los Muertos Race of the Dead this Saturday, October 29th at 8am! Almost our entire dental team will be running or walking the 5K Race. Come run or walk with us or show your support along the race route. To register for the race, go to

We will have a table at the finish line post race celebration. Stop by and say hello and grab some goodies and special whitening deals!

We Want to Buy Your Candy Again!

We will be buying back your candy through our Second Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program to suppor the troops. We are buying candy for $1 per pound (up to 7 pounds per person) and shipping the candy over to Operation Gratitude to create care packages for the troops. We also are welcoming donations such as single serve cereal, travel sized shampoos, socks and hand made cards to send overseas. Click here for more suggestions: . Bring your candy and donations on the following dates:

-Monday, October 31st from 12pm to 4pm
-Tuesday, November 1st from 12pm to 7pm
– Wednesday, November 2nd from 12pm to 7pm

We are Accepting Orthodontics (braces) Patients!

We are ready to make appointments for consultations with Dr. Matthew Israel for braces. For a limited time, we will be offering free consultation to meet with Dr. Israel. Please give our office a call to set up an appointment.

We are making great progress with the buildout and are excited to expand our services to you before the end of the year. We hope to get the equipment installed in the next couple weeks and then have some final touch ups before we open the new additon.

Happy Halloween and Thank You!

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The Candy Buy Back Drive returns

We want your candy!

Building on the success of last year, we are happy to announce the second annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Drive! Bring your candy to Complete Care Dental, and receive $1 per pound, up to 7 pounds. We will also be giving away coupons and other goodies!

Partnering with Operation Gratitude, we want to help prevent cavities and avoid poor eating habits while helping the troops overseas. All the candy collected, along with any donations will be sent to the troops overseas.

We will also welcome monetary or other donations to forward to the troops. Click here for a list of requested items from Operation Gratitude.

Bring your child’s trick or treat unopened candy on:

Monday, October 31st between 12pm and 4pm
Tuesday, November 2nd between 12pm and 7pm, or
Wednesday, November 3rd between 12pm and 7pm.
Thank you for your support!

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Spring is around the corner

Gads Hill students practicing proper brushing and flossing technique.

Ask us about our $89 whitening special!

Out in the Community!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! In efforts to improve our community’s oral health, Dr. Varughese and Dr. Dhake have not only been treating patients in the office, but also spreading the message good oral health through community groups.

Dr. Varughese provided clients of the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse an oral health presentation with tips on better brushing, flossing and diet recommendations. The group had some great questions regarding dry mouth from medications and when to visit the dentist. She looks forward to spending more time with the Clubhouse members and would like to thank Renata Slayton for the opportunity.

Dr. Dhake recently visited two sites of Gads Hill Center and shared tips and tools to 70 kids ages 5 to 12 years old on good oral hygiene and importance of visiting the dentist. The kids practiced on model teeth flossing techniques and got to feel different dental instruments used at the office. Thanks to the team at Gads Hill for the opportunity. We look forward to working with them in the future.

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