March 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
Dr. Gilbert Abadilla, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, answers our questions about the Academy, his fellowship, and the benefit for his patients.
First of all, how would you describe “general dentistry”?
A general dentist is a practitioner who is not limited to a particular area of specialization, but is instead trained to treat a broad range of dental issues and licensed to practice in all areas of dentistry. General dentistry is sometimes known as “family dentistry.” As general dentists can treat both children and adults, they often provide care to all the members of a family.
What is the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)?
All occupations have their professional associations. The AGD is the organization dedicated to representing general dentists like myself. In fact, it is the only association exclusively serving our needs and interests. It focuses on continuing education for general dentists, advocacy and licensing assistance, and also helps with patient education.
Is your fellowship related to the continuing education aspect of the Academy?
Yes. AGD fellowships are offered to general dentists who have completed 500 hours of continuing education in multiple focus areas and then passed an intensive examination. The idea is to encourage dentists to keep up to date in their practice by staying abreast of the most recent procedures, technologies, and ideas. For a good dentist, education is an ongoing experience, not something that stops once you receive your DDS. AGD encourages all dentists to adopt that attitude.
So what are the advantages for patients of choosing an AGD Fellow as their dentist?
General dentists who are AGD Fellows have strongly demonstrated their commitment to remaining current in their field. They will therefore be able to offer patients the best possible care by providing the latest diagnosis and treatment options. It is a simple formula: quality education for the dentist means quality care for the patient.
Gilbert A. Abadilla, DDS is a general dentist with Comprehensive Dentistry Ltd. in Bloomingdale and St. Charles, Illinois. He received the Academy of General Dentistry’s Fellowship Award in 2012.
February 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
In simplest form, dental prosthetics refer to any artificial tooth or tooth structure. Modern dentistry allows dentists to install prosthetics in a variety of ways, in order to fulfill both structural and cosmetic functions. For less serious dental injuries, your dentist will usually opt for a conservative treatment that preserves the existing tooth structure. For more serious cases, a total prosthetic replacement may be required.
Minor trauma to a tooth can often be treated with a non-prosthetic method, such as veneers. Consisting of a thin layer of porcelain or composite material, veneers are designed to look like natural teeth and are applied onto an existing tooth surface. The dentist will choose a color that accurately matches the natural tone of the patient’s teeth. Veneers are not appropriate for major decay or gum disease, but can repair minor cosmetic issues. An example of dental veneers is shown below:
If the patient faces the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth, then prosthetics become necessary. Patients may lose teeth because of tooth decay or gum disease, or alternatively teeth may be damaged through physical trauma. The two primary approaches to dental prosthetics are traditional dentures and dental implants.
While dentures cost less than implants, they are not suited to all patients. Dentures work best for patients that only require the replacement of a few teeth. This allows the surrounding teeth to support them, adding to their versatility and strength. If the patient suffers from extensive tooth decay or gum disease, dentures may be contraindicated, as they can make the situation worse.
Dental implants give a more realistic appearance than dentures and they allow for easier care, because implants essentially function like normal teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into the jaw and then mounting an artificial tooth onto the post. An X-ray of a dental implant appears below:
Prior to installation of any dental prosthetic, your dentist will treat any underlying conditions. For the prosthetic to succeed, gum disease and tooth decay need to be brought under control first. To learn more, talk to your dentist.
About Dr. Gilbert Abadilla: A successful dentist based in the Chicagoland area, Dr. Gilbert Abadilla works with dental prosthetics on a regular basis.
June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
In addition to my work with Comprehensive Dentistry, Ltd. in Illinois, I enjoy playing golf in my free time. In the world of golf, one shot frustrates more players of all skill levels than any other: the sand shot. It’s tough to be excited about finding yourself in a bunker, and possibly even tougher to be excited about the prospect of hacking your way out. Here are a few basic tips for escaping from a sand trap.
Make note of your ball position: The positioning of your ball will have a large impact on the type of shot you will utilize when trying to get out of the trap. The ideal position is in the flat of the trap with few obstacles immediately in front of you, while the worst position is nestled up against a lip between you and your target.
Select the right club: The sand wedge is an obvious choice for a sand shot. You might want to consider using a more lofted club if you need to scale a steep lip or avoid rolling down the back end of the green.
Get the right stance: If your ball is situated in the flat of the bunker, place the ball forward in your stance, almost in line with your front foot. This will help you catch the ball on the upswing and achieve a nice arcing shot. If you find yourself in an awkward position such as one foot in the bunker and one foot on the grass, stay focused on maintaining your balance throughout all parts of the swing.
Swing away: Once you are ready to swing, open the clubface slightly to improve loft and prevent the front edge of the club from digging into the sand and producing a weak shot. The backswing should travel in a straight line before following through with a fluid motion to strike the sand about two inches behind the ball. Do not attempt to carry the ball out with your club; rather, concentrate on delivering a smooth follow-through and let the sand carry your ball away from danger.
April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
As a dentist, I receive many inquiries from patients, many of which come up quite often. Below are answers to common questions that most patients ask their dentists.
Q: What exactly is a root canal (and how much does it hurt)?
A: The first and most important thing: these days, root canals come with little to no pain. A root canal is a procedure intended to salvage a damaged and/or infected tooth. The procedure entails removing the tooth’s network of nerves and blood vessels, cleaning and shaping the interior of the tooth, and sealing the tooth to prevent further infection. Lastly, the tooth will need to be preserved with a crown.
Q: How do cavities form?
A: Easily the most common type of oral hygiene concern, cavities are born from the residues of sugary foods that stick to your teeth. This clear sticky substance, called plaque, contains bacteria that converts sugars into acids. The acids breaks down your teeth and create holes known as cavities.
Q: There are so many toothpastes to choose from. Which one should I use?
A: Honestly, the toothpaste is not as important as the process of brushing. Sure, you should look for certain ingredients in your toothpaste such as fluoride, but as long as you properly brush two to three times a day, you can use any toothpaste you like.
March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
A dazzling smile continues to be a hallmark of successful people. After all, before most American municipalities fluoridated their water and prior to the ready availability of dental products such as effective toothpastes, many people lost their teeth at a relatively young age. A dazzling smile indicated the kind of wealth that included an excellent diet, regular dental cleanings, and other facets of life that simply were not available to many working people.
Fortunately, regular dental care is now available to most people. With a relatively small outlay, a visit to the dentist can ensure that a dazzling smile remains that way. Moreover, dental innovations such as Lumineers, which correct malformed and misaligned teeth, and Invisalign, which straightens without the heavy look and discomfort of traditional braces, provide everyone with the chance to have a dazzling smile.
“Regular dental care will ensure that your teeth stay healthy, but there are a number of very simple methods to obtain straight, beautiful teeth,” says Dr. Gilbert Abadilla, DDS, a dentist from Bloomingdale, Illinois, who practices preventative dental care as well as cosmetic dentistry. “A simple consultation with your dentist should give you a very clear idea about the processes and time period to attain the dazzling smile you want.”
While a dazzling smile makes a person more attractive and approachable, studies suggest that straight, white teeth also help people attain greater success in their careers. As with basic good looks and neat, appropriate clothing, a dazzling smile creates a more favorable impression with employers and recruiters alike.
For more information about dental care for a dazzling smile, visit Dr. Gilbert Abadilla’s website at http://comprehensivedentistry.com.