Fagan Family Dental


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Chicago Heights - 708.755.0433
Homer Glen - 708.301.2211
"Not Just Your Neighborhood Dentist"
Our Services include:
  Preventative Oral Hygeine
  Cosmetics & Bleaching
  Root Canal Therapy
  Gum Treatments
  Removable Dentures
  Occlusal Guards
Listed below are the various services that Fagan Family Dental provides. We want all of our patients to be aware and well-informed regarding any procedure(s). For more information on the Decision-Making Process for these dental procedures, click here...
Our staff of licensed & registered dental hygienists provide the highest quality dental care. A good foundation provides optimal oral health. A thorough evaluation of your hygiene needs and oral hygiene instructions should accompany all prophylactic appointments. The hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity are evaluated. A thorough removal of soft (plaque) and hard deposits (calculus) is followed by instructions for the continued health of the mouth. Home care instructions are essential for your health.
Decay and fractures are a part of most of our lives. When more than half the biting surface of the tooth remain after decay removal, a filling will usually be sufficient to restore the problem. Various restorative materials are available which include tooth colored resin, gold and silver. By far the most used is the tooth colored resin but each situation needs to be evaluated. These are the most often restorative procedures done in an office today.
Sealants are a preventative procedure performed by the hygienist or dentist on permanent teeth. The sealant is a resin material bonded onto the biting surface of the teeth. The permanent teeth have natural grooves on the biting surface. Food and bacteria can easily get lodged in these grooves and may be quite inaccessible to easy removal. Decay will usually follow if the debris is not removed. The sealant prevents this material from lodging and remaining inside these grooves.
When more than half the biting surface of the remaining tooth structure is missing after decay removal the tooth needs strengthening. A restoration that covers the biting surface which will hold the tooth together is indicated. A full crown covers the tooth structure which remains above the gum tissue. An overlay covers the biting surface but will leave some supported tooth structure untreated. Both these procedures impart strength back to a weakened tooth.

This is a broad topic which usually entails both the shade and shaping of the teeth. It may also be employed to alter the alignment of teeth as with teeth that are too crowded or spacing in between teeth. The following are varied methods of applying cosmetics to dentistry. Each procedure has its own advantages and disadvantages which need to be evaluated to the individual circumstances.

Bleaching is a popular and effective method of lightening the shade of teeth. Although various methods of bleaching are available the most used, studied and effective method is the making of a bleach tray. The tray is tightly adapted to the teeth which then holds the bleaching material and is worn for an hour a day for about 5 – 7 days. This method still gives the best and most constant results.
This is a conservative procedure using our tooth colored resins and a tooth bonding resin which attaches right to the tooth.
a sample of our VENEER work (before & after) CLICK to enlarge
Veneers are a thin layer (like a thumbnail) of porcelain that is bonded onto the tooth surface. This gives a uniform shade and contour. The shade stability is attained by using porcelain which will not in itself change color over time in the mouth. The ability to allow light to pass through the restoration and giving the tooth a truly vital appearance is a great advantage.
When circumstances are appropriate the implant is the best method of restoring a missing tooth. This allows us to replace missing teeth without altering any other natural teeth in the mouth. The implant process is in two stages: 1) implant placement and integration, 2) crown restoration of the implant. Our office refers the implant placement procedure to a local specialist who has placed many such prosthetics. After proper integration of the implant our office does the replacement of the implant crown to form and function in your oral environment.
A bridge is for the replacement of a missing tooth when natural teeth remain on either side of the space. The bridge is made up of three or more crowns fused together as one piece. A bridge is cemented onto the natural teeth on either side of the space with a replacement tooth in between.
Injured or infected nerve tissue on the interior of the tooth sometimes needs to be removed. The tissue needs to be removed to the end of the root without going out the end of the root. Once the involved tissue is removed the resulting empty tube inside the tooth is filled. A root canal finished tooth should feel and function as any other tooth in the mouth. Even though somewhat time consuming a root canal is not the painful experience as it is often portrayed. The anesthetics of today should keep such a procedure very comfortable.
Healthy gums should not bleed or be swollen. The whole purpose of any gum therapy is to make it possible for the patient to be able to keep the teeth and gums clean at home. Initially the only therapy is to eliminate the bleeding and properly instruct the patient how to maintain health. If the disease is more advanced cleaning may progress to deep scaling. These two conservative methods are usually quite successful in regaining health as long as the patient is properly doing the home care. Advanced stages of periodontal disease are usually referred to a periodontist for more specialized treatments.
As a last resort a tooth may need to be removed. Depending on the circumstances this can be done in our office or at an oral surgeon’s office.
These can be either partial dentures were some teeth remain or full dentures to replace all the teeth. The stability of partial dentures far surpasses a full denture because the teeth act as anchors. Either can be good if necessary but keeping your own teeth is the goal.
Also called a night guard this appliance is worn on either top or bottom to properly distribute the forces of the bite when some problems have arisen. These problems may include worn teeth, mobile teeth, protection of dental work or someone who is experiencing muscle or joint pains that can be attributed to the bite. Headaches that are not readily diagnosable by your physician can fall into the category.

At Fagan Family Dental, we take tremedous strides to ensure patient awareness & understanding. Long gone are the days of the dentist telling you what procedures he will perform with no explanation. As a patient, you deserve to understand every detail of a procedure / treatment; that isn't just our pledge at Fagan Family Dental - it's our PROMISE.