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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Corley Family Dental
January 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

ToothacheDealing with tooth pain? You might just need root canal treatment.

Sure, most dental procedures don’t really have the reputation of being fun; however, root canals really get a lot of negative press and it’s unfortunate since this procedure saves countless teeth each year. That’s right; without root canal treatment, many patients would have to have their permanent tooth extracted and replaced, which is far more extensive, expensive and time-consuming than a simple root canal treatment. From the office of our Decatur, IL, family dentists Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley, learn more about this procedure and let’s squash your fears surrounding root canals.

What are the warning signs that I need root canal treatment?

Along with keeping up with your six-month checkups, it’s also important that you visit your Decatur, IL, dentist right away if you are dealing with any of these symptoms:

  • A toothache (often severe and made worse when chewing or biting down)
  • Lingering and severe tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen, tender gums around the tooth
  • The development of an abscess (a pimple-like bump on the gums)

You may only experience dental pain or you may experience several of these symptoms (or none at all); however, it’s important that you seek dental care as soon as possible to prevent the issue from getting worse.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

The sole purpose of root canal treatment is to remove the infected or inflamed dental pulp, a soft structure that lies within the tooth. Once a tooth has fully matured the dental pulp is no longer necessary for the health of the tooth; however, if bacteria gets through the outer layers of the tooth it can infect the pulp and lead to a nasty toothache. The only way for our dentist to get rid of your toothache is to remove the infected dental pulp.

Isn’t a root canal painful?

A root canal should never cause pain. In fact, despite what you may hear, the purpose of this endodontic procedure is to remove the source of your toothache and to provide you with relief. An infected dental pulp can cause a pretty nasty toothache and we know that the only thing you want to do is get rid of the discomfort. A root canal is really no more invasive than getting a dental filling and we even numb the area before treating the tooth so you won’t feel a thing. After all, our goal is to provide you with the utmost comfort when it comes to getting dental care.

Do you have questions about your upcoming root canal treatment in Decatur, IL? Dealing with a toothache that requires immediate care? Then turn to Corley Family Dental right away for dependable, efficient dentistry each and every time. Your smile is our priority.

December 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.

Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.

Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

By Natalie Corley, D.D.S.
November 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental fillings are one of the most commonly used dental restorations to improve the health of a tooth.fillings

You just found out during your last routine cleaning that you have a cavity. While this discovery can be frustrating, know that most people will deal with a cavity at some point during their lifetime. Luckily, it’s easy enough to treat the problem and restore the tooth thanks to cosmetic fillings from our Decatur, IL, cosmetic dentists Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley.

What are cosmetic fillings?

Our Decatur, IL, dentists pride themselves on providing realistic, tooth-colored restorations. No one should be able to tell that you have fillings and our porcelain cosmetic fillings ensure that your cavities are kept secret to those around you. This material is even matched to the rest of your tooth so that it blends right in.

How are cosmetic fillings placed?

First and foremost, we need to remove the cavity so that it doesn’t continue to damage more of the tooth. Once we have completely removed the cavity we need to rebuild the tooth. First, we will match the shade of the cosmetic resin to your tooth. Then we will apply the resin in layers. This resin is moldable so that we can easily shape and contour it to the tooth for a natural look. Not only will the tooth be cosmetically restored but the filling will also strengthen the tooth, as well. Once the filling is shaped over the tooth it is hardened into place with a dental laser.

Do you have questions about getting cosmetic fillings? Need to schedule your next routine checkup? Then don’t hesitate to call Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, to get the dental care your smile needs to stay healthy.

By Corley Family Dental
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

What's more appealing than a beautiful smile? Research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that people look good cosmetic dentistryand feel even better when they smile. However, if you reluctantly show your pearly whites because maybe they're not that pearly or perfect, then a consultation with Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley may help. They specialize in family dentistry, including treatments that change the bite, alignment and appearance of teeth and gums. Orthodontic services in Decatur, IL complete their repertoire. So learn here about your pathway to smile enhancement and a happier you at Corley Family Dental.

Get your oral health in order first

That's the first step in a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Corley Family Dental. Your dentist will inspect your mouth for decay, gum disease, proper bite and alignment, the condition of existing restorations and of course, oral cancer. With a healthy baseline established, your smile analysis continues with an honest discussion of how your smile can change aesthetically.

Smile aesthetics--yes, there is a subjective element to how your smile really looks and how you perceive it. You and Dr. Corley will consider your smile width, tooth color, the relationship of your upper lip to your teeth and more, devising a treatment plan tailored just for you. Much depends on the time and financial resources you wish to invest in your new look.

Offered services in Decatur

Here's what your plan could include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Composite resin bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental contouring
  • Orthodontics

Teeth whitening at Corley Family Dental addresses stains from what many of us put in our mouths--coffee, black tea, blueberries, soy sauce and yes, tobacco (cigarettes and smokeless tobacco). The in-office process uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to bleach out stains, leaving them several shades lighter.

Composite resin bonding is a simple, quick treatment producing amazing results. The dentist employs a tooth-colored blend of acrylic and glass to reshape teeth flawed by hairline cracks, chips, pitting and odd shape. The material hardens well and lasts for many years.

Porcelain veneers cover the front of teeth with larger defects in structure and color. They are custom-made, tooth-shaped and bonded permanently in place, achieving an even and attractive appearance and adding a measure of durability, too.

Dental contouring is a gentle sanding procedure that shapes chipped corners and uneven tooth length. Dr. Corley often combines this service with others in a complete smile makeover as a wonderful finishing touch.

Orthodontics re-aligns crooked smiles and corrects various problems with dental bite. These days, conventional braces come in several configurations including lingual (tongue-side) and metal or ceramic braces bonded to the front side of teeth. Your dentist will help you choose the treatment type appropriate for the particulars of your case.

Sound interesting?

Then contact Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL for your consultation with one of our expert dentists. You're sure to be pleased with the results. Call today: (217) 330-6217.

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