What is Holistic Dental Care?

Rocio Martinez Dental now offers holistic option to patients.

Holistic Medicine is based on the premise that the body is one unit and how you treat one aspect of that unit has an effect on other aspects. Holistic Dentistry is based on the same notion that what affects the mouth affects the body, and vice versa. If infections of the mouth affect the rest of the body, then dental problems can be seen as causes of other aches and pains as well.

Holistic dentists take off from this premise to consider the impact of dental health in greater depth. For instance, they might discuss nutrition as it affects dental health and include alternative therapies, such as homeopathy, in their practice: treat your gums non-surgically, use antibiotics sparingly as they can disrupt the body, eschew root canals because of concerns about infection, try to use biocompatible dental restoration materials.

To learn more about your options visit any of our three convenient locations:

1187 Farnsworth
Aurora, IL 60505

3110 S. Millard
Chicago, IL 60623

3587 Hennepin Drive
Joliet, IL 60431

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Chicago Dentist Educates Patients on Oral Cancer

Even though smokers have an increased risk for oral cancer, 25% of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke or have other risky lifestyle factors. This is why it is imperative to receive regular oral cancer screenings from your Chicago dentist. Dr. Rocio Martinez and her team at Rocio Martinez Dental in Chicago IL are committed to educating patients about the risk of oral cancer and the importance of annual exams.

Young patients, especially those who may have contracted HPV (Human Papillomavirus), are at increased risk for oral cancer. The highest risk group is patients over 40 with risky lifestyle factors such as tobacco use. However, even if you teeth and mouth appear perfectly healthy, it is still important to screen for signs that may not yet be visible at a glance.

Your oral health is an indication of your overall health, so just because a problem in your mouth seems harmless does not mean that it should be overlooked. When you visit Dr. Martinez at one of her office locations in Joliet, Aurora, or Chicago, she will perform a comprehensive soft-tissue examination. At the very least, an oral cancer screening can help prevent infections of the mouth before they ever cause you pain or discomfort. If diagnosed, your dentist in Chicago will work with you to create a plan for treatment.

Oral cancer is highly curable if it is caught in its early stages. When premalignant lesions or early-stage oral cancer is found, treatment is simpler, less invasive, and over 82% successful. Of course, a daily regimen of brushing and flossing as well as regular dental check-ups can inhibit the onset of oral conditions before they start. Staying away from high-risk factors like smoking and tobacco chewing can also drastically decrease your risk of contracting oral cancer.

To learn more about oral cancer screenings preventative treatments in Chicago, visit www.cosmeticddschicago.com or call (773) 847-4540 for more information.

About Dr. Rocio Martinez:

Dr. Martinez graduated from Northwestern University and has over 20 years of dental experience. She is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality cosmetic dental procedures to help patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. Dr. Martinez and her staff are constantly staying up-to-date with the most modern technology and innovative treatments to help Rocio Martinez Dental better serve their patients.

What are my tooth replacement options?

When considering tooth replacement, there are a few different types of procedures that can be performed, including:

  • Dental implants
  • Implant-supported bridges and dentures
  • Traditional bridges
  • Traditional dentures

These procedures can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth.

Replacing a Single Tooth

A single tooth can be replaced with a single implant and a crown. A single dental implant will be placed in the jaw, replacing the root of the tooth. A replacement tooth (the crown) is then placed on top of the implant. When replacing a single tooth traditional bridges are also an option. However, the main advantages of dental implants over traditional bridges are that healthy neighboring teeth can be preserved since they do not have to be used as an anchor to support the bridge. Dental implants also look and feel the closest to the natural teeth and help to preserve the jawbone where the tooth was missing.

Replacing Multiple Teeth

Implant-supported bridges can replace multiple teeth at once. This type of bridgework relies on support from the implants rather than neighboring teeth as traditional bridges do, so there is no need to file down otherwise healthy teeth.

Replacing All Teeth

Those missing all of their teeth today can choose between traditional dentures and implant supported dentures or partials. Traditional dentures often slip out and require adhesives to stay in place.

Because of the advancements in implant dentistry, there are many different affordable options are available for those who prefer non-removable teeth replacement instead of traditional dentures.

Today, dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement options. There are safe, predictable, and improved the quality of thousands of patients’ lives. Dr. Rocio Martinez can help determine whether you would be a good candidate for dental implants or other tooth replacement options.

To learn more about dental implants and other cosmetic dental procedures in Chicago, visit http://www.rmartinezdental.com or call (773) 847-4540 for more information.

About Dr. Rocio Martinez:

Dr. Martinez graduated from Northwestern University and has over 20 years of dental experience. She is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality cosmetic dental procedures to help patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. Dr. Martinez and her staff are constantly staying up-to-date with the most modern technology and innovative treatments to help Rocio Martinez Dental better serve their patients.

Chicago dentist offers affordable cosmetic procedures

Some patients fear cosmetic dental procedures because they think they cannot afford it, or they do not want to undergo extensive treatment. There are, however, procedures available that are affordable and can completely restore a smile. Dr. Rocio Martinez, Chicago dentist, of Rocio Martinez Dental is happy to offer affordable, high quality porcelain crowns for patients.

Misshapen, chipped, or cracked teeth can dramatically change the appearance of one’s teeth and overall smile. Porcelain crowns are designed to fix these superficial problems and create a beautiful, bright smile. A porcelain crown is essentially a cap that covers the outside of the tooth to restore shape, size, and length. The procedure is very simple and can be completed in just two appointments.

During the first appointment, molds will be taken of the teeth to ensure perfect fit. The new crown will be prepared and placed at the second appointment. Porcelain crowns have the most natural appearance, and are stronger and longer lasting in comparison to other crowns. The color is perfectly matched to the patient’s natural teeth for. This simple and affordable treatment can dramatically change one’s smile.

To learn more about affordable porcelain crowns and other cosmetic dental procedures in Chicago, visit http://www.rmartinezdental.com or call (773) 847-4540 for more information.

About Dr. Rocio Martinez:

Dr. Martinez graduated from Northwestern University and has over 20 years of dental experience. She is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality cosmetic dental procedures to help patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. Dr. Martinez and her staff are constantly staying up-to-date with the most modern technology and innovative treatments to help Rocio Martinez Dental better serve their patients.

Aurora Dentist Offers Fastbraces, a New Orthodontic Technology

Dr. Rocio Martinez and her team at Rocio Martinez Dental with locations in Aurora, Joliet, and Chicago IL offer a fast, safe alternative to traditional braces.

What are Fastbraces?

Traditional braces move the crown of the tooth in the first year of orthodontic treatment and the root of the tooth during the second year of orthodontic treatment. Fastbraces’ patented triangular shaped brackets move both the crown and the root of the tooth at the same time for maximize efficiency in treatment time. Patients now can get results in about a year, and sometimes in as little as three months.

If you are looking for a cosmetic solution to perfecting your teeth, consider Fastbraces Clear. The ceramic bracket offers the same advantages of using Fastbraces with the added benefit of a more natural-looking aesthetic. Fastbraces can be a solution for anyone – children and adults as well as teens.

How do Fastbraces work?

The patented Fastbraces system uses an innovative bracket and specially shaped wire to correct the position of the root of the tooth from the start of treatment. The elevated slot on the bracket with its unique elbow design deliver torque and tipping forces to the root of the tooth at the same time as it straightens the crown. These differences in the application of force allow treatment to be completed in less than half the time of traditional braces.

Are Fastbraces safe? 

The Fastbraces technology has been carefully developed and researched over the past 20 years, treating thousands of patients. University research has shown that Fastbraces are not only safe, but may cause less pain and discomfort than other orthodontic methods. Additionally, there is possibly less chance for tooth decay and root reabsorption with Fastbraces, since the braces are on the teeth for a shorter period of time.

To learn more about Fastbraces in Chicago, Joliet and Aurora, visit www.rmartinezdental.com or call (630) 978-8884 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martinez.

About Dr. Rocio Martinez:

Dr. Martinez graduated from Northwestern University and has over 20 years of dental experience. She is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality cosmetic dental procedures to help patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. Dr. Martinez and her staff are constantly staying up-to-date with the most modern technology and innovative treatments to help Rocio Martinez Dental better serve their patients.

Chicago Dentist Reaches Out to Patients with New Website, Twitter and Facebook

Dr. Rocio Martinez, dentist in Chicago, announces the launch of her new dental practice website and social media accounts. The new Rocio Martinez Dental website features an attractive design, free downloadable reports, educational cartoons, procedural information, and easy-to-follow navigation. Additionally, Dr. Martinez is reaching out to patients with her new Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“I believe that it is important for patients to have easy access to dental information. My new website features detailed explanations of family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry procedures so that my patients can make informed dental decisions. For social media-savvy patients, I also post dental news, articles and infographics on my social media accounts for easy access,” said Dr. Martinez, Chicago dentist.

Dr. Martinez’s new website can be accessed at http://www.rmartinezdental.com. Patients can follow Dr. Martinez’s Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/DrRocioMartinez and Like her Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Rocio-Martinez/118886354916362 for online patient educational materials, special offers, event announcements, and more.

From periodontal disease treatment to tooth whitening, Dr. Martinez, Chicago dentist, offers comfortable, quality dental care in a welcoming environment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez at Centro Dental Familiar in Chicago, please call (773) 847-4540. Dr. Martinez can also be reached at her Aurora dental office, Allure Smiles by Design, at (630) 978-8884 and at her Joliet dental office, Smile Street Dental, at (815) 439-2731. Dr. Martinez is dedicated to providing affordable, quality dental services and keeping her patients well-informed.

About Dr. Rocio Martinez:

Dr. Rocio Martinez is a graduate of Northwestern University with over 20 years of experience. Given her dedication to the field of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Martinez is rapidly becoming known as one of Chicagoland’s leading dentists. She is an active member of the Internet Dental Alliance, American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society, and Will County Dental Society, as well as having been as member of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce since 2002. To learn more about Dr. Martinez, please visit http://rmartinezdental.com

Gingivitis… Gum Disease… Periodontal Disease…

In the most basic terms, gum disease is the growth of bacteria in your mouth. The disease eventually progresses to more advanced stages, attacking the gum tissue that provides stability to your teeth and attaches your teeth to your gums.

As bacteria spreads in your mouth, it creates a substance called “plaque” on the teeth. If plaque is not removed, it builds up and hardens into tartar, a firmer matter. This is very difficult to get off your teeth, as it is attached like glue, becoming much harder to scrape off. This stage is known as gingivitis.

During the initial stages of gingivitis, you will begin to notice your gums turning red, and  you’ll see that you are bleeding when you brush your teeth. If treated quickly at this point, you will be able to save your teeth.

You can take preventative measures early on with a dedicated oral hygiene program, which includes routine professional cleaning appointments with your dentist. You should also make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after all your meals. You should also floss regularly. With a consistent oral program, you can reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis.

Signs and Symptoms

Healthy

  • Gums are pink and healthy-looking
  • No bleeding
  • Gum line is tight around the teeth; no pockets

Gingivitis

  • Gums are inflamed, tender and red
  • Bad breath and bad taste
  • Gums bleed when brushed or probed gently

Periodontitis

  • Bad breath and bad taste
  • Slight bone loss
  • More pronounced bleeding, puffiness and inflammation
  • Gums start to pull away from the teeth
  • Pockets of 4 millimeters form between teeth and gums

Advanced Periodontitis

  • Chronic bad breath and bad taste
  • Tooth roots become exposed; sensitive to hot and cold
  • Teeth may become mobile or loose
  • Pockets over 6 millimeters deep between teeth and gums
  • Severe angular and horizontal bone loss on X-ray

Gum Disease May Affect Your General Health

Alzheimer’s

Tooth infections and gum inflammations caused by periodontal disease may be associated with cognitive decline and dementia.

Respiratory Infections

The buildup of dental plaque serves as a breeding ground for bacteria that may reach the lungs through inhalation. Additionally, inhaling oral bacteria can lead to pneumonia.

Severe Osteopenia

Gum disease and tooth loss have shown to be linked with a reduction in bone mass (osteopenia).
Post-menopausal women are especially at risk for tooth loss-related severe osteopenia.

Pregnancy Complications

The heightened levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy cause the gums to react differently to plaque bacteria. This reaction causes bleeding, swelling, redness or soreness in the gum tissue—signs of gingivitis. 60-70% of women will develop gingivitis during their pregnancy. This is called pregnancy gingivitis.

Stroke

Adults who suffer from periodontitis may have an increased risk of stroke.

Oral Cancer

Chronic periodontitis may lead to bone loss, thus increasing the risk of oral cancer.

Heart Disease

Periodontitis is associated with several diseases related to the cardiovascular system. Oral bacteria may cause problems with clotting in the cardiovascular system. Periodonditis also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and fatal heart attacks.

Uncontrolled Diabetes

People who suffer from type 2 diabetes are three times more likely to develop periodontal disease than are nondiabetics. This is because diabetes can alter the environment of the healthy mouth, contributing to bacterial growth. If diabetes is combined with smoking, the chance of tooth loss increases by 20 times.

Schedule your consultation by calling 815-439-2731 or visiting www.RMartinezDental.com

Joliet Dentist Offers Free Smile Analysis for Patients

Joliet dentist Dr. Rocio Martinez is pleased to announce that she is now offering free smile analyses at her dental practice, Smile Street Dental. Patients who are 18 years or older and seek to improve their smiles can either call directly or fill out a short online form to receive their free smile analysis.

“Many people are seeking the perfect smile but are not sure exactly what they need. My free smile analyses allow patients the chance to see what they could do to improve their smiles that fits within their budgets,” said Dr. Martinez, dentist in Joliet.

During the free smile analysis, patients will be asked how they feel about various aspects of their teeth, including color, shape, defects, or gum-to-teeth ratio. Dr. Martinez uses this information to provide a variety of options for patients to improve their smiles.

Besides her extensive training in the dental field, Dr. Martinez has years of experience in dental aesthetics. She has trained with some of the world’s most prominent cosmetic dental specialists and is one of Joliet’s leading dentists for whitening, dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures.

“I believe that cosmetic dentistry requires not only ample dental knowledge, but also training in the aesthetics of a smile. That is why I have worked so extensively with other cosmetic dentists—I want to make sure my patients have smiles that make them feel happy,” said Dr. Martinez.

To schedule your free smile analysis, please call Smile Street Dental at (815) 439-2731. For more information on the services Dr. Martinez offers, please visit http://www.rmartinezdental.com. Dr. Martinez is committed to providing patients with personalized attention to their dental needs.

About Dr. Rocio Martinez:

Dr. Rocio Martinez is a graduate of Northwestern University with over 20 years of experience. Given her dedication to the field of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Martinez is rapidly becoming known as one of Joliet’s leading dentists. She is an active member of the Internet Dental Alliance, American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society, and Will County Dental Society, as well as having been as member of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce since 2002. To learn more about Dr. Martinez, please visit http://www.rmartinezdental.com

Joliet Dentist Offers Free Educational Downloadable Reports on Website

Dr. Rocio Martinez, dentist in Joliet, offers free downloadable reports on her website to educate her patients.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to oral hygiene and gum disease. Dr. Rocio Martinez, dentist in Joliet, is offering a new feature on her website to help educate patients on gum disease. The free downloadable report can be found on the “Welcome Page” to Rocio Martinez Dental.

All that is required to receive a free educational report is a patient’s name, e-mail address, and phone number. Dr. Martinez believes that the more her patients know about gingivitis and gum disease, the better their oral health will be in the long run. Patients can save time and money by preventing gum disease than having to treat it.

Too often, patients have gingivitis and don’t even know it. Gingivitis can be treated if it is caught early, but if it is not diagnosed and treated, it can eventually lead to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease that cannot be reversed. The educational report is designed to educate patients on the causes of gum disease, prevention, the stages of gum disease, and treatment.

Gum disease not only affects oral health but it can also affect overall health. The report also includes diagrams of the signs and symptoms, detailed descriptions for each stage of gum disease, and much more.

To receive a free downloadable report, visit: http://www.rmartinezdental.com. On Dr. Martinez’s website, patients can also schedule an appointment, learn more about family and cosmetic dentistry in Joliet, read testimonials, and download patient forms to bring with them to their appointment.

About Dr. Rocio Martinez:

Dr. Martinez graduated from Northwestern University and currently has over 20 years of dental experience. She is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality cosmetic dental procedures to help patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. Dr. Martinez and her staff are constantly staying up-to-date with the most modern technology and innovative treatments to help Rocio Martinez Dental better serve their patients.

Benefits of Dental Implants in Aurora

Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement option. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw to support an artificial tooth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. If missing teeth go untreated, they may cause further dental complications down the road like tooth decay or infection. Dental implants will not only help prevent dental complications due to missing teeth, but they are functional, low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing, and can restore self-confidence.

A bridge or denture often require the removal of good tooth structure to make more space, but with dental implants you can have one tooth replaced, several teeth replaced, or all teeth replaced without changing any other tooth structure. Getting one tooth replaced will not affect neighboring teeth as a denture or bridge might.

After a period of healing time, your dental implants will imitate the function of natural teeth. By replacing missing teeth, you will regain the ability to chew and speak as you had before your missing teeth. Unlike dentures, there is no need to worry that others will notice your artificial teeth when speaking or eating.

Dental implants are unique from other tooth replacement options because they require no maintenance or upkeep outside of your normal dental routine. With regular check-ups, brushing, and flossing, your dental implants will last a lifetime. Dentures need to be removed and cleaned regularly, whereas dental implants are more permanent and convenient.

Not only do dental implants fulfill the function of natural teeth, they also imitate the look of natural teeth as well. A dental implant is covered with a crown, giving the appearance of a completely natural tooth. Dentures tend to slide around the mouth and can cause unneeded stress when speaking or eating. You can be confident that your dental implants will look and feel just like your natural teeth.

Missing teeth can have a strong impact on one’s self-confidence. Dentures can cause impediments while speaking or eating, but implant-supported dentures stay in place for maximum convenience and functionality. The implants serve the functions of both the roots and crowns of teeth, so there is no need to worry about slippage or dentures falling out.

Dental implants have a very high success rate when compared to other treatments for missing teeth. Dentures or bridges often need to be replaced as time passes, but with proper care, dental implants will last you a lifetime. Schedule an appointment at Rocio Martinez Dental for dental implants in Aurora, today!

To learn more about Rocio Martinez Dental, visit http://www.rmartinezdental.com.

About Dr. Rocio Martinez:

Dr. Martinez graduated from Northwestern University and currently has over 20 years of dental experience. She is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality cosmetic dental procedures to help patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. Dr. Martinez and her staff are constantly staying up-to-date with the most modern technology and innovative treatments to help Rocio Martinez Dental better serve their patients.