General Dentistry Q&A

Our dental office provides general dental care for patients who need to maintain their oral health and prevent future dental concerns. General dental treatments can encompass regular dental cleanings and examinations as well as dental tools and treatments that help stop oral health issues. Emergency dental care, dental lasers, custom sports mouthguards, dental sedation, sleep apnea treatment, and dental extractions all fall under general dentistry in our Chicago, IL dental office. 

General Dentistry in Chicago, IL

Learn more about general dental care with answers to these commonly asked questions:

How do I know if I need emergency dental care?

A dental emergency is a situation that requires prompt care. Any sudden or severe dental problem needs prompt and professional dental care, like a lost permanent tooth, tooth pain, or broken dental restoration. If you experience a dental emergency,  contact us as soon as possible

When will I need dental sedation?

Typically, we use sedation for lengthy dental extractions or implant restorations. Dental sedation ensures patient comfort throughout treatment. However, if you or a loved one have dental fear or anxiety, we can also recommend dental sedation for more routine treatments. 

What are the benefits of sports mouthguards?

Wearing sports mouthguards to play contact sports can protect natural teeth, restorations, and orthodontics like braces. Mouthguards conform to teeth to prevent dental injuries, broken restorations, and tooth loss. Sports mouthguards often prevent the need for cosmetic or restorative care.

How can I tell if I have sleep apnea?

Common sleep apnea symptoms can include snoring, morning headaches, mood swings, and irritability. We also recommend that patients take at-home sleep tests and visit for screenings. A professional can diagnose sleep apnea, and we can provide oral appliances to keep the airway open. Our oral appliances benefit patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Although it will take weeks for the jawbone to heal, you should be able to wean off a soft diet in a week or less. We recommend that patients stick to a soft diet and avoid the extraction site after treatment. Avoiding the site helps prevent problems like dry socket and helps the healing process.

Contact Dr. Paul Gayed and Dr. Frank Shaw for general dental care at (773) 549-2881. You can also schedule a dental consultation online. Let us know if you have any more questions for us and we will be glad to help.