Dr. Cynthia Wong

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dental Sensitivity and Hygiene

People with straight teeth have a much easier time keeping them clean. But until the braces come off, they have to be especially careful to keep their mouths free of food debris. One of the most reliable signs of tooth decay is sensitivity. If you’ve noticed a shooting pain in your teeth when you eat or drink something cold, we at Dr. Cynthia Wong’s Orland Park orthodontic practice want you to understand why that’s a problem.

It is normal for people to feel pressure after their braces have been tightened. This sensation is noticeably different from the sharp pain that comes from biting into an ice cream sandwich. The inner pulp of our teeth contains a sensitive nerve and the outer layer of the crown, the enamel, is made up of hard minerals. In between them is dentin, a yellow-grey porous substance that heat is easily transmitted through. Although enamel is thick, cementum, the outer layer of a tooth root, is much thinner, leaving the dentin less insulated. When tissue has receded, the tooth roots will become very sensitive to temperature changes.

When enamel has been thinned by acid erosion, the dentin beneath may become visible. Acid erosion and gum recession are usually caused by oral infections. Acid reflux may also be a factor, although usually not in children. Patients who notice sensitivity should make greater effort to clean using a standard tooth brush, Christmas tree brush, and floss threader or super floss. They may also want to try fluoridated toothpaste to help their enamel remineralize and make sure they brush for two whole minutes during each session.

Cynthia Wong, DMD, operates at 15614 S Harlem #B, Orland Park, Illinois, 60462. To contact her office, call 708-444-8341 or visit Dr. Cynthia Wong and send a message.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Orthodontics and Cleft Palate

There are many reasons why a child might have overcrowded teeth, but one in particular requires close coordination between an orthodontist and an oral surgeon. Cleft palates have many implications for a child’s oral health. We can provide crucial treatment at Dr. Cynthia Wong’s Orland Park office, and we want parents to understand how orthodontics will make a positive impact on their child.

Overcrowded, crooked teeth are difficult to clean. Children who have cleft palates suffer from especially high rates of tooth decay and are often unable to brush and floss thoroughly on their own until they are about nine or ten. Tooth decay is especially devastating during a child’s early years, since pain can disrupt their sleep, eating, and speech development. The misaligned teeth themselves can also make speaking difficult.

Oral surgeons may treat children by grafting bone tissue into the gap in their upper palates. But first, they often require the assistance of an orthodontist to use braces to move the child’s teeth out of the way. Children with cleft palates are usually referred to orthodontists early in life and aveolar bone grafts typically take place between the ages of eight and twelve. If a child is missing a permanent tooth, we may use braces to move their teeth to create room for an artificial crown.

Cynthia Wong, DMD, operates at 15614 S Harlem #B, Orland Park, Illinois, 60462. To contact her office, call 708-444-8341 or visit Dr. Cynthia Wong and send a message.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dry Mouth and Braces

Nobody wants dry mouth, but it’s especially troublesome for people undergoing orthodontic therapy. We work hard at Dr. Cynthia Wong’s Orland Park orthodontic office to make patients as comfortable as possible, and keeping the mouth lubricated is a major part of that. It’s also essential to oral hygiene, so let’s take a closer look at the effects of dry mouth.

Saliva neutralizes the acid produced by oral bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum recession. It contains enzymes that allow us to digest food and rinses the mouth of food debris, depriving oral bacteria of their food source. It also allows the lips to slide over fixed braces easily, reducing their risk of tearing. Dry mouth is officially known as xerostomia. It is common among smokers, people with autoimmune disorders, and as a side effect of medications and cancer treatment.

Simple ways of managing xerostomia include throat sprays and sucking on sugar-free candy. Some of these contain over-the-counter medication; prescription-strength xerostomia medications are also available. Orthodontic patients with dry mouth need to be especially vigilant in maintaining their oral hygiene. Patients undergoing Invisalign treatment may want to get a fluoride treatment. Our patients should also remember to stay hydrated and avoid sugary, acidic drinks such as soda and citrus juice.

Cynthia Wong, DMD, operates at 15614 S Harlem #B, Orland Park, Illinois, 60462. To contact her office, call 708-444-8341 or visit Dr. Cynthia Wong and send a message.


Friday, June 28, 2019

What is Teeth Sectioning?

Even with today's technology and medical research, teeth extraction are still an unnerving procedure. That’s why Dr. Cynthia Wong of Orland Park, IL, offers a form of extraction known as Teeth Sectioning. This requires less force and recovery time. The tooth is broken into multiple sections for removal. This makes it quicker and easier. Contact our office to learn more.


Teeth sectioning is recommended for a few different reasons. Difficult teeth can’t be extracted normally. They might be multi-rooted or unique in some way. Impacted wisdom teeth often require sectioning, due to their larger nature. Lastly, it’s most often used for pediatric extraction. It uses less force while being less intimidating.


Dr. Wong begins by applying a local anesthetic to the tooth. She then cuts the pulp and nerve tissue. A dental drill then sections the tooth. Water is continually flushed throughout the area to clean out bone chips and fragments. The sectioned pieces are removed. Finally, stitches close up the wound.


Minimal amounts of pain are felt during the procedure due to the local anesthetic. Your Orland Park dentist will provide you with post-operative instructions. These should be followed to avoid infection or loosening stitches. Make sure to avoid harder foods while you recover. Manage your pain levels with a prescription or over-the-counter pain medication.


If you or a loved one are in need of a tooth extraction and are interested in our teeth sectioning procedure, contact Dr. Cynthia Wong. We are located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is an endodontic dental specialty focused on the nerves of the teeth. It’s a necessary procedure for treating a tooth infection, primarily in the roots. Dr. Cynthia Wong, located in Orland Park, removes the infected materials through root canal therapy. An infected tooth needs to be treated as soon as possible. Otherwise, the infection can spread. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today.


The procedure begins with a local anesthetic being applied to the tooth. Your Orland Park dentist drills into the tooth, exposing the root canal. From there, it’s easy to locate and remove the infected tissue. The entire area is sanitized as well. Finally, a sealant fills the tooth before placing the dental crown.


Soreness following the procedure is completely normal. Take it easy for the next few days. Use over-the-counter pain medication for pain management. A stronger pain reliever may be prescribed by your dentist depending on the severity of the infection. Dr. Wong will give you post-operative instructions to follow. This will include things like what to eat, etc. Following these will guarantee a successful recovery.


In the past, root canal procedures were to be feared. That’s not the case with modern-day technology and medicine. Local anesthetics make the procedure nearly painless. Placement of the dental crowns also guarantees a successful recovery.


If you or a loved one are in need of a root canal, contact Dr. Cynthia Wong today. Our office is located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Periodontal Splinting

Having a loose tooth as an adult is way less of a celebratory event than when you were a kid. Instead of a visit from the tooth fairy, you’re bound to be visiting the dentist. Injury, periodontal disease, and misalignment cause looseness. Dr. Cynthia Wong provides a solution: Periodontal Splinting. Contact our office in Orland Park, IL, to learn more.


Like people, teeth are stronger together. Periodontal Splinting attaches your loose, weak teeth. This creates a fortified unit. Permanent and temporary splinting is available. Temporary comes in two kinds: intra-coronal and extra-coronal. How they attach to your teeth distinguishes them. Extra-coronal is easier, attaching straight to the enamel. Intra-coronal requires a channel to be carved into the teeth. The splint is then placed within. Permanent splinting, due to its longevity, is more advanced. Each loose tooth is given a dental crown. Each crown receives a splint between them, essentially fusing them together.


A loose tooth is serious. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment with your Orland Park dentist. It can damage the surrounding teeth. Eventually, it will fall out or be extracted. Injury or facial trauma is the main cause of looseness. Personal injury or falling can be the cause. There is also advanced periodontal disease, which left untreated results in tooth loss. Teeth grinding or bruxism puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth. The resulting misalignment may be another factor.


Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong in Orland Park, IL, today. Contact our office by visiting our website or calling 708-444-8341.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Proper Flossing Technique

Dr. Cynthia Wong of Orland Park, IL, recommends that patients add flossing to their daily routines. Flossing is the only way to completely clean debris from your teeth. It cleans areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. Not only are many patients not flossing, but most aren’t flossing properly. That’s why we have provided this simple flossing guide.


Besides brushing twice a day for two minutes, start flossing daily too. Begin by removing 18 inches of floss from the packet. You’ll want to wrap one end around each of your middle fingers. This lets you rotate out the dirty floss and rotate in the clean floss. Next, slowly place the floss in between two of your teeth. Be careful not to irritate your gums by snapping the floss. Loop the floss around of the teeth in a “C” shape. Move the floss up an down, rubbing the area clean. Rinse and repeat for all of your teeth.


Your Orland Park dentist has some suggestions to help you floss. Most grocery stores and supermarkets sell floss in different thicknesses and materials. If floss isn’t fitting between tight-gapped teeth, invest in a different type. There are also small flossing appliances available. These handheld devices are easy to use and maneuver.


The only way to have a completely clean mouth is through flossing. Without it, food debris attracts cavity-forming bacteria. Preventing teeth decay is as easy as flossing once a day.


To learn more about flossing and dental hygiene, contact Dr. Cynthia Wong. Our office is located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.