Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, we will be following ADA guidelines and temporarily closing until further notice. During the closure we will have office staff working limited hours to check messages and take calls. If you have a true dental emergency and you are a current patient of record, please call our office to leave a message and we will reach out to you as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience during these trying times. 
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LJ Dentistry
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Moline, East Moline, Rock Island and all surrounding Quad City areas.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

 

Moline, IL FAQ's | LJ Dentistry

We understand that you may have questions when it comes to your dental treatment and care. We want you to feel comfortable about your procedures, and our friendly staff is happy to answer any of your questions.

Here are a few of the most common questions that we hear; however, please feel free to call us if your question is not answered here.

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Image of new patient at the dentistAbsolutely!

We are always welcoming patients of all ages to our practice, and we especially love to see children. We understand how important those first dental visits are for your child, and we strive to make all their visits to our office positive and upbeat. We also offer a wide range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services for adults.

Dr. Jackson and Dr. Lemon have had numerous hours of advanced training, which allows them to offer a level of care that is not found in most practices. You’ll appreciate the attention to detail and personalized care you receive when you work with our talented doctors.

Image of a stamp of approval on insurance papersWe do work with many different insurance plans, and we’re happy to file claims on your behalf. Because we understand that there may be questions about how your dental insurance works, our knowledgeable staff is here to answer your questions about your benefits and help you understand how to maximize them. Contact our office to learn more about dental insurance – we’re happy to help you.

Dr. Jackson and Dr. Lemon recommend that children come to our office for their first visit around the age of 3 years old unless parents have concerns early on. We spend this first visit getting to know your child, counting their teeth, introducing them to the dental instruments we use, and acclimating them to the dental office. These early visits are very important and we strive to make them as positive and upbeat as possible. Our goal is to build a relationship with your child so they look forward to future visits and are set up for success at their dental appointments.

CEREC One-Visit Crowns

Dental crowns encase and restore teeth that are damaged, misshapen, or have had root canals, and they’re also used with dental implants and bridges. Traditional crowns involve multiple steps at your dentist office and can take several weeks. But a CEREC crown is a one-step alternative that saves time and eliminates the inconvenience of a temporary crown that may break, fall off, or cause tooth sensitivity.

What is the process like?

Your dentist can create CEREC crowns in Moline, IL, instead of sending it out to a lab, which is required for traditional crowns. After your dentist takes a digital “impression” of your teeth, a model of the crown is created using computer-aided design (CAD) technology. Your dentist then mills the CEREC crown out of high-grade, stain-resistant ceramic or porcelain and bonds it to your tooth in the same appointment.

How long does it take?

With CEREC crowns in Moline, IL, you can have a custom-shaped crown that complements your natural teeth color in about two hours. This state-of-the-art digital technology ensures a precision fit using durable material that lasts for years.

Do CEREC crowns look natural?

CEREC crowns provide natural, beautiful-looking teeth more conveniently and efficiently than traditional crowns. While traditional crowns are still a good option for some patients, CEREC crowns are a popular alternative you can discuss with your dentist.

Image of dental crownsA crown, or sometimes called a cap, is a man-made restoration used to cover the visible part of the tooth known as the clinical crown.  

There are several types of crowns used in the dental field.

Stainless Steel Crowns

Crowns that are prefabricated and are a cost-effective way to protect the tooth until a new restoration can be placed. In some cases, stainless steel crowns are placed on primary or baby teeth that have large amounts of decay until the permanent tooth can come in.

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns can be made with base metal alloys or high content metal such as gold or platinum. These type of crowns are very strong and can withstand the forces when we bite or chew.  

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

Porcelain fused to metal crowns were created to help with the one downfall of metal crowns, the aesthetics. This type of crown is a metal crown with a layer of porcelain on top. So you have the strength but still are able to have something that looks close to your natural teeth. The downfall with these, porcelain can chip off over time or when someone grinds their teeth.

Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns

Like all of the examples before, scientists are constantly developing better options. All ceramic/all porcelain crowns are just that. These crowns are 100% ceramic that allows it to mimic your other teeth for a realistic look. Unlike all metal crowns, these are a great option when crowning a front tooth along with people with allergies to metals.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry

At LJ Dentistry, we love helping our patients discover their best, most confident smiles. You may not have been born with a picture-perfect smile, but you don’t have to live with the one you have if it makes you feel self-conscious.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Moline, IL

Whatever you want to improve about your smile, your cosmetic dentist in Moline, IL offers the solution you need. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Lemon frequently help our patients resolve all sorts of cosmetic smile flaws, including: 

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Size discrepancies
  • Uneven gaps and spacing
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Yellow teeth

All of the above are common smile imperfections, and we offer a comprehensive menu of cosmetic dental treatments to solve them:

  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Invisalign clear aligners
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain dental crowns
  • Teeth whitening

You may only need one of these services like teeth whitening at our Moline, IL dental office, or our dentists may recommend combining two or more to help you achieve your dream smile. The first step is to arrange an appointment with Dr. Lemon or Dr. Jackson, so they can hear your concerns and understand your goals for a better smile.

Our dentists will offer recommendations and explain the benefits of each cosmetic treatment they propose. Your smile consultation is a co-discovery process where we explore all the possibilities together and work toward the common goal of improving your smile in a way that makes the most sense for you.

Call to Schedule an Appointment

Are you looking for a dentist in the Quad Cities to help you feel confident about your smile again? Call LJ Dentistry at (309) 764-3242, and we’ll be happy to help you.

Image of dental crownsA crown, or sometimes called a cap, is a man-made restoration used to cover the visible part of the tooth known as the clinical crown.  

There are several types of crowns used in the dental field.

Stainless Steel Crowns

Crowns that are prefabricated and are a cost-effective way to protect the tooth until a new restoration can be placed. In some cases, stainless steel crowns are placed on primary or baby teeth that have large amounts of decay until the permanent tooth can come in.

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns can be made with base metal alloys or high content metal such as gold or platinum. These type of crowns are very strong and can withstand the forces when we bite or chew.  

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

Porcelain fused to metal crowns were created to help with the one downfall of metal crowns, the aesthetics. This type of crown is a metal crown with a layer of porcelain on top. So you have the strength but still are able to have something that looks close to your natural teeth. The downfall with these, porcelain can chip off over time or when someone grinds their teeth.

Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns

Like all of the examples before, scientists are constantly developing better options. All ceramic/all porcelain crowns are just that. These crowns are 100% ceramic that allows it to mimic your other teeth for a realistic look. Unlike all metal crowns, these are a great option when crowning a front tooth along with people with allergies to metals.

 

Invisalign and ClearCorrect

If you have crooked, crowded, or overlapped teeth, Invisalign in Moline, IL can help you get the straight smile you want. Since Invisalign clear braces make it so easy to straighten crooked teeth, more and more people are discovering that it’s possible to have a beautiful straight smile, regardless of their age.

Benefits of Invisalign in 61265

Our Quad Cities dentists recommend Invisalign to straighten crooked teeth because they offer so many benefits.

Invisalign clear aligners are designed for the adult lifestyle; instead of traditional orthodontic treatment that involves wires and brackets attached to your teeth, Invisalign uses removable clear aligners to straighten crooked teeth. The smooth surface of the aligners won’t irritate tender tissue in your mouth, and since they’re crystal-clear, most people won’t know you’re wearing them.

Since you can remove Invisalign aligners for meals, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods as you would with traditional braces. You can also brush and floss easily because you don’t have to clean around brackets and wires affixed to your teeth.

The average treatment times for Invisalign are 12 to 18 months, and compliance is the key to seeing the fastest results. Wear your aligners conscientiously for at least 22 hours every day and remove them only for meals and oral hygiene. Follow these instructions, and your reward will be the straightest, most beautiful smile in the shortest amount of time.

Book an Invisalign Appointment with Us

If you are looking for an Invisalign dentist in 61265 who can help you get the straight smile you want, call LJ Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackson or Dr. Lemon.

Dental Implants

When comparing the cost of dental implants in Moline IL, with other options like removable dentures or bridges, it’s a good idea to consider the advantages implants offer. In just about every way that matters, there’s no comparison. 

While we can’t tell you exactly how much dental implants will cost in your case until we see you, as a dentist in the quad cities, we can tell you about the benefits they offer.

Increased Longevity

The initial cost of fixed dental bridges and dentures is less than dental implants, but you’ll need to replace them every five to ten years, making them more expensive in the long-term. 

Dental implants that are properly placed and cared for have the potential to last a lifetime. 

Improved Jaw Bone Health

Dental bridges and removable dentures sit on top of your gums, so they don’t do anything to protect the integrity of your jawbone. Over the years, you’ll experience bone loss that affects the youthful contours of your face and give you an aged or sunken appearance.

A dental implant is a titanium replacement root that is surgically placed in your jaw. As it heals, the implant integrates with your jaw to stimulate bone regeneration that protects surrounding teeth and supports your facial features.

Better Quality of Life

Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth that dentistry has to offer. Imagine having the freedom again to take a bite out of a crisp apple without discomfort and without the worry that you would have with removable dentures.

We offer restorative dentistry at our Moline, IL dental office that includes tooth replacement with dental implants. If you would like to get an idea of what a dental implant would cost in your case, call us to schedule a dental implants appointment with Dr. Jackson or Dr. Lemon.

Image of a dental implantThe Best Option to Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants are by far the best option to replace a missing tooth. The secret behind the success of dental implants lies in the fact that they replace both your tooth and your root. This protects the integrity of your healthy remaining teeth and also your keeps your jawbone healthy and stimulated.

A Permanent Solution

Your new root is surgically placed in your jawbone, and it easily integrates with your bone during the appropriate healing time. This procedure isn’t painful as there are no nerves located in your bone. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy and comfortable the procedure is.

Digital Dentistry

Picture of individual receiving an xrayAt LJ Dentistry, we use digital x-rays because they are very safe and actually expose patients to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. They are also much clearer for our doctors to read and easy to share with other doctors if necessary. Digital imaging leaves very little footprint on the environment as well because there are no harmful chemicals needed for development.

 

Root Canal Therapy

Root canals often get a bad rap for being complicated and painful but they are normally trouble-free procedures. 

Root canal therapy or endodontics is the specialty in dentistry that treats the soft tissue, also known as the pulp, and small passages called canals that house the blood vessels and nerves. The need for a root canal comes when the pulp becomes inflamed for any reason such as trauma to the tooth or when decay reaches the nerve and causes the tissue to become necrotic.  When this happens, you more than likely get a toothache and sometimes even swelling and/or an abscess. This is where the notion of root canals being painful comes from because often needing the procedure is normally more painful than the actual therapy.  

So, are root canals painful? The short answer is no, they are not. However, the sensitivity you may have before and the possibility of feeling “bruised” afterwards can cause some discomfort. Endodontists are in the business of pain relieve and will advise you on how to stay comfortable while the tooth and surrounding structures heal.

 

Image of patient with tooth painIs your tooth feeling sensitive to temperature? Do you sometimes feel tenderness when you bite down or chew? These symptoms may be indicating that there's decay in your tooth. Even if the pain goes away quickly, this is the best time to contact your dentist because you may be able to alleviate the problem with a simple dental filling.

Don't wait too long!

If decay is allowed to progress, it makes its way into the nerve of your tooth. Now you're probably experiencing pain that is much more severe and doesn't go away when you take Ibuprofen. By this time, it's likely that the decay has caused an infection in your tooth, which is the cause of your discomfort.

What happens after an infection is identified?

If your tooth is infected, Dr. Lemon or Dr. Jackson will need to perform root canal therapy to eliminate your infection and alleviate your pain. The entire area around your tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure that you don't feel anything during your procedure. Root canal therapy in Moline, IL can help to preserve your natural tooth since an infection left untreated can result in tooth loss.

If you are feeling dental sensitivity or pain, please contact our office to schedule an examination.

TMJ Therapy

Image of individual with a sore jawTreat Jaw Pain

TMJ is a painful joint disorder that occurs in your jaw. It’s responsible for causing such symptoms as headaches, neck and shoulder pain, tenderness in your jaw, popping and clicking upon opening and closing, and your jaw locking into place either opened or closed.

Dr. Jackson and Dr. Lemon are both highly skilled practitioners who’ve had many hours of advanced training in helping patients manage TMJ. They use different oral appliances to help jaw muscles relax and relieve TMJ discomfort. The cause of TMJ is different for each patient and they will work to find the answers and relief for your pain.

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