Paul Palliser DDS

3 Benefits of Dental Implants

3 Benefits of Dental ImplantsMissing teeth? You may be trying to decide what replacement procedure is best for you; dental implants, dentures or maybe even another option. When it comes to choosing, we always recommend dental implants. Dental Implants are a permanent solution to a lost tooth (or teeth) and have many benefits over some of your other options. To help make your decision a little bit easier, we’ve created a list of the top three benefits of dental implants!

1. Dental Implants Act Like Natural Teeth!

One of the most well-known benefits of dental implants is that they look and act just like your natural teeth. When properly placed, dental implants are nearly impossible to detect. Unlike dentures, which are removable and can cause discomfort to the wearer, dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw and provide no discomfort.

When dental implants are implanted to your jawbone, they provide the utmost of stability. This means that you can continue to eat your favorite foods, speak normally, and enjoy your improved self-esteem!

2. Improves Your Oral Health

Losing a tooth can have a big effect on the overall health of your mouth. When a tooth is lost, your gums begin to recede, which then causes the teeth to begin to shift, ultimately weakening your jaw bone which causes major problems for the rest of your remaining teeth. Dental implants provide stability to the jaw and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting.

3. Reliability

Due to the permanent nature of dental implants, when properly taken care of, the implants can last a lifetime! Luckily, taking care of your implant is simple. Simply treat the implant as you would your other teeth, with the help of proper brushing and flossing.

Taking action to replace your missing tooth sooner rather than later will result in less headaches in the future. If you are considering dental implants as a dental procedure, give our office a call to schedule your consultation at Cary Office Phone Number 847-639-3031!

3 Pros For Getting Veneers

3 Pros For Getting VeneersVeneers; the shortcut to a beautiful, glistening, white, smile! Made of porcelain, veneers are thin covers that attach to your enamel, providing a flawless yet natural look to your teeth. Aside from the picture-perfect smile that veneers provide, there is a plethora of other reasons as to why they’re such an optimal choice. That being said, we’ve put together a list of the top 3 reasons to get veneers!

1. Replaces Damaged Enamel: The older you get, the more vulnerable your enamel becomes. Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick and easy fix to right the wrong of the consecutive years of aggressive tooth brushing, countless acidic beverages, and sugary foods that ate away at the enamel. Luckily, veneers are able to replace the damaged enamel and give your smile the full and cosmetically pleasing look that you’re looking for.

2. Easier to Maintain Whiteness: No matter how many times you whiten your teeth, it’s a little too easy to stain your enamel all over again (Hello Coffee!). Fortunately, veneers are stain-resistant; meaning that they are a lot more difficult to stain! Say goodbye to discoloration!

3. Can Replace Multiple Treatments: When it comes to veneers, it doesn’t matter what your natural teeth look like. This is because, once attached, your smile becomes flawless! Often times we have patients that come in with a gap or cracked teeth and ask for instant gratification, and in that case, we recommend veneers!

If veneers are something that interest you, or if you have any questions, give us a call at Cary Office Phone Number 847-639-3031 so we can start your journey to an everlasting smile TODAY!

Winter Oral Health Tips

Winter Oral Health Tips



Winter is here and with it, comes the drastic change of weather! The cold temperatures are fun in theory, but what about the toll it takes on your health? Often times cold weather brings on a variety of pesky problems, like dry skin and irritated throats. But, the problems don’t stop there. In fact, your oral health is also affected by the change of weather. That’s why this season, we put together the ultimate guide on how to keep your oral health in perfect condition this winter season!

Tip #1 – Tooth Sensitivity: Many find that they experience increased tooth sensitivity to cold temperatures. This can not only come from foods, but the chilly air outside too! If you find that you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, there are tons of tricks you can do to help avoid discomfort. These include using a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth, or even rising out your mouth with salt water!

Tip #2 – Cold Sores: Cold sores can appear for a variety of reasons, including cold weather and a weakened immune system. To prevent a cold sore breakout, start by keeping your hands off of your mouth area! If you do feel a cold sore coming on, immediately apply a topical treatment to the area to stop the infection in its tracks.

Tip #3 – Chapped Lips: Chapped lips is one of the most common ailments of the winter season. To avoid painful cracked lips this season, invest in a good lip salve with SPF+ to keep them protected. In addition, it’s important to mention that your body moisturizes from the inside out, so remember to keep up with your daily water intake to help to keep your lips moisturized!

Tip #4 – Cavity Care: Let’s face it, the best part of the winter season is all the delicious foods! It’s fine to give into temptation and indulge in sweet treats, but just be sure to properly brush and floss afterwards to avoid cavities! In addition, always remember to drink plenty of water to help rinse away food particles and bacteria from your mouth! Incorporating dental friendly foods into your winter diet to help with cavity prevention will also benefit you! Foods such as crunchy fruits and vegetables, cheese and other foods high in calcium, are all perfect for keeping your teeth and gums healthy this winter!

Taking care of your oral health is important. That’s why we want to ensure that your oral health is in tip top shape this season! If you would like to schedule an appointment with our office, give us a call at Cary Office Phone Number 847-639-3031! In the mean time, stay warm out there!

What Does Good Oral Hygiene Really Mean?

what is good oral hygiene

Instilling a healthy and consistent oral hygiene routine does more than wonders on your smile, it keeps your mouth healthy and disease free. One of the best ways to avoid any damage to your teeth and mouth is to take small, preventative actions daily. As mundane and small as these gestures seem in the moment, they all lead to an overall healthier smile. Consistent oral hygiene will increase your chances of keeping all of your natural teeth with the least amount of decay, bacteria and plaque.

Good oral hygiene can have many different meanings, but we can all agree that the outcome is one in the same. Making sure you have the healthiest and cleanest mouth possible is just as important as looks. To ensure that your teeth remain healthy (and beautiful), it’s important to brush, floss and use mouthwash to remove any plaque and bacteria to prevent decay.

As easy as it can be to skip a few brushings, appointments, or fall out of the habit of flossing, it is doing more damage than you think. Make your daily oral hygiene habits being as important as that morning cup of coffee or washing your face. Take the time to clean and care for your teeth, they aren’t as easy to replace as you think. Brush and flossing twice a day is key to excellent oral health. Remember to brush once in the morning for your friends and once before bed for yourself!

Remember to keep the health of your mouth in mind throughout the day. There are many diseases and infections that can be avoided if you focus on keeping a consistent oral hygiene routine. This season, remember to maintain good oral hygiene habits that will result in a beautiful and healthy smile.

Contact us today Cary Office Phone Number 847-639-3031 if you have any questions about how you can start creating your oral hygiene habits today!

What Exactly is a Dental Implant?

what exactly is a dental implant

Missing teeth? No problem. A dental implant is a way to replace an empty void that may be leaving you self-conscious about your smile. Whether the vacant spot is due to a sports injury, facial trauma, or limited periodontal conditions, it can fill the vacancy permanently and give you a boost of confidence. Our overall objective is to keep your mouth healthy.

• Dental implants act as a replacement for the roots of a tooth. Metaphorically speaking, they can be the anchor for crowns, bridges and dentures and are screwed into the jaw bone to provide support for replacement teeth. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gum line.

• Dental implants resemble the shape of screws and once placed into the jawbone, will naturally bond with your natural bone to provide a strong base for artificial teeth.

• Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures done in dentistry.

• Dental implants will be the next best thing you’ll have to healthy and natural teeth.

• A dental implant is dependent on the oral health of the person undergoing treatment. There needs to be healthy tissue in the mouth and enough jaw bone to support these dental implants.

• After undergoing a dental implant procedure, keeping the structures healthy and clean should be done precisely and with attention to detail. This will help to maintain and ensure the long-term success of the treatment and the oral health of your mouth.

Don’t let a missing tooth or teeth stop you from living a full life without limits. Laugh and smile, indulge in foods without restriction, and most importantly, feel comfortable in your own skin. Call our office Cary Office Phone Number 847-639-3031 to find out how a dental implant can be beneficial to you and the overall health of your teeth. What have you got to lose? Call us today!

Dental tips for a healthy Halloween

have a healthy halloween

Halloween is a time for fun, tricks, and best of all TREATS! It can be hard to avoid sweet temptations, especially with the amount of leftover candy that accumulates after the big day. While eating candy on Halloween is perfectly fine, it is important to have a game plan in order to not go overboard. Your teeth will thank you later.

1. Wait until a few days before Halloween to buy the candy!
One of the hardest parts of this time of year can be waiting until the day of Halloween to indulge in candy. You might find yourself sneaking into that bag of candy you bought ahead of time. Save some for the trick-or-treaters! To avoid the temptation, try buying the candy the day before Halloween, out of sight out of mind!

2. Eat Halloween treats shortly after mealtime.
When you are going to eat candy, get your fix with or shortly after a meal. According to the ADA, saliva production increases during meals. This can help cancel out the acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles. Eating candy post mealtime will help reduce the residue that causes tooth decay.

3. Avoid hard and or sticky candies.
Hard and sticky candies are the worst Halloween offenders. Hard and sticky candies can remain in your mouth for longer periods of time. How long a sugary treat stays in your mouth effects your oral health. The sticker the candy, the longer it will take for your saliva to wash away the sticky residue.

4. Brush twice a day.
It is extra important to make sure you’re brushing twice a day while consuming sugary treats, but this should be a rule of thumb you follow every day! Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes to ensure your teeth are taken care of.

5. Drink more water:
It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water, especially when you are eating sugar. Fluoridated water helps fight cavities and prevent tooth decay!

While oral health should be taken seriously, you should always remember to have fun. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about how to have a healthy Halloween!

Palliser Dental Excels in New Technology Unlike Anything Around

The Evidence Shows that DEXIS is the BEST Digital X-ray System Available

Recently Paul A. Palliser, DDS PC has begun using a new system, the digital DEXIS CariVu Detection device which will further enhance all of our existing services.

Quite simply, it helps us diagnose caries at an early stage. 

DEXIS CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of occlusal, interproximal and recurrent carious lesions and cracks.

By hugging the tooth and bathing it in safe, near-infrared light, CariVu’s transillumination technology makes the enamel appear transparent while porous lesions trap and absorb the light. This unique caries detector allows us to see through the tooth exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions with very high accuracy.

Similar in appearance, DEXIS CariVu images read like familiar X-ray images — lesions will appear as dark areas. This provides an edge over fluorescent imaging technologies in that there is no need to clean the tooth of bacteria, calibrate the device or become versed in the meaning of multiple color codes or numeric indicators.

It’s a new fresh user experience, with quick capture and on=screen acquisition guidance with video capture, we can very easily and quickly capture the most accurate condition of your teeth, which allows up to identify challenges early on.

Watch our video below to learn about the CariVu.  Dr. Paul will let you know if it’s an option for you.

Tooth Bleaching (Whitening) Treatment Considerations for Patient

In the past few decades, the popularity of tooth bleaching, or tooth whitening, as
some people call the treatment has grown into one of the most popular dental
treatments.   Tooth bleaching has developed into three main categories:

  1. In-office (professionally applied)
  2. Home-use (prescribed and dispensed by
    dentist) and
  3. Over-the-counter (OTC) consumer purchased products.


The OTC marketplace has seen the evolution of gels, strips, rinses and chewing
gum. The OTC products have produced oral health concerns resulting from
undiagnosed or underlying oral health problems. Faders such as dental
restorations, extremely dark stains, tooth sensitivity, non-uniform single tooth
color difference, cavities, periodontal (gum) problems, exposed tooth root
surfaces, prior root canals, and antibiotic influenced internal colors have all
contributed to the varying success of the expended whitening results. The
incidence and varying degrees of tooth sensitivity may depend on the bleaching
material quality, operator, and applied techniques. Since consumers rarely report
adverse problems to the FDA, the American Dental Association advises patients
interested in bleaching to consult with their dentist prior to bleaching to help
determine the most appropriate method of bleaching, based on desired results
and safety.


In-office whitening (bleaching) materials are typically hydrogen peroxide based,
while some products are carbazide peroxide based. The strength of the in-office
bleaching product range typically 3-5 times more concentrated than at-home
bleaching materials. Regarding sensitivity of teeth while using the products, mild
to high tooth sensitivity can occur in up to two-thirds of users during the early
stages of treatment, with the duration of sensitivity individual. The
occurrence and severity of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation may depend on
material brand, quality, technique, duration of applications, and chemical
concentrations of products.


As in all dental and medical procedures and treatment, there have been questions
raised about the safety of tooth whitening during pregnancy. Since there are no
evidence based protocols for bleaching during pregnancy, dentists may
recommend deferring whitening procedures until the pregnancy has concluded


As a general consideration on bleaching. patients should begin with a general
dental examination that includes a health and dental history, along with
radiographs. If there is discoloration of teeth, due to favors such as trauma
and/or staining resulting from prolonged use of antibiotics, such as tetracycline,
the whitening expeditions of the patient may be unachievable without cosmetic
restorative treatment. Past history of tooth sensitivity and allergies, such as
ingredients found in the bleaching materials, are all factors to bleaching. Cracks in
tooth enamel, exposed root surfaces that resist bleaching (and may increase
sensitivity), translucency of the teeth edges, tooth anatomy and alignment, teeth
grinding/clenching habits and diets are also considerations that will influence the
whitening outcome. if dental restorations are present, the expense and risks
related to the replacement of fillings and/or crowns to match post-treatment
colors should be recognized and discussed before treatment begins. Smoking and
red wine consumption will influence the duration and outcome of the whitening
experience. Age is also a consideration, as teeth typically darker as we get older.


With tray bleaching, desired color change is normally seen in the 3 day to 6 week
range.  Although brown, beige, and light yellowed teeth may respond well to
bleaching, white discolorations and grey tooth shades may remain difficult to
change. The “background” of the white spots may be lightened to make the white
areas less noticeable. Nicotine stained teeth and tetracycline influenced grey
teeth may take months to see a color change. Tray systems available from a
dental office may have longer lasting results, safer in regard to concentrations of
materials, and more control of bleaching gels than OTC tray systems.


With in-office bleaching, proper isolations of soft tissue, such as gums and tongue,
is very important. Post-treatment sensitivity is unpredictable. There are some
studies that have suggested pulp irritation and tooth sensitivity may be higher
with the use of bleaching lights or procedures involving applying heat. Some
studies suggest heat and light application may initially increase whitening
appearance due to tooth dehydrations, which usually reverse with time. Some
studies suggest that the average number of in-office visits for whitening is three,
with the range of 1-6 treatments. A tray may be made for take home completion
of this process.


Presently, all non-internal tooth bleaching products remain unclassified by the
FDA, These products include all in-office peroxide based produds, at-home


dentist dispensed products, OTC products, as well as materials used in non dental
stores (such as retail stores). Tooth whitening products are developed and
marketed under U.S. “cosmetic” regulations.


In summary, a healthy smile is an important aspect to a positive self image along
with social interaction Tooth bleaching may be one of the most conservative and
cost-effective treatments to change a person’ s smile and image. However, tooth
bleaching is not risk free, nor a “permanent” result. Tooth bleaching is best

preformed under the supervision and care of a dentist, following

Paul A. Palliser Providing Veterans Donated Dental Care

Press Release – Paul A. Palliser DDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 9, 2017

Dr. Paul Palliser

Paul A. Palliser DDS

700 W Main St, Cary, IL 60013


[email protected]

Paul A. Palliser Providing Veterans Donated Dental Care

Cary, IL, November 9, 2017– Dr. Palliser and his team at Paul A. Palliser DDS, a dental practice in Cary, IL, are volunteering for the Illinois State Dental Society’s “Illinois Dentists Salute” initiative.

Being a proud member of the Illinois State Dental Society. The Palliser team have set aside several appointments to treat the selfless men and women who served our country.  The event is taking place this Veterans Day Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Paul A. Palliser dental office located at 700 W Main St, Cary, IL.


Illinois State Dental Society has been working with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to promote the event. The Department of Veterans Affairs sent information out to all Veteran Service Officers throughout the State in 80 counties, Veterans’ Homes, and posted information on their websites and their social media pages.

The team is very honored that ISDS has helped to fill their schedule with Vets.  Please join Dr. Palliser and his team in thanking all veterans for their selfless service to our country this Veterans Day.

For more information, please visit https://www.paulpalliserdds.comor call 847-639-3031.

ABOUT Paul A. Palliser DDS– Dr. Paul A. Palliser is a resident of Cary and has been practicing dentistry in the Cary community and adjoining Trout Valley since 1990. Highly educated and well trained, graduating in 1988 from Loyola University Dental School & he continues to receive further education through FDI internationally & ADA nationally.

As a general family dentist in Cary, IL, Dr. Palliser focuses on preventative dentistry, dental implants, restorations and cosmetic dentistry among many other services.

Over-the-Counter Whitening vs. In-Office Teeth Whitening

Over-the-Counter Whitening vs. In-Office Teeth Whitening

A whiter, brighter smile is often associated with youth, warmth, and happiness. It also has a large effect on how society will view you. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 99.7% of adults view a smile as being the most important social asset. The survey also shows that the majority believe an attractive smile makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, while an unattractive smile may prevent career success.

Once you understand the benefits of a whiter, brighter smile, you can make the decision to do something about your smile today. As you seek out a way to whiten and brighten your teeth, you will find there are two options, in-office whitening and over-the counter treatments. The treatment you choose will depend on the reason you need teeth whitening, as well as the specifics of the treatment.

Why You May Need Teeth Whitening

Perhaps the largest reason that whiter teeth are associated with youth is that our teeth often become yellow or discolored over time. This can be caused by foods, genetics, antibiotics, or even the passage of time. External discoloration is very common in adults. However, more severe internal discoloration may also occur. This happens when the enamel and the dentin of the tooth are discolored. This is most frequently caused by childhood antibiotic use, tooth decay, root canal problems, trauma, high levels of fluoride, developmental delay, and tetracycline. Any one of these factors can caused a yellowed or stained appearance to the teeth and result in a desire for teeth whitening in the future. External staining is often caused by coffee, carrots, and other foods, as well as tobacco use.

Types of Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

When you choose to whiten your teeth at home, you have several different options including teeth whitening strips, gels, toothpaste, and bleach kits.


Strips can be effective for whitening teeth. They also can be worn longer, depending on the severity of the staining on your teeth. The disadvantage of choosing teeth whitening strips, however, is that they usually only cover the six front teeth. This means that your back teeth go without whitening. This gives your entire mouth an uneven covering, however, they may work well for individuals who have capped back teeth.


Teeth whitening gels are typically sold as either a “paint-on” application, or with a mouth tray. The gel contains a peroxide-bleaching substance that whitens the teeth. There are two disadvantages to using over-the-counter whitening products. First, the peroxide solution can be dangerous if the use is not monitored. Second, if you choose a gel that comes with a tray, you may find that the tray does not fit. This can allow the gel to overflow, causing damage to the gums.


Whitening toothpaste is probably the one of the most affordable options for someone looking to whiten their teeth at home. However, most toothpaste contains abrasive agents, which help to remove surface stains regardless of whether or not it is considered whitening toothpaste. According to dentists, whitening toothpastes do only a little more than any other tube of toothpaste. They are also only effective in removing stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth, making them a lot less effective than other teeth whitening procedures over-the-counter and in the dental office.


Like gels, other types of over-the-counter bleaching products are used with a tray, or brushed onto the teeth. The disadvantage to this method is that if your teeth are crooked, the tray may not fit. It may also be difficult to cover all areas of your teeth with the bleaching brush. The amount of bleaching chemicals is also significantly lower than the amount used in a dentist’s office, because its use is not closely monitored. This makes it less effective than treatments done in the office.

Pros and Cons of In-Office Teeth Whitening

There are several advantages to choosing to whiten your teeth using professional procedures at a dental office. First, the results of the treatment are seen immediately. Often, whitening procedures are performed in a one-hour time frame. At the end of this hour, you can see your results. This is different because most over-the-counter products take weeks before you see results. At a dental office, you can have your teeth whitened by up to 10 shades by the end of your visit.

Another advantage of choosing in-office teeth whitening is the strength of the whitening solution used. The reason professional whitening is so much faster and more effective than over-the-counter treatments is because it has a higher concentration of the bleaching element. This higher concentration is FDA approved because its use is monitored by your dentist.

Finally, in-office whitening is safer than over-the-counter treatments. While the concentration of the bleaching element is higher, it is better monitored by a professional. This allows for a safer and more effective treatment.

There are two disadvantages of choosing in-office teeth whitening. First, it is one of the more costly forms of teeth whitening. However, you may find that your insurance will cover some of the procedure. The second disadvantage is that the high concentration of chemicals means you can only have your teeth whitened as often as your dentist will allow. Luckily, you can use over-the-counter products to touch up your smile between visits.

When to Use Each Treatment

While it may seem that in-office teeth whitening is the only option you should choose, it is important to remember that each option does have benefits. Some dentists recommend restricting the number of in-office whitening visits to no more than once or twice yearly. In between professional whitening procedures, you may find that over-the-counter treatments work very well. They give you the option of touching up your smile between visits, so that the results of your last professional visit can last a year or longer. If you are concerned about the upkeep of your white smile, speak with your dentist about prescribing a customized tray or whitening procedure that will work best for your smile.