Dental Access Days' Fall Clinic Is Upon Us!

Dental Access Days is a local organization focused on restoring oral health to those who do not typically have access to a dentist. Initially made possible by contributions from the Pankey Institute in 2007, the clinic is held over a two-day period and staffed by a cohort of compassionate volunteers who provide basic services to area residents at no cost.

I am proud to have volunteered at Dental Access Days’ 11th clinic along with our hygienist, Lynn. The exceptional team of volunteers at the April clinic was able to perform 585 procedures equivalent to more than $80,000 in billable services—free of charge—for those needing access to dental care most. This coming October will host the 12th clinic staged by Dental Access Days, and I am fortunate to again be volunteering with such an incredible organization.

Please share the following information with anyone you know who needs dental care but does not have access to a dentist. If you would like to provide donations to the clinic, please contact Jean at 847-290-0002 for more information.

Dental Access Days Fall 2018 Clinic
Levy Senior Center
300 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Friday, October 26 from 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday, October 27 from 8:30am - 4:00pm

Dr. Mannering Visits LSU School of Dentistry!

Over this past weekend, Dr. Mannering completed LSU School of Dentistry’s Orofacial Pain Continuum in New Orleans. The coursework was designed for health care professionals to better recognize and diagnose the causes of orofacial pain such as TMD and sleep disorders.

The final session of the five-part continuing education series put Dr. Mannering and her colleagues in the lab for a head and neck dissection. Emphasis was placed on the relationship of structures in the oral and nasal cavities to the causes of orofacial pain, further aided by perspectives from neurology, psychology, radiology, and physical therapy to better support advanced diagnoses. Dr. Mannering also learned more about the nuances of diagnosing TMD and airway insufficiencies due to each patient’s unique head and neck anatomy and completed the series by giving a clinical presentation to illustrate how the concepts she learned will help in providing better care for our patients.

Of course, it wasn’t all business in the Big Easy! In addition to reconnecting with her colleagues from the Pankey Institute, Dr. Mannering made new friends from Helsinki and enjoyed time with them in the French Quarter and the Warehouse District.

Are you experiencing head or neck pain? Call our office today to schedule a consultation!

So... What Is a Temp, Anyway?

When you visit Dr. Mannering for a restorative procedure such as a crown or onlay, you’re likely to hear that she has placed a temporary restoration, also known as a temp. Many patients are surprised to learn that they will need to return in about a month for the placement of a more permanent solution. If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about, we’re here to answer your burning questions: What is a temporary crown, and why can’t I wear it long-term?

The crowning process typically requires two separate visits. At your first appointment, any decay is removed and the tooth is shaped, or prepped, to provide the necessary space for a new crown. An impression and several models are also taken during this appointment. Our team coordinates to send these materials and specific instructions for fabricating your crown to the dental lab where your final restoration will be made.

In the intervening weeks, your prepped tooth requires a temporary crown to support your health and comfort. The temp protects your remaining tooth structure from further decay and allows you to eat and speak as you normally would. Additionally, it prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting into the space reserved for your permanent crown. Your temp is custom-made by Dr. Mannering and seated with a temporary adhesive at your first visit.

During your second appointment, we remove the temporary restoration and any remaining adhesive before trying in your permanent crown. Once a suitable fit has been determined by Dr. Mannering, the restoration is bonded to your tooth using resin cement and a curing light. Final adjustments are made to the crown to improve your occlusion and maximize your comfort.

Temporary crowns are intermediate solutions and generally last no more than a few months, as the materials are unable to withstand the mechanical forces of chewing over time. Instructions on caring for your temp will be provided at the end of your first appointment. It is important to follow them carefully until the second appointment when your permanent crown is seated.