Palatine Complete Dental
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Maintaining a problem-free smile isn’t difficult, and with just a little effort on your part, you can enjoy excellent oral health. Dr. Michael Unti and our team want you to feel confident about the decisions you make about your dental care, so we are always happy to answer your questions.

We know that informed patients tend to enjoy better oral health, and that is our ultimate goal. Over the years, we’ve heard many questions from our patients, and some of them are listed below. But there’s so much more to your dental care than we can share here, so please don’t hesitate to contact our dental team if you need more information.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Everyone deserves a bright, vibrant smile, and with professional teeth whitening, they can get it! We love helping patients enjoy the boost of confidence that comes after teeth whitening and seeing them flash a big bright smile when they leave our office.

woman smiling with bright, white teethIn-Office and Custom Take-Home Teeth Whitening

At Palatine Complete Dental, we offer in-office whitening if you are on a tight timeline for a big event like a wedding, reunion, or big job interview. Otherwise, we recommend customized take-home whitening kits that you use to whiten at home over a two-week period.

Effectiveness of Professional Teeth Whitening in Palatine

If you’re considering using store-bought whitening kits, you should know that professional teeth whitening offers several significant benefits. Since your treatment is monitored by a dentist, we can prescribe a higher strength whitening gel that’s more potent than those you purchase over-the-counter. We take impressions of your teeth to create a whitening tray that’s customized to cover all surfaces of your teeth evenly to ensure beautiful, consistent results.

We’ll instruct you to place the whitening gel in the trays and wear them for about 20-30 minutes a day for two weeks. Since the gel is in contact with your teeth for a longer period than it is during in-office whitening, custom trays tend to produce more brilliant, longer-lasting results.

Brighten Yellow and Stained Teeth

With professional teeth whitening in Palatine, we can whiten yellow teeth and lift stains and discoloration. If your tooth staining is resistant to whitening, we can also talk to you about using bonding or veneers to conceal stains and brighten your smile.

Please call Palatine Complete Dental to schedule a dental cleaning so we can determine which treatment approach is right for you.

Dental Implants

Dental implants have changed the lives of many of our Palatine patients for the better. An implant is different from other types of tooth replacement because it is a standalone unit that doesn’t rely on healthy teeth for support.

older man and woman taking selfi on a hikeDental Implant Procedure

A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root that Dr. Unti places surgically in your jawbone. During healing, a process called osseointegration occurs. This means that the biocompatible implant naturally fuses with the bone and tissue around it.

When healing is complete in about 4-6 months, the implant has the same stability that the natural tooth root did. The presence of the artificial root also helps prevent jawbone loss that occurs after tooth loss.

Importance of Gum Health

Because the implant relies on healthy bone and gum tissue to hold it in place, you must commit to being diligent with your gum health. Without conscientious brushing and flossing, you can develop inflammation around the implant called peri-implantitis that leads to bone loss. Without sufficient bone to support the implant, it will eventually fall out.

How to Care For Your Dental Implant

When planning dental implant placement at our Palatine dental office, we will discuss what’s involved with caring for it, so you know what to expect. With just a little extra effort on your part, you will be rewarded with many years—possibly a lifetime—of use for your implant.

If you are considering dental implants and have questions, please call Palatine Complete Dental, and we will be happy to assist you.

Family Dentistry

Dental anxiety affects millions of people around the world and is nothing to be embarrassed about. If there’s some aspect of your dental care that concerns you, please let us know. Communication is essential so that we can understand your underlying fears and tailor your treatment accordingly.

woman hiding her mouth with hand from fear of the dentistExperienced and Gentle Palatine Dentist

Dr. Michael Unti has over 30 years of experience in delivering comfortable, stress-free dentistry at his Palatine dental office. A combination of gentle care and sedation dentistry is usually all it takes for our patients to relax and get the care they need. 

Nitrous Oxide for Dental Anxiety

We offer nitrous oxide, a gas that you inhale comfortably through a small mask. Nitrous makes you feel a little drowsy and delivers sensations of calmness and well-being. You will be fully conscious throughout your appointment but will feel pleasantly detached from the activity around you. There are no lingering side effects with nitrous, so when your procedure’s finished, you can safely drive yourself home.

Oral Sedation Available 

Oral sedation is helpful for patients who have deeper dental anxiety. Dr. Unti prescribes a sedative to take before your dental appointment, so you’ll arrive at our office feeling very calm and relaxed. We will make sure you’re comfortable with soothing amenities like neck pillows, blankets, and TVs in our treatment rooms, and your appointment will seem to fly by. However, since the effects of the sedative stay in your system for several hours, so you will need a friend to get you safely to and from your appointment.  

Contact Palatine Complete Dental

Please don’t let anxiety or nervousness prevent you from getting the oral health care you need. Call Palatine Complete Dental so we can help calm your fears and help you maintain a healthy smile.

A dental crown that is well-cared for can last 10-15 years or longer. Crowns are a dental restoration that we use at Palatine Complete Dental to restore function to a decayed or broken tooth. A crown is a customized, tooth-shaped porcelain jacket that Dr. Unti places on a damaged tooth to protect it from chewing forces and improve the aesthetics of your smile.

While the porcelain crown won’t decay, the underlying tooth can, and you can also develop periodontal disease around its base. Treatment for either may require removal of the crown, and it’s not always possible to reuse the crown after we’ve resolved the issue. 

dental crowns in palatine ilHow to Care For Your Dental Crown

To get the most longevity out of your crown as possible, you need to take excellent care of your oral health. Brushing twice a day and flossing once removes plaque buildup that leads to cavities and gum disease. If you’re unsure about the best way to clean around your dental work, one of our hygienists will be happy to demonstrate the proper technique.

Dental exams every six months allow Dr. Unti to examine the crown tooth to make sure it’s healthy and also check the condition of the crown itself. You can also protect your crown from damage by avoiding hard, crunchy foods or sticky foods like gummy candies that could loosen it or cause it to come off.

Contact Our Palatine Dental Clinic

If you would like us to check the condition of existing dental crowns, or think you might need to have one placed on a broken or decayed tooth, please call our Palatine dental office to schedule an appointment.

Most healthy patients can maintain their smiles with two dental cleanings and checkups per year, every six months.

woman sitting in dental chair after getting her teeth cleanedPatients struggling with managing periodontal disease may need additional teeth cleanings throughout the year to help them keep their condition under control. Dr. Unti may recommend three or four teeth cleanings throughout the year for patients with gum disease. 

What Happens During My Teeth Cleaning?

When you get your teeth cleaned, your dental hygienist removes the excess plaque buildup from your teeth with special tools. Plaque can sometimes be hard to reach during your regular brushing at home, and plaque buildup can result in tooth decay or gum disease. So it's important to have your hygienist perform regular teeth cleanings to help you protect your smile.

Your dentist will perform a thorough examination during this visit to check for tooth decay, oral cancer, and gum disease. They will also ensure that your current dental fillings and crowns are not breaking down.

Your preventive teeth cleanings and checkups are a great time to discuss your goals and concerns about your smile with your dentist. Your hygienist can also give you tips for effective brushing and flossing at home.

Contact Your Palatine Dentist

Let us help you make the most of your smile! Contact your Palatine dentist today at (847) 359-7520 to schedule your next teeth cleaning and checkup.


One reason that many people experience dental anxiety is because of a fear of injections. We understand that nobody likes shots; however, they’re a necessary part of dental treatment, and we do our best to make them as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

woman smiling in dental chairWarm and Welcoming Dental Office

It helps to have a team of friendly professionals around you who have decades of experience in calming our patients’ fears. Whether it’s a friendly smile, a kind word, or a hand to hold, we are here to do whatever it takes to ensure your comfort in every aspect of your dental care.

Experienced Dentist in Palatine

As a dentist in Palatine with over 30 years of experience, you can be confident that Dr. Michael Unti knows how to ensure your comfort! He has learned and developed many techniques to deliver pain-free injections that our patients say are the most comfortable they’ve ever had.

We Can Help You With Your Dental Anxiety

If you are anxious to the point of skipping an appointment, please let us know. We don’t want anxiety to stand between you and your oral health care, and Dr. Unti may be able to prescribe a calming medication to help you relax before your appointment.

At Palatine Complete Dental, we have helped many of our patients overcome their dental anxiety and fear of injections. If you need an appointment or have dental work scheduled and have questions, call us, and we’ll provide the comfortable, stress-free care you need.


Invisalign in Palatine, IL is a fantastic way to straighten your teeth without drawing attention to treatment. In other words, it is orthodontics without brackets, wires, and metal!

close up of woman using invisalign Invisalign is the most popular clear aligner system, and it is ideal for patients who want straight teeth discreetly.

Issues Invisalign Can Correct

The initial step calls for a consultation in our dental office. Your dentist assesses your teeth to make sure Invisalign will provide the desired results. The treatment can correct the following issues:

  • Crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth
  • Bite issues, including overbite
  • Gaps or uneven spacing between teeth

If Invisalign is a good choice for your smile objectives, your dentist lets you know how long treatment will last and what to expect. We also take impressions of your teeth, and the Invisalign lab uses these to create your custom aligners. You change aligners based on your dentist’s instructions and move through your kit until you’ve exhausted the supply. Then your treatment is finished!

The benefits of this system include removable aligners to enjoy your meals, ease of wear, and discretion.

Who Can Use Invisalign?

Invisalign is ideal for teens and adults, but your dentist determines whether you can wear the orthodontic system based on exam findings and your specific smile goals.

Contact our dental office if you would like to schedule an Invisalign consultation.

Tooth Extraction

Your mouth is very sensitive and has a dense blanket of nerve endings, so it’s common to experience some discomfort or soreness right after your procedure. In most cases, this clears up in a few hours and is nothing to worry about.

At Palatine Complete Dental, our goal is to do everything we can to minimize any discomfort. We will also inform you about any ways to reduce your pain during and after your procedure.

woman sitting in dental chair before tooth extractionGentle Dental Care in Palatine

We make procedures like root canals, implant placement, or bone grafting very comfortable, but you can expect to feel some soreness for a day or two following your appointment. This is common, and most of our patients find relief with an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen that also helps reduce inflammation.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

If you have a tooth extraction, there are several steps you need to take following your procedure, and we will provide instructions for self-care at home. It’s essential to follow these steps carefully to minimize discomfort, speed healing, and prevent complications.

With any procedure we provide at our Palatine dental office, Dr. Unti will answer all your questions and explain what’s involved beforehand, so you know what to expect. You can also take comfort in the fact that you are receiving your treatment from genuinely caring professionals who empathize with your concerns.

Contact Our Dental Office

Our patients are like family to us, and we’ll make sure that you get the comfortable, stress-free care you need to maintain a healthy smile. Please call us with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

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