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St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd.

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 St. Charles, IL 60174
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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
March 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

A beautiful smile and healthy gums begin with good oral hygiene, and every good oral hygiene routine begins with brushing your teeth oral hygieneafter meals and flossing every day. But even if you are covering the basics, there are a few more steps to ensuring the healthiest teeth and gums at every age. The dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry in Illinois recommend that you start with a checkup and professional dental cleaning to make sure that you are getting the most out of your oral hygiene routine at home, and to catch problems early enough to prevent potentially serious damage like cavities and gum disease.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Prevention in St. Charles, IL

If you're already brushing and flossing daily as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), you're one step ahead of the game. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria is the most important step in preventing tooth decay and tartar and plaque build-up, which can eventually lead to gum (periodontal) disease if left untreated.

To get the most out of your oral hygiene routine and protect your teeth and gums at home in between dentist appointments, follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Schedule a dental exam and cleaning every six months
  • Work on your brushing technique (place brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, and make sure to thoroughly brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of each tooth)
  • Change your brush on a regular basis
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks, and opt for fruit and vegetables instead
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Gently clean your tongue and gums as well as your teeth

Find a Dentist in St. Charles, IL

There are many practical steps that you can start taking today to improve your oral health. To get started, contact St. Charles Family Dentistry by calling (630) 377-3131 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, or Dr. Dana Lipskis today.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
December 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Maintaining a good oral regimen is vital for your health. Sometimes, however, the brushing and flossing can't prevent a tooth being dental implantsknocked out due to injuries, like when playing a sport. That's why Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis in St. Charles, IL, provide their patients with dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. The process of getting a dental implant is simple. Your dentist applies local anesthesia to the problem area and places a titanium post. The titanium post is biocompatible, so your body will not reject it.

Afterwards, they will surgically seal the area and give you a temporary crown. The titanium post will need to osseointegrate, which takes three to six months. This process simply means the titanium post will fuse with the bone, therefore giving your support and strength.

When the three to six months pass, you will go back to your dentist. They will re-open the area and attach an abutment and a permanent crown that matches the rest of your teeth. You can walk out of our St. Charles office with a complete smile.

How do I care for my implants?

The advantages of implants are that they have a high success rate, can last a lifetime and you can receive multiple implants, not just one.

Taking care of your implants isn't difficult. It's the standard oral regimen of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing, at least once, before bed. Also, stay away from sugary foods. Sugar contains bacteria that produce plaque. The build-up of plaque can lead to cavities or something worse, like periodontal disease.

For more information about dental implants, call Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis of St. Charles Family Dentistry. Their office is conveniently located in St. Charles, IL, so make sure you schedule an appointment as soon as you can.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
October 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Don’t let jaw pain and stiffness become the norm for you.jaw pain

Does it often feel like your jaws tire easily? Do you hear a popping or clicking noise often when opening your mouth? Do you find that your jaws cause you pain and discomfort, particularly when first waking up in the morning? If so, then our St. Charles, IL, family dentists Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis have the answers you’ve been looking for.

What could be causing my jaw pain?

While there are certainly quite a few issues that could be to blame, in a lot of cases jaw pain is the result of a condition known as TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint and this joint is responsible for connecting the jaws to the skull. This joint is responsible for all jaw movements from speaking to chewing. Of course, if you are dealing with localized pain is this region then it could be due to a dysfunction with the TMJ.

What causes TMJ disorder?

It isn’t always possible to pinpoint the root cause of TMJ disorder; however, there are many factors that could put someone at risk for this problem. Common causes include bad habits such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, a jaw misalignment, arthritis, anxiety/stress or an injury to the jaw.

How should I treat my TMJ disorder?

First and foremost, it’s important to determine whether your symptoms are truly due to a TMJ disorder or if there is something else going on. The cause of your symptoms will determine exactly what treatment options are right for you. In most cases, TMJ disorder will go away by itself. Of course, the best thing you can do is manage your symptoms in the meantime to reduce its impact on your daily life. Common conservative treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
  • Stretching and strengthening jaw exercises
  • Cutting food into easy, bite-sized pieces
  • Find outlets to reduce stress (e.g. meditation; yoga)

In more serious cases a dental splint may be recommended by our St. Charles, IL, dentists to improve the alignment of the jaws. With the proper care, most people will see these symptoms reduced.

Are you dealing with jaw pain in St. Charles, IL? If so, let St. Charles Family Dentistry get the bottom of your symptoms. Call our office today to schedule an evaluation.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

How orthodontic treatment in St. Charles can help your smileorthodontic

If you have rotated teeth or a badly aligned bite, you can certainly benefit from orthodontic treatment, but there are many other not-so-obvious reasons you might need orthodontic treatment. Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL, want to share the facts about orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatment is initiated both for functional and cosmetic reasons. Some of the functional reasons why you might need orthodontic treatment include:

  • If you have an overbite where your upper jaw protrudes too far over your lower jaw
  • If you have an underbite where your lower jaw juts out too far in front of your upper jaw
  • If you have an open bite where your teeth don’t meet in front when your jaws are closed
  • If you have a crossbite where your teeth cross each other when your jaws are closed

If your jaw is badly aligned, it can result in excessive tooth wear, headaches and facial pain, TMJ pain and other chronic issues. Orthodontic treatment will realign your jaws and restore full chewing function, eliminating stress on other areas of your head and face.

You may also want orthodontic treatment to correct cosmetic issues like these:

  • If you have teeth that overlap or crowd against each other
  • If you have teeth that are rotated or twisted and don’t touch properly when you bite
  • If you have unsightly gaps or wide spaces between your teeth
  • If you are missing teeth either from birth or extraction

Straight teeth are much easier to clean and maintain and a straight smile is more aesthetically beautiful. Orthodontic treatment is appropriate for both adults and children, however children ages 7 to 14 are the easiest candidates because facial structures are still growing and teeth are the easiest and quickest to move.

Your dentists in St. Charles offer a full range of orthodontic services. For more information about types of braces, please visit the orthodontics page on the website at http://www.stcharlesdentist.com/st-charles-il-orthodontist.html

If you are considering braces, you need the services of the experts. Call St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL today!

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Before the creation of dental implants, dentures were the only option for replacing missing teeth in the mouth. However, there is now the dental implantsoption of dental implants in St. Charles, Illinois, for patients of all ages. Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis of St. Charles Family Dentistry are all well versed in this dental procedure and can examine each patient to determine whether or not they are a viable candidate or not.

More about Dental Implants

These dental implants can be used in St. Charles, Illinois, for a variety of reasons. They are structures that are placed where a tooth root once was. They are usually secured to the jawbone or framework and serve as a foundation for an artificial tooth or even a bridge. In some cases, they can be used to attach dentures even.

They are designed so well that they can look exactly like natural teeth and can function similar to natural teeth too. Dental implants from St. Charles Family Dentistry Ltd. are usually made of titanium. For a successful implant to stay in place, a candidate must have a strong immune system and the proper bone density needed to heal well. Also, a good oral hygiene routine is required in order to keep the restoration healthy.

Surgery is required for a dental implant treatment option. Following the surgical procedure, a period of time is needed for the implant to heal properly and be secure and for the bone tissue itself to build up. Metal posts sometimes are inserted inside the implants during a follow-up procedure in order to connect the tooth properly.

For more information on dental implants in St. Charles, Illinois, and to learn if you're a viable candidate for the procedure, schedule an appointment with a dentist at St. Charles Family Dentistry today by calling 630-377-3131.





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