St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd.

 516 E. Main Street
 St. Charles, IL 60174
 (630) 377-3131   
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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.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
February 24, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing   oral hygiene  

Your general dentist is concerned with your overall dental health. One question you’ll likely hear when you go in for a visit is “are you flossingflossing?” That’s because flossing is an important part of keeping all of your teeth rooted and healthy for a lifetime. Learn why flossing is just as important as brushing in between your dentist appointments at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL.

Concerns About Gum Disease
Gum disease affects as many as 47% of Americans. It is a dental issue that is often responsible for tooth loss when it isn't treated in its early stages (gingivitis). At its advanced stages (periodontitis), the gums begin to bleed, become tender and eventually recede from the teeth. This happens when food and sugar particles gather around the gumline for long periods of time, creating a haven for bad bacteria. Many Americans would avoid gum disease altogether if they'd only commit to flossing every night to remove leftover food.

Why Is Flossing Important?
Every time you eat, food and liquid matter can become lodged around the base of your teeth. You can’t always reach it with a standard toothbrush. The longer that matter stays there, the more likely that plaque will develop, which eventually turns into hardened calculus that only your St. Charles general dentist can completely remove. The harmful bacteria in calculus begins to irritate and inflame the gums, resulting in gum disease. In short, flossing is important because it helps you keep your teeth.

How to Floss Properly
When flossing, unravel a long piece of thread so that you can properly clean each quadrant of the mouth. Gently pull the floss upward from the base of the gumline between each tooth, paying attention to each surface. Try to avoid using the same part of the floss on different parts of the mouth to avoid transferring particles (which may contain bacteria) to other places.

Flossing is Important and So Are Regular Dental Visits
Flossing is one crucial part of a complete at-home oral care routine. In addition to flossing and brushing regularly, the American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits at intervals suggested by your general dentist. Call (630) 377-3131 today to schedule an appointment at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL. It’s a family dentistry that’s committed to making a “profound positive impact upon people’s lives.”

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you have missing teeth, replacing them could benefit your oral and general health. Unfortunately, many people falsely believe that the tooth loss repairgaps in their smile are permanent. There are options for missing teeth, including several important reconstructive dentistry procedures. Learn more about tooth replacement options and which could be the best for you with St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL.

What are my tooth replacement options?

  • Dental Bridges: Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by using a prosthetic dental restoration which bridges the gap between two healthy teeth. A dental laboratory customizes the bridge specifically for you and your mouth, allowing it to blend into your smile. A permanent bridge uses a dental crown on either side to attach to the healthy teeth surrounding your gap while a removable bridge uses metal clasps.
  • Dentures: Dentures can replace most or all of your teeth in one fell swoop. Dentures are usually one of the most affordable options for tooth replacement. Full dentures replace all of the teeth on an arch. Partial dentures allow any remaining healthy teeth to fit through the denture. This not only keeps the denture in place, but stimulates the healthy teeth to keep them from shifting or the bone in which they lie from atrophying.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants use a surgical procedure to permanently replace your missing teeth. Your dentist implants the fixture, a small metal post, into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth. The fixture integrates into the bone to become a permanent part of your smile. After this process, known medically as osseointegration, your dentist affixes a porcelain dental prosthetic called a crown to the fixture to complete the implant.

Tooth Replacement in St. Charles
Not everyone is a good candidate for these tooth replacement options. For example, in order to successfully place a dental implant, it requires enough jawbone to sturdily hold it in place. Missing teeth cause tooth atrophy, or the breakdown of the bone, meaning good candidates should have minimal atrophy. A dental bridge requires two healthy teeth on either side of a gap. If you feel as though you would benefit from tooth replacement, your dentist can help you choose the best option for you. All of your options will require a strong at-home oral care routine to keep your teeth healthy and clean.

For more information on tooth loss or filling in your gaps, please contact Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL. Call (630) 377-3131 to schedule your appointment today!

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
October 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

Have you been thinking about improving your smile with orthodontics? Dr. Lynn Lipskis, Dr. Edmund Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis, yourbraces St. Charles, IL dentists, explain how you can benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontics address a variety of problems

It's hard to feel confident about your appearance if your teeth are crooked or have grown in at odd angles. Braces offer a simple way to improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem, but also offer other important benefits, including:

  • No More Crowding Issues: When there's not enough room in your mouth, teeth grow in any way they can. Orthodontic treatment moves out-of-position teeth into the proper alignment, relieving crowding and enhancing your smile. Sometimes the problem isn't a lack of space, but too much space. Orthodontics are equally effective at reducing gaps and spaces between teeth.
  • Bite Issue Correction: Bite problems occur when your upper and lower teeth don't align correctly. Overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites can cause aesthetic and oral health issues. When your bite is off, you're more likely to suffer from gum disease, receding gums, wear and tear on teeth, headaches and other issues. Braces correct these issues and often make speaking and chewing easier in the process.
  • Improved Oral Hygiene: Misaligned teeth often overlap, which makes plaque removal difficult or impossible in hard-to-reach areas. Unfortunately, the longer plaque lingers on your teeth, the greater the chance you'll develop a cavity. When your teeth are straight, flossing and brushing becomes much easier.
  • A Solution to Shifting: Your teeth may have been perfectly straight 10 years ago, but you may have noticed some overlapping recently. As you age, your teeth tend to move closer to the center of your face, a phenomenon dentists call mesial drift. Shifting can also occur if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw while you sleep, you have gum disease, or you've lost a tooth. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can bring your shifting teeth back into alignment.

Are you ready to transform your smile with orthodontics? Call your St. Charles, IL dentists, at (630) 377-3131 to schedule your appointment.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
August 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Having a beautiful smile is a positive addition to many people’s overall confidence level and appearance. If you feel as though your teeth whiteningsmile could use a boost, you could benefit from professional teeth whitening, available from your St. Charles, IL dentist. With St. Charles Family Dentistry’s new Whitening 4 Life program, you can keep your smile bright and white for years to come.

How does teeth whitening work? 
Teeth whitening products rely on a chemical reaction between your teeth and the whitening agents. Applying the whitening agents to the teeth sets off a chain of events which breaks the bonds holding together the tooth’s stains. This reaction dissipates the stain, leaving the tooth with a whiter appearance. Dentist-supervised professional teeth whitening uses stronger and more effective chemicals in its process than over-the-counter whitening kits.

What is Whitening 4 Life? 
The Whitening 4 Life program allows you to keep your teeth bright and white in between regular dental examinations and cleanings. A one-time fee enrolls you into the program. Once enrolled, St. Charles Family Dentistry will provide you with the tools you need to maintain your teeth’s whiter appearance. At each regular cleaning and examination, your dentist will provide you with complimentary at-home whitening touch-up trays and whitening gel.

Professional Teeth Whitening in St. Charles, IL
St. Charles Family Dentistry offers in-office professional whitening and professional take-home whitening kits alongside their Whitening 4 Life program. In-office whitening requires only one session, which lasts about an hour. The results are instant and dramatic, lifting the color of your teeth up to ten shades. The take-home kit requires continued use over the course of 2 weeks. At the end of your treatment, your teeth will have a whiter appearance. A combination of these procedures and the Whitening 4 Life program can keep your smile bright and white for as long as you desire.

For more information on Whitening 4 Life, please contact Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL. Call (630) 377-3131 to find out how the Whitening 4 Life program can benefit you!

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