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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
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

You might be a good candidate for dental implants if you need to replace missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants can be used to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing or to replace infected or damaged teeth that need to be extracted. At St. Charles Family Dentistry, Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis are your dentists for dental implants in St. Charles, IL.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants function similarly to the roots of teeth by securely holding artificial teeth, such as dental crowns or bridgework, in place. A dental implant is a metal post that is inserted into the jawbone so there must be sufficient bone to support the implant. Over time, the metal post fuses with the bone. Once the bonding process is complete, the implant is ready to securely anchor dental crowns, bridgework, or implant-supported overdentures in place. Our St. Charles dental implants dentist can determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.

How Dental Implants Help

Dental implants can be helpful in several ways. In addition to completing your smile by filling in the gaps from missing teeth, dental implants can also improve speech. Placement of the tongue when speaking is affected when teeth are missing, which can alter a person’s speech. Filling in the gaps where teeth are missing with dental implants can correct tongue placement when speaking and improve speech.

Replacing missing teeth also protects the surrounding teeth by evenly distributing biting and chewing functions and alleviating the additional wear and tear the surrounding teeth endured while compensating for missing teeth.

If you have enough remaining bone in the jaw area to support dental implants, then you might be a good candidate for them. To find out if you are a good candidate, schedule an appointment with Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis by calling (630) 377-3131.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
August 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals   Tooth Pain  

ToothacheDo you think you may need a root canal?

Root Canals relieve pain, contrary to common belief. Just ask your St. Charles, IL, dentists, Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis.

More About Root Canals

A tooth is composed of several layers:

  • The outermost layer is enamel; it's the strong and white part of the tooth.
  • The second layer is dentin; it's yellowish and a bit softer.
  • The third layer is the pulp; it consists of blood vessels and nerves.
  • The last layer is cementum; it anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.

When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and the dentin, it ultimately reaches the pulp, which sometimes leads to excruciating pain.

Your St. Charles dentist will then need to remove the pulp, clean and disinfect the canal from any bacteria remaining then seal the canal to prevent any more bacteria from entering and flourishing again.

Purpose of a Root Canal

Poor dental hygiene is a main player when it comes to needing a root canal. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up.

Plaque and tartar are not only difficult to clean at some point, but the bacteria will eat away at your teeth wreaking havoc on your teeth and reaching the pulp.

Preventing a Root Canal

Brushing and flossing aren't the only things you need to take into consideration. Eating sugary foods and drinks like candies and soda contribute to this issue. Healthy foods like apples and drinking water will help remove plaque and food debris from your teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your St. Charles, IL, dentist. Call to schedule an appointment at this number: (630) 377-3131.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
June 12, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

OrthodonticsMany people understand orthodontic treatments, such as braces, can give you a straighter smile. However, orthodontics can do more than just straighten crooked teeth. Orthodontics are also used to correct misaligned bites and alleviate jaw tension due to the misalignment. Whether you would like a straighter smile or need to correct a misaligned bite, orthodontics can help. At St. Charles Family Dentistry, Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis are your family dentists for orthodontics in St. Charles, IL.

Orthodontic Treatments

Braces are one of the most common types of orthodontic treatment. Braces generally consist of brackets and wires, but can also include other components, such as rubber bands. Brackets can be made from metal, plastic, or ceramic and are cemented to the fronts or backs of teeth. When brackets are attached to the back of the teeth they are referred to as lingual braces. Wires connect the brackets and help gradually move the teeth into the desired position over time. Braces are an effective orthodontic option for both teens and adults.

Benefits of Orthodontics

Orthodontics offer multiple benefits, including straightening your smile and boosting confidence. In addition to a straighter smile, orthodontic treatment can also improve the health of your teeth and gums. When teeth are overlapped and crowded, food and bacteria can become more easily trapped between teeth. Trapped bacteria can lead to the formation of plaque, which can ultimately result in the development of tooth decay and/or gum disease.

When teeth are properly aligned, there are fewer places for food particles and bacteria to become trapped. It is also easier to more thoroughly brush and floss between teeth when they are aligned and straight. Being able to keep the teeth free from bacteria and plaque buildup leads to better oral health and helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Another benefit orthodontics provides is correcting bites that are not properly aligned. Misaligned bites occur when the top or bottom row of teeth is not properly aligned, which often puts tension on the jaw. The tension can lead to jaw discomfort, as well as headaches. Correcting alignment of the bite removes the additional strain and tension on the jaw and alleviates any associated discomfort. Your dentist for orthodontics in St. Charles can help you decide if orthodontic treatment is the best option for you.

If you want to achieve a straighter smile, then orthodontics can help. Your dentist can tell you more about how orthodontics could help you. For orthodontics in St. Charles, IL, schedule a consultation with Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, or Dr. Dana Lipskis by calling St. Charles Family Dentistry at (630) 377-3131.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings offer a more discreet option than silver amalgam fillings and provide a few surprising benefits. Our St. Charles, IL, fillingsdentists--Drs. Lynn, Edmund, and Dana Lipskis--can offer you fillings.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

For years, the only way to restore teeth damaged by cavities involved placing a mixture of silver, mercury, tin, and copper in the teeth. Although silver amalgams offered a durable restoration option, they were very noticeable. Today, tooth-colored fillings offer a much more subtle option. The fillings use composite resin, a flexible material comprised of powdered plastic and glass. Composite resin is tinted to match common tooth shades, ensuring that your new filling becomes practically invisible.

What are the advantages of the fillings?

Removing the decayed part of your tooth prevents decay from spreading but also weakens your tooth to some degree, depending on the size of the cavity. A band of healthy tooth structure is removed along with the decayed portion to ensure that no decay remains when a tooth is filled. When you have a tooth-colored filling, less healthy structure needs to be removed, which helps your tooth remain stronger. The natural bonding properties of composite resin also play a part in strengthening filled teeth.

Although silver amalgam fillings restore decayed teeth, they can also potentially damage them. Metal-based amalgam fillings constantly react to hot and cold temperatures in foods and beverages by expanding and contracting. Unfortunately, teeth filled with silver amalgam may eventually crack due to the stress of continual expansion and contraction. Once a tooth cracks, it must be covered with a crown to prevent a fracture. Tooth-colored fillings don't expand or contract no matter what you eat or drink and help you avoid cracks.

Because silver amalgam fillings are dark, they can cast a shadow on your tooth enamel, making your tooth look discolored. Discoloration may also occur if the filling material begins to leak into your enamel, a problem that tends to occur in old fillings. Choosing a filling that's the same color as your teeth prevents these issues from occurring.

Health concerns about mercury also make tooth-colored fillings a better option for St. Charles residents. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that silver amalgam fillings are safe if you're 6 or older, many people prefer to avoid the fillings.

Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent choice whether you have a new filling or want to replace an old silver amalgam filling. Call our St. Charles, IL, dentists--Drs. Lynn, Edmund and Dana Lipskis--at (630) 377-3131 to schedule your appointment.

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.





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