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 St. Charles, IL 60174
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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
March 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

Orthodontic care focuses on straightening teeth and correcting bites to increase both functionality and aesthetics. Although wearing braces braces throughout treatment may seem like a big commitment, it is well worth the effort. Learn more about braces and how they can help you by reading below, and contact Drs. Lynn and Edmund Lipskis at St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd. for personal treatment!

 

Do I need braces?
Braces treat many issues relating to the teeth and their bite:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Undercrowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

If you have misaligned teeth or your upper and lower jaws do not line up properly, you can benefit from orthodontic care. However, you should consult with your orthodontist to ensure that this is the best course of treatment for you.

 

What can I expect during orthodontic care?
Your dentist will affix metal brackets to the teeth where they will remain permanently until the end of your treatment. Wires threaded through the brackets apply consistent yet gentle pressure to move the teeth into their corrected positions. You will see your dentist about once a month for maintenance and check-up appointments.

 

What are my options for braces?
There are several options for orthodontic care. Traditional braces and lingual braces (which dentists place on the back side of the teeth) use metal brackets and wires to move the teeth. Plastic aligner trays such as Invisalign provide a subtler look and simpler process while correcting your smile. Patients will wear the trays for about two weeks each before switching to the next tray in the series. The trays are made from clear plastic and are nearly invisible to others.

 

Interested in orthodontic care? Call our St. Charles office!
For more information on orthodontic care, dial 630-762-8700 for Drs. Lynn and Edmund Lipskis at St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist today!

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
January 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Here are the many ways in which getting dental implants can benefit you.

Are you interested in getting dental implants from our St. Charles dentists, Drs. Edmund, Lynn and Dana Lipskis, to replace one or more teeth? If you said “yes” then you’ll first want to understand what implants are and how they work before undergoing treatment Although these small metal posts may not look like much at first glance, they provide a number of unique and incredible smile benefits, including:

  • A long-term replacement tooth
  • An artificial tooth that functions just like a real tooth
  • A tooth that’s easy to care for and maintain
  • Prevention of jawbone loss
  • Support and preservation of the natural facial structure
  • Prevention of any shift in teeth
  • Restoration of chewing and speaking ability
  • Increase in confidence
  • Better overall oral health

Dental implants also offer a very high success rate of up to 98 percent. Of course, this success rate will also depend on how well you maintain your oral hygiene. A proper routine involves brushing and flossing regularly and properly, while also making sure that you visit our St. Charles office every six months for cleanings and checkups to make sure that your dental implants remain healthy.

 

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants offer some incredible benefits, but not everyone qualifies for them right away. To find out if you meet the necessary requirements, you must first undergo a professional oral exam and consultation at our St. Charles office. During this appointment, we will see if you have any active cavities or gum disease, as well as determine if your jawbone is strong enough to support the implant. If this sounds a bit intimidating to you, don’t worry! The vast majority of people who seek implant treatment are approved right away. However, even if you have gingivitis or a weak jawbone, we have procedures that can fix your issues and get you well on the way to receiving your new dental implants!

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you want a smile that is good as new, the next step is to schedule your free consultation with our dental team. Call St. Charles Family Dentistry today at (630) 377-3131.

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
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.