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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
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
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
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!