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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
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
June 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Facing the loss of teeth can be stressful. Our smiles define us, and a change in the appearance of your smile is a big deal. But just dental implantsbecause you've lost some teeth doesn’t mean you have to hide your smile forever. Dental implants can restore a full smile with a natural look, making your new teeth just as attractive as they are functional. Learn more from your St. Charles, IL dentist at St. Charles Family Dentistry here.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted directly into the jawbone. During the healing process, the implants fuse with the bone and act as a replacement tooth root. Dentures or crowns are then fabricated to replace the visible part of your tooth and give you a natural-looking smile once again.

The major benefit of implants over other tooth replacement options is their ability to maintain bone health. Because they replace the tooth root, they continue to stimulate bone production in the jaw bone itself. Without implants, you’ll eventually experience bone loss that would put your dental health at risk. Dentures alone cannot support your health in the same way, since they are not actually anchored in the jaw bone.

Implants also provide a stable, permanent foundation for your cosmetic restoration. This makes it easier to smile, speak and eat without worrying about your teeth slipping out of place.

How Long Do Implants Last?

With good dental hygiene habits, implants are expected to last for a minimum of several decades up to a lifetime. Your dentures or crowns will need periodic maintenance and/or replacement, but the implants themselves are considered to be permanent.

Certain health conditions may put your implants at higher risk for failure. And like natural teeth, implants can also be damaged by sudden impact or trauma. Your dentist at St. Charles Family Dentistry will talk with you about whether implants are the right choice for you.

St. Charles, IL Dental Implants

When you've lost teeth and are wondering if you'll ever smile again, take heart. Dental implants can give you a bright and attractive smile that you'll be excited to show off once again. For dental implants in St. Charles, IL, call(630) 377-3131 today for an appointment with one of our friendly and experienced dentists.