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 St. Charles, IL 60174
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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
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.

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
October 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Don’t let jaw pain and stiffness become the norm for you.jaw pain

Does it often feel like your jaws tire easily? Do you hear a popping or clicking noise often when opening your mouth? Do you find that your jaws cause you pain and discomfort, particularly when first waking up in the morning? If so, then our St. Charles, IL, family dentists Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis have the answers you’ve been looking for.

What could be causing my jaw pain?

While there are certainly quite a few issues that could be to blame, in a lot of cases jaw pain is the result of a condition known as TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint and this joint is responsible for connecting the jaws to the skull. This joint is responsible for all jaw movements from speaking to chewing. Of course, if you are dealing with localized pain is this region then it could be due to a dysfunction with the TMJ.

What causes TMJ disorder?

It isn’t always possible to pinpoint the root cause of TMJ disorder; however, there are many factors that could put someone at risk for this problem. Common causes include bad habits such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, a jaw misalignment, arthritis, anxiety/stress or an injury to the jaw.

How should I treat my TMJ disorder?

First and foremost, it’s important to determine whether your symptoms are truly due to a TMJ disorder or if there is something else going on. The cause of your symptoms will determine exactly what treatment options are right for you. In most cases, TMJ disorder will go away by itself. Of course, the best thing you can do is manage your symptoms in the meantime to reduce its impact on your daily life. Common conservative treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
  • Stretching and strengthening jaw exercises
  • Cutting food into easy, bite-sized pieces
  • Find outlets to reduce stress (e.g. meditation; yoga)

In more serious cases a dental splint may be recommended by our St. Charles, IL, dentists to improve the alignment of the jaws. With the proper care, most people will see these symptoms reduced.

Are you dealing with jaw pain in St. Charles, IL? If so, let St. Charles Family Dentistry get the bottom of your symptoms. Call our office today to schedule an evaluation.

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!





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