Hairline Cracks in Teeth: How to Stop Them from Growing Worse

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Healthy teeth are incredibly strong, and the enamel that protects them is the most resilient substance your body produces. Nevertheless, undue pressure or accidental trauma can still wear down or crack a tooth, and when that happens, repairing it is a time-sensitive process. As you continue to bite and chew, the crack will grow worse… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry when You Have Bruxism

teeth grinding diagnosis paper on clipboard

Smile improvement is something that most of us consider at some point in our lives. With today’s advanced techniques and dental technologies, more people can enjoy cosmetic dentistry when you have bruxism. However, some things can affect your smile’s appearance without you realizing it, or can impact the success of your cosmetic dental treatment. For… Read more »

Ask Your Dentist About White Fillings

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Cavities are common, and if you’ve never had one, then there’s a good chance that you still might at some point in your life. Fortunately, cavities aren’t typically difficult to deal with, especially if they’re detected and treated early. In many cases, treating cavities is even easier with the help of tooth-colored, white fillings, which… Read more »

When Morning Bad Breath Lasts All Day

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When it comes to your dental health, timing is everything. For instance, if your breath is less than fresh when you wake up in the morning, it’s probably nothing to worry about. However, if your breath is bad throughout the rest of the day despite brushing and flossing your teeth, then you might want to… Read more »

When a Toothache Is More than a Toothache

When it comes to your dental health, things are often more than they seem at first glance. For instance, what seems like a minor tooth stain might actually be signs of internal tooth infection. Likewise, what seems like nothing more than minor sensitivity in your tooth could actually be a sign of something more sinister,… Read more »

Tongue Thrusting: How Does Your Child Swallow?

Tongue Thrusting: How does your child swallow?

Did you know that 20 to 80 percent of orthodontic patients throughout the U.S. present with some form of tongue thrust? Do you know what tongue thrusting is? Babies are born with this natural “extrusion reflex” for survival. When their lips are touched, they extend their tongue expecting the breast or bottle.  Within the first… Read more »

How to Preserve Your Dental Bonding

Tips on How to Preserve Your Dental Bonding

Do you have just one or two teeth that stand out from the crowd? Maybe they are undersized or deeply stained. Maybe they are chipped near the edge. Though you may just have a couple of teeth with cosmetic issues, they can impact the entire look of your smile. Many patients are unaware that there… Read more »

When You Haven’t Seen A Dentist In “Forever”

Life gets hectic, and we understand that things happen. So it’s not uncommon for some patients to not make it into an appointment for a year or maybe a couple years. If you haven’t seen a dentist in what you call “forever,” you may feeling somewhat insecure about the damage that could have occurred over… Read more »

Is Gum Recession Inevitable?

Gum recession can mean exposed teeth roots and painful symptoms.

Your gums are crucial for supporting the roots and crowns of your teeth. Their soft tissues offer protection from harmful oral bacteria in plaque and extreme temperature fluctuations. They also play an active role in keeping teeth firmly in place and aligned. Therefore, gum recession, or shrinking gum lines, is an issue that must be… Read more »

The Importance of Flossing Your Teeth

Flossing for healthy teeth and gums

Do you brush your teeth regularly? Perhaps you wouldn’t think of skipping a brushing. There are many people that brush religiously, yet do not floss. Less than half of Americans floss daily and 10 percent don’t floss at all. Both brushing and flossing are important to your dental health. Flossing helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, and… Read more »

How to Relieve Chronic Jaw Pain

Chronic jaw pain isn’t as common as tooth discomfort, but it’s common enough to be a serious, chronic problem for millions of patients. However, unlike toothaches, the specific cause of persistent TMJ pain isn’t always clear, and therefore, you might not immediately know how best to treat it. Fortunately, your dentist does! A thorough examination… Read more »

Good News About Tooth Loss

We may never be able to completely prevent tooth loss for everyone, but the good news is that today’s dentistry offers a wealth of preventive measures to help most patients avoid it. It also offers highly lifelike materials and techniques for replacing lost teeth so that patients can regain their confidence in their smiles. While… Read more »

Coping with Tooth Loss

Pencil eraser eliminating tooth loss

Tooth loss can be a frightening thing as an adult. It can cause feelings from embarrassment to frustration, and leave you with a general sense of uneasiness. After all, do you know what caused the tooth loss, or if you will soon lose more? How will you be able to chew, and will it ever… Read more »

Can You Be Immune To Cavities?

digital image of tooth with cavity

Is it Decay Immunity or just good Cavity Prevention? Tooth decay is an international chronic infectious health disease in industrialized and developing countries, especially in young children. Early Childhood Caries (ECC) begins early in life, progresses rapidly, and causes immediate and long-term effects. People suffering from tooth decay, particularly untreated decay, and especially children, can… Read more »

Cleaning Dental Bridges – How to Clean Dental Bridges

Tooth loss is never an ideal circumstance, but when life happens, restorative dentistry can restore a full, functional smile. Thankfully, with the number of tooth replacement methods available, restoring your smile is relatively simple. One of the more common dental restorations is a dental bridge. Designed to be either fixed or removable, dental bridges can… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Treats Black Triangles between Teeth

Take a look at any magazine photo or advertisement: uniform, straight teeth in cosmetically beautiful smiles usually don’t have discernible gaps. So if you have tiny black triangles between two or more of your teeth, you may feel self-conscious about their appearance, or maybe have wondered how they got there. Unfortunately, black triangles can indicate… Read more »

Black Lines at the Base of Your Dental Crowns?

Do you have an old dental crown? If so, you could have noticed a thin black line near the gum line. Is that dark gumline decay? Plaque? Tartar? Before you worry that your tooth may be in danger, continue reading to learn what this dark line is, and how to remove it for a more… Read more »

Will My Crown Look Natural?

At Lake Forest Dental Arts, when we see patients with damaged and misshapen teeth or serious oral health issues, we can often correct the problem with treatments in restorative dentistry. Because we know how important a beautiful smile is to our patients, Dr. James Fondriest offers lifelike, natural-looking restorations, including porcelain crowns, veneers, and porcelain-fused-to-metal… Read more »