Plaque – Tips to Slow Down Plaque Buildup

Dental hygiene visit to remove plaque

Dental plaque is the sticky, uncomfortable biofilm that forms around your gum line just hours after brushing your teeth. It’s the product of hundreds of types of oral bacteria gathering in your mouth, and when left unattended, it can quickly calcify into tartar. Tarter is insoluble and no amount of toothpaste and water can remove… Read more »

How Much Do You Know About Cavities?

Most of you probably think there is not much more to know about cavities other than that they’re caused by eating too much sugar, they are a black hole in your tooth, they hurt, and you have to have them filled. But there is plenty more to know about cavities than that. Take our true… Read more »

What’s the Point of Tooth Bonding & Contouring

Smile improvement is an important aspect of professional dentistry because your confidence in your smile is as important as its overall health. However, when improving your smile’s appearance, it’s just as important to make sure that you preserve a maximum amount of healthy, natural tooth structure for the good of your long-term oral health. To… Read more »

Get a bright white smile for summer

bDo you want a bright white smile? Stains and discolorations cause a lot of people to feel insecure about their smiles. Has insecurity about your teeth held you back in business or your personal life? It’s hard to muster confidence to try new things and meet new people, when you’re busy hiding imperfections in your… Read more »

Do Different Porcelain Crowns Work Better for Different Teeth?

several porcelain crowns isolated on plain white surface

Dental crowns have been used in human dentistry for nearly 2600 years, and they’re a versatile tool in the restorative and cosmetic dentist’s toolkit. From ancient times until early in the 20th century, people who needed a tooth crowned had to opt for an alloy of gold or another malleable metal. Although metal crowns last… Read more »

What Does A Whiter Smile Mean For You?

You may think about how wonderful you would feel with a whiter smile. However, when you think about this term, you wonder: Is there some universal “white” that we aim for? What if it’s much brighter than you’d like, you wonder? What if you don’t really need to whiten everything, so you worry about trying… Read more »

How to Cure Bad Breath

to cure bad breath

Are you searching for ways to cure bad breath? When your breath is noticeably bad, it can be a seemingly endless source of embarrassment. When your bad breath doesn’t go away, that embarrassment can turn into worry about what may be causing your condition. While bad breath is sometimes no big deal (such as after… Read more »

What if Teeth Stains Don’t Respond to Whitening?

Tooth stains that don’t bleach Do you have tooth stains that don’t bleach? With today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments, most smile concerns can be improved effectively and efficiently. For instance, if your teeth are stained, then you may be able to brighten them with professional teeth whitening. However, if your teeth are more stubbornly stained… Read more »

What Dental Veneers Can Do for Chipped or Cracked Teeth

digital illustration of dental veneers

One of the best things about dental veneers is that they can fix your smile’s appearance in several different ways, which can save you from needing multiple procedures to address different issues. Besides appearance, however, veneers are also beneficial due to the fact that they don’t require extensive tooth preparation, and therefore, they can help… Read more »

PFM Crowns: The Things You’d Like To Know

Dental crowns are used every day in dentistry. But like anything else in the field, no two crowns are the same. Each restoration is custom-made to meet the needs of the individual. Additionally, there are several different types of dental crowns. You may hear us talk about PFM crowns here at Lake Forest Dental Arts…. Read more »

Modern Dental Bridges

vector illustration of a dental bridge

Tooth loss is one of the most destructive issues that can affect your smile. In some cases, it’s the worst-case scenario for aggressive dental disease, while at other times, teeth are lost to accidental damage that can’t exactly be prevented. Although tooth loss is common, it isn’t natural; with every tooth lost, your mouth’s ability… Read more »

Restoring a Smile Affected by Heavy Tooth Wear and Tear

Girl with heavy tooth wear

As time passes, some dental wear and tear can inevitably happen. As strong as our teeth can be, they still have a difficult job, and regularly experience biting and chewing pressure. What you should be wary of is the effect that poor dental care and habits like teeth grinding can do to your smile. If… Read more »

Your General Dentist Talks about Bad Breath

young man with bad breath holding nose

Bad breath can be embarrassing, and if you’re aware of it, then it can cause you to limit interactions with other people or avoid face-to-face conversations altogether. But in many cases, bad breath is more than just embarrassing; it’s also a harbinger of dental health issues that could potentially become serious problems. If you have… Read more »

Hypodontia: Replacing Congenitally Missing Teeth

patient with Hypodontia

If you are someone dealing with hypodontia, then this is likely a term with which you’re already very familiar. In short, it means that due to heredity, you have not developed one or several permanent teeth. When teeth fail to grow, you are left with an adult smile with open spaces in it. Of course,… Read more »

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

cracked tooth vector illustration

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

white fillings

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 Breath Lasts All Day

woman covers mouth with hand to mask bad breath

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

Man with 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 toothache could actually be a sign of something more sinister, and ignoring it… 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 »

Maintenance of 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 »

What Causes Jaw Pain | How to Relieve Chronic Jaw Pain

chronic jaw pain

Neither chronic jaw pain nor jaw pain when chewing is as common as tooth discomfort. They are 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,… Read more »

Tooth replacement | Good News About Tooth Loss

Tooth replacement

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 and tooth replacement options. It also offers highly lifelike materials and techniques for tooth replacement so that patients can regain their confidence in their smiles. While tooth loss can… 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 »

How to Clean a Dental Bridge

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. Dental bridges can fill gaps in your smile with artificial… 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 »

Treating TMJ Could Relieve Your Tiredness

man with jaw pain tmj treatment

There is nothing quite like a good night’s sleep to improve your attitude and your outlook on the world. But what happens when you wake up in the morning still feeling exhausted? Few things are as important to your overall health as getting adequate rest each night, which is why anything interfering with your quality… Read more »

Causes of Bad Breath

Causes of Bad Breath

Everyone deals with bad breath at some point in their lives (like morning breath), and many people experience chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away easily. While bad breath can be bothersome by itself, the fact that you can’t get rid of it can make the situation that much more stressful. Thankfully, dealing with bad… Read more »

Treating Those Affected By TMJ Dysfunction And Dental Damage

Problems with your bite can cause great discomfort. Allowing those issues to linger and not addressing them in a timely fashion, can lead to additional disruptions to your health. Millions suffer from TMJ disorder (temporomandibular disorder). So, for the help you need with your TMJ issues, Dr. James Fondriest of Lake Forest Dental Arts in… Read more »

Evolution of the Human Jaw

man with hand on jaw

Many believe that individuals with underbites have weak jaws. Others believe that the human jaw is naturally weak in comparison to the jaws of a shark, dog, or even a cat. Although a human jaw may not appear to be as strong as the jaws of other mammals, it is quite powerful. Exactly how strong… Read more »

Cavity Repair Gel?

cross-section illustration of dental cavity

If you have succumbed to cavities, then you are familiar with the process of getting them filled. Before filling the decayed tooth, your dentist will numb the area where the restoration will be placed. Your gums, teeth, and any surrounding tissue is also numbed. A hole is drilled, and the hollow tooth will now be… Read more »

Types of Veneering Porcelains

photo of porcelain veneer on plain reflective black surface

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful cosmetic restorations that can bring beauty and strength to imperfect teeth. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest can create gorgeous, high-quality porcelain veneers in various styles, that fit the needs and desires of patients. The First Porcelain Veneers Charles Pincus used the first porcelain veneers. The… Read more »

Bad Breath and Dental Bridges

illustration of a dental bridge

Cleaning dental bridges can be cumbersome. The spaces between the pontics (or false teeth) and the gum line tend to be areas where bacteria and particles of food can gather. Because of such, a specialized flossing technique for removal is required. If those spaces are not cleaned properly, patients can experience severe bad breath or… Read more »

The History of the Toothbrush

history of the toothbrush

Did you know that teeth cleaning apparatuses have been around for thousands of years? When you compare our modern toothbrush to the crude oral hygiene tools of past civilizations, we bet you will develop a new-found appreciation for your toothbrush. Toothbrushes come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. From manual toothbrushes, to electric… Read more »

Advice About The Tooth Whitening Process

Bleaching or Whitening your teeth It’s safe to say that the tooth whitening process is the most popular and requested cosmetic dental procedure today. The foods and drinks we consume (especially red wine, coffee, tea, and soda), daily habits (such as smoking and the use of tobacco products), everyday wear and tear (from biting, chewing,… Read more »

TMJ headache – The Headache that won’t go away

TMJ headache that won t go away with medicine

At the first sign of a headache, you probably reach for your preferred over-the-counter pain reliever or try a home remedy. What if you have the headache that won t go away with medicine? If these headaches become chronic, you may struggle to determine why. The answer may be a positive diagnosis of TMJ disorder,… Read more »

Tooth Covers / Teeth Covers

tooth covers

On television and in the movies, an ultra-bright “Hollywood-smile” is essential. Have you ever watched a favorite film on Netflix only to wonder if the editing made the teeth so perfect and gleaming? Digital movie magic can work plenty of wonders, but it cannot change smiles. Dental professionals play that role! And had it not… Read more »

Will Veneers Ruin My Teeth?

will veneers ruin my teeth

Want to know a secret? Those perfect smiles shown off by celebrities on the red carpet during award season are not always natural. Many have undergone various cosmetic and restorative treatments to fix imperfections, from bite issues and misshapen teeth to discoloration and gaps between teeth. Here is another secret…celebrities are not the only ones… Read more »

Posture and TMJ Disorder: Improve Your Posture to Relieve Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

woman demonstrating good vs bad posture

If your mother drove you crazy with constant demands to “sit up straight”…you should thank her. Whether Mom knew the full effect of posture or not, the truth is, bad posture can be bad for your physical and mental health. Turns out, having a straight spine and correct alignment body can even help relieve symptoms… Read more »

Benefits and Disadvantages of Dental Plaque

digital illustration of dental plaque

Most dental patients only talk about the topic of dental plaque with their dentists. What they might not realize is that dental plaque has positive qualities, as well as downsides. If you have never considered the role that dental plaque plays in keeping teeth healthy, read on to discover some interesting facts that most individuals… Read more »

What Is A PFM Crown?

digital illustration of PFM crowns

Did something happen to your tooth that is far too severe for a dental filling? Perhaps you broke your tooth or are suffering from the effects of severe tooth decay. No matter the problem, a PFM crown is a wonderful solution to protect your remaining tooth, so you can avoid an extraction. In many cases,… Read more »

Your Chicago Dentist Discusses Whoopi Goldberg’s Struggle with Gum Disease

stages of gum disease vector

Learning to brush your teeth is a right of passage for all children. We’re told about the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day and going to the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. However, you may not have understood the importance of good oral hygiene, and not just because of your teeth. Maybe… Read more »

Migraines and TMJ

woman suffering from a migraine

Have you wondered if your headaches are caused by migraines or TMJ? If you suffer frequent headaches, you are not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that about 50% of adults (18-65) worldwide suffer from headache disorders. Of those who reported having headaches, about 30% had migraines.1 If you frequently experience the debilitating pain and… Read more »

Cracked Tooth Syndrome FAQs

cracked tooth cartoon character

Symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome are sometimes difficult to distinguish from symptoms of other dental health issues. For instance, like bruxism or TMJ disorder, cracked tooth syndrome causes sensitivity to extreme temperatures. For example, eating ice cream, or drinking hot coffee may produce an aching sensation in your teeth. In severe cases, breathing hot or… Read more »

Can You Cure Your Own Toothache?

cure your toothache

What helps a toothache when you don’t have a dentist? A toothache usually develops when it is least expected, and when it strikes, it strikes! It’s true sometimes a toothache may present as a dull throb. It may even go away for a period of time before it strikes again. But what happens when it’s… Read more »

TMJ and tooth sensitivity | Can TMJ Disorder Make Your Teeth Sensitive?

TMJ and tooth sensitivity

Is there a connection between TMJ and tooth sensitivity? Though TMJ or TM dysfunction centers on your jaw’s joints, one of the many symptoms it can generate is the unconscious habit of grinding your teeth. When left untreated, TMJ disorder and resulting teeth-grinding can cause your teeth to hurt as well as the components of… Read more »

Do You Wake Up with Sore Cheeks and Temples?

Do you have frequent sore cheeks or temples? Some people experience pain and tension in their facial regions after waking up. Sleep is supposed to rejuvenate your mind and body after a long day of work or school. Unfortunately, some people wake up with even more tension and pain. Headaches, dizziness, earaches, and jaw pain… Read more »

Cosmetic Changes: Things To Get Excited About

Cosmetic Changes

Have you considered having some cosmetic changes done to your smile.  about porcelain veneers, whitening, or other cosmetic care, one thing is certain: There is an awful lot to get excited about! However, if you have tried to learn about cosmetic improvements with other practices before or you are simply new to this field of… Read more »

Why We May Suggest PFM Over All-Porcelain

PFM vs porcelain crown

Unless you’ve dealt with receiving a dental crown before, you may not yet be familiar with PFM crowns. Good news: It might sound mysterious but we can explain very quickly. PFM simply stands for porcelain-fused-to-metal. This is a dental crown built on a metal base with a layer of porcelain baked over it. It’s like… Read more »

Questions You Should Feel Confident Asking Your Cosmetic Dentist

There are questions you may already feel perfectly fine asking your cosmetic dentist at our Lake Forest, IL practice. You might not feel funny asking how we can whiten your smile or if we can fix a chip. However, when your questions make you feel hesitant because you worry about what the answer might be… Read more »

Unique dental problems? | You should seek a second opinion

Do you have unique dental problems? You know that seeking care for a whiter smile is common, so you would never think twice about approaching us to discuss cosmetic care options. However, when your smile concerns don’t seem to fall into a category you consider to be common, you may feel like it’s something you… Read more »

How Implants Can Improve Your Bridge or Denture

The good thing about modern bridges and dentures is that they can be crafted to mimic healthy, natural teeth so well that they often remain unnoticeable when in place. However, despite their highly lifelike appearance and ability to fully restore your bite function, custom-designed dental bridges and dentures still lack a few important elements that… Read more »

Picking The Right Procedure To Address Smile Discoloration

If you decide to address smile discoloration by picking up an over the counter whitening product from your local pharmacy or grocery store, you may be underwhelmed by your results. Store bought products can help you remove the stains that are on the surface of your enamel, leading to some improvement, but you can feel… Read more »

What Makes Working With A World-Class Ceramist So Special?

When you think about the restoration or cosmetic treatment you’re going to receive, you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about who’s crafting it or where it is coming from. However, you may certainly dedicate some brain power to hoping it’s a good fit, that it looks beautiful, and that it’s everything… Read more »

Porcelain Smile Improvements: Helping You Feel Positively Confident

You know that when you come see our Lake Forest, IL team for esthetic improvement to your smile (and you need more than whitening), you will likely be the recipient of porcelain cosmetic work. This means that whatever treatment you receive, from veneers to crowns, the finished result with look amazing, beautiful, natural, and will… Read more »

Not Really Sure What An Implant Is? We Can Help!

You may find yourself quickly agreeing with others in conversation that of course, dental implants are the best for replacing missing teeth! However, you then realize that while you feel fully on board with this idea because you’ve heard about them so frequently (and always in the best light), you don’t really know what they… Read more »

Full-Mouth Reconstruction: When You Feel Like Hope Is Gone!

It’s very easy to find yourself feeling like you’re so far away from a healthy and beautiful smile and that even if you wanted to, you probably wouldn’t be able to restore your grin. We understand that advanced issues like decay and esthetic damage, broken teeth, missing teeth, and more can make you ignore your… Read more »

Do you have a jagged smile?

jagged smile

You may have many ways of describing your jagged smile, none of which include the terms “uniform” or “symmetrical.” Instead, you think of it as uneven, up-and-down, and more, as a result of teeth of varying lengths that don’t lend themselves to beautiful consistency. While you may assume you’re stuck with the jagged smile nature… Read more »

Enjoying Modern Cosmetic Improvements With No-Prep Veneers

What can no-prep veneers offer someone who wants to make cosmetic changes to the way they look when they smile? While traditional veneers are already remarkably slim, they require the removal of enamel in order to fit properly on a person’s teeth. No-prep veneers, like conventional porcelain veneers, can hide chips and cracks, stains, and… Read more »

Can My Beverage Choices Affect My Cosmetic Dental Work?

After you receive cosmetic dental work at your Lake Forest, IL dentist’s office, you can feel excited to share your improved smile with everyone. People who make esthetic improvements to their teeth can feel a boost in their confidence levels, and that confidence can have personal and professional benefits. Even if you elect to receive… Read more »

What Can Be Done About A “Gummy Smile”?

Problems like dental discoloration, or a prominent chipped tooth, can have a negative effect on your smile. Generally speaking, when people think about poor smile quality, they think about issues with teeth. With that said, some patients will actually have issues because of their gums. If you have periodontal tissues that seem too bulky, or… Read more »

Why You Should Plan For Prompt Action Against Tooth Loss

When you experience tooth loss, prompt action can benefit you. Seeking a prosthetic restoration for a missing tooth, or missing teeth, will help you avoid the issues this problem can create. Individuals who do leave a smile gap untreated can have a harder time biting and chewing food, and may feel reluctant to smile because… Read more »

Examining The Connection Between TMJ Troubles And Tooth Loss

If you have obvious gaps in your smile because of tooth loss, you may feel embarrassed, and worry that people make negative associations based on your condition. The cosmetic component of tooth loss is certainly important, but it is only one aspect that can merit concern. If you have lost teeth, there are oral health… Read more »

Planning Prosthetic And Cosmetic Dental Treatments

When patients are ready to make real improvements to their dental health after tooth loss, they can explore how prosthetic dental work can help. Your Lake Forest, IL dentist can provide you with a treatment experience that leads to a fully restored smile. By using dental implant support to hold your prosthetic, you can enjoy… Read more »