Foul breath | My husband has it

Causes of Foul Breath

Everyone deals with foul breath problems at some point in their lives. Morning breath is quite common. Unfortunately, many people experience chronic foul breath that doesn’t go away easily. Thankfully, dealing with foul mouth odors is typically easy with help from your dentist. To help you understand why you shouldn’t hesitate to seek treatment, we… Read more »

Straight teeth | How important is it?

Is it important to have straight teeth?

Why straighten crooked teeth? Have you ever wondered why it is so important to have straight teeth?  Do your choppers really need to be straight? Are truly straight teeth attractive as well as necessary? The answer is yes to all of these questions. Making everything straight offers a multitude of benefits. Dr. James Fondriest in… Read more »

TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ Dysfunction

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 Dysfunction (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 is being developed

cavity repair gel in development

Wouldn’t it be great if your dentist could put a cavity repair gel on a cavity instead of drilling your teeth. 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…. Read more »

Veneering Porcelains | Types and best uses

Veneering porcelains vary in optics

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful cosmetic makeover restorations that can bring beauty and strength to imperfect front teeth. Cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest can create gorgeous, high quality tooth covers in various styles with different veneering porcelains to fit the needs and desires of patients. Different Types of Veneering Porcelains Porcelain veneers are thin “jackets”… Read more »

Bad Breath and Dental Bridges

bad breath and dental bridges

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 »

When was the toothbrush invented? History of the Toothbrush

history of the toothbrush

Do you know when the toothbrush was invented? Did you know that teeth cleaning tools have been around for thousands of years? The oral hygiene tools of past civilizations were crude in comparison to our modern tooth brushes. Toothbrushes come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. From manual toothbrushes, to electric ones, the toothbrush… Read more »

Headache won’t go away with medicine

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 should you do if you have the headache that won’t go away with medicine? If these facial pains become chronic, you may struggle to determine why. The answer may be a… Read more »

Tooth Covers | Teeth Covers | For a beautiful smile

tooth covers

On television and in the movies, an ultra bright “Hollywood smile” is essential. Have you ever watched a film on Netflix only to wonder if editing created the perfect smiles? Digital movie magic can work plenty of wonders, but it cannot change smiles. Dental professionals play that role! Back in the early 1930’s, a now… Read more »

Will Veneers Ruin My Teeth?

Will veneers ruin my teeth

Those perfect smiles shown off by celebrities on the red carpet during award season are not always natural. Many have had various cosmetic and restorative treatments to fix smile issues such as misshapen teeth, stains, and gaps between teeth. Here is another secret, celebrities are not the only ones who can achieve a perfect smile…. Read more »

Posture and TMJ Disorder | Help relieve your symptoms

Posture and TMJ Disorder

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 »

Advantages 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 »

PFM Crown | What can they do?

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 »

Whoopi Goldberg’s Struggle with Gum Disease

Whoopi Goldberg gum disease

Celebrity gum disease Whoopi Goldberg has struggled with gum disease for many years. Sharing her problems has put light on a topic that many suffer from. 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… Read more »

Migraines or TMJ | Muscle pain often diagnosed as migraines

Migraines or TMJ

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 »

Broken tooth | Treatment for a fractured tooth

broken tooth

Symptoms of broken tooth 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 cold… Read more »

Cure your toothache | How to get rid of one

cure your toothache

What helps a toothache when you don’t have a dentist? They usually develop when it is least expected, and when it strikes, it strikes! It may even go away for a period of time before it strikes again. What do you do to get rid of a toothache? Is there some way to relieve it on… Read more »

TMJ and tooth sensitivity | TMJ Disorder Can 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 »

Sore cheeks, temples, or teeth | Awake to cheekbone pain

sore cheeks and temples

Do you have frequent sore cheeks and temples? Some people experience cheekbone 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… Read more »

Dentistry in Shakespeare’s Time

Dentistry in the Elizabethan Age

Today we’d like to pay homage to the world’s greatest poet and playwright – William Shakespeare. Sadly, Shakespeare died at the age of 52. Today, this is considered tragically young, but in the 17th century, the average male lived to age 47. Poor hygiene and inadequate medical knowledge meant that disease ran rampant, and this… Read more »

Cosmetic Dental Changes | Your options are growing every day

Cosmetic Dental Changes

Have you considered having some cosmetic dental changes done to your smile? We are not asking about cosmetic facial surgery but rather about porcelain veneers, whitening, or other cosmetic dental care.  One thing is certain: There are an awful lot of new advancements to get excited about! If you have tried to learn about cosmetic… Read more »

PFM vs porcelain crown – Which is better?

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 »

Recovering from Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease Recovery

Can I have a nice smile again after recovery from periodontal disease ? Once you recover from periodontal disease and have your oral health fully managed, you may ask yourself: Is there anything you can do to make your smile look the way it used to look? Dealing with significant damage may cause you to… Read more »

Unique dental problems? | You should seek a second opinion

Unique dental problems

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 »

Reasons for a Gum Lift

Reasons for a Gum Lift

You have heard multiple times that a gum lift can help with a “gummy smile.” However, you’re not convinced that this is your problem. As a result, you don’t really know if coming in to talk with us is going to be the best idea or not. First, let us remind you that it’s always… Read more »

Smile Discolorations | Address Discolorations in your Smile

Smile discolorations

Have you decided to address smile discolorations by picking up an over the counter whitening product from your local pharmacy? You may be underwhelmed by your results. Store bought products offer minor improvement. They can help you remove some tooth discolorations on the surface of your enamel. You may feel bothered if the stains that discolor teeth… Read more »

Why Work With A World-Class Ceramist?

world class ceramist

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 »

Cosmetic dental treatments | Get an exceptional smile

Cosmetic dental treatments

Enjoy durable and natural looking cosmetic dental treatments While there are a number of cosmetic dental treatment options available, porcelain veneers remain one of the most popular, year after year, because of how many imperfections they can help to address. Veneers can be used to help hide variations in the size or shape of the teeth,… Read more »

Porcelain smile improvements that are natural

Porcelain smile improvements

When you come for the esthetic improvement to your smile (and you need more than whitening), you will likely be the recipient of porcelain cosmetic work. These smile improvements would be either some type of veneer or crown. The finished result with look amazing, beautiful, natural, and will likely check off every box on your… Read more »

Can I change the shape of my teeth?

Change the shape of teeth

There are many ways to modify or change the shapes of teeth in your smile. Many individuals worry that their teeth are too short, too long, too wide, too narrow, or just oddly shaped. Fortunately, treatments in cosmetic dentistry can address this issue and help you achieve the smile you desire. In this article, we’ll explore:… Read more »

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

Why See A Cosmetic Dentist?

What is a cosmetic dentist? A doctor that focuses on cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve your smile. More attention is directed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Most of the public thinks of teeth whitening or bonding, but most cosmetic dentists in Chicago will provide many smile improvement treatments…. Read more »

What is an Implant?

What is an Implant

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 »

Enamel erosion causes teeth to be yellow

Lost tooth enamel from enamel erosion

When your front teeth are yellow no matter how much you brush, it may be that you have lost your tooth enamel. Enamel erosion or abrasion is the thinning out of the outer coating over your teeth. The average tooth has about 2 millimeters of enamel on the chewing surfaces and 1.5 mm on the… 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 »

Does your Dentist Listen To Patients?

Does your dentist listen?

Are you tired of doctors that don’t listen to patients? Does your dentist listen to you? When you want to make changes to your smile, you may have a clear vision for what you want to see after your work is completed. Our office recognizes the value of seeing cosmetic care as a collaborative experience…. Read more »

Sodas and cosmetic dentistry

Sodas and cosmetic dentistry

Do sodas and other acidic beverages affect cosmetic dentistry? After you receive cosmetic dental work, 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… Read more »

Losing Teeth: Addressing Tooth Loss

losing teeth

Losing teeth certainly affects the appearance of a smile. But most importantly, tooth loss can be detrimental to oral health and function. Prompt treatment is necessary to avoid the issues that can arise from losing teeth. A dental implant is a modern approach to prosthetic care. This treatment helps those with tooth loss regain their… Read more »

Planning Major Dentistry

Planning major dentistry

When patients are ready to make real improvements to their smile and dental health, they can explore how cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontic makeover work can help. When planning major dentistry, search for a well trained and experienced dentist that can provide you with a treatment experience that leads to a healthy smile. For many patients,… Read more »

Fully Recovering From TMJ Troubles

Woman suffering from bruxism

Do you frequently find yourself struggling with discomfort along your jaw, or even pain when chewing? If so, have you considered that it could be related to temporamandibular joint dysfunction, or as it is more commonly called, TMJ? Jaw problems can lead to recurring pains that impact your daily life, as well as limitations to your dental… Read more »

Do missing teeth leave you with an incomplete smile?

restore your smile incomplete smile

Are you missing one or more teeth and looking for the best way to restore your smile? If so, you may wonder which restorative dentistry treatment is best to restore the function and beauty of your smile. While each treatment can provide you with a beautiful smile, they each have pros and cons. Today we… Read more »

Getting another opinion before important dental work

Getting another opinion

Are you planing important cosmetic dental work? Does your dentist listen to you? Do you need to get another opinion to confirm a dentist recommendation? Have you thought about getting another opinion first? Because modern dental treatments can do so much for a person’s smile, you can count on the right procedure to transform the… Read more »

Life Like Crowns

life-like crowns

 Do you need a teeth makeover? Cavities create urgent problems for teeth, and should be dealt with as soon as possible. With prompt care, it is possible to minimize the damage caused by decay. Unfortunately, many people will not realize they have a problem until they need more substantial care. While dental crowns are effective… Read more »

9 best cosmetic dental treatments

What are the 9 best cosmetic dental treatments available to patients today? The tooth whitening process is a fast easy way to a brighter smile. Repair chipped and discolored teeth in an instant with dental bonding and enamel shaping. Repair tooth decay and improve your smile by replacing silver fillings with newer white fillings. Dental veneers… Read more »

Better Oral Hygiene Advice

better oral hygiene

It’s no secret that prevention is the best dental medicine, and most people realize that their daily hygiene routine is the cornerstone of that prevention. However, many people also lack in certain areas of their hygiene routine, and that can leave their smiles vulnerable to chronic issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, such… Read more »

At home teeth whitening

At home teeth whitening

When you visit a store, you’ll likely see a number of products offering at home teeth whitening. However, in order to receive dramatic results that last, you should see the dentist for a professional solution. We can provide at-home teeth whitening that can brighten your smile by multiple shades. Have you considered completing a teeth… Read more »

Want a new tooth? Options for repalcement

Do you want a new tooth?

Are you missing something in your smile? Do you want a new tooth? We can replace missing teeth with removable dentures or even dental bridges, but over time your jawbone could continue to break down. Fortunately, we have an advanced treatment option that can help preserve your jawbone tissue. How do dental implants preserve your… Read more »

Best ways of preventing gingivitis

Gum disease affects the body

Preventing gingivitis is similar to preventing most other dental issues. Keep your teeth and gums clean with regularly good hygiene and preventive dental care, and you can avoid allowing oral bacteria enough time to infect your gums. However, while gum disease is highly preventable, it only takes one small mistake for oral bacteria to infect… Read more »

Bonding offers simple cosmetic improvements

girl with tooth bonding

You may have more options for improving your smile’s appearance than you realize, and in many cases, those options are as minimally invasive as they are effective. For instance, with bonding, your dentist can successfully improve a number of different smile issues without having to permanently change your tooth structure. Today, we take a look… Read more »

Why do I need a root canal?

Why do I need a root canal?

Restorative dental treatments are typically designed with three main goals in mind – to stop the damage or decay from progressing, restore your bite’s function, and preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. In most cases, all three can be achieved with a minimally invasive, custom-designed treatment such as tooth filling. However, in more… Read more »

Professional teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening

If you’ve ever tried an over the-counter teeth whitening product, then you might already recognize that the biggest benefit of professional treatment is that it works. Unlike OTC options, professional teeth whitening is comprised of highly potent but safe whitening gel that effectively breaks up stains while brightening your teeth. In addition to better results,… Read more »

Replacement teeth choices

Choosing Replacement teeth

There are many types of replacement teeth, which one is perfect for you? Like all dental restorations, a dental bridge is tailored to your unique needs and preferences. The highly lifelike dental prosthesis is made to replace a lost tooth in a way that restores your smile’s appearance and your bite’s function without being obvious…. Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry in Chicago -High end options

Quality cosmetic dentistry in Chicago

If you are not a dentist and you aren’t really familiar with any of the treatments, jargon, or clinical details associated with dentistry, then you may feel at a loss. You know that you would really love a better smile but trying to explain what it is that you dislike about your smile or the… Read more »

Address Tooth Loss

Address tooth loss

What happens to your mouth if you don’t address tooth loss? The most obvious effects of tooth loss are the way the missing teeth affect your smile’s appearance. Though less obvious, your bite’s function also suffers due to the imbalance. In most cases, a custom-designed bridge, partial, or complete denture can easily address those concerns…. Read more »

Bruxism Treatment | Your management options

Woman suffering from bruxism

Do you wake up with jaw or facial pain or suffer from frequent headaches? Does your jaw pop or click when you open your mouth? Has night time grinding worn your enamel down or caused damage? If you said yes to any of these, you and your oral health might benefit from bruxism treatment. While… Read more »

Do you need to take a tooth out?

Take a tooth out

Like all dental treatments, tooth extraction is typically a customized procedure that your dentist only recommends when absolutely necessary. Because the treatment involves removing a tooth, however, it can be more complex than other procedures, and in many cases, require further treatment to restore and preserve the rest of your smile. Today, we examine a… Read more »

Most Common Causes of TMJ Disorder?

common causes of TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ disorder, is more common than you may realize. However, many patients who experience it don’t realize that their chronic jaw pain (and other related symptoms) is caused by the disorder. Therefore, they don’t realize that an examination from their dentist could be their best option for finding relief… Read more »

Pretty Crowns will give you the smile you want

pretty crowns

The fastest way to repair a broken smile is to get pretty crowns. Whether you have broken, crooked, or missing teeth, pretty crowns can address each of these issues. They work great on top of implants. There are any equally important benefits to restoring a damaged, decayed, or severely blemished tooth with a custom-designed porcelain… Read more »

A root canal is needed

a root canal is needed

If your dentist tells you that you need root canal treatment, then you may not immediately think that it’s something to celebrate. After all, the goal of continuous hygiene and dental care is supposed to be to help you avoid serious dental issues and the need for extensive treatment to address them. However, if your… Read more »

Tooth Fillings

Lady seeking tooth fillings

The principles behind many of today’s most advanced dental treatments haven’t changed much over the years. The materials, technology, and techniques have just become significantly more advanced. For instance, when it comes to treating cavities, tooth fillings have long been the best way to save teeth. Today, however, the materials used to fill cavities and… Read more »

Can Veneers Really Straighten Crooked Teeth?

Straighten Crooked Teeth

There are many different issues that custom designed porcelain veneers can address, but not many patients realize that they can straighten crooked teeth. The beauty of porcelain veneers is that they can completely reinvent the appearance of your teeth by replacing the blemished tooth structure on their front surfaces. This means the highly lifelike shells… Read more »

Teeth wearing down | Losing enamel from grinding

patient with bruxism

Teeth wearing done due to night time grinding, chronic bruxism Are your teeth are wearing down? Bruxism, clenching or gnashing of teeth is common to everyone.  Although everyone has some wear, the amount of structural loss varies dramatically.  Tooth on tooth contact and the subsequent loss of tooth structure or volume is called attrition.  Tooth… Read more »

Bleeding Gums – It Is More Serious than You Might Think

bleeding gums

Some dental health issues are only obvious once you know you have them. Until then, the symptoms may not seem serious, especially if they don’t include pain in and around a tooth. For instance, if you notice a small amount of blood mixed in with your saliva when you brush and floss your teeth, you… Read more »

How Tooth Bonding Works

How bonding works

Part of the beauty of modern cosmetic tooth bonding is its simplicity. The procedure involves simply bonding tooth-colored composite resin to a specific area of your tooth, then shaping, hardening, and polishing it to match your tooth’s natural appearance. Cosmetic tooth bonding works by concealing or rebuilding blemished tooth structure, but its simplicity is only… Read more »

Dental Crown Problems

modern dental crowns

Today’s dentistry is an art form. In addition to ensuring your good oral health and bite function, modern restorations also help preserve your natural tooth structure prevent further issues from developing. For instance, dental crowns, which are often crafted from highly lifelike dental porcelain, can be fashioned according to precise measurements of your tooth. A… Read more »

Tooth colored fillings that match perfectly

Tooth colored fillings are popular because, as they’re name suggests, they blend in with teeth to remain completely discreet. Cavities are the most common dental health issue. Most patients appreciate being able to deal with them without having to deal with the metal appearance of traditional fillings. However, the benefits of bonding teeth go beyond… Read more »

Visible Signs of Gum Disease – Diagnosis

Visible signs of gum disease

Most patients understand that they need a dentist to diagnose and make recommendations for gum issues. Having said that, it is good to have an idea of what the visible signs of gum disease. Gum disease is the second most common dental health issue for adults in the U.S. It isn’t because the disease is… Read more »

Improve my smile

Improve my smile

Wanting to improve your smile’s appearance is one thing, but knowing how to do it is another. For instance, you might think that addressing your multiple cosmetic concerns would be a complicated process. However, with porcelain veneers, patients can often enjoy complete smile makeovers with only a single procedure. If you’re considering veneers to improve… Read more »

Dental Emergency Recommendations

Dealing with a dental emergency

The good news about modern preventive dental care is that you can largely avoid the most common and destructive dental health issues, like cavities and gum disease. However, even the most advanced dental care can’t always help you prevent an emergency situation. If your tooth is significantly damaged, compromised, or knocked out of its socket,… Read more »

Better Dental Hygiene

How to Be Better at Dental Hygiene

It’s no secret that good hygiene is the key to a lifetime of good dental health. However, despite a lifetime’s worth of experience, many of us don’t do as good of a job at keeping our smile’s healthy as we should. Today, we examine a few of the commonly overlooked tenants of a good hygiene… Read more »