Chicago Dentist Answers FAQs About Veneers

Are you satisfied with the appearance of your smile? Recently, the American Association of Orthodontists commissioned a study conducted by Wakefield Research. The results were surprising: Over a third of American adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Teeth stains, dental damage, and misalignment are all common dental issues that can hinder the… Read more »

Crown Materials | What material should your dentist use?

modern dental crowns

Dental crowns can be made of many different dental materials. They serve a surprisingly wide range of purposes within the scope of restorative dentistry. They can cap a dental implant, provide structural support after a root canal, and restore the function of a cracked or broken tooth. While many of us still imagine a bright… Read more »

Chicago Dentist: Try Our Dental Repair Quiz

  Did you know that our tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body? Our teeth are meant to withstand bite force, bacteria, and trauma. Unfortunately, our teeth can still become cracked or chipped. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we can repair and restore a damaged tooth. In today’s blog, your Chicago Cosmetic… Read more »

Is teeth whitening permanent?

Since 1996, the number of professional teeth whitening procedures performed by dentists across the United States has increased an amazing 300%, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Given the ubiquity of the procedure and the wealth of information out there about it, you probably think you know everything there is to know about teeth… Read more »

Popping or Clicking Jaw | Causes and Remedies

How often has this happened to you? You’re sitting down, about to take a bite of your favorite hamburger or piece of sushi and, as you open your mouth, you hear a familiar popping or clicking sound in your jaw. Even if it doesn’t cause any pain, that loud popping noise can be disconcerting and,… Read more »

Exploring Advances in Dental Implants Technology

The latest advances in dental implants and Bioteeth technology If you’ve done any research at all about replacing your missing teeth, then you’ve more than likely read about dental implants. These cutting-edge devices are comprised of three parts: the implant, which an oral surgeon or periodontist inserts into the jawbone; the abutment, which connects the… Read more »

Stained Teeth? Solutions from Cosmetic Dentist

Do you have stained teeth? You’re getting ready for the job interview you’ve been thinking about for weeks. Your portfolio’s in line, you’ve practiced answering questions in the mirror, your outfit looks crisp, and your hair looks neat and stylish. But when you flash yourself a grin in the mirror, you see that yellowish or… Read more »

Common Dental Implant Mistakes

If you’ve lost permanent teeth or have done any research on options for tooth replacement, you’ve probably heard of dental implants. The dental industry’s not-so-secret hidden treasure, dental implants are far and away the best method for replacing missing dentition. Dental implants offer patients several advantages over other traditional dental prosthetics.  Although there are many… Read more »

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Is cosmetic dentistry the best way to go for me? The cosmetic dentistry journey is one that begins and ends in the mirror. For most patients, the journey starts when they look at their reflection and feel unhappy or dissatisfied with the general appearance of their smile. That same journey often ends when their dentist… Read more »

Fixing a fractured tooth with a dental crown

A fractured tooth can occur out of nowhere. Whether it’s the result of an unexpected blow to the mouth or gradual wear to the tooth, a fractured tooth can be a very serious shock. Thus, it is good to have a plan of action should such a situation occur. Read below as Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

Retain Your Dentures with Implants

Dentures supported by implants

Dentures are one of the oldest forms of dentistry. Today, dentures are designed and crafted with such realism that they’re usually undetectable when in place. However, even the most advanced dentures lack something that your healthy natural teeth rely on. There is no support of a root or anchor to hold them within your jawbone…. Read more »

Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

When looking to improve the appearance of decayed, gapped, or damaged teeth, you will see the best results with durable and natural-looking cosmetic dentistry. The big advantage of porcelain crowns is that they look and feel “real,” and they are strong too. They are stain resistant and can last up to fifteen years. Your Chicago… Read more »

How Implants Can Positively Affect Your Life

You may not realize just how serious tooth loss is until you’ve actually lost some or all of your teeth. Even if you haven’t lost your teeth, damaged teeth can seriously impair the function and appearance of your mouth, as well as your overall oral health. In the past, dentists relied on dentures and bridges… Read more »

Teeth Caps, benefits and uses

Teeth caps

Do you suffer from a chronic toothache? Do you find chewing and sometimes even talking to be difficult and painful? These are all common symptoms of advanced tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can spread, infecting, and eventually even killing, your tooth. Often, a tooth cap or dental crown will be recommended to restore… Read more »

Natural Looking Porcelain Veneers

Do you ever find yourself looking in the mirror wishing you could have a more beautiful smile? Often, people feel self-conscious about their smiles due to stains or misalignment. But what if there was a dental procedure that could address a myriad of dental imperfections in as little as two visits? In today’s blog, Dr…. Read more »

Look and Feel Younger with Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry to look younger

Cosmetic dentistry to look younger When we age, we may look older but we never seem to feel older. So, why not have a smile that reflects how young you really feel? Over time, our smiles become stained and damaged, losing their youthful luster.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have the glowing smile… Read more »

Smile Improvement with Smile Makeovers

Do you ever feel self-conscious about your smile? Do you want a beautiful smile free of dental damage or embarrassing teeth stains? Dr. James Fondriest understands that a beautiful smile boosts confidence and helps make a great first impression. In fact, according to a recent Kelton Research study, a bright smile can make a person… Read more »

Restore Smiles with Ceramic veneers

Dental veneers

Our tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. But unfortunately, our teeth are still vulnerable to damage and discoloration. While teeth are meant to withstand a lifetime of wear and tear, your smile can still lose its youthful luster. Many people assume restoring their smiles will require multiple office visits and innumerable… Read more »

Innovative Plastic Fillings

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks? Are you currently suffering from a chronic toothache? You may have a cavity. Tooth decay is a common, but serious, dental issue. Over time, tooth decay can even threaten the stability of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. Thankfully, Dr. James Fondriest, offers… Read more »

Permanent Teeth Whitening

  A bright smile instills confidence. According to a recent Kelton Research study, the majority polled said a beautiful smile makes a person appear more successful and attractive. In addition, a large portion of the people polled said a smile was one of the first things they notice when meeting someone for the first time…. Read more »

Cosmetic Dental Face lifts

Our bodies change as we age, but not always for the better. Over time, our cheeks can appear sunken, jowls can form, and some people may even develop a ptotic, or witch’s, chin. Did you know that a beautiful smile can address many of these issues? As we grow older, wear and tear causes our… Read more »

Benefits of Dental Implants

Do you have one or more missing teeth? Missing teeth can leave unsightly gaps in your smile and even endanger your overall dental health. Patients with missing teeth may also feel embarrassed and self-conscious. Fortunately, a breakthrough dental procedure exists for replacing teeth. Dental implants are strong and esthetically pleasing, helping your smile stay beautiful… Read more »

Best Porcelain Crowns Chicago

Best Porcelain Crowns Chicago

Did you know a recent Kelton Research study revealed that people with beautiful, bright smiles are considered more attractive and successful? It’s true. A gorgeous smile can boost confidence. Often, our teeth become damaged due to tooth decay or injury. When this happens, people can become self-conscious regarding the imperfections in their smile. Thankfully, a… Read more »

Single Tooth Replacement

Are you missing a tooth? Are you looking for the best single tooth replacement? A lost tooth not only makes patients feel self-conscious about their appearance, but can also endanger their dental health. Many people avoid or delay necessary dental care to replace a tooth, unaware of the damage a missing tooth causes their smile…. Read more »

Importance of Roots and Cementum

While a bright smile can boost our confidence, we shouldn’t forget to pay attention to what’s happening to our teeth below the gum line. The roots and cementum of our teeth help keep our smile healthy and beautiful. Dr. James Fondriest, explains the importance of our less visible tooth structure.

Choosing the color of your teeth

What is the Right Shade for Your Smile? Choosing the color of your teeth is one of the most important parts of doing cosmetic dentistry. A bright, gorgeous smile can boost your confidence. Dr. James Fondriest understands what a beautiful smile means to our patients.  Which is why we offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dental procedures to… Read more »

Dental Pulp

  Keeping your teeth bright and free of stains doesn’t just make your smile sparkle. Regular dental hygiene also protects an important part of your teeth that you can’t even see. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains he importance of protecting your dental pulp.

Tannins and Tooth Stains

  A variety of factors can lead to discoloration in our teeth. Tannins, which are found in several popular beverages, play a unique role in causing teeth stains. In today’s blog, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how tannins aid in discoloring your smile and discusses our professional teeth whitening procedures.

How Your Tongue Affects Your Dental Health

When discussing dental care, most people focus on their teeth. While bright, healthy teeth are vital for good dental health, don’t overlook the tongue. Caring for the tongue is important. In addition to being one of the strongest and fastest healing muscles in the human body, the tongue helps maintain good oral hygiene. In today’s… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Two Types of Smiles

  Often, in the name of politeness, we find ourselves faking a smile. People may force a smile during a bad joke or to mask a bad mood. For years, researchers believed one could easily distinguish a genuine smile from a fake one. In fact, many considered it impossible to fake a genuine smile, also… Read more »

Why we have no immunity against gum bacteria

Do you have reduced immunity against gum bacteria? In the United States, over 75% of adults exhibit symptoms of gum disease. Literally millions of Americans suffer from the affects of periodontal disease. Recently, researchers discovered a new clue as to why this disorder is so widespread. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains How to Prevent Bone Loss

  When caring for their smiles, few people consider the importance of a healthy jawbone. In fact, your jawbone helps keep your teeth strong, healthy, and holds them in place. But when a patient fails at replacing missing teeth, they leave their jawbone vulnerable to bone loss. In today’s blog, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how… Read more »

Protect Your Heart with better Dental Health

Did you know that dental health and heart health are related? This February medical professionals across the country are observing American Heart Month. The goal is the raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In America, one out of every three deaths is a result of heart disease and stroke. Many people don’t realize that a few… Read more »

The Importance of Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel protects our teeth from cavities and injury. In fact, the enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. But what is tooth enamel? What happens when our enamel is damaged? In today’s blog, your Lake Forest general dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the importance of tooth enamel.

Protect Your Gums

When people consider cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, they rarely consider their gums. While Americans spend over 1.4 billion dollars a year on teeth whitening systems, over 75% of the country has some sort of gum problem and 47% of adults have gum disease. In today’s blog, Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

Home bleaching | Brighten Your Smile

Is home bleaching better than in office bleaching? Home bleaching with professionally dispensed whitening products is the most effective way to brighten your smile for the long term. While in-office power bleaching will brighten your teeth in 45 minutes, this brightening will not last very long. In office bleaching works mainly by dehydrating the teeth…. Read more »

Single Tooth Implants

Let’s face it: once you move past a certain age, losing a tooth is bad news. Unfortunately, adult tooth loss is a serious problem in the U.S. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million American adults have one or more missing teeth. For centuries, dental bridges have served as the tooth replacement option… Read more »

Implant Secured Bridgework Offers an Innovative Tooth Replacement Option

While some people blame the economic downturn and others blame the high sugar content in our diet, both sides agree that modern times aren’t great for American smiles. Indeed, approximately 178 million American adults are missing one or more teeth and the top three culprits are gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental loss during contact… Read more »

Dental Implants and Bone Retention

  Did you know that losing a tooth can promote bone loss in your jaw? In addition, traditional dentures can actually make the problem worse, further degrading the bone around the missing teeth. Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how dental implants influence jaw bone retention and provide seamless tooth replacement.

Understand TMD

Dysfunctional temporomandibular joints (TMJ) can cause pain in so many different areas that you and your doctor could easily misdiagnose the problem. Radiant pain from a TMJ disorder (TMD) usually remains localized around the jaw, ear, neck, and shoulders. Sometimes, you can feel symptoms of TMD in your back or legs. BecauseTMD sends unpleasant sensations to… Read more »

A TMD Facial Pain Quiz

When your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) suffers an injury or undergoes stress from clenching jaws or grinding teeth (bruxism), you could experience various aches and pains. Nerves connected to the hinges of your jaw could cause discomfort from the jaw to your back that your dentist may be able to treat. Do you know what TMJ disorder… Read more »

TMJ Earaches

Do you experience frequent TMJ earaches or a constant ringing in your ears? Have common over-the-counter pain remedies failed to solve the problem? Your earache might be a sign of a far more serious condition. Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the symptoms of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, and treatment options.

TMD and Headaches FAQs

Our previous post explained the connection between temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and neck pain. A TMJ disorder (TMD) causes soreness throughout the upper body, and can negatively impact your shoulders, upper back, and ears. Although a headache could come from an ear infection, TMJ may be the reason for your headaches and pains. When you hear… Read more »

Neck pain and tooth grinding – Easing Neck Pain

  Many people in America suffer from neck pain and tooth grinding. Over-the-counter pain relievers seem to do little, and the cause of their aches remains a mystery. Constant pains in the neck, head, or face, could be a sign of more serious disorder called TMD or TMJ. Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

Smile bleaching

Everyone wants their smile to be beautiful and bright. Over time, our teeth become stained and start to lose their luster. Many people turn to teeth whitening as a method for rejuvenating their smile. Cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, discusses the different methods offered to give patients the beautiful, youthful smiles they deserve.

Custom Fitted Crowns

Our teeth handle a great deal of abuse from masticating hard foods to erosion by acid-producing bacteria. If you damage teeth through eating habits and poor dental care, and a filling, onlay, or inlay can’t correct a damaged tooth, you may need a crown. Do you know the procedure for placing a crown? In this article, Dr. James… Read more »

What are inlays and onlays?

When you sustain damage to a tooth, you face several restorative treatment choices. Deciding between procedural options may prove daunting. Understanding the subtle but important differences that distinguish dental restorations can help you work with your dentist to choose the right treatment plan. What current dental restorations can you choose from to correct a damaged… Read more »

How to Floss

Has your dentist or hygienist ever really shown you how to floss? Daily brushing and flossing keeps your mouth clear of food particles that breed gum disease-causing bacteria. Following the American Dental Association’s recommendation of brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day is crucial for good oral health. You should brush for… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Asks: Why are You Losing Sleep?

Losing sleep now and then is natural. Tossing and turning, or sleeping for short periods throughout the night may only happen once in a blue moon for you. Good sleep allows you to reap several benefits, like a happier mood, a better memory, and more productivity. For some, sleep seems uninterrupted but still results in… Read more »

Speak Up! Your Lake Forest Dentist is Listening

Too often, we go for a dental checkup and do not participate. Sure, talking is difficult with your mouth open and occupied by oral health-improving instruments. But communicating with your dentist can change the way your dental appointments run. Speaking up could even save you from serious issues down the road. The next time you settle into the… Read more »

How GERD affects teeth

When you eat something that disagrees with your stomach, you might experience heartburn. Episodes of heartburn can become uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Chronic heartburn can eventually hurt the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD affects teeth. In this article, Dr. James Fondriest, explains GERD and how to protect teeth from stomach acid. What is GERD… Read more »

Infected gums | Fight Gum Inflammation

Have you lived with swollen or infected gums? The experience isn’t fun. Infected gums can swell, bleed, and cause pain. During advanced stages of gum disease, gums can also excrete pus while fighting bacterial infection. When these problems develop,  your oral health obviously needs attention. You might wonder what is happening in your mouth and how to… Read more »

Crazy Toothpaste Flavors

We have all heard about the importance of brushing teeth regularly since we were children. But a lifetime of minty toothpaste may get a little boring. While there are different varieties of mint, and even bubblegum, flavors to choose from, our options aren’t vast. Since we should never stop our brushing routine, maybe some investigation… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Diagnosing TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ refers to the tempromandibular joints that lay in either side of your face, where the jaw connects to the skull. Nestled within the joint is a cartilage disc that allows for full articulation of the jaw. Healthy TMJ function lets you to open and close your jaw with a smooth gliding motion. Any disruption… Read more »

Prepless Veneers | Very Thin Veneers

Prepless veneers

Research into the psychology of smiling indicates that your smile can have a huge influence on your professional, social, and romantic relationships. Do you hide your smile due to insecurities over the shape, size, color, or general appearance of your teeth? You could be perceived as insecure, reserved, or even unfriendly. Luckily, you don’t have… Read more »

Whitening Teeth with Baking Soda

There are lots of ways to keep your teeth white: professional take home whitening treatments from your Lake Forest dentist, whitening strips from the store, refraining from food entirely, baking soda. But the latest addition to that list is by far the cheapest option, and you probably have everything you already need at home. Whitening your teeth… Read more »

Spices That Improve Oral Health

With the fall chill in the air come the fall spices in your latte. As many of you retreat to your kitchens for warmth this season, try experimenting with some of these spices. They’ll tickle your taste buds and boost your immune system too. 1. Cinnamon This bittersweet holiday spice goes in everything from eggnog… Read more »

Tongue Scrapers

In bathrooms all across the world, toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, and packets of floss are being joined by another item: the tongue scraper. If your parents were being thorough when they taught you to brush your teeth twice a day. They should have told you to brush your tongue too. Even if you have followed… Read more »

Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s Link

There is a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. Taking care of oral health can delay or reduce the risk of developing cognitive impairments. In honor of Alzheimer’s awareness month, Dr James Fondriest would like to discuss how taking care of your oral health can help delay or reduce the risk entirely of developing cognitive impairments… Read more »

TMJ joint health

In October, the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) celebrates Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. The USBJI explains that in the U.S. population over 18 years of age, nearly half experience musculoskeletal, or bone and joint, conditions. Examples include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, and childhood bone and joint disorders. People are… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry Planning Process

Cosmetic dentistry planning

If you feel dissatisfied by the condition of your smile, your dentist can help you outline a treatment plan to see fantastic changes. In some cases, a patient will need to undergo more involved to see the results they truly desire. Our practice is proud to offer artistic smile design, which involves a detailed assessment of… Read more »

In Flight Toothaches

Have you ever heard of a condition called barodontalgia? No, it’s not some exotic location in Europe, but you do have to fly in an airplane to experience it. Unfortunately, unlike a vacation, you probably don’t want barodontalgia. In laymen’s terms, this condition is simply a high-altitude toothache. Similar to a scuba diver experiencing decompression… Read more »

TMJ therapy

Many people think TMJ is a condition. In fact, TMJ is simply your temporomandibular joints. If you press your fingers gently to either side of your jaw, just in front of each ear, and then open your mouth, you’ll feel your TMJ. The tempormandibular joints is among the most frequently used in the body, helping… Read more »

Hormones Heighten Gum Disease Risk for Women

Research from the Journal of Periodontology suggests women are more likely to floss, visit the dentist regularly, and even have cosmetic dental procedures while being less likely to smoke and drink excessive alcohol than men. Although women have historically been better caretakers of their teeth, females are more susceptible to gum disease than males for… Read more »

Link between flossing and healthy knees

It seems strange, doesn’t it? You’re reading correctly. Recent research has discovered a correlation between gum disease and arthritic knees. Periodontal Bacteria Migrating to the Knees Scientists found traces of periodontal bacteria, or gum bacteria, in the knees of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients, which in effect tracked the passage of bacteria from the mouth… Read more »

The Psychology of Smiling

An emerging field of study known as “positive psychology” or “happiness research” offers new insight into human emotions – more specifically, the act of smiling. Many people hide their smiles because they don’t like their appearance. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest builds beautiful smiles that convey a positive image. Do you know what’s in… Read more »

Dental Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

If you’re vigilant about your dental hygiene and see your Chicago dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups, you’re handling your oral care well. You should experience relatively few dental problems. However, dental issues occasionally arise, despite the best habits. If you experience any of the symptoms discussed below, make an appointment with Dr…. Read more »

Craze lines on your teeth | Enamel cracks

If you’ve noticed small lines on your teeth, you may have what dentists call craze lines. These web-looking imperfections should not be confused with cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), which is painful. Craze lines are merely hairline cracks in tooth enamel. Though these lines on teeth are cosmetically displeasing, they are not particularly harmful to oral health… Read more »

Tannins and Your TMJ

Our teeth are most affected by the food and drink that enter our mouths, but the intricate details of this process often escape us. At Lake Forest Dental Arts we like to keep our patients informed, so today we’ll discuss how tannins, a common element in many beverages, can cause pain in your temporomandibular joint… Read more »

The History of dentistry

A prehistoric tooth containing traces of beeswax used as cavity filler has sent a ripple of excitement throughout the history of dentistry. The tooth was discovered as part of a human mandible—or jawbone—in Slovenia near Trieste. There is very little evidence of prehistoric dentistry, thus any finding of this nature is of extreme significance. In… Read more »

Are teeth implants worth it?

Are teeth implants worth it?

When was the last time you sat down to enjoy a meal, without fear that your denture would shift about uncomfortably as you tried to chew? What about smiling? Does it feel like ages since you actually smiled confidently, without feeling concerned that your friends or family would fixate on your incomplete smile? If so,… Read more »

Broken teeth

Do  you have broken teeth? Has your smile’s brightness gradually dimmed over the years? Are your chipped or discolored teeth embarrassing you? Do you have deep smile lines that make you frown? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could benefit from a smile makeover. What do you do when you… Read more »

Gum disease and arthritis | What Do My Knees Have to Do with My Teeth?

Your dental health can have wide-ranging consequences for your overall health. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, researchers from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have connected rheumatoid arthritis to periodontitis. The link between gum disease and arthritis comes from the bacteria released into the blood stream. Every time… Read more »

Dental Fluoride

In the world of dentistry, dental fluoride has been the best thing since sliced bread. We use fluoride in tooth strengthening supplements, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and possibly every dental hygiene product imaginable. In this blog, Dr. James Fondriest, will explain why we think fluoride is so great and divulge some interesting information about this element. Why Dental… Read more »

The Ethics of Teeth Whitening

Throughout history, people have tried nearly everything, from pastes containing pepper and rock salt to a mouthwash made from goat’s milk and urine, to whiten their teeth. Luckily, we have a few more options than our forefathers, including a whole range of toothpastes, rinses, gums, mints, and gels. Most dentists would agree that teeth whitening… Read more »

Do men want veneers?

porcelain veneers for men

Do men want veneers as much as women do? As a society, Americans have historically tended to associate a concern for one’s personal appearance with women. For men, caring too much about the way you looked threw your masculinity into question. In recent years, however, that way of thinking is changing. Men are becoming more… Read more »

Are TMJ Disorders More Common with Missing Teeth?

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth. The primary causes of tooth loss in adult Americans include gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental injury. People tend to seek immediate treatment for teeth missing from the… Read more »

Name some healthy treats for teeth

Finding healthy treats for teeth can be difficult in a busy world. The holidays are approaching, and this means an increase in sugar consumption for many people. When you place special treats around the house for family and guests to graze on, chances are you’ll be munching on the morsels as well. In the spirit… Read more »

Esthetic dental restorations

Esthetic dental restorations is the term that Dr. James Fondriest uses to describe the type of dentistry he offers in his Chicago-area dental office. Esthetic refers to beauty, while dental restorations refers to dental work that improves health, oral function, and appearance.  The media has popularized the phrase cosmetic dentistry, but most consumers don’t know… Read more »

Three Problems Associated with TMJ Disorder

  Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a painful condition with symptoms that include severe headaches, sensitive teeth, ear pain, muscle soreness, and difficulty opening and closing the jaw comfortably. The TMJs hold your bottom jaw to your top jaw. When problems develop in these joints, they can cause TMJ disorder. Various causes of the disorder… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Provides a Brief History of Amalgam Fillings

While the American Dental Association (ADA) continues to endorse the use of amalgam fillings, there has been widespread debate on their use since the 1800s. Because amalgam fillings contain inorganic mercury, some non scientific studies link them with mercury poisoning, which can cause serious problems with the brain and nervous system. Symptoms include memory loss,… Read more »